By Dakota Jackson
By Dakota Jackson
The Baptist Convention of Iowa is excited to announce a ministry partnership with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. Brotherhood Mutual provides high-quality insurance protection and risk management services and works exclusively with churches and related ministries.
When churches practice good risk management, they provide a safer place for their members to worship, resulting in few losses. When that happens, Brotherhood Mutual gives our denominational office a Safe Ministry Reward payment. The ministry partner program does not affect insurance premiums, but it does help our denomination when member churches and ministries manage their risks well.
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company® is one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches and ministries. In business since 1917, Brotherhood Mutual provides property, liability, commercial auto, workers’ compensation, mission travel insurance, and payroll services* to ministries throughout the United States, including:
Brotherhood Mutual is represented by independent agents who subscribe to a code of ethics based on scriptural principles and serve in churches and ministries of their own. The company consistently earns an A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best, a leading authority in rating insurance companies.
You can find more information about Brotherhood Mutual and the many risk management services that the company offers at www.brotherhoodmutual.com, or you can contact our agency American Church Group of Iowa at 515-371-6530.
By Tim Lubinus, BCI Executive Director/Treasurer
In 2014 the BCI Foundation Committee revised the seminary tuition scholarship fund to better enable members of BCI affiliated churches to prepare for ministry. We want to do everything we can do to develop ministers who are involved in BCI affiliated churches to reach Iowa and beyond.
A scholarship of $500 per semester for up to four semesters is offered for full-time master’s level seminary students who are preparing for a “full-time” ministry position. Since the changes in the fund were made, forty-four students have received scholarship funds.
Of the forty-four students, thirty-three are currently serving on a BCI affiliated church staff, three are preparing to be part of a new church start this fall, four are involved in other ministries in Iowa, and four currently do not have a “professional” ministry position.
The BCI seminary tuition scholarship is funded in part by the annual Hyde Iowa Missions Offering normally collected each September.
By Cody Hinton, Lead Pastor, Paragon Church – Grinnell
A blistering 2015 April day in the heart of Tampa, Florida—two men in cushy stadium seats sat in a church big enough to call itself a city. Both feeling the call from God, they dreamed of planting a church in Iowa. This dream that was sparked began to spread and grow. A few months later, a church in Indianola, Iowa , began rallying behind these same two men as God led this church and these men to plan their first church plant. A year after that, one of those men, a friend from Alabama, their wives and their children moved into their new homes in Grinnell, Iowa. With great hopes for the future of what would become Paragon Church, they surfaced for the first time since a conversation about a dream became a reality. The reality was they had been given a passion: a passion for a city. A passion for a church. A church for Grinnell.
Within a few days of moving to their new homes in the summer of 2016, these two families were on the streets helping runners as they finished the 5k run portion of Grinnell Games. Soon they were immersed in helping the city with block parties, family events, and community festivities. Whole-heartedly engaging with the Chamber of Commerce, they rapidly and fully became a part of the community: Visible. Loving. For the City.
In September 2016, they launched and became the family now called Paragon Church. As Paragon Church, they have only strengthened this passion to be for the city. Being for the city means being where the city is: gathering where the city gathers, caring for what the city cares for, hurting for what hurts the city. This small body of believers inserts itself into the life of the community by volunteering and helping wherever they can. Paragon seeks out needs and finds ways to meet these needs. Of particular note was Easter 2017. While the community has numerous events throughout the year, they did not have a community event for Easter. Inspired, Paragon filled that need by providing what they called “This is Easter.” With the help of partner churches and the Baptist Convention of Iowa, Paragon was able to provide a free and public event for the city. Over 300 people enjoyed family activities including sack races, juggling, face painting, food, a photo booth and, of course, an egg hunt. The city’s response was overwhelmingly positive, and people couldn’t believe the generosity and inclusion offered by Paragon Church and its supporters.
As the relationship with the city grew, the city started bringing needs to Paragon Church, asking for help. When the plans for a community breakfast at this year’s Grinnell Games fell through, Paragon stepped in and made it happen. Along with the breakfast, Paragon co-hosted a community worship service which over 200 people attended. Paragon continues to be a presence within the community.
Paragon Church looks forward to being a church For Grinnell for many years to come. Through partnerships with supportive churches and the Baptist Convention of Iowa, they will continue to crave for the realization of a dream that started with just two men—a dream that doesn’t end with Grinnell, but a dream for other cities. A dream for all of Iowa. A dream for the world. At first the dream of a church plant, but now a strong part of a dream for the Kingdom.
By Pastor Noel Gandy
In April, we celebrated one year of moving to Iowa. The first year of ministry here has been a whirlwind! We arrived in Iowa on April 24, 2016 and the wheels have been turning ever since. It has been with the wonderful help and support from many individuals, churches and our home association that the tasks the Lord has charged us with have been accomplished.
I’m thankful that we surrendered to the call to plant Christ Point Baptist Church here in Shenandoah. In studying Jonah, I have realized that God’s purpose was accomplished through Jonah in spite of him running from the Lord. I am thankful that it didn’t take being swallowed by a whale to get us to Iowa! This has truly been one of the best years of my life. Seeing God move in a supernatural way is a joy that cannot be explained!
Many know I injured my back in April. Through physical therapy, medication, and prayer I am almost fully recovered. Thank you to those who spent time praying for me. I’d also like to thank my parents for making the 1800 mile round trip to help my family while I was out of commission.
We celebrated our first Easter Sunday at Christ Point in April with 67 in attendance. It was an amazing service, one of the best I have ever attended!
In March and April, we began planning for summer outreach/missions. We worked with the town of Farragut to be allowed to share the Gospel there, so we placed a team from Calvary Baptist Church in Waynesboro, MS there to go door to door and have a family picnic in the park. Many more tasks are lined up to take place this summer as July and August are full of teams traveling to Shen to minister. These teams are: FBC Runnelstown, Evergreen Baptist Church, Liberty Baptist Church Waynesboro, Trinity First Baptist Church Beat Four, and Miller County Baptist Association Missouri. Some of the projects these teams will be participating in are: church building improvements and maintenance, Independence Day outreach, and Vacation Bible School.
During the spring, our church family studied Ephesians 6 and the Armor of God. We felt God was leading our church to offer this study to children. On May 24th, we began Kids Crusade: The Armor of God. For six weeks on Wednesday nights, we feed the children dinner, and have a service dedicated just to them including music, skits, funny videos, games, a lesson on a piece of the armor, and small group time. We average 25 children a week with this week being our last.
Would you please help us pray for our outreach opportunities on July 4th? We will be in the town parade promoting VBS, and we will be involved in many community events that day in hopes to share about Christ Point and the Gospel.
Thank you and until next time.
“For we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
By Ryan Jorgenson, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
God has done great work at Harvest Bible Chapel in the Grimes, IA area July 19-23 as they held their new VBS version called High Five. They saw attendance from last year nearly double with 110 kids attending and a record 54 adults and 6 teenagers volunteer! $786 was raised by the kids to send 2 Iowa youth to FCA Camp later this summer as a part of the week’s endeavors. Most importantly, 6 children made decisions to follow Jesus Christ for the first time!
Drawing local Dallas Center-Grimes High School football and soccer coaches as well as a former professional football player to help provide excellent coaching, the camp offered electives kids could choose from during the week: football, soccer, basketball, music and cooking. Harvest prays the children who came to Christ would grow deeper in their reconciled relationship with Jesus, believing kids’ faith would grow stronger than before and families of kids who attended who are considering spiritual matters will attend church services and God meet them where they’re at.
To learn more about Harvest Bible Chapel, visit harvestdesmoines.org
By Hailey Koerperich, Freshman Women’s Ministry Leader
At 10:02 every day, phone alarms are going off throughout the Candeo Church building. Luke 10:2 declares that “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” and that earnest prayers to the Lord of the harvest should be for laborers to send out into his harvest. One prayer that the Salt Company staff prayed all year was that God would raise up student leaders for the harvest on the University of Northern Iowa campus. In faith, the prayer was that God would increase the student leadership team from its 68 current leaders to over 100 leaders. Reaching that goal would mean an expansion of the leadership team by almost 45%.
The leadership process for new leaders involves an application and an interview conducted by members of the Salt Company staff. These interviews serve as an excellent opportunity to shepherd students and to celebrate evidences of God’s goodness and faithfulness in the last year, but also throughout their entire lives. This process, from start to finish, takes nearly a month. After 75 interviews and losing other leaders to graduation, internships, and student teaching, the final number of new leaders was 100.
