From the Associate Pastor’s Desk: Outfitters Student Ministry

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Modern youth ministry has been with us now for about 30 years. I believe the distinguishing feature of this youth ministry movement is founded on entertainment. The idea is if we make the church seem “cool” to our youth than they will desire to come and maybe hear the Gospel and maybe not even leave the faith when they leave their parents’ home. This movement has been around long enough to cycle through multiple generations of youth ministry participants. The results of this entertainment model have not been positive. The youth of this age are fleeing the church faster than ever. Worse yet this entertainment model of ministry has spread to almost every facet of the church. Ministries seem to think that their job is to ensure people are having a good time and if they are not entertained then they will not stay.

Why would we double down on this failed entertainment model of ministry? It hasn’t worked in youth ministry and it hasn’t given long lasting results in other ministries either. As I think through my own role in leading our youth group, I must decide, will we be entertainment driven or discipleship driven? Some of the wisest words I ever received when first beginning my ministry was this, “What you win them with, that is what you must keep them with.”

In anything we do we should ask, “What are we trying to accomplish?” When dealing with ministry the answer should always be “to make disciples.” This is what every Christian is called to do. Now more than ever it is vital that we create disciples of our youth and not consumers. This is because today’s consumer youth will be the church shopping, lukewarm adult. Worse than that, we can convince them that it is alright to not take living the Christian life seriously. We send our children out into the world with a shallow and cheap brand of the Christian faith and expect them to somehow keep this said faith. Worst of all, we create environments where they never come under conviction of their sin and are therefore never born again. Regeneration comes by the Spirit, but the normative means of the Spirit is hearing the Word of God as “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Why are we watering down the message and distracting from what is most important?

Brothers and sisters, this cannot be! We need to center our youth ministry around the same thing we center our church around, the Gospel of Christ. This is why here at our church we have named our student ministry “Outfitters.” Our mission statement is this: “Outfitting young adults with the Gospel of Christ for life’s journey. Ephesians 6:13, ‘Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to with-stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.'”

As a minister to our youth, I want to outfit our young people in preparation for the battle they will face in the future and even the battles they are facing at this present time. And just like the concept of discipleship, where all Christians are both being a disciple and working toward making disciples, so too we want our young people to be “outfitted” and to be working toward the process of outfitting one another.

This approach also gives them a model of living in community that will equip them well as adults. We want to create out of our youth, strong Christian adults who first grasp tightly to the Gospel, live in Christian community, and serve the body of Christ. If this process is not being taught from this very early age, when will it begin? Fellow ministers, parents, and church members, let us build our youth ministries, and every other ministry of the church, not on the shifting sands of this entertainment culture, but on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ.

An Old Familiar Friend: My Love-Hate Relationship With Depression…

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For as long as I can remember, my battle with depression has been a constant theme in my life. What manifested itself in my childhood as a small dark storm cloud soon morphed in my adult years into a gigantically scary, but somewhat charming mansion. Indeed, when the pressures of life start to mount, the caretaker of this mansion begins to call my name, “David…David. Stop by for a while and sing a song with me, chat with me…Let’s take a break together.” Yes, this caretaker, Depression, offers something that I desperately desire – peace and control.

I don’t quite know when my love-hate relationship with Depression began, but it most certainly surfaced in a big way during my elementary school years. I remember going to school one day, and just before class began, the school bully pushed me up against the wall and shouted, with grit teeth, “You little punk! Nobody really likes you.” Those words took a stab at my soul and brought to life the fear and anxiety buried deep within my heart. “Does anybody really like me?” I struggled with that question for many years, and even now, as an adult, with a loving family and church family, I wonder (every now and then), especially as the pressures and stresses of life mount, “Do they really like me?”

Depression really grabbed a hold of my heart during my time in the U.S. Army, especially during my two tours in Iraq. If I close my eyes long enough, I can still hear the sound of the alarm system go off on the forward operating bases I was stationed at, altering me, and my fellow comrades, of incoming mortars. I would lay awake in my bed, on quite a few nights, and just stare into the blackness of night and whisper, “God, if tonight I die, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Too morbid? Too dark? Yep. I know, it’s a dark and scary world…and Depression seemed to offer me a refuge of escape from all of it…But in the end, the very things it promised (peace and control), it took from me. Yes, it robbed me of the very peace and control that I desperately craved.

