Many in N.C. may ‘Find it Here’ at Easter
    February 9 2010 by BSC

    Tradition and curiosity draw more non-Christians to church on Easter Sunday than on any other day of the year, with the possible exception of Christmas.

    This Easter North Carolina Baptists join many other Baptist state conventions in cooperation with the North American Mission Board to sponsor “Find it Here,” to encourage churches to be intentionally evangelistic in their Easter service.

    “Find it Here” asks pastors to involve their church in four activities between now and Easter Sunday, April 4:
    • Pray for the salvation of family, friends and neighbors;
    • Invite non-Christian family, friends and neighbors to Easter services;
    • Preach an evangelistic sermon and extend an evangelistic invitation on Easter Sunday;
    • Baptize new converts either Easter or the Sunday following.
    Don McCutcheon, executive leader for the evangelization group at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) would like to know which churches are committed to the “Find It Here” effort. To sign up, visit www.finditherenc.org. For more information call (800) 395-5102 ext. 5557 or e-mail jlancaster@ncbaptist.org.

    During the January meeting of the BSC Board of Directors, Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr., challenged every Board member to involve his or her church with “Find it Here.”

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Milton Hollifield, left, executive director/treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and Don McCutcheon, executive leader for the BSC evangelization group, prepare to hang a banner for “Find It Here,” a promotion to encourage churches to be intentionally evangelistic. Banners are available free to churches that sign up.


    It is neither a program nor curriculum, Hollifield said. “Find it Here” is an emphasis that allows each church to design an intentionally evangelistic approach that best suits its community.

    While the four components of “Find it Here” may seem “elementary and even unnecessary,” Hollifield said they represent the “foundational commitments that the churches of this Convention are failing.”

    “I am calling on the churches of this Convention to join together in the “Find it Here” emphasis,” said Hollifield, adding an estimate that 5.5 million in North Carolina do not know Christ.

    “It is the core value of the churches comprising this Convention to present the gospel to the lost and invite them to surrender their lives to Christ, but we are not accomplishing this most foundational command of our Master,” Hollifield said.

    The web site features resources to help pastors carry out the “Find it Here” emphasis.

    The site includes prayer resources, sermon outlines, an evangelism crash course video, and resources for discipling new believers.

    After April 4, pastors are asked to report the results of their outreach efforts. North Carolina Baptist pastors will be mailed information about “Find it Here” which includes a DVD and promotional resources.
    2/9/2010 9:33:00 AM by BSC | with 0 comments




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