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All-Church Quarterly Strategy Meeting (Jan 26, 2014)

Published by: Amanda Knoke
January 28, 2014

Highlights from the January 26 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include a Membership Report; a Treasurer’s Report & Update from 2013; Campus Reports; and approval of the proposed 2014 Church & Missions Budget.

Membership Report
Eleven names were removed from the Membership Report, leaving 3,319 members at the end of the meeting.

 

 

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Pray (Again) for Pastors

Published by: Sam Crabtree
January 3, 2014

Bethlehem’s pastors depart on Sunday afternoon for their annual Pastors Pray ‘n’ Plan retreat at Shalom House, a north woods property owned by our “denomination,” the Minnesota-Iowa District of Converge Worldwide of the Baptist General Conference.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Interview Partner

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 12, 2013

If you are a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and would like to participate in interviewing new candidates for membership (even one, single interview, just for the experience) by joining me (Pastor Sam) in an interview, send your name and contact information to Ruth Gulbranson at the church office.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Outpost and Bethlehem and You on Friday

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 9, 2013

For more than two decades, Outpost Ministries and Bethlehem Baptist Church have enjoyed an extended season of important ministry partnership. We are renewing that partnership this Friday, October 11.

Bethlehem member Joe Hallett was Ministry Director of Outpost 1990–97. He soaked up the doctrines of grace under John Piper’s faithful preaching and helped deepen John’s understanding of the issue of homosexuality.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Pastoral Candidate Matthew Westerholm

Published by: Kenny Stokes
September 21, 2013

Dear members and friends of Bethlehem,

The elders have recently extended an invitation to Matthew Westerholm to come to Bethlehem as a candidate for Minister for Worship & Music at the Downtown Campus.

Throughout the candidating process, the elders are trusting Christ Jesus as head of the Church to lead and provide our next worship pastor for the Downtown Campus. Toward that end, I invite you to pray and engage in the pastoral call process.

You can get to know Matthew Westerholm in several ways ...

 

 

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Praying and Planning

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 18, 2013

Here is a photo of some of Bethlehem’s leadership staff at the Pray & Plan retreat at Camp Beauty in late August.

Bethlehem's leadership

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Reception for Curries

Published by: Sam Crabtree
September 10, 2013

It is our happy custom at Bethlehem to host receptions to honor pastoral staff who have arrived at the 10-year mark in their tenure among us. So, Sunday night, September 15, from 7–9pm in the Downtown Campus Main Hall, there will be an open house for Ken & Theresa and family. At 7:30pm there will be a brief program with remarks from Jason Meyer, a note from John Piper, and a short video thanking God for the remarkable graces that have come to us through the Curries. 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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‘Thereness’

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 24, 2013

Here is a peak into the interaction between an elder and a small group leader.

An excerpt from the blog of Daniel Stanley

“Pastor Sam Crabtree and I sat down the other day to talk about the BBC Shepherd Group which I lead. Sam just became our overseeing elder, and so I was able to introduce him to the group and hear his heart for us. It was good.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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Vacation Reading – Part 2

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 10, 2013

This is a four-part series of excerpts from books I read while on vacation.

From Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, by Paul Tripp . . . 

Many pastors have a disconnect between public pastoral persona and the private man.

Either you will be getting your identity vertically, from who you are in Christ, or you will be shopping for it horizontally in the situations, experiences, and relationships of daily life.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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What Are Mods?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 3, 2013

Bethlehem pastors turn in weekly accountability reports on which they are asked to report their “mods” for the week. I was asked to explain here what mods are.

Each day is divided into three segments, called “mods.”

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.

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