Church Partnerships Survey

Church Partnerships Survey

We need your input. Which ministries/organizations does your church currently partner with locally, around the state, and globally? Please take a few minutes to let us know so we can identify, catalyze, bless, and mobilize churches across West Virginia to serve these existing efforts.

Partnerships Survey: http://wvcsb.org/partnershipsurvey

We do mission in partnership. God’s mission invites us to join hands with local, state, and international ministries/organizations in order to fulfill the Great Commission.

Thanks for your time.

Job Opening: Monongahela Baptist Association Director of Missions | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Job Opening: Monongahela Baptist Association Director of Missions

The Monongahela Baptist Association is current seeking candidates for the position of Director of Missions (DOM).

The Monongahela Baptist Association consists of 17 churches working together to reach North Central West Virginia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Director of Missions will work with pastors and churches to strengthen relationships among churches, provide leadership to develop and maintain a missional perspective, strengthen current churches, plant new churches, and develop a missions strategy for the association. The DOM will maintain denominational and other external relationships, and provide general and administrative leadership for the association.

The Monongahela Baptist Association office is located at Wayside Southern Baptist Church in Buckhannon, WV.

A full position description will be made available to interested candidates.

Please contact Helen Mellquist, 304.613.9037 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Website: http://monbaptistassociation.com

Strengthen and Send Intensives | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Strengthen and Send Intensives

Strengthen and Send Intensives

Choose from five locations and dates as we strive to encourage, enrich, and equip West Virginia churches for God’s mission.

The convention staff traveled to associations for listening sessions with our pastors and associational DOM’s in 2017. Out of these listening sessions, we developed five Strengthen and Send Intensives for 2018 that will provide training for needs recognized through these conversations.

Topics include mercy ministry, generosity and stewardship, church planting and revitalization, small groups and Sunday school, weekend experience, and gospel conversations.

These gatherings are geared for pastors and lay leaders.

 

LOCATIONS AND DATES

MARCH 15: BRIDGEPORT, 1 to 7 p.m.
Simpson Creek Baptist Church (dinner included)

MARCH 17: PARKERSBURG, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fairlawn Baptist Church (lunch included)

APRIL 19: SCOTT DEPOT, 1 to 7 p.m.
WVCSB OFFICE (dinner included)

APRIL 21: BECKLEY, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Providence Baptist Church (lunch included)

JUNE 2: MARTINSBURG 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westview Baptist Church (lunch included)

 

INTENSIVES RSVP

http://wvcsb.org/SSI

 

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‘Every Single Day’ 2018 | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

‘Every Single Day’ 2018

‘Every Single Day’ 2018

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, Convention President Ron McCoy, during his presidential address, declared, “There’s no reason West Virginia cannot be the epicenter of revival in our nation.”

A part of seeing this revival take place is when God’s people connect every single day with God’s Word.

As a followup to the over 1,800 Old Testament “Every Single Day” copies distributed throughout our state in 2017, we have published the New Testament devotional for 2018.

Reserve your copies today. ($5/each)

ESD18 ORDER RESERVATION

http://wvcsb.org/esd18

Preview Copy

http://wvcsb.org/esd18-PREVIEW

 

W.Va. Southern Baptists Increase CP Giving and Take on Statewide Drug Abuse | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

W.Va. Southern Baptists Increase CP Giving and Take on Statewide Drug Abuse

W.Va. Southern Baptists Increase CP Giving and Take on Statewide Drug Abuse

Calling churches to be “All In,” and seeking to grow as a convention united in generosity in response to the gospel, the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) voted to move to a 59/41 Cooperative Program split, and passed a resolution to battle the drug epidemic in W.Va. during their 47th annual meeting.

Meeting Nov. 2-3 at First Baptist Church Fairlea, in Fairlea, W.Va., 173 messengers and 41 guests marked a continued increase in total attendance over previous WVCSB annual meetings.

ALL IN

The “All In” theme is the convention’s emphasis for fall 2017 through fall 2018 and is drawn from 2 Corinthians 5:15, “And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.” (CSB)

Dr. Bill Henard, state Executive Director-Treasurer, told messengers, “When we are all in for the mission of God, we can do more together than by ourselves. Imagine what God could accomplish through this state convention of Southern Baptists if we worked together, committed to radical, sacrificial generosity as a way of life, and grew as a generous people in response to Christ’s generosity. We could tackle the growing drug epidemic in our midst, develop and send out leaders, plant and revitalize churches, and tell all of West Virginia - from the cities to the ‘hollers’ - the good news of the gospel.”

Henard and the state’s three strategists, Cleve Persinger, Danny Rumple, and Tim Turner, presented strategies to “strengthen and send” West Virginia Southern Baptists leading up to the convention’s 50th anniversary in 2020. Multiple “Strengthen and Send Intensives” will be hosted across W.Va. in 2018 and will cover topics including stewardship/generosity, mercy ministry, church planting and revitalization, small groups and Sunday school, gospel conversations, and the Sunday morning experience.

Featured speakers were Thom Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources; Will Basham, Lead Pastor of New Heights Church in Milton, W.Va.; Todd Hill, pastor of Grace Baptist in Parkersburg, W.Va.; and David Wheeler, Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Liberty University.

BUSINESS

Messengers approved a 2018 budget totaling $2,382,578, representing a decrease of $121,600 (4.9 percent) under the 2017 budget, and a 1 percent increase in the amount allocated to the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program. The new budget allocates a total of 41 percent to SBC ministries and missions. Anticipated funding sources include $1,019,565 from NAMB and $59,992 from LifeWay.

Messengers also approved two new congregations for affiliation: Winfield Baptist, Winfield, W.Va. and Simpson Creek Baptist, Bridgeport, W.Va. Dr. Michael Hopkins, pastor of Simpson Creek, exclaimed to messengers, “Simpson Creek is all in!”

Messengers adopted a resolution to dedicate themselves to an “active, gospel involvement in the effort to rid West Virginia of drug abuse” by “seeking partnerships with civil, religious, and government groups and agencies to discover effective ways to solve the drug abuse problem in our state, including, but not limited to, the provision of spiritual counseling, the elimination of poverty, the strengthening of families, the restoration of hope, and the sharing of the gospel.” The resolution further states “West Virginia has become the epicenter of opioid abuse, suffering from a rate of 33.5 drug overdoses per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 13.4 deaths.”

