CRBA Update                                   November 30, 2017

Equip Logo 2017 The deadline for registering for classes is fast approaching so please take action immediately if you would like to take advantage of seminary courses being taught at our CRBA office. Beginning January 18th, 2018 we will be offering accredited seminary level classes at our CRBA Resource Center. This partnership with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will allow both pastors and laymen (men and women) the opportunity to further their education while taking accredited seminary courses. We will be offering two courses (you can take one or both) which will take place on Thursday evenings beginning January 18th. Courses being taught will be the following:

Pastoral Ministry and Leadership Practicum
(instructor Dr. Steve Mathews)

​Bible Exposition I: Hermeneutics and Preparation Practicum (instructor Dr. Rex Shaver)

Note: Deadline to register for classes is December 18 and each registrant must have submitted an application to Southeastern and been accepted. The cost for each class is $850.00 as long as the registrant is a member of a SBC church otherwise the cost is $1700.00 per class. 

For more information on this new ministry of CRBA please give us a call.


Toy Store logo just gift Our Annual Toy Store Ministry begins Monday of next week and we are excited about what God is going to do. That being said, we still have needs and could use your help. First of all, we will be setting up this Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. and could use your help. If you can be of assistance please show up at Summit Church ready to work. We are also in need of the following:

  • Toys $12-$15
  • Kindle Fires
  • RC Toys
  • Soccer Balls
  • Candy
  • Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D)
  • Funding $$$$$$$
  • Volunteers (please call our CRBA office)

prayer ministryI’m excited to tell you our Spiritual Renewal Team is beginning a Prayer Ministry for our Association and Pastor Kevin Purcell of High Peak Baptist will be leading this ministry. This will involve each of our 66 CRBA churches and we are asking each church to designate a person to be their representative on this ministry. Most of this ministry will be done through a private Facebook page therefore, each representative should be somewhat familiar with Facebook and they must have a Facebook page. Once your church designates a person please contact Kevin Purcell at

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OUT OF THE BOX @ Christmas
(Ideas to help churches reach people for Jesus)
  • Give away rolls of tape for gift wrapping outside the post office, or a local business. (Get permission first!)
  • Invite your community to an evening of Christmas movies for the family on a big screen, complete with homemade Christmas snacks.
  • Provide childcare nights at the church (free of charge) so parents can go Christmas shopping. Be sure to invite the community.
  • Send carolers into the community and be sure to hand out information about your church’s Christmas events.
  • Challenge members to make a dozen homemade cookies at the beginning of December to hand out to neighbors and area businesses with invitations to church.
  • Offer to wrap Christmas gifts (free of charge) at one of the local business. Be sure to have a sign with your church name listed as well as information about your church available.
  • Have your instrumentalists play Christmas carols at the entrance to one of our local businesses. Make sure they have prepared adequately and remember to ask permission of the manager ahead of time.
  • Have a team of rakers rake leaves in a local neighborhood. Be sure you tell the home owner this was done because you love Jesus and Jesus loves them.
  • Pass out free bags of popcorn to customers leaving a local store. Customize bags with the church’s logo, address and service times​

Ministry Partner News

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Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office or at

Nearly 275 years after iHandels Sing Along 2017 2t was first performed, Messiah has become a holiday season staple. Experience the joy of the season by singing along (or just listening!) to the much beloved music of Handel’s Messiah. Singers are encouraged to bring a copy of the score if they have one (a limited number will be available at the door). The experience is unique and the chorus is you!

During the fall of 2016 Reuter Pipe Organ Company refurbished and significantly upgraded the First Baptist Church organ, restoring it to its original splendor – and more. The organ features three manuals, with 49 ranks of pipes, and its recent renovation has enhanced the instrument tremendously.

Organist Mrs. Rebecca Myrick-Poteat will accompany the soloists and assembled choir in this Messiah sing-along. A highly accomplished musician, Mrs. Myrick-Poteat holds degrees from Appalachian State University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Event will be held at First Baptist Church – 502 West Union Street on
December 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Adult tickets: $7.00 Youth Tickets: $5.00
​Tickets available at the Comma Box Office or online @



Please be in prayer for this week’s Churches of the Week:

​​Grandview Baptist
​(Pastor John Whisnant)​Great American Cowboy Church
​(Pastor Donald Lovelace)

High Peak
​(Pastor Kevin Purcell)

(Pastor Danny Emory)

Icard’s Grove
​(Pastor Chris Decker)

​Churches without Senior Pastors

Brown Mountain
Mountain View #1
​Oak Ridge

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Churches often talk about ‘being faithful’ but rarely discuss being ‘fruitful’ in Kingdom work. Until a church is fruit-bearing, producing new fruits, it fails in ‘being faithful’. Sustaining ‘what is’ and ‘what we like’ is often more about comfort than faithfulness or fruitfulness and rarely is efficient and effective.

-Eddie Hammett

Upcoming Events

3-Toy Store Set-up @ 1 p.m. @ Summit

4–Toy Store 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. @ Summit

​4–​Ministers Conference @ 10:30 am Cancelled

5–Toy Store 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. @ Summit

6–Toy Store 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Summit

​7–Toy Store take-down @ Summit

10–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m
has been cancelled


January 201811–CRBA Prayer @ Morganton City Square @ 12

13–WMU Planning Meeting @ High Peak @ 9 a.m.

14–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.

18–Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.

20–Evangelism Training with Don Sunshine @ CoMMA


3–Men & Boys Wild Game Supper @ Mount Home @ 5 p.m.

Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.11–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.

13–Region 8 Missions Night

24–CRBA RA Racer Day


11–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.

15–Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.

17–State RA Racer Day

30–Good Friday



8–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.

10–WMU Spring Missions Meeting @ 6:15

​10-19- ​Solor Indonesia Mission Trip

12–Senior Adult Spring Outing @
11 am @Missionary Ridge

26–Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.

28–CRBA Spring Fun Day @ Catawba Meadows Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


3–National Day of Prayer

4–Region 8 Disaster Relief Training (Iredell County)

6–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m.

7-9–Senior Adult Revival @ Summit

13–Mother’s Day

17–Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.

19–RA Field Day @ Zion from 1-6 p.m.

20–Children’s Skating Party 2-4

28–CRBA Office closed in observance of Memorial Day



17–Father’s Day

21–Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.


4–CRBA Office closed in observance of Independence Day

12–Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.

16-21–World Changers CRBA


4-10–Chicago Mission Trip

13–Region 8 Missions Conference


28–Men’s Rally @
6 p.m.

30–Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.


3–CRBA Office closed in observance of Labor Day

11–Equip Conference from 6-9 p.m.

20–Church Strengthening Training @ 9 a.m.


4–Senior Adult Fall Event

21–Fall CRBA Meeting and Worship Celebration @ Mount Home


5-6–N.C. Baptist Convention

19–Region 8 Men’s Ministry Worship Rally

Monthly Events

-Minister’s Wives Fellowship @ Abele’s in Morganton @ 5:30 the first Thursday of every month

-Pastor Mentoring the third Monday of every month @ 10:30 a.m. at CRBA

Weekly Events

-Minister’s Conference every Monday at 10:30 a.m. at CRBA

Dates to be planned/Confirmed

-Bible Drill

​-VBS Training

-Harvest Day @ the CoMMA (September 30 or October 7)