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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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  • Evangelism task force releases report, recommendations

    June 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelism task force releases report, recommendations

    A task force appointed last year to explore avenues of evangelistic renewal among Southern Baptists has released its final report, including a series of eight recommendations for individuals and groups at all levels of Southern Baptist life. “We are convinced that these suggestions can be heartily embraced by all gospel-loving Southern Baptists,” the report stated …

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  • ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    June 4 2018 by Lisa Cannon Green, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    The Southern Baptist Convention expanded by more than 270 churches in 2017. More people showed up for weekly worship services, and congregations gave more generously in a strengthening economy. However, reported baptisms and membership declined as fewer churches participated in the SBC’s Annual Church Profile (ACP).

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  • Evangelists: ‘Harvest events’ counter SBC baptism decline

    June 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelists: ‘Harvest events’ counter SBC baptism decline

    In what’s been called the first official statement from Southern Baptist evangelists to pastors, a consortium of vocational evangelists says increased scheduling of “harvest” events could help reverse the Southern Baptist Convention’s downward trend in baptisms. “There is a desperate need for evangelistic expository preaching …

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