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Announcement: Newly Appointed NAB Executive Director

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It is our great joy to announce to you that the Governing Board, having received the recommendation from the Search Committee, has appointed Dr. Harry Kelm to the position of Executive Director of the North American Baptist Conference. This announcement comes after eleven months of activity by the Governing Board, Transition Team, and Search Committee following the resignation of Dr. Dan Hamil on March 23, 2020.

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RFIS Statement

by: Kerry Bender

This past week I was informed by Calvin Hohn, our NAB field director in Cameroon, and Kristi TenClay, the director of the Rain Forest International School in Yaoundé, Cameroon, of an armed robbery at the school.

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Racial Reconciliation Sunday, February 14

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Last week, we let you know about Racial Reconciliation Sunday, which is taking place on February 14. One of the best ways of participating in this day is by taking time to listen to others with different backgrounds. Wayne Stapleton, VP of Racial Righteousness, shares the importance of listening in showing love.

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To Love Is to Listen

by: Wayne Stapleton

About nine years ago, our church restart established a countywide chapter of faith communities who support and promote foster care. During one of the meetings, a passionate advocate for foster care was mentioned. She was one of my high school classmates…

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Racial Reconciliation Sunday

by: Wayne Stapleton

The Japanese have a process in which cracked pottery is repaired by inserting gold in the cracks. This process is called kintsugi and is built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections stronger and more beautiful pieces of art can be created.

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Missional Initiatives in the NAB

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God is using our wonderful brothers and sisters to continue to work in and through NAB churches in various neighborhoods, both in North American and beyond. One of the ways the NAB seeks to encourage our fellow Christ followers in their missional journeys is through Blue Ocean.

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Leadership Formation in the Church

by: Kent Carlson

“As leaders, the most important thing we bring to the church is the person we are becoming, because that’s what everybody sees, that’s what gets reproduced, and that’s what people will trust. Therefore, we must order our lives in such a way that we as persons and as a leadership team are experiencing increasing contentment, contagious joy, and a deepening confidence in God.” —Dallas Willard

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End of Year

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For most of us, this has not been an easy year. I don’t think I need to highlight the ways that 2020 has been a year of isolation, division, and pain. We’ve all experienced this to some degree. What is more influential than the difficulties of this year is the ways God continues to be on the move within our lives and within the NAB. Looking at the four ends of our conference – missional ministry, international missions, leadership formation, and ethnic partnerships – we can clearly see God at work.

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