Dr. Green Opening Annual Meeting
This year's annual Lake County Baptist Association meeting is online via zoom and open to all members of our churches.
Tommy Green will open this year's meeting. Green is an Alabama native, holds a doctor of theology and master of divinity degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and an undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. As the 10th executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention, Dr. Green leads the 1-million-member Florida Baptist State Convention.
Members are invited to attend via zoom and, if they choose, leave following Dr. Green's opening words. Dr. Green will share his vision to help local churches need and how the association is part of that vision. Also in this meeting, the association is announcing big changes.
As long as there were Baptists, there were associations. Working together, Baptist churches change the world for Jesus. While the Word never changes, how we reach the world must change.
The time is now to change once again how the association serves churches. With guiding Teams and our combined voices, Lake County Baptist Association is listening and, in response, transitioning to something new and better.
Please mark your calendars and make a point of sharing this information with church members.
Here are the details:
Topic: Lake County Baptist Association Annual Meeting
Time: Oct 30, 2021, 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 814 9826 5528
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Reaching and Making Men for Jesus
This past Saturday, FBC Leesburg hosted a "Stand Courageous Conference." Over 500 attended the event, and I can testify that every man attending was blessed by being there.
General Boykin spoke about the man being a provider. Boykin reminded us that we help men, especially young men and boys, to know their identity by telling them about their ancestry. Boykin shared how his father's knowledge about his ancestry helped him understand who he is in the world.
Our very own Pastor Cliff Lea spoke on "Man as Instructor." Lea highlighted Pr 8:13, stressing the need men have to understand the "fear of God" as reverential awe. A father of five young men, Lea firmly stated, "Yelling at your children causes them to lose respect for you. And, soon, they tune you out." Lea reminded us that fear of God gives absolute confidence (Pr 14:26) and that we must make progress through our growth as we fear the Lord (Pr 2:2-3).
I particularly loved what our speaker Joaquin Molina, who spoke on "Man as Chaplin," shared, "If you've been in a church for 20 years and you are still not a tither, you must be a teether." Molina also shared, "We need men to refresh--to be responsible; to fight the battle of the Lord.
So many other great speakers, powerful worship, informative breakout sessions, and fellowship among men made for one of my most memorable conferences. I leave some conferences with tons of swag, most with a sense of spending time with God, but to this one, I don't feel I "left" but that I "took with me," an experience that I can only describe as a beginning.
If you are curious to learn more about this movement, please visit their website by clicking HERE.
Thank you, FBC Leesburg, for being the host church for this fantastic event.
Look, Updated to Include Your Requests
You've asked and we've answered. We added a "what the association does" list to our website.
Being part of an association does come with perks. In addition to what you read listed on our website, this month's newsletter describes some great changes in the way the association works together with the state to help the local church.
So, go ahead and click the picture above to see a list of some of the things the association does to help our churches. Then, come back here and read this month's newsletter.
If you haven't done so already, go share our website on social media and tell someone to signup to get this monthly newsletter.
We've got a whole lot lined up and if you like reading about what God is doing in Lake County, and I know you like to praise the Lord, then let's promote so we have more people with more praises.
Blessings and enjoy - LCBA
Partnerships Helping the Local Church
I asked our regional catalyst from the Florida Baptist Convention, Jeff Singletary, if I might have a quote to add to this article. I sent him the article, and his response was, "The quote is: the Florida Baptist Convention commitment is to be Right Beside You! We want to help every Church in Lake County."
In partnership with the State Convention, the Lake County Baptist Association can now provide funds to churches where they are needed. Please allow me a moment to share a little about this change in our partnership.
How often we take this passage from 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 out of context: "The point is this: A The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver." Maybe you are guilty taking this out of context. I know I am.
A read of chapters eight and nine highlights the context is how churches help one another. This passage is about churches giving to another church. The impoverished churches of Macedonia were giving money to help another church.
