This week our team published a news article from the International Mission Board
(IMB) about its new joint effort with the Billy Graham Center
at Wheaton College to research how best to equip rural churches for missions. The five-year project is, in my opinion, an exciting development. I'll tell you why.
A great many North Carolina Baptist churches are located in rural parts of the state. And they represent a powerful force for taking the gospel to the nations. Any effort to mobilize more of these churches for the sake of the Good News is worth celebrating.
I encourage you to read the excerpt below, and take a look at the full article here
“Rural peoples are vital to the 21st century,” [said John Brady, IMB vice president of global engagement.] “They will continue to be producers of the food and other products that sustain life. Their spiritual health matters. We must seek effective avenues to reach rural peoples with the gospel and help them form healthy churches. This will change the spiritual health not only of our rural areas, but our cities as well.”
Data from the research project will be published at Wheaton's Rural Matters Institute website
. Your BR staff will stay up-to-date on any new developments and be sure to keep N.C. Baptist churches informed and inspired to reach their communities and the world with the gospel.