It’s hard to believe we are already in the second month of 2012. Time certainly goes by quickly so we must be good stewards of our time. One way we can do this is by making a plan. Often we have very good intentions, but without a plan, it is sometimes hard to follow through on everything we want to accomplish.
For example, in my last column I mentioned that many of you began this New Year by determining to read through the Bible. Achieving this goal would be hard without a plan, which is why many pastors provide reading plans and other resources.
I am grateful to serve alongside Convention staff who desire to help you become more effective in your ministry efforts, and to help equip you with various resources.
One of those resources is Find it Here, which is a strategy, or plan, for making a Kingdom impact. Our three-year Find it Here emphasis recognizes the need for individuals and churches to develop an intentional plan of action for evangelism, discipleship and missions.
In 2010, we encouraged you to develop a strategy for intentional evangelism.
One way you did this was by participating in an Easter evangelism emphasis, and I hope you will join us in this emphasis again this year.
Last year churches committed to focusing on life-transformational discipleship and to making disciples who in turn make disciples.
I want to invite you to join us this year as we focus on missions mobilization. We desire for all North Carolina Baptists to live missional lives in their community, state, nation and world so that we can reach people with the gospel.
Find it Here 2012: Expanding the Kingdom is about every North Carolina Baptist taking a step toward missional living. We understand that this “next step” will look different for different churches. Some of you may be well on your way to embracing a people group that has never heard the gospel. For others, that next step may be reaching out for the first time to your community.
Taking that next step will require intentionality on your part, a plan for doing so, and this is where Find it Here can help. Find it Here is a holistic process designed to help your church formulate a customized Acts 1:8 mission strategy. The process includes four phases to help move your congregation from mission assessment to missions mobilization to missions evaluation.
Free resources such as a planning guide, mission strategy assessment tools, sermon outlines, Bibles studies, prayer and devotional guides, and missions videos are available at finditherenc.org.
For more information about Find it Here please call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5571, or email [email protected].
Let’s commit to doing whatever it takes to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ!
“Then He said to them, ‘The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” Luke 10:2