Category Archives for SBC

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 Joyful Life of A Pastor’s Wife- Part 1

May 15, 2017

By Kara Barnette, Pastor’s Wife
Faith Baptist Church  Faith, North Carolina

When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow-up to be Pat Benatar.

What wasn’t to love about my favorite pop singer?  A sultry voice, sky-high stiletto heels, and rockin’ 80’s eye shadow.  Countless hours of my youth were spent singing into a hairbrush microphone, entertaining an imaginary sold-out crowd in my bedroom with Pat Benatar hits like Hit Me With Your Best Shot and We Belong.  But the most powerful lyrics belonged to my favorite song, Invincible

We can’t afford to be innocent

Stand up and face the enemy

It’s a do or die situation

We will be invincible

I didn’t grow-up to be Pat Benatar.  Thankfully, the Lord had better plans for me than I had for myself.   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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