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NAMB staff gives back to community during day of service

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 18:10

NAMB staff gives back to community during day of service

Whatever it takes is one of the North American Mission Board’s operating values. Staff are reminded that the board exists to serve Southern Baptists and Southern Baptist churches. Giving back to the community in service was a tangible demonstration of this value as staff participated Dec. 12 in the annual NAMB Day of Service.

Teatro renovado ser· iglesia multiÈtnica

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:15

Cuando las luces se apaguen en el histÛrico Hollywood Playhouse del sur de la Florida y el reflector apunte al pastor MartÌn Vargas, Èl tiene la intenciÛn de que el mensaje sea el centro del escenario: "Dios sabe; Èl cambia vidas; hay crecimiento en la verdad; y nosotros estamos llevando a cabo la Gran ComisiÛn."

Beating holiday stress

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:42

Beating holiday stress

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. I love the opportunities it brings to spend time with my family and friends, enjoying good fellowship and good food in the process.

 

 

 

 

Margin, exercise critical for pastors during busy, stressful holiday season

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:32

Margin, exercise critical for pastors during busy, stressful holiday season

Miss a Sunday School Christmas party, lose a church member. That’s a lesson 25-year ministry veteran Larry Yarborough refused to concede to when confronted by a typically well-adjusted church member who left the church after Yarborough missed a Sunday School Christmas party.

SBDR leaders keep wary eye on snowmelt flooding

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:59

SBDR leaders keep wary eye on snowmelt

When massive storms dump snow accumulations taller than the average person, all of that snowmelt has to go somewhere. Officials in Buffalo, N.Y., anticipate potential floodwaters following the seven feet of snow that fell on some parts of the city through Nov. 21. Cities across the Northeast are facing similar flood scenarios and the prospect of even more snow. The polar blast, generated by a pacific storm that curved north into the Arctic pushing a cold front, brought freezing temperatures and snowfall to parts of all 48 contiguous states. The New York snow event has also been responsible for 12 weather-related fatalities.

NAMB hosts Disaster Relief panel discussion

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:54

NAMB hosts Disaster Relief panel discussions

Whether it’s a tornado in Oklahoma, a wildfire in Washington or a hurricane in New York, disaster survivors need more than assistance with rebuilding their homes when tragedy strikes. They need help rebuilding their lives. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) is committed to providing help, healing and hope to disaster survivors across North America.

Multi-ethnic Miami church plant gets new home in renovated theater

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:09

Multi-ethnic Miami church plant gets new home in renovated theater

When the house lights dim in the newly-renovated historic Hollywood, Fla., theater and the spotlight trains on pastor Martin Vargas, a message—not a person—will take center stage. The message: “God knows; He changes lives; there is growth in the truth; and we are fulfilling the Great Commission.”

 

NAMB, SEBTS partnership provides church-based degree for planters

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:45

NAMB, SEBTS partnership provides church-based degree for plantersMatt Rogers knows from experience how important preparation and mentoring are for a young church-planter-to-be.

 

 

Washington church molds young leaders with help of San Diego planters

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:34

Washington church molds young leaders with help of San Diego planters

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.

Iraq war veteran starting church in Washington state

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 16:22

Iraq war veteran starting church in Washington state

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.

 

Alaska Baptists see surge in church planting

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:39

Alaska Baptists see surge in church plantingJason 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.

 

School Zone - Church planters connect through school partnerships

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:50

Church planters connect through school partnerships

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, others embrace Engage24 evangelism challenge

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:28

Engage24 evangelism challenge

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.

Catalytic planter leaving legacy of church planting churches

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:31

Planter leaving legacy of church planting churches

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.

 

NAMB trustees see Boston’s diversity, spiritual need

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:44

NAMB trustees see Boston’s diversity, spiritual need

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.

 

Línea telefónica de atención a pastores ofrece ayuda confidencial

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:31

Línea telefónica de atención a pastores ofrece ayuda confidencia

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.

Ezell issues call for “Sending” churches

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 15:23

Ezell issues call for Sending churches

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.

 

New SBC pastor care line helps pastors in crisis

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:58

Pastor Care Line

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.

SBC leaders, missionaries pray for gospel advancement

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:35

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.

NAMB helps churches mark Pastor Appreciation Month

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:43

Pastor Appreciation Month

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.