Last year during the annual
meeting our Convention staff shared with you about a special Easter evangelism
emphasis called Find it Here. When I think about how churches across the state
responded I am still amazed.
Churches committed to four
evangelistic activities on or before Easter Sunday of this year: praying for
non-believers, preaching an evangelistic sermon, inviting non-believers to
Easter services and baptizing new believers on Easter Sunday or the Sunday
Churches reported that
because of their efforts to be intentionally evangelistic, and through the
power of the Holy Spirit, lives were changed. Church attendance increased,
baptisms increased and many of our churches experienced a spiritual revival.
As thankful as I am for
these testimonies, we cannot stop there. Evangelism is the first step, and we
must follow that with discipleship.
Believers must be discipled
so that they grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ and learn to live for Him.
Your Convention staff wants
to help you in your efforts to make disciples who bear much fruit. In North
Carolina, Find it Here is a three-year emphasis of evangelism, discipleship and
During our annual meeting
this year we will introduce you to the 2011 Find it Here: Embracing Christ
discipleship emphasis. Next year around this same time you will begin hearing
about our 2012 missions emphasis.
I hope you will prayerfully
consider joining us in the 2011 Find it Here emphasis. If your church joins
this discipleship initiative, we will ask you to commit to:
- praying for disciples,
- preaching on discipleship,
- teaching discipleship in
classrooms and in homes,
- making disciples by
participating in the 2011 Easter evangelism emphasis,
- becoming disciples by
serving in your community.
We have a web site —
www.finditherenc.org — with free downloadable resources to help your church
carry out each of these activities.
On this site is also a
sign-up page where your church can show your support of Find it Here.
Making disciples is not a
simple process. It requires great intentionality and a commitment to serving
others and investing in their lives.
Yet, I promise you that
walking alongside someone and seeing them mature in their relationship with Jesus
Christ is one of the greatest blessings you will ever experience.
If you have not read
Transformational Church, please take some time to read this book. In this study
Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer report that too many churches measure the success of
their church by temporal and external things.
This study suggests that
what we should focus on is not our church buildings or simply getting
attendance numbers up, but seeking to make disciples who will in turn make
I am praying for God to do
great things as North Carolina Baptists focus on being intentional in following
His command to make disciples. Please join us as we seek to make God’s glory