Before accepting the call to be your AMS, while serving as interim, I made many calls to other associational leaders. I was shocked to hear their stories of how churches lowered their giving, and some don't even support their association. Do you know that Lake County churches give less than $85k a year to the association? In 1963 that was about what they gave to the association just for mission work, and they gave over $500k to the association!
As I studied, I saw a trend. Many of our churches don't give anything to the association nor even to the cooperative program. Some are Southern Baptist by name only. However, that doesn't give reason to the association to do what so clearly is Biblical. Maybe there is a reason so many churches are not financially supporting the association and giving to the cooperative program. Perhaps the reason is we must help our hurting churches?
Making a case with our Florida Baptist Convention representatives, myself, and another AMS, there may even be more, started talking. Jeff Singletary, our regional catalyst with the State Convention, heard and responded.
Perhaps you have a picture of how your church, LCBA, FBC, & the SBC are partners? I see the image above that connects all of us, but differently depending on the organization. We are all partners, and we are all Great Commission Baptist! And, we all have a unique part in our Great Commission work.
Regardless of what your picture might be, I want you to know partnerships can change. Allow me to share one way your partnership with the association is changing to benefit our churches.
In recent months, Jef Singletary and Tommy Green have started urging me to find out how we can help our churches. The state has resources and a sizable purse and wants to help our churches with the finances to make a significant impact for Jesus. Our part begins by asking, "What are our financial needs to help our church reach more people for Jesus?" Another excellent question is. "How might money help us to achieve our pastor's vision?"
In dialogue with some of our pastors, we've started casting visions for how, given the resources, we might reach more people for Jesus. The responses are unique; no two churches are alike. Is your church asking for this help? Could your church benefit from this partnership?
Allow me to point out that Jeff Singletary has something like 800 churches assigned to his care. As big and caring a heart, Pastor Jeff knows that the local association knows and understands the needs of the area churches. Hence, we are rolling back to the ideas of 2 Corinthians 8-9 and finding a way to bring the help to where it is needed most.
If your church is willing, would you please reach out to me at email@example.com? Several of our churches will not need this, but you too can help by sending people and pastors to us. Lastly, please pray for our churches, your association, our state convention, and the SBC. Southern Baptists have a rich and wonderful history of cooperative ministry. Thank you for your partnership where together we reach millions with the wonderful news of Jesus. Let's thank God and continue together with one another to be our very best for Him.
Timothy G. Burdick, DMin
Associational Mission Strategist
Lake County Baptist Association
(352) 357-0013 work
(352) 455-9482 cell
The Lake County Baptist Association's vision is to see everyone in Lake County have an opportunity to respond to the good news about Jesus Christ. We want every home in Lake County to have someone praying for that individual or family. This is where Bless Every Home will help.
What might it look like to see praying Christians adopt every home in Lake County for Christ and start to live pray-care-share lifestyles? We are glad to provide your church with a free two-month subscription to the BlessEveryHome.com movement to help you grow your church with members who are Lights for Christ in their neighborhoods.
You will become a Light in your neighborhood with a personal prayer list of homes when you sign up. Your church will be registered in the BlessEveryHome.com movement and be connected to the Lake County Baptist Association. As church members become Lights in their neighborhoods, a church that joins can follow their pray-care-share progress in covering your mission field on a real-time dashboard and map.
We are providing every church with a two-month free subscription and ask you to partner with us in this endeavor. To proceed as a church, please click the following link, or copy it to your browser's address bar: https://blesseveryhome.com/signup/?onb=12267
By the way, churches that sign up pay only $15 a month or $180 a year regardless of church size; these churches get a link to share with members, automatically aligning them with their church. If you're already doing blesseveryhome.com, you can connect with your church once they join.
If you want to go ahead and join as an individual not aligned with any particular church, it's free; simply visit blesseveryhome.com to join.
Here is a link to a few videos that tell you a little more about this wonderful tool.
May the Lord bless you and your ministry,
Lake County Baptist Association