Top 5 resources for February 2020

February 3, 2020

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.

Check out this month’s roundup which includes a monthly guide for praying for unreached people. Also included are resources to help your church promote various ministries and missionaries who serve locally, nationally and globally, a conversational witnessing tool you can use to share the gospel, as well as an interactive guide to help you evaluate your church’s first impression with guests. Finally, as tax season approaches, we offer a free resource designed to help your church with federal tax reporting requirements.

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.

Pray Together. Go Together.
Pray for unreached people in least-reached places right here in North Carolina using this new 30-day prayer guide. Each day features a description of an unreached people group and one of North Carolina’s 250 identified pockets of lostness along with prayer points for each. This resource was featured last month as part of a January prayer emphasis, but if you missed it, the entries are undated and can be used at anytime individually, with a group or as a church.
Visit: prayandgoNC.org | Follow: @ncbaptist

52 Sundays
”52 Sundays” is a resource to help North Carolina Baptists pray for various ministries and missionaries who serve locally, nationally and globally. Each Sunday, a different ministry, missionary or church planter is highlighted. The resource includes PowerPoint slides, prayer points and bulletin inserts. Everyone featured is supported through the Cooperative Program. Download the resource and lead your church in praying for these ministries and missionaries every Sunday throughout the year.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/52sundays | Follow: @discipleNC

Sharing God’s Story: “The 3 Circles”
“The 3 Circles” is a conversational witnessing tool that utilizes three circles that can be drawn on a piece of paper or a napkin to represent God’s design for the world, brokenness that resulted from sin and the hope of the gospel found in Jesus Christ. Attendees at this month’s Disciple-Making Conference on Feb. 25 can hear from Jimmy Scroggins, who developed “3 Circles” early in his tenure as lead pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Fla. Register for the event by visiting disciplemakingconference.org.
Visit: disciplenc.org | Follow: @discipleNC

First Impressions Church Walk-Thru Resource
Did you know that many first-time guests at a church decide whether or not they will come back within the first 10 minutes of their initial visit? Look at your church from the perspective of a first-timer with this interactive guide that helps you evaluate your church’s first impression with guests. Easter is only two months away, so it’s not too early to start preparing and planning. As they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/childhood | Follow: @ncbaptist

Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches
Tax season is upon us, and that means church reporting obligations are in full bloom. If you are responsible for your church’s reporting requirements, this free resource can help make reporting season less taxing. The Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches has been written by a CPA and attorney who specializes in legal and tax issues for ministers. It has been reviewed by GuideStone Financial Resources to ensure it addresses tax issues that affect Southern Baptists.
Visit: guidestone.org | Follow: @GuideStone


by BSCNC Communications
  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Will you pray and go?

I don’t remember much about that day, but one thing I do remember: it was hot — really hot. The temperature in Newton was near 100 degrees Fahrenheit that day. But we had committed to walk our neighborhood and pray for divine appointments. This was the third time in three weeks we...

A Christmas resource with families in mind

Why did Jesus need to come to Earth? This is just one of the thought-provoking questions included in the Advent family devotional surrounding the coming of Christ to the world. “Advent” means coming or arrival, and Family Advent Devotions, developed by the Faith at Home ministry...

California man comes cross country to plant multiethnic church in NC

Is God behind the North Carolina Baptist effort to plant new churches across the state? Gary Lee says yes. He says God called him from California to plant a new church in Raleigh. In fact, Lee is one of many church planters who have been called from other states and nations to...

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering exemplifies our work

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) has supported missionaries to the unreached since 1888. Currently, Southern Baptists can celebrate having 3,640 missionaries serve and share the hope of Christ in the least-reached places across the world with the International Mission...

Hollifield exhorts NC Baptists to prioritize God, gospel & disciple-making

In his final address to messengers as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC), Milton A. Hollifield Jr. challenged N.C. Baptists to devote themselves to the Lord and continue working together to fulfill the Great Commission....

4 keys to creating a spiritually vibrant home

The most-asked question I hear from parents is, “How do we raise kids who will love Jesus in adulthood?” One mom in our church phrased it like this, “What is the secret sauce for raising kids who love Jesus?” In our culture today, these are valid questions, and God left the...

Baptist Children’s Homes offer eternal hope to hurting families

One of the ministries in our state that tugs at my heartstrings is the Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) of North Carolina. I’m thankful for the long and rich partnership between Baptist Children’s Homes and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. North Carolina Baptists have...

EDT search team ‘getting closer’ to finding candidate

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina's nine-member search team is "getting closer" to identifying a candidate to recommend as the next executive director-treasurer.Committee chairman Noah Crowe told the Biblical Recorder in a phone interview that the group is narrowing...

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