Additionally, a resolution was adopted by WVCSB expressing gratitude to Greenbrier County, First Baptist Church of Fairlea, and the Alleghany Association.

Three convention officers were re-elected: president, Todd Hill, pastor of Grace Baptist in Parkersburg, W.Va.; first vice president, Paul Harris, pastor of Abundant Hope Church in Barboursville, W.Va.; and recording secretary Jim Messenger, pastor of Faith Baptist in West Union, W.Va. Nathan Ertel, student pastor of Old Fields Baptist, Old Fields, W.Va., was elected second vice president.

Music was led by the worship teams from First Baptist Fairlea and Grassroots Church in Lewisburg, W.Va., gospel trio 3:16 Crossroads, and Allegheny associational missionary Dennis Cherry.

The Pastors’ and Ministers’ Wives’ Conferences were held prior to the annual meeting. A catered question and answer lunch with Thom Rainer was also provided on Friday, Nov. 3 for WVCSB lead pastors.

The WVCSB 2018 annual meeting will be held Nov. 1-2 at Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Sermon Downloads

Thom Rainer
Will Basham
Todd Hill
David Wheeler

Pastors’ Conference
Kevin Ezell
Thom Rainer
David Duckworth
Dean Brdlik

 

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WVCSB Annual Meeting 2017 | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

WVCSB Annual Meeting 2017

WVCSB Annual Meeting 2017

When we are ALL IN for the mission of God, we can do more together than by ourselves.

REGISTER HERE

Imagine what God could accomplish through this state convention of Southern Baptists if we worked together, committed to radical, sacrificial generosity as a way of life, and grew as a generous people. We could tackle the growing drug epidemic in our midst, develop and send out leaders, plant and revitalize churches, and tell all of West Virginia - from the cities to the hollers - the good news of the gospel.

We want to grow as a state convention by living in response to the gospel—bridge builders united in generosity.

Join us for our 47th annual meeting, November 2-3, 2017.

47th WVCSB ANNUAL MEETING

Thursday, November 2, 7:00 PM to Friday, November 3, 4:30 PM
Register for the annual meeting

PASTORS’ CONFERENCE
Thursday, November 2: 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM

MINISTERS’ WIVES CONFERENCE
Thursday, November 2: 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM

LEAD PASTORS LUNCH
Friday, November 3: 12:00-1:00 PM
Register for lunch

Inspire 2017 Resources | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Inspire 2017 Resources

Inspire 2017 Resources

We were very grateful to have Dr. Johnny Hunt join us this year for Inspire, our 2017 state evangelism conference, on October 5. Over 100 pastors and leaders attended this event filled with leadership lessons Dr. Hunt has learned in the trenches in 40 years of ministry.

Please find bonus material below.

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David Mellquist Funeral Arrangements | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

David Mellquist Funeral Arrangements

David Mellquist Funeral Arrangements

We are very sad to relate to you, West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, that David Mellquist passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017.

Please be in prayer for his wife, Helen, and family.

David was the current Associational Director of Missions for the Monongahela Baptist Association and former pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Fairmont, WV. He truly made an everlasting impact in our state for the gospel. His presence will be missed.

Even though we are grieved, let’s remember that David is as alive as he’s ever been, now in the presence of the God he loved and faithfully served alongside many of us.

ARRANGEMENTS:

Wednesday, October 11, 4-8 p.m. Viewing at Wrights Funeral Home, Philippi
Thursday, October 12, 4-8 p.m. Viewing at Wayside Baptist Church, Buckhannon
Friday, October 13, 11 a.m. Service at Wayside Baptist Church, Buckhannon

 

 

Hurricane Disaster Relief (DR) Update | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Hurricane Disaster Relief (DR) Update

Hurricane Disaster Relief (DR) Update

Hurricane Harvey relief work is beginning to take shape. Waters have receded enough to begin putting teams into the areas that have been flooded. There are a number of ways to go to TX or LA to serve.

1. Kentucky and West Virginia have a DR partnership that we are able to send folks through - September 18-28 and September 25-October 2. These will be mud out and clean up teams led by KY DR workers. If you are interested and able to serve, let Danny Rumple know (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

2. WV DR is putting a team together for late September and early October. If you are interested in this, let Danny Rumple know (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

3. If you have not been trained in Disaster Relief, but would still like to go to TX or LA to serve, you can go through Send Relief. Find information and register for these opportunities through Send Relief.

HURRICANE IRMA

As you know from news reports, Hurricane Irma will likely hit the US sometime this weekend. This is a major storm that can/will have a major impact on the Southeast (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina). Irma has already wreaked havoc on the Caribbean, and many have lost their homes and lives. Please pray for the people who have been affected.

It is possible that there will be a strategic decision made to send DR resources east of the Mississippi to the Southeast, while sending DR resources west of the Mississippi to TX and LA. That would mean WV would focus on Florida and the rest of the east coast.  As Irma progresses and those decisions are made, we will let you know. However, it is likely that we will be sending teams and resources to Florida in the coming weeks.

Giving through NAMB and Send Relief is still the best way to donate to those who have been affected by the storm. Follow the below link to find information on giving to those who are in need.

Click here to give through NAMB/Send Relief to help those affected

Thank you for faithfully praying and seeking ways to help in these situations.

2017 Ola Cox Mission Offering | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

2017 Ola Cox Mission Offering

2017 Ola Cox Mission Offering

Jesus set the example for us to follow when he held back nothing and gave his life for us. What is the Spirit of God leading your church to do during this season of “All In?”

Imagine what God could accomplish through this state convention of Southern Baptists if we worked together, committed to radical, sacrificial generosity as a way of life, and grew as a generous people. We could tackle the growing drug epidemic in our midst, develop and send out leaders, plant and revitalize churches, and tell all of West Virginia - from the cities to the hollers - the good news of the gospel.

All WV Southern Baptist churches and missions are invited to participate in the state missions emphasis during the month of September. This is an opportunity for WV Southern Baptists to serve state missions through prayer, missions involvement, and financial gifts.

“He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

Video Downloads

Watch: Engaging People with the Gospel Through Disaster Relief
Watch: Investing In Churches to Get Healthy Again

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John I. Snedden-Ray Slaughter Scholarship | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

John I. Snedden-Ray Slaughter Scholarship

John I. Snedden-Ray Slaughter Scholarship

See the application for the John I. Snedden-Ray Slaughter Scholarship in the downloads below. This year we will have a total of about $400 for the scholarship. Note the guidelines on the application for complete details.

