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Tabernacle Baptist Celebrates Anderson

By Keri Southern

Many of us have wonderful memories of Bro. C. Barnwell Anderson. He taught at Jacksonville College for many years and has pastored a number of churches within the BMA throughout his ministerial career. On Sunday, March 2, 2014, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Jacksonville, TX, hosted a special celebration of Bro. Anderson’s third retirement. The attached pictures show Bro. Anderson, Mrs. Annabelle Anderson, Bro. Bob McMakin, and Dr. Charley Holmes. Please join us as we praise God for His faithful servants.

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Sharing the Rock

Inspiring a missionary vision is part of the Baptist Missionary Association of America’s stated purpose and intent for its departments and agencies. Churches of the association meet annually to keep informed of how the various departments, committees, and auxiliaries accomplish the purpose. The 2013 national association meeting involved more than just listening to reports. It included an intentional effort to assist a new church plant in Norman, Oklahoma.

BMA national department directors Scott Attebery of DiscipleGuide Church Resources, Steve Crawley of Lifeword, Dr. Charley Holmes of BMA Seminary, and Dr. John David Smith of BMA Missions invited those attending the annual association meeting to join them in a door-to-door evangelistic effort on behalf of the New Generation Baptist Church, a mission project of the BMA of Oklahoma. The church’s missionary pastor, Steve Puckett, said, “I was encouraged to see the interest and support of those who participated in the outreach. They also encouraged those from our church who were there.”

In what directors called the “Norman Invasion,” fifty-two individuals gathered to participate by forming small teams designed to canvas neighborhoods near New Generation. Ten others provided prayer support. According to Holmes, the teams contacted 175 residents in less than 2 hours and shared the gospel with 41 of them. Eight of those who heard the gospel made personal professions of faith! More than a dozen others showed interest in attending the church.

Building on the inaugural event in Norman, national department directors have planned a similar effort for the 2014 annual meeting of the BMAA in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Sharing the Rock with Little Rock” will allow attendees to join BMA departmental leaders in an evangelistic outreach to the city. Paul White, Missions Director for the BMA of Arkansas, expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to work with the national directors, local churches, and state mission projects in organizing the effort. He said, “This is one of the best things we’ve come up with. It gives purpose to our being in Little Rock for the national meeting.” Initial plans include possibilities for outreach to the downtown River Front area, neighborhoods near BMA churches, and a medical clinic designed to reach the Hispanic community.

Holmes added, “Flexibility is a must when coordinating such a project that involves people from many locations. Having participants sign up in advance should help the directors secure an adequate supply of literature and to organize the logistics of assigning teams to various locations. We hope that participants will include those who can form both visitation and prayer teams. We pray that the number of participants will double in Little Rock to include more than a 100 visitors and 20 prayer partners.”

The directors encourage interested participants to sign up before April 1, 2014 by one of two means. First, participants can email their names, mailing addresses, and cell phone numbers to Carol Shine at carol.shine@bmats.edu. Second, participants can sign up by phone by calling 1-800-259-5673 and mentioning the “Sharing the Rock with Little Rock” outreach effort. Participants will meet on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Updated information regarding the “Sharing the Rock with Little Rock” effort appears on Facebook at Arkansas State Missions and BMA Seminary.

Regarding his hopes for “Sharing the Rock with Little Rock,” White said, “My first priority is to have teams that share Christ. Second, is to guide people to one of our churches if they need a church home. Third, is to energize and encourage our Little Rock area pastors by making the BMA churches better known. There is something about missions that excites. I can see a ripple effect that begins in Little Rock and goes back to our churches.”

Equipping The Equippers

By Philip Attebery
BMA Theological Seminary
(From Mission:World magazine September/October issue)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe purpose of the Baptist Missionary Association of America (BMA) calls for cooperating departments and agencies that work together to inspire missions and assist local churches in carrying out the Great Commission (Statement of Principles of Cooperation Article II).  The seminary’s role in the overall purpose of the BMA allows it the privilege of using higher education to equip individuals for Christian service and leadership. Christ’s commission to “teach” or “make disciples” is the mission for all of God’s people. Although not every individual will serve vocationally as a missionary, each should prepare for God’s missional and commissional intentions for his or her life.  Every servant and leader (regardless of his or her position in a local church) should know how to study the Bible, pray, worship, give, witness, and serve.

The BMA Seminary’s commitment to the Great Commission motivates its passion for making disciple-makers. Dr. Ronnie Johnson, Professor of Christian Education, says, “Much of the seminary’s success generates from an enthusiasm for making sure students experience making disciple-makers from both student and teacher points of view.” In 2009, the BMA initiated the development of an intentional strategy for assisting churches in making disciples.  The resulting curriculum, DiscipleWay: 7 Disciplines for Maturing in Christ, included the input and content management of the seminary’s faculty, administration, alumni, and trustees along with many others friendly to the concept of spiritual growth (pastors, missionaries, youth ministers, etc.). The material, finalized and released in April 2011, focuses upon the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, worship, giving, witnessing, service, and leadership.

