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Vol. 60 No. 9

Newsjournal Of Kansas and Nebraska Southern Baptists

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September 2016

2016-2017 KNCSB Offering goal: $210,000

Associational & State Missions 50% to Your Association

50% to KS-NE Mission Causes

Special pull-out section about Associational and State Missions in this issue This year 100% of offerings from Nebraska churches will be used in Nebraska.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you,
and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

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OUR MISSION FIELD

The Lord Claims 2 Veteran Pastors
KNCSB Goal: $210,000

Two veteran pastors in Kansas and Nebraska recently went to be with the Lord after decades of
faithful service.
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committee which secured the property for Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
in Nebraska.
Dunsford
Funeral Home, Augusta, Kan., was in charge of arrangements. Read the complete
obituary at http://bit.ly/2biRVky
Leo Porter, founding pastor of Frenchman Valley Baptist Church, Wauneta, Neb., died Sunday, Aug. 14.
Porter was born and raised in southwest Nebraska. He was an Air Force veteran who served in
Vietnam.
He and his wife, Onita, served small churches in Colorado, Utah and Idaho before returning
home to southwest Nebraska in the mid-1990s. They started Frenchman Valley Baptist Church in
1996, and Leo served as pastor until his death.
Porter was bivocational and worked at the Chevrolet dealer in Wauneta for 19 years. He retired
in February 2015.
Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta was in charge of arrangements. Read the complete obituary
at http://bit.ly/2bsgv2R

Our 2016-2017 Goal:

Super Summer 2016 sees 131 salvation decisions.
Read more on page 4.

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State conventions -- a closer look

O’FALLON, Ill. (BP) -- The Southern Baptist
Convention is organized through state conventions
(though some of the “state” conventions combine multiple states). I suggest to you that these state conventions
play a helpful but underappreciated role in the work of
our faith and denomination.
I’ve heard people predict or even advocate the demise
of state conventions for years now. Are they necessary?
Do they add a level of redundancy? That sort of thing.
While I always appreciate efforts to make our work
more effective and efficient, there are some benefits to
the work of our state conventions that ought to be considered. Here are just a few:
1. They keep us locally focused.
I appreciate a big picture approach to SBC life. But that
big picture is made up of many smaller portraits. No one
knows more about the needs of my state better than my
own state convention staff. The very fact that they live
and worship here allows them to understand our needs
in church planting and revitalization and discipleship in
a way that is difficult for others.
Their local focus forces them to understand our
churches because local churches are the ones supporting
them. They are accountable to their local churches in a
way that national entities, by their very nature, can’t be.
But a local focus does not negate a national and inter-

national strategy. I’ve found most state convention leaders to be Kingdom-focused and team players within our
denomination. They care deeply about our denomination as a whole and not just their part. And do note that
our state conventions have been on a slow but steady
increase in the percentage of Cooperative Program
receipts they send on to the national entities.
2. They connect us.
State conventions have been helpful in connecting me
with other pastors and church leaders. Whether through
training events or special activities or just personal contact, they can help churches and ministers connect. A
state convention staffer just connected me with a church
planter in my state. I will benefit from learning from this
church planter and perhaps he will benefit from me.
They also connect us with our national entities.
Pastors often don’t know the leaders of the SBC’s entities. We know about them but may not know them
personally. Our sheer numbers prohibit that. But pastors
can easily know their state convention staff. And they
will certainly get a return phone call. Ministers can discover how to connect with NAMB and the IMB and our
seminaries and other entities through the assistance of
their state convention.
Our state convention just partnered with LifeWay
Christian Resources for a special event for pastors and

wives. It brought new connections between ministers
and also to this large national entity. Win/win.
3. They support us.
If I need training in my church I know that I can find
out how to get it through my state convention. They will
either provide it or show me the resources by which I
can find it. My state convention will sponsor training in
discipleship, evangelism, church planting, church revitalization, small groups … well, you get the picture. If I
need help, they will help me be helped.
In my state convention of Illinois, our church has
been helped with everything from estate planning to
Vacation Bible School. They have helped us organize our
people for disaster relief teams and counseled our staff
on retirement planning. And I cannot tell you how many
times they have provided personal encouragement to me
-- often exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it.
State conventions also do some of their best work
more individually. They do it by supporting a struggling
pastor who needs some encouragement or advice. They
help a transitioning church to see new possibilities. They
help pastorless churches find leadership.
No, our state conventions aren’t perfect any more
than are our national entities. Perhaps there are ways to
increase efficiency. Maybe you can help them become
more effective. But don’t lose sight of their benefit and
the blessing they have been and can continue to be.
Doug Munton, First Vice President, SBC