Marriage to my wife, Heather, on July 10, 2010 was, and continues to be, one of the happiest days of my life. But even on that day (my wedding day), my old familiar friend was with me, whispering his strangely comforting words, “I’ll be here at the mansion when you need me. Bring your wife along if you two ever need a break…” Indeed, marriage and our subsequent children increased the pressures and stresses of life. And Depression, and his mansion of darkness, though scary, always felt familiar and strangely safe…It would fool me into thinking (time and time again), “Well, I can’t control this or that…I feel like this or that is out of control, but at least I can control these dark thoughts…”

I eventually entered pastoral ministry in November 2013. Pastoral ministry may be many things, but it’s certainly not boring. The frontlines of ministry provide to a human being a front row, dazzling seat to the extreme joys of life: Weddings, babies born, salvations, baptisms, and lives changed. But at the same time the frontlines of ministry provide you a front row seat to the extreme horrors of life: Suicide, drugs, addictions of all kinds, divorce, church splits, betrayals, and the list goes on and on and on. And when the extreme pressures of ministry start to mount, Depression, my old familiar friend, offers an escape into his dark mansion, calling my name, “David…David…”

I took up residence in Depression’s mansion in the early part of 2018. This had to be the absolute worst time period of my entire life. I was exhausted. Physically, I was drained. Emotionally, I was spent. Mentally, I was just plain done. And spiritually…Well, I’m a pastor. I preach the Word! I know Jesus. I love Jesus. I love Him more than life itself. Indeed, this love for Jesus can play strange tricks on your mind during dark times. For instance, Depression likes to quote Scripture to me in sadistic ways, “To live is Christ…to die is gain…to die is gain…to die is gain.” 2018 was an ugly year for me. So dark. So scary. And in the end, the very thing that Depression promised (peace and control), it took from me…again.

I’ve come to realize that Depression is many things, but it’s certainly an addiction. I fight this battle daily. This sin-cursed world offers so many valid reasons to flirt with Depression and take up residence in his mansion of horrors. Any of you understand what I’m talking about? I can’t be alone in this…Indeed, I know I’m not.

So, what do I do? How do I fight this? Well, in part, and this isn’t some cutesy, pat response in which all of your fears and anxieties go away, but I fight this enemy, that masks itself like an old familiar friend, by: 1) Trusting the promises of Scripture. Depression promises peace and control. But Depression is a liar…a good liar…but a liar nonetheless. What does the Word of Truth state? Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” I have to choose (time and time again) to trust my Savior’s voice over the tempting voice of Depression, 2) Praying like crazy. I talk to God frequently…I give him real talk, like, “God, I’m scared. Help me…I need you right now…I need you!” Talking to God gives me an outlet. It allows me to dump all of my fears and anxieties before someone (God) who fully understands and cares for me completely, and 3) Writing it out. Welcome to my public journal entry #1 on this issue. Putting these thoughts to paper has been good for me…Does it cure me of all my depression? No. Absolutely not. Depression still calls my name. It’s faint right now, but I know that as new seasons of difficulty arise, Depression will always be there. So, I will have to choose now (for the billionth time) and I will have to choose then (in the future when life heats up) to fight…to fight hard. Why? Because “to live is Christ!”

Growth Groups 2019-2020

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Get ready! Growth Groups is set to relaunch this Sunday, Sept. 8 and extend through Sunday, Nov. 10. Here are the current groups:

Dillon and Bailey Gingerich (Meeting at their home on Sunday afternoons):

  • Tim and Jonna O’Tool
  • Klint and Kendra Gingerich
  • Brian and Nancy Wilson
  • Nathan and Michaela Tinnes
  • Mike and Kira Fikes
  • Larry Northway
  • Jan Rosien

Steve and Cheryl Bohn (Meeting in the church fellowship hall on Sunday afternoons):

  • Willie and Lisa Van Der Molen
  • Dave and Heather Cotner
  • Darwin and Lori Carroll
  • Ray and Jessica Cooper
  • Greg and Marsha Vogel
  • Janine Rosien
  • Gary Melanger
  • John Hardt
  • Rosemary Luers

Steve and Bonnie Donnolly (Meeting at their home on Sunday afternoons):

  • Zach and Beth Shepherd
  • Will and Melissa Luers
  • Jesse and Sarah Neitzel
  • Mike and Christina Boos
  • Jess Caster

Also, as a reminder, here are some expectations concerning Prairie Flower’s Growth Groups:

As a Growth Group Member, you are promising to:

  1. Endeavor to make it to each Growth Group session and to make these sessions a priority in your life.
  2. Prepare well for each Growth Group session by means of Sunday morning church attendance and by bringing your Bible to each Growth Group session.
  3. Maintain confidentiality of any and all sensitive information that is given to you by other Growth Group members.

For more information on Growth Groups, or to join one, please contact the church office at 319-653-2400.

 

PFBC: September’s Upcoming Events…

Harvest Season

Sunday, Sept. 1 = Special Fall Series Launches, “Core Values: Who We Are – Take 2” at 10:15 AM & Friendship Bible Study Relaunches at 4:30 PM

Friday, Sept. 6 – Saturday, Sept. 7 = Women’s Renew Conference at IRBC

Saturday, Sept. 7 = Braden Carroll and Liz Yoder’s Wedding at 1 PM!

Sunday, Sept. 8 = Relaunch of Growth Groups (Various Times) & Kids 4 Truth Volunteer Training (TBD)  

Monday, Sept. 9 = Women’s Prayer Group from 10 – 11 AM

Tuesday, Sept. 10 = Men’s Prayer Group from 6:30 – 7:30 AM

Wednesday, Sept. 11 = Kids 4 Truth Launches & Youth Group Relaunches at 6:30 PM…Prayer Meeting Relaunches at 7:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 14 = Service Project at Prairie Flower Shut-In Steve Fordham’s Home at 10 AM

Sunday, Sept. 15 = Membership Sunday at 10:15 AM & Nursing Home Ministry at Parkview Manor at 3:30 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 17 = Pastor Dave at IRBC Board Meeting at Camp at 9 AM

Thursday, Sept. 19 = Pastor Dave at IARBC Council of 10 Meeting in Ames at 9 AM

Sunday, Sept. 22 = Gideon’s Presentation at 10:15 AM and Leadership Team Meeting at 2 PM

Sunday, Sept. 29 = Combined Sunday School With Missionary, Susie Kallal, at 9 AM

VBS 2019: “In The Wild” Was Wild

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Hello, friends! Just a quick blog post to say that VBS 2019 is officially in the books. We had a great week with nearly 45-50 kids every night. Songs were sung, crafts were done, games were played, and (of course) lessons on Jesus were taught. The kids eagerly participated in all of our nightly activities and had a wonderful time. A BIG “thank you” goes to each person who took their time to pour into our kids out here on the prairie. But a SPECIAL “thank you” goes to Kendra Gingerich and her crew for decorating, Nancy Wilson and Jesse Neitzel for coordinating the snacks, Aline Schipper for designing and putting together the cute safari vests, and Jess Caster and her crew for the hilarious and well-done skits! Everyone really pulled together and passionately gave it their all during the week; and, in the end, the kids had a great time, Jesus was praised, and God got a lot of glory. VBS 2019: “In The Wild” was wild! Can’t wait till next year!

Five Seriously Serious Stormy Statements…

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Last Sunday, we looked at a most spectacular account – Jesus calming a huge storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matt. 8:23-27). In Mark’s parallel account (Mark 4:35-41), we read that Jesus calmed this storm with just three words, “Peace! Be still!” So many things could be said about this powerful account, but let me just offer five applicational thoughts from this demonstration of Jesus’s power and authority. Four will sound familiar as I mentioned these items in last Sunday’s sermon; and the fifth thought is an addition, but a needed addition. Check out these five seriously serious stormy statements (try saying that five times faster)…

