3 Workshops That Will Make You More Valuable to Your Pastor

“Easier . . . Faster . . . Smarter” will teach you ways to use modern technology to accomplish the same work faster and easier. Technology can be overwhelming but this class will help break it down into simple steps that are easy to understand.

“Church Safety & Security” led by Greenville Sheriff, Rick Clark will give you tools to take back and share with your church in regards to keeping your congregation and campus safe in this ever changing world we live in.

“10 Common Financial Mistakes” will help you avoid the most common pitfalls in accounting practices for churches. This is just one of the many financial classes offered throughout the conference.

These are just a few of the great workshops offered at the national conference for ministry assistants held in Greenville, Sc. April 26-28, 2017. For more information, please go to nasbs.net.



 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter… though a person may be weighed down by misery.  Ecclesiastes 8:6 NIV

I have recently reread a statement I wrote that was published for the 2015 NASBS conference on my bio sheet “Getting to Know the Team…” since I was being introduced as a new officer:

“I am in position now to have time to serve…”

I had no idea how those words would come back to haunt me. I have found it challenging for at least a year to have that time to serve / and or to feel like serving.  I have gone from being reasonably healthy to enduring a great deal of pain to finding interventions for that pain that now requires physical therapy three times weekly.  Thankfully, the pain is better, but my time is diminished, as are my physical abilities. (Praise the Lord for a retired husband who helps so much ~ what a blessing!)

With all that was happening with my body, God was renewing my mind daily, even when I felt no joy due to the great pain. I relied on Him through this verse:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NIV

Not only has He given me rest, He has renewed my hope that I will be able to finish my term of office as a help and not a hindrance.


So, as 2016 comes to a close and 2017 begins, I pray God enhances the time for each of us so we can make the most of each day for His glory.


Please pray for Amy, Lisa, Judy (who is also enduring pain) and me during these next four months ~ that our 2017 conference Portrait of Grace is all that God intends it to be.  If you have not yet done so, register for the conference, reserve your hotel room, renew your membership (or become a new member), and order your t-shirt.  Go to nasbs.net for more information.


Hope to see you in Greenville, SC, April 26-28, 2017!


Joan Newsome, Membership VP

2017 Conference Workshops led by Bert Spann



Ladies — meet my pastor, Bert Spann. He has such a heart for missions & for wanting churches to know what their goals & mission statements are. Bert will be leading two workshops at our Conference next April!


Using Your Influence —

Every church is full of great potential, and many times that potential goes untapped.  This session will look at how a church can go from discovering who God wants your church to be, through the process of how to fulfill that calling.  This breakout will offer practical suggestionsand tested recommendations in how to become everything God has called
you to be.


Mission Trip Organization —

Mission trips are like a good home-cooked meal.  Everyone enjoys the trip when they sit down, but often they don’t realize all the work that went into preparing what is before you.   This breakout will offer practical advice, helpful tips, and valuable resources in helping you and your church pull off a successful mission trip.  By the time your van pulls out or your plane takes off, the things we discuss in this breakout will help you leave with some peace of mind.  Remember, missions doesn’t happen on accident!


Sign up NOW for the 2017 NASBS Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. We have a LOT of great workshops waiting for you!



2017 Conference Workshops led by Joey Staples

I’d like to introduce you to Joey Staples. He’s on staff at First Baptist Branson and is a licensed, certified counselor. He’ll be leading 3 workshops at our meeting in April.




“Bringing Order out of Chaos”

Being a “ministry assistant” is much like being an orchestra leader. It requires coordinating Staff of various gifting and talents. When everyone is playing in sync, the music is beautiful. But when the notes waver, it requires coordinating relationship and communication.

This class will explore how to exhibit grace in the midst of the chaos. And this class will help develop tools to building teamwork in the office environment.


“Boundaries: Calm, Confident, Assertive”

This class will focus on the role of servant-leaders and the need for self care in the role office administration. Establishing boundaries in the workplace is key for longevity and confidence in setting a healthy tone for the office community. This class will develop practical borders for healthy administrative work.


“Silent Suffering, Staying Strong”

The role of an office administrator “bond slave” is difficult. It’s hard to willingly serve sometimes. But being at peace inwardly can be separated from outward circumstances. This class will focus on steps to staying strong in one’s calling whether the atmosphere of the workplace is easy or difficult. This class will explore steps toward having inward security and safety in using the valuable gift of administration.


