Team Leader Training for International Missions

Each year the KBC Partnership Missions Department provides a practical and relative training event to prepare Kentucky Baptists to lead volunteer missions teams overseas. Whether you are a seasoned veteran traveler or your church is just exploring the possibilityof taking a team overseas, this comprehensive training will help you gain the tools you need to lead an effective team ministy.

April 8-9, 2011
Kentucky Baptist Building
13420 East Point Centre Dr.
Louisville, KY 40223
Click here for a map/driving directions

Details

Leading an international mission trip is an incredible privilege. It’s also a major responsibility. Prepare yourself now by learning what to expect, how to plan your strategy and how to manage those important logistics. Team Leader Training is open to any Kentucky Baptist planning to lead a mission trip or interested in learning more about leading a trip.

You’ll learn best practices for:

  • Leading a Mission Team
  • Communicating with Those Involved
  • Planning the Team’s Strategy
  • Building and Preparing a Team
  • Funding the Mission Project
  • Taking Wise Precautions
  • Doing Missions on the Field
  • Departing, Arriving, Returning, Reporting
  • Putting it All Together

Spread the word! If you know someone in your church or association who would be interested in leading a volunteer mission team, please invite him or her to attend.

Schedule

April 8
6:30 pm Welcome
6:45 pm Training Sessions
9:00 pm Conclude
April 9
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Training Sessions
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Training Sessions
5:00 pm Conclude

Session Topics

  • Qualities of a Good Team Leader
  • Fundamentals of Team Leadership
  • Training the Team for Effectiveness
  • Team Spiritual Preparation
  • Team Health and Safety Precautions
  • KBC Volunteer Opportunities
  • Church Planting Strategy and Your Participation
  • Tips on Communicating
  • Security and Crisis Management
  • Funding the Missions Trip
  • Passports, Visas and Other Necessary Documents
  • Planning Your Trip Step-by-Step

Registration

There is no charge for the training, but registration is required. Click here to register now. Your gifts through the Cooperative Program support this valuable training event.

As an added bonus, those who complete Team Leader Training and then head up a team for the KBC in the future will receive a $500 scholarship toward that trip.

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Churches Can Connect with Bhutanese and Nepalese

Has the Lord given you a heart and passion for Bhutanese/Nepalese?

Join us March 3-4, 2011, in Nashville ,Tennessee at LifeWay, where you can learn how to move forward in your involvement in reaching this people group for Christ. If you are just getting your feet wet, experienced leaders will be there to help equip you. If you are already ministering, it is an opportunity to receive more training and information to help you go the next step. Here are a few things you can expect from this network meeting: 

  • How your church/association can be equipped to strategically minister to Bhutanese/Nepalese around you and around the world
  • How to connect with other leaders and explore opportunities for partnership
  • How to connect to short-term mission trip opportunities
  • How to engage in stateside prayer advocacy and other prayer initiatives

Conference Logistics:

  • Check-In: March 3, 2011 from 10 AM –  12noon ( Meal Provided at noon)
  • Last Session ends at noon March 4 – (box dinner provided)
  • Conference Fee: $85.00 (includes meals [except breakfast] and resources)
  • Last day to register is February 15, 2011 Schedule will be available soon

*Please Note – Childcare will not be provided*

Registration open soon.

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Haiti Rebuild Project

The Haiti Rebuild Project is a cooperative effort of the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), North American Mission Board, and the Confraternite Missionaire Baptiste d’Haiti(CMBH). Through its partnership with the CMBH, the FBC is working with Haitian pastors to provide permanent cement block homes for Haitian families.

For approximately $2000, a home for a family displaced by the 2010 earthquake can be built by purchasing all materials in country and exclusively employing Haitian workers. To date the project has completed 27 homes with another 34 currently in progress.

