Vacation Bible school training events planned

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) will host vacation Bible school training events on April 2 at Walnut Street Baptist Church, Jonesboro, and April 9 at Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock. These events will feature training for Colossal Coaster World, Jungle Jaunt, LifeWay’s new Backyard Kids Clubs and the ABSC Game Day Sports Camp curriculum. Registration opens at 5 p.m. and is $5 at the door. They event kicks off at 6 p.m. and concludes at 8:30 p.m.


Christian Leadership Conf. April 8 in LR

HOT SPRINGS –  The second Christian Leadership Conference will be held April 8 at Embassy Suites in Little Rock. Magic Springs Water and Theme Park is sponsor of the event. 

The Christian Leadership Conference was developed in 2012 as an extension of the park’s Celebrate The Word special events, which include contemporary Christian music artists and nationally known presenters.

“This leadership conference is part of our Celebrate The Word outreach ministry,” said Steve Honeycutt, park general manager. “The mission is to reach out to families and youth through the best in Christian entertainment to share inspirational messages of faith, hope and love.”

Chris Ochterbeck, student ministry oversight pastor for New Life Church, will serve as the host pastor for the event. New Life Church has locations in North Little Rock, Conway, Hot Springs, Heber Springs, Cabot and Fort Smith.

Conference speakers are David Nasser, Scott Dawson and Todd Burpo.

The conference is cost to participants, however, registration is required at MagicSprings.com prior to April 8.  Guests who register by March 25 will receive a complementary ticket to Magic Springs. For details and registration visit MagicSprings.com.

“This is a fantastic lineup of speakers who are sure to deliver one of our best CTW events to date,” said Honeycutt.



'Read, Pray, Sing' Bible conference at Union University to focus on Psalms

JACKSON, Tenn. — Andy Davis and Heath Thomas will be the featured speakers for the “Read, Pray, Sing” conference April 12-13 at Union University.

The conference, sponsored by Union’s R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, will address the topic of the Psalms as an entryway to Scripture, and how engaging with the Psalms can help in understanding Scripture as whole, according to Ray Van Neste, director of the Ryan Center.

“The Psalms with their evocative imagery, prayers and songs help us to experience the truths of God’s words in the midst of life and worship,” Van Neste said. “And if we recover the practices of singing and praying the Psalms, we can help ourselves and others encounter God and his truths in powerful ways.”

Davis is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., and previously served as a missionary in Japan. He is the author of “An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture.”

Thomas is associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and director of Doctor of Philosophy studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He is the co-editor of “Great is Thy Faithfulness? Toward Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture.”

Van Neste said the conference is geared toward pastors, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders and others who want to learn more from the Bible.

In addition to the plenary addresses focusing on the Psalms, the conference will feature breakout sessions, led by faculty members from Union’s School of Theology and Missions, that will address such topics as effective Bible study, training others to study the Bible and available resources for personal and small group use.

The conference will also include a Psalm-sing led by Chris Mathews of Union’s music department.

Cost for the conference is $50 for those who register before March 11, or $60 for groups of eight or more. Regular registration after March 11 is $70, and the deadline is April 5. The fee includes the entire conference, two meals and a continental breakfast.

To register, or for more information, visit www.uu.edu/events/readpraysing/, call (731) 661-5579 or e-mail bdenker@uu.edu.


Sex, Kids, & The Internet: For parents

Sex, Kids, & The Internet: For parents

Buddy Knight of Knights’ Quest Ministries

Saturday, January 26th at 9:00am

Levy Baptist Church
3501 Pike Avenue
North Little Rock, AR  72118

(Attendance limited to those 18 and over)

Admission: Free
If you are a parent, grandparent, Sunday school worker, or anyone who actively participates in the lives of children this seminar is for you.
This live seminar equips parents to understand and address the threats posed by the twin dangers of Internet pornography and online predators.


Communications and Media Conference set for February 22 in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK – The first-ever joint Arkansas Baptist News (ABN) and Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC)-sponsored communications and media conference will be held Feb. 22 at the Baptist building in Little Rock.

The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will offer an overview and individual breakout sessions on  a variety of church communications and media topics.

Topics will include church communications and public relations, composing church newsletters, publication design and church media (social media, audiovisual, sound and technology). 

The conference is free, but limited to 75 pre-registered participants. Lunch is provided. Click to register.

Conference leaders are Tim Yarbrough, ABN editor; Jessica Vanderpool, ABN assistant editor, and Matt Ramsey, ABSC director of communications.

“We are excited to offer this comprehensive conference on communications free of charge to Arkansas Baptists in partnership with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention,” said Yarbrough. “It will be a great experience for those attending.”

The conference is designed for pastors, other church staff and volunteers who want to improve their communication skills and tactics as they seek to further the gospel of Jesus Christ, said Yarbrough.

Click to register.