The Lighthouse

October 2022

Pastor Peer Learning

Jeff Gongwer

(Pastor Wellness Catalyst) 

Leads Roundtable

October 20th—10:30am

At Mission Center

RSVP for Lunch

Fellowship, Sharing, & Learning for ALL Pastors!

For Pastors’ Wives

Mission Center

October 20th


(Check email & FB for info.)

2022 Annual Church Reports

Should be in your clerk’s email. If your clerk or pastor does not receive, call Annora at Mission Center! (912)564-2884

Important information gathering tool! Shorter, easier form!


Due 11/10/22 at Mission Center or at Elam Egypt Baptist Church by 11/15/22

Click for Packing/Info

From the Desk
of the AMS

by Russell Lyle

“The elders who are good leaders are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain, and, The worker is worthy of his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:17–18, CSB)


October is Pastor Appreciation month. You may not know it, but your pastor certainly does. I am continually encouraged by the pastors of the Middle Baptist Association, and I hope you are too.

I appreciate those pastors who so tirelessly worked through the pandemic, as they were continually faced with difficult choices (which none seemed right) and yet they persevered on to continue to feed their flock.

I appreciate those pastors who faithfully study and prepare, week in and week out, to proclaim God’s Word as clearly and accurately as possible.

I appreciate bi-vocational pastors, which in addition to their Monday through Friday jobs, commit themselves to care for their congregations. For many of them they really work two full-time jobs.

I appreciate the pastors who are not content to rest on their laurels, but continually seek to improve themselves in order to make their ministry and their preaching more effective.

I appreciate the pastors who have committed themselves to regularly and faithfully pray for their flock.

I appreciate the pastors who seek not to promote themselves, but desire to make much of Jesus.

Most of all, I appreciate Great Commandment pastors, which above all seek to love the Lord with all their being.

These are the pastors of the Middle Baptist Association. I hope that not only this month, but as often as possible, you will show your pastor appreciation, recognizing that he is a gift to your church from your Savior.

Don't forget to check out our first video on "Expository Preaching" linked below:

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Magnolia Baptist Church hosts a community Fall Festival on October 1st from 10am-4pm. Activities for the whole family: archery, bounce hose, corn hole, horse shoes and arts & craft. Come & enjoy a guest speaker, music & singing, BBQ or a hotdog at noon, with snacks & drinks all day. Call Pastor Pat Dye for info or to add to the fun (706)564-6743.


Oak Hill Baptist Church will host Kids Neon Night at the old gym, 2years old-5th grade, with neon dodgeball, games, neon paint and glo-sticks, plus pizza. Fun starts at 7pm on October 2nd.


Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Bill Kent announces his upcoming wedding to Cathy Bishop of Burke County on October 8 after being a widower for 12 years. Cathy is an teacher in Burke Co. Congratulations! The church has renovations being done by the men with floor tiling and new vanities installed in the social hall, bathrooms, and hallways. 


Farmdale Baptist Church welcomes Rev. Cade Bazemore as their new pastor. They invite all to Revival services October 9-12 with Chad Wall as guest speaker.


Elam-Egypt Baptist Church celebrates Homecoming on October 9 beginning at 11am with Rev. Brian McElveen as guest speaker. Dinner follows. All invited!  


Hiltonia Baptist Church invites all to Revival with Rev. B.J. Horne as guest speaker October 10-12 at 7pm. Come be revived!


Rocky Ford Baptist Church will host a Fall Festival on October 15th from 6-8pm at the Mel C. Mock Memorial Field...Trunk or Treat, Food, Costume contest, MORE! Check out their FB page for details and COME!


Friendship Baptist Church will be hosting Eternal Vision in concert on October 16 at 5:30pm and invites all to come enjoy music then finger food!     Eternal Vision>>>>>>>>>>


West Millen Baptist Church celebrates Homecoming on October 16th beginning at 10:30am. Covered dish lunch follows. Come rejoice with them!


Green Hill Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming on October 23rd at 11am with guest speaker, Wes Withrow. Dinner on the grounds follows. October 24-26 @ 7pm will be Revival Services with Rev. Dent Wiggins preaching. COME!!  Green Hill’s Pumpkin Patch will be open October 21-23 & 28-31. Stop by for your family’s fall photos and holiday pumpkins! 


Oak Hill Baptist Church’s Fall Festival is October 23rd, 5-8pm, with Trunk-or-Treat, Dunk-a-Deacon, Chili Cook-Off, Big Dog Sno-Cones, Carnival Games & more...Wear your non-scary costumes and come have some fun!


Green Fork Baptist Church welcomes Dr. Al Wright as Revival speaker October 30-November 2 (Sunday 11am, Nights 7pm). Sunday morning they will have a covered dish lunch for Revival, Pastor Appreciation and 5th Sunday Luncheon.


Happy Birthday to:

Debbie West-2-Corinth

Renee Hearn –9- Elam Millen

Chris Roberson –13- Pine St

Karen Asbury-14-Millen


Happy Pastor Anniversary to:

Dan Joyner -99- Wades

Paul Curry-17-Green Fork

B.J. Horne-20-Double Heads

Event Trailer request form is on our website for our member churches. 
First come, first serve basis. Call (912)564-2884 for calendar check!
Event Trailer

► The Mission Center is open for help, info, food pantry, literature recycling…


Food Pantry Needs :  

Pasta sauces, 1-2lb rice and grits,

Canned : pasta, mixed vegetable, pork and beans, spam, fruit…

Potato flakes, ramen noodles, peanut butter & jelly, Spam

Training available thru
MBA:  Deacon Training
Pastor SearchTeam Training

Russell is available for Pulpit Supply as calendar permits. Call to schedule!
Office# (912)564-2884 or Cell# (813)466-9311.

Check out our FB page for a weekly prayer focus on one of the churches of the MBA! Then be a PRAYER WARRIOR!

Pastors and Church Leaders in Screven Co: Tanissha Major of Pineview Nursing Home is seeking to restart services for their residents. If you are available and willing, Sundays, Tuesdays or Thursdays please contact her at (912)564-2015 ext 104. They are a most grateful group!

 FREE Access to Spark 2022

We have secured associational-wide access for ALL the breakouts and bonus extras.

Contact Annora (912)564-2884 for email link and use these sessions for training, growth, encouragement… Pastors, teachers, workers...

Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

Celebrate our 200th Anniversary

November 13-15,2022

Warren Baptist Church-Augusta


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Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief