Why Plant New Churches in Tennessee?

By Jimmy Inman
Teaching Pastor in Jefferson City

Of the many questions we were asked about starting a church in east Tennessee, one of the most common ones was, “Why are you starting a church where there are already so many churches?” It is a legitimate question. My scriptural conviction is that every church is called to be a part of planting new churches locally, nationally, and internationally, and our church is doing that. Here are some basic biblical reasons why I believe this is true. [Read more…]

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Winning Tennessee for Jesus Christ

Roc Collins

By Roc Collins
Pastor in Kingsport

As followers of Christ we have been called to “Go and Make Disciples.” What a great task is ours!

There is no one person who can fulfill that mission alone. God, in His infinite wisdom, has granted us the opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission by working together. Certainly we can get together to participate in ministry but there is another way.

We can give through the Cooperative Program (CP). As we give through the CP we are giving fuel to fulfill the Great Commission. The whole purpose of our giving is to point people to Jesus Christ. [Read more…]

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Executive Board Adopts Reduced Budget

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Randy C. Davis, right, executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, stands with newly elected officers of the TBC Executive Board — Roc Collins, center, pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport, chair; and Michael Crandall, pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Ripley, vice chair. — Photo by Connie Bushey

Randy C. Davis, right, executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, stands with newly elected officers of the TBC Executive Board — Roc Collins, center, pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport, chair; and Michael Crandall, pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Ripley, vice chair. — Photo by Connie Bushey

BRENTWOOD — The Executive Board adopted a budget of $34,250,000 for the 2014-15 budget year.

The action was one of several that took place during the Executive Board’s Sept. 9 meeting at Brentwood Baptist Church here.

Board members were informed that the new budget is a reduction of $2,250,000 or 6.16 percent from the 2013-14 budget. The new total is more consistent with income for the previous 12-month period, according to information supplied to board members. [Read more…]

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