Cherokee Baptist Association - Centre, Alabama
Cherokee Baptist Association
Thursday, July 18, 2019

From The Director's Heart

            Wendell Dutton - Association Missionary

                              Partnership Principle:  
              "We work best when we work together
                and we do best what we do together."

Summer 2019

    School is out, and summer is here! For most of our churches, that means it is time for Vacation Bible School. All across our country, many churches are in a decline and have decided to quit doing some key ministries, with VBS being one of them. For many, the question has been, “Is VBS worth it?” Is it worth all the time invested, the planning, and the preparation for just a week long event? Is it worth the money spent, resources used, and countless efforts of a small army of volunteers to conduct a VBS? The answer is yes, without a doubt!          
   Year after year, VBS continues to be the single greatest evangelistic event that our churches are involved in. Consider the impact of it in our association alone in 2018, 31 of our 39 churches    conducted a VBS, enrolling 2,614 with 58 of those individuals making a decision to trust Christ as their Savior. In addition, there were four VBS missions with an enrollment of 162 and 10 decisions for Christ. VBS is worth it because its focus is on teaching the Bible, sharing the Gospel, building relationships, and connecting with those who are not a part of the church.     
   Recently, LifeWay Research conducted a nationwide survey on American adults that points further to the impact and importance of VBS. I want to share a few of the things this survey revealed:  
1) 6 out of 10 American adults have attended VBS
    at some point in their lives.         
2) 9 out of 10 who attended VBS have positive memories,
     and 81% said it was a highlight of their childhood.                        
3) 95% who say they have a child who has attended
     VBS agree that it was a meaningful church experience.   
4) 69% will encourage their child to participate in a VBS
     if invited by one of their friends, even if they don’t attend
     church themselves.     
5) A traditional VBS involving 3 hours per day for 5 days in
     a row is equivalent to 7 months of “church” for today’s
     typical churchgoing child.  

VBS is our means of reaching ever-changing generations
with the unchanging Gospel.   I can’t say it strongly enough;
                         yes, VBS is worth it!                 
   If we can assist your church with VBS this summer, please call on us. I will be praying for your VBS, and I look forward to how God is going to use it to reach people for His glory.                      
                  Bro. Wendell       
                  John 20:31

May 2019

May 19-26 is Associational Missions Week of Prayer. 
This is the time of year we set aside to pray for the work of the local association and to highlight the partnership that exist among the churches. I am listing an Eight-Day Prayer Guide and I would     encourage you to take a few minutes each day and pray, following each day’s prayer focus. 

    Prayer Guide for Associational Missions - May 19-26, 2019       

Sunday    Pray for me (Bro. Wendell) that God would give me wisdom and discernment, and that I would be a servant leader modeling Jesus.
Monday   Pray for Marcille in her role as Ministry Assistant. Ask God to continue using her as she serves our churches in so many ways.        
Tuesday   Pray for the churches that make up the Cherokee Baptist Association.  Begin with your church and then pray for six or seven other churches each day. By the end of the week you will have prayed for all of them.

Wednesday  Pray for your pastor and other pastors. Ask God to bless and protect them. Ask God to keep them and their families strong and true to the Bible.

Thursday    Pray for those who serve as associational ministry leaders. Pray that God would encourage them and use them to do great things for the Kingdom.

Friday    Pray for those who serve on the various committees of the association. Ask God to bless their service in ministering to our churches.

Saturday    Pray for the upcoming meetings and ministry opportunities that are before us. Ask God to use these opportunities to reach people and make an eternal impact.

Sunday    Thank God for the Cherokee Baptist Association and the privilege to serve in this tremendous partnership of spreading the gospel! 

I look forward to what God is going to do in the coming days as we pray together for this great association. Thank you for the wonderful honor to serve as your associational missionary.                            
                                                       Bro. Wendell           
                                                      II Corinthians 3:18



The Cherokee Baptist Association is a fellowship of local churches working in partnership to expand the Kingdom of God through His     message and mission.



April 2019

   I want to briefly highlight and recap some of the wonderful            
     things that happened in our Association this past month.  
First of all, our churches are to be commended and thanked for the heart of generosity to the Children’s Home. On March 6, we delivered 15,300 pounds of food items, collected by all 39 of our churches, to the Children’s Home in Oxford. There were gift cards and checks of $1,800 given also. This is phenomenal! 
Next, our Pastor/Deacon/Spouse Banquet, held March 9 at Friendship BC, was well attended. Bro. Mike Jackson, one of our State Missionaries, did a great job encouraging and challenging us to be servants. We appreciate Bro. Adam Cochran and the folks at Friendship for an outstanding job hosting this event.

Lastly, our Bi-Annual Meeting was held at Unity Hill on March 18.  Bro. Joe Witcher and the members there did a great job hosting. It was a really good meeting as the attendance was up from previous years and there was a sweet fellowship. Our association leaders presented a number of encouraging reports, and the messengers approved the Nominating Committee Report as well as other business matters. A copy of the proposed amended Constitution and By-Laws was presented by Mr. Chad Hopper. This document will be reviewed and discussed at the upcoming May and July Executive Committee Meetings. If agreed upon, it will be voted on at the Annual Meeting in October. Bro. Mark Cosby, pastor at Cedar Bluff First BC, preached our Bi-Annual Meeting message. He did a tremendous job! Preaching from Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” Bro. Mark challenged and       reminded us that revival and revitalization begins with our personal relationship with God. Thank you Bro. Mark for allowing the Holy Spirit to use you in such a remarkable way.

On April 21, we as believers, will celebrate the greatest event in human history and the very centerpiece of the Christian message: Jesus is alive! As we celebrate Easter, may we remember that Jesus’ death on that cruel Roman cross was the greatest act of love and sacrifice the world has ever known. The Cross forever stands as the symbol of our salvation and is the only way to get to Heaven. In His resurrection, He conquered death, hell, and the grave. We have this glorious hope, “Because I live, ye shall live also,” John 14:19. Hallelujah, what a Savior! Indeed, we are a people of hope, a living hope found only in Jesus. So, as we celebrate Easter, let us live out and share that hope before a world that is desperately searching for real hope.    
Bro. Wendell
                                              I Corinthians 15:1-4