On-ramps to Church

Barrett DukeAll Enews

I am becoming increasingly concerned about the chasm that is growing between evangelical Christians and the culture around us. American culture has changed radically in recent years. Christian values are giving way rapidly to something pagan and humanistic. We see this all around us. Christian organizations are being labeled as hate groups merely because they adhere to basic biblical teaching … Read More

Love. Hope. Music. Fun.

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

In the summer of 2016, a man from Hamilton, MT with a burden for lost souls contacted the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and made a passionate plea for a “Crusade” to be held in Montana.  This cry for help kicked off a series of exploratory trips by the BGEA to determine the receptivity of the churches in Montana to hosting … Read More

Crossover Kalispell is Coming

Barrett DukeAll Enews

On Saturday, October 5, we will hold our second Crossover event. This time we’ll be reaching people in the Kalispell area. Named after the same event the Southern Baptist Convention has been holding for years now, Crossover reminds us of the vision the Apostle Paul had one night. Luke tells us: During the night Paul had a vision in which … Read More

We’re Here to Serve You

Barrett DukeAll Enews

MPact 2019 was a great success! Our evaluations came back with the most consistent high marks we’ve had since I came to Montana. I think that means we did our job. We equipped our people and ministered to our leaders so that our churches can make a better impact for the gospel in our communities. And, ultimately, that’s why our … Read More

‘Who’s Your One?’ emphasis officially launched

Baptist PressAll Enews, Strengthening Team

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ALPHARETTA, Ga.(BP) — The North American Mission Board (NAMB) officially launched the “Who’s Your One?” evangelism initiative today (Feb. 26) as part of an effort to encourage Southern Baptists to engage people with gospel conversations throughout the year. This evangelism emphasis asks believers to pray for and focus on one individual in the hope that that person may come to … Read More

Beating evangelism paralysis

North American Mission BoardAll Enews

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There’s something about pastoring a church that causes us to stay in perpetual research mode. Maybe it’s our seminary training. Maybe it’s the stats and facts we live in daily. Who knows? What I have noticed is that many pastors suffer from “analysis paralysis.” What’s that? Wikipedia gives a great definition: Analysis paralysis is the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) … 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

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

Characteristics of Evangelistic Churches

Barrett DukeAll Enews

I’m looking forward to our annual meeting in a few weeks. We have powerful speakers, great breakout sessions, and more planned for our time together. I’m glad the meeting is called Refresh. The name reminds us that we should come together expecting God to move in our midst and refresh us by His Spirit and through our fellowship together. We … Read More

Evangelism: Our First Priority

Barrett DukeAll Enews

Above all else, Gospel ministry should be first and foremost about telling lost people that Jesus died for their sins and that they can have peace with God and eternal life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, many things are called Gospel work. That raises concerns for me, because if everything is about the Gospel, then we have … Read More