Monthly Message from the Director of Missions
The association has been doing a little introspective reviewing and developing a new strategy. A group called the Revitalization Team has been at work since last fall, meeting together, praying, looking at our current strategy and developing a new stance for the future. Chance Glenn, pastor of FBC Atlanta is the chairman of this group and he has been working with: Mark Drummond, Lancaster Baptist Church; B.J. McAlpin, FBC La Plata; Justin Honey, associate pastor of FBC Kirksville; Phil Bray, FBC Macon, Sam Burkholder of Kirksville; Zachary Rohman, FBC Green City, Jason Marlin, FBC Kirksville and me, Richard Nations. We asked for help from the Resound Network of the Missouri Baptist Convention and they provided us with two consultants to help us through our process: Brandon Moore of the Missouri Baptist Convention and John Vernon, director of missions, Cape Girardeau Baptist Association. A preliminary report of the research and proposed new strategy will be ready for the executive board to review in their April meeting and a full report and recommendations will be available at the annual meeting in September 2022. If you are an executive board member or a messenger to the annual meeting I hope you will attend the meetings to give input on the new strategy plan for THBA.
Camp plans are being finalized. Youth camp will be May 31-June 4 at Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly, Chillicothe. Children’s Camp is July 18-22 at Grand Oaks. There is an announcement in this issue of the newsletter with more information.
The association is taking a mission trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 13-18. The plan is to help Iglesia Nueva Vida En Christo with some building projects. And the group will also help with some children’s outreach activities with the Arabic congregation of Layton Ave. Baptist Church. So if you have building remodeling skills or if you like to work with kids in a park setting, meeting parents and doing outreach for the Arabic church, let us know. B.J. McAlpin of FBC La Plata is coordinating this mission trip.