The Lighthouse
January 2022
Happy New Year - Welcome 2022!
Where we are with the Middle Baptist Association Search?
After reading resumes, conducting phone, Zoom and personal interviews, and praying for guidance, the MBA Search Team would like to present a candidate to the Executive Committee of the Middle Baptist Association for consideration. Our candidate is Reverend Russell Lyle, who currently serves as pastor of Middle Ground Baptist Church, Sylvania. He has 26 years of experience in pastoral ministry in Georgia and Florida. Since he came to Screven Co. in 2017, he served as vice moderator and moderator of the MBA. Prior to that, he was a board member (Tampa Bay Conference Center), on the leadership team, and led Sunday School development in associations where he pastored.  The Search Team unanimously voted in favor of his nomination. In response, the Administrative Team is calling the Executive Committee to an in-person session on January 23rd at 4pm at the Mission Center. Prior to the Executive Committee, there will be a reception for all beginning at 3pm. Members of all our churches are welcome to meet and greet the candidate and ask him questions about his vision for the MBA. The Executive Committee is made up of officers of the association, team leaders, pastors of member churches and two elected messengers of each church. A quorum is the Executive Committee members present and voting. 
Please put this important date (January 23rd—3pm: reception—4pm: Executive Committee) on your calendar and plan to attend or be represented. 
Moderator: Wayne Bragg (912) 429-8458

Missionary's Musing

Adieu to You from the MBA

It has been my privilege to lead the Middle Baptist Association since June of 2009. Here are some thoughts about why Associational ministry is still essential and some behaviors and commitments of healthy associations.
1. Good Associations are always evaluating and evolving. Reading, listening to podcasts, and networking with other competent leaders helps keep Associational ministry relevant.
2. Associations help member churches to experience their mutual connection in a 

Pastor's Day
at the Capitol
January 27th
We are missing many so
Annual Church Reports!!!
Annora can still get yours in if you mail/bring to the MBA office. Pastors & clerks….please try to complete ASAP!!!
Due by NOW  (912)564-2884
CrossRoads Church is happy to announce that in 2021 they have paid for their land and building in full. Praise God! The church invites the ladies to a “Warm Valentine Morning” on February 12th at the church with warm goodies, warm fellowship and a warm outpouring of love. Bring warm things (i.e. gloves, socks, knit caps…) for the Rincon Learning Center. Enjoy the mystery barista! Call Sandra (912-213-2858) for info or to help!  CrossRoads men invited to coffee and conversation at 8:30am on Saturdays. Call George (912-441-0004) for location.  
First Baptist Sylvania will have Rev. Donnie Brannen in Revival Services beginning January 9th. His wife, Heidi, will provide special music. On January 30th, the Dixie Echoes return in concert at 6:30pm. All invited to come join them!
Happy Birthday to:
B.J. Horne-10-Double Heads
Amy Green-16- FBC Springfield
Kay Dixon-27-Jackson
Brian McElveen-28-Pineora
Happy Pastor Anniversary to:
Vernon Edenfield-86-Little
James Cheyne-21-Li’l Horse Crk
Event Trailer request form is on our website for our member churches. 
First come, first serve basis. Call (912)564-2884 for calendar check!
►Now is a great time to plan your local mission and evangelism focus for your area. We can help with an On Mission Demographics: Knowing the Community and Knowing What to Do About It…...Missional community info using MissionInsite and ACR data for your church (printed). Find out how this can benefit your church. To schedule call Bro. Bobby @ (912)564-2884.
► The Mission Center is open for help, info, food pantry, literature recycling…


Food Pantry Needs : shelf stable food-microwaveable
Member churches can access to take a box to the needy or send them to the office Monday-Thursday.
January Bible Study
Study the "Character of God"
Available at

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