Welcome to the 2017 Nelson Baptist Association Missions Emphasis homepage for Week of Prayer. Below you will find a letter from our Director of Missions, Stan Lowery.
Dear Pastor and/or Church Leader,
I want to personally thank you for your partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ! I am thankful for your support and for the work you do in His ministry!
I also want to encourage you and your church to pray with us during the Week of Emphasis on Associational Missions. The Week of Prayer for Associational Missions is scheduled nationally for May 21- 28, but can be done at another time if you and your church need to do so. You will notice that the Prayer Card and Prayer Guide are undated for this very reason. The Prayer Card is developed in a bookmark format to encourage us to pray through out the year. It can be placed in a Bible so that it can remind us to pray for our sister churches and pastors in an ongoing manner. The Prayer Guide is similar in design to the materials that are used during other weeks of prayer (Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, etc.) but with a local flavor and emphasis. I hope you will encourage your church to make use of these materials.
We are asking each church to set aside some time not only to pray for one another and the ministry we do together. But also discuss the work God wants and can do in and through our local association. It is a great time to consider God’s purpose for our association and to celebrate what God is doing in our midst. Check out our website for more information and resources that can be used during this emphasis. Prayer Cards and Prayer Guides are available to download below.
We are also asking that each church, during this period of emphasis and prayer, consider receiving a love offering for the support of the New Hope Pregnancy Center as they are in the process of moving to new facilities. The Lord is working and in this time of transition, it is important that we do not forget to be faithful in our support of this ministry and the many others that God is encouraging us to support and do together. Please pray and allow the Lord to lead you in this regard. If God leads you to take a love offering to support a different ministry that we support and do together just let us know so that it can get to the right place. If you have any questions or need more information please let me know.
Again, I thank you as we labor together with God. (1 Cor. 3:9).
Director of Missions
Please download and distribute the following resources to assist your church in praying with us (click the title to download):
Prayer Guide 2017 – A guide to pray for churches, pastors, and ministries of the Nelson Baptist Association
Prayer Card 2017 – A bookmark sized guide to use year round to pray for pastors and ministries in the Nelson Baptist Association
2017-AME Bulletin Cover
2017-Associational Missions Emphasis Bookmark
You may appreciate these articles from the website of Dr. Paul Chitwood, Executive Director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention:
Is Associationalism Dead?
Nelson Association Has Strong Kingdom Focus
Other Resources that may be helpful:
History of the Baptist Associations In America
Do State Conventions and Associations have a future in the Southern Baptist Convention?
How Southern Baptists Cooperate
How to Calculate the Cooperative Program Percentage in your Church