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NAMB continues missions education, including RAs, Baptist Men programs

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)??Although new missions education materials for Southern Baptist churches are being developed by the North American Mission Board, Tim Seanor wants to reassure missions leaders traditional programs are still available.
“Virtually all the programs and materials previously produced by the Brotherhood Commission are still being produced, including Royal Ambassadors (RAs), MissionKids, Challengers, Express Missions and Baptist Men,” said Seanor, director of NAMB’s missions education team. “The only significant change at this point is how churches order the materials.”
Southern Baptist missions education material for men and boys was formerly produced by the Brotherhood Commission in Memphis, Tenn. However, the commission was dissolved this past summer, along with the Home Mission Board and the Radio and Television Commission. Their primary ministries, including missions education, were assigned to NAMB.
“Churches can order mission education materials, including Lad and Crusader magazines, from the Baptist Sunday School Board at 1?800?233?1123. Books and supplies can also be purchased at local Baptist Book Stores,” Seanor explained. “Although we mailed September’s Baptist Men curriculum to churches, materials from October forward are also now available through the Sunday School Board.”
While NAMB’s missionary efforts are focused on the United States and Canada, Seanor said the agency’s mission education responsibilities are worldwide. “Just as the Brotherhood Commission supported Southern Baptist mission efforts at home and abroad, NAMB’s education materials will include home and international missions topics. Our role in missions education is to support both NAMB and the International Mission Board (IMB) as together we help Southern Baptist churches reach the world for Christ,” Seanor said.
Responsibility for volunteer programs previously coordinated by the Brotherhood Commission, including World Changers and disaster relief, has been assigned to NAMB’s volunteer mobilization team, according to Seanor. Churches with questions about volunteer opportunities can call 1?800?462?8657.
Churches and associations with questions about missions education programs may contact their state Baptist Men’s office or NAMB’s missions education staff at (770) 410?6365.
Seanor said NAMB will continue to work cooperatively with other SBC entities, including Woman’s Missionary Union, state Baptist conventions and the IMB, to provide missions education materials to local churches.
“We have wonderfully exciting and innovative materials in preparation now for next year. I know our churches will find them effective in telling the story of what God is doing to reach our world through Southern Baptists,” Seanor said.

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