By Andy Addis

I think God blesses and
encourages the risk taker.
Matthew 25 contains one
of the most interesting parables in Scripture concerning
a master, his servants, and
entrusted resources.
Let’s talk about this in
21st-century terms. The
boss goes away giving one
guy five bucks, another
two bucks, and another one
buck.
He gave it to them
according to their ability.
That’s an interesting note,
Andy Addis
isn’t it?
The guy with five went
out and traded his dollars, doubled down and cashed in
big. The guy with two did the same. But, the guy with
one went very safe.
He hid it, buried it and protected it. So when the boss

came back he could say there was no loss on his watch.
But, the boss’ response was to praise the risk takers
and the cautious, conservative operator he called, “You
wicked and slothful servant!”
I think the theological term for that is, yikes.
Apparently, the Boss (with a capital B) is looking for
the risk takers.
What are you doing to take a risk? Where is your
church stepping up and stepping out? Where is your
foot landing that will end in failure if God doesn’t show
up?
I think that believers today, and consequentially the
church, have confused faith with fear, stewardship with
doubt, and holiness for the status quo.
We need Godly risk takers who know that betting
on God is always a good bet. Who is willing to go big,
because there is nothing more important than the calling upon us?
God has given us much, so let’s take a flyer. Life’s too
short to play it safe.
In fact, I think I’m going to get a mohawk. Well,
maybe a reverse mohawk. Just using what I got!

The Cross-Eyed Life
Senior Pastor, CrossPoint, Hutchinson, KS
E-mail: andy@crosspointnow.net

SEPTEMBER 2016

I have had the same haircut for 17 years.
First, I know this because I cut off the rebellious
ponytail of my youth the same week my first son was
born, and he’s 17.
Second, no comments from any of you about not having hair options because of the ‘limited resources’ I am
working with as of late. I am aware.
So, back to the beginning. I have had the same haircut
for 17 years.
I was pondering this recently as my son and I went
for haircuts together. He sat in the chair first, giving
direction for the new thing that he desires for the massive mane that God has given him. If you’re picking up
on a scent of jealousy…oh yeah, it’s there.
While he was explaining his complex cut I was
reflecting on the many iterations of his ‘do.’
As a toddler, he had a mullet. I know some would say
that’s abuse, but he saw pictures of me in college and
wanted “a haircut like daddy.” Come on, who is going
to refuse that?
Then, he had the typical toe-headed little boy cut.
As a preteen, he morphed into a mop that could
shame the Beatles.
Out of nowhere, a couple of years ago came the high
and tight athletic cut (he looked all the stud).
And, now he’s doing this… thing. I don’t quite
understand it: white wall sides and back, then long on
top down the middle. We’ve already had the talk that if
I ever see the man bun, he’s homeless.
They finished up, and I have to admit he can make
any head of hair look good. There’s that jealousy again.
I’ll pray about it.
Next, I climbed in the chair, and it’s funny. I don’t
recall any conversation. She just started cutting.
Like I said, I have had the same haircut for 17 years.
Maybe I am not just jealous of Noah’s luscious locks.
Maybe I am a little jealous of his willingness to take
risks. And, I should be.

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Sharing & Strengthening

God’s Plan for Sharing
By Jon Sapp

KNCSB State Director of Evangelism
E-mail: jsapp@kncsb.org

“I know I should, but they’ll think I’m weird.”
Have you ever said or thought that? Or maybe,
you’ve heard someone else express that thought as
you talk about telling their neighbors about Jesus.
This year at the Southern Baptist Convention, I was
deeply challenged about mobilizing every church
member to share their story of their relationship with
Christ in the community where they live.
I recently discovered
a great resource, “How
To Love Your Neighbor
Without Being Weird” by
Amy Lively. This book
offers excellent insight
with practical steps of loving those within our communities and sharing the
good news of Christ in the
process.
Many of us feel guilty
about Christ’s command
to reach out and love our
neighbor. However, often
Jon Sapp
we may not know those
who are in homes nearby. Or, what could I do to
make a difference with those I hardly know?

It can be very tempting to ease our conscience by
sending a missionary across the seas believing we are
involved in missionary living. Yes, we must share the
good news beyond our own community. However,
even as we send, we can easily miss the opportunity
of touching those closest to us with the Gospel.
I’m always interested in learning effective tools
and opportunities for sharing the good news of Jesus
Christ. I know so often people think that just going
out knocking on doors is something they cannot or
would not do.
“How To Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird”
offers practical steps to combat the fear of being
rejected as you work at getting to know your neighbor
and sharing your faith. The steps are not complicated
and ones that many of us have heard before. Here is a
brief overview of engaging your neighborhood:
Praying Earnestly: gets our hearts in tune with
God’s heart and our ears attentive to what His word
tells us and our eyes open to current opportunities.
Love Deeply: this unwavering and unrelenting
commitment to those we live among stretches us to
listen and engage. It comes as a side effect of our
being loved by the Lord and living in His grace on a
daily basis. We pass that on to those around us.
Share Cheerfully: and the important or critical
ingredient of Amy’s third strategy is being “cheerful.”
With our rapid and connected lifestyle, many elements

of our day to day life can promote that murmuring or
grudging spirit that so easily creeps into our hearts.
In I Peter 4:8-11, Peter writes: “Most of all, love each
other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for
practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the
hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous
with the different things God gave you, passing them
around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s
words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way,
God’s bright presence will be evident in everything
through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One
mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh,
yes!” (The Message)
Serve Faithfully: is Amy’s final strategy point.
Being faithful with what we have been given will
touch your neighbors. Submit whatever you have to
the Lord and to His power and leading. God is working around and through you. His gifts are to be given
away as you share spoken words, practical help or a
listening heart.
Loving those around us sends an important message. Our faith results in caring actions and interest
in the lives of others. If you can, get a copy of “How
To Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird.” Pray,
love, share and serve those around your life. As
we all do this, we will be living out God’s Plan for
Sharing.

When Tears Arrive-Bereavement
“He gives us comfort in all our troubles. Then we
can comfort other people who have the same troubles.
We give the same kind of comfort God gives us.” 1
Corinthians 1:4

© Diana Davis is an author, columnist
and minister’s wife. www.dianadavis.org

The Cooperative Program and KNCSB:
Reaching out to Nebraska and Kansas
as well as the whole world. Partnering
with all Southern Baptists to carry out
the Great Commission.
SEPTEMBER 2016

You slowly hang up the phone and close your eyes.
“Lord, use me!” you pray. “Help me know how to
ease her pain.” When death comes to a member of
your church or to an unchurched acquaintance, your
acts of Christian ministry can remind the bereaved of
God’s love for them.
Those days between a death and the memorial service can be difficult. What role can you play? As soon
as you learn of the death, ask God to give you wisdom
in how to minister to the family. Try some of these
fresh ideas:
The Hand-Holder. Your presence means a lot.
Never overstay, of course, but when you’re there during crisis, it’s a reminder of God’s love. Share a prayer.
A hug. A tear. A Scripture written on a note card.
The Food Organizer. Five dishes of macaroni
might be too much of a good thing. If you’re organizing food for their guests or a funeral meal, consider
using one of the many free online schedulers, such as
TakeThemAMeal.com.
The Book Sharer. Find an encouraging pamphlet
or book to share. Be sure it’s heavy on Scripture, the
best words of comfort! I often give Joyce Rogers’ book,
Grace for the Widow to recent widows. On the inside
cover, write a note to tell something you loved about
the deceased.

The Gesturer. Carefully observe needs, and help
meet them. Do they need a pet-sitter? A phone
answerer? Babysitter during funeral? Help with airport
pickup? Mow the lawn. Offer to pick up kids at school.
Deliver flowers from your garden to brighten their
home. Write your phone number on a card and offer
specific help.
The Rol-a-dex King. When requested, a member
of our church would help a grieving family to finish
making personal notifications. After they’d called their
closest friends, the volunteer sits in the kitchen with
their list and completes the calls.
The Bag Lady. Early preparation enhances ministry.
Stock up on sympathy cards. Keep a frozen casserole,
soup or cookies for quick crisis ministry. Prepackage a
grocery bag with paper towels, plates, cups, napkins,
toilet paper and plastic utensils, and when you learn
of a death, deliver it immediately to help with their
guests. Plan ahead.
The Elephant. (No, I’m referring to memory, not
size.) The moment you learn of the death, mark that
date on your calendar each month for at least a year.
This will remind you to pray, call, send a note or take
him or her to coffee. Listen with love. Pray with them.
When death comes to those around you, act quickly.
Move gently. Love largely. When someone in your
church or community dies, your timely touch in Jesus’
name shows that you and your God truly care.
Good News.

