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Gospel conversations at Christmas

FENTON, MI – Christmas is in the air! Anticipation is growing in the hearts of God’s children (young and old) as we prepare to celebrate the coming of our King. For shepherds watching their flocks at night near Bethlehem, Christmas began with a good news conversation. “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).

That conversation changed their lives as they made their way to Bethlehem to see the newborn Savior, Christ our Lord. It was an angel who got to share the first Gospel conversation. That privilege is now ours as followers of Jesus, and there’s no better time to share than now. Christmas is a time when many people are interested in spiritual conversations. Christmas is a time when talking about Jesus comes natural because the world over recognizes Christmas as Christ’s birthday.

Southern Baptist Churches all across North America are joining together to take the Gospel Conversation Challenge. The goal is to have 1,000,000 Gospel Conversations by June, 2018. It’s a great challenge! But it is so much more than that. Focus not on the number, but on the lives you can touch with a conversation about heavenly matters. It all begins with you sharing your story and we call it - Mi-moment. Learn more at

Let me encourage you to signup your church to participate in the GC Challenge. It’s easy to do. Go to and do three things:

1. Make the pledge

2. Upload a 60 second video of your last Gospel Conversation

3. Download the Prayer Guide.

We have resources at to equip your church family to share the hope we have in Christ. Click on the link above to learn more about mi-moment. Contact if you have any questions.



Mike Durbin is the State Evangelism Director for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. Before joining the state convention staff, Mike served as Church Planting Catalyst and Director of Missions in Metro Detroit since 2007. He also has served as a pastor and bi-vocational pastor in Michigan, as well as International Missionary to Brazil.


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