North American Mission Board Provides Gift of Logos Bible Software and Proclaim Presentation Tools to Their Send Network Church Planters
By Boaz Wadel
This week the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board (NAMB) presented a valuable sermon-preparation and presentation gift to each member of its church-planting network.
Church-planting missionaries who are a part of the NAMB Send Network each received a Logos Bible Software Silver base package, including nearly 700 resources worth more than $13,000 in print. The gift also includes a six-month license to Logos' Proclaim Church Presentation Software.
"The Logos Bible Software library will be a great blessing to our church planters," said Micah Millican, director of church-planter relations at NAMB. "Most planters have limited resources and limited space, so a digital library like this will be useful and appreciated."
Aaron Linne, Logos Bible Software's director of church products, said, "Church planters are some of the most amazing people I know. With full schedules and modest finances, dedicating resources and shelf space to a library of books and commentaries is hard for many to do." However, Logos has been expanding its bulk-licensing options for ministries, making it possible for churches, colleges and ministry groups to make cost-effective Bible study tools available for entire organizations at once. "We're excited to be a part of presenting an entire suite of study and collaboration tools for church planters. With the core Logos software, they get a whole library of resources and insights, with Proclaim they can build the presentation for Sunday morning and with Faithlife.com they can communicate with their church online for free," Linne said.
Millican isn't only interested in giving his missionary partners useful tools. "This is a gift that will assist church planters in loving God 'with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,'" he said, quoting Matthew 22:37. "This will be a great step in helping our church planters go deeper as they explore Scripture for their own spiritual growth, and as they lead members of their congregations to grow deeper in their faith."
A church-planting study, authored by LifeWay's Ed Stetzer and Leadership Network's Warren Bird, indicated that funding church plants and church planters is crucial for their success. Many church planters sell off possessions, including their libraries, to focus funds and efforts on the church they are trying to build. But through generous funding provided by the SBC's Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, NAMB's Send Network hopes to restore and preserve these necessary pastoral resources not only for the church plant's benefit, but for the missionaries themselves.
Millican anticipates an enthusiastic response, "We are happy to share this resource with our Send Network church planters, and we know they will be excited to receive it."