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BRO. JIMMIE McGAHA
P O Box 321
TAYLORSVILLE, INDIANA 47280
BOARD FOR SEPARATE BAPTIST MISSIONS, INC.
CHAIRMAN: Rev. Danny Bailey 2013
10550 Liberty Road
Columbia, KY 42728
TREASURER: Bro. Jimmie McGaha 2012
PO Box 321
Taylorsville, IN 47280
SECRETARY: Bro. Benny Walden 2011
9404 W. Hedrick Road
Gosport, IN 47433
CENTRAL INDIANA: Bro. Michael Hardwick
738 Pin Oak Court
Franklin, IN 46131
CHRISTIAN UNITY: Bro. Bill W. Barr
371 Willow Chreek Drive
Jefferson, NC 28640
MT. OLIVE: Rev. Leonard Bertram
109 Concord Road
Robbins, TN 37852
NOLYNN KENTUCKY: Bro. Olyn Sprowles
542 Levelwood Road
Campbellsville, KY 42718
SOUTH KENTUCKY: Bro. Terry Thrasher
1126 Denny Road
Albany, KY 42602
WEST VIRGINIA: Rev. Bobby Allen
P.O. Box 331
Crum, WV 25669
APPOINTMENTS BY MODERATOR
2010-2011 CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE
CENTRAL INDIANA – Rev. Ed Tharpe
CHRISTIAN UNITY – Bro. Bill Barr
MT. OLIVE – no appointment
NOLYNN KENTUCKY – Bro. Rick Goff, Chairman
SOUTH KENTUCKY – Rev. David Coffee
WEST VIRGINIA – no appointment
2010-2011 OUTREACH COMMITTEE
7418 E Orchard Grass Blvd.
Crestwood, KY 40014
Bro. Michael Jordan, Chairman
Rev. Danny Bailey
Bro. Terry Thrasher
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 & 8, 2011
FRIDAY MORNING 10:00 A.M. Eastern
Call to Order by the Moderator
Silent Prayer for Service Personnel
Pledge to the Bible, American and Christian Flags
Invocation-Appointed by Moderator
Welcome Address by some Minister of the Association
Response by some visiting Minister
Seating of Standing Delegates (Ministers and Deacons)
Reading of District letters, Receiving their contributions and seating of delegates
Reading Articles of Doctrine
Appointment of Constitution Committee
Appointment of Divine Service Committee
Call for New Associations
Congregational Singing with offering for Associational Expenses
Introductory Sermon: Rev. Eddie Freeman – Central Indiana
Alternate: Rev. Lonzo Wiggington – Central Indiana
Handshake with Song
Partial Report of the Divine Service Committee
FRIDAY AFTERNOON 1:30 P.M.
Reading of Minutes of Previous Session
Report of the Ministers and Deacons Conference Committee
Appointment of the General Association Ministers and
Deacons Conference Committee (*to be held at the Nolynn Associational Campground)
Appointment of Working Committees
Report of Associational Treasurer
Report of the Mission Treasurer
15 Minute Talks:
Bro. John Hall Christian Unity
Alternate: Rev. Robert Gosser Nolynn
Bro. Olyn Sprowles Nolynn
Alternate: Bro. Terry Thrasher South Kentucky
Bro. Jimmie McGaha Central Indiana
Alternate: Rev. Rodney Smith South Kentucky
Congregational Singing and Offering for Associational Expenses
FRIDAY EVENING 5:30 P.M.
Special Singing 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Reading of Minutes of Previous Session
Doctrinal Sermon: Rev. David Coffee South Kentucky
Alternate: Rev. Eudell Stilts Nolynn
Communion and Feet Washing (host Association responsible)
Dismissal with Song
SATURDAY MORNING 10:00 A.M.
Pledge to the Bible, American and Christian flags
Reading of Minutes of the previous session
Report of working committees
Announcement of Mission Board members selected by the District Associations
Mission Sermon (minister selected by the Mission Board)
Congregational singing with Handshake
SATURDAY AFTERNOON 1:30 P.M.
Congregational Song and Offering for Associational Expenses
Reading of Minutes of Previous Session
Election of Officers
Reading of Minutes of this session
Central Indiana- Sis. Lisa Polston
Christian Unity- Bro. Bill Barr
Mt. Olive- No appointment
Nolynn – Rev. Eudell Stilts, Chairman
South Kentucky- Sis. Shirley Davis
West Virginia- No appointment
OCTOBER 8, 2010
FRIDAY MORNING 10:00 A.M.
The 98th annual session of the General Association of Separate Baptists in Christ convened with the Nolynn Association at the Nolynn Association Campground in Magnolia, KY. The session was opened with Moderator Rev. Jimmy Polston asking Bro. Wendell Benningfield of the Nolynn Association to lead the congregation in singing, “Where the Soul Never Dies” and “Heaven’s Jubilee”. Bro. Rick Goff of the Nolynn Association played the piano.
