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Ohio Baptist Messenger JUNE 2014 | VOLUME 62 NO. 3

Mission Council Gathers for Dedication of New Swimming Pool at Seneca Lake Baptist Assembly Dedication of a new swimming pool for Seneca Lake Baptist Assembly took place on April 24. Mission Council members stood on the steps of the pool while Scott Seder, Camp Director, and Jack Kwok, Executive Director, led in the celebration. The new pool is located adjacent to other recreational facilities in the northwest area of the Seneca Lake campus. The 94 foot pool replaces a 70 foot pool that was built in 1963. An extension built onto an existing shelter houses the filtration and chlorination system for the pool. Patterson Pool built the pool with stainless steel sides and a 15 foot concrete apron at a cost of $454,600. Funds remaining from the oil lease at Seneca Lake plus $65,000 from Antero Oil for the selection of the drilling site at the location where the old swimming pool sits allowed the pool to be built debt free.

Scott Seder celebrated the ministry of Seneca Lake Baptist Assembly during the dedication service.

Work on the new pool began after the last week-long camp in August 2013. The pool will be ready for use by the time the first summer camp begins in June, adding to the memories of hundreds of children and youth during Kids Kamps, Youth Camps, and Mission Camps. Other actions of the Mission Council included encouragement for all churches to participate in and send messengers to the June 2015

Mission Council members gathered on the steps of the pool for the dedication service.

Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus. The Mission Council also adopted a recommendation that Mission Council members engage in and encourage churches to engage in Pray Ohio.

The 94 foot pool replaces the 70 foot pool built in 1963.

An addition to the shelter houses the filtration and chlorination systems.

Jack Kwok and Scott Seder led the dedication service.

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Ohio Team, Dwayne & Jackie Lee, Steve Long, Wendy Hammock, Charlotte Barbo, Tim Binns.

Ohio/Alaska Partnership rejoicing in their victories. Their desire to live out what God has commanded in His Word, and to discover ways to help others do the same was a blessing to all of us. We are very grateful for the partnerships that we have in our state and across the country. Thank you for giving to the Cooperative Program. Your contribution helps make training events like this possible. It is our prayer that we see lives transformed because of the continued work and partnerships provided through the Cooperative Program.

Calvary Baptist Receives 10-Year Partnership Award Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child recognized Calvary Baptist Church, 1920 St. Rt. 22 W, in Wilmington recently with a plaque recognizing a 10-year partnership with the ministry. Calvary Baptist serves as a relay center the third week of November where people, churches and organizations drop off their filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week. These shoeboxes take a journey from Wilmington to Hillsboro to Charlotte, NC and then to their final destination. Along the way, many volunteers receive, inspect, and prepare the shoeboxes for distribution to chil-

dren around the world. The children that receive a shoebox also receive “The Greatest Gift” booklet in their native language, telling them about the love of Jesus Christ. They are also invited to participate in “The Greatest Journey” Bible Study and a graduation ceremony upon completion along with a New Testament in their native language. If you have any questions regarding this ministry, you can contact Barbara Lanctot at 937-3826517. Submitted by Barbara Lanctot

In His Service, Dwayne Lee Associate Leader, Bible Teaching/ Leadership Resource Group

Church on Prince of Whales Island. The Ohio Baptist Messenger (ISSN 0472-7096) is published every other month by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio; 9000 Antares Avenue; Columbus, Ohio 43240-2011. Periodicals Postage Paid at Columbus, Ohio. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Ohio Baptist Messenger; 9000 Antares Avenue; Columbus, Ohio 43240-2011. Jack Kwok, Ohio State Convention Executive Director-Treasurer, Editor; Linnett Snodgrass, Administrative Assistant; Spangler Production & Design, Publication Layout. Published every other month for members of Southern Baptist churches in Ohio. Subscriptions provided out of each church’s Cooperative Program gifts. Member of Baptist Press, news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Left to right: Debbie Hatten, Relay Center Coordinator; Barb Lanctot South Central Area Prayer Mobilization Coordinator; Bess Hewitt, Prayer Team Member; Pastor Dennis Humphreys; Jack Hatten, Community Relations Team Member; Ed and Helen Hiestand, South Central Ohio Area Coordinators.

