Clergy who have long term ministries know the importance of having confidential friendships with other clergy. This fact emerged as a major finding in the evaluation of Ministry Leadership Groups by the Leadership Ministry Team of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan late in 2012. The 11 Ministry Leadership Groups that meet monthly in various geographical areas of our state were surveyed.
The results of the evaluation affirmed the importance of clergy friendship as an important aspect of clergy health. Of the 49 clergy who participated in the evaluation the median number of years in ministry was over 30 years.
- sharing in confidence with each other;
- challenging each other in the areas of self care;
- providing resources for each other; and
- encouraging one another to grow healthy spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.
Genesis the Church hosted the 14th Annual ABMen Prayer Breakfast, and what a great job they did. Over 120 men and young men from 15 different churches here in the Metro area, gathered to share in a common bond of fellowship, enjoyed a wonderful breakfast, served camp style, prepared by numerous people of Genesis. Tom Kennedy and Alan Vultaggio lead us with a couple songs.
Our guest speaker, Darnell Hall, past gold medalist from the 1992 Olympics brought a very inspiring message about growing up in one of Detroit's housing projects, the success of winning a gold medal, and the downfalls of forgetting to thank God for all things.
Money from a love offering was collected and after expenses a check for $621.00 is being sent to the ABMen Disaster Relief team to help in the clean up and rebuild up in New Jersey after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Our thanks go out to Rev. Dave Nichols, Harvey Curly and the rest at Genesis for being such great hosts.
The Falam Baptist Church of Battle Creek conducted an ordination service for their pastor, the Reverend Biak Lian Thang on December 16, 2012. The two year-old congregation meets Sunday afternoons at the Lakeview Baptist Church of Battle Creek. Participating in the service included Rev. Dr. Scott Arnold, ABC-MI West Area Chairperson; Rev. Adam Metzger, Pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church; and the Rev. Ronald Cary, ABC-MI Commision on Ordination & Standing Chairperson. - MORE -
The Ministry Leadership Group, led by Peer Leader, the Reverend William Wyne, along with the West Area Pastor's Wives fellowship led by Josie Wyne, held a special retirement celebration for Reverend and Mrs. Richard Schlee (pastor of Ceresco Baptist Church) as part of their Annual Christmas Fellowship.
Participating in the event included: Front row - Sharon Good; Gail Bender; Linda Schlee; Josie Wyne.
Back row - Rev. Adam Metzger; Rev. David Good; Rev. Jim Bender; Rev. Richard Schlee; Rev. William Wyne; Rev. Dr. David Laisum; Rev. Dr. Scott Arnold; Rev. Ron Cary; Rev. Dr. Ross Lucas.
The Wyne's hosted the group at Second Baptist Church of Battle Creek.
Rev. Dr. Judy Allbee, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut, shares the following reflection in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14.
“And the land rested from war.” (Joshua 11) For a brief period of time there was no violence. That statement has haunted me over the years because it seems so elusive and it haunts me on this day as well; a day when little children and the adults who cared for them were murdered. It is incomprehensive and overwhelming. I am reminded of the words in Jeremiah , “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
November 2-10, a team of 14 persons from 11 of our Region churches spent a week in Haiti building a “rubble house” under the direction of Conscience International, and with guidance from American Baptist International Ministries. Lynne Punnett, Project Coordinator, reflects below on the experience. If you would like to hear more about the project, contact Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also read about our journey and see pictures at www.michiganservantsforchrist.blogspot.com.
Faithful Reflections from Lynne
Bonjour tout le monde!
This trip has been another amazing and Holy Spirit filled experience. I prayed for team unity and God answered our prayers. We are a team that remained united in every respect and watched out for and encouraged one another all the way.