By Brandon Elrod
(ALPHARETTA, Ga.)— The North American Mission Board (NAMB) officially launched the Who’s Your One evangelism initiative today (Feb. 26) as part of an effort to encourage Southern Baptists to engage people with gospel conversations throughout the year. This evangelism emphasis asks believers to pray for and focus on one individual in the hope that that person may come to Christ.
Southern Baptist Convention president, J.D. Greear, previewed the Who’s Your One evangelism emphasis on January 31 through a simulcast for associational mission strategists across the United States. Who’s Your One has officially launched, and pastors can request a kit from the North American Mission Board to help implement an evangelism movement in their churches. Photo by Rob Laughter/The Summit Church
Current Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear has worked in coordination with NAMB to develop a special resource for pastors that will help them personally embrace the effort and also lead their congregations to engage in sharing their faith.
“As a pastor, it’s easy to live as a ‘professional Christian’ who urges others to bring people to faith in Christ without actually doing it myself,” said Greear. “There’s a saying, ‘Evangelism is caught as much as it is taught.’ When our people see us praying for lost friends, inviting them to church and sharing the gospel, they’ll join us! These Who’s Your One resources give us pastors simple tools to call our people to join us in personal evangelism.”
As part of Who’s Your One, pastors can order a free kit from NAMB that includes several items to help their church practice evangelism. The package includes an implementation guide, a 30-day prayer guide, a prayer journal, prayer bookmarks and a poster. A USB drive includes digital resources including promotional graphics, slides, sermon outlines and transcripts, sample sermons and a bulletin insert.
The North American Mission Board is launching its Who’s Your One evangelism kit specially designed to help pastors issue a call for evangelism in their churches. The kit includes an implementation guide, sermon outlines, presentation slides, logos, a poster, prayer guide along with several other resources that will help churches engage their congregations in evangelism. NAMB photo by Hayley Catt.
NAMB has already shipped kits to thousands of churches and pastors and churches can order resources at NAMB’s online store, nambstore.com, or through whosyourone.com. Pastors can also receive assistance by calling 800-634-2462.
“My favorite thing about the Who’s Your One kit is that it provides pastors with resources to help kickstart a wave of personal evangelism in their churches,” said Johnny Hunt, senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at NAMB. “I pray that the Who’s Your One movement encourages Southern Baptists to get back to our roots as a gospel-focused people.”
Johnny Hunt, senior vice president for evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board, is encouraging Southern Baptist pastors to implement a Who’s Your One evangelism emphasis in their churches. Hunt and Southern Baptist Convention president, J.D. Greear, are spearheading the evangelism emphasis. NAMB photo by Hayley Catt.
Who’s Your One is one part of Greear’s Gospel Above All theme for his presidency, which is designed to help Southern Baptists focus on the unifying mission of sharing the gospel.
Other areas Greear is emphasizing include: 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 can be found at https://www.gospelaboveall.com.
Who’s Your One is one of several ways NAMB is elevating the importance of evangelism among Southern Baptists. Hunt officially joined the team at NAMB at the start of 2019 because of his passion to see Southern Baptists heighten their efforts to reach the lost in their communities.
As a part of that effort, NAMB launched a podcast—Evangelism with Johnny Hunt—that provides tips and interviews with pastors, began producing weekly evangelism videos and continues hosting evangelism conferences such as Engage 24 across the nation.
“At NAMB, it’s all about the gospel,” said NAMB president Kevin Ezell. “We want to do everything we possibly can to equip pastors and churches to reach their communities with the saving message of Jesus Christ.”
Learn more about NAMB’s evangelism resources at namb.net/evangelism.
Brandon Elrod writes for the North American Mission Board.
MASHALLTOWN, Iowa (BP) — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams have begun cleanup work in Marshalltown, Iowa, following a devastating tornado July 19.
A Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief team arrived Tuesday to set up incident command at Iglesia Karios in Marshalltown. Chainsaw teams from Iowa have dispersed throughout the city to clear debris. An SBDR feeding team has prepared meals for recovery workers in the area.
Additional SBDR volunteers from Kansas-Nebraska and Florida already are on the ground in Marshalltown. Carlson, co-director of Iowa Baptist Disaster Relief, expects volunteers from other nearby states to arrive later this week and early next week. Teams from other states interested in providing assistance should contact their state disaster relief director.
“It looks like a war zone to tell you the truth,” Carlson said. “When you go downtown, you’ll see a lot of glass and brick everywhere.
“On the east part of town, there are about 10 blocks that are very heavily hit. There’s really not many trees standing. A lot of those homes aren’t livable,” Carlson said.
The EF-3 tornado injured at least 235 people in the town of 27,000 located 50 miles northeast of Des Moines. Carlson estimates that at least 100 homes were destroyed. Many more homes will take substantial work before people can return to live in them. Carlson believes it will take months, if not years, for Marshalltown to rebuild.
Some of the worst damage in Marshalltown came to the town’s courthouse and the brick buildings in the town square. In recent years officials and property owners had slowly worked to revamp the buildings, many of which are now destroyed. Jenny Etter, executive director of the Marshalltown Central Business District, estimates that the city had spent $50 million in building renovations since 2002.
A dozen or more tornadoes hit central Iowa last Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The two biggest tornadoes, both rated EF-3, hit Marshalltown and Pella, with peak winds of 144 mph.
SBDR chaplains are also in Marshalltown to provide support and counsel to residents impacted by the tornado. Sam Porter, the North American Mission Board’s executive director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, prays the SBDR response will provide volunteers opportunities to share the Gospel.
“[The] number one goal with disaster relief is to earn the right to share the Gospel,” Porter said. “We work with those impacted. We treat them with respect. We pray with them. When they ask the question, ‘What makes you do this for no charge?’ that’s when you’ve earned the right to share the Gospel.”
The Marshalltown tornado comes on the heels of the SBDR response to flooding in Des Moines, Iowa, where teams wrapped up work last week. Eight people came to faith last week during SBDR efforts in the capital city, Carlson said.
Porter and Carlson urge Southern Baptists to pray for Marshalltown and the rest of Central Iowa.
“Pray for all the people who live here,” Carlson said. “A lot of them lost their homes. They lost their cars. They lost their job. There is a lot of a need here.”
Tobin Perry is a writer for the North American Mission Board.,
Published February 26, 2019