Morgan Baptist Association Continues Evangelical Zeal – The Hartselle Enquirer
By A. Ray Lee
Messengers and guests from the Morgan Baptist Association, made up of 70 cooperating churches, gathered at Westmeade Baptist Church in Decatur on Monday evening. It was the 102nd annual meeting of the organization, which was formed at Hartselle First Baptist Church in 1919.
The Reverend Ken Blackwood, missions director, explained the purpose of the meeting thus: “Each year the fellowship meets to hear reports on the current year’s ministries and to share what the Lord has and is doing. in member churches. The annual meeting is an opportunity to celebrate our partnership together for the sake of the gospel. We are convinced that we can do more together as an association of churches than we could do separately.
Southern Baptists are historically known for their evangelistic fervor and missionary zeal to reach others with the gospel. They were convinced of a call from God and dedicated their common efforts to this end.
The methods employed over the years have changed. Traveling preachers often called circuit riders hung up their saddles long ago, and extended revival meetings lasting two weeks or more with morning and evening services were gradually replaced by special church events. a day or completely abandoned.
Yet Baptists have not lost their zeal for evangelism and missions.
Understanding the unity of body and soul and that the “here and now” can greatly affect the choices made for the “hereafter” has broadened their scope to include ministry to people’s physical and spiritual needs.
The MBA has been a leader in such ministries. Sponsored by the association, Project Care is led by Virginia Alexander and run by a host of volunteers. Its ministries include the Caring Place, which provides a food and clothing bank.
The adjacent Sycamore Bargain Center offers discounted clothing for the needy who may not qualify for Caring Place.
Other departments include a well-trained and certified disaster relief team ready to move on short notice to areas of need in Alabama and beyond to help recover from floods, storms or other disastrous events.
The Baptist Campus Ministry is active with students throughout the academic year and is best known for its annual mission to the Talladega Races. An English Plus program is offered to those who live among us and need to learn our language and customs.
Baptists and members of all faiths continue to be influential leaders in community affairs as they live their faith. They have been instrumental in the development of Morgan County since its inception and continue to be a bonding presence for our people.
We thank them for their contributions of work and love to ensure that Morgan County is a good choice for raising a family.