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On March 20-31, 2014, the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio partnered with the Alaska State Convention to train and encourage church leaders in Southeast Alaska in the areas of Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and general church health. The SCBO team consisted of Charlotte Barbo, Tim Binns, Wendy Hammock, Dwayne Lee, Jackie Lee, and Steve Long. Our team traveled to Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Ketchikan, and Prince of Whales. At each destination we met some great people with a heart to serve God. It was a great time of fellowship with our Alaskan brothers and sisters in Christ. We enjoyed hearing their stories, sharing their struggles, and


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2014 State Bible Drill Competition growth through the years By: Ashley Stickel State Bible Drill Coordinator State Convention of Baptists in Ohio Ohio has once again rounded the corner for summer. Many harbored doubts we would ever see warm weather again. Not only did May signal a time of warmer weather, but May also brought the State Bible Drill competition. It always amazes me how fast time flies. 2014 marks my 5th year serving with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio as the State Bible Drill Coordinator. It has been a pleasure to watch each student grow and develop not only as a person, but also as a child of God making an effort to know His Word. On May 3rd, Reynoldsburg Baptist Church hosted the State Bible Drill Competition. This year, we had 26 drillers from all over the state come and represent five different churches. There were drillers from Parma Baptist Church, Rolling Hills Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Kettering, Reynoldsburg Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church of New Carlisle. There were new drillers participating this year that I have not previously seen competing, and I am so proud of their courage, especially the young ones in the Children’s Drill. However, I also noticed a great amount of growth in the drillers who have competed for years. Certain individuals displayed more confidence and knowledge of the scriptures than in years past, and I could tell it is because they have matured as individuals. This is a wonderful sight to behold.

This year’s winners deserved every bit of the recognition they received. What a great job they did! In our Youth Drill, the 3rd place winner was Joseph Mosher from First Baptist Church of Kettering. The 2nd place winner was Elizabeth Kastelien from Parma Baptist Church, and the 1st place winner was Matthew Allen from Reynoldsburg Baptist Church. In the High School Drill, the 3rd place winner was Nicolas DeSonia from First Baptist Church of Kettering. The 2nd place winner was Stephanie Cavanaugh from Reynoldsburg Baptist Church, and the 1st place winner was Julia Bonifield from First Baptist Church of Kettering. Both Matthew and Julia will be competing at the National Invitational Bible Drill Tournament in Helen, Georgia on June 20th. Julia Bonifield participated at the National Invitational Tournament in 2012 as a Youth Driller and is thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to participate at the National level as a High School Driller this year. All of our drillers did a fantastic job competing to the best of their ability. Congratulations! In the last few years, we have unfortunately seen a decline in our numbers for participation in the State Drill Competition. I do not believe this is due to a lack of interest in the program, but rather due to the plethora of activities for students to choose from today. I would love to see a revitalization of the Bible Drill program in Ohio. It all starts with you.

Lifeway Christian Resources has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged state conventions all over North America to join the movement to see 100,000 new groups started by the end of 2015.

All 26 State Bible Drillers representing 5 churches across Ohio.

The resources are available and the students are numerous. Show them that “…the Word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 HCSB). If you have questions about Bible Drill or want to get involved, please visit for more information or email me at I am thankful for the drillers and their incredible dedication and hard work. I am also thankful for their Drill Leaders and parents. I know that their participation and success would not be possible without, first of all God, who puts the desire in each of their hearts to learn His Word, but also their Leaders and parents. Congratulations on another successful Bible Drill season!

Youth Bible Drill Winners L-R: 1st Place Winner Matthew Allen, 2nd Place Winner Elizabeth Kastelien, 3rd Place Winner Joseph Mosher.

High School Bible Drill Winners L-R: 1st Place Winner Julia Bonifield, 2nd Place Winner Stephanie Cavanaugh, 3rd Place Winner Nicolas DeSonia.

The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio has picked up the gauntlet and is partnering with LifeWay Christian Resources to support this challenge: Ohio Southern Baptists have declared that we are going to raise up new leaders and create new groups. We are praying for 1000 new groups to be started by the end of 2014. Over the next few weeks you will receive a Groups Matter information packet in the mail. The packet will include a promotion poster, commitment cards, launch ideas, and other information about new groups. Please use the packet contents to

promote this challenge in your church, complete the commitment cards, and return them to the address identified on card. Many new groups have already been started this year, and we would like to include them in our challenge numbers. If you have started a new group this year, please contact me at with the church name, number of groups started, and the date the group began. Join the movement and watch what God can do!

