• 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

    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

    Church planting on the front lines in Baltimore | ()

    When Southern Baptist churches send church planters to the cities of North America, the goal is always to see them become part of their communities. Increasingly we are cultivating indigenous planters who have spent their lives in the area in which they are planting.

    Date Created: 5/11/2015 11:08:20 AM

    Resurrection power fuels North American church plants | ()

    One of the things I like best about being at the North American Mission Board is hearing all of the great stories about how God is at work through our church planters in North America. From time to time I like to pass them along to you.

    Date Created: 4/1/2015 5:15:08 PM

    Measuring church planting success | ()

    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

    Missionary “Farm System” already making impact | ()

    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

    Church plants up in 2014 | ()

    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

    Everyday opportunity to be on mission with God | ()

    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

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