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Body Builder

January 15, 2023 

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

  You may click on these images and learn more about the MLK King Center located in Atlanta, Georgia  

MABC Region News:

First Baptist Church of Davenport - Christmas Day
"come in your PJ’s" worship. 
Over half the church showed up in pj’s
for a relaxed and faith-filled time of worship.

First Baptist Church of Fort Dodge - Christmas Pageant

What's your church up to these days?

Send us photos with a brief explanation so that we can share them with the MABC Family in an upcoming edition of the BodyBuilder.

Special Prayer Service in Observance of the Two-Year Anniversary of Military Coup in Burma

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/12/23)—American Baptist Churches USA and the American Baptist Churches Burma Refugee Commission are issuing a Call to Prayer for Burma (Myanmar) for a special prayer service at 8:30PM ET on Tuesday, January 31. (The service will be live in Burma at 8:00 AM local time, and live in Thailand at 8:30 AM local time.) This prayer service is being held to observe the second anniversary of the military coup in Burma. American Baptists and mission partners are invited to join together as we set aside one hour to lift up prayers for the people of Burma via Zoom.

Tuesday, February 1, 2023 marks the second anniversary of the Military coup in Burma (Myanmar.) Since the coup in 2021 thousands have been killed, over 10,000 have been arrested and over half a million people have been displaced. Many churches from various backgrounds have been destroyed. There continues to be a great need for humanitarian aid. The Burma Refugee Commission members have worked with other groups to ensure the passage of the Burma bill, a U.S. government bill signed into law December 23, 2022. American Baptists continue to work alongside partners to advocate for freedom, peace and justice in Burma.

Remembering God’s call to intercede for those who suffer we will join in prayer on this solemn day. The prayer service will be held during the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington D.C., a summit dedicated to religious freedom for everyone, everywhere and all the time.

To learn more about the Burma Refugee Commission or to register for the prayer service, please see the links below.

Zoom Registration for Prayer Service
Burma Refugee Commission

Immanuel Baptist Church: Can We Pray For You?

Prayers for churches in our region in search of pastoral leadership CLICK HERE  

News from ABC Life

General Secretary Search Committee Announces Update on Search Process

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/10/23)—After a year of research and extensive analysis of survey results, in-person meetings, and focus groups the General Secretary Search Committee is pleased to announce that the Position Description for a new General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA will be available on the ABCUSA website beginning January 17, 2023. The position description and required application materials will be available for six weeks, from January 17 – February 24. As we enter into this time of decision and discernment the committee requests the prayers of the denominational family to lead us to the person that God is preparing to assume this vital role in our denominational life.

Please remember these dates: January 17 – February 24, 2023.

View past updates from the General Secretary Search Committee here.


Just something to think about.....

As attendance dips, churches change to stay relevant for a new wave of worshippers 


I'm curious.....let me know your thoughts on this..... contact me if you would like to chat about this. Thanks!
Attention MABC Clergy

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

A word from Rev. Janell Bloem -
Chair of the MABC Ministers Council
and Pastor at FBC Boone, Iowa.

Dear Colleagues in ministry,
I pray that during this busy advent season, you are reminded of God's precious gift of life and love and that you see God's incredible work all around you. 

In addition to these Advent greetings, I wanted you to be aware of an upcoming, free webinar that you might find encouraging.  It is presented by author of "Dream Like Jesus" and founder of Creating a Culture of Renewal, Rebekah Simon-Peter.  I have attended a few of her webinars and am currently participating in a 3 year training program entitled, "Creating a Culture of Renewal". 

In her webinars, you will hear interesting, practical and hope-filled insights, along with opportunities for interaction.  Below is the information for the upcoming webinar.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact me at and I will provide a link for the webinar.  You can also find out more information about Rebekah's work at at


In this interactive seminar, you will learn

-Why churches are struggling spiritually and financially.

-The three stubborn barriers to achieving growth

-The three life-giving miracles that bring renewal

-The roadmap to success

This will be Tuesday, January 17 at 6-7:30pm CT.

If you Click on either image or use the QR code will take you to the registration form

Click on the image below and you will be taken to more schedule details



The Kingdom Advancing Grant supports church programs or initiatives that not only connect people with Jesus but also can endure and be replicated by other Christian churches. The goal of the grant is to encourage church teams who advance the Kingdom in creative, collaborative, and innovative ways.

Each grant recipient receives:

  • Between $15,000 to $100,000 in funding depending on project scope and need.
  • Both money and mentorship — each grant recipient will be paired with an experienced ministry leader who can provide guidance, prayer, and encouragement.
  • Opportunities to share outcomes of the project with churches across the country.

To be considered for a grant, initiatives must be directly overseen by a church and meet all of the requirements laid out on the web page.

Visit the Kingdom Advancing Grant website to see if your church qualifies and to learn more about past grant recipients. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023. The Granting Council will review proposals and grant awards in July.

More Information from Brotherhood Mutual Insurance can be found HERE

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/10/23)—You’re invited to join us for our next Everyday ABC Conversation event, “Passing the Peace” on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 3:00pm ET, with presenters Driana Jamila-Lesan Arceneaux and Rev. Dr. Gina C. Jacobs-Strain, hosted by American Baptist Women’s Ministries.

Most of us are familiar with Passing the Peace, in a congregational setting. We reach out to each other… shaking hands and giving a hug. We share words of affirmation, “The peace of the Lord be with you” and receive these words in return, “And also with you.” Passing the peace is a symbolic act of sharing the love of Christ. Let us think together about the ways that Passing the Peace impacts our individual and collective well-being and our responsibility to pass the peace in tangible ways both inside and outside congregational settings.

Register Now

Each Everyday ABC Conversation begins with a brief introduction of the topic by one or two leaders associated with the subject area, followed by 30-40 minutes of small group conversation in randomly assigned breakout rooms of up to 10 persons each. A typical discussion question might be, “What are the implications of what you have just heard for you and your congregation?” with additional relevant discussion questions for each topic.

The entire conversation, including presentation, lasts approximately one hour.

[Click here to read more]

January 11, 2023 Newsletter HERE


January 11, 2023 Information HERE


MABC ABWM Upcoming Events:

ABWM Region Board Meeting February 18, 2023 10:00 a.m. (Zoom)
Iowa East Spring Rally - April 15, 2023 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lake Camp
Iowa West Spring Rally - TBA.

Women's History Month Gatherings 2023
During Women’s History month, ABWM curates a gathering every Monday during March. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!
  • Monday, March 6, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 13, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 20, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Monday, March 27, 2023, at 12:00-12:30 PM Eastern Time
Click here for more details.

Domestic Violence Workshop & Certification
Saturday, April 29, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT
Virtually and Detroit, Michigan

American Baptist Women’s Ministries is partnering with Safe Haven Ministries for a Domestic Violence Prevention and Education virtual training. This training will enable clergy, church leaders, community groups, and domestic violence educators to come together in a safe and intentional manner to learn ways to support and aid those in their communities that are suffering from Domestic Violence. Participants will gain knowledge, insight, and skills useful in addressing and preventing domestic violence.

Click here for more details.

2023 Sectional Meetings: What's Up ABWM?
Join other American Baptist Women as we hear from our national board, national staff, association leaders, and AB Women on what’s happening in American Baptist Women’s Ministries. 
Midwestern Section - Monday, March 13, 2023
Western Section - Friday, June 2, 2023
Eastern Section - Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Click here for more details.

2024 Women and Girls Conference
June 23, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Join us for Women's Day in Caguas, Puerto Rico!
Click here for more details.

Shalom Retreat
Saturday, October 6-8, 2023
Euclid, Ohio

Click here for more details


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