Involving teens in Talents For Christ is a win for them! Participating in the TFC experience helps teens grow in their confidence, develop their talents, expand their commitment to serving Christ, and enhance their spiritual walk. Consider bringing a singing group or drama team to this year’s national competition on June 28 in the Chicago suburb of Oswego and combine with a trip to see the sights of Chicago. Individuals and groups can participate in scholarship or open (non-scholarship) competitions. Deadline for registering for scholarship, state open, and state group competitions is March 5. Point teens in your church toward registration today!

Men elected to the GARBC Council of Eighteen have direct influence on the future of the association. Nominating candidates is a privilege that comes with the association’s recognition of local church autonomy. The election process is not tied to how much money a church gives in supporting the association or dependent on the size of the church. Every church has equal voting privileges. Please nominate pastors and ministry leaders to be placed on the ballot. Represent your area of the country by submitting nominations for the Council of Eighteen online, by fax (847.843.3757), or by e-mail. Download a nomination form. Nominations are due March 24.

Is your church not in the GARBC, but you would like to learn more about fellowshipping in the association? The GARBC staff can help you by providing materials to distribute to your church family and by guiding you through the application process. For more information, see Join Us. Applications are available for church plants and for established churches. For pastors already in GARBC churches, please invite pastoral colleagues and their churches to fellowship in the association. Together our voice for truth can be stronger!

Be encouraged by the life-changing ministry of GARBC-endorsed chaplains as they share the gospel and make disciples. Check out Regular Baptist Chaplaincy Director Manning Brown’s recent post, sharing the good news of a baptism by Chaplain (CPT) Patrick Ireland of a new soldier in Christ.

Has your church e-mail address changed? Does your church have a new web address? Has a new pastor joined your staff? Recently a GARBC information packet was sent to churches, which includes a church directory update form. If you do not have that form, please e-mail an update to Feel free to send changes whenever they occur. Let’s work together by making it easy to contact one another as sister churches!

Regular Baptist Press’s mission is to glorify God by providing church educational resources that are true to God’s Word and encourage maturity in Christ. It is our greatest joy to see churches strong and healthy!

We are making strategic decisions regarding new products and delivery formats and are pleased to be working with Jay Lucas to create an innovative approach to the topic of apologetics. Jay is a respected author and pastor who has published several evangelistic Bible studies with RBP.

The Joyful Defense project will be formatted in a series of 13 engaging videos mixing lecture and conversation with courageous Christ followers from a variety of life stations. The videos will come with the support of a workbook, marketing material, and all the tools needed to connect the study with social media. Joyful Defense is ideal for both individual use and group settings.

Would you help us with the production of Joyful Defense and the launch of a new RBP product line? We have raised $18,000 toward our $37,000 goal. You can donate online at, by calling 888.588.1600, or by check sent to Regular Baptist Press, 3715 N. Ventura Drive, Arlington Heights, IL 60004.

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Look what you’ll get to read in the upcoming Baptist Bulletin! Available in both print and digital editions. Subscribe now if you don’t already.

March/April Print Edition

  • Self-Defense and the Christian (Rodney J. Decker)
  • Should Christians Serve in the Military? (David B. Kennedy)
  • Practical Steps toward Church Security (Laird Baldwin)
  • Were It Not for Grace (Nancy Freund)
  • A Conversation with Baptist Mid-Missions’ New President (Nancy Freund)
  • Understanding the Debate over Christ-Centered Preaching (Steven D. Mathewson)
  • Charles Ryrie (1925–2016)

March/April Digital Edition

  • Influencing Society toward Right (Allen Ferry)
  • War and Revival (Loren Olsen)
  • What about Muslims? (Kevin Bauder)
  • “Have Something to Say, and Say It Clearly” (Kevin Mungons and Darrell Goemaat)
  • Remembering Charles Ryrie (Timothy Raymond)
  • Passing the Baton (Mel Walker)
  • Becoming a Master Teacher
  • What Happens to People When They Die? (Cheryl Fawcett and Robert C. Newman)
  • Jesus and War (Kenneth Gardoski)

The Regular Baptist Ministries Resource Center is looking forward to hosting the camp directors’ retreat of the National Association of Regular Baptist Camps March 15 and 16. Leader Jon Beight, director of Twin Lakes Camp, Hillsboro, Indiana, has a valuable time of interaction, learning, and fellowship planned. Regular Baptist churches are grateful for NARBC camps, as they provide Biblical, Christ-centered teaching and camping experiences that effectively facilitate God’s transforming work in the lives of youth and adults.

Gladly Serving Churches
MARCH 2016

John Greening
National Representative
15, 16: National Association of Regular Baptist Camps directors’ meeting, Regular Baptist Ministries Resource Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Manning Brown
Director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy
3–5: Promotion ceremony of Chaplain David Carr to colonel, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
7–10: Gospel Proclaimed Conference, Tri-City Baptist Church, Chandler, Arizona

Chris Hindal
Director of Regular Baptist International
13: First Baptist Church, Newark Valley, New York (a.m.)
13: Brooktondale Baptist Church, Brooktondale, New York (p.m.)

John Klem
Director of Regular Baptist Press
11, 12: Grand Rapids Association of Regular Baptist Churches Church Ministries Conference, Calvary Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
15, 16: Meeting with World Hope and Vertical Purpose Ministries leaders, Regular Baptist Ministries Resource Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Michael Nolan
Director of Regular Baptist Baptist Builders Club and Strategic Ministry Growth
14–18: Summit University, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

MARCH 2016

1: IL-MO Central Illinois pastors’ fellowship, Riverside Baptist Church, Decatur, Illinois
1: MI Upper Peninsula regional association meeting, Blessed Hope Baptist Church, Escanaba, Michigan
3: IL-MO Mississippi Valley pastors’ fellowship, Brown Street Baptist Church, Alton, Illinois
5: EMARBC Men Modeling the Master conference, South Baptist Church, Flint, Michigan
8: OARBC pastors’ and wives’ retreat, Doubletree Hotel, Newark, Ohio
11, 12: Northeast Fellowship Youth Seminars, four New York locations: Horseheads, Binghamton, Marilla, New Woodstock
12: Northern Iowa Sportsmen’s Adventure, Iowa Regular Baptist Camp, Ventura, Iowa
14, 15: OARBC pastors’ and wives’ retreat, The Lodge, Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, Ohio
17: Northeast Fellowship Preaching Practicum session 2, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Ithaca, New York
17–19: Ladies’ crafting and connecting weekend, Camp Fairwood, Westfield, Wisconsin
18: IL-MO Chicago pastors’ fellowship, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Naperville, Illinois
18: Chicago Area Church Planters meeting, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Naperville, Illinois
24: IL-MO Peoria pastors’ fellowship, Germantown Hills Baptist Church, Germantown Hills, Illinois
31: IL-MO Great River pastors’ fellowship, Calvary Baptist Church, Quincy, Illinois