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June 16 & 17
SBC Annual Meeting
in Columbus, OH
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June 30
Lynn Stone's
Retirement Reception
2pm @ the JBA

JBA office hours beginning in July:
Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
(closed Fridays)

July 10
Senior Adult Banquet
5:30pm - 7:30pm
@ Murray Hill Baptist Church
Tickets available starting
June 1st for $14 each.

July 10

Church Planters
Suns Baseball Family Event
RSVP tminton@jaxbaptist.org

August 10
E-Team Meetings
9:30am    Expand Team
12:00pm  Equip Team
2:00am    Engage Team

August 18
Church Planter
Peer Learning Groups
9:30am & 7:00pm

August 27
JBA Quarterly Celebration
1:30pm to 3:00pm

June 21 2015

The Added Value of a Network


The JBA EngageJax network exists to connect the mission force with the mission field. We are a group of churches helping each other prevail, multiply and mobilize deeper, wider and further into the Great Commission. As you can see, the local church is the focus of everything we do as a network. There is real, demonstrated value in collaboration, and without our network we believe the mission force in Jax would be smaller, weaker and less connected to the mission field.  Why?  Because we are better together!  Here are a few examples of how the JBA network adds value to our common effort: 

1. We have seen 12 churches participate in a year-long church revitalization journey. The pastors of these churches have supported each other, prayed together and sharpened each other's thinking and leadership.  As a result, they have each developed and are implementing initiatives to bring new health and growth into their congregation. These pastors are each coached and supported by additional JBA EngageJax pastors who meet with them monthly for counsel, prayer and encouragement. This is a great example of church leaders investing in church leaders for the sake of Kingdom advance in the region.

2. We regularly connect churches who seek to partner through collaborative efforts in church revitalization and church restarts. In the past three years the JBA network has been the primary connection for seven church partnerships where two churches partner together to strengthen or restart a declining church. While these autonomous congregations choose to enter into these partnerships, none of them would have occurred if the JBA network had not been a relational connector to engage in the process. The end result is that there are seven growing churches in our city where once there were seven declining churches.

3. Because our network is continuously researching the Northeast Florida mission field, we are able to bring opportunities for missions engagement to the awareness of our member churches. Many new school partnerships, apartment community connections and ministry among the international populations have increased because of this sustained emphasis on researching and building bridges into our communities. 


4.  Over the past four years, our network has grown.  We added 34 new congregations to our participating church roster. Most of these are brand new churches who are supported, coached, resourced and assessed by existing churches.  We have also seen existing legacy churches outside our network seek to join in with SBC causes here and around the world. Because of this, we have greater diversity and a broader missional reach than ever before.  


Just a reminder that all of this is accomplished with a small, focused staff team and a small, but sufficient budget.  These staff and resources do not exist on their own, but are an extension of the member churches of the JBA EngageJax network. We are seeing great Kingdom results with only modest investment of Kingdom resources. 

So there is value added to the churches by being connected through the JBA. Remember, when you connect with others in Kingdom effort, you enlarge your net.  You can always catch more fish with a bigger net!


Rick Wheeler

Rick Wheeler 2012

Lead Missional Strategist

Jacksonville Baptist Association


**Please see in the calendar section above

that our JBA Leadership Team has recently decided and approved a new office schedule and the JBA offices will no longer be open on Fridays.  By doing this, we believe we can still provide the same high level of church resourcing while controlling our administration costs.  This change will take effect July 1st.  



Church Announcements & Celebrations  


Office Volunteers Needed @ JBA If you are retired, a stay-at-home mom or dad, or just want something to do for a couple of hours each week or month, we are looking for those who really enjoy being around other people, have the gift of gab, or have previous office experience. If any of these things ring a bell, we could sure use you as an office volunteer in the JBA office.  For more information, please contact Lynn Stone or Sarah Parnell 727-6800.

Celebrate your faith, family, and freedom at the Patriotic Family Festival presented by First Baptist Church Jacksonville 
Wednesday, July 1, 

  • Fried Chicken Dinner (4:30-6:30 pm, tickets available online at  fbcjax.com/patriotic)
  • Patriotic Service featuring the Kingdom Kidz Choirs and Message by Pastor Mac Brunson (7:00 pm, RLA)
  • Outdoor Festival (7:45 pm) 
  • Presentation of the Colors
  • Hometown Heroes Alley
  • Classic Car Show
  • Outdoor Stage with Musical Entertainment
  • Family Fun Zone with inflatables, face painting, etc.
  •  FIREWORKS (9:15 pm)

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and wear your red, white, and blue. 


Oasis Church is giving away pews for use in church in Jax area...  Good condition... Cushioned seat and back with holders on back for books/hymnal/Bible... 15' long... we currently have 32 total... need to be picked up before the end of June.


Substitute or interim pianist/organist available

Well-seasoned in traditional and contemporary music, has own equipment to do PowerPoint projections. Call Pastor Gary at 904-861-8032


Park City Baptist Church is hosting the mobile dental unit July13-17; also holding a Job/Health Fair at Holiday Inn Express on Chaffee Point Blvd July 20-24. For information, call 904-554-7890.

