2017 Alive Conference

First, we want to say “Thank You” to everyone who helped make the Student ALIVE Conference possible. It is a life changing experience that couldn’t go on without the help of many leaders in our churches. We would also like to say a special “Thank
You” to our speaker, Donny Parish. Donny captured our attention this year and brought us several messages on being transformed. Romans 12:1-2 was the focus of the messages during our weekend stay.

Bro. Donny Parish Teaching The Word

Over the course of four sessions, Donny dug into what Romans 12:1-2 says about our relationship with God and how we can become more like Him. Thursday night, Donny introduced being transformed, that it only comes when we recognized the “mercy of God” — Jesus’ death on Calvary. Accepting God’s mercy is the first step to becoming transformed.

Friday morning, Donny addressed what it means to be a living sacrifice. After accepting God’s mercy, we must become a living sacrifice so God can work through us. Being a living sacrifice entails living a life of mercy, bringing your body (everything you are), and making the choice to stay on the altar and not get off. When we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, God can then transform us by the renewing of our minds.

Bro. Donny Driving Home Another Point About Being Transformed

Bro. Donny Driving Home Another Point About Being Transformed

Friday evening, Donny unfolded what it means to be renewed and why we should not conform to this world. By not conforming, we are able to open our minds to what transformations may come and to the renewal that is necessary. To be renewed, a person must pray for renewal, study God’s Word, and become a disciple of Jesus. When our minds are renewed, we can clear the clutter the world brings and focus on our Creator and the life God has for us. When all these things are applied to one’s life, we can prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Summer Hill, Our Worship Team, leading us in Praise to God

Summer Hill, Our Worship Team, leading us in Praise to God

Saturday morning, Donny wrapped up the weekend by showing us when we are transformed, we will become more like God and show the fruits of His glory. The theme of ALIVE Student Conference was to not arrive transformed but to continue becoming transformed. On top of our four sessions with Donny, we had a small special session with him where we learned about LifeWord and what they do for people around the world. Many of us were challenged to take a leap of faith and join a mission group for over the summer. It sparked many conversations and helped us understand the need for the Gospel and how God’s people are spreading the Word.

Other than the sessions we attended, we were able to go to the Rec Plex and participate in a plethora of activities. There was ice skating, broom hockey, volleyball, basketball, swimming, and a lounge area where anyone could sit and play card games. It was a great time and we all had a blast getting rid of excess energy. We were also able to go to West County Mall where we shopped and ate as many samples in the food court as we could.

Late Friday evening, we were entertained by illusionist, Jared Hall.

Illusionist Jared Hall & “Assistant”

Illusionist Jared Hall & “Assistant”

He did an outstanding job getting us to laugh and be amazed at his talent. A big take away from this conference is the process of being transformed. Donny said being transformed is not reaching the top of the mountain but is the climb up it. It is easy to get caught up with busy schedules and things in today’s society, but the goal is to continue to be a living sacrifice and do our best for God. When we transform, we show God’s light to the world and become more like Him.

We thank everyone again for making ALIVE Student Conference 2017 happen and can’t wait for next year!

Article by Bethel High School Seniors Rachel Licklider & Mandy Dulworth
Pictures by Bethel High School Students Hannah Folk & Rachel Rayfeld

December 2017 – Mission Director’s Report

My wife and I thank you for the Christmas bonus that the messenger approved in our annual meeting. Your support encourages us to do our best in serving the Lord as He leads. Your words of encouragement are also uplifting as we face the challenges before us each day. We have had the privilege of working with the BMA of Missouri Churches in various capacities for 29 years and have grown to love the people whom we serve. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work for the Lord.

As we approach a New Year we are reminded that we need to plan our work and work our plan. Please pray for all the pastors and other leaders in our association as we carry the message of salvation to our world. Pray that we will have the wisdom to know God’s will, the desire to do His will, and the strength to finish His task before us There is much concern about our churches who are seeking pastors who are willing to lead them to grow in the Lord. Please pray for God’s will to be done in each of these churches as they seek God’s direction. We are also concerned about establishing new works in areas that need a greater witness for the Lord. We are praying for men who have a desire to start and establish new churches in our state. We serve the God who can do all things and who does all things well! Let’s make sure we do not hinder His work but that we will always be willing to do as He leads.

As we look forward we are seeking ideas for our 2018 Missions Symposium. If you have any ideas please get in touch with me and share your ideas. Working together we can meet the challenges before us and inspire one another to expand our horizons for the glory of God. We need to plan a meeting that will be of interest to as many as possible and that will challenge all of us to do our best. I welcome your input about this meeting that will take place at Zion Baptist Church in St. Louis May 18-19, 2018.

I have been invited to meet at our world headquarters in Conway, AR the first part of January with representatives from other states where the BMA has churches to discuss how we can coordinate the disaster relief work of our churches. Please pray
that this will be a productive meeting that will help us be better prepared “Helpers.”

