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Newsjournal Of Kansas and Nebraska Southern Baptists

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September 2014 Vol. 58 No. 9
Baptist
igest
Preliminary work on the Dining Hall expansion at Webster Conference Center, Salina,
Kan., started in late July with removing trees. (Photos by Sarah Jaster and Eva Wilson)
Preliminary Work Begins
On WCC Dining Hall Project
KNCSB to Partci-
pate in Midwest
Leadership Summit
Jon Sapp (right), KNCSB Evangelism Leader, talks with Tim
Lubinus, Executive Director of the Iowa Baptist Convention,
about the Midwest Leadership Summit to be held in Spring-
feld, Ill. on January 20-22, 2015. Related information can
be found on pages 2, 6, and 8.
Super Summer Has
Another Great Year
(See related article on page 5)
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GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
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and how it relates to all sizes of churches.
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ries and information that will appeal to all generations
of Southern Baptists in NE-KS.
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regular columns and helps for families and leaders who
work with families.
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KS-NE.
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and congregations involved in missions and regularly
publicize ministry opportunities.
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discover that they are part of the larger work of the
Kingdom of God through their ministries.
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By Georges Boujakly
KNCSB State Director of Missions
E-mail: gboujakly@kncsb.org
Are We Truly the People of the Book We Claim to Be?
Southern Baptists have been called the People of the
Book for a long time. But are we?
Other than a few verses of Scripture that are oft
repeated in church, can you
recite from memory a pas-
sage, a section, a chapter, or
even a larger portion of the
word of God?
What are the last 5 books
of the Bible that youve read
through? Are you familiar
enough with a Book of the
Bible that you can mull it
over in your mind in such a
way as to occupy your time
for quite a while?
When teaching, leading,
or preaching how well does
the whole sweep of Scrip-
ture fgure in what you do?
Jesus requires that his students be like him. The
student is not above his teacher, but when the student
is formed he will be like his teacher (Luke 6:40). Heres
what we know of Jesus relationship with Scripture.
He practically quoted from every section of the Old
Testament. He also alluded to every section of the Old
Testament. He had such a frm grip on the Scripture
that we can tell that his mind was saturated by the
Word of God to the point that he could refer to it at the
drop of a hat.
In the Gospels Jesus is constantly quoting the Old
Testament. He knew the 10 commandments from
Exodus; he knew the Mosaic Law from Deuteronomy;
Isaiah was not far from his instant recall; nor were
the other prophets unfamiliar to him. He read Daniel
himself in mind. He spoke to the disciples on the road
to Emmaus and told them how to fnd him in the whole
Old Testament. And the Psalms? O the Psalms formed
his heart and prepared him to sufer more than any-
thing else because he internalized them.
Jesus hid the word of God in his heart and he lived in
total obedience to it before God. None of the commu-
nications Jesus received from the Father were matters of
strong impressions or hindsight of supernatural events
(nor are they for us either). The primary manner of
communication from God to humankind is the Word of
Walking With the Master
The Thought Occurred to Me
By Bob Mills
KNCSB Executive Director
E-mail: bmills@kncsb.org
So many fantastic things are happening, I hardly
know where to begin. First, I want to share some excit-
ing news with you about the Future Directions Task
Force. We are in the very last stages of pulling the
report together to first share with the KNCSB Mission
Board and then at our October annual meeting in
Hutchinson, Kansas.
This Task Force has worked very hard trying to posi-
tion our state convention in such a way as to move into
the future efficiently and effectively. The goal was to
determine how the state convention could best service
our churches. The state convention is really about
helping churches fulfill the Great Commission in our
region and in our world.
The reason we exist as a staff is to serve our church-
es. We have moved from a program-based organization
to a ministry-based organization. We have moved into
a totally new partnership with the North American
Mission Board that will allow for more effective inter-
facing of our two organizations. I am very pleased
with this new covenant with the North American
Mission Board.
Second, HOLD THESE DATES January 20-22,
2015 in Springfield, Illinois, for AdvanceThe
Midwest Leadership Summit. This leadership summit
format is based along the lines of what some of us have
experienced at Glorieta and Ridgecrest mission weeks
in years gone by.
This conference is designed to build stronger
churches and leaders. We are expecting about 1,300
participants, coming from the ten Midwest state con-
ventions. The first seventy have their hotel accom-
modations covered by the state convention (double
occupancy).
Representatives from our Midwestern region
planned this event for our Midwestern region partici-
pants. There will be three plenary sessions (worship),
with people like our own Andy Addis, Gary Frost, Eric
God, or Gods speaking to us (Dallas Willard, Hearing
God). Jesus heard constantly from his Father because he
was constantly hiding his Word in his heart.
Not only did Jesus quote Scriptures constantly, but
also his language was peppered with allusions to the
Old Testament, his Bible. As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man is one ex-
ample of dozens.
The questions Im being confronted with still stand:
Does the accusation of being a person of the Book stick
to me? I feel convicted. I suspect you might too.
I can hear the objection (self-justifcation)!
But we dont have to memorize the Bible so much
today. After all it is present everywhere. When I look
on my shelves, lo multiple hard copies are there. If I
reach in my pocket for my device, behold! Its there
too. When I gaze upon my desk, the Word is there. And
theres no shortage to Bibles streaming down the Inter-
net highways and byways! A little computer chip can
contain the whole Bible. Doesnt this eliminate the need
to memorize? Its all at my fngertips! Isnt it obsolete to
commit anything to memory any more? If I need to look
a verse up, Ill let my fngers do the walking. If I need to
read its only a click away. Why memorize?
Some might even say that Jesus needed to memorize
large portions of the Word of God because there was
no way to carry so many volumes of rolled up parch-
ments? Is there no limit to self-justifcation and lazi-
ness?
Heres the thing: The Bible doesnt say I have hid
Gods Word in your smartphone that you may not sin
against Him. It doesnt say His word is the lamp unto
your iPad and a light on your iPod. It doesnt say the
Bible should be lined up neatly on your shelf. The only
storage device the Bible needs is our heart. Why the
heart? Because thats where God does his life chang-
ing work.
The smartphone will not change us because the Bible
is on it. The book will not change us because it sits on
the shelf. Change will come when we train by memo-
rizing Gods communication with us. His purposes for
our godliness are transmitted to us via our hearts (1
Timothy 4:7-8). Our obedience and overcoming tempta-
tion would be a reality if we treasured the Word of God
in our hearts.