The scholarship is named to honor John Snedden and Ray Slaughter. Snedden was an early pioneer in West Virginia Southern Baptist work who served tirelessly helping start new churches, organizing associations, and leading as the first executive director of the state convention. Ray Slaughter invested countless hours into strengthening the churches and to help organize the convention.

The scholarship seeks to grant funds to students who are preparing for full time Christian service at a Baptist college or seminary and who have been or currently are members of a church cooperating with The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists.

You have permission to photocopy the application to distribute to persons in your congregation(s) who may qualify for the annual grant.

The application packet must be sent to us no later than June 1.

Note also that one step in the process is for the local congregation to write a letter of recommendation for the applicant which has been approved in a business meeting. This letter should accompany the application packet.

A selection committee is composed of persons elected by messengers to the annual WV convention in November. The committee chooses the winners of the grant each summer.

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Bivocational Ministers and Wives Retreat | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Bivocational Ministers and Wives Retreat

Bivocational Ministers and Wives Retreat

On the last weekend in February twenty bivocational ministers and their wives gathered at the beautiful Stonewall Jackson Resort for the Nineteenth Annual Bivocational Ministers and Wives Retreat.

Coleman and Tracy Pratt returned for their second year as the retreat leaders. Coleman is the pastor of Grace Journey Community Church, Orlando, Florida, of the Florida Baptist Convention. WVCSB staff members Bill Henard, Tim Turner and Cleve Persinger also attended the retreat. Tim and Cleve led the music for the retreat. Tim brought the devotional message.

The theme for the retreat was “A Renewed Vision for a New Day,” a study of Zechariah 4. The study was broken into five sessions. In three sessions the men and their wives were together. On Saturday morning Coleman led the men and Tracy led the women in separate sessions. The final session of the retreat was devoted to a time of sharing and prayer. The retreat provided the ministers and their wives a great time of fellowship, encouragement, strengthening, and plenty of good food for the body and spirit. 

The retreat is made possible through the WVCSB churches Cooperative Program giving and the partnership with the Florida Baptist Convention. Numerous pieces of helpful material was made available to the men to strengthen themselves and their ministry by the Bivocational and Smaller Church Leadership Network.

Next year we will celebrate the twentieth annual retreat. We are looking forward to a great group, so go ahead and mark the last weekend in February 2018 on your calendar and plan to join us for this special occasion.

Vernon and Jean Beachum
Volunteer Coordinators
WVCSB Bivocational Ministries

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2017 Disaster Relief Training Dates | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

2017 Disaster Relief Training Dates

2017 Disaster Relief Training Dates

MARCH 18: MUD OUT, CHAINSAW
Freedom Baptist Church, Nutter Fort

APRIL 1: MUD OUT, CHAINSAW
Abundant Hope Baptist Church, Barboursville

APRIL 21-22: FEEDING, KITCHEN
Convention Office, Scott Depot

MAY 20: MUD OUT, CHAINSAW
Covenant Baptist Church, Romney

SEPTEMBER 23: BLUE HAT
Convention Office, Scott Depot

OCTOBER 6: MUD OUT, CHAINSAW
Upper Ohio Valley Association

OCTOBER 20-21: CHAPLAINCY
Convention Office, Scott Depot

Register by calling the WVCSB office, 304.757.0944.

For more information, email Jim Messenger, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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No Missions Camp This Year | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

No Missions Camp This Year

No Missions Camp This Year

Please note, we have not scheduled a Youth Missions Camp in 2017.

However, we hope your students will take part in several WVCSB youth events throughout 2017 including:

January 13-14: YEC (Youth Evangelism Conference)

April 22: YSC (Youth Sing Celebration)

September 15-16: Men and Boys Retreat

YEC 2017 - Divergent | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

YEC 2017 - Divergent

YEC 2017 - Divergent

YEC has grown from a small gathering of students to one of the largest student events in West Virginia!

We are excited for the 2017 edition of YEC as we up our conference game, host in the Capitol City, and invite special guests Drew Worsham (speaker) and The Neverclaim (band). This is a phenomenal opportunity for your students to get away from the distractions of school, sports/clubs, and social media to focus their hearts on Christ through fellowship, worship, and gospel-centered teaching. It will be a blast!

Theme: Divergent (Ephesians 5:15​)

Speaker: Drew Worsham (Illusionist/Speaker)

Band: The Neverclaim

Cost: $10 until January 1; $15 after January 1

Location: Charleston Municipal Auditorium, 244 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25301

We wish to strengthen and send churches across our state to raise a generation for Christ.

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‘Every Single Day’ Devotional | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

‘Every Single Day’ Devotional

‘Every Single Day’ Devotional

**NOTE: Pre-orders are now complete and we have a very limited number of books available at the convention office. More copies will be printed AFTER 1/3/2017 and can be delivered prior to 2/1/2017.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginia has the highest rate of drug overdose death in the country. Collectively, West Virginia Southern Baptist pastors are greatly concerned about this drug culture that has darkened our state and permeated our society.

In his study of Acts 19, and understanding the connection between sorcery and drug use, one WVCSB pastor discovered how Paul responded to the problem in Ephesus. Paul taught the Bible daily for 2 years in the hall of Tyrannus.

We’re challenging our convention of churches to do the same.

What would happen in West Virginia if churches led their people to read God’s word every single day, and we raised up and sent out Bible-loving, Bible-knowing people to be government leaders, business leaders, and culture creators? Wouldn’t that radically transform our state?

To facilitate this initiative, we’re providing two devotional guides - the Old Testament in 2017 and the New Testament in 2018.

STEPS TO ORDER
1. Spread the word at your church. We’ve provided promotional tools below that include a promotional copy (digital version), bulletin inserts, and slides.

2. Let us know how many copies of the devotional we can send to your church by December 2. They are $3 each to cover printing and shipping costs. We’ll also make available digital/e-book versions, too - kindle, iBook, etc.

Join us on this journey to be people who are not only saturated with Scripture, but people who intercede daily and earnestly on behalf of West Virginia, our country, and our world.

 

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WV Baptists Celebrate ‘A New Day’

WV Baptists Celebrate ‘A New Day’

Focusing an entire season themed as A New Day, the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists called their 46th annual meeting to order at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Wheeling Triadelphia at The Highlands, in Triadelphia, WV, November 3-4, 2016.

