Find It Here churches report exciting Easter
    April 19 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    No one will ever be able to put specific numbers to the Find It Here evangelistic emphasis promoted among North Carolina Baptist churches over Easter, but testimonials posted on the web site and word of mouth indicate those churches that engaged in intentional evangelistic outreach found significant blessing.

    “I just want to praise God for what our churches did in preparation for Find It Here,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., Baptist State Convention (BSC) executive director-treasure who indicated this was the first phase of a three-year emphasis that will include discipleship and mission mobilization.

    He said people who read the testimonies of Find It Here participants will be encouraged to participate  next year, and will be motivated to action now.

    Among those testimonies, Chadwick Tucker said Living Stone Baptist Church in Nashville used no gimmicks or giveaways, but “authentic personal invitations” brought more visitors and regular attenders than members on Easter. 

    Welcome Home Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro focused on two weekend events, including an Easter musical and a community egg hunt, which produced a record turnout.

    Josh Hyde, pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sylva led teams to pray “over every seat and every space in the parking lot.”

    They utilized local advertising and attendance of 500 was 25-30 percent above average and they baptized four.

    Of the 150 at Campfield Memorial Baptist Church on Easter, 18 were visitors.

    Providence Baptist Church in Providence averaged 83 last year, but had 153 for Easter and baptized three, according to pastor W. Lee Cook.

    Kellum Baptist Church baptized six on Easter. Pastor Jody Yopp said Kellum has has 11 converts and 14 new members since it started promoting Find It Here. BSC Board member and pastor of Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church Scott Faw said the church had a record crowd.

    John Green, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hudson, called the Find It Here emphasis “a great blessing.” His church saw seven professions of faith and 19 visitors among its 405 in worship.

    Donnie Paschall said Oakton Baptist Church in Fairmont baptized the first African-American in the church’s 100-year history. Four others await baptism because in the past 40 days they’ve accepted Christ. On Easter, Oakton had four visitors, which is more typically an annual statistic.

    Easter attendance of 221 was the highest in Brandon Ware’s three years as pastor of Walker Road Baptist Church in Morganton.

    “In preparation for Sunday, each week we sent teams out into the community knocking on doors, sharing the gospel, and inviting people to church,” he said.  Grace Community in Marion had attendance of 930 with eight people seeking salvation. Members had written the names of 320 family and friends they wanted to bring to Grace.

    Michael Shumate was skeptical of the Find It Here challenge to have baptism on Easter, but “I do believe in miracles,” he said.

    They saw five decisions for Christ in their Good News Club at the neighboring school and because one of those was by a child in their church, they had an Easter baptism.

    Shumate said because of their increased awareness of the lost their prospect list has doubled.

    Mark Caldwell said Find It Here efforts brought the best service in his tenure at North Canton Baptist Church, including the best offering and a dramatic confession that he believes will lead to revival.

    “Thank you Don McCutcheon for listening to the Holy Spirit,” Caldwell said, referring to the BSC executive leader for evangelization.

    Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church blitzed a 10-mile area with information about the church and had attendance of 90; up from the average of 20 three years ago when Mike Willard became pastor. Mount Olive Baptist Church in King prayer walked the community two weeks before Easter and passed out 1000 Find It Here cards in neighborhoods of members. They prayed for 450 and had 570 plus and baptized four on Palm Sunday.

    The River Church in Fayetteville had a celebration Sunday April 11 because on Easter four made professions of faith and eight others joined the church. Pastor Todd Brady said he utilized many of the Find It Here resources such as  the website, logos, bookmarks/prayer cards, theme, banner, and he even made powerpoint slides to match his sermon outline.  

    Hephzibah in Wendell normally runs 450 and had 645 for Easter, the second highest attendance in the church’s 200-year history.

    Interim pastor Aaron Wallace, who was instrumental in promoting the day as a member of the evangelization committee of the BSC board of directors, said the church borrowed the mobile baptism unit from the Raleigh Baptist Association and for the first time in 13 years baptized 11 in the Family Life Center in the morning services.

    Baptisms have been in the old worship center during the evening service because that’s where the baptistery is. Ten others made professions of faith that day.

    Pine Ridge in Haw River, which is about four years old, opened its new facility on Easter weekend and had 653 people, including more than 65 first time guests and 21 decisions for Christ, according to pastor Tadd Grandstaff.

    First Korean Baptist of Raleigh baptized 10, including three college students. The largest crowd in Josh Benge’s two years at Harris Chapel Baptist Church in Hudson of well over 200 saw six people ask Jesus into their life.

    You can read more and fuller testimonies at the web site, under Find It Here.  
    4/19/2010 9:31:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 0 comments

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