Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Region Convention

This year's Region Convention will focus on "No Quick Fixes" There are no quick fixes for the church. Our speakers will challenge and encourage us that there are "No Quick Fixes" to the church, missions, or discipleship. 

Our theme verses are from Romans 5:3-5 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. These words from Paul remind us that even though there are "No Quick Fixes" it is the long journey that helps us develop endurance, character, and gives us our confident hope in salvation and God's love. It is the difficulties that shape us not the easy path.

Enclosed here are several promotional materials for you to download and print. Your local church will be receiving printed versions in the mail soon. Register early for the convention. Register early to reserve your spot on the bus. And register early to make sure you get a seat as we honor for the first time our volunteers of the year. 

if you need "Publisher Document" versions for printing



2017 Region Convention: No Quick Fixes
May 5-6, 2017
FBC Scottsbluff, NE 
The annual Region Convention is being hosted by FBC Scottsbluff in 2017. They are excited to welcome all of Nebraska to a great event. More information to come as available.

Rev. Dr. Jeff Woods: Associate General Secretary of ABC USA. His primary responsibility is to "increase the capacity for ministry" among the 33 regional ministry centers throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.Over the last twenty years, he has published over thirty articles in various religious, academic, and business journals and has authored five books in the areas of pastoral leadership and congregational research.
Rev. Mercy Gonzalez-Barnes: International Missionary to Iberoamerica and the Caribbean. Mercy has been serving as a missionary with International Ministries since she was commissioned in 2000. She walks alongside men and women who have felt the call of God and apply them to a wider ministry of responding to diverse educational and theological needs in Latin America.She is also part of a team walking alongside the ministry of Cuban Baptists.
Rev. Dr. Clayton Ford: Holy Spirit Renewal Dr. Clay Ford has been an American Baptist pastor for over thirty-five years, and has been lead pastor in five ABC churches. He has been the National Chair of Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries (, a national and international ministry dedicated to bringing about the spiritual revitalization of American Baptist churches, seminaries, and other Christian organizations
Hotel Info:
We will host most events at the First Baptist Church. Several hotels in the area offer quality and affordability. Recommendations include:
-Hampton Inn and Suites ABC/NE has arranged a $99/night rate at this hotel
Need a Ride to Convention?
Hop on the Tour Bus! Only $60 per passenger

ABC/NE has contracted with Arrow Stage Lines to provide round trip transportation to the 2017 Region Convention. The bus will make convenient stops along the I-80 corridor. 

Departure times for Thursday May 4, 2017. Please arrive 15-minutes prior to posted departure time. Thursday and Friday parking has been arranged at each of these locations. You must pick up your car on Saturday when you return on the bus.
  • Omaha Sunset Hills Baptist Church: 10am (Central Time)
  • Lincoln Belmont Baptist Church: 11:05am
  • Grand Island Quality Inn at Exit 312: 12:40pm
  • Kearney First Baptist Church: 1:45pm
  • North Platte First Baptist Church: 3:50pm
  • Ogallala Walmart: 3:50pm (Mountain Time)
  • Bus will arrive in Scottsbluff at 6pm (Mountain Time)
The bus will depart Scottsbluff on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 2pm (mountain time) and arrive back at the locations below at approximately...
  • Ogallala Walmart: 4:00pm (Mountain Time)
  • North Platte First Baptist Church: 6:05pm (Central Time)
  • Kearney First Baptist Church: 7:15pm
  • Grand Island Quality Inn at Exit 312: 8:15pm
  • Lincoln Belmont Baptist Church: 9:50pm
  • Omaha Sunset Hills Baptist Church: 11:00pm
The round trip transportation is $60per passenger
To register for the bus use the Region Convention Registration Form

For more information call 402-556-4730

Preferred Path: 2nd Level Training Event
April 8, 2017 FBC Kearney 

There will be a second level training event for the Preferred Path Ministry. This second level training is designed for those participants who have already participated in the first level training. This second level training will provide participants with a deeper level of understanding to the Preferred Path model and equip them to become facilitators to be able to serve as mediators and provide introductory training in local congregations.

All those interested in this training should register by March 21, 2017. 

To register for this training simply email: 

Spring Youth Retreat   March 17-19, 2017

$90 Early Bird Registration due March 1, 2017
 *Guaranteed a T-Shirt

$100 Registration after March 1, 2017* T-Shirt may not be available

Bulletin Inserts and Poster Coming Soon

Register Today:
Pick up a printed registration from your church office

Friday-March 17, 2016
8:15-Welcome mixer
9:00 Worship and Speaker
10:30 Campfire
11:00 Weaver Hall Hangout
11:30 Cabins
Saturday-March 18, 2016
9:15 Morning Devotions
9:45 Games
10:45 Worship and Speaker
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Group Picture
1:30 Group Games
2:30 Free Time
4:30 Worship and Speaker
6:00 Dinner
7:30 Small Groups
8:30 Campfire
9:30 Prayers
10:30 Weaver Hall Hangout
11:30 Cabins
Sunday-March 19, 2016
8:30 clean up and load up
9:30 Brunch
10:00 Worship and Speaker 
          and Communion
11:15 Departure 

Mission Summit Registration Now Open

Individual Registration Now Open for Mission Summit 2017

Quick Facts:
Early Registration closes on March 15, 2017
Individual Registration closes on June 15, 2017

Quick Links:
Longer version of stuff you need to know about Mission Summit
Individual registration is now open for those interested in attending the Mission Summit (formerly Biennial) of American Baptist Churches USA in Portland, OR June 30-July 2. Information about the event can be found at the event website, This includes a Schedule at a Glance, as well as information about registration, speakers, hotels, travel, learning opportunities, the Mission Summit Conversations, the Orientation to American Baptist Life, and Frequently Asked Questions, among other resources.

You can also register your church as a sponsor today and get individual registration discounts!
When a church is registered as a sponsor, individuals from the church are able to attend at a discounted rate, saving at least $100 off the regular rate to register for the Biennial Mission Summit. This is the most cost effective way for church members to register when three or more members from a Church Sponsor will attend the event. If a church is not a Sponsor, church members will pay a higher individual registration fee for the event.
Remember, all individuals are invited to attend the event - it is not just for pastors! The theme of the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit is "Connect!" and we want to connect with local church members as well as leadership!

PPC 2017

Prairie Pastors Conference 2017
By My Spirit: Aligning with God's Will
Sunset Hills Baptist Church
April 24-26, 2017

It is time to begin signing up for the 2017 Prairie Pastors Conference. This year's event will be held at Sunset Hills Baptist Church (9416 Pacific St, Omaha Ne  68114). Thanks Sunset Hills for hosting us! 

Our guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Tim Geoffrion. Tim has a PhD in New Testament studies. He has served as a local church pastor, seminary professor, and is currently the Executive Director of Faith, Hope, and Love Global Ministries. He also serves as teaching minister and spiritual life coach, working mostly with leaders, pastors, and seminarians in the U.S.A., Europe, Africa and Asia. Tim is the author of two published books: The Spirit-Led Leader: Nine Leadership Practices and One Step at a Time: A Pilgrim's Guide to Spirit-Led Living

There will also be an MMBB session on Tuesday morning. MMBB representatives will be available for one-on-one meetings throughout the three day conference if you would like to meet with them to discuss your MMBB investments, retirement, or other benefits. 

For our Nebraska Pastors, we will be using the generous Carpenter Funds to pay for your registrations and provide a small stipend for those living outside the Omahaland area for the use of lodging and meals.

Register for this event by email:
or call the Region Office at 402-556-4730
New ABC/ NE Pastors,

Each year at the Prairie Pastors Conference we schedule an "Orientation to ABC Life" on the Monday morning of PPC for pastors who are new to ABC Ministry. So if you have become a new ABC/NE pastor come and learn more about:
  • History of ABC USA
  • American Baptist Home Mission Society
  • International Ministries
  • ABMen
  • ABWomen
  • MMBB
  • Ministers Council
  • Office of General Secretary
  • What does the Region Do?

New pastors (and even seasoned pastors desiring a refresher course) should register in advance for this training so we can have an accurate head count of who is coming.

This special Orientation to ABC Life is:
Monday April 24, at 10am 
Sunset Hills Baptist Church
Lunch provided for new ABC Pastor participants

Register for this event by email:
or call the Region Office at 402-556-4730
Schedule PPC 2017
By My Spirit: Aligning with God's Will
Monday, April 24
10am-1p Orientation to ABC Life for new pastors
3:00p-4:30p Registration
4:30 Worship-Dakotas
5:00 Dinner- Region Councils
7:00 Presentation-Tim Geoffrion
8:30 Fellowship Time
Tuesday, April 25
9:30 Worship-Nebraska
10:00 MMBB
10:40 Break
11:00 ABC General Secretary and the X-Min
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Free Time/MMBB Conferences
5:30 Dinner-Provided by MMBB
6:30 Worship-Central
7:00 Presentation- Tim Geoffrion
8:30 Fellowship Time
Wednesday, April 26
9:30 Presentation-Tim Geoffrion
10:20 Break
10:30 Closing Worship & Communion- Mid-ABC
11:15 Complete & Turn-In Evaluations
Register Today!