Episode 249

Church Ongoing Damage from Ian, ‘Jesus Revolution’ Movie & African American Leadership Institute Launching in 2023

Dec 16, 2022

As the emotional and physical trauma from the damage brought by Hurricane Ian continues to impact the southwest Florida peninsula, Grace Baptist Church expanded its ministry response by hosting a “town hall-type” meeting Dec. 13 for those with insurance questions. The producers of “Jesus Revolution,” a movie depicting the famous “Jesus Movement” of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, would love to see the film spark a similar spiritual revival in America today. And, two years after the Southern Baptist Convention added a George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism and Missions Sunday to the official SBC calendar, plans are underway to found a leadership institute in the name of the trailblazer who began his international ministry in Jamaica 1783.

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As the emotional and physical trauma from the damage brought by Hurricane Ian continues to impact the southwest Florida peninsula, Grace Baptist Church expanded its ministry response by hosting a “town hall-type” meeting Dec. 13 for those with insurance questions.

The church building itself sustained damage to its roof and will need to be replaced, Senior Pastor Tom Ascol told Baptist Press. The church hosted the event for residents who are still in need of repairs, resources and reconstruction.

He says they’re back on their regular scheduled for their worship services. They met outside a few times as temperatures cooled during the fall.

The first post-Ian Sunday Service, Oct. 2, was held in the darkened fellowship hall, with attendees spilling outside.
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The producers of “Jesus Revolution,” a movie depicting the famous “Jesus Movement” of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, would love to see the film spark a similar spiritual revival in America today.

Opening next February, the film tells the story of the spiritual awakening in the country that took place more than 50 years ago. Many historians classify the movement as the greatest spiritual awakening in American history.

The movement successfully united disparate Christians, including some older and more traditional and some younger, more charismatic “hippie” believers.

The films trailer has been viewed more than 3 million times.
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Two years after the Southern Baptist Convention added a George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism and Missions Sunday to the official SBC calendar, plans are underway to found a leadership institute in the name of the trailblazer who began his international ministry in Jamaica 1783.

Bernard Fuller, pastor of New Song Church and Ministries, is helping to lead the George Liele Leadership Institute of the African American Fellowship of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCMD) They plan to launch in January 2023 with a Martin Luther King prayer and worship service. Classes are scheduled to begin in September.

The institute will be designed as an affordable training option for Maryland and Delaware churches of all ethnicities, but will especially focus on equipping African American congregations .

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