Outreach rodeo series ministers to cowboy community

Jessica Vanderpool
Arkansas Baptist News

MAGNOLIA – Ministry can take a variety of forms. Last year, ministry in south Arkansas took the form of numerous young people barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and bull riding.

Mike Launius, pastor of Rugged Cross Cowboy Church, Magnolia, serves as president of the South Arkansas Cowboy Church Association (SACCA), a network of cowboy churches in the southern region of Arkansas that are affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC).

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Chris Prescott serving on staff of Heber Springs Baptist, Heber Springs

Chris Prescott began serving on the staff of Heber Springs Baptist Church, Heber Springs, as youth minister Jan. 4.


Compassion Center volunteers honored at Second Baptist, Clarksville

Jerry Holt and his sister, Brenda Holt, volunteers at Second Baptist Church, Clarksville’s Compassion Center, were recognized as the 2014 volunteers of the year on Jan. 18. The Compassion Center, which opened in 2003, is a food ministry outreach program of the church, currently serving an average of 329 families each month.


Cowboy church planters participate in the Cowboy Church Gathering

Cowboy church planters from across Arkansas recently participated in the Cowboy Church Gathering at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). The event included a tour of the ABSC building, discussion on cowboy church networks and areas in which to start new cowboy churches, a question-and-answer session, information on discipleship and the development leadership in the church and more.


Second Baptist, Clarksville, commissions a community chaplain

Second Baptist Church, Clarksville, held a service Jan. 11 to commission Raymond Holt as a community chaplain. Holt completed a 6 week, 12 session study, earning a certificate of membership of the Community Chaplains of America. Paul Northcut, senior chaplain with Cross and Shield Ministries helped teach the classes and led the service. Holt is a deacon and is director of the Compassion Center ministry at the church.