Ministry work is full of mysteries, but none greater than these: What
really works? What strategies are effective in reaching a lost continent for
Christ? In business and in ministry I find that organizations are like
automobiles: They need constant realignment and repair. Although we may not
comprehend whats under the hood, we know when our car needs to be fixed.
At the North American Mission Board we realigned our decision-making and
action strategies around core leadership and team values. Our leadership
theology has developed through scriptural authority and dedication to making an
eternal difference in North America. We are committed to answering Gods call on
our lives, discovering contentment in the journey Hes given us, crafting our
leadership skills to reflect His character while coaching one another to
achieve Great Commission excellence.
To accomplish these lofty goals, we are committed to our strategic
partnersstate conventions, local associations, local churches, sister
agenciescooperating as servant leaders, developing quality relationships and
aligning all our efforts with a clear, common and compelling purpose.
So the leadership questions to answer in repairing or realigning any
ministry are: 1) What do we do? 2) Are we effective? This Special Issue of
On Mission is focused on answering the first question: What do we do
at the North American Mission Boardhow do we work with our partners? As for the
second question, we look forward to hearing from you about how we measure up in
2005 and beyond. So, what do we do? These are our objectives...
Sharing Christ. Sounds strangely New Testament, doesnt it!
Well, here is how we do it. We equip 1,000,000 people each year to share Jesus
Christ with a lost and dying world. We do this through partnerships, workshops,
train-the-trainer sessions and Internet downloads. We also share Christ
ourselves. Every event and strategy we offer is designed to lead people to
Christ. Strategic Focus City efforts, World Changers, Ministry Evangelism,
Church Planting they all lead to sowing seeds of the gospel.
Starting churches. Again, a New Testament concept. Between
2005 and 2010 NAMB will partner with state conventions, associations and local
churches to assist in planting 11,000 new Southern Baptist churches in North
America. We will accomplish this by engaging 25 percent of SBC churches in one
of three levels of church planting.
Volunteering in missions. Through interactive, evangelistic
ministry projects our desire is for every church to participate in mission
efforts including accepting the Acts 1:8 Challenge. Its amazing to see local
church leaders come alive when engaged in ministry efforts like painting
deteriorated schools in inner city New York, assisting disaster victims in
Florida, rebuilding sub-standard housing in Chicago, constructing churches in
Canada and much more. We will assist our partners in mobilizing 750,000
Southern Baptists in short-term mission projects by 2010.
Sending missionaries. When I see our missionaries and
chaplains on the front lines of ministry efforts, I am so proud to be a
Southern Baptist. Committed men and women starting cowboy churches in the west,
inner city churches in the theater district on Broadway, new churches in the
Bible belt. Chaplains on the front lines of battle, in hospitals and prisons
and schools. Missionaries in Hollywood, the United Nations and Capitol Hillon
and onmen and women telling the Good News in every corner of North America and
yet, we need more. To place 10,000 missionaries and chaplains in the field by
2010 we must pray, give and trust like never before!
Impacting the culture. Amazing, isnt it? What used to slink
down back alleys now struts down Main Street. We are committed to changing that
landscape with media technologies and marketplace strategies to place and equip
on mission Christians in fields such as education, law, government and
Equipping leaders. Everything rises and falls on
leadership. The best book on leadership is Gods Word, and the greatest model of
leadership is Jesus. We commit to developing leaders among our staff and
missionaries and through our strategic partners. We will equip 250,000 men and
women through biblical leadership development by 2010.
These are massive tasks that will require the most difficult of disciplines
in the faith-based world: focus! Author Peter Druckers management principle
first things first, second things not at all has never been more appropriate.
The North American Mission Board stands ready to focus every resource on
accomplishing these tasks. You may grow weary of hearing us preach, teach and
promote our six ministry strategies, but watch us, well stay focused on them.
Our denomination has charged us to accomplish them, and our Lord has called us
to accomplish them, so please join us as we endeavor to do our part. We are
desperate to cooperate with you in reaching these goalswe need you! Together we
can Answer His Call, Tell His Story and Change our World.
Chuck Allen, chief operating officer, email@example.com
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