Greetings in the Name of our Lord. I am blessed to share with you that the 2017 BSCLN National Celebration will be held at Blue Springs Baptist Assembly in Marianna, FL on September 29-30. Blue Spring is now owned by the Baptist College of Florida. They will co-sponsor this event and a pastors and wives retreat that will be intertwined with our event. Dr. Tom Kinchen will be helping us to plan and promote the retreat. It will be good for us to renew our fellowship with Dr. Tom. Blue Springs has a 96 room motel, a worship center, meeting rooms and a cafeteria. It also has 30 RV sites, a lake, and an adjoining golf course. Marianna is just an hour from the Gulf Coast and on the way to the many attractions in central Florida. I hope that you are able to join us for this very special event.
National WMU has alerted us that they would like to host our 2018 Celebration at their headquarter building in Birmingham, AL. I have been in that great facility on several occasions. It is a beautiful building which allows their rich history of missions to come to life. Their staff will assist us in developing the program and will plug into the event in ways that will bless our ministry. I cannot wait for conference entitled “Your Church on Mission for Christ.” I can envision representatives from the North American and International Mission Boards being present and participating. One of the joys of my eighteen years of associational ministry was helping churches of all sizes, literally from under twenty members to our larger churches, engage in mission ministries that were productive. If our Lord tarries, this will be a great Celebration.
Another possibility for the BSCLN would be the hosting a National Summit on Bivocational and Smaller Church Ministries. I recently met Brad Briscoe, the new Director of Bivocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board. That triggered the thought of gathering leaders from across the Southern Baptist Convention and beyond who are investing their lives in encouraging and equipping smaller membership churches and their pastors. That could greatly further our desire to be a true network as the BSCLN, state conventions, associations, SBC entities, colleges and universities, and individuals begin to partner to accomplish the work that all of us desire to see done. I will be discussing this possibility with our Board of Directors soon.
We need to sponsor and co-sponsor events. That will display our ability to use the gifts entrusted to us in actual ministry to pastors and churches. This is very important to future donors. It is also a part of our responsibilities as a non-profit ministry. and, most importantly, it is our reason for existing. We want to bless pastors, their wives, and their churches through resource development and edifying events. Can you initiate discussions in your area with a potential partner with whom we could host an event. If so, please initiate contact or send me the information needed and I will contact them about the possibility of working together toward an event. As we do events, we will be gathering the information needed to develop a team of monthly, quarterly and annual donors. It is vital to the BSCLN that we raise our basic operating expenses through faithful donors. So, as we minister though events we will be developing the potential to sustain our work indefinitely. Our Development Consultant, Kim Williams, will be guiding us through this process.
Please pray for our new ministry assistant, Ann Stevens. Ann is doing a great job for us, but she has had some health issues recently that have necessitated two hospitalizations. She is much better now and back at work. Ann will be an the BSCLN Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday fro 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. You can reach her during those hours at 615-490-3107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also reach me at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 205-270-0478. My home address is 1827 Stonegate Circle; Bolivar, MO 65613. Please contact me if I can serve you in any way. May our Lord bless you with the joy of seeing lost people saved and the saved growing in Christ’s likeness.
-Larry Barnes, Interim Executive Director