The heart needs to be protected. The case for this pro-
tection is the Word of God. Just like a book cover pro-
tects the pages inside of it so the Word of God protects
the heart. I have to keep my heart with all vigilance, for
from it fow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). Satura-
tion leads to vigilance. The night guard doesnt make
one weep in the building to keep thieves away. He is
vigilant to guard the place by constantly going back and
forth. The heart sufers from twists and turns that are
evil in nature. The only remedy to that is the corrective
power of the Word of God downloaded into my heart.
Walking with the Master, without a constant eye on
Jesus and a vigilant protection of the heart will lead to
disaster. Hiding the word in our hearts will lead to a
life well lived under the guidance of the Creator who
breathed into his servants the very words we need to
live our lives with God.
Geiger, Frank Page Wanda
Lee and Jeff Iorg.
We are also planning 6
conference times with eigh-
teen (18) conferences offered
each time. The conferences
will include, spiritual forma-
tion, evangelism training,
church health issues, confer-
ences for women, basic lead-
ership development, church
planting, small groups, col-
legiate church, social issues,
coaching. etc.
THE ADVANCE 2015
LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
IS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHURCH LEADERS.
More information about how to register will be coming
your way very soon. Mark your calendar and plan to
attend.
Georges Boujakly
Bob Mills
Sharing & Strengthening
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By Andy Addis
KNCSB Convention President
E-mail: andy@crosspointnow.net
I love raising teenage boys!
The problem is theyre both adrenaline junkies.
Its impossible to take a family vacation that does not
include the risk of losing your life that is if you
want to have any fun.
We just spent the last
week camping in Colorado.
The agenda included hik-
ing trails that wed never
been on before, braving the
elements even in the midst
of storms, zip lining across
canyons and the ultimate
white water rafting!
This wasnt our first
experience. We white water
rafted once, three years ago.
So were experts now, right?
If youre not familiar,
white water rafting is rated
on a scale of 1 to 5. One
being a beginner anyone can paddle and five being a
you better know Jesus.
Three years ago our boys were preteens and too
young to actually hold the paddles in their hands. So,
we did a one with some mild twos.
But, with all that experience under our belt, we
decided to try the big stuff. Now, we have officially
rafted the Royal Gorge running whitewater at a scale of
threes and fours.
Yep, almost died the boys said it was great.
At one point in the middle of a strong four called
Sunshine Falls, one of the other rafts had what they
call a swimmer. Thats a euphemistic way of saying
somebody fell out of the boat.
It happened upstream from us about 100 feet. As
President s Perspective
soon as she hit the water our guide screamed, Save
herpaddle!
I was astounded. The intense life-saving training that
was offered to us on the 15 minute bus ride to the boat-
landing paid off.
Nathan flipped his paddle around and offered her
the handle end. She grabbed and he pulled her to the
raft.
Noah stood up as he was instructed and bent at the
waist to grab her life jacket. My wife reached across
and began to pull with him.
And, in a boat where there had been four Addi plus
a guide, now sat six huffing and puffing, waterlogged,
whitewater conquerors!
Im not kidding you, those were massive rapids
and daunting drops. Ive heard the term raging white
water before, Ive even seen pictures, but to be on the
inside well, thats just a whole new experience.
Whats amazing to me about our adventure is that
when you white water raft the Royal Gorge youre on
the Arkansas River.
Crashing and banging white water rapids, throw-
ing your body from one side of the boat to another.
Torrential speeds, and deafening sounds its quite a
ride!
But, have you had a chance to see the Arkansas River
as it flows through Kansas?
Its not so impressive.
I grew up in Great Bend, named after the great
bend in the Arkansas River. And if I can be truthful, I
remember hopping over the river several times in my
childhood.
They measure whitewater by cubic feet per second.
In other words, one cubic foot - about the size of a
basketball - flowing by per second is the standard of
measurement.
On the day we white water rafted, the flow of the
river was about 1200 basketballs per second going by. I
checked online, that same day, the same river in Great
Bend was flowing nine thats just sad isnt it?
How does a raging river flowing with power and
intensity turn into a trickle just a few miles down the
road?
The answer is simple.
There are lots of places along the way where it gets
drained.
I believe this is the church today. We are called to
be a raging, torrential flood of Gods amazing power,
grace and authority!
The reality is most of our churches are simply trick-
les.
Our strength and energies have been siphoned off
by too many programs, unneeded busywork, and a
variety of things that have just become a part of what
we do.
Just as irrigation programs and water rights tributar-
ies take the flow away from the Arkansas River, so do
many things in the church subtract from the true mis-
sion and vision of what we should be about.
The church needs to return to its primary focus. We
need to go into all the world and make disciples.
When we do that, thats where Jesus is. He said,
when we make disciples he would be with us always.
He is the guide on that boat, and we need to quit
being swimmers.
Its time for the church to return to being the raging
torrent of Gods power and effectiveness.
Lets get back in the boat!
By Jon Sapp
KNCSB Director of Evangelism
E-mail: jsapp@kncsb.org
Our Annual Meeting of Kansas-Nebraska church-
es will soon be upon us. I want to invite you to par-
ticipate in this years CrossOver event to be held in
Hutchinson, Kansas on October 11-13.
CrossOver Hutchinson will expand what we have
done in the past. The churches in Hutchinson are
planning for three days of focused events to touch
Hutch.
Saturday, October 11th we will demonstrate our
care for the people of Hutchinson as we work to
meet specific needs. You and the members of your
church could join in PrayerWalking, conducting
survey work, childrens clothing distribution, oil
changes or a one-day health clinic.
A block party and worship celebration will con-
clude the weekend Sunday afternoon. This event
will provide a place to celebrate what happened
on Saturday. The purpose for Sunday is to connect
those we serve on Saturday with the churches in
Hutchinson.
Monday morning, October 13th, we will
PrayerWalk selected sites and finish conducting sur-
God s Plan For Sharing
veys, if necessary.
These community events provide face to face con-
tact with those living in the host city of our Annual
Meeting. Our intent is
to demonstrate we are a
caring people and not just
conference attenders.
This years events are
hands on opportuni-
ties to use our skills and
interests collaborating
together as a people who
care. Focused opportuni-
ties such as changing oil
and providing health clin-
ics meet needs that can go
unmet.
Finally, these are reproducible ministry opportu-
nities. A growing number of churches and associa-
tions are reaching out to bring value to their local
mission fields. My hope is that these events would
be replicated in local settings across Kansas or
Nebraska.
CrossOver Hutchinson does not offer a new
Stewardship is your
response to every-
thing that God has
placed in your hands.
Andy Addis
Jon Sapp
task for us. We have already been called to be
the hands and feet of the Lord where we live and
serve. In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says, Truly I tell
you, whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
While these CrossOver ministries are not new
tasks, I trust these are creative and effective dem-
onstrations of being His servants.
