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Welcome To Sevier County Association Of Baptists

The purpose of this Association is to promote Christian fellowship and cooperation among the churches affiliated with this Association, to encourage mutual cooperation with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention in carrying out the Great Commission, and to uphold the doctrines of our Baptist faith. 

It is exciting to see what God is doing in Sevier County as our churches work together to witness, and win people to the Lord.  God can accomplish much through us if we are willing to be used of Him.  Let us be found faithful as we "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 

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Volume 35 Issue 5 Robert Nichols, Director of Missions   May 2017


Disaster ReliefCamp Smoky 2017
June 25-29
July 2-6



Solid Biblical content
Ministry through relationships
Kid-friendly program
Worship Time
Bible Story Time
Morning Classes
Afternoon Activity time
Evening classes

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Greetings from Robert - 

Thank the Lord for the ministry opportunities in and through our association. We have the opportunity to minister and help our local churches in ways that I would not have ever imagined. I thank you for your prayers and for your participation and for your financial gifts for our association.

We, as an association, are able to provide a location for Roaring Fork Baptist Church as they continue being the Body of Christ to their world. We have been able to assist other churches in many ways regarding financial and Spiritual help and guidance.

We continue to serve together through Disaster Relief, small group Bible study training, witness training, WMU, Men’s Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Stewardship Ministry, Discipleship Ministry, Prayer Ministry and Missions as our association’s leadership meets, prays, plans and budgets through the ELT, Missions/Church Planting Com., Finance Com., WMU and Camp Smoky Com.

I emphasize these ministries of our association for several reasons, but mainly because the month of May is the traditional time to focus on our association. May 21 - 28 is the week of Baptist Association Emphasis. This year’s theme is “Acts of a Healthy Church, Acts 2”. Revitalization of dying churches, starting community Outreach Groups and starting new churches have been, and are a major theme for our SBC, TBMB and our Association. This year’s theme calls attention to how dwindling churches can find revitalization, how you can become a major factor in being a part of that for another church or community small groups and/or a new church start.

As always, I am available to sit down with a pastor to pray and to consider resources that can be utilized to help a church. The TBMB (TN Baptist Mission Board) formerly the TBC, is also available to help.

One of the resources we have as an association, are the materials from You have seen these in the Viewpoint over the past few months. These are intended to help with starting community outreach groups but also help with discipleship and evangelism in all areas. Check out the web site

Another resource is the “My Church Health - Vital Signs of a Healthy Church” survey and study. This study will indicate the strengths and weaknesses of the local church and therefore give clear direction as to what is needed to create an atmosphere of revitalization in your church.

I encourage you to pray about these needs and concerns for the local church. If I can help, please let me know. I will also bring samples of the materials as I visit churches.

Happy Mother’s Day! And let’s not forget the TN Baptist Children’s Homes Offering.
- Robert

Each Monday @ 10:00 am
Sevier County Associational Office
May 1: Jim Freudeman
May 8: Preston Joslin
May 15: Ron Rogers
May 22: Church Planters - Cleveland, Ohio
May 29: Memorial Day – office closed

Church Gifts for March

Pastors & Wives Birthdays
Celebrating Birthdays
May 3 Justin Randolph. Zion Hill
May 3 Melissa Leming, Antioch
May 8 Tammy Ayers, Richardson’s Cove
May 10 Kellye Kirby, Bethel
May 24 Preston Joslin, Valley View
Celebrating Anniversaries
May 16 David & Tammy Ayers, Richardson’s Cove
May 26 Wayne & Regi Cook, Pigeon Forge 1st

Just Be A Friend (

15. Starting a new Out Reach Group

The beginning of a growth movement of the Church through community Out Reach Groups begins with praying, talking and thinking about what God wants you to do with respect to where, with whom and to what extent.

Where does God want us to start a new Out Reach Group; a new house group? How do we know it is the will of God?

Those questions are good because they reveal a desire to know the will of God in the first place. Many times the answers depend on the persons asking the questions. By their training, experience and relationship to others around the same subject, the answers may differ.

It is possible to answer them in several good ways. But God wants the answer to be the best. With that said, the best answers depend on the person asking the questions. Because it is through that person that God wants to do his work of evangelism and discipleship. Of course, there are the guidelines of Scripture, your experiences, your training and your relationships that shape this entire ministry of planting the church throughout the community through house groups or Out Reach Groups.

