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ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Invested Conference logo 2016Michigan ministry servants recently gathered in a unique conference setting to focus upon their spiritual opportunities as investors and stockholders in Christ’s Great Commission.

“invested” was both the theme and focus of the MARBC Annual Conference held on Monday and Tuesday, October 17-18. The conference featured a new format for 2016. Live streaming technology was utilized in order to two hold the conference in two locations simultaneously. This allowed access to the conference within a reasonable driving distance for churches located in the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan.

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

ken-floyd-and-george-coonNortheastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo served as the host church in the Lower Peninsula. Host pastor and long-time MARBC Council member, Dr. George Coon, retires at the end of November. The conference was held there in honor of Pastor Coon’s impact and ministry in the MARBC.

up-discussion-groupUpper Peninsula churches gathered at the Northland Camp & Conference Center, located just across border in Dunbar, Wisconsin. The Northland campus has for many years been a popular conference and seminar site for Upper Peninsula churches. Each site had a session of worship that was followed by live streaming of the preaching sessions. The conference schedule was formatted to accommodate sites located in both the Eastern and Central time zones.

Our thanks to Pastor Ben Marx, Bible Baptist Church in Ishpeming, for his efforts to co-ordinate the Upper Peninsula venue and format.

congregational-worshipWorship sessions were led and coordinated by Nathan Pierpont, worship pastor at Northeastern Baptist Church. Other worship leaders included Dave Sill (Shelby Road Baptist Church, Shelby), Steven Lounsbrough (Evangel Baptist Church, Taylor),and Steve Nichols (Berean Baptist Church, Portage). Worship was coordinated at the Northland-UP site by Pastor Ben Marx (Bible Baptist Church, Ishpeming).

wigand-business-sessionThe Monday afternoon business session was designed to include messengers in both locations, with materials and ballots provided for ministry decisions. Reports included an encouraging update from Council of 16 treasurer Ron Wigand regarding the MARBC’s financial situation. Giving to the general fund income by churches increased 63% during the past year. Many one-time gifts have also been received from churches and individuals to assist the MARBC.

The MARBC Council of 16 honored Ministry Director Ken Floyd and his wife Sharon for their ten years representing the association. The Floyds received a special love gift in recognition of their investment with the association.

Council of 16 elections were also held during the business session. New members selected were: Jeff Burr (Forest Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids), Mark Cizauskas (First Baptist Church, Rochester), Dave Sill (Shelby Road Baptist Church, Shelby), and Tom Townsend (Calvary Baptist Church, Battle Creek).

floyd-greetingMain session speakers were pastors serving in MARBC churches in both Michigan peninsulas. You are able to access both the audio and video content of each message is posted on this website.

The speakers focused upon various aspects of the conference theme, “invested,” and the updated set of core values that the MARBC Council of 16 recently drafted. Ken Floyd reflected upon these core values in the opening message of the conference, “Investing in Michigan:”

“This past year of ministry with the MARBC has been one of great faith and special blessing. The association has been refocused and strengthened in many ways. Not the least of these is the refocusing our vision upon what connects us together as a network of local churches and Christ’s servants: the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and the way in which it is integrated into the investment strategies of our spiritual portfolios. What is it that will allow the MARBC to remain a valid partnership investment for those currently in the network and for those who might consider becoming shareholders? The result of these biblically focused, prayerful discussions was the restating of the specific core values that define the MARBC’s investment portfolio.”

MARBC Core Values:
• Biblically grounded and doctrinally conservative.
• Methodology that is progressive: understanding the culture in order to be relevant and effective.
• Innovative: trying new ideas in order to apply biblical truths and values.
• Non-hostile environments: recognizing that truth based love and unity are essential ingredients of church life.
• Connecting with the community: creating connective points with the unsaved.
• Accepting of differences: not every person/church must look the exactly the same.
• Multigenerational: all ages worshipping together.

manwarren-livestreamThe remaining conference messages expanded upon these core values, utilizing pastors from MARBC churches of varied sizes and locations.

“Investing through the Gospel,” Andrew Manwarren, Newberry Baptist Church, Newberry, MI. Pastor Andrew shared a strong Biblical challenge from the Northland conference venue. He reminded those in attendance that God is sovereign and does not need anyone to assist Him with His plan. However, God graciously gives His servants the opportunity to engage in the joy of bringing Him glory.

george-coon-speaking“Investing in Multiple Generations,” George Coon, Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, MI. Focusing upon the unique relationship between Elijah and Elisha as shared in 2 Kings 2, Pastor George reflected upon the necessity of balance in ministry as well compassion for those with whom we serve. The effective church strives for relevancy for all ages and generations. The relationship of the two prophets is also a reminder that you cannot serve God effectively in isolation. Every ministry servant needs four types of people in their sphere of influence: a shepherd, an accountability partner, a buffer, and a friend.

“Investing Creatively with Unbelievers,” Nate Parsekian, Shelby Road Baptist Church, Shelby, MI. Examining the practical ministry of the Apostle Paul from Acts 17, Pastor Nate noted that Paul was engaged with the community in a variety of ways. He reminded those gathered that Paul was always noticed where ever he went. The worst thing is when a church goes unnoticed by their community. Nate then shared several practical ways in which he leads the church as an outreach pastor in the Shelby community.

jason-laflamme-speaking“Investing in My Local Community,” Jason LaFlamme, Munising Baptist Church, Munising, MI. A lifetime “UP-er” and pastor in his hometown, Pastor Jason cite several Biblical examples of how every church and believer needs to be personally involved and invested in the people and needs of their community. Using the children’s game “Red Rover” as an illustration, he reminded that the circles of churches should be easily entered by others rather than hard to break through.

clare-jewell-speaking“Investing through Church Planting,” Clare Jewell, “Genesis” Church Planting Coordinator, Regular Baptist Ministries. Clare gave a presentation regarding church planting assistance opportunities in a Tuesday luncheon sponsored by the Regular Baptist Church Planting ministry. He recommended websites such as www.thearda.com and www.peoplegroups.info to learn about the unique gospel opportunities in their communities through the study of neighborhood demographics.

doug-crawford-speaking“Investing through Biblically Relevant Methodology,” Doug Crawford, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont, MI. Surveying the ministry of Peter, Pastor Doug noted that Peter was constantly challenged by Christ and other church leaders to keep maturing and progressing in regards to biblical change. Several crisis points in Peter’s ministry caused him to struggle with the need to abandon comfort and tradition in order to effectively serve Christ and lead the church forward. Crawford reminded the messengers that regardless of a servant’s age and experience, there needs to be an openness and submission to God’s redemptive process.

clare-jewell-lunch-presentationAn interactive afternoon session featured testimonies pertaining to creative outreach strategies used by MARBC churches. Several MARBC pastors shared ways in which they are leading their local churches to engage with their communities. Three pastors related how work as local police and hospital chaplains has opened doors in which to share the gospel. Others shared about outreach endeavors based upon the uniqueness of their community.

Ken Floyd closed the conference by suggesting that the MARBC’s partnership in Christ’s command be dubbed “The Great Co-Michigan.” Messengers left the conference sensing a greater commitment as fellow investors and stockholders in the Great Co-Michigan strategy.

pierpont-lounsbrough-sill-worshipResources and message audios from the conference are now available on the website.

2016 MARBC Conference Messages

2016 MARBC Conference MessagesMichigan ministry servants recently gathered in a unique conference setting to focus upon their spiritual opportunities as investors and stockholders in Christ’s Great Commission.

“invested” was both the theme and focus of the MARBC Annual Conference held on Monday and Tuesday, October 17-18. The conference featured a new format for 2016. Live streaming technology was utilized in order to two hold the conference in two locations simultaneously. This allowed access to the conference within a reasonable driving distance for churches located in the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan.

Audio and Video is available of the following conference messages:

Rev. Ken Floyd – Audio and Video

Pastor Andrew Manwarren – Audio and Video

Dr. George L. Coon – Audio and Video

Pastor Nate Parsekian – Audio and Video

Pastor Jason LaFlamme – Audio and Video

Pastor Doug Crawford – Audio and Video

MARBC Ministry Director’s Report – 2016

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The “10-40” Window.

“10” This is a very unique fall for the Floyds since we are entering the “10-40” window. It is hard to fathom that it was 10 years ago that Sharon and I assumed the roles of State Representative and Secretary of the MARBC. We were privileged to have a seamless transition due to the godly and wise leadership of our predecessors Maynard and Ann Belt. The Council of 15 is a wonderful group of servants who gave their support and encouragement as we launched out into “unknown frontiers” (at least “unknown” to us!)

“40” Near the end of November we celebrate 40 years of marriage. It seems shorter than that to me and for Sharon much longer! I am blessed to have a sweet and godly wife who listened to the challenge of her pastor’s wife as a seventh grader when she encouraged Sharon to pray for her future husband, since he may not even yet be a Christian (I wasn’t until my senior year of high school). Since Sharon also expressed her desire to serve as a pastor’s wife, she was encouraged by the same pastor’s wife to pray that her future husband would sense God’s clear call into pastoral ministry (I did as a sophomore in college as I prepared to be a medical doctor!) What a blessing from God it is to spend every day serving with such a focused, godly wife! All we have known as a married couple is ministering alongside one another in local church ministry. When starting down the marital path four decades ago we would have never imagined that we would have the privilege of sharing with such a wonderful group of churches and choice servants who comprise the MARBC. It is amazing to us that 25% of our marriage has been devoted to serving the Lord in our roles with the MARBC. We are humbled and deeply blessed to serve Christ and His Church alongside of you in such a way.

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Embracing and Celebrating Our Core Values.

This past year of ministry with the MARBC has been one of stretching faith and special blessing as we have sought to strengthen our association in many ways. Not the least of these was the financial need. How blessed we are by the way God’s people have responded to this!

We also worked to refocus our vision regarding what connects us together as a network of local churches and Christ’s servants.

This became a major discussion point of the MARBC leadership, the Council of 16. This past spring we spent considerable time discussing the Core Values of our association. What is it that will allow the MARBC to remain a valid ministry investment for those currently in our network and for those who might consider becoming a shareholder? The result of these biblically focused, prayerful discussions resulted in the restating of specific core values that must define the MARBC’s investment portfolio.

The MARBC Core Values:
• Biblically grounded and doctrinally conservative
• Methodology that is progressive: knowing the culture to keep current and relevant
• Innovative: willing to try new ideas
• Non-hostile environments: love and unity are essential ingredients of church life
• Connecting with the community: creating contact points with the unsaved
• Accepting of differences: not every person/church must look the same
• Intergenerational: all ages worshipping together
These core values are the emphasis of the 2016 MARBC Conference theme, “Invested,” and will be communicated and implemented in the next decade’s strategic goals.

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

We praise God for His work in our extended families during difficult health issues and severe crises. He is faithful! We praise God for our daughter Allison, her husband Taylor, and our four grandchildren – Connor (7), Eloise (5), Malachi (2), and Emmaline (4 months).

The MARBC Council of 16 serves a wonderful support system to us and we thank them for their sacrificial service. They are deeply invested in the future of our association. We also thank God for two significant volunteers who have assisted us in the MARBC’s practical ministry this past decade: Karen Avey, who serves as MARBC bookkeeper, and Kevin Pierpont, the MARBC’s web master. Both are a great blessing to us and are to be commended for their conscientious, quality ministries.

Sharon and I thank you for your ongoing prayer and financial support during this first decade of ministry with the MARBC. We look forward to investing with you as God’s stewards in the years ahead. He alone is worthy and deserves our very best!

To God be the glory!
Ken and Sharon Floyd

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Floyd Ministry Statistics from 2015-16
• Travel: Over 24,000 miles on behalf of the MARBC this past year; over 300,000 miles the past decade, serving in almost 700 churches & dozens of conferences and seminars!
• Church assistance: Speaking 88 times in 59 churches; 140+ meetings in-person and online for counseling and consulting; promoting CPR ministry opportunities
• Pastoral assistance: Assisted 14 churches in the call of a new pastor; conducted 12 pastoral search orientations; shared at 10 pastor installation services and 9 ordination councils
• Strategic planning: led 6 churches through strategic planning seminars; participated in 6 church planting strategy sessions
• Office: monitored the improving budget situation and implemented cost-saving methods in office operations; prepared 3 dozen MARBC Messenger communications; worked on enhancing our online and electronic presence communications

We are blessed to complete our tenth year serving with you as representatives of this wonderful church network. You are a great blessing to us and it is our joy to partner with you for God’s glory!

Speaking and Ministry Schedule

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Ken Floyd, MARBC Ministry Director

Ken is scheduling Sunday speaking ministries in 2017 and is also available to share in special ministry seminars, consultations, and pastoral search orientations. Select dates are still available for consultations in the fall of 2016.


November 6 First Baptist Church, Petoskey, MI

November 20 Celebrating 40 years of marriage – to God be the glory!

November 27 Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, MI

November 29 GRARBC Breakpoint meeting, North Park Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI

December 4 Ithaca Baptist Church, Ithaca, MI (am)

December 4 Montrose Baptist Church, Montrose, MI (pm)

December 6 MARBC Council of 16 Executive Committee meeting

January 8 First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs, MI

January 23-24 Clarks Summit University trustee board meetings, Clarks Summit, PA

March 14 MARBC Council of 16 meeting

March 19 Lansing Avenue Baptist Church, Jackson, MI

March 24-25 First Baptist Church, Niles, OH (couples retreat)

March 26 First Baptist Church, Niles, OH

April 2 South Baptist Church, Flint, MI

April 9 First Baptist Church, Allegan, MI

April 11 Grand Rapids Women’s Missionary Union spring rally, Good News Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI

April 18 Interpas meeting, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont, MI

April 22 Closed Door Ministries board meeting, Jenison, MI

Contact Ken for speaking and ministry information by email:  ten.cbramnull@dyolfk

Two MARBC Students Take First Place in Piano Competition

2016 National TFC

We rejoice with two MARBC students, their families, and churches. The students recently received first place recognition for their piano abilities in the 2016 GARBC National Talents for Christ competition held in Oswego, IL.

Nathaniel Bishop, L’Anse Baptist Church, L’Anse, placed first in the piano scholarship category.

Alexandra Hager, Marlette Baptist Church, Marlette, placed first in the piano open (non-scholarship) category.

The Ministry Vision of the MARBC

SMARBC Regional Association Quarterly Meeting

Ken Floyd, Ministry Director of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches, shared a major presentation at the 2015 Annual Conference that details the strategic ministry planned for the association. You are encouraged to click the link to download and then review the powerpoint presentation which summarizes this presentation.

MARBC Ministry Vision 2016

 

2015 MARBC Conference Messages

MARBC Annual Conference 2015MARBC Annual Conference, October 26-27

“Pressing On!” was the theme of the annual conference of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches which was held on Monday and Tuesday, October 26-27, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan.

Audio and Video is available of the following conference messages: