by Ron Hale
He has served as Pastor, Church Planter, Strategist (NAMB), Director of Missions, and Associate Executive Director of Evangelism and Church Planting for a State Convention, and now in the 4th quarter of ministry as Minister of Missions.
Can you picture in your mind the most magnificent church that you have ever entered? For me it was walking into St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.
Seeing the big picture, the architect must have initially pictured and purposed the Cathedral in his mind. He studied the lay of the land and marked out the length and width of the building — first conceptually, then onto paper in design drawings. Yet, the concept preceded the construction.
Eventually men with rougher hands marked out the outer walls with stakes or markers in preparation for building. They studied the plan and began to dig the foundation and lay stones. Therefore, the “marking out” of the building plan beforehand was imperative.
by Dan Nelson
For 28 years, Dan Nelson has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Camarillo, Calif. Pastor Nelson will submit a series of posts to SBCToday about people who influenced him for the sake of evangelism.
Bryce Evans was pastor of Agricola Baptist Church when I reconfirmed my call to preach. I was licensed and ordained under his ministry there. Brother Evans was a great encourager to me. He heard me speak in an opening session on youth day in our church and almost immediately scheduled me to preach on Sunday morning. He encouraged me to get all the training I could get while I was young. He had taught at Clarke College in Newton, Miss., before coming to Agricola. Although I did not attend Clarke, he concurred with my decision to go to William Carey College. He even took me to enroll and get settled there.
Brother Evans was a model of ministry evangelism. By that I mean he did evangelism in the course of ministry wherever he went. Many times he would ask: “Want to go visiting with me?” He believed in taking someone else with him when he visited. In revival meetings he would be sure to take the evangelist to as many people as possible and introduce him to unsaved people for an opportunity to share the Gospel with them.