About Rick Barnhart

State Missionary Rick Barnhart has been employed by the State Board of Missions since August 2012 and is director of the office of Associational Missions and Church Planting. Rick and his wife, Marcy, are members at Lifeway Community Church, Loxley. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Celebrating Associations in October

Associations are networks of churches in your geographical region that gather together usually around this time of year and many in October: (1) to celebrate what God has been doing among the churches and (2) to help you understand what the churches in your association can do to spread the Gospel together to reach communities [...]

Reaching the Summit: Avoiding and Reversing Decline in the Church

Encouraging, challenging, insightful and practical are words to describe the work George Yates has accomplished with his book Reaching the Summit. The subtitle of the book is “Avoiding and Reversing the Decline in the Church.” He methodically works through the five phases of decline: “Loss of Vision,” “Lack of Purpose,” “Denial of Reality,” “Grasping for [...]

Crossing North America

CROSSing North America is the theme for the 2014 Associational Missions Emphasis. (The suggested date among Alabama Baptists for Associational Missions Week is May 19-26.) You can access all the materials for promotion without cost to your association by going to www.sbcal.org and establishing an account of access. CROSSing North America contains five initiatives as you cross: Pray, [...]

A Glimpse of Heaven on Earth

The 46th Annual Racial Reconciliation Conference (formerly the Human Relations Conference) is, I believe, a must-attend event. It features a glimpse of what heaven is like. In Revelation 7:14, the Apostle John saw a multitude of all nations and kindred and people and tongues. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Thy Kingdom [...]