October 2015

2015 summary for proposed BSC bylaw amendments

October 9 2015 by BSC Communications

The Board of Directors (Board) proposes three amendments to the bylaws of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (Convention). The Board brings no recommended amendments related to the Convention’s Articles of Incorporation.
The first two motions share similarity in focus, specifically terms of service for individuals elected and/or appointed to serve on the Board and committees of the Convention. The final motion addresses the duties of the Committee on Convention meetings.
The focus of the first motion is upon the expectations of members of the Board regarding their attendance at meetings of the Board.
Currently, individuals have a minimal attendance requirement and absences are excused when an individual Board member simply gives notice of their absence. If members meet this minimal requirement, they will not be terminated as members of the Board. Low expectations have resulted in low commitment on the part of a few members of the Board. This low commitment impacts the work of the Board and its committees on behalf of North Carolina Baptists and increases the workload of other Board members. Therefore, the proposed amendment increases the expectations for Board members regarding their attendance at the meetings of the Board.
Failure to meet these proposed expectations will result in termination of Board membership.
The second motion proposes to establish criteria for the termination of Convention committee membership; at present there are no criteria.
Over the years, some individuals have been elected to serve on Convention committees and have failed to attend the meetings and participate in the committee’s work. Just as poor attendance affects the work of the Board, poor attendance impacts the work of Convention committees and increases the work of other members. The proposed amendment establishes attendance expectations and the criteria for termination from committee membership should members fail to meet these expectations.
Motion three addresses one particular aspect of the duties of the Committee on Convention Meetings. This committee has found it increasingly difficult to secure commitments from potential Convention preachers for the annual meeting due to the restriction that the Committee on Convention Meetings may only make preliminary plans for the next annual meeting (one year in advance) of the Convention. Many of the individuals contacted by the Committee on Convention Meetings to bring the annual sermon fill their calendars in advance and the current restriction on the committee has made its task more difficult to complete. The proposed amendment authorizes the committee to propose Convention preachers for two years in advance.
Contact Brian Davis, associate executive director-treasurer, at bdavis@ncbaptist.org or (800) 395-5102.
Proposed amendments to bylaws of Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.
Motion 1
The Board of Directors moves that Article II. A. 1. b. of the Bylaws be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following language:
Current Reading:
1. At-Large Members
            . . .
            b. In the event at-large members of the Board move from the region from which they
                were elected, their membership shall continue through the remainder of the
                calendar year.  The membership of those moving from the state shall be
                terminated upon the date of the move from the state.  In the event an at-large
                member fails to attend at least one (1) meeting of the Board in a calendar year,
                without giving due notice of the absence, the membership shall immediately
Proposed Reading:
1. At-Large Members
            . . .
            b. In the event at-large members of the Board move from the region from which they
                were elected, their membership shall continue through the remainder of the
                calendar year.  The membership of those moving from the state shall be
                terminated upon the date of the move from the state.  In addition, the
                membership of an at-large member shall immediately terminate in the event
                that either (1) the member fails to attend at least one (1) meeting of the Board in
                each full calendar year of the member’s term; or (2) after the first full calendar
                year of the member’s term, the member fails to attend at least fifty percent (50%)
                of the regular meetings of the Board measured from the beginning of the
                member’s term.
Motion 2
The Board of Directors moves that Article I. C. 2. of the Bylaws be amended by adding the new sub-paragraph e., which reads as follows:
Proposed Reading:
2. Membership
            . . .
            e. The membership of members of Convention committees moving from this
                state shall be terminated upon the date of the move from this state.  In addition,
                the membership of a member of a Convention committee shall immediately
                terminate in the event that either (1) the member fails to attend at least one (1)
                meeting of the Convention committee in each full calendar year of the member’s
                term; or (2) after the first full calendar year of the member’s term, the member
                fails to attend at least fifty percent (50%) of the meetings of the Convention
                committee measured from the beginning of the member’s term.
Motion 3
The Board of Directors moves that Article I. C. 6. b. (ii) of the Bylaws be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following language:
Current Reading:
b. The Committee on Convention Meetings shall consist of eighteen (18) members
     serving three (3) year terms, six (6) of which shall rotate off each year. The
     committee’s duties shall include:
     . . .
     (ii) Recommending to the Convention the preacher for the next annual meeting of
                    the Convention;
Proposed Reading:
b. The Committee on Convention Meetings shall consist of eighteen (18) members
     serving three (3) year terms, six (6) of which shall rotate off each year.  The
     committee’s duties shall include:
     . . .
     (ii) Recommending to the Convention the preacher for the next annual meetings
           of the Convention (if one has not been previously approved).  In addition, the
           committee may recommend the preacher, if desired, for the annual meeting of
           Convention scheduled two years in the future;

10/9/2015 11:52:56 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Other events before, during annual meeting

October 9 2015 by BSC Communications

Each year messengers gather for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting. This year’s meeting occurs Nov. 2-3. Before and during that time, there are events going on that people might want to attend. Pay attention to the deadlines for reservations and cost for some of the events. Here is a list:

  • Pastors’ Conference: It Shall Not Return Void: The Pastor & The Power of the Word of God. See story.

  • N.C. Baptist Ministers’ Wives – The 60th annual meeting is from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Koury Convention Center. Janet Sauls is the guest speaker. Sauls was born and raised in N.C. She and her husband, Rodger, co-founded 2 Become 1 Ministries, a marriage enrichment effort to increase understanding of the differences and needs of men and women based on God’s Word. She retired in 2014 after a 30-year career with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

  • N.C. Baptist International Missionary Fellowship meets Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Lindley Park Baptist Church in Greensboro. Call the church at (336) 292-5761 by Oct. 30 to reserve your lunch; cost is $10. Speaker is Sam James, retired missionary to Vietnam.

  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary lunch – Alumni and guests are invited Nov. 2 at noon in the Blue Ashe room at the Sheraton hotel. Danny Akin, SEBTS president, will speak. Cost is $10. Register online eventbrite.com/e/southeastern-alumni-friends-luncheon-nc-baptist-convention-tickets-18794557026. Call (919) 761-2293 or email mard@sebts.edu.

  • Hispanic Banquet and Church Planting Conference – Meeting Nov. 2 from 2-7:30 p.m. in Koury Convention Center, Victoria Room A. Visit ncannualmeeting.org/index.php?id=35. The conference centers on two sessions; one will focus on how to live life on mission; the second teaches how Hispanics can reach unreached people groups in North Carolina. Speakers are from the International Mission Board (IMB) and North American Mission Board (NAMB). Ramon Osorio is Hispanic coordinator for NAMB, and Jason Carlisle is Hispanic mobilizer for IMB. The event is free, but online registration is required. Contact (800) 395-5102, ext. 5568, or wortega@ncbaptist.org.

  • Sandy Creek History Tour, sponsored by the N.C. Baptist Historical Committee, leaves Koury Convention Center Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. to tour the site of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. There will be a tour of the site along with a time for questions. Register at: ncbaptist.wufoo.com/forms/historical-committee-visit-sandy-creek-nov-2-2015. Contact (800) 395-5102, ext. 5618.

  • Coat Collection – N.C. Baptists are encouraged to donate coats to Coats for the City, an outreach effort in New York City. There will be a place at the convention center for donations. A donation of $2 per coat should offset the cost of getting the coats to the city.

  • Great Commission Partnership Breakfast meets Nov. 3 from 7 to 8:45 a.m. in the Victoria Ballroom at Koury Convention Center. Learn about North American and international partnerships that the Great Commission Partnerships Office has to offer. The breakfast is free but registration is required. Visit ncbaptist.wufoo.com/forms/ssj4smb1s8d4mk. The deadline to register is Oct. 19.

  • Heavenly Banquet meets Nov. 3 at noon in Guilford G at the Koury Convention Center. Multiplying Disciples Through All Peoples, based on Matthew 28:19, offers a diverse setting for people to learn about BSC’s multi-cultural ministries. Ed Tablazon, pastor of Triad Journey Church in Winston-Salem, is this year’s speaker. Deadline to register is Oct. 26. Cost is $12 per person. Register at ncbaptist.wufoo.com/forms/s9l0eq61kud6yk/. Contact (800) 395-5102, ext. 5651, or apulliam@ncbaptist.org.

10/9/2015 11:47:40 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Resolution on impacting lostness among immigrants

October 9 2015 by BSC Communications

WHEREAS, the Kingdom of God includes people from every tribe, tongue, nation, and language (Revelation 7:9); and
WHEREAS, the Church is commanded in the Scriptures to extend hospitality, which literally means the love of strangers (Romans 12:13, Hebrew 13:2) and to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27), including those of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and
WHEREAS, the God who made each human person in his image (Genesis 1:27) and who desires for each person to come to repentance and salvation through a relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9); and
WHEREAS, the arrival of immigrants to our community presents a divine opportunity to participate in the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19) within our own state, including reaching out to entirely unreached people groups residing among us; and
WHEREAS, many of the immigrants who arrive within our State are already strong believers, who breathe new life into our local churches and our convention; and

WHEREAS, the suffering experienced among immigrant members of our fellowship is to be of concern to all, because when one part of the body suffers, all suffer with it (1 Corinthians 12:26); and
WHEREAS, the Scriptures make clear that God has established the governing authorities to do good and maintain justice (Romans 13:1-7) and we are called to respect and honor the law; and
WHEREAS, among those undocumented immigrants are many Christians, who desperately want to be reconciled to the law, while also being able to stay with and provide for their families; and
WHEREAS, our country’s current immigration system has not been consistently enforced in a way that honors and respects the law for many decades, during which time millions of immigrants have entered the United States unlawfully or overstayed a visa, such that North Carolina is now home to an estimated 400,000 immigrants who are present in violation of U.S. law and whose employers are also in violation of law; and
WHEREAS, a growing share of our neighbors within the State of North Carolina—more than 7% of the total population as of 2010—are immigrants, up from less than 2% of the State’s population in 1990; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that local churches should seek to encourage distinctly biblical responses to the realities of immigration, framing our individual and corporate response to the immigrants among us as a matter of Christian discipleship that should be informed, first and foremost, by the principles of Scripture, and be it further
RESOLVED, that local churches should pursue opportunities to tangibly meet the needs of immigrants within their community as a demonstration of the love of Christ and in order to build relationships so as to more effectively be able to proclaim the hope of the gospel, and be it further
RESOLVED, that while North Carolina Baptists may not all agree on specific public policy responses, we are united in our call to extend love and compassion to those who are vulnerable and to reach all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it finally
RESOLVED, that the messengers of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 2-3, 2015, call on our churches to demonstrate the love of Jesus and to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ to all people, regardless of country of origin, language, and that we oppose any form of bigotry, mistreatment, or exploitation of any person made in the image of God.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting Nov. 2-3 will vote on this resolution.)

10/9/2015 11:42:37 AM by BSC Communications | with 1 comments

Resolution of appreciation to Hal Younts

October 9 2015 by BSC Communications

WHEREAS, the 185th annual session of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is meeting November 3-4, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, Sandy Creek Baptist Church was founded in 1755 by Shubal Stearns and other Baptist followers and became the mother church of Separate Baptist churches and the source of the strong Baptist tradition in the South; and
WHEREAS, Sandy Creek Baptist Church is located near Liberty, North Carolina in Randolph County, around 25 miles southeast from the meeting location of this 2015 Convention; and
WHEREAS, There is currently located at Sandy Creek, the Sandy Creek Baptist Church, a vibrant Southern Baptist affiliated church, the Sandy Creek Primitive Baptist Church also a vibrant congregation, the Sandy Creek Baptist cemetery containing several monuments and the graves of many including Shubal Stearns, and the 1802 Sandy Creek Baptist Church Meeting House, the third meeting house at the Sandy Creek location; and
WHEREAS, Hal Younts, Clerk of the Sandy Creek Primitive Baptist Church, starting in 2000 and continuing through 2006, restored the 1802 Sandy Creek Baptist Church Meeting House. He maintained it and kept the Sandy Creek Meeting House open to all visitors and often met and greeted persons at the site explaining the important Baptist Heritage located at the site; and
WHEREAS, Hal Younts went to be with his Savior on September 9, 2015; and
Therefore, be it resolved that we, the messengers to the 2015 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, express our appreciation for the late Hal Younts’ efforts in preserving the Sandy Creek Baptist site that has and continues to play such a major role in the heritage of all Baptists regardless of affiliation.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting Nov. 2-3 will vote on this resolution.)

10/9/2015 11:35:55 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Billy Graham marks 97th year with new film

October 8 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) will release Oct. 15 a new film in its global “My Hope” outreach and is encouraging pastors to use the free resource in conjunction with Graham’s 97th birthday celebration Nov. 7.
“Value of a Soul” showcases the testimonies of three born-again believers, including a former hard-core underground rapper, a Purple Heart recipient and a twice-divorced mother who suffered an abortion years ago at age 16.


“Value of a Soul,” the My Hope evangelistic outreach film that will mark Billy Graham’s 97th birthday, features Purple Heart recipient and retired Army Maj. Scotty Smiley, who lost his vision in a car bomb explosion in Iraq.

The new film and accompanying resources are suited for use by pastors and laypeople alike, My Hope vice president Steve Rhoades said in a press release.
“Our focus is on encouraging and equipping the local church to simply share Jesus,” Rhoades said. “We want to help local congregations by providing high-quality free resources – like “Value of a Soul” – anyone can use to reach out with a message of hope in their communities.”
The “Value of a Soul” trailer may be viewed at MyHopeWithBillyGraham.org/Value-Of-A-Soul-Trailer, and the full 30-minute film will be available for free online viewing and download Oct. 15, BGEA said. Advance orders of a single complimentary DVD are being taken online, along with requests for free prayer cards. Additional copies of the DVD and related discipleship resources will be available for nominal fees and shipping costs.
Value of a Soul focuses on Jesus’ question on the worth of a person’s soul in Mark 8:36-37 and features San Antonio burger restaurant owner Mark Outing, who was known as Magic Mark in the rap group P.K.O.; retired U.S. Army Maj. Scotty Smiley, who lost his vision in a car bomb explosion in Iraq; and motorcycle shop owner Laura Klock, who lost a child to abortion.
“All three stories, and [Franklin Graham’s] message in the film, address the underlying truth that each person – each soul – has value,” Rhoades said. “We hope churches and individuals will begin praying and planning now for how God can use this film to reach out to neighbors, family and friends with a message of hope this November and beyond.”
Value of a Soul is the latest in a series of My Hope films, including “Heaven,” released in 2014, and “The Cross” and “Defining Moments,” both released in 2013.
The My Hope outreach encourages churches, individuals, businesses and community venues to host My Hope viewing parties including DVD viewings and invitations to accept Christ. Since its international launch in 2002, the My Hope evangelistic outreach has been implemented in 60 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Including the 2013 debut in the U.S. of “My Hope America,” more than 350,000 churches and 4 million individuals have participated in the evangelistic outreach, BGEA said. Decisions to receive Christ have surpassed 10 million, BGEA said, including 160,000 in the U.S.
Value of a Soul will be released in Canada this fall, and a new My Hope UK film is in production to be released to churches and groups in the United Kingdom, BGEA said.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Diana Chandler is Baptist Press’ general assignment writer/editor.)

10/8/2015 10:56:05 AM by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

Study: Nonreligious Americans see evidence of creator

October 8 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research

Life didn’t just happen, most Americans say – and a surprising number of nonreligious people agree, a newly released study says.
More than 4 in 10 of the nonreligious believe physics and humanity point to a creator, LifeWay Research finds. A third say human morality indicates a creator who defines right and wrong. The study, released Oct. 7, is based on a survey taken Sept. 26-Oct. 5, 2014.
And although the nonreligious are less likely than other Americans to see evidence of a creator, they are more likely to agree (46 percent) than disagree (40 percent) with the statement: “Since the universe has organization, I think there is a creator who designed it.”


Traditional evidences for belief in a creator resonate with most Americans, including many of the nonreligious, said Ed Stetzer, executive director of Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
“People who seek to set out reasons to believe, often called apologetics, have historically framed their argument in similar ways,” Stetzer said. “The large number of nonreligious people agreeing with some of these arguments points us to a surprising openness to classic apologetic arguments. Or, put another way, even nonreligious people are open to the idea there is a creator.”

Not blind chance

Human life and a complex universe are powerful indicators of creation, Americans say. In a survey of 1,000 Americans, LifeWay Research found almost 8 in 10 (79 percent) believe the existence of human life means someone created it, while 72 percent think the organization of the universe shows a creator’s design.
“The infinitesimal odds that life arose by blind chance is a formidable argument,” said Mary Jo Sharp, assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University, and an author and speaker in the field.
Americans are less certain whether a creator defines right and wrong. A smaller majority, 66 percent, says people’s moral values attest to a creator who determines morality.
“Similar moral threads across cultures are evidence for many that someone has imprinted a common standard upon the human conscience,” Stetzer said. “However, it is worth noting the moral argument has less sway here, perhaps because of our changing views on what is and is not moral.”

Religious differences

Many atheists, agnostics, and those with no religious preference find the existence of human life to be a persuasive argument for a creator, with 43 percent agreeing: “The fact that we exist means someone created us.” However, a larger share (48 percent) disagrees.
The existence of good and evil is a less compelling argument for the nonreligious. More than half (53 percent) disagree with the statement: “Since people have morality, I think there is a creator who defines morality.” Nevertheless, a third of the nonreligious (33 percent) think human morals point to a creator who defines right and wrong.
“The existence of good and evil is difficult to explain from an atheistic worldview, because in that view, there is no stable external grounding outside of humans for a standard of goodness,” Sharp said.
Not surprisingly, Christians – particularly evangelicals – overwhelmingly say they see compelling proof of a creator. As evidence, 91 percent of Christians and 95 percent of evangelicals point to the existence of humanity, while 81 percent of Christians and 85 percent of evangelicals cite the structure of the universe.
They are slightly less confident that the existence of morality proves a creator who determines moral values, with 77 percent of Christians and 83 percent of evangelicals saying human morals indicate a creator who defines right and wrong.

