Elkin Baptist Association
Thursday, August 06, 2020

A Missionary's Corner





During our associational meeting at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on October 24, 2019, two important decisions were made by the messengers. One was the approval to do away with committees and have 4 teams instead. The 4 teams are the Administrative Leadership Team, Church Equipping Team, Mission Engagement Team and Prayer Emphasis Team. The implementation for the new structure will be for 2 years and involve a reassessment to determine if it is working or not.  Now the challenge is to seek the Lord’s guidance about who He chooses to serve as team leaders and team members.  Jesus tells is there is a simple plan to have the laborers we need for these leadership responsibilities. What is that plan? “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). So I ask you to make this a priority in our times of prayer.


The second decision was approval for the Brier Creek Baptist Association and Elkin Baptist Association to continue working together. The plan for the two associations involves the following principles of working together:

To be a FELLOWSHIP OF CHURCHES doing mission work together to fulfill the Great Commission and advance God’s Kingdom.

A Mission Advisory Team will coordinate the mission work for the two associations. There are three members on this team.

Each association will remain autonomous, maintaining their own individual structures, ministries, leadership, priorities, goals and strategies.

Rev. Larry McCoy will remain the Associational Missionary for the Brier Creek Baptist Association. 

The plans are for Rev. Larry McCoy to become the Associational Mission Strategist for the Elkin Baptist Association. 


You will note that the first principle involves the two associations being a FELLOWSHIP OF CHURCHES. The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi to thank them for their “fellowship in the gospel.” The word “fellowship” here means the church at Philippi and Paul had a common interest in the progress of the gospel.  What is the FELLOWSHIP of the Brier Creek Baptist Association and Elkin Baptist Association? “To fulfill the Great Commission and advance God’s Kingdom.”  The theme for our association is “Missions: The Heartbeat of God.” This theme emphasizes our FELLOWSHIP is also with God.


Thanks again for allowing me to serve our association as an Associational Mission Strategist.


Larry – “Grace be with you all, A-men,” (Hebrews 13:25)