Houston Herald

February 2020
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed."         ~Charles Spurgeon

As the new year has begun, I look forward to the many opportunities we will have this year to reach the lost in our communities. We must be intentional than ever before to accomplish what Christ has called us to, because time is running out and many will perish and spend eternity in Hell if we don’t commit to sharing the Gospel! I am excited about the plans that our Ministry Teams are working on this year to help us to reach our goal of reaching 300 people with the Gospel. Our teams are revising our three year strategy plan and I would like to share with you the goals and action plans from our Evangelism team and Prayer team.

Prayer Team:
Goal 1 – Engage 15 churches in effective prayer ministry by 12/31/2020.
Action Plans:
1. Identify and encourage each church to have a prayer coordinator.
2. Provide information and resources for prayer ministry to each church.
3. Plan a Prayer ministry roundtable by the end of Spring 2020.
4. Create a job description for a Prayer Coordinator.
Goal 2 – Encourage each of our church to participate in three prayer events annually by 12/31/2023.Action Plan:
Plan and promote prayer events (National Day of Prayer, Prayer Walks for Schools, and community prayer walks).

Evangelism Team:
Goal 1 -Engage 15 percent of our churches in intentional community evangelism.
Action plan:
Assist churches to develop Evangelism teams to assist with outreach events in their local church as well as assisting other churches in Evangelism events.
Goal 2 – Engage 50 percent of Churches in Acts 1:8.
Action Plans:
1. Encourage churches to be involved in their own local mission strategy as well as partnering with other churches in mission efforts.
2. Provide opportunities through the Association for churches to team up with other churches for missional efforts to reach our communities, our State, our Nation, and the world.

As you can see from the strategy, we are praying that each church will be intentional in praying for the lost and actively engaging the lost with the Gospel. May we be bold in fulfilling the task and as Charles Spurgeon proclaimed, “If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

Bro. Gary


Smyrna Baptist Church licensed Brian Sangster to the Gospel ministry.

Harmony Church will have “Celebrating God’s Grace Revival Meetings” February 23-26. Services start Sunday at 6 PM and will continue Monday - Wednesday at 7:00 PM with Gust Speakers Jason Mangrum, Don Hattaway, Mike Stone and Jerry Peele

Pleasant Grove Church will be hosting a Church Security Training meeting on Feb. 28 at 6:00 PM with Colonel Cris Owens
Unadilla First raised $3,855 from for their Annual Lottie Moon Christmas Auction held during their Highest Praise service on Tuesday, November 26 with different craft items and baked goods.
Please pray for

■Asssociational Missionary Gary Leutzinger
■Church planters Drew and Shannon Cunningham, Santa Cruz Area, California
■Pregnancy Care Center
■Lost and unchurched people
■Revival in HBA churches
■Unity in our churches and unity among our churches
■Churches without pastors
■TV ministries of Cordele First, and Pinecrest churches 
■Our schools, teachers and students
■Raymond Gibbs
■All the events and activities mentioned in this newsletter
■Moldova Mission Team
■Shawn and Kelly McNulty- Mission Trip to Kenya

Church positions available

Smyrna Baptist Church is seeking a Music Director. Job Description is as follows : Must have music related experience, ability to work with different age levels, and must be cooperative with pastor. Primary function will be to provide leadership of the church’s Music ministry. Responsibilities and duties include: Direct music for Sunday services, revivals and other church related activities, be responsible for Special Music for both services and for seasonal musicals, direct adult and children’s choirs. There is one week paid vacation and absence on special occasions as arranged with the church music committee. Call (229) 268-6852 or send resumes to P.O. Box 382 Vienna GA 31092

Please contact the HBC at 229-273-4127 if you would like to feature an available church position in the monthly newsletter.

coming up

Houston Baptist Association events are printed in bold. HBC is an abbreviation for Houston Baptist Center.

Tuesdays Men’s Prayer Breakfast, 8:30 am, HBC

February 1 to 28 True Love Waits Emphasis

February 9 Racial Reconciliation Sunday

February 10 to 16 Focus on WMU

February 15 Children’s Missions Day,

Feb 25 Executive Committee Meeting, HBC, 7:00 PM

March 2 Men’s Ministry Meeting, 6:30 PM, Pleasant Grove
Save the Date: March 12 at 6:30 PM.
Prayer Ministry Roundtable. 
At least one church member and their Pastor are encouraged to attend 
Light refreshments will be served .
Blood Drives
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

What to do with all those old Sunday School books?  

Don’t throw them away–bring them to HBC

Bring your old SS literature to Houston Baptist Center. Chad Harris will take it to a Edwin L. Hodges Ministries collection site to send overseas. ELHM is a Christian literature ministry that collects donated Bibles, books, magazines, tapes, and tracts from American Christians and ships them to Bible schools, churches, missionaries, and ministries overseas. ELHM is a non-denominational, nonprofit, evangelical ministry.
Partner with Lifetouch to create a no cost, updateable directory for your leadership, staff and families and start 2018 with new tools to help your church stay connected.
Be a Church Host or Volunteer in times of disaster!
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