The Ministry of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches
The Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches (MARBC) is an Association of Bible-believing, Christ-honoring, Baptist churches. Each local church in fellowship with the MARBC is autonomous in its own affairs and decision-making. Because Michigan has such a large number of churches the association is sectioned into seven regional fellowships that meet regularly in their respective areas (Western, Eastern, Northern Lower, Upper Peninsula, Southern, Central, Grand Rapids).
There are approximately 170 churches in our State Association, the majority of which also belong to the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches on the national level. The national Fellowship of the GARBC came into existence in 1932 due to the prevailing influence of liberalism in the old Northern Baptist Convention.
The MARBC receives oversight from a ministry board identified as the Council of Sixteen. The Council consists of nine members at large who are elected to three year terms from association churches and one representative from each of the seven area associations. The Ministry Director serves as a resource person for pastors and churches, ministers in churches, edits the e-newsletter, The MARBC Messenger, and oversees state ministries. He is available for pulpit supply and Bible Conference ministry, and encourages and assists pastors and churches desiring to affiliate with our Fellowship. The MARBC is financially supported through the gifts and regular support of our churches.
The Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches came into existence in 1942 for the purpose of providing a medium of cooperation and fellowship among independent, fundamental, Baptist Churches of like faith in order to propagate and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ.