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Incredible Church Planting Conference Reminds Us Why…

March 18th, 2017


The conference in Oklahoma last week was incredible, as always. Every time I’m at Heartland for a meeting, it reminds me of a lot of “why”s.

It reminds us why we are involved in missions. The conference was full of men church planters and pastors who came to help each other plant more churches. Men whom we have supported in the past are now bringing money to help others. For example, Bro. Pete Montoro (who’s preaching here in February), planted a church in NYC a couple decades ago, and is now sending men from his church to plant more churches in NYC (the Bronx and Greenpoint). Other men, like Pastor Jaysen Brown down in Lakeside, were helped by our giving in the past, and are now attending the conference only to give back. That’s the point of missions giving: growing people spiritually.

It reminds us why we are involved with Heartland Baptist Bible College. The spirit of Heartland is encouraging. It is real. It is not flashy or put-on, it’s just a genuine love for others (which is what our Christian lives should be about.) Full-time ministry (like, working on a church staff) is not for everyone, but I still believe that a year of Bible college will be the most intensive discipleship journey of your life. We are ALL called to be disciples of Christ. When you get a taste of Heartland, you will find that the music, the preaching, the teachers, the friendships, the church—everything draws you closer to Christ.

It reminds us why we focus on God’s Word. I’ve never hidden the fact that our youth ministry is primarily focused on God’s Word. We read it, preach it and study it in class, and encourage you to go home and continue in it. I understand the struggle of, “I don’t think my friends would like all that preaching,” but the Word is what they need. Every time I question God’s methods—“God, why is preaching so important?”—attending a conference like last week reminds me of men like Paul who went into cities like Corinth “in fear, and in much trembling” and preached Christ, because Christ was what Corinth needed. The Word disrupts people’s lives. That’s what we ALL need.

-Bro. Ryan




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