ORANGE VILLAGE, Ohio—Pastors and their wives from northeastern churches in the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches met at Bethlehem Baptist Church, where they interacted with three representatives of Regular Baptist Press: Director David Gunn, Business Director Tony Randolph, and Field Coordinator Alan Wilson. “It is always good to connect with our friends from the GARBC Ministry Center,” says Chuck Pausley, state representative of the OARBC.
Pastor Don and Cindy Morris hosted the meeting, which included a BBQ luncheon and presentations from Alan and David. In addition to the meal and fellowship, each pastor received a copy of No Contest: Overcoming a Competitive Spirit by Mike Hess, national representative of the GARBC; and each wife received a copy of Redeemed: Extraordinary Grace for Ordinary People by Amy R. Dunham. The Morrises also received a Big Fish Bay VBS introductory kit for their church. “We are excited to be able to use it once our children’s ministry starts up again,” says Pastor Don.
David Gunn spoke on “The Preeminence of Discipleship,” saying in part, “The primary purpose of the church is to be a discipleship factory so that through the preaching and teaching of the Word—and through all the other functions that a church carries out—people are being brought into conformity to the character and image of the Lord Jesus Christ.” He challenged the pastors, pointing out that every church should regularly ask itself two questions: “First, toward what ultimate goal is your church building? It’s been said that if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. And second, would most of your church members views themselves as active disciples of the Lord Jesus?”
Chuck Pausley summarized: “David’s presentation on the preeminence of discipleship was very Biblical and a good reminder of the place of the local church in the Great Commission. Personally, Linda and I appreciate every opportunity to connect with our Ohio pastors and wives, and City BBQ is my favorite!” Don Morris says, “It is always nice to fellowship with each other around food and meet together to encourage each other in the Lord’s work. While we were a little disappointed that more were not able to take advantage of the program, we hope that we may be able to do more in the future.”