April 2017

Filipinos to elect first executive director

April 27 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The election of an executive director and receiving a report on church planting progress will be among the highlights of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America’s annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix.
The fellowship will gather Tuesday, June 13, at 2 p.m. in Maryvale Room A/B at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Phoenix. The theme of the Filipino Fellowship’s meeting is “multiply,” in keeping with the focus on church planting.
The “biggest emphasis” of the meeting will be a recommendation by the officers of a candidate to serve as the fellowship’s first executive director, fellowship president Peter Yanes said. The executive director will serve on a volunteer basis initially, with hopes of funding the position in the near future.
“I think we are very close to recommending someone,” said Yanes, a North American Mission Board church planting catalyst and ethnic strategist for the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey.
The gathering’s church planting emphasis will include a report that the Filipino Fellowship is on pace to plant 100 new churches between 2015 and 2020. Achieving that goal would bring the total number of Filipino congregations in North America to more than 300, Yanes said.
Starting new churches “is what Filipino churches are known for,” Yanes said. “Part of our DNA is that we really appreciate it that somebody brought the gospel to us ... in the Philippines and started churches that were responsible for propagating the gospel.”
He added, “All of our Filipino American churches that started the past [few] years have been multiplying into other Filipino American churches that are reaching into other places.”
In conjunction with its church planting strategy, the Filipino Fellowship will conclude a two-year process of amending its bylaws to establish membership requirements for congregations. Previously, all Filipino Southern Baptist churches were automatically considered part of the fellowship. With the change, there will be membership dues and other standards.
The meeting also will include election of new officers, including a new president as Yanes completes his second two-year term.
An international missions summit of Filipino believers will occur at 9 a.m. June 13 in Room North 127 A/B of the Phoenix Convention Center prior to the Filipino Fellowship meeting in the afternoon.
To register for the annual meeting, email Yanes at pyanes@namb.net. The fellowship has a Facebook page and will post updates on the June gathering as the date approaches.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – David Roach is chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)

4/27/2017 10:02:16 AM by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

IMB continues limitless challenge at SBC meeting

April 26 2017 by IMB staff

During the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Phoenix, International Mission Board (IMB) personnel will share how Southern Baptists can be a part of making disciples of all nations as God’s ordinary people empowered by His limitless power to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission.

The SBC annual meeting June 13-14 also will feature a “Sending Celebration” as the IMB celebrates missionaries, along with their church families. Together they are answering God’s call to evangelize, disciple, plant, and multiply healthy churches and train leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.
Monday, June 12, IMB will host a dinner prior to the final session of the Pastors’ Conference. The dinner will be in Room West 301A/B/C of the Phoenix Convention Center, and tickets can be picked up at the IMB booth.
The Sending Celebration, scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, at 8:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Convention Center, will display how God has a place for every church – indeed, for every Christian – to be on mission with Him.
Since its beginning, IMB has had one goal: to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost peoples of the world. At the first Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, the Foreign Mission Board was founded because Southern Baptist churches believed that by working cooperatively, we could accomplish more for God’s kingdom.
More than 170 years later, the need for cooperation remains as urgent as ever. With more than 2.8 billion people in the world who still lack access to the gospel, Southern Baptists cannot settle for anything less than concerted prayer, giving and going for the glory of Christ among all peoples.
“Many Christians in Southern Baptist churches traditionally have seen global mission as a program in the church for a select few people who are called to that,” said IMB President David Platt. “Yet when we look at scripture, we realize that global mission is not a program in the church for a few; global mission is the purpose of Christ for us all. Every single one of us has been created, called and commissioned to play a part in making disciples of all nations.”
The IMB exists to help local churches in the SBC send and shepherd missionaries in God’s limitless power and to His resounding glory.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – The International Mission Board provided this report.)

4/26/2017 3:28:06 PM by IMB staff | with 0 comments

ERLC to feature ‘Gospel for Life’ books, 9Marks event

April 26 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) will feature the final three volumes in its “Gospel for Life” book series and partner again in a conversation on church and culture during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) June 13-14 in Phoenix.

