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  • 'We must recapture evangelism': E4E Summit

    by Will Hall/Baptist Message, posted Monday, February 18, 2019 (4 days ago)

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    DAVIS, Okla. (BP) -- About 100 evangelists, pastors, directors of evangelism and some wives traveled from across the United States to gather in Oklahoma at the Falls Creek Conference Center to identify issues that have led to declines in evangelism as well as the use of evangelists in the Southern Baptist Convention. They also met to develop recommendations about how to restore the denomination to its Great Commission roots.

    The group included a diverse representation in age and geography, with a large number among the crowd identifying themselves as 45 years old or younger. The guest list showed many attendees were from Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, but included members from the ... Read More

  • Church plant reaches millennials at local cineplex

    by Dave Arden, posted Friday, February 15, 2019 (7 days ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- A church plant that meets in one of the theaters in a cineplex may not be big news.

    Except when a church plant impacts so many millennials that it never plans to leave.

    Jeremiah Semmler and CityView Church in Phoenix have seen more than 350 people land in their theater seats and connect with the church family. Instead of watching a new release, many soon meet Jesus and become released to a new life in Christ. Read More

  • Facebook expands church plant's community connections

    by Rebecca Manry, posted Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (9 days ago)

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    MESA, Ariz. (BP) -- Everyone craves connections -- a truth that Living Stone Community Church has embraced by using Facebook to minister to their community.

    Facebook can be an important tool in getting to know neighbors and pointing them to Christ, said Ali Clayton, wife of church planter Whitney Clayton. Read More

  • Track captain, in newfound faith, begins Bible study

    by Chris Doyle/Baptist Messenger, posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (10 days ago)

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    "Adoh," track captain at the University of Oklahoma and a new follower of Christ, now sees his running as a way to "give Him glory." Read More

  • Millennials' witness stymied by 'faulty discipleship’

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (14 days ago)

    Barna research indicating nearly half of U.S. millennial Christians believe evangelism is wrong reflects the church's failure to disciple them, say two Southern Baptist evangelism leaders. Read More

  • Greear previews 'Who's Your One?' evangelism strategy

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, January 31, 2019 (22 days ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C.(BP) -- J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Yates Baptist Association of Durham, N.C., led and simulcasted an event to preview an upcoming evangelism emphasis called "Who's Your One?" The aim is to encourage every Southern Baptist church member to actively engage in sharing their faith.

    "These are some challenging days for the Southern Baptist Convention," Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., said today (January 31). "They're challenging days for the church in general in the United States, but is God perhaps setting us up for one of the greatest evangelism explosions that we've ever seen?" Read More

  • 'Evangelism with Johnny Hunt' NAMB podcast launched

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (23 days ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Johnny Hunt, the new senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board, has launched a podcast – "Evangelism with Johnny Hunt" -- co-hosted by NAMB President Kevin Ezell.

    The podcast is among the new resources from NAMB to boost evangelistic conversation and activity among Southern Baptists.

    "This is another hook in the water of lostness to remind us, inspire us, instruct us and convince us that if the evangelistic spirit is to return, it's up to us," said Hunt, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

    by Christian Index & BP Staff, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (one month ago)

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    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Monday morning (Jan. 14) at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79.

    Smith's election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979.

    J. Gerald Harris, retired editor of Georgia Baptists' Christian Index newsjournal, described Smith as "a powerful preacher, devoted pastor and faithful friend" in an obituary posted ... Read More