Author: Pam Smith

Disciple Making Is For All of Us

HARRISBURG – I enjoy the rich heritage of a loving, nurturing family. Jesus-followers all, my parents and grandparents taught me, by both their words and their actions, what it means to trust in and live for Him. They also involved me in caring for others, as an expression of my love for Jesus and for them. From my earliest memories in Sunday School, I remember singing “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children, All the Children of the World” and, in my child’s mind, reasoning that if Jesus loved all the children like He...

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Are You Planning a Misssions Trip for 2017?

HARRISBURG – The BRN is trying to find out which pastors and/or churches are planning international mission trips in 2017. We have individuals asking what opportunities may be available and would like to be able to pair persons with teams.  If you have a trip planned for 2017 and would accept additional team members, please reach out to Dr. Pam Smith (*protected...

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Three Steps to a Great Summer of Outreach

By Kyle Canty, Missional Living Catalyst, BRN Philadelphia “Three Steps to a Great Summer Outreach” may seem like a strange topic to bring up in the dead of winter but in reality it’s not. The prospect of summer ministry and the potential fruit from these efforts brings a level of excitement to disciple makers. Due to our busy schedules, the summer always seems to catch us off guard. We find ourselves in crisis mode as we attempt to pull together a half baked VBS or scramble to create opportunities to interact with our neighbors. We can do better, but it requires prayer, advanced thinking and some strategic moves early on in order to host quality events. Here are three suggested steps to prepare for summer outreach: Step One. If you are a pastor, select a leader to oversee this effort. Maybe you’re not the pastor but lead evangelism at your church. Find someone who will work with you. It’s vitally important that you disciple someone else in this process. Pastors, walk alongside the newly-selected individual as her or she assumes this task. Commit to meet regularly and pour into this person. This is the work of replication. We are not meant to serve alone. Step Two. Take a look around the church at the community. Go into the neighborhood around your church with fresh eyes. What do you see? Whom do you see? Select a...

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Karlene Campbell Transitions from Director Post

By Pam Smith, Missional Living Team Leader Karlene Campbell’s first experience with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief was as a member of a relief team to New York following the World Trade Center bombing on 9-11. Shortly thereafter, she volunteered and was appointed by BRN Executive Director Dr. David Waltz to the role of State Director of Disaster Relief for Pennsylvania/South Jersey. Across the ensuing years, Karlene and her husband Craig have given of their time, energy, financial and material resources, knowledge and skill–all the while serving as volunteers–to build the state’s DR ministry “from a handful of volunteers when she took it over,” says Dr. Waltz, “to the viable and far-reaching ministry it is today.” As an example of Karlene’s leadership, today over 400 trained volunteers from across the Commonwealth and southern New Jersey are poised to serve as chaplains and with field kitchens, recovery units, shower and laundry units, and chain saw and mud out teams. They have brought physical relief and served the spiritual needs of persons in the aftermaths of major disasters such as the World Trade Center bombing, Hurricane Sandy and rebuild, recent flooding in South Carolina, and many more. In addition, Karlene has raised up leaders to carry on the work in her stead. Late last year, she indicated that she was ready to turn over the leadership of DR in PA/SJ to Kenton Hunt, her associate director. “I’m not retiring,” she...

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What Constitutes the Worth of Ministry?

By Dr. Kevin Roberts, Missional Living Catalyst, BRN West In ministry we are consistently faced with questions such as, “How effective will this particular project be?” or “Is this worth all the effort that has been invested?” Community Baptist Church at Charleroi recently partnered with the Appalachia Regional Ministry (ARM) to distribute backpacks to children in our area. We requested from ARM two hundred backpacks, which were filled with school supplies, a Bible, Gospel tracks, food, personal hygiene items, toys and clothes. Each backpack averaged a cost of about $50.00 and was distributed as a Christmas gift to a local child or student. We then partnered with other local churches and a Christian School to make the deliveries to effectively reach the needs of our region. One of our encounters was with a grandmother who is raising her two young grandchildren and caring for her ill husband. When our church partners entered the home bringing the gifts, the grandmother hugged and sobbed as the two girls opened their backpacks with such joy and excitement. Grandma could only say, “Thank you, Jesus.” The team moved on to the next house to deliver backpacks and met a single mom. She clasped her hands over her mouth and was so overcome that she had to sit down. Without saying anything, she pointed to her Christmas tree and began to cry.  There was nothing under the tree for her...

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