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Greetings to All,

The Best Time to Recruit Next Year’s Volunteers is NOW! You just wrapped up Easter services and you’re looking forward to a bit of a break before you move into Vacation Bible School. So why would you possibly want to focus on recruiting next fall’s volunteers now? Consider this: The volunteers that served for your Holy Week and Easter services and events now have some degree of experience under their belt (even if they began the services as newbies). Their euphoria of having participated in a meaningful way is still present. Many of these folks will be traveling in the summer months and may not be readily available at the end of the summer (when you’d prefer to focus on recruiting efforts). Many ministries require creative planning. Pulling together your teams now will give them

the time they need to meet and prepare during the summer months. Many areas of responsibility require training. Recruiting now can allow time for the educational process before fall ministries begin. Once you’ve recruited and received commitments from volunteers, it’s important to convey your church’s copyright compliance standards through a written Copyright Commitment. Make sure each person in a leadership position has a copy and post it above copiers, near computers, in your music room and anywhere you think copyright issues might come into play. This document provides information and not legal advice. For more information and resources, including fact sheets, videos and idea kits, visit our State Convention of Baptists in Ohio page at

Vacation Bible School (VBS) regional training has come to a close and Ohio churches are gearing up for a fun-filled week of discovering the truth about Jesus Christ. Hundreds of cadets went through intense Agency D3 training and came out on the other end approved field agents. Now they are ready to share with boys, girls, men and women what it means to Discover, Decide, and Defend their faith. Vacation Bible School still plays a very important part of reaching your community. As you continue to prepare and make plans for advertising this year’s VBS week, do not forget to include the “continued connections” with all of the families you will encounter this year. It is said that 10% of those that will attend a VBS this year will be “spiritual orphans.” Which means they do not have any connection to God, church, Jesus Christ, or you! Remember, you may be the very person that God wants to use to reach that family. Also remember that there are other churches and mission points that would welcome your help in sharing VBS material, decorations, ideas, or even people! What a great way to have a summer mission trip and help another church conduct a VBS. Remember, if your State Convention of Baptists in Ohio can help you with your VBS needs, then please let us know. Stay in contact with us on Facebook. Go to VBS Ohio and post your pictures, family night ideas, make comments about how your week has gone, the ways God is blessing, etc. We look forward to receiving your stories. Have a blessed Vacation Bible School and may God receive all of the Glory! In His Service, Dwayne Lee The Bible Teaching/Leadership Resource Group

SAY YES TO VBS! Attention VBS Directors Mark your calendars for November 22, 2014 The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio will be hosting a vacation bible school directors preview. We can’t tell you what the theme is right now but this is a great jump start to the new year!


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Buckeyes attend National Missionary Parent Fellowship ~ April 25-27 Being parents of international missionaries is a challenge. Feelings are mixed; happy your child and family are serving, yes. Happy about them being halfway around the world, not so much. It hurts to see your son or daughter go, and then there are those grandchildren… birthdays, Christmas, the first day of school, all to be observed from a distance – 12 time zones of distance. There are many emotions to process for parents, siblings and grandparents of missionaries. The National Missionary Parent Fellowship was created to help. This year the group met in Kerrville, Texas, April 25-27. The event, hosted by the

Women’s Missionary Union of Texas, drew parents from many states. Well over 200 parents from several states, including Ohio, attended this retreat. Speakers for the event included Gordon Fort and Eddie Cox of the International Mission Board, as well as Wanda Lee

of the National Women’s Missionary Union. Two current missionary families on stateside assignment were there and shared with the group about their life and ministries on the field. Workshops were available for parents to learn more about

how to support family members serving our Lord overseas. Some topics discussed included: I am a Missionary Parent, Now What? – Will You Pray for Our Children?– What Is a Third Culture Kid? and How to Leave a Legacy of Faith. Perhaps the most meaningful time for one missionary mom took place in a large group meeting as they prayed for IMB missionaries on their birthdays. That day happened to be her daughter’s birthday. As she sat and listened to parents pray for missionaries around the world who were celebrating birthdays, she was deeply moved as she realized thousands of Southern Bap-

tists prayed for her daughter’s initials on that very day. She realized that no one knew her daughter by name, but the Father knew and heard those prayers. Thank you to all who regularly pray for our missionaries on their birthdays! The next meeting of the national fellowship will be April 7-10, 2016. Currently, Denise Hopkins is working to establish the Ohio International Family Fellowship for parents and siblings of international missionaries. If you are an international missionary family member, please contact Denise ( to be included on the contact list, if you have not already.

