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Pastors’ Fellowship Lunch

PLEASE NOTE: Our next meeting will be a DINNER FOR ALL CHURCH LEADERS, not Pastors only.  Bring your church staff and church leadership for this time of fellowship.

Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30pm
At the Great Commission Center
1324 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 2017 Pastors’ Fellowship dates:

Can’t make it to the Pastors’ Fellowship this month?  Join us next time!  Our next lunches will be held on:
October 10
November 21
December 7 (Ministers & Spouses Christmas Banquet, 7pm)


 

BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Teaching English as a Foreign Language Workshop

 

SUMMER ESL WORKSHOP
(English as a Second Language)

August 11-12
MBA Great Commission Center, at 1324 The Plaza in Charlotte
Registration $40

Click Here for more information


Equip Network Classes Fall 2017

In partnership with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, This Fall we will offer 2 courses for credit with SEBTS here in Charlotte:

Developing a Church Planting Methodology Practicum (MIS6551) taught by Dr. Bob Lowman at the MBA’s Great Commission Center, starting Wednesday, August 23, 9am–10:30am and concluding on December 6.  Bob will have church planting partners as guest speakers during the semester, applying best practices to growing in church planting skills.

Personal Discipleship and Disciplemaking Practicum (EV6611) taught by Dr. Ronnie Parrott at Christ Community Church, Huntersville.  This class will meet weekly beginning on Wednesday, August 23, meeting from 1:15-2:30pm.

Both of these courses are available for credit from SEBTS (upon enrollment, etc.) and for audit by any of our MBA leaders.  If you’d like more information on these opportunities coming up, let us know by emailing bob@metrolina.org or calling 704.375.1197

Deadline for sign up (for credit) is July 20th.


Deacon Ministry Training with Dr. Joe McKeever

August 18-19

Mark your calendars now to attend this great training opportunity!  RSVP Today

Held at the MBA Great Commission Center: A Training Event for Church Leaders, Deacons, Pastors and their Spouses. Training is led by Dr. Joe McKeever, with a session on Saturday morning for spouses led by Bertha McKeever.

With sessions on Friday night, 8/18 (dinner included) and Saturday morning, 8/19, this conference is designed to help equip deacons and their spouses in ministry.

Training will answer questions you may have, such as:

  • What are the spiritual qualifications of being a deacon?
  • What are 5 pillars for deacon ministry?
  • How do you deal with a bully in your church?
  • What are 10 no-no’s for deacons?
  • What does unity mean for the deacons?

Friday, 8/18
Dinner Session: 6:45-8:30 pm
 
Saturday, 8/19
Lite Breakfast: 8:00-8:30 am
Session 1: 8:35-9:50 am
Break
Session 2: 10:00-11:30 am
Dismiss (enjoy lunch out in the Plaza-Midwood)
 
Cost per person:
Individual: $20*
Couple: $30
*Includes a copy of Joe McKeever’s book: Help! I’m a Deacon!
(And, if cost is an issue, please contact us for a scholarship)
 
Sign up by Wednesday, August 16, and payment may be made before or at the event.


Baptist Men Leadership Training Event

Macedonia Baptist Church in Lincolnton, NC

Saturday, September 9, 2017

 This one-day leadership training event is designed for Baptist Men’s Directors, Men’s Ministry Leaders, pastors, or anyone who has a heart for discipling men. The program will include an overview, followed by sessions on specific men’s ministry areas, and time for questions/wrap-up. Content will deal with how to have a vibrant, well-rounded Men’s Ministry – one that leads men to grow in their walk with Christ while involving them in discipleship, missions, and ministry. Come enjoy the fellowship and network with local church men’s leaders from across the state while you sharpen your leadership skills! There will also be separate training tracks for those who work with Royal Ambassadors and Challengers. These leaders will receive updates on curriculum as well as tips on beginning or enhancing the program for the boys and young men in your church.

