2017 MARBC Conference highlights

 

Ken Floyd, MARBC Ministry Director, opened the initial session by sharing the vision of the Council of 16 in the planning of this year’s conference. “This year’s conference theme focuses upon the biblical church dynamics identified in the MARBC’s core values. We desire that the churches of our association will bring God great glory as they focus upon and implement these biblical principles. It is our prayer than this will be evidenced through individual local churches as well as through church partnerships regionally throughout our state. We pray that you will be challenged, encouraged, and strengthened as a result of your participation.”

 

MARBC Family Session

 

The MARBC family session on Monday afternoon included a report from Executive Ministry Director Ken Floyd, the approval of the 2018 budget, and the election of three new Council of 16 members for a 3 year term (2018-2020). Newly elected members are:

 

Bill Abernathy, Berean Baptist Church, Portage
Nathan Pierpont, Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo
Chris Weeks, Kent City Baptist Church, Kent City

 

 

2018 Council of 16

At large members, 3-year terms (term expiration year)

Tom Townsend, Calvary Baptist Church, Battle Creek (2018)

Doug Crawford, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont (2018)

Marc Herron, First Baptist Church, Caro (2018)

Jeff Burr, Forest Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids (2019) Vice Chairman

Dave Sill, Shelby Road Baptist Church, Shelby (2019) Chairman

Mark Cizauskas, First Baptist Church, Rochester (2019) Treasurer

Bill Abernathy, Berean Baptist Church, Portage (2020)

Nathan Pierpont, Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo (2020)

Chris Weeks, Kent City Baptist Church, Kent City (2020)

Regional representatives (selected by their regional associations)

Steve Ayers, Faith Baptist Church, Benzonia (Northern)

Scott Church, Trinity Baptist Church, Muskegon (Western)

Phil Devaney, Britton Bethel Baptist Church, Britton (Southern)

Jerry Diserens, Evangel Baptist Church, Taylor (Eastern)

Aaron Hadley, First Baptist Church, Edmore (Central) Secretary

Lewis Hague, Blessed Hope Baptist Church, Escanaba (Upper Peninsula)

“Stories from the Front” highlight practical church rescue ministries in the MARBC

Two practical church ministry breakout sessions were featured at the 2017 MARBC Conference. Titled “Stories from the Front” both sessions featured testimonies from church leaders who have served in integral ways in the rescue of struggling churches.

 

 

The Northland/Blythefield Partnership

This report focuses upon how a merger of two MARBC church ministries seeks to impact a community on the north end of Grand Rapids. Pastors Ben Phebus (Northland Baptist Church, Grand Rapids) and Tim Hoyt (Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, Rockford) share the back-story of this strategic relationship.

 

 

 

The Montrose Project

What options are available for a church that is in significant decline? This back-story shares how a healthy sister church offers significant support to a struggling church in a neighboring community, with assistance from the MARBC. Pastors Scott Snyder (South Baptist Church, Flint) and Shane Miller (Montrose Baptist Church, Montrose), along with Montrose deacon Bob Mosser, share about this exciting partnering approach.

 

 

 

Ken Floyd announced at the conclusion of the session that there are additional prospective church reboot partnerships under consideration. Churches and pastors are encouraged to contact the MARBC office to learn how they can be involved in this important ministry endeavor.

CPR Opportunities for Your Consideration

Van needed.

 

John Watson, pastor of Standale Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, shares the special need for a member of his church. The church had the privilege of seeing a single mom and several of her five children come to Christ through the ministry of the church. Her current van has been maintained by the church for several years, but is now beyond repair. Would you consider assisting Standale Baptist Church in meeting this need through the donation of a reliable van or through financial assistance?

Contact Pastor John Watson

 

First Baptist Church in Petoskey prepares for major relocation project.

