MIKE’S PICKS: RESOURCES FOR MINISTRY
- Article on cremation: “Bury or Burn” by Don Shirk. Should a person be buried or cremated? A Biblical perspective provides insight to pastors, who increasingly are asked this question.
- New women’s study: Against the Tide: Godly Living in a Godless World by Diane Scallon. Living godly in today’s culture requires going against the tide of popular opinion on a host of issues, including how women view themselves and their roles, the idea of submission, and the importance of God in daily life.
- Blog post: “12 Things a Pastor Should Not Do” by Mark Altrogge. There are many things that pastors are called to do. There are also things that pastors should not do.
- Commentary: “5 Reasons for Pastors to Attend Local and State Fellowship Meetings” by Mike Hess. Being involved in local and state fellowship meetings benefits not only yourself but also your church, others in ministry, and our association.
- Blog post: “Younger Pastors and Senior Adults” by Peter Bogert. Read wise ministry savvy for all pastors, young or old.
REVITALIZATION NEWSLETTER: BEGIN AN UPWARD TREND!
Is your church healthy? Is it a source of refreshment, hope, and growth in your community? If your church continues its current trajectory for the next 10 to 20 years, what will it look like in the future? Regular Baptist Builders Club and Director Clare Jewell are committed to providing tools for helping churches revitalize. A free 12-month revitalization newsletter series can be yours at revitalize.BaptistBuildersClub.org. Learn more about how to begin an upward trend of evangelism and discipleship in your church.
BAPTIST BULLETIN PRESENTS CREATION: FROM RUIN TO REDEMPTION
The Baptist Bulletin‘s September/October issue presents the foundational truth of Creationism. Marvel at the great work of our Creator God!
- Creation: From Ruin to Redemption (by Ken Fields)
- Is Christianity Bad for the Environment? (by Christopher Cone)
- How Should We then Think about Climate Change? (by Larry Vardiman)
- Why Are Regular Baptists Young Earth Creationists? (by Al Franklin)
- Advance the Gospel (by David Doran)
All the content of the print magazine, plus the following articles:
- When Will the Universe Be Destroyed? (by Robert Gromacki)
- The Days of Creation: How Our Regular Baptist Views Evolved
- Suffering and the Goodness of God (by Nick Harsh)
- The Ten Commandments for Today? Part 1 (by Hermann Austel)
- If You Commit Suicide, Can You Go to Heaven? (by Kevin Carson)
- A Treatise for Local Churches on Pastoral Sabbaticals (by Maynard Belt)
- Essential Elements of Young Earth Creationism and Their Importance to Christian Theology (by Matthew Postiff)
TRISTATE ASSOCIATIONS CONFERENCE: MOVING TOGETHER FOR THE GOSPEL
Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio Regular Baptist associations will meet Oct. 21–23 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Toledo, Ohio. Featured speakers Thomas White, Jeremy Pierre, and Mike Hess will focus on the theme “Nehemiah: Seeing God in Life, Leadership, and the Problems We Face.” Kathy Schroeder will share “Praying God’s Word” during the women’s session Oct. 22. Register at Moving Together for the Gospel.
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Christian leaders who own their own businesses or manage at least five employees are invited to the Business Leadership Summit Oct. 17–18 at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. Highly successful Christian business executives from across the nation will motivate and encourage Christian business leaders in the service of their organizations and within their churches. This year’s theme is “Growth,” pertaining to your walk with Christ and your corporate application of Biblical principles. Topics include managing success in business, funding growth, managing IT expenses, motivating a sales team, predicting industry trends, and avoiding the mistakes that most entrepreneurs make in a startup. Register at Business Leadership Summit.
WOMAN TO WOMAN CONFERENCE
Calvary Baptist Church, Bellefontaine, Ohio, invites women to attend the one-day Woman to Woman Conference Nov. 2, featuring worship, workshops, and keynote speaker Rachel Wojo. Register at Woman to Woman Conference by Oct. 20.
G2G ISLAM TRAINING: DETROIT
No longer do we need to fly to the ends of the earth to share Christ with the least reached peoples. God has brought the ends of the earth to us. Christ has commissioned us all to reach all people. Be equipped to share the gospel with anyone, anywhere, anytime. On Oct. 26 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Hazel Park, Michigan, take advantage of valuable instruction from Jon Shepherd of Global Gates, who has shared Christ with hundreds of Muslims in New York City, Houston, Detroit, Nepal, and Bangladesh. He has equipped dozens of everyday believers from the ages of 8 to 70 to share their faith boldly, abundantly, and effectively with the least reached peoples using simple reproducible tools.
MINISTRY ENRICHMENT CONFERENCE: CHURCH RENEWAL AND REVITALIZATION
Why isn’t my church growing, and what can I do about it? The M4 Ministry Enrichment Conference is coming Nov. 4–5 to Harvest New Beginnings, Oswego, Illinois. Pastor Scott Poling of Harvest New Beginnings and Pastor Pat Nemmers of Saylorville Church in Des Moines, two men who, by God’s grace, have lived and understand church renewal and revitalization, will be the keynote speakers for this fifth annual event. Interactive breakout sessions will foster fresh ideas and insightful interaction. The conference will also include opportunities for one-on-one discussions with experienced ministry leaders. Register at harvest.church/events/church/m4.