Southern Baptist Messianic Jews Focus on Relationship Building With Evangelism

Ric Worshill (left), executive director of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, and Bruce Stokes (right) president of the SBMF discuss business at the SBMF annual meeting Sunday, June 9 in Birmingham.

The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) focused on both business and relationship building at their annual gathering, held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

Ric Worshill, executive director of the Southern Baptist Fellowship, spoke June 9 about the importance of connecting and building relationships with the other Southern Baptist entities. The SBMF is primarily composed of Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus Christ as Messiah).

“It used to be said that we were the best kept secret in the Southern Baptist Convention, and I wanted to change that,” Worshill said. “We need the people in our fellowship to connect with others in the Southern Baptist Convention, and we need the Southern Baptist Convention to know that we are here to do Jewish evangelism and to help them do Jewish evangelism because we know how.”

The fellowship has a booth at the annual meeting where they have resources for the local church to use in ministering and evangelizing to Jewish people. Currently there are more than 300 members of the group including 20 foreign missionaries, although this year’s gathering drew a smaller crowd because the SBC annual meeting fell on what Jews refer to as the Shavuot, also known as Pentecost which is celebrated 50 days after the resurrection.

During their business meeting, the fellowship specifically discussed the relationship between the SBMF and the SBC Executive Committee.

SBMF President Bruce Stokes noted new Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd recently asked all of the different ethnic and language groups within the SBC to send him a summation and purpose statement before he meets with them in early August. The fellowship also spent time in their business meeting going over reports from this past year as well as going over both previous business and new business for the fellowship.

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Source: Baptist Press