SAVANNAH — The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has asked longtime Savannah pastor Alan Bosson to serve as its ambassador to pastors in the state. In this role, Bosson will reach out to Georgia pastors in order to thank them for their gifts to the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®. He’ll also focus on encouraging pastors and helping them get more deeply involved in North American missions.
“NAMB, under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Ezell, has made some great changes and has offered to pastors of all ages some tremendous helps,” Bosson said. “They weren’t there when I was getting into ministry. I’m just so excited about introducing these guys to ministries that can really help them personally, help their churches, help their wives, their deacons and so forth. So I was just delighted to be invited to do this.”
Longtime Savannah pastor
Bosson served as pastor of Savannah’s Southside Baptist Church for 28 years before resigning earlier this year in order to help the church transition to younger leadership. He says the role fits him well during this season of ministry. He’s particularly excited about the opportunity to serve and encourage pastors.
“Having been in ministry for 38 years, I know the struggles that pastors face,” Bosson said. “I want to help in any way I can.”
Native of New Zealand
Bosson grew up in New Zealand and was an electrical engineer before getting into pastoral ministry. He came to the United States to attend seminary at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Bosson says he has always been a missions-minded pastor, encouraging churches he has led to be involved in missions locally, nationally and globally. Southside had at least one opportunity every year for members to participate in each of those areas.
“Once you get people to get involved in missions, they are very keen to give their money,” Bosson said. “They begin to realize how exciting missions can be, and they are more apt to commit finances to the church and to missions.”
Bosson also led Southside to attempt to plant a church every five years. As NAMB’s ambassador to the state’s pastors, he wants to encourage pastors to participate in Catch the Vision Tours in one of NAMB’s 32 Send North America cities, so they can better understand the church planting needs in North America.