R�SUM�: Josh Hunt
1964 Sedona Hills Parkway
Las Cruces, NM 88011
505 532 9693
Birth date: December 21, 1957
Birthplace: Davao City, Philippines
Height: 6' 3"
Parents: My parents are retired missionaries. They served in the Philippines with the
Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. My father was the pastor of First Baptist Church,
Clovis, New Mexico from 1970 to 1979. Their names are Walter and Aliene Hunt. They
currently reside in Lubbock, Texas.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, keyboard/synthesizer, youth soccer, youth baseball, youth
basketball, golf, racquetball, tennis, snow skiing.
Seminary: 1983 - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas.
Master of Divinity. Emphasis in Greek.
College: 1979 - Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas. BA with major in
religion; minor in music.
High School: 1976 - Clovis High School, Clovis, New Mexico.
Present: Baptist General Convention of Texas
CHURCH PLANTING PROMOTER
2020 Vison is my own ministry whose purpose is to help Southern Baptists reach 20
million in Sunday School attendance by the year 2020 and help the church in America double
during the same period of time. I support this vision by writing books, publishing Sunday
School lessons that help groups double, and doing conferences.
Bright Star Fellowship
1994 - 1995: Scotsdale Baptist Church (Sunday School Attendance: 300)
El Paso, Texas
(Note: I was asked by the pulpit committee to be permanent pastor, but declined this
1983 - 1994: Calvary Baptist Church
Las Cruces, New Mexico
ASSOCIATE PASTOR/MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Grew from 225 to over 500.
1982: Northridge Baptist Chapel
Farmington, New Mexico
(Home Mission Board appointment)
1980 - 1982: Springdale Baptist Church
Ft. Worth, Texas
MINISTER OF YOUTH
1980: California Baptist Convention
EVANGELISTIC TEAM MUSIC DIRECTOR
1978 - 1979: First Baptist Church
MINISTER OF MUSIC AND YOUTH
1977 - 1978: Calvary Baptist Church
Clovis, New Mexico
MINISTER OF MUSIC
Discipleship: Navigator's 2:7 Series
(A comprehensive program for training in discipleship.)
Evangelism: Continuing Witnessing Training (C.W.T.)
(A comprehensive program for training in witnessing produced by the Home Mission Board
of the Southern Baptist Convention.)
(A comprehensive program for training in witnessing that was the model on which C.W.T.
Church Growth: I am a life long learner. I have attended many conferences sponsored by
the denomination and other agencies. I am an avid reader of Church Growth, business,
leadership, marketing, psychology, sales, and advertising.
My parents were Southern Baptist Missionaries. With this background in the home, I was
able to learn at an early age what it means to be a Christian. At the age of six I came to
understand that I was a sinner and would be separated from God if I died. It was at that
time that I prayed to receive Christ and was baptized at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in
Ft. Worth, Texas.
At the age of twelve I came to a fuller understanding of what it meant to live for God
and had a serious recommitment to the Lord. Through our home and church I learned the
basics of having a quiet time, prayer, Bible study and witnessing. I gained some strong
convictions about the importance of these disciplines - convictions that I still practice
and teach today.
CALL TO MINISTRY:
I had planned on going into business until, during the final years of high school, I
began to feel the gentle tug of the Spirit toward full-time Christian service. I had no
clear direction at that time about the specific area of ministry I was to pursue.
I went to college and began pursuing a music degree, thinking that God would use me in
music because of my interest in that field. About half way through college I began to get
a definite sense that this was not where God was leading. I changed my major from music to
religion, which is basically a Bible degree.
In between college and seminary, I visited my parents, who had gone back to the
Philippines for ten more years of missionary service. During this time, I evaluated the
idea of God's calling for my life in regards to foreign missions. On the long flight home,
I felt the Lord saying to me that I would not be doing missions. I asked the Lord to allow
me to make a difference in the church in America, which I felt and still feel is in
desperate need of change.
I pursued a degree in theology primarily because of my love for the study of the Bible
and Greek. After seminary, it seemed wise to get some practical instruction under an
experienced pastor. With this in mind I came to Las Cruces to serve as Associate
Pastor/Minister of Education at Calvary Baptist Church. During that time, I was able to
develop a specific philosophy of ministry that is outlined in broad form in this r�sum�.
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY:
Principle #1: Quality is more important than quantity. This is the most
important test of Christian ministry: "Can I point to men and women who are living
the Christian life now who were not doing so two years ago?" A church should see
people deepening in their faith, becoming better adept at using their gifts, stronger in
prayer, better husbands and wives, more knowledgeable of the Word, and so forth. These
things are hard to measure, but should be evaluated subjectively, never-the-less. My
understanding of what it means to live the Christian life is described in the unpublished
book Enjoying God.
