July, 2017 Report from the Promotional Director

Tennessee State Association of Free Will Baptists
Promotional Director’s Report
July, 2017

  • There are many good things going on in the state and at the national level.
  • Finances to the Unified Plan are steady and giving to all of the national ministries seems to be up.
  • Family Ministries Continues to grow and expand. A new facility will soon be opening in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The John Reed Center will soon be opening in the Limestone community of East Tennessee. The skilled nursing unit will serve 63 patients and the facility will also have 12 beautiful assisted living apartments. Jacob Frady was recently hired as a field representative and Dr. Randy Sawyer has been hired as Director of Development. Please pray for Executive Director Frank Woods who recently had a serious accident involving a riding lawn mower at his home in Mountain City.
  • Both of our mission church plants are going self-supporting at the end of the year. The Kivette and the Lewis families have labored faithfully in Clarksville and will take the church self-supporting at the end of the year. Continue to pray especially for Melissa Lewis as she continues to receive cancer treatments. Jordan Osborn is doing well in Oakland assuming the work after his dad passed away a few years ago. It may interest some that Robyn Osborn was recently married to Benny Reece. Benny, who is the son of former missionaries David and Marion Reece pastored in the Cumberland for a few years before losing his wife to cancer a few years ago.
  • Our state home missions board is searching for a new place to build a church or sponsor a revitalization project.
  • Our state international missions board is actively involved in doing “Go Global” seminars across the state. If you would like to have one at your church or in your association, contact Jerry Gibbs 865-310-5433.
  • TWAC has planned a women’s retreat this year for Oct. 5-7 in Pigeon Forge. Lynette Morgan is the featured speaker, with a theme of “When Plans Change.”
  • The state Christian Education Board provided leadership for the state competition April 28-29 at the Donelson Fellowship. The board reports they had one of the largest groups of participants ever.
  • The state youth retreat “Defend 17” will be held in Pigeon Forge, Nov. 10-12. TDF youth pastor, Aaron Pontius and former NFL tight end, Troy Sadowski are the featured speakers.
  • The Executive Committee has chosen the speakers for the TN State Association meeting, Nov. 13-15. Ray Lewis, Dr. Danny Dwyer, Frank Woods, and Mike McCoy will develop the theme, “Except the Lord Build the House.”
  • Welch College graduated 58 students on May 19 in Gallatin. Eleven of these students received scholarships because their churches gave at least 5% to the UMP (or at least $10,000) undesignated. If you have students planning to attend Welch in the near future, now would be a good time to get involved with the Unified Ministry Plan. Churches supporting the UMP also get a benefit of their church staff receiving 5% of their gifts to their retirement plan.
  • The Mission North America Offering is November 19, 2017. Let’s all get behind NAM as they lead the way in church revitalization and planting new churches in America.
  • The Free Will Baptist Board of Retirement has had very good success enrolling new participants in the retirement program. Already there has been 80 new participants this year. Earnings did quite well for the first quarter of this year, 5.541% in the default fund. Figures for the second quarter should be posted before the national.
  • The National Association will be held in Louisville, KY this year, July 16-19. The NYC and the WNAC also meet during this time.
  • Randall House is having a great year. They have published several new titles including a great book of ideas about youth ministry by Jon Forrest. The D-6 Conference is planned for September 20-22 in Dallas.
  • The Foundation is having huge success with enrolling new people in planned giving and is serving our denomination well with many grants on worthy projects.
  • WNAC Director, Elizabeth Hodges recently returned from Cuba with a group of women for a women’s conference.
  • Thank you again for your participation in all ministry that Free Will Baptists are trying to do for the kingdom of God. Just remember. It all begins in the local church. Nothing can be done without you.