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By July 17, 2017No Comments

Not able to attend the 2017 GARBC Conference? We’ve brought the conference to you! If you did attend the conference, you may find yourself in the photo galleries! Read news and view photos from each day of the conference. Audio of conference messages is also available.

See You at the Conference!
GARBC Conferees Ready for a Beautiful Week
Council of Eighteen Meets Ahead of 2017 Conference
Monday Photo Gallery 2017

Chaplaincy Training
2017 Talents For Christ Winners Announced
Best Church Practices: Devoted to Essentials, message by John Greening (audio available)
Teens Enjoy Fire-Roasted Fun
Tuesday Photo Gallery 2017

When God Purifies His Church, message by Mike Hess (audio available)
Best Church Practices in Corporate Worship, workshop by Ken Pyne
Compassion Ministries, workshop by Steve Viars (audio available)
Youth Ministry: Obstacles or Opportunities?, workshop by Josh Jones
How Not to Lose Heart in Ministry, workshop by Jerry and Sherry Van Hooser
Social Justice and the Role of the Church, workshop by Nigel Black
International Connections: Up Close and Personal, workshop by Chris Hindal/international guests
A Ministry of Presence, workshop by Manning Brown
Chaplaincy Highlight, by Manning Brown
Taking the Gospel to the City, message by Steve Viars (audio available)
Students Alive! Wednesday in Review
Wednesday Photo Gallery 2017

Long-Haul Leadership, message by Don Shirk (audio available)
Speakers’ Panel
Association Business Meeting
National Representative to Retire; Search Committee Formed
Regular Baptist International Highlight by Chris Hindal
New Council of Eighteen Selected
A Special Tribute to a Faithful Christian
The Duties, Dangers, and Delights of Church Planting, message by Jim Tillotson (audio available)
Students Play Hard, Learn to Build Up the Body of Christ
Thursday Photo Gallery 2017

Harmonizing Marriage and Ministry, message by John Greening (audio available)
Mentoring Young Men for Ministry, message by Steve Viars
Farewell to Sandy Cove

Save the date for a Stronger Church Conference in your region! Regular Baptist Ministries is offering valuable training in three tracks—spiritual development, revitalization, and church planting. All conference content is specially designed to help your church become stronger in its Great Commission work.

Coming this fall in three locations:

  • September 22–23: Nottingham Baptist Church, Willoughby Hills, Ohio
  • October 6–7: First Baptist Church, Nebraska City, Nebraska
  • October 20–21: Shasta Bible College, Redding, California (sponsored by Sunrise Bible Church, Red Bluff, California)

No conference near you? Contact Alan Wilson to learn more about bringing the conference to your area.

Maynard Belt, veteran pastor and former Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches representative, has authored a course for ministerial students to help prepare them for pastoral ministry. Maynard explains, “The purpose of this course is to give ministerial students a preliminary view of pastoral ministry from a practical perspective . . . [and give them] helpful insights that are not always taught in present day seminary curricula. Ministry is people, and the closer we can get to them, the more effective we will be in serving them spiritually. Pastors are servant leaders.” This practical preparation will be beneficial to those recognizing God’s special call upon their lives for vocational ministry. To learn more about the course, contact Maynard Belt at or 616.361.2396.

With the concern for public safety on the rise, Chaplain John Murdoch and Chaplain Laird Baldwin have formed a business enterprise to meet the growing need for emergency and safety awareness in local churches. Church Strong Consultants LLC features a seminar that emphasizes preparation, awareness, response, and teamwork. The six-hour seminar includes a manual and training at an affordable rate, especially designed for budget conscious churches and newer congregations. Murdoch and Baldwin are prevention specialists certified by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association. Interested churches can gain more information and contact the chaplains at