Every month, we spotlight five helpful resources for you as you seek to walk closely with the Lord and make disciples. Many of these resources are created by the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) to help meet the ministry needs of pastors and lay leaders across the state.
This month’s resources feature a brand new training curriculum to equip churches to respond well when sexual, physical or emotional abuse is reported, in addition to a resource that assists churches and ministry leaders in protecting children. Also included is a link to several resources for your church to promote the North Carolina Missions Offering that is received in September. A downloadable manual for discovering and engaging diverse people groups is a great accompanying resource to the first-ever Strengthen the Church conference this month. Finally, we have added a women’s ministry leadership course to our convenient online classroom.
In addition to the resources featured here, many more can be found at ncbaptist.org/resources. You may also follow @ncbaptist on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we’ll share other helpful resources throughout the month.
North Carolina Missions Offering Resources
The North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) is a special offering received during the month of September that supports the ministries of Baptists on Mission, church planting, mission camps, associational projects and mobilization ministry projects. NCMO is your opportunity to impact lostness as God accomplishes many wonderful things through these various ministries. A number of resources are available for your church to promote this year’s offering. This year’s offering theme is “Known by Love,” based on John 13:35.
Visit: ncmissionsoffering.org | Follow: @ncbaptist
New! Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused
Every church must be equipped to respond well in the initial stages of learning about instances of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused is a training curriculum developed by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Group and the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources. This resource brings together top experts from various fields to help leaders understand and implement the best practices for handling a variety of abuse scenarios at church, school or ministry. The curriculum includes a handbook, introductory video and 12 video lessons. The most comprehensive training takes place when the handbook and videos are used together.
Visit: churchcares.com | Follow: @ERLC
Protecting our Church and Children
Children are the most precious but also most vulnerable segment of our church population. This resource was created by the state convention’s Childhood Ministry with North Carolina churches in mind. Where applicable, North Carolina child care regulations have been met or exceeded in the recommendations offered.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/childhood | Follow: @ChildhoodMinistryNC
Manual for Discovery and Engagement
God has brought the nations to North Carolina. Now it is up to His people to be obedient in reaching those whom He is bringing to us with the gospel. This resource is a primer for identifying and engaging people from other cultures with the gospel and mobilizing your church to do the same.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/peoples-next-door-nc/ | Follow: @PeoplesNextDoorNC
New Women’s Ministry Leadership Online Classroom
This course begins by laying the foundations for the biblical basis of women’s ministry and then provides an understanding of the role of women in the local church. The convenient online platform offers teaching components that will provide knowledge regarding the culture in which women’s ministry leaders serve. The classroom will also help the women’s ministry leader form a women’s ministry purpose statement, objectives and goals; learn to share her testimony; understand biblical mentoring; and the role of women’s ministry in missions.
Visit: train.ncbaptistservices.org | Follow: @embracenc