HBA Resources Available to YOU!
There are many resources available for you and your church at the Holston Baptist Association office. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get plugged in if you are looking for a ministry to get involved in. Here is a list of resources the HBA offers that can benefit you, your church, your small group or Sunday School class. Please call the HBA at 929-1196 if you would like to get involved in any of these events.
The Minister Fellowship is where HBA Pastors come together for fellowship. They meet on the first Monday of each month at 10:00 at the HBA on the lower level. After their meeting they all go out to lunch of their choosing together.
Youth Minister’s Fellowship
The Youth Minister’s Fellowship (YMF) is where the Youth Pastors from HBA churches come together on the third Thursday of each month, at a designated restaurant, and prepare for the upcoming Student Conference. If you would like to be a part of this, please call HBA at 929-1196 or email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put you on the email list. You will be informed where each monthly meeting will be.
The hospital ministry is located at the Johnson City Medical Center ICU waiting room. Volunteers help families waiting on loved ones, answer phones, and communicate with doctors and nurses. If you would like to volunteer one day a month or more, please call Lois Bridges at (423) 335-9032.
The prison ministry has volunteers each month who throw birthday parties for inmates and bring in snacks and drinks for inmates in the Roan Mountain Jail. They sing and have decorations each time.
Widowed Person Reach Out (WPRO)
WPRO is for widowers coming together for lunch, fellowship, and a program from different areas in the tri-cities. They meet every third Thursday on the lower level at HBA at 12:00. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please call the HBA at 929-1196.
Johnson City Baptist Center
The Johnson City Baptist Center (JCBC) is a ministry designed to share the gospel and help families at the Tyler Apartments. The Tyler Apartments are a federally funded income housing comprised of 100 apartments and approximately 450 residents. Here are some things that the JCBC does that you can get involved in: Tuesday/Thursday children Bible studies, Provide a snack for the children, Christmas in August gifts (school supplies and hygiene items for families), Birthday Boxes (small inexpensive gifts to put in box for children), Clothes Closet, Christmas Wish List, Read the Bible to someone, Bring you mission group to provide activities for a weekly activity or a few days during the summer. If you are interested in getting involved at the JCBC contact the HBA at 929-1196.
The Holston Baptist Association has a Student Conference that is held at the Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. This is for students in the 7th-12th grade. Last year we had 1,301 students and adults attend. This year, Student Conference will be March 31st-April 2nd. For more information and details, go to www.hbastudents.com or call the HBA at 929-1196.
Fun in the Son Kids Camp
The Holston Baptist Association has a kid’s camp that is held at Carson Springs Retreat Center in Newport, Tennessee. Each year students from 3rd-6th graders come and enjoy Fun in the Son.
Minister / Spouse Retreat
Each year Holston Baptist Association has a minister/spouse retreat for any HBA senior pastors. This is a time of rest just to say thanks for all their leading, sacrifices, and encouragement they give to their church. If you would like to attend this year’s retreat, look for more information this coming fall/winter.
Are you missing information? Feel like you don’t know what is going on in the association? Come to the HBA Executive Board Meetings. Everyone is welcome to come and attend the meetings. All pastors and elected members are strongly encouraged to attend.. We announce upcoming events; ministry teams give reports of what they are doing, and business aspects from the HBA. If you would like to be a part of this, talk to your pastor/church to be the member at large representing your church.
The Holston Baptist Association has four ministry teams that we believe are essential to building kingdom work within our 102 churches. Our four ministry teams are Prayer & Worship, Disciple-Making, Resource & Relations, and Missions & Ministry. If you are interested in joining a team, please let us know.
Holston Baptist Association has a monthly newsletter that is now via email due to mailing cost. We have just recently started mailing one to each church, trusting churches to make copies for fellow members who may not have access to a computer. If you would like to receive The Messenger via email, please email Megan at email@example.com or call the HBA at 929-1196 and we will put you on The Messenger email list. If you prefer a hard copy, please request it from your church secretary.
