Following the blessings of the joint conference of the MARBC and OARBC (OH-MI!) in 2013, we are pleased to announce this year’s Tri-State Conference! The MARBC and OARBC will be joined this year by our co-laborers in the Indiana “Crossroads Fellowship” of Regular Baptists. The conference is scheduled for October 21-23, 2019.
The conference will once again be held on the campus of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio. Pastor Duke Crawford and his staff are preparing the joint conference website, registration platform, and conference mailers. The information will be sent to all churches in the three partnering associations and posted on their mutual association websites, once it is available.
Nehemiah: Seeing God in Life, Leadership, and the Problems We Face
“Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome.” Nehemiah 4:14
We are blessed to have Dr. Jeremy Pierre and Dr. Thomas White serve as the main session and seminar speakers. A special session will also be led by the new GARBC National Representative Mike Hess.
Jeremy Pierre is Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling and the Chair of Department of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience (New Growth Press, 2016) and co-author of The Pastor and Counseling (Crossway, 2015). He has contributed to various books, including Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling and Scripture and Counseling. He currently serves as Executive Pastor at Clifton Baptist Church. He serves on the board of directors for the Biblical Counseling Coalition and is a certified member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He and his wife Sarah raise their five children in Louisville, Kentucky.
Thomas White is the tenth president of Cedarville University. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth. He has co-authored Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, Upon This Rock, and served as editor of First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty. He and his wife Joy have two children.
Mike Hess serves as the National Representative of the GARBC. He serves the association by encouraging local churches, counseling churches and pastors in need, assisting in pastoral placement, speaking in various churches and ministry settings, mentoring and training other pastors, and by championing our fellowship’s doctrinal statement. He’s a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He is a key contributor to the newly launched “The Baptist Bulletin Podcast.” He and his wife Christina have two children.
Daily Conference Fellowship Opportunities.
The Tri-State Conference will feature fellowship opportunities each day of the conference. Special concerts will be featured at the beginning the Monday and Tuesday evening sessions. Post session fellowship gatherings are planned on Monday and Tuesday evening. Lunch and breakfast gatherings will also be featured. Details will be shared in future Messengers and web-posts.
Be sure to save the date: October 21-23, 2019!
Ken Floyd, MARBC Ministry Director
Ken has dates available for Sunday speaking ministries in the spring of 2019 and beyond. He is also available to share in special ministry seminars, consultations, and pastoral search orientations.
Ken’s upcoming itinerary:
May 1 Tri-State Conference consultation, Toledo, OH
May 4 Ministry consultation, Grand Rapids, MI
May 6, Ministry consultation, Grand Rapids, MI
May 9 Ministry consultation, Grand Rapids, MI
May 11 Ordination council, Springfield, OH
May 13 Ministry consultations
May 14 GRARBC Breakpoint, Kent City, MI
June 4 MARBC Council of 16 meeting, First Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant
June 9 Calvary Baptist Church, Lake City, MI
June 24-25 GARBC Council of 18 meetings, Des Moines, IA
June 25-28 GARBC Annual Conference, Des Moines, IA
June 30 First Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, MI
July 14 Orangeville Baptist Church, Plainwell, MI
July 20 Fellowship Baptist Church, East China, MI, leadership meeting
July 21 Fellowship Baptist Church, East China, MI
July 28 Calvary Baptist Church, Battle Creek, MI
We are grateful for your prayer support as Ken and Sharon travel and minister.
The MARBC Bridge Network exists to connect churches with one another and with their communities in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
MARBC Core Values:
Biblically and doctrinally resolute.
Progressing in ministry mindset and method.
Pursuing cultural and generational diversity.
Engaging our neighbors.
The MARBC network is committed to establishing New Testament churches that are dedicated to the fulfillment of the Great Commission in their local communities and throughout the world. No church can fulfill this goal singularly. Therefore, we partner together as a fellowship of churches to exhort, encourage, and edify one another, with the goal of having a great impact in the State of Michigan and an extended impact through our nation and the world.
Michigan encompasses a large geographic area and the MARBC is comprised of a large network of churches. Accordingly, the MARBC is divided into seven regional fellowships: Upper Peninsula, Northern, Western, Eastern, Central, Southern, and Grand Rapids. Each region is coordinated through the MARBC and offers ministry and fellowship opportunities.
Interpas, as an extension of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches, is an organization of experienced and capable pastors interested in assisting churches that need Interim Pastors.
Interpas exists to:
- Assist local churches to make a smooth transition between permanent pastors
- Help make this time one of encouragement, enrichment, growth, unity, and spiritual health
- Provide qualified and tested leadership for a church at a time when it is most needed
- Provide regular and consistent pulpit teaching ministries
- Provide for the church a mature, spiritual leader who is called to an interim ministry without desire to be senior pastor
Click the link below for more information regarding Interpas Ministries.