155 registered messengers and 48 guests gathered representing a total of 57 churches.

A New Day

A New Day is based on Amos 5:4-6, “Thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: ‘Do not seek Bethel, and do not enter into Gilgal; or cross over to Beersheba… Seek the Lord and live!’”

Each of these places represent where God had moved mightily, but Israel fell into the trap of thinking about God’s mighty movements as a thing of the past. God reminds us that His saving acts are not simply a thing of the past. We should seek them in the present.

“West Virginia Southern Baptists celebrate God’s past faithfulness, but believe the state’s best days are ahead. The unity among our associational DOM’s, pastors, and the state convention is unprecedented. There is nothing more beautiful than when a convention of God’s people work together. It truly is a new day,” said Dr. Bill Henard, WVCSB Executive Director-Treasurer.

Attendees were challenged throughout times of worship, prayer, fellowship, and instruction to pull together, expect great things of God, and attempt great things for God as Southern Baptists rebuild West Virginia after the recent flood disaster, continue to develop leaders, and make Jesus known.

Strengthen and Send

Dr. Henard and the state’s three new strategists, Cleve Persinger (Partnerships and Communication), Danny Rumple (Missions and Church Planting), and Tim Turner (Evangelism and Discipleship) presented a new mission and goals to usher West Virginia Southern Baptists to their 50th anniversary in 2020:

Strengthening and sending churches to make Jesus known in and through West Virginia

Everything the convention does to support its over 200 churches will be evaluated by two parameters: strengthen and send. They are committed to strengthening churches and sending Christians in and through West Virginia, to the ends of the earth, .

2020 Goals will drive the focus over the next four years, in order to position WVCSB well for their next 50 years, and include the following:

- Churches involved in church planting = 25%
- Success rate of church plants = 90%
- Additional Acts 1:8 partnerships in state, between states, and globally
- 5% increase in baptisms per year (of churches reporting)
- One successful revitalization, in process, in every association

Orders of Business

Messengers approved the only presented resolution, affirming thanks for the city of Wheeling and the Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association for their hospitality in hosting the Annual Convention.

The convention unanimously adopted the 2017 budget of $2,504,244, an increase of 18% from the current year. Included in the 2017 budget: $1,197,833 in anticipated Cooperative Program giving from WVCSB churches, with a continued 60/40 split between WVCSB and SBC causes; $1,141,000 in anticipated funding from the North American Mission Board; and $55,000 anticipated from LifeWay Christian Resources.

All four current convention officers were re-elected to their respective positions: Ron McCoy, Associational Missionary for the Upper Ohio Valley Association, as President; Todd Hill, Pastor of Grace Baptist in Parkersburg, as First Vice-President; Paul Harris, Pastor of Abundant Hope Church in Barboursville, as Second Vice-President; and Jim Messenger, Pastor of Faith Baptist in West Union, as Recording Secretary.

Speakers

The president’s message was delivered by Ron McCoy who affirmed, “It’s a new day,” and challenged, “We need a spirit of cooperation to take this state for the gospel. There’s no reason West Virginia cannot be the epicenter of revival in our nation.” CJ Adkins, Pastor of Westmoreland Baptist Church in Huntington, delivered the convention message, and reminded, “We have a resource in difficult times. The Almighty God is our strength.”

Guest speakers included Mark Dance, Director of LifeWay Pastors, who charged pastors to “stop and rest,” and Dr. Tommy Green, Executive Director-Treasurer for the Florida Baptist Convention.

Dr. Green closed the convention by calling WVCSB pastors to pray for one another, forgive the past, and seek God. “The gospel of Jesus Christ is what brings us together. If we’re going to reach West Virginia for Christ, we must be together.” Pastors gathered and knelt at the altar in response.

Worship times during the meeting were led by the worship team from Open Door Baptist Church in Colliers, WV.

The Pastors’ and Ministers’ Wive’s Conferences were held prior to the annual meeting.

The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists 2017 annual meeting will be hosted at First Baptist Church of Fairlea, in Lewisburg, WV, on November 2-3.

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Church Planning Guide, 2016-17 | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Church Planning Guide, 2016-17

Church Planning Guide, 2016-17

There are lots of opportunities this coming year for your church to be blessed and encouraged through statewide training, outreach, and missions - all made possible through your faithful participation in the Cooperative Program and Ola Cox state mission offerings.

We have prepared this planning guide to assist as you coordinate ministry opportunities. When things are coordinated, opportunities and events will compliment one another instead of compete.

We are grateful for your partnership and very happy to serve your church.

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WVCSB 2016 Annual Meeting | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

WVCSB 2016 Annual Meeting

It’s a new day!

We celebrate God’s past faithfulness, but believe West Virginia’s best days are ahead of us. It is time to pull together, expect great things of God, and attempt great things for God as Southern Baptists re-build after recent flooding, continue to develop leaders, and make Jesus known.

The Annual Meeting calls West Virginia Southern Baptists to gather in unity and find their role in the global mission of God -  in our state and through our state to the nations - and will feature worship, ministry reports, business sessions, and an exhibit hall full of resources for churches.

INFORMATION
Thursday and Friday, November 3-4, 2016

Fairfield Inn & Suites at the Highlands
660 Cabela Drive
Triadelphia, WV 26059

304.219.2020
hotel website

ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, November 3: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, November 4: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

PASTOR’S CONFERENCE
Thursday, November 3: 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM

MINISTER’S WIVES CONFERENCE
Thursday, November 3: 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM

*This page will be updated as we have more information for childcare and other logistics.

CONTACT
Michelle Harris
304.757.0944 ext 303
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

2016 Ola Cox Mission Offering | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

2016 Ola Cox Mission Offering

2016 Ola Cox Mission Offering

God put us here at this time, for this purpose! We celebrate God’s past faithfulness, but believe West Virginia’s best days are ahead.

All WV Southern Baptist churches and missions are invited to participate in the state missions emphasis during the month of September. This is an opportunity for WV Southern Baptists to serve state missions through prayer, missions involvement, and financial gifts.

Do you truly believe it’s a new day in West Virginia?

Join this celebration of new beginnings as Jesus is made known to our hurting state. The Ola Cox 2016 verse, Amos 5:4-6, reminds us that God’s past grace should be an encouragement to trust him for what he plans in our future. This missions emphasis should challenge us to remain faithful. Let’s give our whole lives for the mission of God and look forward with expectant hope to the future he has for West Virginia.

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Flood Relief Updates | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Flood Relief Updates

Flood Relief Updates

The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists will be posting flood relief updates primarily through our Facebook Page, http://facebook.com/WVBaptists.

SERVE THE RELIEF EFFORT

We are compelled by the gospel of Christ, and wish to give of ourselves and serve others as Christ gave of Himself and served us.

​1. Volunteer: There will be multiple opportunities to serve over the upcoming weeks, from mud out and clean up crews, to food prep and distribution.

If you or your group would like to volunteer, please fill out the form we’ve set up at http://wvfloodhelp.org/

2. Donate flood buckets: Buckets are provided to homeowners who would like to do their own clean up. Here is the list of items, from Home Depot, that are used to make up a flood bucket. https://goo.gl/dsJZli

Flood buckets can be dropped off at the following locations:

FBC Fairlea
9232 Seneca Trail S, Ronceverte, WV

Heritage Baptist Church
40 Kayla Ln, Elkview, WV

3. Donate flood relief supplies: We are accepting new supplies, at the WVCSB state offices (28 Mission Way, Scott Depot), Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

These new, packaged items are for relief workers, for clean-up efforts, and for the families who are flood victims.

Please, no clothes donations.

4. Give financially: Your financial gifts sustain this effort after the initial response, and they boost the local economy. Both checks and gift cards can both be mailed to:

West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists
28 Mission Way
Scott Depot, WV 25560

Donate online: http://wvcsb.org/ministries/about_resources/donate_to_disaster_relief

5. Pray: Pray this disaster reminds each of us of the grace of our savior, mobilize the church to serve sacrificially, and point the gaze of many towards Christ.

Missions Camp 2016 Update | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Missions Camp 2016 Update

Due to changes in personnel, schedule and budget this year, we will not be having a summer missions camp in 2016. However, we have already begun to prepare for 2017 and look forward to seeing how God will use our churches and students to impact communities in WV with the gospel. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and months. Blessings, Danny Rumple

WVCSB Elects New Executive Director | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

WVCSB Elects New Executive Director

WVCSB Elects New Executive Director

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va.—William D. “Bill” Henard, III has been elected as the new executive director-treasurer of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. With a unanimous vote, the WVCSB Executive Board elected Henard during a Sept. 12th meeting at the Baptist building in Scott Depot.

Henard will assume his new role in October. He has served as the senior pastor of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., since 1999 and as a professor of evangelism and church growth at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 2007. He is the author of the recently released book, “Can These Bones Live?: A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization,” B&H Publishing Group.

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2015 - 2016 Church Planning Guide Available | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

2015 - 2016 Church Planning Guide Available

2015 - 2016 Church Planning Guide Available

As we approach this time of the year, many of us are already planning toward what we feel the Lord may want us to do in the months ahead, including next year. Our staff has done an excellent service in preparing this planning guide in their efforts to assist you in your preparation. We hope that this will be a blessing to you and your church as you plan.

Printed copies of the Guide are available by contacting Terrie Hannah at the Convention Office at 304-757-0944, ext. 311, or 800-411-5758.

Thank you for all you are doing for the cause of Christ in the local church. Again, if we can help you in any way, please call upon us at the State Office in Scott Depot by calling locally 304-757-0944 or toll free at 800-411-5758.

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Stay Connected with the WVCSB Email Newsletter

Due to the budget shortfalls at the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, the monthly news- paper will no longer be published. However, we would like to communicate with you monthly, by sending you our electronic E-Newsletter. If you wish to subscribe to this free E-Newsletter please send your current email address to Michelle Harris
at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-757-0944 ext. 303

2015 Ola Cox Mission Offering Materials | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

2015 Ola Cox Mission Offering Materials

The following materials are available for the 2015 Ola Cox State Missions Offering.

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Ola Cox 2014 | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Ola Cox 2014

The following materials are available for the 2014 Ola Cox State Missions Offering.

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Disaster in Oklahoma, Give to Those in Need | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Disaster in Oklahoma, Give to Those in Need

Disaster in Oklahoma, Give to Those in Need

Give to support those in need.

Make checks payable to WVCSB and mail to:
WVCSB
28 Mission Way
Scott Depot, WV 25560.

All funds will go to assist those in need in Oklahoma!

Via Baptist Press

MOORE, Okla. (BP)—Dozens were killed as a historic tornado moved through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Okla., Monday afternoon (May 20) prompting the North American Mission Board to direct all incoming disaster relief funds to the area.

By Tuesday morning the death toll was reported at 51 and climbing, but the medical examiner’s office later revised that to at least 24 deaths including nine children, according to the Associated Press.

Many of the victims were children, after the tornado severely damaged two elementary schools. The search for survivors continued Tuesday, and it was unclear how many could still be trapped in rubble, dead or alive.

Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter expressed concern for the tragedy in the nation’s heartland.

“On behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention, our prayers and thoughts are with the families and victims of the tragic tornado in Moore, Okla.,” Luter said in a statement May 21. “Not only our prayers but disaster relief teams from across the SBC are there to assist in any way possible. May God give the citizens of Moore, Okla., comfort, strength and hope during this trying time.”

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Missouri Baptist Wedding Policy Bulletin Available for Download | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Missouri Baptist Wedding Policy Bulletin Available for Download

Many churches are dealing with the issue of their marriage policy today, due to widespread requests for churches to abandon their Biblical position on this subject. Attorneys for the Missouri State Convention have suggested that churches should be proactive in this matter now, in order to prevent lawsuits in the future! It might do well for churches to adopt and even place in their constitution their general policy in order to have it declared ahead of time.

Download the Missouri State Convention Marriage flyer to see the suggested wording in such a policy.

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My Hope with Billy Graham | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

My Hope with Billy Graham

My Hope with Billy Graham

My Hope with Billy Graham is a massive effort to reach people across the United States and Canada with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Following a simple biblical model, My Hope with Billy Graham combines the reach and excitement of a nationwide media event with the power of personal relationships. Under the guidance of their local pastors, Christians across these two countries will open their homes to share the Gospel message with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors using different media programs featuring Billy Graham, dynamic music, and testimonies.

Like the Apostle Matthew, some will invite their guests into their homes to learn about Jesus using prime-time television, while others will gather at a coffee shop or the park to watch the program on a tablet or smartphone.

