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FBC Hendersonville hosts missionary service
September 17, 2012 by Tess Rivers, Baptist Press
Fifty-four men and women were appointed as missionaries by International Mission Board (IMB) trustees during a Sept. 12 service at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, N.C. While their stories are unique, their call is the same: to take the Good News to the nations.
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Emeriti honored by IMB at Ridgecrest
September 13, 2012 by Laura Fielding, Baptist Press
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Emeritus missionaries were recognized at a special, weeklong emeriti event sponsored by the International Mission Board (IMB), Sept. 7-13, at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina.
Collegiate ministries shape young missionaries 
September 17, 2012 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
Sample Image Students at North Carolina’s oldest public university are learning that some things must change if they want to reach their campus with the gospel.
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Church planters offer advice to students
September 12, 2012 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
Church planting panelists share from their combined experience during “The Seasons of Church Planting” Aug. 30 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 
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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
Reaching the unreached

The Great Commission has no geographical limits. It is not limited to a calling overseas or a neighborhood outreach. It is not just what we do in North Carolina or in North America. It is all of the above!

We can’t depend only on the work of IMB, or NAMB, or state conventions, or local churches, or seminaries to get the job done. I believe each of these "arms" of ministry is equally critical to fulfilling the last assignment Jesus left us as he ascended to heaven. One of these elements by itself will not do the job.

I passionately believe the local church is "ground zero" for God’s activity in the world today. But I am just as strongly convinced that it is essential that many ministries work with the local church to carry out the Great Commission.

With that said, I want to call your attention to one part of the picture. God is doing something at NAMB. Have you noticed that the North American Mission Board is rising to the top like cream rises in milk? Here is a story on Brnow.org which reports the results of Baptist state executive leaders who are committing themselves to work with Kevin Ezell and NAMB in our Great Commission goals. I was very encouraged by the actions of our state leaders.

After attending NAMB’s SEND conference in July, I see some promising opportunities for Southern Baptists through this organization’s fresh vision and the spirit of genuine cooperation among us.

A fellow Baptist leader recently said to me, "As you look at NAMB right now, I believe you are looking at the future of Southern Baptists." I agree. NAMB is strategically on target to lead us to reach North America with the Gospel by revitalizing traditional churches and planting new churches.

By the way, are you praying for America? Visit 40daysofprayer.net. Are you praying for North Carolina? Visit praync.org.

Email me: editor@BRnow.org

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