• February 2018 E-Info: A Lot to Offer!

    February 2018 E-Info: A Lot to Offer!

    Hello, friends, While perusing this issue of E-Info, I said to myself, Our association has a lot to offer! Over the past two decades I have been in countless churches sharing the work of the GARBC. Without fail, I have heard people say over and over, “I didn’t know all that is happening.” Take a few minutes to read the brief ...more

  • Being God's Giver

    Being God's Giver

    TAKING DR. PAUL JACKSON'S BOOK INTO INDIA As opposition to the gospel in India rises, the church continues to grow. Pastors are in need of training and would benefit by having Dr. Paul Jackson's book The Doctrine and Administration of the Church. The $12,000 cost of printing the Telugu-translation of this book is lacking just $1,500 to complete. Please consider donating toward ...more

  • Association Updates: February 2018

    Association Updates: February 2018

    CONFERENCE BROCHURE ARRIVING IN CHURCHES Information about the 2018 GARBC Conference is in your church office's mailbox or will be arriving in the next few days. In addition to previewing the conference, please take a moment to update your church's directory listing and to nominate candidates for the Council of Eighteen. The packet contains the following: Conference registration—Don't miss the early-bird discount ...more

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  • Honey, I Shrunk the Membership!

    Honey, I Shrunk the Membership!

    In the first year of one of my pastorates, I removed about 200 people from the membership! It’s true—but let me explain. Although the church ...more


  • Year-end Contributions

    As tax-preparation season arrives, people often have questions about the cutoff date for church giving contributions that can be counted for charitable deductions. The quick ...more


  • Ministry Toolbox

    Handling a Crisis

    Pastors, along with chaplains, are called to respond to crisis situations. When leaving to handle a crisis, you don’t have time to pack heavy. Based on my experience as a police chaplain, the short list below contains a few things you can carry into a crisis situation.

    1. Be strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10). This is not pie-in-the-sky spirituality, but substantive truth that I ingest on my way to a crisis that I’m going into blind. It works.

    2. Figure it out. There are different kinds of crises---those of sorrow and those of sin. Was this person just caught in an FBI child porn sting? Was it a suicide? Did a child just drown in a bathtub? Your approach varies in each situation.

    3. Normalize the abnormal. When a person or family has been traumatized, the wave of emotions from A to Z is normal. The circumstance is abnormal, but the emotions they are reeling from are normal. They need to hear that point of understanding and perspective from you.

    4. You won’t fix everything. The best definition of a chaplain I have come across is that a chaplain is “a presence, not a force.” Don’t underestimate the value of your just being there.

    5. At an appropriate time, take charge of the situation and pray. Like nothing else, prayer immediately transfers the traumatized person from the place of hurt to the place of hope. Never sell that truth short in its power to help.

    Donald A. Shirk, pastor and chaplain
    Grace Baptist Church
    Batavia Police Department
    Batavia, N.Y.

    Encouraging Class Attendance

    “What can I do to motivate people to attend my class?”–Probably this question has crossed your mind a time or two while teaching. Though a multitude of factors influence students’ attendance, you can do your part as a teacher to make the class an enjoyable experience–a place where students want to return. Your teaching behavior can help make your classroom a “wanna be” place!

    By using the following teaching practices, you can pave the way for students to return:

    • Greet people enthusiastically. Arrive in class early and greet each person by name as they enter. Communicate to them through your words and demeanor that you are glad to see them!

    • Emphasize people's strengths in learning and living. Students will be more likely to return to class when they believe that they can make valuable contributions. Get to know individuals on a personal level. Seek out each person's passions, abilities, and gifts. Provide opportunities for each believer to contribute, enabled by the Lord.

    Develop classroom routines. Certain personality types crave order and predictability. Establish a pattern for your class-an opening, middle, and wrap-up. You can vary your teaching methods,  but by following a certain progression in your classroom events, you will reassure those individuals who prefer routines. It’s easier for a creative person to adjust to order, than for an orderly person to adjust to randomness.

    • Vary teaching techniques. Within the structure of your classroom, use a variety of teaching methods from week-to-week to communicate your lesson theme. Chose curriculum that is not only doctrinally sound, but includes the “how tos” of presenting material using various methods. Don’t be afraid to try new approaches in teaching the lesson. You will tap into different ways that people learn by using various teaching techniques and you will keep them engaged in learning.

    • Encourage participation. Ask open-ended questions, take opinion or action polls, give students choices, involve them in learning activities, enlist their help in presenting the lesson, recruit their provision of refreshments, and involve them in planning class get-togethers. When people get actively involved, they gain a sense of ownership and identification with the class.

    • Promote friendships within the class. Provide opportunities for people to visit informally in class, work together in learning activities or in ministry projects, and fellowship together during class parties. Encourage students to pray and care for one another. Prompt them to provide special help with food or transportation for one another when sickness or hardship occurs. As people get to know one another, they will enjoy attending class and connecting with friends.

    By regularly participating in Bible class, students have the opportunity to learn more of the whole counsel of God and to deepen their walk with the Lord. When people feel valued and needed, they are more likely to return.

    Daria Greening, GARBC executive assistant
    Schaumburg, Ill.

  • Synergy: Sharpening Ministries by Sharing Ideas

    A great thing about the GARBC is the opportunity to network ministry ideas. As you read the following ideas from your ministry colleagues, be open with the Lord in allowing Him to expand your ministry.

    Synergy is ready for your viewing!

    Check out the October issue:

    Building Your Ministry

    • “It’s a Kick!” Community Soccer Camp—Pastor Jon Jenks, Associate Pastor Steve Barton (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.)

    Global Outlook

    • Internet Missions Conference—Pastor Craig Jarvis, Bart Morrick, and Cindie Winquist, Verona, Wis.

    • Communicating with Missionaries—Rev. Willard Stull, ABWE, and The Link: OARBC newsletter

    Home Front

    • Need to Get Away?—Cedarly Retreat Center and others

    Ministry Toolbox

    • Cardboard Testimonies—Pastor David Whiting, Rochester, N.Y.

    • Veterans Day Recognition—Pastor Jeffrey Howell, Ministry intern Ryan Schildroth, Jersey Shore, Pa.

    Reach Out

    • Speedway Evangelism—Pastor Laird Baldwin, Brookville, Ohio

    • Gaga Ball—Pastor Larry Lindow, Littleton, Ill.

    • Pine Car Derby—Pastor Nathan Gast, Kansas City, Kan.

    • Drive Your Tractor to Church—Pastor Ken Young, Forest Lake, Pa.

    • Planting Spiritual Seeds through Community Garden---Pastor Bill Mattox, Madison, Wis.

    GARBC---Together We Can Accomplish More!