New Look: The Center for Great Commission Studies

Southeastern’s Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies has a snazzy new website, full of content on upcoming SEBTS mission trips, prayer points for current missionaries and church planters, and other great resources. Check out the new look here. Visit regularly in order to keep up to date with the missions efforts of SEBTS faculty and students.

CGCS: Stories Trump Statistics (Greg Mathias)

Every Wednesday morning at BtT we highlight the work of the Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern. Recently, Greg Mathias, Associate Director of the CGCS, wrote a blogpost about how the stories of unreached people and missionaries trump statistics about the same. He points to a story about work among the Uighur people of China.

Here’s an excerpt of the post:

Motivation to participate in the Great Commission and reach people needs to go beyond terms and statistics. Every man, woman, and child has a story. Take time this week to learn somebody’s story. Engage people in conversation. If you are interested in unreached, unengaged, and under-engaged peoples around the world, go beyond the statistics and start learning their stories, too.

Read the full post and the story about the Uighurs here.

Recommended: Ed Stetzer’s 2013 Pastor’s Conference Sermon

Every summer, one of the highlights for many folks attending the SBC Annual Meeting is the Pastor’s Conference. This year, one of the preachers was our friend and fellow Between the Times contributor Ed Stetzer. As most of our regular readers know, Ed is the president of LifeWay Research, a visiting professor at Southeastern, and a prolific author and blogger. What you may not know is that Ed can flat preach. And when it comes to the declining membership statistics and baptisms among Southern Baptist churches, Ed has a fire in his belly. Ed loves the church, he loves lost people, and he loves to see lost people come to faith in Christ and become part of the church. His sermon was a timely message that was very well received by those in attendance at the Pastor’s Conference. We would highly recommend that you take the time to watch the video below.

By the way, if you’re interested in hearing more of Ed’s thoughts on the SBC, be sure to check back in regularly over the next three weeks. Ed will be publishing an eight-part series on the Houston Convention and the future of the SBC. You won’t want to miss it.