By Brandon Elrod
DURHAM, N.C.—On Thursday, January 31, J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), and the Yates Baptist Association of Durham, N.C., led a simulcasted event to preview an upcoming evangelism emphasis called Who’s Your One The aim is to encourage every Southern Baptist church member to actively engage in sharing their faith.
J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, shared a preview of Who’s Your One, the evangelism initiative that he and the North American Mission Board are launching Feb. 20, 2019. Greear spoke at a gathering of the Yates Baptist Association in Durham, N.C. The session was broadcast by live simulcast to more than 250 Associational Mission Strategists throughout North America, many of whom had gathered pastors from their association to view as well. Photo by Rob Laughter of The Summit Church.
“These are some challenging days for the Southern Baptist Convention,” Greear said. “They’re challenging days for the church in general in the United States, but is God perhaps setting us up for one of the greatest evangelism explosions that we’ve ever seen?”
Originating from Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham, Greear introduced Associational Mission Strategists (AMS) across North America to the material. Between 50 and 60 were expected to attend in person with roughly 250 AMS’s registered to participate via the simulcast.
The resource, which is being designed and produced by the North American Mission Board (NAMB), will help pastors equip church members to share their faith. NAMB president Kevin Ezell said he “could not be more excited” about Who’s Your One.
Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), spoke at a simulcast for Associational Mission Strategists, which originated at a meeting of the Yates Baptist Association in Durham, N.C. During the simulcast, Ezell joined Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear as they previewed the new Who’s Your One evangelism resources that will be made available to pastors beginning Feb. 20. Photo by Rob Laughter of The Summit Church.
“When I think of Who’s Your One,’ I think it would be perfect for any church of any size to help us all individualize this,” said Ezell. “At the North American Mission Board, we want to do everything we possibly can to resource pastors and associations. Everything we do at NAMB is about the gospel, and we want you to be as equipped as possible.”
Johnny Hunt, NAMB’s senior vice president of evangelism and leadership, addressed the audience through a prerecorded video message.
“We will be challenging every church in our denomination to simply list a name on a card, begin to pray and ask God for opportunities to engage that person” with the gospel, Hunt said. “By the grace of God, the Lord will use you to win that person to Christ.”
Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., said he hopes Who’s Your One will be the catalyst for an evangelism movement among Southern Baptists.
Johnny Hunt, senior vice president of Evangelism and Leadership at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), participated in a simulcast for Association Mission Strategists on Thursday, January 31 via a prerecorded video message. The simulcast, which also featured J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as NAMB president Kevin Ezell, provided Associational Mission Strategists with a preview of Who’s Your One, the new evangelism initiative that will launch Feb. 20. Photo by the North American Mission Board.
“It’s very easy for us to let all of the good things that we are about as a convention get in the way of the one thing we’re to be about,” sharing the gospel with a lost world, Greear said.
The gospel will not advance only through what pastors share from the pulpit, Greear said, but evangelism will happen when “ordinary people” take the gospel message to their neighbors and coworkers.
“I believe this is a very historic meeting. I believe this is helping us to get back to our roots,” said Marty Childress, the AMS for the Yates Association who hosted the event. “I pray that this initiative will wake us up as a church and help us to see that lostness is real.”
On February 13, executive directors from Baptist state conventions will receive a preview of the Who’s Your One resource kit. Then, pastors will be able to order a kit online after the official launch on February 20.
Marty Childress, associational mission strategist (AMS) with the Yates Baptist Association in Durham, N.C., hosted a simulcast meeting for AMS’s across North America to preview new evangelism resources from the North American Mission Board (NAMB) called Who’s Your One. The simulcast was led by Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear, who pastors The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. NAMB president Kevin Ezell spoke at the event. Senior vice president of Evangelism and Leadership Johnny Hunt also spoke via a prerecorded video message. Photo by Rob Laughter of The Summit Church.
Pastors and leaders can visit WhosYourOne.com to learn more. A prayer guide and an implementation guide are currently posted with more resources coming Feb. 20.
Who’s Your One is one pillar of Gospel Above All, the theme for Greear’s presidency. The other pillars have been crafted as ways for the churches of the SBC to expand missions efforts in local communities, across North America and around the world.
Along with the Who’s Your One emphasis and resource are: Go2, which is a challenge for college students to strategically spend their first two years after graduation on the mission field; multiplying churches, which emphasizes church planting in North America and around the globe; and undivided churches, which helps congregations reflect the unity of God’s kingdom to a divided world.
More information about the Gospel Above All theme can be found at gospelaboveall.com.
Brandon Elrod writes for the North American Mission Board.