Please make plans now to join us for all or part
of touching the Hutchinson community. For those
of you coming with a Monday arrival time, plan to
join us at 9:00am at CrossPoint Church at 1401 E.
30th Ave. for PrayerWalking and possible survey
work.
As we reach out to show Hutchinson that we care
and want to serve them, we are living out one of the
many forms of Gods Plan for Sharing.
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Annual Pastors Conference Com-
ing to Hutchinson in October
Chances are your church is growing more slowly than you would hope, or maybe it is
plateaued or declining. Chances are you have read some books and sought to bring
change. Chances are you have cried out to the Lord about it.
Toward Church Revitalization, our 2014 Pastors Conference with Dr. Terry Rials, of-
fers a proven, biblical approach for your consideration. Dr. Rials, an Oklahoma pastor
and recent MBTS DMin graduate, had these same concerns in the plateaued church
hed served for years. He went to the Bible, sought to apply what he learned, studied
how it worked, and shares his learning with us.
Toward Church Revitalization does not promise to be the answer, but proposes
biblical solutions for the issues we confront. Youll learn to assess the readiness for
change, how to prepare yourself as the revitalizer, and the fve basics for revitaliza-
tion.
Join us for this interactive learning experience 1:00-4:00pm, Monday, October 13th at
CrossPoint, Hutchinson before the Annual Meeting.
By John Mark Clifton
Pastor/Church Planting Specialist
email: johnmark@wornallroad.org
The small St. Louis suburb of Fergu-
son, Missouri has captured the attention
of our city and to some degree the world.
As followers of Jesus watch the events
unfold, our hearts are crushed with the
pain and raw anger on display in a mid-
western suburb. Make no mistake, if
Ferguson can erupt in this kind of racial
violence, any city in our nation is capable
of the same experience.
As much as we might wish to ignore
this issue or convince ourselves it is be-
ing overblown by the media, the truth is
that racial tension is all around us. The
anger, pain and the confict in Ferguson
are indicative of the racial divide that
remains in our nation.
I have a son who is a policeman. Very
recently my son was the frst responder
on the scene of an active shooting. Upon
arrival he provided frst aid to the victim,
secured the scene and communicated
information about the shooter who fed
before he arrived. As a father I am fully
aware of the daily danger that my son
faces. What if the shooter had returned?
That is why I see the events in Ferguson
very diferently than others. I see these
events through the eyes of a white father
of a policeman. To me, and to many like
me, the situation is simple. Wait and let
the investigation play out. Give the po-
lice every beneft of the doubt. After all,
I am a white dad of a white policeman.
I understandably experience a growing
rage when hateful remarks are made
about police, who like my son, for a very
modest salary, daily make the choice to
protect you at great risk to their lives.
In recent years God has led me to
spend the majority of my ministry in the
community with black youth and black
leaders. As a result of this my eyes have
been opened to a diferent world view
as experienced by people who have very
diferent experiences than my own. My
wife Jill and I were privileged to have
a high school young man, who was
homeless, live with us a couple of years
ago. His name is Charles and he is black.
In many ways he was like our boys at
that age. In many ways he was not. His
world view, the experiences that shaped
his life were vastly diferent than any-
thing I or my sons experienced.
Black pastors whom I respect and
love communicate with passion, anger
and fear their experiences within their
context related to Ferguson. It serves no
purpose for me to dismiss these very real
and raw emotions as ones not based in
reality, my reality. This does not make
these raw emotions and the divide they
cause go away. Rather it makes the
divide deeper. I have to understand that
my privilege blinds me in some respects
Response to Racism
to the pain and fear of those not like me.
And issues such as Ferguson can serve
to stir the sin of racism that is possible
within my own sinful heart. Satan is
a master of using our most passion-
ate feelings to convince us we are right
and everyone else is wrong. Racism is
real. Racism is a sin. As all of us are
vulnerable to the sin of greed, lust and
pride. We are also vulnerable to the sin
of racism.
Jesus displayed for his disciples how to
deal with the ingrained racism of his day.
John chapter 4 records that Jesus went
through Samaria. To be blunt. Samaria
is the place too near to you for your
comfort -- the place flled with people
you dont understand, you dont like and
who threaten your world view. Samaria
includes people who are near geographi-
cally but are far apart culturally. Jesus
needed to go through Samaria because
as Dr. Tony Evans reminds us Spiritual
needs overrode cultural diferences.
Jesus did not cease being a Jew to min-
ister to the Samaritan woman. She knew
by his speech he was Jewish. Battling
racism does not require us to be someone
we are not. It does require us to see the
spiritual needs of those who are diferent
than we are as more important than our
cultural preferences. Jesus expressed his
desire to share a drink of water with this
woman. He was interested in her spiri-
tual needs but he was also willing to see
her as a person and share life with her.
The Samaritan woman sought to
engage Jesus in an ongoing racial debate.
Do we worship in Samaria or Jerusalem?
Jesus responded by not being drawn
into the centuries old racial debate but
pointed her toward scripture, toward
God and the coming Kingdom. There is
our response. Dr. Tony Evans states. Its
not about being black or being white but
being biblical. Black is only beautiful
when it is biblical and white is only right
when it agrees with Gods holy Word.
But you will receive power when the
Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you
will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in
all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of
the earth. Acts 1:8 (ESV). Samaria is the
place followers of Jesus are commanded
to go. We are not allowed to bypass Sa-
maria as we take the gospel to the ends
of the earth.
Racism is a tool used by Satan to rob
God of His glory. Our feelings of anger
and fear toward those of diferent races,
who see the world through a very difer-
ent lens, are used by Satan to prevent us
from radical lives of generosity and com-
passion. We fght racism in our hearts
by spending time at the foot of the cross.
Each day and sometimes several times
each day we must recall the great divide
that Jesus crossed as he purchased our
salvation. We were his enemies. Yet in
love the Father sent the son to redeem us
and reclaim us. As we have been dealt
with so generously in love across a great
divide, so we should deal generously
in love across every cultural and racial
divide for Gods glory, the advancement
of the kingdom, the transformation of
our communities and our own joy.
For further reading on this issue,
consider reading the bloghttp://www.
johnmyeats.com/unfnished-works/fer-
guson-and-you by the Dean of Midwest-
ern Baptist College, Dr. John Mark Yeats.
Also consider the book Bloodlines by
John Piper. A free download is available
here http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/
posts/download-bloodlines-for-free.
