This week marks the 10th anniversary of Global Outreach Celebration at Southland. Perhaps the single most important week of the year, this year's theme is "Until the Whole World Hears." Each year, Southland hosts three to four families that will be added to our list of Global partner's, bringing our number of partners to 65.
Included in this annual event is the "miracle offering" received on Sunday morning. Funds received in this offering are used to meet the personal and ministry needs of our strategic partners, plus special mission projects.
Faith Promise Giving is also a major part of the celebration. This year, Southland will exceed $1,000,000 through "Faith Promise Giving." Commitments to "Faith Promise" is encouraged on Sunday night during the banquet.
Southland loves both missions and our partners in reaching across the street and around the world with the good news of the Gospel.
Don't miss our special GOC events!
Tuesday, May 2: LADIES' FELLOWSHIP, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3: GLOBAL OUTREACH CELEBRATION, 6:30 pm. Joe Schmidt with kids 1st-6th grade in Youth Room.
Thursday, May 4: MEN'S FISH FRY, 6:30
Sunday, May 7: CELEBRATION SERVICES, 10:45 a.m., Banquet during evening service, 6 p.m.
There was a popular Christian song out a few years ago entitled, "Is There a Cross in Your Life?" The song referred to a time in your life you had to overcome something BIG. We all have something in our lives we have to overcome. Some may refer to it as a stronghold. However you reference it, it is something in our lives we have to face and deal with, and overcome. As I was thinking about that just last week, I thought about Jesus.
We often think about Jesus as the Messiah, the Lord of Lords, and He certainly is that. But we forget that when Jesus walked the Earth, He was also a man. And as a man, He was tempted in the wilderness by Satan. He became angry in the Temple and He had to face THE CROSS. He was man in the Garden when He asked GOD to "let this cup pass from me."
In thinking about this, I thought, "Jesus had a cross He had to carry and overcome, and HE DID.." Then I thought, we all as humans have to sometimes carry a cross and in the end, overcome. As I was thinking about this, the thought came into my mind that it's not a fair comparison, because Jesus had the Father on His side. He could directly turn to the Father in Heaven.
And then it hit me.
So do we.
If we as Christians would turn to Him, instead of trying to carry things alone, we would have victory over the things in our lives that seem insurmountable. We have not, because we ask not. I can just imagine us trying to deal with things on our own and failing, all the while God is waiting for us to give it to Him.
I'm sure most of us in our lives have had to turn to a parent for help. That's what our Heavenly Father is. waiting on us to do: Just turn to Him.
Lauren Cartwright is a youth leader at SBT Youth. We're so excited to have her as our guest blogger for the week, sharing her experience at our youth group's event this past weekend, D-Now.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” [Matthew 28:19-20]
Teens at Southland, along with other youth groups in the area, had an incredible weekend at Discipleship Now 2017. Time was filled with small group Bible studies, gaga ball, worship music, lots of food, community outreach, and learning what it means to be a follower of Christ. The first session was on the characteristics of a disciple. Teens learned that disciples live like Christ, proclaim Christ, and will follow Christ anywhere, even if it’s not comfortable, easy, or safe. The youth group went to Southland Ranch after the first session to enjoy snacks, games, and to connect with leaders and friends. Afterwards the students were split into small groups to discuss what it means to be a disciple and how that might look in their own lives.
During the second session, the students were asked if there is anyone who is currently discipling them. Is there someone who is praying for their growth, striving for their maturity in Christ, and teaching them to pray and serve for the gospel’s advancement? Following the session the students at Southland had the opportunity to really show Christ in their own community by serving others. Everyone was divided into groups and given $50 to serve the community in whatever way they felt led to do. One group went to a local hospital, passed out snacks, and prayed for people in the waiting rooms. Others used their money to purchase popsicles and face paint and took it to the park to serve people in the community there. Another group went to a local neighborhood in need and gave away resources such as hygiene products, bottles of water, and goody bags with snacks.
After a great afternoon of serving the community the last session taught teens about the importance of going forth and making disciples. He isn’t calling us to do this on our own strength or power, but He is equipping us and filling us with the Holy Spirit. Each person was challenged to share the gospel with their friends and family members with urgency, just as Christ has called us to do.
Check out video's and pictures taken by Ranch interns Samuel Guill, Skyler Downs and Lauren Cartwright on the Ranch's Facebook page here.
Hi, my name is Adam Smith and I’m the Children’s Director here at Southland. I've been here a little over a year, but my relationship with SBT started 21 years ago at a church camp in Jonathan Creek. I met what turned out to be some life long friends and a church family I’m so proud to be apart of today.
Flash forward to 2012 I was a construction worker and a part-time Youth leader at my home church of Calvert FBC. I also began to really get involved with the SBT camp ministry. Growing up, the camps impacted my summer and experience with God so much that I wanted to give the kids my same experience.
The following year God opened the door for me to go on Southland’s mission trip to Nicaragua. It was that trip that God started to work on my heart and prepare me for full-time ministry. 6 months later I found myself back in Nicaragua with an army of Nicaraguan kids having the time of my life! I knew then God had called me to be more than just a construction worker with a part-time youth group. Months later I would quit construction without a job lined up knowing God would provide. Within no time Southland would soon call with a full-time Children’s Director position! It wasn’t an easy choice, though. It would mean I would leave behind a church and a youth group I loved so dearly. After visiting Southland and much prayer I knew Gods vision for me and I accepted the job in late 2015.
Speaking of 2015… WOW!! God answered other big prayers!! I met my now fiancé ( but that's a whole other blog post lol ) and became a first-time homeowner. Praise Jesus!
As SBT's Children's Director, my passion is to show these kids how fun walking with Jesus is. That it's more than just coming to church. It's a crazy never ending love story and he has written it just for you. That we all have been fearfully and wonderfully made by God and that he loves YOU more than anything else in this world.
Hey, my name is Cheyenne Koch and I joined the ministry staff at Southland as Director of Student Ministries (students 7-12th grades) about four years ago. My wife Elyssa and I come from an education background in the public schools where I taught high school for 11 years, and she continues to teach at Sharpe Elementary. Southland is Elyssa’s home church, so we consider you all family!
The Lord has always given me a love for teens and I want to help them grow spiritually as they navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood. Our purpose in the SBTyouth Ministry is to help teens embrace the Good News of Jesus, equip students to grow in their faith, and challenge our youth to engage the culture.
I want to say a special thank you to all who graciously gave to sponsor teens attending our upcoming Disciple Now Weekend (March 3-4). Please continue to pray for all the students at Southland, and join us in asking the Lord to raise up laborers to be sent out into the harvest:
“But when He saw the multitudes, Jesus was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.’” Matthew 9:36-38
I would also appreciate your prayers as I continue working on my seminary degree through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have now completed exactly half of my M.T.S. course requirements, which focuses on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Elyssa and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage in August; we have two beautiful daughters, Adalynn and Kinley.
We appreciate your prayer and support!
Hello, my name is Wayne Carter. I joined the ministry staff at S.B.T. as the Senior's Ministry Pastor. My wife Beverly and I come from a pastoral background, having served local churches throughout Western Kentucky for over 40 years.
We are very excited about our new ministry challenge at S.B.T. with senior adults.
I believe the heart of ministry with senior adults should be a balance between fellowship, discipleship and service. Our Sunday School and Worship opportunities at Southland are designed to promote spiritual growth. We also conduct services at five different Nursing Home Facilities monthly to give opportunities for ministry and service, along with other ministry projects. And of course, we plan monthly outings to enhance our fellowship.
We hope you will visit us at S.B.T. and see if this is where the Lord may want you to be.
In His Name,