At the final leaders meeting of the 2016-2017 school year on April 30, leaders sat in a room full of current leaders as well as new leaders for the 2017-2018 school year. Many of the veteran leaders could remember when a room that full was the entire Salt Company. In just four short years, a room that full is now just the leadership team. What a faithful and gracious God! To Him be the glory for the work He is doing in the Cedar Valley and beyond.
by Roger S. Oldham
Many younger pastors highly value both the name “Cooperative Program” and the ministries funded through CP, according to the “2017 SBC EC Young Leaders Advisory Council Survey.”
Released in March and slated to conclude in early August, the survey is one of the tools the Executive Committee Young Leaders Advisory Council is using to find ways to deepen the involvement of millennial pastors and church leaders in the total life of the Southern Baptist Convention. The twenty-two member council is chaired by Jordan Easley, senior pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee.
“We’re looking for ways to maximize the next generation of pastors and leaders and show them that we are truly stronger when we work together,” Easley said. “These early reports from young leaders have given us great insight. It’s obvious the next generation of Southern Baptist leaders recognize and appreciate the value and ministry portfolio of the Cooperative Program.”
The survey had been completed by 2,265 respondents by late-May. While the survey is accessible to anyone, the vast majority of those who have completed the survey are between eighteen and thirty-nine years of age.
Forty-two percent said they found the name “Cooperative Program” either extremely appealing or very appealing, and another 38 percent found the name somewhat appealing. Five percent said the name is not at all appealing.
Respondents identified the two “highest value ministries” to “you and your church” as the International Mission Board (81 percent) and the six SBC seminaries (76 percent).
by Jon Jamison, Co-Director, Friendship Baptist Center
Friends and Ministry Partners,
We need to make an announcement that impacts the Friendship Center.
On July 1, for the first time since 1999, we will no longer be the Directors of the Friendship Baptist Center. A new chapter is beginning, not only for us but for the Center as well.
As you know, we love this community and have been so blessed to find such wonderful family here. The youth we met nearly 20 years ago, now have kids of their own (and they’re awesome). People who once came to the Center to receive ministry, now minister alongside us. The Center, which used to be solely funded by the Baptist Convention of Iowa, now is its own nonprofit organization and has a Board of Directors and is jointly funded by churches, individuals and the Baptist Convention of Iowa.
It is impossible to convey just how deeply we have loved knowing and serving with so many of you for so many years. We came here as 25-year-old babies and have spent our adult lives growing into the people we are today…because of you and because of the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus.
Maggie just turned 11 and has never known life apart from many of you or from the Friendship Baptist Center. She receives ministry at the Center almost daily. She chose to follow Jesus through this ministry and through the significant leadership of its volunteers. She was baptized last year, right in the middle of the “Big Room”! Thankfully, she’s also had opportunities to offer ministry through the Center on a regular basis. God has mightily used you and the Center to demonstrate His love and compassion to Maggie and through Maggie. As an MK, WMU ladies around the world have diligently prayed for her since before she was born (Our little miracle baby)! This will be a difficult transition, to say the least. How grateful we are for the Friendship Center!
From After School Ministries to Disciples to Mom’s Group to ESL to Community Breakfast to Sunday Night Church to Community Meals and certainly to Peppermint College – we have deeply loved our life with you. We can truly say that you have blessed our lives immeasurably.
As for the future: We have every confidence that the Friendship Center has wonderfully bright days ahead. We are leaving it in the capable hands of its Board of Directors and such an amazing group of committed volunteers. Plans are being set in motion to move the Center into the future, both short term and long term.
I ask you to please to continue the work that God is doing in the MLKing community of Des Moines. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me or one of our Board of Directors: Todd Stiles, John Jakes, Bobbie Thies, Tim Lubinus or Joni Wilkinson.
We are simply incapable of expressing our love for you adequately. Please know, that while we firmly believe God is leading us in this direction, leaving here will be the hardest thing we’ve ever done.
But it’s time.
We love you, Friendship Center. We love you, friends and ministry partners. Thank you, Jesus, for walking with all of us throughout these nearly 20 years.
We will be moving to Columbia, South Carolina. I (Jon) have accepted a ministry position with the South Carolina Baptist Convention as their Compassion Ministries Strategist. I’ll work with churches and missionaries across the state and will seek to help them strengthen ongoing ministries and will work to develop new ministries. Specifically, we’ll focus on Refugee, Hunger, ESL, Multi-Housing ministries and ministry with people impacted by poverty. We would certainly appreciate your prayers as we follow God into this next adventure.
We will certainly continue to pray for the Friendship Baptist Center and the vital ministry in this community.
-Jon, Mindy and Maggie
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