By John Shaull
By John Shaull
Doors open at 8am
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
(Formerly Vets Auditorium) 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
The Family Leadership Summit 2016: Spiritual Revival in the Home, Church & Government
The 5th annual Family Leadership Summit – featuring Anne Graham Lotz, T.C. Stallings, Dr. Del Tackett, and more – is designed to equip, inspire, and encourage believers toward personal revival and working to ignite a sweeping, culture-wide revival in America and the world.
“We know the best hope not just for Americans, but for all creation, is a revival that comes only through Jesus Christ and His gospel of reconciliation. For this we pray. And inspired by that prayer, several years ago, The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation launched If 7:14, a prayer initiative based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Yes, that particular verse was written to the nation of Israel, but it reveals God’s character and desire to forgive His people when they repent and return to Him in prayer. Thus If 7:14 has encouraged people to humble themselves and seek the Lord for the church, our nation, and the lost.
The heart behind If 7:14 undergirds everything we do at The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation. And this year, we are changing the format of the Family Leadership Summit to focus on the heart of the If 7:14 ministry. This year’s Summit we address revival in the home, the church, and the government.”
A video recap of past summits:
by Ginny Caligiuri, State Director – Iowa Prayer Caucus
Governor Branstad has signed a proclamation encouraging all Iowans to join in the historical Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon to take place in front of all 100 courthouses, beginning June 30th at 8:00 am and ending July 3rd, 2016 at approximately 4:00 pm. Furthermore he is encouraging all individuals and families in Iowa to read through the Bible on a daily basis each year until the Lord comes.
Please join us as we begin the journey of connecting every county in Iowa through the reading of His Word, out loud, in front of every courthouse!
We will unite in honoring God’s Holy Word and celebrating our First Amendment freedoms. We will unify the body of Christ around the Holy Bible, We will reestablish the reading of the Word in every home so that we may hear His Word, know His Word, and be doers of His Word! (But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 2:22)
Let His Word be read and the Transformation and Awakening begin in Iowa…the state that carries the heartbeat for this Nation!
Your help is needed to accomplish the 99 County Bible Reading Marathon. Volunteer today to be a County Captain or Bible reader.
For more information please contact Ginny Caligiuri at IowaBibleReadingMarathon@gmail.com or by calling 641-223-0166.
by Mandy Stenberg
The first weekend in April, women from 8 states representing at least 15 different churches gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn, Johnston/Urbandale for ONE 2016. ONE is a gathering of women who long to see Jesus exalted in their lives. BCI has partnered with 1229 Ministries, conference organizers, since the event’s inception in 2015.
Author and speaker Nancy Guthrie (www.nancyguthrie.com) was the featured speaker for Friday and Saturday’s sessions. Nancy challenged the women from Romans 11 and 12 with messages entitled “I Need A Change.” The weekend theme, RENEW, encouraged women to allow God to transform their lives.
Worship for the conference was led by Atlanta based band, The Museum (www.themuseummusic.com). They led with a beautiful combination of passion and humility. This was The Museum’s second year with ONE.
Kari Minter, Westwind Church (Waukee) women’s ministry coordinator, wrapped up the weekend in the Sunday morning session. She recapped Nancy’s three sessions and challenged the women to consider their take home points.
BCI WMU, under the leadership of Joni Wilkinson, provided several scholarships making it possible for several Iowa church planter and pastor’s wives to attend ONE.
1229 Ministries has announced ONE 2017 coming next Spring as well as a Fall 2016 event, ONE Night, to be held October 28 at Gatherings, Nevada, Iowa. ONE Night will be a time to reflect and engage in worship over dinner with friends, old and new. More information will be available at www.theoneconference.org.
By Ronnie Floyd
The annual Pastors’ Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention has a long-living legacy. During the days of the Conservative Resurgence, it helped set the agenda and atmosphere of the subsequent annual meeting of Southern Baptists.
3 Distinctives of the Pastors’ Conference
While the agenda may change annually, these distinctive principles set the tone.
1. Preaching Rules the Conference
The Pastors’ Conference highlights some of America’s finest biblical preachers and calls fellow pastors and laypersons to action.
2. Worship Sets the Atmosphere
The Pastor’s Conference is distinctive due to powerful, uplifting worship. It can be a tremendous outlet for pastors and their wives.
3. Encouragement is the Heart
At its best, the Pastors’ Conference gives heart-warming, life-changing encouragement to Pastors. In fact, it has been used of God to save the ministry of many pastors.
The 2016 Pastors’ Conference Will Continue This Legacy
Pastor John Meador of the First Baptist Church of Euless, Texas, is the current President of the 2016 Pastors’ Conference. He has gathered a powerful group of preachers, who will not just preach the Word, but encourage you to follow Jesus fully and do ministry passionately.
The theme, Live This, is based upon 2 Timothy 4:5-6. The goal is to challenge and equip pastors to mobilize and train their people to take the Gospel into their community more effectively. John believes, as I do, God wants to use the local church pastor to lead the way in reaching his community for Jesus.
Please go to sbcpc.net to learn more about this year’s Pastors’ Conference, including speakers and session details. It begins Sunday evening, June 12, and concludes Monday evening, June 13.
A Final Testimony
Some of the most dynamic moments in my life and ministry in the Southern Baptist Convention occurred during the Pastors’ Conference. I remember the 1979 Pastors’ Conference in Houston, Texas, when I heard James Robison, W.A. Criswell, and Adrian Rogers. It was my first convention and I had never been in such an environment.
President Stan Coffey, a friend who is now in heaven, asked me to preach at a Pastors’ Conference for the first time at the 1988 Pastors’ Conference in San Antonio, Texas. That evening, we were all sitting on the edge of our chairs and I will never forget W.A Criswell’s message, The Curse of Liberalism.
He introduced his message with these words: “We have a full program tonight, so we begin. May I speak on The Curse of Liberalism? Because of the opprobrious epithet “liberal,” today they call themselves “moderates.” A skunk by any other name still stinks!” The crowd exploded! The next day, Jerry Vines was elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention.
I have missed only two Pastors’ Conferences since 1979, have been humbled to speak many times at this conference, and was privileged to serve as its president in 1997 in Dallas, Texas. It has a special place in my life and ministry.
Come to our 2016 SBC Pastors’ Conference. You will be glad you did! John Meador, thank you for leading us as president. We are praying for you and the conference.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd is currently serving as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and is senior pastor of the multi-campus Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. This column first appeared at Ronnie Floyd’s website, www.ronniefloyd.com.
One of the most common statements made by believers in the American church is “I want to share my faith but I do not feel equipped to do so.” This is unfortunate but so often true. God tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 to always be prepared to give a defense for the Gospel. It is our calling as Jesus-followers to go into the world and lovingly engage people with answers to their questions from God’s Word in hopes they will put their faith in Him as Lord and Savior. This is why Harvest Bible Chapel has stepped out in faith to begin an Apologetics Training Center. We hope these ongoing courses will aid believers to go back to their churches and communities with confidence in their knowledge of the Scriptures and ignite greater impact for the Kingdom of God.
Send Conference returns in 2017 at three new venues–Southern California (Feb. 3-4), Dallas (May 19-20) and Orlando (July 25-26). Each location offers insights and challenges that will benefit you and every member of your church.
All three locales will feature top-flight keynote speakers, practical breakout sessions hosted by leading practitioners and networking opportunities with fellow church members from across North America.
A limited number of registrations have been purchased by the Baptist Convention of Iowa and are available to members of BCI affiliated churches. To apply for a registration contact Tim Lubinus at TLubinus@BCIowa.org.
By Tim Lubinus, BCI Executive Director/Treasurer
Each year the Baptist Convention of Iowa sponsors a weekend for pastors from across Iowa to gather together for fellowship, learning, worship, and an opportunity to get some extra time with their wives. This year ninety people gathered together for the retreat on April 1-2 in Des Moines.
Worship for each session was led by group from Cityscape Church in Des Moines . We are grateful for their service during the conference and for their preparation and set-up.
Those in attendance heard from seven of our church planters. Each gave a brief introduction of themselves, their churches, and some of their church’s distinctives. The pastors who spoke were Cameron Scott of Cityscape Church in Des Moines, CJ Nissen of Capitol City Church in Carlisle, Cole Dieke of Frontier Church in Des Moines, Mark Scott of Hossana Church in Des Moines, Andy Norris of Cottage Grove Church in Des Moines, Richard Crowson of Redemption Hills Church in Sioux City, and Matt Yoder of Stonebridge Church in Boone.
The theme of the retreat was based on the conference speaker, Dr. Owen Strachan’s book: Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision. Dr. Strachan, who is an associate professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, led three sessions that each explored an aspect of a pastor as public theologian. Session one described the identity of the pastor as public theologian, session two described the history of the pastor as public theologian and session three listed seven practices of a pastor as public theologian.
Dr. Strachan emphasized that any pastor’s role is as a theologian, someone who makes biblical truth understandable to the whole church. Each pastor must actively pursue disciplines like deep training, reading, prayer, ministry, and fellowship to develop personally and continue to have impact on his congregation and community.
I’d like to thank Eric Seever for his work coordinating the logistics for the retreat. Also on behalf of the staff of the BCI, I would like express how grateful we are to the pastors and their wives for their service among the BCI affiliated churches across our state.
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