Haiti Rebuild Project Goals

  • Provide 2000 homes for families buy the end of 2011, with a long term goal of building 6000 homes in ten different communities throughout the earthquake zone.
  • Train and hire Haitian men from local churches to not only provide them with a home, but with lifelong job skills.
  • To create evangelistic opportunities for CMBH churches to share the gospel.
  • Provide encouragement to the pastors and church members by helping them repair and rebuild their places of worship.
  • Provide funds to help the 225 damaged churches purchase construction materials
  • Provide SBC churches and associations an opportunity to partner with CMBH churches through prayer and repair or rebuild assistance.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • PRAY – that the Lord will continue to open doors for home locations and provide safety for our workers and volunteers.
  • GIVE – Consider challenging your church, Sunday School class, or family to raise funds to provide a home.
  • GO – We need Skilled block masons and carpenters who would be willing to serve 2 to 3 weeks to train Haitian workers. We also need teams to go for a week and do land preparation and demolition for homes and churches. Ministry teams are also needed.

The projects are divided into three main areas: Home Rebuild, Church Rebuild, and Ministry.

HOME REBUILD

We are open to using US mission teams that want to come and help install roofs or hang doors, however, that is not our priority. For what it cost to house and feed your team we could build many houses.

 What we do need is teams of 2 men with construction background and teaching abilities to come for a 3 week period to serve as volunteer construction assistants. If you are interested, the contact is Eddie Blackmon <eblackmon@flbaptist.org for more details.

CHURCH REBUILD

Over 220 CMBH churches were impacted by the quake. US churches and associations are needed to come and partner with a church or churches to help them rebuild. You can provide funds, send teamsto help with construction, or a combination of both. If interested contact Eddie Blackmon eblackmon@flbaptist.org.

MINISTRY TEAMS

The Partnership Missions Department of the FBC has assumed coordination of all ministry projects with the CMBH. This includes evangelism, discipleship, pastoral training, medical and dental teams, children’s ministries, and teacher training. Opportunities are available throughout the entire country and not limited to the quake area.

COSTS: Teams are responsible for flighta and in-country costs which are approximately $100 per person per day (includes housing, 2 meals, transportation, translation, and security).

Contact Dennis Wilbanks dwilbanks@flbaptist.org for more details. See a video report on the HAITI REBUILD PROJECTS by clicking here.

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Japan Prayer Advocates Needed

Sapporo, Okayama/Kurashiki, Niigata, Shizuoka, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Matsuyama, Oita, Fukuyama, Kanazawa, Nagasaki, Yokosuka and Toyama…
  • Do any of these cities ring a bell for you?
  • Have you had or do you have a special connection with one or more of these unengaged cities?
  • We are in desperate need of Priority Prayer Advocates for each of these important cities!

WHAT IS A PRIORITY PRAYER ADVOCATE?

A Priority Prayer Advocate is someone who feels a sense of calling to the task of advocating for a priority focus city where the East Asia Peoples Affinity Group does not yet have workers and ongoing work. We are looking for those who will champion entire cities through prayer! Your commitment to pray regularly and fervently for the salvation of these cities and enlist others in the process will turn the tide in the battle to bring the Light of the World to Japan.

Please contact missionary Carlton Walker carltonw@mymailworld.com if God has laid a city on your heart.

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TEAM NEEDED: Worship and Children’s Program Team

Here is a great opportunity to minister to the IMB missionaries of the Zambezi Cluster (AFRICA)  by leading their worship, preaching/teaching and leading children’s program at their Annual Meeting next March. This meeting is for IMB personnel working with the countries of Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Angola. It’s purpose is to provide training, spiritual renewal and fellowship for the missionaries, and a VBS type program for their children.

The church volunteer team of 15-20 would work with Zambezi Cluster leadership and Logistics Coordinators (LC) in planing the activities. The team’s role is to minister to the field personnel by leading in preaching, worship and a children’s program. The ministry that this team will do is extremely vital to the overall needs of the missionaries in the Zambezi Cluster.

The team will be met when they arrive at the Kamuzu International Airport, in Lilongwe, Malawi. Visas are given to US citizens when entering Malawi at no charge.

Malawi is about the size of Tennessee, located in Southeastern Africa. The population is over 10,000,000. About 15% are Muslim. Most claim Christianity but when questioned we find that many are not born again believers. People are open to the Gospel. African Traditional Religion underlies both Christianity and Islam. October is the beginning of the hot season which extends through April. The rains start usually in Dec.and go through March/April. May-August is dry and fairly cool

The team should bring most of the necessary materials for carrying out the children’s program. Also some electronic equipment/musical instruments might need to be brought for worship (music etc).

The cost per person will be approximately $2500.  Safari and game park excursions will also be available at an additional fee. For more information on this volunteer mission team job request, CLICK HERE.

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Stepping into the Capsule

                  As I watch the rescue of the Chilean miners unfold live from “Camp Hope”, I am moved by the scenes of rejoicing as their capsule, the Phoenix 2, emerges from the small bore hole. As each miner is lifted out one by one from their stony prison, the rejoicing continues.

                I began to think about how their rescue mirrors our only hope of deliverance from the darkness of our sin: God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Only He can reunite us in heaven with God our Heavenly Father and Creator.

 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.  Colossians 1:13

TRAPPED IN DARKNESS

                The men were trapped in the darkness of the mine. There was NO WAY out. There was nothing they could do to free themselves. After the dust settled they tried to look for a way out, they might have even tried to do something in desperation, but all attempts were in vain. Not only was there no way out, their time was limited. They did not have a lot of food and fresh water to survive. Even if they did have enough food and water, the conditions under which they were living in the mine would rapidly cause their bodies to deteriorate and become disease ridden. If they could not get out, death was imminent. We are all trapped in the circumstances of our sin. Sin is always at work wrecking havoc on us. If we remain in that condition we face a certain eternal death.

For the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10

For the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:26

HOPELESSNESS

                For over two weeks these men had little hope of rescue. There was no contact with the outside world for days and they had no way of knowing if anyone even knew of their situation. As far as they knew, it had been assumed they were buried alive when the accident occurred. They had no knowledge of those that were already working to save them from their situation.

 Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12

HOPE

                However, their situation had been made known to the whole world. Literally thousands of people were working to evaluate their situation and rescue them if they were still alive. “Camp Hope” was quickly established near the entrance to the mine where government officials, scientists, engineers, and family members gathered for one cause:  to seek and to save the trapped miners. Finally after 17 days of waiting for some sign of hope, the small contact tunnel reached the miner’s refuge bringing them hope.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19

                Learning that all 33 miners were still alive, the experts prepared a plan to rescue them. Implementation of the plan would be costly and require great sacrifice. When the miners received the news of this rescue plan it gave them hope that they could make it through their present trials because they knew this life they were presently experiencing was not the end, there was hope of a better future – freedom from the darkness of the mine!!!!

Who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:5-7

SALVATION     

You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 1 Thessalonians 5:5

              For the men trapped in the mine, the rescue mission team was their only hope. There was NOTHING they could do to save themselves. There’s was a task of patience, hope, and faith in those working above them. There was much they could do, however, in preparation of the promised day when they would be rescued. 
             They received specific instructions about how to take care of themselves and given tasks to perform. In faith they carried out those tasks. They followed the instructions given from above to make sure everything and everybody would be ready when the big day arrived.

  ”I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. 25I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. John 5:24-25

THE GREAT DAY

                In recent days, they began to see all types of signs that the GREAT DAY was coming as they witnessed the giant jaws of the 28” drill punch a huge whole in their stony prison. Then they heard the capsule come within a few feet of them as it was lowered on its test run. What a great sense of hope that sign must have brought to them that the GREAT DAY was getting very near.

                Finally, late last night, the promised capsule with rescue worker on board entered into the cavern and suddenly, they were no longer alone. Someone had been sent to rescue them.

Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. Luke 6:23 

FAITH

                Now all that remained for them to do was get into the capsule and trust it to take them to the surface where loved ones, freedom, and those who had worked to save them were waiting. Of course, it took faith to get into that small vessel knowing that they would have to pass through a 2000 ft birth canal of stone to be raised up to their new life out of the mine.

