I would like to thank Lonnie Wilkey for the excellent article entitled, “Pastor: Prayer Key To Rise In Baptisms,” which was published recently in the B&R.
Pastor Joshua Franks of First Baptist Church, Bruceton, was the featured pastor and humbly takes no credit for the growth of the church. I thank the B&R for the article on Pastor Joshua and FBC, Bruceton, during a time in which churches are easily enamored with the latest gimmick that promises “church growth success.”
Joshua has taken FBC back to Acts 2 and simply preaches the Word and makes prayer a major priority that permeates all church activity. He has intentionally drawn his flock to the Acts 2 model where the very life of the church was dependent upon the power of God as evidenced by their practice of prayer.
As Charles Spurgeon would remind us, “Prayer is that slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence.” Thanks again to the B&R for highlighting not only our state’s “mega-churches” but also our churches “in the middle of nowhere,” and perhaps considered insignificant by some, who are doing some “mega-stuff” for the kingdom of God! — Blane DeLoach, director of missions, Carroll-Benton Baptist Association, Huntingdon
ENJOYED SUMMIT’S MUSIC
I have been attending annual conventions, both Tennessee Baptist and Southern Baptist, since shortly after I was saved, in 1981.
The congregational music, as well as the special music, at this year’s Summit was by far the best, in my opinion.
Introducing new music has been wonderful, but when offered as an opportunity for a congregation to sing, when the music is unknown, makes for less participation.
The choices at this year’s Summit were mostly familiar hymns, and provided opportunity for most in attendance to lift their voices to the Lord, which they did in amazing harmony of voice and spirit.
I commend the leadership of Scott Shepherd and his music team in leading Tennessee Baptists to greater music participation at our convention. — Phillip C. Senn, Troy