    Park City needs an apartment or home for a visiting musician who will be establishing orchestra for children. For additional information, call 904-554-7890.


Sky Counseling Center at The Church at Argyle

Sky Counseling Center has recently launched at The Church at Argyle. Sky Counseling Center provides professional counseling, relationship coaching, and spiritual direction, all from a Christian biblical perspective, for individuals, couples, and families. Visit www.skycounseling.com or call 904-800-8553 for more information or to setup an appointment.


Instruments needed - In need of a key board possibly a Roland, a Korg, and a Bass Guitar and if possible the accessories that accommodate those instruments. Contact David Mathis at 904-415-2730.


International Learning Center Opportunity - Volunteer Teaching opportunities are available for assisting in teaching English as a second language. Please contact the Academic Director, Holly Blann, for more information at 13hollyb1130@gmail.com.


Donating your Bibles, books, & hymnals overseas -

Do you have extra Bibles, books, and hymnals?  And a passion for these materials to be used by people overseas?  And without the huge expense normally associated with shipping?

Click Here for details.


Position Opening - Administrative Assistant: Communications/Woship - Deermeadows Baptist Church is looking to fill this full time position.

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Full Time Maintenance person needed - for Cedar Creek Baptist Church and School. For more informatioin contact John W. Montgomery at 904-631-0139 or Fax resume to 904-781-9182.


Two certified Lifeguards needed - for a Day Camp for Cedar Creek Baptist at Canterbury Apartments. Tuesdays through Friday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, $10.00 per hour.

For more information, contact Edna Cooper at 904-416-4121.


College Ministry Intern at Hibernia Baptist Church - The College Ministry intern will learn about College Ministry from sharing the Gospel to making disciples with hands on experience. Through this internship, the individual will assist and report directly to the Young Adult Pastor.   The intern will also be challenged to grow personally and corporately while having the opportunity to make an eternal impact in the life of Hibernia's College ministry.

Click Here for details on how to apply.


House Parent Opening - At the Florida Baptist Children's Home Jacksonville location. We are currently seeking one or two married couples to fill the position of house parents at our Jacksonville campus. The position of House Parent is a live-in residential cottage position for married couples only and marriage for at least two years is a bona-fide occupational qualification for the position.

Click Here for details.

Click Here for description statement.


Opportunity - Local teens are in need of locations to complete court-ordered community service. If you are interested in allowing youth to complete community service at your church and maybe creating a mentor relationship, please contact Keith Money of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice at 904-391-3806.


Back Up Pianist Needed - Orange Avenue Baptist Church is in need of a backup pianist for times their regular pianist is out. Please contact Curtis Phillips at 904-495-8414 or email RealPeaceOfMind@gmail.com.


Needed used and or new Sound System - (etc... Microphones, Projectors, projector screen)- If you have any of this equipment and would like to pass this on to a new church plant, please contact Darriel Hagans at 904-528-0753 or email Joseph Lee at josephlee311@yahoo.com. Or you can contact office number at 904-361-3820.


Music Organ needed - Union Progressive Baptist Church is in need of an organ. Pastor C. R. Morgan can be reached by email at corinthianmorgan68@gmail.com.


Parkwood Counseling Center - is a new resource in the Arlington community and greater Jacksonville area providing clinical counseling for all people. Using innovative, proven and creative strategies the clinicians will provide excellent care and compassion to help you and your family grow in health and stability. 

Click Here for details and cost.


Special Announcement from Florida Baptist Convention 

At the February 2015 State Board of Missions meeting, legal counsel for the Convention was asked to provide a form bylaw provision that could be used by Baptist churches around Florida to clarify how their facilities, assets, and resources might be used. The following statement is provided for consideration by Florida Baptist churches.  If it meets the approval of these autonomous congregations, they may choose to insert this provision into their constitution or bylaws. The statement is attached for your review and also available on our website at:


Attention Pastors - If you are a young pastor of an established church and would be interested in gathering quarterly for fellowship and edification, please email John Green at jgreen@shindler.org.


Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers Needed -

Abused, neglected, and abandoned children need YOUR voice in court. Please visit www.guardianadlitem.org.


Interim Music Leader needed - Springhill Baptist in Fernandina Beach is looking to secure an Part Time Music Man. If interested contact Pastor Bud Long (904) 553-7649.


Part-Time position for Teacher/Leader - in the Young Adult Dept. Hours: SUN 9am-12 & 6-7pm; WED 7-9pm, $100 per week. Please contact Pastor Steve Whitcomb at 904-910-3699 or send resume to steve@promiselandbaptist.org.


Part-Time Music Director - Palm Valley Baptist Church in Ponte Vedra Beach is searching for a part-time Director of Music. Please send resume to: office@PVBaptist.comcastbiz.net.


If your JBA Church has an upcoming event or something to celebrate, let us know!

JBA Team

Rick Wheeler 


Lead Missional Strategist

Josh Dryer
Missional Strategist 

Walter Bennett 


Church Planting Coach/Strategist


Jeff Litton 

Missions Engagement Coordinator/

Financial Bookkeeper


Tim Driscoll


Digital storyteller


Tommy Minton 


Ministry Assistant


Lynn Stone

Administrative Assistant