August 2016

Patterned offers disciple-making resource

August 23 2016 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

We recognize that we are each called to share God’s Word with others and make disciples of them as Jesus did with His 12 disciples. He taught them how to engage people, reaching out to the lost in love and cultivating relationships with them. It is through acts of love that disciples are made pointing them to the One who loves them most.


Because you want to make disciples as Jesus has commanded, I am excited to introduce a new resource to you. Patterned is a 10-week devotional resource for pastors and lay people with a special focus on disciple-making. This book is a combined effort of different teams at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and much prayer and effort has gone into creating this resource that will equip those who read and use it to engage the lost and disciple Christ-followers.
 
Patterned was written by North Carolina Baptist pastors, missionaries, lay leaders, ministers and seminary professors. The book includes 10 weeks of lessons written by these leaders – each week’s devotion was written by a different author, and five lessons comprise each week’s curriculum.
 
While the topics of each devotion vary, all maintain a central focus on disciple-making. The lesson material includes praying for the lost, defining evangelism and discipleship, studying the Bible, telling one’s story, engaging in gospel conversations, living in biblical community, reaching unreached people groups and living as sent people, among others.
 
This material is versatile in that it can be used as a devotional with small groups, and it can also be used by pastors and congregations. When the resource is used in this way, it can bring pastors and congregations together in a way that I believe glorifies God immensely. I am deeply grateful for pastors who demonstrate in lifestyle how to love and disciple those around us. Many of them can be encouraged to continue in their disciple-making efforts through the use of this resource. It is wonderful to observe how some pastors live as examples of God’s love and grace, faithfully preach His Word and encourage us to make disciples.
 
I encourage you to order this helpful resource that points us to Christ and provides a means to disciple others. Each North Carolina Baptist church can receive 15 free copies (excluding shipping) of Patterned and a DVD with videos for its own use, and each North Carolina Baptist association can order five copies free of charge (excluding shipping). Additionally, the entire resource including the workbook and videos are available for download on the website. Order forms, downloads and more information are available at PatternedNC.org.

Go therefore and make disciples ... teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always …” Matthew 28: 19-20, NKJV.
 

8/23/2016 8:31:52 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments



College students – leaders of the next generation

August 9 2016 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

When I think about how God has called us to make disciples, sometimes I think about the huge number of college students in North Carolina that we need to reach with the gospel. Are you aware that there are 1.2 million students attending a university, college or community college in North Carolina? Some of these young adults will be the individuals whom the Lord will use to impact the next generation here and the nations for His Kingdom.
 
Our Collegiate Partnerships Ministry (CPM), under the leadership of Jonathan Yarboro, is working with an ever increasing number of N.C. Baptist churches who are partnering together to reach these students for Christ throughout our state. God has given the leadership of our CPM a vision to see that not one of the 148 college campuses in North Carolina is left without a reproducing gospel presence.
 
In January 2014 when our new CPM was launched, our CPM staff began working with Baptist churches and associations to help them develop strategies for impacting lostness in the vast mission field of students attending schools of higher education in this state. Yarboro has reported to me that when school begins this fall we will have ministries established on 43 campuses in North Carolina. In sharing that number with me, Jonathan added, “but we still have 105 to go before the ‘No Campus Left’ vision is realized.” Will your church family begin to see the tremendous mission opportunities available on a campus near your church? Will you help us make sure there is “No Campus Left” in North Carolina without a vibrant gospel presence?
 
Currently, there are six consultants in the convention’s CPM. They are hard at work to reach and disciple college students each week, but they are not working alone. Already, many N.C. Baptist churches have networked with CPM and other churches to get students involved in a local church, but we still need more churches to become partners in collegiate ministry. Will you pray that more of our N.C. Baptist churches will see the importance of launching a ministry to students who are not already attending their church?
 
Numerous opportunities abound for families in your church to develop relationships with international students who have left their homeland and family in order to attend school in North Carolina. Many would love to develop new friendships with American families. If you provide them with that opportunity, many will come to faith in Christ because of your kindness. You can help them understand that God loves them, Christ died for them and that He has a plan for their life. When they become Christ followers, they will be passionate about taking the gospel back to their family and friends.
 
Are you willing to get involved in reaching this next generation with the gospel? This is your opportunity to help reach and disciple more spiritual leaders for the next generation.
 
For more information about how you or your church can engage with the CPM for your area, go to nocampusleft.org or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5574.
 
 

8/9/2016 8:14:16 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments