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Body Builder

June 30, 2021 

Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.

Happy Fourth of July

Please note that the Region Office will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of the holiday.

Finding our Silver Linings 
Friends, I was watching the opening worship service for our first ever virtual Biennial Mission Summit and the question was asked:What have been the Silver Linings that have come out of this pandemic? And I wanted to the pose that very question to you.

What silver linings have come about in your church as a result of having to pivot due to the pandemic brought about by Covid-19?

I would like to share your silver linings with the MABC family through upcoming editions of the BodyBuilder. So please send me an email letting me know what silver linings you have discovered in the last year and a half.

***A new invitation for anyone who missed the
2021 Biennial Mission Summit***

If you missed this week’s 2021 American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit, we extend this new invitation to you. 
For only $40, you can register for the Biennial Mission Summit for post-event access to the Virtual Attendee Hub through Friday, September 24, 2021. On this event platform you can access:
  • Recordings of all the main sessions, including the Caucus Events, Workshops, MMBB Address, IM and ABHMS Highlights, Business Session, Laugh Your Way to Grace, and all plenary worship services.
  • Content from over 30 Exhibitors, including video and document resources for learning, ministry enhancement and encouragements, and links to additional external resources.
  • Bible study, workshops, worship clips, and other resources from the On-Demand Library

Friends, this past weekend found me in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area attending a pastor's installation and preaching at a 158 year church anniversary.
Here are some pictures that I took. 

Installation of Rev. Elijah McDavid III - Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Minneapolis.

Preached at Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. Paul for their 158th Church Anniversary.
Rev. Dr. Charles Gill is the pastor and is also a Delegate at Large on our Board of Region Ministries.

MABC Region News:

Brought to you by the MABC Mission & Stewardship Team 

The Mission and Stewardship Team will be sharing insights from book entitled: Double Blessing by Mark Batterson (2019), 
in several upcoming editions of The BodyBuilder

“Like plants that miraculously manage to grow through the cracks in concrete, the blessings of God are irrepressible.
His blessings have a way of surfacing here, there, and everywhere! But it takes a good eye to spot blessings in disguise.”  

“One of the simplest ways to position ourselves for future blessings is by praising God for the past blessings.” 

Highlights from the June 2021 Board of General Ministries meetings were held virtually on June 3 – 4, 2021 - by Bruce Van Der Beek, our Region Representative.

Here are some highlights of the meetings: 

  • Preparations for the Biennial Mission Summit are ready in anticipation of the event June 24-26. The speakers include Winterbourne Harrison Jones, Brianna Parker, Susan Sparks, and a video from the NEC. Workshop leaders include Executive Ministers Steve Van Ostran, James Harrison, Doug Avilesbernal, and representatives from MMBB, ABWM, ABHMS, and IM.  The event includes approximately 16 hours of worship, workshops, information sessions, and conversations, as well as virtual exhibit booths and an ‘On-demand’ library that will be available for six months following the event. Many of the sessions will be interactive.
  • Interim General Secretary Dr. Jeff Woods discussed the denomination’s response to the political crisis in Myanmar.  (He noted that we are the most ethnically diverse denomination in the U.S. and many of our congregations are former refugees from Myanmar.)  The response included meetings and prayer with some key American Baptist leaders, the Burma Refugee Commission and the Burma Diaspora.  In addition, letters were written to President Biden, Vice-President Harris, National Security Advisor Sullivan, Secretary of State Blinken, General Secretary of the UN, U.S. Ambassador to UN constantly calling for: 
  • Recognition of the democratically elected leaders and release of the political detainees. U.S. Govt to cooperate with member nations of the United Nations and ask the formation of a UN Security Council resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.  Launch diplomatic conversations with China and other key countries in the struggle. Sanctions in cooperation with other countries focused upon military leaders. Humanitarian aid for the people of Myanmar and “Internally Displaced Persons” 
  • Some members of the BGM are part of an Anti-Racism task force, co-chaired by Dr. Wimberly and Rev. Thornbugh. The task force has shared updates in the OGS (Office of the General Secretary) newsletters and is developing a proposal for the BGM to help ABCUSA become the most anti-racist denomination in the U.S.
  • Budget Review Officer Paul Higgins reported that the year-to-date financials show a surplus of $12K with the Biennial. The Net surplus without the Biennial is $151K.  This is due to reduced travel/meetings and a reduction in staff costs by 2 net positions.  United Mission and America for Christ giving is up over 2020.

