Episode 361

SC Baptists lead GenSend, highlight diversity in annual SBC meeting; 5 traps hindering mission.

May 23, 2023

Summer plans for many young adults look like taking vacations or returning to their hometown, but for more than 50 students throughout the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC), plans look like living on mission through the North American Mission Board’s GenSend program; Ethnic minorities are increasing their participation in all areas of Southern Baptist Convention life, say members of the SBC Executive Committee’s Great Commission Relations and Mobilization (GCRM) Team; In a post on Baptist Press, Ben Connor and Bob Roberts, Jr. write a piece on motives that hinder believers from living a life on mission.

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Summer plans for many young adults look like taking vacations or returning to their hometown, but for more than 50 students throughout the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC), plans look like living on mission through the North American Mission Board’s GenSend program.

 

The convention announced via its website that the 56 students who will be participating in the program this summer are the most from any single state Baptist convention.

 

Ministry for the students often encompasses working closely with a NAMB church plant, volunteering around the city and building relationships with locals in order to have Gospel conversations.

 

Locations for this summer include Toronto, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Puerto Rico.

 

 

Ethnic minorities are increasing their participation in all areas of Southern Baptist Convention life, say members of the SBC Executive Committee’s Great Commission Relations and Mobilization (GCRM) Team.

 

“We’re all about winning people here at home and around the world,” said SBC EC Interim President at CEO Willie McLaurin. “… It’s about lengthening, strengthening and deepening relationships.”

 

The GCRM Team’s focus on building relationships with ethnic churches and networks has brought about a higher level of missional engagement among various ethnic groups.

 

“I absolutely believe the diversity of the Southern Baptist Convention is going to be on full display in New Orleans,” McLaurin said.

 

 

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In a post on Baptist Press, Ben Connor and Bob Roberts, Jr. write a piece on motives that hinder believers from living a life on mission.

They ask if the believer is focused on God or self? Sneakily, the outward expression often looks the same, regardless of what drives us. And we all know the deceit of our hearts. We must be careful with motivation: mission must find its root in God and His gospel work in us, for the sake of His gospel work in our everyday mission fields.

What are those motives?

  • A sense of duty
  • Self-glory
  • Trendiness

See the full article and list at BaptistPress.com.

     

     

                   

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