Jesus answeres and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

As crazy as it sounds, some could have refused the ride. They could have said in pride, I’m going to get myself out of this mess, I don’t need your help. In fear they could have said, I’m scared of that capsule, it looks like a cage, or worse, a coffin. It’s a death trap. Some might not have wanted to give up the life they had come accustomed to as a prisoner of the mine. They could say, “ I don’t want to be locked up in that thing, I want to be free to do what I want down here. Or yet, another could have said, “ I don’t trust that thing. I don’t believe it will carry me to the surface.”

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:16

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— Ephesians 2:8

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

But, of course, they knew it was the only way out and they gladly placed themselves in the capsule. They may have had some fears and apprehension about getting into it, but they believed in those that had prepared it and had sent it to them.           

 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

 REBIRTH – A NEW LIFE

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

                 The miners were supplied with special clothes for their new surroundings. Time and again, reporters said that their lives would never be the same. Of course, in order for all of this to happen, the miners had to give up their old way of life in the mine. We hardly think of that because with good reason we ask, “Why would anyone want to remain in that prison of darkness?”

Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds. Ephesians 4:21-13

                They had to put themselves in to the capsule in order to be rescued, for it was the only way out. They were, in a sense, placing themselves in a type of coffin that would be “ baptized”  by 2000 ft. of rock before it would reach the surface. So they were buried in the capsule and at the same time raised to new life within it.

 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4

 HEAVEN

                The miners had to be given special sunglasses to wear because of the stark contrast of living in darkness for so long and suddenly be exposed to the brightness of the sun.

 The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16

                They were resurrected to their new life as the capsule exited the rock and delivered them to the rejoicing multitude.

 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. Romans 8:11

Oh yes, there was great rejoicing in CAMP HOPE when just one of the miners returned from that grave of stone. There was great rejoicing because the one that was lost had returned.

 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7

And of course, the miners were rejoicing because they had been freed from that which had been holding them prisoner in the darkness!

They were free at last!

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

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Distribute the Spoken Word on Your Next Mission Trip

FREE SOLAR POWERED PLAYERS AVAILABLE TO CHURCHES FROM FAITH COMES BY HEARING

God’s Word is for every tribe, people, and tongue.

What is Faith Comes By Hearing?

Faith Comes By Hearing is committed to reaching the nations with the Word of God in Audio, offering the Bible in a format that will connect with the world’s 50% illiterate population. To accomplish this enormous task, the Lord has assembled a group of committed leaders and dedicated servants of His Word to develop into a reality the vision of bringing His church together and making disciples.

Reaching poor and illiterate people from oral cultures with God’s Word requires unique strategies. Faith Comes By Hearing is based on the belief and evidence that oral cultures can more fully understand and live the Gospel when they hear the Word in their own language. Through FCBH listening programs, believers are discipled, churches are strengthened, new churches are planted, and new converts come to Christ.

Faith Comes By Hearing offers the world’s largest catalog of Audio Bibles to individuals and nations who hunger to hear. Currently, Faith Comes By Hearing offers 528 Audio Scripture recordings in 473 languages reaching more than 4.5 billion people in more than 154 countries.

Internationally, Faith Comes By Hearing works among people who have little or no resources, and limited or no education. These are the people who have, for generations, learned and shared information through community exchange.

Through national workers, the Faith Comes By Hearing program is introduced to churches and villages. Pastors and village leaders are asked to commit to listen through the New Testament with their people for at least 30 minutes a week, followed by a time of discussion. Once a group has journeyed through the New Testament together (listening and discussing), every member of the group is considered discipled. 

What is the Proclaimer?

The Proclaimer is a digital player dedicated to playing God’s Word in the local heart language. Here’s how it works:

  • An installed microchip contains Scriptures in the heart language; the chip will not erase or wear out from frequent playing.
  • The battery will play for 15 hours and can be recharged enough times to play the entire New Testament more than 1,000 times.
  • The Proclaimer has a built-in generator and solar panel to charge the battery.
  • The solar panel, in addition to charging the battery, will run the Proclaimer even without battery power as long as there is sunlight.
  • The sound is digital quality and loud enough to be heard clearly by groups as large as 300.

