Paul GibsonFrom Our Executive Minister, Paul Gibson

I love family reunions. Summer seems to be the best time for them.We have been fortunate to be a part of a number of them this summer. One of those reunions was at Green Lake for the World Missions Conference. We met old friends and new friends and got to hear stories of what was happening with them and their families. (read full column)

GRR Annual Assembly

Registration Deadline for Mail-in and Online: September 12
Walk-in registration only after September 12.

New Pastors' Gathering - Thursday, September 22

Ministers Conference - Thursday, September 22

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Annual Assembly, Friday - Saturday, September 23 - 24

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Area V Adult Retreat, October 6 - 8

Greg Morrow, Bud & Barbara Lee, and Paul Gibson lead. Find more details in the September 24 issue of the Mainstream. (Download Poster and Flyer/Registration Form)

American Baptists Called to Prayer

...In this painful summer, we call American Baptists to a season of prayer for those who have been affected by senseless acts of violence in cities here and across the world, as well as impacted by natural disasters. While we grieve the loss of life and livelihood for those directly affected, all brothers and sisters in Christ share the burden of helping, healing, and finding hope.... (Read entire document)

Blackhawk Camp Hosts Area I's Adult Day

August 20th 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. ("Sr" is purposely dropped! Except for "Sr." discounts, "Sr." evokes different responses.)
Download Camp schedule, including Adult Day particulars.

What Can Be Done in Four Days...

Internal View of FrameworkRead the story of what God is doing through the First Baptist Church of Girard, IL and Crosspoint Church of Trussville, AL (with some help from First Baptist Church of Greenfield, IL).



Charles and Jodie WargerRev. Dr. Charles Warger (here with his wife, Jodie) was installed as pastor of First Baptist Church Ottawa, IL on May 22. The Rev. Rachel Cocar, GRR Staff person serving Area I, preached and gave the charge. Rachel notes that the service included beautiful music as a special blessing for the new pastor and his wife. The church honored them with a reception following the worship service.

Sturgis 2016 LogoShort Term Mission Opportunity - Black Hills of South Dakota
August 6 - 14, 2016

Executive Minister Paul Gibson notes that some of our GRR family have volunteered in this mission previously. God calling you to volunteer this year? Download volunteer registration information and form. Led to share this with your church? Download the bulletin insert.

The Departments of Evangelism of the American Baptist Churches of Nebraska and the Dakotas have teamed up in each of the last fifteen years to minister at the annual gathering of over 400,000 people in Sturgis, South Dakota for Bike Week. (Attendance last year was 739,000.) read more...

Paul Gibson Refects on What He Has Heard You Say

"Many thoughts, concerns and ideas have been shared with me. I am very thankful for all who shared about pastoral care, the search process, church planting, evangelism, and many other things. This is a great help to me as I seek God’s direction in trying to be His person in this position..." Read more

Where has Paul been? Who has he conversed with recently? Open the most recent edition of the Mainstream (mobile) and read about Paul's travels and other GRR ministry and mission news.

Celebrating Church and Clergy Anniversaries

If you are viewing this page on your desktop or laptop, you may see a scrolling section at the top of the left menu column. Congratulations on these years of ministry! (If on a handheld, this can be seen by clicking on the menu icon just below the stories on this page.)

The GRR will also list these in forthcoming issues of the Mainstream.

Also listed, but month by month, will be clergy - serving and retired - ordination anniversaries and anniversaries of clergy tenure in the church each is presently serving. Clergy ordination anniversaries may be found on the home page of Pastor's Health section of this site. Clergy tenure anniversaries may be found on both desktop/laptop and mobile devices on the "search for serving pastor" page.

Your GRR Staff celebrate these anniversaries of tenure.

If information in these lists is incorrect, please contact the GRR office to have that information corrected.

The lists are compiled from information GRR churches send in annual reports and from churches' communications with GRR ministerial Staff. Thank you.

Dwight Stinnett Reports Philippine Experience

Map of the Nation of the Philippines"National and Regional ABCUSA Leaders at Roundtable with Historic Baptist Partners in the Philippines"

On January 6-15, 2016, an American Baptist delegation of national and regional leaders engaged its historic partner in the Philippines, the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC), in an unprecedented Roundtable wisdom sharing and disaster relief inspections in Iloilo City and its northern province, and urban slum/settlement ministry site visits in Metro Manila...Read/View entire summary report.

GRR Newsletter - Mainstream - Now Better for Mobile

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The Mainstream now has two new tools:

  • All online editions (2005 forward) now available in one year volumes.
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