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Mike Carlisle, director of missions for San Diego (California) Southern Baptist Association, noted that “the association is the closest organization to the local church in Southern Baptist life.”
Inland Empire Baptist Association in Southern California has forged a new path in the concept of Southern Baptist partnerships. Ministry, encouragement, and inspiration flow in both directions when Southern Baptists cooperate.
With a few exceptions, annual baptisms reported by Kentucky Baptist churches have been in decline since at least 1980. In that year, Kentucky Baptist churches reported 20,457 baptisms.
At Refuge, immigrants and refugees find a caring community of Christians who help to welcome them into life in the United States.
SBCAL Called to Apply the Gospel ‘Relationally, Personally, Missionally, and Spiritually’
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Nearly two hundred associational leaders were challenged to “work heartily as for the Lord, and not for men” during the 2016 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders gathering held June 12–13 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. Photo by Adam Covington.

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Ray Gentry, Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders executive director, welcomed fellow directors of missions to the 2016 SBCAL meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Adam Covington.

Keynote speaker Tom Wood, president of Church Multiplication Ministries and author of Gospel Coach, urged associational leaders “to deliver the Gospel of Jesus” as a means “to increase the health and probability of your pastors.”

The Gospel must be applied relationally, personally, missionally, and spiritually, he ...

“Flexible” and “fluid” are key words as we step into the future, Donnie Simpson told associational directors of missions in megacities.
The seminar introduced tools and strategies that churches and individuals can use to more intentionally reach their international neighbors.
In 1881, Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, an association of Native American Baptist churches, was established. From its humble beginnings of three churches, the association, which may be Southern Baptists’ first affinity-based association, now includes seventy churches in ten North Carolina counties and two neighboring states.