IFest set for May 4-5 at OBU

ARKADELPHIA – IFest, a conference for Arkansas Baptist student instrumentalists, has been scheduled for May 4-5 on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

The two-day event, which is sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in conjunction with Ouachita Baptist University, will include a large ensemble instrumental experience and will conclude with a concert performance May 5 in Ouachita’s Jones Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Craig Hamilton, chairman of the music education department at Ouachita, will serve as conductor.

Students must be recommended by church leaders or band directors to attend iFest. Selection will be based on the individual student’s musical experience, as well as comments provided by the recommending official.

Students are responsible for providing their instruments, sticks and mallets. Percussion equipment will be provided.

Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, April 13. Participants will receive notification through their sponsors by email April 20.

For more information, including costs, nomination forms, brochures, audition material, directions and area hotels and restaurants, go to or contact Nancy Rose at 800-838-2272, ext. 5121, or


Ministry training sessions set

Chaplaincy and ministry training events will be held in April. Sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention missions ministries team, the events are designed to help prepare Arkansas Baptists to minister in crisis situations.

Critical Incident Stress Management ICISF-certified training will take place April 25-26 at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Building and April 27-28 at Second Baptist Church, Jacksonville. The April 25-26 session will offer training in Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disaster Operations, as well as in Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support. The April 27-28 session will offer training in Group Crisis Intervention.

Police and Fire Chaplain Basic Training will be held April 27-28 at Second Baptist Church, Jacksonville. The 12-hour course will equip both current and future police and fire chaplains with basic skills, including death notification and responding to a crisis situation.

Ministry Training Day is set for April 28 at Second Baptist Church, Jacksonville. This training – meant for pastors, deacons, Sunday school teachers, care group leaders and church members – will focus on health care ministry, prison and jail ministry, re-entry and aftercare ministry and how to begin nontraditional chaplaincy outreaches.

For more information on all events, visit or call Pam Rosinbaum at 800-838-2272, ext. 5249.


Bi-vo. ministers retreat April 20-22

LITTLE ROCK – A bi-vocational ministers retreat, sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) leadership and worship team, is set for April 20-22 at the ABSC building.

The retreat will begin with registration at 5 p.m. April 20 and will end at 10:30 a.m. April 22 after a morning worship service.

Motivational speakers for the weekend will include Charles Lowery, president and chief executive officer of Lowery Institute for Excellence Inc.; Rex Horne, president of Ouachita Baptist University; and Emil Turner, ABSC executive director.

Ministers will choose three of five sessions to attend. The sessions are “Comeback Churches – Revitalizing Your Church,” “Discipleship Any Church Can Do,” “How to Involve More Church Members in Outreach Evangelism,” “Pastoring the Bi-vocational Church” and “How to Increase Giving in Your Church.”

Ministers’ wives will attend “How to Live in a Glass House Without Cracking Up,” led by Judy Shaddox, wife of Ken Shaddox, who serves as pastor of Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock; and “The Quest for Perfect,” led by Marabeth Jaques, wife of William Jaques, who serves on the ABSC leadership and worship team.

Friday dinner and Saturday lunch will be provided. Ministers are responsible for their own accommodations. A list of nearby hotels is available at The list indicates special rates available.

For more information or to register, go to or call 501-376-4791, ext. 5160.


Leadercast scheduled

Arkansas Baptist pastors and staff are invited to attend the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, a one-day leadership event featuring Tim Tebow, John Maxwell, Urban Myer, Andy Stanley and more.

The simulcast event will be held at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention building, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, May 4.

Seating is limited and preregistration is required. For more information, including cost, go to


Date set for Collision

Collision, a week long missions experience for students, has been scheduled for July 9-13. Through the event, students in grades 7-12 will be able to reach out to share the love of Christ with people in Batesville and surrounding areas. Space is limited to the first 150 students.

For more information, including costs and registration deadlines, contact Ronnie Toon at, 870-793-7162 or go to

Collision is a partnership with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, Dixie Jackson State Missions Offering and the Independence Baptist Association.