Blue Ridge Baptist Association
Monday, April 23, 2018
A family of churches sharing the good news of the Gospel




 Volume 44, Edition 3,4                                                                                                                                                              March/April 2018
 Blue Ridge Baptist Association
337 Garden Creek Road
Marion, NC 28752
Email for Administrative Assistant:




                    01        Mrs. Danielle Walker

                    07        Dr. Tom Walker

                    14        Mrs. Miriam Upton

                    26        Mrs. Alice Hughes     



                    01        Pastors’ Social, 10:30 a.m., at Equip Missionary Training Facility

                    04        Youth Week and Week of Prayer/Study – Annie Armstrong Offering

                    10        Deacon Training at Cross Memorial Baptist Church, 8:00 a.m.

                    11        Daylight Savings Time Begins – Spring Forward!

                    18        Church Planting Emphasis & Substance Abuse Prevention Sunday

                    30        Good Friday              






               01        Rev. Jim Brewer

               03        Rev. Brian Gentry

               24        Rev. Michael Robinson



               30        Rev. and Mrs. Marty Conner



               01        Easter

               05        Pastors’ Social/Fellowship Meeting, 10:30 a.m., Countryside BBQ

               08        Cooperative Program Sunday

               09        Executive Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Garden Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

               15        Baptist Doctrine Sunday

               22        SBC Seminaries Sunday





 Training Opportunities for Churches and Associations – All classes are free. To register for a class, contact Judy Autry at   For Office and Google apps go to


SPLASH: Show People Love and Share Him – Relational Evangelism in a Post Christian Culture. With Ken Hemphill. April 14, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Buncombe Baptist Association in Asheville, NC. Register by calling 828-252-1864 or 828-782-0545.  If you plan to attend and would be interested in completing a questionnaire 3 weeks prior to the event, please let Sharon at the Association office know.  (The form is not required, but is for someone working on his dissertation.)


From Maintenance to Multiplication – Providence Baptist Church, 6339 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC April 18 8:30 a.m. – noon or April 19 at Christ Community Church, 16301 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC. For more information and registration go to



LifeTouch has brought a folder to the Association Office with information for churches about church directories. If you are interested in looking at this information, contact Sharon at the office.



Ashworth Road Baptist Church, Marion, NC is prayerfully seeking a bi-vocational pastor to faithfully preach and teach the Word of God and lead our congregation. We are a conservative and mission minded Southern Baptist Church with an average attendance of 25-30 with an expectation of growth. The pastor will lead three services each week (Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday evening) and minister to the needs of the congregation. Please send resumes that include a statement of faith, education and years of experience to: Ashworth Road Baptist Church, PO Box 734, Marion, NC 28752.


Thank you!

Thank you to Clinchfield Baptist for hosting the February Senior Adult Rally! 

Thank you to Calvary Baptist and Hankins Baptist Church for helping stock food items for the Food Pantry.

Thank you to the churches who have helped support Good News Club! God is using this program to reach children with the Gospel!

Thank you to Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church for hosting the UN1TE Ignite Youth Rally

February 17th



Beginning on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2018. 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017, 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.



Come out and support the 2nd Annual South Mountain Baptist Camp 5K & Fun Run on Saturday, March 10th at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, NC! Registration will begin at 8AM, the 5K will begin at 9AM, and the 1-Mile Fun Run will begin at 9:45AM. There will be prizes for top finishers in each age category, as well as special treats waiting for everyone when they cross the finish line! Let your kids have fun by dressing up as their favorite superhero or princess for the Fun Run. You can register online at and searching “South Mountain Baptist Camp”.  We hope to see you all there!



Macedonia Baptist Church will be having a singing on April 14 at 3:00 p.m. with a cookout following the singing.   Truly Blessed and His Fold will be singing.




Local Operation Inasmuch events are April 28 or May 5, but churches can choose any date they prefer.  This is a One Day Missions Blitz that many churches have found very effective in building an outward focus.  NC Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission will be offering information and training sessions on Saturday mornings from 9 am – 12 noon on a Saturday.  The sessions are free, but to help prepare, register for a session closest to you at: 





Has your deacon ministry grown stale, tedious, or contentious?  Do you and your deacons dread the monthly meeting because of endless discussions about budgets, buildings, and bodies?  Have you ever said to yourself, “Why should I be there?  God won’t be!”  Let’s face it.  Most of us lead churches with a boring, lifeless deacon ministry who meet in boring, lifeless meetings led by men who view themselves as fiscal managers, not spiritual leaders.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!

The longer I’m in the ministry the more I am convinced that a vibrant, well-balanced, Spirit-led deacon ministry is essential for Spirit-filled worship, Gospel-focused missions, and Disciple-making ministry.  I invite you to join me as we discuss Having a Spirit-filled Deacon Ministry.  In this training we will explore what God intended for the ministry of our churches and how we can hit the “re-set” button on the most important ministry of our church.  I challenge you, Pastor, to personally invite at least one person (current Chair or Vice-Chair, maybe even a prospective deacon) to this vital training that could revitalize you and your church’s vision on Having a Spirit-filled Deacon Ministry.


Training will take place March 10th at 8:00 a.m. This will be at Cross Memorial Baptist Church.  Breakfast will be served. Please let Jim Brewer know if you will be attending by March 7th so that an adequate amount of food can be prepared.


Pastor Drew Dalton, FBC Old Fort





For those churches that prepare backpacks for the Appalachian Christmas Outreach, please be aware that there are changes this year in preparing those backpacks. This includes changes in the age groups, labeling and a few other changes.  The link to review the changes is:




Tuesday, May 1, 2018

9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Rich Fork Baptist Church

3993 Old US Highway 29

Thomasville, NC 27360


The 2018 conference “Living Forward,” will encourage pastors and lay leaders of aging adults—as well as senior adults themselves! The conference will feature special speakers, uplifting music, breakout sessions, related vendors and a Parade of Churches that highlights innovative ways to empower senior adult ministries. A delicious lunch is included! Cost for the conference is $10.  Call 877.506.2226 or visit to learn more or register.





WEEK 1 – JUNE 23-27, 2018

WEEK 2 – JUNE 28-JULY 2, 2018


Georgia Baptist Conference Center,

Toccoa, Georgia


Evangelize Disciple Transform


Standard Rate $330 (after 2/28/18)


Visit for a list of speakers, guests, rates and discounts











NC Baptist Financial Services Seminar Monday, March 19, 2018 - 7:00 pm

at Catawba River Baptist Resource Center, 1812 US-70 East, Morganton, NC


NC Baptist Financial Services is the church loan and investment ministry of the NC Baptist Foundation. In this Seminar, you will discover how to . . .

 Secure church loans for constructing church buildings, capital improvements & renovations, land/building purchases and refinancing of church mortgages.

 Participate in a valuable investment instrument as a Baptist individual or church to bring income to you and/or your church.

 Be involved in a ministry of “Baptists helping Baptists” in North Carolina.




Russell Jones & Allen Schuyler, NC Baptist Foundation

Sponsored by:  Catawba River Baptist Association, Morganton - 828.437.0137  Blue Ridge Baptist Association, Marion - 828.559.0685  South Mountain Baptist Association, Vale - 704-462-4472 For more information, contact your associational office or NC Baptist Financial Services, 704.458.5854.