MissionInsight Training

MissionInsight is a tool that enables churches to better understand their congregations and community at large and is free to each of our CRBA churches. It uniquely integrates information about your congregation and visitors with demographic and analytical tools to help you solve your most complex strategic missional challenges. Imagine knowing which projects are most needed ahead of time, what is needed in your neighborhood and what may be changing in your community before those changes happen, enabling you to adapt your future missions accordingly. This training will be offered on Wednesday, December 18th, at 10 a.m. at our CRBA office in Morganton. This free training will be conducted by specialist Chuck Campbell from the Baptist Convention of North Carolina. Whether a pastor, staff member or church leader, this training will help you as you plan to reduce lostness in your community. While this is free, each person is encouraged to call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137 so we can help you be prepared for this wonderful training.

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Our Annual Toy Store Ministry is approaching quickly and we are now scheduling volunteers to serve four-hour shifts December 9th through the 11th. The opportunities are below:

  • Shoppers
  • Counselors
  • Churches to bring a meal for the volunteers
  • People to check-in our guests
  • People to help set-up on Sunday afternoon (December 8th) beginning at 1 p.m.
  • People to help clean-up on Wednesday afternoon (December 11th) beginning at 2 p.m.

We are celebrating 25 years of consistent ministry to Burke County families during the Christmas season. Please join us by praying and volunteering. To volunteer please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137.

In addition to the above, our Spiritual Renewal team is working to improve our follow-up process for those who make decisions during the week. With that in mind, we are asking as many partner churches as possible to provide us with guest information packets from your church. It can be as simple as a folder with a letter from the pastor welcoming prospective families and providing them with some basic information or it can include things like brochures, pictures and information about various ministries in your church or even audio sermons on CD or audio files on a jump drive. Please provide these to the Association office by Wednesday December 4th, so we can better follow up with those who come to Christ during this ministry. 

Lastly, if you have not yet brought your collected toys for Toy Store, please bring them to our CRBA office as soon as possible.

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How do you take a new Christian and help them to become a reproducing disciple? That is a question many have asked and have had difficulty finding the answer. To help our leaders train their church members to become reproducing disciples we will train participating pastors/leaders for 10 weeks beginning January 21st at 10 a.m. at our CRBA office. We (Chuck Campbell and I) will be demonstrating the G3 discipleship tool (The Imperative Life of a Christ Follower) for the purpose of duplicating it in our CRBA churches. We will first be training pastors and staff and then will offer to other leaders. If you are interested in being trained in using this wonderful discipleship tool; meeting weekly for ten weeks and then reproducing it in others, please give us a call at our CRBA office.

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OUT OF THE BOX Christmas Ideas from Outreach Magazine (Ideas to help churches reach people for Jesus during the holidays)

Fido-sitting -Encourage people in your church to offer free pet- and house-sitting services to their traveling neighbors.
Free firewood –Help cut utility costs and secure permission to give away cords of firewood outside local grocery and home stores, as well as Christmas tree lots.
*  Packages for the troops. -Contact the United Service Organizations to send packages to troops serving overseas. Fill each package with necessities and comforts from home: cards and letters of thanks, phone cards, and a Bible.

Parnter News

A family in our community would like to donate an organ to a church that could use it. It is a Wurlitzer organ, with 2 keyboards with one octave pedals on the bottom. Model # 4300 DR; Serial # 932432. All keys and pedals work. It is in good shape. For more information, please call DeLea Payne at 336-262-1020

Church News

Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Cornerstone Baptist Church is seeking a full-time Pastor, please send resumes to cbcsearch1@gmail.com

Corinth Baptist Church,7929 West NC 10 Hwy, Vale, NC 28168 (1/2 mile west of Banoak Elementary School), will present a LIVE NATIVITY on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 6, 7, & 8, from 6-8 PM. Light refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall and crafts for children. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact the church office at 704-462-1547.

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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: drexelfbc@gmail.com

El Bethel is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth. If interested please send your resume’ to worshipleadersearchebbc@gmail.com

Missionary Ridge Baptist is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor. Please send resumes to bmason04@icloud.com.

Mull’s Grove Baptist Church is currently seeking a full-time Senior Pastor. Please send resumes to mgbcpastorsearch19@gmail.com.

Smyrna Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.