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Recently NAMB was able to share good news that Southern
Baptist church plants were up 5 percent in 2014. We still have a lot of
catching up to do because our church planting efforts lost pace with population
growth decades ago, but hopefully last year’s increase will begin a new trend.
Date Created: 3/25/2015 2:53:47 PM
If you watch Major League Baseball in March, you’ll see players you’ve never heard of on the diamond. That’s what spring training is all about—young players from a team’s farm system showing what they can do against major league talent. The farm system plays a critical part in building a winning team.
Date Created: 3/20/2015 11:47:41 AM
In 2014 Southern Baptists planted 985 new churches—a 5 percent increase over 2013 church starts.
Date Created: 3/17/2015 12:29:31 PM
Every day we face choices about how we are going to live our lives. Our culture tells us to live for ourselves and to seek the approval of others. But God calls us to a greater mission. He calls us to live for Him and to love our neighbors as He loves them.
Date Created: 3/14/2015 12:45:18 PM
Over the last year, I have had the privilege of visiting and preaching in many of the “Send” cities designated by the North American Mission Board (NAMB). As I have traveled to these cities and interacted with church planting and revitalization teams, I have been deeply encouraged to see and hear about all the avenues God is blessing for the spread of the gospel in North America. With over 80 percent of people on our continent now living in metropolitan areas, I am convinced that the need for more biblically faithful churches in these key urban centers is critical.
Date Created: 3/12/2015 9:47:58 AM
Date Created: 3/9/2015 5:09:09 PM
Date Created: 3/9/2015 12:44:01 PM
Gabriel Revilla recalls a “Nike moment” when his college pastor in Miami approached him with a question.
“What do you think about recruiting an actual team of students and allowing them to come to Miami to reach lostness here?” Gus Hernandez, collegiate pastor at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, asked Revilla.
The question was neither small nor random. Hernandez knew Revilla’s heart and potential for leadership in ministry.
Revilla accepted the challenge and decided to, “Just do it.”
Then came Chicago.
Date Created: 3/6/2015 2:09:18 PM
More than 180 years ago, anyone living in the Mexican controlled Texas territory had to speak Spanish and could only attend a Roman Catholic Church. As Stephen F. Austin led the effort toward Texas independence, a friend of his, Josiah H. Bell, was equally resolute toward another objective. Bell helped form the first Protestant church in Texas. Bell started a family tradition that today reaches to the Dakotas.
“I guess it’s in our blood,” said North American Mission Board (NAMB) church planter Jonathan Land. He is Bell’s great, great, great, great grandson, and they share deep Texas roots.
“I was born in Texas,” Land said. “There’s a reason people don’t like people from Texas. They are just so arrogant about being from Texas. I used to be that guy.”
Date Created: 3/5/2015 5:07:09 PM
Austin Coleman has spent each of the last two summers in New York City looking for intersections. If ever there was a city where success would seem inevitable, America’s largest city would be that place with its blur of 24-hour activity. New York City is a seemingly endless maze of intersections populated by yellow taxicabs, limousines, delivery trucks and personal vehicles. Despite potential risk, Coleman has navigated the city without incident or peril. Now, he has a love for New York City and a desire eventually to return there to live and plant churches.
Date Created: 3/4/2015 12:15:07 PM
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