BMA of Missouri Renewal Retreat for Pastors and Pastoral Staff

March 17-18, 2017
by Ben Kingston, Facilitator

Last October The BMA of Missouri State Association voted to move forward with what we are calling a renewal retreat for our state association. They graciously allowed me to put the plans together pick the day and prepare for this meeting. I am truly excited about what lies before us and what can be accomplished at
this meeting.

I sent out an e-mail to all the churches in the state association with some possible dates. In preparation for this article, a few of you were called to try to determine another possible date but out of the eight folks that responded the best date was March 17th and the 18th. Regardless of what you may have seen from me via text or heard from me on the phone conversation once I polled the eight folks that did respond
March 17th and the 18th was still the best day. Therefore, I am declaring to you today through our state paper that our meeting is March 17th and 18th at Camp Garwood!!

I will be giving further information and a schedule as we go along. If you are a pastor or on pastoral staff I am begging you to make this meeting a priority for the good of our churches, fellowship and growth!

Please feel free to contact me @ 636-629-2526 or

The Meramec Association Renewal Retreat is at the Meramec Retreat Center on March 10-11, 2017. All Meramec Association preachers, pastors, and pastoral staff are encouraged to come.

Update on book availability

In last month’s issue of the Missouri Missionary Baptist I recommended Bro. Louis Asher’s book. The family of Bro. Asher has informed me that a paperback copy of the Book, John Clarke (1609-1676) Pioneer in American Medicine, Democratic Ideals, and Champion of Religious Liberty can be purchase on line at:

Camp Garwood Report

(One of our greatest Mission Points in Missouri)

As 2016 comes to an end, I would like to say Thank You! To all the Churches and camp supporters this year. Thank you for consistently supporting camp. But more than that, Thank you for the prayers, for the words of encouragement and for all the help this year.

There is not much to report this month. Not a lot of activity in Garwood this time of year. We had a few hunters stay on the grounds in November. It sounds like they enjoyed staying at camp during the hunting season. I have made the trip to shutdown and drain the water. We have also serviced the mower getting it ready to go next summer.

Looking forward to next summer we have several things to be excited about. The new dorm should be under construction soon. We are working on a couple new recreation ideas. And we are looking forward to hearing from our friends Shawn Hammondtree and Jordan Bowen again.

While there isn’t a lot going on at camp, tis the Season for prayer. Pray for camp, for the workers on the dorm, for the committee, cooks, teachers, musicians, helpers, sponsors and especially for the lost that will be at camp next Summer.

Be sure to mark your calendars for camp week July 31-Aug 4, 2017.

Merry Christmas!!
Chris, Laura, Deekota, Caleb, Chloe, and Abby
PO Box 271 • Matthews Mo 63867

Pastor Ordained at Ozark Heights

At the request of Ozark Heights Baptist Church near Potosi 12 ordained pastors and deacons gathered along with other friends, family and church members to participate in or observe the ordination of their new pastor, Bro. Brian Kingston. While the congregation sang some hymns the ordained personnel met to organize the ordination counsel. The following men made up the counsel: Ben Kingston, James Hoffmann, Brian Meade, Jamie Haguewood, Jim Ainley, Sam Eye, Bob Dement, David Wright, Don Crawford, Steve Read, David Mailes, and Tom Rudloff They elected Ben Kingston to act as moderator and preach the message, Brian Meade to serve as clerk, Gary Gilliam (member of Ozark Heights) to present the candidate and his wife, Jamie Haguewood to lead the questioning of the candidate, David Wright to lead the ordination prayer, and David Mailes to present the Bible.

The service continued with the presentation of Bro. and Sis. Kingston and each being asked to give their testimony of salvation, Bro. Haguewood then questioned Bro. Kingston who gave witness to his call to preach and qualifications both spiritual and intellectual with a good understanding of God’s Word and Will for his

Satisfied with the candidate’s qualifications the counsel recommended to the church to proceed with the ordination. The church responded with asking the counsel to proceed. The counsel proceeded with prayer and laying hands on the candidate. Ben Kingston (Uncle of the candidate) brought the message and charges to the candidate and the church. A Bible was presented to the candidate by the Church.

The counsel voted to dissolve and the service was turned over to Gary Gilliam who dismissed the service
and invited everyone to stay for fellowship and food. The Kingston family consists of Brian, his wife Erin, and children: Mataya, Victoria, Nanette, Zebediah, and William. As noted in their church report, Mataya, Victoria, and Nanette were baptized by their dad in the morning service the day of his ordination.