It’s only 168 days away! Can’t wait! I hope to see you there!



Grace and Salt

Newsletter deadline…it must get to the post office…”But, I need this printed before the directory photographers arrive”…phone rings…someone comes into the office…phone rings…document will not set correctly….phone rings….”This needs to be done before the mail delivery”…open today’s email: yikes, this request needs to be filled like yesterday…another person comes into the office….”Have you had time to…?”…phone rings…document will not print, plus the paper size needs to be changed….the phone rings: ”Yes, the family would like a luncheon following the 11:00 graveside service”… Lord, let me find time to eat so I can take my pain meds, please.  Breathe now…I am with you…rely on me.

Can anyone relate?  Especially if you are the only person in the office, which makes you the receptionist, the minister’s admin assistant, the office manager, the go-to person for everything, the one with all the answers and information, and on and on!

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:6 NIV

 Have you ever had all of the above happen and someone walks in your office, look at your desk and ask, “My, what have you been up to?  Certainly not getting your work done.”  What’s that, Lord? Remember the verse.  Show others my grace in your response. Oh, okay.  I remember.

 “How may I help you today? May I tell you how much God loves you?  Do you have the time?”

Yes, Lord. May my responses bring glory to your name.

 Praying that each of you may have encouragement from those you serve so that your rushed days allow you to breathe in the refreshing of our Lord.


Joan Newsome,  Membership VP

Stay Connected

My husband and I had a good weekend visit with our daughter and her family (grandchildren-YES!) that culminated with our son in law’s baptism – praise the Lord!  I wrote this on the 3-hour ride home and was reminded how much easier it is to do on the computer!

The pad of paper on which I wrote proclaimed Stay Connected which is what we as NASBS officers are attempting to do so that all who attend the national conference next April 26-28 can stay connected to those you have met at previous conferences as well as  to those who attend from your state associations.

The Baptist Ministry Assistants of Virginia (BMAV) met September 22-23 and I so enjoyed seeing old friends as well as making new ones.  The connections are precious and remind me that I am blessed to know these remarkable women whose work glorifies God.

The BMAV theme was Imagine…ME.  Did you ever imagine you would be where you are today?  Have you seen the ways God has drawn you to Himself, the abilities He has given you to work for Him, and the place He has given you to serve?  I can look back and recognize the ways He has prepared me to be where I am today.  He has been with me every step of the way.  I look forward to seeing where He takes me in the future.

Speaking of the future, we hope you are praying about and planning for next April.  Amy, Judy, Lisa and I would love to have the opportunity to stay connected with you.  We have many blessings awaiting us through our speakers and break out session presenters.  Imagine the great time God is preparing for each of us as we come together to strengthen connections, grow spiritually, and learn things to carry back to the office.  See you there!


Your Membership VP

Esther Burroughs will join us in Greenville!

esther-burroughsLadies! We’re so excited about the upcoming conference in April 2017! Esther Burroughs is coming as our keynote speaker and she is phenomenal! She is a mix of Southern charm and wit all rolled into one! She will be speaking on what it means to be a Portrait of Grace and I don’t know about you, but there are days that I definitely need to be reminded what a portrait of grace looks like.

Here’s a clip of Ms. Burroughs sharing about a precious moment with her grand daughter . . .



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God’s Got This

Ladies — I feel that God is wanting me to share with all of you something that happened in our family last week. Last Wednesday night my husband, Greg, & I attended our Mid-Week Prayer Service, as did my two daughters & their families. After the service, Greg & I decided to go over to one of our daughter’s homes for just a few minutes. Her 3 year old daughter, Jansen Grace, had begged & begged for a trampoline & her daddy had given in & bought one a few weeks ago. When Greg & I got there, Jansen & her two big brothers told us to come watch them do their tricks on the trampoline. Being the good grandparents we are, we obliged, & clapped & cheered them on as they were jumping & having fun.

After a little while, my daughter, Lauren, her husband, Ryan, & Greg & I turned away from the trampoline & were discussing something else. All of the sudden we heard a loud “thump”, followed by Caden, the oldest son, screaming “Jansen, Nooooo!”. We turned around to see Jansen lying lifeless on the ground, her head lying on the deck beside the trampoline. Caden was already down beside her, picking her limp body up.

We all rushed over where they were, & my husband immediately laid Jansen back down flat. Her parents were hysterical, both brothers screaming & sobbing & I was dumbfounded, watching my husband beside our precious granddaughter, who showed no signs of life. She was knocked out for about 3-4 minutes & at first didn’t seem to be breathing. Greg gave her a few rescue breaths & she started breathing.

I grabbed the two boys & took them inside, grabbed my phone & made 4 phone calls — the first to 911, then to our Pastor, then to my other daughter, Marissa, then to Tracy, our Prayer Warrior leader at church. Then, I grabbed my grandsons, trying to calm them. We stood in the hallway of their home, hugged up, praying. I kept telling the boys, “God’s Got This”, “He is in control”, “We have to trust Him”. I said these things over & over again.

To tell you the truth, Ladies, I’m not sure I even believed what I was saying. Everything we had just seen outside told me that Jansen was gone, that she wasn’t going to be all right. But I am SO thankful that God understands our murmurings & HEARS our prayers!! After a few minutes, I heard Jansen cry & I told the boys “She’s going to be ok, she’s crying!” Then, we waited for the ambulance. Seemed like it took forever to get there, but it was only about 7-8 minutes. My daughter, Marissa, got there right after the ambulance & took over taking care of the boys. I headed outside to check on Jansen. She was still unconscious, coming to every now & then, crying & throwing up. They put a c-collar on her & loaded her up in the ambulance.

We live in a small, rural county. The closest ER is 45 minutes away in Columbia. Nashville is an hour and a half away. The Paramedic called for a helicopter to come & transport Jansen to Vanderbilt, but none were available because storms were predicted. By the time the ambulance got to Columbia, however, a helicopter from Huntsville, Alabama had flown in to meet them. They transferred my grandbaby to the helicopter, where they intubated her to keep her airway clear, & we watched as they flew away (a very helpless feeling!). We all got into my car & drove to Nashville, arriving at Vanderbilt around 10:30. They had taken Jansen to get x-rays & a CT scan, so we waited. We knew that we had people praying for Jansen, literally all over the world! Say what you want about FaceBook, but there were hundreds of people praying for us almost immediately after the accident! Prayer Chains from many different churches were started for this little girl, most of whom had never met Jansen.

As we waited, we all realized how much we are NOT in control, especially in situations like this! I reflected on what I told the boys right after it happened — God’s Got This!. On Saturday after the accident, the devotion in my Journey magazine was titled “God’s Got This”. The scripture used was Philippians 4:6 — “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I continued with verse 7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” My family & I felt this peace deeply last week & haven’t stopped praising God yet!!

Around midnight. we were able to go & see Jansen in the Pediatric ICU. She was lying there, so pale, on a ventilator. The doctors came in & said she had a temporal skull fracture, but no brain bleeds, so no surgery was needed. Praise God! They took her off of the vent, & around 2:00 a.m., she sat up in the bed & told her Mom, “I’m all better now!” Wow! What a difference just 6 hours can make!


Jansen came home on Friday afternoon & now our biggest concern is making her slow down & stop climbing on everything! Her Nanna (me!) just can’t quit hugging & loving on her & reminding her about how much Jesus loves her! God is good!!

Thank you for reading this lengthy blog. I just want to brag on my Jesus!!


Have a blessed week!



New Technology — Do Not Be Afraid

Android, Apple, Mac, IPad, Kindle, Office 365, Office 2016, Quick Books, texting, Snapchat, selfies, Twitter, Facebook, apps for everything —- ever feel technologically challenged?!!

Thankfully, if one Googles a word, term or need, one will find a multitude of helps at one’s fingertips – some free, some not.  Isn’t it wonderful how God created the brain so that it is able to expand and learn all that we need to learn in order to work efficiently?  We just need to be creative in our approaches to the new, how to learn the new, and then use the new.

And isn’t it wonderful that He never changes?  In the midst of this fast-paced living, we have the ability to stop, rest in His Word and know that when all else fails (no electrical power, computer glitches, human error) He is the same.  He is waiting for us to come to Him, present our cares and concerns and then He offers solutions as only He can.

So, whatever you are facing today, know that there is a solution.  Do you have a specific need for a type of knowledge?  Contact us or share it on NASBS Facebook page so your peers can offer an idea, website or name that will help you toward a solution.

Remember, we do not stand alone.  We have assistance from fellow ministry assistants.  God has told us that He is with us and not to be afraid.  Try something new today!

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.  1 Chronicles 28:20.

 Praising God for all of you who are in the service of the Lord!


Joan Newsome

VP Membership