GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than 700 people from dozens of Michigan churches gathered for spiritual edification and encouragement at the Church Ministries Conference March 4–5.
The conference is sponsored annually by the Grand Rapids regional association of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Calvary Baptist Church served as the host church. The church will also host the 2022 GARBC Conference June 27–30.
The Church Ministries Conference exists “to equip local churches to carry out effective ministry in our day,” says Ken Floyd, executive director of the MARBC. With that purpose in mind, the conference focuses “on volunteers, who are essential to the mission of the church.”
Throughout the weekend, attendees chose among more than 40 practical workshops to take part in. Topics related to various areas of church ministry, including children’s, youth, and student ministries; men’s and women’s ministries; cultural issues; counseling; evangelism; discipleship; leadership; and technology.
One of the workshop presenters was Alan Wilson, field coordinator and curriculum specialist for Regular Baptist Press. His workshop focused on evaluating ministry in small churches. Marrena Ralph, Kids4Truth Clubs specialist, led a workshop as well. She addressed enlisting, not guilting, people into serving in ministry.
Along with participating in workshops, attendees also sat under the teaching of Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, president of Cornerstone University. In the three general sessions, he spoke on this year’s theme, “The Shepherding of Souls,” focusing on Bible passages that emphasize the call, context, and competency of shepherding ministry.
He reminded the attendees, “The Christian servant’s main calling is to make Jesus central in our lives and ministries. Our personal Biblical preparation is what God will use to lead us to His divinely prepared opportunities.”