A Word from Mike.....

I am just finishing five-weeks as short-term interim at FBC Pine Bluff. It has been a great time of fellowship and excitement as they anticipate their new pastor, Dalton Adger, to be on the field the week after Labor Day. As you have the opportunity, please welcome Dalton and his family to Pine Bluff and to the HBA. I look forward to seeing how God will work in the days ahead at FBC.


With that in mind, any time I can help any of our churches as an interim, I am delighted to do so. It provides an excellent forum for me to spend more personal time with our people and help them through the immediate challenges of searching for a new pastor, as well as offering suggestions and assistance in preparing for the changes ahead. Please call on me if I can help you in such a way.


As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we are preparing to begin our internship / ministry training. It is open to anyone who would like to grow in their ability to know and serve God. We will start with a

4-week series of classes that will introduce the content and direction of this ministry, and then move from there into more extended training (for those who are interested). These studies will build upon one another, so to get the full benefit, it is important to attend each one.


The four-week series will address:

  1. A consideration of how we process information.
  2. How to handle scripture as accurately as possible
  3. How God made us to function in specific individual ways
  4. How to apply biblical truth directly to life and ministry


The classes will be held at the HBA office on Tuesday nights at 6:00 p.m. (2 sessions per night), beginning Sept. 12 through Oct. 3. Please let me know if you plan to attend and/or have questions.


Our HBA Annual Meeting is just around the corner (Oct. 9), and we are planning to do it a little differently this year. We will have two sessions with a meal in between. The schedule will be as follows:


4:00 pm Afternoon Session

5:30 pm Meal

6:30 pm Evening Session


We hope this schedule will be a little more relaxed and provide a welcomed change of pace. Please be sure to elect your messengers and make plans to attend. It will be a great time for the association as we reflect on the past year and anticipate the year to come.

May God direct and bless as we continue to serve Him together!