Strategy
Matthew and Friends is the heart of this national evangelistic outreach. After accepting Jesus’ call to follow Him (Matthew 9:9-13 and Luke 5:27 - 31), Matthew invited friends into his house to meet the Person who changed his life. Through this strategy, Christians from thousands of churches in the U.S. and Canada will follow these simples steps:

Look Around - and identify friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, and family who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Then write their names on a prayer list.

Look Up - and pray every day for each person they listed.

Look Out - for opportunities to build deeper relationships with these people.

Look Forward - to the event: Invite every person on their list, prepare their three-minute story, and pray for God’s help as they invite guests to receive Jesus Christ.

Look After - those who give their lives to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

My Hope with Billy Graham will center around one week in November 2013, when Christians will invite these friends to their homes, or another familiar locations, to watch the television or video programs. They will then share their own story of how they met Jesus and invite their friends to pray to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. Each host will follow up with new believers and encourage them to become part of a local church.

Key Elements

  1. Local churches are the focus of My Hope with Billy Graham.  This outreach exists to strengthen the local church by preparing pastors across the country to train their members to pray for and share Christ with lost people around them. Thousands of trained Christians then use the media programs to share the Gospel with the people in their local communities and build up the local church.
  2. My Hope with Billy Graham video programs are developed to clearly and concisely share the Gospel through music, interviews, and messages from Billy Graham.
  3. Various communication platforms will be used intensely during the first week of November 2013 to saturate the country with video programs. Together with thousands of “Matthews” praying and building relationships, the project will open the door to an evangelistic movement that sweeps across the nation.
  4. Relationships are one of the foundations of My Hope with Billy Graham, In the months leading up to the event, Christians will be active in strengthening their relationships with people they know who don’t follow Christ. As close friends, family members, co-workers, fellow students, or neighbors, they earn the right to share their story.
  5. The personal testimony of each Christian is vital to the success of this outreach. As Christians live out the love of Jesus and then share their own story with lost friends, family, and neighbors, God will transform lives.
  6. The follow-up of new Christians through the local churches is essential to ensure that each person has the opportunity to become an active member of a local Christian fellowship.

History

Since its implementation is 2002, the same project has been conducted in 57 countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. More than 305,000 churches and 4 million homes have participated, and over 10 million decisions for Jesus Christ have been recorded. For more information, visit myhopewithbillygraham.org.

West Virginia Training Opportunities

For more information:
Call: 800-411-5758 of 304-757-0944 ext. 103
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GuideStone announces release of its Ministers Tax Guide | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

GuideStone announces release of its Ministers Tax Guide

DALLAS ⎯ The 2013 edition of GuideStone’s annual Tax Return Preparation and Federal Reporting Guide is now available. In this helpful guide, both active and retired minsters will find step-by-step help in understanding the latest tax laws along with sample tax forms to assist them in preparing their 2012 federal tax returns.

The guide was written again this year by Richard Hammar, a noted CPA, attorney and widely published author who specializes in legal and tax issues for ministers. Additionally, the material is edited by GuideStone’s Compliance staff to ensure that it addresses, in detail, the tax issues directly affecting Southern Baptist pastors.

“As our tax system grows more complicated each year, it is a joy and a privilege for GuideStone to stand alongside the ministers we represent and provide solid counsel from a trusted source,” said O.S. Hawkins, GuideStone president. “Each year so many pastors tell us how thankful they are for this guide and how much is helps them navigate the unique ministerial tax laws. We are blessed to be able to help them with the important task of ensuring that their income tax returns are correct.”

The tax guide, which also includes a special section detailing federal reporting requirements for churches, can be obtained in PDF format at http://www.GuideStone.org/TaxGuide. GuideStone participants can order a free printed copy by calling 1-888-98-GUIDE (1-888-984-8433) between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST Monday – Friday. 

Copies of ‘Ministers Tax Guide for 2012 Returns’ Available | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Copies of ‘Ministers Tax Guide for 2012 Returns’ Available

We have available, a few copies of the Ministers Tax Guide for 2012 Returns provided by GuideStone Financial Resources. 

About the Ministers Tax Guide for 2012 Returns

This popular annual guide focuses on tax issues most likely to affect ministers and churches. It includes sample tax returns for both active and retired ministers. Church treasurers and other church leaders will find a valuable resource in the guide’s special section about important federal requirements for churches.

Richard Hammar again authored this year’s guide with assistance from our staff. He is an attorney, CPA and widely published author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

If you would like a copy, please contact Karen Stidham at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1.800.411.5758.

Liberty Scholarship Opportunities Available to Pastor’s & Youth Pastor’s | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Liberty Scholarship Opportunities Available to Pastor’s & Youth Pastor’s

Liberty Scholarship Opportunities Available to Pastor’s & Youth Pastor’s

The West Virginia Convention is blessed to have a unique scholarship for all Senior Pastor and Youth Pastor’s serving in our state.  Such persons can attend Liberty University on line with free tuition.  They will still need to pay their student fees, but tuition is free.  This scholarship was established between Terry Harper and Dr. Jerry Falwell when he was still living and is a blessing to anyone who wants to further his or her education.  It applies to Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degrees taken at Liberty.  You can go to this link and click on the last scholarship on the page at the bottom (WVCSB Scholarship).  If you have any questions, please call Terry Harper’s office at 304-757-0944, ext 102.  We appreciate Liberty University continuing to honor this great legacy established by Dr. Falwell.

2011-2012 Church Planning Guide Now Available for Download | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

2011-2012 Church Planning Guide Now Available for Download

2011-2012 Church Planning Guide Now Available for Download

We all know the importance of planning if our work is to succeed! I believe this planning guide will be a valuable resource in your preparation for the months ahead. Someone has said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. So, we hope that you will use this tool to be as effective as possible.

If you need more copies of this planning guide, we will be happy to provide as many as you can use.

Feel free to call our offices and ask to speak with Randy Spurgeon or his Administrative Assistant, Terrie Hannah and either of them will be glad to help you.

Thank you for all you are doing for the cause of Christ in the local church. Again, if we can help you in any way, please call upon us at the State Office in Scott Depot by calling locally 304-757-0944 or toll free at 800-411-5758.