The ERLC’s final volumes in its nine-book “Gospel for Life” series address the issues of parenting, pornography and work. The series – produced in partnership with B&H Publishing Group – is designed to provide gospel-centered resources to help Christians address ethical issues. The ERLC unveiled the first three volumes in the series at the 2016 SBC meeting.
The ERLC will join with the 9Marks ministry for the third consecutive year to cosponsor a conversation on the church and cultural engagement. The ERLC/9Marks event, scheduled for 9 p.m. June 13 in Room West 301D of the Phoenix Convention Center, will feature ERLC President Russell Moore and Mark Dever, 9Marks president and senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
Other features of the ERLC’s presence in Phoenix will be:

  • Promotion of the new small group curriculum on religious liberty produced in partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources. The study – Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom – is available for purchase through LifeWay.
  • Hosting conversations at the Cooperative Program stage of the exhibit hall on “The Gospel and Gender: Helping Pastors Communicate Truth and Love in a Confused Age;” “The Biggest Religious Liberty Threats Facing Churches;” “How to Disciple in a Manhood Crisis;” and “The Gospel and Pornography: Pastoring in a Sensual Age.”
  • Distribution of Light magazine, the ERLC’s biannual publication, in the exhibit hall. This issue will focus on the Protestant Reformation and include articles by Moore; Jason Duesing, provost of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Steven Smith, senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark.; and Nathan Finn, dean for the School of Theology and Missions at Union University.

Moore told Baptist Press the completion of the “Gospel For Life” series is “a cause for celebration and gratitude. These books are invaluable tools for the local church in helping believers think and live from a Kingdom perspective.”
In written comments, Moore said he is “likewise thrilled about our collaboration with LifeWay for this religious liberty curriculum. Conscience freedom is a gospel issue, not just a social issue. It’s absolutely urgent for Christians and churches to understand religious liberty from a biblical perspective.
“My prayer is that these resources will serve the body of Christ, and especially the churches, pastors and believers of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
Contributing writers for the final three “Gospel for Life” books include Moore and:

  • Tedd Tripp, president of Shepherding the Heart Ministries, and his wife Margy.
  • Bethany Jenkins, director of The Gospel Coalition’s Every Square Inch faith-and-work initiative.
  • Matthew Lee Anderson, founder and lead writer of Mere Orthodoxy.
  • Courtney Reissig, author and executive editor of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s blog.
  • Trevin Wax, Bible and Reference publisher at LifeWay.

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Tom Strode is Washington bureau chief for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)

4/26/2017 3:23:41 PM by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

NAMB to highlight compassion ministry, church planting

April 26 2017 by NAMB staff

Pastors and others attending this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix will learn more about opportunities to engage their churches locally and throughout North America in compassion ministries as well as church planting efforts.

