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Published by Mark Morris on 12 May 2016

Refugee Memphis Launch

From RefugeeMemphis.com

In Athens the Apostle Paul found an altar with an inscription to an unknown god. As he preached the gospel of Jesus to the Athenians he chided them for worshiping an obscure god with no name. How much better, Paul explained, to worship the true Lord of heaven and earth. In fact, Paul described God as orchestrating the allotted times of our lives, and even the boundaries of nations. As we see the international crisis today unfold, we might ask, Why does God work in this way?

Paul answers: So that people everywhere “should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each of us.” (Acts 17:27, ESV).

Recently God has redrawn our “allotted times and boundaries.” He has led us to a new season of ministry among refugees, whose boundaries have certainly been upended!

Last month, we prayerfully chose to step away from a ministry and an organization that we have loved like family since 1983, The International Mission Board. Increasingly, Mark was spending half of his time in Richmond, Virginia — making work with internationals here unsustainable.

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Published by Mark Morris on 30 Oct 2013

Transforming Halloween?

Do you know what happened October 31, 1517?

Find out when you read Albert Mohler’s article below on the history of Halloween and an appropriate Christian response.

WEDNESDAY • October 30, 2013

From AlbertMohler.com

WEDNESDAY • October 30, 2013

Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction turned out to be an understatement, and this great conflict continues into the 21st century.

The issue of Halloween presses itself annually upon the Christian conscience. Acutely aware of dangers new and old, many Christian parents choose to withdraw their children from the holiday altogether. Others choose to follow a strategic battle plan for engagement with the holiday. Still others have gone further, seeking to convert Halloween into an evangelistic opportunity. Is Halloween really that significant?

Well, Halloween is a big deal in the marketplace. Halloween is surpassed only by Christmas in terms of economic activity. Reporting in 2007, David J. Skal estimated: “Precise figures are difficult to determine, but the annual economic impact of Halloween is now somewhere between 4 billion and 6 billion dollars depending on the number and kinds of industries one includes in the calculations.” As of 2012, that total exceeded $8 billion. Read the full article

Published by Mark Morris on 23 Jan 2013

Strangers Next Door

J.D. Payne has written a helpful book on migration and ministry among diaspora population segments.

Check out my review of the book at The Gospel Coalition.

Book Reviews

Strangers Next Door

J. D. Payne | Review by: Mark Morris


J. D. Payne. Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press 2012. 206 pp. $15.00.

In light of projections from early census data, Michael Cooper of The New York Times reported on December 12 that very soon the United States will no longer be considered a nation consisting of a majority and multiple minorities. He insists the new census data points to the United States becoming a “plurality.” “The term ‘minority,’ at least as used to describe racial and ethnic groups in the United States,” Cooper writes, “may need to be retired or rethought soon.” Cooper explains that by the end of this decade “no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of children under 18. And in about three decades, no single group will constitute a majority of the country as a whole.”

No doubt J. D. Payne’s Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission comes at an appropriate time in our nation’s history. The book effectively informs Western Christians—particularly North Americans—about God’s kingdom activity as it relates to the movement of people across the globe. An ethnographer, a demographics guru, or an urban strategist might consider Strangers Next Door a mile wide and an inch deep. I would argue the breadth and depth is just right for the American audience. Read More

Published by Mark Morris on 02 Apr 2012

World Religions

I have had the joy over the past four weeks to teach a World Religions course at Victory University. What a privilege to interact with 27 students regarding their own faith in Christ in light of a study of Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, several cults and new religious movements.

We began our course with Christianity, taking a look into what it means to be an effective cross-cultural worker for Christ. So far we have studied ancient religions of Iraq and Iran, Judaism, and we are about to dig into Hinduism. We hope to visit a Hindu temple this weekend.

We are reminded that God reigns supreme.  He is Lord of all. He is the one true God and there is no other before Him.

Each of us who knows Christ has a responsibility to know what we believe, understand what others believe, pray for them, learn effective cross-cultural Gospel communication, and give an answer for the faith we have in Jesus. This knowledge of Christ is faith that requires a response. A lack of response, is actually a response with clear results.

My growing concern is that we Christians don’t even know what we believe, much less, how to relate our own faith with people from another religions.

Find out, today, what it is that you believe and in whom it is that you put your faith.

