TOGETHER WE...REACH, LOVE, DISCIPLE
The annual meeting of the FCBA will be Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church.
The scripture is Acts 2:42-47, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”
Below is the schedule for the day:
3:00 pm Doors Open
3:30 pm Kickoff Gathering in the Sanctuary
4:00 pm Breakout Sessions (see listing on the following page)
5:15 pm Meal
5:45 pm Video Reports “What’s Been Happening in and through the FCBA in 2023”
6:15 pm Business Session & Inspirational Rally in the Sanctuary
8:15 pm Dismiss
It is going to be a busy day, but a GREAT day! Be sure to read through the descriptions of all the breakout sessions that are being offered beginning at 4:00 pm. We will have training sessions for every type of leadership position in your church. There are a total of 23 different breakout sessions addressing the following ministry areas: Church Building Issues; Church Financial Issues; Church Health/Church Strengthening; Church Mission Trips; Church Safety; College Ministry; Deacon Ministry; Disaster Relief; Hospitality & Welcoming; Kids Ministry; Kids Sunday School/Small Groups; Men’s Ministry; Music & Worship Ministry; Prayer Ministry; Senior Adult Ministry; Teaching Adult Sunday School/Small Groups; WMU/Women’s Ministry; Young Adults/Young Married/Young Families; Young Professionals/Single Adults; Youth/Student Ministry; and Youth/Student Sunday School/Small Groups. There is definitely something for everyone. This is the reason for the title “EQUIP424” because our goal is to EQUIP church leaders FOR the new year, 2024!
The main speaker for the inspirational rally will be Mike Stone. Mike was raised by Christian parents of another denomination. At the age of 8, he made the decision to become a Christian. While attending college, he chose to be a Southern Baptist, by conviction. Shortly after graduating he answered God’s call into vocational ministry. Mike is the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, Georgia. He came to Emmanuel in 1996, originally serving as the Minister of Music. In 2002, the congregation extended a unanimous call for him to serve as pastor. He is currently in his 27th year serving as pastor, which makes him the longest serving pastor in the church’s history. Emmanuel has experienced steady growth under Pastor Mike’s leadership. It is one of the largest churches in Southeast Georgia. Averaging 63 baptisms per year of his pastorate, Emmanuel averages more than 1,000 in attendance each Lord’s Day. As a small-town pastor of a blue-collar church, Pastor Mike has served in many ways in his community. He ministered for years as FCA Chaplin to the Pierce County Bears football team. In addition to the regular duties of an ordinary pastor, Brother Mike knows that a call to lead is a call to serve.