TAKING THE GREAT COMMISSION CHALLENGE
Five Liberian pastors and one Indian pastor, representing three of the Regular Baptist International partnering associations, attended the GARBC conference in June. As the pastors shared about their ministries, they modeled the commitment of taking ownership of the Great Commission and passionately pursuing church planting.
In July, Chris Hindal, director of Regular Baptist International, met with leaders of an association in Nicaragua that is aggressively engaged in church planting. This potential partner of Regular Baptist International has 41 churches in its fellowship and is planting 90 churches. Chris preached in a church with 35 in attendance; this church has sent out three men as church planters. Chris says, “Church planting is not just for large churches, it is for churches that see the Great Commission as bigger than just increasing the size of their own church.”
INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL COUNSELING MODULE
Faith Baptist Bible College will host an Introduction to Biblical Counseling module Aug. 14–18 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the school’s Nettleton Center. This class will explore key aspects of a Biblical philosophy and methodology of counseling along with foundational Biblical teaching on confession, repentance, forgiveness, anger, conflict, and helping those who suffer. Attendees can expect to grow in their own life of godliness and in their ability to assist others on the path of progressive sanctification. Churches can use the class as both a training opportunity and a launching platform for ongoing conversation and ministry. To register yourself or a group from your church, contact Dr. Jeff Newman. Dr. Newman is the author of Regular Baptist Press publications Conflict under Control, Dependence in the Wilderness, and Facing Life’s Challenges.
MINISTERIAL APPRENTICE PROGRAM
Maynard Belt, veteran pastor and former Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches representative, has authored a course for ministerial students to help prepare them for pastoral ministry. Maynard explains, “The purpose of this course is to give ministerial students a preliminary view of pastoral ministry from a practical perspective . . . [and give them] helpful insights that are not always taught in present day seminary curricula. Ministry is people, and the closer we can get to them, the more effective we will be in serving them spiritually. Pastors are servant leaders.” This practical preparation will be beneficial to those recognizing God’s special call upon their lives for vocational ministry. To learn more about the course, contact Maynard Belt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.361.2396.
CHURCH SAFETY PREPAREDNESS
With the concern for public safety on the rise, Chaplain John Murdoch and Chaplain Laird Baldwin have formed a business enterprise to meet the growing need for emergency and safety awareness in local churches. Church Strong Consultants LLC features a seminar that emphasizes preparation, awareness, response, and teamwork. The six-hour seminar includes a manual and training at an affordable rate, especially designed for budget conscious churches and newer congregations. Murdoch and Baldwin are prevention specialists certified by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association. Interested churches can gain more information and contact the chaplains at www.churchstrongllc.com.