What is a Baptist Association?

What do Associations Do?
They provide fellowship and opportunity for ministry and an avenue of partnership among Baptist churches by doing local, regional, state, national, and international missions and ministry together: serving as a training, materials, and personnel resources for Baptist churches and leaders and providing encouragement and support for their churches

Through Associations:
…Baptist churches can do local missions and ministry together that they probably could not do individually such as a food pantry/clothes closet, an Hispanic ministry, outreach to vacation/recreation areas, starting new missions/churches, and many other ministries
…Church leaders can get all kinds of training and all kinds of areas from Sunday school to Bible school to middle community ministries to church music. 
…Church leaders can get resources and materials -- videos, tracks, references, guidance, advice, and more.
How does the association work?
South Carolina Baptist associations are financially supported by church gifts (usually 3 to 5 percent of undesignated offerings), with some financial assistance from the South Carolina Baptist State Board of Missions through Cooperative Program gifts.
Each association has a team of elected leaders; the Moderator, and a called associational missionary, the Director of Missions. All associations rely on volunteers to assist with the organization and administration of the fellowship, mission, ministry, and training activities.

From the Director of Missions
Please take a few moments and read the items below. Pray for your association and its leaders.
Associational Emphasis Prayer Guide
The Baptist Association is a partnership of local Southern Baptist churches developing and implementing cooperative Acts 1:8 strategies. It is the desire of the Association, which is comprised of many different churches, to share the story of God’s redeeming love both locally and globally. Please use this prayer God and pray for the South Carolina Baptist Association of churches as they share the story of Jesus’ is love.

Pray that Christians in our associational churches will humble themselves and seek God. 
Pray that God will reveal His will to us. 
Pray for spiritual awakening in our community and in our nation. 
Pray that the members of our associational churches will see the people in our community-our Jerusalem-through eyes of compassion. 
Pray that the compassion of church members will move them to witness to others. 
Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send workers into His field. 
Pray that those that are lost will be receptive to the gospel message. 
Pray that they will believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, so that they will be saved. 
Pray that those that accept Christ will become committed disciples. 
Pray for our associational missionary and team. 
Pray that they will be the spiritual leaders that God wants them to be. 
Pray that God will reveal His vision that leads to renewed passion for ministry. 
Pray for their physical and spiritual protection. 
Pray that God will continue to reveal the plans that He has for the Association. 
Pray for the implementation of those plans. 
Pray that the association will prosper under the direction of the Holy Spirit. 
Pray that our associational churches will become actively involved in missions in our community our state our nation and world and around the world. 
Pray for your associational missionary and team to be good witnesses. 
Pray for your state missionaries, North American Mission Board, and International Mission Board missionaries to be strong witnesses for Christ.

Praise God for all the work that has been accomplished by His power through the Association. Praise God for the leaders that He has provided for the association. 
Praise God for all the things that will be achieved. 
Praise the Lord, for He is good!