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Volume 35 Issue 4 Robert Nichols, Director of Missions April 2017

Disaster ReliefFrom the desk of the DOM - 

"MY CHURCH HEALTH" John Maxwell says "Everything rises and falls on leadership." Some leaders explain it even further by saying "Leadership rises and falls on relationships. And, relationships rise and fall on communication." These three factors: leadership, relationships and communication often determine the health of a church. They create a three legged stool that can not stand alone, but together can hold tremendous weight. Today's healthy churches have leaders who understand the importance of relationships and is intentional in communicating purpose and vision with all within the sphere of those relationships. Church health is dependent on people of vision who seek God's will, spend time in prayer and in God's Word. In these days, everyone seems to be health conscious. If we have a pain, shortness of breath, or a general change in physical condition, we call the doctor. Isn't it interesting that we sometimes fail to have the same concerns about God's work? As important as our own physical condition is, the spiritual condition of His church should be even more important to us. The prayer life, the outreach ministry, spiritual growth - just to mention a few of the vital signs of a healthy church, must claim our attention if we are to succeed in fulfilling God's purpose for us. Thank you to Missouri Baptist Convention and Johnny Rumbough, Lexington Baptist Association, for these materials. If you are interested in looking into and discussing how your church consider the "Vital Signs" and "Health" of your church, please contact me. 

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Conference for Deacons and Staff - March 25 – Sevier Heights Baptist Church 2939 Alcoa Hey, Knoxville, By:  Dr. Jim Henry, Orlando, FL Registration:  $15 at the door  For more information and to register, visit: or contact: Steve Holt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (615) 210-4532

TN Baptist Children’s Home - Please invite the Girls Cottage to speak in your church service or Mission’s Events.  They have powerful and wonderful testimonies of God’s Saving Grace in their lives and they want to express appreciation to our Sevier Association Churches for their support.  Please call Stephanie Sandridge at (601) 954-9284 or (423) 894-8051


March & April Events

March 25    Deacon/Staff Conference

March 27    Executive Board Meeting 7 pm

March 31    Mission Get Together & Connection

April 4         Missions Committee meeting 6:30

April 9         Childrens Bible Drill 2 pm @ 1st Baptist, Sevierville

April 10       ELT  6:30 pm

April 14       Good Friday

April 16       Easter

April 17       WMU Quarterly Meeting 7 pm

April 18       Camp Smoky Committee 6:30 pm at Camp Smoky

April 23       SBC Seminaries Sunday

April 24       Executive Board Meeting 7 pm

April 29       State Children’s bible drill at Central Bearden BC, Knoxville



In Concert


Sims Chapel Baptist Church

April 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

For more information contact Larry Henry @ 850.6140




Golden offering for Tennessee Missions

As of March 10, a total of $1,609,686.53 has been given to the 2016-2017 Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions.  Thank you for all you do to support GOTM in your church.


In Matthew 7:1 Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”  I find this verse has replaced John 3:16 as the most widely know verse in the BIble.  People like to use it to justify themselves and their bad behavior.  However, in this verse, Jesus was speaking concerning the thoughts and motives of the heart.  In other words, I can judge a man’s actions, but not his motivations. 

       As proof of this, Jesus says in verse 20 of the same chapter that you “will know them by their fruits.”  The fruits of a person’s actions are their deeds.  So, just like I know the difference between an apple tree and an orange tree by the fruit they produce, I can call sin what it is - sin.  However, I cannot know with absolute certainty why a person is doing what they are doing.  Only God can read the thoughts and intents of the heart.

       In this day and age, it is becoming increasingly unpopular to hold traditional Christian values.  But, as Daniel, we must purpose in our heart to not defile ourselves by the things of this world.  James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote to us that pure and undefiled religion in part is to keep ourselves “unspotted from the world.” 

       It is an observable fact that water will follow the path of least resistance.  In our flesh, we will do likewise.  It is easier to avoid confrontation and stick our heads in the sand than to take a stand for what is right.  But, sometimes love requires discipline and training.  “If you refuse to discipline…it proves you don’t love” Pr. 13:24.  Do you love someone enough to point out their sin in love?  Don’t stop standing for the right! 

Rev. C. Justin Randolph Prayer Coordinator, Sevier County Baptists



We are now in the second quarter of 2017, and our theme will be discipleship. At the ministers conference on April 24, Nick Swarthout, FBC Pigeon Forge and Gene Williams, FBC Seymour, will be sharing about their mentoring relationship and Nick will share his discipleship strategy that he uses with his students in Frontline Student Ministry. Afterwards, everyone is invited to lunch at courthouse donuts to hear Nick's vision for church planting. On May 21-22, we will be welcoming leaders and church planters from Cleveland, Ohio for a celebration of Send Cleveland. If you would like to have one of these men share at your church on Sunday, May 21, please contact me at(865) 556-7529. They will share at the ministers conference and executive board on May 22 as well. More details on this will be in next month's viewpoint. On June 26 at the ministers conference and executive board, Bro. Glenn Metts from Shiloh will be introducing some ideas and curriculum for discipleship at our churches. I hope that we are all thinking through how we can be involved in making disciples through Sunday School, small groups, and one on one times.      With love & prayer, Chris Kirby


Spring is about sprung! It's my favorite time of year. As flowers begin to bloom, trees start to sprout new leaves, the grass returns to green, the temperature is warmer, but most of all it is the time of year we celebrate the Resurrection of The Savior Jesus Christ!!!
The men (and women) of Sevier County Association of Baptist have been busy this year already. They have been continuing to help the fire victims in many ways. They have been repairing a roof in Wears Valley. They have worked on multiple projects at Camp Smoky. Not to mention all they do in their churches, communities, homes, and work places! God tells us to be a witness for Him All the time, everywhere!
We are so blessed here in our county with so many caring, loving, generous  people! Because of donations to the Men's Ministry we are better able to provide assistance to people in need, and to have the opportunity to share the love of God and the good news of Jesus!
The Annual Mission Trip (June 18-24) will take us to War, West Virginia! We had the privilege to serve there a few years ago, and look forward to being able to do missions and ministry once again. We will be doing construction projects that week, we will have more details as time gets closer.
Thank You and Praise God for the opportunity to serve in this ministry!!
Herb Caughron, Mens’ Ministry


Pastors & Wives Birthdays and Anniversaries

Celebrating Birthdays

Apr. 3       Nathan Williamson, Seymour 1st

Apr. 5       Rev. Bill Stephens, Boyds Creek

Apr. 16     David Burkett, Camp Smoky

Apr. 25     Rev. Jack Hitch, Mountain View

Celebrating Anniversaries

Apr. 14      Rev. & Mrs. Danny Murr, Dupont

Apr. 14      Jerry & Linda Hyder, Sevierville 1st

Apr. 29      Rev. & Mrs. Kevin Treadaway, Friendship


Church Gifts for March: $13,527.23



Each Monday @ 10:00 am Sevier County Associational Office

Apr. 3:          David Wilson, Millican Grove

Apr. 10:        Michael Barnes, Wears Valley 1st

Apr. 17:        Jeremy Gresham, Sevierville 2nd

Apr. 24:        Nick Swarthout, FBCPF

                      Gene Williams, Seymour 1st



Four God-guided possibilities! Four Ministry Actions! Four to keep us busy!

First, Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries has a 25 year relationship with South Korean Baptists. Now we are celebrating our strong relationship with Myoungsu No, Baptist Campus Minister at the University of Seoul and SMRM alum, in a mission project for the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Bill is going in March to South Korea on a planning trip. 

Second, Linda Johnson is joining with SMRM for several months beginning in April.  Linda is a career resort missionary who has lived out her calling with a powerful ministry.   She will be bi-vocational as she joins with us.  Her focus will be on developing new ministries and supervising on-going ministry programs.  This will enable Bill to continue in the Fire Ministry and to encourage our community relationships.

Third, we are joyfully at work preparing and planning our summer of missions.   This is a vital and accurate ministry, particularly this year.   We look forward to being involved with our guests and our attractions’ employees.

Fourth,our Fire Ministry continues to evolve as God leads.  We have gone from emergency response to immediate needs to transitional help to restoration of hope and presence. We are in for the long haul. We continue in this painfully beautiful ministry.

Thanks be to God for you and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries.

Thanks be to God!  ---four times.

Bill Black



MissionsGet-Together and Connection

March 31-april 2




You’re invited to take part in a Passover Seder

March 25, 2017@ 6 pm

Led by Murray Tilles, Light of the Messiah Ministries

Courthouse Donuts at 160 Court Avenue

Cost is $10.00 (covers cost of meal)

Sign up at the Association office or RSVP Chris Kirby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enjoy a good meal, great fellowship and godly instruction about the Jewish Passover and how it points to and reminds us of Jesus







1. INDUCTIVE – This form of Bible Study is given below in today’s study of 1 Thess. 5:16 – 18. This can be a group study but it is also a good individual private study. The sole purpose of this type of Bible study is that the individual with the guidance of the Holy Spirit seeks to better understand God’s word through prayer and contemplating different ways to consider what God is doing in any given passage.  Asking one’s self questions and searching for the answers in prayer while seeking the wise counsel of a more experienced mature Christian is a great way to live in the “Priesthood of the Believer”. (1 Peter 2:5, 9) This type of personal study can stand alone or be used by the group for each week’s prior preparation.

 2. PARTICIPATIVE/ACTIVE – This is a form of Inductive Bible Study because it is asking verbally what someone could write down but the encouragement is to actively talk in the class’ study. What exactly is happening in this particular Bible story?  Who are the main characters in this story?  What are some truths of God that are revealed in this passage?  Which truth do you think is the main truth?  How do you see God speaking to our world today through this passage?  How can we apply these truths to our lives today?  Get them talking by answering questions and eventually formulating their own questions. You can find future leaders/teachers in the class as someone begins participating and maturing in the class.   Of course,  the teacher mentoring this class should always be prepared through the study of related biblical commentaries to add content to the class’ participation.

 3. STORYING – This is the use of mayor chronological stories of the Bible to story the Word of God instead of reading or carrying out active class participation because the listeners are illiterate, semi-illiterate and/or use storying as an indigenous method of sharing information or historical lifestyle. These stories are memorized and told without using the literal word or visual aids with vocabulary, but visual aids with symbols such as pictures, drawings or handicrafts can help.


Philippians 1:3-6  “  3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4  always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5  for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”  

We are walking alongside outreach group members to cultivate and establish the local leadership as we model and assist in starting new groups. We must be willing to leave the leadership of the new outreach group in the hands of local believers.  “We must have confidence in them and confidence in God to work through them.”    (S & NCPM, p. 15) 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 “26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh,  not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.”    (S & N CPM, p. 16)   

 Other passages on this topic are:  1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14; Ephesians 4:11 – 16 & 1 Peter 2:9 – 10. If outreach group leaders are to see growth among the community’s small groups, he/she must be open to allowing the simple, common believers to be involved in the ministry and leadership of their small groups.   (S & N CPM, p. 17)

Welcome new pastors

Rev. Jerry Bailey - Oldhams Creek

Rev. Billy J. Bailey - Hills Creek

Rev. Larry Henry - Sims Chapel


Jeremiah 3:15   “And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”


Galilee Baptist Church is seeking:
1) A part-time Worship Pastor;
2) A Pianist.
Galilee is a small church in South Knoxville. If interested, please email your resume to

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