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KNCSB ON MISSION

Super Summer Campers Learn to Put Jesus ‘First’

SEPTEMBER T2016

“To put God first, there cannot be a second. There
is no honor in being first in a relationship if there is a
second,” Dave Atherton told campers during Super
Summer Week 5.
“First,” based on Matthew 6:33, was the theme for
Super Summer 2016. It was held June 27-Aug. 5 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
Atherton filled in for Camp Pastor Mike Keahbone
on Tuesday morning, July 26, during Week 5. He is
youth minister at CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan.
Atherton used the story of the Rich Young Man
(Ruler) in Mark 10 to help campers learn how to put
Jesus first in their lives.
Statistics from Super Summer 2016 include:
n Total campers: 2,419
n Salvation decisions: 131
n Recommitments to Christ: 136
n Other decisions: 140
n Offering: $8,515. It will be used for the Super
Summer Collegiate Staff.
Runks Runkles, a youth speaker from Levelland,
Texas, was camp pastor for Weeks 1-2. He urged campers to be “an example of Jesus” to those around them.
Talking about Jesus needs to be backed up with actions. “People need to see Jesus making a difference in
your life.”
Open the door to sharing Jesus by loving and serving people, he continued.
Runks challenged campers to start thinking about
people with whom they can share the gospel.
Jeffrey Dean from Nashville, Tenn., was camp pastor
for Weeks 3-4. Throughout each week Dean helped
campers learn by writing down key points from his
teaching.
During one evening session Dean focused on Genesis 22 where God called Abraham to sacrifice his son
Isaac.
He pointed out how Abraham’s discipline helped
him endure the challenge.
“Placing God first requires discipline,” Dean told
campers. “Abraham had made God a priority in his life.
How else could he endure such a challenge?”
Dean challenged campers to place God first by
seeking “the mission in the moment — moments of opportunity to honor [God].
“Opportunities are all around us to honor God —

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Camper William Hill (left) prays for Jeffrey Dean, camp pastor, during Super Summer Week 4. (Below, left) The theme for Super Summer 2016 was “First” based on Matthew 6:33. It was held June
27-Aug. 5 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan., and 131 salvation decisions were recorded.
we just have to look for them.”
Mike Keahbone was the featured speaker for weeks
5-6. He is a youth speaker and senior pastor of Cherokee Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
Keahbone shared his testimony of how God worked
in his life despite the substance abuse issues that
plagued his Native American family. Read more on his
website at https://keahbone.tv/bio/
Seeking God first starts with the gospel and accepting Jesus as Savior, he told campers.
“You go from walking in death to walking in life.”
He also urged youth to learn how to think critically
— to examine what they are being told to see if it is
true. Among the lies youth
hear are:
n “You’re not good
enough.”
n “You’re not pretty
enough.”
Speaking from John
10, Keahbone told how
believers are held securely
in God’s hands.
“People are going to let
you down, but God never
will.”
In other activity, high
school juniors, seniors

and recent graduates were encouraged to connect with
a Southern Baptist campus ministry when they go to
college.
Each Tuesday was Collegiate Day during Super
Summer. Representatives from KNCSB campus ministries met with students and gave them information
about Southern Baptist campus ministries in Nebraska
and Kansas.
You also may use “Campus Connect” on the KNCSB
website to help connect incoming college students with
a campus ministry at http://www.kncsb.org/ministry/
article/campus_connect/
Super Summer campers who will be heading to college this fall also were urged to attend the KNCSB Fall
Conference for college students. The Fall Conference
will be held Sept. 23-25 at Webster Conference Center.
The featured speaker will be Dave Mitchell, pastor
of West Ridge Community Church, Wichita, Kan. Worship leaders will be the Washburn University Christian
Challenge Worship Band from Topeka, Kan.
More information may be found on The Fall Conference website at http://thefallconference.com/
Campers also had the opportunity to learn about the
Fusion program at Midwestern College, the undergraduate arm of Midwestern Seminary, Kansas City, Mo. It
is a one-year program that offers training on campus
followed by a semester on the international mission
field. Find more information at http://midwesterncollege.com/academics/fusion/

