WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) hosted its fourth Annual Mission Strategist (AMS) Conference for ministry leaders, pastors, and associational leaders from 14 states.
“I honestly believe many of our biggest obstacles in North American missions today find their best answers at the local association,” said Keelan Cook, instructor of missiology and George Liele Director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies at SEBTS. “I am convinced our local Baptist associations are one of the most strategic layers of ministry in our Convention.”
During the Aug. 9-10 conference, speakers reminded associational leaders that they are uniquely positioned to equip, mobilize and network local churches, enabling fruitful partnerships for regional ministry. Associational leaders not only support healthy multiplying churches but also help to revitalize or replant declining and plateauing churches. As a trusted encouragement to local churches, the ministry of associational leaders is integral to regional efforts to fulfill the Great Commission.
“Because of their relational investment in regional churches, associational mission strategists are respected leaders among the pastors in their associations,” said Chris Allen, assistant director of church and convention relations at SEBTS. “Their strategic position of influence makes them powerful Great Commission catalysts if they remain forward thinking. Southeastern loves sharing our Great Commission vision with these leaders as we work together to train and mobilize Baptists to serve the local church.”
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Source: Baptist Press