Senior adults challenged to self-evaluate, serve Lord ‘wholeheartedly’

There are seven things every church in Alabama needs and that hell has, said Joel Carwile, pastor of First Baptist Church, Athens, at the 2018 Senior Adult Evangelism Conference on May 7. Drawing from Luke 16:19–31, Carwile recounted the story of the rich man and the beggar. When both men died, the beggar went to [...]

DOM Long expands role, serves regionally

Terry Long, director of missions (DOM) for Choctaw Baptist Association, was named an associate in the office of evangelism for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions recently. In this role, he serves part-time as the evangelism strategist for the state’s southern region while continuing to serve Choctaw Association. “I feel so humbled by the [...]

Pastors, laypeople urged to live for sake of gospel at evangelism conference

When the fire alarm went off just as Roc Collins began reading from Acts 1 to start off his message, the shrieking siren and flashing lights brought the final session of this year’s State Evangelism Conference to a halt. But with his signature humor, Collins said, “Well I prayed that the Lord would set us [...]

Floyd encourages pastors to renew belief in God’s plan

Arkansas descended on Alabama when Ronnie and Nick Floyd kicked off the opening session of the State Evangelism Conference on Jan. 22. The father-son duo, both of whom serve Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, took the time to speak specifically to the pastors in the audience. Ronnie Floyd sought to prepare participants for what God [...]

Nick Floyd Shares Insights, Tips on Reaching Millennial Generation in Today’s Culture

About 75 million people between the ages of 18–38 are living their lives in America today, and often the church isn’t sure what to do with them, said Nick Floyd, lead teaching pastor of Cross Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas. “Millennials have now surpassed the Boomer generation,” said Floyd, himself a millennial at 34. “They’re here to [...]

Harris to Retire from Part-time Role at SBOM, Focuses on Pastorare

After five and a half years serving on the state evangelism team, William "Billy" Harris is retiring from the role to focus on his pastorate. Harris, the pastor of Linden Baptist Church in Bethel Baptist Association, has served in a part-time capacity with the evangelism office of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) [...]

Spring Break 2017 Missions Experience

This spring has brought a lot of life change for me and my family. We welcomed our little boy into the world in late March. He is a blessing to our family and is tangible evidence of lives changed – both his and ours! As I’ve gotten back in the office and begun to review [...]

Christlikeness is Key to Evangelism, NOBTS President Kelley Says

Kicking off the 2017 Alabama Baptist State Evangelism Conference (SEC) with a challenge for Christlikeness, Chuck Kelley said, “Everything (in regards to the Christian life and evangelism) is based on the assumption that life with Christ is different than life without Christ.” Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, pulled from 2 Corinthians 3:18 [...]

Glorifying God at Heart of State Evangelism Conference Music

Music featured at the Feb. 27–28 Alabama Baptist State Evangelism Conference provided a little bit of everything — and praising God was the focus of it all. Words of worship flowed from participants’ lips as they sang, “Every praise is to our God. Every word of worship with one accord. Every praise, every praise is [...]

Gaither Vocal Band Member Hampton Says He’s Blessed To Sing Good News

For Gaither Vocal Band member Wes Hampton his calling to ministry came in an unlikely location — an anatomy and physiology class at the University of Alabama at Birmingham more than 17 years ago. “I almost audibly heard God say, ‘I don’t want you to do this.’ I was in pre-med classes at the time,” [...]