Upcoming Events

Ministry Leadership Institute

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.

Annual Gathering: Renewed by the Spirit

The ABC-MI Annual Gathering, “Renewed by the Spirit” will be Saturday, October 22, 2016. It will feature worship, a message, our annual business meeting, exhibitors, lunch and plenty of fellowship. In the afternoon, we will have an opportunity to participate in one of three different workshops relating to renewal through the Spirit.

Annual Gathering Speakers Available to Preach on Sunday, October 23, 2016

The American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC-MI) is pleased to welcome the American Baptist-related Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries (HSRM) to lead our worship and workshops at the 2016 Annual Gathering to be held at Crosspointe Meadows, Novi, Saturday, October 22. Several HSRM team members will be remaining in Michigan following the Annual Gathering for meetings on Monday, October 24 and therefore available to preach in our congregations Sunday, October 23.

OT Scholar Walter Brueggemann to Speak at FBC, Ann Arbor

Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann will speak at morning worship on September 25 at First Baptist Church, Ann Arbor, and present the church's Waterman lectureship that afternoon at 3 p.m.

Detroit Friendship House 11th Annual Golf Outing September 24th

Support Detroit Friendship House while enjoying a fun-filled day of golf at the Woodlands of Van Buren, The day includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, hot dogs at turn, all day beverage cart, $10,000 hole-in-one prize, steak dinner, raffle, and prizes.

West Area AB Women's Retreat - September 16-18

"Circling our Children and Grandchildren with Prayer" How many times have we heard the adage "I couldn't do anything else but pray!" Instead of being the last resort, prayer should be our first line of defense and offense. This retreat will give us the opportunity to explore the topic of prayer though workshops, speakers, creative works, modeling, fellowship and exhorting/encouraging one another.

A Wonderful Mistake

Years ago I learned from Rev. John Piippo, pastor of Redeemer Church in Monroe, the importance of a church being focused on God's presence rather than being person-centered, program-centered or even purpose-centered. As our church has increasingly sought to be Spirit-led, we have come to see how often the unexpected becomes an opportunity rather than an embarrassment. by David Nichols - FBC, Kalamazoo