From the web: The Middle East, the SBC, and the Future of Local Associations

Note from Josh: Over time, I will gather some of the more prescient articles concerning the future of associations here. I will always link to the original source.

SOURCE: ConventionalFutures.com

By Darren Casper, Director of Plant Midwest and Associate Executive Director of the Saint Louis Metro Baptist Association

A few years ago I was sitting in a fourth story apartment in the heart of a very prominent city in the Middle East. Inside that apartment were a few other American pastors like myself who were exploring potential partnerships in that part of the world. Also present were several IMB personnel, as well as leaders from other GCC (Great Commission Christian) organizations.

We had gathered together to discuss a strategy for reaching the city, but we spent almost all of our time together praying. In a secluded upper room of a key global city, I was privileged to witness leaders from different organizations passionately crying out to God for the lost. Little did I know it at the time, but that prayer meeting taught me a lot about what my future would like back in the United States. Just a few short years later, I would be serving as an Associate Director in our association—and, eventually, as the Executive Director of a church planting network called Plant Midwest. And the lessons I learned from that one prayer meeting would continue to impact my ministry. (click here to read more)

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