An Overview of Our Association
The Hamilton County Baptist Association is a self-governing voluntary association of one hundred Southern Baptist churches and missions for the purpose of missions and ministry. This voluntary relationship is evidenced in cooperative mission and ministry efforts among the churches. We are one of 1200 associations of churches throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.
The mission work our member churches do together includes English as a Second Language involving more than one hundred volunteers teaching ESL weekly in seven locations ten times weekly reaching ethnics from more than forty countries. The HaCoBACare Ministry Center located in St. Elmo is operated by a corps of more than one hundred volunteers each month as HaCoBACare for eight years has been the number one provider of emergency groceries to families referred by the city’s 211 help line. Churches may refer persons to this center for food and/or clothing.
The HaCoBACare food pantry ministry started in November 1991. It has expanded over the years to include computer classes, periodic health screenings and flu shot clinics. The churches provide volunteers who work in grocery disbursement. Located in the rear of the St. Elmo Avenue Baptist Church, HaCoBACare is staffed totally by volunteers and is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00am until 12:30 pm. We depend on the generosity of our churches and members to provide the center with food, clothes, Christmas toys (for 766 children this year), and Bibles.
Free training conferences, workshops and other events are planned and provided for all the churches of the association in response to the requests of the churches in the area of education, administration and missions.
The association staff can help provide leadership training for church workers locally. Helpful counsel is offered to church leaders and church staff in areas related to administrative matters such as budget planning, personnel compensation, payroll matters, legal issues and taxes.
In relation to personnel matters, counsel and training are provided upon request for search committees to enhance their efforts when looking for additional or new staff persons. Conflict resolution can be addressed. Staff termination, staff relations, job descriptions, personnel policies, business practices and other staff related matters can be addressed.
Fellowship groups of local church staff members meet monthly. Individualized consultation needs are met by the associational staff’s willing response. Training is offered related to computer use, publication needs and burnout prevention. Resume services are offered and training in church growth is provided along with other regularly scheduled training opportunities.
Joel Wood, Interim Director of Missions [(423) 280-7970], is happy to meet with you. We look forward to the opportunity to get to know your church and for you to get to know us.
You may reach us at 267-3794 or come by to visit us at 6625 Lee Highway.