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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.

A continental breakfast will be available at the church beginning at 8:30 a.m.
And for all you golf lovers – email and let her know that you’re interested in joining John Kerns and others for a round of golf after the meeting ends.
There is also an awesome Monday night option for this meeting. You are invited to bring your whole family (or come by yourself) and join John and Lisa Kerns for a cookout from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at 72 Wheeler Road in Marston Mills, MA. There will be yard games and a pool available. Please RSVP for the cookout by June 9 by email to
Finally, for those of you coming down on Monday night (and we hope that’s a lot of you!) the church has negotiated an excellent special price at a nearby hotel. Just let them know that you’re with the “Faith Baptist Pastors Conference.” See the information below.
Don’t miss this special time of encouragement, worship and networking! If you have any specific questions related to the meeting, please call Faith Baptist Church at (508) 420-2252 or email John Kerns at
Faith Baptist has negotiated a special rate at the Best Western in Hyannis – just $ 89.00.
Mention “Faith Baptist Pastors Conference” when you call to register.
1470 Iyannough Rd
Hyannis, MA 02601
MONDAY, June 12:
            6:00 – 8:30 p.m.   Cookout for pastors, wives, and families
TUESDAY, June 13:
            8:30 – 9:00 a.m.   Continental breakfast at the church building.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon   Special time of worship, encouragement, and preaching
                     12:00 noon   Short MaBBF Meeting
                       Afternoon   Golfing

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,, Percy’s Place, 43 Bedford St., Middleborough, MA 02346

CENTRAL REGION – Walt Grayum hosting,, Eller’s Restaurant, 190 Main St., Cherry Valley, MA 01611

WESTERN REGION – Carmelo Torres hosting,, Friendly’s, 529 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020



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

Dear Pastors, Missionaries, and Church Planters,

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. 

3 – Maintain a church planting fund to benefit every approved church planter in any participating state.

 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.

John Kerns

MaBBF Chairman, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Barnstable, MA

MaBBF Meeting – November 15, 2016


• 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?

logoJoin us for the Massachusetts Baptist Bible Fellowship meeting on Strategic Leadership, Tuesday, November 15, at Lifepoint Church in Chicopee, MA (details below).

This meeting will be well worth the time you spend to be there.

Our speakers:

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.

Our schedule:

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.)

Lifepoint Church

603 New Ludlow Rd

Chicopee, MA

LifeSource Paves the Way to Outreach

In September of 2014 Pastor Walt Grayum challengedLifeSource Church Logo 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 img_6002-1began 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 fbc
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 Faith Baptist Backpacksinteract 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

ResizeImageMissionaries 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:

“Hey everyone,
“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!

“Ben Feldott”

Click here to sign up.