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Super Summer Breaks Records By Jeremy Westbrook
Super Summer 2022 made history as a record number of nearly 350 high school students and adult counselors descended upon the campus of Cedarville University for a week of Bible study, worship, and spiritual challenge. Super Summer began in 2003 as a
Center, served as guest speaker on the theme of “Retro Soul” taken from the book of Luke. Students attending Super Summer spent the week in a “color school” based on the grade they had recently
by Ray Umphrey
Greetings Ohio Baptists, “If only we had more people and resources!” This is a common sentiment among pastors and churches. We often have a large vision of what could be but lack the necessary components to realize it. Amid the struggle to enlist volunteers for our ministries or raise funds for the next project, the thought of having to do more with less can seem impossible. Yet, the reality is that a healthy church should be willing not only to lose its best people, but to intentionally send them away. In Acts 13:1-3, we see the church at Syrian Antioch in action as a sending church as they commission Paul and Barnabas to turn the world upside down with the gospel. Three ecclesiological components are present in the sending narrative in Acts 13:1-3. First, the Antioch church had identified, developed, and commissioned biblical leaders.
Students and Staff worshipping together at Super Summer in Cedarville's Dixon Ministry Center.
completed. For example, seventh grade students attended the red school and studied the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Other schools emphasized small group topics such as finding identity in Christ, making faith your own, leading by serving, cultivating a Biblical worldview, and clarifying God’s call on your life. In addition, one school specifically helped students prepare for a calling into ministry. Super Summer was a life-changing week for many. We are grateful to the Lord for his grace and mercy at Super Summer and I am thankful for your faithful generosity to the Cooperative Program, which makes events like this possible. Moving Forward,
ministry to students in grades seven through twelve with an emphasis upon spiritual leadership development. The Lord moved in a powerful way throughout the week. I am thrilled to report that nineteen students prayed to receive Christ and thirty-one students made decisions to go public with their faith in believers’ baptism. Thirty students made decisions to enter full- time ministry and sixty-seven indicated a desire to serve in missions. Super Summer is an immersive experience for students. Not only do they gather each night for worship, but they also learn throughout the day in small groups and attend breakout sessions of their choosing. Impactful sessions included “The Power of Prayer” led by Dave Earley of FBC Grove City, “Reconciling Relationships” by Patrick Stalnaker from FBC Kettering, and many others. Dean Fulks, lead pastor of Lifepoint Church in Lewis
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Disaster Relief Chaplains Share Hope of the Gospel Missions Team Ministers to Las Vegas Church Plant Salvation Story from Ohio WMU Spring Retreat
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The five “prophets and teachers” at the church were gifted for ministry and appear to function similarly to pastors or elders at the Antioch church. Our churches must be ready to send out those in whom we have invested and who have blessed us with their ministry. Second, the Antioch church had conducted the Great Commission in its context. Notice the diversity of the five leaders mentioned. If the church’s leadership was comprised of such cultural, ethnic, and social diversity, one can only imagine the constitution of the church’s membership! The church at Antioch was the first to formally launch a missionary work to the Gentiles. The Great Commission was part of their DNA. Third, the passion of the Antioch church flowed from their devotion to the Lord. This important missionary moment was birthed during a time of “worshiping and fasting.” John Piper says that “Worship is the goal and the fuel of missions… Because we have tasted the joy of worshiping Jesus, and we want all the families of the earth included.” This was the heart of the Antioch Church. PRESIDENT’S PEN ...CONTINUED
The Antioch church demonstrates that a faithful church can and should be a sending church. Our prayer that God would send laborers into the harvest where we are must be coupled with willingness to send laborers from our churches to wherever God might send for sake of the nations. We do this knowing that God will be faithful to
supply all our needs to accomplish the work He has called us to do. I am here to serve you, Ohio Baptists. Please reach out to me anytime at email@example.com. Your partner in the gospel, Ray Umphrey, SCBO President
REGIONAL UPDATES Nine young people from our area traveled to Cedarville University for Super Summer; a week of Bible training, teaching, worship, and fun. They joined 250 other students: the largest turnout for Super Summer in its 20-year history. Seeing their passion for the Lord gave me great hope for the future. I also attended Super Summer and it blessed me. I spent the bulk of my time with the graduates. There were twenty-three students in Silver School-- teens who had recently finished high school. They have a great desire to follow Jesus in the years to come. Matt Pardi - Northwest