KNCSB ON MISSION

KNCSB Hosts Retreat for Missionary Kids

Plan Now to Promote Lottie Moon Offering

The Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering provide financial
support for Southern Baptist international missionaries. Week of Prayer for International
Missions will be observed Dec. 4-11. Look for resources to promote the Lottie Moon
Offering on the International Mission Board Web site at http://www.imb.org/main/lottiemoon/default.asp

SEPTEMBER 2016

“I had just left everything
many individuals,
I had ever known,” Andrew
groups and churches.
Morgan told the crowd of
KNCSB staff
missionaries’ children who
member Mari Parker
are known as MKs (Missionwas one of the retreat
ary Kids).
organizers.
About 90 incoming col“The highlights
lege students gathered Aug.
for me were inter9-12 at Webster Conference
acting with some vulCenter, Salina, Kan., for a
nerable young men
national event called the MK
and women who
Re-Entry Retreat. The event
have left ‘home’ and
is aimed at missionaries’
traveled far to enter
children who are returning
their first year of unito the United States to attend
versity, and whose
college for the first time. It is
parents are back on
designed to help MKs adjust
the field — no place
to life in the United States.
to take a load of
Upon arrival at Webster
laundry or spend a
Conference Center the MKs
weekend with famfound a loving group of
ily,” Parker said.
retreat leaders. Many of them
“Lots of tears
were adult MKs who had
were shed, smiles
Two chartered buses transported MKs (Missionary Kids) from Kansas City International Airport
attended an MK Re-Entry Regiven, hugs received
to Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan., for the MK Re-Entry Retreat. The national event was
treat when they were teens.
and promises exheld Aug. 9-12 and attracted about 90 participants. It was aimed at MKs who were returning to the
They knew exactly what the
changed to keep in
United States to attend college for the first time. (Below, left) Missionary Kids were treated to lovnew arrivals were experienctouch. I loved the
ing hospitality during the MK Re-Entry Retreat.
ing.
Kansas-Nebraska
The adult leaders inparty night when the
cluded Andrew Morgan, the
MKs were line dancexamine the retreat theme “Counter Culture —How
featured speaker, and his wife, Melinda. He is pastor of Can You Re-Enter This Culture with a Commitment to
ing and having fun to Western music. But then they
Immanuel Baptist Church, Salisbury, Md.
really got lively when they put their own music on and
Biblical Truth?”
Morgan grew up as an MK in Zimbabwe, Africa.
international dancing began.”
The retreat’s large-group sessions and personal
Melinda Morgan’s family served in Germany. The
With Delta flights grounded due to a major computdevotions focused on Daniel. During his exile in Babytwo met in 1997 at an MK Re-Entry Retreat in Georgia.
er malfunction, the logistics of transporting the MKs to
lon, Daniel experienced many of the issues MKs may
They discovered they share the same birthday. And
Webster Conference Center were challenging.
encounter as they enter college in the United States.
they ended up at the same college — Ouachita Baptist
Parker expressed thanks to the following people and
Morgan encouraged the group to read the book
University in Arkansas. Andrew and Melinda have
churches for their help in hosting the retreat:
“Counter Culture” by David Platt, president of the Inbeen married for 15 years and have three children.
“A huge thank you to all the financial donors, Mark
ternational Mission Board. He also strongly urged the
Andrew Morgan helped the newly arrived MKs
and Shannon Slattery and family for the party night,
MKs to get involved in a local church.
Bill and Cheryl Cooke for stepping up with a late-night
Morgan told of when his
airport run, and First Baptist Church, Shawnee, Kan.,
parents dropped him off at
for their willingness to house stranded MKs.
Ouachita Baptist University.
“Jon and Priscilla Sapp, Don and Diane Combs,
“You have to make this
and Dave Parker transported late arrivals to WCC. The
[faith] your own,” they told
volunteers from Salina who helped with the Amazing
him.
Race and dancing were awesome as well as Christ the
In the same way, the MKs
Lord Community Church for letting us borrow their
need to fully embrace the
bus!
faith they were taught while
“The MKs were so appreciative of the Wal-Mart gift
growing up on the mission
cards KNCSB blessed them with and the hand-created
field, Morgan continued.
cards the participants at Glow made for each MK,”
The MK Re-Entry Retreat
Parker concluded.
was a team effort involving

