Please Be in Prayer....

We got word about a week ago that Paul Rollet had takenPaul Rollett a nasty fall while hiking in a rugged area of the Philippines.  He fell about 10 feet and then rolled another 20 feet.  He suffered some back injuries, a fractured ankle, and many cuts and bruises.  People that were with him said that it was a miracle that he did not suffer any head injuries.  Since then he has been transported back to Manilla and has undergone some surgeries to deal with the most important items.  Those surgeries have gone well and plans are being made for the next steps.  During this whole time he has also been dealing with a lot of pain.  His mother Laura left for the Philippines and was by his side a couple of days after the fall. Please keep Paul, his family, and his ministry family in your prayers.

Funds contributing by way of Paul's funding page are helping to pay for his medical expenses. You may contribute by going to that web site. For the most up-to-date information about Paul's recovery go to the Central Baptist Church FaceBook site.

Check out how the GRR is helping the Rolletts to plant churches in Manila, The Phillipines


GRR President Rev. Elaine Bolen Announces New GRR Staff Members.

Rex Rogers will serve Areas I and III. Patty Bilyeu will serve Areas II and IV beginning July 1.

Spring Meetings of the Areas Conclude Next Sunday

Area IV will meet at Mattoon FBC on April 30

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Outrageous Generosity is our Region's initiative to share resources that God has given us. Our Board of Ministries and Executive Minister have sought out God's counsel as to where these resources need to be shared. Rev. Paul Gibson has recently written a summary that can be quickly read to bring you up to date.

Checkout in the "spotlight" where churches are being planted because of the GRR's Outrageous Generosity honoring God's blessings to us.

Spotlights in Church Planting

Check out how the Great Rivers Region is helping to plant churches. Click on the black and white circle. First is in India. More to follow.

Planting Churches in the Dominican Planting churches in Northeast India Planting Churches in the Dominican

Courses Announced

Dean Paul Maitland, Alternative Ministerial Education, posts information and registration information for 2 courses which offer opportunity to learn about Baptists and about certain aspects of the professional - and personal - practices of ministry. These two courses have been experienced as beneficial both to church leaders starting out and to those who have served years. Both courses are required core curriculum for those enrolled in the Alternative Ministerial Education.

Save the date Flyer 2017Annual Assembly 2017 with Marvin McMickle

September 29 - 30
    (Ministers Conference: September 28)

Chesterfield, MO

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Area III's Meeting was hosted April 1 by First Baptist Church of Bloomington. "Advancing Our Work Together" lifted up by a variety of speakers. Jon Good and his family, endorsed for mission in Hungary, shared about God's call and vision for their service.


Area V's Speaker Highlights America For Christ

Peck WindowStained glass window of John Mason Peck - who planted Second Baptist Church - was available for viewing at the host church.

America For Christ Offering 2017 Logo 


Try this out:

Discover your personal God-given style of evangelism.
(This questionaire and results are based upon Jeffrey Johnson's Got Style?)

Watch this Mission Tour Flashback

1999, Oklahoma. You may find a yourself a bit different. You may see again those who have since been called home.

Please include in Your 2017 Calendar...

Your GRR Area Spring Meeting - tba

Ministers Spouse Retreat, April 21 - 22

Ministers Conference, September 28

Our 50th Annual Meeting, September 29 -30

Outrageous Generosity

From GRR Executive Minister Paul Gibson:

Dear Pastors, Church Leaders, and Friends of the GRR

By now you may have heard of what our regional board voted during our annual gathering in Effingham.  I wanted to make sure you hear some of the details of that decision.  (Click here for details).  They demonstrated to me that they are Kingdom People, willing to share our blessings with God’s people everywhere.

Bottom-line, over a period of about 5 months our region will have received a little over 1.1 million dollars in gifts.  We will be giving over half of that away to missionaries and projects connected to our region, and to help plant churches overseas. (Read International Ministries news release.)

Our outgoing region board president, Bill Steger, labeled it this way, he called it “outrageous generosity”.  It doesn’t come close to matching what God did for us through His Son, but it does demonstrate that Jesus is our Lord and we are excited to let His love flow through us.

In Christ,

Celebrating Church and Clergy Anniversaries

If you are viewing this page on your desktop or laptop, you may see a scrolling section at the top of the left menu column. Congratulations on these years of ministry! (If on a handheld, this can be seen by clicking on the menu icon just below the stories on this page.)

The GRR will also list these in forthcoming issues of the Mainstream.

Also listed, but month by month, will be clergy - serving and retired - ordination anniversaries and anniversaries of clergy tenure in the church each is presently serving. Clergy ordination anniversaries may be found on the home page of Pastor's Health section of this site. Clergy tenure anniversaries may be found on both desktop/laptop and mobile devices on the "search for serving pastor" page.

Your GRR Staff celebrate these anniversaries of tenure.

If information in these lists is incorrect, please contact the GRR office to have that information corrected.

The lists are compiled from information GRR churches send in annual reports and from churches' communications with GRR ministerial Staff. Thank you.