CWJC/CMJC training offered

Level one national certification training for Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) and Christian Men’s Job Corps (CMJC) will be held at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention building in Little Rock Feb. 17-20.

Training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17-19 and from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 20.

CWJC and CMJC are programs that “equip women and men, in a Christian context, for life and employment,” according to the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) website. CWJC and CMJC are ministries of WMU.

The training event is targeted to those who are interested in starting a CWJC or CMJC site in their communities, churches or associations. Space is limited to 25 people.

For more information, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5137.


Churches encouraged to take part in Children's Ministry Day

THE ARKANSAS BAPTIST State Convention (ABSC) is partnering with the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) to provide Children’s Ministry Day Feb. 14. Every year in February, thousands of children across North America participate in hands-on ministry projects on the same day in their local communities.

WMU created Children’s Ministry Day to move children out of their churches and into their communities to do missions, according to the WMU website.

Participants can choose from a variety of activities, such as feeding the hungry or visiting shut-ins. Church leaders are responsible for creating service projects and are encouraged to research ways children can meet specific needs in their communities.

“Children’s Ministry Day provides a platform for children to get involved in missions and ministry in their own community,” said Charity Gardner, ABSC missions team member.

Gardner has seen this event become a great opportunity for children to experience ministry with the adults.

“Over the years, I have seen children getting to be the hands and feet of the Church while working alongside families and adults,” she said. “Children’s Ministry Day provides an opportunity to disciple children to follow Jesus and to love others.”

Children in grades one through six are invited to participate in this event. For more information, including a Children’s Ministry Day promotion pack, go to This event is made possible by gifts from Arkansas Baptists to the Cooperative Program.


Disaster relief training events to be held beginning in Feb.

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) will offer disaster relief (DR) training beginning in February. Ten training events will be held at various locations across Arkansas.

The ABSC DR ministry is an outreach to people and communities who are affected by disasters. There are more than 2,900 DR volunteers in Arkansas.  

Through the training events, participants will have the opportunity to be trained to work in communications as well as with feeding, shower/laundry and chainsaw/recovery units. Every three years, volunteers must renew their certification by attending one of these training events.

The events also provide an opportunity for new volunteers to learn about the DR ministry.

“This event is a good time to introduce someone to everything DR offers,” said Randy Garrett, ABSC missions team member. “This is a practical way for Arkansas Baptists to help others in times of need.”

For more information and event locations, visit This event is made possible by gifts from Arkansas Baptists to the Cooperative Program and the Dixie Jackson Arkansas Missions Offering.


ABSC announces staff changes

LITTLE ROCK – A number of staff changes were announced at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Executive Board.

WickerTim Wicker was announced as the new team leader of the ABSC church planting team. Wicker replaces Robby Tingle, who is moving to the executive and administrative team to serve as associational missionary liaison. Wicker previously served as a member of the church planting team. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, ABSC executive director, told board members that Tingle continues to work part-time as he recovers from a serious auto accident earlier this year.

Darrel Ray was introduced as the new evangelism specialist for the evangelism and church health team. Ray previously served as Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) campus minister at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville for 27 years.

Randy Garrett is the new part-time ABSC disaster relief director, who previously served as a disaster relief contractor. He fills the position left vacant since Bill Cantrell retired in November 2013.

Additionally, a number of BCM staff position changes were announced as well.

Jared Farley, Henderson State University’s interim BCM campus minister since August, is now the full-time campus minister at Henderson State, replacing Neal Nelson. Nelson served as Henderson State’s BCM campus minister for 16 years before recently being called as associate pastor at Northstar Church in Blacksburg, Va.

Ryan Scantling is the new Conway BCM campus minister, replacing Chris Larmoyeux, who recently became pastor of First Baptist Church, Maumelle.

Brad Branham is the new BCM campus minister for Arkansas Tech University, replacing Ray.


PraizFest 2015 offers large-scale choral experience to youth

BENTON – PraizFest 2015, a youth choir event sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) evangelism and church health team, is set for Jan. 30-31 at First Baptist Church, Benton.

Open to students in grades seven through 12, the event combines singing, worship and performances from several student choirs across the state.

Dan Baker, minister of music at First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas, will serve as clinician. Bill Newton, student minister at First Baptist Church, Hot Springs, will serve as event pastor.

“Your students will probably never get the opportunity to sing in a choir of 400, offering incredible praise and worship to God, but they will get that opportunity at PraizFest!” said Larry Grayson, ABSC evangelism and church health team member.

He said churches don’t have to have a youth choir in order for students to participate.

“You may have a student choir of 40, or you may not have a student choir,” he said. “Give those 40 the chance to sing with 400, or give the opportunity to that one student who loves to sing and doesn’t get to do that on a regular basis.”

Grayson said students must bring their own music. Four of the music selections can be ordered through LifeWay Christian Resources, and two can be ordered through the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

For information or to register, visit Registration deadline is Jan. 19. Preregistration is required.