Cape Cod Meeting – June 12 & 13
John Kerns is inviting pastors, their wives, and families to convene on June 12th & 13th for a great time of encouragement and fellowship on Cape Cod.
“It’s a great place to be in June and we’re inviting you to join us. This is more than just a pastors’ meeting – besides great preaching it also includes a Monday night cookout opportunity for your whole
family and golfing Tuesday afternoon. All of the information you need is listed below (a full schedule is at the end of this article).”
The main meeting will be on Tuesday, June 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Faith Baptist Church, 251 Osterville/West Barnstable Rd, Osterville, MA. The focus will be on on living and leading like Jesus in four crucial areas: humility, prayer, courage, and vision. Our speakers will be Curt Rowe, Neil Eaton, Kevin Whitacre and Sean Sears. A short MaBBF business meeting will follow the main meeting.
521 Conference & MaBBF Meeting a Huge Success
Ministry leaders from across the northeast were encouraged, trained, and challenged yesterday at the 521 Conference for pastors. Keynote guest speakers were authors and pastors Larry Osborne of North Coast Church in the San Diego area, and Carey Nieuwhof of Connexus Church outside of Toronto, Canada. Many other speakers led breakout workshops. Close to four hundred pastors benefitted from the day.
Pastors and staff of MaBBF churches met over lunch to discuss current efforts and future plans to continue helping pastors lead growing and reproducing churches. Chairman John Kerns cast the vision for the MaBBF to raise $20,000 this year for church planting. $13,000 has already come in! If you or your church would like to be part of helping church planters in Massachusetts and New England you can send a check written to “MaBBF” to: MaBBF, P.O. Box 751, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
God is much at work in New England, and the MaBBF is poised to play an important role in carrying out the mission. Click here to learn more about the Massachusetts Baptist Bible Fellowship.
Regional Breakfast for Ministry Leaders – April 25th
Join us for breakfast!
We’ve scheduled a breakfast for pastors, missionaries, and church planters in your region!
Fellowship with other pastors, hear what’s going on in and around the Massachusetts Baptist Bible Fellowship, learn about new church planters, and share your ideas about ways to make our Fellowship even more effective.
Each regional breakfast is hosted by one of our MaBBF officers. Currently we have three regional breakfast meetings scheduled for April 25, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in the locations listed below. Contact the breakfast host for more specific information.
Hope to see you at one of these breakfasts! If you’re pretty sure you’ll make it, try to drop a quick email to the officer hosting your breakfast to help him with planning. Thanks!
SOUTHEAST REGION – John Kerns hosting, firstname.lastname@example.org, Percy’s Place, 43 Bedford St., Middleborough, MA 02346
CENTRAL REGION – Walt Grayum hosting, email@example.com, Eller’s Restaurant, 190 Main St., Cherry Valley, MA 01611
WESTERN REGION – Carmelo Torres hosting, firstname.lastname@example.org, Friendly’s, 529 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020
AWESOME MaBBF REGIONAL MEETING AT GRANITE UNITED CHURCH
Over 100 pastors, missionaries, and church planters showed up for our first Regional MaBBF meeting at Granite United Church in Salem, NH. It was an awesome time of worship, prayer, fellowship, challenge, and encouragement!
A couple of highlights:
- “The miracles happen outside the boat – ask Peter.”
- “Faith is God’s love language.” Hebrews 11:6
- “Give someone a task and it will connect them to you. Entrust someone with a responsibility and you develop a leader.”
Thanks to Pastor Anthony Milas and his team for hosting such a great meeting.
For information about our next meeting, click here: Regional Breakfasts.
Letter From Our Chairman – John Kerns
I have been a part of the Massachusetts Fellowship for over 20 years. Over these years I have discovered some core values that we share that are very important to our fellowship.
· A love for the Word of God.
· Great visionary leadership.
· Worldwide evangelism and discipleship.
· A healthy environment for thriving pastors.
· A commitment to the 20 Articles of Faith.
· Sense of community without big shots or big egos.
We have three ongoing goals for the MaBBF:
1 – Facilitate four regional meetings that are so compelling you would move heaven and earth to attend them; meetings that will tangibly add value to your ministry. Click here for information on upcoming meetings.
2 – Work together in all 6 New England states for leadership development, personal growth and spiritual renewal.
Accomplishing these goals will help us plant more churches in New England. To that end, I am asking that every fellowship church in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine contribute to our Regional Church Planting fund.
In order to be considered a recipient for this fund each church-planting candidate must….
1 – Have the recommendation of their sending pastor.
2 – Adhere to the 20 articles of Faith of the BBFI.
3 – Pass BBFI assessment process administered through “Multiply Assessment Group”.
4 – Attend two state meetings and one national meeting per year.
5 – Be approved by our church planting board. This board will be comprised of regional fellowship pastors. They will assess and make the final decision on where the funds will go.
Please pray about getting your church involved in planting other churches in New England. If you have any questions about this, send me an email or call my cell phone (508-431-3139).
As the chairman, I promise to do my best to continue creating opportunities for us to work together in Massachusetts and in New England, in leading healthy, growing and reproducing churches. Thankful that you are part of the team.
MaBBF Chairman, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Barnstable, MA
MaBBF Meeting – November 15, 2016
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME GREAT IDEAS ABOUT:
• How to develop a strategic plan to connect with the spiritually disconnected in your town?
• How to raise up leaders in your congregation?
• How to be part of a vital fellowship making a significant difference in New England?
This meeting will be well worth the time you spend to be there.
Chris Causey, DMin in Biblical Spirituality
Chris is the Lead Pastor of Encounter Church in Dedham, MA. They had one of the largest launches in the history of the Baptist Convention in New England, due in part to the strategically planning they did over the previous 2 years. Chris is a voracious reader and is in several personal coaching relationships with some of the most influential pastors in the country.
Jason Hodges, PhD in Leadership Development
He currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Encounter Church and is responsible for building teams, developing leaders, and strategically executing the vision of Encounter. He serves in various capacities that also allow him to serve the local church, including the Paterson Center and SEND Boston.
John Kerns, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Osterville, MA
John is the chairman of the Massachusetts Baptist Bible Fellowship (MaBBF). Besides pastoring a growing church and being a happily married father of four girls, he is providing visionary leadership for the MaBBF that will enable us to make a significant difference in the coming years, not only in Massachusetts, but throughout New England.
8:30-9:00 Coffee and refreshments
9:00-9:15 Worship and prayer
9:15-10:00 Session 1
10:10-10:55 Session 2
11:10-11:55 Session 3
12:00-12:30 MaBBF Vision
12:00-12:15 MaBBF Opportunities
12:15-12:25 New England Church Planting
12:25-12:30 Staying Connected
Hope you can join us!
Tuesday, November 15, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with coffee and refreshments starting at 8:30 a.m.)
603 New Ludlow Rd
LifeSource Paves the Way to Outreach
In September of 2014 Pastor Walt Grayum challenged his church to remove an obstacle that hindered the church’s opportunities to reach people – a parking lot that was falling apart and presented a poor image to the community. The church took the challenge to heart and began raising the money. Many gave generously and consistently, and two years later to the very week the project was completed! The LifeSource Church family is expressing their gratitude to God for enabling them to accomplish this large and expensive project.
Faith Baptist Reaches Out to the Underprivileged
Faith Baptist Church of Osterville, MA, partnered with the YMCA of Cape
Cod to supply backpacks to underprivileged students in the community. Many students start the school year lacking some of the necessary supplies to have a great education experience, and this outreach builds a bridge to the community by meeting this need. This is the third year Faith Baptist has partnered with the YMCA in this event. They were able to supply 49 students with backpacks for the upcoming school year. The backpacks were given away during a cookout at a YMCA campground where church volunteers were able to interact with the families and also personally hand out the bags they supplied to the students. Pastor John Kerns described the event, “It was a great evening of sharing the love of Jesus with our community.”
Promoting Missionaries and Church Planters
Missionaries and Church Planters have a new opportunity to introduce themselves to all of the churches of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International represented at the national meeting September 19-21. Pastor Ben Feldott, Cape Cod Church, is inviting all missionaries and church planters to take advantage of this great opportunity. Here’s his letter:
“I wanted to pass this along for all of our missionary and church planting friends planning to attend the September meeting on Cape Cod.
“Instead of the usual presentation by 1 or 2 missionaries we are trying to give every missionary and church planter present a bit of exposure from the stage. We know that one of the benefits of these meetings is connecting church and missionaries together. To help that process we are creating Missionary / Church Planter Intro Videos.
“These will introduce yourself, your family, and your mission to the assembled pastors, leaders and church staff at the conference. We can’t have everyone on stage time. BUT… the Cape Cod Church team will give you the opportunity to shoot a 20-second video clip telling everyone who you are and what you’re doing (or planning to do) for the Kingdom. “Twenty Seconds to Make Your Mark,” if you will. We’ll shoot the videos on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the church (in The Park nursery area), including contact information and then show during the evening general sessions Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Interested? You can sign-up ahead of time by clicking on the link below.
“We are looking forward to seeing each of you in September!