Fellowship Baptist, Jasper, Ind., holds an outdoor baptism.
Greg Baum, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, completed
his final interview to begin serving as the police chaplain for
District 8 of the Iowa State Patrol. The day of his interview, he
attended the Annual Iowa State Patrol Spring Chaplain Conference. As in past years, Dick Dayton and James Reynolds also
attended the conference in their faithful service as police chaplains. Dayton retired from the pastorate of Urbandale Baptist
Church, Des Moines, in December 2012. Reynolds is associate
pastor of Nevada (Iowa) Baptist Church.
The IARBC says, “Please pray for these men as they minister
to the troopers and officers of the Iowa State Patrol.”
Des Moines, Iowa
Urbandale Baptist, Des Moines, Iowa, burns its mortgage.
A building project that began in 2003 came to a debt-free
conclusion with a mortgage burning at Urbandale Baptist
Church. Pastor Nathan Gast says God showed “His abundant
hand of provision over the past 10 years” and allowed the church
to pay its final balance on a $1.8 million mortgage. Urbandale
Baptist Church has been meeting in its newly completed building since 2004.
Gast and the congregation celebrated by enjoying lunch
together, reading aloud the church covenant, and taking part in a
responsive reading that was first read in 1978 when the original
building and parsonage mortgages were paid off and the building
dedicated to the Lord. The church now plans to build a classroom
addition and add a new worship center to its existing facility.
Pastor Gast says, “Only with God’s provision and faithfulness
have we seen what God has accomplished thus far, and we look
with anticipation into what God is going to do in the future.”
One role of the Nebraska Association of Regular Baptist
Churches is to promote the spiritual growth of its churches. Its
spring conference challenged attendees to “Dare to Engage!
Learning to Think about Faith, Reason, and Culture.” The
biannual conference assists pastors, missionaries, and laymen by
encouraging and teaching them from the Scriptures.
Pastor Andy Giessman of New Life Baptist Church, Scranton, Pa., encouraged everyone to think Biblically so they would
be “rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith”
(Colossians 2: 7).
After being challenged to think Biblically, attendees learned
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
about worldviews that contrast a Biblical worldview, helping
them to better answer the world’s questions and “guard against
the subtle adoption of contemporary worldviews into their own
thinking and ministry.”
A session on “Dare to Engage Modern Skeptics,” from Acts
17, taught everyone how to effectively minister the gospel to the
Calvary Baptist Church is influencing its community for
Christ, most recently through the National Day of Prayer. About
20 individuals gathered at the town hall to pray for an hour. “We
have a really good relationship with our township, and we have
been praying for and with them for years,” says Pastor Mike
“Three years ago when we applied for a permit to add on to
our building (building anything in New Jersey is a hassle), we
went before our township committee. Surprisingly, they basically
made our case for us, talking about how we distribute free food
and clothes to needy families and run programs after school
for kids and teens. . . . Several members even showed up at the
ground-breaking to support us.
Calvary Baptist, Little Egg Harbor, N.J., prays outside the
community’s town hall.