BREEZES: M onthly N ewsletter Volume 78 - May 2019 - No. 5
Happy Mother's Day!
May TEAM Meeting :
Tuesday * May 14
11:30 am
FBC Freeport
501 S Brazosport Blvd
Freeport, TX 77541
We'd like to send a
GREAT BIG THANK YOU
to all those who came out
and supported the
Annual Texas Port Ministry
Banquet and Silent Auction
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If you decide you'd like to try Constant Contact for your church/organization/business, please let them know at sign up that you were referred by Miki Bailey at Gulf Coast Baptist Association and your organization, as well as GCBA, will receive a $75 credit!
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We look forward to sending out the Breezes and Midweek Blast
via Constant Contact from this point on.
We hope you like the change as much as we do.
Stock your library with FREE copies of Dr. Denison's 2017 book:
Empowered:
A Guide To Experiencing the Power of The Holy Spirit
Request a case of 26 or more by contacting:
Cora Beth @ 214-705-3710
Open and Upcoming 2019 Youth Camp Registrations:
Click the images to register or for more info:
Open and Upcoming 2019 Opportunities to love, grow, and serve. Click images below for more info:
Deeply Rooted Women of Joy Conference
September 6-8, 2019
San Antonio, TX
11 Days Life Changing Journey in the Holy Land
from Houston, TX - Oct. 22 - Nov. 01, 2019
Pastor Greg Smith
Childhood and Family Ministry Summit
August 9-10, 2019
Waco, TX
Church Security Awareness Training
May 9, 2019
Humble, TX
The Dynamics of Church Revitalization
May 16, 2019 10am-11am
Houston, TX
Ministry Employment Opportunities!
  • FBC Angleton is prayerfully searching for a full time youth minister as well as a part time children's director. Please contact: pastor@fbcangleton.com

  • New Shores Sweeny is in search of a part time worship pastor. Hours will be 15-20 hrs/week and pay will be based on education and experience. Please send resumes to bj@newshoreschurch.com

  • New Shores Damon Campus has an opening for a part time campus pastor. Email resume to: bj@newshoreschurch.com or call the office for questions at 979-647-4609
The Director Speaks...Chuck Beem
According to the North American Mission Board, 900 Southern Baptist churches close their doors each year in America. Mark Clifton asks a very convicting question about this: “What does it say to a community about God when a local church goes out of business?” The implied answer, of course, is that either God doesn’t exist or that He is really not all that powerful if His church can’t even keep its doors open. 

God is doing a great work in GCBA. We’ve seen churches planted, people saved, and many of our churches are healthy and growing. But let’s not kid ourselves—the issue of churches shutting down is a reality here in Brazoria County just like it is all over America. We need to be intentional about helping our struggling churches get back to health. We must be passionate for the sake of the Lord’s Name in our communities. Nothing shows the power of God like a church being restored to health to serve that community for His glory!

If you’re wondering if your church might be at risk of closing, consider these 7 questions put forth by NAMB:
1.       Has your church seen a decline in attendance for more than three years?
2.       Is your church struggling to pay bills in a timely manner?
3.       Has your church been unable to pay your pastor at the level in which you think he should be compensated?
4.       Does your church struggle to attract and keep young families?
5.       Is your church disengaged from the neighborhood and community in which it resides?
6.       If your church closed, would anyone in the community notice or miss your congregation?
7.       If current trends in attendance and giving persist, would your church have to close in the next five years?
If you answered “yes” to more than one of these indicators, your church may be a candidate for replanting.

At our next TEAM Meeting at FBC Freeport on May 14, Dr. Jim Grant, Director of Missions for Galveston Baptist Association, will share with us how churches can be practically involved in helping struggling churches revitalize or be replanted. Pastors and staff members, please plan to come and hear and learn how you can lead your church to be involved. And don’t come alone, bring some of your lay leadership with you. Maybe you are part of a church that is in danger of closing…don’t miss this meeting! You’ll learn a great deal about the road ahead of you.

As we look at the coming Summer, remember that there is no TEAM Meeting in June. In July the folks from the Homeland Preparedness Project will talk to you about how your church can respond when disaster hits here in Brazoria County. At the August meeting, Andy Davies from Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater Houston will talk to us about different ways to reach the children and families who live in our community.

Thanks for all you and your church are doing to reach the lost for Christ. Let’s continue to make much of Jesus together!
 
Chuck…
GCBA Pastorless Churches
 
South Park Baptist Church—Alvin
First Shady Acres Church—Brazoria
First Baptist Church—Rosharon
Fist Baptist Church—Richwood
Temple Baptist Church—Clute
 
MAY:
5/2 National Day of Prayer
5/6-5/8 SBTC Admin Assistants’ Retreat—San Marcos
5/6-5/7 SBTC Pastors Masters Gold Tournament
5/9-5/18 SBTC Israel Trip
5/12 Happy Mother’s Day!: Pray for America’s Families
5/14 GCBA TEAM MEETING @ FBC Freeport
5/17-5/19 BGCT Go Now Orientation / Commission
5/27 Memorial Day—GCBA Office Closed
Pray for the families of our fallen heroes


JUNE: NO GCBA TEAM MEETING IN JUNE
6/8 SBTC Crossover Pastors Conference and Annual Meeting : AL
6/16 Happy Father’s Day: Pray for America’s families
6/21 First Day of Summer: 
Pray for those who are homeless; with no refuge from the heat

July:
7/8-13 BGCT Bounce Mission 4
7/15-7/20   BGCT Bounce Mission 5
7/16 GCBA TEAM MEETING @ Garden Road Baptist
7/21 Hispanic Fellowship
7/22 SBTC Church Planter Basic Training
7/23-27 BGCT Bounce Mission 6
7/29-8/1    BGCT Annual BSM Staff Retreat         
979-849-2477 * mail@gulfcoastbaptist.org