Vernon Rosenau Appointed
President of Baptist Mid-Missions
Baptist Mid-Missions has appointed
Vernon Rosenau president. He steps
into the role in January, after the retirement of Dr. Gary Anderson, who had
been president for 26 years.
Rosenau is a third-generation mis-
sionary to Central African Republic,
joining Baptist Mid-Missions in 1975
with his wife, Jan. During his second
term, he was elected field president,
and in 1999 he became Baptist Mid-
Missions’ field administrator for Africa
Anderson calls Rosenau “a man of
genuine godly character and spiritual discernment who will
bring fresh leadership to the Mission. . . . He has a deep-seated
respect for God’s work in and through the Mission, which suits
him exceedingly well to lead.”
Harvest New Beginnings hosted a two-day M4: Ministry
Enrichment Conference for pastors, designed to offer encouragement, inspiration, wisdom, and friendship. Using a unique
format focusing on topics chosen by those in attendance, the
conference allowed pastors to brainstorm, share their experiences, and offer insights, modeling the Biblical concept of iron
The main sessions by Pastor Scott Poling looked at “Elijah:
The Bipolar Prophet.” Gleaning from 1 Kings 17—19, Poling
encouraged pastors while teaching how to climb out of the valleys of fear, loneliness, despair, and self-pity.
Attendees considered the conference valuable, particularly
the numerous opportunities for group discussion. Poling and
Mickey Farlow, pastor of care ministries, are excited to see how
the Lord will use the seeds planted and are already planning for
next year’s M4 conference, to be held Nov. 7 and 8.
Harvest New Beginnings, Oswego, Ill., hosts its M4: Ministry
Enrichment Conference for pastors.
The women of Faith Baptist Church launched a new ladies’
ministry called Women of Faith. A kick-off party introduced
the ladies to the coming year’s program and offered fellowship, a
devotional, games, and a craft.
During a brainstorming session prior to the ministry’s launch,
ladies talked about what they would like to see in a women’s
ministry and shared their interests and gifts. Then an organizing
team put together a schedule based on their feedback.
In addition to a ladies’ Sunday School class and Bible study,
Women of Faith will hold three types of events, with the goal
of hosting an event each month. Women will enjoy four large
outreach events, multiple casual outings, and two community
service opportunities. Teams of two to four women will plan
each event so everyone can get involved.
The women are already experiencing the Lord work and are
looking forward to the stronger friendships that will come out
of this program.
The women of Faith Baptist, Winfield, Ill., launch a ladies’
Faith Baptist Church hosted the Fall Singles Outing for the
Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches. Single men and
women, college age and above, from across the state had plenty
of activities to choose from on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.
Some canoed and others played pitch and putt golf; but
trap shooting, organized by IARBC State Representative Tim
Capon, and his wife, Sandy, was the favorite activity. Jay Chap-
man, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, shared a Bible challenge.
“Where can Regular Baptist singles meet, get to know, and
have fellowship with other Regular Baptist singles?” Chapman
asks. “Outside of the sometimes limited opportunities of their
own local churches, where can such men and women be with
others who are in their same stage of life? Get-togethers like
this outing in Iowa can be just that place!”
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