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Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas, Inc.

5012 - Becoming an Effective Deacon & Lay Leader


When and Where

November 11-14, 2018 

Eighth Street Baptist Church 

901 S. A. Jones Drive 

North Little Rock, AR 72114

Rev. Jameel Wesley, Pastor

Hotel Information

Wyndham Riverfront CMBSC  

About Us

Membership Info

 We are messengers from Missionary Baptist Churches and Associations in the Convention. We wish to carry on more effectively the work of Christian Missions, Christian Education, Christian Benevolence and Charity, and the other religious enterprises that may seem right and best to further promote and strengthen the unity of our faith and practice.


Any Missionary Baptist Church or Association of the State of Arkansas is eligible for membership in this Convention.

Financial Qualifications – The financial objective of this Convention is to inspire and lead the CMBSC churches of the state into the practice of paying the basis of representation designated on the current registration form.

Each Church with less than four hundred (400) members will be entitled to three (3) messengers, namely, the pastor or designee, and two other persons; any church having more than four hundred members will be entitled to one additional messenger for every additional one hundred and fifty (150) members.It is further provided, however, that no church shall have more than eight (8) messengers regardless of its membership.

This Convention is composed of pastors or designees, and messengers sent by churches and associations that wish to cooperate with the Convention and work in harmony with its principles and purposes.

Any district association may be reinstated into the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas if it follows the prescribed rules as set forth in the Constitution of the CMBSC.

The financial objective of this Convention is to support Arkansas Baptist College, home and foreign missions, state and national congresses, and other ministries of the CMBSC.

President's Vision


The Unfolding Vision 

"...Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end - it will not lie." -Habakkuk 2:2-3 ESV

Vision - by definition it is perception, range of view, discernment, expectancy, etc. However it may be defined, in the context of our faith, we look to the Lord to provide it. Unlike the prophet Habakkuk who had lodged a complaint and waited for an answer from the Lord, we seek to know what God wants from us and how He wants to use us in the fulfillment of His work in the world. Similarly, He provides it in a vision that is distinct and that provokes an urgency that we might "read it on the run." Dr. Jerry Young, the president of our National Baptist Convention has challenged us to "Envision the Future Exceptionally." That is, to view our potential to address the issues which are ahead of us and to provide solutions, and the possibilities for advancement of our work with unprecedented hope and promise. For us as the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas this view is locked in a theme - "Re-engaging, Re-visioning, and Revitalizing Under the Cross of Christ."

Re-engaging. The picture of numerical growth, the growth in membership and participation is bright as we make intentional moves to reach out to pastors and churches that are not a part of our Convention. We must develop a strategy for growth that involves engagement of those who have not been a part of our fellowship and re-engagement of those who once were but for one reason or another no longer are. We will set membership growth goals and make every effort to meet them.

Re-visioning. This is changing our mindset. It is heightening our efforts to know the highest pinnacles that we can reach in understanding God's word and what we can become in it. It means being willing to part with ideas and ways that have been outlived by the times and circumstances. It is changing, not for the sake of just changing. It is not putting new wine in old wineskins but developing new expectations for new outcomes.

Revitalizing. We must move toward denominational development. That is, that we must; as there is now movement in our national work, to think and act as a denomination (those bound by a common faith, and that seek a common understanding of the teaching of Holy Scripture, and share in efforts for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ) rather than as a convention of churches that meets to worship and support some common causes and are otherwise independent of each other.

Together we will be more ministry focused. Constantly we will seek to discover what we as a convention and or its auxiliaries do to serve the needs of our churches, pastors, district associations and persons in the communities. I see it in ministry teams being developed to do VBS in areas of need; in developing "Go Teams" to be a part of disaster relief efforts wherever we can serve; in offering in our Convention sessions relevant seminars such as "Young and Managing Widowhood", "The Challenges of Single Motherhood, "Getting Back Up When You Have Been Knocked Down," etc. "Real Men...," Developing Ministry to Men", etc. Always we will seek to answer the question. How can we "serve this present age [our] calling to fulfill?" This will be the driving force that will energize our fellowship. As well, we will seek to "youthanize" our Convention rather than watch it become euthanized. Everywhere we can we will be intentional in involving younger persons in every facet of Convention work.

Ultimately under the Cross of Christ, we envision a continually growing Convention numerically, in financial strength, in greater support of Arkansas Baptist College, in mission support, in advancement of the kingdom of our Savior.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Dr. Edwards "Tell Them"

Convention Overview 2017



C. Dennis Edwards I 

Vice President-at-Large

Robert Handley 

Executive Vice-President

Bryant Whitted 

First Vice President

James Hart

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Second Vice President

Jameel Wesley 

Third Vice President

Lee Adams 

Fourth Vice President

Dwight Townsend 

Fifth Vice President


Rickey Everett 

Assistant Secretary


W. C. Mitchell

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Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas C. Dennis Edwards I, President | Physical Address: 1621 Martin Luther King Dr. | Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34130 | Little Rock, Arkansas 72203; Email:

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