Thursday
Oct182012

Poverty 101 conference to be held in NE Ark.

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team is partnering with East Side Baptist Church, Paragould, to sponsor the Poverty 101 northeast Arkansas regional conference.

The conference will assist those attending in understanding and ministering to those who live in poverty. The event seeks to shed light on generational poverty, while examining the culture and mindset of those who live in poverty. It will also explore the most effective ways to minister to the impoverished.

Conference material is based on the book “Bridges out of Poverty” by Ruby Payne and other sources. Leading the conference will be Mindy Jamison, who serves with the North American Mission Board and the Baptist Convention of Iowa in inner city Des Moines, Iowa, as the state church and community ministries consultant and the co-director of the Friendship Baptist Center for more than 12 years.

For more information about the conference or to register, contact 800-838-2272,ext. 5150.

Thursday
Oct182012

Children’s Ministry Day set for Feb.

Children in grades 1-6 are invited to take part in Children’s Ministry Day Feb. 16.

Church groups are encouraged to plan projects for that day, or a day that works for their church, during which they can meet needs in their communities, which may range from feeding the hungry to visiting shut-ins.

Since it began in 2008, more than 150,000 people have been involved in the Children’s Ministry Day, which was created by the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) “to move children out of their churches and into theircommunities to do missions,” according to the WMU website.

For more information, visit www.wmu.com/cmd.

Thursday
Oct182012

ABSC offers churches variety of resources 

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention leadership and worship team offers a variety of resources to churches, including deacon training and encouragement sessions and the Partners in Purpose capital funding emphasis.

Deacon training and encouragement sessions are generally held on weeknights for 2.5 hours, beginning with a light meal. However, they can range up to 6 hours if so desired, giving time for more feedback and discussion.

Sessions focus on character, missions, courage and teamwork. For more information, visit www.absc.org/deacons or call 800-838-2272, ext. 5114.

The Partners in Purpose capital funding emphasis seeks to help churches raise funds for new construction or reduce their debt. For more information, call 800-838-2272, ext. 5114.

Thursday
Oct182012

Nursing training day set for Nov. 2

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) will host The Heart of the Healer, a Baptist Nursing Fellowship training day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the ABSC building in Little Rock.

The event will cover the topics of compassion fatigue, lateral violence and crucial conversations. RNs and LPNs will receive 5.5 contact hours.

Baptist Nursing Fellowship is a ministry of the Woman’s Missionary Union.

The training day is a ministry event of the Cooperative Program and is sponsored by the ABSC missions support team, Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union and Baptist Health.

Baptist Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Arkansas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To register, contact Ashley Summers at asumners@absc.org or call 800-838-2272, ext. 5137.

Thursday
Sep202012

Children’s ministry training days set

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) evangelism and church growth team will hold two children’s ministry training and networking days Sept. 28 and Nov. 29 at the ABSC building. The events are designed to connect children’s directors and leaders with quality training and others who share their passion in a setting that is close to home. Key leaders in preschool and children’s ministry are welcome. Each event will begin at 10 a.m. and end by 2 p.m.

Clara Mae Van Brink, author of “Love, Laughter, and Learning,” is speaker Sept. 28. She will discuss the topics of delegating and recruiting.

Bill Emeott, children’s ministry trainer at Lifeway Christian Resources, is speaker Nov. 29. He will bring an update from Lifeway and discuss 10 things all children’s ministers need to know.

To register, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5132, or email akizzia@absc.org. Registration is open until two days before each event.

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