People sometimes ask for my opinion on how to get younger church leaders more engaged in N.C. Baptist life. My normal answer to that question touches on a topic in recent news. Let me explain.
My experience has been that many younger Baptists simply do not know much, if anything, about state convention and local association ministry efforts. In other words, if younger Baptists appear to be less interested in N.C. Baptist life, it's usually because they are unaware, not because they are opposed.
So, I do my best to connect the dots. I normally use a specific ministry area as an example, such as orphan care
. Orphan care ministry has gone through something of a renaissance in the last decade. Books, conferences and other resources about adoption, foster care and related services have become popular in recent years among younger Baptists.
Today, many local churches identify orphan care as a significant emphasis in their ministry, yet, I often wonder how many of them know about the work of the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina
BCH recently announced it is joining forces with Christian Adoption Services to offer comprehensive foster care and adoption services to families across the state.
That's something many younger Baptists would be excited to hear. They would also be encouraged to know how much the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
values the ministry of BCH.
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