The greatest thing about being in an association of churches is the opportunity to associate with other churches. But to paraphrase Mark Twain’s famous quote about reading, I would suggest that churches which do not associate with other churches have no advantage over those that are not in an association. I encourage each of our churches to find ways to build relationships with other churches in your association.
We provide some opportunities for that on a regular basis, such as the recent missions banquet at Hardin Baptist and January’s evangelism rally at Old River.
Other major TRBA events that will give you a chance to be with people from other churches include the Secret Church Simulcast (Apr. 21 at Heights), our annual meeting (Oct. 24 at North Main), and the TRBA Christmas fellowship (Dec. 12 at First Devers)
In addition, several times a year we have TRBA executive board meetings, open to all members of your church, not just pastors and executive board members. We begin with a meal provided by the church and end with an inspirational/informational program. These will be Mar. 21 at Central Daisetta, May 9 at First Sour Lake, Aug. 8 at Grace Community, and Sept. 12 at First Saratoga.
Every Thursday we have a fellowship and prayer lunch for pastors who are able to break away from their other responsibilities. It is our hope that having it during lunch enables some of our bivocational pastors to come. We also have a pastor prayer breakfast on a Saturday morning once a quarter.
Then there are opportunities to do ministry, evangelism and missions together such as the Sept. 16 Men Alive Outdoor Expo at the TVE Fairgrounds and the Nov. 2-4 Mission Lone Star on the Strand in Galveston during the motorcycle rally.
Ongoing associational ministry opportunities for members of all our churches include the TRBA food pantry, the jail ministry, and the Family Visitors’ Center at the prison complex.
TRBA has a partnership with Baptists in southern Minnesota. A mission trip last year included people from three of our churches. Plans are now being made for a trip this year.
Churches in our association also come up with their own ways to partner. In January Mike Chadwick, pastor of First Dayton, led a prayer conference at Heights in Liberty. Members from both churches participated.
North Main and Hardin Baptist will have a Disciple Now together Apr. 28-30 and are inviting other churches to join them. Students will pay a nominal fee, churches will provide their own host homes, but all will come together at Hardin for worship and Saturday lunch and dinner.
You and I need each other. Our churches need each other. God has blessed us by putting us together into the TRBA family. Let’s take advantage of that wonderful privilege.
See you soon,