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Will Ambassador Stay the Course?

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Several years ago, I came across an interesting study about second generation wealth. In the article, the author noted that the wealth accumulated by the first generation was often squandered by the second. I believe the same observation can be made in the case of leadership in Christian institutions and local churches. There have been many instances in which founding pastors and leaders have watched their ministries change for the worse because their successor never grasped the burden of the founder.

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Several years ago, I came across an interesting study about second generation wealth. In the article, the author noted that the wealth accumulated by the first generation was often squandered by the second. I believe the same observation can be made in the case of leadership in Christian institutions and local churches. There have been many instances in which founding pastors and leaders have watched their ministries change for the worse because their successor never grasped the burden of the founder.

The transition of Moses and Joshua is a clear example that the second generation can continue the ministry. God called Moses to lead Israel out of the bondage of Egypt. Later, He would call Joshua to lead Israel and deliver them into the Promised Land. While these men faced different challenges and circumstances, their core values and beliefs remained the same.

For Ambassador to stay the course, the second generation must have the same passion as the first generation. From day one, the passion of Ambassador Baptist College has been to train young men and women for the ministry. Preaching has always been primary. To emphasize that the preaching is the most important part of the day, classes are fifty minutes in length and the chapel service is one hour. Academically qualified, experienced teachers are training our students, because we want them to get the best ministry education possible. Students are required to go soul-winning and are active in various ministries of their local churches. Conservative Christian music has been the standard now for twenty years. This passion for the ministry must continue for Ambassador to stay the course.

It is also important that the second generation have the same position as the first generation. Many books have been written on the subject of leadership; however, many aspiring leaders would do well to read books on servanthood. Throughout the book of Joshua, Moses is referred to as a servant of God. In Joshua 24:29, Joshua is called “the servant of the Lord.” Without a doubt, the greatest title ascribed to these two leaders was “servant.” Dr. Comfort has endeavored to be an example of servanthood in his evangelistic ministry. That spirit has trickled down into the classroom. Students are taught to be servants in their churches and ministries.

As the leader of the college, Dr. Comfort has also emphasized the fact that the college is a servant to local churches. Ambassador has the honor of training students from more than 130 different local churches this semester. Our students serve in over twenty-five independent Baptist churches within a two-hour radius of the college. The college does not exist to lead churches, but rather to help them and serve them. A servant’s heart is vital to the continuation of ABC.

Lastly, the second generation must realize it has the same promises as the first generation. Just as there were many obstacles and difficulties in founding Ambassador, more will be faced in the years to come. For Moses, it was the Red Sea; and for Joshua, it was the Jordan River. The same God that led Dr. Comfort to start the school is the same God that can lead the second generation to continue it. The Lord has fulfilled His promises many times in these past twenty years. People have been saved. Spiritual needs have been met. Many of God’s people have generously given to assist us in training young people for the ministry. God will not leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He will continue to meet our needs “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). May God receive much glory and honor in the years to come, as He continues to fulfill His promises to the second generation!

During the past few months, many have expressed that they are praying for the future of Ambassador Baptist College. Would you join this special group? With your prayers and support and God’s grace, I believe Ambassador Baptist College will stay the course.

Turkey Bowl Triumph

Every year at Thanksgiving, the dormitory men challenge the married and alumni men in a game of flag football. In the 2008 Turkey Bowl, the married/alumni team pulled off a 41-18 victory. The deciding factor in the game was defense, with alumnus Rafael Cordeiro making several interceptions. Congratulations to the old guys on their victory!

Retirement of Dr. Ernest Childs

On Friday, November 14, 2008, Dr. Ron Comfort announced to the student body that Dr. Ernest Childs would be retiring at the end of the 2008 fall semester. Brother Childs has taught at ABC since its beginning in 1989, and has been a favorite professor of many through the years. This decision was made in light of his wife’s failing health. Mrs. Childs has a been a prayer warrior for the college students for nearly twenty years. Listen to Dr. Comfort’s chapel announcement:

If you would like to contact Dr. Childs, you may email him at [email protected]. Several students and alumni have inquired about giving a financial gift to Dr. and Mrs. Childs for their faithfulness through the years. If you would like to give a special gift, please contact the college business office at 704-434-0303 ext. 304 to receive more details.

TAC Conference Report

On Saturday, November 8, Evangelist Mike Pelletier preached at Ambassador’s annual Teens In Action for Christ (TAC) Conference on the college campus. Almost 200 teens and sponsors from several different states participated in “Race to the Finish.” The competition was fierce, but at the close of the day, Team 66 won. The Lord spoke to many hearts in the two services with Evangelist Pelletier. At least 4 were saved, with many other decisions made as well.

Click here to listen to the sermons from this year’s TAC Conference.

Next year’s TAC Conference will be held on Saturday, November 14th, with Evangelist Billy Ingram. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for that event, please email your request to jcomfort@ambassadors.edu. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for the 2009 Teens in Action for Christ Conference.

Missions Conference Report

Thirty-six independent Baptist mission agencies sent representatives to ABC’s missions conference this year, highlighting a variety of global ministries. Missions remains a strong emphasis in the overall program of ABC, and this year’s conference served to strengthen our commitment to the training and sending of a new generation of missionaries and church-planters. Next year’s missions conference will be November 2nd to 6th, 2009. Please mark your calendars and try to attend during this special week.

Founder’s Day

On Saturday, October 11th, ABC hosted its annual Founder’s Day celebration to honor Dr. and Mrs. Ron Comfort. The festivities started with a softball game and children’s games in the early afternoon. At 4 p.m., the college family gathered for a fish fry featuring several kinds of seafood. A special thanks goes to the Mitchum family from Charleston, SC for providing enough seafood to feed more than 250 people.

After the meal, everyone gathered together in the Torrey Auditorium for a time of fun and reflection. Ten students were picked to participate in a game called “Comfortology 101.” In this game, each student was asked a question about the Comforts. The prizes awarded varied from lapel pins to a $500 scholarship for the fall semester. After the game, staff members and students gave testimonies about the influence that the Comforts have had on them through the years. At the conclusion of the program, the Comforts were presented with engraved watches for their dedication and service at ABC.

 

Foundations of Ambassador

Why was Ambassador Baptist College begun? What are the reasons for many of the distinctive features of Ambassador? If you have ever wondered, “Why does ABC do this or that?,” this message is right for you! Dr. Comfort explains why he began the school and the practical reasons for many of the distinctive features of Ambassador.

Schedule a Campus Visit

Do you want to learn more about Ambassador Baptist College? Schedule a campus visit today and experience strong Bible preaching, a caring faculty, and a warm, family atmosphere. Prospective students in grades 10 or above may stay in the dorms up to three nights free of charge. Sponsors or parents may reserve a guest room for less than half the price of a typical hotel room. Nothing will give you a better idea of what ABC is all about than attending chapel and classes, talking with professors, and taking a tour of the campus. Please call 704-434-0303 (ext. 355) to schedule your campus visit today.