Ministry is draining. Whether it’s the busyness of a growing ministry, the heartache of a ministry in conflict, the struggle of a lethargic ministry, or the needs of a new ministry, each of these demands immense time and utmost attention. When we add to our ministry responsibilities the needs of our own family and friends who have health concerns, exciting life events, and personal needs—not to mention our own needs—quickly it becomes apparent that a life of ministry is exhausting!

We must take time to experience rejuvenation and renewal to keep our ministries moving forward. On a personal level, renewal strengthens our commitment and walk with God, improves our relationships, and enables us to better meet family members’ needs. To care for all these demands, we must cry out, “Lord, renew our strength!”

This year’s GARBC Conference will take a focused look at the renewal that comes from God. Dearborn, Mich., provides a unique backdrop to experience that renewal. Dearborn is a city that has experienced the extreme joy of a thriving economy and the gut-wrenching pain of a crashing infrastructure—it is a city that is in the process of experiencing renewal. Old, abandoned buildings are being torn down and replaced with new businesses and parks. Industries are being recharged. The auto industry, which once was the source of the booming economy, has struggled in recent years. The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village illustrate how the Ford Motor Company has experienced ongoing renewal, a process that was and continues to be a necessity to stay effective.

Our host facility, Adoba Hotel and Conference Center (formerly Dearborn Hyatt), is yet another illustration of the renewal process. It recently changed ownership and is being converted to a green hotel to stay viable for the future. The facility provides ample lounge areas and spacious rooms perfect for fellowship with friends.

At the conference, meaningful worship and prayer times will shape the general session to encourage renewal. Our keynote speaker, Dave Doran, along with Mike Augsburger, George Coon, Doug Crawford, John Greening, Jon Jenks, and Mark Shaw will bring their unique experiences as they candidly open God’s Word and challenge us to examine our lives and experience true refreshment in Christ.

Come to Dearborn, Mich., to pray together, laugh together, cry together, and encourage one another as we experience renewal as individuals, families, churches, and as a Regular Baptist fellowship. Come get your motor running!

Conference Workshops

Renewing Our Passion for Evangelism
Pat Nemmers

Renewal in Discipleship
Dan Anderson

Personal Renewal in Ministry
Maynard Belt

Authentic Corporate Worship
Lee Kliewer

The Ethics of Pastoral Transitions
Maynard Belt

Does Cremation Really Matter?
Don Shirk

Church Discipline
Bruce Compton

The Power of Blogging and Social Media
Mark Hurlbut and Chris Brown

Understanding the Islamic Worldview
Waad Haddad

The Mission of the Church and Missions
Dave Doran

The Business Side of Ministry
Michael Nolan

Generational Mentoring
Sherry Van Hooser

Preaching Seminar
Scott Poling


Register at by May 16 for early-bird specials. Book your room at the Adoba Hotel by June 6 to receive the rate of $99. Call 313-593-1234 and mention the GARBC to get this great price. Staying at the conference hotel helps defray conference expenses.