MARBC Annual Conference, October 26-27. “Pressing On!” is the theme of the annual conference of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches. The conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan. Messages will focus upon the conference theme from the Book of Philippians in messages and workshops shared by MARBC Ministry Director Ken Floyd and MARBC Council of 16 members.
Online conference registration will be available here soon.
“Grasping God’s Story: Understanding Who You Are and Why You Are Here” – UP Bible Conference, September 12
This one-day Bible conference will be held at Lakefield Baptist Church, 24230 County Road 98 (10 Curves Road), McMillan, MI (eastern UP). Pastor Steve Peters is the host pastor. Speakers for the conference are Dr. Mike Wittmer, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and Rev. Ken Floyd, MARBC Ministry Director. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no fee to attend. The conference begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Contact Steve Peters for further information, 906.586.3551 or 906.287.0401.
Worship and Songwriting Retreat to be held September 11-12
What if the artistic/musical expressions in our local churches truly were the voice of our own people? What if leaders at like-minded local churches collaborated regularly to write songs that were of mutual benefit to multiple congregations?
Grain Worship Music was founded by two local church pastors who write music in a spirit of collaboration, and out of a pastoral heart for their congregation. We know that many pastors, worship leaders and church musicians have a desire to write music for their churches, but may just need a push in the right direction. We want to give you a push!
On September 11-12, GRAIN is hosting a Worship Music Songwriting Retreat at Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp. Our desire is to empower pastors and worship leaders to write songs that spring from their heart for their congregations. This two day event will incorporate times of worship and instruction and many opportunities to collaborate with like-minded believers in writing songs that are “by the church, for the church.”
You’ll be presented with a guiding philosophy for writing music for the church, introduced to a group of people with a similar passion for writing worship music, and then given some space to write together and sharpen your skills.
When you register you will receive an article to read, and some work to be submitted to us ahead of time, including (if you have them) 2 songs you have written (these can be recorded, or just on paper, or music/lyrics).
At the conclusion of Day Two, we will invite the congregations represented to join together for an evening of New Worship Songs created during the retreat. We plan to cap the retreat at 25 songwriters.
Registration deadline: September 4th
The SMARBC will meet at First Baptist Church, 140 Buchanan St., Bronson, on Tuesday, September 8, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Lunch will follow the meeting. MARBC Ministry Director Ken Floyd will lead a discussion of the topic, “The Important Components of an Effective Disciple-making Ministry.”