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Men's Retreat builds strong leaders, new relationships
The 2009 Men's Retreat brought more than 250 attendees to Baptist Bible College, each challenged to become the leaders God wants them to be.
The group drew attendance from five states: Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The speaker for the main sessions was Pastor David Whiting from North Baptist Church in Rochester, NY. Pastor Whiting is a 1991 graduate of BBC and a 2001 graduate of Baptist Bible Seminary. He spoke about why Jesus is the only way to God, what it really means to be a Christian, and why forgiveness should be natural for Christians.
The theme for the conference, held May 15-16, was "Things I Wish Jesus Had Never Said". The topics related directly to that theme, including relationships, intimacy with God, and money.
Workshops were offered after the main session each morning and lasted until lunchtime with an optional workshop hour after lunch on Friday. Beyond the workshops, men participated in several tournaments, including volleyball, basketball, and ping-pong.
"BBC endeavors to be a ministry tool for the local church," said Dr. Don McCall, professor of Pastoral Ministries at BBC. "We are involved in equipping men in their personal walk with God, developing spiritual consistency in their homes, and effectively serving in their local churches. It helps greatly for men to come together and hear other voices emphasizing the truths of Scripture."
Main sessions were also translated into Spanish and special workshops were available for Spanish-speaking attendees.
Each year, a special offering is taken to benefit a student in the Pastoral Ministries program at BBC. This year's collection totaled nearly $2,300.
Summer camps and conferences
Many camps and conferences take place on the BBC campus throughout the summer. Upcoming events include:
May 21-23 and May 28-30
"Invitation to Adventure -- What Happens When We Say Yes to God"
LYFE, or "Live Your Faith Everyday," is for women who want to experience the adventure of living for God. Read speaker profiles and learn other details online at www.bbc.edu/lyfe.
This special event draws men from across the country. The tournament includes two rounds of golf at a premier area course, basketball, and other opportunities for relaxation and fun. Learn more at www.bbc.edu/summer/golf.
Summer Volunteers Conference
June 14-20 and July 12-18
Volunteers combine an inexpensive family vacation with helpful service on campus. Each year, volunteers help with several key needs. Read more and learn other details at www.bbc.edu/summer.
July 20-25 and July 27-August 1
Teen Leadership Conference enhances biblical leadership skills in teens so they can go back to their homes, school, and youth groups and have an impact for God in the lives of their friends. Read speaker profiles, learn other details, and get registration information at www.bbc.edu/tlc.
Watch a video on TLC here.
Big Blue and Defender Sports Camps foster the growth of physical abilities and sportsmanship, as well as leadership skills and spiritual character. BBC features six summer sports camps for children from kindergarten through high school this year.
Watch a video on sports camps here.
Learn about all the summer sports camps at www.bbc.edu/summer
Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers 38 academic programs, from a one-year Bible Certificate to PhDs. Programs are available on the Clarks Summit campus, online, and through several distance learning options. To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.
Posted on: 5/20/2009 10:57:39 AM
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