In August 2011, the seminary hosted one of the first DiscipleWay training sessions and encouraged all faculty members to complete the training and certification process. The DiscipleWay training informs participants of biblical foundations and educational philosophy while modeling an experiential learning technique. DiscipleWay training emphasizes the disciple making commission given through Christ’s command in Matthew 28:19 and fits well with the seminary faculty’s growing interest in disciple making.

The seminary’s faculty embraced the DiscipleWay philosophy whole-heartedly and decided in 2012 to include DiscipleWay training as a requirement for every student.  According to Johnson, “The curriculum design for each ministerial leadership degree pro­duces disciple-makers and provides graduates with a repeatable and intentional process transferrable beyond enrollment in the seminary. The DiscipleWay material used in disciple-making classes will be avail­able for students to use with their own disciples in the future. The results have been outstanding.”  The seminary’s president, Dr. Charley Holmes, began using the DiscipleWay material with students during both its pilot stage and upon its initial release. According to Holmes, “I have seen more spiritual growth among our students in the past eighteen months by using DiscipleWay than I have in the past eighteen years.”

Dr. David Hellwig, Professor of Biblical Studies, expressed his gratitude for the addition of DiscipleWay to the school’s curriculum, “DiscipleWay has allowed greater interaction between the professor and students during both the inductive Bible studies and times of going out for on-the-job-training (i.e., evangelism) and service projects. It is exciting to watch students grow in these disciplines personally and to hear about how they believe these disciplines will help them lead their churches and families in a better way.”  Hellwig considers DiscipleWay “the perfect tool for the BMA Seminary to wed Bible exposition and practical application together.” For example one student commented in class on how he dreaded the witnessing portion of the class but experienced a change of heart during the course. Hellwig observed that by the time the semester ended, the student “realized how important his witness can be in a casual, conversational manner and how he has already been able to use this approach outside of the classroom.”

One graduate student commented, “By the grace of God I have been in the preaching ministry for ten years now and nine of those years have been as a pastor. I have heard many pastors make the statement that our greatest failure in the church is that we haven’t properly discipled our people, and to that I not only agree, but I am also guilty of that failure. I also know that it is hard to help people grow without good material, and that material is not only here, but it is also written by the BMA . . . I firmly believe that if every church would participate in the DiscipleWay we would see not only a change in our local churches, but also in the communities we live in.”

Another graduate student reflected upon his expectations for seminary education, “I thought my seminary education would teach me how to do things like study the Bible, leading people to Christ, and reaching out to my community. I thought that seminary would teach me how to minister like Jesus. Now that I’ve taken the seminary’s DiscipleWay courses, I have found what I was looking for.”  Other students agree and have expressed their enthusiasm by saying the following: “Discipleway is a tool, a good tool that will grow exponentially over time.” “I feel extraordinarily equipped to help people learn how to study their Bibles, pray, and share the Gospel because of DiscipleWay.” “I wish I had DiscipleWay training ten years ago. I am enjoying my ministry more than ever using DiscipleWay.” “I fully intend to use this material in my local church, and I have future plans to use it overseas.” This same student plans to translate DiscipleWay into a European language. He said, “I believe it will be an excellent tool for discipleship with Christians in a missionary endeavor.”

The DiscipleWay material provides a usable guide for directing the discipleship process. One student commented, “The serving booklet is a very beneficial tool for one to be growing in Christ.” As mentioned earlier, DiscipleWay’s design allows the seminary to create hands-on learning experiences for students and participating faculty. For example, students and faculty actually study the Bible together during lessons on Bible study and pray together during lessons on prayer. Students and faculty also give, witness, and serve together. After performing one of the service projects, an undergraduate student commented, “This was an exciting project for me. There was joy just knowing I did something for someone else and they didn’t have to know it or give me recognition for the service.” Another student responded to a serving assignment, “From this day forward, I will walk closer in the steps of Christ . . . Serving is a discipline that every Christian should practice.” Another student saw more benefits, “I will teach my family how to serve God so we will be more effective in His plan for our lives and to leave a legacy of service for future generations to follow.”

Since the late 1990s, BMA Seminary been known for its training of students in Evangelism Explosion (EE). DiscipleWay joined with Evangelism Explosion (EE) to utilize EE’s Everyday Evangelism (Ev2) material for its witnessing discipline.  According to Hellwig, students are grateful “to have a tool for witnessing . . . and look forward to implementing this discipline in their churches.” DiscipleWay service projects have created opportunities for students to share the gospel and lead individuals to Christ. Prior to DiscipleWay, the seminary excelled in equipping students for evangelistic ministry. With DiscipleWay, the seminary has enhanced its ability to accomplish its role within the overall purpose of the BMA and to equip students for a more fully-equipped Great Commission ministry of making disciple-makers.

New Scholarship Initiative

BMA Missions and the BMA Theological Seminary are pleased to announce a new scholarship initiative which will be inaugurated in the Fall Semester of 2013.

