This weeks update contains information about the child protection seminar, prayer conference, minister’s retreat, world changers, and more.

This seminary level class will begin in August at our CRBA office in Morganton. Each person attending who desires seminary credit will need sign up as a student of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the cost for the accredited course is approximately $750. However, if you would like to audit the course you can do so at no charge. Either way, if interested please call our CRBA office to register. This will be a great course which will teach of how to make disciples who make disciples.

We are hosting a Child Protection Seminar for all churches in our community. This is being offered free of charge through our partnership with Farris and Southern Mutual Church Insurance Companies. This is designed to help our churches provide a safe place for children and their families. Please join us as we share how churches can safeguard our children and churches from sexual predators. We will begin with supper at 6 p.m. (provided free of charge by Farris Insurance) at our CRBA office followed by this informative/practical seminar. Please RSVP today by calling our office at 828-437-0137.

Plans are progressing, and we appreciate our churches who have volunteered to provide food for our work crews in July. Now our efforts move to getting volunteers to help every morning, July 16-20 to help us clean up after the teams leave for their work sites.We are also in need of crew chiefs. If your church, Sunday School Class, WMU, Men’s Ministry, Youth Group, Deacon Ministry or Choir would like to help us with this endeavor please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.  This ministry will change lives so please 

Creative Outreach Ideas to help churches reach communities for Christ

Feed the Machine (Laundromat) Ministry (from Baptist on Mission)
For those who enjoy the privilege of having washers and dryers at home, doing the laundry is usually convenient and effortless. However, for those who need to use laundromats, it can be a boring and monotonous experience, as they need to get loose change, lug their dirty laundry around, and sit and wait for their laundry. A laundromat outreach ministry where you provide loose change and refreshments can brighten up people’s day and show them the love of Christ.

  • Advertise this service opportunity at your church.
  • Decide how long and how often you be doing this ministry. Consider doing it in the weekend mornings (11a.m. – 2 p.m.) or evenings (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) when traffic may be higher. If you can do it for a few consecutive weeks, you might be able to build relationships with the regulars there.
  • Collect supplies. You will need plenty of quarters. Each load at the laundromat can cost $0.75-$1.50. Ask your congregation to help fund this outreach. Set a place in your church to collect weekly pocket change and/or laundry detergent. Other supplies you may need are:
    • Crayons and coloring sheets
    • Grab bag with toys for children
    • Laundry detergent
    • Dryer Sheets
    • Refreshments like baked goods and coffee
    • Materials about your church for those who are interested
  • Seek permission from the owner of the laundromat to set up your outreach there for a day. It is also helpful to ask the owner about who the regular clients are, as you may need to recruit Spanish speakers.
  • At the laundromat, greet people as they come in. Offer to pay for the laundry and fold laundry. Have the supply of detergent and dryer sheets readily available.
  • Spend time with those who are open to talking. Find out their needs and ask if they would like you to pray with/for them.


  • Wear shirts that can identify you and the volunteers as a group.
  • You can even bring some of your own laundry to do. Some people may perceive you as looking down on them, and this helps you identify with the people there.
  • Be careful about giving out your personal contact information.
  • Provide brochures and Gospel Tracts from your church.

The average Sunday School class and small group, from preschool all the way up to the oldest senior adult class/group has ten in attendance each week. What would happen if those ten people made it their goal to reach two unchurched people in twelve months? REVIVAL is what would happen! Would your Sunday School class or small group take on the challenge to prepare, pray and plan to reach two unchurched people in twelve months? This is not a new program but a tool to help you reach our communities for Jesus. To checkout this (or any other CRBA resource) for your church please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.

I’m happy to announce we will be partnering with Elijah’s Harbor Christian Retreat Center in Greeneville, TN. to host a meaningful retreat for our ministers and their wives’ November 15-17 of 2019. This will be a great opportunity for our CRBA Pastors/Ministers to get away with their spouses for a time of renewal, relaxation, and encouragement. The cost pf $340 per couple includes:

  • 2 Nights Lodging
  • 2 brunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Snacks
  • Ice cream social
  • Horseback Riding
  • Amenities of the Retreat Center

In addition to encouragement and relaxation there will also be opportunities for training, worship and spiritual growth. To register for this special opportunity please call our CRBA office. A deposit of 50% should be made by July 1, 2019 to reserve your spot. If you would like to provide a scholarship for your pastor, please let us know.

I’m happy to announce we will be partnering with Elijah’s Harbor Christian Retreat Center in Greeneville, TN. to host a meaningful retreat for our ministers and their wives’ November 15-17 of 2019. This will be great opportunity for our CRBA Pastors/Ministers to get away with their spouses for a time of renewal, relaxation, and encouragement. The cost pf $340 per couple includes:

Ministry Partner News

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Make plans now!
2019 NC Baptist Ministers’ Wives Retreat “The Journey”
July 8th – 10th, 2019
Caraway Conference Center – Sophia, NC
Featured Speaker Diane Nix
Single $220 Double $194 Price includes: 2 nights lodging & 6 meals
*Ministers’ Wives and adult daughters are invited. This also includes wives of music ministers and youth ministers. Online registration WWW.NCBMINWIVES.WIXSITE.COM/NCBMW

Amherst Baptist Church is in search of a Part-Time Youth Pastor.
Send resumes to:
Amherst Baptist Church
P.O.  Box 276
Drexel, NC 28619

Burkemont Baptist Church is currently seeking a minister of music.  Burkemont is located in Morganton, NC.  The church has two morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. that are blended in worship style.  The church has an orchestra and is accustomed to praise and worship music as well as traditional hymns. We have a comprehensive music ministry with multiple choirs (preschool, children, youth/young adult and adult).  We have a drama ministry that partners with the music ministry and participates in seasonal productions that are often on a large scale.  We are looking for a man of God with a Master’s Degree from a seminary of like faith and a man with a heart for ministry that goes beyond mere talent.  Please send resumes to

Catawba Valley Baptist Church is currently seeking a Church Pianist. If interested please contact pastor Dean Hart @ 828-850-0402 or

Drexel First Baptist Church is currently seeking a Part-timeYouth Ministry Leader.
Send resumes to:
Drexel First Baptist Church
Attn: Bert Eastwood
P O Box 308
Drexel, NC 28619
or email to:

El Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton is happy to announce the calling of their new pastor Justin Cunningham. Justin will begin his new position the first week of July.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church is currently seeking a Part-time Youth Pastor. If interested contact Pastor Stephen Collins @

Mount Olive Baptist Church is in the process of planning a community clothing event. Please bring your gently used, clean clothing and shoes for donation. Children & teens clothing is most needed. Drop off for donation will be behind the church under the covered porch on Tuesdays & Thursdays (Only) from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mull’s Grove Baptist Church is currently seeking a Full-Time Senior Pastor. Please send resumes to

Oak Ridge Baptist Church is seekng a Part-time Youth Pastor. 
Send resumes to:
Oak Ridge Baptist Church
Attention: Personnel Committee
7449 Oak Ridge Church Road
Connelly Springs, NC 28612