GARBC Conference: Spiritual Enrichment for All Family Members!
Adults and children alike will have a rich week of Bible learning and fun at the 2015 GARBC Conference. Excellent nursery, preschool, elementary, and teen programs during the conference week provide a wholesome opportunity for your children to make good Christian friends. The host city, Omaha, Nebraska, offers many recreational and educational venues that your family will enjoy.
The week will feature speakers Paul Hartog, vice president for academic services at Faith Baptist Bible College, and Tim Jordan, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Register now for the 2015 GARBC Conference and save $ with early-bird rates.
The Priority of Church Planting
The Council Church Planting Committee is working aggressively on a church-planting model for the GARBC. The approach will recognize the network of churches, agencies, resources, funding, and experience that holds enormous potential if aligned and operating in synergy. The committee has broken the design process into five sub-groups, each working on a component of the model: (1) Philosophy/Mission/Vision, (2) Strategy/Models/Networking, (3) Planter/Development Leadership, (4) Communication/Branding, and (5) Funding/Resources/Coordinator. The council feels strongly that a church-planting initiative must be a priority of the GARBC.
Scoping the May/June Baptist Bulletin
The Great Commission is often taken as a call to evangelism, but the primary command in Matthew 28:19 is “Make disciples!” Similarly, the New Testament epistles instruct us both to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5) and to “preach the Word . . . convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2). The May/June Baptist Bulletin will explore these dual directives—evangelism and discipleship—offering insight and practical encouragement for both. Additional articles will highlight important GARBC-related ministries, including a deacon-training campaign in India and one man’s lifetime of pastoral ministry in the USA.
Regular Baptist Chaplains Increasingly Deployed
John Murdoch, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy Ministries, gives the following update:
“With the increased involvement of the United States in the battle with ISIS, our military is seeing increasing deployments. Chaplain John Jensen is deployed, and Chaplain Jonathan Court has been notified of a future deployment as well. Two other chaplains were scheduled to deploy, but those orders have been canceled. The deployment climate is in constant flux, and we need to be in prayer for our chaplains and those military members they serve as they navigate these challenges. As deployments develop and come to fruition, we will keep you informed and ask you to pray and also get involved with care packages and specific requests that may arise. Thank you for your prayers.”
The timing of the GARBC Resource Center’s move to nearby Arlington Heights, Illinois, seems to be on track for the end of April. The staff has been busy organizing and ridding the center of unnecessary files and materials. Our garbage and recycling bins are overflowing! Staff members Manning Brown and Loren Olson are overseeing the details of the move. Loren recently held an in-house resale of bookshelves and filing cabinets. Fortunately, all employees behaved in a civil manner during the one-hour “green light” special. Please pray for the staff as they ready for the move while maintaining their normal work responsibilities.
GARBC Team Itineraries
Gladly Serving Churches
Participating in home church, Great Commission Baptist Church, Schaumburg, Illinois
Director of International Ministry
12: Liberty Baptist Church, Dike, Iowa (a.m.)
12: Calvary Baptist Church, Chatfield, Minnesota (p.m.)
19: Calvary Baptist Church, Rochester, Minnesota
26: Kitty Baptist Church, Georgetown, Guyana
29: Calvary Baptist Church, Bermice, Guyana
Director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy
3, 4: Indianapolis honor flight with WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C.
11: Pastor Bob Gage memorial service, First Baptist Church, Hackensack, New Jersey
12: Franklin Lakes Baptist Church, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
13–17: North Central Region Chaplain Professional Development and Training College, Omaha, Nebraska
19: Fostoria Baptist Church, Fostoria, Ohio
26: LifeSpring Baptist Church, Lowell, Arkansas
28: Indiana State Police chaplaincy training, Indianapolis
Director of Baptist Builders Club and Strategic Ministry Growth
23-26: South Holly Baptist Church, Centennial, Colorado
Director of Regular Baptist Press
Participating in home church, New Life Baptist Church, Lake in the Hills, Illinois
Regular Baptists around the Country
2: IL-MO Mississippi Valley pastors’ fellowship, Faith Baptist Church, Divernon, Illinois
6, 7: IL-MO ARBC Conference, Germantown Hills Baptist Church, Metamora, Illinois
6, 7: Mid-Continent ARBC Conference, Olivet Baptist Church, Westwood, Kansas
10, 11: NARBC Conference, Grace Baptist Church, Grand Island, Nebraska
10–12: OARBC men’s retreat, Van Wert, Ohio
11: IARBC Talents For Christ, Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny, Iowa
11: Church and Culture Conference, Calvary Baptist Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
13, 14: IARBC Conference, Nevada Baptist Church, Nevada, Iowa
14–16: CARBC Conference, Faith Baptist Church, Visalia, California
16–18: BNN Conference, First Baptist Church, Richland, Washington
17, 18: Ohio Church Ministries Conference, Northfield Baptist Church, Northfield, Ohio
18: Secretarial Seminar (part of the Ohio Church Ministries Conference), Northfield Baptist Church, Northfield, Ohio
20, 21: Northeast Fellowship ministry conference, First Baptist Church, West Danby, New York
21: IL-MO Peoria pastors’ fellowship, Germantown Hills Baptist Church, Metamora, Illinois
23: Ohio Women for Missions meeting, Fellowship Baptist Church, Lorain, Ohio
25: Montana Talents For Christ, Bethel Baptist Church, Kalispell, Montana