Baptist Collegiate Ministry leaders gather to fellowship, connect

Baptist Collegiate Ministry leaders from across Arkansas gathered this past weekend, Jan. 20-22, at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention to fellowship and connect with one another as well as participate in a few workshops led by the College + Young Leaders Team.  

The Collegiate Missions Discovery weekend began on Friday, Jan. 20, with a winter workshop for community college ministries. Arkansas Baptist State Convention College + Young Leader Team member Chris Larmoyeux kicked off the evening, welcoming those in attendance and providing a brief devotion.  

“What we want to do is primarily fellowship and enjoy being together. And we want you all to feel loved and to connect with one another, to share stories with one another, to encourage each other,” Larmoyeux told those in attendance.  

His devotion was followed by a vision and mission discussion by Bruce Venable of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention College + Young Leaders Team. He said their mission is to assist churches in reaching the next generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the most strategic mission field in the world.  

The evening continued with a fall semester discussion and recap. 

Kirk Owens of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at East Arkansas Community College-Wynne was scheduled to kick off Saturday’s events with devotion followed by a presentation on Lead>Defend by Bit Stephens of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention College + Young Leader Team and discussions led by Arliss Dickerson, a former BCM campus minister at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. 

Full-time campus ministers joined the fun around mid-morning on Saturday. Events wrapped up on Sunday, Jan. 22.  

Other speakers expected over the weekend included John McCallum, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs, Thomas Guinee, Assistant Campus Minister, Fayetteville, and Dr. Rex Horne, interim executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.  

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