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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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Crude Comments, Harsh Harangues and Ignored Instructions Four Blocked Commenters, Three Removed Threads, Two Swamped Moderators and One Failed Reconciliation

March 30, 2017

Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316

Well, a storm blew in the other day that I was not expecting in the least. It was like a monsoon of madness, a blizzard of bitterness and a hurricane of hatred all at the same time. I have never seen anything like it at SBC Today and I hope never to see anything like it again.

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