BUCKEYE BAPTIST BUILDERS AT SENECA LAKE BAPTIST ASSEMBLY What did you do during the Buckeye Baptist Builder’s week at Seneca Lake Baptist Assembly (SLBA)? Just to get you thinking you could have been a part of what 55 volunteers from around this great state were doing. Yes, 55 volunteers from the following churches spent a week at SLBA working on many jobs: Freedom Baptist Church, Hamilton / FBC Westerville / Newark Baptist Church / Landmark Shelter house updated Baptist Church, Dayton / Talawanda Baptist Church, Oxford / FBC Grove City /Beverly Baptist Church / Clough Pike Baptist Church, Batavia / University Baptist Church, Middletown / FBC Fairborn / Belle Valley Baptist Church / Perrysburg Baptist Church and two churches that aren’t even Southern Baptist! Wow, that touches all four corners and central Ohio. A great representation that shows the Love of Our Lord at work preserving our camp and pre- New tin roof on the Chapel. paring the way for souls to get closer to Him as they enjoy their a new lean-to about 64’ by 35’ time at camp this year. During attached to cover equipment, 2013, a total of 2488 souls at- painting of the outside of the tool tended camps at SLBA, of which shed, painting and trim around 229 became a follower of our the new pool house, power wash Lord. That means over 9% of the both put-put golf courses, paintfolks who come to camp make a ing the back side of the dining decision for Jesus. hall, and install a ceiling - trim Oh yeah, what did they do? and hand rail at the Buckeye BapWell, for starters, they gave the tist Builders shelter house. The chapel a new tin roof! Other jobs builders paid the expenses related that were accomplished include for the shelter house. outside painting of all 7 cabins, Along with supplying the new lights in all 7 cabins, new materials for the shelter house, roof on the tool shop along with the builders took a collection

and bought two industrial size clothes washing machines for use by the camp! What hearts of love these folks have. Time, talents, and funds all because “Jesus paid it all” for them! So will you be a part of this great group next year and join them as they work for the Lord? Set your calendar now for the week of May 3 - 9, 2015. Come see how God can use you! Sam Kelley, SCBO

June Help Needed First Baptist Church of Aurora, OH is hiring a part-time Family Ministry Pastor with the goal of providing primary leadership to the overall youth and children’s ministry at FBCA with the goal of supporting Christian parents and complementing non-Christian parents in the evangelism and discipleship of children from birth through grade twelve. Please send a cover letter and resume to Pastor Drew Carroll by e-mail ( or fax (330-562-8070).

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Missions & Ministries

IMPACT Cincinnati Area Baptist Association Intentional Mission Project Affecting Community Transformation 2014 Beautiful Feet Experience

APRIL 12, 2014

Thirteen Locations, Six Established Churches and Seven Church Plants Twenty-Three Projects Two Hundred Fifty + Volunteers from Forty-One Churches and Six Associations Eight Reported Salvation Decisions Find countless amazing stories about our awesome God, His work in planning projects, preparing resources, and presenting Christ, photos and testimonies at and search Beautiful Feet 2014. Praise Jesus and thank you, Lord! One of these stories began in 2006 with Bob and Joanne Hopkins presenting Christ to children during Bible Clubs and Block Parties sponsored by Cornerstone Baptist Church, Batavia. Among other doors, volunteers knocked on the Coorey’s, Cooper’s, Sieg’s, and Shockey’s doors to invite their children. For the first time Mariah Coorey, Megan Cooper, Amber Sieg, and Elania Shockey heard the truth that Jesus loves them and gave His life to cover their sin. After six years of Bible club, eventually Sunday School, and later youth group; by 2013 all

four girls invited Jesus to be the Lord of their lives. On April 12, 2014, Mariah, Megan, Amber, and Elaina volunteered to serve at a church plant, New Rock Baptist Church, in Cincinnati. Elaina and Amber chose face painting training led by Heather Sheldon of Eastland Baptist Church, North West Ohio Baptist Association. Heather has a unique training because she only uses the Gospel Story colors. Mariah and Megan choose clowning training led by Susie Emery, FBC Woodsfield, Muskingum Valley Baptist Association. Susie has volunteers choose their clown “name” and costume to create an identity that opens doors to present Christ. Each of the girls shared personal testimonies in their church on April 13th.

Evaluation comments from the girls include: How did you see God at work in yourself or others Did God use the Beautiful Feet Experience to open through this event? your eyes to a type of ministry you would like to “Brought children who don’t normally go to take part in, if it were available to you? If so, what ministry? church, to church.” Megan Cooper “More people getting excited to know about God.” Amber Sieg

“Missionary.” Mariah Coorey “Children.” Megan Cooper

Comments, suggestions, ideas:

How faithful is God? Within two weeks all four

“I am very thankful that I came here today. God has really touched my heart. I am glad that God is taking care of me and helping me go down the right path.” Elaina Rae Shockey

girls used their new “Gospel Presenting” skills at an association outreach event. To God be all glory and praise!