Several of our region’s students had a great experience at Super Summer engaging in leadership learning at Cedarville University. It was a joy to spend time with young people who are pursuing God’s call to ministry and the volunteers who spent the week investing in their journey. On July 10, I had the honor of joining Chillicothe Baptist Church to celebrate the ministry of Pastor Tim Cline and his wife Julie, who have served faithfully since 2014. The Scioto Valley Baptist Association Executive Meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Jackson. The next Muskingum Valley Baptist Association pastor gathering (LIFT) is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m. in Cambridge. Join me at the Amplify Preaching Conference on Monday, September 26 at First Baptist Lancaster. Confirmed main session / breakout speakers are Ben Mandrell, James Merritt, Kirk Kirkland, and Daniel Dickard; 2023 SBC Pastors Conference President. Dr. Chris Rhodes (Dover) and Joel Penton (Lifewise Academy) will lead additional breakouts. Registration ($35) is now open: https://www.scbo.org/event/amplify-preaching-conference . Jeremy Westbrook’s elective about the International Mission Board (IMB) entitled “Better Together” blessed Logan, a student from the Toledo area. Logan loved the vision of what Send Network and IMB are doing all over the world.The students from our region came back pumped and excited to serve the Lord. This event is an example of the remarkable things we can do together to impact the next generation and the Kingdom. I encourage you to send your junior high and high school students to Super Summer next year. Art Fulks - Southest
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Reagan Wagoner - Southwest
God has uniquely designed every church to fulfill the Great Commission within their local context. So, whether you are in rural, suburban, or urban areas of Northeast Ohio, God has distinctively equipped you and your congregation to share the love of God and the gospel of Christ with those within your neighborhood. While we attempt to be faithful to the Great Commission, each community has unique challenges. As you and your team think through those challenges and strategize, it is helpful to have someone to pray with you, to bounce ideas off, and to celebrate your progress. As the Northeast Regional Catalyst, that is what I would love to do for you as a pastor in the northeast. Reach out to me today, so we can set up a time to meet. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am praying for you, your family, and your church. God Bless. What a crazy summer!! If you are like me, you are coming in or out of VBS, kids/student camps, and all sorts of other summer ministries. Summer is a time when great ministry happens. I know this is true in the West Region. I have loved connecting with so many of the pastors in our region and hearing about how God is moving in our churches. As you prepare for the fall do not forget to register yourself and your leadership team for the Southwest Ohio Leadership Conference on Sept 8. This will be an incredible opportunity to have your staff or leadership team equipped by some of the best leaders in our convention. Register for this conference at https://swohioleaders.com/ . Stephen Owens - Northeast Rick Williams - Central This past month I had a wonderful opportunity to visit with students and leaders from the Central Ohio region at SCBO Super Summer. It was so encouraging to hear their testimonies about being able to spend a week focusing on God’s Word and going deeper in their relationship with Jesus. One of the students shared with me that it was the best conference he has experienced. I was excited to see Central Ohio leaders teaching and investing in the next generation. We have so much to celebrate in our region and state as we consider the next generation of leaders! I am looking forward to the Amplify Preaching Conference happening at First Baptist Church, Lancaster on Monday, September 26 from 9 am to 4 pm. Pastor Art Fulks and I are partnering for this event. I encourage you to register for this conference at https://www.scbo.org/event/amplify-preaching-conference . It has been such a joy meeting with various pastors this summer. Central Ohio pastors, contact me to meet for breakfast or lunch. Contact me at email@example.com. Chad Keck - West Please be in prayer for the people of Goshen, northeast of Cincinnati, as they endured an F2 tornado this past month. Special thanks to Pastor Aaron Ellerman and Goshen Community Church for caring well for the community, and to DR Director John Heading and our Ohio DR teams for the way they assess, mobilize, and serve. #GoshenStrong Now is the time to register your volunteers and staff for the Southwest Ohio Leadership Conference on September 8! Bring your developing leaders in worship, preschool/children, students, women’s ministry, and more as the conference has breakouts for each area of ministry. The conference will be from 9am-4pm at Lakota Hills Baptist Church (Moved to Lakota Hills so we have more space!) featuring Vance Pitman, Shane Pruitt, Hershael York, and more! Cost is just $20 for the day! Every registration is “buy one, get one free” so bring someone with you! REGISTER NOW at www.swohioleaders.com. Join us for the next Multiplication Pipeline Training on August 22 at 6 pm at East River Road Baptist Church in Fairfield. Jim Scott and Jeremy Westbrook will discuss developing leadership pipelines across Ohio. Register at https://www. scbo.org/event/multiplication-pipeline-dinner-and-info .