That All May Hear

Mark Morris

Published by Mark Morris on 28 Jan 2012

10-30 Window, A New People Group

One of my missionary frustrations since the 1990’s is the mismatching of various  terms regarding Unreached, Unengaged Unreached, People Groups, Unevangelized, Last Frontier, etc. etc.  I’ve given up on any attempt to preserve the purity of terminology.  So I offer you Danny Akin’s article below, in the spirit of giving up on preserving the term “unreached” for those people groups which have no scripture in the language, no access to gospel witness, and no indigenous churches among them.

Danny Akin, cites a World Magazine article by Eric Larsen and Jonathan Taylor who alert the church to a generational phenomenon which deserves our attention. I won’t even attempt to argue that Larsen and Taylor misuse the term unreached. Nevertheless, the article makes a good point. Larsen and Taylor call our attention to a present and future generation between the ages of 10 and 30.

Akin makes a good point that this phenomenon should lead the church to “prioritize time, energy and resources to reach this massive unreached people group with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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Published by Mark Morris on 09 Dec 2010

Solemn Assembly Transforms Church

God is doing a mighty thing as churches in the Northwest come together for solemn assemblies. Scott Brewer recently challenged pastors to consider what God might do in them and in their congregations through such sincere and heartfelt gatherings. The following article is from Baptist Press.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 | by Erin Roach

In response to a challenge from Scott Brewer, president of the Northwest Baptist Convention, pastors and lay leaders at the annual meeting went forward to pray about initiating a time of repentance and renewal in their congregations. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Baptist Convention

REDMOND, Wash. (BP)–A pastor in Washington state led his congregation to observe a solemn assembly this fall, to repent of sins and seek God intensely — and lives were changed. Now he is challenging other churches to throw off the grip of worldliness and set aside a day for repentance and renewed commitment.

“I’m absolutely convinced that if there is not a significant awakening in the church, we’re in serious trouble,Scott Brewer, pastor of Meadowbrook Church in Redmond, Wash., told Baptist Press.

We are well past answers found in new strategies and new innovations and the best that we can produce. I think by and large, our churches are void of a manifest sense of God’s presence that results in His empowerment of the mission,” Brewer said.

Though his idea for a solemn assembly grew out of a personal retreat with God a year ago, Brewer said he was encouraged by the call of Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright and other SBC leaders for churches to observe a solemn assembly in January.

“It basically served to confirm in my own heart something I felt like God was up to, not just in our region but across our country,” said Brewer, who is serving a second term as president of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

Once he believed God was leading him to initiate a time of solemn assembly at Meadowbrook, Brewer took the idea to fellow church leaders and they began having prayer and confession time during their meetings. At a fall retreat, Brewer presented the idea again and led in a preliminary solemn assembly.

The pastor taught on the holiness of God for four Sundays leading up to the church-wide event.

“Some of the remarks initially were more questioning about why I was giving so much attention and emphasis to sin and to holiness and to confession,” Brewer said. “I just kind of kept pressing forward, saying I think God wants us to continue on this note until He’s through, whatever that looks like.”

As the date of the solemn assembly, Oct. 16, drew nearer and people got more of a sense of what they would be doing, some were eager.

“They were like, ‘I can’t wait until this. I just feel like God’s going to do something special in my life.'”

Others were fearful of the idea, he said.

“They were like, ‘I think you’re going to ask me to do things I’ve never done before. I’ve been a Christian for 10 years and I’ve never confessed any sin to anybody. Why are you asking me to do this?’ That was a little more of the minority, but to their credit they were honest about it and then they showed up, overcoming their fears,” Brewer said.

The congregation averages 200 people on Sundays, and 67 adults participated in the solemn assembly on that Saturday in October. Brewer said more people would have come if childcare had been provided.

“It was a pretty strong percentage. It was higher than I anticipated,” he said of attendance.

Another obstacle for some, he said, was the length of the event. Church leaders had asked that participants commit to the entire five hours.

“I began the day with a brief reflection on Joel 2 and introduced the whole idea of a solemn assembly. After that, I invited everybody to engage in a private exercise of going through 20-something questions that kind of probed their life about whether they were in alignment with God on this or that or the other,” Brewer said.

“After close to an hour of that personal time, we reconvened. Then they got with a prayer partner of the same gender and basically spent the next 45 minutes in confession with one another, verbalizing what they had written down in the private time.

“It was the first time that the majority of them had ever had verbal confession with a trusted other on sins like that. It was pretty powerful. When we reconvened after that, I had everyone get into their small groups that they meet with every week, and in a similar fashion, they went through a Scripture text that had them praying for one another and confessing their sins to one another,” the pastor said.

Brewer had asked the group to fast for a day and a half before the solemn assembly, and they broke the fast with the Lord’s Supper during the gathering. Then they ate lunch together.