The Proclaimer was developed primarily as a playback device for poor and illiterate people who may not have any other source to hear God’s Word. Our goal is to use the Proclaimer in the majority of our FCBH programs worldwide.

Distribution and Discipleship

The Faith Comes By Hearing program is introduced to churches and villages through national workers called colporteurs. “Colporteur” is a French word that literally means “a person who carries the Word of God.”

FCBH colporteurs are indigenous church workers who know the culture and language of the region. They oversee Faith Comes By Hearing programs in rural villages, communities, slums, and other hard to-reach areas. They travel on foot, bicycle, canoe, motorcycle, or by any other means available to reach these communities.

Colporteurs identify church or community leaders in villages to oversee listening programs. Participants listen to the pure Word of God in their heart language. Most are exposed to God’s Word in an understandable format for the first time in their lives.  After hearing Scripture in the mother tongue, they often exclaim,

“God speaks our language!”

By listening through the entire New Testament and participating in discussion groups, those involved with the program begin to internalize God’s truths. By offering God’s Word in an oral form and in the heart language, disciples of Christ are made.

How Can I Be Involved?

If you are planning an overseas mission trip it may be that your team qualifies to take some PROCLAIMERS in with you. Due to a donations to the program “Every Church, Every Village”, the devices will be shipped to you FREE of CHARGE. You are only asked to send in a report and pictures of the Proclaimer being used by the nationals. For more information about this ministry go to www.faithcomesbyhearing.com . To see if your project qualifies, send an email to SNutter@fcbhmail.com or call the Every Church Every Village coordinator at 1-800-545-6552.  Her name is Margaret Fisher.

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ONE DAY MISSION: AFRICA

Mission One DaySeptember 28, 2010
Clearview Baptist Church, Franklin, TN  (just south of Nashville
Hear from missionaries around the world and at home on how you can be involved in missions!

SCHEDULE

8:30-9:00 am Check in. Coffee and drinks
9:00-10:30 am M-Champion Training (Large Group)
10:45 am -12:00 pm Session 1
12:00-1:15 pm  Lunch
1:15-2:30 pm Session 2
2:30-2:45 pm  Break
2:45-4:00 pm Session 3
4:00-4:30 pm Panel discussion/closing remarks (Large Group) BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Beth Bootz – Volunteer Mobilization Center Coordinator-North American Mission Board
Breakout:  Volunteers in Motion
Breakout Description: There is a wave of strategic partnerships and teamwork flowing across North America.  Southern Baptists from all walks of life, possessing skills from A-Z from churches of all sizes, are joining hands with North American Mission Board Missionaries and local Southern Baptist Churches in sharing the gospel through short term mission volunteer experiences.  You and groups from your church are needed to serve as mission volunteers.  Join us in exploring how to locate short term mission projects throughout the United States and Canada.  Volunteers are needed!

“Jeff” - North Africa and Middle Eastern Peoples
Breakout: Engaging the Peoples of North Africa and the Middle East
Breakout Description: How can followers of Jesus respond to the growing movement of Islam in the world? Dialogue about effective ways to present the Gospel to Muslims living in North America and around the world. Learn what is really happening behind the closed wall of Islam and the hope that is beginning to shine in Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Judy Miller – Missionary to Sub-Saharan Africa
Breakout:  More than a trip to Africa
Breakout Description: 100+ churches from the United States are working to expand the Kingdom of Jesus in Sub Saharan Africa. These churches, large and small, are seeking more than “just another mission trip.” They are making the long-term commitment to play a major part in praying, evangelizing, and church planting. We need more just like them. This strategy session is designed to inform you of the people groups in Sub Saharan Africa who have yet to hear and ways your church can make an impact among them.

Lewis McMullen - Church Planting Strategist, NAMB/Nashville Baptist Association
Breakout:  International Church planting in your backyard
Breakout Description: Planting churches among people groups through convent relationships and cross-cultural relations.

Phil Nelson – Affinity Connection Strategist Southeast Asian Peoples
Breakout: Southeast Asia
Breakout Description: “What do vast concentrations of Buddhists, Muslims, & even Christians have in common? Southeast Asia! Learn about the least evangelized island on earth, the world’s largest Muslim country, how God is spiritually re-building war-torn Vietnam & the killing fields of Cambodia, how to engage Thailand, & more!”

Phil Young – Church Missions/Ministry Specialist-Tennessee Baptist Convention
Breakout:  Missional Living: Moving from Being Missions-Minded to Missional
Breakout Description: The word “missional” has created a lot of conversation lately.  Moving from being “missions-minded” to being “missional” is more than just a shift in terminology; it is a shift in thinking, believing, and living.  The missional church challenges us to develop a fresh mind-set about how the church is engaged in missionary activity.  Learn how to start making the shift from being “missions-minded” to true missional living.

Contact Kimberly Margrave (kmargrave@tnbaptist.org) for further information.

REGISTER ONLINE

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South Asian Peoples Summit – KNOXVILLE

 

Register Today for theSouth Asian Peoples 2010 Summit – www.fbcconcord.org/southasia

South Asia is the land where a billion eyes search for the truth. A billion are hungry for the bread of life and thirsty for the living water. A billion stumble in darkness, seeking the light found only in Christ.

Do you have a heart for a billion? Do you want to learn how you can become a part in reaching one of the darkest places in the world? You and your congregation are invited to attend the South Asia Summit conference on October 3-5, 2010 to learn more about missions work with South Asian peoples. With the help of IMB missionaries, you’ll learn how you can be a part of sharing God’s story with South Asians around the world – even in your own community.

Featured Bands:  Micah Watson Band  No Other Name

Featured Speakers: 

David Platt, Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills

Dr. David Platt has served as pastor of the Church at Brook Hills since 2006, and has traveled extensively to teach the Bible and church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, and as Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans. Platt has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Platt is also the author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.

Gordon Fort, IMB Vice President Office of Global Strategy

Dr. Gordon Fort has served as Vice President, Office of Global Strategy since July 2009. Previously, he worked in the IMB as an appointed missionary to Botswana where he was a general evangelist, Associate to Area Director for Southern Africa, and Regional Leader for Southern Africa. He resigned from missionary service in 2004 to join IMB home office staff as the Vice President for the Office of Overseas Operations. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Leading Change Pastor’s Conference – Cincinnati

Leading Change in the Established Church is a conference for pastors who are experiencing the difficulties and struggles of leading their church through change.

Hosted by Rolling Hills Baptist Church, and jointly sponsored by RHBC, the State Convention of Baptists of Ohio, and the Baptist Association of Greater Cincinnati, this conference will inform, encourage, and motivate the pastor who longs to see God move through His church.

October 26-28
Begins noon on Tuesday and goes until noon on Thursday.
Includes meals, conference, and lodging (if needed).

Large Group Sessions will be led by Bill Elliff, Pastor of The Summit Church in Little Rock, Ark., and author of the book entitled Navigating the Rapids of Church Conflict.

Large Group Session Topics:

Session 1– What’s the Problem in your Church? What factors will keep your church from necessary change?

Session 2– What’s the Secret of leading successful Change?– a look at the leader, and key qualities necessary for leading change.

Session 3– Where do I start? What are the practical steps you need to take to successfully navigate change?

Session 4– How do I create momentum to move from Casting Vision to Taking Action?

Breakout Sessions will be led by local church pastors:

Resolving Conflict in the Established Church– Steve Hopkins
Lessons on Change I learned from Nehemiah– Darrel Gabbard
Innovation and Change in the Established Church– Marcus Mecum
The Overlooked Key to Successful Change– Vann Kissell
The number one reason change efforts fail in the established church.

Wives will have a special outing on Wednesday afternoon.

A round-table discussion with lay leaders will offer invaluable insight to pastors: “Layman to Pastor– how to change the church without destroying it or killing yourself.”

Cost is $37.50 (wives are free), which includes meals, lodging, and resource materials.

To register, go to www.rhbaptist.org

For more information, contact Danny Rollins at pastorrhbc@fuse.net, or Steve Hopkins at sdhopkins@scbo.org

Space is limited, so register soon.

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