If not, how can I be? If so, how should I live? The goal is to pray for every single Southern Baptist church by another Southern Baptist church, to pray for the growth of the Kingdom, and the needs of the church.
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The purpose of this site is to provide resources and information to help you evaluate your health as a Kingdom Christian.

Empowering Kingdom Growth is an initiative designed to call individual Southern Baptists to renew their passion for the Lord Jesus and the reign of His kingdom in their hearts, families, and churches from which God can forge a spiritual movement marked by holy living, sacrificial service and global witness.

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Author: Ken Hemphill
Release Date: 6/15/2004
Broadman & Holman
ISBN: 0805431470
Price: $19.99
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EKG: The Heartbeat of GOD
by Ken Hemphill
EKG: The Heartbeat of God is the keystone book of the Empowering Kingdom Growth initiative. In thirty brief chapters, Ken Hemphill walks you through the history of God’s kingdom, tracing its roots and tracking its resiliency through the pages of the Old Testament and the teachings of Christ—watching it explode in the early church and cascade into our current century—rolling, pulsating through people’s lives and revealing God’s power through time and eternity.

With it comes the pure resolve of being focused on one thing—God’s kingdom—and discovering how this one-track mindset clarifies our calling in life, invigorates our everyday, and deepens our relationship with God and with others. Contractual liability insurance policy

A 40 Day Experience: EKG Kit
A 40 Day Experience: EKG, The Heartbeat of God

A 40 Day Experience: EKG, The Heartbeat Of God helps you know that the kingdom of God surrounds you and what it means to be a kingdom citizen. This life-changing book on the meaning and power of God's kingdom explains how God's deep passion for you gives you the key to living life with eternal purpose and meaning. [Read More]

Author Ken Hemphill explains, teaches, and challenges about what the kingdom of God is. He presents biblical and contemporary examples of what it means to belong to God and how belonging to God shapes our lives and relationships for all time. Click here for more information about the EKG Kit

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The Kingdom Celebration Challenge Event
At the conclusion of A 40 Day Experience: EKG, The Heartbeat of God study, or the 40 Day EKG study plus a study of TheActs 1:8 Challenge by Nate Adams, churches should consider acting on what they have been taught by holding a Kingdom Celebration Challenge.

The 40 Day Experience EKG planning team should work with the pastor and leaders to choose the leaders for each of the 4 strategic kingdom advance teams. Other church teams or committees, such as evangelism or missions, could staff or be absorbed into these new teams... [Read More]

JJSE Prayer and Share Bracelet
Designed as a reminder to pray and a way to share the Gospel, the JJSE bracelet is based on Acts 1:3 and Acts 1:8. In these verses, Jesus taught us as Christians, our passion should be to advance His kingdom to Jerusalem – the community in which you live, Judea – the state, Samaria – North America, and the Ends of the Earth – the entire world. The heartbeat logo reminds us that God’s heartbeat is for all Nations. Complete instructions on how to share the Gospel with the JJSE bracelet are included. Buy at Lifeway

Promoting a Passion

For over 4 years now, I have had the pleasure of traveling across our Convention on behalf of the Executive Committee speaking about Empowering Kingdom Growth. I have spoken in local churches, associational settings, and to various state convention staffs. I am thrilled to report that there is growing excitement and anticipation about this bold initiative adopted by our convention in 2002.

We are seeing new and bold initiatives at every level of our Convention as people attempt to ask what it means to be Kingdom-focused. Many of the state conventions have adopted creative Kingdom initiatives to assist their churches. I will be sharing several of these stories in the days to come. The stories I share about local churches, associations, or states are representative of many that could be told and are only used to stimulate us all to become more intentionally Kingdom-focused. [Read More]

Prayer & Empowering Kingdom Growth
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--As we read the New Testament, we are not left with any question about the importance of the Kingdom of God in the life and teaching of Jesus. His ministry was announced by John the Baptist with the startling words: Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt. 3:2). And after the time of Jesus' temptation, we are told that He "began to preach" the message of the Kingdom (4:17) -- the clear implication being that His teaching on the Kingdom was not an occasional message, but a consistent message. Even a cursory reading of the Gospels will illustrate this. Read More

Russian Baptists embrace Empowering Kingdom Growth
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Empowering Kingdom Growth is spreading across the formerly closed nation of the Russian Federation. EKG, the emphasis that began in the South Carolina Baptist Convention more than a decade ago and now has been adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention, was first introduced to the leaders of the Russian Baptist Union (RBU) in July 2003. Read More

The Seven Pillars of a Kingdom Family
Pillar #1: Honoring God's Authority
God, as sovereign creator and sustainer of all, holds ultimate authority over his creation. By establishing the family, God has provided a unique setting in which each individual should come to properly understand and respect authority. I will glorify God by surrendering every area of my life to Him, and by offering godly respect in all my earthly relationships, starting in my family. [Read More]

EKG and Evangelism
by Kenneth Hemphill
We can't begin to comprehend the sacrifice that was made when the King stepped down from His royal throne and took upon Himself human flesh. Perhaps no one has described this self-emptying better than the Apostle Paul when he wrote: Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8). [Read More]

Evangelism & the Kingdom of God
While the Kingdom of God was the central theme of all preaching in the New Testament, it has been virtually ignored by modern-day evangelists. This absence of Kingdom-centered evangelism has had devastating effects on the Western church and has now reached critical mass. The deficiency is so great that most evangelists and professors of evangelism would be hard-pressed even to define the “gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 24:14; Mark 1:14). The result has been a watered-down message that has no power to change lives. [Read More]

EKG: What is it, anyway?
I am hearing more and more people ask what this is all about. Is it a new program and, if so, how does a Southern Baptist participate in it? [Read More]