Union Baptist Association
Sunday, March 01, 2015
Linked Together

Baptist Men

Message from UBA Baptist Men's Director, Mark Hinson: 
I want to take a moment to thank God for the Union Baptist Association, it's Staff and Leadership, and the vision God has given the Association for the future. We have great opportunities ahead of us to reach lost souls, start new Church plants, and train future pastors. Also, God has blessed us with Dennis Burton, as our Director of Missions for 20 years. I have been blessed to know him personally for several years, and he has been a great friend, and adviser. May I say "Thank You" to the whole Staff, Council, and Committee members, and many more, for allowing me to have a part in God's plan through the UBA.
I wanted to write a word of encouragement to all of us. I was thinking of how the Summer season has passed, and Fall is slipping away, and Winter is rapidly approaching. Each season brings us a different way of life, as we can see that also in the life of vegetation, and the trees. We all love Spring time when we see new life growing into the trees and flowers, and the weather is pleasant to work in. Summers are very active with work and outdoor events, and we usually take vacations to get away from our labor for a while. We all love Fall when cooler weather returns, and God gets His crayons out and colors the tree leaves for some awesome views for us to enjoy. I love the cooler seasons to be able to enjoy the outdoors, and I tolerate the hot days. Thank you God for A/C!
All of that may sound poetic in a way, but it's what God wanted me to say to bring me to this point. Winter is coming and it is a time when vegetation does go dormant and rest before new life returns in the Spring. It's also easy for us to become dormant in our own way, especially in the Winter months. However, we also have to do what's necessary to maintain until a new season comes. We all need rest and time to renew, just as the trees do. God maintains the trees, and He does us also. Don't let the dormant Winter months cause you to loose your desire to serve God. It's easy to loose your desire to do things when you have to wait through a season for warmer weather. But, we have to be ready to serve our awesome God, in season and out of season. We do need time to rest, but also use that time to prepare ourselves for the next mission He gives us.
Galations 6:9 tells us "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart". (NKJV) "If we do not lose heart" is the key and what we need to remember. I find myself tired and needing rest, and at worst times, wanting to give up. I have to remind myself of this verse often. I hope no one reading this has lost heart. Whether you have or not, I want to encourage everyone to take time and ask God to help you renew a desire to serve Him. Renew you faith in Him and ask Him to give you opportunities to use the spiritual gift He gave you.
We were created to serve God. Eph. 2:8-9 are two of my life verses. I was led there recently in a devotion and it also included vs. 10. It spoke to me that day like no other. We were created in Christ Jesus, to do good works that He has prepared for us. (paraphrased). We claim our faith in Jesus, and James 2:14-26 also tells us that faith without works is dead. Gal. 2:20 says (paraphrased) "I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and in this this life of flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who gave His life for me. We must understand that as a Christian. Just being a seat warmer, or going to meeting, or having meetings just to be there, doesn't prove faith. I know we need time in God's Word, but if that doesn't help us produce works, then we need a faith checkup. Forgive me for preaching, but God said it and wrote it first, I am just reminding myself and others, how important it is to be involved in missions.
God, as His word says, has prepared many opportunities to serve Him, and many lie ahead of us. The UBA "logo and phrase", if you will, has a chain for a border, and the words, "Linked Together". The chain doesn't mean to keep us in Union Co., or anyone else out. The links unite us together to serve where ever He has planned for us to be.We all need to be prepared to work together for the same purpose, reaching lost people for Jesus. I can see that we have done a good job with that so far, but i just want to encourage us all to continue, and if someone needs encouraging, I hope these words have done so.
One great way God has given us to work together, is the completion of the Missions Resource Center, or the UBA Office, as you may also know it. Part of the work will be done by using our men and women,"Linked Together", to renovate part of the existing building, and completing the interior of the new building. Please take time and ask God to show you where you can help to be a part of something that will have eternal results. Anything we do in Jesus' name, whether it's construction, teaching, preaching, or making Salvation Baby Dolls, or just being able to place God's Word in someone's hand, can have an eternal effect on their souls. If you choose not to serve, you may be letting a soul miss Heaven forever. Please don't let that happen. Get linked together with your Church, the Association, WMU, or Baptist Men, and be a part of the work of our Lord, and change peoples lives forever.
Mark Hinson, UBA Baptist Men's Director
Mark Hinson, UBA's Baptist Mens Director, has been working on the trailer used in disaster work.  It is finally finished.  Check it out below:
November 6, 2014
It is a true honor for First Baptist Church Indian Trail to again host the Bailey Smith Real Evangelsim Conference on March 4-6. Each Year, we have been continually blessed with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Last year's conference was tremendous. Many of you have shared with me how God has used these meetings to impact your life and ministry.
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Smith has led these conferences in some of the greatest churches in America. He has had a profound impact on a generation of pastors through these meetings, encouraging so many who were downtroddenm, discouraged and even ready to give up. The 2015 conference will be his last Real Evangelsim conference as he closes this chapter in his ministry. We believe it will also be one of the greatest as some of the very best pastors and evangelists in America will be with us.
This is a great opportunity to be spiritually refreshed and encouraged. I always leave the conference with a new determination to preach the Word without compromise. People from across the country will join us as we worship our Lord together.
The conference schedule is listed above. I hope that you, your staff and church will come and worship with us. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you and minister to you in any way we can. If you are coming from outside of the immediate area, local hotel information is listed for your convenience. Directions to our church may be found on our website, www.fbcit.org. If you have any additional questions regarding the conference, please contact our church office at 704-882-1005.
Please join us for these days of worship and refreshing. We would be honored for you to celebrate with us as we express our love and gratitude to Dr. Smith for these many years of great conferences. May the Lord provide the time and means for you to attend.
Blessing to you all,
Dr. Mike Whitson
Senior Pastor
Men's Ministry Spotlight Church: 
Lakeview Baptist, Monroe NC
     How many of you have watched their women's, children, and youth ministries thrive in churches, while the only "men's ministry" event you ever went to, was the occasional country breakfast that a couple of the guys whipped up a few times a year?  Until three years ago, I was that guy and that was my church.  It is happening in so many churches across our state and our country.  I am writing this to tell you though, there is HOPE.
     Something changed in my heart and in our church three years ago at a revival.  I will spare you all the details, but suffice it to say that God called the men of our church together to step up and lead the way HE  called us to.  I'm guessing that some of you can relate.  But once you get the call, how can you start an entire men's ministry?  The answer is simple, you can't!
     When a group of men began talking about starting a men's ministry at our church, we realized two key elements had to be in place:
  1. Prayer:  We had to pray for HIS leadership and vision to create a men's ministry.
  2. Team:  If one person tries to lead the ministry, he will get burned out, frustrated and discouraged.  There has to be a team of guys pitching in.
     We found men who had gifts in areas like discipleship, missions, recreation and even creativity.  Yes, we have a creative director.  You know the guy that always has all the crazy ideas?  You need him too.  Once we had our team in place, we knew that "TOGETHER" and with "HIS" help, we could reach men.
     Three years later, I want to share with you what GOD has done through our church:
          In August, we teamed up with FCA (Fellowhsip of Christian
          Athletes) to host a football scrimmage at Wingate University.
          Eight teams comprising of over 500 athletes heard the
          Gospel after they played football.  Each player was also given
          a chance to receive a copy of the Bible.
          In October, we hosted the Union Outdoor Expo and Dinner.
          This event was designed to minister to sportsmen and women.
          We prayed and planned and prayed some more.  Seven
          hundred and twenty (720) people showed up and 97 people
          asked Jesus into their hearts!  Praise God!
I share this with you, not to brag or boast about anything we have done.  I want you to see that when God calls and you answer, He will do things beyond your wildest dreams.  God will lead you and you will see HIM do amazing things.
In HIS service
Brian Stephenson
Lakeview Baptist Church
Monroe NC  28110
-copied from the Baptists on Mission Spring 2014 edition
2015 Missions Conference
Ten Reasons for Adults on Mission
  1. Provides a way for men, women and couples to serve together to meet the needs of the unchurched.

  2. Encourages project-based, active learning opportunities for those typically not interested in a meeting format.

  3. Has a flexible team format that can be shaped around the interests of those involved rather than around a formal organizational structure.

  4. Creates a purpose-driven environment that helps Christians fulfill the outward focus of the Great Commission.

  5. Teaches adults the biblical reasons for reaching out to non-Christians down the street and around the world.

  6. Makes a personal connection from your church to individual missionaries your church supports through your state missions offering, the Cooperative Program, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® for International Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American missions.

  7. Helps the local church understand its role in the larger missions enterprise of national organizations, missions-sending agencies and God's global mission.

  8. Instills an evangelistic spirit through hands on ministry to those without Christ.

  9. Strengthens the concept of being the church outside the church walls to people who previously may not have understood the church's purpose that way.

  10. Increases giving to missions and praying for missions as a result of hands-on missions involvement, helping individual Christians to link their mind with their hearts through the work of their hands.

—Debra Berry Associational Leader Tool:  2012-2013 WMU®2012


Mission Trip Safety/Security Online Training


The NC Baptists Men and Women have partnered with Fort Sherman Academy (FSA) to provide you with an online "A Level" Mission Trip Safety/Security training. This is a 6 hour online training with over 200 slides and videos that would be excellent for team leaders and team members who are going on National or International trips. To take the online course click on the "FSA Training" button below to create an account and get started. You will need to create an acccount with FSA (create a user name and password with FSA). There are instructions below, but make sure that you fill out the "More Info" tab. Make sure that you enter "NCBM2013" for the field labeled "Choose your Organization's Number". After you choose your organization's number (NCBM2013) you will click on "Catalog" and add FSA's Sentinel #100 NCBM to your shopping cart. There is a $12 charge for the 6 hour online training. Complete the rest of the form and then click "Next". You do not have to complete the 6 hour course at one time, but you can start and stop at your convenience. Get started by clicking on the "FSA Training" button below.


Where Do I Fit In?


The Mandate video and Owner's Manual are excellent resources to help involve adults in your church in missions. The Owner's Manual is a companion piece to Mandate and is produced by the NC Baptist Men's office.  Many churches use Mandate and the Owner's Manual as meeting plans once a month on Sunday or Wednesday night as a way to get adult men and women involved in missions.

