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State Missions Roundtable
State missions is everyone’s calling. On the spiritual frontier, with 13 million people and at least 8 million who do not yet know Jesus, there’s more than enough mission work for all Illinois Baptists. For more than 100 years, IBSA has
helped churches to grow stronger by equipping leaders for ministry. IBSA assists church planters in starting new congregations where they are needed. And IBSA helps pastors spread the gospel. And yet, the need grows. IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams calls it an uphill climb in our postmodern era, but we remain committed to our calling.
Pray for the missionaries and staff of IBSA today, including Associate Executive Director Mark Emerson who leads the Church Resources Team.
Meeting Jesus at Camp
Every summer, IBSA’s two camp facilities are beehives of activity as hundreds of children and teens converge over multiple weeks. The gospel is shared, young people come to know Jesus, and many grow as disciples and leaders.It’s a life-changing experience. Lake Sallateeska celebrated 75 years as IBSA’s southern facility. And Streator Baptist Camp, serving the northern churches, has undergone a terrific renovation in the past two years.
Pray for camp managers Philip Hall and Mike Young and their staffs. And pray for the many people who encounter Christ at camp.
Women’s Ministry and Missions
Carmen Halsey has a passion for educating and empowering godly women. As IBSA’s Director of Women’s Ministry, she organizes leadership training cohorts, large equipping events, and mission trips in Illinois and abroad. Her desire is to help women find their God-given gifts, and bring those gifts to build up the local church and carry the gospel to the marketplace. “We’re investing in you,” she tells women as they grow into leaders, “so you be ready to invest in others.”
Pray for Carmen Halsey and IBSA’s women’s ministry. Pray for the women of your church to have new vision for reaching people with the gospel.
Sharing the Gospel-Together
The Sunday after Easter was a thrilling one in Illinois, as more than 400 people were baptized on a single day. Called “One GRAND Sunday,” this statewide evangelism outreach urges Baptist churches to share the gospel with unbelievers, and baptize them once they come to faith in Christ. In our frontier state with its lost millions, churches are finding training and encouragement from the IBSA Evangelism Team as they spread the gospel in all our 102
Pray for churches and pastors to witness to lost people across Illinois. Pray for IBSA’s Pat Pajak as he preaches and teaches about evangelism. Pray for your church to train witnesses and grow in its commitment to evangelism.
Help Especially for Pastors
“My guy, nearby” is how the ministry of IBSA’s Zone Consultants is described. In 10 regions of the state, these experienced leaders are available to assist churches with today’s big ministry questions. Sometimes it’s enough just to have someone to listen. Other times special training is needed. In a ministry that’s unique among SBC state conventions, IBSA’s Zone Consultants bring insight on site. They offer training cohorts for pastors and one-on-one guidance for ministry equipping.
Pray for all IBSA Zone Consultants, including Larry Rhodes who serves in the Metro East St. Louis area, and Rich Cochran, who manages the team.
Turning Tragedy to Triumph
Spring floods, summer tornadoes, and earthquakes in distant nations all produce opportunity for the gospel. As the nation’s third-largest aid organization, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is quickly on the scene of natural disasters. In Illinois, more than 1,600 members of IBSA churches are trained to help with mud-out, mobile shower and laundry facilities, child care for parents as they navigate meetings with federal agencies, and spiritual counsel in their time of loss.
Pray for Disaster Relief workers in Illinois, and Dwayne Doyle, the IBSA Director who helps train and mobilize the mighty force of “yellow shirts” in our state.
Churches are Needed Everywhere
The story of a new church start in Pingree Grove starts with an IBSA-sponsored mission trip to Chicagoland, when two student groups joined two Church Planting Catalysts in prayer walking a tiny village west of Elgin. The result is a new church starting where there was no church, as the area explodes with new homes. IBSA assists church planters across Illinois in cities and rural crossroads—everywhere the gospel is needed.
Pray for IBSA’s Church Planting Team, including Tim Bailey and Ken Wilson
who saw the potential for a move of God in a place where there was only need.
IBSA depends on faithful giving by Illinois Baptists to support the work we all do together— training leaders, starting new churches, and witnessing to the lost. This annual offering funds the work of IBSA missionaries and staff, such as
Sandy Barnard, who has served 33 years, and one of our newest team members, multimedia journalist Andrew Woodrow. Regular giving through the Cooperative Program is the primary channel of missions giving for Southern Baptists. The Mission Illinois Offering also allows us to focus on ministries that are not funded by our national ministry partners.
Pray for generous giving in all IBSA churches today. Pray for your church’s giving through the Mission Illinois Offering, and for your own gift.