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) will highlight these opportunities at its Monday luncheon, June 12, for pastors and as part of its presentation at the annual meeting Tuesday afternoon. In addition, pastors and other individuals can become involved by visiting NAMB’s exhibit during the gathering.
“We want to help Southern Baptists send the hope of Christ to North America,” said NAMB President Kevin Ezell. “We help churches do that through our Send Relief compassion ministries and through Send Network, our church planting network. It is all about bringing people into a relationship with Jesus.”
Sunday evening, June 11, NAMB will co-host a city-wide Harvest America Crossover Crusade with Southern California evangelist Greg Laurie at the University of Phoenix stadium. Event coordinators hope to draw thousands of Arizona residents who will hear a gospel presentation and be directed toward local churches for follow-up.
On that Monday, “Send Hope” will be the theme for NAMB’s annual Send Luncheon at noon during the SBC Pastors’ Conference. Laurie is scheduled to be featured at the event which will take place on Level 300 in Room West 301A/B/C. Attendees must register for a free ticket in advance at namb.net/sendluncheon.
Luncheon attendees will hear testimonies from people who have come to faith in Christ and learn more about NAMB resources that can help them lead their churches to be more evangelistically focused.
NAMB’s presentation to messengers Tuesday afternoon, June 13, will feature the stories of several church planting missionaries and how God is working through their churches to reach people in tough places. The presentation will culminate with an invitation to pastors to commit their churches to pray for NAMB missionaries as part of a new prayer initiative.
Throughout the week, NAMB’s area in the exhibit hall of the Phoenix Convention Center will feature missionaries who will share with pastors and others how they and their churches can become more directly involved in church planting and compassion ministries throughout North America.
“We exist to serve pastors and churches,” Ezell said. “We hope many pastors will stop by our exhibit in Phoenix because we would love to learn more about how we can serve them better and help them get their churches more mobilized for missions.”
NAMB leaders and missionaries also will participate in several panel discussions taking place in the Cooperative Program exhibit, adjacent to NAMB’s exhibit on the convention floor.
All Southern Baptist endorsed chaplains, meanwhile, are invited to a reception hosted by NAMB on Monday, June 12, from 3-5 p.m. in room 128 A/B at the Phoenix Convention Center.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – The North American Mission Board provided this report.)

4/26/2017 3:21:22 PM by NAMB staff | with 0 comments

Evangelists to focus on 21st-century ministry

April 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Equipping evangelists to minister in the 21st century will be the focus when the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists gathers in Phoenix in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting.

An evangelists’ retreat and business meeting June 9-10 at the Arizona Biltmore will be followed by a Sunday worship service hosted by Southern Baptist evangelists June 11 at First Southern Baptist Church in Phoenix. A “Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long” June 12 will give pastors an opportunity to connect with evangelists.
The emphasis on evangelists’ work in the 21st century will include discussion of mentoring a new generation of evangelists and using technology to facilitate gospel witness.
“One of the things we’re really going to focus on and pray about is how to involve more young guys who are evangelists,” Southern Baptist Evangelists president David Stockwell said. “What can we do to identify them, equip them and encourage them?”
One way to mentor aspiring evangelists, Stockwell said, is for men and women with years of experience to take younger evangelists with them on ministry trips and conduct joint evangelistic ventures.
Southern Baptist Evangelists vice president Sammy Tippit will help lead the discussion of technology in evangelism. Over the past two years, Tippit has seen hundreds profess faith in Christ in India through evangelistic sermons preached via Skype. He also has launched an interactive, multilingual discipleship app that helps believers lead friends to deeper walks with Christ – even if those friends live on the other side of the globe.
Stockwell said Southern Baptist Evangelists have developed a new app as well that helps churches and pastors locate and communicate with evangelists. An online directory of Southern Baptist Evangelists can be accessed at sbcevangelist.org.
The evangelists’ Sunday-morning worship service at First Southern Baptist, which houses multiple ethnic congregations in its facility, will begin at 9 a.m. Speakers will include Stockwell and Tippit along with music evangelists Russell and Kristi Johnson, Bob Smith and Amy Stockwell.
The June 12 “Sing-A-Long” will run from 4:30-6 p.m. in Room 129A/B of the Phoenix Convention Center, site of the Pastors’ Conference and SBC annual meeting, and feature a light southwest-themed meal along with music by Southern Baptist music evangelists. The event is free and open to all attendees of the Pastors’ Conference and SBC annual meeting.
An evangelists booth in the SBC exhibit hall will help Southern Baptists understand the work of evangelists internationally and in North America and allow convention attendees to meet Southern Baptist evangelists.
The entire slate of activities, Stockwell said, will be geared toward helping “evangelists engage the 21st-century culture.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE – David Roach is chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)

