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  • FIRST-PERSON: What makes a good mission team

    by Keith Shorter, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    Mission teams can accomplish in one week what it would take a missionary six months to accomplish, Keith Shorter writes. However, they can also tear down and undo what a missionary has taken months or years to build. Read More

  • IMB Sending Celebration: 'why we came together'

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    DALLAS (BP) -- In an International Mission Board service marked by testimonies and prayer for the approximate 11,700 people groups around the world, IMB President David Platt reminded messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention that the SBC exists first and foremost for the spread the Gospel.

    "Tonight we have the opportunity to remember the reason we came together in the first place. We exist to combine the efforts of our churches for the spread of the Gospel in the world," Platt said during IMB's Sending Celebration the evening of June 12. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Missionaries, we need you

    by Chuck Lawless, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (one month ago)

    Southern Baptist missionaries are a source of hope amid controversy within the SBC, Chuck Lawless writes. They reflect the convention's foremost calling: "They're laser-beam focused on lostness." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Don't just watch the world pass by

    by Terry Sharp, posted Thursday, May 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

    The U.S. has become "a modern crossroads of peoples from throughout the world," Terry Sharp writes, calling Christians to welcome and share their faith with "the nations that God is sending to our cities and communities." Read More

  • 'That His glory may be known' is Va. church's goal

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    HAMILTON, Va. (BP) -- "When I came here we had a lot of money in the bank, and we needed to fix that," said Steven Carne, pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church for five years.

    He challenged the congregation regarding financial stewardship.

    "God entrusts us with His resources; not to save them for a rainy day, nor to bury them in the ground, but to utilize them to make disciples," Carne told Hamilton Baptist. "I don't want Jesus to return and say to us, 'What have you done with what I have entrusted to you?' Read More

  • IMB Facebook Live event confronts missions barriers

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Church size, budget limitations and fear should not prevent local congregations from engaging in global missions, said panelists at a Facebook Live event today (April 25) hosted by the International Mission Board.

    Pastors "are not just called to tend sheep," said Cliff Jordan, pastor of Movement Church in Richmond, Va. "We're called to send them" to the nations. "It's just part of the job."

    The event featured IMB President David Platt interviewing Richmond-area pastors from churches of various sizes about "major barriers to engaging a church in missions." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Missionary heroes

    by Doug Munton, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Count missionaries as "a special kind of hero," Doug Munton writes, citing how they "die to self" amid the joys of a calling often tempered by loneliness, isolation and illness. Read More

  • Equipping the American church for missions

    by Emily Verlin, posted Monday, April 16, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Before I moved back to the U.S. after serving as a missionary for two years in South Asia, many people told me to expect a difficult season as I returned home. They told me I would experience reverse culture shock in a variety of ways.

    Reverse culture shock is a common experience for many returned missionaries. And it would be easy to let these struggles paralyze us when we return from the field. However, our field experience -- whether it was two years or 20 -- has given us a tremendous opportunity to continue the work back home. Read More

  • Southeastern aiding Cuban convention's momentum

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Southeastern Seminary
    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands.

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in joining what God is doing through the Eastern Baptist Convention and its Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago through theological training to equip leaders for ministry.

    Southeastern's involvement comes at a "very unique period in Cuba's history," ... Read More

  • La. church 'conduit for what God gives us'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Fairview Baptist Church
    COUSHATTA, La. -- The Cooperative Program came up during last month's meeting of the missions committee at Fairview Baptist Church in Coushatta.

    The group was discussing a parachurch sports ministry Fairview Coushatta has financially assisted for several years. When a person raised a question about the amount necessary for assistance, pastor Matt Endris took the opportunity to show some of the benefits of Cooperative Program giving. Read More