Mark Elliott, Director of Missions in Eastern Nebraska,
has written a good thought piece entitled, Critical
Design Components of Effective Disciple Making
Churches. If you would like to read a copy you can
get it at https://db.tt/SFUOpMo0
Stewardship is not
a question of how
you will use YOUR
money. It is a ques-
tion of whether
you will obey God
about how to use
HIS money. Ev-
erything you have
has come from the
hand of God.
Put up the sail, wait for the wind!
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Super Summer 2014 Teaches Campers to Thrive
Thrive, based on Colossians 2:6-7, was the theme for Super Summer 2014. Students
were given a Take Home Plan to help them continue daily quiet times at home.
Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan., is the home of
Super Summer, the annual KNCSB youth camps.
Its just cool to see what
lengths God will go through to
draw someone to Him, Robin
Pelton said.
As campers in Super Sum-
mer Week 6 were having their
morning quiet time, Pelton
shared how a former exchange
student accepted Christ that
week. She served as a sponsor
for the group from her church,
Celebration Baptist Church,
Ulysses, Kan.
The story began during
the summer of 2013. Austin,
a student from Ulysses, went
to England for a month and
stayed with Alans family. Then
Alan came back to Kansas with
Austin and ended up going to
Super Summer with the Ulysses
group.
Alan did not make any kind
of decision last year, but he had
a great time, Pelton said.
Several months ago I got
a message on Facebook asking
if he could come to camp and
bring a friend.
So Alan came back to Kansas
and brought his friend, Jessica.
Thats the only reason they
came back just to go to Super
Summer, Pelton said.
On Tuesday night of Week 6,
Alan accepted Christ as his Sav-
ior. He told Pelton, God started
something in me last year when
I was here and I needed to come
back and fnish it.
Jessica did not make a deci-
sion for Christ at Super Sum-
mer. But shes very open and
seeking, Pelton said.
The story of Alan is only part
of what God did during Super
Summer 2014.
Thrive, based on Colos-
sians 2:6-7, was this years camp
theme. Students were given a
Take Home Plan to help them
continue daily quiet times at
home:
n What is God teaching me?
n What needs to change?
n What are my plans when I
get home?
n Who will I ask to keep me
accountable?
Camp pastors during Super
Summer 2014 ofered tips to
the youth on how to share their
faith and study the Bible.
Zane Black, camp pastor for
Week 1, shared a technique to
help students share their faith
using the acronym G-O-S-P-E-L:
G God: God created us to
be with Him.
O Our: Our sin separates
us from God.
S Sins: Sins cannot be
removed by good deeds.
P Paying: Paying the price
for sin, Jesus died and rose
again.
E Everyone: Everyone
who trusts in Him alone has
eternal life.
L Life: Life with Jesus
starts now and lasts forever.
Black challenged campers to
memorize this method of shar-
ing the gospel. He led them in
exercises to help with memori-
zation.
Andy Addis, camp pastor
for Week 2, taught campers
how to study the Bible on their
own. His method is based on II
Timothy 3:16-17:
1. Summarize (teach)
What is the basic teaching of the
passage?
2. Expose (rebuke) What
is this passage pointing out in
my life?
3. Change (correct) What
specifc action should I take?
What do I need to add or take
away from my life today?
4. Prepare (train) What
new direction is this teaching
leading me?
Super Summer campers also
were challenged to participate
in 2015 international outreach.
KNCSB teams work with IGo-
Global in cooperation with the
Southern Baptist International
Mission Board.
Afer serving in Amsterdam
for four years, the KNCSB team
will return to Tokyo, Japan, May
30-June 10, 2015. KNCSB Super
Summer international outreach
began in Tokyo in 2008, and
teams served there for three
years.
Less than 1 percent of the
population in Japan has even
heard the name of Jesus, Terry
McIlvain said. He is the KNCSB
director of youth ministry and
Webster Conference Center
administrator.
Japan is very open to the gos-
pel, but it is very dark spiritu-
ally, McIlvain continued.
In Japan, the KNCSB team
will prayer walk and engage in
relational evangelism.
Aug. 22 was the deadline for
applying with IGoGlobal for
the 2015 project in Tokyo. Those
who were accepted must raise
$3,600. This covers all expenses
except souvenirs.
Kansas-Nebraska Southern
Baptists are urged to pray for
the 2015 project in Tokyo and
support students who are rais-
ing money to participate.
In other activity, high school
juniors, seniors and recent
graduates were encouraged to
connect with a Southern Baptist
campus ministry when they go
of to college.
Each Tuesday is Collegiate
Day during Super Summer.
Representatives from KNCSB
campus ministries meet with
students and give them infor-
mation about Southern Baptist
campus ministries in Nebraska
and Kansas.
You also may use Campus
Connect on the KNCSB Web
site to help connect incom-
ing college students with a
campus ministry. Go to htp://
www.kncsb.org/ministry/cam-
pus_ministry/ and scroll down
the page.
Super Summer campers who
will be heading to college this
fall also were urged to atend
the KNCSB Fall Conference for
college students. The Fall Con-
ference will be held Sept. 26-28
at Webster Conference Center.
Young career adults also are
urged to atend.
Andy Addis will be the
featured speaker. He is pastor of
CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson,
Kan., and KNCSB president.
Jason Waller will be the guest
musician for The Fall Confer-
ence. He is a Christian record-
ing artist and is worship pastor
at CrossPoint Church, Salina.
Waller and his band were the
featured musicians for Super
Summer Week 6.
Information will be posted at
thefallconference.com
Thank you for supporting the Cooperative Program
Find resources to promote CP at http://www.sbc.net/cp/default.asp
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Update
n Summer Camps at WCC were great and 233 people were saved and
52 were called to vocational service.
n Sarah Jaster is the new Offce Manager for Webster Conference
Center.
n The Mabee Foundation in Tulsa has offered WCC a $100,000 grant IF
KNCSB Churches can raise the remaining $321,000 by July 1, 2015 to fnish
the Dining Hall expansion project. If the KNCSB churches do not raise this
amount, the $100,000 will be forfeited and need to be raised by churches to
fnish the building.
n The Dining Hall and Picnic Pavilion Match Grants are gaining momen-
tum and these grants when met will be applied to the balance needed to
fnish the Dining Hall expansion project.
n Trees have been removed in front of the Dining Hall in anticipation of
breaking ground soon for the expansion project.
n The Main Lodge canteen was updated and remodeled this spring/
summer.
n The Dormitory is still undergoing more renovation projects to upgrade
the facility.
n Additional lighting will be added this fall along the path from the
Swimming Pool to the Dining Hall.
n Both User Days and revenues continue to grow in 2014 as more and
more people are using WCC.
n Coming in April 2015WCC Sunday. Watch for more details soon.
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!