The following are suggestions for finding the best:

1. With much prayer within the Body of Christ.

2. The Pastor and other Church Leaders encourage and lead the Church to be supportive of the community Out Reach Groups (house groups).

3. Talking/chatting/discussing with many people to get their thoughts and desires.

4. Putting a lot of thought (wisdom) into the decision.

5. Church members commit to seeking opportunities to lead and/or host ORG’s.

6. Church members commit to supporting by participating when possible in the ORG’s.

7. Everyone has an open heart to grow.

8. The Just Be A Friend Prayer/Discipleship/Evangelism cards (page 7) are utilized.

9. Church leaders/members focus on individuals listed on their cards to begin the task of initiating the thoughts and conversations to open ORG’s throughout the community.

10.New converts are discipled and equipped weekly through the ORG’s.

11. They are weekly encouraged to attend Sunday morning small groups and or the worship service.

12.They are not made to feel guilty for not attending; but are weekly encouraged through these invitations and through the ORG’s.

13.Baptism can take place anywhere anytime. The church is encouraged to witness the event.

14.Several Bible study materials are available. The study material should be that which is adequate for the particular group. Storying should be used for the illiterate or semi. Participative study should be used for the same and/or those who resist being out spoken to encourage them to be involved. The inductive study method is great for those who willingly participate to semi. It also helps with proactive involvement in study during the week. It helps to develop a dependency on the Holy Spirit and encourages leadership growth.

15.Materials will consistently be made available through the web site These will intentionally be short and concise with the main points explained. They will be added to the site on a monthly basis.

16.Other materials are available online and the LifeWay book stores.

17.The best answer is that as the church works and prays together throughout all its’ ministries; and as all who would actively participate in Just Be A Friend.Out Reach Groups focus on individuals who need Christ; these group opportunities will materialize.

18.ORG leaders are accountable to the Pastor/Leaders at all times.

19.ORG leaders and participants are encouraged to weekly witness and share with their acquaintances what wasdiscussed in the previous ORG and to try to bring someone with them next time.

20.We all understand that the following prayer is wonderful, but our ministry to the community doesn't stop with this prayer: “We pray that they may see You through us and that they may have a desire to come out to Your House to learn more about You and be able to come to the altar for salvation.” The purpose for a church to have Out Reach Groups through house groups is the following: “We pray that they may see You through us and that they may have a desire to learn more about You and be able to be saved.” The lost person’s ability and desire to learn more about Jesus and be saved should not hinge on their being expected or required to enter a church building. The CHURCH should exit the building and carry 1 Timothy 2:4, “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” to the lost and hurting in our communities.

Men's Ministry
This year is already slipping by fast and the Annual Mission Trip will be here Soon! We will be going to War, WestVirginia June 18-24. The plan is to make repairs on "the mission house". It is a very older house that houses mission teams that work in War. They do Sports, construction, community projects and other ministries. Praise God for Volunteers! We will be working with Debbie King once again. She is a faithful servant of God that is always a pleasure to assist in the ministry in War. I am trying to keep the team number from 10-15. IF you feel lead to serve, please let me know by the May 15 deadline. That will still give us time to make all the necessary arrangements for the week. Please be in Prayer for the team that God puts together for the week!
Thanks, Herb Caughron

Calendar of events
April 24 Executive Board meeting 7 pm
April 29 State Children’s Bible Drill, Central Bearden BC, Knoxville
May 4 National Day of Prayer
May 14 Mothers Day
May 14 Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home offering
May 23 Camp Smoky Committee Meeting 6:30 @ Camp Smoky
May 22 Executive Board Meeting
Baptist Association Emphasis Week – May 21-28
All meetings are at the associational office unless otherwise noted

Mothers Day
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
In the United States, celebration of Mother's Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years. Today,Mother's Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of flowers, greeting cards, and the like; Mother's Day is also the biggest holiday for long-distance telephone calls.Moreover, churchgoing is also popular on Mother's Day, yielding the highest church attendance after Christmas Eve and Easter.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; herhusband also, and he praiseth her.29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:10-31 (KJV)

Sevier County Association of Baptists
Post Office Box 4099
Sevierville, Tennessee 37864

Director of Missions
Robert Nichols
Office phone: 865.453.0124
Cell phone: 865.603.0701
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Laura Layfield
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