Episode 002

CROSS Conference, Church Music, & a Missions Milestone

Jan 4, 2022

Thousands of students recently met in Louisville for a massive missions conference, one independent music publishing company is thriving while others are closing, and the IMB has reached a milestone in Eastern Europe.


The CROSS Conference, led by pastor David Platt and aimed at young adults, wrapped up in Louisville, Kentucky over the New Year holiday. The annual conference is attended by thousands of college students and young adults who want to make an impact for Christ.

This year, speakers such as Platt, JD Greear, John Piper, Trip Lee and more urged participants to make an impact for the kingdom wherever they are.

In addition to main sessions, the conference featured breakouts from 9Marks and the Pillar Network.

Access to the conference sessions is available at crosscon.com.

For decades, churches were led in worship by choirs, but the last 20 years or so have brought a massive shift in church music as churches are led by praise teams and smaller ensembles. This has led to a change in the way church music is written, arranged and delivered to churches. Last December, Brentwood Benson…one of the largest distributors of church music..became the latest publisher to close their doors.

But when one door closes, another usually opens. Daniel and Christy Semsen, a couple living in California…who’ve won 9 Dove Awards between them…have launched Semsen Music. The independent music publishing company provides digital only arrangements of their songs.

Daniel is the worship leader at Village Church in Burbank, California. He told Baptist Press he loves “the way the church choir gives an opportunity for people to belong somewhere” as they help people join in worship.

Semsen’s music is available at semsenmusic.com.

It may be hard to believe anything lasts very long these days, but when we come back…we’ll tell you about an international partnership that’s reached a milestone.

Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.

In 1920, Baptist leaders from Europe and the United States met in London to create a plan to support ongoing work across Europe. One way was through the formation of the Baptist Theological Institute in Bucharest, Romania.

In those 100 years, Southern Baptist leaders from the International Mission Board, Southern Seminary and the Woman’s Missionary Union have come alongside Romanians to help more than 1,000 people graduate from the Institute as they reach Romania and the rest of Europe for Christ.

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