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  • Interview with Chris Stephens @ Faith Promise | ()

    Interview with Chris Stephens

    Chris Stephens is the Senior Pastor at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tenn. In 2014 the church averaged over 5,200 in worship every weekend and baptized 760 people. Watch as Pastor Chris shares his story and recounts how God has worked through their church to reach people for Christ.

    Date Created: 2/10/2016 4:09:15 PM

    The Pastor Factor In Top Evangelistic Churches | ()

    Leading on mission is critical for pastors to help their people find where they fit in God’s mission and to help them fulfill their calling. The “Pastor Factor” in top evangelistic churches is a key to kingdom impact and significance.

    Date Created: 2/2/2016 3:01:22 PM

    Interview with J.R. Lee @ Freedom Church | ()

    Lee Interview

    J.R. Lee is the Lead Pastor at Freedom Church in Acworth, Ga. The church averaged 1,700 in their weekend worship gatherings in 2014 and baptized 376 new believers. Watch as Pastor J.R. shares some of his story and how God has worked through their church.

    Date Created: 1/27/2016 12:34:18 PM

    Make your church “adoption-friendly” | ()

    When I pastored Highview Baptist in Louisville my friend David Melber and his wife, Tera, started a “Considering Adoption” class for couples in our church. It ran for five weeks and became so popular that we offered it twice each year. Not everyone who took the class ultimately decided to adopt but the class became an important part of raising awareness in our church about everything that is involved in the adoption process and how we could support those families who were pursuing it.

    Date Created: 1/12/2016 8:24:27 PM

    Obeying God’s call to the nations | ()

    If you take a look at one of our family photos, you'll see we are a diverse bunch. We have six kids from four countries. John Michael (JM) became part of our family five years ago. I'll never forget the first night after we picked him up from the orphanage in the Philippines.

    Date Created: 12/15/2015 6:33:35 PM

    What Are The Top Evangelistic Churches Doing That Mine Is Not? | ()

    The evangelism decline among Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) churches has been well documented. When you look at the numbers as a whole you see a disturbing trend. In 2013 Southern Baptists baptized approximately 310,000 people, which represents the lowest number since 1948. It takes about 50 Southern Baptists to reach one person for Christ and see them through the baptistery.

    Date Created: 12/10/2015 6:26:20 PM

    NAMB-state partnerships still strong | ()

    This is the time of year in our Southern Baptist family when our state Baptist convention partners gather for their annual meetings. I have enjoyed being a part of several of these events this year, which always provide a chance to hear about how God is working through our churches and partnerships in North America.

    Date Created: 11/13/2015 3:43:49 PM

    Pews-to-action plan for churches | ()

    What an encouragement it was this summer to see thousands of Southern Baptists show attend the Send North America Conference to learn more about how all of us can make an impact for Christ, no matter where He has placed us. A few hundred were pastors and church planters, but most were church members. These are the “everyday” missionaries who will make a huge difference for the gospel if large numbers of them start to actively share their faith.

    Date Created: 11/9/2015 6:20:05 PM

    Bi-vocational church planter hopes to catalyze movement in Edmonton | ()

    Long days have become the standard for Nathan Vedoya. As a bi-vocational church planter, there’s no such thing as typical, but this may be as close as it gets. He wakes up early, shares the breakfast-making responsibilities with his wife, and drops the kids off at school before heading to his full-time job as the shelter manager for Hope Mission in Edmonton, Alberta. His wife, Deen-Deen, also heads out to a full day of work at around the same time.

    Date Created: 7/16/2015 12:55:17 PM

    NAMB fund will assist African-American churches destroyed by fire | ()

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has established a fund to help African-American churches that have been damaged or destroyed by fire in recent weeks. Seven churches have been involved in the two weeks since a white supremacist murdered nine church members in Charleston, S.C. At least three of the fires have been determined to be arson. None as of yet have been ruled a hate crime, but investigations continue.

    Date Created: 7/2/2015 2:41:25 PM

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