February 2011

‘What I Value Most’ shares testimonies, gospel

February 25 2011 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

ALEXANDRIA, La. — “I’m surrendering my life to Jesus, finding my value in Him, praying the prayer above,” Jodi of Emporia, Kan., checked on the “What I Value Most” website.

The simple website — www.whativaluemost.com — encompasses an ever-increasing number of personal testimonies and a clear gospel presentation. In the two years it has been available to the public, more than 30,000 people — in all 50 states and nearly 100 nations — have visited it.

“Our anticipation was that it would greatly impact Louisiana,” said Keith Manuel, evangelism associate with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. “We had no idea it would impact the world.”

What I Value Most is one element in the “One-on-One Evangelism Made Simple” materials produced by the Louisiana convention’s evangelism/church growth team.

The whativaluemost.com instructions under the website’s “Share your story” button are simple: Start with a sentence about what life was like before meeting Jesus, then tell about it in 200 words or less.

Next, write another 200 words about how God has made the difference. Click the button to add the story to the website.

Business-size cards can be used to point people to one’s testimony at the www.whativaluemost.com website.


And then tell friends, family and others where they can read it through word of mouth or through Facebook and Twitter postings.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary uses One-on-One Evangelism Made Simple resources in its required supervised ministry course. Since the seminary has extension centers in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama, it’s to be expected that a number of hits on the website would come from those states.

“But what’s amazing is that New York is No. 7 of all the states, in terms of number of hits,” Manuel said. “You wouldn’t anticipate that. And California is No. 10!”

While the website doesn’t store personal information, it does collect data that tracks how its reach is expanding, Manuel said.

“Forty-two states have double-digit and triple-digit views, and a few have more than 1,000,” Manuel said. “I can understand the spillover into Texas, Mississippi and even Arkansas ... but in New York, nobody is teaching (the One-on-One approach) that I’m aware of — I know, because they have to acquire the materials through our office — but New York has almost 1,000 views and they read 11 and a half pages at a time.”

The nation outside the United States with the most hits is Romania.

“I have no idea how it’s in Romania,” Manuel said. “No clue. It’s in 95 countries — that’s almost half the countries in the world.”

Among those, Canada recorded the second largest number of hits. The website also has been viewed in China, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Liberia, Egypt and the list goes on.

“We just put it in the Lord’s hands, to see what He would do. ... I’m overwhelmed that God would take this to places we never dreamed,” Manuel said. “I’m overwhelmed that as God provided the resources through Louisiana Baptists’ contributions to the Cooperative Program that God would take What I Value Most around the world.”

The website is designed for a person to type in the name of the person whose story they want to read or to read multiple stories just by clicking on the “Feature Stories” button. Each testimony is on a separate webpage.

Another button on the What I Value Most homepage is “Finding the Greatest Value,” which uses the acrostic PRAY to make a clear gospel presentation. Page 9 of the section helps readers respond immediately to the gospel either by checking the appropriate responses on the webpage or calling 1-888-JESUS-2000 (1-888-537-8720).

Both options connect the reader with the Evangelism Response Center of the North American Mission Board for follow-up by a local Southern Baptist church. The stories on the WhatIValueMost.com website span the gamut of life situations.

“I was real upset with the way I was living my life. Most of the time, I wished I was dead,” wrote Matthew. “My life before Christ was a time when I just existed,” wrote Judy.

The “how God has made a difference in my life” responses are equally compelling:

“My life is now much simpler by trusting God,” wrote Taylor.

“Learning from Jesus and living my life the way He has called me to live has brought more value and meaning in my life than I had ever dreamed before,” wrote Chad.

“My significance does not come from my performance, because Jesus values me. He values you too ... please trust Him,” wrote John.

So far, 150 people have registered on the website that they made a decision to follow Christ, Manuel said. But even just visiting the website is “part of the evangelistic process of God drawing them to Himself.”

Jodi added a personal comment to her decision to let God change her life. “The struggle is great at the current time,” the young mother from Kansas wrote. “I am not sure where to start reading the Bible. I procrastinate and make a lot of excuses for not making a difference in my life. Thanks for listening.”

Manuel does listen and regularly responds. Those who make a first-time profession of faith are ministered to through the Evangelism Response Center, which directs the contact to a state convention/association/church.

“Sixty-two percent of all visits are brand-new visits,” Manuel said. “That indicates the website’s influence is spreading. “When someone goes to a website and goes to the first page and leaves, that’s called the ‘bounce rate,’“ he explained. “On average, it’s generally 40-60 percent, meaning that people see the first page and often aren’t interested in seeing more.

“We have a bounce rate of only 20 percent,” Manuel continued. “To have that kind of bounce rate is phenomenal. That says people either know why they’re there or if they get there by accident, they tend to stay and read on average seven pages.

“What I Value Most is in God’s hands,” Manuel said. “We’re privileged to provide our churches with an additional tool to share the gospel.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — For additional information about One on One Evangelism Made Simple and/or www.whativaluemost.com, contact keith.manuel@lbc.org or call 318-448-3402.)

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2/25/2011 2:08:00 AM by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



Forgiveness scholar opens up on role of faith

February 25 2011 by Francis X. Rocca, Religion News Service

VATICAN CITY — For more than a quarter of a century, psychologist Robert D. Enright has been a pioneer in the scientific study of forgiveness — the kind of guy Time magazine once dubbed “the forgiveness trailblazer.”

He’s probed the mental and physical benefits that incest survivors, adult children of alcoholics, cardiac patients and others can enjoy if they choose to show mercy to those who have done them wrong.

His work has taken him to global hotspots, with a schools program of “forgiveness education” for Catholic and Protestant children in Northern Ireland, and a new project to promote e-mail dialogue among Jewish, Muslim and Christian children in Israel and Palestine.

