65th Annual Proceedings

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Disclaimer:  These proceedings are provided for reference only and are not official or binding.  For the official proceedings please refer to the Minute book of the Baptist Missionary Association of Oklahoma.
 

The Sixty-Fith Annual session of the BMA of Oklahoma met Monday, October 10, 2016 with the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church , Blanchard, OK.

The opening session was called to order by Moderator Mike Mobly.

Brother Tony Strickland led in an opening song of, "I'll Fly Away".

Brother Nathan Brewer shared a scripture reading from Psalm 92:1-2 "(1) It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:  (2) To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,".

Messengers were acknowledged by standing.

The initial report from the Enrollment and Finance Committee was offered as follows:

  • Churches represented by messenger and letter:  12
  • Churches represented by letter only:  8
  • Total number of messengers present:  26
  • Minute Money:  $645.00

Motion and second to approve the report.  Motion Carried.

Brother Mobly called for Amendments and Changes to the Constitution and By-Laws and any Resolutions.  The following were presented:

(Page 22 of the 2015 Minute book) Article V - Officers
Section 2 - Proposed changed:
  There shall be elected annually a Director of Missions whose duties shall include, but not limited to, the promotion of all phases of the associational work. He shall report bi-annually to the missionary committee and annually to the association. He shall assist the Treasurer in any and all responsibilities and shall assume the office of Treasurer in the event of vacancy or incapacitation.

(Page 22 of the 2015 Minute book) Article V - Officers
Section 2 - Proposed changed: 
"Promotional Secretary" would be changed to read "Treasurer of Missions"

(Page 23 of the 2015 Minute book) Article V - Officers
Section 3 - Proposed changed:  
There shall be elected annually a Treasurer of Missions whose duties shall include, but not be limited to, assisting the Director of Missions in any and all responsibilities and endeavors and who shall assume the office of Director of Missions in the event of a vacancy or incapacitation. He shall receive and disburse all funds connected with state missions and revolving loan fund as directed by the messengers of the churches. He shall report bi-annually to the missionary committee and annually to the association.

(Page 24 of the 2015 Minute book) Article VI - Committees
Section 9 - Proposed changed: 
"Secretary/Treasurer" would be changed to read "Director of Missions".

(Page 33 of the 2015 Minute book) GUILDELINES OF THE MISSIONS DEPARTMENT - Article IV - Promotional Secretary
Proposed changed: 
This article would be changed to read "Article IV - Director of Missions".

Section 1-B:  "Receiving and disburse all funds connected with state missions as directed by the messengers of the churches, as Secretary/Treasurer of Missions." would be deleted entirely.

Section 2:  "Promotional Secretary" would be changed to "Director of Missions".

(Page 35 of the 2015 Minute book) Article VII - Land Gift Fund
Proposed changed: 
In all other instances where the term "Promotional Secretary" occurs, it would be replaced with the term "Director of Missions".

New Officers for 2016-2017 were elected as follows:

  • President - Mike Mobly
  • Vice President - Ryan Meadows
  • Clerk - Doug Brewer
  • Assistant Clerk - Dennis Clark

Unity Missionary Baptist Church, Wayne, OK was selected to host the 2017 annual meeting.  The meeting will be October 2-3, 2017.

Brother Nathan Brewer was elected to bring the annual message, Brother Doug Brewer will serve as the alternate.

Invitations for the Mid-year meeting were received and Southgate Baptist Church, Moore, OK was selected for the April 7, 2017 meeting.  (Brother Mike Mobly, Randy Rhea, Dough Brewer, Gene Hankins and Sister Martha Langly will serve as the Arrangements Committee.

Following discussion about the Midyear meeting and dates in April the following Motion and Second was offered:

Article III Section 5 (Page 21 of the 2015 Minute Book)
Current wording:  "The messengers of the Association shall meet as directed by the Moderator in a Mid-year meeting on the First Friday [and Saturday as business demands] in April...."

Proposed change:  "The messengers of the Association shall meet as directed by the Moderator in a Mid-year meeting on the First Saturday in April..."

Brother David Watkins was present to give a report on behalf of BMAA Missions, Lifeword, BMA Seminary, Discipleguide, and Ministers Resource Services.  A prayer of thanksgiving, guidance and provision was offered for these denominational ministries.

A letter from Dr. Holmes at the BMA Seminary in Jacksonville TX was read.

Brother Bill Sluder gave a report from the BMA of Oklahoma Moral Action Department.

Brother Dennis Clark was appointed by the Moderator to prepare an Obituary report.

Motion and second to adjourn until 7:00PM on Monday.  Motion carried.

Doug Brewer, Recording Clerk

 

Monday, October 10, 2016 7:00 P.M.

Mike Mobly welcomed the messengers and guests to the evening meeting and services of the BMA of Oklahoma.

Singing began under the direction of "The Singers" of Central Baptist College, Conway Arkansas under the direction of Brother Jim Turner.

The Annual Message was brought by Brother Ryan Meadows.  His text was from John 15:1-8 and his topic was "Overcoming a Nominal Christianity".  The primary points of an excellent message included: "Our Heavenly Father has a plan for His pruning, Our Heavenly Father has a purpose for His pruning, God uses his own Word to bring change into our life, Our Heavenly Father only removes what is necessary, and It is vital to stay connected."

Brother Gene Hankins expressed the congregations appreciation for the message.

Motion and Second to dismiss until 9:00am on Tuesday.  Motion carried.

  • Closing prayer was offered by Brother Noah Hill.

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:00 A.M.

Opening song and prayer was offered by Brother Tony Strickland.  Moderator Mike Mobly called the meeting to order and read scripture from Jeremiah 5:30-31 "(30) A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; (31) The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?"

The report of the Oklahoma Baptist was called for.  Brother Doug gave an editors report and the financial report.  The trustees offered the following recommendations:

  • That Doug Brewer and Mike Mobly continue as Editor and Assistant Editor.
  • That their combined salaries remain at $250.00 per month.

Motion and second to approve the reports.  Carried.  (Attachment #1 in the 2016 Minute Book)

Motion and second to approve the recommendation and elections of Editor and Assistant.  Carried.

The Youth Department report was called for.  Brother Tony Strickland gave the report including the following recommendations:

  • Recommend Brother Zack Bowen as Camp Superintendent for 2016-2017
  • Recommend that fees per student at state camp remain at $100 for 2017.  Even though Ceder Hills Camp prices are going up, we want to attempt to keep the prices lower as long as possible.
  • Recommend an appreciation gift for Brother Zach Bowen for his services as State Camp and outbreak Youth Conference Director of $500.00.  Funds to come from the BMA State Camp account.

Motion and second to approve the report including the three recommendations.  Motion carried.  They were each voted upon and approved.  (Attachment #2 in the 2017 Minute Book)

Bill Sluder and Gail Kindrick were elected to serve as Trustees for the Oklahoma Baptist, their term will expire in 2019.

Matt East, Mike Mobly, and Richard Payne were elected to serve as State Youth Department Trustees with terms to expire in 2019.

Brother Dennis Clark shared the Obituary Report.  Following his report Brother Clark led in prayer for these families.  Motion and second to approve the report.  Motion carried.  (Attachment #3 in the 2016 Minute Book)

The State WMA report was given by Sister Martha Langley.  Motion and second to approve the report.  Motion carried.  (Attachment #4 in the 2016 Minute Book)

the Men's Fellowship report was given by Brother Doyle Morris.  Motion and second to approve the report.  Carried.  (Attachment #5 in the 2016 Minute Book)

Brother Mobly called for a report from the BMA of Oklahoma Missions Department.

Brother Gene Hankins gave his personal report (Attachment #6 in the 2016 Minute Book).  Missionary Reports were delivered from Barry McLead, Trucking In Christ and from Brother Steve Puckett, New Generations Church in Norman.

Brother McLead is retiring from this ministry, but he will continue to serve on a limited basis.  Motion and second to adopt the reports.  Carried.

Brother Nathan Brewer was invited to speak concerning a new church plant in the Oklahoma City area.  The BMA of Oklahoma Missionary Committee will be making a recommendation concerning his support.

Brother Carl Barnes gave the following Missions financial reports of the BMA of Oklahoma:

General Funds - Attachment #7 in the 2016 Minute Book
Revolving Loan Fund - Attachment #8 in the 2016 Minute Book
Education Scholarship Funds - Attachment #9 in the 2016 Minute Book
Memorial Fund - Attachment #10 in the 2016 Minute Book
Land Gift Fund - Attachment #11 in the 2016 Minute Book
Revolving Loan Interest - Attachment #12 in the 2016 Minute Book
Educational Scholarship Interest - Attachment #13 in the 2016 Minute Book
Memorial Interest - Attachment #14 in the 2016 Minute Book
Loans - Attachment #15 in the 2016 Minute Book
Church Contributions - Attachment #16A and #16B in the 2016 Minute Book

Brother David Langley gave a report and the recommendations from the Missionary Committee of the BMAO:

MISSIONARY COMMITTEE SPECIAL MEETING

We make a recommendation to continue support in the amount of $2,000 for the Norman Mission (New Generation) through the end of 2016, at the request of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

We make a recommendation to replace GUIDELINES OF THE MISSIONS DEPARTMENT Article V, Section 8 (page 34 of the 2015 Minute Book) and adjust missionaries' salaries to an average of Arkansas and Texas or as adjusted by the Missionary Committee.

We make a recommendation to amend Article VI, Section 1 of the Mission Department Guidelines to read:  " The mission congregation is expected to assume self-support after the fifth year.  In the event of a necessity, the mission congregation may suspend this plan for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days and if additional time is needed, they shall counsel with the Director of Missions concerning their future plans.  If conditions warrant such action, the missionary committee may recommend the extension of support beyond five years."

We make a recommendation that a coach be provided for all future missionaries supported by the BMAO.

We make a recommendation to nominate Brothers Gene Hankins and Carl Barnes as Missions Director and Financial Director, respectively, and to continue at current salary ($500 / each per month).

We make a recommendation that BMAO State Missions applicants undergo full assessment as required by the Advisory Committee.

We make a recommendation that all new state missionaries under consideration be required to submit to a full background check from a company selected by the committee (unless on is provided by our National Missions Office).

We recommend funding Brother Nathan Brewer and his church planting training as follows:

  • $1,500 a month to cover home rent
  • $0.60 per mile travel for fuel and meals
  • $3,600 to pay part of Social Security
  • To convert Nathan's current student loan to principle reduction

Motion and second to adopt these recommendations.  Motion carried.

Motion and second to give Christmas bonuses of $500 each to Brother Barry McLead and Brother Steve Puckett.  Motion carried.

First Missionary Baptist Church, Chickasha expressed their interest in obtaining the facilities of the Faith Baptist Church in Chickasha.  Motion and second to appoint Doug Brewer and Wayne Edgar (Representing the Missions Advisory Committee), Richard Payne (Representing the Revolving LoanFund), Mike Mobly (Moderator), and Carl Barnes (Treasurer) to serve as an ad-hoc committee to look into this request.  Motion carried.

The Revolving Loan Fund Committee offered the following changes to the Corporate Articles and By-Laws of The Revolving Loan Fund Committee, Inc.

ARTICLE XI - MINISTERIAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN (Page 30 of the 2015 Minute Book)
As it currently reads:  " A student from a BMA of Oklahoma church, seeking to major in Ministry or Bible, may make application for a loan to pay their tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board if they wish to attend Central Baptist College, Conway, Arkansas; Jacksonville College, Jacksonville, Texas; Southeastern Baptist College, Laurel, Mississippi; Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, Texas; or Other Bible colleges or seminaries approved by the Revolving Loan Fund Committee.  The registrar of the college will be expected to provide proof that the applicant is a full-time student."

and to add:  "The maximum loan amount for online majors will be 75% of tuition."

Also to change ARTICLE XI - MINISTERIAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN (Page 31 of the 2015 Minute Book)
Section 2c.  As it currently reads:  " A Written application showing proof of need, three letters of recommendation from ministers who are knowledgeable concerning the applicant's desire for the ministry, and a letter of recommendation from the church where the applicant holds membership."

and to add:  "at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the semester."

The Revolving Loand Fund makes a final recommendation to the GUIDELINES OF THE MISSIONS DEPARTMENT:  ARTICLE X - EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Section 6 (page 38 in the 2015 Minute Book) which reads:  "Any additional funds, which have not been distributed as scholarships by September 15 of any given year, shall be contributed equally to the general scholarship fund of Central Baptist College, Jacksonville College, Southeastern College, and the BMA Theological Seminary.  Additional funds shall be defined as those monies above $20,000 which shall be held in the interest account."

Recommendation that Article X Section 6 be deleted.

Motion and second to approve these changes.  Motion carried.

Motion and second to adopt the Financial reports as presented from Brother Carl Barnes.  All were approved.

Motion and second that the financial support for Nathan Brewer be retroactive to August 1 2016.  Motion carried.

Prayer was offered by Brother David Langley for our Missionaries. Mission points, and for Brother Gene Hankins and Carl Barnes.

Lloyd Christensen was elected to serve as a trustee for the Revolving Loan fund, term to expire in 2021.

Motion and second to adipt the Audit Committee Report.  Motion carried.  (Attachment #17 in the 2016 Minute Book)

Zach Bowen, Chance Rose, and Wayne Edgar were elected to serve as the Audit Committee.

A final report from the Enrollment and Finance Committee was given:

  • Churches represented by messenger and letter:  12
  • Churches represented by letter only:  8
  • Total number of messengers present:  26
  • Guest Present:  NA
  • Minute Money:  $615.00

Motion and second to adopt.  Carried.

The following were elected to serve as the Enrollment and finance committee for 2016-2017:  Wearthy Shank, Buddy Strickland, David Langley.

Brothers Tony Strickland, Ryan Meadows, and David Langley were elected to serve as the Nominating Committee.

Motion and second to print an appropriate number of copies of the minute books (200 estimated).  Carried.

Motion and second to pay the clerk $500.  Motion carried.

Motion and second to dedicate this year's minute books to the honor of Brother Loy Westbrook and to Bobby & Bernice Ayres.  Motion carried.

Motion and second to give Brother Bobby Ayres a $500 offering from the RLF.  Motion carried.

Motion and second to support the selected projects for the State WMA (NormanMission) and the Menes Fellowship (Tracks for the Hmong Ministry).

Nathan Brewer presented a report from the Central Baptist College.  Motion and second to adopt the report and to include it in the Minute book.  Motion carried.  (Attachment #20 in the 2016 Minute Book)

Brother Doug Brewer offered the messengers and guests appreciation to Pastor Richard Payne and the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for hosting the meeting of the BMA of Oklahoma.

Following various announcements and prayer requests, a motion and second was made to dismiss.  Motion carried.

Doug Brewer,
Recording Clerk