Jacksonville College offers degrees online
Effective this May, Jacksonvi lle College will begin offering its first fully online associate degree program. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has approved Jacksonville College’s request to offer 50 percent or more of the credits for degree and diploma programs via electronic distance learning (online courses). Jacksonville College also offers a solid foundation for
ministerial students who wish to complete the Texas Core courses necessary to pursue a degree at the BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville. Be sure to take advantage of Jacksonville College’s
online courses. Registration is ongoing, and tuition rates are reduced for Maymester and Summer I and II. Summer Pell Grants are available for those who qualify.
BMAA Town Meetings Announced
BMA department and agency directors will be hosting the third annual Town Hall meetings in three locations in June, August and December of this year. Pastors, staff members and their spouses are invited to attend their area event, which will begin with a noon luncheon followed by a 1:00 meeting. A meeting will be held for Texas churches on Thursday, December 3 at First, Jacksonville. Donny Parrish, Chief Creative Officer of the BMA, said, “The goals for these meetings are for your BMA national directors to listen to the concerns and suggestions of BMA Pastors and to allow for a time of prayer and fellowship.”
Proposed amendments to BMAA Doctrinal Statement to be voted on in 2016
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS FOR THE BMAA DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
C. MAN -- As the crowning work of His creation, God created humankind (male and female) in His own image (Psalms 8: Genesis 1:27; 2:7). Consequently, every person from conception is of inherent dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons (Psalms 51:5; Psalms 139:13-16; Genesis 9:6; Matthew 10:28-31; and James 3:9).
D. MARRIAGE -- God created marriage (Genesis 1:27- 28; 2:23-24). Jeus Christ declared the creator’s intention for marriage to be the inseparable and exclusive union between a man and a woman (natural man and natural woman) (Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:6-9). Marriage testifies of the union between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:31-32; Romans 1:25-27).
These amendments were presented by the Springhill, Greenbrier, Ark. and the body will vote on them during the 2016 annual meeting.
BMAA attendance report, elected officers
Officers for next year will be Dr. Jason Aultman, president; first vice-president, Paul White; second vice-president, Jeff Swart; recording secretary, Greg Medenwald and James R. Raines. Elected to the missionary advisory committee were Richard Smith, Jeff Swart and James R. Raines. Ken Riley, pastor of Lebanon, Laurel, Miss. was elected to replace Richard Smith, pastor of Farley Street, Waxahachie as member of the coordinating council. Annual message for 2016 will be Jeff Swart, and the alternate, James R. Raines.
The enrollment committee reported 223 churches represented by letter, 230 represented by messenger. There were 482 messengers, and 174 visitors, for a total attendance of 656. There were 184 missionary committeemen present. Minute fund total was $3495. and special offering received for the Jacksonville College choir was $2,042.70.
Next year’s BMAA national meeting will be held in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 2018 session will meet in Jackson, Miss.
BMA of Texas Minute Book
The 2014 BMA of Texas Minute Book is being printed. In the meantime, we now have it available for you online. To view, click here.
Pastor & Staff Changes
MICHAEL POOL is the new pastor of Antioch, Gilmer.
JOE WHITE is the new pastor of Little Mound, Big Sandy.
TIM SMITH is the new pastor of First, Judson.
JIM CRUMP has resigned as pastor of First, Judson.
JAMES YOUNG, JR. is the new pastor of Little Hope, Wood County.
Available Ministry Positions