Age gap

Although most American adults of all ages believe in a creator, a sharp uptick emerges at midlife. On every measure, Americans 45 and older are more likely to see evidence of a creator than those 18-44.
The gap is widest on the question of morality. Three-quarters of those 45 and older agree the presence of human moral values indicates a creator who defines right and wrong, an opinion shared by only 57 percent of adults 44 and younger. Disagreement is twice as common among Americans 18-44 (34 percent) as those 45 and older (17 percent).
Younger Americans are also more likely than those 45 and older to believe human life may exist without a creator. Eighty-six percent of those 45 and older agree the presence of human beings points to a creator; only 1 in 10 disagrees. Among those 18-44, however, 72 percent believe human life is evidence of a creator and nearly a quarter (22 percent) disagree.
More than three-fourths of those 45 and older (77 percent) consider the orderliness of the universe to be a sign of a creator, a view held by two-thirds (66 percent) of those 18-44.
LifeWay Research also found differences by gender and geographic region.
Men (22 percent) are more likely than women (17 percent) to disagree that the structure of the universe points to a creator. Women, meanwhile, are more likely (85 percent) than men (73 percent) to believe the existence of human life means someone created it.
The survey found a surprising alignment of opinion between the usually dissimilar Northeast and South. Northeasterners (87 percent) and Southerners (82 percent) are more likely than those in the West (71 percent) to view the presence of human life as an indication of a creator. Similarly, those in the Northeast (72 percent) and South (69 percent) agree more often than Westerners (58 percent) that human morals point to a creator who defines morality.
Northeasterners (75 percent) and Southerners (74 percent) are also more likely than those in the Midwest (64 percent) to see the organization of the universe as evidence of creation.
“In an increasingly secular age, where the Christian faith has perhaps lost its home-field advantage, Christians will need to make their case for the creator and ultimately for the gospel,” Stetzer said. “It appears people – even nonreligious people – are indeed open to apologetics arguments, if Christians will actually make them.”
Methodology: The phone survey of Americans was conducted Sept. 26-Oct. 5, 2014. The calling utilized random digit dialing. Sixty percent of completes were among landlines and 40 percent among cell phones. Maximum quotas and slight weights were used for gender, region, age, ethnicity and education to more accurately reflect the population. The completed sample is 1,000 surveys. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed plus or minus 3.5 percent. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups. Those labeled evangelicals consider themselves “a born again, evangelical, or fundamentalist Christian.”
LifeWay Research, based in Nashville, is an evangelical research firm that specializes in surveys about faith in culture ... [Expand Bio]and matters that affect the church.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Lisa Cannon Green is senior writer for Facts & Trends magazine.)

10/8/2015 10:51:24 AM by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments

Symposium looks at ‘SBC & the 21st Century’

October 8 2015 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS Communications

A symposium on “The SBC & the 21st Century: Reflection, Renewal and Recommitment” set forth a range of projections for the nation’s largest evangelical body, Sept. 28-29 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The event, which Midwestern President Jason Allen said will take place on a triennial basis, featured keynote speakers Frank S. Page, Ronnie Floyd, Paige Patterson, R. Albert Mohler Jr., David S. Dockery and Thom Rainer.
Allen, who also led a main session, noted that such an event had not been held in Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) life in recent years and that the purpose of the gathering was to engage issues vital to Southern Baptist identity, heritage and future.


Photo by Liz Stack
Jason Allen (from left), Frank S. Page, Ronnie Floyd, R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Paige Patterson discuss "Passing the Baton: Raising Up the Next Generation of SBC Leaders" at the “SBC & the 21st Century” symposium at Midwestern Seminary.

Allen said significant challenges face the SBC, including: Will we grow more unified around shared convictions and mission or will we fragment over secondary concerns and tertiary doctrinal differences? Will we see generational transition as an opportunity to seize or a change to resist? Will we be able to maintain a distinct Baptist identity while we engage and partner with the broader evangelical community?
“In planning the event, we believed the need for addressing such issues was self-evident,” Allen said, “and we pray the results will make a substantial contribution at every level of the SBC moving forward.”
Allen announced a partnership with B&H Academic on a book project comprised mostly of the presentations at the symposium. David Platt, Daniel Akin, Walter Strickland, Collin Hansen and Justin Taylor also will contribute chapters to the book, which will have the same title as the symposium. It will be available at the SBC’s June 2016 annual meeting in St. Louis.
“As a seminary that exists for the church, it can be counted on that this entire project has and will emphasize Southern Baptist churches and how to strengthen them, not how to perpetuate denominational machinery,” Allen said. “This is what SBC servants must be about, and that is what this symposium is about.”
Recaps of the featured speakers’ presentations during the symposium follow.
Frank S. Page - “The Cooperative Program and the Future of Collaborative Ministry”
Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, opened the symposium recounting the 90-year history of the Cooperative Program and the impact of the SBC’s collaborative ministry over the years. Wondering if it is taken for granted among Southern Baptists, Page noted one outsider’s comment about the Cooperative Program (CP): “Do you Baptists understand what you really have with the Cooperative Program?”
As an asset that no other denomination possesses, Page said the Cooperative Program accomplishes ministry and missions in a way that lone churches cannot do.
“The CP is a collaborative way of doing work that gives every church in the SBC a seat at the table,” said Page, noting the small memberships of the vast majority of Southern Baptist churches. “When we recognize who we are, no matter how big or small, every church can be a part of doing something bigger than themselves. It is extremely important that they know they have a part in sending missionaries … supporting theological education … and planting churches all over this continent.”


Photo by Liz Stack
Leo Endel (left), executive director of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, interacts with SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page prior to Page's presentation at the “SBC & the 21st Century” symposium at Midwestern Seminary.

Page said he foresees a bright future for collaborative ministry within the SBC. Goals he desires to see achieved through the Cooperative Program in the days ahead include 7,000 missionaries reaching the world for Christ; 15,000 new church plants across the continent; decreasing tuition and fees at all six SBC seminaries; and reaching the masses of lost college students.
“When we work together, God can do things that are mighty,” Page said. “His power is pointed out, and His plan is pointed out. The geographical spread of the Gospel is clearly delineated, and we need desperately to come together seeking the power of the Lord like never before.”
Paige Patterson – “Guard What Has Been Entrusted to You: Counsel to the New Generation of Southern Baptists”
A list of 12 witticisms highlighted Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson’s counsel to the next generation of Southern Baptist leaders.
Ranging from “Culture is your friend in the same way a brown bear is your buddy” to “A Christian who has not seriously suffered is like a beautiful Rolls Royce without a motor,” Patterson imparted wisdom from more than five decades of ministry.
  “Arrogance is as charming to God’s people, and as appealing to God,” another of Patterson’s witticisms asserted, “as an angry bull is to a wounded cowboy in a rodeo arena.”
While arrogance knows no age restriction, Patterson said it typically rears its head in ministry among younger believers. The reasons, he assessed, include insufficient experience, too little knowledge and inadequate time spent walking with God.
“I suspect that this last reason pretty much tells a story,” Patterson said. “A man cannot be haughty when he has just been walking with God that morning. Imperfection has been on a stroll with perfection, and the further they hike the more obvious the chasm between them appears. In the end, the imperfect one is not so much known by his ascription of praise to the Sovereign God in words that anyone can echo, but by the diminution of himself and his humble service to his Sovereign Lord.
“My hope for the future of the church is that a recovery of humility and integrity … will distinguish the body of believers clearly from the world,” Patterson said. “Above all, may such genuine piety be observed in our preaching.”
Ronnie Floyd - “Kindling Afresh the Gift of God: Spiritual Renewal, Strategic Reinvention and the Southern Baptist Convention”


