Additions to the Menus...

Outrageous Generosity was added to the menus of this web site recently. 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. The video about support of an effort Dr. Paul Rollett is involved in follows below on this page. Executive Minister Paul Gibson offers a video (below) explaining this mission effort.

Another addition: 2017 Mission Summit/Biennial ABC-USA.

Spring Meetings of the Areas

Download Area I flyer: Blackhawk Camp, April 22

Area II: GRR Helping to Plant Churches, Where!?!

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

Area II met Sunday, March 12 at Virden! We were introduced to the new Lake Springfield Camp Managers, challenged by Robert Reynolds' presentation about social media and the church and were filled in about the story behind a graphic that went viral following the Cubs' historic World Series win last November - an exercise in the power of social media.

Many participants asked for a link to the video that Robert shared at the end of his presentation. Here is the link to the much-requested video he showed.

We were fed by the sermon of Rev. Paul Gibson and by the meal served by Virden First Baptist Church.

Area III's Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 hosted by First Baptist Church of Bloomington. "Advancing Our Work Together" lifted up by a variety of speakers.  Special emphasis on our mission outreach

Registration at the door beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration fee is $10.00. Bring a check payable to ABC GRR Area III. Morning session begins at 10:00, lunch provided, and conclude around 3:00.

Area IV will meet at Mattoon FBC on April 30

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.

Jim Wallis of Sojourners will be speaking at Eureka College on April 7. This is a free event, but you will need to have tickets. Visit the Eureka College site for more information. Your regional staff is passing this information along for those who may want to participate in this event.

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,

International Ministries Executive Director

Sharon KohSharon Koh, International Ministries, spoke during the Missions Banquet and the general sessions of the 49th ABC GRR Annual Gathering. All three presentations are here for you.




Mission Banquet (19 minutes)

Friday Evening (23 minutes)

Saturday Morning (17 minutes)

Spotlight on Ministry

Click on any white dot on map below of GRR and view a clip presented at the 49th Annual Assembly.

Aurora First Baptist Bethel Baptist Columbia Shalom City of Peace Next Generation Mattoon First Baptist Central Baptist, Springfield Christmas Mart Bloomington First Baptist Ministering in their Neighborhood Macomb FBC New Ministry Facility Aurora FBC Ministries with youth in neighborhood and beyond Galva First Baptist builds additional facility for Ministry East Moline FBC Minister through Teaching Bethel Baptist, Columbia

Pastors are challenging their churches to spotlight a ministry next September when the 50th Annual Assembly gathers in Chesterfield, Missouri. What ministry can your church share that will encourage and inspire churches in this Region?

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.