Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists — April 17, 2024

A Time to Connect: Pastors & Wives Retreat

Executive Director David Johnson talks with Associate Executive Director Monty Patton and AZMN President Fernando Amaro about the Pastors & Wives Retreat coming up July 11-13 at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park. Incluye un comentario en Español de nuestro presidente, para nuestros lideres Hispanos. Find out more here.

Pastors and Wives:

Connect with God.

Connect with each other.

Connect with other ministry couples.

Church leaders: Send your pastor and wife to this fun weekend full of relaxation and encouragement with speakers Ben and Lynley Mandrell from Lifeway.

Cost: $245

Scholarships available.

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Arizona Mission Network churches prepare for VBS 2024

Three Arizona Mission Network churches hosted VBS conferences during March and April. Fifty-five churches and 385 VBS volunteers attended the first three conferences. 

A second Hispanic VBS Conference is scheduled for April 27 at Tierra Fertil in Yuma.

Leaders of the Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists recognize the importance of VBS as an effective evangelism tool. They also understand the financial burden purchasing VBS supplies might put on smaller churches. This year, for Arizona Southern Baptist churches that registered ahead and attended, the AZMN provided a $250 credit at the on-site VBS bookstore at each event.

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10 reasons not to do Vacation Bible School in your church

AZMN Executive Director David Johnson writes:

As a pastor, I always looked forward to Vacation Bible School. It was a great opportunity to interact with the children and adults in our church, reach families in our community, and share the gospel. It was one of my favorite weeks of the year!

That being said, there are some good reasons not to do Vacation Bible School.

Don't do Vacation Bible School if ...

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Diaspora Missions Collective introduced in Arizona

Pastors and ministry/missions leaders, as well as Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists staff, met on April 8 to discuss Arizona’s participation in the Diaspora Missions Collective.

This movement is a ministry endeavor forged from a collaboration with the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, Send Relief and Woman’s Missionary Union, as well as representation from the SBC seminaries, state conventions (in Arizona called the Arizona Mission Network) and associations. Its goal is to reach the thousands of immigrants, refugees and international students God has brought to us and who are living in our neighborhoods.

Josh Matteson, founder and executive director of Salt Next Gen in Franklin, Tennessee, moderated the discussion. Matteson, a former church planter in Arizona, has been involved with the Diaspora Missions Collective since its inception. Also joining the group (via Zoom) was John Barnett, IMB director of diaspora mobilization.

Those in attendance heard examples of how churches and ministries in Arizona are currently reaching out to the nations. They also heard words of wisdom and caution on how to address cultural differences, such as dealing with first- and second-generation immigrants.

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Arizona Southern Baptists rally to replace church plant's stolen equipment

Orbit Church in Buckeye witnessed the support of Arizona Southern Baptists after their storage trailer was broken into. The young church plant was robbed of equipment valued at nearly $40,000.

“We immediately let people know to pray for us,” Pastor Matt Rose of Orbit Church said. “We knew in that moment we were not at war with flesh and blood.”

Upon hearing of their need, Chris Stull, pastor of Wellspring Church in Goodyear, reached out to his network. The Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists aided Orbit Church financially, as did the Thrive Network. The church also received support from Wellspring and Cross Church in Surprise.

Other churches heard the call as well and gave. Before long, Orbit Church made up for most of the damaged and stolen equipment. As a result, the people of Orbit were fired up.

“After this happened, our people were more galvanized than ever,” Rose said. “We now knew people here in Arizona were here for us. We landed better than we started.”

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Have you seen the latest issue of Portraits?

In this issue:

  • This campus missionary saw the power of cooperation as an MK
  • Cooperative Program creates path to seminary degree
  • The Cooperative Program: Giving together for greater impact
  • You gave, missionaries in Africa shared Christ, Abe and his father believed
  • First on scene: Arizona Disaster Relief in Hawaii

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ZonaMen Retreat

April 26-28, Lost Canyon Camp

Join men from across the state in Williams for the annual ZonaMen Retreat. Chad Garrison, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Lake Havasu City, will be the speaker. The cost is $190 per person.

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EVB Entrenamiento

Tierra Fertil, Yuma, 27 de abril

Este es un entrenamiento en español totalmente gratis para todos los equipos de EVB de nuestra red de iglesias. Puedes registrarte llamando a nuestras oficinas al teléfono 602-843-1030 o enviando un correo a

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Let's meet in Indy!

Arizona Dessert Fellowship, June 10

Let's connect during the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Join us for an Arizona Mission Network Dessert Fellowship on Monday evening, June 10, 7:30-9 p.m. CDT, in the Utah Meeting Room at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

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Ethan and Jasmine

April 14-20

Ethan and Jasmine, and their two daughters, have been living in Southeast Asia for over 16 years, serving in the same city, building relationships. They lead their team of missionaries to be effective communicators of the gospel in very hard-to-reach areas. They are also training up a new generation of local church planters and ministers of the gospel.

How to Pray:

  • For Ethan and Jasmine’s daughter as she finishes high school and looks forward to attending college.
  • For the three couples that are finishing a one-year study course preparing them to go to the field.
  • That all would have good “gospel fluency.”

Nate Parrow

April 21-27

Nate serves with the International Mission Board as the West Region Church and NextGen Mobilization Strategist. He serves local churches and NextGen leaders throughout the West, championing, coaching, connecting, and creating opportunities for local churches and college students to join Jesus on His mission. Nate serves

as an elder in his local church in north Phoenix, Mission Valley Church. Nate is married to Jessica, who serves

the Arizona Mission Network as an executive assistant. They have a 9-year-old daughter, Tobie-Grace, they adopted in March 2023 and are expecting a son in June.

How to Pray:

  • That God would be glorified and that more in the West would join in the mission of making Jesus known among the peoples of the world.
  • That Nate would abide deeply in Jesus and that Jesus Christ would be exalted in all that he does as he serves churches and leaders in the West and beyond.

Learn More and Share

These prayer profiles are excerpted from the 2024 Missions Prayer Guide, which features Arizonans whose ministries in our state and overseas are supported by your church's gifts through the Cooperative Program. Read more about the individuals and share with your church by downloading bulletin inserts and presentation slides here.

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