By BMLA TRUSTEES
As you are aware, Bro. Jerry Burnaman, who served as the business manager of the Baptist Missionary Loan Association (BMLA) for 22 years, was called home to be with the Lord Aug. 13, 2020. We mourn our loss, but praise God for the fact that Bro. Burnaman is at peace with Him in Glory. During Bro. Burnaman’s years of service, assets of the BMLA more than doubled standing now at $16.5 million.
Due to Bro. Burnaman’s passing, the BMLA Trustees were tasked with finding a new leader for the department. The trustees met Sept. 19, 2020, and discussed several options. Prior to Bro. Burnaman’s passing, he had initiated a succession plan for when he planned to retire.
For the first 17 years of his tenure as the business manager of the BMLA, Bro. Burnaman served in dual roles. While serving as the business manager for the BMLA, he also served as the director of BMA of Texas Missions. The Missions Department and the responsibilities of the director of the department have grown significantly over the last few years, and it would not be feasible or fair to ask the director of the Missions Department to serve in the additional role as the business manager of the BMLA. Also, the director of the Missions Department has no interest in serving in the role of business manager of the BMLA.
So, Bro. Burnaman approached Bro. Jerry Fulton, editor of Baptist Progress to gauge his interest in filling the position of business manager of the BMLA upon his retirement. The editor’s position has been a part time position since 2017 when changes for the department were approved by the BMA of Texas. Therefore, Bro. Fulton has the time to serve in both roles as editor of Baptist Progress, and director of the BMLA.
Because Bro. Fulton expressed interest in taking on the role of business manager, Bro. Burnaman asked him to become a trustee for the BMLA. Bro. Fulton has served on the board for the past several months, better learning the business and ministry of the BMLA.
Bro. Fulton is qualified to serve as the director of the BMLA. For the last few years, he and his wife, Cassie, have owned and managed other business interests outside of his role as editor. In addition, he has managed Baptist Progress for the last 16 years as that department’s business manager, pastored churches and served as the Director of Ministry Development for the Texas Baptist Home for Children. A two-time graduate of Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary, Bro. Fulton has been a licensed and ordained Baptist minister for 27 years. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Anchor Theological Seminary. Bro. Fulton has preached in scores of conferences, revivals and Sunday worship services and is well known within our association. Bro. and Mrs. Fulton reside in Waxahachie, where they are members of Farley Street Baptist Church.
Therefore, the trustees of the BMLA will nominate Bro. Fulton as director of the BMLA during the Annual Meeting of the BMA of Texas when the association meets at Farley Street, Waxahachie Nov. 5, 2020. We will further recommend that the title, “business manager,” be changed to “director” to bring in line the title of the department’s chief administrator with the title of other department leaders. The new title would also better describe his role in carrying out the responsibilities for which he is elected.
The trustees of the BMLA have elected Bro. Fulton to serve as interim director until after the Annual Meeting of the BMA of Texas in November.
A host church and team members mobilized Sept. 1. Please keep them lifted in prayer. BMA Disaster Relief and Just the Crumbs (JTC) Disaster Relief has set up in Reeves, Lousiana to help those affected by Hurricane Laura. As always, they want to partner
with you to help those in need. Prayers for team members and people in the community that BMA of America Missions and
JTC serves are a huge blessing, but they also need donated help. Please help them serve others and share Jesus with them.
Donations may be sent through PayPal at email@example.com, designated “Just the Crumbs,” mailed to BMAA Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Arkansas 72033, or mailed to Just the Crumbs, 10 Wagon Trail, Sumrall, Mississippi 39482. For more information, contact Director Lavon Haden at firstname.lastname@example.org, Beth Haden at email@example.com or call 601-522-6055.
There are a number of BMA of Texas churches in need of pastors. Often, calls are received at Baptist Progress asking if we know of any pastoral candidates. At this time, we are only aware of candidates who have placed an ad in Baptist Progress or online with us.
So, if you are seeking to become a pastor or are currently serving in a ministerial position and believe the Lord is leading him to another church, please mail or email your resume to Baptist Progress. We will not share your resume with any church or publish
your availability without first seeking your permission. We will simply keep your resume on file and contact you for permission to forward it to a church seeking a pastor. Mail resumes to Baptist Progress, P.O. Box 2085, Waxahachie, TX 75168 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, Nov. 22, churches are asked to receive a special offering for the 2020 United Thanksgiving Offering (UTO). The UTO benefits every department of the BMA of Texas (Baptist Missionary Loan Association, BMA Texas Missions, Baptist Progress, Jacksonville College and Texas Baptist Home for Children). BMA of Texas department directors have named the 2020 UTO in memory of Bro. Jerry Burnaman, who served as the director of BMA of Texas Missions from 1998 until 2015, as well as the business manager of the Baptist Missionary Loan Association from 1998 until the Lord called him home Aug. 13, 2020.
We are asking each BMA of Texas church to set a goal to give $1,500 toward the 2020 Jerry Burnaman United Thanksgiving Offering. Our overall goal is $125,000. If just 84 churches give $1,500, we will surpass our goal!
So please mark your calendars, Sunday, Nov. 22—the Sunday before Thanksgiving—to receive a special offering, and encourage your church to give a total of at least $1,500 toward the UTO.
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.