Messianics to highlight discipleship, cooperation
BP News, David Roach, April 26, 2019
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship will focus on discipleship and completing an organizational restructuring effort when the group convenes in Birmingham, Ala., in conjunction with the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting.
The SBMF -- which comprises largely Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) -- will gather Sunday, June 9, at noon for a lunch meeting at The Westin Birmingham's restaurant, 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North in Birmingham.
The meeting's "disciples making disciples" theme, SMBF executive director Ric Worshill said, references both a celebration of what has occurred over the past year and an encouragement to do more church planting and leadership development.
"We've actually increased our membership by about 20 people and also one congregation," Worshill said. "It's gone up a good amount" over the past year. "We're working on helping two more [congregations] get started, one in Canada and one here in the United States."
The SBMF's membership now includes 342 people in North America, Worshill said, plus 23 international missionaries engaging in Jewish evangelism, some of them serving through the International Mission Board.
Moving forward, the fellowship is "trying to encourage more of our membership to be active in the leadership," Worshill said.
After finalizing an organizational restructuring plan last year in Dallas, the SBMF will attempt this year to recruit members for vacant leadership roles. The fellowship needs three additional regional directors, a secretary and an assistant treasurer, Worshill said.