The Moderator, Rev. Jimmy Polston, called the body to order.
We observed a moment of silence in prayer for our service personnel followed by a prayer led by Rev. Polston.
Rev. Polston then led the congregation in pledges to the Bible, American Flag, and Christian Flag.
Rev. Jim Goff of the Nolynn Association came with the invocation reading Romans 12:1-5. Following prayer request, Rev. Danny Bailey of the South KY Association led the prayer.
Rev. Robert Gosser, of the Nolynn Association welcomed everyone to the 98th annual session of the General Association.
Rev. John Perkins of the Central Indiana Association gave the response.
The Corp of Ordained Ministers and Deacons present from the district associations were seated in council. They were as follows:
Mark Polston Benny Walden
John Perkins Mike Hardwick
Jimmy Polston Jimmie McGaha
Jerry Ridge Allen Wiggington
Samuel Freeman Bill Ridge
Mike Wilson Chester Caudill
Guy Hardin Roger Sink
James Hale James White
Melvin Underwood Rick Goff
Jim Goff Charles Jordon
Troy Arnett Bobby Arnett
Gerald Gardner Wendell Benningfield
Robert Gosser Olyn Sprowles
Thomas Wallace Noah Vance
Verlin Perry Grady Thompson
Eudell Stilts Winfred Simpson
Danny Bailey Dan Dishman
Clifton Cowan Ray Dishman
Johnny Davis Terry Thrasher
Matthew Cowan Fred Dalton
Total Ministers Total Deacons
The Moderator appointed Rev. Danny Bailey as the Parliamentarian for this setting of the association.
The Clerk read the letter from the CENTRAL INDIANA Association.
A motion to accept the letter, seat the delegates, and print the letter from Central Indiana Association was made and passed.
The remaining letters were read from the following district associations: CHRISTIAN UNITY, MT. OLIVE, NOLYNN, SOUTH KENTUCKY, and WEST VIRGINIA. Motions were made and passed to receive the letters, seat the delegates, and print the letters in the minutes. The motions passed, and the Moderator had all the lay delegates to stand, and they were seated in Godly counsel.
The Clerk then read the Articles of Doctrine.
The Moderator appointed the following to the
CENTRAL INDIANA Rev. Ed Tharpe
CHRISTIAN UNITY Bro. Bill Barr
NOLYNN Bro. Rick Goff, Chairman
SOUTH KENTUCKY Rev. David Coffey
The Moderator appointed the following to the
Divine Service Committee:
CENTRAL INDIANA Bro. Jim Tucker, Chairman
CHRISTIAN UNITY Sis. Janet Barr
NOLYNN Sis. Charlotte Jordan
SOUTH KENTUCKY Bro. Terry Thrasher
A call for new association(s) was made. None responded.
Bro. John Hall of the Christian Unity Association asked the blessing on the congregational offering for Association expenses. The congregation sang “I Feel Like Traveling On” as an offering totaling $508 was received.
Rev. Ed Tharpe of the Central Indiana Association came to deliver the Introductory Sermon. He shared with us how much he enjoyed doing missionary work in the Ivory Coast spreading the gospel with Rev. Jerry Ridge and Rev. Mark Polston. He read from 1 Kings 8:41-43 and 1 Peter 2:7-11. He preached that the kingdom of God is within us. He also read Psalms 100:3. Rev. Tharpe preached that there is no way for anyone to get to Heaven without loving God. Salvation is not granted by man. There’s a difference between God’s people and the people of the world.
The congregation sang, “I Can’t Feel at Home In This World”, “The Unclouded Day”, “Glory Is Coming”, and “Just a Little Talk With Jesus” as the Saints fellowshipped around the altar shaking hands.
The report of the Divine Service Committee was read and accepted.
DEVOTIONAL: Elder Adam Bowen
SERMON: Rev. Clifton Cowan
DEVOTIONAL: Bro. John Hall
DEVOTIONAL: Rev. Gerald Gardner
DEVOTIONAL: Rev. Guy Hardin
SERMON: Rev. Rick Owensby
Bro. Bill Barr of the Christian Unity Association asked the blessing on the afternoon meal, and Bro. Roger Sink of the Central Indiana Association prayed the benediction.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON 1:30 PM
The Friday afternoon service was opened with Bro. Dan Swanson of the Central Indiana Association leading the congregation in singing, “I’ve Never Been Sorry” as Sis. Lisa Polston of the Central Indiana Association played the piano.
Elder Adam Bowen of the Bethlehem Association of United Baptists had charge of the afternoon devotional service reading from Luke 24:13-32. After prayer requests were made, the saints joined in prayer led by Rev. Danny Bailey of the South KY Association.
