The Administrative Committee of the BMA of Texas met Tuesday and decided that this year the 2020 BMA of Texas Annual Meeting will be held on one day instead of the usual two days. Of course, the decision was made due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. By holding the meeting on one day instead of two, no one, or at least few, will have to secure a hotel room or be concerned about eating out. A noon meal will be served at the location of this year's meeting, Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie. Plans for the meeting are in the works and a meeting schedule will be published in print and online by Baptist Progress when it is completed. The meeting date will be Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.
Daniel Springs Baptist Camp offers Daniel Springs in a Box option for your church groups, families and individuals
By JASON PREWITT
After much prayer and thoughtful deliberation, Daniel Springs Baptist Camp will not be open for our regular summer camp schedule for 2020. We believe the health and safety of our FAMILY (our campers, adult sponsors, staffers and the members of our local community) are of great importance. One of the many things we love about camp at Daniel Springs is how we have campers, sponsors and staff from 10 to over 500 miles away that travel each summer to spend a week together to retreat and be refreshed by God.
With the blessing of family from all over, the health of our family and the adherence to regulations and guidelines set by the Texas governor and CDC becomes immensely challenging to safeguard and manage. Many facets were considered during this process as we poured over the recommended guidelines. In truth, some of the aspects we love most about camp would have to be done away with for us to gather.
Camp is for Bible study, worship, swimming, recreation, it’s meeting new friends and taking every opportunity to build those relationships. Wearing masks, social distancing and limited interactions with people from outside your group are foreign concepts to camp. Camp is for growing together in Christ’s love! On top of the relational side, our staff would be strained with new guidelines that include cleaning, food preparation and health screening.
We know that none of what has happened over the last few months is a surprise to the Lord. Even through this, He has a plan and many opportunities for the church to be on mission. We, personally, are all very disappointed about having to make this decision. The camp is too quiet! We take our mission of being an extension of the church very seriously and consider it a blessing to partner with you in ministry. At this time, we believe this is the very best decision we can make to serve the church, you and your ministry.
We are excited to announce an amazing resource we are working on called Daniel Springs in a Box. This could be an option for your groups, families and individuals to experience some of the things we love about camp. There will be digital resources, like Bible leaders teaching the lessons, recreation ideas and instructional videos and also material you can order such as T-Shirts and camp merchandise. Keep watching our social media sites or go to www.DanielSpringsCamp.comfor updates on Daniel Springs in a Box resources and details.
We are also excited to say that even though we cannot host big groups we have the option to host retreats for groups and families. If you would like to discuss options, feel free to contact us.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the camp at 903-685-2433 or email email@example.com. We know and believe that God moves in great and mighty ways. We are praying for your church and the ministry He has placed you in and if we can be of any help please let us know.
Jason Prewitt is the director of Daniel Springs Baptist Camp. Contact him at P.O. Box 310, Gary, Texas 75643, 903-685-2433 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For mor information, visit danielspringscamp.com.
Later this year, Baptist Progress, will celebrate 108 years of ministry. During the month of June, we are asking churches, individuals, classes and groups to send $108 for 108 years of ministry to Baptist Progress. The goal of our anniversary offering is to raise $10,000 to meet our budget for the year.
We realize with the COVID-19 Pandemic, things are different this year. If your church cannot give this year, we certainly understand and thank you for your support in the past. However, if you can give, we would be most appreciative of your offering.
Please send your offering to:
P.O. Box 2085
Waxahachie, Texas 75168
(Mark your check “Anniversary Offering”)
Thank you for your contribution to our ministry needs.
To the churches of the BMA:
We don’t need to tell you of all the effects Covid-19 has had on our communities, country, and world. However, it seems fair and forthright to write briefly on the current plans for SOAR 2020.
First, SOAR 2020 will NOT be cancelled. Second, for the first time in over 30 years, SOAR Student Conference will be completely ONLINE and will be totally FREE.
SOAR Student Conference has always been for the churches of the BMA and during a time such as this, SOAR is committed to serving our local churches. July 2020 is still a few months away, and though some health officials anticipate this pandemic to be controlled by then, the reality is, the economy will not have recovered. As a result, it is possible that many of our
churches could be financially unable to even consider attending SOAR 2020 in Dallas.
Therefore, remaining consistent with our vision to be a blessing to our churches, we want SOAR 2020 to be an event ALL of our churches can easily attend. Moving SOAR 2020 completely online has not been an easy decision, but it is an opportunity for which we are
incredibly excited. We have been looking forward all year to our theme of “Multiply” and we hope God’s glory and his followers will be multiplied more than we ever imagined.
There will be more details to come, so visit gosoar.com or Soar Conference on Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram.
From the SOAR team, we love you, and can’t wait for SOAR 2020 ONLINE!
Chris Vines & Nick Jacobsen
Jason Prewitt, director of Daniel Springs Baptist Camp, in Gary, has announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the price increase planned for April 1, 2020, will no longer take place. All registration prices will remain the same as last year. Go to www.danielspringscamp.com for all the details and deadlines on registration.
Also, the 55th Anniversary Celebration previously, set for April 18, is postponed until further notice.
Finally, the Next-Step Weekend, set for March 27-29, (focused on staff recruiting and planning) is canceled. Prewitt may be contacted at email@example.com or at 903-685-2433.
In order not to conflict with Election Day, the BMA Senior Adult Conference and the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptists of Texas, which two of our department directors are required to attend, the BMA of Texas Administrative Committee has voted to change the dates of the Annual BMA of Texas Meeting to Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5-6, 2020. The meeting will be held at Farley Street, Waxahachie.