• FIRST-PERSON: Let’s thank our pastors | ()

    Pastoral ministry can feel at times like a NASCAR race. Between preparing sermons, caring for hurting members and leading ministry efforts, pastors often run at breakneck speeds only to finish at the end of the week and do it all over again.

    Date Created: 10/15/2014 4:25:03 PM

    Hunger is everyone’s problem | ()

    For many in North America, hunger is someone else’s problem. It’s the emaciated children halfway around the world. It’s people who live on the other side of the tracks. And, occasionally, it’s the person holding a cardboard sign at a freeway exit.

    Date Created: 10/1/2014 12:03:18 PM

    Connecting Evangelism, Disciplemaking and Church Planting | ()

    For too many church leaders, one of the least clear areas of mission is engaging our people in evangelism. We can point to many causes for this challenge, but many times lack of evangelistic effectiveness goes back to leaders not providing a clear pathway forward and simple first steps in sharing the gospel. The SBC Pastor’s Baptism Task Force highlighted these challenges and their findings in their recent report.

    Date Created: 9/4/2014 12:11:59 PM

    Kevin Ezell statement regarding IMB trustees selection of David Platt as president | ()

    “I am excited to work alongside David Platt as the new president of the International Mission Board. David is a pastor of strong conviction and passion for reaching the lost around the globe for Christ. He has been a close personal friend for years and I look forward to serving with him to mobilize Southern Baptists for missions for years to come.”

    Date Created: 8/27/2014 11:34:44 AM

    Sexual safeguards for every minister | ()

    Unfortunately many of us have experienced that punched-in-the-gut feeling when we first hear the news that a close friend, ministry partner or respected peer has fallen morally. There is the shock and disappointment. There is the betrayal you feel because it was someone you trusted. And then there is the grief because of the devastation the family and loved ones are experiencing.

    Date Created: 8/26/2014 12:59:39 PM

    College ministry wins | ()

    If you have a favorite sports team you know how much fun it is to celebrate the wins. In every area of life I think it’s important to take a moment and observe significant achievement. We need to do that in ministry as well and recently we’ve had some important wins in Southern Baptist college ministry.

    Date Created: 8/7/2014 3:14:28 PM

    God on the move in Montreal | ()

    We talk a lot at NAMB about lostness rates and church-to-population ratios because these are the numbers that help prioritize our efforts. By far the least-reached area of North America is Quebec and our efforts there are concentrated on metropolitan Montreal where 3.8 million people live.

    Date Created: 7/2/2014 4:09:34 PM

    The local church empowered and entrusted | ()

    Recently I wrote about NAMB’s church-centric approach to church planting, evangelism and raising up the next generation of missionaries and leaders. In short—NAMB exists to serve churches, not the other way around. That’s why Jesus established the Church and what He empowered it to do—go into all the world and make disciples.

    Date Created: 5/27/2014 4:55:00 PM

    Our church-centric mindset | ()

    I love visiting with pastors and local churches. But often when I do a pastor will tell me, “Let me know if there is anything we can do for NAMB.” I appreciate the spirit behind that offer, but it is exactly opposite of how I view NAMB. The way I see it, NAMB exists to serve churches and to assist churches in their ministry.

    Date Created: 4/17/2014 12:29:03 PM

    The essential role of partnering churches | ()

    If you connect with NAMB very often you hear a lot about church plants and the great need we have for adding thousands more in the years ahead. You also hear us talk about the need to revitalize the thousands of SBC churches that are dying or at risk. But there is another kind of church that is absolutely essential if we are to accomplish church planting or church revitalization: established, partnering churches with a heart for pushing back lostness in North America for Christ.

    Date Created: 4/2/2014 12:05:29 PM

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