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New Duck River Baptist Association News

Pre-Fall 2023 Edition




It has been a hot summer, one for the record books. I am ready for a cool down as fall is just around the corner. As we approach another School Year and Sunday School/Small Group year, remember to stay the course in education: academically and most importantly, Spiritually. One of Paul’s encouragements to young Timothy was, “study to show thyself approved, a good workman” (2 Timothy 2:15) in all we do in life. It is an example of Christ to a watching world for the glory of God the Father! (Col 3:17) We learn/work for Him!!!


Take note of the opportunities for training, individually and as a church. We have been invited to participate in the Concord Baptist Association Sunday School/Small Groups training sessions as noted below. Sign up and be a part. Additionally, it is not too early to begin preparing your children for Bible Drills. This year is the RED cycle. Bible Drills is a great Sunday or Wednesday evening learning opportunity for children in Biblical Systematic Theology. Children who participate in Bible Drills are more likely to remain strong in the faith.


As you approach the fall, identify your mission field and GO!  Continue to pray for your mission field. Share Jesus as often as you can. Instill Christian values in those living around you. If there is anything I can do for you, your church or community, call on me. I am blessed to be your AMS / DOM and be NEAR you as we Network, Equip, Assist and Resource for Kingdom-work effectively! Until HE comes!!!


In Him,                           **********************************************************************


Sunday School and Small Group Training

Belle Aire Baptist Church, 1307 N Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro

Sunday, September 10th from 5:30pm till 7:30 pm.

$5 per person.

5:30 PM - Opening Session: Discipling the Generations in a Challenging Culture

David Evans, Senior Pastor, Springfield Baptist Church

6:20 PM - Group Leader Training for the following:

  • Pastors and Groups Ministry Staff/Directors: Keys to Leading a Successful Bible Study Group Ministry - Alan Raughton, Pastor Christian Education & Discipleship, Nashville First Baptist
  • Leading a Young Adult/College Bible Study Group (18-30) - Jake Dorak, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Manchester
  • Leading a Bible Study Group for Parents of Children & Teenagers (31-49) - David Evans
  • Leading a Median Adult Bible Study Group (50-65) - John & Becky McClendon, Northside Baptist Church, Murfreesboro
  • Leading a Senior Adult Bible Study Group (66-up) - Donna Blaydes, Childhood/Women’s Ministry Specialist, TBMB
  • Leading a High School Bible Study Group - Jay Barbier, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board
  • Leading a Middle School Bible Study Group - Patton McClendon, Student Pastor at Judson
  • Leading a Children’s Bible Study Group - Danielle Bell, Belle Aire Children's Ministry 
  • Leading a Preschool Bible Study Group - Vicki Hulsey, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board
  • Leading Bible Study Groups for People with Special Needs - Natalee Barbier

Pre-Register at:



Bible Thrills Drills and Skills – RED CYCLE

It is not too early to begin looking to the 2024 Bible Drills events. This material is great for Sunday Discipleship Training or Wednesday Children’s meetings. Statistically, a child who participates in Bible Drills is more likely to grow in Christ and remain in Him!



Upcoming Calendar for the NDRBA, TBMB and SBC

August 2023: Back to School Emphasis- Praying for Students, Teachers, Administration

     6  -   Student Evangelism Sunday, SBC - Back to School Sunday

8-18 -   Amazon Hope Mission discovery

    21 -   Pastor's Meeting, Baptist Center, Shelbyville - 11:00am

23 – Sept 2 -   Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration Event

   27  -   Global World Hunger Sunday, SBC


September 2023: Praying for Student Evangelism

    4   -   LABOR DAY

    9   -   Disaster Relief Hands On-Training, Mission Mobilization Center, Mt. Juliet

               To see courses and sign up:


  10  -    Sunday School/Small Group Training – pre-register at:

  11  -   Pastor's Meeting, Lewisburg area TBA - 11:00am

  20  -   “SEE YOU AT THE POLE” Wednesday prayer around the flag pole

  25  -    Executive Board, First Baptist Cornersville - 6:00pm

27-28 -  Pastor Prayer Meeting, Thompson Station -


October 2023: New Duck River Baptist Association Emphasis

15-22-   New Duck River Baptist Association Week of Prayer: Special Offering

   16  -    Pastor's Meeting, Baptist Center, Shelbyville - 11:00am

   23  -    78th Annual Meeting, Fair Haven Baptist Church

                5:30pm First Session – WORSHIP

                    KeyNote Speaker: Dr Jamie Work, International Mission Board

6:30pm Fellowship Meal

7:15pm Second Session - Business


November 2023: Tennessee Baptist Summit

    4   -    Copper Basin Crisis Center – Hats, Coats, Gloves, Scarfs, Blanket distribution

    5   -    Daylight Savings Time ENDS

    5   -    Disaster Relief Appreciation Sunday Special Offering

12-15  -  Tennessee Baptist Summit, Chattanooga, TN



December 2023: Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and Week of Prayer for International Missions

3-10  -   Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and Week of Prayer for International Missions

    5   -   Pastor/Staff/Wife Christmas Fellowship, TBA

  16   -   Copper Basin Crisis Center – Christmas Meal Distribution

  25   -   CHRISTMAS – He is Born!!!



GO and MAKE DISCIPLES of all Nations, beginning at Home



New Duck River Baptist Association. 902 Union Street, Shelbyville, TN 37160 / 931-684-6592