The Assistant Clerk read the minutes of the morning session. A motion was made and properly supported to accept the minutes with any necessary corrections and additions and print them in book form. The motion carried.
Bro. Allen Wiggington announced the absence of the Louisville delegates from the letter to the General Association. Motion was made to seat Bro. Tommie Hash, Sis. Louise Hash, and Sis. Mary Nunn during this setting. After being properly supported, motion passed.
Bro. Allen Wiggington read the Bethlehem Association of United Baptists correspondence letter. Bro. Allen made a motion to accept the letter, print it in the minutes, and seat the delegates. Motion passed.
Bro. Allen Wiggington made a motion to bring the 2009 tabled motion to the floor concerning the creation of a new office, namely “Corresponding Secretary”, which modifies Article 2 and Article 3 of our Constitution whose duties are responsible for writing corresponding letters to other associations. After being properly supported, the motion was brought to the floor. After some discussion, a vote was taken and the motion passed to create the office.
Rev. Jerry Ridge read the correspondence letter from our brethren and sisters in the Ivory Coast. Rev. Ridge made a motion to accept the letter, print it in the minutes, and send a corresponding letter to them. Motion carried.
The report of the Ministers and Deacons Committee, along with the appointment of the new committee members, was detained until tomorrow’s business.
The following working committees were appointed:
Bro. Stacey Wiggington, Chairman
Bro. Benny Walden
Bro. Mike Hardwick
Bro. Dan Swanson, Chairman
Rev. Troy Arnett
Rev. Matthew Cowan
Rev. Ronda Arnett, Chairman
Rev. Mark Polston
Bro. David Barr
WAYS AND MEANS
Bro. John Hall, Chairman
Bro. Charles Jordan
Rev. Clifton Cowan
Sis. Ruth Ann Walden, Chairperson
Sis. Shannon Owensby
Sis. Kentrina Freeman
Rev. Eudell Stilts, Chairperson
Sis. Shirley Davis
Sis. Lisa Polston
Bro. Bill Barr
Rev. Gerald Gardner, Chairman
Sis. Vicky Cowan
Sis. Martha Hall
The General Association Treasurer's report was given by Bro. Bill Barr, Associational Treasurer. Rev. Ed Tharpe made a motion to accept the report and print it in the minutes. Motion carried. Report was automatically referred to the Auditing Committee.
The Separate Baptist Missions, Inc. Treasurer’s Report for Home & Foreign missions was given by Bro. Jimmie McGaha, SBMI Treasurer. Rev. Danny Bailey made a motion to accept the report and print it in the minutes. Motion carried.
Moral Issues in a Modern World:
Rev. John Perkins of the Central Indiana Association read from Haggai 1:5-7, 2:3. He stated that the world is accepting things today that it should not. He asked us to reflect on how we have changed over the years. Have we changed in our morals or what we stand for that we once stood against? He pointed out that things such as sales on Sunday, lottery tickets, adultery, etc. are accepted today which we should still be standing against. Although the world continues to become more modern, we should hold fast to the old standards that the Bible teaches and stand strong against sin.
Rev. Johnny Davis of the South KY Association read the General Association’s motto: The Bible is our guide, God our ruler, Christ our redeemer. He said that our churches need good leadership. He also read Ephesians 4:1-12. We are just servants, and God gives the increase. God knows how to lead the church, and we need to look to Him for our guidance. To be a great church leader, one has to love the flock. Jesus set the example for us. If we have the right love for our people, we’ll sacrifice for them. We need to continue to use the Bible as our blueprint.
Rev. Rick Owensby of the Central Indiana Association read Romans 15:30-31, Ephesians 6:18-19b, and 2 Thessalonians 3:1a. He stated that we may never go to the Ivory Coast to perform mission work, but we are missionaries in our own right. There is plenty of mission work to do here in the states. We need to continue to pray for those missionaries that do go abroad to do the Lord’s work. He said that the Word needs to be preached boldly. It may not be what the people want to hear, but it is the gospel that the Lord wants preached to His people. We need to continue to pray that the Word will have free course.
Being a Christian Mentor:
Rev. James Hale of the Nolynn Association came forward and shared his testimony about the state of his life before he was saved. To be a Christian mentor, you have to walk before people showing them that God has made a change in your life. There are people today that claim to be Christians, but don’t walk in the right light that reflects that of a Christian. We should constantly have contact with the lost to show them that we love them and that someone greater than us loves them, too.
Bro. James White of the Nolynn Association asked the blessing on the offering as the congregation sang “I’d Rather Be An Old-Time Christian” as an offering of $169 was collected.