Sincerely,
Terry Harper
Executive Director-Treasurer

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2011 Annual Meeting News | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

2011 Annual Meeting News

2011 Annual Meeting News

The Strategy Planning Group presented their report on Friday afternoon. The report had been mailed to the churches and also put on the web site for people to examine. A motion from the floor in order to add 30 minutes of discussion prior to the vote being taken Friday night, passed.

A motion to vote on the six recommendations in the report separately, failed (87 to 86). Most of the votes taken were made by ballot because they were too close to call by show of ballots.

Discussion concerning the Report was decent and in order, yet passionate and sometimes emotional. The final vote in favor of the Report was 106 to 71.

Watch the SPG Report Video that was viewed by those in attendance.

Greg Varndell, pastor, Fairlawn, Parkersburg, was elected President of the Convention, 88 to 81, over David Dockery, pastor, FBC Princeton.  Matt Shamblin, pastor, North Charleston, was elected First Vice-President over Dennis Cherry, association missionary, Allegheny Association, 102 to 73. Second Vice-President was voted to Don Knotts, pastor, Wayside, Buckhannon, 98 to 56, over Jack Miller, pastor, West Ripley.

Six of seven resolutions were passed by the Convention. The full text of the resolutions may be seen on the http://www.wvcsb.org web site. Two resolutions thanked the Convention staff and the people of Westview Baptist Church for hosting the meeting.

Another resolution recognized the invaluable work missionaries supported by NAMB had done in West Virginia and called upon NAMB to keep funding them.

A fourth resolution affirmed the need to start new churches and to stay focused on evangelism according to the Across West Virginia strategy. Churches need to use available resources to stay healthy in order to stay focused on God’s plan.

Another resolution gave praise for the superb work of the military and offered condolences to the many families who have experieced grief as a result of their loved one’s service.

The sixth resolution to pass encouraged people to pray for the peace of Israel, for our government to work for the peace of Israel, and for the nations of Israel and Palestine to work for peace in the Middle East.

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Final Report from the Strategy Planning Group of the WVCSB | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Final Report from the Strategy Planning Group of the WVCSB

Final Report from the Strategy Planning Group of the WVCSB

Dr. Seth Polk, in early March, appointed a Task Force to work in planning the strategy for our convention in light of the changes voted in by the messengers to the annual SBC last year and the changes taking place at the North American Mission Board. 

This group has been working hard and long and below is the final report as well as progress reports that were posted as the group met. The progress reports contain information in them that is not in the final report.

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Common Questions Received by the Strategy Planning Group | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Common Questions Received by the Strategy Planning Group

The following are some common questions that have been asked regarding the Strategy Planning Group work and recommendations that will be forthcoming. The following are answers to these questions. We will be doing this periodically as we are made aware of questions.

Download the Q&A (PDF).

1) It seems that there has been a “Top Down” approach to this with NAMB telling us what to do and we are doing it. Is this so?

This has not been a “Top Down” approach. Ironically, it is just the opposite. First, NAMB has shifted to regions in North America, and West Virginia is in the Midwest Region. There has been a decentralization of NAMB away from headquarters in Alpharetta and each region has a Vice President. Costs of administration have been significantly reduced by NAMB, resulting in more money for missions on the field. The result is a closer and more effective partnership with NAMB.

Second, there has been a clear and consistent message from NAMB regarding the centrality of the local church to carrying out the mission. Churches plant churches, not denominations. NAMB recognizes that healthy relationships with local churches are vitally important for effective church planting partnerships.

Third, NAMB is moving away from a “one size fits all” approach to the mission. The leadership we are working with has consistently communicated to us, that they want to hear what our heart is to reach West Virginia with the Gospel. We need to communicate how we can best accomplish this, because we know our state best. The WVCSB is being proactive.
Fourth, there has been much unhealthy speculation and questioning of motives of those in leadership, particularly at NAMB. This is unfortunate and wrong. We have found those leading NAMB to be men of integrity and great compassion for the lost. We are blessed to have Stephen Davis as our Regional Vice President. In recent months, NAMB has been more accessible, and more engaged in what we are doing than ever before. There has been a greater and more sincere interest in WV, than at any time in recent history.

2) It seems that lower population areas of the country, and smaller churches are being marginalized by this process. Is this so?

NAMB recognizes the significance of reaching every area of the country with the Gospel. There is the reality of needing to be good stewards of resources where there are population centers and the masses are lost. However, nobody is placing a value on lost people based on where they live. A lost person is lost regardless of where they reside.

NAMB has not marginalized lower population areas, and in talking with leadership, they recognize the importance of states like WV. NAMB is also not marginalizing smaller churches. Again, there has been a clear focus by leadership on the centrality of the local church, regardless of size.

We are a convention of small churches. God is not so much concerned with the size of the church, as he is the faithfulness of the church. Every church is significant, and the beauty of cooperating together, is that we can get much more done together, than we can independently.

3) With a regional approach in the WVCSB, will my association cease to exist?

Absolutely not, associations will continue to be a vital part of reaching West Virginia for Christ. Associations, under the direction of their Executive Boards, and supporting churches, will determine the core ministries that are necessary and carry those out. Associations will continue to provide a vital area ministry and mission network.

4) How will we coordinate these ministries if our Associational Missionary is no longer here in the current role?

Currently, Associational Missionaries are funded 80% by the North American Mission Board, 20% by the WVCSB, and their health insurance is covered by NAMB. This is the case in 9/10 of our associations, with one association having their missionary’s insurance and a small salary supplement covered by NAMB and WVCSB. In addition to this, most of the associations are also providing supplemental funding to increase the compensation of the missionary in place. Historically, it was never intended that Associational Missionaries were to be perpetually funded by the NAMB/WVCSB. Part of the challenge is that we have not made any substantial progress in the state for this change to take place.

With the decided mission shift to Church Planting across the SBC, NAMB made the determination to shift the role of the traditional Associational Missionary position to that of a Church Planting Catalyst. This change is underway, and regardless of the direction of the WVCSB, each of these positions will become CPCs as of January 2012.

The Strategy Planning Group of the WVCSB has determined that long term, it is not feasible for us to maintain 10 CPC positions. We believe it will be more effective to reduce this to 5 positions, with these roles shifting to 60% Church Planting and 40% Church Development, according to the NAMB Job Description. Associations will not be asked to supplement funding for the CPC positions.

