ABSC launches website to help churches fill needed ministry roles

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) has recently launched a new website - designed to help more churches fill needed ministry roles. 

William Jaques Jr., ABSC leadership and worship team member, explained that the website is designed as an online bulletin board where churches, associations and ABSC agencies and institutions will have the ability to post both paid and volunteer ministry positions. Additionally, people who are seeking paid or volunteer ministry positions will be able to search for potential positions in their area.

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Strategic plan presented to WBC trustees

WALNUT RIDGE – The board of trustees at Williams Baptist College (WBC) heard about the school's new strategic plan at its regularly scheduled meeting Friday, April 12. The board also approved a $10.5 million budget for the upcoming school year and affirmed the promotion of two faculty members.

JonesMost of the meeting was devoted to a detailed explanation of the Diamond Destiny Plan, a three-year strategic plan that WBC will undertake in the coming months. The plan's name is drawn from the college's 75th anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2016.

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Ouachita stewardship efforts reduce energy costs and earn Entergy rebate

Paul Speers (left), an account manager for Entergy, and Juan Martinez (right) of CLEAResult present an energy rebate check for almost $26,000 to Brett Powell, Ouachita Baptist University vice president for administrative services, and John Hardman, OBU’s director of facilities management.Trennis Henderson
Ouachita Baptist University

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University’s environmental stewardship efforts are paying off – literally. Entergy recently presented university officials with an energy rebate check totaling almost $26,000.

Dr. Brett Powell, OBU vice president for administrative services, said the university has “completed several energy efficiency projects in recent months that qualified for a rebate program through Entergy.” He noted that the initiatives are “part of our continuing environmental stewardship efforts to reduce energy consumption.”

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Arkansas Baptist News Mother of the Year contest deadline extended to April 22

The Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) is extending its deadline for its ninth annual A Tribute to Godly Mothers essay contest until April 22. The original deadline was April 17.

In an effort to honor all mothers, each year the ABN selects a Mother of the Year based on entries.

The issue prior to Mother’s Day announces the winner and includes the winning tribute, which will be chosen based on the quality of motherhood, godliness of the woman being honored and the readability of the essay submitted.

The winning mother will receive a special gift and will be honored in her church April 28. To honor your mother or another mother you feel deserves recognition, send the ABN a tribute about the mother you wish to nominate.

Tributes should be no more than 300 words and should include the mother’s full name and church home. They should also include the phone number and email address of the submitter.

The mother you nominate must be a current member of an Arkansas Southern Baptist church.

All tributes should be received in the ABN office no later than Monday, April 22.

Send your tribute to Arkansas Baptist News, 10 Remington Dr., Little Rock, AR 72204, or email it to


Williams Baptist graduation set for May 4

HollingsworthWALNUT RIDGE – About 100 graduates are expected to receive diplomas Saturday, May 4, during the Williams Baptist College (WBC) baccalaureate and commencement exercises. The event starts at 10 a.m. in the Southerland-Mabee Center.

Gary Hollingsworth, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, will speak at the event.  Hollingsworth is being honored as the college’s 2013 Distinguished Baptist Minister. Hollingsworth serves as the president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Executive Board.

Additionally, Williams Baptist graduates of 50 or more years will also be recognized as WBC’s Golden Eagles during a special ceremony.

Baccalaureate and commencement are combined as one ceremony at Williams.