FOCUS March 2017

Bowie Baptist Association

Making Disciples (Part 2)

Last month I began a series sharing with you the essential components of fruitful discipleship. If the goal of the Great Commission is to make disciples, then the church is responsible to act in a manner that most facilitates this end. Yes, believers are responsible for their response to God’s word. But the Church must provide an environment where people not only hear the word, but receive the support necessary for incorporating that word into every aspect of their lives. The first essential component to this end, shared last time, is intentionality.

The second is being biblically based. Now, this should go without saying. What church does not value the Sunday morning sermon and other scheduled Bible studies? But too often we stop short in our teaching ministries. We fill people’s heads with Biblical knowledge - facts, doctrines, commands, and principles - but we seldom help people discover what obedience to God looks like on account of these truths.

When Jesus gave His commission, He made it clear in Mt. 28:20 that we were to “teach them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Given the same Holy Spirit behind Jesus’ teachings inspired the rest of scripture, we can conclude that Jesus expects us to apply all we learn from His word to life. This is what fruitful discipleship is about.

Jesus’ disciples obey Him. And His church helps new disciples do the same.

I’ll share more on this topic next month.

One more thing....

Welcome New Friendship Center Director

On behalf of the Texarkana Friendship Center Board of Directors, I would like to welcome Bro. Cody Howard as the new TFCI Executive Director, to succeed Bro. Bryan Bixler who recently resigned.

Cody comes to us from the staff of FBC Atlanta Texas. You may know him as the pastor of Church Under the Bridge Texarkana. He has a unique gift for relating with struggling persons, helping them to follow Christ as they overcome numerous challenges.

Please pray for Cody as he begins ministry with us. Invite him to share his vision for Friendship Center with your church.

And remember Friendship Center in your giving. Let’s assure Cody and his team have the tools necessary to do that which we have asked them to do, a task we believe God has called us to pursue.


Bro. Jim

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2017 BBA Children’s Camp

Camp 1: July 12-15

Camp 2: July 15-18

Camp 3: July 18-21

Cost: $140 (BBA & Lakeview Cooperating Churches)

$145 (All other congregations)

For more information or to receive a registration pack, please call Valerie at 903-831-0194 or visit the BBA webpage at

Disaster Relief / Training

Thank you for your response toward completion of the Disaster Relief feeding unit. The items are now being secured and we expect the unit to be available for deployment soon.

In the meantime, there will be basic Yellow Hat training at Westside Baptist Church, Atlanta, Texas, on Saturday, March 25th. Registration opens at 7:30 AM, with training to begin at 8:00. Shower / laundry training will follow. Persons needing to renew their ID’s as well as new volunteers may participate. If you would like to carpool with a group from the BBA, contact Bro. Jim at If you are interested in the two day chainsaw training, March 24 – 25, please register through the SBTC website.

Administrative Team Meeting

The next Administrative Committee Meeting will be March 14th, 10:00 AM, at the BBA Office. Meetings are open to participation from interested persons within the association.

2017 BBA Navajo Mission Trip

June 24-30, 2017

Window Rock, Arizona

Cost is $200, includes transportation, meals on site (except on free day), and supplies. Families are welcome, but children should be old enough to participate. Children 12 and under must be in the company of their parents. Youth are welcome with an accompanying sponsor.

Volunteers are needed for: Basic Construction, Foot Care, Bible Clubs, & Support Crew.


· Saturday, 6/24, 5 AM - Depart

· Saturday, 6/24, 10 PM - Arrive at Gateway

· Sunday - Wednesday, 6/25-6/28 - Serve

· Thursday, 6/29 - Free Day

· Friday, 6/30, 5 AM - Depart for home

· Friday, 6/30, 11 PM - Arrive in Texarkana

Interested persons should contact Dr. Jim Turnbo by email at:


Want to learn how to effectively grow disciples for Jesus Christ? Consider D-Life. D-Life is not a program; it is a process for focusing the church on disciple-making. You can review this resource online at

A D-Life boot camp for participating churches and others interested in exploring this resource will be held Sunday, April 2, from 4 to 7 PM, at First Baptist Nash. The facilitator will be Dr. Bill Wilkes, originator of D-Life and pastor of Northpark Baptist Church, Trussville, Alabama. Also, BBA has a limited number of accounts for churches to “test-drive” the process. Contact Bro. Jim about these opportunities.