Thank you for your cooperation and please pray for our Special Missions Committee as we try to make plans and as we seek ideas to grow the work of the Lord among our churches. Together we can be stronger and more e?ective in the work of the Lord. We
are not in competition with one another, but should be helping one another.

Attention All BMA Churches!

BMA America Information Services Reminder
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By providing the most up-to-date information, your church helps BMA America connect, build relationships and understand the impact BMA churches are making through their local communities with the gospel. Please choose one of the following options to provide BMA America with the most accurate information for your church.

What Can My Church Do?

1. Visit bmaamerica.org to view and edit your church
information. Once on the website, select the “BMA Churches” tab listed at the top, then click on “BMA Church Log In.”
2. Fill out the pre-populated survey you received in the mail and mail to:
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Like the Shepherds We Glorify and Praise Him

Luke 2:1-20
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was
no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their ?ock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great JOY, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even
unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning the child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

Merry Christmas from your Editor and His Wife

90th Annual Meeting of the BMA of Missouri

October 28, 2017 • 9:00 a.m.
Camp Garwood
by Don Burke, Clerk • James Ho?mann, Editor

Fifty-nine messengers (plus several visitors) representing 30 churches met at Camp Garwood for the 90th annual meeting
of the Missouri State Association.
Following the morning devotional from John 17:17 by Leonard Knight, Association President Dale Fish called the Association to order.
Two guests, Philip Attebery representing the BMAA Seminary and Terry Kimbrow representing Central Baptist College, shared
with the body the ministry and needs of their respective schools. The Association voted to send $1,000 from the Missions Fund to each of these. Newly Elected Committeemen
• Alive Committee: Brian Buckley (term ending 2019), Kevin Smith (2020), and Brian Kingston (2021);
• Publication Committee: Ray Thurman (2019), Don Burke (2020);
• Camp Committee: Brian Whitlock (2022);
• Special Missions Committee: Russell Chitwood (2024).
Highlights of Committee Reports
• Alive Committee – announced that this year’s conference is scheduled for December 28-30, 2017 and
will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Chesterfeld.

More information can be found on the Alive Conference page along with instructions about how to register. Registrations must be done by December 1st to get the good rate that the hotel offers.
• Publications Committee – Editor Jim Hoffmann expressed thankfulness for having a good year financially which made it
possible to end the year with a positive balance without having to ask for special offerings.
• BMA Loan Association – Director Dennis Baker reported that we were able to help Emmanuel Baptist Church with a Grant which enabled them to replace heating and air-conditioning units that were needing replaced. Emmanuel’s pastor, Jason Reddin noted that the church was extremely thankful for the help and had already started giving offerings to this fund to show their appreciation.
He mentioned that the need was more critical that first imagined as they found that carbon monoxide was entering their building because of the faulty equipment. Thank God, we had the funds available to help.
• Brotherhood and WMA Reports, indicated that these auxiliaries are doing a great service to the Lord’s work in strengthening the fellowship and outreach of our churches.
Sis. Juanita May reported another successful WMA Retreat with good lessons and fellowship along with an auction that raised more funds for Camp Garwood. Bro. Dennis Baker reported that the Men’s Retreats have continued to bring our men and boys together at Camp Garwood with devotionals, fellowship, and activities that strengthen the relationship in our churches.
• Camp Garwood Report – Direct Chris Polk presented an encouraging report on the 2017 Camp and Retreats. A new dorm was finished and put into use this year and plans are to build a workshop/storage building on the old house site at camp which will allow us to make a more permanent dorm out of the area that has been used as storage and an extra dorm when
needed. We are thankful for all the souls that have been saved at Camp Garwood. (See Bro. Chris’ article on Page 5.)

Ben Kingston gave the annual sermon, taken from Proverbs 2:1-12. His admonitions centered upon “A Search for Wisdom.”
(See notes gleaned from his message on page 5.) Bro. Wayne Gibson expressed our appreciation to Bro. Leonard Knight and Bro. Ben Kingston for the devotional and message. A wonderful noon meal was prepared by the Rockin’ Mobile Café, operated by Dave and Lisa Payne.

After the noon break, the body reconvened for the Missionary Committee meeting. The Special Missions Committee presented
the following recommendations:
1. Bro. James Ho?mann stand as nominee for Missions Director.
2. That Director’s Salary be commensurate with duties asked, to be set by our Advisory committee. (Note: Later the Advisory
Committee set the Director’s Salary at $600 a month.)
3. Bro. Don Burke Stand as nominee for Assistant Missions Director.
4. That we give 1 month’s salary for Christmas Bonus to our Missions Director.
5. That we designate ½ of the Mission Director’s salary as housing allowance.
6. That we continue Revitalization Conferences with Bro. Ben Kingston as Director.
7. That we send $5,000 to BMA Missions Department for aid in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
8. That we pay up to $2,500 to Abundant Life in Christ Church in Charleston for upgrading their parking as they continue to fnish their new building.

