What’s an Association?

Gregg Boll, Associate Director of BR-KC, shares some opening remarks at the VBS training.

On Thursday, March 30, 2016, First Baptist Grain Valley hosted the Associational Vacation Bible School training. A couple of days before the event, one of our members asked me, “what’s an Association?” “That’s a great question”, I said, “the Association is one of the best-kept secrets we have.”

As you might know, First Baptist Grain Valley participates with the Southern Baptist Convention. Our convention cooperates at a national level, a state level, and a local level. At the local level, this is referred to as the Association. Our Association is known as the Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association.

What that means is, our church closely associates and cooperates with a network of about 130 other SBC churches, primarily in Jackson and Cass Counties. They have a local office in Greenwood, Missouri. These churches are similar in theology, but different in size and location. Some of the churches are urban, some are rural, and others suburban. They also range in size from small to mega-size. We also have many different ethnicities and languages.

All of our churches, however, are committed to accomplishing a similar goal: to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. According to the BR-KC website, the mission of the Association is “to be a network of healthy Baptist churches partnering together to transform lives and communities through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at home, in North America and around the world.” It’s a great privilege and a wonderful opportunity for us to partner with these other churches.

The Associational VBS training was an opportunity for our churches to come together and learn how to better do VBS. The training event was led by different leaders from various churches. Kimberly Geiger led one of the sessions for the Association. In addition to VBS, the Association offers many different types of training and resources. In fact, during our Vacation Bible School, July 10-14, we are going to borrow the Association Block Party Trailer. It comes with a bounce house, popcorn machine, cotton candy machine, and some additional carnival games. There is a nominal fee (basically the cost of clean up). We are able to use this resource because of our partnership.

If you would like to reach more about our Association please visit their website (click here).

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