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Find It Here churches report exciting Easter
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
April 19, 2010
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Find It Here churches report exciting Easter

Find It Here churches report exciting Easter
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
April 19, 2010

No one will ever be able to

put specific numbers to the Find It Here evangelistic emphasis promoted among

North Carolina Baptist churches over Easter, but testimonials posted on the

www.ncbaptist.org web site and word of mouth indicate those churches that

engaged in intentional evangelistic outreach found significant blessing.

“I just want to praise God

for what our churches did in preparation for Find It Here,” said Milton A.

Hollifield Jr., Baptist State Convention (BSC) executive director-treasure who

indicated this was the first phase of a three-year emphasis that will include

discipleship and mission mobilization.

He said people who read the

testimonies of Find It Here participants will be encouraged to

participate next year, and will be motivated to action now.

Among those testimonies,

Chadwick Tucker said Living Stone Baptist Church in Nashville used no

gimmicks or giveaways, but “authentic personal invitations” brought more

visitors and regular attenders than members on Easter.

Welcome Home Baptist Church

in North Wilkesboro focused on two weekend events, including an Easter musical

and a community egg hunt, which produced a record turnout.

Josh Hyde, pastor of

Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sylva led teams to pray “over every seat and every

space in the parking lot.”

They utilized local

advertising and attendance of 500 was 25-30 percent above average and they

baptized four.

Of the 150 at Campfield Memorial

Baptist Church on Easter, 18 were visitors.

Providence Baptist Church in

Providence averaged 83 last year, but had 153 for Easter and baptized three,

according to pastor W. Lee Cook.

Kellum Baptist Church

baptized six on Easter. Pastor Jody Yopp said Kellum has has 11 converts and 14

new members since it started promoting Find It Here. BSC Board member and

pastor of Moon’s Chapel Baptist Church Scott Faw said the church had a record

crowd.

John Green, pastor of Mt.

Zion Baptist Church in Hudson, called the Find It Here emphasis “a great

blessing.” His church saw seven professions of faith and 19 visitors among its

405 in worship.

Donnie Paschall said Oakton

Baptist Church in Fairmont baptized the first African-American in the church’s

100-year history. Four others await baptism because in the past 40 days they’ve

accepted Christ. On Easter, Oakton had four visitors, which is more typically

an annual statistic.

Easter attendance of 221 was

the highest in Brandon Ware’s three years as pastor of Walker Road Baptist

Church in Morganton.

“In preparation for Sunday,

each week we sent teams out into the community knocking on doors, sharing the

gospel, and inviting people to church,” he said.

Grace Community in Marion

had attendance of 930 with eight people seeking salvation. Members had written

the names of 320 family and friends they wanted to bring to Grace.

Michael Shumate was

skeptical of the Find It Here challenge to have baptism on Easter, but “I do

believe in miracles,” he said.

They saw five decisions for

Christ in their Good News Club at the neighboring school and because one of

those was by a child in their church, they had an Easter baptism.

Shumate said because of

their increased awareness of the lost their prospect list has doubled.

Mark Caldwell said Find It

Here efforts brought the best service in his tenure at North Canton Baptist

Church, including the best offering and a dramatic confession that he believes

will lead to revival.

“Thank you Don

McCutcheon for listening to the Holy Spirit,” Caldwell said, referring to

the BSC executive leader for evangelization.

Smyrna Missionary Baptist

Church blitzed a 10-mile area with information about the church and had

attendance of 90; up from the average of 20 three years ago when Mike Willard

became pastor. Mount Olive Baptist Church in King prayer walked the community

two weeks before Easter and passed out 1000 Find It Here cards in neighborhoods

of members. They prayed for 450 and had 570 plus and baptized four on Palm

Sunday.

The River Church in

Fayetteville had a celebration Sunday April 11 because on Easter four made

professions of faith and eight others joined the church. Pastor Todd Brady said

he utilized many of the Find It Here resources such as the website,

logos, bookmarks/prayer cards, theme, banner, and he even made powerpoint

slides to match his sermon outline.

Hephzibah in Wendell

normally runs 450 and had 645 for Easter, the second highest attendance in the

church’s 200-year history.

Interim pastor Aaron

Wallace, who was instrumental in promoting the day as a member of the

evangelization committee of the BSC board of directors, said the church

borrowed the mobile baptism unit from the Raleigh Baptist Association and for

the first time in 13 years baptized 11 in the Family Life Center in the morning

services.

Baptisms have been in the

old worship center during the evening service because that’s where the

baptistery is.

Ten others made professions

of faith that day.

Pine Ridge in Haw River,

which is about four years old, opened its new facility on Easter weekend and

had 653 people, including more than 65 first time guests and 21 decisions for

Christ, according to pastor Tadd Grandstaff.

First Korean Baptist of

Raleigh baptized 10, including three college students. The largest crowd in

Josh Benge’s two years at Harris Chapel Baptist Church in Hudson of well over

200 saw six people ask Jesus into their life.

You can read more and fuller

testimonies at the www.ncbaptist.org web

site, under Find It Here.