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New Ministers Orientation provides look at GBC resources


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At center, Steve Haineault, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Barney, talks with, left, Donnie Plummer and Bryant Miller, admissions director and director, respectively, of Penfield Christian Homes.

DULUTH — Ministers and their families new to Georgia gathered together at the Missions and Ministry Center Sept. 25-26 to see first-hand the ministry tools offered through Georgia Baptist Convention departments.

After registration, attendees viewed displays scattered among the third, fourth, and fifth floors of the Baptist building. GBC staff from those ministry areas explained what resources were available, while other staff served as hosts and hostesses for visiting ministers.

Following a catered lunch, attendees adjourned to the chapel before attending afternoon breakout sessions that covered the topics of Sunday School, social media, and evangelism. Mary Cox, president of Georgia Baptist Ministers Wives, led a session for attending spouses.

That afternoon Steve Parr, GBC vice president for Staff Coordination and Development, moderated a forum titled “What Is Your Greatest Need?” Dinner followed before an evening chapel service with the message brought by GBC Executive Director J. Robert White.

Breakout sessions over the same topics resumed Friday morning. A general session for all ministers followed, titled “Top Ten Tax Mistakes Ministers Make,” led by Keith Hamilton of GBC Church Financial Services.

Following chapel service, the 53 attendees were treated to lunch before dismissal to their respective ministry fields.

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Below, GBC state missionary and Camp Kaleo director Mike Flowers, at right, hosts Justin and Victoria Gordon of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Claxton, where Justin serves as pastor.

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At right Joyce Varnadore, a member of Haywood Baptist Church in Waycross, gets a photo for security purposes of Paul and Jessica Caspers prior to the couple leaving their children, Peter and Jacqueline, in the hands of Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief members providing child care. Caspers serves as pastor of Silvertown Baptist Church in Thomaston.