LRBA NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2022
A Message From Marty Dupree, DOM
2022- *PRAY * PROCLAIM * PLANT

We begin this new year with excitement and hope! God is at work. Changes are taking place. The world is going crazy. God is sovereign and He is securely on His throne. We need to carry out His kingdom purpose. We need to pray like we have never prayed before for Revival and awakening in our generation!

I have been concluding almost everything I say with the statement: Praying for Revival and Spiritual Awakening in our generation!

David R Oyster, Holly Springs Baptist Church in Broadway presented the following resolution at the Baptist State Convention Annual Meeting in Greensboro on November 9, 2021 that wonderfully delineates what – Praying for Revival and Spiritual awakening looks like. See the resolution below:

RESOLUTION ON PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

WHEREAS, our American society has been drawing further away from God and the gospel of Jesus Christ for several decades; and

WHEREAS, the many societal evils that we see continuing to worsen are the direct result of this drawing away from God; and

WHEREAS, a nation-wide spiritual awakening to the gospel of Jesus Christ is gravely needed for the continuation of our Christian heritage in America; and

WHEREAS, our churches share a significant responsibility for this societal drawing away from God through our general prayerlessness, and the failure to practice evangelism and true disciplemaking; and

WHEREAS, the vast majority of churches in the United States, including N.C. Baptist churches, need revival, renewal and revitalization; and

WHEREAS, the Bible clearly teaches the necessity of repentance on the part of God’s people for God to send a spiritual awakening; and,

WHEREAS, the Bible also teaches the necessity of God’s people to pray and seek God and His kingdom first; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the messengers of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in annual meeting on November 8-9, 2021, strongly encourage the pastors of N.C. Baptist churches to teach and lead their congregations to pray fervently in every worship service for a nation-wide spiritual awakening to the gospel; and be it further

RESOLVED, that N.C. Baptist pastors be challenged to teach and encourage the members of their churches to pray daily for a nation-wide spiritual awakening to the Gospel and to practice repentance, confession, and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, thereby receiving forgiveness and cleansing from sin, resulting in renewed commitments to obedience by the empowering of the Holy Spirit; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that this earnest prayer effort continue until God sends a nation-wide spiritual awakening to the gospel of Jesus Christ and throughout that spiritual awakening.

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LRBA 2022 Theme: “KINGDOM-MINDED: * Pray * Proclaim * Plant” “Proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” Acts 28:31 
             
*PRAY – Acts 1:8 Local Churches/Planters, NAMB Planters, IMB Missionaries, Unreached People Groups
*PROCLAIM the Gospel - Preach, Teach and Live out the Gospel in word, actions and thoughts!                                      
*PLANT CHURCHES all over the county to reach the fast growing population. Lillington will double in 4yrs.
                                                      
Our Vision & Plan is to be Kingdom Focus and Gospel-Centered in every aspect of life and ministry! www.LRBA.net

A BLESSED NEW YEAR TO YOU!
-MARTY DUPREE

Ministers' Monthly Conferences
Ministers' January Conference
January 11th, 10am-Noon
Retirement Planning & Tax Update
Guest Speaker: Davis Blount, CPA
Location: Lillington Baptist Church
Davis will be available for individual appointments with pastors.
He is also available to come to your church to discuss budget planning, staff benefits, and estate planning. He can be reached at 919-459-5604 or dblount@ncbaptist.org.

Ministers' February Conference
February 15th, 10am-Noon
Revitalization & Adoption Strategies For Legacy Churches
BSCNC Great Commission Catalysts: Sandy Marks; Amaury Santos; Mike Sowers; and Lee Childs.
Location: Crossroads Church of Lillington
Ministers' March Conference
March 15th, 10am-2pm
Churches Planting Churches Forum II
"Living Sent"
Location: Neill's Creek Baptist Church
Ministers' Monthly Prayer Meeting
January 26th - 10:30 am
A Time of Kingdom Focused Prayer for Revival & Awakening
Via Zoom
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Missions Prayer Initiative
Would you like to pray for a specific IMB missionary OR NC Church Planter? The LRBA office has prayer cards and prayer lists available. There is also an IMB Pray App that you can easily add to your phone.
Please email missions@lrba.net or call 910-893-4282 for more details.


January 24th, 6:30pm
(Via Zoom)

LRBA Pastors, Executive Committee Representatives, & Associational Ministry Leaders
Serving Our Triangle Neighbors
Over 400 Afghan refugees have come to the Triangle area since September and nearly 800 more will arrive in Spring. This is a great opportunity for your church to connect with Afghan refugee families in the Triangle, build relationships, meet needs and most importantly share the Gospel of Jesus with them. Ways to serve include church partnership with a family, furniture for temporary housing, clothing, apartment set up, gift cards for UBER/LYFT, food, and children's learning devices.
For more info contact Mike Sowers Region 3/4 Great Commission Catalyst, BSCNC at msowers@ncbaptist.org or reach out to the LRBA office.
WMU
January Mission Project
WMU will be collecting Blessing Bags to be distributed to the homeless through Beacon Rescue Ministry. Please pack a gallon size Ziploc bag with travel size essential items ie. deodorant, soap, a washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand cream, hand sanitizer wipes, socks, gloves, etc.. Please note if the bag is for a woman or man. Please deliver to the LRBA Office by January 24th. Thank you!
February Mission Project
We will be collecting Dominos & Pizza Hut gift cards for the Baptist Children's Homes as a blessing for the BCH Children. Please deliver the gift cards to the LRBA Office by February 17th. Thank you!
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PASTORS' APPRECIATION BANQUET
Holly Springs Baptist Church will host the
Pastors’ Appreciation Banquet on Tuesday,
February 15, 2022 at 6pm. Meal will be
catered from Ron’s Barn in Sanford. Invite
your pastors and spouses to a time of
fellowship and encouragement. Please sign up with the LRBA Office by February 5th. The cost per
person will be $13 and will be due to the LRBA Office by February 10th.
Thank you to all for being the hands and feet of Christ.
~Becky Putnam
Missions Involvement Consultant, LRBA WMU
*Please call LRBA at 910-893-4282 to confirm delivery time. Thank you in advance.

Baptists On Mission
BOM is responding to help those in need in Haywood and surrounding counties from Tropical Storm Fred. If your church would like to be involved go to this LINK for more details. You can also contact Danny Stevens at 919-279-7063.
Visit the BOM Website for more opportunities to serve.
KENTUCKY TORNADOES
Go to the Baptist On Mission Page to get involved, donate or get updates on Baptist On Mission Disaster Relief to Kentucky. You can also find drop-off locations for donations below.
Church Job Openings

January
1 New Year's Day
11 Ministers' Conference w/Davis Blount, CPA
23 Baptist Men's Day
23 Sanctity of Life Sunday
24 Assoc Council/Executive Committee Meeting, Zoom, 6:30PM
26 Ministers' Monthly Prayer Meeting, Zoom, 10:30AM
27 Senior Adult Group Planning Meeting, LRBA Office, 2:30PM

February
15 Ministers' Conference, Lillington Bapt Church, 10AM-Noon
15 Pastors' Appreciation Dinner, Holly Springs Baptist, 6PM