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find the information, people, or resources that you may need to help you in your personal walk with the Lord, or to help your church,
group, or association with anything they may need.
In order to find your way, it is helpful to understand how the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board is set up to do their work. The
responsibilities of the Convention Board fall into three natural divisions. One division is Business Services – the funds that are
received and distributed to Kingdom causes are handled following Biblical guidelines of Christian stewardship and absolute fiscal
responsibility. The second division, Church Growth, oversees those areas of church ministries that strengthen, equip, and enable the
church and its functions. The third division, Mission Strategy, is entrusted with the responsibility of the work beyond just the walls
and doors of the church. Our mission is to reach the world across Mississippi, the nation, and the uttermost parts of the earth.
Dr. Jim Futral
While the national story in our land may be about a bad economy, the story among Mississippi Baptists has been the Good News of the
saving Jesus. While the political climate has been consumed with campaigns of politicians telling their story, Mississippi Baptists have
stayed focused on Telling the Story of Jesus, who is the only One who can make a difference now
and forever in the lives of people. While joblessness has been at a higher rate longer than any other time in our history, Mississippi
Baptists have shown up with ready hands and warm hearts to do the job that Jesus has called them to do. In some of the worst of times,
many of God’s people have been at their best. I am so blessed, impressed, and at times just amazed at how the people of God’s church
continue to serve, work, and worship faithfully when at times they could have easily folded, quit, and become depressed. But they did
not! As you read the reports from the various areas of ministries and missions, from colleges and hospitals, the
Foundation or the Baptist Children’s Village, to
Christian Action Commission, or to ministerial aid for young people preparing for service
you will see that the work has remained strong and in many areas continues to grow. It is a great tribute to God at work among us and to
His people’s faithfulness regardless of outward circumstances.
As we move forward it is always good to occasionally look in the rearview mirror. Focusing on the past is not healthy, but having a
point of reference historically does help us all. Over 10 years ago we began a journey on a road that might have been marked 1:8. It
actually did not begin just 10 plus years ago but was anchored in the first century as we looked at those disciples who listened to
Jesus just before He left and gave them a word to follow. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you: and
you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Those guiding words from our Lord became a source of our attention and each year we took one part of that incredible geographical and
theological thought from Jesus to reach all people. Beyond just looking at the verse in its broad scope, each year we sought to take one
piece, put it under the microscope, and find practical ways that we could do what Jesus was asking us to do in Jerusalem - that area
right around us; in all Judea - that region just beyond where we are; Samaria - the places that are near us but may not be familiar; and
to the uttermost parts of the earth to meet the need of the Gospel proclamation everywhere to everyone in all times. As we processed
these areas and needs, it became increasingly apparent that none of this could be done whether in Acts 1 or in the acts of Mississippi
Baptists without constant, fervent, life-changing prayer. And so we spent day after day calling on all of our people in all of our
churches to cover Mississippi in prayer. By the tens of thousands people began to pray daily asking God to work
in us, among us, and to send His glory upon us.
This year we stepped from Acts 1 to Acts 2 where the disciples were unleashed Telling the Story of Jesus. Regardless of the problem
or the pressures, keep telling the story of Jesus. His Word is the Word that we need to hear. It is the story of the Jesus who can
forgive our sins, change our lives, revitalize our churches, and penetrate the darkness of this world with His light. It is the story
that needs to be told over and over again. We will keep our eyes focused on Jesus.
Our theme for the upcoming years comes directly out of Scripture again as in Acts 2 it says, “They were together.” Indeed, they were
Together for Christ. How were they together and what were they doing? Well as you can find in Acts 2, they were
Together for Christ…under His Lordship in worship, in stewardship, in fellowship, and in discipleship. These were huge
themes that bound the believers together. We invite all of Mississippi Baptists to come and sail these ships with us.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians and he said, “Moreover it is required of stewards that a man be found faithful” (I Cor. 4:2).
Faithfulness is the foundation of all of our service to Jesus. A person can be the most gifted individual on the planet, but if he or
she is not faithful the gifts will have little meaning. A person can be rich, but if they are not faithful it means nothing. A person
can be brilliant, but if they are not faithful intellectual greatness is squandered. That leads me to say a huge thank you to all of our
saints in all of our churches who have been faithful during these difficult economic times. Faithfulness is not just tied to the good
times and the prosperous days. Faithfulness has its finest expression when times are difficult. It is true that the real test for most
of us is not how good we are when times are good but it is what we are when times are bad that shows our real value. God bless each of
you, Mississippi Baptists, and each of our churches who have continued to be faithful in trying times.
The Business Services Division is responsible for the areas of accounting, audits, communications, encampments, finance, insurance,
annuity, legal issues, policy matters, and the management of all real and personal property. All work in this division is of a service
nature as it undergirds the programs and ministries of the Convention.
The Mission Strategy Division of the Mississippi Baptist Convention encourages churches to participate in a worldwide strategy of
missions collaboration. The work is coordinated through emphases in Missions Mobilization,
Men’s Ministry, Woman’s Missionary Union,
Collegiate Ministry, Church Planting, and
Stewardship & Cooperative Program Promotion. The division nurtures relationships with
sixty-eight Associational Missions Directors to facilitate and strengthen church mission response. The goal of the Mission Strategy
Division is to mobilize an ever increasing number of Mississippi Baptists in missions projects which help fulfill the Great
Commission of Jesus Christ.
The Church Growth Division exists to provide resources, revitalization, and leadership development to the local church and
association and consists of the following departments: Sunday School,
Evangelism, Discipleship and Family Ministry,
Church Music, Pastor/Leadership Development, and
Church-Minister Relations. Our current organizational structure allows the Church Growth Division to
focus on specific needs with the church. Directors and consultants offer expertise in their respected areas and are available to serve a
single church or multiple churches in our associations.
Directions is a weekly article by Dr. Futral that appears in The
Hear Dr. Futral’s Easter Week services messages in the message archive.
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