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KNCSB annual meeting

LifeSpring Church to Host KNCSB Meeting
Note: Sept. 9 is the deadline
for messenger pre-registration
The 2016 KNCSB annual meeting will be held Monday night, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 11, at LifeSpring
Church, 13904 S. 36th St., Bellevue, Neb.
Messenger pre-registration
Online messenger pre-registration is now underway. Sept. 9 is the pre-registration deadline.
Find more information at http://www.kncsbevents.
org/EM16
For more information about messenger pre-registration, contact Peg Davis at KNCSB, 800.984.9092 ext. 806,
or pdavis@kncsb.org.
KNCSB has mailed an annual-meeting information
packet, including four messenger cards, to KansasNebraska Southern Baptist churches.
Each church will provide their elected messengers
with a card. When the elected messenger turns in his/
her card at the registration desk, he/she will receive a
convention packet. The packet will include businessrelated items.
Messenger requirements are stated on the card in
bold print. Extremely important: Please make sure
your messenger cards have been completely filled out
and signed with an authorized signature. The cards
need to be turned in at the registration desk at the annual meeting.
The schedule is:
Monday, Oct. 10
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Crossover evangelistic outreach
Meet at LifeSpring Church to go prayer walking
through the community. Lunch will be provided.
Monday, Oct. 10
1-4 p.m. — KNCSB Leadership Conference

(formerly Pastors’ Conference)
at LifeSpring
Church
“Healthy Balance” is the conference topic. This
event is open to
all church leaders.
The three topics
and speakers are:
n Family Balance — Craig
Liscom, North
American Mission
Board churchplanting catalyst
LifeSpring Church, Bellevue, Neb., is host church for the 2016 KNCSB annual
in Omaha, Neb.
meeting. The building is located at 13904 S. 36th St. in Bellevue, which is the
n Physical
church’s South Campus. Visit the church website at
Health — Derrick
http://lifespringchurch.com/ (KNCSB file photo)
Lynch, KNCSB
vice president and
Monday, Oct. 10, 4:15-6:15 p.m.
lead pastor of Blue
Missions Celebration
Valley Baptist Church, Overland Park, Kan.
This event is the annual Missions Celebration of
n Mental and Emotional Health — Corey Schliep,
Kansas-Nebraska Woman’s Mission Union. It will be
executive director of CFCC and Associates Inc., a
held at LifeSpring Church, site of the KNCSB annual
Christ-centered counseling center in Topeka, Kan.
meeting.
KNCSB Ministry Wives event
The cost is $5 per person and includes dinner.
Ministry wives are invited to participate in a special event
Pre-registration is required by Oct. 1. To register, mail
designed just for them. The group will gather at 1 p.m. Monnames and contact information along with payment to
day, Oct. 10, in the front lobby of LifeSpring Church.
Women’s Leadership Dept., 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka,
Details will be posted on the KNCSB Minstry Wives
KS 66606.
Facebook page. Or you may contact Jessica Ruhnke at
For more information, contact Jessica Ruhnke at
KNCSB, 800.984.9092 ext. 828, or jruhnke@kncsb.org
KNCSB, 800.984.9092 ext. 828, jruhnke@kncsb.org

SEPTEMBER 2016

2016 KNCSB Annual Meeting Schedule

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Monday Night, Oct. 10
6:15 —Worship and Praise: LifeSpring Worship Team
6:30 — Call to Order/Welcome: Joe Stiles
6:35 — Prayer and Testimony: Marty McCord
6:50 — Worship and Praise: LifeSpring Worship Team
7:00 — Committee Reports
KNCSB Mission Board report
Committee on Committees appointed
7:05 — IMB report: John Brady
7:20 — Miscellaneous Business
7:25 — KNCSB 2017 Budget Presentation: Bob Mills
7:45 — Bible Study: David McAlpin
8:15 — Worship and Praise: LifeSpring Worship Team
8:30 — President’s Message: Joe Stiles
9:00 — Closing Prayer: R.D. Fowler

Tuesday Morning, Oct. 11
KNCSB Annual Meeting Session 2
9:00 — Worship and Praise
9:10 — Prayer and Testimony: John Shields
9:25 — Committee on Committees Appoints:
Time, Place and Preacher Committee
Resolutions Committee
9:30 — Nominating Committee Report
9:35 — Introduction of SBC Representatives
9:45 — KNCSB Strengthening Report: Tim Boyd
10:00 —Bible Study: Glenn Davis
10:30 —Miscellaneous Business
10:35 — KNCSB Sending Report: Mari Parker
10:50 — Worship and Praise
11:05 — Annual Sermon: Jermaine Pennington
11:35 — Closing Prayer: Roger Criser

Tuesday Afternoon, Oct. 11
KNCSB Annual Meeting Final Session
1:30 — Worship and Praise: Mt. Moriah Worship Team
1:40 —Prayer and Testimony: Tim Ohls
1:55 — Committee on Committees Appointments
2:00 — Resolutions Committee Report
2:05 — Miscellaneous Business
2:10 — KS-NE Foundation Report: Peck Lindsay
2:25 — KNCSB Sharing Report: Jon Sapp
2:40 — Bible Study: Ralph Lassiter
3:10 — Introduction of New Pastors & Staff/Break
4:00 — Election of Officers
4:10 — Webster Conference Center Report
4:25 — KNCSB Starting Report: Georges Boujakly
4:40 — Committee Reports
4:45 — Worship and Praise: Mt. Moriah Worship Team
5:00 — Keynote Address: John Brady
5:30 — Introduction of New Officers: Bob Mills
5:35 — Closing Prayer/Adjourn: John Craighead

KNCSB Women’s Leadership

SHINE

Time to Pause

RETREAT FOR TEEN GIRLS

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest....
Hebrews 4:11
A few months ago I realized I was not taking
time to pause and rest. I prayed and asked God
to help me to find a way to stop, yet still worship Him and minister. A few days later I saw
an art form on Pinterest that I had seen before
and I thought I can do that so I started doodling.
One day, I saw a picture of a lion with his head
bowed. It looked like he was praying. The next
morning I had a vision in my mind -- no not a
holy vision, but just a picture -- and I thought,
“What if I combined a word cloud and entangled
art to create a prayer lion?”
Each year, we ask our RAs to choose a leadership word. I pray this word for them the whole
year. I also pray all words for the team and at
times I pray for those character traits over grace.
I pick a verse and I pray specifically for that
leadership quality over that person. I took those
verses and weaved them into the lion’s image and
then entangled him. As I drew it, I envisioned
the person, our team and our school. I felt so
worshipful, close to God and each person as I
created it. I was surprised by overwhelming moments of love, compassion and even a sense of
urgency because of how I knew each would be
challenged.
I share this not because I want praise or I am
bragging, but more because I think we, or at
least I did and do at times, forget that worship
comes in many forms. I needed to be still so I
could know HE IS GOD. Drawing these little
repetitive shapes helped me pause before God,
yet it allowed me to be intentional in ministry so
I felt productive. What do you do that helps you
pause and have unconscious worship where it
just pours out without trying to make it happen?

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SHINE is so much more than an event. It’s a time when hundreds of teen
girls come together to grow, learn, serve and worship! The weekend will be
focused on honoring our King. “ Let the King be enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your Lord.” Psalm 45:11 Annie Downs will be this
years speaker and Lori Morrison will be leading us in worship. Not only will
we have breakout sessions for both leaders and teens but new this year will
be the Friday Night Gala! Registration Packets with all information needed
will be arriving at churches soon!

November 11 & 12 at Webster Conference Center in
Salina, KS.

Rewaken Cooperation
1 Thessalonians 2:8 HCSB

PLEASE JOIN US
IN A
CELEBRATION
OF
MISSIONS!

SPEAKER
JOHN BRADY,
IMB REGIONAL
VICE PRESIDENT, Annual Missions Celebration of the Kansas Nebraska wMu
WILL JOIN US!
Monday, October 10, 2016
4:15pm-6:15pm
LifeSpring Church
13904 S 36th St
Bellevue, NE 68123
Cost is $5 per person and includes dinner, so pre-registration is required by October 1. To register, mail names and
contact information along with payment to: KNCSB, Women’s Leadership Department, 5410 SW 7th St, Topeka,
KS 66606. For more information call Jessica at 785-228-6828 or 800-984-9092 or email jruhnke@kncsb.org.
Kansas Nebraska Woman’s Missionary Union will conduct a short business session during this meeting.

September 2016

Father, help me to find time each day where I
pause to simply worship You!


Simply, Dr. Tara Rye

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WWW.KNCSB.ORG
Webster
Update

Monday, October 10, 2016
Join us in PrayerWalking through the
Omaha community
9:00 am - 11:30 am
(lunch provided)

Where is Your
Church on this Life
Cycle Chart?

We will meet at LifeSpring Church

13904 S. 36th Street
Where is Your ChurchBellevue,
on this Nebraska
Life Cycle Chart?

SEPTEMBER 2016

If your church
has reached the
top or is on the
downslope, you
might want to talk
to the Strengthening Team about
scheduling a ReFocus or Transformational Church Experience. Contact
Tim Boyd (tboyd@
kncsb.org)

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FBC Ulysses, Ks. seeks F/T Senior Pastor, married, 1-10 yrs. experience.
Mixed age congregation with deep 20 year roots. Ideal candidate emphasizes faith, leadership, shepherding; also committed to discipleship, Biblical
scholarship & focused presentations. Email your resume and statement of
doctrinal beliefs to our pastor search committee chairman, Ronnie Young, at
godswelder@yahoo.com. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE.
WICHITA CHURCH is looking for part-time Director of Worship to plan and
lead a blended worship service working with a praise team. Please send
resumes to Tyler Road Baptist Church, 571 S. Tyler Road, Wichita, KS 67209
or to staff@tylerroad.org.

1. The summer camping season was excellent and lives were transformed each
week. Below are the totals from 3 associational children’s camps, the Latino youth
soccer camp and Super Summer:
a. 258 Professions of Faith
b. 171 Rededications
c. 3 Vocational Service
d. 15 Candidates for Baptism
e. 150 Other Decisions
2. Continue to pray for those who are now home and attempting to “live out these
decisions.”
3. The dining hall has received a “temporary occupancy permit” and the “temporary” will be removed when final paperwork is approved.
4. The Matching Challenge Grant to pave the entry road has been met. Thank you
to each person and church who gave to meet this goal.
5. We are still in need of about $60,000 before we can begin this paving project, but
the company has given us until October to raise these funds without changing the
bid price.
6. Volunteers are still needed to assist with finishing the detail work on the Dining
Hall. Could you give a day or two to help? Call Bill Cooke for more information:
1-785-827-6565.
Sign up for the free monthly WCC E-Newsletters by going to the WCC website
www.webstercc.org and click on the newsletter link to begin receiving the newsletter.

“Thank you” for your continued support of WCC!

VanBebber to Speak
at Apologetics Conference

David VanBebber Sr., pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church, Riley, and Fostoria
Baptist Church, Fostoria, is scheduled to speak along side Dr. Ted Cabal of Southern
Seminary. Cabal, general editor of The Apologetics Study Bible, is the keynote speaker
at the “Shield of Faith” Apologetics Conference Oct. 7-9 at First Baptist Church of
Buffalo, MO.
Pastor VanBebber, who is a contributor to the “Shield of Faith Apologetics” blog,
will be presenting a lecture titled: “Speaking the Truth in Love.” VanBebber engages
in applied apologetic encounters on a daily basis. His apologetic approach focuses
on communicating the message of Christ in a manner that recogonizes the imprint
and image of God in humanity. This has motivated many of his discussions with
those hostile to the Christian faith.
Cabal, with whom VanBebber is partnering, has collaborated with such
renowned apologists as Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias, and Lee Strobel. He has
engaged in numerous campus talks and debates with atheist philosophy professors,
and currently he is completing a book on the age-of-the-earth controversy.
“Having both pastored and taught, Cabal and VanBebber understand the challenges pastors and lay leaders face in addressing objections to the gospel in a naturalistic, materialistic society,” said Dave VanBebber Jr., pastor of FBC Buffalo, who
organized the event for the Dallas County Association of Southern Baptists and
serves as a member of the Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network. “The two men
both teach with humility and are motivated to empower church members in the
discipline of defending the faith.”
Pastor VanBebber Sr. is a bi-vocational pastor in the Smoky Hill Baptist
Association. “We live in a time when defending the faith is incredibly important,”
said Dave Van Bebber Jr.. “Those speaking at this conference are dedicated to
empowering individuals to speak the truth in love.”
There is no cost for attending the conference. FBC Buffalo requests that those
planning to attend register at shieldoffaithapologetics.com or call the church office
at 417-345-7210.