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Welcome to the WCB Ministry and Ministry Center

 

Webster-Claiborne and Bienville Associations are composed of 60 churches committed to reaching our world for Christ. The Great Commission appearing below, taken from Matthew 28:18-20, provides our orders. We seek to obey our Lord's command thus introducing our world to Jesus Christ

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20  NIV

Our churches are both different and the same. While one church is found at the end of a beautiful, winding, country lane, another is found on main street in the center of town. Some are small, others large. Some are filled with "city-folk", the others filled with "country-folk". Although different in many ways, they are all committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and seek to bring our world to Him.

Thirty-five churches in Webster and Claiborne parishes form the Webster-Claiborne Association. Twenty-five churches in Bienville parish form the Bienville Association. While these two associations have their own officers and ministries, they also share many cooperative ministries as well. The common thread that brings these churches together is the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. This is a voluntary giving program in which churches combine their strengths to support mission causes around the world. Together these churches support missions through the North American Mission Board, International Mission Board, Louisiana Baptist Convention, and local Associational Missions.

 


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February 21, 2024

 

Insurance Crisis:

Many of you have experienced the recent insurance problems facing our state. Camp Harris, my office, and several churches had their insurance canceled last year and scrambled to find someone to write us. Many more will experience the same soon. As a result there is basically only one carrier in the state that provides church coverage and their rates are spiraling upward. The deductions and costs for the new policies are making many to question if they can afford insurance.

Due to this crisis, Dr. Horn, our Louisiana Baptist Director, has initiated an effort with other denominations and other non-profit institutions to petition the state of Louisiana to allow an alternative. This alternative was granted and we have a year to get information together to get a self funded program. Gallagher insurance that specializes in non-profits is being used to gather information.

Please help your fellow churches to gather information. By submitting information you are not making a commitment or signing up for anything. The information will be used to build facts that will make it possible for alternative policies to be offered to non-profits. To gather this information a simple request form is available. You have the option to go to your present carrier to get the information or to give permission to Gallagher to get it for you. Even if you don’t think you need an alternative insurance right now, please submit the information anyway. Our crisis is only going to get worse and one day you may want that alternative.

You can go to this site for the form.  https://louisianabaptists.org/insurance

 

AMS/DOM Search Committee Updates

The committee is prayerfully considering the18 resumes received. Pray for the committee as they work.

 

Party Trailer: Thank you Camp Harris team for redoing our Associational Party Trailer. We are developing new check out procedures to help manage the trailer. Please call us to reserve the trailer.

 

Calendar of Events

Camp Harris Fourth Weekend Fellowship February 23.

BWC Youth Network, Antioch, Dixie Inn. February 25.

Bienville Board Meeting Monday, February 26 at 6pm at FBC Arcadia.

Webster-Claiborne Board meeting Monday, February 26, 10:30 am, Mission Center.

 

LBC News and Events:

This week’s E-News from the Louisiana Baptist Convention mentions Embrace, a women’s event in New Orleans in April celebrating 125 years of ministry. Also, RA Congress is mentioned. If you don’t get E-News from the LBC, contact them and give your register your email. Numerous training events and inspirational events are provided through our Louisiana Baptist Leadership and Ministry teams.

I received our cooperative program reports this week. I know in the past some have questioned some decisions of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, which is a small part of who we are as Southern Baptists. The result of that has been that many have lowered or stopped giving to SBC causes. As a result our giving to International Missions, North American Missions, and Louisiana Missions has decreased. Please know that supporting our missionaries is a great investment of your mission dollars. We as Southern Baptists do mission sending better than any other organization out there. If you need me to come discuss with you the avenues available to you for giving, please call me. I believe there are ways for you to feel good about supporting SBC Missions. I know first hand through my daughter how good our program is.

 

Let me remind you that our Associations receive no funding from the SBC or the LBC. All our funding comes directly from you. As you consider your giving, don’t forget us! Camp Harris, Tech BCM ministry, Rolling Hills, Granberry Counseling, TruckStop Bible Distribution Ministries and all the consultations and ministries of the DOM are all funded by you and you alone. I thank you for your gifts but also remind you due inflation what was given in the past no longer meets the needs of the present. Can you increase your gifts? Every cent given in ministry through your association is needed and appreciated.

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Webster-Claiborne & Bienville
Missions and Ministry Center
Dr. Randy R. Hales, Director of Missions
Read my story at   WhatiValueMost.com

 

 

 

February 14, 2024

 

Insurance Crisis:

Many of you have experienced the recent insurance problems facing our state. Camp Harris, my office, and several churches had their insurance canceled last year and scrambled to find someone to write to us. Many more will experience the same soon. As a result, there is basically only one carrier in the state that provides church coverage, and their rates are spiraling upward. The deductions and costs for the new policies are making many questions if they can afford insurance.

Due to this crisis, Dr. Horn, our Louisiana Baptist Director, has initiated an effort with other denominations and other non-profit institutions to petition the state of Louisiana to allow an alternative. This alternative was granted, and we have a year to get information together to get a self-funded program. Gallagher insurance that specializes in non-profits is being used to gather information.

Please help your fellow churches to gather information. By submitting information, you are not making a commitment or signing up for anything. The information will be used to build facts that will make it possible for alternative policies to be offered to non-profits. To gather this information a simple request form is available. You have the option to go to your present carrier to get the information or to give permission to Gallagher to get it for you. Even if you don’t think you need alternative insurance right now, please submit the information anyway. Our crisis is only going to get worse and one day you may want that alternative.

You can go to this site for the form.    https://louisianabaptists.org/insurance

 

AMS/DOM Search Committee Updates

The committee has received 18 resumes and is currently prayerfully considering them. Pray for the committee as they work. The next meeting is on Monday, February 19, at 6 pm.

 

Calendar Events

February 19   AMS Search Committee at 6 pm at MMC.

February 23   Camp Harris Pork Loin Dinner.

February 25   BWC Youth Network, Antioch Dixie Inn

February 26   Bienville Board Meeting Monday at 6pm at FBC Arcadia.

February 26   Webster Claiborne Board meeting Monday, 10:30 am, Mission Center.

 

A note about Camp Harris:

The Fourth Weekend Fellowship is coming up on the 23rd. Come join us! We want to thank everyone who gives, prays, and loves on Camp Harris. We have been so blessed by our partner churches and individual donors!! We have been busy getting some much-needed updates done during the down months, but it has flatlined the budget with no groups coming in and the support you have given has been critical. Please consider adding us to your church’s monthly giving.

 

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Webster-Claiborne & Bienville
Missions and Ministry Center
Dr. Randy R. Hales, Director of Missions
Read my story at   WhatiValueMost.com

 

 

November 8, 2023

Randy Hales announced his plans for retirement on or before June 1, 2024. A committee has been formed and resumes for the Associational Mission Strategist can be mailed to Mission & Ministry Center, PO Box 1099, Minden, LA 71058-1099.

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Webster-Claiborne & Bienville
Missions and Ministry Center
Dr. Randy R. Hales, Director of Missions
Read my story at   WhatiValueMost.com

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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