Photo by Liz Stack
Paige Patterson (center), president of Southwestern Seminary, speaks with Christian George, Midwestern Seminary assistant professor of historical theology and curator of the Spurgeon Library, during the “SBC & the 21st Century” symposium at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

“A fire left to itself usually goes out,” said Floyd, SBC president and senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. Basing his presentation on 2 Timothy 1:6-7, Floyd noted, “If we want the power of the Spirit to be everything through us that He is within us, then we must take the initiative personally and intentionally to fan the flame of the Spirit of God.”
As this takes place, Floyd said Christians will move into seasons of spiritual renewal. He added, “This deep work of God occurring within us will alter our strategies, reinventing them to the glory of God. And yes, this needs to happen within our Southern Baptist Convention in the way we carry out our work together.”
Floyd suggested that if Southern Baptists become more concerned about preserving old structures and systems than seeing them conform to what God is doing today, they could lose both the work of God and the emerging generation of Baptists.
“The stakes are high, and we better land with God and refuse to fight against what He is seemingly doing among us,” Floyd said.
He then covered six questions concerning challenges facing the SBC, citing the greatest one for this generation: “Knowing what we know about our past and present, as well as having the resources of churches, people, influence, reach and dollars, how can we leverage all for the purpose of advancing the gospel in an unprecedented manner into places where the gospel has never been before regionally, statewide, nationally and globally?”
Floyd noted the importance of the SBC being lean, nimble and diverse as well as working toward innovation for best practices. But what must propel this innovation, he said, is the Lord Jesus.
“The need of the hour is to believe our God reigns!” Floyd said. “Without Him, nothing durable can be achieved; with Him, the evangelization of the world is a certainty.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr. - “Southern Baptists and the Quest for Theological Identity: Unavoidable Questions for the 21st Century”
Discovering one’s or an entity’s identity in present times is difficult due to ever-increasing pluralism, said Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. However, he noted, it is a task that Southern Baptists must undertake, especially on the theological front.
With modernity and liberal theology influencing the identities of Christian denominations throughout the 20th century, Mohler said Southern Baptists remained “at ease in Zion” or comfortable within their denominational bubble. However, this changed in the 1970s.
In the 1970s, the question of identity became unavoidable, Mohler said. “There is no way that one can speak of the future of the Southern Baptist Convention … without the identity question being front and center.”
With the passing of nominal Christianity and faltering tribal identities of other Christian groups, Mohler said Southern Baptists realized that what was left was a group of believers who understood the costliness of adherence to faith in Jesus Christ.
Looking toward the future, Mohler noted 10 questions Southern Baptists must address as they seek to understand their theological identity. Among them: “Will Southern Baptists embrace an identity that is more theological than tribal?” and “Will today’s generation summon and maintain the courage to minister Christ in a context of constant conflict and confrontation?”
His final question originated from Jesus’ question to His disciples in Luke 18: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?
Mohler focused that question on the SBC. “Understanding that Jesus asked that question of His disciples means that surely He must be asking it of us,” he said. “Our responsibility, though in one sense for the church universal through the ages, is a responsibility for our denomination and our churches at this time. ... May the Lord find us faithful.”
David S. Dockery - “Who are Southern Baptists? Toward a Trans-Generational Identity”
Dockery, president of Trinity International University, set forth an in-depth history of Southern Baptists, dating back to the 17th century.
Acknowledging that Southern Baptist identity has changed significantly from 1845 to 2015, Dockery suggested a major shift toward recovery, or re-envisioning, took place around 2005.
“The millennials came along during this particular time, and they began to see not only Southern Baptist life differently but they saw the world differently,” Dockery said. “What was happening around the country began to be reflected in Southern Baptist life. A true generational shift was taking place.”
Dockery cited 12 areas of constancy among Southern Baptists that this new generation must “acknowledge and wrestle with as they participate in Southern Baptist life in the days to come.”
Among these: Southern Baptists’ commitment to the convention’s model of ministry and the SBC being characterized by controversy and conflict as well as being cooperative, confessional, compassionate, a Great Commission people and a group who understand their culture.
Looking to the future, Dockery suggested that Southern Baptists must become interconnected to other denominations and networks committed to the Great Commission and Great Commandment; become intercultural and interracial as opposed to insular; become intergenerational, finding its ultimate identity in Christ, not in particular generations.
“As we envision, or re-envision, a blessed future for Southern Baptists, we can no longer be naive to the multifaceted changes and multi-level challenges around us,” Dockery said. “We pray that shared collaborative efforts of churches and SBC entities will bring forth fruit, will strengthen partnerships, alliances and networks for the extension of God’s Kingdom, the advancement of the Gospel … for the eternal glory and grandeur of our great God.”
Jason Allen - “Training the Next Generation of Pastors, Ministers & Missionaries: Southern Baptist Theological Education in the 21st Century”
In addressing training for the next generation of SBC ministry leaders, Allen said theological education, both presently and into the future, seems to be unpredictable at best. Allen did offer an alternative, however.
“My argument is straightforward – we cannot predict the future of theological education, but we must choose to determine it.”
Historically, Allen said, the relationship between Southern Baptist churches and their seminaries was tenuous, or worse, because of a general suspicion of higher education as well as the theological controversies and liberalism that had spread throughout the faculties of these institutions.
However, Allen noted significant change has occurred as a result of the Conservative Resurgence, including the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. All of this has led to the present, which he described as “a golden era in theological education.”
Among his reasons for this assessment: SBC seminaries are more theologically conservative than they have been in a century; their faculties are notably accomplished; they are larger than ever before; they remain affordable and accessible; and they remain on mission toward Great Commission work.
Looking to the future, Allen noted the best path for the SBC is working to determine where theological education is headed. Among the areas of focus he included were: maintaining confessional integrity and mission clarity, developing sustainable business models, being agile and adaptable to educational delivery systems, serving the churches, prioritizing the master of divinity degree for those headed toward the pastorate, and collaboratively working together within the denomination.
Summing up his message, Allen recognized the efforts of Paul Pressler, Paige Patterson and Adrian Rogers during the Conservative Resurgence and the effect it has had in providing the SBC with healthy seminaries. Now, he said, “We must have a determination to keep them.”
Thom Rainer – “By the Numbers: What SBC Demographics Tell Us About Our Past, Present and Future”
In the symposium’s final presentation, Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, set forth a macro view of SBC demographics since the convention’s inception.
Five primary questions emerged from Rainer’s research: What happened during the “Silent Era?” Are we truly an evangelistic denomination? Have we ever truly been a Sunday School denomination? Have we become a denomination of affluence as opposed to influence? Where do we go from here?
A negative finding Rainer gleaned, which he called “The Silent Era for New Churches,” occurred from 1920-49. Noting that new church work has long been the lifeblood of the SBC, Rainer said the trend over the three decades confounded him: The SBC had zero new net churches; in fact, there were 159 less churches overall in 1949 than in 1929.
“The impact of such anemic church planting cannot be overstated,” Rainer said. “Applying those numbers to the missed opportunities of those 30 years suggests we missed the opportunity to have an additional 9,000 churches in our denomination today” – costing the SBC hundreds of thousands of new baptized converts, thousands of missionaries, countless pastors and staff and more new church plants.
The reason why the Silent Era occurred remains elusive, Rainer said, but the most plausible hypothesis is a combination of local churches forsaking church planting and failed trust in the Home Mission Board.
Moving forward, Rainer said his research suggests that the convention needs healthier churches which possess traits such as a strong biblical foundation, intentional evangelism efforts, focus on small group membership, and intentionality about prayer.
“So what are the numbers telling us?” Rainer asked. “It appears … we have lost our focus. We have become complacent and comfortable. Perhaps we can turn these bad trends to good. And by the grace of God, those numbers will tell us that we are truly rebuilding the house of God.”
In addition to the plenary sessions, Allen hosted panel discussions on “Passing the Baton: Raising Up the Next Generation of SBC Leaders,” “Facing the Future Together” and one on “The Future of State Conventions” featuring state executive directors Paul Chitwood of Kentucky, Anthony Jordan of Oklahoma, Jim Richards of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, John Yeats of Missouri and Tim Lubinus of Iowa. In addition, breakout sessions were led by several Midwestern Seminary faculty members: Provost Jason Duesing, “A Denomination Always for the Church: Ecclesiological Distinctives as a Basis for Confessional Cooperation”; undergraduate dean John Mark Yeats, “16,000,000 Southern Baptists? Recovering Regenerate Church Membership”; assistant professor of historical theology Christian George and curator of the Spurgeon Library, “Downgrade: 21st Century Lessons from 19th Century Baptists”; and associate professor of Christian theology Owen Strachan, “Doctrine Will Keep Us Alive: Why the SBC & Confessional Christianity Will Thrive in a Compromised Culture.”
Allen noted that preparations for the 2018 symposium are underway, with the theme centering on a 40-year retrospective on the Conservative Resurgence and a proposed book to follow in 2019 – the 40th anniversary of the movement that began in 1979 with the election of Adrian Rogers as SBC president.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – T. Patrick Hudson is executive assistant to the president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.)

