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 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:
- “Pressing On for the Furtherance of the Gospel”, Philippians 1:12-18
Speaker: Dr. Steve Ayers, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Benzonia, MI
- “Pressing On While Navigating the Stressors of Ministry”
Pastor Scott Snyder, South Baptist Church, Flint, MI
- “Pressing On in a Godless Culture”, Philippians 2:12-18
Speaker: Pastor Jeff Burr, Forest Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI
- “Pressing On Because ‘It Ain’t Over till It’s Over’” Philippians 3:12-21
Speaker: Pastor Tom Townsend, Calvary Baptist Church, Battle Creek, MI
- Panel Discussion: “Pressing On by Putting Passion Back into Ministry”
Led by Pastor Jim Howard, First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs, MI
- “Pressing On, Knowing that the Best is yet to Come!” Philippians 4:10-20
Speaker: Rev. Ken Floyd, Ministry Director, MARBC
Sharon and I thank you for your ongoing prayer support on our behalf during the ninth year of our ministry with the MARBC. God bestowed to us wisdom and strength to prayerfully deal with the daily rigors of our ministry, the unique challenges of the financial crisis, and the severe physical needs of my parents. We thank Him for His gracious guidance.
This past summer someone asked me to describe my ministry as the Ministry Director of the MARBC. After pondering the best way to illustrate it, here is how I replied:
“Our ministry is much like my relationship with an acquaintance of mine named Sam. I really appreciate Sam and consider him a reliable friend. I know that if I call him he will promptly respond. If I need special attention he is equipped to assist me in determining my needs, discern important issues to address, and will then give me proper treatment or refer me to those who can.
Sam is actually a real person and a brother in Christ who is a member of an MARBC church in the Grand Rapids area. He is also my physician. I often pass by the medical building where Sam works sitting to the west of I-96 when I am traveling into and out of Grand Rapids. I don’t stop by to chat with him and he doesn’t expect me to call him weekly. Yet, I know that when he is needed I can pick up the phone, call him, and receive immediate attention. Sam’s almost instant availability and professional expertise make it worth the personal and financial investment that I make to maintain a relationship with him. Bottom line: I value Sam enough to trust my physical well being into his care.”
THANK YOU to the many who have responded to the MARBC’s special financial need.
$65,000 must be raised in new support in order for the MARBC to continue its current mode of operation.
Monthly support update. Several churches have contacted the MARBC to share that they are prayerfully considering increases in their budgeted support. As of November 20, churches have increased their monthly support by a total of $1,787 per month = $21,444 per year. This reduces the new annual support need to $58,952.
"God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne." Psalm 47:8
"And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!" Revelation 19:6
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27
In a time when societies are choosing to establish foundations on shifting sand, it is good for the children of God to remember that God still reigns!
The following commentary was written on Friday, June 26, by David Gunn, editorial director of publications for Regular Baptist Press. It is posted on the GARBC website. David's comments give MARBC churches and pastors a good foundation for Biblical discussion regarding this critically important matter.
On June 26, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage nation-wide. This was not in any way unexpected or unpredictable—a majority of Americans now publicly supports same sex marriage and SCOTUS has a long track record of legislating from the bench—but still, supporters of traditional marriage can’t help feeling as though they’ve been punched in the solar plexus. Social media is, of course, aflutter: many conservatives are posting eulogies to the late constitutional republic of America, while progressives are taking their victory laps (and, in more than a few cases, deriding the decision’s detractors). Today has been a momentous day. It will be quite some time before we even begin to feel the full effects of this Supreme Court decision, but feel them we will.
Prayer Update Regarding the Tornado Relief Efforts on Behalf of First Baptist Church in Portland, Michigan
We thank those in our network for their prayer support on behalf of the community of Portland, Michigan, following the devastation from a tornado that touched down this past Monday, June 22.
As we shared on Monday, the MARBC through its CPR (Church Partnering Relationship) initiative and the GARBC's Baptist Builder's Club-USA Disaster Relief program, under the leadership of Director Michael Nolan, are working together to coordinate assistance on behalf of the First Baptist Church and the greater Portland community.