November 2017 FOCUS

Bowie Baptist Association

Thank you!

Every so often I receive one of those calls from someone asking what the Bowie Baptist Association is about, and why their church should support us. My answer is always the same: We’re here for you. The association exists to encourage, serve, help, equip your church and to foster connections with sister congregations, that Christ would receive glory. We are stronger together.

Particularly the work of BBA falls into one of two categories. One is church health and support. This includes my personal ministry with pastors and congregational leaders, but extends to our effort to help one another in the areas of evangelism and making disciples. Perhaps your church has used the Evangelistic Event Trailer. That’s the association. Or maybe you are part of a D-Life group in your church. That too was influenced by the association (BTW, if you don’t know about D-Life, ask me). Need a coach, consultant, or even a referee (never)? Again, that’s the association.

The other area of associational work is cooperative ministry. This occurs when two or more congregations partner for a given ministry. Baptist Student Ministry is part of this, as is the Bi-State School of Ministry. Add to these IGNITE children’s camp, our Navajo Nation Missions partnership, Disaster Relief, and our participation with the Texarkana Friendship Center, Telford Prison Ministry, Runnin’ WJ Ranch, and Lakeview Camp, and you will see that there are many ways our churches stand together to share Christ.

So, who determines what we do in each of these areas? The needs and ministry calling of our member churches are expressed through the Executive Board – made up of pastors and other ministry leaders. I’ll cast a vision. But ultimately the ministry of the Bowie Baptist Association is determined by those of you who engage.

That said, to you who have engaged with us, let me say how grateful we are for your effort. And to you who have yet to do so, please join us. As do individual Christians, I believe our congregations grow stronger as we stand together.

Think about it, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Bro. Jim

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BBA Pastor's Monthly Fellowship

Monday, Nov. 6th, 10am

6601 Jones Lane

Texarkana, TX

A time for pastors of the Bowie Baptist Association to gather for coffee and fellowship. The schedule is the 1st Monday of every month, 10 am, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Administrative Team Meeting

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

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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


  • Pleasant Grove (903-838-5558)

Youth Leader:

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

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

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2018 Executive Board Meeting Locations

January 16, 2018

12 Noon

DeKalb FBC

April 17, 2018

6:00 PM

Hooks FBC

July 24, 2018

12 Noon

BBA Office

September 18, 2018

6:00 PM

Cross View Baptist Church

2018 BBA Partnership Celebration & Annual Meeting

October 21st, 2018

Wake Village FBC


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

If you are interested in joining a D-Life group, contact Bro. Jim.

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

December 3rd - December 10th.

Starting in 1888, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® was established to empower the international missions efforts for Southern Baptists. After more than a century, the annual offering continues its steady growth. The National Goal this year is $160 Million. Your giving enables missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.

For more information about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and promotional materials for your church, click here.

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2017 Week of Prayer for International Missions

December 3rd - December 10th

Day 1 - Bagby Family, Nepal

Day 2 - Muslims of Russia

Day 3 - Jones Family, Japan

Day 4 - Mexico City Team

Day 5 - The Forgotten Refugee

Day 6 - Mikeska Family, London

Day 7 - What God Has Done - World Wide

Day 8 - Why Prayer Matters - World Wide

For more information about these missionaries and their stories, click here.

Annual Church Profile

Church secretaries and clerks should have received the Annual Church Profile. If you have yet to receive any information, or you need help, please contact Valerie at the BBA Office by email or phone 903-831-0194.

November 2017

12-14 BGCT Annual Meeting

12-15 SBTC Annual Meeting

14 Administrative Team Meeting, 10 AM

23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday, BBA Office Closed

December 2017

3-10 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering & Week of Prayer for International Missions

10 Pastor's Monthly Fellowship, Pleasant Grove, 10 am

12 Administrative Team Meeting, BBA Office, 10 am

25 Christmas Day

25 - Jan 1 BBA Office closed

November Friendship Center

  • College Hill
  • DeKalb FBC
  • Primera
  • Friendship
  • Sand Hill
  • Spring Hill
  • Texarkana FBC
  • Village Community

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