The cost is $10 per person and will include lunch. Registration is required. For more information or to register visit our website at: www.baptistsonmission.org/menstraining, or contact Kailyn Eskridge, NC Baptist Men at 919-459-5596 or mabernathy@ncbaptist.org.


Coats for the City

Coats for the City is a partnership effort with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.  Through this partnership, we are able to provide coats to MNYBA (Metropolitan New York Baptist Association) churches for distribution in their neighborhoods.

Metrolina Baptist Association is a collection point for this ministry partnership.  Please bring new and gently used coats to the Great Commission Center before Thursday, September 28th.  

If you would like to collect coats at your church and then bring them to our location, please contact beth@metrolina.org to schedule your drop-off date and time.


Red Box Prison Ministry

A shoe box full of toiletries may seem like a little thing, but for many incarcerated women it is the only Christmas gift they will receive. Every year, Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina (WMU NC) works to prepare approximately 2,000 red boxes for these women. A labor of love, it requires the help of Baptist Associations, Churches and Individuals throughout the state. WMU NC has been sending these boxes for 40 years. The process is handled through Margaret’s contact with the NC Baptist Associational WMU leadership who contacts the churches in her area and they collect a particular item for the red boxes.

This year, we are collecting chewing gum (5-7 stick packs).  Please bring your church’s collection to the Great Commission Center by Thursday, October 26th.  

For more information about this Red Box Prison Ministry, visit the WMU NC Red Box Ministry page.

Persons or groups interested in helping with red boxes for next year can contact Margaret Harding by email at mharding@wmunc.org. You can also contact WMU N.C. at (866) 210-8602 (toll free) or (919) 882-2344, or visit http://www.wmunc.org. Locate “Ministries” on the Home page menu, then scroll down to “Partnerships & Missions Connections”.


NC Baptist Women’s Retreat

October 27-28, 2017
Caraway Conference Center
Sophia, N.C.

“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” – Psalm 1:3    

During the fiercest of winds and strongest of storms, the trees with the deepest roots are not easily uprooted. Simply put, the tree is anchored to the ground, and though it might be weathered, it is firmly planted.

God desires for women to live their lives anchored to Him so that when the storms of life come, we are firmly planted in Him and His promises.

But how do we anchor ourselves in the Lord’s Word? At this retreat, we will learn how to study Scripture so we might be anchored in our Heavenly Father and His truth.

 
Friday, October 27

12:30 p.m. Registration and Check-in begins
(lunch is not included)
2 p.m. Main Session
3 p.m. Breakout Session

4:15 p.m. Breakout Session
5:30 p.m. Dinner in Dining Hall
6:45 p.m. Main Session
After 8:20 p.m. – Game room, flashlight tour or time to relax

Saturday, October 28
7:15 a.m. Breakfast in Dining Hall

Check-out prior to 8:45 a.m.
8:45 a.m. Main Session
9:45 a.m. Optional Breakout Session / Discussion time

11 a.m.  Hour of Reflection
Noon Lunch in Dining Hall
1:15 p.m. Breakout Session
2:30 p.m. Main Session


 

Bounce Houses Available Upon Request

Metrolina Baptist Association has purchased 2 bounce houses to be used as ministry tools by our churches and partners. One is a standard bounce house (13 x 13), and the other is a bounce house with a slide. Our active associated churches or church plants are welcome to reserve one or both bounce houses at no charge. Other churches or ministries in Metrolina may borrow one of the bounce houses for a suggested donation.

We also have other ministry partners who have bounce houses that may be used depending on availability. If the MBA bounce houses are booked, these partners may be contacted to see if their bounce houses are available. If your church or partner organization is looking to schedule an event, check out our online Bounce House Request Form.  We have a Standard Bounce House (13ft x 13 ft) and a Bounce House with Slide.  You may opt to request both bounce houses.  Please understand that the bounce houses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Need more info?  Contact beth@metrolina.org or call (704) 375-1197