October 2003
BCA News


President's Message: Dishin' with Doug

Officers Gather in Nashville

Spirit of St. Louis--Workshop

Call for Entries Approaching

Do you know a Communications Student?

Missions Update

New Members

Open Positions

Professional Development: BRAIN FOOD

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Dishin’ with Doug
2003-2004 BCA President

 I had been a communications student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for just a few months when I first heard about Baptist Public Relations Association. I was working part-time in the Office of Public Relations and, like many of my fellow students, had no idea at the time what career God had in store for me. With the encouragement of my supervisor, I became a member of BPRA and attended my first workshop in 1987 in Atlanta. During those three days, I learned a lesson which has stayed with me through these 17 years – there is value and strength in gathering together with people you have something in common with, vocationally and spiritually.


I spoke recently with an Alabama pastor about a leadership development experience he had at Glorieta Conference Center earlier this year.  When I asked what the most important thing he took from that conference was – the one concept that would shape his ministry for years to come – he stated “Just knowing that I’m not alone, and that there are others facing the same struggles and challenges as me.” That’s what my involvement in BPRA, now BCA, has meant to me. It’s a constant reminder that I’m not alone. I’m part of a circle of friends and co-laborers walking along the same pathway, who constantly provide me encouragement, insight and strength. Whether it’s through face-to-face contact at the annual workshop or quick emails and phone calls through the year, such opportunities for interaction have had worth beyond measure.


The writer of Hebrews knew all about this truth when he wrote, “let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other …” (Hebrews 10:24-25, HCSB). Whether it be regular worship opportunities or special events like BCA’s 50th anniversary workshop and celebration, times of gathering together are important.


I hope you’re already making plans to be at the April workshop. I hope you’re taking advantage of opportunities to be more involved in BCA. I hope you’re inviting fellow communicators who are not in BCA to become members. But most of all, I hope you are about the business of “promoting love and good works” and “encouraging each other,” both through BCA and in whatever field of ministry God has placed you.


Doug Rogers is Communications Coordinator for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions and has been a member of BCA since 1987. Contact him at drogers@alsbom.org.



Officers Gather in Nashville

In addition to appointing Polly House as scholarship committee chairman, BCA president Doug Rogers named past-president Tim Yarbrough as chairman of the nominating committee during a meeting of the association’s officers on Friday, September 26 at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville. Rogers also updated the officers on the re-design of the website and discussed his goals for the year.


Paul Huse, program vice president, outlined a tentative workshop schedule with officers via a teleconference. Huse and his staff were still in negotiations with a downtown hotel.


The deadline for submitting entries in this year’s awards competition was set as February 2 by awards chairperson Cathy Humphrey. Judging will take place in Duluth, Ga., in March.


Membership vice president Randy Cowling took suggestions on how to market the association to prospective new members and students.


Historian Chip Turner discussed updating the association’s written history and formatting it to CD-ROM. Turner received further suggestions on commemorating the 50th Anniversary during the workshop in St. Louis.


Joe Conway reported the missions committee is talking with leaders at the East St. Louis Community Center about doing a missions event at the center during this year’s workshop. This year’s missions opportunity will be held during one of the last days of the conference.


Items tabled for further discussion included options for scholarship funding, purchase of a copier for the BCA office and a proposed salary increase for administrative coordinator Keith Beene.


The next officers meeting will be held in February in Nashville. If you have an item of business that you would like the officers to discuss, contact BCA president Doug Rogers at drogers@alsbom.org.


