Southern Baptist Resolutions on Refugees, Seattle’s Need for Evangelism & Child Safety for Church Events
Immigration is largely affected, of course, by the flow of refugees. The need for refugee ministry has grown significantly, said Josh Benton, vice president of North American Ministry for Send Relief. Seattle, Washington is a city of around five million people. Did you know that a study reveals that nearly 85% of the population there says they do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Ron Aguiar writes, “Barna research indicates that more than 60% of Christians became believers before the age of 14, indicating how vitally important a youth a children’s ministry can be in young people’s lives.
Immigration is largely affected, of course, by the flow of refugees. The need for refugee ministry has grown significantly, said Josh Benton, vice president of North American Ministry for Send Relief. It’s a mix of community ministry such as mass feedings in addition to supporting and equipping local churches involved in those efforts. Send Relief has 20 ministry centers, six of them focused on refugees. “In all of those areas we meet people’s basic needs and welcome them with the Gospel, which is most important,” Benton said.
For many refugees, meeting their immediate needs open the door for conversations about their
eternal needs, Benton said. This summer at their annual meeting, Southern Baptists called for the federal government to
address immigration in a way that both extends human dignity and allows the country to remain healthy.
Seattle, Washington is a city of around five million people. Did you know that a study reveals that nearly 85% of the population there says they do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ? That means that only around 750-thousand of the city’s five million people have a relationship with Jesus. Imagine the need for evangelism and for Gospel-preaching churches. It’s staggering. Currently, there is only about one evangelical church for every 24,000 people. The need for church planters is also great.
The North American Mission Board is asking you to pray that God would put Seattle on the hearts of believers and He would send them to reach people there. Rich Hutchins is a church planter in Stanwood, Washington. He’s asking to pray that he would have the Holy Spirit’s discernment as he works to reach this city. He also asks believers to pray that God would soften people’s hearts in Seattle toward the good news of Jesus Christ.
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In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Ron Aguiar writes, “Barna research indicates that more than 60% of Christians became believers before the age of 14, indicating how vitally important a youth a children’s ministry can be in young people’s lives. The influence of your children’s ministry is far-reaching and eternal.” But, he reminds leaders that security is very important for children’s events.
He encourages churches to consider:
1. Include security in initial planning
2. Consult with your insurance company
3. Provide medical and law enforcement coverage
4. Staff the event with cleared and trained volunteers
5. If the program is off-site do an advance trip.
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.