Arkansas Baptists are among God’s chosen, and I say this with a heart of gratitude to each of you for allowing me to serve on the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) staff for nine years. Without reservation, I am able to say that the churches across Arkansas will find no better servants in God’s kingdom on earth than are found in the offices of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
Nothing that comes from the ABSC offices is accomplished without a great deal of prayer and preparation. Many hours of prayer and meetings are involved in every strategy. There is a great sense of God’s presence in the work of the ministry teams, and Arkansas Baptist churches should be grateful to God of His servants in those offices.
These teams that serve under the direction of Dr. Emil Turner are committed to the Great Commission – which begins at the local church where you worship and serve. All mission efforts certainly begin at the local church, but without the support and direction of the staff at the ABSC, the local churches would not be as successful in reaching Arkansas and our world with the gospel message.
The Arkansas Baptist State Convention has another annual meeting coming up on Nov. 1-2 at First Baptist Church in Little Rock. The 2011 meeting will happen because each of these folks began planning this year’s meeting the moment the closing prayer of last year’s meeting ended. I will be there this year, and hopefully, you will be, too.
“If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him” (John 12:26, NASB).