HBA Block Party Trailer
The Holston Baptist Association has just recently purchased a Block Party Trailer for our 102 churches to use for evangelistic purposes. It has a popcorn machine, snow cone machine, cotton candy machine, a bounce house, an obstacle course with a slide, a mini sound system, a generator, and comes fully stocked for up to 150 people. To reserve the Block Party Trailer, churches must fill out the request form, after reading the rules & regulations, along with $100. To reserve the Block Party Trailer call the HBA at 929-1196.
DVD Study Series
There are DVD Bible Studies available at the HBA for churches to check out. This would be a good tool to use in your Sunday School/Small Groups, Women’s Studies, Men’s Studies, WMU, or any ministry in your church. Come by the office and check out all the different studies we have available. We also have projectors and screens including a 25 foot screen for you to use.
Sole Hope Scissors
This past year at Student Conference, the mission was Sole Hope. Students and adult cut blue jeans and helped children in Uganda receive shoes. Sole Hope is a ministry that not only helps provide children with shoes but also helps them get jobs. They provide the template for the shoes and then you trace the template onto the blue jeans and cut them out. Then send the pieces to Uganda where they sew the shoes together which provides jobs and money to the residents there. If your church has a shoe cutting party, we have fabric scissors available here to be checked out. Just call the office at 929-1196 to check out scissors.
The Holston Baptist Association is blessed to have a Christian counselor here that we may refer you to. If you need any type of counselling, please call the office at 929-1196 and we will help you get in contact with our counselor, Allison Turner
The Holston Baptist Association has a retreat center in Rogersville that is open to all our churches. For our HBA churches the weekend price is $5.00 per person for the weekend and $15.00 per person for the week. It will sleep up to 60 people. It has a full kitchen, fireplace indoors, and 100 acres of land to do just about anything. For more information or to reserve the retreat center, call the office at 929-1196.
Annual Meeting/The Gathering
Each year the Holston Baptist Association has their annual meeting at different churches. This year it will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jonesborough. Please try to make every effort to be there and represent your church. Please look for more information coming your way soon.
The carnival ministry is to reach the carnival workers at the Appalachian Fair grounds. We have just purchased a covered trailer to better serve seasonal workers at the fair in Gray. Churches donate clothing and they have a devotion in the mornings.
This is where the fair ministry workers hand out water to the carnival workers and those that come to the fair. They also hand out verses of scripture, take prayer requests, and talk to individuals that come through.
This year the women’s ministry offered a Garden Shed Party theme with lunch, a program, and a gift for each that were attending.
They enjoyed a weekend at camp where men and boys learned how to be a godly man and also enjoyed rope course, paintball, swimming, skate park, flag football, shooting range, kayaking/canoeing, zip line, and much more.
Disaster relief has cruised across the state as well as the country going to help those in need after a storm or flood. Training is required to help in disaster relief.
Bristol Raceway Ministries goal is to serve at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. We provide a diverse set of sixteen distinct ministries to race fans to make their time at the speedway a more wonderful experience. With more than 400 volunteers including Chaplains, we minister inside the racetrack and to the tens of thousands of race fans staying in 17 surrounding campgrounds. Bristol Raceway Ministries chaplains also minister at the Food City Family Night festivities held in downtown Bristol during the autumn race week.
If your church is in need of a pastor or crisis intervention we have a search committee that will help you with your circumstance and also supply you an interim that will fit your needs. Just call the Holston Baptist Association at 929-1196.
Appalachian Trail Ministry
Do you enjoy hiking or reach out to hikers? Here is a ministry just for you. The Appalachian Trail Ministry is all about reaching the hikers on the trail. Each spring, they provide a cookout for the hikers and sit and talk with them. Churches come together and provide hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks, desserts, and drinks as well as information about salvation. If you are interested in the ATM, please call Holston Baptist Association at 929-1196.
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
The Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) is a ministry focused on college students at ETSU. These students are able to have lunches, dinner, and to hear the Word. Right now they are looking for coffee and pop tart donations for their coffee cart they have on campus. If you would like to donate coffee or pop tarts or supply a meal, please contact the BCM at 794-7455.
The Holston Baptist Association has children and youth Bible drills that come together every spring and competes among the other HBA churches. They later compete against other churches and even can go to the state competition in Nashville. These children will learn and memorize God’s Word over the course of the year.