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

9 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe

Recently a friend of mine on FaceBook posted an article by Dr. Shane Pruitt titled “9 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe”. As I scrolled through the article, I realized that I had heard ALL of the statements at one time or another in my 25 plus years in ministry. Usually it was someone trying to comfort a friend who had lost a loved one, or someone just trying to be “inclusive”.

Dr. Pruitt gave me permission to include this list in my blog, so here it is. This list also includes biblical references for each statement. We all need to be careful when using the Word of God, that we use it accurately!

Have a great week ladies!

Lisa Anderson, VP of Publicity


9 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe

By Dr. Shane Pruitt

Here is a list of nine popular unbiblical statements that Bible-loving Christians tend to believe:

  1. God helps those who help themselves.

This statement is actually anti-Gospel. Self-reliance and self-righteousness, or the attitude of trying harder and doing better actually gets in the way of the work of God. Jesus saves those who die to themselves: “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24).”

  1. God wants me to be happy.

It’s a common belief that God exists to be our “personal genie” waiting to give us our every wish. It’s amazing how we will justify our sinful actions by saying, “God just wants me to be happy.” Happiness is tied to feelings and emotions that are often based on circumstances, and those change all the time. God wants us to be obedient to Him, trust Him, and know that everything He does is for our good, even if it doesn’t make me feel “happy” in that moment. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).”

  1. We’re all God’s children

Although, God has created everyone. . .not everyone relationally belongs to Him. Only those who have repented of sin, placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and possess the Holy Spirit of God inside of them can claim Him as their Father: “But you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:15b – 16).”

However, those who don’t have Jesus as their Savior, nor have the Holy Spirit of God inside of them actually belong to Satan: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1 – 2).” “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother (1 John 3:10).”

  1. Cleanliness is next to Godliness

The people around you may appreciate you staying clean, but this is not Scripture. Parents may us this unbiblical statement to motivate their kids to clean their rooms. However, I’d suggest using an actual biblical statement: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12).”

  1. God won’t give you more than you can handle

Actually, all of life is more than we can handle. The point of living in a fallen world is not for us to try really hard to carry our heavy burden, but rather give-up, quit, and surrender to God, that’s what faith is all about. Every thing is more than I can handle, but not more than Jesus can handle: “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself (2 Corinthians 1:8).” “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).”

  1. We all worship the same God

Yes, there is only one true and living God: “know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other (Deuteronomy 4:39).” However, He only accepts worship that comes through Jesus Christ, not Muhammad, Buddha, Joseph Smith, etc: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).”

  1. Bad things happen to good people

Often we place ourselves in the judgment seat of what is good and bad, or who is good and bad. The most popular way to make that judgment is by comparison. For example, Bob is a good guy, because he is not as bad as Sam. However, according to the Bible we’re all on equal ground because none of us is inherently good: “as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10)’.”

  1. When you die, God gains another angel

Plain and simple. Humans are humans, and angels are angels. This remains so even in eternity. In fact, angels are intrigued by the interaction between God and His “image-bearing” humans: “It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look (1 Peter 1:12).”

  1. We’re all going to the same place when we die

There are two possible destinations when we pass: Heaven and Hell. However, only those who are in Christ will be with Him for all eternity when they physically die: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).”

The fact that many of us Christians believe these unbiblical statements shows our unfortunate overall biblical illiteracy. Instead of swallowing popular statements hook-line-and-sinker; may we be like the Bereans in the Book of Acts. When they heard Paul preach, they wanted to research the Scriptures themselves to authenticate what he was saying: “The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so (Acts 17:10 – 11).”



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We are so excited to announce the location for the 2017 National Conference ! It’s going to be held in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greenville, South Carolina.

There are so many things to do in Greenville that we know you will want to plan a few extra days either before or after the conference to take in the sites such as the downtown shopping and restaurant area, so many historic sites and museums in addition to state, county, and local parks.

We’ll be sharing more about the national conference in the coming days and will be opening up registration very soon.

We are already praying for you and can’t wait to see what God is going to do at the 2017 meeting! Please begin praying with us – first, pray for God to provide the finances/time off work for you to attend whether that’s through your church budget or other means. Secondly, please pray for what God is going to show you and teach you while there. It’s exactly 365 days from today! We can’t wait to see you!

Much love,

NASBS President


Is Security a Concern?

Do you work in an area where you sometimes feel your safety is compromised?

I am the only one in my office and I cannot see the entry door.  When I am in the building alone, I keep my office door locked.  In fact when my pastor leaves, he locks the door for me.  I thank him and make sure I have my keys on me so I do not get locked out.  We have a system that alerts me when someone is entering the building (only 1 entryway unlocked during office hours).  I then wait for a person to appear at the glass window inset in my door before allowing entrance into the office.  Thankfully, I have never had anyone to come while I have been alone who frightened me.

Are there other precautions that I need to take?  Yes.  Some of those precautions are unique to my particular situation, but some are universal.

Sandy Weakley, ministry admin for Dover Baptist Association in Ashland, Virginia, has made a short video about security / safety and has allowed me to share.  Thank you, Sandy!  

Think about common sense solutions to areas that may concern you.  Then formulate a plan, share it with those who need to know and who can help implement it, and put it into action.

Want to know more?  There will be a comprehensive course offered @ the NASBS 2017 conference. We would love for you to join us!

I pray God’s protection over you as you work for Him.  Be aware!!!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  -Joshua 1:9, NIV


Joan Newsome

VP Membership


It’s Newsletter Deadline AGAIN!

How many of us still do monthly newsletters and send out by USPS, or as some would say…snail mail?

I do because a number of our members do not have access to computers.  For those who do have computers, many are in rural areas with limited towers causing poor reception.

In October 2015, I went to a seminar given by the postal service to learn about the Intelligent Mail for Small Business (IMsb) Tool.  By learning this method of printing newsletter labels I have saved the church the yearly $220 bulk mail fee.  It takes me a little longer to go through the process of printing labels, but eventually everyone who does bulk mailings will have to use this process.  So, learn now or learn later.

God is good….He allowed this older ministry assistant to learn the new system, so it should be a cinch for you ladies to understand and learn easily.

Just a reminder: you will need to use 1” x 4” labels, 20 labels per sheet…the intelligent barcode is long!

Full-service benefits: reduced costs, accurate delivery, monitor service

Registration (via the Business Customer Gateway):

Postal One! Help Desk: 800.522.9085 or

I pray God blesses each of you as you perform your jobs in service to Him.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.   Colossians 3:23-24

 Praising God for each of you,


Joan Newsome, VP Membership



Out With the Old! Or Is It?

It’s that time of year of longer hours of daylight, warmer days and sunshine, and an itch to do some spring cleaning at home and at the office!  In fact, we are planning a work day later this week at our office to clean out the storage room that has been neglected for quite a while. While I am inclined to just toss out all the boxes, I am going to need to take some time to be sure I don’t toss some important things that would be very difficult to recover if ever needed.

Document retention is an important part of any office.  I came across this helpful quick reference guide recently, and wanted to pass along to you.  I hope it helps you as you come across those things that you just aren’t sure about!

Sample Document Retention Schedule

Happy organizing, shredding, and tossing!


Judy Gay, NASBS Secretary/Treasurer