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January 26, 2023

Josh Faucett, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales, has been hired as the Event Trailer Caretaker for Tri-Area Baptist Association. We appreciate the willingness of Josh's church to share their pastor with Tri-Area in this way. This paid position was created by action taken by our Executive Board at their last meeting.

Josh will be responsible for inspecting and maintaining the event trailers and their content. His job description calls for him to:

1. Inspect trailers after they have been returned by churches to approve the refunding of the church’s deposit during the period that they are available for use by churches – February-November;

2. See to arrangements for any repairs to the trailers through-out the year;

3. See to arrangements for any repairs to the trailer contents, machines, blow up games, etc. through-out the year;

4. Coordinate an annual inspection of all trailer equipment during the off months of December and January;

5. Arrange for any needed replacement of equipment during the off months; and 

6. Assist association staff and/or volunteers as needed.

We welcome Josh to this position; and are grateful for God’s provision through Tri-Area churches that made this improvement in our event trailer ministry possible.
Tri-Area wants to thank Pastor Michael Erwin for his work as a volunteer to help us with our event trailer ministry for the past three years. With him living in San Jon and the trailers being located at the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home in Portales. This was quite an effort on his part, and we appreciate his faithful service.

The new regional consultant for the BCNM People Groups Team, Mario Navarro, spoke this past Sunday morning at Cristo es la Puerta in Portales. Mario will be responsible for working with churches along the eastern side of our state as far north as Clovis and along the southern part of our state as far west at Silver City. he and his wife, Marlene, live in Hobbs.

Afterwards, Mario and his wife, Marlene, went to lunch with Pastor Arturo and his wife, Margarita, and their two daughters, Jaqueline and Jasmin, at the Los Agaves restaurant in Portales. Pastor Candelario Renova and his wife, Olivia, who serve at Iglesia Bautista El Divino Salvador in Bethel, were also able to join them for lunch.


This training opportunity will be presented by the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, under the direction of our state Children and Women’s Ministry Strategist, Katy Parker. It will feature training on how to conduct a Vacation Bible School, plus training on how to carry out an effective Children's Ministry in a local church. The event will conclude with a meal at 6 p.m. provided by the state convention.

VBS & General Kids Ministry Training Sessions will be offered (select what you want to participate in once you arrive). Some of the training available will be:

  • Directors Training
  • Bible Study Training
  • Missions
  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Recreation
  • Community Engagement
  • Leading a Child to Christ
  • Recruiting and Coordinating Volunteers and More!

Questions? Contact Katy Parker at or call her at (505) 924-2336.

On Sun, Jan 29 at 5:00 p.m. Central Baptist in Clovis will be showing the documentary, “In His Image” that deals with transgenderism and biblical response, as well as testimonies from those who have re-transitioned to accept their biological gender. The film will be shown in the church's worship center. Due to the frank nature of the topics being discussed, we would suggest viewers be youth age or older.

Contact B.J. Brooks at 817-773-9049 for further information.

Do you need to join them?

We will have the Clovis schools music tech Matthew Wolfe here to help teach us some great hands-on lessons about sound systems, lighting, and Audio/Video systems. Roy Martin, Worship Pastor at Parkland Baptist in Clovis, will help us with technical learning on worship programs, video production, and conversion for worship.
                          Matthew Wolfe                                Roy Martin

This will be a great “hands-on” conference! The training will be at Parkland Baptist in Clovis on Saturday, February 4th and will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with lunch, provided by Tri-Area Baptist Association.

The deadline to register is Thursday, February 2nd.

Registration for this event is now open. Click 
HERE to register your group or text Dave at 575-607-5495 to let him know how many to expect from your church.
Thursday, February 16th, from 6-8 p.m.

16 folks have sign-up so far!

Do you need to join them?


Michael & Kari MacKenzie

Dr. Michael MacKenzie is the executive director of Marble Retreat in Marble, Colorado (learn more about Marble Retreat by clicking HERE to go to their website). Mike has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for 26 years. Kari has been a Psychotherapist for 17 years. Both have completed their Doctorate of Ministry degrees, specializing in Counseling Christian Leaders. They both also have a Master of Arts in counseling and have completed doctoral work in Marriage and Family therapy, as well as completing an MDiv equivalency.

Prior to joining Marble Retreat full-time, they owned and operated MacKenzie Counseling Services for 8 years where they counseled individuals and couples and specialized in working with those in ministry. They have a great passion to see healing and restoration brought to those in Christian service.

Mike and Kari are the proud parents of two sons, Dylan and Easton.

This webinar will be offered through Zoom, so participants can log in from home to participate. In fact, the BCNM is going to partner with us in promoting this event, so there should be ministers and ministry couples from all over New Mexico who join us. We are extremely blessed to have Dr. MacKenzie meet with us and lead us in what promises to be a tremendously valuable learning experience. The "Don't Blow Up Your Ministry" webinar will be based on Dr. MacKenzie's book by the same name, which was given to all our ministers at the annual meeting this year.


This webinar will be Thursday, February 16th, from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.

There is no cost. However, interested couples are asked to register for the webinar by the the end of Friday, February 10th. 

On Monday, February 13th, all couples who have registered will be emailed a link for you to use to join us for the webinar via Zoom. You will also receive a link to an inventory that the MacKenzies are asking participants to complete before the webinar.

Registration for this event is now open. Couples or individuals wanting to register may do so by clicking 

The Tri-Area Preaching Workshop will be held at FBC Melrose on Saturday, February 25th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch provided by Tri-Area Baptist Association. It will be led again by Dr. Joe Bunce. So far, 18 individuals have signed up for the workshop. Those wanting to join them, simply need to text Dave and tell him so, at 575-607-5495.

Dyanne Frazier, member of University Baptist in Portales, has gone to Kenya the past 13 years to participate in mission endeavors there. Recently, she presented Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with an opportunity to participate in a project to drill a water well for a community there that will be used by the entire village. Pleasant Hill has voted to contribute to this project and wants to also invite other Tri-Area churches to join them. 

Below are the details of the project.


Jamii Outreach Ministries Kenya is registered under the Societies Act and its primary mandate is to carry out community-based projects in Kenya. They have a project in the sprawling slums of Kibera where they offer quality education in line with the current Competence Based Curriculum (CBC), as well as a daily feeding program. Their goal as an Organization is to provide quality education and better living standards for the less fortunate and orphaned children.

They have a farm located in Nyandarua County, one of the semi-arid areas of Kenya. The main activities carried out in this area are cattle rearing and subsistence farming. The annual rainfall in the area is approximately 500mm, which is too low to support the people as well as livestock. The main source of water in the area is man-made water pans which are shared with the animals as well. The area is prone to droughts, and there is no stable source of water.

Their desire is to drill a borehole in this area to enable them to supply clean drinking water to the surrounding community. They also plan to use some of the water in an agricultural project to increase food security in the area and also supply the produce to some of their partners such as Jamii Orphanage Nakuru.
They have been able to do the initial survey which established the point where they are to drill. The depth of the borehole is estimated to be 200 meters. The pricing of the drilling process as well as fitting of a pump and general development was estimated as follows:


1. Drilling and general development of the well at 200 meters - $14,240

2. Authorization permits and county council permits - $1,200

3. Supply and equipping of pump set - $5,000

TOTAL - $20,440
This is a rough estimate of the capital required to initiate the project. When the drilling is done they will use the water to improve the living standards of the people in the region. They also hope to use it as an income generating activity to help boost their work in empowering the needy and orphaned children in Nairobi and Nakuru as well as across the country as they grow.

If your church is interested in helping fund this project, contact our DOM, Dave McFadden, at 575-607-5495. He will let Dyanne know of your interest.
Click HERE to register for this year's conference.

DNOW 2023 will be held at the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home in Portales. David Aguirre from FBC Portales is coordinating this event. If you have questions regarding this year’s DNOW that aren't answered by the information below, call or text David at 565-973-8341.

When you’re ready to register your group you may do so using a form designed for this purpose, which you can go to by clicking HERE.


Dave and Donna worshiped with Ranchvale Baptist Church this past Sunday morning. They enjoyed attending both the Sunday school class, taught by Richard Perkins, and worship service, where Pastor Mark McAfee brought the message 17:20-21 on "Oneness". The McFaddens felt warmly welcomed by the Ranchvale congregation.

The remainder of Dave's week involved doing updates on the Tri-Area website and preparing this week's newsletter. He also assisted one of our churches that is involved in a pastor search. Dave spent time preparing to preach for Pastor Kevin Dotson at Calvary Clovis this coming Sunday. He also spent time this week preparing to attend an IMB Cohort meeting in Albuquerque on Monday and Tuesday, the 30th & 31st. Additionally, Dave had one-on-one meetings with pastors and ministry leaders.
Click HERE to check out the Good Books section of our website. We also have a Spanish version called Buenos Libros which you can check out by clicking HERE.
The book of the week this week is Born to Reproduce by Dawson Trotman and is recommended by Tommy Hohstadt, Pastor of Prince Street Baptist Church in Clovis. It is listed in the Good Books section of the Tri-Area website under the category of Evangelism and Disciple-Making.


“Born to Reproduce” was originally a 47-minute message given to the staff of Back to the Bible by Dawson Trotman, who later founded the Discipleship ministry, The Navigators, in 1955. A message that burned deeply in Trotman’s soul, it was later transcribed and published as a booklet that has been read by thousands over the past 50 years. This booklet reintroduces the message to a new generation. It is sold in packs of 10.

HERE if you want to purchase this booklet from Other book sellers may have it available, too.

University Baptist Church Portales is hiring childcare workers to care for children birth through 3 years old (mostly on Sundays).

Call 575-356-4501 or email to obtain an application or ask questions.

Forrest Heights Baptist Church Clovis is needing volunteers to help with their Children's Sunday school program.

Call 575-791-3612 if you have interest or want to learn more.

Emmanuel Baptist Church Portales is needing to fill a worship leader position, a youth leader position, and a children's leader position.

Call 806-240-2445 if you have interest or want to learn more. 

For December 2022

Please make any checks payable to the Tri-Area Baptist Association and mail them to 1100 W. Mañana Blvd, Clovis, New Mexico 88101.

Have an event coming up at your church? Email us at: or
send us a text message at 575-714-7788.

February 2023 -
4th - Worship Bootcamp Audio/Video workshop
7th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
8th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
16th - Don't Blow Up Your Ministry Webinar
20th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
23rd - Capitol Prayer Gathering
25th - Preaching Workshop
27th - Youth Ministry Summit Albuquerque
27 - 28th - State Evangelism Conference

March 2023 -
4th - VBS/Children's Ministry Training FBC Portales
7th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
8th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
20th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
31st - Tri-Area DNOW

April 2023 -
1st - Tri-Area DNOW
3rd - Tri-Area Executive Board meeting
4th - Portales Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
12th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
17th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
22nd - Tri-Area Young Lives Ablaze

May 2023 - 
2nd - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
6th - Church Financial Workshop with Gerald Farley
10th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
15th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon

June 2023 - 
5-9 - BCNM StuCamp 1.0 Sivells
6-9 - Hispanic Family Camp Inlow
6th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
14th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
12-16 - BCNM Kids Camp Inlow
12-16 - BCNM StuCamp 2.0 Sivells
13-14 SBC Annual Meeting New Orleans LA
19-23 - Indian Family Camp Inlow
19-23 - BCNM Kids Camp Sivells
19th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
26-30 - BCNM StuCamp 3.0 Inlow

July 2023 - 
4th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
12th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
10-14 - Worship4Life Camp Inlow
17th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
17-21 - Children's Music Camp Inlow
24-28 - Children's Mission Camp Inlow

Got a question about any of the above events? Call Dave at 575-607-5495.

Submit a resume by sending it to the following mailing address:

First Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Position

321 E Center Street
Tucumcari, New Mexico  88401
First Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Position

102 W. Wisconsin

PO Box 335
Melrose, New Mexico  88124

Iglesia Bautista Belen
Senior Pastor Position
820 N. Reid
PO Box 2046
Clovis, New Mexico  88102

Join our text team which allows you to receive requests for prayer. The purpose is to pass along prayer needs submitted by our churches. Requests are sent to you via text message.

You can join our Prayer Team by simply texting your name and the message, “I want to join the prayer team,” to 575-607-5495. Our DOM will then send you an invitation to join the team.

New or updated requests appear in bold type.

Pray for the success of the CPR initiative between Sandia Baptist in Clovis, Tri-Area, and the BCNM.

Pray for Foundations of Faith Dairy Ministry.

Pray for our pastorless churches: Iglesia Bautista Belen in Clovis, FBC Melrose, and FBC Tucumcari.

Pray for our church plant in Portales, Iglesia Bautista Cristo es la Puerta.

Pray for the Christian Challenge ministry at Eastern.

Pray for the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home and their search for a new President/Executive Director. 

Pray for all our pastors and other ministerial staff and leaders.

Sign up to receive a monthly prayer list from International Mission Board missionaries who have ties to New Mexico. You can do so by simply emailing Karen Pilgreen and requesting to be added to her email list. You may do so by clicking HERE.
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