Rev. Clifton Cowan of the South KY Association delivered the afternoon sermon, reading Isaiah 45:18-19, 22 and 1 Corr. 10:30-33. He asked, “How has your faith caused you to move?” Without faith, it is impossible to please the Lord. Rev. Cowan emphasized, “God is love.” He preached that everything that we do needs to bring glory and honor to God. God wants us to praise and honor Him. If we do not keep His commandments, it does not bring glory and honor to Him.
Rev. Cowan then preached from Mark 5 where the woman knew that she would be healed if she could but just touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. Her faith moved her. He then preached from Luke 2:8-9, 20. When we leave here, we need to tell people of the glory of the Lord. Whatsoever the Lord tells you to do, you should do it.
Sis. Cozetta Sprowles of the Nolynn Association then led us in a verse of “Ain’t God Good”.
Elder Jason Cook of the Bethlehem Association of United Baptists asked the blessing on the supper meal, and Bro. Dan Dishman of the South KY Association prayed the dismissal.
With unanimous consent of the congregation, the Moderator asked the Assistant Moderator to conduct the service this evening. Bro. David Barr from Christian Unity Association lead the congregation in singing “I Want to Know More About My Lord” accompanied by Sis. Janet Barr on piano.
Special singing was next with the following:
Phyllis Cooper, Helen Caudill
“I Need No Mansion Here Below”
Dianna & Melvin Underwood
“He’ll Make a Way”
“When You Don’t Feel Like Praying, Pray”
Christian Unity Mini Bus Crew
“The Old-Time Religion”
Janet & David Barr
“Thank You Lord for Another Day of Life”
The Little Rascals
“It’ll Be Alright with Me”
Cozetta Sprowles, Shannon Kennedy
“I’m Going Thru, Jesus”
“At the Crossing”
Arnold Sprowles, Shannon Kennedy
“It’ll Be Worth It After All”
The Sink Family
“God Saves Old Sinners”
The Edinburgh Choir
“Give Me a Double Portion”
“What a Day That Will Be”
“Why Me Lord”
“Gone Away with a Friend”
“It Was Me”
“The Holy Hills of Heaven Call Me”
ton Family Bro. John Hall of the Christian Unity Association brought the evening devotional by sharing a delightful story about the “groundhog service”. The congregation gathered around the altar as Rev. Melvin Underwood of the Nolynn Association led us in prayer.
The minutes of the Friday afternoon session were read and accepted with the necessary additions or corrections.
The Moderator had Rev. Matt Satter of Central Indiana to pray over the message that Rev. Melvin Underwood was preparing to deliver for the doctrinal sermon.
Rev. Melvin Underwood of the Nolynn Association came forward to deliver the doctrinal sermon. He read Matthew 14:25-33 and Luke 23:39-43. We as a church need to stretch forth our hands and help our communities. There are still people surrounding our churches that have never heard of Jesus or know the common stories outlined in the Bible. Conviction can move people. We need to be telling people that Jesus still saves. We need to give people hope. He preached that we, as a movement, need to be teaching and instructing our new converts better.
Rev. Underwood shared some delightful stories with us about how a funeral turned into a blessing for his church. People that did not know the Lord started coming to church resulting in being saved and baptized. It was encouraging to hear about how the Lord worked in his church with the people. He preached how easy it is for people to give up, but we, as God’s people, need to stand strong and work for the Lord with zeal.
Bro. Noah Vance of the Nolynn Association led the congregation through the communion and feet washing service by sharing with us the history of foot washing. He read from Rev. 1:17-18 and discussed John 4 and John 13. Bro. Arnold Sprowles of the Nolynn Association asked the blessing on the bread and the cup at which time the body was served both. Bro. Noah read I Corinthians 11:23-24. The body then took the bread. Next, he read 1 Corinthians 11:25. The body then took the cup. The men and women separated and at the instruction of Bro. Noah Vance, washed feet.
There were 91 taking part in the service. The congregation worshipped the Lord with praises and songs during and following the feet washing.
After several testimonies, the congregation sang a verse of “Amazing Grace” and went out.
OCTOBER 9, 2010
SATURDAY MORNING 10:00 A.M.
The Saturday morning session was opened by the Moderator welcoming everyone. Bro. Stacy Wiggington of the Central Indiana Association led the congregation in singing, “A Beautiful Life” and “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There.” Bro. Keith Brown of the Nolynn Association played the piano. There was such a nice, sweet Spirit in the service that we had people testifying, singing, and worshipping in the Lord.
The Moderator led the congregation in the pledges to the Bible, American Flag, and Christian Flag. Rev. Gerald Gardner of the Nolynn Association came to deliver the morning devotional. He read Luke 11:1-2, Psalms 5:3. After several prayer requests, the saints prayed together led by Rev. Matthew Cowan. We then had a special prayer at the altar.
