MAY 2023

Greene County Baptists

are Great Commission Baptists

The JJMO: Fueling Local Missions

Joshua Hall, Director Of Missions

Scripturally, there are three primary ways we carry out

the Great Commission – we PRAY, we GIVE, and we GO. In this issue, I would like to talk to you about the second of those three methods, which is to GIVE.


To be more specific, one way that Greene County Baptists give to the spread of the gospel right here at home is through the Jim Joslin Missions Offering (JJMO).


As many of you know, Jim Joslin was the Director of Missions for GCBA from 1964-1997. As Bob Perry says in United on Mission, “Jim was much loved and appreciated by the entire association . . . . His humble spirit and calm leadership helped create a healthy culture for the work of Christ in the area.” Jim Joslin is a worthy namesake of the GCBA missions offering!


With that said, one might understandably ask, “Yes, but for what is the offering used?” Gifts from the JJMO are used to fuel special missions projects and ministries that aren’t fully covered by GCBA’s general budget. (A distribution breakdown appears elsewhere on this page.)

One new initiative we’re excited to announce is that one third of this year’s JJMO will be used to fund ministry grants for GCBA churches! Churches will be able to apply for grants to assist with missions and ministry projects in their community, and our Missions Team will award the grants based on pre-selected criteria and need. We will soon send a letter to every church explaining this process in more detail.


Whereas in the past we have emphasized the JJMO in the month of May, this year we are moving the emphasis back to the month of June. We would ask your church to prayerfully consider collecting the JJMO throughout the month of June, or perhaps collect a special offering one Sunday in June. We will make promotional materials available to our churches later this month. Of course, gifts can be made to the JJMO year-round by churches or individuals by giving online at or mailing a check to our office. (Be sure it is over and above your tithe to your local church!)

Let’s team up through the JJMO to do some awesome Great Commission work together in Greene County for the glory of God!


In Christ,


VBS Training

at Ridgecrest

on May 6, 2023, 8:30 am - 11:30 am!


Free for your whole team!


Enjoy Breakfast and Kick-off with Worship Rally!

Get a glimpse of a day in the life of VBS!

Engage in our featured sessions for age-

graded Bible study and rotation leaders.

Register your team here.


Pastors’ Wives Event

on May 16, 2023,

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm,

at Greene County Baptist Association.

In The Midst Ministries and GCBA have

joined up again for an evening of 

fellowship and learning for

Pastors’ Wives.

Please make plans to join us!

Lunch with a Purpose

Topic: Gender Issues from a

Christian Perspective


May 25, 2023, 11:30 am, at the Associational Office.

The cost is $5 per person. Register and pay online.


Transitional Pastor Training

May 16, 2023, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm &

May 17, 2023, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

South Gate Baptist Church

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

GCBA Summer Camps

at Baptist Hill

 Information and forms will be uploaded to the GCBA website as they are available.


Pray about how you can serve this ministry.

Guadalajara, Mexico


May 4-8, 2023

Pastors Leadership Conference


July 8-15, 2023

VBS Mission Trip


July 17-23, 2023

Soccer Mission Trip


Please pray for these upcoming trips and for the people of Mexico.

God willing, we will have over 25 individuals serving on these trips.

Letter Carriers Food Drive

May 13, 2023

Part of the food collected in Greene County will be donated to Grand Oak Mission Center.

You can help by placing non-perishable food items by your mailbox on May 13th!

Grand Oak Mission Center

Grand Oak currently needs personal hygiene items.


If you are not on GOMC’s rotating list of churches to contribute,

contact David Jackson at 417-869-4818.


Interested in serving? Visit the GOMC tab at

Churches responsible for food in May:




NewStart Community



The Church at Webster Park

Congratulations to

Samuel González

on 20 YEARS

with GCBA!!

National Day of Prayer

May 4, 2023

Remember to pray for all elected leaders,

first responders, and church leaders.

Praise be to God!

$16,000 was raised at the

Baptist Hill pool fundraiser on April 15th!

Thank you Gary Camp, Macedonia,

& all that came out to support this event!

-Calendar Events-


2 Pastor/Staff Fellowship with Springfield Cardinals, Hammons Field, 11:30 am

4 National Day of Prayer           

4-8 Pastors' Leadership Conference, Guadalajara, MX

6 VBS Training, Ridgecrest, 8:30 am - 11:30 am

10 Associational Leadership Council Meeting, Associational Office,

11:30 am

13 Letter Carriers Food Drive

16 Bloom Where You Are, Pastors Wives' Event, Associational Office, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

23 Cross Cultural Pastors' Collective, Associational Office, 6:30 pm

25 Lunch with a Purpose, Associational Office, 11:30 am

29 Memorial Day, Associational Office Closed


1-30 Associational Missions Focus/Jim Joslin Missions Offering

4 Disaster Relief Sunday

11-12 National WMU Missions

Celebration/ Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

11-14 Southern Baptist Convention & Pastors Conference, New Orleans, LA

-Church News-

Briar Street is seeking a Co-Pastor with emphasis on senior adult ministry. Contact Pastor Larry Ball at 417-350-2719.


Fair Grove, First, is seeking a Bi-vocational pastor. Email resumes, For questions, call Earl Benham at 417-759-9013 or text Michael Allcorn at 417-766-7668.


Galloway is seeking a PT Youth Pastor. Email resumes to


Hamlin is seeking a PT Worship Leader and a FT Youth Pastor. For questions or to submit a resume, email


Liberty called Dr. Kent Pool as their pastor.


Pleasant Home called Dr. Vaughn Weatherford as their Interim Pastor.

2023 Budget Financial Report

Annual Budget $402,944.43


                                    Budget Received                  Budget Required

         Jan 1-Mar 31      $113,290.77                           $100,736.10

(112.46% of budget required received to date)


Income received for Jim Joslin Missions Offering $9,226

Joshua Hall, Director


Rev. David Jackson, Director of Grand Oak


Mrs. Shannon Peelor, Office Manager


Mrs. Burnace Smith, Financial Secretary


Rev. Samuel González, Ethnic Ministry Consultant


Rev. Doug Watson, Youth Ministry Consultant

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