Category: News

Disciple-Making Seminar (MOVED ONLINE)

Maranatha Baptist Church, Grimes is hosting an ONLINE ONLY Disciple-Making Seminar on November 16-17. The Seminar, called Developing a Disciple-Making Culture in your Church is presented by Pastor Tim Potter of Grace Church, Mentor, OH and Arch Ministries. 

The seminar will be Monday, November 16, and Tuesday, November 17, from 1pm to 5:30pm on both days. The cost if $40. For more information, or to register, go to our website (, or follow this link:Disciple-Making Seminar Registration

It will be a great seminar not only for you, but for other men and women in your church – we hope you’ll encourage others in your ministry to register. 
If you have any questions, please contact us here at Maranatha Baptist Church at 515-986-9202 or by email at

125th Anniversary Celebration

Calvary Baptist Church of Forest City, Iowa celebrated their 125th Anniversary over Labor Day Weekend, September 5-7, 2020. The celebration began on Saturday night with a concert from “Forever Be Sure”. The Sunday services featured three speakers who grew up going to Calvary Baptist Church and are now serving as pastors in ministries of their own. Pastor Joshua Farrell (First Baptist Church, Brayton, IA) spoke during the Sunday School hour, Pastor Larry Johnson (Grace Baptist Church, Mankato, MN) spoke during the morning service, and Pastor Steve Hill (Bethel Baptist Church, Iowa Falls, IA) spoke during the evening service. Other special guests included Pastor Tim Capon, IARBC State Representative, Pastor Eldon Pals (former pastor), Jerry Gortmaker (former youth pastor), Missionary Timothy Silcott, and Missionary Joy Akkermann (whose sending church is Calvary Baptist Church). Past members of the church choir were invited to join for a Reunion Choir, which sang during the morning service. A catered meal and fellowship time was enjoyed at noon. Monday, Labor Day, people gathered for a breakfast and devotion time at 9:00 a.m. with Evangelist Timothy Silcott as the Labor Day Breakfast speaker. Calvary Baptist Church was incorporated on August 17, 1895. The current pastor is Douglas W. Farrell who has served Calvary Baptist Church since August, 1991.

IRBC Lighthouse Live

Dear IARBC Pastors & Churches,
This is a time to get creative about ministering the Word. With that thought in mind, I am passing along a ministry opportunity from Jason Reynolds & our Iowa Regular Baptist Camp:

From Jason:
IRBC is excited to be hosting LightHouse Live Youth Group Event.  This weekly event will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m.  All teens (6-12th grade) are welcome to join us online!  Join us for games, activities, videos, prayer, and a study through the book of James – Faith & Works!

We are requiring people to register for the event, they will then be sent a link to join the zoom meeting.  Here is the registration link.
You will be emailed info before each session with the link to log into the Zoom Meeting.

Me again. Jason has a heart for our young people, and I thank God for for him, and for directing him to this online youth ministry. The next one will be tomorrow evening, Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm.
If you have any questions please call the camp.
Trusting God in a time of uncertainty and change,


2020 Annual Conference Update

Dear IARBC Pastors & Churches,

I have been reading through the New Testament and this morning came upon this:

Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” (2 John 12)

In our 21st century context, we might say “digital, internet based communication” instead of “paper and ink”. And though I am thankful that in the midst of recommended & mandated interaction with people, closures of businesses and cancellations of social gatherings, we will miss and long for meeting “face to face” once again.

These current conditions that require us to limit social interaction and cancel gatherings of 10 or more people have necessitated the cancellation of the typical gatherings of our churches and other special ministry events. This is especially hard to take as the church, the “ecclesia”, is a “called out assembly”. Being made in the image of God, we are wired to be social creatures, and as the redeemed people of God, we are wired to assemble with our local church families.

But God is still in control. He still provides. He still directs our steps. And He still desires for us to minister to one another, albeit in different and creative ways.

In that regard, as we are to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18), I am thankful that we do have the means to communicate with one another through technology, and minister to one another in different and creative ways.

In the spirit of these changes to ministry, here are a few things for you to consider:

1) 2020 IARBC Annual Conference (April 20-21 at Community Baptist Church, Ankeny)

* We will NOT be meeting physically at Community Baptist Church for our 2020 IARBC Annual Conference.
* We ARE planning to have the content/information/business, etc. available in digital format (website & email).
–  We still have elections and business to accomplish.
– We still believe that our theme: THRIVE – Building Healthy Churches is timely and needed.
– We still believe in the value of the planned content, which was designed to continue our efforts in church revitalization.

So…it is currently our plan to transition the conference to an online event (e.g. pre-recorded content and live video conferencing). We are working out the details for this arrangement and hope to make them available some time soon. Please pray with us! We are working together and seeking God’s direction so that even though we will miss the in-person fellowship and worship, we can still encourage one another in the work of the ministry, and continue to be be a blessing to the pastors and churches of the IARBC. If you have questions, contact

2) Communication with our church families
Our churches are using various formats to stay connected. There are more, but this is what I have heard:

* Live-streaming (I will forward an email from Brotherhood Mutual that may be helpful).
* YouTube
* Video-conferencing for smaller groups/meetings (,,
* Personal & group video-texting (Marco Polo…Sandy heard about it from her co-workers at Faith).

3) Offerings
* Putting offering checks in the mail still works (Sandy & I do that as we are often away from our local church).
* Some of our churches have added on-line giving on their websites. Usually a cost, but very convenient.

4) Need some help or ideas?
* If you could use some direction in any of these areas (communication, offerings, etc) please let me know. I may be able to answer your question, or refer you to a pastor who can.
* You can reach me directly at: or (712)-790-0304.

5) What are you doing to communicate or encourage ministry among your church family?
* How are you communicating?
* How are you doing/encouraging ministry?
* I know you are busy, and that not gathering does not mean that you have all sorts of time on your hand 🙂 But…if you have something helpful to share, please drop me a quick email if you could. Thanks!

This health threat is real. The fear (for some) and uncertainty is real. But it is imperative that we trust God, walk with God, and continue the work of the ministry as best we can with the Lord’s help and for His glory. We must be alert for ways to serve one another, and for opportunities to advance the gospel. It is imperative that we stay connected and help one another. There is great value in helping one another in our local churches, and as a fellowship of churches. We are in this together.

I thank God for all of you, and your partnership in the gospel.I continue to pray for all of you.

God bless and have a great weekend.

CANCELED-Men’s Leadership Conference 2020


Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, Waterloo, is excited to invite you to their men’s leadership conference being held at their church on March 27th and 28th.  Dr. Jim Tillotson, President of Faith Baptist Bible College, will be speaking on the theme “Marks of a Great Leader”. The cost is only $10 which includes materials and meals for both days!