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A decade later, Katrina viewed as defining event for Baptist Relief

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:20

When Randy Corn arrived in Gulfport, Miss., in April of 2006, with a team of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers, he expected to spend most of his week doing construction projects. Six months after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the city, there was plenty of work to keep the whole team busy. Already the group, from Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden, N.C., had served in the area multiple times and seen many give their lives to Christ.

Katrina survivor recalls Baptist Relief help after devastation

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:16

Dionne Williams opened the large French doors that led into his Gulfport, Miss., home, and couldn’t believe what he saw. Hurricane Katrina had devastated everything it had touched in his neighborhood. His house wasn’t spared. Five and a half feet of water throughout the house. Clothes ruined. Books destroyed. Tools unusable. Photos, memorabilia, priceless family mementoes gone forever. The only salvageable item in the entire house was a drill that Williams had left on his bed before the evacuation.

Send Conference panel stresses importance of intentionality in “mission and everyday life”

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 17:13

A world-renowned illusionist; a working-mom and neighborhood missionary; a former NFL kicker; and an entrepreneur-turned-executive sat down with Ed Stetzer during the 2015 Send North America Conference to talk about their personal experiences taking missions into everyday life.

Ezell tells Send Conference: “You are not alone”

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 13:03

The significant role of the Cooperative Program in Southern Baptist life took center stage at the 2015 Send North America Conference during a main session panel discussion led by Kevin Ezell on Aug. 4.


Send Conference moves to next steps

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:50

As thousands of 2015 Send North America Conference attendees returned to their everyday lives, leaders of the event said the real long-term impact will be measured in the next steps participants take to live out their faith daily.

Video: Send North America Conference 2015

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 09:20

The gathering is history. Now, 13,500 believers are unleashed to make history.



Send gathering inspires everyday missionaries to proclaim Jesus

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 14:36

“We are going to send until the whole world hears,” said Kevin Ezell, concluding the final session of the 2015 Send North America Conference. “This is not about a conference. This is about a movement. We are going to send and motivate people to send.”

Louie Giglio: One name – Jesus

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 18:27

One name. That is what Louie Giglio, the 2015 Send North America Conference evening session keynote speaker, told attendees they need to focus on. “We are celebrating the gospel—and a name,” said Giglio, pastor of Atlanta’s Passion City Church. “The gospel is not that sin made us bad. It is worse than that. Sin made us dead. But Jesus stepped into our dilemma. He did not leave His throne to make us good people. He came to make us not dead.” 

Life on mission with passion celebrated at Send Conference

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:06

A sold-out crowd of 13,000 from all 50 states and four Canadian provinces flooded into Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the call of Jesus and the response of life on mission at the 2015 Send North America Conference Monday.

J.D. Greear shares counterintuitive message of a countercultural God

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 19:39

“True growth only comes through scattering and gain only comes by losing. It’s counterintuitive, but it’s true,” said sending church pastor J.D. Greear of Summit Church in Raleigh, N.C., keynote speaker for the opening session of the 2015 Send North America Conference.

Excitement contagious among Send Conference attendees, volunteers

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:42

Less than 24 hours before the start of the sold out 2015 Send North America (SNA) Conference, Esther Fasolino had one word for why she was attending, “Missions!” “We’ve come to learn,” said Fasolino, a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Toronto. “The breakout topics are fantastic.”

Send Conference promises life on mission connections

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:17

NASHVILLE – The 22 students from The Church at Lifepark had no idea they would be the first of thousands. Student minister Paul Coleman registered his Mount Pleasant, S.C., group for the 2015 Send North America (SNA) Conference when online reservations opened last year. More than 13,000 people have followed their lead.


Bi-vocational church planter hopes to catalyze movement in Edmonton

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:55

Long days have become the standard for Nathan Vedoya. As a bi-vocational church planter, there’s no such thing as typical, but this may be as close as it gets. He wakes up early, shares the breakfast-making responsibilities with his wife, and drops the kids off at school before heading to his full-time job as the shelter manager for Hope Mission in Edmonton, Alberta. His wife, Deen-Deen, also heads out to a full day of work at around the same time.

NAMB fund will assist African-American churches destroyed by fire

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 14:41

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has established a fund to help African-American churches that have been damaged or destroyed by fire in recent weeks. Seven churches have been involved in the two weeks since a white supremacist murdered nine church members in Charleston, S.C. At least three of the fires have been determined to be arson. None as of yet have been ruled a hate crime, but investigations continue.

Ezell to Trustees: “This is NAMB Phase II”

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:37

Meeting a day before the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), North American Mission Board president Kevin Ezell shared updates and a new “NAMB Phase II” vision with members of his entity’s Board of Trustees.



VIDEO: Ezell/Platt on God's global mission

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:31

NAMB president Kevin Ezell and IMB president David Platt discuss the importance of outward-focused churches in God's global mission. "As we celebrate these missionaries as they go we need to remember that we are each called to be missionaries."

VIDEO: NAMB/IMB Sending Celebration

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:48

Co-hosted by the IMB at the request of SBC President Ronnie Floyd, the Church and Missionary Sending Celebration closed out the Wednesday morning session of the SBC.

Ezell spotlights role of sending churches at SBC presentation

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:43

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting messengers were reminded that their missionaries, sent from their churches, serve in dark places across North America and the globe. Co-hosted by the IMB at the request of SBC President Ronnie Floyd, the Church and Missionary Sending Celebration closed out the Wednesday morning session of the SBC.

VIDEO: North American Mission Board Report - 2015

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 19:59

“Who would have dreamed that we will more than likely have a waiting list for a missions conference?” asked Ezell. “Southern Baptists, thank you again for your faithful prayers, your participation and your giving. We exist to serve you and it is a privilege to do so.”

Ezell shares NAMB Phase II vision in SBC Report

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 18:53

With much to celebrate in the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) report to messengers in Wednesday morning’s session at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), president Kevin Ezell shared highlights of a year of ministry expansion and introduced what he called “NAMB Phase II” to messengers.