Top 5 resources for May

May 1, 2019

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 helpful guide containing 21 practical ways anyone can contribute to your church’s VBS ministry and a training video explaining how the gospel is the foundation for building community in your group, in addition to three brand new resources — People of the Book gives clarity to belief and practices of Southern Baptists, a Revitalization Assessment Tool provides a starting point for the church revitalization process, and a Disciple-Grid podcast gives a framework for how to build models that help us accurately assess how we are doing when it comes to being on God’s mission.

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.

21 Ways to be part of Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is right around the corner, so the time to plan is now. This resource makes it simple with 21 practical ways anyone can contribute to your church’s VBS ministry. You may think VBS is for children only, but VBS is most successful when the church embraces it as a total church ministry.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/vbs | Follow: facebook.com/ChildhoodMinistryNC/

People of the Book
New resource! As Southern Baptists, we are often asked what we believe by those outside as well as inside our denomination. This guide gives clarity to what Southern Baptists believe and do by explaining portions of the Baptist Faith and Message.
Visit: ncbaptist.org | Follow: @ncbaptist.org

Engaging your neighbors with the gospel
Do you need help creating community in your Bible study group? This video emphasizes the importance of the gospel as the foundation for building community in your group. You’ll be given some very practical examples of how to encourage, equip and send out your group to do just that.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/small-groups/ | Follow: @ncbaptist.org

Revitalization Assessment Tool
New resource! Many congregations feel an uneasiness concerning their effectiveness in making disciples. Leaders often feel overwhelmed and are not sure where to begin when it comes to revitalization. This resource provides a starting point for the revitalization process as it includes a survey to be used with leadership in order to determine the current reality of the congregation.
Visit: ncbaptist.org/church-revitalization/ | Follow: @ncbaptist.org

Disciple-Grid: Evaluating Your Discipleship Strategy
We all desire to be part of the ultimate kingdom enterprise of making disciples. But sometimes we get overwhelmed with how to go about ensuring that we are accomplishing this great objective. This brand new podcast looks at how to build models that help us accurately assess how we are doing when it comes to being on God’s mission. This is one of many podcasts now available from the 2019 Disciple-Making Conference.
Visit: ncbaptist.podbean.com/ | Follow: @ncbaptist.org


by BSCNC Communications
  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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