Moving Forward with Core Values Implementation
The 2019 ministry year started with much momentum following the conclusion of the 2018 MARBC Conference last October. The next seven months involved meeting with our regional associations to explore how they can partner together in order to implement the MARBC’s Core Values. A series of forums were held to seek input from association pastors. Much of the discussion focused upon how to prioritize the ten-year vision plan announced at last year’s conference: strengthen existing churches and regional fellowships; forge new partnerships with other churches and organizations; participate in joint ministry initiatives to impact our state; and plant ten new churches.
Ken Floyd, Ministry Director of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches, has drafted a strategic ministry plan for the next 10 years of the association’s ministry. You are encouraged to click the link to download and then review the powerpoint presentation which summarizes this presentation.
Download the MARBC Ministry Vision 2016-2025 PowerPoint File (Right Click, Save As)
The “10-40” Window.
“10” This is a very unique fall for the Floyds since we are entering the “10-40” window. It is hard to fathom that it was 10 years ago that Sharon and I assumed the roles of State Representative and Secretary of the MARBC. We were privileged to have a seamless transition due to the godly and wise leadership of our predecessors Maynard and Ann Belt. The Council of 15 is a wonderful group of servants who gave their support and encouragement as we launched out into “unknown frontiers” (at least “unknown” to us!)
Sharon and I thank you for your ongoing prayer support on our behalf during the ninth year of our ministry with the MARBC. God bestowed to us wisdom and strength to prayerfully deal with the daily rigors of our ministry, the unique challenges of the financial crisis, and the severe physical needs of my parents. We thank Him for His gracious guidance.
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“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Sharon and I are blessed by the opportunity to serve together representing Christ and His wonderful churches that are a part of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches. We are blessed by our frequent encounters with the many wonderful servants of God through the stewardship investment of personalized support, practical resources, and spiritual care that the MARBC is able to provide.
Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches
The past five years have been marked by intense spiritual pressure and economic challenge in the state where our Lord has strategically placed us as churches.
This intense spiritual pressure has served as a stark reminder that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) The one who wrote these words couched them in the context of these statements: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil… Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-11, 13).
Volume 50, Number 10, November – 2004
Issue of the Baptist Testimony
From Where I Stand
Maynard H. Belt
MARBC State Representative
The State Rep’s 2004 Annual Report
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God…” Isaiah 61:10
Where has this year gone? It seems like only yesterday we were meeting at our annual conference at beautiful Lake Ann Baptist Camp. Someone once wisely said, “Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, time stays, we go!” Well, needless to say, as I once again look over the past year and attempt to put a year of ministry on one page, I can truly say that Ann and I have been “going!” I don’t wish to bore you with detail but here are some highlights.
Speaking is one of the special delights and this past year I was privileged to speak in 42 different churches in our State Fellowship. I also was invited to conduct workshops/seminars at the GRARBC Church Ministries Conference, the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Pastor’s Retreat at the Shack, Michigan Christian Home, Continental Baptist Missions Candidate School, Lake Ann Senior’s Retreat and the National GARBC Conference. Some of my other ministries involved my commitments on the Boards of Baptist Mid-Missions, Continental Baptist Missions and Bible Tracts, Inc. I serviced nearly 100 churches in various ways including meeting personally with six different deacon groups seeking counsel, participated in an arbitration committee because of a church conflict, attended five ordination examinations, had personal meetings with forty pastors, usually over lunch, attended five funerals, edited 11 issues of the Baptist Testimony, 20 MARBC Messenger e-mails to our churches, and 12 issues of the Barnabas File to some 600 pastors and missionaries worldwide. As usual, annually I direct the two Men’s Retreats at Lake Ann Baptist Camp, which this year drew some 700 men from around the state, and attended the Men Modeling the Master Seminar, Talents for Christ competition, State Teen Bible Conference, Church Ministries Conference and the National GARBC Conference which was held this year in St. Charles, ILL. In May, Ann and I spent eight days in the Upper Peninsula speaking in several of our churches and fellowshipping with several of our dear servants of God who are ministering so faithfully in their chosen vineyard. This ministry would be totally impossible to carry on without the faithful help of Ann who carries a big load working many hours in the office each week as well as traveling with me most of the time. Talking about the office, we have come a long way from the two broken down typewriters and ancient copier I inherited with this position fourteen years ago. God has blessed us with good computers, printer, copier and now if we could only learn how to use them, we could even be more effective!
Apart from the many good things that are happening in our churches, there are two things that I am very excited about in this ministry. First, our new website (www.MARBC.net) is up and running and will be very helpful in facilitating information for those in our State Fellowship, as well as assisting those who would like to know who we are. Second, I am excited about the Strategic Planning our Council of Fifteen is involved in as we set the course for our Fellowship in the days ahead. They are presently actively working on our mission, our vision, our values, and future goals, which hopefully will be in print before our next annual conference. I am greatly encouraged with what God is doing in and through many of our churches and the future is bright as together we reach out to a lost and dying world.
In closing, please accept our humble thanks for continuing to pray regarding our health challenges this past year. After a series of cancer treatments Ann and I are both in remission at the present time and rejoice in His goodness to us. Our schedule is full, and we grow weary in body from time to time, but never in the work of the Lord. Lord willing, February 17-March 2, 2005, Ann and I will be traveling to Curitiba, Brazil, where I have been invited to speak at the BMM South Brazil annual conference. We are honored and excited. Thank you for letting us partner with you, our beloved MARBC churches. As we begin our 15th year, please know that we love you dearly, and count it a high honor and privilege to serve as your representatives in ministry for Christ.
Serving Christ and others is love made visible!