The minutes of the Friday evening session were read and accepted with any necessary corrections or additions.
Bro. Allen Wiggington read the Ministers and Deacons Conference report. After making a motion to accept the report and print it in the minutes and being properly supported, motion carried.
Rev. Jimmy Polston appointed Ministers and Deacons committee members for 2011:
MINISTERS & DEACONS CONFERENCE:
Rev. Melvin Underwood, Chairman
Bro. Rick Goff
Bro. Arnold Stidham
Bro. Bill Barr of Christian Unity made the following motion: I would like to make the motion that we transfer $25,000 from the General Treasury to the SBMI Treasury. Motion carried.
The following working committee reports were read and accepted: OUTREACH, RESOLUTIONS, ARRANGEMENTS, AUDITING, ENROLLMENT (motion carried to accept report without reading it), TEMPERANCE.
The Moderator then requested the body to graciously stand and give the Nolynn Association a standing vote of thanks for their outstanding work this year preparing for this year’s associational meeting.
The Clerk announced the Mission Board members selected by the District Associations.
CENTRAL INDIANA: Bro. Mike Hardwick
CHRISTIAN UNITY: Bro. Bill W. Barr
MT. OLIVE: Rev. Leonard Bertram
NOLYNN: Bro. Olyn Sprowles
SOUTH KENTUCKY: Bro. Terry Thrasher
WEST VIRGINIA: Rev. Bobby Allen
Rev. Verlin Perry of the Nolynn Association led the congregation in the memorial prayer.
Rev. Danny Bailey, SBMI Chairman, came and updated us on the activities at home and in the Ivory Coast. SBMI did not have to help any church financially with home missions. He talked about the new South KY Association church, Burkesville Separate Baptist Church. They are growing and doing well. He told us that Pleasant View Separate Baptist Church in NC will be tearing down their church due to structural problems. They are rebuilding a new one in the same place. Rev. Bailey mentioned the status of the directory that is still in the works. There are still 45% of our churches that have yet provided their church information to SBMI.
Rev. Bailey informed us of the Ivory Coast status. He encouraged us to continue supporting Sis. Ronda and Rev. Steve Palmer while they continue their mission work. He reported the wonderful work and growth that is happening with the Abijan Church. He reported on the Haiti status with the great work that is happening there and how the new hospital is in operation 24/7.
Rev. Bailey then introduced the Mission Board’s choice to deliver the Mission sermon, Rev. Jerry Ridge, Rev. Ed Tharpe, and Rev. Mark Polston, all of the Central Indiana Association.
Rev. Jerry asked the congregation to stand and sing “Take the Name of Jesus with You” following with Rev. Ed Tharpe to bless the message. The “missionary tag team” presented the congregation with a pleasant slideshow detailing their recent trip to the Ivory Coast. It was truly inspiring to listen to these men’s stories about their adventures and how the African people are on fire for God.
Bro. James White of the Nolynn Association asked the blessing on the SBMI offering. Bro. Stacy Wiggington led the congregation in singing “We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes” with Bro. Keith Brown playing piano while the Mission offering was collected, and we had a Christian handshake with the three ministers. It totaled $2,762.
Bro. Allen Wiggington of the Central Indiana Association prayed the blessing on the noon meal, and Bro. Randy Kennedy of the Nolynn Association prayed the dismissal.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON 1:30
The Saturday afternoon session was opened with Bro. Stacy Wiggington leading the congregation in singing, "I Feel Like Traveling On" and “The Old Gospel Ship.” Bro. Keith Brown assisted with the piano.
Rev. Guy Hardin of the Central Indiana Association came forward for the devotional. He read Luke 10:33-37. Bro. Stacy Wiggington led us in prayer after listening to several prayer requests.
Rev. Danny Bailey of the South Kentucky Association asked the blessing on the offering for congregational expenses totaling $176.80. Bro. Stacy Wiggington, along with Bro. Keith Brown on piano, led us in singing “That Glad Reunion Day.”
The minutes from the Saturday morning session were read and accepted with any necessary additions or corrections.
The following working committee reports were read and accepted: WAYS AND MEANS and PROGRAM.
Bro. Ed Tharpe made the following motion: I make a motion we add some pictures of the Ivory Coast people with the letter we are placing in our minutes. Motion carried.
Bro. Allen Wiggington made the following motion: I make a motion that we add the Bethlehem Association at the bottom of the page of our District Association dates. Motion carried.
Bro. Allen Wiggington made a motion to appoint an Outreach Committee for 2010-2011. Bro. Noah Vance made an amendment to the motion that the Outreach Committee be a standing committee. The amendment along with the motion carried. The Moderator appointed the following people to the Outreach Committee for 2010-2011: Bro. Michael Jordan (Chairman), Rev. Danny Bailey, and Bro. Terry Thrasher.
Bro. Albert Polston made a motion to insert a table of contents in the front of the minute book. Motion carried.
The Moderator had Rev. Melvin Underwood pray for the afternoon sermon.
Rev. Rick Owensby of the Central Indiana Association came to deliver the afternoon sermon. Rev. Owensby read 1 Peter 4. He passionately preached that we need to stay away from our weaknesses that may cause us to sin. The joy of the Holy Ghost is more than the joy of the flesh. We need to be cautious of being a part-time Christian and a full-time hypocrite. He asked the question, “Why is it hard for us to get excited about serving God?” Let us be greedy of God’s spirit. We need to love each other fervently and keep each other in our prayers throughout the year. We don’t need to worry about fitting in with the world. We are to be a “peculiar people”. He preached that we need to keep the devil out of our home and church. If we’re going to suffer from the world’s persecution, we need to suffer while worshipping the Lord and standing strong against sin.
Rev. Danny Bailey made a motion that we vote on officers by standing vote. Motion carried.
The election of officers was held with the following results.
MODERATOR: Rev. Jimmy Polston
ASSISTANT MODERATOR: Rev. Melvin Underwood
CLERK: Bro. Allen Wiggington
ASSISTANT CLERK: Bro. Randy Kennedy
TREASURER: Bro. Bill Barr
CORRES. SECRETARY: Bro. Rick Goff
SBMI CHAIRMAN: Rev. Danny Bailey
The minutes of this session were read and accepted with the necessary corrections and additions.
Motion was made to appoint delegates to the Bethlehem Association of United Baptists for 2011. Motion carried. The following people were appointed as delegates:
Bro. Michael Jordan
Rev. Danny Bailey
Rev. James & Sis. Barbara Hale
Rev. Johnny & Sis. Shirley Davis
Bro. Charles & Sis. Charlotte Jordan
Bro. Noah & Sis. Pat Vance
Rev. Robert Gosser
Sis. Phyllis Cooper
After several testimonies, the congregation stood as Bro. Arnold Stidham of the Nolynn Association prayed the final benediction thus closing the 98th annual session of the General Association.
We your committee on arrangements, recommend the following: that we have a General Association in 2011 with the Central Indiana Association to be held on Friday and Saturday before the second Sunday in October, being October 7th & 8th, 2011, commencing at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
We not only encourage everyone, but exhort everyone to attend the General Association and to take an active part in it.
We recommend that written directions, an area map, and a list of motels be printed in the minutes and posted on the Separate Baptist web-site as well.
The Central Indiana camp ground has electric and water hookups for a few campers available with restrooms and showers inside the church building and we welcome anyone who would like to use them.
Bro Stacy Wiggington, Chairman Bro Benny Walden Bro Mike Hardwick
We, the auditing committee, find the Treasury reports of the SBMI, the General Association to be free of any mathematical errors. We therefore accept these reports as being accurate, and wish to express our gratitude to those who have contributed, and to the Treasurers, both SBMI and General Association, for the work they have done in caring for these funds.
Rev Gerald Gardner, Chairman Sis Vicky Cowan Sis Martha Hall
We resolve this General Association give a standing vote of thanks to the Nolynn Association for their hard work and warm hospitality during the 98th General Association.
We resolve that we continue to have a General Association at the time determined by the arrangements committee in 2011.
We resolve that we encourage all of our people, whatever their ages, to take an active part in the local church services, and that we give active support to Associational, and General Associational meetings, camps, conferences, and Bible Institutes.
We resolve that we urgently need to encourage the growth of churches and missions in all areas, so as to reach as many people as possible, with the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We resolve that we encourage and use our young preachers as much as possible.
We resolve that we let our light so shine among men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven, by being more involved in the decisions made by our communities.
We further resolve that we encourage all of our churches to continue to support our missionary work in the Ivory Coast, and our missionaries.
We resolve that we as Separate Baptists should strive to live closer to the Lord through daily scripture reading, prayer and witnessing so we can make heaven our home.
Bro Dan Swanson, Chairman Rev. Troy Arnett Rev. Matt Cowan
We believe that temperance is essential to the Christian life, and that we should be temperate in all things, and should abstain from all appearance of evil, which include:
Consumption of drugs and /or alcohol, except for medications taken under a physician’s care.
All sexual relationships outside the sanctity of marriage. Therefore, fornication, adultery, and homosexuality are sinful behavior.
Evil communications. Filthy language, gossip, speaking evil of one another is sin, and is destructive to others as well as bringing condemnation on one’s self. Just a few moments of gossip can tear down what a Christian has worked for years to build up.
The Bible also teaches us to respect the sanctity of human life, both of the born and unborn. Thus, all abortion and euthanasia, or “mercy killing,” is biblically forbidden. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
I Thessalonians 5:22, Romans 13:14; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27; Matthew 5:16, 2 Peter 1:6
Rev Rhonda Arnett, Chairman Bro David Barr Rev Mark F. Polston
WAYS AND MEANS
We as Christians should give our very best unto the Lord’s service as individuals, churches, and associations. We should have a passion for evangelism and find ways to effectively spread the gospel throughout the world.
We recommend each Church in the General Association select a member to be their Mission Representative and keep in contact with the Mission Board member of their Association.
We recommend each church support our Foreign Missionaries as well as home. We believe senders are as important as goers.
We believe it is absolutely essential to have the leadership of the Holy Spirit in all our endeavors to fulfill the Great Commission.
We recommend that our churches take time to welcome new people into our places of worship.
We must pray earnestly for the salvation of lost souls, and be an example by living holy lives that do not hinder the gospel message. Also, we must support the church with faithful attendance as well as tithes and offerings.
We further submit that the only way to Heaven is through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Bro John Hall, Chairman Bro Charles E Jordan, Sr. Rev. Clifton Cowan
We the Outreach Committee who are appointed by the moderator to investigate ways for the General Association to contact churches and associations with which we have common history and belief. We have found four additional United Baptist Associations that believe as we do and have “Communion & Foot washing services”. These Associations can be found in southern Ohio, Arkansas, eastern Kentucky and northern Alabama
On August 20 & 21, 2010, myself (Bro. Michael Jordan), Noah Vance, Sis. Pat Vance, Bro. Charles Jordan and Rev. Johnny Davis and family attended the Bethlehem Association. While at the Bethlehem Association Rev. Johnny Davis was asked to preach. He preached in the Friday evening session. His preaching was very well received by all with many a-mans We had good Christian fellowship with people from the Bethlehem Association. Some of the church leaders asked about if and how they can support the SBMI. I told them they will need to talk to the SBMI Board and gave them the contact information.
Here at the Bethlehem Association there were people from other associations. The four additional United Baptist Associations were found here while in fellowship. We met people from these other associations learning more about their associations. The next associations the Outreach Committee plans to investigate are these four United Baptist Associations which share our belief and practice. To help these associations learn more about us the Outreach Committee is requesting 75 minute books.
The Outreach Committee fully supports fellowship and correspondence between the Bethlehem Association and General Association.
If anybody would like to help in the research or support the Outreach Committee please contact the Outreach Committee at:
C/O C. Michael Jordan
7418 E Orchard Grass Blvd.
Crestwood, KY 40014
Your brothers in Christ,
Bro C. Michael Jordan- Chairman
Rev Danny Bailey
Bro Terry Thrasher
Annual Report of the Minister’s & Deacon Conference of
Separate Baptist in Christ
The annual conference was held on April 17, 2010, at the Nolynn Associational Camp ground at Magnolia, KY. hosted by the South Kentucky Association.
Rev. David Coffee, chairman of the committee opened the service with a song led by Rev. Rodney Smith of the South Kentucky Association accompanied by Sis Rebecca Smith playing the piano.
Rev. Clifton Cowan of the South Kentucky Association led devotion. Christians gathered around the alter for prayer.
Rev. Randy Brown of the South Kentucky Association shared a very spiritual and informative presentation of his missionary work in Haiti. Rev. Brown compiled a slide show of his experience there. The actual pictures show the vast amount of physical and spiritual help the Haitian people are in need of. Rev Brown took questions and comments from the congregation. The presentation was enjoyed by all. We adjourned for the noon meal.
After the meal we came to order with congregational singing. Rev. David Irwin of the South Kentucky Association came forth and led in devotion. The congregation gathered around the altar fro prayer.
Rev. Jimmy Polston of the Central Indiana Association was chosen to deliver the afternoon sermon. Rev. Polston brought a wonderful and spiritual message on the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is here and already setup by Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Kingdon of God is within you. He pointed out that we must press into the Kingdom.
We had a onderful and glorious day in the Lord.
Rev. David Coffee, Chairman
Rev. Rodney Smith
Rev. David Irwin
ENROLLMENT FOR 2010 SESSION
(192 total enrollment)
CENTRAL INDIANA: Mark F. Polston, Jerry Ridge, Jimmy Polston, Mike Wilson, Johnny Perkins, Ed Tharpe, Guy Hardin, Sammy Freeman, Rick Owensby, Matt Satter, Lonzo Wiggington, Eddie Freeman.
CHRISTIAN UNITY: None
MOUNT OLIVE: None
NOLYNN: Jim Hale, Melvin Underwood, Gerald Gardner, Jim Goff, Troy Arnett, Ronda Arnett, Robert B Gosser, Eudell Stilts, Verlin Perry, Thomas Wallace.
SOUTH KENTUCKY: Danny Bailey, Matt Cowan, Matthew Dalton, Jimmy Mason, Clifton Cowan, Johnny Davis, Rodney Smith, Samuel Warner, David Coffey.
CENTRAL INDIANA: Jimmie McGaha, Allen Wiggington, Mike Hardwick, Chester Caudill, Bill Ridge, Benny Walden, Roger Sink.
CHRISTIAN UNITY: Bill Barr, David Barr, John Hall.
NOLYNN: Charles E Jordan, Sr., Noah Vance, Rick Goff, James P. White, Wendell Benningfield, Olyn Sprowles, Marvin R Wolford, Arnold Stidham, Albert Peace, Bobby Arnett, Grady Thompson, Arnold Sprowles, Winford Simpson, Bill Middle, Keith Brown, CE Warren Jr., Doy Perkins.
SOUTH KENTUCKY: Dan Dishman, Ray Dishman, Terry Thrasher, Fred Dalton, Albert Polston.
CENTRAL INDIANA: Jimmy Wheeler, Marline Hardwick, Jim Tucker, Donald Wiggington, Stacy Wiggington, Laura Perkins, Lisa Polston, Ruth Ann Walden, Kelly Craven, Shannon Owensby, Ginny Craven, Kimberly Wilson, Dan Swanson, Mary Ann Sink, Janice Polston, Kelly Satter, Kayla Freeman, Kentrina Freeman.
CHRISTIAN UNITY: Janet Barr, Martha Hall, Edna Sawyer.
MT. OLIVE: Judy Bertram.
NOLYNN: Charlotte A Jordan, Wilma White, C. Michael Jordan, Carolyn Milby, Randy Kennedy, Shannon Kennedy, Geneva Peace, Pat Vance, Ruby Randols, David Randols, Louise Hash, Tommie Hash, Betty Tarter, Evelyn Hedgespeth, Jane Penick, Doriene Clark, Tommy England, Glenda Simpson, Barbara Hale, Marsha Johnson, Pat Davis.
SOUTH KENTUCKY: Wilma Mason, Vicki Cowan, Janice Popplewell, Phyllis Cooper, Juanita Warner, Alison Dalton, Rebecca Smith, JP Warner, Shirley Davis, Peggy Burton, Ralph Burton.
CENTRAL INDIANA: Donald Bryant, Deannie Bryant, Lily Perkins, Isaiah Perkins, Hailey Perkins, Reba McGaha, Kathy Ridge, Laura Ridge, Francis Ridge, Kim Wiggington, Edna Caudill, Mayme Stapleton, Louise Smith, Phyllis Wiggington, Benjamin Stevens, Susie Fisette, Zach Owensby, Glenda Swanson, Virginia Polston, Daniel Sink, Marie Roberts, Marlene Wheeler, Margaret Wiggington, Roy McGaha, Lula McGaha, Alyssa Polston, Susannah Freeman, Lance Freeman, Mattie Satter, Marqi Satter.
CHRISTIAN UNITY: Tammy Miller, Lynda Mahaffey.
MT. OLIVE: Tony Bertram.
NOLYNN: Scarlett Kennedy, Broxton Kennedy, Hampton Kennedy, Waverly Kennedy, Christopher M. Jordan Jr., Frieda Benningfield, Rita Middleton, Luke Middleton, Nadine Grimes, Margie Gardner, Lan McKinney, Nola Wallace, Phyllis Perkins, Natalie Arnett, Shelly Wolford, Melissa Sanders, Dianna Underwood, Donna Hunter, Cozetta Sprowles, Ruth Chaney, Versie Clapton, Suvada Arnett, Casey Milby, Jonathon Milby, Christine Embry.
SOUTH KENTUCKY: Silas Thrasher, Leah Thrasher, Stacey Thrasher, Betty Warner, Helen Caudill, Elizabeth Davis, Elizabeth Smith, Beaulah Winchester, Josh Polston, Jonathan Polston, Mildred Polston, Velta L Brown, Kada Dalton.
Adam Bowen, Steven Mida, Jason Cook, Alex Bowen
Sis Cozetta Sprowles, Chairperson Sis Shannon Owensby Sis Wilma White
GENERAL ASSOCIATION TREASURER'S REPORT
Balance on hand at beginning of 2009 Association $ 18,244.44
Offerings with Associational Letters 1,750.00
General Offerings at the 2009 Association 851.54
Harmony Church 15,000.00
Interest on checking account 12.69
Clerk’s Services $ 200.00
Printing Minute Books 1,105.00
Total Expenditures $ 1,663.26
Balance on hand at beginning of 2009 Association
Respectfully submitted by Bill Barr, General Association Treasurer
Annual Report 2010– Home Mission