  1. Storms in life sometimes happen BECAUSE you are following Jesus. Think about it. Who commanded and led the disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee? You betcha. It was Jesus who commanded and led His disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee and subsequently led them right into the middle of a fierce storm. All of us must learn to decipher the difference between storms brought about because of our sin (storms of punishment), storms brought about because of Satan (storms of persecution), and storms brought about because of the Savior (storms of pruning). Bottom line, not all storms are because of your sin or Satan. Some storms in life happen precisely BECAUSE you are following Jesus.
  2. Storms in life sometimes happen out of nowhere – they’re unpredictable. Again, think about it. The disciples in Matt. 8:23-27 were totally not expecting a storm. It hit them, seemingly, out of nowhere! Because of how sudden and fierce the storm was, they were filled with great fear and even accused Jesus of not caring. Are you facing a storm right now? Did it seemingly come out of nowhere? Often this is how storms work. You are moving through life (work, vacation, school, family) and BAM you are hit with an incredible, overwhelming storm. Bottom line, the only expected thing about the storms of life is that they are often unexpected – they’re unpredictable. So, here’s some pastoral encouragement: Don’t live your life as if storms aren’t allowed to enter it. Storms happen.
  3. Storms in life is NOT an indication that God hates you or is unnecessarily messing with you. This is what the disciples momentarily thought as they shouted at Jesus through the roar of the storm, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?!” Please hear me, God is not some cruel puppet master in the sky who finds joy in your pain and suffering. God is good, kind, and loving even when we’re in pain…pain that He Himself puts us through. How can this be? Well, that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? But let me just offer this thought. Do you know how muscles grow? I suppose there are many right answers, but let me simply state it with this…”time under tension.” That’s right, you have to put your muscles through tension for a set period of time. The longer the tension, the greater impact you’ll receive with muscle growth and development. Perhaps God is putting you through a storm, not because He hates you or is messing with you, but to grow and develop your faith as He puts you in some “time under tension.”
  4. Storms in life give to you an opportunity to practice one of three kinds of faith: No faith, little faith, or great faith. Just before Jesus calmed the storm at sea, what did He do? Yeah, He rebuked His disciples for their “little faith.” Now, just hours before, Jesus had been wowed by a Roman Centurion’s “great faith.” So, in the words of Pastor Tim O’Tool, “How will Jesus marvel at your faith?” Will He marvel at how small it is or how great it is? Bottom line, all storms in life give to us a prime opportunity to exercise one of three kinds of faith: No faith, little faith, or great faith.
  5. Storms in life do NOT last forever. Praise the Lord for seasons in life! Darkness gives way to light. Hurt gives way to healing. Storms give way to calm. Hear me…the intensity of your storm right now might be fierce, and you may feel like you’re not going to make it, but storms do not last forever. Indeed, the One who put you into the storm has the power to still the storm – the one raging outside of you and the one raging inside of you.

As we close out this blog post, check out this song from the band, Skillet. It’s entitled, “Anchor.”

From the Desk of the Associate Pastor: What Am I Here For?

 

What Am I Here For?

This is a question I’m sure we have all asked ourselves. What is my purpose? Why do I exist? This question can come in many forms and if you polled a hundred people you would probably get that many different answers. While its in our nature to seek purpose in this life I believe that most everybody comes to the wrong conclusion because they start from the wrong starting point.

For Christians this should not be the case. We have a direct message from our Creator with the answer to the question “what was I made for?” The answer comes in the very first chapter of the very first book of the Bible. Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Now most of you have probably been taught that being made in the image of God means that we bear some likeness to Him in emotion, will, and intellect. While the image of God certainly includes these attributes, I believe we miss some of the most important aspects God is communicating to us when He says we are “made in His image.”

To be made in the image of God means that we are to spread His image throughout the whole earth. To put it another way we are imagers. God’s original intent for mankind was that we would improve His creation. Now you might be saying “God said His creation was very good!” That is just it. He said “Very Good,” not complete. We know this because just one verse later in Genesis 1:28-30 God says that man should subdue the earth and have dominion over it. He also said He gave them every plant with it’s seed to aid in this work. In short mankind was to spread Eden over the whole world. We were to spread God’s image by multiplying ourselves and using our creative abilities that God equipped us with to improve  and subdue the earth.

Now when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden that did not nullify our mandate to fill the whole earth with God’s image. It would however become much more difficult and indeed impossible to accomplish this task. We observe that in the pronouncement of the curse on mankind. This curse included thorns and thistles as well as pain in childbirth. Where as before creation cooperated with the mandate for man to subdue and have dominion over the earth, now creation would oppose us. We see that we have been successful in many ways in that mandate as mankind has achieved amazing things in construction, technology, and farming. With all our successes though we see much more evil that has been done by us to one another and to the earth. The marring of God’s image in us makes everything we do tainted by evil.