Upcoming Women’s Ministry Events EVENT DATE


Kids Kamp Week 1

June 16 - 20

Pastors’ Wives Luncheon

Kids Kamp Week 2

June 23 - 27

Ray Roberts Week of Prayer

September 14 - 21

Kids Kamp Week 3

July 28 - August 1

Royal Ambassador Congress

April 11 - 12

Lottie Moon Week of Prayer Missions Camp Mother Daughter Retreat

November 30 - December 7 August 4 - 8 October 10 - 11

Women’s Fall Retreat & Mission Celebration Women’s Regional Spring Retreats

Join Us On Facebook! OWN-Ohio Women’s Network

November 6

September 12 - 13 March & May

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Called To Praise!

Mission Offering Giving Update

Ohio Royal Ambassadors 2014 RA Congress

Baptist Faith and Message, Article Six, The Church, states: “Christ has also given the churches their mission. They are to seek to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Christ gave the mission to the churches, not to boards, conventions and agencies.” As Ohio Baptists, our churches are blessed to be served by our national boards, North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board; our national convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, and your state convention, State Convention of Baptists in Ohio; and the most amazing mission education agency in the world, Woman’s Missionary Union ® to obey Christ and follow Him to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth. North Fairfield Baptist Church, West Central Association, hosted the 2014 RA Congress. Among many blessings like an amazing praise team, great organization, and awesome facility; was the gracious and generous act of kindness from NFBC GA’s. They prepared meals and snacks that energized and encouraged the participants. Royal Ambassadors, NFBC Praise Team young men first through sixth grade, met Friday night, April 11 to praise Jesus, practice Campcraft skills, play in a Missions Around the World Basketball Shoot Out, and on Saturday, April 12, to impact a multi-housing area with Church Planters Alan and Lisa Lawless. Lakota Pointe, the new church plant, is building relationships with residents in this Gracious GA’s 204 unit apartment complex. The RAs joined the 2014 Beautiful Feet Experience to IMPACT Cincinnati Area Baptist Association by potting flowers, knocking on doors, and gifting each family with a plant and message from the church planter. Lisa Lawless commented that she saw God at work as she, “Watched RA’s work beautifully as a team bringing gifts to people Above: Lad’s Campcraft who aren’t always open to At Left: Badge Earned strangers.”

April 30, 2014 Report Ohio Baptists continue to pray for and support SBC appointed missionaries and mission projects for many volunteer missionaries in your community, in Ohio, all over the USA, and to the Ends of the Earth. Thank you! Total offerings received by April 30 include: International Missions, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, $765,584.47 State Missions, Ray Robert’s Offering, $36,700.73 North American Missions, Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, $164,090.65

Called to Praise Praise the Lord, all nations! Glorify Him, all peoples! For His faithful love to us is great; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. Hallelujah! PSALM 117


State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, 9000 Antares Ave., Columbus, OH 43240

Jack Kwok, PH.D., Executive Director-Treasurer

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Missions & Ministries

2014 Women’s Spring Retreats More than five hundred women from Ohio have gathered at one or more of the five annual regional spring retreats offered this year. Each retreat was planned and led by a team from churches in each region.

All the retreats collected an offering designated to scholarship Ohio women and teens on first time mission trips, or first time over seas mission trips. Donations may be made to this offering, know as the Joan White Scholarship, or applications may be picked up at your state convention office. Amanda Mishne, State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, 9000 Antares Avenue, Columbus, OH 43240.

Pray Ohio: 2014 Mission Ohio Prayer Initiative – Prayer Driving/Walking June 17-19 Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” …So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. (Acts 15:36, 41; 16:5) Paul saw the need to visit the churches, that they might be encouraged and strengthened. He would add to a long list of sufferings, “Not to mention other things, there is the daily pressure on me: my care for all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:28) Paul’s passion for the church was demonstrated in his prayers. His letters are full of prayer for the churches. Some he knew well, and some he had never visited. The Pray Ohio 2014 Mission Ohio Prayer Initiative ( turns

our attention to praying for PROMOTING GROWTH, one of the three elements of our NEXT FACTOR strategy. During February, we prayed for PRESENTING CHRIST, each day praying for salvation among the many people groups represented in Ohio. Our prayer emphasis in October will be PLANTING CHURCHES as we join NAMB for the 10:2 prayer for laborers (based on Luke 10:2). Our purpose in June is to mobilize Ohio Baptists to prayer drive and/or prayer walk June 17-19. There are three suggested prayer drives: praying quadrant loops, circling the state or forming a cross over Ohio. You may determine your own route, perhaps covering your association, county or community. We are also encouraging you to take prayer meeting to the streets

Pastor King, Columbus Tamil Church pictured George Kroupa, Dublin Baptist Church.

