LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) hosted a Ministerial Leadership Development retreat Jan. 30 at the ABSC building in Little Rock. The retreat was held for recipients of the ABSC’s pastoral scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship receive financial assistance for theological education in preparation for vocational ministry. The retreat included multiple sessions which provided the students with ministry training and addresses from ABSC agency representatives.
CHURCHES and associations should receive promotional materials for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions by the end of January.
The national goal for the 2015 offering is $60 million, and the 2015 offering theme is Send North America, according to information from the North American Mission Board. The 2015 Week of Prayer and Mission Study for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering is March 1-8. The North American Missions Study focuses on ministries of selected Week of Prayer missionaries serving in a variety of settings across the continent.
The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) will provide a training event for Arkansas Baptists to learn more about reaching Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPGs). The event will be offered Feb. 19 at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, March 5 at the Baptist building in Little Rock and April 16 at the Washington-Madison Baptist Association office in Fayetteville.
Participants will learn how to identify and reach UUPGs whether an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary is present or not. The event will provide all the details to engage UUPGs and will feature an IMB missionary speaker.
“More than 3,000 people groups in the world are unengaged, meaning that there is no church planting strategy by any evangelicals. This event is a great opportunity to find out how you and your church can take the gospel to people who’ve never heard it before,” said Bob Fielding, ABSC missions team member.
For more information and to register, visit absc.org/uttermost. The event is made possible by gifts from Arkansas Baptists to the Cooperative Program and Dixie Jackson Arkansas Missions Offering.
Level one national certification training for Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) and Christian Men’s Job Corps (CMJC) will be held at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention building in Little Rock Feb. 17-20.
Training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17-19 and from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 20.
CWJC and CMJC are programs that “equip women and men, in a Christian context, for life and employment,” according to the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) website. CWJC and CMJC are ministries of WMU.
The training event is targeted to those who are interested in starting a CWJC or CMJC site in their communities, churches or associations. Space is limited to 25 people.
For more information, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5137.
THE ARKANSAS BAPTIST State Convention (ABSC) is partnering with the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) to provide Children’s Ministry Day Feb. 14. Every year in February, thousands of children across North America participate in hands-on ministry projects on the same day in their local communities.
WMU created Children’s Ministry Day to move children out of their churches and into their communities to do missions, according to the WMU website.
Participants can choose from a variety of activities, such as feeding the hungry or visiting shut-ins. Church leaders are responsible for creating service projects and are encouraged to research ways children can meet specific needs in their communities.
“Children’s Ministry Day provides a platform for children to get involved in missions and ministry in their own community,” said Charity Gardner, ABSC missions team member.
Gardner has seen this event become a great opportunity for children to experience ministry with the adults.
“Over the years, I have seen children getting to be the hands and feet of the Church while working alongside families and adults,” she said. “Children’s Ministry Day provides an opportunity to disciple children to follow Jesus and to love others.”
Children in grades one through six are invited to participate in this event. For more information, including a Children’s Ministry Day promotion pack, go to wmu.com/cmd. This event is made possible by gifts from Arkansas Baptists to the Cooperative Program.