evangelizationChurches going beyond The
Passion to tell the rest of the story about the Risen Savior
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHILIPPE ANTONELLO
As the stir continues about Mel Gibsons The Passion of the Christ, in
theaters February 25, how can churches and on mission Christians respond to
questions about the person of Jesus Christ? John Yarbrough, vice president of
evangelization for the North American Mission Board, says churches should
consider the impact the movie will have on those who view it in their
Some will go to the movie with questions about Jesus.
Many will leave the movie with questions about Jesus and how His sacrifice
relates to them.
Others, even church people without a relationship with Christ, will confront
Christ and His suffering like never before.
People will see a powerful portrayal of Jesus suffering and sacrifice.
Believers have a responsibility to share the truth of the gospel in the
midst of the questions and opportunities that this event will afford, says
Yarbrough. We must tell them the rest of the story. We must take them beyond
the passion to the reality of His resurrection and provision of eternal life
and forgiveness of sin in Him alone.
In preparation for these opportunities to share Christ, Yarbrough encourages
churches and believers to become involved in The Passion Outreach by obtaining
resources provided by their North American Mission Board, SBC. Planners
recommend using The HOPE, a video/DVD that communicates to viewers in
contemporary, accessible terminology the history of Gods redemptive plan for
man and answers the deepest questions concerning God, man and eternity.
Seekers also can find answers on the web at www.PassionChrist.org.
Churches can make use of downloadable resources, training materials, order
information, downloadable sermons and links to ministry partners, including
order information for individual copies ($19.99) and bulk copies ($3 each for
500 or more) of The HOPE video/DVD through www.namb.net. The NAMB website links to http://passion.pastorlife.com where
pastors can find a collection of downloadable sermon outlines.
strategic focus citiesGOD AT WORK IN OUR
ANSWERING believers PRAYERS IN NEW YORK
One Chinese pastor worked for 21 years without a salary while his wife
worked to provide for their needs. Now he is securing funds for an immigrant
from China. God protected this young immigrant during his 18 months in a
Chinese prison where jailers had threatened to cut out his tongue if he
preached the gospel again. He continued to preach. Now he is planting a church
in Brooklyn for Fujinese immigrants.
A Haitian pastor took a second mortgage on his home to close on a church
building for his congregation. Another Haitian church of about 2,000 has no
paid staff and encourages members to find their place of service, then equips
them for their assignment. Each year they take 80 or more to a world mission
site for two weeks and see hundreds come to faith in Christ.
A French-speaking congregations younger generation, who did not speak
French, dropped out of church. The church started a contemporary English
service and grew to 500 in attendance.
PLANTING CHURCHES ACROSS THE CONTINENT
Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas, a joint venture of FBC Woodstock and NAMB,
has grown to see more than 600 in attendance after two years, and they are
already planting their first church.
Church-planter catalysts Gary Irby and Gihwang Shin in the SFC Seattle
effort have helped facilitate the planting of 60 new churches since church
planting took root there in 2001.
Steven Nurger, a pastor in Miami working with the SFC Miami
initiative, has overseen the planting of 38 churches in the past two years.
Their goal is 100 with 20 per year from 2002-2006.
Partnership with an Acts 1:8 purpose
The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board
recently announced The Acts 1:8 Challenge, an initiative to help associations,
state conventions and the mission boards partner more effectively to resource
churches in their effort to take the gospel to all the world. Trustees from the
two boards will gather for a joint service at First Baptist Church in
Woodstock, Georgia, May 19.
Well have a celebration of one of the most historic events in Southern
Baptist life, says NAMB president Dr. Bob Reccord. Two major Southern Baptist
entities are coming together in a united message and strategy that will make it
even easier for churches to forge partnerships on the mission field.
IMB president Dr. Jerry Rankin says, Im really excited about this vision and
the level of cooperation between our denominational entitiesnot to focus on
promoting our own programs, but to facilitate how Southern Baptists fulfill
that Kingdom vision of reaching our world for Jesus Christ.
volunteer mobilizationTaking Christ to camp
Just because theyre called Campers On Mission doesnt
mean this faithful band of on mission volunteers is cooking up Smores
and ghost stories around campfires.
