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Outrageous Generosity

Dear Pastors, Church Leaders, and Friends of the GRR

By now you may have heard of what our regional board voted to do at our annual gathering in Effingham a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to make sure you hear some of the details of that decision.  (Click here for details).  They demonstrated to me that they are Kingdom People, willing to share our blessings with God’s people everywhere.

Bottom-line, over a period of about 5 months our region will have received a little over 1.1 million dollars in gifts.  We will be giving over half of that away to missionaries and projects connected to our region, and to help plant churches overseas. (Read International Ministries news release.)

Our outgoing region board president, Bill Steger, labeled it this way, he called it “outrageous generosity”.  It doesn’t come close to matching what God did for us through His Son, but it does demonstrate that Jesus is our Lord and we are excited to let His love flow through us.

In Christ,

GRR 49th Annual Assembly

Sharon KohSharon Koh, newly appointed Executive Director of International Ministries, spoke during the Missions Banquet and the general sessions. All three presentations are here for you. She was introduced by Dr. Reggie Mills, President of International Ministries.


Mission Banquet (19 minutes)

Friday Evening (23 minutes)

Saturday Morning (17 minutes)

Spotlight on Ministry

Click on any white dot on map below of GRR and view a clip presented at the 49th Annual Assembly.

Aurora First Baptist Bethel Baptist Columbia Shalom City of Peace Next Generation Mattoon First Baptist Central Baptist, Springfield Christmas Mart Bloomington First Baptist Ministering in their Neighborhood Macomb FBC New Ministry Facility Aurora FBC Ministries with youth in neighborhood and beyond Galva First Baptist builds additional facility for Ministry East Moline FBC Minister through Teaching Bethel Baptist, Columbia

Pastors are challenging their churches to spotlight a ministry next September when the 50th Annual Assembly gathers in Chesterfied, Missouri. What ministry can your church share that will encourage and inspire churches in this Region?

View coverage of the 49th Annual Assembly as reported in the September 29 issue of The Mainstream.


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)

Class on Professional Boundaries, October 15

For the safety and reputation of the pastor and the church, every pastor must know and keep the moral and ethical boundaries of the ministry.

For this reason, we offer you a one day class in Professional Boundaries, to be held at the GRR Resource Center in Springfield, on October 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. (registration information)

Rev. Dr. Bill Steger (Oak Park Ave Baptist of Berwyn, IL), outgoing president of the GRR addresses 49th Annual Assembly

Coming Soon - 49th Annual Assembly Highlights

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.

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