Ozark Heights rejoices in having this family with them and look forward to many blessing as they work

December 2016 – Assistant Mission Director’s Report

During the month of November my wife accompanied me as I preached at two of our churches that do not
have pastors. It was a blessing to be with the folks at Bethlehem, Doniphan November 6th. These good folks
are a blessing as they continue to be faithful in the Lord’s work even though they have not had a pastor for quite some time. We were inspired by their hospitality and fellowship.

November 20th we were with Temple, Belgrade and were once again blessed with their fellowship and hospitality. These faithful folks are trying to carry on the Lord’s work under a heavy load as they have been without a pastor for a while and they lost a faithful deacon leader when God called him home in October. They need our prayers as they adjust to new responsibilities each week.\

We recently visited the morning service at Faith, St. Charles and enjoyed hearing Pastor Justin Arender preach. God blessed them with an entire family, plus two other young ladies, joining by baptism that morning. It was a blessing to be with them on this occasion.

That afternoon we attended the ordination of Bro. Brian Kingston at Ozark Heights and rejoiced when we heard that he had the privilege of baptizing three of his children that morning. When we returned home
that evening we heard the good new that a young man came for baptism at Bethany that morning. God is still working in the churches of the BMA of Missouri and we need to be rejoicing together and encouraging one another in His work.

Thank you for allowing me to serve in this capacity and thank you for the Christmas bonus. My wife and I
look forward to working with you and wish each of you a

Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year!

Resolutions Passed at our Annual Association in October

Be it Resolved that we, the Churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of Missouri reaffirm our commitment to stand with Israel and pledge to continue to pray for the peace of Israel. (Psalm 122:6)
Be it Resolved that we the churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of Missouri pray and seek God’s forgiveness for the corruption that has permeated throughout our nation. America has turned its back on God and is presently reaping the harvest of social upheaval from the political corruption, judicial corruption, financial corruption and religious corruption. We must turn to the God of Heaven for the healing of our
land. (II Chronicles 7:14)
Be it Further Resolved that we stand united in our fight against the power of darkness in his attempt to destroy the traditional family, our country’s foundation, by voicing our opposition of abortion, same-sex marriage, and the creation of so-called “gay rights.” (Ephesians 6:10-19)
Be it Resolved that we give a standing vote of appreciation to Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and her pastor, Bro. Jerry Adams, for their gracious hospitality in hosting this annual meeting.

Submitted by
Dan Wisely, Claude Evans, and Tom McCanless

Help For Struggling Churches

God Repositioning His Resources for Future Growth

BMA of Missouri Loan Committee Providing financial assistance to the churches of the BMA of Missouri.
As a department of the BMA of Missouri it is our desire and goal to partner with the various departments of the association to support the churches of the BMA of Missouri in their effort to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We respect and honor the authority and autonomy of the local church in their effort to follow the
leadership of the Holy Spirit in their ministry. The leadership of the local churches and the leadership of the various departments of the BMA of Missouri are a team that God has assembled and is using to be a witness to a state that needs the gospel.

One of the services of the Loan Committee is to assist churches whose membership has dwindled and are struggling to the point that their future is uncertain. The church may have a concern that someone who does not value the doctrinal beliefs and articles of cooperation of the BMA of Missouri, comes in and votes them out taking over the property.

Recently, a BMA of Missouri church has taking advantage of this service provided by the Loan Committee. The process included an agreement signed by the President of the Loan Committee and the trustees of the church. The agreement provided for transfer of fifty percent ownership of the buildings and property to the BMA of Missouri. The BMA of Missouri is not responsible for any upkeep on the property, buildings, equipment, payment of insurance, and building or liability claims. The BMA of Missouri is shown as joint-insured on liability and property insurance policies. The agreement also allows for transfer of ownership back to
the church if the church presents a written request stating that in regular business conference two-thirds of the church membership present voted that they support the Doctrinal Statement, Statement of Principles of Cooperation, and By-Laws of the Baptist Missionary Association of Missouri. Also, the property shall be
released back to the church only after all financial obligations to the BMA of Missouri have been paid in full. The church also included in the Quit-Claim Deed that if the church ceases to exist as an active congregation that the whole ownership will be passed to the BMA of Missouri. The Loan Committee appreciates this church for their trust in our commitment to serve their financial needs. We are thankful for their desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Missouri, regardless of the uncertainty of their future.