After some discussion the recommendations were approved by the Missions Committee, and then later ratified by the full Association body. Dale Fish and Claude Evans were reelected Association President and Vice President (respectively). The President reappointed the same brethren to serve on the Enrollment Committee (Russell Chitwood, Leonard Knight, Brad Banderman) and Resolutions Committee (David Griggs, Chris Polk, Tom Foster, Jr.) for the coming year.

The Association will meet on May 18 – 19, 2018 at Zion (St. Louis) for the Missions Symposium and Mid-Year Business
Meeting. The 2018 Annual Association will meet October 27, 2018 at Bethel (Lonedell).

We are also thankful for the increased attendance this year and for the sweet Spirit of fellowship!

Attitude Affects Impact

“Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitude toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 per cent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it. “I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my
position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress…It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitude is right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.
—Charles R Swindoll,
Strengthening Your Grip

Lifeword Sunday – October 22, 2017

BMA of MO Special Missions Committee Recommendations

(to be considered October 28, 2017)

  1. Bro. James Hoffmann stand as nominee for Missions Director.
  2. That Director’s Salary be commensurate with duties asked, to be set by our Advisory committee.
  3. Bro. Don Burke Stand as nominee for Assistant Missions Director.
  4. That we give 1 month’s salary for Christmas Bonus to our Missions Director.
  5. That we designate ½ of the Mission Director’s salary s housing allowance.
  6. That we continue Revitalization Conferences with Bro. Ben Kingston as Director.
  7. That we send $5000.00 to BMA Missions Department for aid in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

by Dan Wisely, Clerk

October 2017 – Assistant Missions Director’s Report

This is a particularly busy time as some local associations have their annual meetings, and the annual State Association meets which involves the closing of financial and record books of all our departments. As we review the past year we are reminded of God’s blessings upon His work among our churches.

I was able to attend the annual meeting of the Meramec Landmark Baptist Association which met at New Testament Baptist Church in Sullivan September 22nd. It was a joy to be welcomed to this meeting and to be able to give a report on State Missions, the Missouri Missionary Baptist and the Kenneth Gibson Seminary Student Grant Fund. Thanks to Bro. Michael Hearts for sending the summary of this meeting that is located elsewhere on this page.

Appreciation is expressed to these churches for their cooperation in our state work during the year and the special offerings that were given at this meeting. Your support and encouragement is a blessing to the Lord’s work.

It was a joy to attend part of the Men’s Retreat at camp Garwood the last weekend of September. It is great to fellowship with the men and boys of our churches and to enjoy a time of relaxation and fellowship at camp.

Our BMA of MO Special Missions Committee met September 14th at the Ponderosa in Perryville. Those present were: Russell Chitwood, Ben Kingston, Don Burke, Dale Fish, Claude Evans, and Dan Wisely. I appreciate these men and their willingness to take time to meet and help plan the work we need to be doing.

Our clerk, Bro. Dan Wisely has taken the time to provide a copy of the recommendations that we plan to present to the Missionary Committee at our State Meeting October 28th at camp Garwood. Those recommendations follow this article.

Please prayerfully consider these recommendations and come to the meeting prepared to vote on them or present recommendations you have that will guide us as we do the work of missions If you have any questions about any of these recommendations please contact me or any of the committee members and we will be happy to try to answer your questions.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Lord and His churches in this capacity and please pray with me that we might use all the opportunities God gives us to reach others with the Gospel and strengthen His Churches.

by James Hoffman, Assistant Missions Director

The 95th Annual Meeting of the Meramec Landmark Baptist Association

submitted by Michael Hearst

The Meramec Landmark Baptist Association annual meeting was held Friday, September 22nd at New Testament Baptist Church in Sullivan, MO. The following are some of the highlights of this meeting:
• Bro Joe Ginter, Pastor-Charity, Columbia, MO preached the annual message.
• voted to send $5000 to the BMAA Disaster Relief Fund.
• voted to send $2000 to the BMAA Seminary Chapel Fund as a memorial to Bro. Jim R. Ford.
• voted to send $1,500 to the Kenneth Gibson Scholarship Fund.
• voted to send $1,000 to the Missouri Missionary Baptist paper.
• voted to begin church revitalization e?orts at Charity Baptist Church, Columbia, MO and at Berean Baptist Church, Festus, MO
• authorized Moderator, Bro Ben Kingston, to work with the State Association on a joint “Revitalization” meeting at the State Camp in Garwood, MO and to help with the cost of the meeting.
• standing vote of appreciation for the special offerings from the former Springdale Baptist Church in Fenton, MO.
• standing vote of appreciation to New Testament Baptist Church, Sullivan, MO and Pastor Charles Idleman for their hospitality in hosting this meeting.
•Pastors and wives fellowship to be held Fri, Oct 13 at Meramec Retreat Center
• 2018 Meramec Association’s Annual meeting to be held September 21st at White Oak Grove, Potosi, MO. Brian Kingston was elected to bring Introductory Sermon with Charles Idleman as alternate speaker.

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