The Bible has much to say about poverty and hunger.  It is God's desire that His children not suffer from these twin perils.  Agricultural Missions sponsors international agricultural mission trips and local agricultural garden projects.  Agricultural Missions also seeks ways to increase world hunger awareness and to find solutions to this problem.  Christians who are concerned about world hunger and poverty can help find solutions to these problems at home and abroad.
The Aviation Ministry involves pilots in Christian witness and ministry by providing medical air transport for patients not requiring stretcher or en route medical care, long-distance air transport for families in need, ground transportation for patients, and assistance in disaster situations.
Baptist Builders involves volunteers in all types of construction projects, including home renovations, disaster recovery, rebuilding, new church construction, and upgrading our state Baptist camps and assemblies.
The Fellowship of Baptist Educators is an organization of educators who use their educational skills and gifts in missions.  The Fellowship of Baptist Educators promotes Christian Corresponders, teaching at home and internationally, and "Book-Link," which sends Bibles and Christian study materials all over the world.
Challengers exposes 7th-12th grade young men to the biblical basis for missions work, helps them become acquainted with local, national and international mission projects, and seeks to develop their leadership skills.
This church-focused event involves a team of lay persons, under the direction of a coordinator, that helps pastors and churches grow and mature their congregations and focus their members on the specific ministries for which they are spiritually gifted.  The Renewal Journey also includes Lay Ministry, Marketplace Evangelism Weekends, Prayer Weekends and Acts 1:89 Weekends.
The Correctional (Prison) Missions ministry seeks to encourage volunteers to develop one-on-one relationships with prison and jail inmates.  Through these friendships the message of Jesus Christ is shared and lives are changed.  Through opportunities such as Angel Tree, the ministry also allows outreach to family members outside the prison walls.
Disaster missions are divided into five ministries:  Mass Feeding, Recovery, Emergency Child Care, Chaplaincy and Water Purification.  Volunteers are trained in policies and procedures for disaster response and learn the skills needed to perform their duties.  Disaster Relief training sessions are held each spring across our state.
Family Foundations Ministry seeks to find ways to strengthen the family while developing an on mission lifestyle at home.  Protect Every Child is a new addition to Family Foundations and is a resource for parents to protect their children from cyber predators.  The Family Foundations Ministry provides pre-packaged family mission opportunities to involve the whole family in an on mission lifestyle.
The Baptist Health Care Fellowship seeks to provide Christian medical professionals with opportunities for sharing, ministering and witnessing through medical missions teams, two medical/dental buses, and personal mission service as led by the Holy Spirit at home and abroad.  Support persons who are skilled in medical assistance and lay persons who serve as translators, receptionists, etc. are also involved in this ministry.
The purpose of Men's Ministries is to assist churches in providing a well-rounded, balanced ministry that challenges men to grow in their walk with Christ, share their faith with others, find their place of service in the local church, and be on mission with God.
The goal of the Red Springs and Shelby Mission Camps is to involve churches and men, women and students in life-changing mission projects at a very affordable cost.  Each Mission Camp can house and feed up to 200 volunteers.  As we serve together, using our God-given skills, God will open doors for many spiritual needs to be met.
Numerous opportunities are available for involvement in state, national, and international missions.  Current projects include Pennsylvania, Vermont, Appalachian Coalfields, Wyoming, Montana, Hawaii, Honduras, Armenia, Ukraine, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Sri Lanka, and many more.  Volunteers trained in specific skills, as well as those who are not trained, are always needed.
Because prayer should undergrid all that we do as Christians, men and women are discovering new ways to become involved in missions through praying for mission needs, mission volunteers and missionaries.
RA's exist to involve boys and their leaders in the spiritual process of developing an on mission lifestyle.  Royal Ambassadors utilize activities designed to help children learn about missions and to get involved in practical missions experiences.
Sports and Recreation Missions provide opportunities in several areas of missions and outreach.  Team sport missions provide opportunities to conduct sports camps, organize sports/evangelism ministries, and build relationships in order to share the gospel.  Individual sports such as golf provide an opportunity to reach people in new and creative ways by meeting them where they are and sharing the love of Christ.
Deep Impact helps North Carolina Baptist churches develop a comprehensive youth missions strategy to produce committed followers of Jesus Christ.  The Deep Impact youth missions strategy includes pre-packaged mission weeks, free online mission studies, weekend mission retreats, hands-on mission training and much more.  Deep Impact invites youth to live out the Great Commission alongside the greater body of Christ.
Transform 122 is a missions initiative designed to involve college students in state, national and international mission projects.  Campus ministers on college campuses and college ministers serving in local churches are welcome to sign up as a group.  Individuals can also sign up for a missions experience.
Where Do I Fit In?
For more information about any of the
NC Baptist Men ministries, contact:
NC Baptist Men/Baptists On Mission
PO Box 1107 ♦  Cary NC  27512-1107
800.395.5102, ext. 5599
Camp Caraway is a summer camp for boys, sponsored by North Carolina Baptists on Mission, and is accredited by the American Camp Association.  All boys are welcome and do not have to be active in a particular church to attend.  We also have a Christian expedition program called Christian High Adventure, featuring male-only and coed outdoor adventure and whitewater trips.  Our camp is located in the beautiful Uwharrie Mountains, seven miles west of Asheboro, North Carolina.  Since 1963 more than 65,000 boys have been challenged toward strengthening their Christian walk at Caraway.  We'd love to have your son or group of boys join us!
Camp Caraway bases its program on the Christian idea that each boy is a person of worth, created in the image of God.  Each boy is important and each has something unique and significant to contribute to the camp.  This idea is applied to every activity and to every aspect of the camp program.  The key to North Carolina's future lies with the campers of today.  Our goal is to instill within each camper the desire to be all that God created him to be.  We hope to see you at Camp Caraway this summer!
To learn more about Baptist Men's Disaster Relief efforts click here.