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2014 BMAA National Meeting Schedule

APRIL 28-30, 2014


7:00 pm – First General Session

  • Introduction of guests for official welcome to Little Rock, AR
  • Sounding of the gavel declaring the meeting open
  • Introduction of the Host Committee
  • Introduction of the Committee on Arrangements
  • Introduction of Officers
  • President’s Message



8:30 am – WMA Meeting
8:30 am – Brotherhood Meeting
10:00 am – Pastor’s and Laymen’s Conference


3:00 pm – Second General Session

  • Opening instructions to the messengers
  • Initial Report of Enrollment Committee
  • Petitioning Churches
  • Proposed Changes to the Statement of Principles of Cooperation
  • Nominees for Nomination Committee
  • Clerk’s Report
  • Moral Action Agency Report
  • Miscellaneous Business



7:00pm – Third General Session

  • Central Baptist College Choir
  • Violinist Jamie Jorge
  • Annual Sermon – Eric Johnson



8:30am – Fourth General Session

  • WMA report
  • Brotherhood report
  • Master’s Builders report
  • Coordinating Council’s report
  • Nominating Committee’s report
  • Lifeword report
  • Vote on any changes to the Statement of Principles of Cooperation
  • Committee on Arrangements report
  • Ministers Resource Services report
  • Miscellaneous business



2:00pm – Fifth General Session

  • BMA Seminary report
  • Revolving Loan Fund report
  • DiscipleGuide Church Resource report
  • Final Nominating Committee’s report
  • Minute and Clerk Hire
  • Election of Officers and Annual Speaker
  • Election of Missions Advisory Committee members
  • Final report of Enrollment Committee
  • Miscellaneous business



7:00pm – Sixth General Session

  • Missions Department report
  • Closing of the 65th annual session
  • Missionary Commissioning Service

Pastor’s Conference to Be A Celebration

2014NatMeetingWebThe annual Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference at the BMAA National Meeting in Little Rock will be a time of celebration for the amazing things God is doing through the ministry of the BMA, according to DiscipleGuide Conference Director, Donny Parrish.

“For the past several years our BMA leaders have been stressing to us the need to plant new churches, make disciples and to meet our culture head-on,” said Parrish. “DiscipleGuide has brought in speakers from around the nation to help us understand how to meet this challenge. This year, we thought you might like to hear how those efforts are paying off.”

The conference will feature several BMA Church Planters from the US and around the world sharing short snapshots (none longer than 10 minutes) of people whose lives are being changed by the gospel, and by the ministries of the BMA. Participants will have the opportunity to meet many of these folks by video.

“If it’s true that people become what they celebrate, we want to be sure and celebrate making disciples,” said Parrish.

The Pastor’s Conference is slated for Tuesday, April 29 at 10:00 in the main ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center.  The conference is an annual event of the BMAA National Meeting and is sponsored by DiscipleGuide Church Resources.

Be Our Honored Guest: Let Us Give you a Personalized Campus Tour

From The Baptist Trumpet
By Terry Kimbrow
Central Baptist College President


Artist rendering of room layout in new hall

We are gearing up for what looks like a record-breaking year at Central Baptist College. Is CBC right for you? There is no better way for a student to get a good feel of CBC than to physically come on to the campus and take a personalized tour of our facilities and meet our dedicated staff.

Parents, pastors, youth ministers, you owe it to your students to encourage them to visit CBC before making a college choice. I frequently tell young men and women, “God will use a campus visit to speak to you relative to your college decision.” I really believe that! I have witnessed it many times.

Our admissions office has given over 400 personalized campus tours this year, in addition to hosting groups from private schools and other organizations. Classes are filling quickly and housing space is limited so schedule your personalized tour today.

Each personalized campus tour will include the following:

• Reserved parking spot with your name on it right in front of the Mabee Student Center;
• Personalized agenda designed to answer all of your questions you might have about Central Baptist College;
• Tour of the Mabee Student Services Complex to get information about Student Services, Mustang Grill and Dining Hall;
• Visit to the Bishop Bookstore to shop for your CBC gear;
• Tour of the Cooper Educational Complex to see the Computer Labs, Departmental Offices and Burgess Auditorium;
• Tour of the new Story Library and a stop at Café 52 for a Latte on us;
• Tour of the Watkins Academic Building to visit the Financial Aid Office, Registrar’s Office and Business Office;
• Personal visit to the President’s Office where you will receive a special gift, and I would love to visit with you if I am in the office;
• Tour of the Residence Halls and AR Reddin Fieldhouse for students who are interested in living on campus and/or athletics; and
• Lunch on us in the Childers Dining Hall if it works in your schedule.

To register for a tour online visit cbc. edu and click on Admissions on the home page. Then simply click “schedule a visit” and fill out the information and submit. For questions, additional information, or to schedule a visit by phone, contact the CBC Admissions Office at (501) 329-6873.


Artist rendering of room layout in new hall

Be Among The First Residents In The New Hall

Construction on our new residence hall is on schedule for opening this fall. You can be among the first students to live in this new building. The 150-bed residence hall will house two students per room, each with a private bathroom, with the possibility of some private rooms (subject to availability). Students will enter the building to a lounge and game area. The building is actually two residence halls in one structure. Women will be housed on one end and men on the other, made possible by security provided by electronic card swipe access. All public areas will be monitored by the campus camera system.

Each room comes fully furnished with two sets of the following furniture: loftable bed, twin mattress, desk, chair, wardrobe and nightstand/ small chest of drawers. This building also has central heat and air (each room having its own programmable thermostat), cable television connection and wi-fi.

Priority application deadlines for the new residence hall are April 24 for current students and July 1 for new students. If you have a roommate preference or any other request(s) regarding your room assignment, be sure and apply by the priority deadlines!

BMALife To Live-Stream BMA National Meeting

BMALIFE_TVPortions of the 2014 BMAA National Meeting will be streamed live from Little Rock, Arkansas courtesy of the BMA America Production Team. “We’re inviting people in the BMA Family from around the world to join us in this celebration of the ministry of the BMA,” says BMA America Communication Engineer, Phillip Rice. Sessions streamed live will include: Monday, April 28, 7:00 pm – First General Session

Featuring special music and a message by BMA President, Ed Stephenson

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 pm – Third General Session

Featuring the Central Baptist College Choir, a concert by violinist, Jamie Jorge and a message by BMA Missionary, Eric Johnson

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 pm – Sixth General Session

Featuring a look into the world of BMA Missions, and the commissioning of new BMA missionary families

To view the live broadcast of the BMA National Meeting go to www.bmalife.com/tv. BMAlife.com is the new website launched by the BMA Production Team where people can view all the latest news from the BMA around the world. Reports from BMA Missionaries from around the globe, news from Lifeword Media Ministries, reports from DiscipleGuide Church Resources, including live broadcasts from many DiscipleGuide conferences, as well as updates from BMA Seminary are posted daily.

Farley Street Dedicates New Building

BPApr162014-emailBy Paul Gauntt
(From the Baptist Progress)

Farley Street Baptist church worshippers and visitors braved inclement weather Sunday, April 6 to attend the dedication of the new, $4.3 million worship center.

The backdrop of Pastor Richard Smith’s dedication sermon was the Old Testament account of King Solomon’s dedication of the Temple. Smith is celebrating his 21st anniversary as pastor of Farley Street.

On hand to help in the celebration were Texas State Representative Jim Pitts, and Waxahachie mayor and candidate for State Representative John Wray, who shared some memories of his own concerning Farley Street.

“Many of the lessons of life, which I learned, were learned in kindergarten, back about 40 years ago, when I attended Condor’s Day Care which was located in the back of the old Farley Street Church on Marvin Avenue,” Wray recalled.

