Church librarians urged to reach, disciple people

Church librarians were challenged to use their libraries to help reach and disciple people for Christ.

The KNCSB Church Library Ministry Conference was held Sept. 28-29 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. Kansas-Nebraska church librarians attended the event along with people from surrounding states, including Colorado and Missouri.

“To help people to know the Lord or grow in Him—that is our purpose in being there,” Eva Nell Hunter told the librarians. Hunter is church library director at Central Baptist Church in Decatur, Ala. She is a national consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources and a popular conference leader at KNCSB church library events.

Hunter continued, “The best way to share Jesus through the library is to make sure it’s real with us.”

The highlight of the conference was a Friday night appearance by Kansas author Kim Vogel Sawyer, who has written more than 20 novels. She and her husband, Don, are members of First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kan.

She told about her long journey to becoming a best-selling author. It included battling health issues and a long string of rejections from publishers. “It wasn’t something that happened over night.”

Sawyer brought copies of each book she has written to the Church Library Ministry Conference.

“Those books are wonderful,” she said, pointing to the table covered by her books. “But my fulfillment is knowing who I am. I am God’s child.”

Sawyer tries to include the plan of salvation in the plot of each book she writes.

She also thanked the church librarians for their ministries. “If it weren’t for people who love books, there wouldn’t be any point to what I do.”

Sawyer and her husband recently moved from Hutchinson to Kingman, Kan., where they own The King’s Inn, a bed and breakfast and retreat center.

Visit her Web site and look for her on Facebook at Kim Vogel Sawyer Author/Speaker.

In other activity, the group was urged to:

  • Keep updated on church library ministry by joining the Church Librarians Network
  • Make plans to attend a national church-library training conference, Aug. 2-4, 2013, at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. Find more information