Meeting was held on Monday, March 17th, 2008 at the Fairview Baptist Church in Ashland. I attended the meeting Monday evening, along with two others from our church, as messengers from FBC Grayson. Truly, the meeting was very non-eventful. There is not much of substance to report. However, in the interest of presenting information for my readers, I submit the following summary.
– Meeting was called to order by Pastor Jim Nichols, Moderator
– Welcome, scripture reading, prayer, adoption of Order of Business and the enrollment of messengers was handled without incident. New pastors include A.J. Toney at South Shore FBC, and Dickey Tiller, now at Liberty Baptist Church.
– WMU Report by new WMU director, Lisa Nickell (Sandy Hook) was brief, told of recent meeting, encouraged churches to get involved inWMU and told of upcoming Annual Meeting in Bardstown, KY, 3/28-29.
– Nominating Committee presented the following list of officers for 2008-2009 (effective September 18, 2008):
o GAB OFFICERS FOR 2008-2009
§ Moderator: Ronnie Mayes (Rose Hill, Ashland)
§ Vice-Moderator: Mike Blankenship (Catlettsburg, Oakland Ave.)
§ Treasurer: Butch Kiger
§ Asst. Treasurer: Larry Withers
§ Clerk: Stan Williams (Cannonsburg FBC)
§ Asst. Clerk: Ric Frazier (Louisa FBC)
Other Officers for 08-09:
o Sunday School director- Ric Frazier (Louisa FBC)
o WMU Director- Lisa Nickell (Sandy Hook)
o Seminary Extension- Floyd Paris (Unity, Ashland)
o Evangelism Director- Charles Stewart (Rose Hill, Ashland)
o Asst. Evangelism Director- Jim Nichols (Wildwood, Ashland)
o Music Director- Jeff Ferguson
o Brotherhood/ Disaster Relief Director- Curt Smith
o Missions Development- Fred Boggs
o BYC Representative- Terry Leap (FBC Grayson)
o Student Ministry/ BCM- Jeremy Harris
o Pastoral Ministry/ Media Library- Sandy Adams (Lloyd FBC)
o KY Childcare Representative- Dorothy Crace
o Discipleship Training- Mike Blankenship (Catlettsburg, Oakland Ave.)
o Family Ministry- OPEN
o Stewardship Director- OPEN
o Baptist Builders Director- OPEN
– The Nominating Committee also recommended the following future meetings:
o SPRING 2009- March 16 at Cannonsburg FBC, speaker: Butch Kiger
o FALL 2009- Sept. 21 at Louisa FBC, speaker: Dr. Bill Mackey
– Nominating Committee: A.J. Toney, Ric Frazier, Dorothy Crace, Stan Williams, Annette Boyles
– Following the Nominating committee, there was a Treasurer’s Report which reported the following for 2007:
o Associational Center: $121,487.00 budgeted/ $103,538.68 spent
o Education: $5,775.00 budgeted/ $3,284.61 spent
o Family/ Community Ministry: $800 budgeted/ $0 spent
o Missions: $23,550.00 budgeted/ $6,791.74 spent
o Proclaiming: $2,500.00 budgeted/ $1,438.11 spent
o Worship: $1,500.00 budgeted/ $0 spent
o TOTALS: $156,612.00 budgeted/ $115,053.14 spent for 2007 year.
– Furthermore, current balances as of 12/31 are as follows:
o Total Cash and Bank Accounts balance: $207,598.20
– Following financial report, a VBS Report from Brother A.J. Toney; he announced he would be stepping down as VBS director this year and that associational VBS training session would be Tuesday April 22nd. Other details pending.
– Officers were elected by body, no opposition.
– No Miscellaneous business brought to the floor.
– Disaster Relief report brought by Harold Moore, Curt Smith is not present because he is actively serving with Disaster Relief. This is an important ministry which the GAB has always participated in diligently, but we need new volunteers for this important ministry.
– An offering for Disaster relief was received (I forget amount exactly, but it ended up being $300-$400).
– Brother Harold Cathey brought the DOM report. The highlights are as follows:
o The large bank account balance is due to the fact that he desires to lead the association in building a conference center for the GAB. Pray for this endeavor.
o Bro. Doug Virgin, DOM of Huntington Association invited all pastors to attend upcoming “Building Bridges” conference which will encourage more joint missions efforts between the GAB, Huntington Association and Scioto Association (SB associations of the KYOVA region).
o Free copies of “Praying Effectively for the Lost” are available courtesy of Bro. Lee Thomas, author.
o Bro. Cathey expressed his thankfulness for the GAB, its churches and its pastors. He is thankful for our stand on Baptist heritage and is glad that we are not having to address many of the “messes” that other churches/ associations address. He encourages us to continue to stand firm.
– Following this report, Pastor Tom Melvin (Pastor, Greenup First Baptist) brought the sermon of the evening, entitled “The Model Church,” from Matthew 16:13-20. The model church believes the Bible, preaches the cross, is led by the Spirit of God, loves the brethren, witnesses to the lost, acts on faith, and worships and works.
– Meeting was adjourned, refreshments followed.
OBSERVATIONS/ PRAYER REQUESTS:
1. Pray for more workers to rise up and get involved in our association’s Disaster Relief Work. This is a great ministry that really puts a “human” face on Southern Baptists for the world. It is a good-works ministry that allows us to impact lives and present Christ to the lost in a tangible way. However, Southern Baptists are struggling to enlist younger workers to commit to this ministry and the volunteer-corps is graying. Pray for this ministry.
2. Pray that our association will have more vision for missions-involvement and that we will prayerfully consider new ways to be involved in local missions. In 2007, we used only 29% of the actual dollars that we budgeted for missions and $0 (zero) was spent on family and community ministry according to the report. Pray that we would have greater vision for how we can use these approved dollars for the expansion of the Kingdom in our region.
3. There was no approval or mention of our association’s KBC Mission Board representatives. I only mention this because I have queried about this previously and been told that we handled this at the spring meeting. I feel that for our association to be represented well at the state level, we should know who our representatives to this important board are and hear a report about their contribution to the work of the KBC.
4. Pray for wider involvement of more individuals from the broad spectrum of churches represented in the GAB. We are an association of some 50 churches and yet many of those churches are not participating at all in the life or leadership of the association. We must always remember that we can accomplish more together than we ever can alone.
5. Pray for our association’s leadership, that they would know the will and mind of God for doing missions locally.