Some associations who have the resources to do so may choose to fund someone to function in a role similar to what the Associational Missionary does now. Some will choose to do this through a Bi-vocational position. Others may choose to accomplish this through a network of pastors without a paid position and utilize a Moderator to coordinate things. This will be up to what the specific association can afford, and feels will best help continue these ministries effectively.

Each association will relate to the regional Church Planting Catalyst missionary for the purpose of Church Planting and Church Development in their region. This person will network with the churches and partner with them to plant Southern Baptist churches to reach West Virginia with the Gospel.

5) Is my Associational Missionary being forced to retire?

Nobody is being forced to retire. The situation is straightforward. When NAMB learned that the WVCSB was considering moving to a regional strategy for church planting, they offered to work with the Associational Missionaries at or near retirement, to offer them retirement packages that would be of benefit to them.

Six missionaries were offered individual retirement packages, based on years of service and what they have already earned, plus additional benefits, case specific, to help them, if they chose to accept the retirement package. If they chose to accept the retirement package, it would be effective at the end of 2011. The alternative was to refuse the retirement package, and continue on through the calendar year 2012 in which funding is already set. If they took this route, should the WVCSB approve the shift to a regional approach, after having moved to five regions from the current ten in 2012, on January 1, 2013 the funding for these positions by NAMB and WVCSB, would have ceased.

This is not a pleasant process. Change never is, especially when it involves servants of the Lord who take their roles very seriously. The change in strategy is a matter of long term stewardship, and we have tried to accommodate the change as best we know how.

6) Our Associational Missionary feels called to West Virginia. Who is to tell him he is not?

It is not the role of the WVCSB to tell anyone where God has or has not called them. We can only confirm this related to positions we are working to fill. God opens doors that no man can close and He closes doors that no man can open. We would be delighted if the retiring Associational Missionaries were to continue their ministry in some capacity in West Virginia. These men are our friends and have served the state well. A shift in strategy is not a judgment call on their ministry.

7) What happens if a remaining missionary begins the process to be a Church Planting Catalyst and then sees or decides that this is really not the place for him, then what happens to him?

There will be a personnel process in place in coordination with NAMB, whereby the new positions will be evaluated periodically. Details of this are still being worked on. The direct answer to this is, if a CPC decides this is not the position for him, it would be prudent for him to discern where God is calling him to serve. This, like any employment, Christian or otherwise, is subject to certain qualifications and expectations. This is the reality of any type of work.

8) How will the CPC regional person work? Will he relate to our churches? What will be his relationship to the churches in his region?

This has been answered above in part, but the regional CPC will work to build relationships within his region, for the primary purpose of planting churches, and for the secondary purpose of developing healthy churches, which can in turn reach their area for Christ and plant other churches. He will work closely with the Associations, Churches, and Pastors in his region.

9) Will he be doing what our Associational Missionary was doing?

No, this role will be different. It will be 60% focused on church planting and 40% focused on church development. It will be a regional position relating to more than one association, with a purposeful focus on the entire process of church planting.

10) What part are the Associations expected to pay toward the salary of the Church Planting Catalyst?

The Associations will not be expected to pay the salary of the CPC. The money freed up by the shift, can be utilized to someone to perform many of the duties that have been performed by the Associational Missionaries. Or it may be used for the purpose of missions with local pastors coordinating the work.

11) We do not like the new approach. Our church is considering withholding our funding from the Cooperative Program and NAMB and simply giving more to our association. Is this the right thing to do?

Is it your intention to starve out the thousands of missionaries across North American and those serving with IMB to the ends of the earth? If not, then the emphatic answer is no. This is a reactionary move that is short sighted and, and lacking in kingdom focus.

Throughout this process, the Cooperative Program has been highlighted as the distinctive of how we accomplish missions as Southern Baptists. This is the lifeline of the missionaries. If you are considering withholding any funding, please consider the ramifications of this. We must be concerned about the lost across the street from us, and also the lost to the ends of the earth. There are still 3800 unreached, underserved people groups in the world, who do not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are teeming millions of people groping in darkness and on their way to an eternity without Christ.

We are a family of churches. Cooperation is a distinctive of Southern Baptists. We can only navigate these changes one way. . . together.

The WVCSB is continuing to pursue a commitment we made several years ago regarding the Cooperative Program. Our current allocation is 62% staying in WV and 38% being sent to the SBC. It is our commitment to move this to a 50/50 allocation in the coming years, which was the historical intent of the Cooperative Program. It is our prayer that giving to CP will continue to be strong, which will help to plant more churches in WV, and also reach the nations with the Gospel.

12) How will our association navigate these changes?

The SPG and the WVCSB is working on a plan to assist associations who need assistance, in successfully making the transition. 2012 will serve as a transition year to implement these changes. We are committed to providing the necessary guidance for this to take place.

Seth Polk
President, WVCSB
Chair, Strategy Planning Group

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Snedden-Slaughter Scholarship Recipients | WVCSB News | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists | WVCSB.org

Snedden-Slaughter Scholarship Recipients

Two students were awarded the JOHN I. SNEDDEN SCHOLARSHIP for students preparing for the ministry in July, 2010.

Josh HornerJosh Horner

Josh Horner is pictured with his wife, Casey. Josh is a student at Southern Seminary. Josh is the son of Mike and Sherri Horner. Joshís dad, Mike, is pastor of Williams Creek Baptist Church, Immanuel Association. Josh will use the $200 scholarship to help with expenses of classes.

Josh believes God has called him to the preaching ministry. He is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Josh believes God has gifted him for the pastoral ministry. He is a graduate of Williamstown High School.

Sarah CoxSarah Cox

Also a winner of the Snedden Scholarship was Sarah Cox. Sara is a student at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. She believes God has called her to career missions. Sarah anticipates majoring in math education. She is a graduate of Pikeview High School.

Sara hopes to graduate this year (2013). She plans to go to the mission field and be a teacher in a missionary school for missionaries’ children.

Allen Carbaugh Allen Carbaugh

The 2011 recipient of the scholarship was Allen Carbaugh.

Allen is the son of Richard and Carol Carbaugh. Richard is pastor of FBC Grandview. Allen is a student at Southeastern Seminary. He is studying for the counseling ministry.

Russ & Leah Billo Russ & Leah Billo

The 2012 recipient of the grant was Russ Billo. Russ is a student at Southeastern Seminary. He and Leah were married just prior to leaving for seminary. He is studying for the pastoral ministry.