Thank you for your continued support of this mission facility as we
continue to reach people for Christ and train believers for the work of
the ministry! The WCC Staff
KNCSB to Participate in
Midwest Leadership Summit
TOPEKA - KNCSB staf recently at-
tended a planning meeting with SBC
representatives and representatives
from other midwest state conventions in
Springfeld, Ill. in order to fnalize plan-
ning for the Midwest Leadership Sum-
mit to be held in Springfeld on January
20-22, 2015.
This summit has been done every
three years for a number of years. This
will be KNCSBs frst participation as
a result of our two-state conventions
being grouped with the Midwest Region
as opposed to the Western Region where
we were previously assigned by the
North American Mission Board (NAMB).
The summit will feature three plenary
sessions. In the frst plenary session,
Andy Addis, Pastor of CrossPoint
Church and KNCSB President, will be
the keynote speaker. Eric Geiger from
LifeWay and Gary Frost from NAMB
will be the other two keynotes.
A wide variety of breakout sessions
will be ofered that cover most of the
ministries that our churches are inter-
ested in. Make your plans now to attend
this great opportunity to grow as leaders
in the local church.
SEE RELATED AD ON PAGE 8
Bob Mills, KNCSB Exec., discusses the
Midwest Leadership Summit over lunch
with Nate Adams, Executive Director of
the Illinois Baptist State Association.
The Annual Church Profle
(ACP) - Why It Matters
TOPEKA - Churches across Kansas-
Nebraska are in the process of
compiling information for the Annual
Church Profle (ACP). The ACP is
an annual statistical report churches
voluntarily submitted to the Southern
Baptist Convention.
Lets recap a few of the valuable
ways this is a tool in our convention:
determines the number of mes-
sengers based on membership from
your church to your association
annual meeting, the state convention
as well as the SBC Convention.
KNCSB receives money from Life-
Way based on statistics regarding
attendance and baptisms. In return
KNCSB is able to help our churches
and missions.
provides the government informa-
tion regarding a churchs 501C3
non-proft status.
used for statistical purposes
in KNCSB serving as a help to
provide trends and illustrate growth/
decline in membership, baptisms,
church growth.
a tool for providing fnancial informa-
tion needed to secure a building loan.
provides historical information with
statistics from 1980 to the present.
The ACP is a means showing how
people are serving God in our
churches through their membership,
Sunday School enrollment, music
enrollment, and missions. It shows
how we are reaching others for
Christ through our baptisms.
According to Scott McConnell, vice
president of LifeWay Research,
When we get together with other
statisticians, Southern Baptist partici-
pation in the Annual Church Profle
is the envy of other denominations.
Even denominations that have a top-
down authority over their churches
cannot get the level of cooperation
that we, with autonomous churches,
get in the Southern Baptist Conven-
tion.
Please consider the above when the
ACP crosses your desk remember
it isnt just another form to fll out; it
is a vital tool for not only your church
but the convention as a whole.
Begin a new frst-day-of-school tradi-
tion.What is your priority as you arrive
at church on Sunday? Is it to assure your
child has two matching shoes? To lead
a great small group class? Greet guests?
Enjoy Christian friends?
Oh, those are all quite important, but
our TOP priority must be to truly wor-
ship God. How can we do that? Try these
six simple tips:
#1. Anticipate. Look forward to Sun-
days worship service. Faithfully commit
that time to God weekly. Pray for God to
bless each person there, and to speak to
you personally. Quote Psalm 69:9 NLT -
Zeal for your house consumes me.
#2. Arrive early. No exceptions! You
have an important appointment with the
King of Kings, so dont allow anything
or anyone to make you even a split-
second late.
#3. Engage in the worship service.
True worship is not routine. It doesnt
involve making a grocery list or checking
emails. Intentionally keep your eyes and
heart focused on worshipping holy God.
It may help to sit near the front.
#4. Participate in every part of the
worship service, with joy and enthu-
siasm. For a Christian, worship is no
spectator sport!
n Stand when its time to stand. Wor-
ship by giving your tithe. Greet during
greeting time. During Scripture reading,
open your Bible, I-Pad or Bible app to
follow along.
n Sing every word of every song, with
joy and enthusiasm, directly to God.
Theres no true worship in singing words
with a rote, artifcial, business-as-usual
attitude. Of-key is fne; closed lips are
not.
n Listen to every word thats spoken.
As announcements are made, ask Gods
blessings on those events. During bap-
tism, celebrate with the angels.
n Listen expectantly to every word of
the sermon. Learn. Apply Gods Word to
your own life. Take sermon notes. Nod
your head. Say Amen. Demonstrate
your interest in the sermon with body
language.
#5. Eagerly anticipate life-changing
decisions during the invitation time,
praying fervently that God will change
hearts and touch lives. Dont even think
about gathering your belongings or slip-
ping out early. Your pot roast must not
distract your worship of God.
#6. Leave slowly and joyfully. A race
to the exit seems to state, Ive put in my
check-mark for God. Instead, linger a
moment. Keep your mind on God. Smile
at a child. Meet a guest. Encourage a fel-
low believer.
Theres nothing humdrum about the
priority of worship. And theres a huge
bonus: That worshipful heart will carry
over into our actions and service to God
throughout the entire week.
You must worship God in spirit and
in truth. John 4
@Diana Davis. This column is a re-
vised excerpt from Dianas book, Deacon
Wives (B&H Publishing). www.diana-
davis.org
Sundays Top Priority: Worship
Kansas and Nebraska Southern Baptists are in
partnership with all Southern Baptists through
the Cooperative Program.
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If he has seen, heard, or known
about something he has witnessed,
and did not respond to a public call
to testify, he is responsible for his
sin. Leviticus 5:1
Okay, I confess it! Reading the
book of Leviticus is not one of
my favorite books of the Bible to
read. I made a commitment this
year to pray through the entire
Bible from Genesis to Revelation
over my workplace, Grace Uni-
versity, and the prospect of praying through Leviticus
did not excite me.
I believe that I have the best ministry in the world.
God allows me the privilege to invest in women all
day long. There is not a day that I do not get a chance
to walk alongside someone on her journey. Yet, while
walking on this journey, I have to bring up sin and
deal with it. I dont like it! In fact, every time I am in
a situation where I have to counter sin, I try to reason
ways out of it. The coward in me wants to avoid, run,
or ignore it. I have struggled a lot with this lately. I fnd
myself saying, If only...
Then I read the simplicity of Leviticus 5:1, if you see,
hear, or know about a sin and do nothing then you are
responsible. Initially my response was, Ugh! Really?
