MARBC News & Notes, January – February 2011

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From The Baptist Testimony – Volume 57 Number 1 January/February 2011


One key aspect of the MARBC strategic plan which was presented at this year’s annual conference involves the development of future pastoral leadership within the MARBC. This plan was first presented at the 2009 MARBC annual conference:

Scholarships are being developed by utilizing current MARBC escrow funds to encourage the next   generation of MARBC ministry leaders to pursue quality seminary education.  The MARBC will partner with like-minded seminaries in establishing scholarships for young men (typically third year seminarians) who have a desire to pastor in an MARBC church or, better yet, plant a church in the MARBC.  The scholarship opportunity will be communicated at state TFC events and through MARBC literature.  Sponsoring MARBC churches will be equipped to conduct internships in cooperation with the MARBC and the seminary in order to prepare the prospective pastor to launch a church plant.  The church plant location would be determined through the joint partnership of local churches, regional fellowships, and the MARBC.”

In the spring of 2010, the Council of 15 approved the allocation of over $35,000 in MARBC invested funds towards this scholarship.   These funds were combined with a love gift of approximately $15,000 given two years ago by a family associated with the MARBC for a pastoral scholarship with Baptist Bible Seminary. This action enabled an endowment of $50,000 to be established, allowing the scholarship fund to become active.  Officially titled the “BBS Michigan Pastoral Studies Endowment,” this scholarship is being labeled by the Council of 15 as “The MARBC Future Pastors Legacy Scholarship.”

Since this scholarship is now fully endowed, the MARBC can start awarding scholarships to qualifying seminary students at Baptist Bible Seminary beginning the next school year.  Here is the general purpose and criteria for receiving this scholarship:

The scholarship is for a BBS student who is a member in good standing of an MARBC church for a minimum of 3 years prior to entering seminary.  Exceptions to this standard must be evaluated and approved by the MARBC Council of 15.

The scholarship is for an MARBC-BBS student who will be entering their third (final) year of the Master of Divinity degree program at Baptist Bible Seminary.  This final year involves completing an on-site, two semester internship in an MARBC church under the tutelage and supervision of a pastor.

The MARBC encourages internships to take place, if possible, in a setting where church planting opportunities can be explored by the student and the host church or churches.  It is acknowledged that God may lead the student in a different direction upon completion of his degree.  However, the student will be encouraged to prayerfully consider a church planting opportunity within the MARBC or a pastoral ministry in an established MARBC church.

The internship may be fulfilled in a single MARBC church where the pastoral situation is conducive to effectively participating in an internship.  It may also be fulfilled with a group of churches in a particular region where the pastors and churches of an agreed upon internship consortium are willing to mentor the intern and prayerfully investigate church planting opportunities in that region.

The faculty of Baptist Bible Seminary will evaluate MARBC seminary students during their first two years of seminary to determine if there are students that meet the criteria for this scholarship.  They will then make annual recommendations to the MARBC Executive Director and MARBC Council of 15 regarding the awarding of a scholarship.

The Executive Committee of the Council of 15, along with the MARBC Executive Ministry Director, will screen each recommended candidate and share their findings with the full Council of 15 for their approval.

Scholarship funds will be paid directly to Baptist Bible Seminary for the seminarian’s third year of tuition.

Baptist Bible Seminary is responsible for the official implementation, monitoring, and grading of the internship program. 

The MARBC will monitor the internship with the host church(s) and Baptist Bible Seminary to prayerfully determine potential opportunities for the student upon graduation.

Individuals and churches can help us sustain this endowment and provide the opportunity for multiple scholarships to be awarded each year by giving to the MARBC and designating the gift to the “Future Pastors Scholarship Fund.”

We are encouraging similar partnerships with other Baptist seminaries that fit the dynamics articulated in the MARBC doctrinal statement and constitution.  We desire to be an encouragement to the young men in MARBC churches who sense God’s direction in their lives towards pastoral ministry.  Please exhort young men in your local churches to prayerfully consider God’s call to pastoral ministry.

Contact the MARBC office for more information on this new scholarship opportunity.

2011 TALENTS FOR CHRIST: The 2011 MARBC Talents for Christ competition will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at West Cannon Baptist Church in Belmont (Grand Rapids area).  Students may participate in either the Scholarship or Open Categories.  Registration cost is $25 per individual category and $35 in the Open Categories.  Those desiring to compete in the Scholarship Category should register at the National TFC website where other information and cost details are shared.  You may go to for more information, downloadable materials, and scholarship details.  A link to this website is also available at  

Registration deadline for the 2011 MARBC State Competition of Talents for Christ is March 1, 2011.  Please make checks payable to Evangel Baptist Church and mail the registration to: Michigan TFC, Evangel Baptist Church, 16994 S. Telegraph Rd., Taylor, MI  48180.

MARB churches and young people are strongly encouraged to participate.  The preparations for TFC will help develop godly discipline and character.  The results of this preparation allow our youth to minister in meaningful ways in several settings.  With the opportunities for scholarships from participating colleges in the Scholarship Division and scholarships for participating MARBC camps in the Open Division, there are also practical benefits for TFC participation.  

For further information or questions regarding Talents for Christ, contact our Michigan coordinator, Pastor Ken Pyne – Email; 734.946.5680.


Since its inception three years ago, over seventy ministry projects have been accomplished through “CPR.”  We rejoice in the many CPR Initiatives that took place between sister churches in Michigan last year.  The MARBC office is in the process of assigning CPR partnerships for churches interested in participating in 2011.  If you would like to assist a sister church or would like a church to assist your ministry, please contact the MARBC as soon as possible.  Many churches and ministries are in the final stages of planning potential summer ministry and mission trips.  Be sure to make CPR a major consideration in your planning.  

Consider a sister church relationship with a ministry in another part of the state that would emphasize a co-operative partnership.

  • Sharing of ideas, prayer requests, and resources.
  • Form a consortium of sister churches in your area for joint strategy for church planting and/or missions ventures.
  • Send a missions team to help with a building or repair project.
  • Send youth or singles groups to conduct DVBS, canvassing ministries, etc.
  • Share Sunday School and Bible study materials.
  • Share media resource materials.
  • Offer pulpit sharing opportunities for summer vacations.
  • Receive special offerings for the needs of the sister ministry.
  • Conduct a pastoral internship program to help train a sister church’s next pastor.
  • Add the sister church to the missions budget of the church.
  • Receive a 5th Sunday offering on behalf of the sister ministry.
  • Support mutual missionaries.
  • Conduct joint mission trips to a foreign field.
  • Offer to transport materials and resources when traveling to another area of the state.

For more information regarding “CPR” and how you can be involved as a church or as an individual, contact the MARBC office (moc.loanull@nekcbram; 616.364.5688) or refer to the information posted on the MARBC website,  Don’t delay!


BAILEY, North Casnovia Baptist Church (Aaron Shaw, Pastor) – Pastor Aaron W. Shaw was called by North Casnovia Baptist Church of Bailey, MI to be their senior pastor. He began his ministry at NCBC in August 2010. Pastor Shaw, wife Rachel and their five children come to North Casnovia from Yadkinville, North Carolina, where Pastor Aaron ministered for eight years as director of Alpha Acres Rescue Mission. He had previously pastored a church on the east side of Michigan for seven years. An Installation Service was held at North Casnovia Baptist Church on November 12, 2010 with Pastor Carey Hardy of Twin Cities Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC delivering the dedicational message.


CHURCH ORGAN CABINETS NEEDED:  First Baptist Church in Cass City rejoices as the result of the gift of an organ from a sister MARBC church that responded to their need as a result of learning of it in the last issue of the Baptist Testimony. The church is still in need of one or the other of two Hammond Tone Cabinets (a tone cabinet is a cabinet of speakers which go with the organ). The model numbers are: PR-40 or 21H or 122. Please contact Pastor David Hill if you are able to assist with this need: Email or Cell phone at 810-441-2251.

HOUSING OPPORTUNITY: Chippewa Hills Baptist Church in Remus is making available the church’s parsonage again for anyone in ministry who needs a place to stay (missionary, pastors in transition, or others needing housing). The house has 3 bedrooms and an office area and is furnished.  The church doesn’t charge rent and only asks that those using it take care of their own utilities.  If interested, contact Pastor Chuck Richardson, Chippewa Hills Baptist Church, Remus, MI 49340, church office – 989-967-8205 – Email.

HYMNALS NEEDED: Good hymnals available to donate or a good discount are needed by a small country church being served by (“retired?!”) veteran pastor Ken Pierpont, Sr. and his wife, Jane.  If you have hymnals for these special servants and their church, please Email Jane or Email Ken.  

IRS Announces 2011 Standard Mileage Rates – The new standard mileage rate for 2011 business travel will be 51 cents per mile, up from 50 cents per mile in 2010. This small increase may be too little to stave off the increasing cost of a gallon of gasoline at the pump. Gas prices had gone down over the summer months, only to see a steady increase in the average price for a gallon of gas since September, according to the Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Since September, the average has jumped approximately 20 cents per gallon.  Source:  Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND COUPLES RETREAT:  “Extreme Makeover – Marriage Edition (Marriage by God’s Design)” is a special couples retreat sponsored by the Southern MARBC Regional Fellowship.  It will be held on February 11-12, 2011 at the Youth Haven Ranch ministry center in Rives Junction, located between Lansing and Jackson, Michigan. The retreat will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 11 and concludes on Saturday, February 12 at 5 p.m.  Meals include Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch.  

The cost of the retreat is $97.12 per couple, which is based upon Psalm 97:12,“Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.”  A pre-registration fee of $50.00 is due by February 1, with the balance due at the retreat.  A gift book is included in the retreat fee.

The retreat speakers will be MARBC Executive Director Rev. Ken Floyd and his wife, Sharon.  The Floyds have enjoyed sharing at several marriage retreats and combine practical Bible teaching with real life stories to help couples embrace God’s design for marriage.  

Downloadable brochures and information regarding this wonderful way for couples to celebrate Valentine’s weekend are available at  For more information and to register for the retreat, please contact retreat coordinator Pastor Tim Rowland, Lansing Avenue Baptist Church (517.783.3676; Email) ASAP!

LADIES CONFERENCE:  “Daughters of Promise” is the theme of the 2011 Ladies Conference sponsored by the Eastern MARBC Regional Fellowship.  

Christine Wyrtzen will be the special guest for the conference.  Christine is a recording artist, author, speaker, and host of the syndicated radio program “Daughters of Promise” which is heard on nearly 700 radio stations.  She has been ministering for 30 years as a musician and writer with 15 albums and three books to her credit.

Christine loves to teach women how to relate to God as their Father, to interact with, and experience His Word as a much loved daughter rather than a disinterested participant.  She will share in three sessions through word and music:  Letting God be my storyteller, New birth – New story, and Story lines of revenge and forgiveness.

The conference will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Evangel Baptist Church, 16994 Telegraph Rd., Taylor, MI 48180.   The cost is $10 per person.  Lunch is available for an additional $6.  Those not choosing the lunch option may get lunch at an area restaurant.  Sign-in and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Please may checks payable to “Evangel Baptist Church.”

For more information you may phone Evangel Baptist Church, 734.946.5680, Email, or visit their website – .


The Second Annual Michigan BBC President’s Golf Classic event will be Monday, September 12, 2011. The event will be held at Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids.  

Golfers may register individually or as a foursome. Golfing and sponsorship information is online at . For questions, call 800.451.8668 or Email.  Get registration and other details at  Golfers registering and submitting payment by January 31 will receive a $25 discount. 

The Michigan event features special speaker Frank Tanana, a Detroit native whose major league baseball career spanned 21 seasons. A Christian who enjoys sharing his faith and experiences, Tanana’s eight seasons with the Tigers included pitching Detroit to a 1-0, division-clinching win over the Toronto Blue Jays on the last day of the 1987 season.

Golfers connect with local business sponsors to raise funds for student scholarships. The events are special opportunities for friends of BBC&S to be involved in the work of equipping students for global Christian leadership.

Thousand Oaks is one of Michigan’s many premier golf destinations. It has been rated one of the 25 best golf courses in Michigan by Golf Digest. It is located minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and also features the Thousand Oaks Golf Academy, which offers private golf instruction with two full time PGA Master and Senior Professional golf instructors.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. The shotgun start will be at noon. An awards dinner and prize drawings will be at 5 p.m.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning and serving with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.  To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

EMAIL ADDRESS – Do we have your accurate e-mail address?  Many people and organizations change their email addresses from time to time.  Does the MARBC have your current address?  Why not be sure by sending us an email and including your updated contact information?  Send your information to either Sharon or  Ken.

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