 

Casey Smith, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Petoskey, reports that the church is preparing for a long anticipated relocation project that will begin in the spring of 2018. The church has been able to receive a large amount of funds due to the sale of donated stock, in addition to the sale of the current building which is located in the center of town. The church will relocate on the north end of Petoskey on 14 acres of property which the church already owns.

 

The church will need the assistance of volunteer labor in order to complete this project. This includes electricians, plumbers, framers, drywallers, painters, etc. While some of the needs require skilled laborers, much of the work can be done by volunteers under supervised direction.

 

Pastor Smith shares that there are many local campgrounds and places along Lake Michigan for those who want to bring their RVs and campers. Other lodging options can be explored.

 

The Petoskey region offers beautiful scenery and unique shops in the city. The church is beginning to discuss plans with an architect and would greatly appreciate your communication if you are interested in participating in this significant opportunity to impact this church and community.

 

Please email Pastor Smith asap to indicate your interest, or phone 231.347.2038.

 

Email Pastor Casey Smith for more information

Church Security Options

We encourage the MARBC family to continue your prayerful support of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, as well as the affected families, community, and those in law enforcement and government positions.

 

The continuing security risks for churches has caused many church leaders to contact the MARBC office seeking options for practical ministry assistance. Here are two options for your prayerful consideration.

 

 

Church Strong Consultants.

 

Today’s volatile culture demands that pastors and churches take practical precautions for the safety of those who participate in their ministries. Ken Floyd recently had the opportunity to talk with the representative of a helpful ministry that is designed to assist churches in such an endeavor.

 

Church Strong Consultants John Murdoch and Laird Baldwin are both experienced pastors, as well as trained and experienced law enforcement chaplains. Brother Murdoch spent many years leading the Chaplaincy Commission for the GARBC. As members of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, they are trained in crime prevention and threat assessment. They evaluate a church’s safety and security needs with a pastor’s understanding and perspective.

 

Church Strong Consultants offers a six-hour seminar and 64-page manual, “Thinking Through Church Security.” The seminar consists of the following topics: Preparation, Awareness, Response, & Teamwork.

 

Church Strong Consultants prefers to come to your church and conduct seminars on Saturdays when possible, and through the week if necessary so as to avoid conflict with Sunday services. Seminars normally take seven hours.

 

Click here to access the Church Strong Consultants website

Click here to email consultant Laird Baldwin

 

 

 

Sheepdog Church Security.

 

Jim Barrett serves as the lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Carson City, MI. He also serves with the state and local law enforcement as a chaplain and firearm consultant. MARBC Ministry Director Ken Floyd recently talked with Jim about church security issues. Jim recommends that pastors and churches seriously consider the security risks they face. He recommends that churches consider support from a group such as Sheepdog Church Security.

 

The group’s website offers practical downloadable materials to assist in security evaluation. One such resource is “How to Plan an Active Shooter Drill: 10 Best Practices for Churches.”

 

Access the Sheepdog Church Security website

Speaking and Ministry Schedule

Ken Floyd ministry photo 2011

Ken Floyd, MARBC Ministry Director

Ken is scheduling Sunday speaking ministries in 2018 and beyond. He is available to share in special ministry seminars, consultations, and pastoral search orientations.


Ken’s upcoming itinerary:

November 10 First Baptist Church, St. Louis, MI, missions dinner

November 12 Faith Baptist Church, Cheboygan, MI

November 13 North Park Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, a.m. memorial service

November 13 First Baptist Church, Caro, MI, p.m. search committee meeting

November 18 Bethany Bible Church, Belleville, MI

December 3 Jibson Immanuel Baptist Church, Muskegon, MI

December 10 North Park Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact Ken for speaking and ministry information

We are extremely grateful for your prayer support as Ken and Sharon travel and minister.

2017 CPR Projects are now being Coordinated. Will you help?

The MARBC office has been contacted by churches interested in assisting a church in need of CPR assistance. The assistance offered includes both ministry and building related projects. Please contact the MARBC office soon so that projects can be coordinated with these willing churches.

Contact the MARBC Office for CPR assistance and/or information

We thank God for projects already arranged for this year that involve DVBS, outreach, and building projects.

Two Special CPR Projects for your consideration

Pastor Phil Devaney, Britton Bethel Baptist Church in Britton, shares that due to a storm earlier this spring the church needs to re-roof our parsonage and perhaps the car-port at the church as well. The church already has the materials, but needs laborers to do the roof project. The project is scheduled for June 1-3.

Pastor Devaney shares, “Sadly, our knees ache from hours of kneeling and prayer, and our backs hurt from carrying many burdens over the years (in other words, we are old). If you could assist us, we would love to hear from you.”

Contact Pastor Phil Devaney at: (517) 451-5415.

Email Pastor Phil Devaney for more details

Pastor Scott Kroeger, Colon Baptist Church in Colon, shares that the church is preparing for a roofing project this spring. Would you and your church be willing to assist this sister church with funding, materials, and/or labor for this important project? Often several churches partner together to help meet such a need, which is the purpose of the CPR Ministry.

Email Pastor Scott Kroeger for more details

Be sure to inform the MARBC office if you have a special need that can be assisted by a CPR partnership, or if you would like to participate in a CPR project.

The Ministry Vision of the MARBC

SMARBC Regional Association Quarterly Meeting

Ken Floyd, Ministry Director of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches, has drafted a strategic ministry plan for the next 10 years of the association’s ministry. You are encouraged to click the link to download and then review the powerpoint presentation which summarizes this presentation.

Download the MARBC Ministry Vision 2016-2025 PowerPoint File (Right Click, Save As)

Or view the presentation slides here:

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Resources on Pastoral Sabbaticals

A collection of resources on Pastoral Sabbaticals.

Pastoral Sabbaticals by Maynard Belt

PDF Download Pastoral Sabbaticals by Rich VanHeukelum (PDF)

Audio of the message by Dave Culver “A Win-Win R2R”, The Value and Benefits of a Pastoral Sabbatical from the 2010 MARBC Annual Conference

PDF Download The handout from the MARBC Conference by Dave Culver on Pastoral Sabbatical Policies (PDF)

Homosexuality, Same-Sex Marriage, and related issues

Homosexuality, Same-Sex Marriage, and related issuesThe current issue of the Baptist Bulletin carries three articles dealing with various aspects of this critical issue. “Same-Sex Marriage: What the Bible Really Says” (Gary Gromacki), “Talking to a Rights Advocate” (Jay Lucas), and “Talking to the Gay Community” (Erwin Lutzer) deal with the topic from a Biblical apologetic.

In recent meetings with ministry leaders and in personal correspondence with pastors there has been much discussion regarding these matters. Church leaders are encouraged to carefully and prayerfully review their official church documents (articles of faith, covenant, constitution, policy manuals, etc.) to ensure that there are proper statements present to deal with the new issues pertaining to same-sex marriage and other issues related to sexuality. Documents and policies should include clearly stated membership guidelines, which may include the prohibition of membership for those engaged in homosexual practices and homosexual/civil unions. Additional statements should deal with prohibiting such activities on any church owned property. Wedding and marriage policies should also be reviewed to ensure that there is specific language to cover these areas of concern.

-Ken Floyd

Caring As Churches – “The CPR Initiative”

From The Baptist Testimony – Volume 54 Number 5 May 2008

Caring is a key dynamic of “Church Partnering Relationships” (CPR).  So far a dozen partnerships involving 24 churches have been arranged for this summer.  Remember to uphold these opportunities regularly in prayer in the weeks ahead.  Prayerfully consider ways in which you can be personally involved in demonstrating godly care for others this summer.

Church Partnering Relationships with 3 primary goals:
Caring:  a proactive vision towards mutual edification
Praying:  regular sharing of requests and initiatives that promote mutual prayer 
Resourcing:  embracing the mission of practical encouragement by outsourcing materials and personnel [Read more…]