In addition to sharing Christ from RVs and campers in North Americas parks,
Campers On Mission volunteers repair damaged churches, frame houses and spread
the Good News through labors of love. Many chapters also help churches hold
revivals and work with them to minister to their communities through various
outreach events. A ministry of NAMBs adult volunteer mobilization team, Campers
On Mission includes more than 5,000 volunteers making up 39 organized state
chapters of camper volunteers who reside in 49 states. The ministry plans to
start five new projects in Alaska this year.
Look in the Summer issue of On Mission to read how Bob King plus some of his
fellow Florida Campers On Mission have been reaching people for Christ through
their time, talents and tireless acts of kindness.
For information about getting involved with COM and other volunteer efforts,
visit thebridge.namb.net or email Martha and Wintford Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call NAMBs volunteer mobilization
center at 800-462-8657.
Kang Han-Sug, 70, has changed his
spiritual path late in life. A graduate of a Buddhist college and a former
member of the military police in communist Korea, Han-Sug fought against U.S.
efforts in the Korean War and up until about five years ago was a violent man.
Who ever would have dreamed hed become a shepherd? Of course, Han-Sugs sheep
are actually people, most of them Asian nationals, who have come to Houston for
economic and educational development.
Han-Sug, only five years into his walk with Christ, is giving these seekers
a spiritual education as well. He is one of the many internationals changed
through Gods work at Seoul Baptist Church, a somewhat unconventional Southern
Baptist fellowship that, according to Pastor Young Chai, is getting back to the
practices of early-church believers. Instead of the primary meeting places
being the sanctuaries and Sunday school rooms of a church building, they meet
in the homes of members who have taken on the task of shepherding Houstons
Many people view fellowship as coffee and doughnuts, says Rev. Young. What I
wanted to do was see a community of lay believers develop who could really
minister to the large multi-ethnic population.
More than one hundred house churches exist in the Seoul Baptist fellowship,
and the sizes of these small fellowships8 to 10 peoplelend themselves to the
type of close-knit ministry required to reach the large and otherwise
overlooked influx of Koreans and other ethnicities to the area.
House church members work as a team to welcome new people to the area,
direct them toward suitable housing and transportation, pick them up from the
airport and get them settled into the area as quickly as possible. In return,
these newcomers often visit and even join the house churches that took them in.
If you want to know the success of this type of ministry, just ask the 258
people, including 168 Korean adults, baptized last year at Seoul Baptistmaking
it one of the churches with the highest number of baptisms in all of SBC for
Brenda Munger handed her neighbor a NAMB-produced
video called The Mormon Puzzle.
Only a few years before, Brendas neighbor had come to Henderson, Nevada,
with no money, no job and no friends. Sadly, the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormon), so prevalent in the area, had given her all
three, then she and her children were baptized into the cult.
But eventually Brenda, a former Mormon herself, began to share Christ with
the single mom and her 12-year-old son. Soon they became open to the truth of
Gods word and left the LDS church.
As a NAMB Interfaith Partner, Brenda has been teaching members of Highland
Hills Baptist Church how to witness to members of the LDS church for the past
two years. Church members are taking these principles and bringing light to
their Mormon friends and family.
Theres a Mormon church down the road from me, and my neighbors are Mormon,
Brenda says. The LDS church has a presence here, and Christians need to make
their own presence known as well.
For more than three decades, the interfaith evangelism team of the North
American Mission Board has provided believers with tools necessary to defend
their faith and lead people of other faiths to the truth of the gospel.
Recently the team started its partner program that takes lay people through
multi-level training, equipping them not only to share their faith but also to
teach others to do the same.
For more information, visit www.namb.net/interfaith.
disaster reliefThe love of Christ in a time
PHOTOS BY JAMES DOTSON
Disaster Reliefs largest effort to date was the 108-unit DR activation in
response to Hurricane Isabels landfall September 18, 2003.
Concentrated in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of
Columbia, Isabels devastation left in its wake dead, homeless and the families
of both along with destruction to homes, power sources, water supplies and
other necessities. But Disaster Relief workers from more than 22 states struck
back with food, showers, home repair and the hope and comfort of Jesus
December 26 marked the deaths of 30,000 and the homelessness of 100,000
residents of Bam, Iran, when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the city.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were there within days providing
food, water and medical assistance.
Because of the responsiveness of state conventions to form, train and equip
units, Disaster Reliefs 37-year history has culminated to include more than
27,000 trained volunteers working in more than 397 units throughout the United
States and Canada.
For more information about Disaster Relief or to find out how you can become
a trained DR volunteer, visit www.namb.net/dr.
I was overwhelmed at the willingness to give of themselves, in the name
of Christ, and to come to my rescue when I didnt know where to turn for
Newport News, Virginia
Our small community is an established one whose residents (quite a few)
are elderly or fast approaching same. We, therefore, thank God you were able to
supply help when needed.
president, Chesterfield Heights
It was so uplifting to know that godly men and women from Tennessee,
Missouri and other states had come to clear trees and assist all those so
hard-pressed by the hurricane. Helping people when they really need it, and
passing out tracts concerning the gospel is one of the best outreaches Ive
Our yard is now cleared of all the tree limbs, and we are so thankful.
Blessings on all those involved in this tremendous ministry.
Bob and Jane Wingfield
Words cannot express my gratitude for the assistance given by Bob
Williams and the mission team that did tree removal for me. It was a blessing!
I dont know when I would have seen my backyard again if they had not come to
The team spent many hours in our backyard cutting up large oak trees
that were felled by the hurricane. Their ministry to us truly represented the
great outpouring of Gods love.
Dwayne and Joanne Hinton
World Changers: notes from the field
In answer to years of prayer by its residents, South Texas Childrens Home in
Beeville, Texas, funded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, sent 12
students to spend a week with World Changers renovating homes in Cheyenne,
Wyoming. With a scholarship and funds raised through bake sales and other
fundraisers, the 12 youths gained a first-hand understanding of missions
involvement, and several of the team started new relationships with Jesus
In southern Illinois 17 churches from West Frankfort, Thompsonville, Benton,
DuQuoin, Sesser, Carbondale and Wayne City purchased $30,000 in building
materials, and 250 World Changers volunteers launched into 29 projects.
Twenty-seven people in 17 communities accepted Christ, the gospel was shared
320 times, and 490 local volunteers got in on the action. Its very exciting to
see the local churches become involved and to see young and old alike share
their faith, says Don Bullard, a member of First Baptist Church Thompsonville
and a longtime World Changers construction volunteer.
church plantingplanting in Puerto
More than 65 churches, five of which are for
the hearing impaired, have partnered in Puerto Rico with NAMB and with
state-side SBC churches to form the Convencion de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur en
Puerto Rico (CIBSPR). CIBSPR leaders hope that partnering will not only enable
them to reach the island for Christ but that they will be able to double the
number of SBC churches on the island over the next decade.
Now that the emphasis of our convention is church planting, this will
become a reality more easily, says Ernesto Rene Pereira Sola, president of the
executive committee of the CIBSPR. This means we can count on the logistical,
financial and spiritual support from NAMB.
Puerto Rico Baptist Theological Seminary (PRBTS) is also working alongside
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to provide pastors and ministers with
more educational options. Sixty percent of SBC churches in Puerto Rico come
A picture is worth a thousand words and so much
more at JoePix. At Kitty Hawk you saw their orange hats floating among
FirstFlight enthusiasts. In Atlanta their cameras captured runners in the
Peachtree Road Race. Chances are youll see them at Mardi Gras and at a number
of other events in 2004 with their JoePix baseball caps, T-shirts and digital
cameras. But what does it all mean? That is the question JoePix, an
evangelistic organization partnering with NAMBs direct evangelism team, wants
people to ask even as theyre partying, vacationing or just spending a day away
This is a way that Christians can go to where the people already are, says
Thomas Hammond, director of direct evangelism, NAMB.
How does it work? JoePix volunteerson mission Christians who have
gone through JoePix traininggather at major events, split up into guy-girl
pairs, take photos of people who then receive a personal ID number that theyll
use to go on www.joepix.com, view the photo and order a free print of the
imageno strings attached. But while theyre there, trying to find out who in the
world would give away these otherwise pricey images, visitors to the site will
see that the answer goes back to a garden and a cross. Visitors then have the
opportunity to view the gospel message or call the NAMB hotline to find out
more about Christ.
