Dr. Wade Lott
I would like to begin my article, this month, by expressing my gratitude for all of the churches that are putting in the effort to conduct a Vacation Bible School this summer! Did you know that approximately 15% of all baptisms come from VBS? That is huge! I know it is a lot of work, that it takes a lot of planning, and you are absolutely exhausted when it is done; but the investment that is made into the lives of those children is eternal!
On May 21st, we held our first Lunch & Learn with Dr. Steve Parr as our guest speaker. Dr. Parr spoke to us about the importance of striving to reach the next generation with the Gospel. He shared some sobering statistics with us at this meeting. He shared that in 2016, in the state of Georgia, the average number of children baptized per church was 3. The median number of children (half the churches baptized more and half baptized less) baptized by Georgia Baptist Churches was 1. The average number of teens baptized was 1 and the median number was 0. Considering that most people come to faith in Christ before the age of 19, this is quite concerning. Dr. Parr shared with us some resources that are available to our churches to help us be intentional about trying to reach our next generation. Those resources can be found at reachingnextgen.com. Please make reaching children and teens a priority in your church. If you need help figuring out where to start, give me a call and I will be glad to help.
As you can see from our front page, our next Senior Adult Luncheon is schedule for July 19th at Grace Baptist Church in Toccoa. Our speaker for the day is Bill Barker. Bill leads the Appalachian Mountain Ministry of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Each year we collect backpacks that are delivered to children all across Appalachia. Bill helps to connect the churches and associations with these children and he does ministry among them throughout the year. I want to encourage you to come and hear how God is using the ministry of Appalachian Mountain Ministries to spread the Gospel message and to meet needs.
Finally, please put October 21st on your calendar and plan to join us, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, as we celebrate 200 years of ministry as an Association!