Category Archives for Evangelism

Summary: The New NAMB is NOT Working!

May 18, 2017

By Will McRaney, Founder
The Church Strengthening Network

At the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Kevin Ezell, the President of the North American Mission Board spoke to SBC Messengers. He asked the question: “Is the New NAMB Working? Dr. Ezell answered the question with anecdotes, stories about good things happening in the lives of individuals and families who were connecting with Christ through the ministries of new churches. His answer to the question he raised was “YES!” Continue reading

The New NAMB: Part 7 Is It Working? Oversight and Accountability

May 9, 2017
Dr. Will McRaney
Founder, The Church
Strengthening Network

No “ifs” “ands” or “buts” about it. Off the record, national leaders verbally acknowledge it—the SBC Trustee system is broken. The Trustee men and women who are serving are not broken and are people of goodwill, but the systems and the climates that surround their work are broken.

In the following article, I will lay out the challenges as I see them, recognizing that I have a limited, but highly personal experience that informs matters related to SBC Trustees. I will open with an example from my situation before moving to affirm the people and vital roles of our SBC Trustees. I will then explore some current challenges that have demanded much from our Trustees of three of our SBC entities. I will sprinkle my experience throughout and then conclude with information on the primary question of the article which relates to the Oversight and Accountability workings of the Trustees under the New NAMB.

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The New NAMB: Part 6 Is It Working? The President

April 28, 2017
Dr. Will McRaney
Founder, The Church
Strengthening Network


A sacred trust exists between the President of NAMB and Southern Baptists. One man is entrusted with enormous power, prestige, and resources to shape individual lives and direct the mission of the SBC in North America. Southern Baptists sacrificially invest themselves and their resources, for the sake of an eternal purpose, to the tune of $120 million every year. The President of NAMB makes decisions that impact staffers and thousands of planters and evangelists all across North America.   The President is responsible to live honorably before God and man, to steward the financial resources, to steward both the staff and the missionaries who represent SBC efforts in Alpharetta across the land, and to set the direction and priorities for Southern Baptists in reaching North America. 

This essay is the sixth and final installment of a series entitled “The New NAMB: Is it Working?” It is offered as a rebuttal to the report by Dr. Kevin Ezell to the messengers of the SBC Annual meeting in June 2016, entitled, “It is working.” I have sought to ask and answer several “better” questions than the weaker ones NAMB has been asking. This article will address the question: Have NAMB leaders reflected Christ in their attitudes and actions with others as they steward the trust placed in them by SBC churches and members?

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