But while forgiveness carries strong associations with religion, Enright has always supported his claims with empirical data alone, insisting that his method is usable by “theists and nontheists” alike.

The study of forgiveness has nevertheless ended up nurturing Enright’s own faith, ultimately bringing him back to the Roman Catholic Church of his youth. He is now preparing, for the first time, to make that faith explicit in his work.

Enright was not a churchgoer when he embarked on this line of research in 1985, but as he tells it, his discovery of the field that would define his career came in answer to a prayer.

Seeking to help a graduate student in search of a thesis topic, Enright decided while driving one day to ask God for a suggestion. He recalls that “one word came back: forgiveness.”

Today, at least 1,000 academic researchers and “countless therapists” specialize in forgiveness studies, Enright said, but at the time, a library search turned up not a single piece of scholarship on the subject in any of the social sciences.

Enright found himself drawn to the area and began leading a seminar on forgiveness at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he was a tenured professor.

Among the assigned readings for the seminar were selections from the scriptures of various religious traditions.

Those texts raised questions that led Enright back to back to Christianity: first to what he describes as a liberal Methodist church, then to an evangelical Protestant congregation, and finally back to Catholicism.

A major turning point in both his spiritual development and his understanding of forgiveness, Enright said, was the death of his wife Nancy from kidney cancer in 2002. That ordeal, which left him a single father of two young boys, taught him the power of redemptive suffering.

“Forgiveness as Redemptive Suffering” is the working title of a book that Enright will be writing with his son Kevin, 23, a recent college graduate who plans to pursue graduate studies in philosophy. The book will be Enright’s first major statement of how religious faith has informed and expanded his understanding of forgiveness.

“The Catholic Church and only the Catholic Church can tell us what forgiveness really is in the fullest sense: a uniting of your suffering with Christ’s suffering, which we bear on behalf of those who have hurt us, for their salvation,” he says.

The church has traditionally emphasized the sacramental aspect of forgiveness as something granted by God, Enright said. But over the last three decades, especially under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, he’s seen a growing emphasis on “person-to-person forgiveness.”

That emphasis has inspired a vision that Enright calls “The Church as Forgiving Community,” which is also the title of a forthcoming book he is editing, with essays by psychologists, philosophers and theologians.

In making the case for forgiveness — including a Feb. 28 lecture at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross — Enright recommends measures such as parish-based discussion groups on forgiveness, and forgiveness-focused religious education for children.

Enright believes forgiveness is also an essential part of the church’s recovery from the clergy sex abuse crisis, and plans to raise that issue when he speaks next year at a Eucharistic Congress in Ireland, a country where the church has been hit especially hard by pedophilia scandals.

Anticipating passionate reactions from church critics, he stresses that forgiveness “does not mean letting bygones be bygones,” or sparing abusive priests their just punishment.

“But mercy tempers justice and makes it better,” Enright said, even as it helps victims themselves to heal.

Along with its internal benefits to the church, Enright said, an emphasis on person-to-person forgiveness can bring new adherents into the fold. Just as many Westerners have adopted Eastern spiritual practices such as meditation and yoga, non-Catholics who are drawn to the church’s methods of forgiveness could find themselves delving more deeply into the faith that spawned them.

“People start forgiving others and they say, ‘Hey this is good stuff, it sets me free and helps my relationships. What’s the next step?’” Enright said.

In a “pragmatic, show-me-what-works age,” forgiveness has powerful evangelical appeal, Enright said. “But this goes way beyond relaxation. It’s surgery for the heart.”

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2/25/2011 2:04:00 AM by Francis X. Rocca, Religion News Service | with 0 comments



Newly inaugurated Page sets ‘biblical vision’

February 23 2011 by Erin Roach & Mark Kelly, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Executive Committee members, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) entity heads and other guests gathered in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 21 to inaugurate Frank Page as the SBC Executive Committee’s sixth president.

Page officially assumed the position Oct. 1 after serving 30 years as a pastor and in various denominational roles, including SBC president. Guests were led in worship in the Van Ness Auditorium at LifeWay Christian Resources by Travis Cottrell, and several of Page’s colleagues spoke and prayed for him.

Roger Spradlin, chairman of the Executive Committee, presented Page and his wife Dayle with a certificate of inauguration, listing his many accomplishments within the Southern Baptist Convention through the years.

“Frank has a pastor’s heart,” said Spradlin, pastor of Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Calif. “He served as a pastor for many, many years. He loves pastors. He understands pastors. He has a deep commitment to help pastors in their tasks in the local church.”

Page delivered a statement of his vision for the office, saying he wants to have priorities that would please the Lord. “I really will be quite happy when tonight is over because I’m not real comfortable with this kind of attention, to be quite honest with you,” Page said. “I would be quite happy if you would forget me and remember our Lord.

“But God has called me to this position, and I am honored to be a part of this. So I speak to you tonight about a simple, biblical vision that I think the Lord brought to my heart,” Page said, pointing to Genesis 12, the passage where God promises to make Abraham into a great nation and bless him so that he can be a blessing to others.

“I think that God’s call upon Abraham’s life is precious, but is it not true of all of us, that God called us to be saved and God called us to serve Him in some capacity, shape, form or fashion?” Page said.

Page added he believes God is calling Southern Baptists to be a blessing to the nations: “I believe God’s call for Southern Baptists is that we would never rest until every man, woman, boy and girl on this continent hears the Good News of Jesus, so that they can say, ‘That person was a blessing to me.’

“I don’t believe God is going to be happy until every man, woman, boy and girl on the face of this earth hears the Good News of Jesus Christ,” Page said. “... I want us to be able to say as Southern Baptists, ‘We were a blessing.’”

