NAB Update: May 2, 2024

Three Questions is a semi-regular series introducing individuals across the NAB by asking them about their story, their ministry, and what they are learning. This week, we hear from David Mohr, the new executive minister for the British Columbia Baptist Association (as of the beginning of March 2024).

What’s your story?

I was born in the Rocky Mountain town of Jasper, Alberta, and raised on a farm in central Alberta. I was educated on the Prairies in both Alberta and Saskatchewan and married a sweet American girl from Oregon. We have three amazing adult kids, with two equally amazing daughters-in-law and, most importantly, I have two incredible grandkids. While that sums me up fairly well, it’s only by the grace of God that I am where I am. I was raised in a Christian home where I was taught at an early age that Jesus was the answer to the most important questions I could ask.

I like to think of myself as an easygoing, relationally oriented person who, through the grace of God, loves the people of God and is honoured to work in the calling he’s given. I enjoy everything outdoors, active sports (and of course watching others play active sports), and riding my motorbike wherever I can.

What has ministry been like for you?

My introduction to who Jesus is – his love and call on my life – has blessed me with over thirty years of vocational pastoral ministry. I’ve been given the opportunity to serve in various different pastoral roles. Whether it was in a youth, music and worship, associate, or lead pastor role, serving Jesus has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Despite the regular and significant challenges that come with pastoring in any capacity, the experience of being a small part of someone’s journey as they grow in their relationship with Jesus makes it all worth it – every time. . . .

We’re thrilled to announce that Michael Wear will join us for a webinar on May 14 at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) to discuss his newest book The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life. Diving into today’s political landscape, Wear draws from the insightful teachings of the late theologian Dallas Willard and his approach to spiritual formation regarding our engagement in the political sphere.

Michael Wear is the founder, president, and CEO of the Center for Christianity and Public Life, a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution based in the nation’s capital with the mission to contend for the credibility of Christian resources in public life for the public good. For over a decade, he has served as a trusted resource and advisor for various civic leaders on faith and public life, including as a White House and presidential campaign staffer. Wear is a leading voice on building healthy civic pluralism in twenty-first-century America. He has argued that individuals’ spiritual health and civic character are deeply tied to our politics and public affairs.

The NAB’s emerging leaders team is hosting this event, but everyone is welcome to join and earn some wisdom from this timely discussion.

We are planning a cohort uniquely designed to reach emerging leaders, those twenty- and thirty-something women and men who are active leaders of our churches and who will continue to serve NAB churches for the decades to come.

This cohort will entail three, three-month modules, each reflecting the three modules in Blue Ocean. The goal of this experience is to develop and enrich the relationships of our emerging leaders, to provide instruction and conversation about the movement of God in the world and how we participate, and to deepen the preparation of our emerging leaders for the future of the NAB.

If you are interested in this new cohort, or know of someone who would be a great candidate, we are currently accepting applications through May 31, 2024.

Triennial 2024 is coming up fast. Taking place July 11–14, 2024, there are only 10 weeks until we all gather together in St. Paul, Minnesota for fellowship, worship, instruction, and connection. Don’t delay; register today!