The BGM will meet in person on November 5-7, 2021 in King of Prussia, PA., for the first time since November 2019.   Please see the link below for additional meeting information.
Bruce Van Der Beek BGM representative for Mid-American Churches

Here is the link to the ABCUSA news release of the meeting.


First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines in Johnston, IA, is searching for a part-time music  director, choir director, and organist.
In 2020, COVID-19 brought our music ministry to a Grand  Pause. After counting rests for these many months, we are ready and excited to restart the  music and rebuild our fine arts department! 

A Des Moines congregation for over 170 years, First Baptist has a long history of excellence in  musical performance. Preferred applicants would be classically trained, but also open to  integrating newer musical applications into a worship setting. These positions may be separate or paired/combined with a start date as soon as possible. Job descriptions can be found HERE. For more information please contact the church office: 515-243-8161

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church of St. Paul, MN is currently searching for a Minister of Music.
The Minister of Music is responsible to create an atmosphere of celebration and reverence to God through music for all Worship Service Experiences. The Minister of Music will need to collaborate with the Music and Fine Arts Ministries, Sound Technician and Music Committee Members to embrace and enhance this atmosphere and support the music worship goals as expressed by the Senior Pastor Of Pilgrim Baptist Church. The Minister Of Music reports to the Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church. Full job description can be found HERE

Sturgis ABC Emergency Services Center Ministry

It's time to start thinking about the 81st Sturgis Bike Week Aug. 6-14.
Once again, the evangelism efforts of the ABC of Nebraska and the Dakotas are teaming up for a short-term mission opportunity to the over 400,000 bikers and participants that roll into Sturgis each year.

You don't need a bike yourself to help in this unique ministry -- just a heart for helping people.
The ABC Emergency Services Center at FBC of Rapid City has become a place where rally attendees
can find food, transportation, and counseling, and a place that coordinates its efforts with first responders to assist dozens upon dozens of people at any given time.

Click here for more information, and to register.

A record number of participants are expected for this year's Sturgis Bike Rally (in 2015, the number was 739,000!).
If you'd like to volunteer for this unique event, here are some more details:

  • The ABC Emergency Services Center will be open August 6-14. Volunteers wishing to help set up can plan on arriving as early as August 5.
    Housing is provided. Most volunteers bring an air mattress or a cot. RVers will be provided with space to set up camp.
    This mission project is designed for adults. High school students will be permitted when accompanied by a parent.
    Routes to Sturgis will be planned for bikers who wish to ride to the event in a group.

  • Follow-up on those to whom we minister will be coordinated by contacts in ABC regions around the country.
    Each participant is asked to contribute $100 toward the cost of this project.
    Local churches are encouraged to assist their participating members in raising this amount.
    Churches and individuals may also make contributions to this project through their regional office.

Click here for a Bulletin Insert for this mission event

Click here for a Flyer and a volunteer application


Attention MABC Pastors - noteworthy opportunities and information can be found HERE


Prayers for our Camp Staffs at Dayton Oaks and
Forest Lake Camp.
The Summer camp season has begun and children are preparing for the experience the they will have.
Prayers for all the families.
May God Bless this wonderful season of church camping.
There is still opportunity to help. 
Please contact Dayton Oaks (
515) 547-2417 and
Forest Lake 
(641) 684-8908 


Forest Lake Camp is embarking
on a New Adventure

If you would like to read more about this new lodging opportunity
(catering to adults) that the Forest Lake Camp Board
is embarking upon please read all about it  HERE 
Donations are being accepted.



Unplugged Hi-e.S.T.E.A.M. Event –  July 13-14


  • 70th Birthday Celebration - September 19
  • Shalom Retreat - October 8-10

For more event information, visit

Pray with our brothers and sisters from Myanmar

Updates from the Burma Refugee Commission are available online at

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