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 ...more
VBS 2018: CAMP MOOSE-ON-THE-LOOSE!
Outdoor fun and adventure await in RBP's 2018 Vacation Bible School program, "Camp-Moose on-the-Loose: Discovering God’s Forever Forgiveness." Kids will join Bruce the Moose as they experience camping fun, complete with tents, campfires, canoes, and wildlife. Through the lessons, kids will learn about the life of Christ as seen through the eyes of Peter, and will discover ...more
Among other news in this month's E-Info is a day-by-day recap of conference events. If you weren't able to join us, sit back in an Adirondack chair, and take in conference messages, photos, and ...more
Our church connects with our community by calling residents listed in our local phone book. During our conversations, we ask how we can pray for families. Prayer teams take the requests, then after a few weeks, depending on the nature of the request, I follow up with the family. This has been well-received in our community. Also, I have been involved in a City Prayer Walk, a four-year plan to knock on every door in the 13.4 square miles of this community. At each door I leave a tract, and when able, pray with the person or family.
David Garlich, Pastor Calvary Baptist Church Hubbard, OH
Our church became interested in helping people with addictions in 2005, when former Pastor Greg Stine became burdened for our county. At that time Barron County had one of the highest usage rates for methamphetamine in the state of Wisconsin. Pastor Stine started the addictions program in association with Reformers Unanimous (RU) of Rockford, IL. RU meetings are held on Friday evenings at the church. In addition, we hold 90-minute meetings in our county jail every Friday morning for men and every Thursday afternoon for the ladies.
The program format is Talk...Talk...Talk...
We talk to God in prayer and testimonies during which we give folks an opportunity to tell something the Lord has done for them and share prayer requests.
We talk to each other in challenge groups. RU workbooks contain "challenges," which vary from Scripture memory to reading assignments to essay assignments.
God talks to us through the message. We share a message from God's Word.
The community response has been fairly positive. We have had a great deal of support from local law enforcement and the jail administrator and most of the staff.
We have had several decisions for Christ in our jail meetings that average 12 inmates in attendance. We struggle with follow-up and discipleship as many of these men and women are sent away to serve longer sentences in the state system or may move away upon release. We do have about eight individuals who attend church regularly and continue to grow in their faith.
Darrel J. Robinson, Sr., Pastor First Baptist Church of Barron Barron, WI