Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Audio Conference for Pastors RELAUNCHED

The Audio Conference for Pastors has resumed production and is now available for download or listening online. Several dozen archived episodes will Audio Conference for Pastorsbe released soon on the new website (currently in pre-release) in addition to the newest episode on …

Community Evangelism in Flushing, MI
with Pastor Ed Emmerling   

SOME OF THE ARCHIVED EPISODES CURRENTLY POSTED INCLUDE:

  • Keys To Conflict Resolution with Roy Edgemon
  • Comeback Churches with Ed Stetzer
  • Ministry That Matters with Johnny Hunt
  • Transforming Rural Churches with Shannon O'Dell
  • Developing Leaders in Small Churches with Terry Dorsett
  • Five 30-minute episodes on How to Launch a New Church with Brian Bloye, Gary Irby, Phil Spry, Sean Benesh & Adam Davis

Our prayer is that these recordings will be an encouragement to pastors and church leaders. Listen to all of the Audio Conference for Pastor podcasts at www.AudioConferenceForPastors.com. More of the archived episodes will be uploaded soon.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Last Full Measure of Devotion

Would you like to support God’s work long beyond your life? It is fully possible when you make preparations in advance to continue your support through an adequate estate plan.
A few weeks ago, our International Mission Board (IMB) co-sponsored a luncheon in Baltimore with the Southern Baptist Foundation-SBC. The luncheon offered both a vision and a plan for pastors to lead their people to meet crucial family needs and support Kingdom work beyond this life.
The IMB recorded this luncheon presentation by Pastor Greg Matte (FBC, Houston, TX). I would invite you to be encouraged and exhorted by Pastor Greg’s message on: ”The Last Full Measure of Devotion.”
Watch this message at: www.imb.org/2014PastorsLunch 
Watch this video and then contact us for resources on estate planning for you and your congregation. bfom_32col_72dpi_WHITE_Pantone_349_123Explore our website at www.BFoMI.org to find printed materials and videos that can be used to encourage estate planning.
You and your church members can support the IMB, your local church, or dozens of other Baptist causes that support Kingdom work until the Lord returns.
Some 20 years ago, Brenda and I set up our estate plan to give to Baptist causes after our death. Let me encourage you to do likewise.
Enjoy this video message … then, take action for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
bobby gilstrap, Lead Missionary / Executive Director
BAPTIST STATE DIRECTOR OF MICHIGAN
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FREE Movie Preview–“Irreplaceable”

“I’m looking forward to the release of Focus on the Family’s new documentary film, Irreplaceable, and the companion small group experience, The Family Project. clip_image002These important resources explain why the institution of the family is a signpost pointing us directly to God Himself, and why this truth has profound implications for both the Church and society.”

Dr. Russell D. Moore
President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission


Dear friends of Dr. Moore and Focus on the Family, On May 6th, Focus On The Family is presenting the new documentary “Irreplaceable” in 700+ theaters across the US for a one night event!  “Irreplaceable” follows Tim Sisarich, former executive director of Focus on the Family New Zealand, as he explores the answers to two critical questions: “What is family?” and “Does family still matter in today’s society?” We believe “family” is in crisis.
  • In America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds
  • Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent's marriage
  • Approximately one third of US children live without their fathers
  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes
  • 80% of youth gang members come out of fatherless homes
As our culture's views on family are changing, is there still hope that our country can find its way back to God's design for the family? Focus on the Family believes there is hope for families and has never undertaken a project of such size and scope—one with the potential to transform not only individual hearts, but society as a whole. And we want you to be a part of it!  This special one-night event also includes a panel discussion moderated by Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family; featuring Carey Casey, CEO, National Center for Fathering; Rebekah Lyons, Author; Rev. Sam Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Tim Sisarich, Host of Irreplaceable, former Executive Director, Focus on the Family, New Zealand.


PASTORS ONLY: We are also offering advance access to screen the film online for yourself and any other pastors you may know of for the purposes of empowering leaders to endorse the content of the film. Pastors may request access by emailing Bob Guillemette at bob@differentdrummer.com.

Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).







Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Reaching More Youth

Any church that is going to make a significant impact in their community needs to find ways to effectively reach youth. As new churches start, they are often frustrated to not have the ability to have children and youth programs for new families.

Here are two ideas I picked up from Phil Spry that can help a new church (or an existing church) connect with youth and their families in their communities.

1. Campus Life Clubs
A church can establish an affiliate relationship with Youth for Christ. YFC has a ministry called “Campus Life Clubs.” A church can affiliate with YFC as a partner and have their own “Campus Life Clubs” hosted by their church at their church location. The clubs are open to the community churches, which provide your new youth group with a larger crowd for social interaction and Bible Study. It solves the problem of critical mass for the kids and insures the parents that there will be a program for their middle and high school age children at the host church. Even a small church can host this kind of a group. If there is no chapter already established in your area, your church can start one. For more information, contact YFC directly about their “Campus Life Clubs.”

2. Home School Chapel
A second idea that can have high impact in a community is to start and host a Home School Chapel. This invites local home school children to your facility one morning a week for a chapel service that can focus on high energy, youth-oriented worship, followed by an appropriate message. If you are a portable church, secure a neutral location to conduct the service. If interested in pursuing this idea, I would recommend that you contact Church Planter/Pastor Phil Spry. He has had successful experience starting and conducting Home School Chapels. To set up a phone conversation with Phil, e-mail him at phil@tellstart.com.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

1,000’s View Training Workshops

In the past 7 days, more than 3,000 individuals have viewed training workshops on our web training website. Since the launch E-Quip Screenshot 12 06 22of our new Evangelism website (GPS.bscm.org) on March 1, 2014, hundreds have watched the training videos and linked to hundreds of other resources. Our web training portal is a great resource for developing leaders in our churches. It is a blessing  to have this great tool available 24/7 for equipping the church.

The top viewed workshops in the past week were:

  1. Church Planning & Implementation (GPS) (evangelism & evangelistic strategy)
  2. Simplified Search Team Training (for pastor and staff search committees/teams)
  3. Developing Your Evangelistic Strategy (7 steps to planning a successful evangelism plan)
  4. Treasurers: Financial Checks and Balances (for all church leaders that deal with financial systems and processes in the local church)
  5. Evangelism Resources (GPS) (a quick overview of available resources that can be used in a church’s evangelistic strategy)
  6. Baptist Faith and Message Session 1 (the first of a six session course on Biblical doctrines held by Baptist)
  7. Evangelism Strategy (Basic Training Journey: Unit 5) (training session for church starters on the essentials of evangelism in a new church)
  8. Home Alone: When Your Spouse Is Out of the Country (ideas to support a spouse when gone on an international mission trip)
  9. Discipleship/Leadership Strategy (Basic Training Journey: Unit 6)  (training session for church starters on the essentials of developing leaders  and a disciple-making process in a new church)