Wednesday evening, June 18. Whether or not you have a traditional Wednesday night prayer meeting, take that evening to prayer walk your church field.

Those who register their prayer driving/walking will receive prayer cards, outlining the prayers of Paul for the church. You may register your church on our website or by contacting Amanda Mishne (amishne@ 614.827.1814) Several prayer resources are available free for download at Paul concluded one of his prayers for the churches with “…Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”(Ephesians 3:20-21) We pray because we believe He is able to do above and beyond all we ask, according to His power. We invite you to join Mission Ohio praying for His glory to be seen in His church.

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Evangelism Highlights

David Uth Challenges listeners.

Ed Stetzer leads a panel discussion.

Some of Momentum’s 305 attendees.

MOMENTUM 2014 Momentum 2014 (The State Evangelism Celebration) was held March 18th at Jersey Baptist Church in Pataskala. The day was exciting, encouraging, and challenging. More than 305 folks enjoyed a day filled with excellent preaching, tremendous worship, and multiple ministry training opportunities. The day was jam packed with activity. A special group of musicians from various OH churches kicked the morning off with some rousing and reflective music. Johnny Hunt ( followed with an outstanding message entitled “Encouragement That Fuels Enthusiasm.” Immediately following we had the joy of hearing about Engage 24 ( and then seeing a husband and wife baptized that had accepted Christ just a few days before Mo14. Praise the Lord! David Uth (www. followed with the message “Poured Out.” He challenged us to live a life completely poured out for Christ. What a great word in our day! Many attendees were able to enjoy

a delicious barbecue meal catered from 62 Barbecue of Johnstown, OH. And of course the ladies enjoyed their annual luncheon with special guest speaker Jaye Martin ( After lunch Ed Stetzer ( challenged churches to become “Harvest Focused Churches.” His message was passionately delivered as he asked attendees to pray specifically for his lost father and other lost family members. May we covenant to do that for all our families as the Lord leads! Mid afternoon was filled with 10 breakout sessions covering a wide variety of ministry subjects. Thanks to David Uth, Ed Stetzer, David Uth, DA Horton, Derwin Gray, John Hays, Keith Matthews, Todd Smeltzer, Rick Duncan, Chad Allen, Jeremy Westbrook, Shane Tucker, Steve Hopkins, and Jaye Martin for leading these valuable and relevant sessions. After our breakout sessions Ed Stetzer led a very interesting panel discussion on the subject of “Taking the Gospel to a Lost World.” Kudos go to

“NOW is the day of salvation” ~ II Corinthians 6:2

Ed, John Hays, Derwin Gray, and DA Horton for their valuable insights and their rousing conversation. I especially enjoyed the interaction and the exchanging of cultural nuances explicit to each ministry context. After the panel discussion DA Horton ( preached a theological masterpiece entitled, “One Voice.” His impromptu rap was also very entertaining and extremely reflective of how to engage our culture. Derwin Gray (www.transformationchurch. tc) closed the day with a message entitled “Vision Casting.” He challenged attendees to Look Upward, Look Inward, Look Outward and then to Roll Out for ministry! All of us need to take this message to heart. If not we just might encounter the evangelism linebacker when we least expect him! Special thanks go out to our praise band. They did an exceptional job leading worship and continually prompted our hearts to seek God’s face and hear God’s Word. In addition, John Hays,

his staff, and the volunteers from Jersey Baptist Church were exceptionally fine hosts. Their servant hearts, sweet spirits, and hard working hands were refreshing to our souls. Thanks for being so gracious, competent, and ministry minded! Special thanks also to our State Convention Resource Team for their hard work in helping make the day a rousing success. In closing, let me say “THANK YOU” to everyone that participated, served, and attended. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 24, 2015. We’ll be back at Jersey for Momentum 2015. Begin making plans today to attend. There Is Victory In Jesus, Jack Helton, Evangelism Resource Group Leader

Momentum 2014 messages are on video and can be viewed or downloaded from

Church Growth and Revitalization Conference Jersey Baptist Church hosted the Church Growth and Revitalization Conference on Monday March 17th. The event, co-sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and The North American Mission Board, is designed to equip and resource de- Johnny Hunt served clining or plateaued churches in as Revitalization infusing new life into their con- keynote speaker and conference gregations. Unbelievably, 72% leader. of Southern Baptist churches in North America fall into this category. Johnny Hunt, pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, GA was our keynote speaker and conference leader. He was joined by Michael Lewis (www., Chris Emery (www.namb.

