Re-Emphasizing Evangelism or Re-Marketing it?
“The North American Mission Board, for a number of years, has had no real strategy for Evangelism. We Baptized fewer people last year than we did 60 years ago (when we) had half the membership 60 years ago… We do not need another plan or a program, (but) we (do) need a strategy that is adopted by the membership and everybody gets involved in it. That is not happening now.” Jimmy Draper, Former SBC President, in an interview with the SWBTS program, “Moving Forward,” February 7th, 2019
Johnny Hunt even stated on twitter on February 18, 2019 that “… We don’t need another evangelism program, but what we do need is a passion…”.
So if we really are Re-emphasizing evangelism, what has NAMB been doing?
So what is missing? The people and the strategy
Is Kevin Ezell’s big strategy to have just Jim Law and part-time Johnny Hunt, armed only with a program and a podcast, serve all 47,000 churches and hundreds of associations when it comes to evangelism in North America? Does he expect that to stop our the rapidly increasing free fall of our baptism numbers?
The SBC does not need another marketing campaign, it needs people to help churches and conventions with evangelism and a strategy bigger than a program and a podcast.