Top 5 resources for May 2022

May 3, 2022

Every few months, 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 N.C. Baptist staff to help meet the ministry needs of leaders across the state.

Check out this month’s roundup, which includes timely resources for different emphases this month. May provides unique opportunities to focus on different needs through National Foster Care Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

In addition to the resources featured here, many more can be found at You can also follow @ncbaptist on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we regularly share other helpful resources.

‘6 resources to guide your church in starting a foster care ministry’
Wednesday, May 4 is National Foster Care Day. There are many ways to raise awareness in your church about the needs of foster care ministry. From praying specifically for different groups of people involved in foster care, to becoming licensed as a foster family, churches will not run out of ways to support and care for children. Here are six resources to help your church take practical steps toward starting a foster care ministry.

Podcast: An overview of basic pastoral counseling for anxiety-depression
What are common effects of anxiety and depression? Brad Hambrick, pastor of counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, describes anxiety and depression as the “common cold” of an emotional experience for many people. There are many questions about how to provide the most effective pastoral care for church members who experience various levels of life disruption from these difficult emotions. Hambrick offers an overview of basic pastoral care for anxiety and depression and provides resources that church members can use to create a community of care for one another.

Student Summer Ministries
As families and students make summer plans, take this opportunity to encourage students to serve Christ during their summer break! Student Summer Ministries offer college students and high school seniors opportunities to serve both locally and abroad through North Carolina-based ministries.

Video: Associational Mission Strategists
From the mountains to the coast, N.C. Baptist associational mission strategists serve and walk alongside churches in ministry within various communities across the state. Learn more about how AMSs help you reach others with the gospel, and how associations help churches serve on mission together.

Article: ‘Why God sent me halfway around the world to pray’
Pastor Robert Hefner shares his experiences from a recent trip to Eastern Europe. “God continues to teach me that the invitation to us to join him in His work also means that we can in part be the very answers to our prayers. … As you pray, perhaps God would nudge you to be a part of His answer to those very prayers,” he writes. There continue to be several ways to directly support and pray for Ukrainians.

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On death and dying, as it relates to churches

In 1969, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist, wrote the classic book On Death and Dying. This work, chronicling lessons she learned with terminally ill patients, outlined the five stages that all people go through as they near death. Beginning when they are...

4 symptoms to watch for when assessing pastoral health

In preparation for this article I confess I did Google, “How to know if a pastor is healthy?” The number of articles, blogs and sites addressing the increasing issue of pastoral health did not disappoint. After all, we are hopefully coming out of the most difficult time of...

Fisher retires after 36 years at Caldwell Association

Dale Fisher received quite the surprise on his 70th birthday. Not only did ministry colleagues serenade him with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” during the N.C. Associational Missions Conference in early April, they also recognized Fisher for his long tenure of service in leading...

The power of a name: God’s faithfulness in mental health

If I have learned one lesson this year, it’s that there is power in a name. When we give our struggle a name, we are able to better distinguish truth from lie and work toward healing. Naming opens the door to freedom and sheds light on truth that can feel uncomfortable, exposing...

Scholarship to cover tuition for new Fruitland students

New students now have an opportunity to attend Fruitland Baptist Bible College tuition-free this fall. Fruitland recently announced a new scholarship that will cover tuition costs for new, full-time students attending the Hendersonville campus during the fall 2022 quarter. The...

Un pastor de Charlotte planta una segunda iglesia después de pasar meses en el hospital

El otoño pasado Oscar Muñoz por fin regresó al hogar después de pasar ocho meses en un hospital y también en un centro de rehabilitación donde recuperó sus fuerzas luego de batallar con complicaciones por causa del COVID-19.Unas semanas más tarde, alrededor del Día de Acción de...

Ongoing prayers for the end of Roe

Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide through its decision in a case known as Roe v. Wade. Since that time, millions of Christians have been praying for the reversal of that decision, and now there are strong indications the high court is closer...

6 common questions about foster care

May is National Foster Care Month. Throughout the month, advocates raise awareness about the realities and needs of foster care, including answers to these six common questions. Here’s what you should know. Who are the children?Foster children can be any child in North Carolina,...


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