Photo by Morris Abernathy

Frank Page, inaugurated Feb. 21 as Executive Committee president, delivered a statement of vision based on Genesis 12, telling those gathered that just as God blessed Abraham so he could be a blessing to others, Southern Baptists are blessed for the purpose of blessing the nations by leading them to Christ.


In addition to blessing Abraham, God made demands of him, Page noted.

“I believe God demands a commitment from us. We are to serve Him with passion,” Page said. “We are to give Him first-rate loyalty for a first-rate cause. I believe God’s calling for Southern Baptists is to be closer than we’ve ever been before, to be purer than we’ve ever been before, to be more passionate than we ever have been before about sharing the Good News with a lost and dying world.”

Just as God’s demands upon Abraham’s life were lifelong, Page believes God is not finished with Southern Baptists.

“I know these men who are getting ready to speak are going to say some profound things to us, things we need to hear. But I just want you to remember with me tonight God’s vision for us is that He will bless us, but He wants us to be a blessing as well,” Page said.

Other speakers
Thomas Hammond, personal evangelism team leader for the North American Mission Board, delivered the inauguration message. Preaching from Mark 2, Hammond encouraged Page to model the qualities of the four friends who took their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing.

Those four men were willing to adapt their actions to meet the friend at his point of need, to do whatever it took to help him, and worked together in unity, Hammond noted.

Southern Baptists “are in desperate need of change,” with many churches plateaued or declining and many leaders disagreeing about the best way to bring renewal, but God is ready to do a new work and Southern Baptists’ best days may be ahead, Hammond said.

“Every time I’ve heard Frank Page preach, this is what I’ve heard him say: ‘We can win this world to Jesus, but we must do it together,’” Hammond said. “Frank, may the hand of God be upon you. May the Spirit of God give you wisdom and strength. May the mind of Christ be with you. God bless you as you lead us.”

Morris H. Chapman, president emeritus of the Executive Committee, presented the Pages with a clock for their mantel to remind them of the value of time and the lessons Jesus taught about it.

“A clock is a mechanism for measuring 24 hours of each day of our lives. Time is the moment we have in the present,” Chapman said. “We do not live in the future. In fact, to live in the future is to be counterproductive in our lives. The past is gone and the future has not arrived. Jesus captured this when He said, ‘Live one day at a time. Tomorrow has too many worries.’”

Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, delivered a charge on behalf of Page’s colleagues at the 42 Baptist state conventions. He challenged Page to remember that being a follower of Christ is a prerequisite to being a Christian leader.

“You will never catch up to Christ, but you must keep following Him,” Lance said. “Continue to be faithful to your calling.”

Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and chairman of the Great Commission Council, delivered a charge on behalf of SBC entity presidents. He told Page he will find joy working for the “great people of God called Southern Baptists” because they are “people of the Book and people of the Cross.”

Ed Stetzer, vice president of research and ministry development for LifeWay Christian Resources, delivered a charge on behalf of Page’s colleagues at SBC entities. Stetzer reflected on the “courage and conviction” Page demonstrated when he was elected Southern Baptist Convention president at Greensboro, N.C., in 2006 and called on Page to help Southern Baptists move past their differences toward common goals.

Stetzer delivered seven “exhortations” to the new Executive Committee president: stand for God’s Word; stand for the gospel; stand for the Kingdom; stand for a confessional consensus; stand for accountability in our denomination; stand for a denomination that joins God on mission; stand to make it true that we are all about missions.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Roach is an assistant editor of Baptist Press and Kelly is an assistant editor and senior writer.)

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2/23/2011 11:20:00 AM by Erin Roach & Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



‘We can’t lose this nation,’ pastor declares

February 22 2011 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

HOUSTON — Champion Forest Baptist Church leaders credit a year-long emphasis on missions giving for the fact that its 5,000 members gave more than $175,000 to missions through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) on a Sunday morning.

The amount was $37,000 more than the next-largest giver to the North American missions emphasis in 2009, the latest year for which individual church reports have been posted.

“We promote the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering every spring,” said David Fleming, pastor of the Houston congregation. “But we found people can and would give more to missions if they would put it in their monthly budget” in response to a year-round emphasis on missions.

“Having been on the mission field (in short-term missions) and seeing what our missionaries do, both across America and the world, I am compelled to be a part of what they’re doing,” Fleming said. “We can’t all go, but if a pastor will get his people on the mission field, they will give to missions. Suddenly, it becomes personal.”

The United States is becoming more unchurched, more non-Christian, Fleming said.

“We can’t lose this nation,” the pastor said. “Our nation is our responsibility. For us, it’s a balanced approach to missions. It’s those concentric circles of advance: We’re not going to skip America to get to the foreign mission field. We’re not going to skip Houston to get to America.

“We start here,” Fleming said. “This is home. We don’t even need a passport to do missions across America. We should certainly prioritize reaching America as we seek to reach the world for Christ.”

Some might say large churches like Champion Forest in northwest Houston don’t need the Southern Baptist Convention to do missions. But one of the first things Fleming did when he was called as pastor in 2006 was to lead the church — started by Southern Baptists in 1970 — to affiliate with Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and to direct its Cooperative Program giving through the state convention, Fleming said.

Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, as part of its multifaceted outreach locally, nationally and internationally, is in the midst of a multi-year commitment to missions work on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Gallup, N.M. In the summer of 2010, Champion Forest members built porches in Gallup, led Vacation Bible School, distributed information for the church on the reservation, involved children in fun activities and cut people’s hair.


“We have learned we can do more together than we can independently,” Fleming said. “We need the cooperation of all our churches and the coordination of a mission agency to maximize our efforts. That includes our association, the state convention, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board.”

