We are excited to share that GriefShare Ministry is returning. This vital ministry took a short break due to COVID-19 but will resume meeting beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and will meet on Tuesdays for 13 weeks. We will only be accepting a small group of participants this time due to COVID restrictions so please reserve your spot by calling our CRBA office at 828-437-0137 (or email at Social distancing guidelines will be practiced. Thank you pastor Doug Goforth for agreeing to lead this important ministry.

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In this helpful seminar the following topics will be discussed:
Introduction: What is Church Revitalization? – Revitalization = Revival
Understanding the Church Life-Cycle Curve – Where is your church on the Cycle?
What does a Healthy Church look like? What does an Unhealthy Church look like?
Principles that will help bring Revitalization:

  • Understanding the Holy Spirits role in Church Revitalization.
  • Receiving a clear Vision for Church Revitalization.
  • A Willingness to change with Church Revitalization.
  • Developing Leadership for Church Revitalization.
  • Resolving Conflict for Church Revitalization.
  • Fighting the “Good Fight” (Warfare) for Church Revitalization.

We hope you will join us for this great seminar but we must hear from you soon if you plan to participate.  Please RSVP as soon as possible by calling our CRBA office at 828-437-0137 or email us at

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Burkemont Baptist has entered into a partnership with the Baptist Children’s Home of NC. and they will serve as our local hub for foster care training and adoption. If interested in ministering to our community through Foster Care and/or Adoption please join the informational zoom meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. To receive the ZOOM link please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137. If you are unable to join the ZOOM meeting but would like more information please give us a call.

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This year we will be celebrating 26 years of ministering to families in need through our Toy Store Ministry . There will most likely be some procedural changes this year due to COVID-19, but we are excited to continue sharing he Good News of Jesus Christ. During Christmas in August we are encouraging churches and individuals to collect toys to be distributed to families during annual Toy Store event in December. If you would like a collection box to be delivered to your church (or business) please give us a call at 828-437-0137. Collection boxes with the Toy Store Logo are also available for pickup at our CRBA office in Morganton. Feel free to bring monetary donations or toy donations ($12-$15 new toys) to our CRBA office. For ideas go to

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Our CRBA Women’s Leadership Team is organizing a ministry opportunity for women’s ministry groups in our CRBA churches. They will be distributing sports bottles filled with supplies to those in our community who are homeless. Please begin to collect the following items and bring them to our CRBA office and when the ordered large sports bottles arrive we will fill them and then distribute them to individuals in need. This is a great project for not only women’s groups but youth and children’s groups (and families) as well.
We are asking for the following items: individual packs of crackers, new adult socks, Slim Jims and travel sized wet wipes and tissues. Keep in mind these items must fit into a sports bottle. We will also accept monetary donations, if you would like to contribute and are not able to shop.

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Check out Michael Purcell as Pastor of the Week on our YouTube channel ( Don’t forget to subscribe!

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The Catawba River Baptist Association will be leading a Mission Trip to Rose Hill, NC September 1-4. We will be helping rebuild homes destroyed by the floods in eastern NC. Cost of the trip will be $10 per night, totaling $30. The site provides lodging, food, and all work materials. This is a great opportunity for anyone new to missions or seasoned veterans. If you would like to join our team or have any questions, please call the CRBA office at 828-437-0137. If you would like to see a video of the mission site click the link. (Video by Daniel Purcell)

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Out of the box

Out of the Box  (Creative ideas to Reach Communities for Christ)

by Josh Hunt @
To begin embracing the stranger is quite simple. Groups only need to make a list of people whom members know in the neighborhood so they can pray for them on a weekly basis. The list need not be long; two people per member is sufficient. From there, the group can host a Matthew Party, named after Matthew the tax collector.8 He was one of the sinners and tax collectors with whom Jesus related at parties—people who were the rejects of first-century Jewish society (see Matt. 9:9–13). Group members’ birthdays provide a good excuse for Matthew Parties. The group can throw a party and invite unchurched friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers to celebrate the birthday with them.
On a simplified and less organized level, group members can use the power of a shared meal or meeting for coffee to embrace the stranger. The entire small group need not be involved—possibly only a couple or a member from the group. For more guidance on the topic of hospitality, visit to download a thirteen-week group discussion and activity guide. — Mark Priddy and Al Roxburgh, “Series Preface,” in Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community That Makes a Difference in the World, Allelon Missional Series (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2010), 153

Partner News

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Burke Hospice & Palliative Care is proud to offer a volunteer program for your church which integrates the terminally ill with the faith community.
The Ambassador Program mobilizes a semi-formal person-to-person network between hospice and local worship centers. Burke Hospice Ambassadors help raise awareness and understanding of what hospice and & palliative care really is.
Ambassadors serve as teachers and educate their congregants about the benefits of hospice, while relieving fears associated with services for those facing life-limiting illness.
Ambassadors receive specific training to build their understanding and awareness of hospice.  They go into their congregations with confidence and help others realize how Burke Hospice & Palliative care can bring hope to their days. 

  • Ambassadors must be 18 years or older.
  • Ambassador must regularly attend and be involved in a local religious group or organization.
  • Ambassadors must attend regularly scheduled Ambassador meetings (three times a year).
  • Ambassadors must be dedicated to help those facing terminal illness learn about and obtain the services of Burke Hospice & Palliative Care.
  • Ambassador must complete a required 1-day training program.

If you don’t have one, please consider teaming with us for an Ambassador for your church.  Call Twyla Hildebrand for more information at 879-1601 Ext 157.

Also, during the current pandemic, Burke Hospice & Palliative Care needs additional masks to provide staff.  Please help stock our food pantry with non-perishable items for our food insecure patients. Thank you so much. 

Beech Glen Baptist Church in Mars Hill, N.C. is seeking a full-time pastor. Seminary and/or bachelor’s degree preferred.  Salary range begins at $52K per year based on education and experience.  Please send resume to “Search Committee, PO Box 715, Mars Hill, NC, 28754” and/or via email to  Applications should include a link to an online sermon or some form of digital media (e.g. CD, DVD, etc…) sent to the PO Box above. Application implies consent to a nationwide background investigation.

Mt. Zion Baptist of Hudson, NC is searching for an interim part-time Music Director. The position involves to following:

  • Directs the music ministry of the Church.
  • Assists the Pastor in planning all worship services.
  • Arranges and provides music for funerals, special services and other Church-related activities upon request.
  • Model Biblical integrity in all things.
  • Available 12 to 14 hours per week including partial office hours.

Interested individuals – please e-mail resume to: Sherry White at
You may also mail your resume to: Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1787 Cajah Mtn. Road, Hudson, NC 28638, Attn: Search Committee

Church News

Antioch Baptist 
is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Cornerstone Baptist Church is excited to annouce that they have called Dr. Jay Robinson to be their Senior Pastor.

El Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth to join their ministerial staff. Please send resumes and questions to

Mull’s Grove is excited to share they have called Rev. Rev. Drue Thompson as their new Senior Pastor. Drue, his wife Ashleigh and their daughter Sadie will begin their ministry at Mull’s Grove Baptist on September 6, 2020.