Walter Brueggemann will headline "Space for Grace 2018: Thy Will Be Done", an initiative of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, November 14 - 16 in Philadelphis. Find out more.

Join Michael Lukaszewski in Grow Healthy, a workshop for pastors and church leaders, hosted by Decatur First Baptist Church May 18 and 19. Free to participate. Download information | Form to fill out, then scan or fax. Details on form. Ron French, host pastor, "This workshop is intended to help churches consider their vision and mission and develop a strategy unique to their situation that will help them grow and blossom as lights in their community."

If you have any questions, please call the First Baptist Church and ask for Pastor Ron, 217-875-8034, or e-mail him at

Helping our Puerto Rico Sister Churches

Check out the Initiative Announced:

Press Release | Covenant | Registration Form

Churches, prayerfully consider this much needed mission.

Check out the America For Christ 2018 Video, "Making God Known"

Areas' Annual Meetings / Family Gatherings
Areas V and II met this past Saturday and Sunday. Areas I, III, and IV gatherings are coming soon.

Check out the listing of Area Meetings. You will find flyers, invitations, and registration forms as they are received and posted. (Dates and Sites)

Area I: April 28, Blackhawk Baptist Camp hosts beginning at 9:30 with registration. Program with Rev. Muriel Johnson begins at 10:00 a.m. Theme: Working, Not Weary

For more information, e-mail Rev. John Kress, Assistant Area I Minister.

Area II: March 11, Moweaqua Baptist hosted.

Coming Up:

Rev. Dr. Mark EstropMark Estrop, Pastor of Rolling Prairie Baptist Church and former GRR Minister of Camping and Christian Education, to retire. Celebrate with him.

Centralia First Baptist Church will host and co-sponsor "Mandated Reporting Policies" on May 9.

Area III: April 14,
hosted by Peoria First Baptist Church
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Brochure / Flyer / Registration)

Huntley Brown will lead in worship.
Dr Gene Crume will be the keynote speaker

Contacts and more information

Area IV: April 15 hosted by Murphysboro First Baptist Church

Celebrate Area IV's 50th: Downloads: Youth Info/Registration | Adult Area Meeting Info/Reg

Area V: March 10, was hosted by Grace Baptist Church of Kansas City, MO. Jeff Johnson preached

Face to Face: A Help for Churches and Pastors Searching

Search Committees of churches with full time, not bivocational, pastors and churches, pastors, and seminarians seeking to discern God's next steps for you: Look for information this next couple of months about this opportunity on this web site.

Host Church: Anderson, Indiana First Baptist Church
Dates: April 20 - 21, 2018
Who's Involved? The American Baptist Regions:

  • Indiana / Kentucky
  • Greater Indianapolis
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Great Rivers (Team Member: Muriel Johnson)

Get to know more about this opportunity.

Just in...

Position Opening at American Baptist Home Mission Societies:

It is my pleasure to announce a new ministry opportunity with the AB Home Mission Societies. (Position description and application process)

Laura Miraz, Associate Executive Director, HR Services ABHMS


Transform Your World Through Creation Care

Join IM staff Young Adult Experience June 19 - July 8, 2018 , missionaries, and Costa Rican brothers and sisters in sustainable farming and construction practices, learn about the state of a country pioneering creation care,..(Is this for you? Read more, page 3 of the January 26 edition of The Mainstream)

Please note: 2017 Church Annual Reports

The 2017 Annual Report forms have been mailed out to all GRR churches.  Please note that the Great Rivers Region is NOT accepting online submissions of the 2017 Annual Report.  We would appreciate it if each church completes their 2017 Annual Report and returns it to the GRR office by March 31, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Gibson at the GRR office.

Thank you!

Melissa Gibson
Administrative Assistant

For you reflection and planning browse the Parish Paper and Growth Point articles, sent to churches by e-mail and archived on this web site.

Read Pastoral letter of the General Secretary of the ABC USA focuses on our response to outbreaks of violence in our country and elsewhere.

Rebuilding Puerto Rico.

Read Paul Gibson's update of concern for Puerto Rico

See update in the February 22 edition of The Mainstream

How to help? Pray! Give to One Great Hour of Sharing! 100% of your financial gift will go to those affected. The site has more information and contact information. You may make an online donation by clicking on this direct link at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies site.

Our Missionaries Say Thank You

During the Mission and Ministry Banquet of our recent 50th Annual Gathering, Zophia Dripps from International Ministries, presented Thank You's from our Missionaries.

What prompted this special affirmation? Our Outrageous Generosity gifts to several mission efforts. Learn about these in a short video and also in the posted letters and emails from our Missionaries.

Concerned About Online Security and Safety?

The internet has given us many tools that we can use to strengthen our faith and ministries. However, be safe and secure when you surf the web, use faceBook and other social media, e-mail, text, etc. In the first of a series of articles, Richard Ricks (web master for the sites of the ABC GRR) lists dangers "out there" that our users will encounter, if they have not yet done so. Follow up articles will be found on the "tech" section of this site.