When We Refresh, Reflect, and Re-engage...
Our Executive Minister, Paul Gibson, shares - including pictures - his experiences from attending the The World Mission Conference (July 4 - 9).
One of the events was the transition of leadership of AB International Missions from the retiring Reid Truelson to his successor, Sharon Koh. Our own Rev. Dr. Reg Mills has been part of this in his tenure as president of International Ministries.
Sharon will be speaking during our Annual Assembly in Effingham this September 23 - 24.
Read/View more of Paul's travel.
American Baptist History and Polity Course
August 12 - 13
ABC GRR Resource Center, Springfield IL
This course is required for transfer of credentials, or for graduation from the Alternative Ministerial Education program of the ABCGRR.
For more information and an enrollment form, contact Debbie Naugle at the GRR office. For questions about the class or about Alternative Ministerial Education, contact Paul Maitland at firstname.lastname@example.org (309) 691-3387.
Read entire news release - including information about costs - from Rev. Dr. Paul Maitland, Dean of the GRR Alternative Ministerial Education. Download registration / course requirements material.
GRR Annual Assembly
New Pastors' Gathering - Thursday, September 22
Ministers Conference - Thursday, September 22
Annual Assembly, Friday - Saturday, September 23 - 24
American Baptists Called to Prayer
...In this painful summer, we call American Baptists to a season of prayer for those who have been affected by senseless acts of violence in cities here and across the world, as well as impacted by natural disasters. While we grieve the loss of life and livelihood for those directly affected, all brothers and sisters in Christ share the burden of helping, healing, and finding hope.... (Read entire document)
Sr. Day at Lake Springfield Baptist Camp
Blackhawk Camp Hosts Area I's Adult Day
August 20th 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. ("Sr" is purposely dropped! Except for "Sr." discounts, "Sr." evokes different responses.)
Download Camp schedule, including Adult Day particulars.
Using Technology To Transform Ministry
August 03, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT
Use today’s most popular technologies to spread Christ’s loving message...discipleship, social justice, and preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s faith leaders. This webinar will also suggest cost effective, easy to use tools to spread the message of Christ.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.This learning opportunity is sponsored by United Mission. United Mission is the Vehicle! Please visit the web site, UMIsTheVehicle.org for free resources and more information.
What Can Be Done in Four Days...
Rev. Dr. Charles Warger (here with his wife, Jodie) was installed as pastor of First Baptist Church Ottawa, IL on May 22. The Rev. Rachel Cocar, GRR Staff person serving Area I, preached and gave the charge. Rachel notes that the service included beautiful music as a special blessing for the new pastor and his wife. The church honored them with a reception following the worship service.
Short Term Mission Opportunity -
Black Hills of South Dakota
August 6 - 14, 2016
Executive Minister Paul Gibson notes that some of our GRR family have volunteered in this mission previously. God calling you to volunteer this year? Download volunteer registration information and form. Led to share this with your church? Download the bulletin insert.
The Departments of Evangelism of the American Baptist Churches of Nebraska and the Dakotas have teamed up in each of the last fifteen years to minister at the annual gathering of over 400,000 people in Sturgis, South Dakota for Bike Week. (Attendance last year was 739,000.) read more...
From Our Executive Minister
Ministers Conference, Annual Assembly, and more...
Paul Gibson Refects on What He Has Heard You Say
"Many thoughts, concerns and ideas have been shared with me. I am very thankful for all who shared about pastoral care, the search process, church planting, evangelism, and many other things. This is a great help to me as I seek God’s direction in trying to be His person in this position..." Read more
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.
"National and Regional ABCUSA Leaders at Roundtable with Historic Baptist Partners in the Philippines"
On January 6-15, 2016, an American Baptist delegation of national and regional leaders engaged its historic partner in the Philippines, the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC), in an unprecedented Roundtable wisdom sharing and disaster relief inspections in Iloilo City and its northern province, and urban slum/settlement ministry site visits in Metro Manila...Read/View entire summary report.
GRR Newsletter - Mainstream - Now Better for Mobile
The Mainstream now has two new tools:
- All online editions (2005 forward) now available in one year volumes.
- Color editions beginning with November 24, 2015 edition now with active hyperlinks