The North American Baptist Conference is a family of churches. But why, especially in the modern day of churches that are independent and autonomous, do churches choose to connect to each other? Dr. Jim Renke, NAB Regional Minister for the Upper Mississippi Region, recently wrote on this very issue. Tackling the subject from a biblical perspective, Jim has provided insights that all of us should ponder. Thanks to Jim for his permission to reprint his work here.

Why Should Churches Connect
by Dr. Jim Renke


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Leadership on Mission–Humility


Leadership on Mission–February 2, 2016

Discerning or Deciding

I have been doing a lot of thinking over these past few months about how our NAB missional journey makes a practical difference in how we lead in our jobs. If missional theology is a renewed understanding of God, and if this clearer understanding of God will shape our behavior, then I should be able to point to some new behaviors in my life. One of the ways my behavior is changing is in the realm of making decisions.

We have all heard the saying that goes something like this: “Tough decision. That’s why we pay you the big bucks.” This little quip exposes something important about decisions—we believe that one of us is ultimately responsible. The buck stops with the individual who holds positional authority. With power comes responsibility.

NAB Update

Golgotha Baptist Church Celebration
Join us in celebration and praise for what is happening at Golgotha Baptist Church. Over two years ago, Golgotha suffered two different fires destroying their church building. But just this past weekend, NAB executive director, Dan Hamil, was honored to join in the celebration where over 1,500 people filled the new church building as they reopened the doors.

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