August 2017 FOCUS

Bowie Baptist Association

No Quick Fix

Ministry is hard. Paul commended the Thessalonians for their work of faith, labor of love and endurance inspired by hope (1 Thess 1:2-3). Work, labor, and endurance! These words reinforce the challenge of serving Christ in a fallen world.

What amazes me, though, is how many believers seek easy, simple solutions to these challenges. Church conflict? Just remove that guy. Church declining? If we only had that program, or that fireball staff member. Need more workers? As soon those people (as in, everyone but me) get committed, we will have them. I hear such claims daily.

But here’s some truth. There is no quick fix. The work that Christ calls us to requires time and effort. Work. Labor. Endurance. And you cannot call anyone else to these until you yourself show them.

Think about it.

Investing in Leaders

One of the major contributions BBA makes to the health of your church is our investment in leaders through the Bi State School of Ministry. Bi State, a partnership with Gateway Seminary of the SBC, offers quality training locally and at an affordable price for church leaders and prospective leaders. Classes may be taken a la carte or toward a Diploma in Christian Ministry. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 21-22 and include:

Ministry Foundations - Monday evenings, 6 to 9 PM: A course designed to facilitate growth in necessary personal, spiritual, and practical foundations for life-long Christian service, which I will teach.

Old Testament Survey - Tuesday evenings, 6 to 9 PM: An introduction to the content and background of the Old Testament, taught by Dr. Bill Steeger, retired pastor, missionary and professor.

If you are interested in either or both classes, or would like to know more about the program, contact Bro. Paul Burkhalter at

Happy August. May God bless and keep you.

Bro. Jim

Upcoming Meetings

The next Administrative Committee Meeting will be August 9th, 10:00 AM, at the BBA Office. Meetings are open to participation from interested persons within the association.

The next Executive Board Meeting will be at Eylau Hills Baptist Church, September 19th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

BBA Annual Meeting and Partnership Celebration

Plan now to attend the Bowie Baptist Association’s Partnership Celebration and Annual Meeting, Sunday, October 15, at Buchanan Baptist Church, Texarkana, TX.

The event will feature a Missions Celebration, a meal, interest based breakout conferences, a brief business session and a Worship Celebration.

Please make sure your church elects messengers for the business session and let Valerie know who will be attending as messengers from your church.


Looking for a tool for effective disciple-making? How about church revitalization? Consider D-Life. D-Life is a relational disciple making approach where groups of 3 to 8 men or women commit together to do several things:

· Read a chapter of the Bible daily

· Meet for an hour once weekly for fellowship, accountability, prayer, and Bible study

· Complete a ministry project at least once every two months

· Multiply / form a new group at least once every year

Several BBA congregations are launching D-Life. If you would like to explore how D-Life can bless your church, or if you are interested in joining a D-Life group, contact Bro. Jim.

Bi-State School of Ministry

Registration is open for the Fall Semester of the Bi-State School of Ministry, offering college level training for ministry. Fall courses include:

Ministry Foundations

Begins Monday, August 21, 6 pm

A study of the call to ministry and foundational abilities necessary for fruitful ministry, taught by Dr. Jim Turnbo. In Jim’s previous work as a missionary to Native Americans, a large part of his assignment was “raising leaders from the harvest.” Anyone exploring God’s call, either to vocational ministry or lay Christian service, would benefit from this class.

Introduction to the Old Testament

Begins Tuesday, August 22, 6 pm

A survey course through the Old Testament scriptures taught by Dr. Bill Steeger. Dr. Steeger is an Old Testament specialist with a special gift for communicating the richness of Biblical narrative. Preachers, ministry leaders, and Bible study teachers would all benefit from this course.

If you are interested in either of these classes, contact the BBA office or Ministry Training Director, Paul Burkhalter, at 903-826-4489 or

BGCT Week of Prayer & Mary Hill Davis Offering

Starting in 1910, the Mary Hill Davis Offering® was established to empower state missions efforts for Texas Baptists. Mark your calendars for September 10-17 to recognize and promote the offering at your church. The State Goal this year is $3,600,000 Million. Your giving mobilizes ministries and missionaries to go make disciples and multiply churches among all peoples for the glory of God. For more information & promotional materials for your church, click here.

SBTC Reach Texas State Missions

The annual state mission offering of the SBTC will be September 17-24, 2017. 100% of the offering is used for Missions & Evangelism Ministries / Strategies (Disaster Relief, Church Planting, Evangelism & Missions). For more information & promotional materials for your church, click here. The 2016 statewide Goal is 1.45 million dollars.

Save the Date!

1st Choice Pregnancy Resource Center's annual fall fundraising dinner will be Tuesday, November 7th at the Texarkana Convention Center. Anyone interested in serving as a table host (no cost) or helping with underwriting expenses (minimum $250) should contact Kristie Wright at (903) 792-5735 or

The speaker this year will be Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor and author of You Carried Me ( Please make plans to join us!


Believe it or not, it is nearing time for your church to complete your Annual Church Profile, a report to our Baptist partners on your ministry this past year. Data is used by convention entities to plan support for local churches and assess SBC ministry priorities.

When your profile arrives, please pass it along to the appropriate individual in your church.

Churches Seeking Staff

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


  • Victory City
  • Midway FBC

Worship Leader:

  • Hooks FBC

Youth Leader:

  • Highland Park (903-792-6996)
  • Flower Acres (903-824-8412)
  • Korean Mission
  • Myrtle Springs
  • New Boston FBC
  • Midway FBC - Send resume to 1415 FM 2148, Texarkana, TX 75501, ATTN: Youth Minister Search Comm.

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

Grandparenting Matters Conference

August 11-12, 2017

Woodland Hills Baptist Church

Longview, TX

Get equipped to face the challenges of grandparenting in the 21st century!

For more information contact Kelvin Gunnells at or click here to register online.

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8 Administrative Committee Meeting

BBA Office, 10 AM

14 - 19 Texarkana Children Charities Open

Benefiting Runnin' WJ Ranch

September 2017

4 Labor Day - BBA Office Closed

10-17 Week of Prayer - Texas Missions & Mary Hill Davis Offering

13 Administrative Team Meeting, 10 AM

17-24 Week of Prayer, SBTC

19 Executive Board Meeting, 6 PM, Eylau Hills Baptist Church

August Friendship Center

  • Avery FBC
  • Graceway
  • Liberty Hill
  • Malta
  • New Boston FBC
  • Oak Terrace Mission
  • New Oak Grove
  • Simms FBC
  • Regions Christian Center

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

Fraternal Organizations

Sam Clem

Runnin’ WJ Ranch

Edna Walker

Hospitality Director

Cody Howard

Friendship Center Director