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FIRST-PERSON: Connected to the family

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, tells of a church planter in Maine who is "not alone" due to Southern Baptists' cooperative support.

FIRST-PERSON: Go beyond

Just as God never settles for the status quo, Kevin Ezell writes that North American Mission Board missionaries, supported by the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, are "always pushing forward … starting new churches, connecting with new people and finding ways to meet needs so that in the process a conversation can turn toward the Gospel.

EZELL: Tools for evangelism focus

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, shares 10 ways Southern Baptists can keep their evangelism focus.

EZELL: Don’t wait to say ‘Send me’

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Not long ago I had the privilege of visiting with 1,200 college students for the weekly meeting of The Salt Company, a ministry of Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa, near the campus of Iowa State University. Cornerstone was birthed from The Salt Company 21 years ago. The goal of The Salt Company was to reach students at Iowa State for Christ and today this ministry keeps that as its primary goal.

SANCTITY OF LIFE: Make your church ‘adoption-friendly’

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When I pastored Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., my friend David Melber and his wife Tera started a "Considering Adoption" class for couples. It ran for five weeks and became so popular that we offered it twice each year. Not everyone who took the class ultimately decided to adopt but the class became an important part of raising awareness in our church about everything involved in the adoption process and how we could support those families who were pursuing it. As believers we should be the biggest advocates for and participants in adoption. Not only ...

Ezell: Obeying God’s call to the nations

North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell recounts an adoption story and calls Christians to make God's love known throughout the world. "Because God has been so good to us in Christ, we give all we have to please Him."

Ezell: NAMB-state partnerships remain strong

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- This is the time of year in our Southern Baptist family when our state Baptist convention partners gather for their annual meetings. I have enjoyed being a part of several of these events this year, which always provide a chance to hear about how God is working through our churches and partnerships in North America. It is also a great time to express my gratitude for the partnership ...

Church planting on the front lines in Baltimore

As racial tensions and rioting spilled out into the streets of Baltimore last month, Southern Baptist church planters were among the first to offer help and hope to those around them, says Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board. Ezell shares about one of those pastors, Michael Crawford of Baltimore's Freedom Church.

Resurrection power fuels new church plant

A new church plant's success story is a reminder of the Gospel's power, writes North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell. In the church's first year, Mosaic Church of Lloydminster in Alberta, Canada, has seen more than 200 people come to faith in Jesus -- 44 of those new believers have been baptized.

Measuring church planting success

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Recently the North American Mission Board shared good news that Southern Baptist church plants were up 5 percent in 2014. We still have a lot of catching up to do because our church planting efforts lost pace with population growth decades ago, but hopefully last year's increase will begin a new trend. In addition to starting more churches, we must pay close attention to the health of these new congregations. Do they have staying power? Are they reaching people for Christ? Do they give to missions causes? In short, are they having an impact? We cannot and will not sacrifice quality for the sake of quantity.