net/revitalization), and Jim Law (Executive Pastor @ FBC Woodstock). Pastor Johnny spoke on three core concerns facing the church today: Health that Leads to Growth, Leading for Change, and Discovering and Developing Leaders. In addition Michael spoke on the subject Can Dead Bones Live. More than 125 pastors and church leaders attended. All attendees were given the book Revitalize, lunch, and a $25 gift card to Lifeway. In addition everyone received a CGRC workbook. Answers to the fill in the blanks in those workbooks can be seen at Or go to, hit the browse resources tag and look under the evangelism heading. Revitalization 2014 is the first file listed. Video content of the conference can be viewed at www.momen-

Michael Lewis addressed the 125 participants of CGRC. If you have any difficulties contact me at or 614.309.9738. For additional information about Church Revitalization visit

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Evangelism Highlights

Collegiate Ministry: The Power of Partnership This is an excerpt from a collegiate student attendingh2o Bowling Green that recently participated in assisting UrbancrestBaptist Church with their Dust weekend (a leadership and equipping event designed specifically for 7th-12th graders). “I went to Lebanon, Ohio to minister and council a bunch of high school women for a weekend. Little did I know, the ENTIRE time I was being challenged as a person and leader. I was mentored and didn’t even expect it. I saw the POWER of God in more high school students than I thought possible. The music and worship was so raw and beautiful. The speaker was phenomenal. My Co-leader showed me how

to be such a powerful woman of God and to step out of my comfort zone to serve and love. It was REAL. There is NO WAY I would have seen that coming. God is good, all the time. Lives are always changing. People are discovering the TRUTH. I’m speechless.” WOW! What a picture of Christians co-laboring together to advance the cause of Christ in Ohio. Is your church reinvesting itself in the life and ministry of others? Are you supporting a collegiate church plant through prayer? Missions mobilization? Finances? For more information concerning student ministries, please contact Tim Binns (tbinns@, or Brian Frye (

Dust weekend leaders

Partnerships That Work It is hard to believe that Living Hope turned 5 years old on Easter Sunday. Thank you for your prayerful and sacrificial investment over the years. The Lord clearly wanted a new church here in this town of 19,000 people. I am humbled, honored, and happy to share with you the harvest we received on Easter: • 21 individuals went public with their baptism...(all-time high) • 556 people in attendance...(all-time high) • Many first-time guests to hear the Gospel message Please continue to pray for us as we strive to make disciples and multiply here in Central Ohio. In these past 5 years, 164 people have been baptized, with 44% of them being adults. The Lord has blessed us with an incredible opportunity to turn this audience into an army. Words cannot express our gratitude for you.

The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio is excited to announce a Fall Sunday School conference like no other. You heard right…Change your Sunday School or Die! This conference offers a unique look at the church as a whole and how Sunday School plays a very important part of the overall ministry of the church. Authors Josh Hunt and Ken Hemphill will be our keynote speakers for this invigorating conference. We will also be offering age graded breakouts for ALL of your teachers. I’m encouraging everyone from Pastor to Preschool leader to make plans now to attend this conference September 5-6, 2014 FBC Groveport Ohio (near Columbus). COST: $10.00 in advance $15.00 at the door REGISTER AT: search “Sunday School”

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks & God Bless, Jeremy Westbrook, Living Hope Church, Marysville

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Evangelism Highlights

Churches Planting Churches Training Many pastors and church leaders desire to reproduce churches through starting new churches. Often there seem to be more questions than answers on how to accomplish this task. Many would love to have a guide that would assist their congregation in making this church planting dream a reality. Part of the Send North America strategy of the North American Mission Board is to help churches find answers. To help accomplish this we have partnered with the training network, Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI), to offer “Churches Planting Churches” Training (CPCT). This is a biblically-based, practical resource. The event is a “workshop” for planting new churches, not a conference. You will actually work with your team to complete an implementation assignment before you leave the CPCT.


• If you are a pastor or church leader who has never planted a church and want to learn basic principles and steps to engage in church planting. • If you would like to learn more about being a Sending Church (or Mother Church). When the training has concluded, you will be able to... • Begin to envision what God may do through you and your congregation • Overcome barriers, answer fears and objections to starting a new church • Implement a six-step process to successfully plant new churches

Look for a CPCT event coming soon to your region of North America: “This training is essential to any and every church that wants to obey God’s call to fulfill the Great Commission but doesn’t know where to start. After this training, the excuses will be gone and the vision will have started to develop.” ~ Noah Oldham, Pastor August Gate “New churches need intentional support and an unmistakable commitment from their mother churches. The “Churches Planting Churches” training gave us some biblical and practical ways that we can foster a healthy relationship with our daughter churches. Church leaders, please make time for this important training. You won’t regret it!” ~ Dr. Michael O’Neal, Minister of Evangelism and Missions, FBC “This training will prove to be a turning point in the trajectory of the ministry I will engage in through the rest of my life.” ~ Chad Wilkins, Pastor

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PRESS TOWARD THE MARK To be absent from the body Baptist Association, President of is to be present with the Lord the State Convention of Baptists declares 2 Corinthians 5:8. Our in Ohio for 2002-2003, chair of good friend Pastor Guy Morton the Collegiate Study Commitmet our Lord Jesus face-to-face tee, chair of the Faith, Family, May 11. “Practice the Presand Future Campaign, and many Jack Kwok, Ph.D. ence of Jesus” governed the life Executive Directorother notable positions for Misof Guy Morton. This favorite Treasurer sion Ohio and the Southern BapState Convention statement of his truly governed tist Convention. of Baptists in Ohio his life and ministry. Perhaps the most memorable Guy Morton became a legacy of Guy Morton is that he Christian through the witness of a pastor was a Barnabas. Acts 4:35 states, “Joseph who gave him a ride as he was hitchhiking . . . the one the apostles called Barnabas, to pitch for a baseball team in South Caro- which is translated Son of Encouragelina. Eventually, Guy Morton played for ment.” Guy Morton was a Barnabas to his the Boston Red Sox team and was a locker family, the lost, the community where he mate with Ted Williams. His promising lived, the saints, his church members, pasbaseball career ended with a torn Achil- tors, convention workers, and all whom les tendon. Visiting his office is the clos- he encountered. He was my friend. est I have ever been to the baseball hall Sister Jeannie has served faithfully of fame. He displayed autographed pho- and energetically with Brother Guy. She tos and memorabilia of the Hall of Fame exemplifies the same “Barnabas” characplayers and other greats in the world of teristics of Brother Guy. To Sister Jeanbaseball. nie and the Guy Morton family I must say God called him from a promising ca- “Thank You” for enabling him to serve reer in baseball to an even greater life’s in so many strategic positions within the work: the Gospel Ministry of our Lord Je- State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and sus Christ. Guy Morton considered being the Southern Baptist Convention to adthe pastor of a New Testament church the vance the Kingdom and the fulfillment of greatest calling of all. He served as pastor the Great Commission. of the Lorain Baptist Church, the West- Guy Morton leaves an iconic legacy of wood Baptist Church, and the Lakeview “Practice the Presence of Jesus” in the hisBaptist Church for a total of 44 years. At tory of the State Convention of Baptists in the time of his homegoing, he was serving Ohio. His passion to share Jesus personas the interim pastor at Firelands Baptist ally and through the Southern Baptist CoChurch for the last 3 years. operative Mission Program and live like Brother Guy served as a trustee for the Jesus as a “Barnabas” will continue to inAnnuity Board of the Southern Baptist fluence those who follow in his footsteps. Convention, moderator of the Northcoast Let’s press toward that mark.

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How to become a

Christian If you are not a Christian, have never surrendered your will to the Lord Jesus, let me share briefly how you can make this life changing decision. GOD WANTS YOU SAVED. First, you must believe that God loves you and wants you to have peace in your heart and an everlasting life (John 3:16). Second, you must recognize that you are a sinner, that you have done things which have displeased God and that you have separated yourself from Him (Romans 3:23; 6:23). Third, you must believe that Jesus came to this earth, was actually God in the flesh, lived a perfect life, and yet went to a cruel cross, dying for your sins, paying once and for all the penalty of sin (I Peter 2:24). However, it’s not enough just to know these three things. Many of us knew them for years before we ever gave Jesus our lives. Fourth, you must personally ask Jesus to come into your life and forgive you of your sins (Revelation 3:20). You can pray this prayer now and if you mean it with all of your heart, Jesus will come in just like He said. He cannot lie. Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I’m really sorry for my sins, Lord. I ask you now, Lord Jesus, to come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, take control of my life, and make me the kind of person You want me to be. I now receive You into my heart. Thank You for coming in. I will follow You all the days of my life. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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