Important Opportunity: Advertise in our Student Ministry Resources Directory!

 The staff of the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) is compiling a special directory of student ministry resources that will be published in the Aug. 21 edition of the ABN.


We ask that you prayerfully consider submitting your name and information. Ads will be organized according to the type of ministry offered, such as youth and children's speakers, musicians and bands, drama and improv, creative ministries and children's programs (categories subject to change as needed).


The issue in which the directory will be published will also include a special section focused on the Youth Evangelism Conference, an annual conference attended by hundreds of youth and leaders. It will also be distributed beyond the usual realm of subscribers - Arkansas Baptist youth ministers (subscribers or not) will receive a free electronic version of the newspaper so they can use the directory as a resource.


Though larger ads are welcome, two general sizes of ads are available at a deeply discounted rate - 2.25 inches wide by 2 inches tall ($75); and 4.75 inches wide by 2 inches tall ($100). The Arkansas Baptist State Convention Evangelism & Church Health Team will offset this cost by $20, making the final amount owed $55 for the smaller ad or $80 for the larger ad. Please note: There are a limited number of ads available at this discounted rate, so schedule your ad today! 


If you would like to purchase an ad, you will need to submit the following information to steve@arkansasbaptist.org (this is required to get this discounted rate): 
  • A photo of yourself or your ministry.  
  • A 25-30 word description of your ministry.  
  • Your phone number.
  • Your email address.
  • Your website (or mailing address if no website). 
  • You will also need to let us know which size ad you would like. 

Please email this information to steve@arkansasbaptist.org no later than Friday, Aug. 1.

Prepayment is required.


Tucker to be named Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary 'Alumnus of the Year'

TuckerCORDOVA, Tenn. – Arkansas Baptist State Convention Executive Director J.D. "Sonny" Tucker will be honored as "Alumnus of the Year" at the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Alumni and Friends Founders' Days Banquet August 18.

The event will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Betty Howard Special Events Room at the seminary, which is located at 2095 Appling Road in Cordova.

Reservations may be made by visiting www.mabts.edu.


Piney Grove to celebrate 125th

Piney Grove Baptist Church, Lewisville, will celebrate its 125th anniversary July 12-13. All are invited. The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12 (including lunch) and will conclude with an 11 a.m. service July 13. For information, call 870-826-1957.


Sweatman to be honored

Royce Sweatman, associational missionary for North Arkansas Baptist Association, will be honored at a retirement celebration July 13 at First Baptist Church in Harrison. Activities begin at 3 p.m. with a concert by Dino Kartsonakis. A reception will follow.


Wellspring July 25-26 at FBC, Sherwood 

SHERWOOD - The Wellspring missions celebration held will be July 25-26 at Sherwood First Baptist Church.

Wellspring is a missions celebration event for anyone interested in missions and will offer a glimpse of mission work from around the world.

The event will have guest speakers, live worship and breakout sessions to help participants live a missional lifestyle. Guest speakers will include Christian author and speaker Chandra Peele, International Mission Board (IMB) Missionaries to Madagascar Drew and Christina Smith, and Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Urban Church Planter, Willie Jacobs. Wellspring will provide the perfect opportunity to meet and hear from missionaries supported by the Cooperative Program. "Wellspring will encourage believers to live a greater mission lifestyle and provide opportunities to be personally involved in the mission of God," said Julia Ketner, interim Arkansas WMU director.

Each participant is responsible for their own lodging arrangements and encouraged to make hotel reservations as soon as possible. For more information and to register for this event, go to www.absc.org/women.

Registration deadline is July 11. Wellspring is a Cooperative Program event of the ABSC and Arkansas WMU.

- This article was written by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Staff