Category Archives: Baptist Associations

300 Years of Baptist Associations

The third week of May on the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual calendar is designated as the Baptist Association Emphasis. Baptist associations in America have been around for more than 300 years, historically predating the SBC and state conventions. The relationship between the churches in Antioch and Jerusalem is, at a minimum, an example of an […]

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Is Associationalism Dead?

The following is a guest post from Stan Albright, the national director for associations for the North American Mission Board. Is Associationalism Dead? Recently, I read an eye-opening and challenging article written by Matthew Spandler-Davison.  Matthew is a young Southern Baptist pastor from central Kentucky. The article was entitled, “Don’t Pull the Plug on Your […]

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Nelson Association Has Strong Kingdom Focus

Attending some association annual meetings over the past few days has given me a renewed sense of the value of partnership at the local level. Churches of the Nelson Baptist Association gathered to celebrate God’s work among them on the evening of Sept. 11. My children attended a youth event with hundreds of other teens […]

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Mercy Banquet Invitation

I had a great visit this week with John Fergusson, Executive Director of Jefferson Street Baptist Center. In their own words, Jefferson Street Baptist Center is a ministry of Southern Baptists extending gospel-centered mercy to the homeless and hurting of the greater Louisville area. Officials estimate that each year roughly 9,000 people in the Louisville […]

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