Team Huddle Spotlights feature members of the CMBA ministry team and introduce their area of work and the ways they can support the ministry of our Family of Churches.
Julia Bell began serving as the CMBA Communications Coordinator in April 2020, after having worked in a freelance writing capacity with the association for about a year. She brings with her a knowledge of denominational work from time spent on staff in the communications area of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and from growing up the daughter of an associational director of missions. Julia’s passions include writing and getting to know people.
“One of my favorite parts of this role is talking with pastors and church members about how they are seeing God at work, and then putting words to that story. It’s a privilege to share about so many exciting ministries and amazing stories that are happening in our churches all throughout the Midlands,” she says.
In addition to writing regular Our Family Stories, Julia works closely with Executive Director George Bullard and Virtual Assistant Kyndra Bremer coordinating projects and long-range communications planning and with Podcast Producer Chris Reinolds on digital interviews covering recent stories or current issues. Whether engaging pastors about evolving plans during the pandemic, talking with lay leaders about missional experiences or presenting reports from working CMBA groups like the Visionary Leadership Community, Julia enjoys the variety of her work with the association.
“I have also enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of CMBA Team Huddles. Its encouraging to hear reports from these gifted individuals who serve daily alongside of our churches. I write from my home office and most of my work is not directly with churches, so being at the table to hear the stories and updates about church planting, efforts with thriving and unthriving churches and local missions is a key part of what I do,” she says.
If you have a story to share with the CMBA family of churches, Julia wants to hear from you! Maybe a unique ministry at your church has gained traction in the community, a special individual or family has experienced life change through Christ, or an upcoming outreach event could involve other church partners – contact Julia at email@example.com with the details.
“Story-telling is so important. It not only serves as an educational record of sorts, of what was happening at that time in the life of a ministry or church, but stories can also serve as a catalyst for readers. I pray over the words and content of what I write, asking God to work through me to accomplish plans He has already begun in the life of the reader,” Julia explains.
Julia and her husband Ed live in Lexington with their two teenagers and are active members of Lexington Baptist Church, a CMBA Church Network Connection church.
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