4/26/2017 3:15:37 PM by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

‘Jesus Saves’ focus of associational leaders

April 26 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The salvation assured only through faith in Jesus will be the focus of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) as they meet June 11-12 in Phoenix in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting.
With the theme “Jesus Saves,” the SBCAL will offer sermons and workshops aimed at preparing associational leaders to share God’s Word effectively, grow disciples and lead successfully. SBCAL events will be at the Westin in downtown Phoenix 9:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, and 8:45 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Monday, June 12.
SBCAL Executive Director C. Ray Gentry said the event, scheduled to allow participation in other related activities preceding the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, will “equip, encourage and inspire” those who attend.
“You will be able to sharpen your saw among peers from across the country and make the free Send North America Luncheon at noon on Monday, as well as the afternoon and evening sessions of the SBC Pastors’ Conference,” Gentry said. “The schedule includes relevant plenary sessions, times for networking, an extensive ministry fair, quality workshops and lunch and dinner included with registration.”
Key speakers will include Robby Gallaty, senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn.; Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary in Ontario, Calif.; Johnny Hunt, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.; and Byron Paulus, president and CEO of Life Action Ministries in Buchanan, Mich. and OneCry, a nationwide call for spiritual awakening.
Workshop topics are “Equipping Pastors to Make Disciples Who Make Disciple-makers,” “The Painful Side Of Leadership,” “Seven Thoughts On Church Revitalization,” “Advance Your Association By Providing Practical Ministry Training,” “How To Set Sail Toward Area-wide Revival,” and “Do’s and Don’ts For Associational Leaders (New and Old).”
A concurrent workshop will be offered for associational leaders’ wives during all workshop time slots entitled “The Rose Water Spiritual Spa Retreat,” but all workshops are open to wives.
In addition to key speakers, workshop presenters will include Gallaty’s wife Kandi Gallaty; Warren Haynes, national director for contextualized leadership development, Gateway Seminary; Iorg’s wife Ann Iorg; Sean McMahon, executive director of the Florida Baptist Association, Tallahassee, Fla., and Marshell Wilburn, wife of Port Wilburn, associational leader of the San Francisco Peninsula Baptist Association, San Francisco.
Registration is available at sbcassociations.org/conference-registration.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Diana Chandler is Baptist Press’ general assignment writer/editor.)

4/26/2017 3:13:20 PM by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

Chinese focus on 2020 goal of 600 church plants

April 26 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Ministry updates from church planters are on tap when the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the United States and Canada gathers June 13 during the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix.
Chinese Southern Baptists are continuing their focus on church planting in an attempt to reach a goal the group set in 2010 to plant 600 churches in the U.S. and Canada by 2020, Alan Chan, one of two vice presidents of the fellowship, told Baptist Press.
The fellowship will host a dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Room North 127A/B/C at the Phoenix Convention Center, the SBC annual meeting site. Stateside church planters from East Asia will share testimonies of God’s work in reaching Chinese in the U.S. and Canada, and representatives from the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board will also provide updates, Chan said.
There are more than 300 Chinese Baptist churches in the U.S. and Canada. Chan, pastor of church ministry coordination at Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles in Alhambra, Calif., said while the goal of reaching 600 in three more years is ambitious, the fellowship has planted about 100 churches in recent years.
In addition to Chan, current officers are president Benny Wong, pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church of Los Angeles; vice president Peter Liu, pastor of Chinese Christian Church of Ridgeland, Miss.; secretary Andrew Tong, pastor of Hawaii Chinese Baptist Church in Honolulu; treasurer Howard Li, pastor of Trust in God Chinese Baptist Church in New York City; and financial officer Jady Lo, a deaconess of Vancouver Chinese Baptist Church in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Chinese fellowship conducts its business at its biennial meeting, with the next gathering set for Los Angeles in 2018. There, the fellowship will mark its 40th anniversary.
A downloadable registration form for the biennial meeting is available at cbfusacanada.org/2016CBFRegistrationForm.pdf.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Diana Chandler is Baptist Press’ general assignment writer/editor.)

