GAIN MOMENTUM WITH STRONGER CHURCH CONFERENCES
Take steps to strengthen yourself and your church ministry by attending a Stronger Church Conference. You will find valuable help in three areas: discipleship, church revitalization, and church planting. As you make plans to attend, consider bringing deacons and other leaders from your church.
The registration fee for an individual is just $35, which includes a copy of John Greening’s book Strong Church. Depending on your church’s size, if you bring three or more people, your group rate could be as little as $100 for everyone. You will find full registration information at GARBC.org/stronger.
We are offering three Stronger Church conferences this spring.
- February 2–3 Faith Baptist Church, Vero Beach, Florida
- March 2–3 Ankeny Baptist Church, Ankeny, Iowa
- April 13–14 Emmanuel Baptist Church, Flint, Michigan
Plan now to attend one of these conferences and take new steps in building a stronger church. Visit Stronger Church Conference for more information and online registration.
NEWLY REVISED EDITION: SPEAKING IN TONGUES AND DIVINE HEALING
Regular Baptist Press is pleased to announce the release of Robert Lightner’s classic book, Speaking in Tongues and Divine Healing, in a newly revised and updated edition. If you believe the Bible is God’s final and complete revelation to mankind, then speaking in tongues and divine healing deserve careful scrutiny. Did these spectacular spiritual gifts cease, or do they continue today? From the earliest days of the Pentecostal movement to today, this question has sparked considerable curiosity and controversy. With a gentle manner and a firm reliance on the authority of God’s Word, Dr. Lightner crafts a cogent argument for the temporary nature of these gifts. He thoroughly explains the exegetical and theological bases for this position, and urges Christians to cultivate a settled conviction in the sovereignty of God as He superintends His design and pattern for the church. Dr. Lightner concludes by showing that the way of love is more excellent than the way of gifts, for love is preeminent and permanent.
REGIONAL CONNECT CONFERENCE
Plan now to attend the Regional Connect Conference for pastors and leaders of Regular Baptist churches Feb. 5–6 at Harvest New Beginnings, Oswego, Illinois. As a pastor, you may feel that the projects to be done are daunting and overwhelming, but you are also a shepherd and your heart yearns for the people around you. How do you maintain your focus? Make it a priority to connect with other pastors who feel the same way. At Regional Connect you will get your ministry battery recharged and develop a fresh excitement for ministry. For more information, visit Regional Connect.
INTERPAS MINISTRIES: HELP WITH INTERIM PASTORATES
Churches that find themselves without a pastor sometimes feel at a loss as to next steps. Interpas Ministries exists to provide interim pastors for churches willing to follow its policies. Interpas was founded 30 years ago by Dr. Wilbert Welch and is a ministry extension of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Interpas has served dozens of local churches, many of them in association with the MARBC, but has also helped churches in other states. Ken Floyd, executive director of the MARBC, oversees Interpas Ministries.
REFRESH: A CONFERENCE FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERS AND SPOUSES
“Down but Not Out: Ministering with Disappointment” is the theme of this year’s Refresh Conference Jan. 30–Feb. 2 at Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny, Iowa. Faith Baptist Bible College extends the following invitation: “Life in ministry is filled with joyous peaks, but it can also have its exhausting valleys. Refresh Conference is designed specifically to encourage ministry leaders who are currently serving in the trenches. The schedule is specially designed to allow busy Christian leaders to rest and spend time alone with their spouses. The general sessions and workshops offer you and your spouse a chance to soak in God’s Word while being taught from experienced ministry leaders. The hospitality room not only provides you with a variety of complimentary snacks and drinks, but also the perfect location to fellowship with others who can relate to the joys and struggles in ministry. We hope you will join us for this spiritually encouraging conference, and we trust that God will use it to refresh you in your ministry.” For more information, see Refresh Conference.
CLASSIC MESSAGES BY DAVID NETTLETON AND JOSEPH M. STOWELL
God has blessed our association with tremendous leaders. Their voices and influence live on! Listen to the Audio Legacy collection messages “Colossians” by David Nettleton from the 45th GARBC Conference in Seattle, Washington, and “Apostasy” by former GARBC national representative Joseph M. Stowell. Stay tuned for the launching of the Audio Legacy website, containing vintage recorded messages from association leaders.