New Web Resource by Dr. Chuck Lawless to Assist in Assessing the Health of Your Church

Dr. Chuck Lawless

Dr. Chuck Lawless

Dr. Chuck Lawless recently launched a new website at Over the next two weeks (beginning today, July 6, 2015), he is posting a series of posts to help churches evaluate their health — sort of a simple church consult by helping a church ask the right questions.




Dr. Chuck Lawless is Dean and Vice-President of Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he also serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions. In addition, he is Global Theological Education Consultant for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.


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RENEW GA – January 2015 with Dr. Don Hattaway, President Ga Baptist Convention

RENEW GA 2015 will be Celebration Worship & Prayer Rallies with Focus on Praying for Spiritual Renewal & Awakening in GA!

RENEW GA 2015: January 13, 15, 20, 22

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First, spiritual renewal is not a onetime fix. Continuing to cry out to God for renewal is critical. We must humbly walk with Christ each day. When we have a relationship with Him that is vibrant and growing, we will be able to fan the flames of spiritual renewal in our churches and across our convention. Second, we must urgently pray for a spiritual awakening in our nation. An awakening occurs when God’s Spirit moves among nonbelievers and large numbers of them yield their lives to Christ. The last great move of God in America happened around 100 years ago. Will you join me in praying for another great spiritual awakening in our day?                                                                                             Dr. Don Hattaway, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Cartersville, GA

Please contact Alan Folsom,, for more information.

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Speechless 2014 Prayer Conference: Seeking to Hear the Voice of God, October 17-18, 2014

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Speechless 2014 Prayer Conference

Praying for Spiritual Renewal in GA!

Speechless Prayer Conference: Seeking to Hear the Voice of God.

 Remember to register by October 1!

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Speechless 2014 Prayer Conference: Seeking to Hear the Voice of God, October 17-18, 2014



Speechless 2014 Prayer Conference

Praying for Spiritual Renewal in GA!

Speechless Prayer Conference: Seeking to Hear the Voice of God.


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Speechless Prayer Conference 2014: Praying for Spiritual Renewal in GA! October 17-18


You are invited to join other pastors and prayer leaders across GA for SPEECHLESS 2014! Praying for Spiritual Renewal in GA!

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Registration Fee:
Single Occupancy: $130/person
Double Occupancy: $100/person
Married Couples:  $160/couple
Commuter(+Meals): $30/person

 We have a great conference leadership team that will focus on Praying for Spiritual Renewal and Revival in Georgia!

Dr. Steve Gaines, is Sr. Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church, in ?Tn. He is author of Pray Like it Matters: Intimacy and Power Through Prayer and will be sharing how to pray like it matters for spiritual renewal!  Also, each conference participant will receive a copy of Pray Like it Matters!

Dr. Alvin Reid is Professor of Youth Ministries and Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.  He is also co-author of Firefall 2.0: How God Has Shaped History Through Revivals.  He will be sharing how to pray for spiritual renewal in GA.  Each conference participant will also receive a copy of Firefall 2.0!

Joel Goddard is the Worship Pastor at Bethlehem First Baptist Church in Bethlehem, GA.  Joel has a passion for worship and will lead in worship sessions before each teaching session and during corporate prayer times.

Regional Prayer Gatherings:  There will also be opportunities for you to gather with other prayer leaders in your area of the state.  The number of participants with determine how large of regions we break the state down into.  You will have opportunity to develop partnerships with other prayer leaders in your region and to pray specifically for needs in your area.  Please register as soon as possible in order for us to be able to set up the appropriate regional prayer groups!

Please encourage your pastoral staff and other prayer leaders from your church to participate with you!


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How to Have a Winning Year in Children’s Bible Drill

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Within the next month, many of our churches will be beginning a new year in Bible Drill.  Here are a few tips to help you have a Winning year:

Late Summer/Early Fall

 · Enlist Leadership (at least 2 leaders.  Consider adding a new leader to mentor each year)

· Determine time and place to meet

· Secure Resources: Drill Bibles—KJV, ESV or HCSB Bible Drill verse cards Bible Drill Competition Guide or Bible Skills Drills and Thrills material

· Calendar: Kick off night for Bible Drill (consider inviting parents); Bible Drill Retreat (Determine date to begin promoting retreat), Church Drill, Associational Drill,  State Drill, and other Bible Drill special events (every couple of months or at Christmas and Valentine’s)

Obtain more helps for having a winning year in Bible Drill by downloading our sheet with planning tips.

How to have a Winning Year in Bible Drill


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Beautiful Feet

by Maria Brannen

“. . . How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”   (Romans 10:15)  Today, we held our State Youth/High School Bible Drill and Student Speakers Competition at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center at Norman Park.