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I have been bringing students to Super Summer for three years and it has become one of the central weeks on our youth ministry calendar. What draws our youth to Super Summer is the intense focus on dodgeball at other kids, and go back to their regular lives only marginally changed in their walk with Christ. This is one of the most impactful weeks that I have seen in youth ministry. It sparks deeper desire for Christ and for serving in His Kingdom as young disciples. This year at Super Summer, I had a discussion with my students about what we could bring back to impact our youth ministry at home. Students’ ideas flowed like water as they discussed the ways we could build an environment where the word challenges them, as well as build in opportunities to invite friends who need to know the Lord. Their increased desire to know the Lord for themselves and for others to know Him is something I want for as many students as possible. Super Summer: The Most Impactful Week of the Year (A Personal Testimony) growth in our students’ walk with the Lord and the application of the truths of scripture to their daily walk with Him. This is not just camp where teens sing a song around a fire, throw a By Geary Lutz - Director of Family Ministries Erieside Church on the Boulevard, Willowwick 250 teens spent the week at Super Summer in 2022
Study Tour of Israel Set for Spring 2023 Ohio Baptist pastors, staff and spouses are invited to be part of a ten-day study tour of Israel set for Spring 2023. Dwayne Lee and Mark Snowden will lead the tour. Participants will spend eight days in Israel and two days traveling. Cost is $3,500 to $4,000 per person and includes airfare. A $300 deposit secures your spot. More information is available by request from Charity Scaggs at 513-724-7182 or email at CABAoffice@gmail.com .
August 2022 | 5 Chaplains Share Hope of the Gospel, Set Training for September
By Stephanie Heading
Ohio Disaster Relief (DR) teams deploy regularly to offer help, hope, and healing to victims of disasters. They offer help to meet pressing physical needs - removing fallen trees, cleaning up flood waters, and providing hot meals. However, caring for physical needs is only part of the mission. DR also offers hope and healing through the work of the DR Chaplin Unit. DR chaplains train extensively for their important work. Chaplain Training includes how to share the gospel, and how to be a chaplain. In addition, chaplains train in Operation Stress First Aid (OSFA) which teaches them how to help disaster victims and DR team members manage the trauma and pressure of a disaster situation. “The heart of Disaster Relief is the gospel. All team members train to share the gospel,” said John Heading, DR director. “Trained DR chaplains
Chaplain Terry Smith presents a Bible and prays with a Wooster homeowner after the Ohio Disaster Relief Chainsaw Team finished clearing storm damage at her home
The area experienced ninety-mile-an- hour straight line winds which caused considerable damage. As teams were working to clean up the area, chaplains were busy reaching out to homeowners and anyone else who would listen to the gospel. “Through the team’s efforts, seven people came to know the Lord during the two-week deployment,” said Heading. “One person was the clerk at the hotel where the Incident Management Team was staying and Chaplain Larry Randolph introduced a Jewish woman to Jesus Christ, and she became a believer.” Anyone who wants to serve as a DR chaplain needs to attend training. The next DR Chaplain Training is set for September 16-17, at Jersey Church in New Albany, just outside Columbus. The cost is $40 and includes training manual, meals, and snacks. Those attending may sleep at Jersey Church, but showers are not available. As part of Chaplain Training, Ohio DR is pleased to welcome Brent Bond, senior director of chaplaincy and public service endorser at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as guest speaker. “If you are a chaplain and haven’t deployed in a while, this would be a
good time to update your training,” said Linda Humston, DR chaplain coordinator. “If you are currently serving as a chaplain and want to attend any or all the training, you are welcome.”
Register now for DR Chaplain Training at www.SCBO.org/event/disaster- relief-training. For more information, contact Linda Humston, Chaplain Coordinator, at 614-371-4908. Wooster, Ohio suffered considerable damage during a recent storm. DR Chainsaw teams helped remove massive trees while the Chaplain Unit led seven people to faith in Christ.
are the next step in reaching people for Christ, as well as walking victims through trauma stress.” Recently, DR units deployed to Wayne County, Ohio, near Wooster. DR Chainsaw Unit members remove trees damaged by straight line winds in Wooster, Ohio.
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The Ohio Baptist Foundation and the Louisiana Baptist Foundation offer a Short-Term Fund to help churches and other ministries maximize their income on cash reserves and designated funds. The annualized payout rate is 1.50% as of 6/30/2022. Based upon our information, this is one of the highest cash-type rates offered in Ohio to churches and other ministries at this time. For more information about The Ohio Baptist Foundation, please contact Kevin Heaton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 2022 | 7 Team From Central Ohio Ministers to Las Vegas Church Plant
After the block party, the team held VBS in an apartment complex’s pool house close to the block party location. They had twenty children in attendance the first day and thirty-five children the second day. “The kids were excited for us to be there, and they were very attentive,” said Adkins. “It was such a success that I feel like God revitalized the spirit of the people of The Oasis Church. There is need everywhere and I learned that people want to know God and His love. I am truly grateful for being blessed by this experience.” The City of Refuge mission team also blessed The Oasis Church by introducing the church’s name to the community through VBS, block party and door to door invites. The mission team also encouraged and
By Stephanie Heading Members of the City of Refuge mission team staffed a block party as they worked with The Oasis Church in Las Vegas.
team to Las Vegas. However, Adkins was concerned about two things as they prepared for their first mission trip – the finances and the reactions of others. An answer to part of the financial burden came when Adkins and her daughter applied for and received the Ohio WMU Joan White Scholarship. The scholarship is for women/girls who are going on a mission trip for the first time or on their first international mission trip. Applicants may request up to twenty-five percent of their required funds. With finances supplied, Adkins faced the reactions of others head- on. “When I would tell people I was going on a mission trip to Las Vegas, the reaction was a bit of disbelief,” said Adkins. “This reaction made me slightly anxious of the unknown, but I felt like there was a reason that God had opened this door for my daughter and me to have this experience together.” The group’s first day in Las Vegas meant being outside in 111-degree weather, passing out block party fliers and inviting people to the party at a local park on the northeast side of Las Vegas the next day.
When Pastor Darryl Hammock, City of Refuge, Whitehall, called Pastor Dave Tatlock of The Oasis Church, Las Vegas, and asked if he could bring a mission team to assist the young church plant, Tatlock was utterly humbled and shocked that anyone would want to come to his little church in the hottest heat of the year to work with them. The Oasis Church began recruiting a core group of ten to twelve believers in July 2021. Since then, the church has started meeting and worshipping together. Back in Columbus, Angie Adkins and her daughter Kristyana decided to be part of the City of Refuge mission trip
energized Pastor Dave and his wife Edie physically and spiritually during their time together. They were grateful for the time of ministry and fellowship. Children in an apartment complex in Las Vegas enjoyed VBS led by City of Refuge mission team from Columbus. The church helped The Oasis Church, a young church plant. To help more women and girls experience their first mission trip, give today to the Joan White Scholarship Fund. Make checks payable to SCBO. To apply for the Ohio WMU Joan White Scholarship, email Vernita Lambert, email@example.com, to request an application form.
