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November 16, 2020
Pastor’s meeting was held on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. at FBC, Lathrop with twenty-three people representing fifteen churches.  After discussion of the dissolution of the interim director of missions’ position, those present discussed the purposes of the HBA.  Each pastor was asked to email in order of importance the purposes of the association to Aaron Manning, the moderator.

November 30, 2020
The Administrative Team met on Monday, November 30 and discussed the followed items:
  1. Voted to that the January Executive Board meeting be held on Saturday, January 16 at FBC, Henrietta (6th & Main, Henrietta, Missouri 64036) at 9 a.m. for breakfast followed by our meeting.  Who may attend the Executive Board?  “The Executive Board of the Heartland Baptist Association, Inc. shall be composed of two (2) elected members from each affiliated church.  In addition to these, the Director of Missions, Administrative Team, pastors of the churches, paid ministerial staff, and the Ministry Assistant of the Association are ex-officio members with voting privileges” (Article VIII—The Executive Board, Section 2).
2.   The purposes of the association that pastors emailed with the top seven responses: missions (25), information (17), camp (16), pastoral support (10), training (10), evangelism (8), fellowship (7), pulpit supply (7) and DR (5). The Administrative Team believes that improving communication is a priority as we move into the new year and trying to clarify the duties of the director of missions, the search to fill this position, and the ways that HBA churches and pastors can cooperate together to accomplish Kingdom work.
3.   Voted to recommend to the Executive Board in January a written agreement between the Heartland Baptist Association and the Lawson Food Pantry from January 16 until May 31, 2021. Note: the Food Pantry has had a verbal agreement to use space in the Mission Center since June 1, 2020.
4.   Referred the matter of the Pulpit Supply List to Michael Gilliam, Training Coordinator, to come up with consistent questions that each person will be asked before their name is added to the Pulpit Supply List.  Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary also has a form that a church/pastor can submit to request someone to fill the pulpit (Click here to open the Word Document Request form) or contact Kristiana Yang at MBTS at 816.414.3721.
5.   Approved an expenditure of $180 for Thru the Roof Ministries to migrate existing website to Word Press so that our Ministry Assistant can update our website without sending changes to the webhost.  The $180 is for one year January 1 – December 31, 2021 ($40 per domain name + $65 webhosting + one time fee of $75 to setup).  Each church will be offered a free web page (like a business card with contact information and upcoming activities updated by association) or churches can have their own website for $160 for first year then $85 each year after that they will maintain and update.
6.   Voted to recommend to the Executive Board in January that HBA use TextCaster Notification for one year at a cost of $500 annually (includes 1000 subscribers).  TextCaster is a Text and or email Notification service that we believe will enhance communication within churches and within our association.  Each church can either sign up their members or have their members sign up on their own to receive free texts from their own church through TextCaster.  Each church will send out their own text notifications to their members who have subscribed to TextCaster.
7.   Discussed encouraging pastors and church leaders to use the Dropbox folder called HBA Churches that contains .pdf’s of information that can be accessed such as an Updated Church List with contact information, Final Report from Revisioning Team, MBTS Pulpit Supply Request Form and HBA Pulpit Supply List (currently being updated). To request a link to the Dropbox folder called HBA Churches, email hba@heartlandba.org and give Nancy the email associated with your Dropbox login.  If you do not have Dropbox, go to www.dropbox.com/downloading.  There is no charge to download the Basic version of Dropbox on your pc, mac or smartphone.

December 24, 2020 – January 3, 2021
The associational office will be closed on December 24 and the week of December 28-31.  The office will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021.
January 16, 2021
The next meeting of the Executive Board will be Saturday morning, January 16 at 9:00 a.m. at FBC, Henrietta (6th & Main, Henrietta, Missouri 64036).  The church is providing breakfast so please RSVP by Wednesday, January 13 by calling the associational office or by emailing Nancy at hba@heartlandba.org.
If a need arises in your church during the month of December, you may email Aaron Manning, the HBA Moderator, at moderator@heartlandba.org. 
Monday - Thursday, 9-Noon, 12:30-2:30.  

Heartland Baptist Association
108 W. 3rd St. ~ PO Box 478
Lawson, Missouri  64062
(816) 296-3021

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