As a family, the churches form a relationship of interdependence


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The local Baptist association is a family of Baptist churches sharing a common faith and partnering with one another to fulfill the Great Commission in their setting.

  • The local Baptist association is a family of Baptist churches sharing a common faith and partnering with one another to fulfill the Great Commission in their setting.



The churches that make up the Tar River Baptist Association are autonomous, independent, self-governing churches that have chosen to partner together to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

  • The churches that make up the Tar River Baptist Association are autonomous, independent, self-governing churches that have chosen to partner together to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

  • As a family, the churches form a relationship of interdependence to assist each other so that individually and corporately the churches might be more effective in their mission and to promote a sense of oneness and fellowship among the churches.



The fellowship of an association is based upon a general harmony in faith and practices.

  • The fellowship of an association is based upon a general harmony in faith and practices.

  • Although there may be some diversity among individual church practices and customs, an association is a doctrinally-based fellowship.



The association was the first form of cooperation among Baptist churches;

  • The association was the first form of cooperation among Baptist churches;

  • The first mission activities of Baptists were through associations;

  • The association provides a means for churches to do a greater work together in their setting than they can do alone.



The mission of the local church is to make disciples of all people (Matthew 28:19-20)

  • The mission of the local church is to make disciples of all people (Matthew 28:19-20)

  • The local church has the responsibility to fulfill this mission according to Acts 1:8:

    • Jerusalem – church field
    • Judea – association area
    • Samaria – state/regional area
    • Ends of the Earth – national/international ministry


The churches of the Tar River Baptist Association minister in a geographical setting and share many common conditions, challenges, and ministry opportunities.

  • The churches of the Tar River Baptist Association minister in a geographical setting and share many common conditions, challenges, and ministry opportunities.



The MISSION of the Tar River Baptist Association is assisting member churches in becoming the church God intended His church to be through Education, Evangelism, Fellowship, and Missions.

  • The MISSION of the Tar River Baptist Association is assisting member churches in becoming the church God intended His church to be through Education, Evangelism, Fellowship, and Missions.



To STRENGTHEN the local church…..

  • To STRENGTHEN the local church…..

  • and

  • To IMPACT lostness in THIS generation!



Strengthen Churches: assist churches so they can be more effective in their ministry;

  • Strengthen Churches: assist churches so they can be more effective in their ministry;

  • Promote Missions: create awareness to mission opportunities – start new churches and ministries;

  • Develop Leadership: train church leaders in administration/supervision skills, pastoral ministry, deacon ministry, crisis ministry, conflict resolution, and planning skills;

  • Nurture Fellowship: encouraging church leaders and members to develop personal relationships .



The association is created by the churches and is accountable to those churches through messengers to the quarterly meetings of the Executive Board. The October meeting is where most business of the Association is transacted. The April meeting is to be celebratory in nature and the Annual Sermon is presented. The business of the Association can be introduced at each of the quarterly meetings and/or special called meetings for a specific purpose, provided such business is in accordance with the ByLaws adopted by the full Association.

  • The association is created by the churches and is accountable to those churches through messengers to the quarterly meetings of the Executive Board. The October meeting is where most business of the Association is transacted. The April meeting is to be celebratory in nature and the Annual Sermon is presented. The business of the Association can be introduced at each of the quarterly meetings and/or special called meetings for a specific purpose, provided such business is in accordance with the ByLaws adopted by the full Association.





Partner with your church in church planting/missions ventures;

  • Partner with your church in church planting/missions ventures;

  • Partner with your church in ministry opportunities;

  • Provide training opportunities for your church leaders/committees/teams;

  • Assist to help strengthen your church ministries;

  • Encourage and assist your pastor/pastoral staff;

  • Pray for your church;

  • Assist your church with ministry to students at local colleges and universities;

  • Facilitate disaster relief work for your church;

  • Coordinate building efforts for your church.



It is exactly what you - the member churches make it!

  • It is exactly what you - the member churches make it!



By their prayers;

  • By their prayers;

  • By their expectations;

  • By their commitment to Kingdom principles of church missions/ministry (Acts 1:8);

  • By the significance they give to the role of their messengers and executive committee members;

  • By their involvement in associational planning;

  • By their financial support (the Finance Committee recommends at least 5% of their undesignated receipts);

  • By their attitudes and actions in providing leadership to the association.





Investigate how the association can assist and/or support your church;

  • Investigate how the association can assist and/or support your church;

  • Communicate your own needs to associational leadership;

  • Discover your ministry and commit to “Judean” ministry through the association (Acts 1:8);



Participate in associational planning and training;

  • Participate in associational planning and training;

  • Design your church budget to support Acts 1:8 missions responsibilities through the association, the state convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention;

  • Faithfully serve the Lord Jesus and support your local church.







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