4/26/2017 3:11:19 PM by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

Messianics to gather with Arab Baptists

April 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Jewish and Arab believers will celebrate their common faith in Christ at the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Phoenix.
SBMF members and guests will convene Sunday, June 11 at First Arabic Baptist Church in Phoenix. A worship service at 11 a.m. will be followed by a potluck “oneg” (Hebrew for “delight“) meal and then a business meeting. The fellowship – which is comprised largely of Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) – will gather around the theme “disciples making disciples who make disciples.”
Though media portrayals often depict conflict between Jews and Arabs, the meeting’s location at a church that offers worship in Arabic will highlight reasons for Christ-followers from both groups to partner in evangelism, said SBMF President Ric Worshill.
As Semitic peoples, Jews and Arabs both tend to be “left out of the evangelism process,” Worshill said, because typical gospel presentations are not tailored to their unique worldviews.
Jews and Arabs both “are trained from birth that Jesus is not the Savior,” and both groups “don’t see the Triune-ness of God,” Worshill said. Jewish and Arab believers, he noted, can work together at learning to refute those misconceptions from scripture.
The SBMF’s partnership with First Arabic Baptist stems from Worshill’s service with First Arabic pastor Jamal Bishara on the Multiethnic Advisory Council, which was appointed by SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page.
“That’s unique, that’s cool” when “Arabic Baptists and Jewish Baptists get together,” Worshill said.
The SBMF’s guest speaker will be Rob Styler, director of missions for CJF Ministries, formerly known as the Christian Jewish Foundation. Styler specializes in presenting first-person monologues from the perspective of biblical characters.
Among topics to be discussed during the SBMF business meeting are a potential change in the fellowship’s structure and new ways to partner with the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE), a global organization that develops strategies to reach Jewish people with the gospel.
SBMF is an organizational member of the LCJE.
As workers in the Many Faces of the SBC booth in the SBC exhibit hall, SBMF members will help believers of various ethnicities connect with ethnic fellowships.
“There are a lot of ethnic people [among] Southern Baptists that really need support and prayer and help,” Worshill said.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – David Roach is chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)

4/26/2017 3:06:40 PM by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

FoNAC plans for ‘Dimensions to Native Ministry’

April 26 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Evangelicals interested in ministering among Native Americans across North America are invited June 10-11 to a two-day conference entitled “Dimensions to Native Ministry.”
The conference, hosted by the Fellowship of Native American Christians (FoNAC) is to be hosted by and at First Indian Baptist Church in Phoenix, where Shaun Whitey is pastor.
This event is in conjunction with FoNAC’s annual gathering, set for 10 a.m. Monday, June 12, in room 127A of the Phoenix Convention Center. FoNAC’s annual meeting comes a day before the start of the June 13-14 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, also set for the Phoenix Convention Center.
“A little over a year ago, a man desiring to become involved in ministry to Native Americans asked how his church could help with FoNAC’s ministry,” said Gary Hawkins, FoNAC’s executive director. The man noted neither he nor his church knew anything about Native Americans, but their church wanted to financially help those involved in doing native ministry.
“FoNAC is developing a network of people, places and partnerships to discover, develop and deploy Native people to share the gospel among their own, and outward to indigenous people around the world,” Hawkins said. “Legacy churches could be a great help”, in providing places of worship to those who otherwise could not afford such.
“I realize there are many creative approaches to planting new works,” Hawkins noted. “Presently, I pastor a new work in Tulsa, Okla., – Native Stone Baptist Church – and we meet in homes. Although this has been a wonderful experience, we feel very limited in carrying out the Great Commission in the way we feel we should, due to limited growth space.”
Ministry among Native Americans has changed over the last few years from “going to” to “working with,” Hawkins said. This year’s Dimensions conference and FoNAC annual meeting were designed to celebrate the positive things happening as a result of this movement among Native Americans and those who minister with them. Four breakout sessions at the conference are to illustrate ways of reaching Native Americans within their cultural context.
The full name of the conference is “Dimensions to Native Ministry; Discover, Develop, Deploy,” Hawkins said, explaining that the intent is to discover people, places and partnerships; develop networks, resources and ministry teams; and deploy prayer warriors, volunteers and leaders.
Registration for the no-fee Dimensions conference is to start at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, with the first general session at 3 p.m. Warren “Junior” Pratt, pastor of First Indian Baptist Church in Cushing, Okla., is to be the main speaker. Two breakout sessions are to follow a dinner at 5 p.m. provided by the host church.
Lunch will be provided after the 10:25 a.m. Sunday morning worship service at First Indian Baptist Church. Breakout sessions to begin at 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. will be followed by a general session during which Charles Locklear is to preach. Locklear is pastor of Bethany Christian Fellowship of Pembroke, N.C.
A children’s mission day camp, led by Augusta “Gus” Smith, LINK ministries director, will be available both days for youngsters in pre-school and in grades 1-6. LINK is an acronym for a Native women’s ministry, the national Living In Neighborly Kindness.
The four breakouts are: “The Biblical Role of the Pastor/Shepherd,” led by Ledtkey “Lit” McIntosh, of the Muscogee Creek tribe; “Developing Churches that Thrive in Native Communities” by Mark Custalow, of the Mattaponi tribe; “Women in Leadership” led by Jenny “Big Crow” Andrews of the Oglala Lakota tribe; “Presenting the Gospel through Native Storytelling” by Warren “Junior” Pratt of the Pawnee tribe; “Suicide Prevention” by Carla Parnacher of the Muscogee Creek tribe combined with Life Recovery, a 12-step program, by Alan Washington of the Chickasaw tribe.
Worship leaders for the Dimensions conference are from First Indian Baptist Church of Phoenix, All Nations Baptist Church of Phoenix, and Native Praise, a music ministry of LINK based out of Tulsa, Okla. Native Praise also is to lead worship during the FoNAC annual meeting.
Reports will be given on short-term mission trips to foreign countries such as Canada, Mexico and the Philippines; Summer camps for children and youth; conferences specifically related to issues facing men and women; and the development of evangelistic and equipping resources designed contextual to Native people to aid in sharing the gospel.
“FoNAC is a ministry that embraces the need of sending [Native Americans] to the varied native Nations of the United States and Canada, sharing the Word of God in a doctrinally sound, culturally relevant way,” Hawkins said.
Discussion will also focus on current issues facing Native Americans and First Nations People of Canada. FoNAC is seeking and praying for new ways of making a more concerted effort to have a more visible presence where large concentrations of Native people are assembled in order to share Christ with the crowds.
Native American church plants or restarts are appearing sporadically in states across America, including one in the heart of Minneapolis, where there is believed to be the highest density population of Native Americans in any city across the nation.
Timmy Chavis, pastor of Bear Swamp Baptist Church in Pembroke, N.C., and FoNAC’s treasurer, will bring the group’s annual sermon. Chavis also is expected to report that finances are stable, with donations coming in from Native and from non-Native churches.
“FoNAC’s mission is to come alongside indigenous people to find out what God is doing among them and to seek ways to encourage, strengthen and support them,” Hawkins said. “This includes engaging missional partnerships to serve more in the role of a facilitator assisting them in their efforts in evangelism, leadership development and church planting, realizing this God-sized task can only happen through a network of like-minded prayer partners.”
The business session also is to include Hawkins’ report of FoNAC activities over the last year and its future plans. In addition, new executive board members will be recognized.
The United States has 567 federally-recognized Native American tribes; Canada has 634 federally-recognized First Nations groups.

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Karen L. Willoughby is a national correspondent for Baptist Press.)