The team from City of Refuge in Whitehall partnered with The Oasis Church to minister in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Tales of Transformation Frankfort Woman Finds “Beauty for Ashes” By Stephanie Heading
Hammond had lived a difficult life prior to accepting Christ. “My life was horrible. My husband had passed.
preaching the truth which helped me understand that I needed a change in my life and that change was loving Jesus and accepting him into my heart,” said Hammond. Mary Wink sees the change in Hammond’s life. “Sharon is coming faithfully with her daughter Debbie to Bible study and worship service,” said Mary Wink. “God showed up and He showed out with His redemptive power in action,” said Pound. “Sharon experienced God’s love and she was transformed from ashes to beauty when she surrendered her life into Christ.” Register now for the Women’s Fall Retreat on Saturday, September 10, at FBC Mt. Healthy. For more information, contact Cathy Pound at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Hammond has a story to tell – a tale of “Beauty for Ashes.” Hammond’s story began at Frankfort Baptist Church according to Cathy Pound, Executive Director of Ohio Women’s Missionary Union (WMU). “Mary Wink, the pastor’s wife, and the women from the church shared the gospel with Sharon and prayed for her for a long time,” said Pound. The Frankfort women’s group invited Sharon to attend the SCBO 2022 Women’s Spring Retreat at First Baptist Lancaster where God did a work of transformation in Sharon’s life. “Hi, my name is Sharon Hammond. I gave my life to Christ on May 14, 2022, while attending the ladies’ retreat “Beauty for Ashes” in Lancaster, Ohio,” said Hammond. “Praise the Lord. I got SAVED!”
I had lost a son and a daughter. I was miserable and lonely before I accepted Jesus into my heart.” On June 26, Hammond followed the Lord in baptism. Her pastor, Paul Winks, who also was instrumental in her conversion, baptized her at Frankfort BC. “I thank my pastor for Pastor Paul Wicks of Frankfort Baptist Church baptized Sharon Hammond in June after she accepted Christ at the 2022 Women’s Spring Retreat, “Beauty for Ashes.”
Online Giving Now Available for SCBO Contributions
We are thrilled to share with you that the SCBO now has online giving for you or your church to make contributions to the Cooperative Program, Disaster Relief, and the Ray Roberts State Mission Offering! Simply visit www.scbo.org/give and select the option that best fits your preferred method of giving. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Chief Financial Administrator, Kevin Heaton, at email@example.com.
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Serve Tour Volunteers Needed, Project List to Release August 29 By Stephanie Heading
and volunteers who would like to participate. “For those who want to be involved in a one- or two-day mission project, Serve Tour Dayton brings all the organization, finances, and projects together to provide outreach to lost and hurting people in the city of Dayton.” Funded by the Cooperative Program, the compassion ministry outreach event is the result of a partnership
between the Greater Dayton Association of Baptists (GDAB), the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio (SCBO) and Send Relief, the compassion arm of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Heading believes Serve Tour Dayton is a win-win for Dayton and for churches who bring groups to work. “To the pastors, Serve Tour Dayton does not take any of your time to plan and does not take away from your church budget. It does, however, give you the opportunity to spend time with your church members, serving the community and sharing the gospel.” Sign up now to express your interest in being part of this inner-city outreach at https://www.sendrelief. org/serve-tour/dayton . You will be able to register for a specific project when Send Relief releases the full list of projects on August 29. For more information, contact John Heading at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Serve Tour Dayton is a grassroots effort to take the church to the streets meeting needs in Dayton neighborhoods and presenting the gospel to anyone who will listen,” said John Heading, Serve Tour Dayton project manager. The wide variety of projects expected at Serve Tour Dayton requires more volunteers, according to Heading. Registration is open now for churches
Church Revitalization: Becoming a Fostering or Adopting Church By Dwayne Lee
churches are a great asset to the church revitalization process. Adopting churches follow a process that is different from fostering but is just as rewarding. In church adoption, just as with children, the healthy
Pastor, look at your church and see if there is any interest in becoming a fostering or adopting church. Your church just might be the help another church needs to revitalize. For more information about fostering
Many churches across Ohio are vital, thriving fellowships. However, there are struggling churches that need church revitalization to survive. One type of struggling church can complete the revitalization process on its own; the other must have a healthy church partner to help them revitalize and thrive again. Fostering and adopting churches are those who are willing to partner with churches in need of revitalization and help them as they work through the church revitalization process. Fostering churches are like a family who cares for a child for a time before the child moves on. A fostering church is willing to come along side another church who needs help and give their time, energy, and resources. They do this until the church gets back on its feet and moves forward. Fostering
and adopting churches or any other church revitalization issue, please reach out to Dwayne Lee at dlee@ scbo.org or 614-601-6824.