This is why we need a Savior. All the greatest achievements by man will always be tainted by our sin. That is why God knew He would need to come and achieve this mandate. To do so He became a man in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. He came and fulfilled the law completely, had full dominion over nature but died in our place. He did not stay dead as He also has dominion over death itself. He rose from the dead and defeated the curse that mankind had brought on this world.

Now we too can have that curse defeated if we are in Christ. That is if we confess our sins and believe in Him as the only Son of God who was crucified for our sins and raised to life. Jesus has given His followers a renewed mandate. We are to fill the whole earth with His image, or put another way, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Christians get to be a part of fulfilling the original creation mandate and the reversal of the curse that we brought to this planet. The only way to fully restore God’s image is to make disciples who are being conformed to the image of Christ.

Be Hopeful: The Church Does Not Rise Or Fall On Christian Celebrity By Mike Hess

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Alexander and Hymenaeus are not the most famous characters in the New Testament. Most would probably have a difficult time identifying who these men were and why they were mentioned in one of the apostle Paul’s epistles—these were men who made “shipwreck” of their faith (1 Tim. 1:19–20). Paul used them to illustrate the contrast between those who keep the faith with a good conscience and those who abandon the faith. Yet during this time when a few were apostatizing, the gospel was nevertheless spreading, countless multitudes were being saved, and churches were being planted at an incredible rate. So we shouldn’t be too quick to write off the church. God is faithful, and He will accomplish His purposes despite the unfaithfulness of some.

We all grieve over the tragic news of former megachurch pastor and bestselling author Joshua Harris’s announcements of separating from his wife and a week later publicly proclaiming that he’s “not a Christian.” Not only that, he went so far as to apologize for at one time standing for the Biblical teaching on sexual ethics. This recent “fall from grace” has brought to mind Biblical names such as Alexander the Coppersmith, Hymenaeus, and Demas.

Joshua Harris is a human being who is created in the image of God. He’s also the father of three beautiful children. He is obviously in a terrible place spiritually and in great need of prayer. Undoubtedly many in his former church and circle of influence are grieving right now. What happened to him could happen to any of us (1 Cor. 10:12–13). It’s important that as we consider these things, we keep our language from becoming quarrelsome, slanderous, demeaning, or unbecoming of a follower of Christ. This is especially important with respect to what we post on social media. Yes, let’s be bold and truthful. But at the same time, let’s say what we mean without being mean in how we say it (Col. 4:6).

But we also need to be cautious about embracing a “sky is falling” mentality. Thankfully, the church’s foundation does not depend on the performance of prominent Christian celebrities. Even when a well-known pastor and author publicly announces his divorce and denial of the faith, the church still marches on for God’s glory. Many who mock the gospel will gloat about this public denial of the faith. That’s tragic, but it isn’t fatal to the church’s future. I believe we should be more optimistic than ever about the future of the church—not because of the celebrities it often elevates, but because of the Christ Who is the rock and the head of the church.

Consider how God has used His church over the past week. All around the world faithful pastors have stood and unashamedly proclaimed the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Faithful servants have sacrificially served children in churches during Vacation Bible School. Others have patiently listened and prayed with those going through unspeakable suffering and pain. Neighbors have been invited into homes where the love of Christ has been exemplified by Christians demonstrating generous hospitality. Orphans have been adopted. Loving and restorative church discipline has resulted in sweet repentance and reconciliation. Local churches have sent out teams on short-term missions trips around the world. New hope has been injected into struggling marriages through compassionate Biblical counseling that seeks to help instead of harshly condemn. Prodigals have come home. New believers have made their faith public and identified with the gospel in believer’s baptism. And perhaps most importantly, many have come to saving faith in Christ.

While we rejoice in all these things, we must keep this firmly in mind: without faithful Biblical doctrine, we can’t have any of it. When someone denies the faith, that person is denying hope—the hope that transforms someone from the inside out. After all, if Christ is not actually risen from the dead, we should be “pitied more than anyone” (1 Cor. 15:19, CSB).

The best way to protect our hearts and ensure the fruitfulness of our churches is by guarding our doctrine. There’s far more at stake here than just having a well-written and cogent doctrinal statement; the meaningfulness of our lives today and our destinies for all eternity hinge on whether we take God at His Word. I’m both humbled and grateful to be a part of a fellowship of churches that for nearly 90 years has never wavered doctrinally. I don’t say that to boast or to brag—God receives all the glory for this. But it’s that sound doctrine that will protect your spiritual life and the life of your local church. That’s why it’s so important for churches to connect with other doctrinally aligned churches. On both a personal and corporate level, you are never better off going it alone.

