Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists — Sept. 14, 2023

Reaching, discipling, sending collegians

Executive Director David Johnson talks with Marc Hill, state director for Christian Challenge, Arizona Southern Baptists' collegiate ministry. The Arizona Mission Offering provides funds for Christian Challenge chapters statewide to do ministry.

Eyes on the Arizona Mission Offering: Love Baptist Church ‘refocuses’ on mission

At a leadership summit in January, ministry teams at Love Baptist Church in Phoenix gathered to consider the year ahead.

The church’s senior pastor, Adam Henry, shared new vision and mission statements and a focus for the year — Love Baptist Church would be “a place for everyone — a place to belong and a place to serve.”

“[The leadership summit] was a great opportunity for all the people who serve in various teams to get a real picture of the body of Christ in action,” Henry said. It also provided an opportunity for each ministry to consider how God might use that ministry to accomplish the church’s mission.

That emphasis on shared mission came out of the church’s participation in the months-long ReFocus process. ReFocus is funded in part by Arizona Southern Baptists’ gifts to the Arizona Mission Offering. Church revitalization is one of the eight offering categories.

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ZonaMen’s Conference explores #butGOD theme

This year’s ZonaMen’s Conference was a powerful and life-changing event. The conference was attended by about 150 men from around the state and was held and hosted by Cross Church in Surprise on Aug. 26.

This one-day event featured Jeremy Freeman, an author, speaker and pastor of First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Oklahoma. The theme was #butGOD, which is also the title of Freeman’s testimonial of God’s grace throughout the near-death experience of his teenage son, Caleb.

During the sessions, Jeremy and Caleb shared messages of suffering, miracles and God’s power to overcome grief and hardship. Ten years ago, Jeremy lost his 7-year-old son, Trey, to a long battle with cancer, and, just a few years later, he almost lost Caleb in a car accident. It was through Caleb’s miraculous recovery and journey of faith #butGod came about.

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Open Your Eyes to Arizona Disaster Relief

Arizona Disaster Relief is one of eight ministries that receives funding through the Arizona Mission Offering. When you give to the Arizona MIssion Offering, you allow Disaster Relief to provide help, healing and hope in places like Chinle, Arizona, which experienced major flooding last spring. Lead your church to be one of 200 giving to the offering, and join in reaching the $200,000 goal.

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Arise AZ Conference

Sedona, Sept. 29-30

Invite women from your church to recharge, reconnect and grow in their relationship with Jesus at Arise AZ in Sedona Sept. 29-30. The conference will feature a weekend full of worship, teaching of biblical truth through main sessions and breakout sessions meant for practical and biblical growth.

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Workshop on Biblical Exposition

Church on Mill, Tempe, Oct. 18-20

The Workshop on Biblical Exposition is a 3-day training event aimed to encourage and equip pastors in the skills needed to read, understand and proclaim the Word of God. This year's workshop will focus on Apocalyptic Literature: the book of Revelation. 

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Church Safety & Security Summit

CalvaryPHX, Oct. 26-27

Learn how to improve safety and security in all aspects of the life of your church, including Monday through Friday campus safety, children’s ministry safety, weekend worship services, active shooter response and more.

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Together for the Nations

Thursday, Nov. 2, First Baptist, Chandler

• Connect with IMB missionaries and leaders

• Discover ways to deepen your church’s involvement in international missions

• Network with other missions leaders and advocates from area churches

• Leave with practical next steps and connections

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AZSBC Annual Meeting

Friday, Nov. 3, in Chandler

Join the Arizona Southern Baptist family as we meet at First Baptist, Chandler, Nov. 3. Come for the morning Mission Fair and Pastors' Conference featuring Brian McCoy and Gary Derbyshire. Stay for the afternoon business session and worship with a Centennial Vision report by David Johnson and message by IMB missionary Dr. Doug Derbyshire.

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Foothills, Phoenix, Saturday, Nov. 4

An IMB event for 18-25 year olds.

• Worship and seek God’s heart for the nations through His Word

• Hear first-hand stories of how God is at work around the world

• Connect with IMB missionaries about their experiences reaching the lost

• Discover specific opportunities and next steps so that you can join God’s mission

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Keep up with Baptist news beyond Arizona through Baptist Press.

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CP just below budget with one month left in fiscal year

SBC EC eliminates staff positions

Cooperation Group named by Barber

Adkins to lead GCR Evaluation task force study

ARITF begins vetting process for Ministry Check website

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Caroline Anderson

Den and Dimi are Ukrainian refugees displaced by the war between Ukraine and Russia. Caroline Anderson met their family during the height of the conflict when refugees poured over the borders to Romania. This family found refuge in a Baptist church. The church offered support on many levels: food, safety, counseling, and some even gave up their own mattresses so families like Den and Dimi’s had something to sleep on at the church. They shared the love of Jesus both verbally and through action. While the boys’ parents were not Christians, the missionary and local believers poured into them and helped to get them connected with another church in the country they were immigrating to. These connections are vital for re-establishing life away from the war, and allow for the body of Christ to continue gospel conversations. Your financial support through the Cooperative Program strengthens missionaries so that they can spread the Gospel around the world. Pray that God would strengthen, protect, and give peace to families like Den and Dimi’s for the glory of God.

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