Author: Stan Smith

Humbled and Honored to Have Served

HARRISBURG – In the Spring, I became the Interim Executive Director-Treasurer and began posting a weekly video blog sharing information on what’s going on in the life our our convention and churches. This is the last BRN United video that I will do as the interim Executive Director/Treasurer. On Feb 1st Barry Whitworth will become the new Executive Director/Treasurer and we are excited about the transition and trust that you have been and will continue to keep the Whitworths in prayer. Thank you for the opportunity to serve among the Baptist Penn-South Jersey Family for the last 33 years. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother(and sisters), have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people. (Philemon 1:7) Thank you for welcoming us into your homes, your churches, your lives. This journey has been rewarding and exciting; you have loved us beyond measure and we are truly grateful. We feel honored and humbled to have served among...

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Humility and Risk-Taking: Two Values That Impact the BRN

HARRISBURG – This week, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  His impact on our nation is incalculable.  Dr. King once said, “We need leaders not in love with money but in love with Justice.  Not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity.” In this week’s video blog, I finish my reflections on the values that I’ve observed in the BRN over my decades of service. I share these final two in the shadow of Dr. King’s words and his example.  Please watch and hear my observations about how great ministry can happen when we don’t care about who gets the credit, and we are willing to take...

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What Makes the BRN Special?

HARRISBURG – In this week’s video blog, I continue our look at some core BRN values.  We are a community where relationships matter, where grace reigns supreme, and where our influences goes far beyond our...

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Highlighting BRN Values

HARRISBURG – In my last month of BRN videos, I’d like to highlight some of our BRN core values that I see as particularly important.  Barry will begin his new role in February, and I’ll help with the transition until the beginning of March.  In the meantime, I’d like to celebrate some of the best of our shared values.  This week: Diversity and...

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Calling the SBC and the BRN to Prayer in January

HARRISBURG – The SBC is inviting all Southern Baptists to a special season of prayer throughout January.  This is certainly timely for our convention as we await our new Executive Director, Rev. Barry Whitworth, and also timely for our country as we await the inauguration of President-elect Trump. In this video, you’ll learn of the specific ways that the SBC is calling us to prayer and some suggested ways to stay focused on prayer throughout the month. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all....

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