News Updates

If you have news to share, please email beth@metrolina.org.


1st Quarter Board Meeting
Come see what God has in store for us in 2017!

This year’s theme, In Prayer – On Mission – For Christ, has us looking forward to Kingdom-Mindedness in the coming months.  Join our meeting for more information on what God has in store for the Charlotte Metro in 2017.

TO:  Board Representatives, Pastors & Interims of Metrolina Baptist Association
FROM:  Rev. Chad Gullion, Board President
WHEN:  Monday, January 30th at 7pm  (Admin Team meets at 6pm)
WHERE:  The Great Commission Center, 1324 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC  28205

 If you are unable to attend, please call us at 704-375-1197 or email: missions@metrolina.org


NC Baptist Foundation Scholarships

The NC Baptist Foundation has three educational scholarships available for Baptist students: The Luther H. Butler Scholarship, The Bullard Family Scholarship and The Martha Watson Scholarship.  Applications for these scholarships are online, and are open as of January 1, 2017 and will remain open until the close of business on February 15, 2017. More information on these scholarships can be found on the foundation website or by contacting Allen Schuyler at the Foundation directly:

(704) 458-5854

aschuyler@ncbaptistfoundation.org


Smoke Alarm Training

A Joint training sponsored by The North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry, Office of State Fire Marshal And Metrolina Baptist Association

March 23, 2017 at 6:30 p. m.

Metrolina Baptist Association
1324 The Plaza, Charlotte, N. C. 28205

Smoke alarms are the single most important way to prevent fire fatalities in the home. This training is for volunteers from churches who will then receive free, 10 year lithium battery smoke alarms to be installed as an outreach ministry; each volunteer will receive 6 smoke alarms at the training. The training will cover how to test existing smoke alarms and how and where to install new alarms, as well as the necessary paper work to be returned to NCBAM.  Volunteers who install and return the paper work will then be given 6 more free smoke alarms to continue their ministry.

Registration is required by the Office of State Fire Marshal so we can have enough smoke alarms available for all volunteers. To Register please call The Metrolina Baptist Association at 704-375-1197, or email beth@metrolina.org


BEYOND OUR BORDERS: Teaching English as a Foreign Language Workshop

SPRING ESL WORKSHOP
March 31–April 1
MBA Great Commission Center, at 1324 The Plaza in Charlotte
Registration $40

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

Click Here for more information


FINAL FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY OUTRTEACHFood Truck Friday Outreach

Our new location at the Great Commission Center is providing us with some amazing opportunities to connect with neighbors, build relationships, and make disciples. One of those ways is through Food Truck Fridays, that has ,this year, started a location for the weekly event next door to us! The event started in April 2016, and since then, we have blocked off our parking lot so that people getting food would have a place to sit down, visit, and eat. By putting out chairs and trash cans, we have a place to connect with these neighbors from around the city who come for food on a Friday night.

So, we’re working to schedule volunteers to staff our Food Truck Friday outreach next door to the Great Commission Center!  We’re looking for volunteers and/or teams who will commit to coming on a Friday (5:30-6 pm-9:30 pm) to put out chairs, talk with folks who sit in our lot to enjoy the food, and watch for opportunities to have Gospel conversations with those who come our way. This will be going on weekly from March 17, 2017 through the end of October.

We have had a few volunteers helping us already, but we need more, and would like to start having groups come in to assist starting on June 3. So, would your church be willing to take a Friday evening this summer, or more, to send volunteers (2-6 or more) to be on-site at 1324 The Plaza, serving as hosts to those who come.


Children’s Choir Camp 2016

This summer, June 27-30, there will be a Children’s Choir Camp held at Unity Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. This year is the Camp’s 30th year and we are bringing in our Favorite Clinician World Renown Children’s Music Composer Pam Andrews and her World Renown Choreographer Shea Roland. The Camp is from 9:00am-3:00pm and on Thursday Evening we will Premiere Pam’s New Musical! It has never been done before and our camp will be the first to do it in the world. You also get to do a special class: Dance, Percussion, Sign Language, or Guitar and each class will have a special part in the musical. We are very excited! There are only 80 spots so send in your registration today! Kids from 4 years old to completion of 6th Grade are able to come participate in the camp!!!

For those interested in registering their child(ren), please click on this Children’s Choir Camp 2016 Registration Form to download and send in.


Baptisms in Every Church

Our theme for 2016 is “Doing the Great Commission Together”.
One of the ways we do the Great Commission is by the biblical act of baptism as we make disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

In 2016 we are encouraging our churches are to pursue the goal of EVERY BAPTISMAL POOL BE USED IN 2016! Each year too many of our churches never see water in that pool, never seeing a believer baptized. It is sad to see baptisteries used for storage instead of for baptisms!

We have church plants that do not have their own facilities, including a baptismal pool. While MBA loans a portable pool to our churches and church plants as needed, let’s pursue the goal of having church plants use the baptismal facilities of our churches, and encourage your church family to attend the baptismal service when the other congregation uses your building.

One way we are going to pursue and celebrate baptisms in 2016 is by asking that pictures taken of baptisms be sent to MBA so that we can spread the good news of believers being baptized here this year. So, whenever your church has a baptism, please email that photograph to us at missions@metrolina.org. We will post those photos on our website, and on our Facebook page.

We’ll be sending regular email reminders of this goal, asking for photos of your baptisms this year.

We must be obedient to Jesus’ command, and that includes baptizing new Christians as we make disciples. Join us in praying that God will send us to reach those who need reaching so that they may turn to follow Jesus, be baptized and discipled in a local congregation.

To view pictures of the baptisms, click here.