Champion Forest baptized 382 people in 2010; has three church plants in Houston; and also is partnering with church plants in Seattle and in Long Island, N.Y.

Locally, its evangelistic efforts start with the FAITH evangelistic Sunday School outreach, now in its ninth semester.

“We’re constantly trying to bring people into the Sunday service,” Fleming said. Those who visit the church on Sunday morning receive a return visit that afternoon from one of the 100-plus three-person FAITH teams.

“Our folks just love it,” the pastor said. “People are blown away to get a visit Sunday afternoon.”

Champion Forest’s world mission efforts start with a major thrust each November.

“We typically have a missions fair in the fall, and in December we start promoting the Cooperative Program and missions giving,” Fleming said. “Throughout the course of the year, we’ll have video highlights of missions trips, and we bring in missionaries as guest speakers. We keep missions and evangelism in front of the people all the time.

“Our goal is to get our people mobilized at the church, in the city, across the country and beyond the continent,” the pastor said.

The church’s motto is: “Helping people make sense out of life through Christ-centered living.”

Even shorter, Champion Forest calls its members to “Know, Grow and Go.”

“Locally, our members are involved in more than 100 local missions and ministry projects,” Fleming said. “Most of that happens through the small group ministry of Champion Forest. The Sunday School is the church organized to fulfill the Great Commission. If you put a project in the hands of the Life Groups (Sunday School classes), they get it done.”

A missions booth in the church’s foyer each week provides a central location for people to learn of various missions and ministry opportunities, missions minister Lezlie Armour said.

She also created a 30-page glossy magazine last fall with stories and photos from each of the year’s missions trips. The church brings out flags on special occasions for each of the nations and states in which the church has a missions commitment.

Church members go on a dozen or more mission trips each year across North America and around the globe, including multi-year efforts in New Mexico, Washington, New York, Kenya and Ecuador.

“It changes people forever who go on mission trips,” Armour said. “For them to come back and tell others what God has done through them — it’s contagious. There’s nothing so rewarding as seeing someone come to the Lord who doesn’t know Him.

“Missions means reaching out to someone who needs the Lord,” Armour said. “It’s the same thing if they’re in Africa or America or across the street. Missions is missions, and for many people it’s easier to put aside $800 for a mission trip in America than it is to save up $3,000 for a mission trip to Africa. Besides, this is our home country and, to me, it’s more and more in need of the Lord. We need to take care of our own, so we have the strength to reach out across the world.”

Among local projects, Champion Forest reaches out through ministry partnerships like “Church Under the Bridge” for homeless people, through the association’s three Baptist mission centers, and through sending inner-city youngsters — many whose parents are prison inmates — to summer camps.

Champion Forest also provides major events, such as a “trunk or treat” fall festival that drew about 10,000 people this year, primarily families, to discover and experience Champion Forest outside the walls of the church. Its four major Christmas events — “The Miracle of Christmas” — drew more than 12,000.

One event, entirely in Spanish, drew nearly 4,000 people. Seventy people made professions of faith in Jesus during the Christmas outreach. Northwest Houston is a diverse community and growing more diverse every year, Fleming said.

The church’s thriving outreach to the Hispanic community is unique in its approach.

“We don’t have a Spanish ‘mission.’ We’re one church in two languages,” Fleming said. “That has been a major concept in growing the number of Spanish-speaking members of our congregation. We’ve added Spanish-speaking and also African American staff to reflect and reach our changing community. When I came, the church had one African American ministry staff member, and only one part-time Hispanic minister. Our staff is now growing in diversity, with more than 10 ministers who are African American or Hispanic.

“That is the result of a vision and an intentional effort to reflect our community in order to reach our community,” Fleming said. “When a person comes in, they look around and ask the question: ‘Is there anyone here like me?’ When they see members and even leaders like themselves, that increases their comfort level.”

Champion Forest’s commitment to reach its community is just more evidence of its being an Acts 1:8 church that reaches out through multiple circles of influence that eventually cover the globe.

“We’re building bridges to share the gospel with people from every nation, right here at home,” Fleming said. “I think a lot of people come here because of our programs and activities. They grow because of our commitment to teaching the Bible. They stay because they get connected to something bigger than themselves. They’re making a difference with their lives, and that matters.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Willoughby is managing editor of the Louisiana Baptist Message, Dakota Baptist Connections and The Montana Baptist. The annual Week of Prayer for North American Missions in Southern Baptist churches will be March 6-13 in conjunction with the 2011 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, with a goal of $70 million to help pay the salaries and ministry support of 5,000-plus missionaries serving in North America under the SBC’s North American Mission Board. For more information, go to www.anniearmstrong.com.)

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2/22/2011 11:12:00 AM by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



Daytona winner outspoken Christian

February 22 2011 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

DAYTONA, Fla. — Twenty-year-old Trevor Bayne — an outspoken Christian who often uses social media like Twitter to talk about his faith — became the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 Feb. 20 at the Daytona International Speedway.

Bayne testified about the Lord in his post-race interviews.

“We said a prayer before,” Bayne said in one interview. “We pray a lot, and we expect a lot of things, but this just shows how powerful God is.”

In another interview with ESPN, Bayne talked about using his winnings to help support friends working on the mission field, and specifically mentioned his desire to donate to an organization called Back2Back Ministries that does mission work in Mexico.

“I can’t even describe it,” Bayne said about his victory. “This is our first time ever coming here, so to win in our first time, I feel a little undeserving.”

A native Tennessean, Bayne attends Fairview Baptist Church in Corryton, Tenn., outside Knoxville when he’s home visiting his family.