For at least 20 years, the Seminary and BMA Missions have worked closely together in training a select group of BMA foreign nationals. In that endeavor, Missions has provided transportation to the United States for national workers that displayed potential to do well with advanced academic training. The Seminary then provided scholarships for housing and tuition. This has worked well in the past and there are currently missionaries from Thailand and Burkino Faso on campus now completing their degrees.

The new scholarship partnership will provide tuition scholarships for North American missionaries and their spouses. This program will make the most of the Seminary’s new online courses, as well as the proven “masters in motion” one week classes. This initiative will make it possible for BMAA elected missionaries as well as selected missionary candidates, to earn a ministry degree and remain on the mission field, uninterrupted.

Scholarship candidates are encou1·aged to contact the Seminary Dean, Dr. Philip Attebery, immediately, to begin the application process. Classes will begin in mid August and the application process takes approximately six weeks. The toll-free number is 800-259-5673.

The Seminary and BMA Missions are praying that the Lord will use this initiative to further magnify His glory on the earth.

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Oklahoma Storm Relief

We have arranged several ways for you to help with the storm relief efforts in the Moore, Oklahoma area.

1. You can donate funds online at www.bmamissions.org by designating your funds to the Disaster Relief category and noting that you would like your donation to be given directly to the Oklahoma Relief Effort. We do want to ensure you that there is no overhead and that your entire donation will be given directly to the relief effort as designated.

2. If you are in the Central Arkansas area, you can bring donations to Lifeword. There are some Lifeword staff members who will be heading to OK next week to assist with the efforts and will gladly carry any donations with them.

3. Southgate Baptist Church, a BMA Church in Moore, will be our source for information on what we can do in the area. That will let us know how we can continue to help in the best way possible as things change and get underway in the next couple of days. We will operate directly through our local church throughout the relief efforts. Contacting Southgate on ways you can help would be a great source if you are considering sending donations or teams to help in the relief effort. Southgate is pastored by Bro. Doug Brewer

More information will be added as we continue to get updates from Southgate Baptist Church.

 

Items that are needed and are being taken as donations.

Baby formula
Bug spray
Bungee cords
Deodorant
Disposable cameras (for insurance claims) Disposable gloves

Dry Food
Face Masks
Gatorade
Feminine hygiene products
Hand sanitizer
Individual wrapped snacks
Pet supplies
Plastic storage containers of all sizes with lids Pre-paid cell phones
Sunscreen
Towels
Trash bags
Tylenol/Aleve/Ibuprofen
Usable tarps of all sizes
Visa money cards
Wal-mart gift cards
Wash clothes/hand towels
Wipes
Bottled Water
Diapers
Clothes (children’s clothes especially) Non-Perishable food items

Where:

Lifeword Media Ministries – 611 Locust Ave
Antioch Baptist Church – 150 Amity Rd
Central Baptist College – 1501 College Ave
Conway Copies – 2505 Donaghey

When:

1st trip to Moore – Leaving May 26 @ 3 from Lifeword

2nd trip to Moore – Leaving June 1st from Antioch

 

Click here to download the information sheet for Oklahoma Storm Relief.

Global Classroom

GlobalClassroomBy John Wade Allen, BMA Missionary in the Philippines (from Mission:World – May/June)

Every Monday evening, students gather together for class at the BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas.  At the same time, over 8,000 miles away, another group of students is preparing to join them. Through the power of the Internet and video conferencing, the classroom is becoming bigger as the world is becoming smaller!

A theological education that is biblically sound and ministerially practical is the key ingredient for a clear understanding of the Word of God and its implications for life. For over 30 years, the BMA Bible College in the Philippines has been producing quality leaders for our churches and ministries, but as the world grows smaller through technology and as the sum of human knowledge increases exponentially each year, we must take up the challenge to raise the bar of educational standards both in our school and among our faculty. The BMA Theological Seminary is helping us accomplish this task!

The BMA Theological Seminary in Texas is offering master’s level courses to students living and working in the Philippines.  While not an official extension campus of the seminary, the Filipino students are integrated into the existing classes meeting in the Grimsley Building in Jacksonville, Texas, and sometimes even together with a class meeting on the campus of Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas.

The Apostle Paul encouraged his young disciple, Timothy, when he wrote, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2)  Training is not intended for students only–training for trainers must be our ultimate goal! We must invest in faithful men who are commited to multiplying that training into others!

This is exactly what our seminary is doing! Through the faithful teaching of our professors at BMATS, pastors and Bible College professors here in the Philippines are receiving practical and biblically sound, theological training that they are then able to multiply into others. While our class sizes may be small–only four to seven students in most cases–the impact of this training is exponentially larger as our students implement the things they learn in their classrooms, pulpits and daily ministries.

I want to thank the Dean, Dr. Philip Attebery, and the Acting Associate Dean, Dr. David Erickson, for their vision for this extension of ministry. We recognize the value of this training and we are very excited about the potential for our students to earn a Master of Arts in Religion without ever leaving the Philippines! This level of training will provide the BMA Bible College in the Philippines with needed credibility for our accreditation with the Philippine Association of Bible and Theological Schools (PABATS) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).