Category Archives for Evangelism

The New NAMB: Part 2 Is It Working? Analyzing our Baptism Results

April 19, 2017
Dr. Will McRaney
Founder, The Church
Strengthening Network

At the 2016 SBC Annual Meeting, when Dr. Kevin Ezell presented a report from the North American Mission Board entitled It’s Working, he was referring to the implementation of NAMB’s new strategy over the past six years. However, his version of the storyline does not match the facts.

Is It Working? The answer to this question is a resounding “no” in light of the evangelistic results actually reported by SBC churches and church plants. While this is certainly not the kind of news anyone wishes to hear, the data nevertheless supports such a conclusion, which may explain why certain facts were either missing or misused in Dr. Ezell’s report. Baptisms per church have declined 18.7% during Ezell’s six-year tenure.

This essay is the second part of a series entitled The New NAMB—Is It Working? In the first part, the questions asked and answered by Dr. Ezell in his report were exposed as weaker questions than the better questions we are asking and answering in this series. Today’s “better question” is this one: How are Southern Baptists doing in evangelism as seen in baptism reports and in correlating comparisons under the New NAMB?

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The New NAMB: Part 1 Is It Working? And How Would You Know?

April 18, 2017
Dr. Will McRaney
Founder, The Church
Strengthening Network

At the 2016 SBC Annual Meeting in St. Louis, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell presented a video report entitled It Is Working. The “It” he referenced was the New NAMB strategy of “increasing the amount of its resources devoted to church planting.” But is it really working? Is the post-Great Commission Resurgence New NAMB producing the results as advertised in press releases?

Before this conclusion can be reached, Southern Baptists must determine the questions to ask and the results to examine. A thorough exploration of the results based upon carefully chosen research questions must be completed at this critical time in the life of our country, the SBC, and the New NAMB. 

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Evangelism Is Not A Spiritual Gift

April 11, 2017


By Matt Queen, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs

      Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note:  This article originally appeared at theologicalmatters.com and is used by permission.

The 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz portrays the fantasy tale of Dorothy Gale’s journey to the Emerald City in order to inquire of its wizard the way home from Oz to Kansas. While on the yellow brick road to the city, she encounters and subsequently enlists a brainless Scarecrow, a hollow-chested Tin Man, and a cowardly Lion. In addition to Dorothy’s wish to go home, the Scarecrow desires a thinking brain; the Tin Man, a beating heart; and the Lion, ferocious courage. Continue reading

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