“Hope in Harsh Times,” 2018 MARBC Annual Conference highlights
Three new members were elected by conference messengers to serve a three-year term on the MARBC Council of 16 (2019-2021).
Newly selected C-16 members are:
Tony Barber, associate pastor, First Baptist Church, Vassar
Doug Crawford, senior pastor, West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont
Tom Townsend, senior pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Battle Creek
MARBC churches continue to lead the flood relief assistance in the Houghton-Hancock area.
You have no doubt seen the incredible images of the June flood that did widespread damage in the Houghton-Hancock area in the western Upper Peninsula. Two MARBC sister churches have families affected by the flooding: Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton and Bethany Baptist Church in Dollar Bay. The MARBC has been in contact with both churches to learn how support them in this time of need.
It continues to be our great joy and privilege to serve our Lord and Savior and His Church through the ministry of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Hardly a day goes by without recognizing in some practical way the importance and benefits of this ministry to the churches and servants in our network. My report shares a few of the reasons why this has been true in the past year.
Four MARBC pastors each chose a Biblical text that illustrates the application of one of the four core values.
In Search of Soul Satisfaction, John 4
Jeff Burr, host pastor serving at Forest Hills Baptist Church and current Vice Chairman of the MARBC Council of 16, shared in the first general session. He opened his message by sharing a brief overview of the decline of Kodak as its industry’s gold standard. The business thoroughly dominated its technological field but lost sight of it’s corporate vision. Burr then traced how Jesus overcame various barriers in sharing the gospel with those he encountered using the narrative of John 4.
Two practical church ministry breakout sessions were featured at the 2017 MARBC Conference. Titled “Stories from the Front” both sessions featured testimonies from church leaders who have served in integral ways in the rescue of struggling churches.
The MARBC messengers welcomed a new sister church, Grace Baptist Church in Marshall, into the association during the Monday business session. Brandon Crawford, Grace’s pastor, received the right hand of fellowship from the Council of 16 during the Monday evening service. Brandon and his wife Melanie have served at Grace since 2010.
We encourage the MARBC family to continue your prayerful support of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, as well as the affected families, community, and those in law enforcement and government positions.
The continuing security risks for churches has caused many church leaders to contact the MARBC office seeking options for practical ministry assistance. Here are two options for your prayerful consideration.
Rev. John Ralph Wood had his fondest desire come true, meeting his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face-to-face on Saturday, June 10. The memorial tribute prepared by his family captures the unique life and ministry of this faithful servant of God. Here are some highlights: