DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS REPORT 2017
Last fall, the PBA Office transitioned to the space provided generously by First Baptist Church of La Plata. The transition has worked very well, and has positioned the associational budget to become more effective in providing funds for church support, missions and church planting. Working virtual is working. I also have locations throughout the PBA that I can stop in and work in if necessary. For example, Leonardtown Baptist provides me an office to work out of if I am in the Southern part of the association. I also have access to two other churches in Calvert County to work out of if necessary.
The PBA Ministers Meetings were held monthly and led by Pastor Garrett Conner of La Plata Baptist Church. Meetings were well attended by our pastors, with a monthly topic of discussion and held in a different church location each month throughout the Southern Maryland area. This monthly meeting is a key point of connection between our pastors. Our Annual Pastors/Wives Fellowship was held at Jerry’s Restaurant in Prince Frederick in the month of June with about 20 couples attending. It was a great time of fellowship.
PBA Senior Adult Luncheons were held and well attended at Whitehall Baptist Church on May 4, 2017 and Hughesville Baptist on September 28 with an emphasis on writing to and praying for our Southern Baptist missionaries. Glenda Shepela, member of Whitehall Baptist, has done a tremendous job in planning programs for these events.
The PBA Annual Meeting was held at The Church @ St. Charles on October 20, 2016 with Dr. Kevin Smith as our keynote speaker. A ministry and mission expo was held at 6 pm with about 18 different displays. The meeting was well attended. A significant accomplishment was the adoption of our new PBA Constitution/By-laws. This was a project that took three years to accomplish. Many thanks to our Constitution/By-Laws Team: Pastors David Keyser, Dan Moore and Doug White. This updated document provides us greater clarity and focus in functioning effectively as an association of churches for the great commission.
Under the leadership of Pastor Vic Simpson, we were able to conduct another season of Pastor’s Advantage Network held at Emmanuel Church once a month for eight months. I attended these meetings along with the participants, two of which were PBA pastors. This has been an effective coaching system for some of our pastors and for church planters outside of our region. Thank you Pastor Vic for providing this encouragement to our pastors!
I also continue to meet regularly with some of our pastors in providing coaching and encouragement, and helping them think through present challenges and strategy.
I continue to meet monthly with Director of Missions for nine months out of the year. We hold monthly meetings throughout our convention for encouragement, peer learning and we have formed the Regional Network of Baptist Associations which has become a resource of encouragement to Director of Missions to lead associations to be effective for Kingdom work.
Our PBA Church Planting Team met several times over the course of the last year: We helped affiliate a church into membership of the PBA—Friendship Community Baptist Church in Dunkirk, MD. We also enlisted the Leavell Center for Church Health and Evangelism in at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to acquire demographic information and PowerPoints to help us identify potential hot spots for Church Planting in Southern MD. The team also conducted a church planting survey with pastors of our association.
In January of 2017, after much preparation, the PBA started up the Potomac Bible Institute. Classes meet regularly on Tuesday evenings in two locations: The Church @ St. Charles and Emmanuel Church. Two courses have been completed: Bible Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation, and Old Testament Survey. We have averaged about 20 students for the courses between both locations. Currently we are offering the course “New Testament Survey.” Pastor Mike Spencer teaches the class in St. Charles and I teach the class at Emmanuel. We have also conducted two Teacher Training events for the PBI in our association. We now have eight pastors in our association trained to teach in the school. We also trained one Mexican pastor and three pastors in the Prince Georges Association. I am also going to Washington D.C. this fall to train pastors to begin a school there.
Much has been accomplished this year to enhance our Disaster Relief Ministry. Over the last year some of our DR volunteers from the PBA attended meetings held at Skycroft and the Baptist Center in Columbia for coordinating and planning DR between the BCMD and associations under Doug Dubois. I enlisted Randy Morris, a member of Lexington Park Baptist Church, to serve as the Southern Region Disaster Relief Leader. Randy, along with several of our team members have equipped our trailer, known as “Recovery 3”, ready to be deployed for Chainsaw and Recovery in Disaster Relief. Recently our trailer was deployed to victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida. Several volunteers from Lexington Park Baptist, Emmanuel Church and The Church @ St. Charles volunteered and served with our unit in Florida. Thank you Randy Morris for providing excellent leadership and for all of our DR volunteers that served!
The PBA Men’s Retreat was a great success held at Camp Wabanna on March 24-25, 2017 with Dr. Kevin Smith as our keynote speaker. We had about 55 men attend and it was a great time of encouragement. I would like to thank John Bowen from Lexington Park Baptist for once again planning and leading our retreat along with the planning team.
PBA Launch Night was moved from the fall to the spring and held on March 21, 2017. With the help of June Holland, BCMD, we were able to plan a good event with about 15 breakout sessions providing leadership training for the churches. About 140 people attended from many PBA Churches. A PBA mass choir also practiced that evening and performed with Christian artist and composer, Joseph Martin in April. That evening we also renamed the event to be known as ‘Spring Training Tune-Up.”
Our PBA On Mission Council (our executive board between annual meetings) will have met two times in person before the annual meeting, hearing reports, making decisions and providing guidance. Between these meetings we have at times handled business electronically. Minutes from those meetings are included in this book of reports.
Our PBA Missions Team has continued to provide our PBA Church members with over 80 mission scholarships for mission trips home and overseas. We continue to hear positive reports and grateful testimonies for this aid to church members.
Our Church Support Team has assisted many churches with particular needs they have faced over the past year. Sometimes it has been in a simple but helpful way to assist. For example the team purchased women’s bible study videos for Southern Calvert Baptist Church to minister to women in prison in West Virginia, and they purchased evangelistic bibles to assist La Plata Baptist in a community event.
Please pray for Maryland Point Baptist Church and The St. Leonard Baptist Church as they are currently without pastors. I am presently helping The Church @ St. Leonard to rethink their strategy and make a fresh start with the aid of our Church Planting Team.
The PBA hosted booths at both the Charles County and Calvert County Fairs in September of 2017, hosted by volunteers from many of our PBA Churches, sharing their faith and advertising their churches to guests at the booth.
I would especially like to thank our PBA Administrator, Kay Caudle. Kay spends a great deal of time tirelessly working with churches and volunteers in a friendly and fast manner to ensure the effective coordination of PBA events such as The Spring Training Leadership Event, the Annual Meeting, the On Mission Council Meetings, Senior Adult Luncheons, Men’s Retreat, Priority Team Meetings, our Potomac Bible Institute and our monthly Pastor’s Meetings. I am deeply grateful for her service to our association and to my ministry.
It is a joy to serve alongside our pastors and churches and to be an encouragement in any way possible. Thank you for allowing me many opportunities to serve you throughout this past year!
Keith Corrick, Director of Missions