Bringing Value, Not Guilt, to Local Churches: The Role of the State Conventions

Bringing Value, Not Guilt, to Local Churches: The Role of the State Conventions
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By Tommy Green, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention

Is there a future for our Baptist state conventions? I firmly believe so—provided we focus on our connection with the local church. Jesus didn’t promise to build state conventions. He promised to build his Church. Therefore, the value of a state convention will not be determined by the size of its staff, its building, its budget, or its programming. Value will be determined by one metric alone—investment in the local church. When we bring value to the church, we bring glory to God.

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How State Conventions Should Relate to Churches

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By Milton A. Hollifield, Jr., Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

In today’s church culture, it is not unusual to hear someone ask about the value of state conventions. For many, they may seem like an unnecessary bureaucracy. But I am convinced that state conventions have great importance—if they are embracing the opportunities for advancing God’s Kingdom by assisting, equipping, and challenging their member churches to fulfill the Great Commission.
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Vision Funds Mission: The Great Commission and the Cooperative Program

Vision Funds Mission: The Great Commission and the Cooperative Program
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By Jarrett Stephens, Teaching Pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

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The Need for a Local “We”

The Need for a Local “We”
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By Rick Wheeler, Lead Missional Strategist for the Jacksonville Baptist Association in Jacksonville, FL

Five years ago this month, I became the Lead Missional Strategist for the Jacksonville Baptist Association (JBA). When I started, I brought no five-year plan in my pocket. Instead, I stepped into a journey with our association’s pastors and church leaders, praying together and seeking God’s direction on what a local SBC network should look like in the 21st century. And during this time, I’ve been blessed to see something unprecedented in my [cough, cough] years of ministry: God is consistently bringing churches together within our association to form new lanes of missional collaboration.

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