church brings the unhealthy church into their system of doing things. Personnel, resources, time, and energy are all invested to help the relationship start on the right foot.
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LEAD PASTOR First Baptist Church of Seaman is seeking an individual to serve as Lead Pastor. This is a full-time position. The candidate should possess the following: a pastor’s heart, love, and compassion for the local body of believers; an evangelist’s passion and zeal for preaching the gospel; a missionary’s compassion for the lost; a church planter’s enthusiasm for sharing the gospel. The church adheres to The Baptist Faith and Message of 2000. Please submit resumes to thompson5850@ gmail.com.
WORSHIP PASTOR Chroma Church in Dublin is looking for a part-time Worship Pastor. The position is 20 hours per week part-time with a salary of $1500 per month. The Worship Pastor leads the worship team and the congregational worship during services and other gatherings. The Worship Pastor may also assist with preaching and teaching duties, administration, training, planning, and outreach as needed. Applicants must be in full agreement with Chroma Church’s statement of faith. Education and experience requirements include minimum three years of church leadership experience (paid or unpaid),
minimum one year of formal biblical/ theological training, and seminary degree preferred but not required. For more information, please contact Chroma Church at Jihye.barrowman@ chromacolumbus.org PASTOR OF MUSIC AND YOUTH Reynoldsburg Baptist Church is accepting resumes and recommendations for a pastor to provide leadership to our music and youth ministries. Additional details and application instructions are available at https:// rbctoday.com/staffopenings/
Let the Ohio Baptist Messenger help your church find a new pastor or staff member! The Messenger is offering classified ads free of charge for churches searching for new pastors and staff members. The Messenger is available to churches and individuals in Ohio and across the country. To submit a classified ad, please send brief information about the position along with a return phone number or email to email@example.com .
How to Become a Christian
If you are not a Christian, meaning you have never surrendered your will to the Lord Jesus, let me share briefly how you can make this life changing decision. GOD WANTS TO SAVE YOU. FIRST , you must believe that God loves you and wants you to have peace in your heart and an everlasting life (John 3:16). SECOND , you must recognize that you are a sinner, that you have done things which have displeased God and that you have separated yourself from Him (Romans 3:23; 6:23). THIRD , you must believe that Jesus came to this earth, was actually God in the flesh, lived a perfect life, and yet went to a cruel cross, dying for your sins, paying once and for all the penalty of sin (I Peter 2:24). However, it’s not enough just to
know these three things. Many of us knew them for years before we ever gave Jesus our lives. FOURTH , you must personally ask Jesus to come into your life and forgive you of your sins (Revelation 3:20). You can pray this prayer now and if you mean it with all of your heart, Jesus will come in just like He said. He cannot lie. Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I’m really sorry for my sins, Lord. I ask you now, Lord Jesus, to come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, take control of my life, and make me the kind of person You want me to be. I now receive You into my heart. Thank You for coming in. I will follow You all the days of my life. In Your name I pray, Amen.
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