Maryland/Delaware Baptists are on the move. From sharing ways to reach our children and grandchildren with the Gospel, to teaching and learning about personal spiritual growth, and in the case of the Baltimore Baptist Association, they are literally moving!
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:9-1
The Baltimore Baptist Association (BBA) Parkville building sold earlier this month and the administrative office
temporarily moved to Middle River Baptist Church, 610 Middle River Rd., 21220. Over the next few months, the BBA Leadership Team will select a more permanent home for the BBA office.
BBA Administrator Theresa Sassard said the association leadership is thrilled that the building sold for almost exactly for the amount that the team had hoped. The former BBA office will now be occupied by a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counseling center.
This sale completes a two-year transition period for facilities where the BBA was able to gift one property to an inner-city ministry, sell their ownership stake in a multi-use facility, and now sell the old office in Parkville. With these additional revenue streams, the BBA is now poised for even greater effectiveness in the years to come. BBA Executive Director Tally Wilgis, the pastor of Captivate Church, said the BBA is building a “serious brotherhood.” “We are now giving away the vast majority of our budget to ministry and missions in the Baltimore region. Our goal is to operate the Baltimore Baptist Association in such a way that nearly 100% of gifts are able to be a blessing to our pastors, churches, and neighbors.”
The facility change is merely an outgrowth of what Pastor Wilgis says has been a change in association culture. “The BBA has seen an increase in participation, giving, and true concern for pastors whether they be across town or across the street.” Much of this connection is coming from the association’s monthly lunches hosted for free by the BBA. “In terms of true brotherhood, I hear it in the level of details in the conversations at the table — men who love God and the city, breaking bread and sharing their hearts over a great meal. It’s a good start to 2019,” he said.
The BBA office may be reached by calling 410-882-0000.
Pleasant View Baptist Church, in Port Deposit, Md., will welcome speaker and author Josh McDowell from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm on March 23.
McDowell, who has shared his testimony with 25 million people, speaking in 125 countries, was an agnostic who examined the claims of Christianity and was surprised to find them true. He has written or co-authored over 150 books, including the popular, “More than a Carpenter,” and “Evidence that Demands a Verdict.”
At PVBC, McDowell will share about the dynamics of parenting and grandparenting, and leading children to Christ.
Tickets are $20 through Feb. 28, and the cost rises to $25 on March 1. Lunch is included but only guaranteed if tickets are purchased by March 17. There is a group discount — with every tenth ticket the group gets one free.