Find it Here 2011 introduced to messengers
November 17 2010 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

After spending a year focusing on evangelism, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) moves on to focus on discipleship.

Find it Here, a three-year statewide evangelism emphasis, kicked off its second year Nov. 9 at the BSC annual meeting.

Evangelism is the first step, but the command of Jesus Christ to every believer is to make disciples — not just converts.

In light of that command, the Find it Here 2011: Embracing Christ emphasis is discipleship.

Lynn Sasser, executive leader for congregational services, read the theme verse of John 15:8 and explained that a disciple is one who “abides in Christ and does the things that Jesus did.”

The Find it Here presentation featured video interviews with pastors about the importance of discipleship. Leon Hawks, pastor of Crosspointe Church in Concord, said the first step in making disciples is to “be a disciple yourself. You cannot expect your church to do what you aren’t doing.”

Sean Cordell, pastor of Treasuring Christ Church in Raleigh, said discipleship encompasses all that Jesus commanded His followers to do. Cordell shared that for a long time he “equated discipleship with knowing and being able to tell other people.”

However, telling other people often came in the classroom setting in the form of teaching and he neglected other discipleship contexts such as the home. Cordell is now intent on making his home a place where his family is discipled.

Sasser explained that Find it Here 2011 does not dismiss measuring sticks such as baptism numbers, but seeks to expand the scorecard when it comes to evaluating church effectiveness.

The expanded scorecard must include whether or not churches are leading people to life transformation through a discipleship journey.

Ultimate success is to “see people following Christ and living on mission,” Sasser said. Chuck Register, executive leader for church planting and missions development, led messengers in a time of commitment. Register asked messengers willing to commit to intentional discipleship in 2011 to turn in a response card signifying this commitment.

Churches can also sign up or get resources at www.finditherenc.org.

Don McCutcheon, executive leader for evangelization, shared testimonials from the first year’s emphasis on evangelism.

McCutcheon reported about Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover, where 26 people made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and six were baptized Easter Sunday.

Hephzibah Baptist Church in Wendell baptized 11 people Easter Sunday and saw its second highest attendance ever.

For six months leading up to Easter Sunday Hephzibah members committed to increasing their efforts to be intentionally evangelistic and during that time 26 people were baptized.

Register also previewed the next and final Find it Here emphasis: Expanding the Kingdom.

The 2011 annual meeting will launch an intentional focus on missions and taking the gospel to unreached people groups of the world that have never had an opportunity to hear the gospel.
11/17/2010 5:41:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments




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