Vogel and Lee Kliewer, admissions representative and director
of DMin studies at Baptist Bible College, filled in during the
two main sessions at Central Baptist Church. Their messages
blessed the hundreds of men who attended, and workshops
challenged them in specific areas of growth.
Sports was also a highlight, with a three-on-three basketball
tournament and bowling game held the first night.
Central Baptist, Binghamton, N. Y., hosts a statewide Men’s
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The Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches
wants to help its churches be as effective as they can. To achieve
that goal, it offered a Revitalization Workshop as part of its “No
Church Left Behind” initiative.
Nine pastors and their deacons— 25 people in all—attended at
First Baptist Church. Jim Vogel, state representative of the ESF,
led them in discussing revitalization strategies for their churches.
The Revitalization Workshop is the first of three training
events for pastors and deacons who want to move their churches
forward in strategic and “paced” change. Part two, a Strategic
Planning Workshop, explains a five-step template for helping
churches plan for the development of their ministries. Part three,
an Outreach Action Plan Workshop, provides a framework
for the development of an outreach strategy that any church
can implement. The ESF says that although the content of the
second and third workshops depends somewhat on the previous
workshops, they can be taken in any order or individually.
Northfield Baptist Church partnered with Baptist Bible College and Seminary and the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist
Churches to host the Ohio Church Ministries Conference, a
two-day event for church ministry workers.
Jim Jeffery, president of Baptist Bible College and Seminary,
Clarks Summit, Pa., was keynote speaker. Staff from BBC&S,
Northfield Baptist Church, and several organizations led
workshops on ministry to children, youth, and adults; leadership
development; and general ministry topics like “Gone Fishin’” (“I
have discovered that the sport of fishing and the act of witnessing have a lot in common,” said presenter John Jackson of
BBC&S) and “Does Money Drive Ministry, or Ministry Drive
Money?” (“Where does vision for ministry fit in with the year-after-year analysis of our giving?” asked presenter Tom Bevan of
the BBC Foundation).
These practical workshops, along with informative exhibits
and challenging general sessions, were all aimed to help attendees become more excited and effective servants.
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Heritage Baptist Church hosted its first-ever Ladies’ Summit. Jane Amos, wife of Pastor Glenn Amos, says God had been
leading her for a couple years to host a ladies’ conference.
As Jane and a committee planned for the event, they didn’t
know if the attendance would be 25 people or a packed audito-
rium. “I began praying for 100,” Jane says. “We had 145 ladies in
attendance! We were thrilled, as this was a totally new endeavor
As the attendance numbers grew, Jane added a sixth workshop
to the lineup that addressed the theme “Hanging by a Thread:
Mended in Hope.” Then on the day of the conference, from 9:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m., women attended workshops led by mem-
bers of Heritage Baptist, sang with the church’s worship band,
and sat under the teaching of speaker Sherry Boykin. “Sherry’s
riveting testimony and her teaching of the Shunammite woman
made for a life-changing day for our women,” Jane says.
Camp Gilead held a photography retreat with 60 young
people and adults. Camp alums Ben and Molly Nickles of Ben
and Molly Photography joined Phil and Jessica Bentz of Stone
Castle Photography in leading workshops. Everyone attended
the same workshops the first day—ethics in photography,
photo skills 101, and a short history on photography and digital
cameras—and then chose workshops the next day based on their
skill level: editing in Lightroom and Photoshop, file handling,
posing babies and children, photographing weddings, using
strobes and lighting, and getting to know your camera.
Keeping with the theme “Focus,” David Lunsford, Molly’s
dad and pastor of First Baptist Church, Ferndale, Wash., chal-
lenged everyone with the message “Getting Your Life in Focus.”
The weekend retreat wrapped up with attendees practicing
their new skills outdoors.
Ben and Molly say, “We loved teaching the craft to the next
generation, and from the feedback it sounds like they learned a
Participants practice their skills during a photography retreat at