Pioneering a state of change
Terrell OBriens canoe appears about six times the size of a man and
commemorates pioneers such as Daniel Boone, who cut some of the first paths
through the western United States. Terrell himself is not too dissimilar to the
people he honors with his fine sculpting pieces. He is not only a western
artist but also a Mission Service Corps missionary in a state that still needs
pioneering by evangelical Christians. Like most MSC missionaries, Terrell loves
what he does for a living, but his passion is using his talent to reach people
People who become MSC missionaries are saying they commit to 20 hours of
ministry per week in addition to their job or career, says Jane Bishop,
director of missionary mobilization, NAMB. They often use their jobs as a tool
for their ministries.
To learn more about missionaries like Terrell and other opportunities to go
on mission with God, visit www.answerthecall.net and see pages 38-46
of this issue.
mobilizationTim Cummins, MSC missionary of the
In the international village of Atlantas suburbs such as Chamblee,
Doraville, Roswell and Norcross, Tim Cummins is taking church to Somalians,
Sudanese, Ethiopians, Bulgarians, Romanians, Bosnians, Iraqis, Afghanis and
Hispanics, among others.
Through ministries to apartment complexes such as after-school programs for
children, English as a Second Language classes, outreach events, Bible study
groups, medical services, job networking opportunities, computer literacy,
typing classes, Backyard Bible Clubs and sports ministries, the strategy of
Whirlwind Missions is to take church to people who typically would not approach
a Southern Baptist church to have their needs met.
Otherwise were going to lose this city, Tim
says. Weve got to reach into the apartment complex communities, which is where
the population density of this city really is. For more information on
Whirlwind Missions and how to get your church involved in reaching the
international population of your city, visit whirlwindmissions.org or
email Tim at email@example.com.
student evangelismAn event to
Sometimes simple things work, says David Hagan, youth minister at Calvary
Baptist in Union City, Tennessee. But whats so simple about an event with
keynote speakers, a band, free food and nearly 4,000 people packing the
bleachers of the county fairgrounds of Obione, a county of 30,000 in northwest
Perhaps the logistics of such an event are a little complicated, but what
attracted thousands of youth last year to Connect events in a 10-city sweep of
Tennessee were the youth of these cities connecting with a friend and desiring
to see that friend connected with God.
Students were praying for their friends, David says. Then each of our
Christian teenagers was reaching out to one teen who was lost.
During the few years that the Tennessee Baptist Convention has helped
organize Connect events, youth ministers in partnering churches discovered
their youth to be bolder about sharing their faith.
Who would turn down free food and free music, says Kent Shingleton, youth
evangelism specialist at the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Among the
Tennessee cities of Jackson, Cookeville, Clarksville, Columbia, Memphis, Union
City, Knoxville, Cleveland, Gray and Nashville, more than 1,400 people made
decisions for Christ including 602 salvations, 629 assurances or rededications,
118 decisions for ministry and 29 baptisms.
What made the Connect events do-able despite costs and labor were the
churches of these cities uniting in the effort. They promoted the event to
their youth, rounded up people who could work the events and joined together in
prayer. Almost 10,000 people showed up to the event last year.
In addition to Connect events attracting youth, Connect with Gods website,
provides youth and youth ministers an online outreach and ministry tool to help
them share their stories through online chat, email and personalized
information about church.
For more information on how to get your church and youth involved with
implement this simple evangelism push, contact Chad Childress at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whats on your nightstand?
If you were a leader and writer in contemporary Christendom, what collection
of words would you read to keep the fire stoked, the spirit going, the pen
moving and the ink flowing? We asked three of todays best-selling authors whats
on their shortlist of things to read.
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest,
California, and author of The New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven
Life, says hell be feasting his eyes this spring on How to be a World-Class
Christian by Paul Borthwick (Gabriel Publishing, 1999), a book on how to find
your critical role in global missions; Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
(Zondervan, 2000), one of the best marriage books Ive seen in years; When Life
and Beliefs Collide: How Knowing God makes a Difference by Carolyn Custis James
(Zondervan, 2001), a work recommended by his wife Kay that challenges
believersmen and womento study the scripture and take the helm as theologians
in our pluralistic, contemporary society. Rick also loves listening to West
Coast Worship by Rick Muchow and The Saddleback Worship Team.
When Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the bestselling Left Behind series, leaves
his writing cave after completing his next novel, he plans to dig into the Gay
Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters, a collection of the essayists works
and thoughts; Old School by Tobias Wolff, a novel by a short fiction master;
Desperation by Stephen King; and Reagan: A Life in Letters by Kiron
Beth Moore, prolific writer, speaker and author of The Beloved Disciple, an
11-week study on the life of the apostle John, plans to find a break in her
schedule and jump into the latest book in The Mitford series by Jan Karon
prayer evangelismUsing The National Day of
Prayer to seek revival
The annual observance of the National Day of Prayer,
established by Congress for the first Thursday in May each year, has become so
well known that it can be used to draw your church or town together for a
meaningful prayer time for our nation. Here are some ways to get members of
your church involved in this essential time of seeking God:
Concert prayerdivide the congregation into small groups of about three
people so everyone feels comfortable praying aloud.
Leadershiphave a pastor or prayer leader direct the focus of prayer from
personal to family to church to community to state and finally to a national
level praying for leaders and military.
Advertisementget the word out in your community through flyers, word of
mouth and other media so the whole towns attention is at least drawn to the
idea of prayer.
Comprehensivenesspray for revival in the hearts of fellow believers, but
also emphasize the importance of praying for leadersnational, spiritual,
political and military.
One in a Millioncontinue to keep the importance of prayer on the minds of
church members by encouraging them to become One in a Million praying for
spiritual awakening across the continent. Visit www.oneinamillionprayer.com.
For more information visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
How About ICE to warm up a community to Christ?
Members of New Life Community Church in East St.
Louis were waiting for people to come to them before sharing the gospel. But
during a three-day weekend training seminar, one of NAMBs Inner-City Evangelism
(ICE) teams helped New Life and five other area churches navigate the waters of
what it means to be on mission.
As a group of 35 members spread through the community with their stories,
their faces lit up at the receptiveness of the people there. New Lifes Sunday
attendance jumped by 100 people from 150 to 250, and the benefits of ICE
training were multi-foldstretching beyond numbers in Sunday school, says New
Life pastor Kindle Granger.
We were able to get a feel for the community, and our members began to
understand what it means to fulfill the Great Commission, Kindle says. Now the
whole church is seeker- sensitive instead of just letting a few carry out the
job of outreach.
And this is just the beginning of growth and change at New Life. Kindle says
members are just getting their feet wet, but the vision is growing for a New
Life that helps new believers grow in their faith and more mature believers to
develop a deeper evangelistic and missions-active lifestyle.
To find out more about bringing ICE to your church and community, visit
church plantingDeaf Caf
People who come to Deaf Caf want to feel the bass of praise songs while
watching the praise leader who leads them in American Sign Language (ASL) aided
by PowerPoint presentations and I-Worship video songs displayed on a screen
providing lyrics in caption.
Deaf Caf is a mission of Louisville Baptist Deaf Church in Louisville,
Kentucky, a Christian Fellowship funded by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the
Long Run Baptist Association and the North American Mission Board.
Pastor Tim Bender, born 50 percent hearing impaired, says he has developed a
burden for deaf people from ages 18-40. Deaf Caf provides a younger population
of deaf with an opportunity to hear the message of Christ from one heart to
theirs through American Sign Language.
The deaf who come here are comfortable, because there is a one-on-one
communication relationship through sign language, Tim says.
The Deaf Caf has grown in attendance from 40 to more than 80. An estimated
5,000 hearing impaired, including 1,000 deaf, live in Louisville. There are
nearly 100 deaf SBC congregations and close to 450 SBC deaf ministries
For information on Southern Baptist deaf congregations and ministries,
contact Rodney Webb at email@example.com.
baptist menResources for being men on
Baptist Men On Mission (BMEN) is updating its
strategy to help Baptist Men go on mission with God. The purpose is to more
effectively reach Baptist men with the importance of serving in their churches
and communities and the necessity of discipleship to the growth and
effectiveness of their walk.
The update includes the new resource Men@WORK, which outlines ways men can
do service projects for each other while also staying accountable spiritually
to one another. Patrick Morley of Man in the Mirror Ministries and Kenny Luck
of Every Man Ministries are involved in the new direction for BMEN.
Baptist men also can take their son or a boy in their church through Sons of
Virtue, a recently released resource that creates a mentorship relationship
teaching young boys the plan of salvation and the importance of being on
mission with God.
For information on ordering resources and getting involved with BMEN, visit
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