CRBA Update                      October 26, 2017




We are happy to announce beginning January 18th, 2018 we will be offering SACS Accredited seminary level classes at our Resource Center in partnership with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This partnership 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 are the following:


Pastoral Ministry and Leadership Practicum (instructor Dr. Steve Mathews)
Bible Exposition I: Hermeneutics and Preparation Practicum (instructor Dr. Rex Shaver)

For more information on this new ministry of CRBA please give us a call at 828-437-0137.

Join us for this great, inspiring seminar and you will have the opportunity to win a group of books written by Ken Hemphill. Also, there will be a drawing for pastors for a $50 gift card from Lifeway. We hope to see you there!


We are excited for our upcoming Toy Store ministry as we know our community will be blessed and many will come to faith in Christ.  As always, we are in need of several items and if you can help please bring all donations to our CRBA office.  The following items are needed at this time:

Toys $12-$15
Kindle Fires
RC Toys
Soccer Balls
Tooth Brushes
Tooth Paste
Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D)
Steps to Peace with God (Tracts)
Volunteers (please call our CRBA office)


Russia: Kindness Express Mission Study for Children
If you would like to have a great mission study for children taught at your church we have a great opportunity for you. Phillip and Martha Heavner (East Valdese Baptist) are willing to travel to any of our CRBA churches to do this year’s mission study “Russia: Kindness Express”. If you would like for them to come to your church please call Phillip at 828-502-9318.


I’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

“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'” -J. Hudson Taylor



Faith and Family Night with the Charlotte Hornets

​Our Association has been invited to an exciting event at the Charlotte Hornets Game on Saturday, November 18th starting at 2 pm with a concert with Brandon Heath, at 3 pm there will be a Fan Fest Meet and Greet with the players and then the Charlotte Hornets will face the Clippers at 7 pm. Discount tickets are being offered and any group with 15 or more attending will have there name featured on the scoreboard. If you have any questions or would like to order tickets please contact:

​Nick Hodges at 704-688-9076 or





A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling

​”Cooking for Crowds” is designed for non-profit groups that prepare food for their organization or for the public as part of food fundraisers or other events. Learn to prevent the conditions during planning, purchasing, storage, preparation, and service that may lead to a foodborne illness outbreak at your next event.

​There is no cost for this workshop. By participating your church will receive an information packet and a certificate to proudly place within your church.

​The Event will be held:

​When: Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3, 2017
​9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where:  Burke County Agricultural Building
130 Ammons Drive Morganton

​If you would like to attend please pre-register by October 31. To register please call the NC Cooperative Extension Office at 828-764-9480 or email


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

(Interim Pastor Danny Ward)

Asheville Street
​(Pastor Doug Goforth)

(Interim Pastor David Stikeleather)

(Pastor Steven Painter)

Bridge 42
​(Pastor Jason Koon)


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You don’t redefine your church for your community by changing your name, updating your sanctuary, or changing your music. You redefine the church for your community by how you serve it. You don’t serve your community to get people into your church either. You serve the community to get your church, the people of your church, into the lives of the people in the community on a consistent basis.

-Mark Clifton

Upcoming Events


6–S.S. Training with Ken Hemphill @ High Peak Baptist Church

6-7–N.C. Baptist Convention

12–S.S. Mentoring @ East Valdese @ 6 p.m
14–Ministers, Church Secretaries and Spouses Christmas Party @ 6 p.m.18–RA Sailboat Races

23–Thanksgiving (CRBA Office Closed)


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

4–Toy Store 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. @ Summit

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 8 a.m. to noon @ Summit

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


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 @ noon

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

-Mission Trip to Solor Indonesia

-Bible Drill

​-VBS Training

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

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​More Ministry Partner News

​Asheville Street Baptist Church in Morganton is seeking a pianist. For more information please contact Pastor Doug Goforth at 828-437-7255.