2017 Week of Prayer For North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

March 5-12, 2017

100% of this offering is used to support North American Mission Board missionaries and church planters as they push back lostness in the United States and Canada.

SBTC Pause Retreat

March 24-25, 2017

Retreat for Bi-vocational Pastors and Ministers of Music in Tyler, TX. For more information or to register, click here.

SBTC State VBS Training

Date: April 1, 2017

Registration cost: $10

This event will offer in-depth training and ideas for churches and associations in many areas...leader enlistment, decorating, music, worship, missions, bible study, recreation, crafts, and more!

A special gift will be given to those churches pre-registered at least one week prior to the event!

For more information or to register to attend click here, or email Joanna Thornhill at

1st Choice Pregnancy Center Walk/Run for Life

Save the Date for First Choice Pregnancy Center’s Walk/Run for Life, which will take place Saturday, May 6th. For supplies or information, call (903) 792-5735.

Brazil 2017

The annual Brazil Mission trip, coordinated by Dr. Dwight Lowrie of Liberty-Eylau Baptist Church, will be July 6-19. This year’s team will conduct a crusade in Belo Horizonte. Registration is open now, with all costs due by April 15th. For information or to register, please contact Bro. Lowrie at 903-244-4108. Registration forms are also available at the BBA office.

Youth Ministry Search

Highland Park Baptist Church, Texarkana, is seeking a couple to serve as bi-vocational youth ministry leaders. If you believe God is calling you to youth ministry or you know someone who may be a candidate, please contact HPBC at (903) 792-6996.

Daylight Savings Time

Begins March 12. Remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour!

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2017 NetXtreme

Camp 1: June 5-9, 2017

Camp 2: June 9-13, 2017

Cost: $190 per camper

Camp Pastor: Tiny Dominquez

Worship Leader: Abandon

Entertainment: 321 Improv

Registration for camp is now open! Reserve your spots by paying the $50 deposit per camper. Final payments are due May 15, 2017.

The registration packet and more information can be found at or by emailing

Churches Seeking Staff

Please continue to pray for the churches in the Association that are seeking staff members.


  • Siloam
  • Malta
  • Victory City

Youth Leader:

  • Highland Park (call 903-792-6996)

  • Flower Acres (call 903-824-8412)
  • Korean Mission
  • Myrtle Springs
  • New Boston FBC

For more information, you may contact the respective congregations with the information provided, or contact the BBA Office.

MARCH 2017

5-12 Week of Prayer & Annie Armstrong Easter


12 Daylight Savings Time Begins

14 Administrative Team Meeting BBA Office, 10 AM

25 Disaster Relief Training Atlanta, TX

APRIL 2017

1 VBS Training Longview, TX

2 D-Life Training Nash FBC, 4 PM

11 Administrative Team Meeting BBA Office, 10 AM

14 Good Friday

16 Easter Sunday

18 Executive Board Meeting Plentiful Harvest, 6 PM

March Friendship Center

  • Downtown FBC
  • Faith Community
  • Fellowship
  • Myrtle Springs
  • New Baptist Bible Fellowship
  • Oak Street
  • Old Salem
  • Redwater FBC
  • Cross View

These churches have been asked by the Friendship Center to get involved in the food drive for this month. The Center needs all kinds of canned goods, flour, corn meal, dried beans, macaroni and cheese, powdered milk, baby foods and formulas, and diapers. Any effort made for the Friendship Center will be appreciated. Some churches have chosen to include the Friendship Center in their annual budget and send a monthly check for support.

Runnin’ WJ Ranch needs financial support, volunteers, and supplies as well.

Associational Staff

Dr. Jim Turnbo

Associational Missionary

Valerie Mills

Ministry Assistant

Paul Burkhalter

Ministry Training Director

Brandon Sanders

Baptist Student Ministry Director

Fraternal Organizations

Sam Clem

Runnin’ WJ Ranch

Edna Walker

Hospitality Director

Cody Howard

Friendship Center Director