In the meantime, let’s not forget while hearing the heartbreaking accounts of spiritually shipwrecked Christians that there are multitudes of faithful Christian brethren all around the world still persevering in their faith and staying true to the gospel, sometimes even under intense persecution.

Let’s cheer each other on to cross the finish line strong!

Reblogged with permission from the author, Mike Hess, who serves as National Representative of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.

PFBC: August’s Upcoming Events…

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The summer is just zipping by and August is nearly here! Below you’ll find all the events and activities that are projected to take place out here on the prairie. Please keep these things in mind and in prayer…

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Friday, Aug. 9 = Family Camp 4 at IRBC (Pastor Dave is Program Chairman For This Camp Week)

Sunday, Aug. 4 = PFBC Associate Pastor, Tim O’Tool, Preaching at 10:15 AM

Wednesday, Aug. 7 = Summer Night of Prayer at 6 PM

Saturday, Aug. 10 – Friday, Aug. 16 = Family Camp 5 at IRBC (Pastor Tim Attending)

Monday, Aug. 12 = Women’s Prayer Group from 10 – 11 AM (Prayer Focused on VBS)

Tuesday, Aug. 13 = Men’s Prayer Group from 6:30 – 7:30 AM (Prayer Focused on VBS)

Saturday, Aug. 17 = VBS Volunteer Training Night from 6 – 7 PM

Sunday, Aug. 18 – Wednesday, Aug. 21 = VBS 2019 from 6 – 8 PM Each Night!

Friday, Aug. 23 – Saturday, Aug. 24 = Men’s Revive at IRBC

Saturday, Aug. 24 = Liz Yoder’s Bridal Shower at Cheryl Bohn’s Home at 10 AM

Sunday, Aug. 25 = Youth/Parent Fall Kick-Off Event (TBD) Leadership Team Meeting (TBD)

Wednesday, Aug. 28 = Youth Group from 6 – 8 PM

Friday, Aug. 30 = Special Youth Event (TBD)

Saturday, Aug. 31 = Indoor Church Work Day (TBD)

Men’s Revive 2019!

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Prairie Flower Men, are you getting excited for this year’s Men’s Revive (formerly, Men’s Retreat) at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp? This year’s event will be done on the weekend of Aug. 23-24. A sign-up sheet for this weekend is located on the bulletin board in the church foyer. For more information, please see the letter below that I wrote as the Retreat Liaison for our State Fellowship…


Men,

In just a few short weeks, we will all converge on the beautiful campground of Iowa Regular Baptist Camp for Men’s Revive (formerly, Men’s Retreat). Ultimately, the purpose of Men’s Revive is to give the men of the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches (IARBC) an opportunity to “revive their passion for God to revitalize their local churches.” This is accomplished through much-needed time away with other brothers in Christ, solid preaching, good food, and a great camping atmosphere. Indeed, we are praying for you as this year’s event approaches. 

Men’s Revive is slotted for Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24. Our speaker this year is Mike Hess, the new National Representative of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC). He will be speaking to us on the topic of “Church Revitalization.” Mike will be tackling subjects, such as: The Word Revitalizes, Why Revitalization Matters, and The Workers of Revitalization. As many of you know, Mike is an excellent communicator and will challenge and motivate us through the Word.

Another exciting feature of this year’s Men’s Revive is the introduction of select workshops on both Friday and Saturday. Tim Capon, our IARBC State Representative, will host a workshop on Friday on the topic of evangelism. Then on Saturday, Dr. Dean Taylor (from the faculty of Faith Baptist Bible College) will host a workshop for pastors entitled, “What is a Healthy Pastor?” For our laymen, a Saturday workshop will be hosted by Pastor Stephen Moore entitled, “What is a Healthy Church Member?” These workshops are optional, but it’s our hope that many of you will plan to attend at least one of these sessions.

As this year’s Men’s Revive approaches, we hope that you’re planning to come. This year’s event is shaping up to be truly exciting. Indeed, we hope that you’ll come and perhaps motivate a few men from your church or community to come along with you. Men’s Revive will be here before you know it, and we truly hope to see many of you there!

David Cotner on Behalf of the IARBC