“Trevor’s a great young man,” said Wayne Davis, associate pastor at Fairview. “He tries to live his faith. You noticed he was talking about how this was something that God worked out for him, and he truly believes that.”

A Baptist Press Sports story in October by Lee Warren featured Bayne, and addressed the ways he witnesses to those around him.

“We all push ourselves,” Bayne said in the story. “The biggest fear for a Christian is to be lukewarm, and we’ve learned how to get out of our shell. One example is, before every race I got to the point where the guys (on my race team) wanted me to say a prayer with them.

Trevor Bayne


“The outreach needs to happen here so much because this community — from the outside looking in — people think it’s a Christian southern sport, but on the inside it’s really not,” he continued. “So there’s a lot of outreach to be done here. And to have a brotherhood — we call ourselves modern day disciples — we try to help each other and encourage each other and if it were just me, I probably wouldn’t have the strength to go out and outreach to these guys (in the garage), but when you’ve got four other drivers thinking the same thing you are, and encouraging it, then it makes it a lot easier.”

Bayne also uses social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to talk about the Lord. In October, he had about 4,000 followers on Twitter. Now, after his historic victory in Daytona, he has almost 24,000.

After the race, Bayne wrote on Twitter, “Sayyy what! I’m blown away at how amazing God’s plan is! 500 winner :) can’t believe it!”

In recent days, he has also posted, “Until we realize that Christ is our only satisfaction, we will continually be lusting for more of something that will never satisfy!” and “Feelin like it was a pretty successful day even though we didn’t get the result! So thankful for the platform God is using me on!”

“I get the chance every day to update my status and tell them whatever I want to tell them — what I’m experiencing that day and how God’s helping me and I’ve got a lot of response from that,” Bayne said in Baptist Press Sports about his social media efforts. “That motivates me every day to know that He’s given me those people with their eyes on me to be able to outreach to them.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Ellsworth is editor of BPSports, the sports service of Baptist Press. Ellsworth also is director of news and media relations at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.)

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2/22/2011 11:07:00 AM by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



Crowley, influential trustee & pastor, dies

February 21 2011 by Baptist Press

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Robert D. Crowley, a former trustee of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) who was instrumental in Paige Patterson’s election as SEBTS president in 1992, died Feb. 14 after more than 44 years of ministry. He was 80.

Crowley, who served on Southeastern’s trustee board from 1985-95 and chairman from 1987-90, “was an instrumental figure in the Conservative Resurgence and the re-commitment to biblical inerrancy at the institution,” according to a SEBTS news release.

Crowley was pastor emeritus of Montrose Baptist Church in Rockville, Md., where he served from 1956 until his retirement in 1995.

“He was at SEBTS during those tumultuous years when it was making the transition from a decidedly liberal institution to a conservative one that proclaimed the authority of the Bible,” said Kenneth Keathley, senior vice president of academic administration and dean of the faculty. “The school went through a tumultuous time when its theological future and very existence was unsure. There were a lot of things the board of trustees did, sacrifices they made, that had they not done them, Southeastern would not be what it is today.”

Southeastern’s current president, Daniel Akin, said he and Patterson, who led the seminary from 1992-2003, have said “on many occasions that neither one of us would have served at Southeastern were it not for Bob Crowley. He is as responsible as any person for the miraculous theological turnaround of Southeastern Seminary.

“I am grateful to God for all He did through this wonderful pastor, husband and father,” Akin said.

Crowley is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Crowley; two daughters, Kathleen Coley and Christine Elizabeth Crowley; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His son-in-law, Ken Coley, is professor of education and leadership at SEBTS.

A news release from Montrose Baptist Church reported that Crowley — “in the mid-1970s at a time when few churches were considering Christian education and building schools” — led the church to establish a fully accredited K-12 school, Montrose Christian School, and a daycare, Montrose Christian Child Development Center.

Upon retirement, Crowley and his wife focused their energies on Summit Lake Camp and Middle Creek Bible Conference, ministries they founded in 1969 and 1983, respectively. Summit Lake Camp was among the first integrated. “In a time when Washington, D.C., and the nation were struggling through racial issues and riots in the streets, Pastor Crowley had the vision and the wisdom to bring the gospel of God’s peace to children and families of many different races,” a release stated.

In addition to Montrose, Crowley led Upper Seneca Baptist Church in Cedar Grove, Md., from 1951-56. He led Montrose Baptist Church to do missions work in Brazil and Romania. Crowley, the son of the first radio preacher in the Washington, D.C., area, died at home after an extended illness.

In SBC life, Crowley also served as a trustee of the former Annuity Board (now GuideStone Financial Resources) in the 1970s.

Crowley’s funeral was held Feb. 17 at Montrose Baptist Church.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston, with reporting by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s communications office.) 

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2/21/2011 10:30:00 AM by Baptist Press | with 0 comments



N.C. Baptist nurses minister, fellowship together

February 18 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

Providing a caring touch in times of sickness. It’s what nurses do.

But some nurses in North Carolina unite to help even more people and to administer the gospel into people’s lives.

“It’s kind of been my life, my niche to be able to be part of a fellowship of nurses,” said Donna Rodgers, outgoing president of North Carolina Baptist Nursing Fellowship (NCBNF).

While leaving her presidential role, Rodgers will continue to lead as health center director and contribute to the organization.

Built around Psalm 23 — “He Leads … We Follow” — brought nurses from across the state together for NCBNF’s annual meeting. The event featured an indoor prayer walk with stations set up for each verse of Ps. 23:1-6. There was also a time of continuing education credits as the nurses studied about diabetes.

The group met Feb. 5 at Caraway Conference Center. Some chose to come the night before to stay but others drove in for the day.  

On mission
Nurses who had traveled to India and Honduras as well as ones who had served with World Changers and Victory Junction shared their experiences with the group.