“Spirit of St. Louis”

The 2004 BCA Annual Workshop "Spirit of St. Louis" will celebrate the association's 50th anniversary right where it all began in 1954 in St. Louis, Mo. On April 14-17, join BCA in revisiting the history of our organization and take advantage of all that St. Louis has to offer! In addition to specially designed seminars that will sharpen and re-invigorate your communications skills, the program committee is planning local trips to the fabulous Fox Theatre, and a St. Louis Cardinals game for sports enthusiasts. The Westin-St. Louis, a four-star hotel located downtown, will serve as the conference hotel. More information about registration and hotel costs will be mailed to you soon. Continue to check the BCA website for further workshop details as they become available http://www.baptistcommunicators.org/workshop/workshop.htm


“Catch the Spirit” … Call for Entries Approaching

This year’s awards competition theme is “Catch the Sprit of BCA in St. Louis.” The Call for Entries packet will be sent out at the end of December, so be looking for it in your mail after the holidays. Entry deadline will be Monday, February 2 and winner letters will go out in March. For questions, contact Cathy Humphrey, awards committee chair, at chumphrey@gbddm.org


Do you know a Communications Student?

Our association continues to help students train for careers in religious communications through its scholarship programs.


BCA will award three scholarships next spring for the 2004-2005 academic year. The deadline for application is Friday, December 5, 2003.


A scholarship for $1,000 will be awarded to an undergraduate student and one $500 scholarship to a graduate student in the name of Al Shackleford and Dan Martin. The $1,000 Alan Compton/Bob Stanley Minority and International Scholarship is given to an undergraduate student of minority ethnic or international origin.


Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have vocational aspirations in religious communications. Funds may be used for tuition, books, housing or food and will be forwarded to the institution in which the student is enrolled no later than August 1, 2004. Students may request an application by contacting Keith Beene, BCA administrative coordinator, at (615) 904-0152 or by email at bca.office@comcast.net.


Missions Update

Building on the momentum of a terrific mission trip to Tijuana this past spring, 2004 in St. Louis promises to raise the sights on the BCA mission experience. Planning is still in the initial phases, but how would you like to help a boy or girl write a letter to his or her mother, father, grandmother or grandfather?


In marking BCA's 50-year heritage, Mission St. Louis will help celebrate the heritage of family for these young people. What better way to use your communication skills then to help share the gospel and recognize the significant contributions of family members in the lives of children. Watch for details in an upcoming issue of the BCA newsletter.


For questions or more information, contact Joe Conway at jconway@namb.net.


New Members 

Gerald Harris is editor of the Christian Index. You can contact him at gharris@christianindex.org.


Kristen Owens is assistant public relations director for the Georgia Baptist Developmental Disabilities Ministries. You can contact her at Kristen@gbddm.org.


Laura Rich is graphic editor for the Biblical Recorder. You can contact her at laura@biblicalrecorder.org.


Open Positions

The Christian Index, the oldest continuously published religious newspaper in the nation, is seeking a production editor. Responsibilities include working with the graphic design editor in producing each issue of the paper. Design skills not needed. Editing skills required; writing and photography skills would not be a priority but would be an asset. Salary commensurate with skill level; five years experience preferred. Position open immediately.


Please send resumes to Joe Westbury, Managing Editor, at jwestbury@christianindex.org.The Christian Index, which is published twice monthly, is owned and published by the Georgia Baptist Convention in Atlanta.


Professional Development: BRAIN FOOD


Designing Brochures:  Bring people into your cause.  It is most effective

when it is intentional and targets an intended audience.



Photo Tips for Communicators:  When it comes to communicating your work and

vision, few things surpass the value of good pictures.



Articles Requested:  Do you have a how-to article?  How about a why-it-works white paper?  Have you ever written a critique on photography or Web sites?

If you have an article that would help your fellow communicators, submit it for consideration to the Professional Development Officer, Mark Snowden, at

msnowden@imb.org. Check out the papers we have already received which are published at http://www.baptistcommunicators.org/prodev.htm.



Don’t Forget…


Visit http://www.baptistcommunicators.org for helpful articles, member info, personal development articles, and news on the upcoming conference in St. Louis!



Send items for the BCA newsletter to Keith Beene at bca.office@att.net or newsletter editor Sara Horn at sara.horn@lifeway.com.

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