American Baptists from across the country and Puerto Rico gathered in Overland Park, Kansas, for the American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit. The event followed board meetings of the program boards, highlighted by a joint board dinner and plenary session on Wednesday evening, June 24.
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? James 2:15-16 NKJV
Have you felt the call to ministry but feel you do not have the resources (time, money, ability to relocate, etc.) to go to seminary? Are you a lay leader in your congregation who wants to add to your leadership skills? Would you like to be equipped to help your pastor with pastoral duties? Does the Holy Spirit seem to be moving you to prepare to serve a small congregation as a bi-vocational pastor? Then the Ministry Leadership Institute might be just what you're looking for!
The recent Obergefell Supreme Court ruling regarding gay marriage leaves churches across the nation concerned about the implications of this decision for their congregation in the coming months and years. Compiled by Dr. Michael Williams, here is a sampling of articles/opinions seeking to address the possible ramifications of this decision.
The Michigan State Police Training Academy is presenting a one-day seminar on security issues in places of worship. The course is ideal for clergy and others who are involved or may become involved in maintaining security at their facilities.
The Rev. Stacey Simpson Duke, co-pastor at First Baptist Church, Ann Arbor, has contributed an essay to There's a Woman in the Pulpit, a new collection of original ministry stories and prayers by more than 50 clergywomen representing 15 denominations and 5 countries.
It is beginning to cost something to be a Christian in America. As living for Christ costs more in our culture, it will mean Christianity will become more of a minority in culture. But, I believe we will see more refined, more biblical, and more missional churches - a church that faithfully adheres to Scripture and proclaims the gospel in a carefully considered way. By Tom Roberts, Pastor of West Highland Baptist Church