One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard – Monday, May 17, 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.
Teaching Generosity in Your Congregation
Tuesday, May 18th is the next Our One Priority Briefing Live! lunch and speakers in the Student Building at North Trenholm Baptist Church. The speakers are Nathan McCarthy, President/CEO, and Jacque Wenger, Director of Ministry Advancement for the Baptist Foundation of SC. The lunch is at noon and is free. The speakers begin at 12:30 p.m. and the program is over by 1:30 p.m.
Lunch reservations are required and may be made HERE.
As we emerge out of the pandemic, this is a great time for congregations to look at how we are encouraging generosity of our members and active attendees. During this session, you will learn methods for using God’s blessings for His purposes and how generosity at its core is a matter of the heart.
Welcome Baskets for International Teachers in Richland County Schools
WMU-Women on Mission-Sisters Who Care in our association are collecting welcome baskets for international teachers coming to teach in the Richland County School Districts One and Two. They are calling on congregational missions groups and other small groups to fill a 1.5-bushel rectangular laundry basket with items needed by these new arrivals. Completed baskets are due by July 15th. Contact Cathy Locklear about details such as the items to place in the baskets at CathyLocklear@ColumbiaMetro.org or 803.622.0303.
See the welcome baskets announcement and checklist HERE.
Who Are These People Calling My Church?
CMBA has a team of three people – Julia Bell, Kyndra Bremer, and Cathy Locklear – who are calling every church in the association (beginning with the smaller membership churches and then the medium membership churches) to check-in, update our database, and secure any prayer requests congregations would like for their family of congregations to join them in prayer.
If you receive a call from Julia, Kyndra, or Cathy, they are not trying to sale you anything. They are just wanting to connect with each member church in our family of congregations. They are your church representatives and form what we call the Blue Squad within the association. They are finding this is a slow process. They enjoy talking with your voice mail or answer machine. They are contacting around three churches each per week.
When you talk with them, ask them how your congregation can receive a hunger ministry grant. Ask them if we can send you a copy of the new book entitled The Nones that talks about the characteristics of people who have no church relationship. Tell them ways you wish the association would help your congregation’s ministry.