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Additional NAMB student evangelism funds help state conventions reach next generation

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – One of the keys to the future of the church is reaching the next generation. Over the last year and a half, Southern Baptists have been intentionally focused on sharing the Gospel with students.

WEEK OF PRAYER: Annie Offering helps family establish roots among the Lakota people

PORCUPINE, S.D. (BP) – Growing up in a mission-minded church often means young members will be encouraged toward entering the mission field themselves. That’s exactly what happened for Matthew Hadden -- except rather than serve outside the United States, his desire to become a missionary led him to South Dakota.

WEEK OF PRAYER: Baking bread to share the Bread of Life

PORTLAND – Baking bread has become an excellent way for Kelsey and Vergil Brown to connect with neighbors and church members. Kelsey developed the skill during the 2020 pandemic lockdown and has continued sharing loaves of bread to build relationships while she and her husband Vergil, a church planting missionary with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), get to know people and introduce them to Jesus.

WEEK OF PRAYER: Hard work and miracles in the Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS – Faithfulness in difficult places often looks like, as one writer has said, a long obedience in the same direction. That phrase best sums up missionary Kay Bennett's ministry to the marginalized in one of America's most challenging cities.

Ken Whitten joins NAMB to head up leadership ministry

MIAMI (BP) – Ken Whitten, recently retired pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla., will become national director of pastoral leadership at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), beginning in March. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the news at NAMB’s Board of Trustees meeting in Miami, February 7.

NAMB Leadership Institute offers pastors direct coaching, encouragement

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Dozens of pastors came together Jan. 24-25 for a two-day coaching session through the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Leadership Institute. The twice annual event provides in-person time for pastors and coaches who are participating in year-round cohorts with eight to twelve other pastors led by a more tenured pastor.

Youth Ministry Conclave helps student leaders navigate challenges, call out next generation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) – Hundreds of Southern Baptist student ministry leaders came together in the Chattanooga Convention Center for the annual Youth Ministry Conclave to refocus, reset and recharge as they prepare to further their ministry to students across the nation.

NAMB’s 2022 highlights church planting gains, compassion ministry expansion

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Southern Baptists and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) had a record-setting church planting year in 2022 as Send Network entered its next phase of ministry during Vance Pitman’s first year as president of NAMB’s church planting arm.

NAMB podcast, Reconstructing Faith, seeks to help pastors, church leaders rebuild

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The recent cultural turmoil in the United States has not skirted around the church. Many of the crises impacting other spheres have been found within Christian communities as well, sometimes to an even greater extent.

Send Relief celebrates opening of Puerto Rico ministry center

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) – Send Relief’s grand opening ceremonies for its ministry center in Guaynabo spanned two days on Nov. 8-9, hosting local government leaders, Send Puerto Rico church planters, local pastors and disaster relief organization staff.