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Are You a Woman Called to Preach?

Posted on January 26, 2015 11:22 am in Mission, News, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events


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All women interested in excellence in preaching are invited to attend a one-day Women Preaching Workshop on Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, New London. Reservations are limited to 50 participants.

This exciting workshop is a new opportunity encouraged by our Region for women called to preach the Gospel and supported by the Silver-Bean Fund.

The Rev. Dr. Patricia Batten, Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, will be our leader for the day. Until 2007, when called to GCTS, Dr. Batten was the full-time pastor of a church in Maine where attendance in worship and Bible study increased and she created a Sunday school curriculum. Currently Dr. Batten provides pulpit supply in area churches and preaches regularly at the Hope Community Church in Newburyport, Ma. Her scholarly interests include narrative preaching, creativity in preaching and preaching with relevance.

The day’s inspiration will be based on Philippians 4:2-7. Dr. Batten writes: “The workshops will be based on one passage of scripture. We’ll dig into the passage and apply it specifically to women in ministry with an emphasis on women who preach. At the end of the day you should have the makings of a sermon or even a sermon series (or Sunday school lesson) in Philippians. I want to be practical to your life and ministry. You’ll get a refresher course in Preaching 101 along the way.”

We will be sending out more information and if you know of women in your area who might like to attend please pass the word along! This conference is for any woman who feels the call to preach! Registration is only $5.00; lunch is included!

For any questions or to register please contact either: Rev. Linda Bolton,, 603-267-7154 or Rev. Dale Louise Nichols,, 603-542-8546, Conveners.

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Save the Date! 2015 Annual Gathering

Posted on January 24, 2015 11:20 am in Uncategorized


The Planning Committee is hard at work, preparing for the 2015 ABC/VNH Annual Gathering. The event will be held Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd at the Holiday Inn in Rutland, Vermont. Mark your calendars and check back for registration information.

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Meetings Around the Region

Posted on January 22, 2015 11:25 am in News, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Are you looking for Regional meeting dates for committees, boards or monthly association meetings? Don’t forget that these are all listed in the monthly newsletter. Click here for this month’s edition.

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New Pastors Around the Region!

Posted on November 12, 2014 11:11 am in New Pastors, News, Uncategorized

There are several new pastors around the Region and we hope to feature each one here on the Region’s website and say WELCOME (albeit, belatedly) and thank them for the energy and love that they pour into God’s work.

First up is Rev. Craig Ray: 

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Pastor Craig received his Bachelor degree in Ministry from Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development. It was through this education experience and his hands-on internship at the Antioch Community Church of Minneapolis, MN (Where he married his Wife Brianna) that his skills and passion for church renewal were developed.

Upon returning to New England, Craig’s desire grew to help churches thrive. He also established a relationship that he will maintain with an organization dedicated to church renewal in New England called Overseed. Craig grew up in Maine and spent the last three years in Massachusetts so he understands the culture of New England.

Craig possesses a strong passion for ensuring that churches are founded on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. He has a joy for increasing his knowledge of God’s Word, preaching, teaching and developing leaders within the church.

Welcome and God bless, Rev. Ray! 

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Inspiration & New Growth in the June e-newsletter

Posted on June 11, 2014 11:38 am in Uncategorized

Check out the June issue of the e-newsletter by clicking here.

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