Tucson Strategy Meetings

In the first week of the new year, a key group of NAB leaders gathered to strategize for the coming year and beyond. These leaders from the NAB Executive Team, Executive Committee, Regional Ministers, Field Directors (from Cameroon and Japan), and leaders from Sioux Falls Seminary, Taylor Seminary, Church Investors Funds, Women’s Ministry Leadership Team, Youth Ministry Leadership Team, and the NAB Foundation met in Tucson, Arizona, to pray together, listen for God’s leading, and plan according to where He directed. Additional members of the Executive Committee joined this strategy team in the second day of meetings for a time of concerted prayer, and then continued with their own governance meetings.

At Triennial last July, Dan Hamil, NAB executive director spoke about it being a new day and a new season for the NAB, and the momentous meeting in Tucson was yet another step in that direction. The two-day gathering was one of supernatural unity, and it included a clear indication of the pathway God has for the NAB. As Ron Norman, president of the NAB Foundation, shared, “There was healthy conflict and a spirit of cooperation rarely experienced in General Council sessions.”

Kent Carlson, NAB vice president of leadership formation, helped to set the tone by leading the group in three powerful prayers. The first was one of quiet trust and was based off of Psalms 131:1–3. The second was a prayer for indifference toward everything except the will of God. The final prayer was for God to show up, that we would experience incommensurable results beyond the sum of all of our parts. The second prayer especially opened the door for God’s Spirit to move among His people.

Regional Minister Dan Heringer led one of our initial sessions reminding everyone of our four Ends (i.e. highest purposes) as a conference: Missional Initiatives, International Missions, Leadership Development and Ethnic Partnerships. Bob Fast, former NAB Moderator, reviewed and led a discussion of the results of a recent SWOC analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges), paying special attention to the opportunities for advancement that our Conference has. Expanding out of these four Conference Ends, and the discussion of opportunities, Dan Hamil expressed his desire to focus on eight specific strategic expressions in the years ahead. These eight were:

1. Evoking & equipping missional churches
2. Church planting
3. Sending missionaries
4. Developing international partnerships
5. Training in cross cultural ethnic ministries
6. Engaging in racial righteousness
7. Developing young leaders
8. Forming pastors spiritually

The bulk of the discussion, led by Regional Minister Jim Leverette, centered around which areas of ministry should command our greatest level of energy and focus in the next few years. At its heart, the North American Baptist Conference is a missional movement, so though nothing will be neglected, the Strategy Team needed to decide which missional endeavors we would strategically invest in with the greatest energy in the year ahead.

The results of the leaderships work after two days of prayer and discussion were a renewed focus on pastoral spiritual formation, church planting, and evoking and equipping missional churches. Beyond even the decisions that were made, the largest impact was on the sense of love and unity amongst the team of diverse Conference leaders. Regional Minister Larry Burd described it as “nothing short of a wonderful move of the Spirit of God in our midst.”

Please pray with us about the results of this historic gathering of leaders. Pray that the vision we all received from God for our future would not be lost or watered down. Pray as well that these strategic recommendations from the Strategy Team find their way into the life of NAB in beauty, creativity and fruit.

Report by SBA Area Minister, Ken Solberg

 

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2015 Fall Meeting Report

The SBA (Saskatchewan Baptist Association) had its 2015 Fall Meeting on October 17th at Nokomis Baptist Church. We are a group of 13 Baptist churches in Saskatchewan that are members of the North American Baptist (NAB) conference of churches.
The Pastor of our host church, Rick Shott, gave a devotional from Colossians 4:15-17.
Our guest speaker was Gary Clatterbuck. He is with the NAB as the Field Coordinator for Russia. He works directly with Moscow Theological Seminary providing teachers for the many Learning Centers around Russia. He shared some the difficulties of ministry in Russia from the conflict in Ukraine to the decreased value of the ruble.
He asked for prayer for evangelical Christians in Russia, the ministry of Moscow Theological Seminary, the teachers safety as they travel to various parts of Russia, and for the needed finances to make this ministry a continued reality.
Reverend Doug Armbruster of Raymore Baptist Church led us in worship with scripture reading and a few hymns.
Members of the SBA Leadership team, namely Regional Minister Ken Solberg, Good Spirit Bible Camp Director, Luke Prybylski, and Youth Chairman, Stephen Luff all presented reports. All churches present were asked to share what’s going on in their respective churches. Stories of people coming to salvation and baptisms were shared along with struggles and key items for prayer.
The current Financial Report and Shadow Budget of the SBA for 2016 was presented. The Shadow budget is approved to be presented at the annual Spring Meeting at Balgonie March 4-6 2016 for its final approval.
A big thank-you goes to Nokomis Baptist Church for hosting the meeting and providing a wonderful chili lunch and snacks during the coffee breaks.

