Local and State Missions

Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

Central Baptist Church is blessed to have a tremendous food pantry and clothes closet under the leadership of Dale Prater.  The food pantry is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:45 am, and serves residents of Sherwood. It, as well as the Central Baptist clothes closet, is located at the 9650 Hwy 107, Sherwood.  In addition to offering food and clothing to those in need, the Central Baptist food pantry assists a number of other food pantries in their efforts to do the same.

Grill Team

The Grill Team is a group of Central Baptist members under the leadership of Jimmy Gassaway who grill hotdogs and hamburgers at various locations in an intentional effort to minister to and reach our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Grill Team is a way Central Baptist Church members can be invested and serve in our community. Once they are served, we have a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus through personal connection, prayer and sharing the gospel. At each event we pass out Bibles. The Grill Team has served in housing projects, schools, block parties, etc. For more information about serving in this ministry, please email Jimmy Gassaway.

Christmas Closet

The Christmas Closet is an annual event hosted each December by Central Baptist Church. Needy families who cannot afford to buy their own children gifts are invited to participate. The parents attend a church service where the gospel is shared. After lunch is served by our Grill Team, we let them visit our Christmas Closet and pick out several toys for each of their children. It’s a great way for our church to reach out and love on those less fortunate. In 2017 we helped 176 families pick out gifts for 613 children. This event happens all in one day but the planning and collecting of toys is a year long process. Please email Lisa Gassaway for more information.

The Gleaner’s Garden

The Gleaner’s Garden is overseen by Dale Prater as a ministry of the Central Baptist Food Pantry. It is organically grown. Dale and his team start reaping vegetables in April or May and go all the way through November.  The Gleaner’s Garden is intended to provide nutritious foods for people in need and is also a source of help for the elderly.

Heritage House Thanksgiving Meal

Every Thanksgiving our church provides a Thanksgiving lunch for the residents of the Heritage House and Dorcas House. Central Baptist Church provides the meat for the meal and Central members provide salad, sides, and desserts.  Members prepare, deliver, and then serve the meal.  For more information about this, email Luci Stephens.

Monthly Benevolence Offerings

Central Baptist Church observes the Lord’s Supper each month.  At the conclusion of each of these services a benevolence offering is taken up at the doors as people exit.  Those funds are administered by our deacons and 100% of what is given goes to assist those in need.

English as a Second Language Courses

A dedicated group of members from Central Baptist Church teach an “English as a Second Language” (ESL) course at the North Pulaski Baptist Association.  The ESL class is a tremendous way for our church to have a presence in the community and help equip people with a skill that will be a great benefit to them.

Foster Care Ministry

One of the most exciting developments in the recent history of Central Baptist Church is a movement within the church to engage and be a part of foster care ministry.  A number of Central couples have now become foster parents and many more besides have come alongside these couples to offer help and encouragement.  We are blessed to have some of the leadership of the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home as members of Central and they have helped to offer guidance and encouragement in this effort.  We will be offering more emphases on and training for this important ministry in the days to come.

Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes

Central Baptist Church gives a budgeted amount every year to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes. “ABCHomes serves children and families who are often the very last: The last to be loved. The last to be protected from abuse. The last to be afforded an opportunity for a proper education. And, sometimes, even the last to be given food in their own homes.” Central Baptist is committed to assisting the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes in this great effort.

Church Planting and Assistance

Central Baptist Church has become increasingly involved in church planting efforts.  We are currently in partnership with Crossroads Church of Long Island, NY, and The Landing Church of Seattle, WA, and assist both financially and by sending teams to assist them on the field.  We were the sponsor church for a “third place” church planting effort in North Little Rock and are currently co-sponsoring a church plant in Pine Bluff.  In addition to this, Pastor Wyman is very involved in conducting assessments of church planters for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.  He was recently interviewed for “The Grind,” the church planting podcast of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, on Central’s efforts in this area.

Transitions Ministry

Central Baptist Church is honored to have a growing relationship with Transitions Faith Based Therapeutic Community in Little Rock, Arkansas, a recovery home for men.  We have been blessed to see a number of men at Transitions come to know Christ and be baptized at Central Baptist Church through the faithful witness and efforts of Central Baptist members.

Elmcroft Sunday School Class

For many years some faithful members of Central Baptist Church have been having a Sunday School class at Elmcroft of Sherwood, an assisted living community in Sherwood, Arkansas. Week in and week out these ladies go to minister to and encourage the residents of Elmcroft, showing that “reaching the nations” begins at home.

Dixie Jackson State Missions Offering

Central Baptist Church gives 5% of our yearly Great Commission Fund missions offering to The Dixie Jackson Offering of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. This offering “helps Arkansas Baptists be on mission every day: planting churches, disaster relief, training the next generation of ministers (E4Call), connecting with international students (BCM), supporting Christian Men’s & Women’s Job Corps, pregnancy resource centers, and so much more.”

North Pulaski Baptist Association

Central Baptist Church gives a percentage of all receipts to support the North Pulaski Baptist Association (NPBA). The objectives of the NPBA are:

  • STRENGTHEN CHURCHES through Evangelism, Missions and Christian Growth.
  • PROMOTE MISSIONS by encouraging commitment to Mission Studies, Mission Giving, and active participation in Volunteer Mission Projects.
  • DEVELOP LEADERSHIP by providing training, support and assistance for improving and maturing the leadership members of NPBA Churches.
  • NUTURE FELLOWSHIP by encouraging the membership and leaders of our churches to develop opportunities to cooperate and work together as Kingdom people.