GRAFTON, Ohio—Baptist Church Planters held its second Leadership Summit March 19–21 at the organization’s home office. Approximately 90 missionaries, administrators, and guests attended, enjoying the time to “come aside . . . and rest” (Mark 6:31) while being encouraged in ministry and learning from ministry experts.
Baptist Church Planters scheduled speakers who were prepared and equipped to provide missionaries with vital information designed to advance the cause of church planting.
Dr. Dave Little, who recently retired as president of BCP, reviewed Baptist Church Planters’ core values and culture. (Read “Baptist Church Planters Calls New President.”) Dr. Kevin Bauder, professor of systematic theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and author of Baptist Distinctives and New Testament Church Order, dealt with theological trends.
Dr. Alan Brown, pastor of Parsippany (N.J.) Baptist Church, shared devotions each morning. Michael Hajj, founder and executive director of Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry, encouraged everyone to reach out to Muslims with the gospel in a session that some attendees shared was the greatest challenge to them. Tom Farlow, regional field director for BCP, led the missionaries through a group decision-making process.
Dr. Mike Peck addressed the importance of building strong families in local churches and shared resources found at his website, www.michaelpeck.org. Former vice president of BCP, he ministers to churches and missionaries around the world involving marriage, parenting, and other counseling-related issues. Peck is a contributing writer in The Pastor: A Guide for God’s Faithful Servant, and author of Reach Out and Help and the series Connecting: Developing Closeness on the Journey of a Lifetime, and From This Day Forward: Preparing Couples for the Journey of a Lifetime.
In addition to these opportunities for instruction, the Leadership Summit also included a planned time for prayer and fellowship.
Herb and Wanda Taylor, BCP missionaries working in Hispanic ministry, say, “The week was a highlight for us. To see that many missionaries gathered in one room . . . that was special!” The missionaries commented that the training, fellowship, and application of the Word to hearts were the greatest blessings from the week.
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