By Lonnie Wascom, Director of Missions Northshore Baptist Association
When the Louisiana Baptist Convention hosts its annual meeting in Covington this Nov. 14-15, it will be the first time in the Convention’s history that the meeting has been held in the Florida Parishes.
The host church, First Baptist Church, Covington, is situated in the center of the Northshore Baptist Association (NSBA), a fellowship of more than 90 churches, mission churches, and church plants. The NSBA is planning a Crossover Northshore prior to this year’s convention and wishes to invite our sister churches from all across the state to participate with us. The Crossover dates are Nov. 12-13.
Among the many evangelistic goals for the weekend is one that NSBA leaders pray will be a pacesetter for future Crossover emphases: To launch a new, high impact church plant in St. Tammany Parish. Like the Macedonian in Acts 16:9, we in the Northshore are imploring our Baptist brothers and sisters to “come over into [the Northshore], and help us” launch this new church.
Other events are being planned as well. In fact, events can be tailored to fit the strengths of churches that are willing to send teams to work alongside NSBA churches. If your congregation likes to prayer walk, we can partner you in an area that needs that ministry.
If you are open to conducting a door-to-door canvass, we will partner you with one of our churches to accomplish that undertaking. If you like to do block parties as a platform to invite people into a relationship with the Lord Jesus, we will assist you with that as well.
Do you have a heart for reaching university students? Our NSBA partner, the Southeastern Louisiana University Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Jonathan Clark, director, would welcome the privilege of working with you. Would you like to conduct a festival? Do you have a heart for reaching internationals? Do you have a desire to share the Gospel in more traditional ways?
If any of the above and more is true of your church and you are open to sharing the Gospel in one of the largest populations of lostness in Louisiana, then please prayerfully consider coming to the Northshore this November to partner with us. If housing your volunteers is a concern, please contact another of our NSBA partners: Camp Living Waters, Keith Maddox, director (www.camplivingwaters.net).
For more information, please contact us at 225.567.5086 or visit the Crossover link atwww.northshorebaptists.net/crossover2011.
You can also contact our coordinators directly: Pastor Joe Wiggins, Old Zion Hill Baptist Church, Independence, LA, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tobey Pitman, Community Ministry Liaison/Strategist, NSBA,email@example.com.