2013 IBSA Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting recap: IBSA messengers take a stand

Gary Frost, NAMB Midwest VPThe 107th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association brought messengers together Nov. 13-14 under one theme with three pieces: Churches, Together, Advancing the Gospel. Read more

Check out our photo galleries from the IBSA Pastors' Conference and Annual Meeting at iB2news.org.

IBSA Annual Meeting November 13-14, 2013

Annual Meeting Schedule front pageThe 2013 IBSA Annual Meeting will be held November 13-14 at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield, IL. IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams and several guests and speakers will explore the “Mission Illinois” theme throughout the meeting, and especially during the Wednesday night session, which features North American Mission Board's Vice President for the Midwest Gary Frost, and interviews with Illinois church planters. Messengers also will be challenged to pray for church planters working to reach the at least 8 million people in our state who do not know Christ.

NAMB President Kevin Ezell was previously advertised  to appear Wednesday evening, but has had to cancel due to scheduling difficulties.

Get the IBSA Annual Meeting and Pastors' Conference schedule and information sheet shown above.

Get "We want to see you in Springfield"

Meeting times and location
The Hilton Hotel is located in downtown Springfield, IL at 700 E Adams Street. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and will conclude at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Online registration
Messenger registration packets with instructions for churches to register their messengers online were mailed to IBSA churches in early September. If you do not pre-register, messengers may also register in person at the annual meeting with a signed messenger card. Please e-mail CaroleDoom@IBSA.org or call (217) 391-3113 to request blank messenger cards or for registration assistance. Pre-registration will close November 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Order of Business
The Annual Meeting will begin Wednesday, November 13 at 1:30 p.m. It will conclude Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m. View the Order of Business

Hotel information
Sleeping rooms are no longer available at the Hilton Hotel, but you can contact the Hampton Inn at 3185 S. Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield (across from the IBSA Building), phone (217) 529-1100, to reserve a room at a discounted price by telling them you are with the IBSA block.

To make individual reservations, call (217) 789-1530 or visit Hilton.com online; rooms are reserved under Illinois Baptist State Association. The block will close October 21 or when it has been filled.

Resolutions
The Resolutions and Christian Life Committee is recommending the following resolutions for a vote in the Thursday, November 14 session. Any additional resolutions are to be submitted by 4:30 on Wednesday, November 13. Proposed resolutions may be sent to Committee Chairman Wesley Hahn or to IBSA at SandyBarnard@IBSA.org.


Childcare
Childcare will be provided for each conference session by IBSA Disaster Relief childcare volunteers. To pre-register for childcare contact Kendra Jackson at (217) 391-3111.

Other information
For additional IBSA Annual Meeting information, call (217) 391-3107 or e-mail SandyBarnard@IBSA.org.

Churches applying for affiliation
Members of the Credentials Committee received and reviewed applications for IBSA membership from 14 Baptist churches and conducted personal interviews with each one. The Committee recommends the Association accept into membership the following churches:

  • Charis Community, Normal
  • Christ Church, Michigan City, IN
  • Church of the Open Door, Springfield
  • Diaspora Church, Palatine
  • Emmanuel Baptist, Lemont
  • Grace Fellowship, Amboy
  • Lighthouse of Truth, Itasca
  • Mosaic, Highland
  • Mt. Vernon Baptist, Chicago
  • Pilsen Community, Chicago
  • Redeemer Church, Urbana
  • Soul Saving Missionary, Chicago
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IBSA Annual Meeting focuses on Mission Illinois

Commiting to Mission Illinois
The IBSA Annual Meeting may be over, but there are still great photos to see and stories to read. Visit our blog, iB2news.org, for photos and commentary, and go to our Facebook and Twitter pages to sermon highlights. The Nov. 25 issue of the Illinois Baptist will feature complete coverage of the Annual Meeting, Pastors' Conference, Ministers' Wive's Fellowship and more.

IBSA Pastors' Conference November 12-13, 2013

The IBSA Pastors' Conference is November 12-13 at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield, IL. This year’s meeting includes breakout sessions with panel discussions, as well as general sessions where Illinois Baptists will hear from missions and ministry leaders. The theme is “The Pastor as Servant Leader” based on Acts 20:28. Featured speakers include:

- Eric Mason, pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia and author of “Manhood Restored”
- Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
- Micah Fries, Vice President of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN
- Bobby Boyles, Church Planting Consultant for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
- Jerry Cain, President Emeritus of Judson University in Elgin, IL
- Jay Strother, Campus and Teaching Pastor of The Church at Station Hill, regional campus of Brentwood Baptist, TN

 Meeting schedule:

Tuesday Afternoon
1-3:30 p.m. General Session
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Panel Discussions

Tuesday Evening
7 - 9:30 p.m. General Session

Wednesday Morning
9 - 10:15 a.m. General Session
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussions
11:15 a.m. - Noon Final Challenge

See the detailed schedule

2013 IBSA Pastors' Conference

Ministers' Wives Conference and Luncheon November 13, 2013

Ministers’ Wives Conference and Luncheon is November 13 at the IBSA Building, 3085 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL. Lynda Locke of Jacksonville, IL will share her testimony and representatives from the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services will share about their ministry.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., the program begins at 9:15 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Get the conference and luncheon information sheet.

The cost for lunch is $11 per person.  Checks should be mailed to Marietta Augenstein, 816 W. Monroe St., Athens, IL 62613 by November 1. Please write the name of your local association in the check’s memo line.

For more information call Abby Huff at (217) 303-1452 or e-mail Abby@ChrisAndAbby.com.

Childcare will be provided during the conference, but will not be available during the luncheon. To pre-register for childcare, contact Kendra Jackson at (217) 391-3111.Childcare is provided courtesy IBSA Disaster Relief Childcare Unit volunteers.

Meetings, meals, more

- Young leaders will gather at Gallina's Pizza (432 East Monroe Street) following the IBSA reception Tuesday evening. IBSA's Tim Sadler will join Chad Williams, minister to youth at Tabernacle Baptist in Decatur, and Steven Helfrich, planter of The Bridge Church in Godfrey, to present short talks on leadership development, followed by a Q&A.

- Directors of Missions and other invited associational leaders will hold their annual breakfast Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Hilton. Judson University President Gene Crume will share a brief devotion.

- Church planters, their spouses, and sponsoring churches also will breakfast at the Hilton Thursday morning, beginning at 7 a.m. RSVP by November 6 to EstherEggley@IBSA.org.

- The LifeWay Bookstore and IBSA Exhibit Hall hours are Tuesday from 1-9 p.m., Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Please pray for the 2013 IBSA Annual Meeting

We need every aspect of our IBSA Annual Meeting to be bathed in prayer. Please look over the prayer prompts below, and ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to return often to this list even if you are unable to be in attendance. We encourage you to print a copy of the IBSA Annual Meeting schedule to reference as you pray.

"Pray all the time." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

  • Give praise for all the ministry the Lord has accomplished through the work of the Illinois Baptist State Association congregations and ministries this past year.
  • Pray for the messengers as they travel to the meeting from across Illinois: safety, discernment as they hear reports, wisdom as they cast votes, and communication of the work of IBSA to their home congregation.
  • Pray for the guests, presenters and exhibitors who will be preparing and traveling to be with us; ears for us to hear speakers' challenges and presentations.
  • Pray for North American Mission Board Vice President for the Midwest Gary Frost, as he travels and as shares with us; may they hear clearly from us for their work at a national level as we desire to hear compellingly from them for impact in our communities. (Frost will speak Wednesday evening.)
  • Pray for IBSA President Jonathan Peters as he leads the meeting and Tim Lewis as he preaches the annual sermon. (Lewis will give the annual sermon Thursday at 10:45 a.m.)
  • Pray for the IBSA Pastors' Conference (Tues. 12:50-9:30 p.m. and Wed. 8:50 a.m.-noon) and Minister's Wives Conference and Luncheon (Wed. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) to have encouragement, enlightenment, empower-ment ... And ask the Spirit for a generous offering for Minister's Relief (Wed. 3:10 p.m.).
  • Pray for the Annual Meeting Mission Illinois - Churches Together Advancing the Gospel theme to inspire and inform each messenger so they may inspire and influence their congregation.
  • Give thanks for our new fellowship in the Spirit with congregations applying for affiliation with IBSA; pray they will be healthy, reproducing churches.
  • Bring to the Lord the many church plants scattered across our state and request we become known for fruitful new churches.
  • Pray as the messengers elect officers to serve the convention for 2013-14, that each officer will serve with faith and integrity, and will use their authority to build the work of IBSA.
  • Pray for the IBSA Executive Board as they meet to organize for their work for a new year ... for IBSA staff members to have the resources they need to equip those who equip the saints for the work of the ministry.

Thank you, we value your prayers.

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