NWBC Elects Officer Slate, Passes Budget

By Cameron Crabtree

December 5, 2018

Dallas Stringer, pastor of Eastmont Baptist Church in East Wenatchee, WA, speaks from Hebrews 12 in convention sermon.

Messengers at the Northwest Baptist Convention’s annual meeting Nov. 13-14 re-elected the three officers who served last year, passed a $5,185,000 budget for 2019, welcomed 13 congregations into affiliation and witnessed the signing of a three-year partnership agreement with Texas Baptists focused on church planting, collegiate ministry and leadership development.


This year’s meeting theme – “This is Our Day” – was highlighted in various sermons, testimonies, readings and presentations throughout the gathering. The gathering and its auxiliary meetings drew 336 messengers and 52 registered guests representing 152 NWBC churches.


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Asia Calls NW Volunteers

By Sheila Allen

December 5, 2018

“All hands on deck” describes aptly the need for Northwest Baptists to answer the call to serve on a short-term assignment in Asia in 2019. The opportunity continues an ongoing partnership between the International Mission Board and the Northwest Baptist Convention.


Set for July 11-24, volunteers will serve in practical ways as IMB workers gather for a periodic gathering that enables them to train, plan, pray and enjoy refreshment. The highest need for volunteers entails providing programming for preschoolers and elementary age children for full days during the 10-day conference.


At past conferences, field personnel have expressed appreciation for the impact these gatherings have on their children, which create lifelong memories with like-minded families.


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Q & A With Ivan Montenegro

December 5, 2018

Ivan Montenegro, (third from right) celebrates with new believers as they are baptized.

Editors Note: The Northwest Baptist Convention executive board last summer elected Ivan Montenegro as a church planting catalyst for Hispanic work in the Northwest, pending necessary approval in his U.S. immigration status and then from the North American Mission Board. Due to the additional year it took to secure those, he began NWBC staff duties in September 2018. Following is a series of questions and answers to help readers learn more about Mr. Montenegro and his philosophy of ministry.


What are distinguishing experiences on your spiritual journey and in your call to ministry?


My spiritual journey started when God called me to ministry. Also, in a very noticeable form, many “suddenly” experiences mark each the journey and the call that merge into one unique experience.


I was born in a small and impoverished village in Central America ruled by idolatry, additions, and illiteracy. Consequently, I had a life with no hope and no future in both the secular and the spiritual worlds.


Suddenly, when I was almost six, an American missionary and his family from California came precisely to the remote place I was, not only to introduce me the gospel of Jesus Christ but to transfer to me his “missionary DNA” and to adopt me as his disciple.


Suddenly, I was planting churches in Central and South America and Mexico.


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HOPE JAPAN: Oregon Church Reaches Out

By Stephen Floyd

December 5, 2018

: Japanese volunteers and workers from the Portland area help clean broken cinder blocks from an earthquake-damaged wall outside a farm in Hokkaido, Japan, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Brandon Slyter)

Pastor Kenji Yokoy would tell you he doesn’t try to grab the spotlight, that he’s simply pursuing God’s will for his family, his community and his congregation, Japanese International Baptist Church (JIBC), in Tigard, Ore.


But JIBC has caught the attention of multiple secular groups in and around Portland, Ore. These groups are using the church’s work as a model for their own efforts to help disaster victims in Japan.

Yokoi said this type of partnership has been years in the making, particularly during the last several months.


“God’s just been really opening doors,” he said.

Since 2011, JIBC has sent disaster relief volunteers abroad through its Hope Japan ministry. Most recently, teams responded to devastating floods in Western Japan in August, and to a deadly earthquake in the northern island of Hokkaido in September.


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New IMB President Elected

Compiled by Baptist Press, IMB

December 5, 2018

New IMB President, Paul Chitwood

Trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board elected Paul Chitwood as the entity’s 13th president Nov. 15, during trustees' regularly scheduled meeting near Richmond, VA.

Chitwood, 48, who has served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, took office immediately as the president of the entity, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. More than 3,600 Southern Baptist international missionaries serve worldwide, with 42 new missionaries approved for appointment by trustees the day before Chitwood’s election.


Since September 2018, Clyde Meador, former missionary and IMB executive vice president, has served as IMB's interim president. At Chitwood's request, trustees approved Meador to remain in the president's office as interim executive vice president for several months during the transition.


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Church Security in the 21st Century: Take One Step Forward Now

By Sheila Allen

December 5, 2018

With attention on violence in public spaces increasing, including incidences at places of worship, the Northwest Baptist Convention sponsored a “Church Security in the 21st Century” conference that drew more 75 attendees to three locations in recent weeks.


“Church security is not a heavy-handed, offensive approach,” said Mike Gurley of Teamworks Consulting. “We are not the TSA of the church, but are there to observe and react as another layer to let other ministries perform.”


Founded by Gurley after serving 37 years as a police officer, Teamworks Consulting specializes in security plan development and training for schools, churches and businesses. Harvey Letcher, director of safety and security at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX, joined Gurley in leading the conference. 


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NWBC Marks Staff Changes

By Cameron Crabtree

December 5, 2018

Ron Allen, the Northwest Baptist Convention’s lone church planting catalyst for most of southern and eastern Oregon, an area designated by the convention as “Region 4,” will move to part-time status as an NWBC staff member in order to also become pastor of First Baptist Church, Florence, OR.


The change is effective January 1. Allen joined the NWBC staff in fall 2014 as a full-time staff member, after serving from 2011-14 as a pastor in southwest Oregon and assisting with NWBC church planting efforts in that area.

In the convention’s church health office, the full-time staff has been reduced by one for the time being.


Richard Kirk, an evangelism/church health strategist for the Northwest Baptist Convention the past six years, submitted his immediate resignation in late September due to “moral failures that transgressed his marital covenant,” according to Randy Adams, NWBC executive director.


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