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Improving Your Ministry Skills

By August 28, 2013June 18th, 2014No Comments

Preaching Ecclesiastes” Learning Lab: Beginning Sept. 3!
Hone your ministry skills from the comfort of your own study. Take advantage of the strategic strengths of leaders in our association.

  • “Preaching Ecclesiastes” Learning Lab
    Tuesdays: 9/03, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24; 2 ET/1 CT/12 MT/11 PT
    REGISTER now. Use promo code EINFO13 for a discounted rate!

Instructor: Rich Van Heukelum, lead pastor of Shawnee Baptist Church, Shamong, N.J.

Ecclesiastes, “the words of the preacher” (1:1), is often seen as a hard message to preach. But why? Is it too pessimistic? Is it, as some say, “the delight of the skeptics and the despair of the saints”? Is it the ramblings of man without God? Or is Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, correct in saying, “Ecclesiastes is the truest of all books. It is the fine-hammered steel of woe”? This learning lab is designed to provide the key to unlocking the meaning and method of preaching this marvelous work of the wisest man who ever lived.

“Reaching Your Community with the Gospel” Learning Lab: Beginning Sept. 24!
If you have a burden for reaching the lost for Christ and would like  your church family to catch that burden, check out the following learning lab.

  • Tuesdays: 9/24, 10/01, 10/08, 10/15; 4 ET/3 CT/2 MT/1 PT
    REGISTER now. Use promo code EINFO13 for a discounted rate!

Instructor: Mike Augsburger, lead pastor of Willow Creek Baptist Church, West Des Moines, Iowa

Are you frustrated with your church’s evangelistic efforts? Often we jump from method to method and idea to idea hoping “this one” will be the winner. This learning lab will not simply give more ideas and methods, but will help to think through an underlying philosophy of reaching lost people. Once the philosophy is formed, methods and ideas become secondary. We will explore what evangelism looks like at all levels of your church, starting from your pulpit. Join us as we discuss principles that will help make outreach part of your ministry’s DNA.

BNN Christian Workers’ Retreat
Would you like to be refreshed in a beautiful location? The Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center, Cannon Beach, Ore., is the site for the Baptist Network Northwest retreat for Christian workers, Sept. 9–12. “The five words that best describe our aim for this four-day getaway are relax, rewind, renew, restore, and refresh,” says Pastor Tom Ruhlman, a retreat coordinator. See Retreat Brochure and Retreat Registration Form.

“Standing Together for the Gospel”
The Ohio and Michigan Associations of Regular Baptist Churches will enjoy mutual fellowship and teaching at a combined conference, Oct. 21–23. “Standing Together for the Gospel” will be the conference theme, communicated by speakers Steve Viars, Greg Gilbert, and Dannah Gresh. The conference will take place at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Toledo, Ohio.

Faith Regional Biblical Counseling Training

Faith Biblical Counseling is offering “Track One: Foundations” training at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Toledo, Ohio. This training will take place over three weekends: Sept. 13, 14; Oct. 11, 12; Nov. 8, 9. If you desire to help people who need help, consider attending this training program to equip you with materials and expertise. See brochure.

Columbus Biblical Counseling Conference
Fellowship Baptist Church, Dublin, Ohio, is hosting a Columbus Biblical Counseling Conference, Oct. 4 and 5. A weekend of counseling workshops will equip you to help hurting people. You will benefit firsthand in using Biblical tools to handle life in a God-pleasing way. This year’s keynote speaker will be Rob Green, pastor of counseling and seminary ministries at Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana. Visit the Columbus Biblical Counseling Conference website for information and to register. Preregistration discounts end Sept. 28.

Biblical Parenting: Meeting the Challenges Seminar
Biblical Counseling Ministries is sponsoring “Biblical Parenting: Meeting the Challenges,” Nov. 15 and 16 with guest speaker Dr. Paul Tautges. The seminar will take place at Calvary Baptist Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Friday evening session is free. Pastors may attend the seminar free. For information, see or e-mail