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  • California seafarers’ ministry touches the world

    October 31 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    California seafarers’ ministry touches the world

    About 2,000 ships that can be as long as four football fields each, and carry 9,000 or more 40-foot containers, enter the Port of Long Beach every year, each vessel with fewer than 25 crew members. The crew, who have been 15 to 20 days crossing the Pacific from Asia …

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  • Food trucks open doors for Florida church

    October 17 2018 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Food trucks open doors for Florida church

    Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee is using food trucks on Wednesday night as a way of engaging and building relationships with their community. “You meet a lot of different kinds of individuals at food trucks,” said Brooke Miley, missions ministry associate. “They offer a non-awkward opportunity to start a conversation with someone you might not get to talk to otherwise,” …

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  • Door-to-door nurture yields soul-winning daughters

    September 26 2018 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    Door-to-door nurture yields soul-winning daughters

    “Here’s my daddy Matt, and here’s my momma Hope, and I’m Madison. And we’ve come to tell you about Jesus.” As early as age 5, Matt Queen’s oldest daughter Madison introduced her family this way in door-to-door evangelism. “Every single time my daughter would do that, we always got to share [the gospel]” said Queen …

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  • Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    August 27 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    Johnny Hunt, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), will join the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. Hunt and NAMB announced the news Sunday (Aug. 26).

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  • NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    August 13 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

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  • Jordan Easley accepts new pastorate

    August 2 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Jordan Easley accepts new pastorate

    Jordan Easley, who chaired the SBC Executive Committee’s 22-member Young Leaders Advisory Council, has accepted the call of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tenn., as senior pastor. Easley also was a member of the Evangelism Task Force appointed by former SBC President Steve Gaines and is a trustee of the International Mission Board.

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  • Vacation Bible School: What stirs churches to do it?

    July 27 2018 by Melita Thomas, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Vacation Bible School:  What stirs churches to do it?

    Vacation Bible School is synonymous with summer in many churches – perhaps because it’s been around in one form or another since 1898. Under its current moniker among Southern Baptists, VBS has been an evangelistic strategy since the 1920s. In kid’s ministry – which is often marked by trendy short-lived fads – VBS is a …

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  • 10,000 baptisms: Pastor sets milestone

    July 25 2018 by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today | with 2 comments
    10,000 baptisms: Pastor sets milestone

    Kentucky pastor Steve Ayers has reached a milestone that has Christians across the state taking notice: 10,000 baptisms since he arrived at Hillvue Heights Church. Since becoming pastor of the Bowling Green congregation in 1991, Ayers has seen the church grow from 30 people into a megachurch where 5,000 people regularly attend Sunday morning services.

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  • Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

    July 19 2018 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

    The concept of “giving the shirt off your back” took on an almost literal sense for 37 students and leaders who traveled to Guatemala for a weeklong mission trip in June. “Many of the kids left for the trip with a suitcase packed full of clothes and came home with a virtually empty suitcase.

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  • Hispanic churches go outside the box for evangelism

    July 6 2018 by Joy Pittman, Baptist New Mexican | with 0 comments
    Hispanic churches go outside the box for evangelism

    Twenty-four Hispanic Baptist churches embraced the 2018 Simultaneous Revivals campaign organized by Baptist Convention of New Mexico Hispanic ministry strategist Ricardo Rivera. A key goal this year, Rivera told the Baptist New Mexican news journal, was to motivate churches to think outside the box about evangelism within their communities and to inspire them to do …

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  • ‘Insider Movements’ in Muslim missions critiqued

    June 29 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 1 comments
    ‘Insider Movements’ in Muslim missions critiqued

    A new book edited by two Islamic studies seminary professors explores the weaknesses of the popular “Insider Movements” in Muslim missiology. “Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts,” which released last week, is an academic response to a missiological approach that argues Muslims can confess Jesus as Lord and remain Muslim.

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  • Kelley: ‘Fuel the Fire’ to spark baptism conversation

    June 28 2018 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Kelley: ‘Fuel the Fire’ to spark baptism conversation

    Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have been in decline for 16 years. To change that, Chuck Kelley hopes to start a conversation. “The Southern Baptist Convention is facing the greatest evangelism crisis in its history, with an unprecedented gap between the number of churches and the number of baptisms those churches record …

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  • Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

    June 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

    The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) has expressed concern that a group some SBMF members claim opposes Jewish evangelism was among exhibitors at this year’s June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas. During its June 10 annual meeting, the SBMF – which comprises largely Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) …

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  • ‘All of us’ must evangelize, SBC agrees with task force

    June 18 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘All of us’ must evangelize, SBC agrees with task force

    Lay persons, pastors, churches, state conventions and Southern Baptist Convention entities have a role in an evangelism renewal plan Southern Baptists adopted Wednesday (June 13). Messengers adopted an eight-pronged approach recommended by an Evangelism Task Force Steve Gaines appointed in 2017 in his final term as SBC president. Task Force vice chairman Adam W. Greenway …

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  • Evangelism, tithing crucial, EC leader Boto tells SBC

    June 14 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Evangelism, tithing crucial, EC leader Boto tells SBC

    Personal evangelism and tithing are imperative for reversing declines in key Southern Baptist Convention metrics, SBC Executive Committee Interim President D. August Boto told messengers June 12. Key statistics including top-enrollment seminaries and the largest Protestant membership in the U.S. can camouflage less favorable trends such as declining baptisms and a sharp dip in personal …

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