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By Adam Miller
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – North
American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell expressed thanks and gratitude to
Southern Baptists whose giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®
increased 1.9 percent in 2012. The gain, Ezell said, will translate into greater
effectiveness in reaching North America for Christ.
Ezell reported the offering
results to NAMB’s Board of Trustees who met Feb. 5-6 in San Diego. The offering
totaled $57.2 million in 2012 and marked the second year in a row for an
a humbling thing every day that we get to do what we do because of the
sacrificial giving of Southern Baptists,” said Ezell. “Their heart for missions
Trustees approved Gary Frost
as vice president of NAMB’s Midwest Region and of Prayer and Spiritual
Awakening. Frost comes from New York City where he pastors Evergreen Baptist
Church. (See “Frost to lead NAMB Midwest Region, prayer
initiatives.”) Steve Davis, who
previously served as vice president of NAMB’s Midwest region now serves as vice
president, South Region.
meeting took place in San Diego to allow trustees time with NAMB church
planting missionaries and see their work first-hand during a tour the day
before their public meeting. San Diego is one of 30 Send Cities–part of NAMB’s
Send North America strategy. Send North America connects local, established
churches with church plants.
NAMB West Region vice president
Steve Bass told trustees how important their visit was to church planters and
to Southern Baptists.
“What you’re doing in three
hours this morning is important,” said Bass. “But what you did yesterday is so
important. These planters will not soon forget. I think you’re going to find
out that you have some God-called and very sharp church planters who are proud
to be a part of the Southern Baptist family.”
Church planter Ben Pilgreen
opened the session sharing a devotion from Ecclesiastes. Although only 2 years
old and located in the heart of San Francisco, Epic Church gave more than $40,000
to missions in 2012. Epic is already on track to give more than $67,000 in
Other highlights of the
In his address to trustees, Ezell
again sounded a call for 15,000 new churches in the next 10 years so that
Southern Baptists can begin to make gains on the SBC church-to-population
deficit that developed over the last century. He also noted that NAMB is
partnering with state Baptist conventions to help revitalize churches that are
plateaued, declining or near death.
If 15,000 churches are to be
started in the next decade, Ezell said thousands of new missionaries will be
needed. NAMB’s missionary “Farm System” is designed to intentionally discover
new missionaries, develop them for service and deploy them to the field.
“We’re raising a generation
of young missionaries who are bold and absolutely believe in missions and
absolutely believe in church planting. They are intent on penetrating
lostness,” said Ezell.
Concluding his remarks, Ezell challenged
trustees and all Southern Baptists to adopt the Luke 10:2 prayer practice. At
10:02 (a.m. or p.m.) each day, Ezell asked that Southern Baptists pray to the
Lord of the harvest to send more workers into the field.
“We’re in desperate need and these are
desperate times,” he said. “God has allowed us to focus and we need to make the
most of it.”
Ezell then led trustees in a prayer for current missionaries and the future
missionaries God will be raising up for the North American Mission field.
Adam Miller is a writer
for the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 2/7/2013 5:17:24 PM
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