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2016 MARBC Conference features exciting “first time” opportunities




“invested” is the theme of this year’s unique MARBC Annual Conference which will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 17-18. For the first time in the MARBC’s history the conference will be held in two sites simultaneously, in the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. The host church in the lower peninsula is Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo. The upper peninsula / northern host church is Northland Camp & Conference Center, Dunbar, WI.


Live streaming technology will be utilized in order to connect the two sites. Each site will have their own time of worship and then connect live with the sister site for the preaching sessions. Particular main sessions speakers will share from one of the two locations, with the message being viewed via live stream at the other location.


There will also be sessions  that will feature testimonies pertaining creative outreach strategies across the state of Michigan.  There will be an additional breakout session segment at the Northland site on Tuesday.


The MARBC business session will be held on Monday afternoon, October 17. Ministry reports and Council of 16 ballots will be available at both sites. Council of 16 representatives will be in attendance at both sites to interact with conference messengers.


Those wishing to display their ministry or business at the conference will be directed to the appropriate contact person once their registration form and fee has been received.


A conference schedule that includes speakers, topics, and local hotels will be posted once the final two-site details have been completed.


Click here to access the Conference REGISTRATION FORM. You will be able to designate at which venue you will be attending.

MARBC Conference hotel – Kalamazoo

Four PoinFour Points Hotel Logots by Sheraton, 3600 Cork Street Court, Kalamazoo, is offering special rates for those attending the MARBC Conference.  Click the direct link to the hotel available below this paragraph and reserve a room online.  Or, you may call the hotel directly (269) 385-3922 or (866) 961-3003 (toll free).


MARBC Conference location and lodging – northern venue

northland-campNorthland Camp & Conference Center in Dunbar, Wisconsin, is the northern venue for the MARBC Conference, October 17-18.


The Northland site has been a popular site for our UP friends for many years.


Northland is offering those who attend the MARBC Conference Monday night lodging, Monday dinner, Tuesday breakfast and lunch, for $73.00 (youth $68.00).


PLEASE NOTE!!! You must complete the following two steps in order to secure housing and meals at Northland Conference Center:


Step One: Click the link below to select the accommodations that you desire in order to make reservations.



Step Two: Click the link below and make the appropriate payment for the total number in your group in order to hold your reservation.  (The MARBC PayPal site accepts both PayPal and credit cards.)



Alternate option:  Print the accommodations document and mail with a check to the MARBC Office, 830 Russwood St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.  All mailed reservations and payments must be sent by Monday, October 10.

MARBC Conference Schedule

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2016 MARBC Annual Conference

October 17-18, 2016


Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, MI / Northland Camp & Conference Center, Dunbar, WI



Monday, October 17


12:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 CDT) – Registration and displays


1:30 p.m. EDT (12:30 CDT) – Main session: Ken Floyd, “Investing in Michigan”


2:30 p.m. EDT (1:30 CDT) – Break and Displays


2:45 p.m. EDT (1:45 CDT) – Main session: Andrew Manwarren,“Investing through the Gospel” (Northland)


3:45 p.m. EDT (2:45 CDT) – Break and Displays


4:00 p.m. EDT (3:00 CDT) – MARBC Business Session


5:00 p.m. EDT (4:00 CDT) – Dinner break


7:00 p.m. EDT (6:00 CDT) – Main session: George Coon, “Investing in Multiple Generations”


Tuesday, October 18


8:30 a.m. EDT – Prayer and Praise session (Northeastern only)


9:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 CDT) – Main Session: Doug Crawford, “Investing through Biblically Relevant Methodology”


10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 CDT) – Break and displays


10:45 a.m. EDT (9:45 CDT) – Main Session: Jason LaFlamme, “Investing in My Local Community”


12:00 p.m. EDT – Lunch break (Northeastern only)


11:00 a.m. CDT – Breakout sessions (Northland only)


12:00 p.m. CDT – Lunch break (Northland only)


1:30 p.m. EDT – Interactive discussion: Investment methodologies of ministry Led by Ken Floyd and Clare Jewell (Northeastern only)


2:30 p.m. EDT (1:30 CDT) – Break and Displays


2:45 p.m. EDT (1:45 CDT) – Main Session: Nate Parsekian, “Investing Creatively with Unbelievers”



Conference Speakers

George Coon, Pastor, Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, MI

Doug Crawford, Pastor, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont, MI

Ken Floyd, Executive Ministry Director, MARBC, Grand Rapids, MI

Clare Jewell, “Genesis” Church Planting Co-ordinator, Regular Baptist Ministries, Arlington Heights, IL

Jason Laflamme, Pastor, Munising Baptist Church, Munising, MI

Andrew Manwarren, Pastor, Newberry Baptist Church, Newberry, MI

Nate Parsekian, Pastor, Shelby Road Baptist Church, Shelby, MI



MARBC Council of 16 Nominations


Nominations are now being received online for the Council of 16 (2017-2019). Three men will be elected during the Business Session of the MARBC Conference on the afternoon of October 17.


Instructions regarding the nomination procedure and eligibility requirements are listed on the online form which can be accessed at the link posted below.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, October 7.


Council of 16 Nominations Ballot (one submission per MARBC church is allowed)



Day of One Accord Prayer, October 16

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10th Annual MARBC Day of Prayer scheduled for Sunday, October 16


The MARBC Tenth Annual Day of Prayer will be held on Sunday, October 16. The Day of Prayer is held just prior to the MARBC Conference so that there can be a special prayer focus on behalf of the conference. It is also held during a time when churches give thanks to God for their pastors during Pastor Appreciation Month.


You are encouraged to join sister churches in our state for a day focusing upon united prayer for one another and our partnering ministries.


We suggest that your church designate time during the morning and/or evening services to pray for the churches, pastors, camps, missionaries, and ministries of the MARBC. Pray also for sister churches in your area. This would also be a good time for deacons and/or other church members to pray on behalf of their pastors in anticipation of Pastor’s Appreciation Month in October.


Some churches have chosen to receive a special love offering on behalf of the MARBC. The MARBC ministry office and Executive Director are supported by the love gifts from churches in the fellowship.


Your special offering would be greatly appreciated as the state association enters a new budget year and continues to improve its ministry income base.


Make plans now to join sister churches in our association in prayer for the many requests shared on the downloadable prayer insert.


Day of Prayer resources, including bulletin inserts, prayer related articles, and prayer requests, are available to download at www.marbc.net.

Day of Prayer 2016 bulletin insert & prayer guide

10th Annual Day of Prayer Bulletin Insert, October 2016

Click above to download the 2016 MARBC Day of Prayer bulletin insert and prayer guide