10/8/2015 10:43:37 AM by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS Communications | with 0 comments

Uphold religious liberty for all, Baptists urge

October 8 2015 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS Communications

Calling for Baptists to remember their roots as a “jailhouse religion,” Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said Christians must be willing to be marginalized and offended for the sake of the gospel.
The remarks came at Baptist Voices: Left, Right and Center, a Sept. 29 forum sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s (NOBTS) Institute for Faith and the Public Square that brought together Baptists from varied perspectives to discuss challenges to religious liberty around the world. Speakers included Moore, Gregory Komendant, Ukrainian Baptist statesman; J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty; Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and others.
Throughout history Christian leaders often found themselves on the “wrong side” of economic and political authorities for the gospel’s sake, Moore said. He urged believers to “maintain a witness to religious liberty” and to remember what it means to “be a people of the jailhouse.”
Just as Paul and Silas chose to stay and share the gospel with the Philippian jailer after God opened the prison doors with an earthquake, Christians must be prepared to give up rights so the gospel can move forward, Moore said.
“This is why Baptists are committed to religious liberty. Because of how we believe the gospel works,” Moore said. “The gospel works by the addressing of the conscience person by person where individual people are made right with God and then brought into the community and into the people of God.”


Photo by Marilyn Stewart
Kenneth McDowell, a theology professor at Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary in New Orleans, participates in the question and answer session during “Baptist Voices: Left, Right and Center,” at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Sept. 29.

Because salvation comes when the Holy Spirit convicts and changes the heart, Christians cannot rely on political or economic circumstances to advance the gospel, Moore said.
“State power or economic power or community pressure can never turn people into Christians,” Moore said. “It can only make fake Christians.”
Moore distinguished between actions that offend believers and true persecution and warned Baptists against becoming an interest group that lashes out at those who ridicule the faith. In Acts 16 Paul demanded an apology from the magistrates not because he was offended for being mistreated as a Roman citizen, but for the religious rights of believers that would remain on in Philippi after he was gone, Moore said.
The gospel compels believers to stand up for the religious freedom of all because freedom of conscience is precisely the environment where the gospel will flourish, Moore said.
“We must be willing to be offended; we must be willing to be marginalized for the sake of the gospel because we know that the gospel has to go forward and often that is going to mean giving up our rights in many circumstances,” Moore said.
Christians are not Americans first, Moore noted. Believers are members of the global body of Christ, first, and must teach their children that the state has no authority over conscience and that the local church is an embassy of the kingdom of God, he said.
“I feel I have two callings,” Moore said. “One is to keep us out of jail and the other is make sure we’re willing to go to jail because there’s one thing worse than jail and that’s having a faith too safe to jail.”

Religious liberty abroad: Ukraine

Gregory Komendant, who serves at Kiev Theological Seminary and is the former leader of the All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists, told the crowd his grandfather died in prison under the Stalin regime for allowing Christians to worship in his home. Komendant was baptized at night because daytime baptisms were forbidden, he said.
“It was a difficult time, but God was at work,” Komendant said.
Speaking through an interpreter, Komendant, said Jesus’ words through the apostle John in Revelation brought comfort: “‘Don’t be afraid. I have suffered … I hold churches, pastors and history in my hand.’“
During Stalin’s regime, “God was excluded from conversation” and churches were allowed to meet only in homes, Komendant said. Later, schoolteachers were placed at church doors to prevent children from entering, he added.
Komendant, who led the work of Baptists in the former Soviet Union, said that after Billy Graham’s visit to Moscow and meeting with Gorbachev two decades ago, doors opened for the gospel and seminaries were founded. In the last decade, the Ukrainian Bible Society has distributed 10 million Bibles.
“We were once in prison, now we have the opportunity to share Jesus in prison,” Komendant said of Ukraine’s religious freedom.
Komendant said the Ukrainian Bible Society recently received a substantial order for waterproof Bibles for the military. He noted, “In Ukraine, we have perhaps more freedom for Christianity than even you have in the United States.”
At one time, Khruschev boasted that “the last Baptist” would be paraded out on television for all to see, Komendant said. He concluded that instead, “Khruschev is dead. Baptists are preaching on TV.”

A tie that unifies Baptists

The forum was a unique in the fact that it brought together Baptists from inside and outside the SBC to discuss this shared Baptist value.
“Religious Liberty has been a common thread throughout Baptist life since the very beginning,” said Lloyd Harsch, director. “We sometimes disagree on how to apply religious liberty in a particular context, but the idea itself has been a unifying tenet of Baptist life.”
J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, examined the state of religious freedom in America in light of the three clauses guaranteeing religious liberty in the First Amendment. Walker noted recent Supreme Court rulings and concluded that the “free exercise clause” and “church autonomy clause” have been upheld consistently. “We are doing well,” Walker said in regards to these tenets.
But in regards to the “no establishment clause,” whereby the government cannot advance or favor religion, Walker concluded the nation is doing “terribly and is losing ground.”
Walker cited the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the Town of Greece v. Galloway that upheld that the New York town’s practice of opening board meetings with prayer did not violate the no establishment clause. Walker said the Baptist Joint Committee viewed prayer in that context to be “impermissibly coercive to require those folks to undergo or to experience and participate in a state-sponsored religious exercise as a ticket to exercise and perform their civic responsibilities.”
Walker distinguished the case from that of the U. S. Congress opening in prayer, noting that the public is seated as observers of Congress rather than participants.
Suzii Paynter said religious liberty is not a fragile principle and encouraged listeners to practice liberty of conscience and engage others in conversation about the subject.
“God will use that conversation,” Paynter said. “The public square needs to hear the deliberative thoughts of religious liberty-conscious people.”
Other speakers included Mike Edens, NOBTS professor of Islamic studies; William Brackney, Acadia Divinity College, Canada; and Kenneth McDowell, Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary, New Orleans.
The lectures are available online at www.faith-publicsquare.org /past-events.html.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Marilyn Stewart is the office of public relations assistant director of news and information at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Gary Myers is director of public relations for NOBTS.)

10/8/2015 10:34:18 AM by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS Communications | with 0 comments

2015 BSC Annual Meeting schedule

October 8 2015 by BSC Communications

Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) will gather Nov. 2-3 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Visit ncannualmeeting.org or brnow.org for more information.
Monday Evening, Nov. 2
2:00 p.m. Exhibits, Registration Open
6:30     Call to Order – Timmy D. Blair Sr.
            Prayer – David Butler
            Pledges (American & Christian flag, Bible)
            Committee on Convention Meetings – Josh Phillips
            Committee on Nominations – Reginald Bakr
            Historical Committee – Nathan Morton
7:00     Greetings
            North Carolina Baptist Men Partnerships – Richard Brunson
            Office of Great Commission Partnerships – Chuck Register
7:10    Worship; Theme Interpretation; Prayer
            Music – The NC Baptist Renewing Worship Band
7:50     Introduction of President – Cameron McGill
            Prayer – Fred Carlton; Music – Mercy’s Cross
8:00     President’s Address – Timmy D. Blair Sr.
            Closing Prayer – Dena Alley

Tuesday Morning, Nov. 3
7:30 a.m. Listening Sessions
               2016 Budget Proposal (Pinehurst)
               Proposed Bylaw Amendments (Turnberry)
8:00        Exhibits, Registration Open
               (Exhibits close at 7:30 p.m.)
8:45        Call to Order – Timmy D. Blair Sr.
8:50       Worship; Theme Interpretation; Prayer;
              Music – Carolina Quartet
9:15       Board of Directors Report
                – Perry K. Brindley III
              Impacting Lostness through Disciple-Making
               – Milton A. Hollifield Jr.
9:50      Music – Carolina Quartet
10:00    Biblical Recorder – Allan Blume
10:15    Miscellaneous Business
10:30    Election of Officers
               (Fixed Order of Business) – President
10:35    Board of Directors Report
               – Perry K. Brindley III
             The Peoples Next Door NC – Chuck Register
             Articles and Bylaws – Bartley Wooten
11:00   N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission
               – Richard Brunson
11:15   Institution & Agency Reports
               North Carolina Baptist Foundation
              – Clay Warf
               North Carolina Baptist Hospital
              – Gary Gunderson
               Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C. and N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry
              – Michael C. Blackwell
11:45     Closing Prayer – Noel De Asis
Tuesday Afternoon, Nov. 3
1:30 p.m. Call to Order – Timmy D. Blair Sr.
1:35   Greeting – LifeWay Christian Resources
1:40   Worship; Theme Interpretation; Prayer;
           Music – Kenny Lamm
1:55    Election of Officers
         – First & Second Vice President
2:05    Convention Committee Report
           Committee on Resolutions and Memorials
                  – Donald Goforth
2:20    Music – Kenny Lamm
2:25    Board of Directors Report (Fixed Order of Business) – Perry K. Brindley III
           SBC Great Commission Advance Report
                   – Ashley Clayton
           Proposed 2016 Budget for CP and NCMO
                   – Tony Honeycutt
2:55    Breakout Sessions Promotion – Lynn Sasser
3:00    Closing Prayer – Tamran Inayat
3:15 & 4:15  Breakout Sessions (see list)
Tuesday Evening, Nov. 3
6:30   Call to Worship – New South Brass
6:45   Call to Order – Timmy D. Blair Sr.
          Prayer – Jeff Dowdy
6:50   Reports
              SBC Missions Boards (IMB and NAMB)
              The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
7:00   Evaluation
7:10   Presentation of Officers
7:15   Echo Worship Service
              – Greensboro Area Churches
7:45   Convention Sermon – Lee Pigg
          Closing Prayer – Tom Wagoner
10/8/2015 10:24:53 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