Donny Parrish, program director for LifeWord Broadcast Ministries in Conway, Ark. and his wife, Datha, were present for the services. Parrish represented all of the national leaders of the Baptist Missionary Association of America in congratulating Farley Street.

“I want members of Farley Street to know hundreds of BMA churches across the land are looking at you,” Parrish said. “I told the rest of the (national directors) that if nobody else was able to come to this dedication, I would be more than glad.”

Immediately after Parrish spoke, a video of congratulatory remarks, featuring department heads of the national denomination, was shared.

Other program personalities included Farley Street deacon, Ron Craddick, who recognized the many people who had a hand in the building program, and awarded the “Servants Heart Award” to church member and deacon Randy Stinson, who led the building committee during the 18-month building project, and Debbie Barnard, who headed up the decoration committee. Deacon Billy Walker presented the pastor with a plaque which will be displayed on the front of the building.

Music was conducted by Larry Wood, music-creative arts director for Farley Street. The 50-voice Farley Street Celebration Choir sang a Brooklyn Tabernacle spiritual, “Thou Oh Lord.”

Blanton Feastor, education pastor for the church, led the congregation in a responsive reading.

The worship center, which houses office complex, adult Sunday school rooms and choir rehearsal room, was added to the phase I facility, completed in November 2008. The two buildings together have a total of 76,000 square feet of space.

For further information about the church, visit the website at www.farleystreet.com, or call the church office at 972- 935-0000.

Paul Gauntt is the former BMA of Texas Department of Church Ministries director. He has served several churches as pastor, and is a correspondent and featured article writer for Baptist Progress. Contact him at paul.gauntt@att.net.

Music Department to Perform The Musical “Show Boat”

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Enjoy one of the Broadway classics at a two-night event directed by Suzanne Banister and performed by the Central Baptist College Music Department.

The public is invited to attend this event on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 both at 7 p.m. in the Burgess Auditorium of the Cooper Complex. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and script and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Edna Ferber’s bestselling novel of the same name, the musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat. Its themes include racial prejudice and enduring love. The musical contributed such classic songs as Ol’ Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.


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.

















Deadline to Make Hotel Reservations

2014NatMeetingWebThe deadlines to reserve rooms at the discounted rate for the upcoming BMA of America meeting in Little Rock are as follows:

Marriott- March 28, 2014
Call 501-906-4000

Holiday Inn Presidential- March 28, 2014
Call 501-375-2100

Comfort Inn & Suites-Downtown- April 13, 2014
Call 501-687-7700

You are encouraged to make your reservation as early as possible. Please indicate you are with the Baptist Missionary Association of America to receive the discounted rate.

BMAA Committee on Arrangements


Bro. James Goodwin Passes Away

From the Baptist Trumpet

James W. Goodwin, 92, of Conway, died on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at his home. He was born on Wednesday, February 1, 1922 in Greenbrier, to the late W.H. ìBudî and Arbell (Risner) Goodwin.

He is a retired Baptist Minister of fifty-six years and a thirty year U.S. Army Veteran. He served in WWII and Korea. He received three battle stars; one each for the Battle of France, the Battle of Rhineland and the Battle of the Bulge. He received one U.S. Presidential Unit Citation and one Korean Presidential Citation. He pastored churches in Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri and California.

James is survived by his wife of seventy years, Clestine (Herring) Goodwin of Conway; his children, Jim Goodwin (Iva) of Fresno, CA, Carolyn Chapman (Harold) of Loomis, CA, Helen Trublood of North Little Rock, AR, Bill Goodwin (Debbie) of Batesville, AR, Jerry Goodwin (Bonnie) of Bald Knob, AR, Mary Bonner (John) of Easton, PA, and Sherri Duarte (Mike) of Morgan Hill, CA; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister, one son-in-law, Bill Trublood, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 10, 2014 at Springhill Baptist Church in Greenbrier. Burial will follow in McNew Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lifeword Ministries, P.O. Box 6, Conway, AR 72033.

Roller McNutt Funeral Home, Conway, AR