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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.

2015 SBC Presentation Videos

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 18:18

2015 SBC Presentation Videos ') else document.write('') > >View the complete NAMB report and presentation to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Baltimore June 10, 2014. Individual videos included in the presentation may also be downloaded at the links below.

Vietnam Veterans honored in SBC opening session

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 09:24

This year marks the culmination of a three-year, nationwide effort to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War—a conflict often remembered more for its home-front protests than hometown heroes. Of the 3 million who served “in country,” an estimated 1 million were Southern Baptist.

Send North America Luncheon casts vision for future of SBC missions

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:58

“What if?” That was the question posed to more than 2,600 attendees of the June 15 Send North America Luncheon at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, host to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The event glimpsed into the future of missions in the SBC from the presidents of IMB and NAMB.

“ForColumbus” Collegiate Crossover sees students living gospel

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:56

ForColumbus, a new collegiate 10-day extension of Crossover, saw over 500 collegiate participants serving June 7-17 around the city. Students from across the southeast, Arizona, Ohio and Quebec, Canada, are participating in key initiatives throughout Columbus.

Crossover Columbus connects local churches to community

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:11

Working at 47 venues around the greater Columbus, Ohio, area, thousands of volunteers–local and from across the U.S. and Canada–took part in Crossover Saturday as the culmination of a year-long effort to reach the city with the gospel and connect local church ministry and outreach to long-term church strategy.

Baptist Relief readiness drill prepares for hurricane season

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:59

When a major disaster strikes in North America, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) responds to provide help, healing and hope to the victims of the disaster. But what happens when there isn’t a major disaster? Occasionally, SBDR creates its own disasters.

Beyond bloodlines and borders

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 16:15

Dahl did not know what to expect. He knew he was in trouble, but wasn’t sure how it would all play out. How much was this incident going to cost him? Would he or his son be going to jail? Would they lose their new friends? He wasn’t sure what would happen but what unfolded was far from his expectations.

NAMB offers 3 Circles Spanish edition free of charge

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:29

Less than a year after North American Mission Board (NAMB) president Kevin Ezell introduced the 3 Circles: Life Conversation Guide at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Baltimore, NAMB is releasing a Spanish version of the guide and giving it away.

Luter named NAMB national African-American ambassador

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 16:39

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has named former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Fred Luter as its new national African-American ambassador. Through that new role Luter will focus on involving more African-American churches in the SBC. He will also encourage more African-American churches to plant churches.

Southern Baptists to thank Vietnam veterans at SBC Columbus

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 13:03

Serving Hurricane Katrina survivors in Bay St. Louis, Miss., nearly a decade ago through Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Glenn Stringham met for the first time the father of one of the men who had been under his command three decades earlier during the Vietnam War.

Texas, Oklahoma Baptists respond to historic floods

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:06

Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Disaster Relief leaders had “boots on the ground” in Houston Thursday following a month of historic rains and tornadoes across Texas and Oklahoma that led to deadly flooding over Memorial Day weekend with least 15 dead and hundreds evacuated.