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Association Updates: December 2014

Council_inline(1)Council of Eighteen Is Positioned for Growth and Effectiveness
The GARBC Council of Eighteen gained ground during its fall meeting in putting deliberate planning into action. Beginning in 2010, the council began an intensive, multiyear strategic planning initiative. That initiative resulted in the 20/20 Master Plan for the future, which proposed key steps that the GARBC must take in order to thrive in the days ahead.

In his opening remarks, GARBC National Representative John Greening stated, “This morning, we’re going to talk about the way forward for our fellowship. We are at a significant ‘seam’ as an association. Over the next few years we are going to see significant changes to our administrative staffing. We’re getting ready to sell this building and relocate. Our business model has undergone some changes. Now what does that mean for us as we look toward the future?” Strategic change is in the works, which will be carefully implemented to promote associational growth and effectiveness. (See photos and story from the Council of Eighteen meeting in the January/February 2015 Baptist Bulletin.)

Spanish_inlineRBP Announces Spanish Curriculum Line
Qué viva español! RBP’s Life Design adult curriculum is now available in Spanish! The teacher guide, student book, and resource CD for La Verdadera Historia Del Antiguo Testamento (The True Story of the Old Testament) is now available, with additional titles coming soon. If Spanish-speaking people live in your area, ask the Lord to help your church organize a class for them!

BBplusLaunch-copy-Copy1Ankeny Baptist Church Goes Digital with Baptist Bulletin
Thank you to Ankeny (Iowa) Baptist Church for renewing its Baptist Bulletin subscriptions. The church increased its total number of subscriptions and lowered its costs by choosing the digital option for the majority of its readers. The church saved almost $1,000 by choosing a combination of digital and all-access subscriptions. Discover how your church can increase readership while saving money by visiting Baptist Bulletin or contacting Lynne Goemaat.

GARBC-blue-logo-150x150Regular Baptists around the Country
December 2014

1: Southern MARBC pastors’ and wives’ Christmas dinner, First Baptist Church, Brooklyn, Mich.
5: Upper Peninsula MARBC pastors’ and wives’ Christmas fellowship, L’Anse, Mich.
16: Grand Rapids MARBC Breakpoint, Forest Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Mich.
26, 27: Northeast Fellowship couples’ retreat, Radisson Hotel, Corning, N.Y.

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Serving Churches
December 2014

John Greening
National Representative
15, 16: 2015 GARBC Conference planning meeting, Omaha, Neb.
Participating in home church, Great Commission Baptist Church, Schaumburg, Ill.

Alex Bauman
Director of Regular Baptist Press

Participating in home church, New Life Baptist Church, Lake in the Hills, Ill.

Chris Hindal
Director of GARBC International
Participating in home church, Daniels Road Baptist Church, Fort Myers, Fla.

John Murdoch
Director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy

Participating in home church, Bible Baptist Church, Kokomo, Ind.

Michael Nolan
Director of Baptist Builders Club and Strategic Ministry Growth
Connecting churches and ministry organizations with Regular Baptist Ministries