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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — North American Mission Board (NAMB) leaders announced Tuesday they plan
to partner with Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) for day-to-day operations of the
Royal Ambassador’s organization.
announcement follows NAMB’s recent organizational restructuring made to support
the entity’s “Send North America” strategy to assist Southern Baptists in reaching
North America through mobilizing and equipping churches and missionaries for
evangelistic church planting.
Missions Education is a key part of equipping churches for reaching North
America—and the world—for Christ,” said Kevin Ezell, NAMB’s president. “This
partnership means churches will continue to receive top-quality material, and it
allows us to utilize WMU’s expertise and singular focus in this area.”
maintain its Missions Education ministry assignment, will continue to operate
Baptist Men’s Ministry work and will maintain close ties with the development
of Royal Ambassadors curriculum.
national executive director and treasurer of WMU, noted RAs began with WMU in
“RAs was born
out of our heart and our soul,” she said. “We gave it lovingly to the
Brotherhood Commission. Now we welcome them back and pledge our support and
partnership with both mission boards to continue the work as best we can.”
Ambassadors began in 1908 following the WMU Annual Meeting in Hot Springs, Ark.
The first chapter was established at First Baptist Church, Goldsboro, N.C. By
1918, Southern Baptists had established 1,200 chapters. In 1957,
responsibilities for RAs transferred to the Brotherhood Commission, which in
1997 became part of the newly-formed North American Mission Board.
NAMB shared the
intent to partner with WMU at the annual Missions Education Roundtable meeting,
taking place March 1-2 at NAMB’s office building in Alpharetta, Ga. Missions
Education coordinators from 28 Baptist state conventions attended the meeting
and had the opportunity to discuss the planned partnership. Lee and other WMU
staff members were on hand to answer questions and discuss the transition.
Specifics of the
partnership—which will also include the Challengers program for teen boys—have
yet to be determined.
“The idea for this
partnership came from of our desire for RAs and Challengers to flourish,” said
Mike Ebert, NAMB vice president of Communications. “We looked across the state
line in Alabama and saw some friends who can do it very well and are very well
equipped to do it.”
NAMB and WMU are
working toward finalizing the partnership and related transitions in time for
the September 2012 curriculum delivery.
Date Created: 3/2/2011 3:52:14 PM
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