By Steve Holt
Church services director, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board
Associations have been a vital part of Baptist life in America for more than 400 years. I believe Baptist associations served as the building blocks on which the structure and organization of Baptist state conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention were constructed.
At its core, every association is a fellowship of autonomous — yet cooperative — churches that have joined together for the purpose of making a greater impact for the kingdom of God. The key idea being, “we can do more by working together than we can do by ourselves.” God has used that voluntary, cooperative spirit to build the largest evangelical denomination in North America. [Read more…]