Tim Trost
Moderator, SBA

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Interview with Ken Solberg, Area Minister, SBA

Ken you were away the early part of May, what was the purpose?

It was the annual meeting of the General Council of the NAB conference, held in Folsom, California.  The SBA was represented by myself, Area Minister and Rev Doug Armbruster, Moderator.   It included those people who are elected or appointed to govern and administrated between triennial.  In between triennial the constitution requires a body with authority to govern and conduct the business of the conference.

Who was in attendance?

In attendance were the Vice Presidents from the International Office, our Intern Executive Director, Dan Hamill, Regional Ministers, and representation from our cooperating organizations, Sioux Falls and Taylor Seminar. As well there was the Executive Committee, which is the smaller representation charged with leadership from the General Council.  In total there were 54 people.  All Regions and Associations had representation.

What were some major things that were discussed?

Reports were received from all ministries; financial representative, Tony Dunaway, seminary reports, NAB foundation and CEIF.

What were some decisions made or voted items?

Major discussion has occurred over the last year, as a result of General Council direction given in 2013, to address the issue of structure and how we operate in all areas of the North American Baptist Conference.

In 2013 a General Council Task Force was appointed to produce and present a proposal to General Council in 2014 which would address some of these issues.  A presentation was made to General Council in May 15, 2014 by the Task Force and it was reviewed by General Council.  The presentation included discussion on 2 major points.  The first dealt with how we relate and behave between all the various groups within NAB.  This included discussion about behaviour principles which included spiritual, connection, clarity, documents, decision making and leadership.

The second part of the Task Force proposal dealt with clarifying roles and responsibilities.  Discussion involved the role of the Executive Director, the Executive Committee, Regional Ministers, General Council and the cooperating organizations.

Agreement was reached in regards to the direction of the behaviour principles which will guide us and move us forward as we seek to further explore what re-structuring will look like.  After much discussion about the clarification of roles and responsibilities the Task Force was reappointed to bring back a model to General Council in 2015. The goal is to bring a restructuring model to Triennial in July 2015.

A decision was also made to appoint to a search committee to gather names for the Executive Director position.

 

How will this impact the local church?

The impact will be felt at the local church level as the International Office and the restructuring model goal is work with the various Associations and Regions to train and resource the local church so it can better reflect the NEXT priorities in its ministries.

Article written by Cathy Winkler

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2014 Conference Session Videos

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Due to popular  demand Plenary Speaker: Dr. Scott Hagley sermons, are now available online.

The 14 Saskatchewan churches of the North American Baptist (NAB) Conference met at Faith Baptist Church in Regina Saskatchewan on March 7th and 8th for their annual conference and business session. We worshiped together and were encouraged through reports of how God is working in the churches in the SBA. We were also encouraged by Dr. Scott Hagley (FORGE Canada) to think about how we can Reach those around us with the good news of Christ by living lives that bear witness.

During the business sessions we reviewed the financial report, set the 2014 Budget, and elected officials for the 2014 Leadership Team.

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Building our Future Together!

The Saskatchewan Baptist Association is a family of Biblically based churches that associate voluntarily within the North American Baptist Conference.”

“We exist to assist, support and hold one another accountable in making disciples of Jesus Christ and to facilitate the ministries we do collectively.”

We, the Saskatchewan Baptist
Association Churches, seek God’s glory! We look to our God to inspire us, to honour us with His guidance, and to give us a sense of his good pleasure on our commitment to His passion – people!

We will bring glory to Him alone, for He is absolutely worthy. Nothing will please us more than to know He is glorified in more hearts and lives in Saskatchewan. We covenant to be faithful until Jesus comes again.

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