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May 11, 2015 by Kevin Ezell
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.
April 1, 2015 by Kevin Ezell
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.
March 25, 2015 by Kevin Ezell
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.
March 20, 2015 by Kevin Ezell
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...
March 17, 2015 by Kevin Ezell
In 2014 Southern Baptists planted 985 new churches—a 5 percent increase over 2013 church starts.
March 14, 2015 by Kevin Ezell
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.   
March 4, 2015 by Kevin Ezell
We are grateful for every dollar Southern Baptists give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering ®  for North American Missions. Sometimes you might feel far-removed from the results of the offering so let me remind you of a few.  What you give to Annie helps Southern Baptists start new churches...
December 5, 2014 by Kevin Ezell
As the North American Mission Board heads into the fourth year of the Send North America (SNA) Strategy, I have been taking inventory of all that God has done up to this point.
October 15, 2014 by Kevin Ezell
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.
October 1, 2014 by Kevin Ezell
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.
September 4, 2014 by Kevin Ezell
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...
August 27, 2014 by Kevin Ezell
“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...