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 United Mission is the Vehicle campaign is designed to highlight how steadfast giving to United Mission impacts, strengthens, and expands the channels through which American Baptists give witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.
For more than 180 years, American Baptist churches in Michigan have come together to support and encourage one another and to engage in mission. The work of these Associations and the Region that grew out of them has perhaps never been more difficult or more important than in our own day.
An initial $5,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) emergency relief funds is being sent to IM partner the Japan Baptist Union (JBU) to help with the relief efforts.
A special service of remembrance and honor will take place Saturday, May 14, 1:00 PM at the Oakwood Cemetery in Fenton, MI. At this event, the cornerstone salvaged from the building that was originally the Fenton Seminary and later a Baptist Ministers Home managed by the Baptist Ministers Aid Society, will be located in the area of the cemetery where forty-two Baptist ministers and spouses, who lived in the Baptist Ministers Home, are buried.
In reporting these grants the grant team said, "It is a joy to be part of this process along with churches and ministries like these as they serve as the hands and feet of Christ in a tangible way."
This is a continuation of the story of First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo's reinvention of itself through missional outreach, by David Nichols, Pastor