FOCUS - July 2016

Bowie Baptist Association

From the Harvest

I often receive calls from church leaders seeking assistance with the identification or vetting of potential staff members. While some of the positions to be filled are full time (I prefer the term fully-funded), a growing number of requests are for bivocational or even volunteer personnel.

The questions about fully-funded positions are easy to answer, for there are many godly candidates across the country seeking the opportunity to serve the Lord and His church.

Questions about bivocational personnel are becoming harder to answer. It seems that, at least locally, there are not as many individuals called, willing, and equipped to serve as has been the case in the past.

I believe several factors contribute to this. A few of the best equipped consider themselves only available to serve full-time. Larger churches that in the past encouraged gifted leaders to accept staff roles in smaller congregations tend now to hold on to those persons, benefitting from the depth they add to their own ministries (not a criticism, just an observation). And there are many gifted individuals who have stepped up to serve, only to leave ministry after getting worn down by the dysfunctional congregations they served.

But the greatest factor contributing to the shrinking pool of bivocational ministry candidates is that the discipleship practices of most churches do not intentionally develop them.

As a missionary with North American Mission Board, facilitating church planting in places where paid ministers were few, I was taught that the resources are always in the harvest. Living out 2nd Timothy 2:2 became a matter of life and death for our churches. Paul wrote, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others.”

Get this! The majority of church staff positions in the Bowie Baptist Association are bivocational. If present financial trends continue, our dependence on bivocational ministers will only increase as positions currently fully funded become unsustainable. This is not a bad thing! But to maintain our present ministry, or better yet to penetrate lostness, we must raise up a new generation of pastors, youth and children’s ministers, worship leaders, deacons, and other leaders from among the people we now serve. And most of these will serve bivocationally.

The association can help through our new Bi-State School of Ministry. But even this effort only builds upon the discipleship people receive in your church.

So, my question to you is… How are you practicing 2 Timothy 2:2?


Bro. Jim

Administrative Committee Meeting

The BBA Administrative Committee next meets July 12th, 10:00 AM, at the BBA Office. Meetings are open to your participation. If you would like to place an item on the agenda, contact Valerie.

Executive Board Meeting

The next BBA Executive Board Meeting will be July 12th, at Buchanan FBC, 12 Noon. To stay up to date on your association, please plan to attend.

RSVP by calling the BBA office at 903-792-0641 or by emailing

BBA Annual Meeting & Partnership Celebration

Sunday, October 16th

Location: Siloam Baptist Church

Simms, TX

More information coming soon!

Bi-State School of Ministry

Seminary Extension is becoming the Bi-State School of Ministry! A partnership between BBA and Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, the School of Ministry will provide affordable, local, and personal ministry training to persons in Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas.

The Fall Semester begins August 15, 2016 with Introduction to Christian Counseling on Mondays and Communicating the Gospel (Preaching and Teaching that Transforms) on Tuesdays. Classes remain at FBC Wake Village.

An enrollment day is set for Monday, July 25, 6pm, at FMC Wake Village. To apply for admission, contact the BBA office. For more information, visit the BBA website at

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2016 Summer Mission Trips

We would love to pray for you and share with others how God is moving through your upcoming mission trips. Please contact the BBA Office with your plans.

Pray for the following mission trips in partnership with the association:

Navajo Nation

July 1 - 9 Myrtle Springs,

Nahodishgish, NM

July 20-25 FBC Redwater,

Nahodishgish, NM


July 8-21 Liberty Eylau

Manaus, Brazil

2016 BBA Children’s Camp

There is still room available!

If you have yet to register, and would like to do so, please contact Valerie at the BBA Office at 903-792-0641 or email her at

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July 4

Independence Day

The BBA Office will be closed July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

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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.

Churches Seeking Staff

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


  • Myrtle Springs
  • Sand Hill
  • Cross Pointe
  • Avery FBC
  • Malta
  • Liberty Hill

Praise & Worship Leader:

Youth Leader:

  • Highland Park Baptist Church (call 903-792-6996)

For more information, you may contact the respective

congregations with the information provided, or contact the BBA Office.

Southern Gospel Concert

FBC DeKalb will be having the Steel Magnolias in concert on Tuesday, July 12 at 6 PM. For more information, or if you would like to invite the Steel Magnolias to your church, visit or

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Vacation Bible School

VBS is happening across the BBA. Please be sure to send in your VBS report to the association. You may mail, fax, or e-mail your VBS information to Valerie at

And remember, it is not too late for VBS assistance. Materials, including curriculum and decorations, are available from sister churches. Contact the association to facilitate the connection.

2016 Region 10 RA Summer Camp

Lakeview Baptist Assembly

July 8-11, 2015

Cost $155.00

For more information contact Charlie Jones at 903-746-2048 or by email at

1st Choice Pregnancy Center

1st Choice Pregnancy Resource Center offers parenting classes in Atlanta, Texas, Wednesday afternoons at the Atlanta Public Library. If you know of anyone who might benefit, refer them to Dee Dee Jones, Education Services Coordinator, at (903) 792-5735.

JULY 2016

4 Independence Day (BBA Office Closed)

12 Administrative Team Meeting, 10 AM

12 Executive Board Meeting
Noon, Buchanan FBC

13-16 BBA Children’s Camp 1

16-19 BBA Children’s Camp 2

19-22 BBA Children’s Camp 3


9 Administrative Team Meeting, 10 AM

July Friendship Center

  • Calvary
  • Eylau Hills
  • Flower Acres
  • Hooks FBC
  • Nash FBC
  • Oaklawn
  • Bowie County Cowboy
  • Wake Village FBC
  • Midway FBC

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

Joshua McDonald

Baptist Student Ministry Director

Fraternal Organizations

Sam Clem

Runnin’ WJ Ranch

Edna Walker

Hospitality Director

Bryan Bixler

Friendship Center Director