Southern Baptist Convention Creates New Evangelism and Leadership Group to Help Encourage and Equip Pastors and Church Plants

The Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board has announced the creation of a new evangelism and leadership group meant to help pastors and church plants.

NAMB named Jim Law, executive pastor at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, a megachurch with approximately 6,000 regular weekly attendance, as the new group’s first executive director.

“I want to help make evangelism the top priority and help pastors lead their people in that direction,” said Law in a statement released Sunday.

Law also stated that he believed younger pastors are among “the sharpest leaders we have” in the SBC, expressing optimism that the new group will aid them in their ministries.

“They are our future. We need to start investing in them more and give them seats around the table. That is one of my priorities,” continued Law.

“We won’t have a denomination tomorrow if we don’t develop these young leaders. We need their enthusiasm in the SBC.”

The new group will, among other things, have a national evangelism team comprised of North American pastors who will help make new resources for churches to utilize when evangelizing.

According to NAMB, these new resources will include expanded equipping events through the Timothy-Barnabus ministry that will focus on particular areas of pastoral leadership.

An organization that focuses on multiple issues including poverty, disaster relief, and foster care, NAMB stated in their announcement that they saw this as a “new effort in evangelism.”

In June, NAMB President Kevin Ezell told the messengers at the SBC’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas that his board was looking to improve evangelism efforts.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski