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Baptist Ministry Assistants of Kentucky


Join us for lunch!

It is so hard to find time for making connections, forging new friendships and learning new things during this COVID era. Beginning on August 13, you will find opportunities to spend your lunch hour doing just that. Best of all, you can do it right from your office chair!

On the fourth Thursday of each month join your fellow ministry assistants / church secretaries for a relaxing “Lunch Break.” Lunch breaks will be an informal time to share with one another, get to know some of your peers and to recharge before diving back into work.

On the second Thursday of each month, we’ll be offering a “Lunchtime Learning” opportunity. Every month will feature a different topic where you can listen and learn without leaving your office. And, of course, enjoy your lunch at the same time!

2020 Lunch Schedule:

All lunches begin at 12:30 p.m. EDT

August 13:

Free Money!

Does your church need free money? I know that is a silly question, we all need free money! In this 45-minute workshop, you will learn ins and outs of grants and scholarships to aid in your ministry needs. You will have the opportunity to ask your burning questions about grant writing during this event, so please bring your list of questions.

Conference leader:

This workshop is led by Shameca Freeman, who is the administration assistant at Stithton Baptist Church. She has an extensive background in theatre and non-profit work. In her time as a grant writer, Shameca was awarded over 3.75 million dollars in funds for organizations like, KEY Players, Blue Jacket Outdoor Drama, Bloomfield Community Center, and Stithton Baptist Church.

August 27: Lunch Break

September 10: Canva - more details coming soon

September 24: Lunch Break

October 8:

Helping Your Church Grow Through Social Media

Social media is a powerful connection tool. Why not use it to connect people to your church too? Come learn simple, helpful tips to apply to your church’s social media presence that will encourage members and engage your community. This session will cover everything from creating pages to planning and scheduling posts. Bring questions with you, and come learn how YOU can help your church grow through social media.

Conference leader:

Marina Shelton is the Communications Associate for Social Media & Website Design at the Kentucky Baptist Convention. She has a heart for teaching ministry leaders how to utilize social media well to grow churches and bring individuals to a saving knowledge of Christ. Marina holds degrees in Organizational Communication and Business Administration from Murray State University. She also has many years of prior experience as Communications Director at First Baptist Murray and doing freelancing work for other Kentucky Baptist Churches.

October 22: Lunch Break

November 12: Benevolence

December 10: Lunch Break

December 17: Stress Relief

Download the information sheet - click here to access PDF flyer

About BMAK:


Baptist Ministry Assistants of Kentucky provides community, resources, and professional development opportunities that meet the specific needs of those serving Baptist churches, agencies, and institutions in Kentucky.


Membership in BMAK is open to secretaries and ministry assistants (and other interested office workers) in churches, institutions, agencies, and organizations owned by or affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention or in Southern Baptist-related agencies in Kentucky. Other interested persons may join as associate members, but they shall be ineligible to vote or hold office.

Click here to apply and pay membership dues online.
(Click here for a printable membership form to submit by mail.)

National Association of Ministry Assistants (NAMA) - formerly the National Association of Southern Baptist Secretaries (NASBS)

The National Association of Ministry Assistants educates and encourages ministry assistants/secretaries in spiritual growth and professional excellence. NAMA offers a national conference every other year. The next conference will be held April 28 – 30, 2021 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. For more information about this organization, click here.

Clara McCartt Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was formed in honor of Clara McCartt, who was instrumental in forming Kentucky Baptist Secretaries Association (the predecessor to Baptist Ministry Assistants of Kentucky). It provides financial assistance to the children of BMAK members attending Kentucky Baptist colleges. Scholarship distributions were awarded from the fund for the first time during the 2004-05 school year.

Contributions to the fund can be made directly through BMAK, and may be designated in honor or memory of a loved one. Consider contributing to the Clara McCartt Scholarship fund to further the education of Kentucky Baptist students.