Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
May the Lord God Almighty bless you, your family, your ministry, and your church in the coming New Year. Cathy and I thank you for your love and prayer support of our ministry. We are grateful and appreciate the financial support of our family by The Augusta Association of Baptist Churches. Thank you for an amazing 2015, to God be the glory for the great things He has done!
Prayers For Surgery, Recovery, and Time Off
Please pray for me as I recover from a full replacement shoulder surgery. I have planned only 7 days of office work in December. Please contact the office and Robert Driggers (Association’s Moderator) if you need help during my absence.
Great Year of Missions, Ministry, and Cooperation We have been engaged in both missions and ministry activities at the church, association, state, and out of state levels of sharing the Gospel Ministry. We have 2015 Annual Reports available in hard copy at our office if your church needs a copy (full report).
Historic Year in Augusta
We just finished the first full year of our partnership with the G.B.C. and our future is bright. We now have a unique missions training facility located in a South Augusta Neighborhood. The Augusta Mission Center at Glenn Hills was utilized in so many ways last year. One night we had a service in which five cultures worshiped together at the center: African American, Anglo, Korean, Chinese, and Hispanic. This is huge for South Augusta. Our association experienced an amazing year of ministry through our Reciprocating Partnership with the Allegheny Association of Southern Baptist Churches. More churches, Baptist Associations, salvations experiences, mission trips, backpacks collected, than ever before. We now have a Partnership with a sister association, the Washington Association, with David Self as the Associational Missionary. They donated 470 backpacks to our distribution numbers and sent a team to Meadow Bridge, W.V. We have made contact with other associations about partnering with us in 2016.
The Augusta Project
Reciprocating Partnership 2015: Five Association’s churches were involved with us during our campaign of collecting Backpacks For Appalachia. Over 20 churches were involved in mission trips through us to the Allegheny Association of Southern Baptist Churches. Augusta collected 796 backpacks and our goal was 550. All other partners combined donated 1,010, for a grand total of 1,806 backpacks. We delivered backpacks, over 900 coats, shoes, and other items to 9 locations in W.V.
Church Revitalization: Six pastors are reviewing “Thrive” and considering full church revitalization strategies in their churches. Many of our pastors met 10 times at our Pastors Round Table meetings.
Missions and Ministry Centers: We have organized a Board of Directors for The Augusta Mission Center at Glenn Hills. We are close to finalizing a shared space with Rev. Larry Glover, who is an African American. We had over 12,000 man hours donated to the work at The Augusta Mission Center supplied by students, and churches from 9 states. There were two separate articles written in the Christian Index about both the Augusta Project and The Augusta Mission Center at Glenn Hills.
The Broad Street Ministry Center experienced 91 Professions of Faith in 2015. We fed 200 families for Thanksgiving and plan to feed 100 families for Christmas. We have 15 new local businesses partnering with us to feed the working poor.
Missions Training: We trained 5 new church planters who will be planting churches around our association. We had 75 students working with P2 Mission Projects who worked with our church planters. Our training in Appalachian Ministry and Appalachian Culture, by Rev. Bill Barker, was outstanding. We canvassed neighborhoods and looked for new mission opportunities. Association leaders began a process targeting on how to deal with 40 different languages spoken in Richmond County, and 38 languages spoken in Columbia County.
Cross Cultural Commission: Our commissioners and volunteers were involved in several action activities and ministry events, here are a few: volunteers worked at The Head of the Giant, a homeless women’s and children shelter; worked at The Augusta Mission Center on buildings and grounds, sponsored a Back Yard Bible Club at The Augusta Mission Center, helped at the Broad Street Ministry Center Back to School event, fed 300 people from the area around Glenn Hills for Thanksgiving. Commission met 10 times in 2015 at The Baptist Center in Augusta. Last year we focused on events and working together across cultural lines to be on mission and accomplish ministry as a group. This year we will engage in more activities and events.
In His Secure Grip,