KNCSB annual meeting focuses on church planting

Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists were challenged to “be a part of the story of starting something new.”

“Starting New Works” was the theme for the 67th KNCSB annual meeting held Oct. 15-16 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

The meeting focused on church planting from the opening testimony to the closing keynote address by Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board.

Church planter Craig Liscom opened the meeting on Monday night, Oct. 15, by telling the story of Changed Life Church in Omaha, Neb. It began in April 2012.

“Help be a part of the story of starting something new,” Liscom urged.

The annual meeting theme was taken from KNCSB’s four core values:

  • Starting
  • Sharing
  • Sending
  • Strengthening

Meeting participants also learned about the vast opportunities for starting new churches among Hispanics in Nebraska and Kansas.

Abraham Arevalo, Hispanic church-planter strategist based in Wichita, Kan., shared these statistics from the 2010 census:

  • 39 percent—the increase in the Hispanic population in the United States from 2000-2010.
  • 59 percent—the growth of the Hispanic population in Kansas in that 10-year period.
  • 77 percent—the percentage increase in Nebraska’s Hispanic population.

“Reaching the Hispanic community in Kansas-Nebraska is a job we are doing together,” Arevalo said. He and his wife, Ester, have served in Kansas for nearly 20 years. They came to Kansas after graduating from Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, Texas.

Arevalo cited the 19 Hispanic summer missionaries that served in Nebraska and Kansas in the summer of 2012. These summer missionaries are recruited through connections with Rio Grande Bible Institute and the Baptist convention in Puerto Rico.

Registered participants in the meeting included 291 messengers and 37 visitors.

All convention officers were re-elected by acclamation:

  • President: John Shields, pastor of Parkview Baptist Church, Lexington, Neb.
  • Vice president: Andy Addis, pastor of CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan.
  • Recording secretary: Bryan Jones, pastor of Tyler Road Southern Baptist Church, Wichita, Kan.
  • Assistant recording secretary: Susan Pederson, member of Prairie Hills Southern Baptist Church, Augusta, Kan.
  • Historian: Tony Mattia, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Wamego, Kan.

In other activity, veteran campus ministers Bob and Sandie Anderson and Brett and Mary Yohn were honored.

The two couples are in their 40th year of campus ministry and are planning to retire at the end of the school year. The Andersons serve at Kansas State University in Manhattan while the Yohns have planted their lives at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

A reception after the Tuesday night session honored the two couples.

The Yohns and Andersons will be honored during a Kansas-Nebraska campus ministry reunion in 2013. It will be held Aug. 2-4 at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, Kan. It is sponsored by Friends of Kansas-Nebraska Collegiate Ministries Association.

Friends of CMA was formed earlier in 2012 to support campus ministries in Nebraska and Kansas. Find more information

Upcoming KNCSB annual meetings are:

  • Oct. 14-15, 2013—at New Covenant Community Church, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Oct. 13-14, 2014—at CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan.