The Lighthouse

September 2022

Disappointments & Adversity

Pastor Peer Learning

September 22—10:30am

At Mission Center

Fellowship, Sharing, & Learning for ALL Pastors

RSVP for lunch: Text Russell or call (912)564-2884


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

Just a few things I wanted to mention.


What a wonderful time we had this past Sunday evening as we came together as an association of Baptist churches to praise and worship the Lord. I am thankful for each church that was represented and for all who took part in making our annual meeting a reality. I am encouraged to see what God will do with our churches as we work together to fulfill the Great Commission.


September brings a new fiscal year and calendar year to the association. It is much like starting with a clean slate. Our first gathering begins with pastors.  We will be meeting this month for peer learning and will have a roundtable discussion on disappointments and adversity in ministry, how to deal with them, and how God can use them. Please make plans to join us and contribute to this discussion. RSVP to me by text or call the Mission Center for lunch will be served.


At the annual meeting, I mentioned a video that has been produced by the association and you will find the link below. This first video is on expository preaching. Perhaps this is a term you are unfamiliar with, or it is something you have heard of but are not certain what it means. Maybe you even find yourself on a pastor search committee and have been told you need to find an expository preacher or you see expository preaching listed on a resume. Well, we hope this short video will help you understand what expository preaching is, what it is not, and why you would want to find an expository preacher. This is the first in a series of videos we are hoping to produce in order to help and support the church in its mission.

Go to Video

Turkey Branch Baptist Church celebrates Homecoming on September 11th at 11am. A covered dish lunch will follow and Headin’ Home Bluegrass will present a concert in the early afternoon. Come celebrate and enjoy music!


Memorial Baptist Church will have Homecoming and Revival Services September 18-21. Pastor Bill Kent will preach Sunday morning. Paul Moore, Pastor of Cobbtown Baptist Church, will preach Sunday night through Wednesday night. Sunday evening at 6 PM. Monday-Wednesday 7 PM. Special Music planned for all services. 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! 


Elam Millen Baptist Church celebrates 180 years on September 18th. Church services will begin at 10:30 am. Theme: Past, Present, and Future. Rev. Pete Wall will be the guest speaker. Special music and skits. After church service a meal will be served in the fellowship hall. Former members, please circle the date! Please help us make Homecoming special! 


Rocky Ford Baptist Church (host), Double Heads Baptist Church and Little Horse Creek Baptist Church are partnering for Biblical Manhood, September 20th from 6:30-7:30pm. BBQ meal, worship, and guest speaker, Bryce Jeffcoat are on the agenda.


Pineora Baptist Church will host a community Student Prayer Rally (6th-12th grade) on Wednesday, September 28th, at 7pm for See You at the Pole. 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!


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 will be Revival Services with Rev. Dent Wiggins preaching. Come be revived!


Double Heads Baptist Church is studying the book of Revelation on Wednesday nights at 6:30. All are welcome to come and see our Savior revealed in this glorious book of hope. 


McDonald Baptist Church is seeking a church pianist. Call (912)564-7525 or (912)425-9369 and leave a message if interested.


Hiltonia Baptist Church is pleased to announce they called Rev. Darell Young as pastor after serving as interim since September 2021. Welcome to the MBA!


Middle Ground Baptist Church has called Dr. Charlie Cooper as pastor. We are happy Bro. Charlie is still part of the MBA!


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


Happy Birthday to:

Ruth Hearn-2-Scarboro


Reland Morgan-4-FBC Springfield


Slade Speir-18-North Newington


Linda Joyner-19-Wades


John Paul Hearn-28- Elam Millen

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!

Spark 2022

We are planning to subscribe to the SPARK conference access for a year. This will be accessible as a training tool for every church in the MBA! All areas of ministry. 

Access will be sent out by email soon!!!


BIG THANK YOU to all our Annual Meeting participants. It was a great night of worship together!