The MARBC selected Ken to serve as Ministry Director based upon his pastoral experience in churches of various size and cultural background. His perspective enables him to relate to pastors and churches of various contexts and sizes.
Ken Floyd has served as the Executive Ministry Director of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches since 2006. His wife, Sharon, serves as Office Manager for the MARBC. Prior to the MARBC, Ken and Sharon served as a pastor and wife for over 25 years in three different churches, including 14 years in Grand Rapids. Ken and Sharon’s daughter (Allison) and son-in-law (Taylor) live in northeast Ohio with their five children (ages 2 to 11).
Ken’s role with the MARBC involves traveling regularly to churches, speaking in Sunday services, and providing practical ministry assistance. Ken is certified in ministry consultation by Church Consultation University and is also certified in church revitalization through Church Answers, both groups are led by Dr. Thom Rainer. He regularly specializes in working with churches who are seeking pastoral placement. He also counsels pastors in areas of ministry and personal need. A frequent speaker in conferences and school chapels, Ken also conducts seminars pertaining to spiritual leadership, prayer, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and stewardship. He is the author of two ministry books, several ministry related articles, and serves as the editor of MARBC publications and e-newsletter.
Sharon enjoys her life’s calling as a wife, mother, and grandmother (Mamaw!) She has served in the local church in a variety of ways including; ministry as a pastor’s wife, Junior High Sunday School teacher for almost forty years, AWANA Sparks leader, vocalist, mentor, and women’s speaker. She and Ken often share together in mentoring and counseling married couples, conducting pre-marital counseling, and sharing at couples’ retreats.
2020 MARBC Ministry Director's Report
2020 Annual Report
Executive Ministry Director
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We absolutely love the fact that God has called us to serve for His glory with the MARBC! The past fourteen years of ministry have allowed us to meet so many choice servants of God and to serve in many wonderful ministry contexts. Your service for the Lord continues to be a source of great joy as we embark on year fifteen of our partnership with you.
We share these sentiments in a time when ministry is very difficult for all of us. The toll of the pandemic and societal upheaval impacts every person and every church ministry. Heartache and heartbreak are commonplace. Disagreements are amplified due to isolation which robs individuals and groups of the personal nature of interactions and discussions. We are discovering how much we worshipped at the altar of routine while claiming to be moving towards the “cutting edge” of ministry. Now nothing is routine and even the most “cutting edge” pastors catch themselves pining for “the good old days” of pre-COVID life and ministry.
Indeed “cut” is a relevant word during the pandemic. Many pastors are experiencing “death by 1,000 cuts” syndrome as they seek to balance the need to regather for God’s glory with regulations and perceptions that are a part of their particular ministry context. Given the many COVID perspectives that are offered daily, it is easy for us to fall into the trap of “analysis paralysis.” We must be prayerfully circumspect as we seek godly wisdom combined with the most accurate information available to us as we seek to shepherd God’s precious flocks.
I could write pages giving examples of this and share my perspective as to why this is taking place. Simply stated, we are dealing with spiritual issues that are exposing the true condition of hearts. The discord being sown in society and, sadly, some churches is a graphic reminder that the Enemy is on the prowl. Satan is a liar, deceiver, and destroyer. He revels at sowing discord among believers and enjoys accusing them when they falter. He possesses high definition wisdom from below and understands human nature at a graduate level.
We are engaged in real spiritual warfare. We must keep our focus upon God and take up His whole armor, in order to “withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm!” (Ephesians 6:13) The unity of the spirit and bond of peace will only be demonstrated in church bodies that acknowledge that God has a sovereign plan, that His church is a major part of it, and that the battle is only effectively and effectually engaged and won through prayerful, spiritual means (my summarization of Ephesians 4-6).
Not the “new normal”.
The sidebar to the left of this report lists many aspects of the recent ministry year. The last “normal” day of my ministry was on March 10 when the MARBC Council of 16 met in Mount Pleasant. Ministry and routines changed significantly for all of us since then. I initially invested much time counseling pastors one-on-one and in online group settings. The personal stress upon pastors seemed to only increase in mid-summer. “Push back” is experienced regularly in many churches, and from all sides, as practical decisions are made.
Indeed, there are many changes as a result of COVID that challenge our culture and our churches. What hasn’t changed is the fact that God is sovereign, the Word of God abides forever, His grace is always sufficient, Christ will continue to build His Church, and the Gospel is still the only Good News for a desperate and dying world. These are just a few of the rock-solid foundational truths God’s Word declares for which we give thanks to Him Who is able!
Church Revitalization and Recruitment.
I was able to carve out the time necessary to complete courses and coaching to become certified as a Church Consultant and Revitalization Coach through Thom Rainer’s ministry. I was also able to complete the Accelerate cohort led by Dr. Gary Rohrmyer (Converge MidAmerica). I am appreciative of the Council’s support of my training and found it very beneficial. I now have connections with national church planters and revitalizers and enjoy my interactions with them. We also have exclusive access to church assessment and revitalization evaluation tools that can be used in future projects. There is great potential for church planting and revitalization in post-COVID Michigan communities. I’ve asked our regional associations to aggressively pursue this in their settings.
With thanksgiving to God.
I dearly love and appreciate my godly wife and best friend, Sharon. She is a great personal blessing and cares deeply for our pastoral couples. God has used her greatly to be a source of spiritual support and encouragement during this unusual season of life and ministry. We give thanks for God’s protection and blessing upon our daughter Allison, husband Taylor, and our five grandchildren - Connor (11), Eloise (9), Malachi (6), Emmaline (4), and Camille (3). It’s never a dull moment in their household and they bring us much joy and brighten the gloomiest day.
We also give thanks to God for Karen Avey, our faithful MARBC bookkeeper. She’s a glutton for punishment since she has not only ministered beside us in her current role, but previously served as a secretary during my time as a senior pastor. Kevin Pierpont, the MARBC and Interpas web master continues his faithful role and will help us safely operate our new web vehicle. Finally, we thank God upon every remembrance of each church and ministry friend who supports us through prayer and financial support. You have been a great encouragement to us in a very challenging time. Please let us know how we can assist you, share a prayer request, or celebrate a blessing in your life or ministry.
Partnering with you and praying for you,
Ken and Sharon Floyd
Ken is available for Sunday speaking ministries in 2021 and beyond. He is also available to share in special ministry seminars, consultations, and pastoral search orientations.
November 8 Cedar Springs Baptist Church, Cedar Spring, MI
November 9 Online cohort meeting
November 12 Prospective church consultation
November 12 Church ministry consultation
November 14-15 First Baptist Church, North Adams, MI, speaking and revitalization consultation
November 16-18 GARBC Council of 18 meetings, Arlington Heights, IL
November 29 Grace Baptist Church, Canton, OH
December 6 Kentwood Baptist Church, Kentwood, MI
December 8 Online strategic planning session
December 13 Kentwood Baptist Church, Kentwood, MI
December 15 GRARBC Regional Association Breakpoint meeting, Forest Hills Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI
December 27 Grace Baptist Church, Canton, OH
January 10 First Baptist Church, North Adams, MI, speaking and revitalization consultation
January 15-16 Calvary Baptist Church, Ludington, MI, revitalization consultation
January 17 Calvary Baptist Church, Ludington, MI
We are grateful for your prayer support as Ken and Sharon travel and minister.