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.

Spring Meetings of the Areas:

Download Area I flyer: Blackhawk Camp, April 22

Download Area II's "Save the Date" March 12

Area III: April 1 hosted by Bloomington First Baptist Church

Area IV will meet at Mattoon FBC on April 30

Download Area V's Flyer March 11; registration available online soon; Download materials for printing

Areas IV date will be posted on the online GRR calendar and on their respective web pages as the dates are published by their Area Boards.

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.