4/26/2017 2:30:49 PM by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

9Marks, B21, Connect316 among events for SBC attendees

April 25 2017 by BP staff

Several Christian ministries – including 9Marks, B21 and Connect316 – will offer events on topics ranging from building a healthy church amid cultural confusion to “fault lines in the Southern Baptist Convention” for messengers and others attending the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) June 13-14 annual meeting in Phoenix.
Among them:
– 9Marks, a ministry to help pastors grow healthy churches, will hold panel discussions Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13, from 9-10:30 p.m. in Room West 301D of the Phoenix Convention Center. The June 12 discussion, co-hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), will focus on building a healthy church amid cultural confusion. The event will feature ERLC President Russell Moore; ERLC executive vice president Phillip Bethancourt; 9Marks editorial director Jonathan Leeman; and 9Marks co-founder Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. The June 13 discussion will focus on the current state of the SBC and will feature Dever; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Danny Akin; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.; and H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Admission is free to both events.
– Baptist21 (B21) will host a June 13 luncheon and panel discussion on “fault lines in the SBC,” according to an email from the group. The gathering will convene during the SBC annual meeting’s lunch break in Room West 301D of the Phoenix Convention Center. Panelists will include Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin. Registration at BaptistTwentyOne.com is $12.50 until May 19 and $15 thereafter. The first 750 registered attendees will receive a boxed lunch and bag of books. B21 was founded by younger Southern Baptists to address issues relevant to Southern Baptists in the 21st century.
– Connect316 will host a dinner June 13 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room West 301B/C of the Phoenix Convention Center. Eric Hankins, pastor of First Baptist Church in Fairhope, Ala., will deliver a keynote address on “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation,” a confessional statement he authored in 2012. A panel discussion on “soteriology and evangelism” moderated by Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land will feature Hankins; Kevin Apperson, pastor of North Las Vegas (Nev.) Baptist Church; Eddie Bumpers, pastor of Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo.; and Charlie Harris, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Miss. SBC President Steve Gaines will receive the group’s Jerry Vines Award. Tickets are $25, with registration online at Connect316.net. According to the group’s website, Connect316 is a ministry fellowship that affirms a doctrine of salvation between that of Calvinism and Arminianism, holding that Christ died for the sins of every person.
– The Fellowship of Baptist World Ministries will host a breakfast Monday, June 12 at 7 a.m. in the Desert Sky Room of the Sheraton Grand Hotel. A keynote address will highlight global missions. For ticket information, email Rodney Cavett, the organization’s president, at rodneyc@ic-world.org. The Fellowship of Baptist World Ministries is an association of mission organizations who work in covenant with the International Mission Board to conduct evangelism and discipleship throughout the world.
Replicate Ministries will host five panel discussions on disciplemaking at its booth in the SBC exhibit hall. David Platt, Robby Gallaty, Kevin Ezell and Eric Geiger will discuss “Making Disciples in the SBC.” Johnny Hunt, Kevin Smith, Adam Dooley, Robby Gallaty and Mark Marshall will discuss “The Disciplemaking Taskforce Update.” Kandi Gallaty, Donna Gaines, Kathy Litton and others will discuss “Women’s Discipleship.” Vance Pittman, Jimmy Scroggins, J.D. Greear and Robby Gallaty will discuss “Making Disciples in a Church Plant.” Gus Hernandez and others will discuss “Disciplemaking in Collegiate Ministry.” Each discussion will last approximately 30 minutes. Details and times can be found at replicate.org/sbc2017. Additionally, Replicate will be giving away copies of its book, The Heart of a Disciplemaker.
– The Global Hunger Relief (GHR) Run June 14 will include both a 5K run and a one-mile walk/run, with all registration fees donated to GHR, a Southern Baptist initiative formerly known as the World Hunger Fund that supports hunger-relief projects in North America and around the world. The run is sponsored by a coalition of nine Southern Baptist organizations, including SBC entities, Baptist state conventions and Woman’s Missionary Union. Participants will depart the Phoenix Convention Center by bus at 6 a.m. and arrive back by 8 a.m. A race kickoff program at Steele Indian School Park will begin at 6:20 a.m. with the race to follow. Registration for the 5K is $25 before June 11 and $35 thereafter. The one-mile walk/run is $20 before June 11 and $25 thereafter. Children under 12 may participate in the one-mile event for free.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by David Roach, chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)

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