Matt Rogers knows from experience how important preparation and mentoring are for a young church-planter-to-be.
When Arsenia Ivanov came to the end of her freshman year at Washington State University (WSU) she had a choice. The first generation Russian-American had little background in Christianity before attending Resonate Church on WSU’s Pullman, Wash., campus. As summer approached she could either go home—away from her newly discovered spiritual support system—or join her Resonate friends for a high-commitment summer missional adventure in San Diego called Elevate.
Michael Johnson learned a million little things in the U.S. Army. He learned to make his bed Army-style. He learned to march in the Army band. He learned to shoot an M-16 rifle and throw a grenade.
Jason Storter had no interest in church when his wife, Mariah, asked him to join her at a new Anchorage church plant, called True North Church.
The odds appeared steep in 2010 when Jeff Phillips and his family moved to Vancouver, B.C., to start a church. A youth minister for a decade and a half, he’d never been a lead pastor or a church planter. Both native Texans, Jeff and his wife, Sara, were taking their family to one of the most post-Christian, multi-ethnic cities in North America.
College students across the United States were joined by believers of all ages as they participated in Engage24 on Oct. 14, a one-on-one evangelism movement that challenged Christians to share the gospel with at least one person in a 24-hour time period.
Ron Johnson had heard a lot about John Worcester before he finally met him. Now the fast-moving, fast-talking pastor of a Denver church called Restoration, Johnson heard Worcester was leaving Huntington Beach, Calif., to plant a church in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In a meeting room at Boston’s Fenway Park, Southern Baptist church planter and Boston Red Sox chaplain Bland Mason explains how much members of his plant, City On A Hill church, long for community.
Los pastores bautistas del sur que se encuentren pasando una crisis profesional o personal ahora tienen un lugar confidencial al que acudir, gracias a una nueva colaboración entre la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas y Enfoque a la Familia.
Kevin Ezell issued a call to Southern Baptist churches to come alongside church planters in North America in a way that will encourage, strengthen and provide accountability as they seek to take the gospel to under-reached areas.
Southern Baptist pastors struggling through personal or professional crisis now have a confidential place to turn, thanks to a new partnership between the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and Focus on the Family.
Southern Baptist leaders and missionaries serving throughout the world came together at 10:02 on the morning of Oct. 2 through a webcast to pray for spiritual awakening and to ask God to provide laborers for the vast mission fields of North America and around the world.
With two jobs, a pastorate and a full slate of classes at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, pastor Toby Brogden had little left in the tank when he showed up for a spiritual formation class last month. Having moved to New Orleans a year ago, he was hundreds of miles from the support of his family in Tennessee.
Josh Hayes can recount a variety of takeaways from a Sept. 18 church revitalization conference in Little Rock, Ark., led by Johnny Hunt—from reminders that ministry is a “people business” to the importance of equipping your congregation for the work of ministry. Yet one particular takeaway was a ministry-changer.
As the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, Southern Baptists continue to bring help, healing and hope to hundreds of people in New York and New Jersey affected by the Oct. 29, 2012 storm.
This is a guest blog from Kevin Marsico, Northeast Region Coordinator for Send North America
The fall tour of the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Send North America Experience debuted Sept. 8 just blocks away from the site of the trigger event of the American Revolution and in a venue rich with significant history all its own, Tremont Temple Baptist Church. More than 1,100 attenders lined up around the block passing the final resting place of Paul Revere and dozens of other patriot’s headstones on their way to hear a message from David Platt, worship with the Passion Band and be challenged to live life on mission.
Stephanie Copenhaver is not entirely sure why they keep coming back or why they showed up in the first place. Apart from an invitation through her kids and their friends, there was nothing else that drew six students two years ago—midsummer, no less—to “learn about Jesus” in a four-week study in July.
Liz Olear has learned you can’t separate faith from other areas of life. Following several months of missionary service through a North American Mission Board (NAMB) Generation Send missionary internship where she also participated in a Life On Mission study, Olear was further convinced of how integrated the gospel should be to all areas of life.
On Oct. 2, Southern Baptists are encouraged to take time to pray for pastors and missionaries who are spreading the gospel worldwide. The special day is set aside as part of the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) TenTwo prayer emphasis, which comes from Luke 10:2 in which Jesus calls on His followers to pray that God would send more workers into the harvest field.