“Following lunch, we finished the whole time in an emphasis on what God has done with us individually and collectively with other churches. Basically, I cast a vision for being a catalyst for other churches and a catalyst for something that God might be stirring across our convention and across our town. At the point of commitment, everyone — 100 percent — stood in commitment to be faithful to follow God in that way,” Brewer said.

Katie Harris, who participated in the solemn assembly at Meadowbrook, told Baptist Press that the questionnaire at the beginning led her to realize she was “just a really busted, broken person.”

“Outwardly, I may have seemed like I was leading a good life, but inside I was harboring hurtful sins,” she said.

Harris had struggled with anger and jealously following a miscarriage, and it wasn’t until the solemn assembly that she realized those were sins that were separating her from God.

“That realization and following confession were like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders, and I knew God led me to take part in the solemn assembly as a way of starting my emotional and spiritual recovery from our loss,” she said. “Over the following days and weeks, He kept working in me and speaking to me through others.

“I feel like without my experience at the solemn assembly, I would’ve been oblivious to His promptings and kept trying to put on the happy facade I’d been wearing for months. Now, the anger, bitterness and jealousy are gone. Instead, there is peace in my heart because I took that time at the assembly to fully examine myself for all that I am, and not just what others see of me,” Harris said.

Anna Delapaz, another church member, stayed at home with her children while her husband attended the solemn assembly, but God nevertheless spoke to her about getting her heart right.

“I really had to lay down a lot of things in my heart as far as selfish things, as far as worry and anxiety, and just step out in faith,” Delapaz told Baptist Press.

“… What I got from the idea of the solemn assembly was it was not just a purging of our selfish things or our internal checks but it was also for us to walk in His power and start seeing where God is answering prayers that maybe we’re not seeing,” Delapaz said. “It’s about being able to start walking in a faith that may be very uncomfortable for us. We’re seeing it. I’m seeing a lot of people start to wake up to sort of a new phase of what’s going on after all of this.

“For me, it’s been about really walking in His power. It’s not just an emptying but a filling up to be able to reach others. It’s not just about ourselves. It’s for others as well,” Delapaz said.

Brewer presented the idea of a solemn assembly during a Northwest convention executive board meeting earlier this year, and at least a couple other pastors led such events in their churches. They told their stories at the convention’s annual meeting in November, and Brewer told about Meadowbrook before issuing a challenge for pastors and lay leaders to initiate repentance in their congregations.

“I received 42 commitment cards from pastors that they would be pursuing the Lord individually in this kind of way as well as leading their church into a solemn assembly experience and to partner with other churches in their area,” Brewer said, adding that he is following up with those 42 and inviting others to join the emphasis.

In a video posted on www.pray4sbc.com, Wright, the SBC president, said the call to solemn assembly “is about returning to our first love of Jesus Christ.”

“In our convention, in our churches and our lives, we have allowed materialism, we’ve allowed hedonism, workaholism and busyness, technology obsession, all kinds of other interests of the world to just invade and, really, become bigger priorities than the priority of our relationship with Jesus Christ,” Wright said. “We need to fall in love with Jesus again in a new and fresh way. We need to return to our first love.”

Wright’s call was affirmed by members of the SBC’s Great Commission Council, which is composed of the heads of the convention’s entities. They issued a letter in November asking Southern Baptists to repent and come before God with a contrite heart.
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Erin Roach is a staff writer for Baptist Press. To see Baptist Press’ initial story on the call for churches to engage in a solemn assembly in January, go to http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=34079.

Published by Mark Morris on 22 Aug 2010

Excellent Local Church Mission Site

Most church web sites go a long way to create a cool ethos and welcoming “front door” to people dropping in to “kick the tires” before visiting. Most sites will also have podcasts and media available for download.  And many church web sites have at least a token “missions” page.  But few have an outstanding page that is both educational, inspirational and a tool for taking the next steps in local and global missions.

My friend Terry Sharp developed a great mission site for his church while serving as Minister of Missions at Long Hollow Baptist.  Take a look at this great site.  Check out the People Groups page and all the tools for getting involved.

Kudos to Long Hollow for a great mission web site.

http://www.longhollow.com/go/people_groups

Published by Mark Morris on 09 Jun 2010

Just tell the story…

Did you realize that three fourths of the world are oral communicators by choice.

50% of the adults in the United States are primarily oral communicators.

58% of the USA High school graduates have never read a book after graduating from High School.

42% of college graduates never read another book after graduating from college.

So what do we know about oral communicators?

  • Oral communicators can learn as well as literate people and their memory is superior to the average literate person’s memory. The problem is not one of learning but it is the presentation format through which info comes to them. Info must come to oral communicators through stories, parables, poems, music, songs, and other formats.
  • Most literates mistakenly believe that if they can outline the information or put it into a series of steps or principles, anyone, including oral communicators, can understand it and recall it.  Most oral communicators do not know how to process outlines, etc.

The point?  Most of the world prefers to learn through auditory means.  They like to hear stories and proverbs.

So what does that mean for people who can read?

It means that its time to simplify. It’s time to start from the beginning, from creation and tell the stories as they are recorded in God’s word. Most of the world is waiting for us to tell God’s stories to them.  Here’s one to start with.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning — the first day.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.  God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning — the second day.  And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.   God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.  Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.


God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning — the fourth day.  And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”  And there was evening, and there was morning — the fifth day.  And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.  God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground — everything that has the breath of life in it — I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.  God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Published by Mark Morris on 09 May 2010

Contemporvant – These Are My People

Many of you have asked, so Mark who are these non-traditional churches that you work with? Someone recently sent me the answer.

It’s a combination of cool, relevant, contemporary, and profound, transparent and well…cool.

Check out this video because it articulates it for me.

This may be your church.  If it is, then you are my people.

See video.

Published by Mark Morris on 02 Apr 2010

IMB & NAMB-The Key For Our Children

Ok – this is the last post on this subject.  As some of us looked at issues the next leaders of the SBC should consider, here are the final thoughts I will share. I’m ready to move on to other topics.

Having spent the last couple of years examining non-traditional SBC churches in our midst, my bias is that in the minds of young church leaders there is a disconnect between Cooperative Program and the very thing that led us to create the SBC – missions.  Whether or not there is a connection is not the point – the perception of such is my point.  The perception is gaining that there is no connection between being a Southern Baptist and actually supporting and doing missions.  We’ve done it to ourselves by becoming a convention that is dominated by value added services (which evidently fewer people are asking for) and by compromising the prioritization of missions as our purpose. Naturally, many folks have come to the conclusion that our re-prioritization of missions is the answer. So, what I have to say here is nothing revolutionary  –  just so obvious.

The IMB and NAMB are the key to SBC winning the ongoing partnership of the children of Southern Baptists.

The IMB and NAMB are collaborative ministries built on the volitional, financial and spiritual cooperation of autonomous, biblical, distinct churches each bearing the tenants of Southern Baptists. The origins and the glue of Southern Baptists is wrapped up in biblical churches willingly joining together to give and pray and preach and go to disciple disparate peoples toward faith in Jesus Christ. We arrived at our missional heights through among other things, this tool we call Cooperative Program giving. Thank the Lord for the gift of CP and the dedication of generations of Southern Baptists who have made the connection between their gifts and missions work around the world. Today, the system has become so many steps removed from feet on the ground that it’s hard to explain how donations at my church actually make it to SBC mission activity.  When church members learn about the tiny percentages that actually arrive on the mission field, they jump to the correct conclusion that our commitment to the SBC is not necessarily as much of a commitment to missions as they assumed.  I’ve watched people become distraught as they learn the break down of where their CP dollars go.

It goes without saying that those miniscule percentages of financial distribution to missions must be reversed, state by state if churchmen in those states are going to have their faith restored in giving through the traditional CP mechanism. We’ve got to stop calling anything and everything missions. State and local leadership need to understand that CP was not created to keep hundreds of convention staff employed.  CP was created to keep 600 missionaries from attritioning off the field; rather CP should be keeping all of  the 5,600 and more missionaries on the field. In actual fact the CP is not about the missionaries – it’s about the Great Commission and the missionaries are just one critical piece of that.  Another critical piece is churches who are engaged in lostness at home and abroad.  I guess the message to churches who vote to approve the same weak percentages year after year is, “Why do we accept the status-quo?  Change the state conventions’ budgets.” Until we are willing to make those drastic changes financially, we are going to continue to see children of Southern Baptists lose interest for lack of our own credibility.

In addition, I believe that the user-friendliness and a growing service-orientation of the IMB and NAMB is key to our children understanding the need to partner with The Southern Baptist Convention in missions.  As servants of Southern Baptist churches, both the IMB and NAMB must play a multiplicative, catalytic, and service role, which maximizes the spread of the gospel and the impact of global discipleship. If the IMB and NAMB, as instruments of the SBC are to win the hearts of our children and grandchildren, we will do so by helping churches fulfill their mission of winning the lost, planting multiplying churches and reaching the least reached around the world and at home.

