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Exective Director/Treasurer: Dr. Preston Collins

Annual Report 2018

Baptist Association is on mission with God. Our mission is to strengthen our member churches, plant new healthy churches, facilitate mission involvement, and practice good stewardship of all UBA resources.

Baptist Association began in 1921 as two county associations merged to become UBA. Through the years many things have changed but our Biblical mandate remains the same. The work of UBA is rooted in Acts 13 when the church at Antioch sent out the first missionaries. The churches started during those missionary journeys form the biblical basis for our own association of churches. In Revelation 2-3 Jesus delivered messages to each of seven churches. These were seven real churches who functioned as an association of churches. They passed Paul’s letters and other writings we know as the New Testament from one church to another. They encouraged one another and were used by God to make disciples, plant new churches and be on mission in a pagan world. When we network together to do more than we could separately. We are living out the biblical model God established in the New Testament. Through faithful followers, Jesus is touching the world with His love, grace, and life.

Strengthening Churches; Go make disciples... (Matt. 28:19-20) is a multifaceted commission from the Lord. We must communicate the Gospel with those who need salvation, teach those who become followers of Christ, and provide opportunities for ministry experience. In all of this we are to challenge individuals to be obedient to Christ in all areas of their life. This year we had countless opportunities for evangelism and ministry through VBS, Small Group Ministries, Block Parties, Revival Meetings, and Lay Renewal.

Training the saints in the work of ministry... (Eph. 4:12). Every church is involved in training for service and leadership development. God’s desire is for all His children to share in His work. Again this year UBA offered the COME Conference for church leaders to receive training for church ministry. We believe the Sunday School is the church’s primary strategy to connect people to Christ, His community, His truth, and His mission. Whatever each church calls it...the greatest work of discipleship and transformation is accomplished through small groups ministry. This year UBA provided Sampson Resources Discipleship Materials free of charge to all our churches through online streaming.

Planting Churches; The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest (Luke 10:2). God has placed us in an increasing field. According to the US census our population is growing about 2% each year. In Cleveland County this represents more than 5,000 new residents this year. In McClain County it represents about 700 new residents this year. During the past 20 years the population of our two counties has increased by nearly 100,000 people who are loved by God. We must respond by strategically planting new churches. Mentoring and networking established pastors with new church planters achieve healthy new church starts. Last year Christ Community Church in south OKC launched Hope Community Church in Norman. We are also involved in the church planter assessment process and providing coaching and mentoring for church planters.

Mission Involvement; You will be My witnesses... to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). God’s people need to be given opportunities to be directly involved in mission work. The mission opportunities provided by UBA include: UBA Mission Builders who do construction work for churches and Christian campgrounds; Disaster Relief Ministry of a Feeding Unit, Chainsaw Unit, Debris Removal Unit, Shower Unit, and Chaplain Ministry; Partnership with our IMB missionaries in East Asia including sixteen unreached people groups; Our partnership with churches and associations in Canada; Local ethnic and language ministries; Ministries at both men’s and women’s prisons; Baptist Collegiate Ministry to students at local colleges and universities; Hope Pregnancy Center Ministries, and Multi-Housing Bible study ministries. These ministries are the churches of UBA taking the Gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth. In 2018 we continued partnerships with our sister churches in Latvia and Canada. Several of our churches have had positive mission trips and enjoyed great fellowship with our international brothers and sisters.

Stewardship of Resources; UBA receives ministry contributions from churches and individuals. We have a team of volunteers who review the financials each month to maintain clear records of receipts and expenditures. Through the years UBA has accumulated resources of buildings and property used in this ministry. On Stubbeman Street in Norman we have the office building, the Mission Builders Garage, and the Disaster Relief Garage. UBA owns a cabin at Falls Creek used by our churches year round for camps and retreats. We also have two church buildings, one in Moore and one in Norman, which serve as starting points for new congregations. All these possessions belong to the Lord and we are accountable to Him for our stewardship.

God continues to bless as He invites us to join Him in His work of redemption. "Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think – according to the power that works in you – to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21.

Dr. Preston Collins