40-Year Tenure Brings Pleasure of Learning

By Sheila Allen

September 23, 2021

Bill and Sandy Schmautz

After an unprecedented 40 years as pastor of one church, Bill Schmautz believes no one is more surprised than himself at his long tenure at East Valley Baptist Church in Spokane Valley, WA. Even given the years he has given to East Valley, he sees himself as willing and able to pastor for a few years to come.

 

East Valley members and friends recognized Schmautz and his wife, Sandy, recently during festivities honoring his four decades of ministry.

 

Raised in a Christian home, Schmautz made the life altering decision to follow Christ as an eight-year-old and vividly remembers hearing a call to ministry in a dream at age 12.

 

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Long Term Care Tax Coming In WA

By Sheila Allen

September 23, 2021

Staff members employed by churches in Washington State will be subject to a new tax designed to provide for long term care for those needing paid assistance for critical tasks for daily living, according to Northwest Baptist Convention business manager Pamela Brock.

 

The first in the nation to institute such a tax, Washington State has dubbed the initiative the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Act. Beginning January 1, 2022, all those employed in Washington State will be taxed .58 percent of wages, including church pastors and employees. The bill was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee in 2019, with working Washingtonians to begin paying premiums in January 2022. 

 

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Old Churches Discover New Life in Replanting

By Sheila Allen

September 23, 2021

Just like everything seen in nature, churches have natural life cycles. The passion and sacrifice required to start a new church is well documented and stirs the desire of many who feel called to spread the gospel to an increasingly self-focused world.

 

As years and decades roll by, churches that once met great need in their communities can begin a descent into plateau, then spiral into decline. But as the natural world shows, a cutting of a dying plant can be rooted and poised for new life. Struggling churches, too, can use a remnant and poise a new congregation for the beginning of a new life cycle.

 

In order to facilitate these natural beginnings and endings, Pastor Ron Allen and a group of Northwest Baptist Convention church planting catalysts hosted a “Replant” conference at First Baptist Church of Florence, OR.

 

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Stepping Up to the Plate

By Scott Barkley, Baptist Press

September 23, 2021

Rolland Slade

Over the past year, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has faced numerous challenges as it sought to coordinate the work of the SBC’s mission efforts in North America and overseas.

 

At the SBC annual meeting back in June, convention messengers turned down several Executive Committee initiatives, amended others and assigned a task force to review allegations the Committee had mishandled reports of sexual abuse.

Southern California pastor Rolland Slade stepped up to the plate of Executive Committee leadership in 2020. He is the first African American to have been elected chairman of the SBC’s influential committee. In addition to ministry in his local church, his lifelong love of baseball keeps him grounded in caring for all people.

 

Parents and ballplayers know some things simply go with being a part of California Little League’s District 66. As in towns and cities nationwide, coaches and volunteers try to foster a community atmosphere and players are encouraged to grow in their appreciation of the sport.

 

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'Prevail' Set as NWBC Meeting Theme

By Cameron Crabtree

September 23, 2021

As Northwest Baptist Convention churches continue to face widespread social challenges as they minister in their local communities, NWBC leaders are setting forth plans for an annual meeting that offers encouragement and training for sustained strength in ministry.

 

With multiple sessions slated for Nov. 8-10 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA, “Prevail” is the gathering’s overarching theme.

 

Among the featured speakers are Joe Chambers, pastor of Mountain Heights Baptist Church in Buena Vista, CO (Monday evening), Barry Campbell, NWBC president and pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Redmond, OR (Tuesday morning), and Rob Walker, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Creswell, OR (Tuesday evening). NWBC Randy Adams will conclude the meeting with his annual report and message Wednesday morning after the convention’s business session.

 

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IMB Workers Assist in Northwest

September 23, 2021

Britton, Tara, Caden, Grady and Charlie Carnes

Editor’s Note: After serving for almost two decades in East Asia on behalf of Southern Baptists, Britton Carnes and his family are now working in the Seattle area to help Northwest Baptists continue to engage people groups in the Pacific Rim nations with the gospel message. He and his family are of Awakening Church in Bellevue, WA.

 

Introduce yourselves and share some insight into your lives.

 

We are Britton, Tara, Caden, Grady and Charlie Carnes. We are missionaries sent out by Southern Baptist churches and appointed by the International Mission Board (IMB). Our family served in East Asia for 9 years from 2011 to 2020. Our focus was sharing the gospel with unreached people groups in East Asia. 

 

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NWBC Adds Staff to Serve Churches

By Sheila Allen

September 23, 2021

Kent Staton

Kent Staton recently assumed a part-time role to assist Northwest Baptist Convention churches with evangelism, church health and church planting in eastern Washington and north Idaho. Staton replaces Dwight Huffman, who recently resigned because of medical needs.

 

Staton has a long history in the Northwest, where he first was associate pastor of Harvest Community Church in Eugene, OR, from 1999-2004. He also was pastor of Glendale Baptist Church in Glendale, OR, from 2013-2017. A tenure with the International Mission Board in France and the Republic of Mauritius as a church planting missionary has given Staton a broad range of experience in cross-cultural relationships. He started and pastored multi-ethnic churches, supervised and mentored interns and developed strategic partnerships with existing churches to strengthen the gospel message in those regions.

 

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Relationships Key to Motivating Volunteers

Adapted for the Witness

September 23, 2021

With summer nearing its end and people wrap up vacations before heading back to school and work, church leaders gear up for the new church-year – with many of the usual needs to enlist teachers and volunteer workers for various ministry programs and other church causes.

 

In a recent report, researcher George Barna addressed the issue of church leadership and motivating members to support ministry.

 

“If you’re looking for ways to get your congregation more involved in important causes, it helps to know what motivates U.S. churchgoers,” Barna said. He listed five factors:

 

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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Left Legacy at 9/11 Ground Zero

By Timothy Cockes, Baptist Press

September 23, 2021

From left, BGCO Chaplaincy Specialist Leslie Sias, BGCO Disaster Relief Director Sam Porter and Oklahoma City Police chaplain Jack Poe visit with firefighters near Ground Zero in New York City. File photo by Bob Nigh

Twenty years after spending weeks in what could only be called a war zone, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are reflecting on their experience working in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and how it affected their lives.

 

Sam Porter is the national director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for Send Relief with the North American Mission Board. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Porter was serving as the disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. He said he remembers the events surrounding 9/11 “very vividly.”

 

Even before the second World Trade Center tower collapsed, Porter was on the phone with NAMB’s national disaster relief director making plans to take a relief team to New York.

 

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