Claudia Hayes, who has been a member of NCBNF for about 20 years was one of the nurses who went to India. Her group, which was traveling with the International Mission Board (IMB), served among victims of human exploitation. They treated and ministered to women and children in the slums and brothels. Human exploitation is a focus of Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU).

“It was good for me … to remind me prostitutes are people,” Hayes said. “No one goes into this business happily. They want to get out.”

BR photo by Dianna L. Cagle

North Carolina Baptist Nursing Fellowship members gather at Caraway Conference Center Feb. 5 to gain some continuing education credits and hold their annual meeting.


A member at Hillmon Grove Baptist Church in Cameron, Hayes expressed a lifelong desire to go to India.

It was while she was a GA (Girls in Action) that she first heard of a woman doctor who served in India. Learning that women there didn’t always get the care they needed was “part of the reason I became a nurse,” Hayes said.

One woman they met “wants to give her life to Jesus,” but knows her life is not pleasing to God. Financially, these women do not have a lot of options, Hayes said.

Many of Hayes’ recent mission trips — South Africa, Honduras, India, Camp Mundo Vista — were discovered through her involvement with NCBNF.

Rodgers sent Hayes and other e-mail recipients an IMB newsletter and pointed out there was a nursing opportunity. Hayes called the number to find out more information to let others know about the opportunity. The person at IMB asked what her interest was, and there was one spot left on the India trip.

“All these years India has become a focus for me,” she said. “I have always felt that’s where I wanted to go.”

She and her husband have also adopted a village in India through North Carolina Baptist Men. Hayes is the BNF consultant for Little River Baptist Association. Through Little River she was able to serve on a medical team that went to Armenia as a project for Baptist Men.  

Reports, officers
Members reviewed materials including reports from each person serving in a leadership role as well as a budget and minutes from the 2010 annual meeting.

For 2011, Paula Louise Tutherow is president; Hayes is president elect; Sandra Blankenship is secretary/membership; and Jill Foster is treasurer. One change in leadership for 2011 is the combination of the program and professional development committee leaders into one position. This was already done on the national level.

Ruby Fulbright, executive director treasurer of WMU-NC, encouraged the ladies to draw parallels in their surroundings to share spiritual truths.

“A good shepherd knows where to find food and water,” Fulbright said about the theme from Psalms. “He talks to his sheep. Christians are familiar with the voice of their Lord.”

Fulbright shared about Lottie Moon who went to serve in China. At first she continued to wear Western clothes keeping separate from the Chinese people she went to serve.

Later in life her letters to the U.S. reflected a change in heart. She wrote of self-consecration and living among the Chinese people in Chinese houses wearing Chinese clothes.

“Everyone of you in this room has at least one spiritual gift,” Fulbright said. She encouraged them to be leaders in the area of their spiritual gift.  

BNF history
The national BNF was founded as a part of the national Woman’s Missionary Union so when NCBNF was formed in 1983, it was sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina (WMU-NC).

Rodgers said the one-day format that was used this year is already in the works for 2012 but they are planning to meet in March instead of February. They will use the feedback from the recent meeting to determine what continuing education credits to offer as well as weigh any changes that might need to be made.

Rodgers, who has been a member since the beginning of the group, works annually with Cabarrus Baptist Association with fair workers. As health center director, Rodgers finds nurses who will volunteer at Camp Mundo Vista. Rodgers was hired as a nurse there but thought this would be a good ministry for the NCBNF. The volunteer nurses help to meet the camp’s requirements and also save WMU-NC money.

Being part of the BNF “has provided a way to serve the Lord,” Rodgers said.

The member of Parkwood Baptist Church in Concord gets excited about her work.

“I don’t have to go to a job every day,” she said. “ I get to go to a ministry.”

BNF members collected funds to donate toward a window at Camp Mundo Vista where Rodgers has spent much time over the years. So far 42 windows are in place. Rodgers said even those have made a big difference.

Membership in North Carolina Baptist Nursing Fellowship costs $20 for professionals. Students are allowed as members at no charge.

Rodgers said there are local chapters in areas that have expressed interest.

The BNF provides guidelines for forming those local chapters. For more information, call (336) 349-2723 or e-mail ncbnf@wmunc.org.

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2/18/2011 8:14:00 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments



Tom Elliff nominated as next IMB president

February 17 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Thomas (Tom) D. Elliff, longtime Oklahoma pastor, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leader and former missionary, is the unanimous recommendation of a 15-member trustee search committee to be the next president of International Mission Board (IMB).

The nomination of Elliff — who served as a missionary to Zimbabwe with his wife, Jeannie, in the early 1980s — will be presented to the full board of trustees for consideration and a possible vote when they meet March 15-16 in Dallas.

If elected, Elliff would succeed Jerry Rankin as leader of the mission board, which coordinates the work of more than 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries worldwide. Rankin retired as IMB president July 31, 2010, after 17 years at the helm. Veteran missionary and Executive Vice President Clyde Meador currently serves as interim president.

IMB Trustee Chairman Jimmy Pritchard, who has led the presidential search committee throughout its selection process, announced the nomination Feb. 17. He said Elliff emerged as the committee’s clear and unanimous choice in January.

“Throughout the process, we talked to some great and godly men, but we just could not get a sense of God’s peace about any one of them,” said Pritchard, pastor of First Baptist Church in Forney, Texas. “When Dr. Elliff’s name came before us, we had a subtle sense of God’s Spirit speaking to our hearts. That may sound mystical, but that’s really what happened. … Every one of us senses that God spoke and said, ‘This is the moment you’ve been praying for. Here is your man.’”

