During the last weekend in July, 204 ministry couples gathered at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson for a weekend of relaxation and inspiration.
Like the waterfall cascading down a desert mountain at the resort, the Pastors and Wives Retreat brought refreshment to parched places.
The Arizona Southern Baptist Convention conducted the two-night retreat to allow these couples to focus on each other and God.
Time spent poolside didn’t hurt either.
“The original vision was of creating an environment meant for relaxation in the midst of affirmation and encouragement in a nice place with some free time,” said Keith Henry, AZSBC church life facilitator.
Twelve college students and recent graduates from southeastern states spent six weeks of their summer scouting out the population patterns and rhythms for two potential Phoenix area church plants.
GenSend is a summer collegiate program of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) that provides young adults with an immersive missions experience in about 16 different cities across the country. The Phoenix area GenSend students were from Georgia, Tennessee and, predominantly, Alabama. They stayed in dormitories on Arizona State University Downtown campus.
David Johnson, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention executive director, recently returned from what he coined “a meeting for the future” in Maputo, Mozambique. He and Pastor Bret Burnett from Mountain View Baptist Church in Tucson met with Baptist convention leaders from Zambia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique to discuss future strategies for reaching the lost in those rapidly changing and growing countries.
“The IMB [International Mission Board] tells us we are witnessing the largest movement of urbanization — that’s people moving to cities — in the history of the world in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Johnson said. “Cities are growing like crazy. So part of our meeting was discussing how we and they are going to handle that.”
The Arizona Southern Baptist Convention office and Gateway Seminary Arizona Campus in Scottsdale won’t be relocating as soon as anticipated.
The real estate developer, whose offer of $2.55 million for the property had been accepted earlier this year, pulled out of the deal in mid-August.
However, the decision to sell the property still stands.
Not only have Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers served those in the clutches of disaster in recent months, but they have also prepared to coordinate efforts with other volunteer and government agencies to assist in future catastrophes.
May 21-24, AZSBC Disaster Relief volunteers participated in the annual National Mass Care Exercise (NMCE) in Phoenix and across the state. The NMCE is a cooperative exercise in which state, federal and local governments, along with businesses and volunteer organizations, work through a large-scale simulated disaster in order to better coordinate response efforts in future catastrophic events.
Jerry Kinman, retired longtime Arizona Southern Baptist pastor, died July 17 in Missouri, where he had moved from Arizona late last year. He was 74.
Kinman retired in 2014 after serving as pastor of First Baptist Church, Parker, for 17 years. Prior to that, he was pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Chino Valley, for 14 years.
A total of 237 men from 17 Arizona Southern Baptist churches attended the 3rd annual Metamorphosis Men’s Retreat, MMR2018, May 4-6 at Lost Canyon outside of Williams.
MMR seeks to strengthen churches by strengthening the men of the church. The name comes from the Greek word in Romans 12:1. It describes the metamorphosis or strengthening transformation that happens in Christian men who submit themselves to the Lordship of Christ over the long haul.
Roger Daniels, vice president and director of Arizona Baptist Children’s Services & Family Ministries’ New Life Counseling, was the primary speaker at the retreat. The worship music was directed by Aaron Petre, worship and youth pastor at 22nd Street Baptist Church, Tucson, and a team he gathered predominantly from his church.
Black Mountain Baptist Church, Cave Creek, exceeded its goal at its annual 2017 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox packing party by filling 3,164 boxes in four-and-a-half hours.
Church members and guests from kindergarten to 80+ stuffed shoeboxes with hygiene and school supplies, toys and clothing items for distribution by Samaritan’s Purse to children affected by war, natural disasters and displacement in more than 100 countries. The purpose of these gifts is to let the children know that someone cares for them and point them to Jesus.
Led by Mary Jane Spear, OCC East Phoenix Team church relations coordinator and OCC project coordinator at Black Mountain Baptist Church, a group of dedicated workers collect, create and assemble gifts year round.
As one of the drop-off locations for the East Phoenix Team, the church delivered to the Phoenix Collection Center almost 7,500 of the 14,143 boxes collected by the team. The church was recently awarded a plaque from Samaritan’s Purse commemorating 10 years of participation in the Shoebox Ministry.