RevTalk

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

One benefit to all MTSBC pastors from the partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is access to live streaming events.  Once a month, the Revitalization Team of SBTC, led by Kenneth Priest, addresses topics that equip the pastor to be more effective in his essential roles. These Webex events are easily assessible by following the links below and … Read More

Effective Ministry Leadership

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Most agree that Ephesians 4:11-12 demonstrates God’s plan to grow and mature His Church. No matter which translation you read, the emphasis of the text is that Christ Himself personally gave the Church (among others) pastors to train His people for the work of the ministry. They are to build up the body of Christ by investing their time and … Read More

Annual Church Profile

mtsbcAll Enews, Strengthening Team

ACP

The December 15 deadline for the Annual Church Profile (ACP) is quickly approaching. Although this seems like a mundane and even unnecessary detail in your mission to advance the kingdom of God, here are some reasons why it is important: Numbers can help us strategize, plan, and know where God is working. They can also show us where more work … Read More

Religious Freedom Issues Facing Churches Across America

Josh ChumleyAll Enews, Strengthening Team

With over 24 years of service, at all court levels, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has seen the cultural and legal trends clearly shift against the Church. In this article, ADF shares some of the current legal issues churches face and how you can help prepare and protect your church. With the culture the way it is today, we at Alliance … Read More

Multiplication of Ministry Specialists and Coaches

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

One of my priorities as the Church Strengthening Team Leader is to develop ministry specialists in each region of our state who can encourage, exhort, and equip churches in their region to be more effective in a specific area of ministry. I believe that as we develop and deploy empowered leaders in our churches, those churches have a greater Gospel … Read More

This South Carolina Church Should Be Treated the Same as Other Groups

Sarah KramerAll Enews, Strengthening Team

The Town of Edisto Beach in South Carolina is standing its ground. The problem is that the ground on which it is standing is unconstitutional. Edisto Beach officials have blocked a local church, Redeemer Fellowship of Edisto Island, from renting space in the community civic center on the same terms as other groups. Redeemer Fellowship had rented space at the … Read More

A Collective Mission

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

The birth of the church in Antioch is found in Acts 11. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, men from Cyprus and Cyrene went to Antioch where they shared the Gospel with Greeks and a great number believed. When this reached the ears of the church in Jerusalem, they sent Barnabas to check it out. The grace of God was evident … Read More

Pastor Finds Ways to Minister on the Blackfeet Reservation

Jessica CruschAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Marty and Dena Balk started their ministry in a small Independent Baptist Church in Armada, Michigan. Because his position was unpaid, Marty also worked as a heating and cooling contractor in the area. One day an evangelist spoke to Balk’s heart when he said that churches in the west were looking for people to come and minister on mission trips. … Read More

Paul and Myra – Faithful Servants of the Lord

Dan McCarlAll Enews, Strengthening Team

If you want to learn about faithfulness in ministry and the pastorate in Montana, look no further than Pastor Paul and Myra Roueche of Butte. Paul and Myra have just completed 29 years of devoted servanthood and pastoring within the Treasure State Baptist Association (TSBA). On Tuesday evening, September 18, the TSBA, Butte Area, Pastor’s Encouragement Network celebrated the retirement … Read More

FIRST-PERSON: the guy I failed to witness to

Baptist PressAll Enews, Strengthening Team

By Keith Shorter, Pastor of Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Easley, S.C. EASLEY, S.C. (BP) — Have you ever felt like God wanted you to witness to someone, but you just couldn’t open your mouth? My most obvious failure came as a seminary student in Fort Worth, Texas. I was working in a warehouse in the afternoons to help support my … Read More