BP file photo

Tom Elliff


Elliff, 66, a Texas native, was twice elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1996 and 1997, and also served as president of the SBC Pastors’ Conference in 1990. He has led several key churches in the denomination, including First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, Okla., where he was pastor for 20 years.

He most recently served as IMB senior vice president for spiritual nurture and church relations from 2005-2009. In that role, he taught and counseled missionaries and helped mobilize churches throughout the convention for mission involvement. Currently he leads Living in The Word Publications, a writing and speaking ministry he founded in 2005. He frequently speaks about spiritual awakening and family life in churches and conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

Elliff brings a wealth of gifts and experience to the challenging task of leading Southern Baptists’ international mission work in the coming years, Pritchard said.

Elliff, said Pritchard, has lived in “many different worlds” in Southern Baptist life: “He has heard God’s call to missions as a field missionary. He has pastored some of our best churches. He was president of our convention for two years. He worked at the vice presidential level with IMB. So he is uniquely prepared, his integrity is unquestioned, and I believe that he will be able to help connect all of our entities together. He has great relationship with our seminary presidents and with the North American Mission Board.

“We just see so many indicators that he is God’s choice. Through the process God has spoken to him also, and we are enthusiastic. We are standing with complete and total unanimity. We are very confident that God’s hand is on Dr. Elliff at this time to lead IMB. We’re excited, and we can’t wait for March to get here to make our presentation to the full board.”

Reached for comment, Elliff asked Southern Baptists to pray for him, his wife and family — and for IMB trustees as they consider his nomination.

“Both Jeannie and I were incredibly humbled when the search committee approached us,” he said. “Obviously, we would not have moved forward to this moment had we not spent a great deal of time in prayer seeking the face of the Lord. Now we feel humbled once again that they are going to present us to the board. Along with all the members of the board, we would just encourage people to pray with us during these days.”

Elliff said his discussions with the IMB presidential search committee initially came as a surprise.

“We love missions and we’ve given our hearts to it, but this was not on our radar screen,” he said. “It has just driven us to our knees in prayer. We certainly couldn’t do this if we didn’t sense the Lord’s leadership to do it. But we recognize that God speaks not only to individuals but to groups of people. We’re confident that He will have His way as the board deals with this.”

Born in Paris, Texas, Elliff is a third-generation Southern Baptist pastor. The Elliffs, who married in 1966, have four grown children and 25 grandchildren.

He received a bachelor of arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.; a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and a doctor of ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

He led several churches while in college and seminary and was pastor of Eastwood Baptist Church in Tulsa, Okla., for nearly a decade before being appointed with his wife as missionaries to Zimbabwe in 1981. They served in the East African nation for about two years, but resigned in 1983 after their teenage daughter, Beth, was seriously injured in a car accident there. After they returned to the United States, Elliff led Applewood Baptist Church in Lakewood, Colo., before being called to First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, where he was pastor from 1985 to 2005.

He is the author of several books about prayer, spiritual awakening and family life.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Bridges is an IMB global correspondent.)

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2/17/2011 4:10:00 AM by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



Missionary answers tall challenge

February 17 2011 by Laura Sikes, NAMB Communications

College freshman Shemaiah Strickland suffered with horrible nightmares when she first came to Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore. 

Adjusting to being away from her home in Atlanta for the first time, she said she just wanted to belong. Strickland attended a university organization fair and met North American Mission Board (NAMB) missionary Vickie Stewart, who was staffing a booth with fellow campus chaplains for The University Memorial Chapel. Strickland had prayed to God for help with her loneliness. “I asked God what to do, and He sent me to Vickie,” she said.

Stewart gave Strickland her card and invited her to call whenever she wanted to talk. She made the call and Stewart later led her to Christ.

Though Strickland had attended church off and on, she says she never felt she had a personal relationship with Jesus. She started going to Stewart’s weekly on-campus Bible studies with other young women and says she was impressed right away with the teaching and was inspired with the seriousness of the students’ study of the scriptures.

Strickland remembers telling herself, “I don’t need church. I could just read the Bible. That was my thing. But then I came here and Vickie brought me to Christ with her teachings.”

At first, Strickland says she felt intimidated with how the girls could recall and apply Bible verses so readily during discussions.

“I’m thinking, I’ve got a relationship with God and I can’t even quote a scripture. All I know is ‘I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.’  How can I get closer to God if I don’t read His word and if I don’t know the type of person that He is?”           

Reaching students such as Strickland is what Vickie Stewart is passionate about. Simply known as “Miss Vickie,” Stewart energetically moves around campus on mission “to connect,” as she puts it, with students whenever she can. “Not preaching, but connecting and building relationships” with them is the key to her ministry, she says.

“I might say, ‘Hello, my name is Miss Vickie. How can I pray for you?’ They’ll say, ‘Oh, really, you want to pray for me?’ And I’ll say, yes, and I tell students, I am here to serve you. Here’s my number, if you need prayer or want to talk. I am available.”

Stewart is one of more than 5,000 missionaries in the United States, Canada and their territories supported by the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® (AAEO) for North American Missions. She is among the NAMB missionaries featured as part of the annual Week of Prayer, March 6-13, 2011. With a theme of “Start Here,” the 2011 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering’s goal is $70 million, 100 percent of which benefits missionaries like Stewart.

The petite, 4 foot-11 inch, 48-year-old’s upbeat spirit seems to draw students and staff to her like a magnet at this Historic Black College and University. Founded in 1867, originally as a school to train pastors by the Methodist Episcopal Church, the college became a state university in 1975 and offers a wide variety of programs to its 7,500 students.

