Refresh, Reflect, and Re-engage...
From Our Executive Minister
Ministers Conference, Annual Assembly, and 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
Webinar - Understanding Church Mission Support
Ever get confused about filling out the form you send in with your mission dollars? To serve you better we have prepared a one hour webinar to help you complete the Church Mission Support Form to ensure that your church's mission dollars go to the right giving category.
We invite you to join us in this "Understanding Church Mission Support" webinar on Tuesday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. (eastern time). Preregister here. A recording of the webinar will be available following the scheduled date.
Assistant Director of Communications
Mission Resource Development
American Baptist Churches USA
Great Rivers Region
June 3-5, 2016, Keller Convention Center, Effingham, IL
Download registration brochure and note from Doris.
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.
Short 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...
Listening to God
In the March 10 edition of Mainstream, Executive Minister Paul Gibson, emphasizes how important it is to listen to God - what God is doing and where God is leading.
This is at the center of his travels to share in the pastors' cluster gatherings throughout Illinois and Missouri AND his participation in the Area Annual Spring Meetings.
"During the past few weeks I have been going to pastor clusters around the region, attending 5 so far [as of 3/10; more since]. I have really enjoyed getting to know people and have learned a lot by listening to the things shared. I look forward to attending even more in the weeks to come. Thanks to all of you who have come and shared your thoughts and feelings."
GRR Newsletter - Mainstream - Now Better for Mobile
The Mainstream now has two new tools:
- All online editions (2005 forward) now available in one year volumes.
- Color editions beginning with November 24, 2015 edition now with active hyperlinks
"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.