CMARBC (Central Association) Regional meeting, April 9, 2019.
The Central Regional Association of Regular Baptist Churches will hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. refreshments, 10:00 a.m. – noon at First Park Baptist Church in St. Louis, MI. Topic: “The State of Missions.” We believe that the local church is God’s plan for taking the Gospel into all the world. We want to honestly assess the current state of relationships between the local church and the mission field and discover ways to enhance and strengthen opportunities for the Gospel. What are the current trends in missions? How does the missionary and missions agency view the local church?
“Michigan Expositors Summit” / SMARBC (Southern) Regional meeting, April 11, 2019.
The Michigan Expositors Summit is an annual gathering of pastors, ministry leaders, and seminary students who come together to fellowship, network, and gain new tools to become better expositors of God’s Word. The Summit is sponsored jointly by Grace Baptist Church (Marshall, MI) and the Southern Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches (SMARBC).
The program is a free, annual, half-day seminar. Three workshops lead by a seasoned expositor, plus a Q&A time, make up the event. Those who can stay afterwards also receive a free lunch. The full cost of this event is carried by Grace Baptist Church and the SMARBC.
9:00-10:00 Session 1:: Preaching the Text with Passion
10:10-11:10 Session 2: Applying the Text with Care
11:20-12:20 Session 3: Illuminating the Text with Pointed Illustrations
12:20-12:30 Discussion / Q&A
This year’s speaker is MARBC pastor James Wells. Jim serves as the Senior Pastor of Highland Hills Baptist Church. Before coming to Highland, he was Senior Pastor of Island Pond Baptist Church in Hampstead, NH. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Dallas Theological Seminary, he has served as a minister of youth and education, in church planting, and the pastorate for more than thirty years. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at the college and seminary levels.
Pastor Wells has been a member of several boards and associations, bringing God’s Word to various Bible conferences, retreats, civic organizations, and sports teams. He has ministered in several capacities in support of world-wide missions. He was instrumental in establishing the New England Center for Expository Preaching. To see the Bible taught, people saved, and Christ’s Church built, are his great ministry passions.
“Balancing the Demands of Ministry and Marriage” is the theme of the GRARBC Pastors and Wives Dinner on
Tuesday evening, April 16, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Arnie’s Restaurant, 722 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids.
WMARBC (Western) Regional Quarterly Meeting, April 25, 2019
Ken Floyd, MARBC Ministry Director, will lead a forum re: “Core Values in Action: Making the Most of the WMARBC Fellowship.” The meeting will be held at First Baptist Church in Fremont, MI, and will begin with lunch at noon. WMARBC officers will also be elected during the meeting.
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:
April 2 Ministry consultations
April 3 Ministry consultations
April 5 LEAD board meeting, Grand Rapids, MI
April 9 Ministry consultation
April 9 CMARBC Regional Association meeting, St. Louis, MI
April 11 SMARBC Michigan Expositors Summit, Marshall, MI
April 14 Pastoral search committee consultation
April 16 GRARBC Pastors and Wives Dinner, Grand Rapids, MI
April 25 WMARBC Regional Association meeting
April 25 Continental Baptist Missions banquet, Rockford, MI
April 28 First Baptist Church, Durand, MI
May 13 Ministry consultation
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 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.