Although this month marks the official implementation for the new five-year strategy, “Impacting lostness through disciple-making,” Baptist State Convention of North Carolina staff have been preparing for many months to engage in the purpose and goals of this strategy following approval by the Board of Directors in May 2013. In addition, I shared a major presentation about the strategy during our annual meeting last November.
Disciple-making is at the heart of the new strategy. We want to push back spiritual darkness, or impact lostness. This begins by making disciples who will make more disciples. We need you, North Carolina Baptists, to be involved in making disciples right where you are in the context and community in which God has placed you.
Our convention staff wants to serve alongside you and help equip you to impact lostness. One way we are seeking to do this is through the state evangelism conference Feb. 24 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh.
The conference this year is devoted entirely to inspiring and encouraging leaders to impact their communities, and beyond, with the gospel. We have an excellent line up of speakers and breakout leaders who will challenge you and help you as you seek to make disciples.
The morning session features Bruce Ashford, associate professor of theology and culture and provost of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as Steve Corts, lead pastor of Center Grove Baptist Church in the Clemmons/Winston-Salem area. Dr. Corts also serves as director of the Tarheel Leadership Network which his father, Mark Corts, led for several years. The evening session of the state evangelism conference features James Emery White, founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte.
Special testimonies will be shared by Tom Wagoner, lead pastor of Central Baptist Church in Dunn, and his son, Stephen, who is a church planting strategist for a church multiplication network and a lead pastor with Church in the Triad in Greensboro. Derwin Gray, founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, will also share a special testimony. Transformation Church is unique in that it is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church with two campuses in South Carolina.
You will not want to miss the breakout sessions in the afternoon.
These sessions will provide great information and training to help you learn how you and your family can be much more effective in impacting lostness through disciple-making. Convention staff will be leading these different sessions where you can explore topics such as mentoring, developing a family discipleship plan, reaching and discipling teenagers and building Kingdom relationships among the growing population of Hispanics in our state.
We request that you pre-register, but attending the conference is free. The lunch cost is $7 at the door but only $5 if you register before Feb. 1. You can register for the conference and the lunch at www.ncbaptist.org/sec.
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8