RICHLAND, Wash.—Each spring, leaders and members of churches affiliated with the Baptist Network Northwest come together for a conference focusing on edification. Refine is always the key word that the event centers on.
First Baptist Church hosted this year’s conference April 20–22. Dr. Tom Thompson spoke on “Refining Our Mission.” Thompson is senior vice president of World Help, a nonprofit organization that meets the spiritual and physical needs of hurting people around the world. Prior to his role with World Help, he was an executive pastor in El Cajon, California, for two decades, serving under Dr. David Jeremiah.
Ministry leaders, including Clare Jewell, national church planting coordinator for Regular Baptist Churches, taught practical workshops. Alan Wilson, regional manager for Regular Baptist Press, attended the workshop “Outreach Strategies,” led by Pastors Luke Johnston and Ryan Frank of Involve Church, Nampa, Idaho. The two pastors shared creative ideas people can take to connect with their communities in order to reach their neighbors with the gospel. Involve Church began in 2015. “We have a saying that at Involve Church we are ‘involving Christ in the lives of people and involving people in the life of Christ,’” Ryan Frank says.
Wilson joined many other vendors in setting up displays of resources and services, with Wilson displaying new resources from Regular Baptist Press. He says a highlight of the conference was meeting with pastors and their wives from Thailand. They told about the churches that have been planted and ministries that are ongoing in Thailand. “It was exciting to learn that they have translated Regular Baptist Press curriculum into their language and are putting it to use in teaching children and youth,” Wilson says.
Regular Baptist International sends free RBP resources to churches and ministries around the world. Some of the recipients are church leaders in Bangkok, who translate the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curriculum into Thai for teachers’ and students’ use. Regular Baptist International has set up a fund called Operation Translation to support the translators and pay the cost of publishing.
BNN will hold next year’s conference at Meridian (Idaho) First Baptist Church April 19–21.