Encouraging Day

by Greg Linscott

MARBCJennifer and I took the opportunity today to drop in on the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Association of Regular Baptist Churches, hosted by Calvary Baptist Church in Rochester. It was great to see some people we knew from our days in Iowa while students at Faith, and members at Altoona, and some familiar faces from relationships we have formed since serving here in Minnesota.

Though the congregation I serve in has a long-standing history as part of the Minnesota Baptist Association, I am greatly encouraged to see the commitment to doctrine and local church ministry among these brothers. It was good to hear the report of church planter Steve Gilbertson, whose efforts are being actively supported by both the MARBC and the MBA (as well as individual congregations in both fellowships). Church planter Jerry Miller, recently ordained by Faith Baptist in Albert Lea, serves as another example of positive overlap, as MARBC and MBA pastors joined together to grill determine the fitness of the candidate last week 🙂 , and are actively joining together to support his efforts in establishing a work in the Sioux Falls, SD area. In my assessment, there is a growing respect for like-minded congregations and pastors to pursue ministry partnerships and see the work of God go forward in the state that is teeming with promise. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for like-minded congregations here in the state of Minnesota in the coming days!