Doctoral student Katherine Lloyd meets weekly for lunch with “Miss Vickie” for fellowship and support. Lloyd says it was hard for her, too, coming to a new environment, leaving a rural area to attend school and live in an urban area the first time. But a mutual friend introduced her to Vickie via “Facebook” and she says, “We immediately connected.”

Photo by Laura Sikes

Vickie Stewart, center, a North American Mission Board missionary, connects with Morgan State University (MSU) students Stephon Walker, left, a junior, and Phillip Datcher, a senior. The 4’11” Stewart, a Baltimore native, came to MSU in 2008 as campus missionary. Stewart is one of eight missionaries featured in the Week of Prayer for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, March 6-13. See video.


“Vickie is my only consistent Christian woman friend I have,” Lloyd says. “She’s the only person I know here that I can go to as a woman and talk about stuff and know that this is coming from someone who is like-minded in Christ. It’s a quick hour but it’s just good to know that once a week I have that fellowship.

“When you see Miss Vickie, you feel better because she’s excited to see you, and she’ll give you a hug and she’ll talk and say, ‘I’m praying for you.’”           

In 2008, when Stewart came to MSU as NAMB’s campus missionary, she says God brought her back home to her native Baltimore and gave her the desires of her heart. Since she first felt called to missions in 1981, Stewart had long wanted to work with college students.

But first God led her to work with the urban poor in Brazil as a missionary with the International Mission Board. When she was commissioned in 2000, she was hired to work with students but ended up serving as a church planter while there. Stewart said that she never intended to leave Brazil but she returned home after her father passed away to help care for her mother.

Soon after coming home in 2007, Stewart applied for the campus ministry position, which is supported by NAMB and the Baptist State Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

Stewart was a natural to continue the work begun a year earlier at Morgan State by Ryan Palmer, pastor of Seventh Metro Church in Baltimore. Palmer says his church and others within the state convention had been praying for three years for direction and for someone like Stewart to come along.  He says it was “a step back, wow moment” when they found her.

She was the perfect fit, Palmer says, with all of her training and experience with the IMB. In addition, she was a native of Baltimore, young and an African-American.

“Vickie is an evangelist at heart and I don’t use that term loosely. She is sincerely concerned about lostness. That’s just a good fit for the work we’re doing at Morgan State. In addition to that, she follows up on lostness with her strong passion for discipleship,” said Palmer.           

Together, Palmer and Stewart lead an off-campus, coed Bible study, called “The Point,” which targets unchurched students. Vickie also holds a weekly Bible study for young women on campus.

Upon leaving Brazil, an upset Stewart says she remembers being comforted by a pastor who told her that perhaps “God brought you to Brazil to show you that you’re unique and that you can do anything where He calls you. God is sending you home to work with women who are hurting.”

Today, those words seem prophetic as Stewart describes most of her students as hurting. The young women in her weekly Bible study have many emotional needs, she says. They are searching and figuring out what they want to do with their lives.

She says she prayed for God to send her students, much like Shemaiah Strickland, who have teachable spirits and for those who are not Christians and who are hungry for the Word.

Each Thursday night, Stewart’s Bible study begins with a boxed meal and a lively praise report, in which students share answered prayers and good things that are happening in their lives. Last spring the group studied from the book, The Christian in a Post-Modern World, which stimulated discussion.

“We talk about what it means to love God and what it means to be a Christian,” Stewart said. “Christianity is a way of life. It’s a relationship, not a religion.”

Her enthusiastic teaching style is both intimate and thought-provoking and shows her love of apologetics, which she developed early on as a student at Lancaster Bible College. She often plays devil’s advocate with the students to teach them how to defend their faith.

“Don’t let philosophies determine how you think about God. Get in the Word,” she says while tapping on her Bible. “We have something good!”

Stewart gives them basic practical advice, reminding them they have everything when they trust God, and encourages them to memorize scripture verses that are significant to them.

“Trust yourselves. Not me. Not the preacher. Not anyone else. You should know whether or not you are a Christian. Because you can’t say you’re a Christian and live like the devil, right? You can’t say you’re a Christian and never open the Bible and read God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will convict you.”

Sophomore Charlene Thomas, 20, takes it all in and even carries flashcards with verses on them to memorize. She says she likes meeting with a group of young women who share questions and look for answers. And she values having access to Miss Vickie for godly advice.           

“She’s so open, not only to us but to God and you can see God in her. That makes her trustworthy,” said Thomas. 

“Her spirit, her smile and the way she talks to us makes us feel like family.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Sikes is a photojournalist living in Alexandria, Va.)

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2/17/2011 4:02:00 AM by Laura Sikes, NAMB Communications | with 0 comments



Report: Churches, charities not in competition

February 17 2011 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

Houses of worship and other charities often aren’t in competition for dollars but instead tend to reap donations from similar donors, a new study shows.

Slightly more than 50 percent of people who financially supported congregations also gave to at least one charitable organization in the last year, according to a study conducted by Phoenix-based Grey Matter Research Consulting.

Researchers also found that the more Americans give to a house of worship, the more they donate to other groups. And the trend continues with the generosity of the donor.

For example, donors who gave less than $100 to a house of worship also donated an average of $208 to other charities. Those who gave between $100 and $499 to a congregation gave an average of $376 to others. Donors of between $500 and $999 to places of worship gave an average of $916 to others.

“Americans who give to their church or place of worship are more likely to give, period — including to charitable organizations,” said Ron Sellers, president of the Phoenix-based research firm, formerly known as Ellison Research “Rather than be in competition for the donor dollar, it seems that giving fosters giving.”

The study, which was commissioned by the nonprofit fundraising firm Russ Reid Co. of Pasadena, Calif., was conducted last May by telephone and online among a nationally representative sample of 2,005 American adults. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.   

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2/17/2011 4:00:00 AM by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service | with 0 comments



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