Even More Holy
Debra Bonds
WWW Life Session Leader
Are you seizing the moment to experi-
ence intimacy as a couple? I know I
sound like a scratched record, but we
have to continue being intentional in
order for intimacy to become a habit.
What if your schedules do not allow
you to spend a lot of time together as a
couple? I know that sometimes work
takes your spouse away from home.
Sometimes our busy schedules get in
the way, we are physically exhausted, and lets admit it
- some of us just dont have the energy we use to have!
Whatever separates your time together, how do you
redeem the time you spend with one another?
Dont neglect the intimacy and the sexual part of your
marriage. We have to be intentional and that means
we have to plan. Put it on the calendar or make an ap-
pointment; do whatever it takes to prioritize your time
together. Just do it.
Have you done some of the things that you know
your spouse enjoys? Have you put on that special
something that you know your spouse loves to see you
wear? (Do you even know what that is?) This is just a
reminder to come out of your comfort zone; you have
to be intentional to keep the romantic fames burning
hot!
Love your spouse and remember you are their only
God giving outlet. So seize the moment and get busy
working on that fame!
Keeping Intimacy
Alive
Betsy Dunaway
Shine Team
Hey, my name is Betsy Dunaway and
I am thirteen. At home I love to read,
write, and sew. I was asked to help on
the Shine team, and
this years Shine
Weekend is going
to be great! Many
changes are com-
ing, but it will be
an awesome time to
connect with other
teen girls and with
God. 1 Girl Nation
will be leading wor-
ship and speaking
this year. There will
be breakouts for
both the teens and
the adult sponsors.
We will continue from prior years to do
mission work around Webster to help
clean up the area, as well as learn new
Okay, God! But, then I read in Leviticus 7:1 that the
law of restitution is even more holy. Then it hit me!
Seeing someones sin and confronting it is a holy act. If
I recognize that it is a holy act then I will act in holiness
as I approach the sin. I no longer confront begrudging-
ly, cowardly, fearfully, or even judgmentally. Suddenly,
I see how sin separates us from God and if I truly love,
as I should, I will gently, humbly, and with tears ap-
proach the person as I confront the sin. I will grieve her
separation from God. When I do this, times of refresh-
ing overfow because I am allowing the process of
restitution to become a holy moment (Acts 3:19).
So, that morning God surprised me in Leviticus by
providing great principles for me to pray over our uni-
versity and in my life. I was not surprised when several
times that very day God allowed me to love someone
through a very difcult discussion and to my delight
every single time we were able to celebrate the lifting of
Gods presence in the moment as holiness took hold.
Father, help me to grasp the holiness of drawing someone
closer to You, especially in the confrontation of sin. Cause me
to not fear it, run from it, or avoid it, but to embrace it for
Your holiness to take hold in me and in the other.
Simply,
Tara
Debbie Eble
Fit 4 Him Consultant
Albert Einstein said, Nothing happens until something starts
moving. I am always on the search for that elusive thing that
will motivate a person to get of the couch and away from the com-
puter screen. Autumn still provides us with some great weather for
outdoor activities, but this is the time of year when folks begin com-
ing back to the gym for their workout. Its a good time to concen-
trate on building muscle, and I can never emphasize this enough,
you can build muscle at any age.
In my own pursuit of health and strength I learned early on about kinetic energy,
which is the energy produced by movement. Our entire body is completely linked
and dependent on every other part through a system called the kinetic chain. If one
part of the chain is impaired, your body will compensate and become out of balance.
This is why it is possible that your nagging knee pain could be caused by tight hip
muscles. If your hips, which are supposed to have good mobility, can not properly
move, then the connection above, (your low back), and the connection below, (your
knees), are compromised. One part supports the movement of another and every
part plays an important role. Thats why youre only as strong as the weakest link in
your kinetic chain. At times its good to fnd someone trained in physical assessment
to help you see where your movement pathways may be geting interrupted. Find
your weak link, train your weakness and you will improve. Just something to think
about on your own journey to geting stronger.
It is no wonder that the Apostle Paul used this same analogy in speaking of the
church.
1 Corinthians 12:14 and 26 For in fact the body is not one member but many. And
if one member sufers, all the members sufer with it; or if one member is honored,
all the members rejoice with it.
God calls us to mutual love and concern in the fellowship of believers, which keeps
the unity that honors the Lord. Guess that song I sang as a small child was right
.the hip bones connected to the leg bone, the leg bones connected to the
ankle bone, the ankle bones connected to the foot bone, now hear the Word of the
Lord!
The Leg Bones Connected to the Foot Bone
ways to be missional as we live our lives
on a day-to-day basis. We are going to be
talking about taking home and puting
into action what we learn, especially in
the area of missions. How can you help
around your home or community and
share Gods love
with those around
you? This year,
I personally am
very excited for the
devotionals and the
worship. I know that
it will be a bunch of
fun, and I cant wait
to meet new friends
and grow closer to
the Lord. So mark
your calendars for
November 7 and 8,
and plan on joining
us for a weekend of
joy. I hope to meet many of your young
girls in November, and see your church
represented at Shine 2014.
1 Girl Nation will speak and perform
at Shine on November 7 & 8
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Church Seeks Pastor
Star Hope Baptist Church ( Elsberry, MO ), an affliated SBC congrega-
tion, is looking for a pastor who (a) supports the Cooperative Program and
(b) embraces the tenets of the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. Some
seminary training desired. Interested applicants should send their resum
to shbc@starhope.org.
Church Seeks Worship Leader
Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas.
For more details visit www.fbca.org/apmw<http://www.fbca.org/apmw>or
email erica.taylor@fbca.org.
Church Seeks Pastor
First Baptist Church Valentine, Nebraska seeks a full-time pastor. Ap-
plicants must embrace The Baptist Faith & Message 2000 & support the
Cooperative program. Some seminary training is a must . Interested can-
didates should send their resumes to bnosnes@hotmail.com
Church Seeks Worship Leader
CrossPoint Sterling in Sterling, KS is currently looking for a part time
worship pastor. The goal of this position is to oversee the worship
ministry team and to coordinate, develop and build up future leaders and
worship team members. Interested parties should email cover letter and
resume to michael@crosspointnow.net.
Church Seeks Worship/Student Leader
First Southern Baptist Church of Hutchinson, Kansas is requesting prayerful
applicants for the following full- or part-time ministry opportunity combination:
Corporate Worship Leader/Student Minister. FSB is a healthy and unifed body
of believers genuinely seeking Gods person(s) to serve and grow here. Please
send your resume (including ministry philosophy and fve references) to fsbc@
fsbhutch.kscoxmail.com or FSBC, 1201 E 23rd, Hutchinson KS 67502.