Our hearts are saddened when we hear of churches, that have a long history of being faithful to the cause of Christ, struggling to the point that their future is uncertain. But instead of classifying this as defeat or failure lets be positive, God may be repositioning His resources. Were in this together!

If this service is something that your church might be interested in, please contact me for more information. I will be happy to meet with you and try to address any questions and concerns your church may have. My phone number is: 636-461-1625. My E-mail is:

Dennis Baker, President
BMA of Missouri Loan Committee

Merry Christmas!

The arrival of the Greatest Gift Ever Given was announced by the Angel to the shepherds,
“Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tiding 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….” Luke 2:10-11.
Your editor and his wife pray that each of us will continue to spread the GOOD NEWS as the shepherds did after they saw the Christ child. “And when they (the shepherds) had seen it (the baby), they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child… And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2:17, 20.

May each of us find true JOY in Christ and live this next year telling others about HIM!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of our readers!

Bro. and Sis. Hoffmann

2016 Alive Student Conference

The Alive Student Conference 2016 will be held Dec. 29-31 at the DoubleTree by the Hilton Hotel in Chesterfild, Mo. The deadline for special room rate is Dec. 1. Each student must have a medical release form in case of accident or illness, and each church is responsible for collecting and keeping the medical releases for its students. The form and other information about the conference — including registration, order forms and a schedule of events — are available at

Doing The Work of An Evangelist

Evangelism in Death and Loss
What Does Jesus Have to Say Regarding Stages of Death and Loss?

Tony Cleaver prepared for Chapel South Texas School of Christian Studies
October 13, 2016

Student Scripture Reading: Job 2: 11-13; and Job 16: 1-5

Jesus did not leave the work of evangelism to the banking industry. He did not leave it to governmental agencies-particularly political parties. He did not leave it to secular educational institutions. He did not leave it to any corporate entity. He left the work of evangelism to those who are called by His
Name – Christians. He left it to those who work for Christ and His Church.

Doing the work of an evangelist is a day by day normal and full time occupation. It comes from a life of piety. Piety is a good word. It simply means the practice of one’s faith. Evangelism comes from that inner glow of knowing Christ; rather perhaps of being known by Him. Our lives glow with Him to an expression of evangelism. Sometimes we have to use words in evangelism.

You have heard the reading of the Job passages. The comforters were at fist good and positive. They kept their mouths shut. They sat down with Job in the ashes of his pain. Later Job called them miserable comforters. They had plied Job with secular philosophies of the day-and they are still prevalent. Young men and women don’t be miserable comforters when you minister to family, neighbors, or parishioners in
death or loss. Do not ever say to a parent, “God took your little boy/girl because He needed another angel in heaven.”

That is absolutely false! Do not ever say to a grieving spouse at the loss of a mate, “I know just how your feel.” No, you don’t! Simply say “I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my sympathy.” As those who work for Christ and His Church we need to be aware of some of the feelings of death and loss. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her seminal 1969 book On Death and Dying brought to the forefront some valid stages we need to be
aware of as we minister to people in death and loss. It is not the words of Kubler-Ross that are able to salve the soul. We must take the message and words of Jesus to those who are gripped with the agony of death and loss.

As we come to death and loss, what does Jesus have to say about denial? “I can’t believe this is happening. I just saw her/him yesterday. This isn’t happening; this can’t be happening.” It is a normal reaction to rationalize overwhelming emotions. It is a defense mechanism that buffers the immediate shock of the loss. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response that carries us through the
fist wave of pain.

Jesus talked with a very educated and religiously experienced man named Nicodemus in John 3. Nicodemus was unbelieving and in denial at what Jesus told him. “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

So for those caught in the throes of denial, we must share the words of hope to be born from above by the very words of the living Christ.

The anger may be aimed at inanimate objects, complete strangers, friends or family. Anger may be directed at our dying or deceased loved one. Emotionally, however, we may resent the person for causing us pain or for leaving us. They may begin to feel anger at the loss and the unfairness of it. What are the words of Jesus at anger? Look at John 11 as it speaks of death at the Lazarus family. Both sisters, one by one, come to express some anger toward Jesus for allowing their brother to die. “Lord,” Martha said to
Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

These are the words of Jesus to a grieving sister. These are the words to a grieving family today who is angry at God for allowing this to happen in their family. Now Mary gets into the act: “When Mary reached
the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

It is interesting Jesus’ response: 35 “Jesus wept.” It is perfectly allowable and desirable for you to minister to those in death and loss with feelings expressed in your own tears. Yet Jesus’ tears came through in great words that we can share with those like Mary: “When he had said this, Jesus called
in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’” “The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of
linen, and a cloth around his face.” Jesus’ words bring life to those who have no hope in the
hopelessness of death and loss.

In this stage, people beg their “higher power” to undo the loss, saying things along the lines of, “I’ll change if you bring her (or him) back to me”. This phase usually involves promises of better behavior or significant life changes which will be made in exchange for the reversal of the loss. What does Jesus have to say regarding this stage of death and loss? In Matthew 5:6 we read these words: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filed.” This beatitude tells us that Jesus Himself will fill us with all that we long for. Hunger is a gnawing pain. Thirst is still more intense. A drink of water becomes more desirable than the gold that glitters on the figer of wealth. Jesus will
give us our fill for He is that bread of life.

As we come to the Lord’s Table we are celestially nourished on His body and on His blood that came down from heaven. The bargain is that he will supply our needs as we come to Him.

Sadness and regret predominate this type of depression. We worry about the costs and burial. We worry that, in our grief, we have spent less time with others that depend on us. This phase may be eased by simple clarification and reassurance. We may need a bit of helpful cooperation and a few kind words. The second type of depression is more subtle and, in a sense, perhaps more private. It is our quiet preparation to
separate and to bid our loved one farewell. Sometimes all we really need is a hug.

What does Jesus have to say about this stage of death and loss? His words to us in Matthew 6.13 are these: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Depression is a terrible state and can overcome our very being at time of death and loss. It can incapacitate us, make us miserable, and lead us to behaviors that are not rational. There is evil in this world. Like Simon Peter, the “roaring lion” does go about to eat us up. The strength and power of His words here are for a purpose. If we are in trouble, call for help. If we are drowning, call the lifeguard. Jesus knew we would need help as those who wear skin suits. So He put this part in His Model Prayer for us who are in dire need due to
death and loss.

Reaching this stage of mourning is a gift not afforded to everyone. Death may be sudden and unexpected or we may never see beyond our anger or denial. It is not necessarily a mark of bravery to resist the inevitable and to deny ourselves the opportunity to make our peace. This phase is marked by withdrawal and calm. This is not a period of happiness and must be distinguished from depression. Finally (if all goes according to Dr. Kubler-Ross’s plan), people enter a stage of Acceptance where they have processed their initial grief emotions, are able to accept that the loss has occurred and cannot be undone, and are once again able to plan for their futures and re-engage in daily life.

What does Jesus have to say about this phase of death and loss? We read His words in Matthew 6. 10: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Wow! What a big part of the Model Prayer from His lips and from His heart!

Can you imagine right now any corner of heaven that His will is not being done by myriads and myriads of those around the throne? Certainly not! As we come to see that our place is here on earth to move along in life to do His will, how marvelous that we can share in this glorious adventure! How wonderful to know that Jesus loves me. The most profound fact in the world is in the little song:

“Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.”

Doing the work of an evangelist is a daily task that must be normal in our life routine. We will encounter death and loss. We will encounter it with family, friends, and parishioners. Only the words of Jesus can offer any hope or consolation to those gripped in its terrible throes.

John Bunyan tells the story of the man with the muck rake. We need to remind ourselves of this story
and we must remind those in death and loss of this story. The man with the muck rake could only look down to rake the muck (Those who live on a farm understand what muck in a barn full of animals really is.) He would back and forth rake the straw, the sticks the dirt, and the muck-back and forth and back and forth.
Day in and day our his work was to work the muck-always face toward the ground as the dust of muck and dirt and straw filed his nostrils and clouded his vision. He could look no way but down. Above him stood an angel who proffered (offered-I love that word proffered) him a golden crown. If he would only look up to see the celestial being and the golden crown offered him! But he would not look up. He kept raking the muck, the sticks, and the straw. All he time the angel held out the offer of the golden crown.

Young ladies and young men, there is an angel offering a golden crown to us who minister to those in grief and loss. If only we would look up. If only we could see the words of Jesus! There is a golden crown to those who are in despair. We must take the words of Jesus to them so they can look up!

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