Our State Student Speakers Winner, Triston Smith from Tunnel Hill FBC challenged us today during the conclusion of his speech:

It only has to start with one. Inspiration can take root anywhere no matter your age, finances, or plans. I want this to be less of a speech and more of a challenge. There are people that currently don’t know the name of Jesus and will not know Him unless people like us uproot ourselves for the gospel and implant ourselves into the culture and language of another nation. Yes, missions can take place in our communities, but I’m speaking of the 2.8 billion that have never heard of Jesus. I pray that today someone will take the call to give his or her life for the sake of the gospel. May The Lord of the harvest bring forth workers. With this question I finish, “Do you have beautiful feet?”

Smith, who is a senior, shared his future plans –  “At this time I plan to go to Mercer University to study biomedical engineering while pursuing my pilot’s license to one day go after the 4,000 plus unreached people groups.”

Triston along with our State Youth Bible Drill Winner, Kyle Brannen from FBC, Monroe and our State High School Winner, Jacob McDonald from Tabernacle Baptist in Macon will be representing Georgia at the National Bible Drill Drill and Speakers Competition at FBC, Helen in June.


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Seconds to Recall – A Lifetime to Remember – part 1

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On March 27 at our Regional Bible Drill in Toccoa, I had the opportunity to talk to Janice Mize, the mother of one of our former State Winners in Bible Drill, Katelin Mize from Unity Baptist in the Hebron Association.  She shared with me an update of how God has worked in Katelin’s life since graduation from High School.  I wanted to share with you a portion of her follow-up e-mail after we spoke:

Katelin began Bible drill when she was in the 3rd grade and could only do our church drill. She was a driller for 3 years as a child, 3 years as a youth, and 3 years as a high school driller. In November of 2013, Katelin accepted a position with the International Mission Board to go to Senegal, Africa to teach English and to teach Bible Study. She is having a wonderful time telling others about her Savior. She told her daddy and I that Bible Drill scriptures were more important to her now than when she was learning them because now if she was caught without a Bible she still had God’s word in her heart and her head. Bible Drill was always important to our family and we are still attending Bible Drills even now that Katelin is grown and gone to do God’s will in another country. Thanks for all that you do for the Bible Drillers in preparing them for the mission field whether it be at home or abroad.   
                                                    Tim & Janice Mize
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It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a coming….

Enjoy this video of S.M. Lockridge’s sermon combines with footage from The Passion Of The Christ:

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” ~Philippians 2:5-11~


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Making a difference . . .

by Maria Brannen

Last week was a tough week in ministry.  I attended the funerals of three outstanding women who made a difference in the lives of children.

Dottie TolerOn Wednesday, I attended the funeral of Dottie Toler, a long-time Preschool Sunday School teacher at my church.  Ms. Dottie impacted the lives of preschoolers over the years at FBC including my son, Kyle.  She was a teacher that LOVED preschoolers, made it a priority to be prepared each Sunday morning to teach her class, and knew the importance of laying spiritual foundations for future generations. She had an incredible ministry and will be greatly missed in her corner classroom in the Preschool area at First Baptist Church!

In memory of SharonOn Thursday, I attended the funeral of Sharon Ellis, a young wife and mother who died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm.  Sharon’s ministry and life impact is widespread in many different areas from her time at Shorter, her church, and in other areas.  However, to our department and the Bible Drill/Speakers team in Georgia, her loss is especially felt at this time of the year.  Sharon served on our team as a Regional, State, and National Judge in Bible Drill and Speakers.  She was a judge who was passionate for students and helping them grow spiritually in the area of Bible Drill and Speakers.  She had a special gift of giving “feedback” to the drillers/speakers to help them in this discipleship process.

Hulda CookOn Saturday, I attended the funeral of Hulda Cook, a member of Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins.  Hulda’s life and ministry impacted the Middle Georgia area in so many ways.  However, to us, she is remembered as someone who had a great passion for Bible Drill.  Hulda taught Bible Drill for many years as well as served as an Associational Bible Drill Coordinator in the Rehoboth Association.  Hulda helped begin countless Bible Drill ministries in the middle Georgia area by training new Bible Drill leaders around her kitchen table.  At her funeral, I loved seeing all the hands raised of people who had been one of “Ms. Hulda’s Bible Drillers.”

We will probably never know how many hundreds of lives these special ladies impacted for the kingdom.  After the funerals, I was reminded of how sometimes in the scope of everyday life and ministry, we (as a church, families, and individuals) don’t take the time on a regular basis to thank Preschool, Children’s, and Student Teachers.  In closing I would like to ask you to do two things:

– The next time you are at church, thank a children’s teacher who has made a difference in your life or the life of your child.

– Consider serving as a preschool or children’s teacher in Sunday School, VBS, Discipleship, Bible Drill, etc. and help lay spiritual foundations in the lives of Children.

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