Delegates gathered Saturday, October 31 at the First Baptist Church of Howell for worship; fellowship; the joint Annual Business Meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) and Michigan Baptist Convention (MBC); and workshops. The theme for the day was “Doing the Good We Are Able to Do" based on Ephesians 2:10. Read more for highlights of the meeting!
Many who are working in a specific ministry area or are in a congregational leadership role feel the need to further their knowledge and skill bases in specific areas. There are those who find themselves for the first time as congregational leaders who feel they are not properly prepared or trained. There are also those who feel called to do specific ministries in their own congregations but have not had the opportunity to learn the techniques they need, to be able to participate in those ministry areas. If this describes you, then you might consider taking one or more of the specific modules offered in the Ministry Leadership Institute programs.
The roots of the Retired Ministers & Missionaries Offering (RMMO) go back to the mid-1930s, when American Baptist congregations received a Communion Fellowship Offering on the first Sunday of each month to support retired ministers, missionaries, their widowed spouses and elderly clergy within their churches. In 1977 American Baptist Churches USA launched the RMMO to continue this time-honored tradition of expressing thankfulness.
Some thirty retired ABC-MI pastors and guests met at Zehnder's Restaurant in Frankenmuth on November 17 for lunch provided by the Ministers Council of ABC-MI and the Region.
American Baptist Women's Ministries is a strong link in the chain of ministry in the American Baptist family. In 2016 the ABWM will celebrate 65 years of ministry and is looking for those who have been involved and serving since the beginning.
Pastor Paul Langford of Bethel Baptist Church, Southgate and Rev. Lee C. Austin and Pastor Gerald S. Melton, both of New Hope Baptist Church, Bay City are recognized at special services.
Make plans now to attend the annual clergy retreat on April 17-19, 2016.