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Our 2014-2015 Goal:
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Lords declaration plans for your welfare, not
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Jeremiah 29:11
KNCSB Goal: $215,000
Supporting Kansas-Nebraska Missions Causes
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50% to KS-NE Missions Causes
Jon Sapp
Sharing
Copies of this page are available for download in a letter size page at http://
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Sharing Helps Believers Use Life Stories to Reach People
All believers can use the story of how
they came to faith in Christ to share the
gospel.
The four parts of KNCSBs strategic
vision and values are:
n Starting
n Sharing
n Strengthening
n Sending
Sharing seeks to:
n Encourage every believer to pas-
sionately share the truth of Christ in their
life context.
n Cooperatively ignite a zeal for
sharing the transforming power of the
Gospel so that todays world can experi-
ence a fulflling relationship with Him.
n Help Kansas-Nebraska Southern
Baptists be salt and light illustrating
Gods plan for living out His purpose
and plan for life.
3 Circles: Life Conversation Guide
is a new resource to help believers share
their faith in their life context.
Life conversation thats the power
of this tool, said Jon Sapp, leader of the
KNCSB Sharing Team.
All of us have our own story and this
tool helps us tell our story and point it to
the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The 3 Circles evangelism tool was
developed at First Baptist Church, West
Palm Beach, Fla.
3 Circles is a companion to a new
book Life on Mission: Joining the Every-
day Mission of God that was scheduled
to be released Sept. 1.
To obtain copies of the 3 Circles
printed booklet, contact Jon Sapp at
KNCSB 800.984.9092 ext. 838 or jsapp@
kncsb.org
You may download a free app at
htp://bit.ly/1s4FzC3
Another part of the KNCSB Shar-
ing strategy is Crossover. Crossover is
the annual evangelistic outreach that
precedes each KNCSB annual meeting. It
began in 2010 in Lexington, Neb.
Participants in the 2010 Crossover
saw the ethnic diversity in Lexington,
which is home to a Tyson packing plant.
Crossover has grown every year since
it began. A weekend full of activities
is planned before the KNCSB annual
meeting Oct. 13-14 at CrossPoint Church,
Hutchinson, Kan.
Collegiate ministry is another part of
the KNCSB Sharing strategy. There are
18 campus ministries in Nebraska and
Kansas. Approximately 1,300 students
are involved.
A new campus ministry has begun
at Hutchinson Community College
in Hutchinson, Kan., site of the 2014
KNCSB annual meeting.
Although campus ministry is well es-
tablished in some places, other campuses
still need to be reached. Target campuses
are:
n Chadron State University, Chadron,
Neb.
n University of Nebraska-Kearney,
Kearney, Neb.
n Johnson County Community Col-
lege in the Kansas City area
n Colby Community College, Colby,
Kan.
Collegiate night during KNCSB Super
Summer is designed to help connect in-
coming students with a Southern Baptist
campus ministry.
It is held every Tuesday during Super
Summer and is aimed at upcoming
college seniors and incoming college
freshmen.
Kansas-Nebraska Southern Bap-
tists are encouraged to submit names
of incoming college students by using
Campus Connect on the KNCSB Web
site at htp://www.kncsb.org/ministry/
article/campus_connect/
College students in Nebraska and
Kansas not only share the gospel on their
campuses. They also are involved in
sharing Christ around the world.
Each summer we have the oppor-
tunity to host teams of college students
who come to serve in our country, a
missionary couple wrote. This couple
has ties to Kansas-Nebraska.
Students spend a full summer of
making friends with university students
and spreading the gospel.
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Jeremiah 29:11
KNCSB Goal: $215,000
Supporting Kansas-Nebraska Missions Causes
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Associational & State Missions Offering
Starting New Churches Helps Reach People for Christ
We have a lot of people who are beginning their spiritual journey in this
place. That is what Matt Miller, lead teaching pastor of New City Church,
Shawnee, Kan., said.
From metropolitan areas to rural com-
munities, God is at work starting new
churches across Nebraska and Kansas.
The four parts of KNCSBs strategic
vision and values are:
n Starting
n Sharing
n Strengthening
n Sending
Starting is a partnership driven
by local churches and associations
in cooperation with KNCSB and the
North American Mission Board. NAMB
provides substantial funding for church
planting in Nebraska and Kansas.
Eternity is at stake for thousands of
people in Nebraska and Kansas. Start-
ing new churches can help reach more
people for Christ.
The critical need to reach people
recently was driven home to John Mark
Hansen and his wife, Cheryl. Hansen is
church planter catalyst in Eastern Ne-
braska Baptist Association.
A mission team from First Baptist
Church, Dighton, Kan., came to Omaha
to help the Hansens with their work in
the inner-city neighborhood where they
live.
Time ran out, John Mark posted on
Facebook on July 30.
Our team from Dighton, Kan., was
prayerwalking and conducting a canned
food drive in our area. They met Frank
Sanders drinking with friends on a porch
at 33rd and Howard. He talked of hear-
ing the Bible read by his grandmother
and so enjoying that precious time before
losing her to cancer.
Cheryl and I came back and I shared
my pain of loss of both my grandmoth-
ers at an early age and how my faith in
Jesus Christ has helped me cope with
these losses. We asked him to join us in
a Bible study right there at his house to
grow closer God. He was interested but
needed to think about it.
We came back a few days later and
the ladies said he was sleeping. We invit-
ed them to join the Bible study and lef
some donuts with them. Frank is dead
murdered in the same house where
we challenged him to consider the claims
of Christ. This is why we do want we do.
Life is short and eternity is forever.
God is at work as new churches
in metropolitan areas seek to multi-
ply themselves by starting other new
churches.
New City Church, Shawnee, Kan.,
launched in January 2012. It now averag-
es more than 400 people in two Sunday
morning worship services.
The church meets in a former movie
theater in the shopping center on the
northwest corner of 75th Street and Nie-
man Road in Shawnee.
We have a lot of people who are
beginning their spiritual journey in this
place, said Mat Miller, lead teaching
pastor. God put us here. I really believe
that.
But New City Church isnt content
to sit back. The church is working on
starting a new congregation in Edgerton,
Kan., on the far southwest edge of the
Kansas City metropolitan area.
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KNCSB Goal: $215,000
Supporting Kansas-Nebraska
Missions Causes
50% to Your Association
50% to KS-NE Missions Causes
Our 2014-2015 Goal:
For I know the plans I have for you this is the
Lords declaration plans for your welfare, not
for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11
KNCSB Goal: $215,000
Supporting Kansas-Nebraska Missions Causes
50% to Your Association
50% to KS-NE Missions Causes
Tim Boyd
Strengthening
TOPEKA: The Kansas-Nebraska
Convention of Southern Baptists
(KNCSB) has four ministry teams. These
include the Sending, Sharing, Starting
and Strengthening teams. The largest of
the teams in terms of personnel is the
Strengthening Team. Tim Boyd, Director
of Church Health, leads this team. The
size of the team reflects the breadth
of support that KNCSB offers to the
churches of Nebraska and Kansas.
The team is divided into sub teams
to address different needs in KNCSB
churches. One team works with tra-
ditional programs in Southern Baptist
churches. These include Sunday
School, Discipleship Training, Choirs,
Vacation Bible School, and others.
Marie Clark has been leading this part
of the Strengthening Team. Her sub
team includes: Debbie Carter, Georges
Boujakly, and Ken Beckner.
Another area of Strengthening Team
ministry is leadership development.
This is divided into two sub teams.
KNCSB provides quality leadership
training events for churches that run
over 150 in attendance. David Manner
leads this sub team. In the past he has
brought speakers such as Eric Geiger,
Eddie Hammett, and Reggie McNeal.
David also provides consulting help in
the areas of worship and administration.
The other sub team deals with church-
es that run under 150 in attendance.
Many of these pastors and leaders can-
not travel to events as readily as others
due to limited budgets or bi-vocational
ministry. Therefore, KNCSB has spon-
sored what we call the Normative
Church Conference for the past two
years. Terry Dorsett, was the keynote
our first year, and Richard Blackaby was
the keynote for our second year. Jon
Sapp and Tim Boyd lead the Normative
Church Planning Team which also
includes Bob Mills, Peck Lindsay, John
Harms, Randy Caddell, Richard Taylor,
and Ken Beckner.
Another key part of the Strengthening
Team effort is church revitalization.
KNCSB offers two processes, ReFocus
and Transformational Church, to our
churches for aid in this area. Each pro-
cess is preceded by an assessment pro-
cess which helps a church understand
where it is in its life cycle. All churches
go through periods of growth and
decline. It is important to know where
the church is in order to create the right
Strengthening Team
support plan.
ReFocus is an intense church-wide
effort that takes 4-6 months for a church
to complete. It involves 4 one-day semi-
nars that last 5-7 hours each. In these
seminars church members are chal-
lenged to re-examine their own personal
sense of calling to ministry. Then the
church body looks at its history, devel-
ops a renewed vision for the future, and
commits to 3-5 strategic initiatives for
a 3-year period. Follow-up coaching is
offered to the church to help them pur-
sue these strategic initiatives. Bob Mills
and Tim Boyd give most of the leader-
ship to this effort.
Transformational Church is a similar
process to ReFocus, but the time frame is
shorter and the focus is on working with
the leadership core of each church. The
goal is still a fresh sense of vision and a
plan to accomplish this vision. Coaching
is also a part of the follow-through with
the churches. Peck Lindsay, Keith Bryant
and Glenn Davis have been giving lead-
ership to this process.
As you can see, the Strengthening
team is very diverse and has many
people working on behalf of Kansas and
Nebraska Southern Baptist Churches.
Since KNCSB has a wide variety of
churches in a variety of settings (from
country churches to small town churches
to urban churches), a broad support
structure is required.
Fifty percent of your contributions to
the Viola Webb Missions Offering finan-
cially help KNCSB to continue to bring
these services to our churches. So, thank
you for all that your church contributes
to the Viola Webb Missions Offering. The
other fifty percent of your gift to this
offering goes to your local association to
help accomplish its mission goals.
Members
of First
Southern
Baptist
Church,
Salina,
partici-
pate in a
ReFocus
summit.
Copies of this page are available for download in a letter size page at http://
www.kncsb.org/ministry/article/viola_webb_promotional_material_downloads/
Copies of this page are available for download in a letter size page at http://
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KNCSB Goal: $215,000
Supporting Kansas-Nebraska
Missions Causes
50% to Your Association
50% to KS-NE Missions Causes
Our 2014-2015 Goal:
For I know the plans I have for you this is the
Lords declaration plans for your welfare, not
for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11
KNCSB Goal: $215,000
Supporting Kansas-Nebraska Missions Causes
50% to Your Association
50% to KS-NE Missions Causes
Associational & State Missions Offering
Sending Helps Believers Fulfill the Great Commission
The KNCSB Sending strategy helps mobilize Kansas-Nebraska Southern
Baptists to serve in their communities, in Kansas-Nebraska, North America
and around the world. The KNCSB partnership with the Canadian provinc-
es of Manitoba and Saskatchewan is part of the Sending strategy.
KNCSB seeks to help fulfll the Great
Commission by sending churches and
individuals to serve in their communities
as well as North America and around the
world.
The four parts of KNCSBs strategic
vision and values are:
n Starting
n Sharing
n Strengthening
n Sending
Sending takes in a wide variety
of ministries. And the three other areas
Starting, Sharing and Strengthening
come together under Sending. Yet Send-
ing supports the other three areas.
Mari Parker is the KNCSB staf mem-
ber who leads the Sending team. But she
is quick to give credit to her team for
carrying out the work.
Sending includes the following areas:
n Volunteer mobilization, including
sending individuals and mission teams.
n Disaster Relief
n North American partnerships
n International partnerships
A new international missions partner-
ship will be unveiled this fall, Parker
said. Along with focusing on a specifc
country, KNCSB seeks to partner with
international workers who are from Ne-
braska and Kansas, she added.
As far as North American missions,
KNCSB continues to work in the Cana-
dian provinces of Manitoba and Sas-
katchewan. A new strategy for working
in these two provinces will be announced
this fall, Parker said.
One aspect of the Canadian partner-
ship has been staging a retreat for min-
istry wives. A KNCSB team has gone to
Saskatchewan for fve years to show love
and support for these women. The re-
treat is held at a resort outside of Regina,
Saskatchewan.
At its heart, the Sending part of the
KNCSB vision and values is about en-
couraging church members to embrace
missions as a lifestyle, Parker said. Its
not what you go do its who you are.
Parker encourages Kansas-Nebraska
Southern Baptists to look around their
communities and see how God can use
them. Start right now.
The KNCSB Sending strategy
helps mobilize Kansas-Nebraska
Southern Baptists to serve in their
communities and around the world.
Disaster relief is part of the Sending
strategy. KNCSB volunteers serve
in a variety of disaster-relief situ-
ations. Kelly Cook (right) shared
the gospel during a clean-up job
following the May 20, 2013, in
Moore, Okla. The team prayed with
the couple and gave them a copy of
a Bible signed by all the volunteers
at the site. (NAMB photo by John
Swain)