One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard – Monday, August 30, 2021

A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina

Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to Serve as Vital and Vibrant Missional Communities.

Revealing the Best-Kept Secret About CMBA

The best-kept secret in our association is the group of people known as the CMBA Team Huddle. This group of 10 serves and supports our almost 100 congregations. They are available to help all CMBA congregations to be more vital and vibrant. Just let me know – or them directly – that you need help. They are a group of dedicated volunteers and part-time independent contract workers.

Julia Bell - Communications CoordinatorWhy is it the best-kept secret about CMBA? Because we have not shared enough information about these people, what they do, and how to connect with them. That makes it a secret to those who have not heard. Spotlight articles on each person – one per week on Tuesdays – over the next two months will reveal the secret.

A spotlight on Julia Bell was the first post last Tuesday. She is our communications coordinator. Click HERE each week to learn about others. Spotlight articles share what workers do and how you can connect with them. Feel free to contact them directly to address the opportunities and challenges faced by your congregation.

Cathy Locklear Retires Tuesday, August 31st

This Tuesday, August 31st, Cathy Locklear retires from CMBA after 22 yearsCathy Locklear of faithful service. We will honor her for her service with a reception on Thursday, October 7th at Cedar Creek Baptist Church at 6:00 p.m. We have set up the Cathy Locklear Love Offering to allow people and churches to express their appreciation to Cathy. Donate to this love offering by using the “Donate” button on the upper right-hand corner of our website at and choosing the designation Cathy Locklear Love Offering. Or send a check to CMBA, PO Box 23192, Columbia, SC 29224 designated for this offering.

Chris ReinoldsCathy’s replacement is an interim so that the next executive director of CMBA can recommend how to fill this position on a more permanent basis. The Visionary Leadership Community has asked Chris Reinolds, pastor of Discovery Church, to serve as the interim Impacting Communities Mobilizer. Chris is already serving on the CMBA Team Huddle and is familiar with the processes of the association. Cathy will also serve in a limited role through December 31st. Contact Chris at or 803.546.6524.



Our One Priority Briefing and the Our One Priority Briefing Online Gathering are made possible by the financial gifts of the member and network connection congregations of the Columbia Metro Baptist Association at,, or 803.619.7110. To donate to CMBA go to Congregations can make their general contributions through this link. Congregations, missions groups and individuals can designate gifts to the Congregational Grant Fund, hunger ministry, disaster response, and Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

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Kyndra Bremer