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Association Updates: September 2015

During a three-day meeting at the Regular Baptist Ministries Resource Center, ministry leaders from churches, mission agencies, and Regular Baptist Ministries made great strides in shaping a plan to help and encourage church planting by churches in our association.

Camaraderie, commitment, and clarity characterized ChurchPlanters_inlinethe group, consisting of Dave Burman, Jr., Council of Eightten church-planting committee member; Ken Davis, church planter with Baptist Mid-Missions and Baptist Bible Seminary Project Jerusalem director; Sam Farlow, church planter with ABWE and Council of Eighteen chairman of church-planting committee; John Greening, GARBC national representative; Scott Greening, church planter with Baptist Church Planters; Ken Floyd, Council of Eighteen chairman; Clare Jewell, church-planting regional coordinator with ABWE; and Michael Nolan, Baptist Builders Club director and GARBC treasurer.

Each participant walked away with follow-up tasks and a timetable for the tasks’ completion. Their work will be presented and the initiative will be discussed at the November 2015 Council of Eighteen meeting. Please pray for the church-planting meeting group and for pursuit of this Great Commission work in churches.

Help make the holidays a little sweeter! Plan now to “cut out” a portion of your holiday giving to support one of the Regular Baptist ministries. Choose one of the designated Christmas projects to support as a family, as an individual, or as a church with your harvest or Christmas offering!

  • Regular Baptist International: School supplies—resources for a Kenya Christian school in Nairobi
  • Regular Baptist Chaplaincy: Encourage chaplains—support and resources for chaplains to assist them in service
  • Regular Baptist Churches: New signage for Resource Center—establish our identity in the community
  • Regular Baptist Builders Club: Plant a church—three years of assistance for new churches

Let us know today the project you plan to support and we’ll provide additional resources to promote the project.

“Interpretation Matters: Affirming Our Dispensational Heritage” is the theme of the 2015 Midwest Congress of Baptist Fundamentalists Oct. 26 and 27 at Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. The Congress is a regional gathering of individuals who affirm essential Christian doctrine, fellowship in Baptist ecclesiology, and commit to the fundamentals of the gospel as the boundary of Christian fellowship. One of the uniting principles that Baptist fundamentalists share is the interpretive method of approaching the Holy Scriptures, reflected by the theme of the 2015 Congress. The Congress seeks to champion their uniting principles to today’s generation. For more information or to register, visit

Please remember all of our chaplains in your prayers—those serving in hospitals and other institutions, those serving our communities, and of course our military chaplains. In particular, please continue to pray for our deployed chaplains, John Jensen, who is serving in Kuwait, Brian Gibbons, currently at sea aboard the USS Rushmore, and Jonathan Court, who is serving in Southwest Asia.

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Look for in the print or digital copy, soon to arrive:

  • “Same-Sex Marriage—Now What?” by Glen Lavy
  • “Hobby Evangelism” by Louis H. Showers
  • “Is the Pre-Trib Rapture a Recent Invention?” by David Gunn
  • “Reading and Preaching Proverbs” (part 1) by Ted Martens
  • “Independence Is Not Isolation: Baptist Networks, Past and Present” by Greg Linscott
  • “Connected to Christ Your Life: An Overview of the 2015 GARBC Conference”

Exclusively available in the digital Bb Plus:

  • Photo Feature: GARBC Conference by Joshua Huang and Darrell Goemaat
  • “Same-Sex Marriage: What the Bible Really Says” by Gary Gromacki
  • “A Regular Baptist Response to the Same-Sex Marriage Decision” by David Gunn
  • “Theological Reflections on the Iranian Nuclear Agreement” by David Gunn
  • VBS 2016 Extended Video
  • “Marriage and Family” by Mike Peck
  • “10 Little Things That Means a Lot”
  • “What Does ‘Holy Bible’ Mean?” by Cheryl Fawcett and Robert Newman
  • “How Old Is the Bible?” by Cheryl Fawcett and Robert Newman
  • “Cultural and Medical Myths about Homosexuality” by Michael Grisanti

RBP VBS 2016 | Cowabunga Farm
Cowabunga! Life on the farm is great! In Cowabunga Farm Vacation Bible School, students will experience adventures on the farm—complete with animals, tractors, and growing crops. As they learn about God’s faithfulness as revealed in the life of Joseph, they’ll be encouraged to grow in godliness and to trust in God’s plan. The program includes five great lessons in a teacher-friendly and kid-attractive format! See the video and be one of the first to order Cowabunga Farm: Growin’ with Our Faithful God when it is released in November.

4–6: IL–MO Labor Day retreat, Camp Manitoumi, Lowpoint, Illinois
4–7: Labor Day family camp, Camp Fairwood, Westfield, Wisconsin
8: IL–MO Peoria pastors’ fellowship, Germantown Hills Baptist Church, Metamora, Illinois
11, 12: IL–MO ladies’ retreat, Camp Manitoumi, Lowpoint, Illinois
11, 12: Men’s retreat, Camp Fairwood, Westfield, Wisconsin
11, 12: Worship music songwriting retreat, Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp, Gowen, Michigan
12: DelMarVA Baptist Fellowship family day and business meeting, Evangel Baptist Church, Hagerstown, Maryland
12: OARBC Scholarship Bike Ride
12: Upper Peninsula Bible Conference, Lakefield Baptist Church, McMillan, Michigan
14, 15: Crossroads Fellowship Conference, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bloomington, Indiana
14–17: BNN pastors’ and wives’ retreat, Cannon Beach, Oregon
15: IL–MO senior saints’ retreat, Camp Manitoumi, Lowpoint, Illinois
15: GRARBC Women’s Missionary Union fall rally, Wellspring Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
15: EMARBC annual meeting, First Baptist Church, Rochester, Michigan
18: IL–MO Chicago Area Church Planters
18, 19: DelMarVa ladies’ retreat, Hilton Garden Inn, Vienna, Virginia
19: Northeast Fellowship “No Church Left Behind” workshop, First Baptist Church, Eden, New York
21–28: OARBC Fall Color Tour, Michigan and Canada
22: IL–MO Quincy pastors’ fellowship, Calvary Baptist Church, Quincy, Illinois
24: IL–MO Quad Cities pastors’ fellowship at Crosstown Baptist Church, Silvis, Illinois
25, 26: Northeast Fellowship Ladies Advance, First Baptist Church, Johnson City, New York


Gladly Serving Churches

John Greening
National Representative

13: Installation service for Pastor Jim Saunders, First Baptist Church, Princeton, Indiana
17: Installation of President Jim Tillotson, Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny, Iowa
20: Restored Church, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
21–23: Summit University board meeting, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Manning Brown
Director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy
2, 3: Chaplaincy conference, Washington, D.C.
27: Calvary Baptist Church, Forest City, Iowa

Chris Hindal
Director of International Ministry
14–17: BNN pastors’ and wives’ retreat, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Michael Nolan
Director of Baptist Builders Club and Strategic Ministry Growth
19, 20: Calvary Baptist Church, Dysart, Iowa
21–23: Summit University, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Alex Bauman
Director of Regular Baptist Press

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