Currently, the preponderance of SBC missionaries are not focused on serving North American churches in their mission to reach the world.  Missionaries are focused on doing excellent mission work – laboring night and day to start effective churches globally or here in North America – which has been our paradigm for generations.

In the future, doing excellent mission work will not be enough.

While we cannot give up doing effective mission work, missionaries have to add to their full plates, the role of joyfully serving and mentoring North American churches in missions. This is a sacrifice for missionaries who have given their lives to serving the lost not serving complacent North American churches.  My sense is that this step backwards is a necessary step to dramatically mobilize laborers personally and financially.  Particularly among younger adults, I’m convinced that without personal involvement with church planters and field missionaries, giving and going with the IMB and NAMB will not follow. In addition to missionaries mentoring, there is a great movement of missionally engaged pastors and church leaders who have much to teach and share with our missionaries about engaging the lost.  We live in a global village and back-and-forth mentoring is needed across the globe.

Not only must missionaries learn to serve local churches, the SBC must back missionaries by marketing and communication about the opportunity to give directly to mission agencies and projects as well as to the Cooperative Program. By discouraging direct giving we are sending Southern Baptist dollars to other missionaries and other mission entities. Generations of missionaries have been taught to go far and to go deep in planting roots as missionaries around the world.  In recent years some missionaries have adapted their methodologies to rapidly advance the spread of church planting movements among the least reached.  Since the advent of short-term mission trips, some missionaries have been learning that they play a new role in mobilizing and equipping and serving churches.  The result is that pastors and lay leaders come to the field like never before.  Short-term trips are not going away and the role of North American churches in direct missions around the world is here to stay.  The difference between us and Independent missionaries is that they have seen that their fund-raising is directly connected to their ability to mobilize and equip and partner with individuals and with North American churches.  For other agencies short term trips yield direct funds for mission work.  For us, short term trips motivate older Southern Baptist to give more to the Cooperative Program.   That just doesn’t work so well for younger Southern Baptists. To win the hearts of churches that are led by the children of Southern Baptists, IMB and NAMB missionaries must become as effective as our independent missionary colleagues at serving local churches in their mission and by giving them the opportunity to give directly to meet the needs they have experienced first hand.  At the same time, the SBC Executive Committee must not only support this effort but must accentuate the opportunity to give Cooperatively and Directly to support NAMB and the IMB.

Other mission agencies work hard to win their financial support and to partner in the advance of the Gospel.  Our missionaries overseas are not allowed to raise more support and even if they did it would not add food to their tables, whereas independent missionaries have a very clear financial need and motivation to raise support constantly. Could the future of the IMB  be built upon a change in the DNA of our missionary culture, which encourages but does not demand missionaries to be active mobilizers-through-service? Our ability to become servants of churches may win the hearts and the pockets of younger Southern Baptists. Regardless of the success or demise of the Cooperative Program, it seems to me that the effective funding of missions by future Southern Baptist churches will be tied to NAMB and IMB’s ability to provide value-added service among our church sending base.

As a missionary, I don’t like what I’m saying here. It just adds one more duty to the already over-worked missionaries.  As unseemly as it feels coming out of my on mouth, I am afraid that our missionaries in a competitive marketplace with other mission organizations.-competitive only in the sense of dollars and cents.  In the past we’ve never had to worry about financially needing 600 missionaries to either retire or not extend their service in order to reduce our numbers by 600. That day is here now.  How many more missionaries must return home before we consider a foundational change.  The answer is not found in berating SBC churches for not giving more. Unfortunately, our SBC mission entities and their personnel are going to have to painfully participate in the process of changing the current trend.  It simply is not acceptable that 600 missionaries must be attritioned into retirement.  Only a game-changing shift across the board will change this trend and our new leaders must be willing to change the role that missionaries of the IMB and NAMB contribute to the solution.

So the question remains, will young Southern Baptist reengage the mission of Southern Baptists?  Will the world sink or swim on the answer to that question?  (Obviously not.)

DNA is caught more than taught and it is the missionaries and some of our missional pastors and leaders who have that DNA “in their bellies.”  So, if missions is to be restored to its rightful place as our SBC core value, then our missionaries and our missional pastors and church leaders are going to be the ones to teach and mentor the next generation of Southern Baptists.

That’s all on this subject. Now let’s turn our hearts to the reason for our worship – the risen Lord.

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