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February 9, 2023

This past Sunday, The Porch in Portales officially called Drew Stevens as their pastor, and he and his wife, Ashley (pictured above), accepted. Drew has been doing the preaching since founding pastor of The Porch, Cody Brown, resigned last October to take a newly created position with Portales schools. Cody had served the church for nine years.

Previously, Drew had been the Worship Pastor for the church, but since he had filled in for Pastor Cody on occasion, the congregation asked him to assume preaching duties until they could decide on God's direction for the church. In the meeting this past Sunday, they indicated that they felt, after an extended time of seeking God, that Drew was to be their next pastor.

We congratulate Drew and Ashley on their new assignment from God and the congregation of The Porch for their effort in seeking the Lord and following His guidance in this matter. Let's all pray for the Lord to bless this congregation as they and their new pastor move forward together.
Tri-Area Baptist Association,

On behalf of Sivells Baptist Camp and the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for your leadership and contributions to the Sivells Dining Hall Generator Project.

This generator will give us the ability to continue to provide food service to our guests and protect against financial loss during a power outage.

A special thank you to pastor Rick Wilcher for his help in planning and installing the generator. We are blessed to have your support and prayers!!!

This year Sivells will celebrate 60 years of camp ministry on September 30th. Detailed information TBA. 

Preparing to serve the next generation,
Jay Hammond

22 people from 11 Tri-Area churches participated in the Worship Bootcamp on Audio/Video ministry. The training was held at Parkland Baptist Church in their Fellowship Hall on Saturday, February 4th, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Matthew Wolfe (above left), who is the technology director for Clovis School District and Roy Martin (above right), Worship Pastor at Parkland, led the workshop. Having received information from each participating church on what equipment they currently use, they took the first hour to field questions from the group. Some churches reported that they have just purchased new equipment or are about to, while others reported that their equipment was rather old and out-of-date.

After a break, the group gathered around various hands-on displays to ask more questions and learn about possibilities for their church's ministry. Matt and Roy were able to demonstrate various things with the hands-on displays for the participants.

At noon, the group had a lunch that was prepared by our DOM's wife, Donna McFadden. They enjoyed a Mexican casserole, beans and rice with tortillas, and apple cobbler for dessert. 


While they ate, the group asked even more questions. They were also asked to share their thoughts on their experience for future planning of other worship workshops. The following are examples of the feedback received:

"Training was great! I appreciated the displays and the time taken for explanation. Add an hour for demonstrating sound adjustments and showing different type of feedback and how to correct."

"There was a lot of helpful information."

"Very helpful - couldn't have been better."

"This seminar showed me where and how to get my music and how to fully utilize my equipment."

"This seminar has cast a blinding spotlight on my ignorance. Thank you. I can only improve. Another seminar just like this one in 3 to 6 months might be beneficial."

"Thank you so much! I wish my knowledge would be more at the level of the persons who led, so it would be more fruitful. But we learned a lot and we will put it into practice. Thanks again!"

"Thank you for doing this. I know it's a lot of work to do this. I think it was very successful and I don't think anything needs to change except another hour?"

"Good meeting, informative and very much needed."

"It was nice to have others available to help. Thanks for the info. Hoping we can network and continue communication with each other."

"Thank you for the Q & A, the expert teaching, and providing resources. The food was excellent."

Tri-Area will be providing each person who participates in the upcoming Preaching Workshop a special gift copy of Calvin Miller's book, "Letters to a Young Pastor". The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th, at FBC Melrose, from 10:00 a.m. through 1 p.m. with lunch provided by Tri-Area.

This workshop will be led by Dr. Joe Bunce, former Executive Director and Lead Missionary for the BCNM and current pastor of FBC Ft. Sumner. As of now, 18 are registered to participate in this workshop. To let us know of your intent to attend, text Dave at 575-607-5495.

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.

Tomorrow, Friday, February 10th, is the deadline for registering for the “Don’t Blow Up Your Ministry” webinar with Drs Michael and Kari MacKenzie. It is scheduled for Thursday evening, February 16th, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

All who register will receive an email on Monday, the 13th, with the link to the webinar and a link to use to download an inventory that the MacKenzie’s are asking all the ministers participating to complete before the 16th.

The BCNM is partnering with Tri-Area in sponsoring this webinar for ministry couples. 36 folks have registered so far! Do you need to join us? Then register today!

You can do so by clicking
Click HERE to register for this year's conference.

DNOW 2023 will be held at the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home in Portales on Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st. To learn more, click HERE to go to the information page of our website.

David Aguirre from FBC Portales is coordinating this event. If you have questions regarding this year’s DNOW, 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 
The theme for this year's Young Lives Ablaze is . . .
The Tri-Area Young Lives Ablaze is set for Saturday, April 22nd, at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The association will provide the lunch (pizza) and every kid will get a free t-shirt.

The speaker for this year's event will be Pastor Larry Evans (below left) from FBC, Cloudcroft and Joe and Kerry Vivian (below right), who have been featured the past several years. The Vivian's will be doing special object lessons like they have done in the past.
Cody Bilbrey from FBC Elida will lead worship, Amanda Kenyon from Forrest Community Church will lead Bible Study, and T.J. Cathey from FBC Elida, who also does recreation at Kids Mission Camp at Inlow each year, will be leading our recreation on that Saturday. Wayne Boydston, pastor of Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis will lead the decision time for the event.

Young Lives Ablaze is designed for kids 3rd grade through 6th to reach the unsaved and excite the saved to share their faith. Click
HERE to register your church group for this fun-filled, faith-building event!
The Baptist Convention of New Mexico will offer Introduction to Disaster Relief training on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Baptist Convention of New Mexico headquarters, located at 5325 Wyoming Blvd NE in Albuquerque. This training is for anyone interested in the ministry of Disaster Relief and Disaster Relief volunteers whose badges have expired.

If interested, please RSVP to Cricket Pairett by calling her at 505-924-2315 or emailing her at

The National Goal is $70 million.  The Week of Prayer for North American Missions is March 5-12, 2023.

Dave and Donna worshiped with First Hispanic Baptist Church in Tucumcari this past Sunday. They enjoyed the loving and accepting atmosphere at the church, as they felt very warmly welcomed by everyone. They also enjoyed the bilingual approach to worship utilized in the service, singing from a bilingual hymnbook (pictured below).

Jesse Cantu (pictured above with Dave) is the pastor of this church. Jesse lives in Clovis, but has been traveling to Tucumcari to serve this church for 17 years. He preached the sermon in both English and Spanish, speaking about the call of Abraham from Genesis 12:1-9. Afterwards, the church participated in the observance of the Lord's Supper.

On Monday, Dave had a lunch meeting with Kyle Bueermann with the North American Mission Board and Dusty Marshall, Director of Missions for Mountain Valley Baptist Association. The three of them met to discuss church revitalization and replanting efforts, among other things.

On Tuesday, Dave met with some ministry leaders in Clovis and then joined the Portales area pastors for their monthly lunch fellowship at El Rancho restaurant. On Wednesday, Dave met with Clovis area pastors for their monthly fellowship gathering at Mi Cocina restaurant after meeting with some Portales area ministry leaders in the morning. He was scheduled to meet with a couple of other pastors on Thursday morning.
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 The Apostles' Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits by Albert Mohler and is recommended by Dr. Joe Bunce, Pastor of FBC, Ft. Sumner. It is listed in the Good Books section of the Tri-Area website under the category of Systematic Theology in the Theology section.


The Apostles' Creed has shaped and guided Christian faith for almost two thousand years. Shared by Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox traditions, it is perhaps the most compelling statement of Christian doctrine the world has ever known. But do we know what it really means - and how it applies to us today?

In The Apostles' Creed, renowned theologian and pastor R. Albert Mohler Jr. works line-by-line and phrase-by-phrase through each section of the Creed, revealing the rich truths it contains, including: 

  • the profound mystery of the Trinity
  • the miracle of the Incarnation
  • the world-shaking truth of the resurrection
  • the hope of Christ's return
  • the theological heritage contained in this ancient statement

The Apostles’ Creed is an often-overlooked treasure that contains the power to shape us for vibrant and steadfast living today, equipping believers to live faithfully in a post-Christian culture.

Click 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 January 2023

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 -
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
5th - 12th - Week of Prayer for North American Missions
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 - 
1-4 - Ute Lake Camp Meeting
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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