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Dr. Michael Haynes
Director of Ethnic and
Rev. Samuel González
Director of Grand Oak Mission Center
Mrs. Dinah Ensor
Director of Church Health
Dr. Bob Perry
Mrs. Burnace Smith
Mrs. Patti Irvin
Youth Ministry Consultant
Rev. Doug Watson
Church Health Planting Consultant
Rev. Craig Coppenbarger
834 W. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65807
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DATES TO REMEMBER
8-9 National WMU Celebration and Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland
10-11 Southern Baptist Convention Baltimore, Maryland
12 Camp Registration Deadline
16-17 Ethnic Pastor's Retreat
30-Jul 4 SoulQuench Youth Camp, Baptist Hill
1-4 SoulQuench continues
4 Independence Day, GCBA office closed GOMC closed
10 Jerusalem Project Meeting, 11:30
12 Ozarks Berry Festival, 9-3, Remington's
12-19 GCBA VBS Annual Mission Trip, MX
19-26 GCBA Soccer Tournament Mission Trip to Guadalajara, MX
21-25 Girls Camp, Baptist Hill
28-Aug 1 GCBA Boys Camp, Baptist Hill
31 GCBA WMU Annual Meeting, 3-7:45
GCBA SUMMER CAMPS 2014
June 30 - July 4
Students entering 7th grade through
just completed 12 grade
July 21 - July 25
Girls entering 4th - 7th grades
Boys entering 4th- 7th grades
July 28 - August 1
Church Planting Challenge
In the last 5 years the concept of Church Planting has become more widely known and it seems like each one of us is somehow connected to a church plant or at least knows a church planter. GCBA has led the way in our state for starting new churches. In 2000 the GCBA had 73 congregations and by the end of 2013 we grew to over 100 congregations! All I can say is, "Well Done!"
Church Planting is on the rise and this is great news because the need for new churches is greater than ever! Right now in Greene County there is only one church for every 2,745 residents. To quote Will Smith in his movie I AM LEGEND, we need to, "Keep lighting up the darkness because the ones trying to destroy this world are not taking a day off."
Church Planters. We need men and women who are willing to step out on faith and answer God's call to start a church. There has been a decline recently in the number of people willing to do this. I believe it's because word has gotten out that church planting is not easy. No Time, No Money, and No Health Insurance quickly become the way of life for a church planter. A church planter must find joy in being right in the center of God's will despite the circumstances.
The dynamics of church planting is changing. We need guys and gals who are willing to work a second or even third job to support their mission. We need planters who are willing to get down in the trenches and do ministry and not just open a door on Sunday mornings. If this is for you, I would love to meet with you.
Sponsoring Churches. The need is just as great for churches to strategically partner with church plants and church planters. There are many ways to be a sponsor. Most of them don't require writing a check every month. We need coaches and mentors. Would you be willing to come along side a church planter and help him through his journey? We also need space. Do you have an extra office or classroom that a planter could use throughout the week? Would you allow a planter to use a gathering space when you were not using it? We also need stuff. One church's trash can be a church planter's gold mine! Do you have old chairs, communion trays, baptism robes, offering plates, or children's toys lying around? If you do, I am sure we can find a new home.
Employers. We are looking for business owners who would be willing to work with us to employ our planters. If you are looking to hire a hard working individual and the hours are somewhat flexible and conducive to ministry type work, we would love to talk to you.
Prayer Warriors. We need people to pray. We need people who will spend time on their knees praying for our planters who experience great resistance from the enemy.
Greater things are yet to be done in our city! Please join us as we light up the darkness! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to talk church planting.
Church Planting Consultant
GCBA CAMP DATES
June 30-July 4
Campers-$150, postmarked by June 12; after $165
Camp Director-Gary Standefer
Assistant Director-Cray Allred
Campers-$95 postmarked by June 12; after $105
Camp Director-Treva Swadley
Assistant Director-Kari Murry
July 28-Aug 1
Campers-$95 postmarked by June 12; after $105
Camp Director-Scott Greer
Assistant Director-John McGaughey
To download camp forms, maps and other information please go to www.gbaptist.org and click on camps.
Deadline for registration
- June 12 -
**Sponsor a Camper**
All three camps are in need of scholarship assistance for some campers. Please pray about helping someone enjoy a week at Baptist Hill...change a life for eternity.
Join several Student Ministries for a
June 23 - 25, 9:00
Cost: $49 per student, includes a Serve Springfield water bottle, training sessions each morning, service opportunities throughout the day, lunch, dinner, nightly worship and one final night of worship at the historic Gillioz Theater in downtown Springfield. Contact Cory West at Second Baptist Church, 417-887-3111 or to go: www.facebook.com/events/717156678346842/.
2014 Annual Meeting
Monday, September 15
Iglesia Bautista Casa de Oracion
We have invited Pastor Omar Rodriquez, President of Emmanuel Baptist Convention in Guadalajara, Mexico, to share with us about how God is working in Guadalajara.
O z a r k s B e r r y F e s t i v a l
Missouri Baptist Children's Home
Saturday, July 12
9 - 3
Craft Auction 9:30 - 10:30
Quilt Auction 10:30 - 3:00
If you plan to submit your crafts or quilts please contact
Joann Britt at 816-898-1094 for more information.
A Special Thank you to Second Baptist Church, Springfield, for hosting, and for our Presenters at the Building Dynamic Pastors Conference, on April 24. What a terrific time.
Saturday, June 14
"All you can eat" for $5
2520 N. Glenstone, Springfield
Support GCBA Boys Camp by participating in this event.
Pastor Gene Marcum
For serving faithfully at
First Baptist Church,
Sunday, June 8
Gene Will celebrate both his:
25th Year at Ash Grove
and his retirement!
Transformational Church Conference
Monday, October 6, 2014
with Ed Stetzer,
Vice President of LifeWay Christian Resources
Southern Baptist Convention
Bass Chapel is seeking a part-time Youth Pastor. This is a paid position. Contact Pastor Michael Summers at 417-599-1810. Send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harmony is accepting resumes for a full time Ministry Assistant. Send
resumes to email@example.com.
Harold Baptist Homecoming Service is Sunday, June 1. Worship Service at 10:45 am, followed by Fellowship Dinner and 1:30 pm service. Contact Pastor Kenny Killingsworth, at 417-788-2399.
Orchard Crest is seeking a part-time Youth Director. For information, visit www.orchardcrest.org, and to submit resume.
Willard First is accepting resumes for a Bi-Vocational Music Minister. Send resumes to First Baptist Church, PO Box 188, Willard, MO 65781 c/o Search Committee.
Grand Oak Mission Center
Churches responsible for
food in June
Ash Grove 1st, Cedar Bluff
Fair Grove 1st, Fender Chapel, Immanuel
Walnut Grove 1st
Guadalajara, Mexico Trip
July 19 - 26, 2014
In addition there will be the following activities:
*Personal witnessing with salvation bracelets
Sponsored by: Kingdom Sports, GCBA, Emmanuel Baptist Mexican Convention
Also pray for:
Guadalajara VBS Annual Mission Trip
July 12 - 19, 2014
Many Mission opportunities. Contact Samuel Gonzalez, 417-869-2557 or Robb Chandler, 417-880-0391 for more information.
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