Breakout sessions offer training for messengers

October 8 2015 by BSC Communications

Breakout sessions will be held at the Koury Convention Center during the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting Tues., Nov. 3 from 3:15-4 p.m. and 4:15-5 p.m. Sessions are free. All sessions are offered at both times, with the exception of the first two listed.
A New “Normal” Part 1: warning signs for church revitalization
John Ewart; Room: Auditorium 1; 3:15-4 p.m.
Declining and unhealthy churches have become the norm all too often. We need a new expectation, a new normal! As a church leader, how can you diagnose and prevent poor church health? What should we be watching for and how can we be that intentional? Join experienced pastor, church consultant and professor John Ewart to discover and discuss key qualitative and quantitative symptoms that characterize a church in need of revitalization as well as how to move toward or maintain greater strength and health.
A New “Normal” Part 2:
Five phases for ongoing church revitalization
John Ewart; Room: Auditorium 1; 4:15-5 p.m.
What are some biblically based, practical steps my church can take to actually move toward or maintain Great Commission fulfillment? How can we prevent the decline or unhealthy conditions that have become so normal for so many churches? Join experienced pastor, church consultant and professor John Ewart to learn five phases every church should constantly be working through in order to be effective for the Kingdom.


Beyond One-On-One: Discipling through women’s ministry
Meredith Snoddy; Room: Cedar A 
The Great Commission says we are to “make disciples,” and women’s ministry plays an important part in the church seeing this mandate fulfilled. This equipping session will help women’s ministry leaders learn how to make disciples through their women’s ministry and keep the process on-going.
Biblical prayers for challenging times
Chris Schofield; Room: Oak A
This session will help believers and churches respond and pray biblically toward the ever-changing moral and spiritual collapse of America.
Church Renewal
Bob Foy; Room: Bear Creek 
In this session, participants will discover a tool for strengthening the church by awakening, equipping and empowering laity to create reproducing disciples.
Church Revitalization through Multiplication
Tim Ahlen; Room: Colony A
Come hear the story of how one at-risk church became a multi-congregational, multi-ethnic community that is shaking the nations for Jesus Christ at home and throughout the world.
Developing Cultural Impact Teams in the Local Church
Mark Harris; Room: Oak C
Western society is being influenced in numerous ways and from numerous sources. While some influences and some changes are positive, others call into question the claims of the gospel and the expectations of Scripture. The Family Research Council has developed resources that can assist congregations impact the culture. This session will provide an introduction to cultural impact teams and how they can be developed in your church.
Disciple-making Pastors’ Roundtable
David Cox, Joel Stephens, Brandon Ware; Room: Turnberry
Participate in a discussion with N.C. pastors from a variety of contexts on how their churches are impacting lostness through disciple-making.
Engaging Pockets of Lostness: A local church’s journey
Chuck Campbell; Room: Heritage B
Join us as we share a local church’s journey engaging the largest pocket of lostness in the Greenville area. Learn practical and reproducible principles on how to discover, develop and engage pockets of lostness through disciple-making.
Growing Disciples Through Missions Involvement
N.C. Baptist Men Staff; Room: Oak B
One of the best ways to grow disciples and a healthy church is through missions involvement. This session, led by N.C. Baptist Men/Baptist on Mission staff, will cover how missions can change your church and your members. The session will include practical ideas and projects at the local, state, national and international level that your church can be involved in. This breakout session is a great overview of resources for church missions involvement.
Impacting Lostness: Churches planting churches
Mark Gray; Room: Heritage A
Every church in North Carolina had a birth. One of the most effective ways to impact lostness through disciple-making is in churches giving birth to new churches. Partnering with a new church positively impacts the sending church in multiple ways, and dozens are won to Jesus as new disciples. This session will reveal steps in the joyful process of giving birth and the legacy that continues.
Making Disciples in Rural North Carolina
Jeff Sundell; Room: Colony B
This session will cover an American adaptation of church planting movement principles from the international mission field for making disciples anytime, anywhere.
Making Disciples Through Small Groups
Derick DeLain; Room: Cedar B
This breakout will focus on best practices to develop healthy small groups that function as gospel communities on mission.
SHARE the Gospel in a Changing Culture
Marty Dupree; Room: Pinehurst
This session will discuss options for engaging in gospel conversations by comparing Acts 2 and Acts 17 strategies.
The Peoples Next Door: Discover and engage unreached people groups in North Carolina
Steve Hardy; Room: Colony C
How do we, as ordinary people, take the gospel to the peoples of the world that God is bringing here to be our neighbors? We will discuss how to discover people group communities in our cities through natural encounters and begin to intentionally engage them through gospel hospitality.
The Pulpit and Disciple-making
Clay Smith; Room: Cedar C
The disciple-making process goes beyond preaching, but preaching is a vital and indispensable part of your church’s disciple-making strategy. This session will show how preaching can be intentionally connected to your strategy for impacting lostness through disciple-making.
When Adolescence Gets Old
Jonathan Yarboro, Tom Knight; Room: Olympia
The fact that 40 percent of all college graduates return home to live with their parents may cause us to agree with the declaration, “30 is the new 20.” But the truth is that 20-somethings are in a unique stage that makes their lives particularly fertile for the gospel. But they also represent the largest age demographic absent from our churches. What does your church need to understand about them in order to close the gap, effectively communicate the gospel to them and see them become a vital part of your church’s community?

10/8/2015 10:18:29 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments

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