Principle #2: Principle #1 is only half the answer. Our ministry
should result in measurable, graphable church growth.
The basic engine for accomplishing both of these objectives (deeper spiritual life and
broader ministry) is the small group. This is the basically the Sunday School class,
although I have worked with some home groups. Most of what it means to be a church happens
in the small group. Most of the ministry--encouraging one another, serving one another,
admonishing one another, teaching one another, loving one another, and so forth happens
primarily in a small group. I evaluate my success primarily on the basis of Sunday School
Groups can double every two years or less if they are properly organized and
functioning. The slogan I use is: "You
Can Double your class in two years or less
by inviting every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month."
Every member should seek to use their gift to grow their group. Some of the roles I
encourage in every group are:
class president teacher
This plan is detailed in the unpublished book You
Can Double Your Class in Two
Years or Less.
As these growing groups get together, they will need larger and larger facilities in
order to meet corporately for worship. I believe the multi-congregation approach
is the most practical way of meeting this need. By this I mean offering multiple
services at various times. In addition to being more efficient, it is also more effective
in that enables us to offer worship services in more than one style. During my ministry at
Calvary we grew to five weekend services: two contemporary, one traditional, one blended
and one country.
Let It Grow! A book on the multi-congregation approach released in 1993 by
Can Double Your Class In Two Years or Less! (Group, 1997)
Teachers. (Group, 1998)
Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less, A series of four articles
published by the Baptist Sunday School Board that appeared in all three adult Sunday
School Curriculum beginning in the Fall of 1995.
Ministry by Multiple Congregations, Leadership Magazine, Fall 1991
Growing Through Multiple Congregations, Growing Churches Magazine, Fall 1992
20/20 Vision: A Challenge to Southern Baptists, Growing Churches Magazine,
Making Multiple Congregations Work, Church Growth Today, Vol. 7, No. 5. 1992.
I manage a home page on the World Wide Web. This page recently received an award for
"Best of the Christians Web 1997 & 1998." On this page I write and post
weekly Sunday School lesson helps for the Life and Work, Explore the Bible, and Family
Bible Series. A licencing contract with the Baptist Sunday School Board for using their
curriculum outline is pending. In addition, I provide church growth articles as well as
articles on communication and Christian growth. Some of these I have authored, while
others are written by others. I am currently serving about 1500 visitors per week using
this web page. The Internet address is www.joshhunt.com
I have done a considerable amount of outside speaking on Church Growth. This includes
conferences in Los Angeles, Portland, Houston, Tucson, Ohio, New York, Washington D.C.,
El Paso, Atlanta and Denver. I currently accept 10 - 12 invitations a year to speak
on Church Growth.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT SCOTSDALE:
Growth. The church had been in a four year decline. The decline stopped and
the church was growing at a rate of 5% per year when I left.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT CALVARY:
Sunday School: Increased in attendance from 217 in 1983 to 516 in 1994.
Overall growth rate has been about 10% for eleven years. We started three additional
services and three additional Sunday Schools while I was at Calvary, including a Saturday
night worship service and Sunday School.
Baptisms: Baptisms increased from approximately 20 in 1983 to 45 in
Budget: The budget increased from $230,000 to $610,000 in since 1983.
Building: I served on the building committee that led the church to
build a 12,000 square foot multi-purpose building.
Discipleship: We implemented a creative Discipleship Training program.
We offered such courses as the Spiritual Gifts, Navigators 2:7 Series, Master Design,
Parenting by Grace, Marriage Communication, Assimilating New Members, Leading Children in
Conversion, Newlywed/Nearlywed, Focus on the Family, Understanding Your Preschooler, The
Baptist Way, Understanding Baptist Beliefs, Love is a Decision, Music 101, Leading Little
Platoons, PrayerLife, The Cults, The Pursuit of Holiness, Financial Management,
Experiencing God, Networking, Making Peace With Your Past, Search for Significance, A
Hunger for Healing, An Introduction to the Bible, The Seven Laws of the Learner, The Seven
Laws of the Teacher, False Assumptions, Disciplemaking
Teachers, and The Mind of Christ.
Preaching Experience: During my eleven-year tenure at Calvary, I
preached regularly, in addition to my experience each week at Scotsdale. My preaching
style is practical and positive.
Reverend Lance Witt
Calvary Baptist Church
1800 South Locust
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
Mrs. Delores Mills
Sunday School Teacher
Calvary Baptist Church
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
Dr. Frank Zamora
First Baptist Church
106 S. Miranda
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
Dr. John Vaughan
Professor of Church Growth
Southwest Baptist College
1601 South Springfield
Bolivar, Missouri 65613
Mrs. Darla Hapgood
Sunday School Teacher/ Church Secretary
Calvary Baptist Church
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
Chairman, Pastor Search Committee
Scotsdale Baptist Church
El Paso, Texas 79925-4357