Published May 6, 2004
Baptist Center employees paused from their work schedule April 20-22 to focus on personal revival as the emphasis of the annual staff retreat.
Revival preacher Larry Wynn, pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, challenged the staff to see lost individuals from God’s perspective and to respond to the mission field where they live. Guest speakers included Richard Blackaby and Calvin Miller.
Employees were equipped to share their faith through the 59-Minute Witness strategy developed and taught by GBC Evangelism Ministries Consultant David Mills. In the month leading up to the three-day emphasis, staff prepared themselves by reading Walking With God Through Prayer, which was written by Evangelism Ministries Consultant Mark Sterling.
At the conclusion of the event Evangelism Ministries launched a staff-wide effort called “30 Days of Witnessing” during which GBC employees will witness to at least one person a day from April 23-May 22. Employees were provided with 30 tracts to help them in sharing their faith.
The theme of the event was “Healthy Kingdom Christians: Renewing Our Strength.”
GBC Executive Director J. Robert White said, “We have a wonderful staff of spiritual leaders, but every Christian from time to time needs a revival experience. If anything, spiritual refreshing is needed more frequently in the lives of those believers who consistently pour themselves out.
“This week has been good for us. We are blessed and renewed – better prepared to minister to others.
“In addition to being revived, we have honed our ability to be effective witnesses for our Lord. I am praying that the succeeding days of witnessing will bear much fruit. As one put it, ‘It’s been a great time of loving on Jesus and loving on each other.’”
The event was part of the state convention’s commitment to the national Empowering Kingdom Growth strategy. Georgia Baptists hope to baptize 50,000 new believers next year as part of the national “What Now” evangelism emphasis.
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