March 30 – WNCBF Ministers Retreat with Paul Holloway, PhD

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Philippians as consolation? 

Fresh scholarship on dealing with grief in the church from Paul’s epistle will enliven your study

for preaching and teaching, church leadership, and counseling…

Great fellowship with regional ministers…

Enjoying the lovely Lutheridge facility with good food, a labyrinth and local hiking trails!

Lutheridge       2511 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC

Scholarships are available…call Gail Coulter at  828-698-2385 to request.   

Dr. Paul A. Holloway (PhD. University of Chicago, 1998) has recently published Philippians: A Critical and Historical Commentary for the Hermeneia series. He lives in Old Salem, Tennessee, with his family and a small herd of prize milk goats. He is University Professor of Classics and Ancient Christianity at Sewanee: The University of the South. He teaches courses in both the School of Theology (Jewish and Christian Origins) and the College of Arts and Sciences (in the departments of Classics, History, and Religious Studies). Prior to coming to Sewanee, he was senior lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Earlier, he taught at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. 


2019 Winter Ministers’ Retreat at Lutheridge

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Rarely in the church’s history has pastoral ministry been more demanding.  While seasoned pastors face challenges—political divisiveness, declining numbers, increasing demands—at degrees they’ve never experienced before, younger pastors often find themselves diminished or discouraged by a bewildering world of demands.  Ministers young and old may liken this intense climate to a crucible where, every day, we find ourselves at risk of being melted down by the pressures of our vocation.  
Yet, rarely in the church’s history has pastoral ministry been more thrilling.  The Word of God today is still living and active, even explosive, with power to spark new visions and kindle new dreams.  This conference will invite us to remember the fiery elements of our sacred vocation, and consider the crucible of ministry as a setting for radical reformation and new creation.  Together we’ll engage the Scriptures, contend with challenging contexts, find inspiration in ancient and contemporary expressions of bold Christian witness, and leave with more light for our respective paths.

2019 Winter Ministers’ Retreat at Lutheridge is Monday, March 11! Mack Dennis will facilitate us in a day of worship, growth, support, and fellowship! $30 includes coffee, morning refreshments, lunch, and retreat resources.  Invite ministers and clergy, retired and non-retired, to this meaningful gathering!  (Snow date is March 12.) 

Scholarships are available…call Gail Coulter at  828-698-2385 to request.

Lutheridge, 8 Spruce Drive, Asheville, NC

Directions: From I-26, take the Airport Road exit and drive east. Turn right onto Hwy 25. Lutheridge is shortly on the right. We are in the building on the right named “Mission”. Please do not park on the grass. You can go up behind the building and park near the chapel.

9:00 am Coffee and Fellowship
9:15 Opening and Service of Word
9:30 First plenary
10:45 Break
11:00 Break-out groups
12:00 Lunch with free time for conversation or silence. A labyrinth and trails are nearby.
1:15 Second plenary
2:15 Closing and Service of Table


Celebrating Ministry at our 2018 Spring Gathering

Member churches gathered on Sunday evening, May 6, for a time of fellowship and sharing about the exciting ministries supported by WNCBF.

Our meal was provided by the Western North Carolina Baptist Campus Ministries from WCU and UNCA. We are grateful to the students and campus ministers giving of their time in the midst of exam season!! 



“Equip young leaders within their congregation so that they can then lead in their colleges and churches as adults.”  -Wanda Kidd, representing a new team of youth ministers who will develop strategies for growing teen leaders

“We want  to provide a voice for the progressive christian voice not heard on mainstream christian radio.”   -David Rayburn, founder of Practicing Gospel radio/podcast

“The Cuban congregations we minister to don’t want our money, they want our presence and our christian fellowship.” -Joe Yelton, Cuba mission team member, pastor of Hominy Baptist

“Funds from WNCBF provide supplies for sports, arts, and personnel in the First Explorers ministry. This program is a strong system of love and support for many children and families.” -Dianne Yount, representing First Baptist Sylva’s afterschool/preschool/summer camp ministry

“Kairos Retreat is about spending time talking about and experiencing Jesus…learning about grace and becoming people of Christ…not just evangelism.” -Buddy Corbin, leadership team for Kairos Retreat for inmates

“Medical missions will continue in Belize and also expand to Puerto Rico and Kiev. CareNet counseling gives individuals and families needed support.” -Mary Apicella, pastor at Providence Baptist, sharing about First Baptist Marion ministries supported by WNCBF.


Our worship was led by Jane McCoy, First Baptist Weaverville choir and musicians (organ, trumpet, clarinet, hammer dulcimer, and bowed psaltery), and Dr. Guy Sayles (The Flow of Love and Joy).

Remember who you are…a child of God…and mercy is in your DNA! Grace is your inheritance, freedom is your birthright, the love of Jesus courses through your bloodstream, and the joy of Jesus is the air you breathe!   -Dr. Guy Sayles

Spring Gathering, May 6, 2018

First Baptist Church of Weaverville
63 N. Main St., Weaverville
$15 dinner  ~grilled italian chicken, baked potato, salad, dessert and drink~
(pay at the door; registration required for meal)

Register here before May 3

Please preview the following proposed items that will be part of our brief business meeting. (Click on title to download/save and view document.) 

 WNCBF Bylaw updates and WNCBF 2018 Nominating Report.

4:00 Early arrival for fellowship and sign-in
4:30 Celebration of Ministry
5:15 Dinner and WNCBF Business
6:30—7:30 Worship led by Jane McCoy and Guy Sayles
An offering will be taken for WNC Baptist Collegiate Ministries