Things to Know (February)
What God is doing among Chicagoland Baptists
Check out this chart showing age distribution among the major Protestant traditions:
57% of Southern Baptists are 55 or older. That means that in the next three decades most of us will be dead. What are we doing to reach the younger generations?
One way to invest in our kids is through camp. This year we have two Chicagoland Camp options:
Two of our churches – Gospelife and Ashburn – have teamed up to put on an amazing camp experience 6/27 – 7/1. They are opening it up to any of our churches. Check out the promo video here and register here.
There will also be a camp at our very own campground in Streator 6/29 – 7/1. Registration is here. But we still need a Camp Director to help run this camp. If you know of anyone who would be good at that, please email me ASAP!
Here is someone to know about – Pastor Adron Robinson.
Pastor Adron was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. He was saved at age 6 at Providence Missionary Baptist Church under the ministry of Pastor William F. Fristoe and accepted the call to preach there at age 27. He went to Kenwood Academy, then DePaul University, and now has a MDiv and DMin from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as Assistant Pastor at Shiloah Baptist Church in Chicago’s Auburn/Gresham neighborhood for a while. In 2009 he became the first African-American pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills and has led them through an amazing process of revitalization. He has been president of IBSA and currently is on the SBC Executive Committee where he chairs the presidential search committee. Pray for him as his team narrows down their search.
It’s often been said that Pastor Adron is someone you look up to (literally). He was once a bodyguard for Michael Jordan! But his greatest joy is serving Jesus and pointing others to him!
You can see all past ‘someones to know’ here.
Here are some events to know about –
Weekly Prayer Call every Wednesday from 9:00 to 9:30 AM. Just click here to join anytime.
Monthly Discussion on the first Wednesday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. On 3/1 we will be having Leo Endel, Executive Director of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention and author of Where Do We Go From Here?, helping us think about “Strategic Planning for Small Churches.”
Upcoming Pastors’ Lunches for fellowship:
WEST (2/23) – Noon at Endiro Coffee in Aurora | RSVP HERE
SOUTH (3/30) – Noon at Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Markham | RSVP HERE
CITY (4/27) – Noon at Armitage Baptist Church in Logan Square | RSVP HERE
NORTH (5/25) – TBD
Our annual Prayer Bus Tour is on 2/25. We will be visiting four different Chicagoland Baptist churches and praying all along the way. Register here.
The Women’s Conference is on 3/4 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Household of Faith in Markham. Speakers include Felecia Clark and Veronica Robinson. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and for registration.
There is VBS Training on 3/25 at Brainard Avenue Baptist Church. Register here.
DNow is a weekend conference for youth coming up 4/14-15 at Streator? Get more info here and consider sending your students.
Make sure you have 8/4-5 on your calendars for the Serve Tour – an event that will bring over 1,000 people to our city to serve it in the name of Jesus. If you have an idea for a service project, submit it here.
Here is something else to know about –
Southern Baptist relief efforts rival the work of the Red Cross. For example, within hours after the recent massive earthquake in Turkey, Send Relief was on the ground providing meals, clean water, heating supplies, and other critical relief assistance. Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief has over 400 trained volunteers who respond to natural and manmade disasters with shower trailers, mobile kitchens, chainsaw units, child care teams, chaplains, and more. Arnold Ramage is the new state director. Email him at email@example.com if you want to find out more about how your church could be prepared to minister in a local disaster.
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The mission of Chicagoland Baptists is to facilitate relationships among the Baptist churches of this Great City so that they can more effectively fulfill the Great Commission and live out the Great Commandment.