Arizona Association Annual Meeting

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March 10th, 2018 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
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First Baptist Church

7025 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

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March 10, 2018
First Baptist Church
7025 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, AZ
Register by Friday, March 2, 2018

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM        Registration and Continental Breakfast (Exhibits Open)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM        General Session - Sanctuary
                Region Greetings – Rev. Stan Crews, Arizona Resource Minister
                Welcome – Rev. Jim Coston, Senior Pastor, FBC, Scottsdale, AZ
                Prayer, Praise, Worship and the Word
                Speaker – Rev. Andy Quient, ABCOFLASH Acting Executive Minister
                    “Feed My Sheep” ~ John 21:1-7
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM        Lunch – Fellowship Hall
1:05 PM – 1:55 PM        Workshops “A” 
2:05 PM – 3:00 PM        Workshops “B” 
2:05 PM            Volleyball Tournament

3:05 PM            Cleanse your pallet with a refreshing cold treat and share your thoughts on the 
days’ experiences – Fellowship Hall

Workshops begin at 1:05 p.m. and are repeated at 2:05 p.m. with 45 minutes of hands on participation, learning and interaction.

The goal is for participants to take home and share the experience and learnings with their congregations.

Handouts, suggested books, visual media and websites will be available for each workshop for participants of the Association’s Annual Meeting.

Workshop Leaders and Facilitators

Reverend Jim Coston has degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary.  He is currently finishing his Doctorate of Ministry from Truett Seminary at Baylor University.  Jim is Lead Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, after serving a multi-staff congregation in Waco, Texas and as a single pastorate, multi-ethnic, inner city congregation in Trenton, New Jersey.  He is a gifted visionary for spiritual and community renewal within the church and has fostered growth, compassion and building of loving communities of faith.  Stepping outside of the church with its vision has helped Jim develop partnerships with local educators, non-profits, civic associations and interracial communities.



The Rev. Ivy and Emerson Wu serve as the directors of the Global Chinese Training Ministry. They work with overseas partners and International

Ministries personnel to identify strategic locations to provide discipleship and pastoral training. Building on their service experience in church and campus ministries in Ohio and at the Macau Bible Institute, Ivy and Emerson help Christian training centers and Bible schools to run assessments and improve their curricula, libraries and faculty development in Mainland China.  Ivy and Emerson are preparing to embark on a new assignment as the coordinators of Global Chinese Mission for International Ministries. This role will expand their service to Taiwan and Singapore, the Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and New York. Their mission is to create a network platform to enhance strategic mission partnership.

Revs. Joyce and David Reed are ordained American Baptist Pastors and serve as Regional Missionaries to Iberoamerica and the Caribbean in the area of spiritual renewal, spiritual formation and vocational calling.  They design and teach spiritual formation curriculum for theological schools, lead renewal retreats, and disciple pastors and church leaders.  Most recently they have been working with Baptist partners in Mexico, Brazil, and Bolivia through an on-line Masters of Theological Studies program offered by International Ministries and Palmer Theological Seminary. Before serving as regional missionaries, they lived for 16 years in La Paz, Mexico partnering with the Southern Baja Baptist Convention in the areas of theological education and church planting.  They have served churches in New Jersey, Alaska, and Massachusetts.  They have two adult sons, Ian and Aaron.



Reverend Ana Ruth Higbee-Barzola, an American Baptist ordained clergy currently serves as the Chaplain at Honor Health’s JC Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  As Spiritual Care Coordinator at JC Lincoln Hospital she coordinates the spiritual care of patients, hospital staff, an affiliated dementia senior living facility, the hospital community and volunteers.  She assesses the spiritual needs of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual patients in trauma, medical emergencies and routine medical procedures. 




Rev. Doug Hubbard, Regional Resource Minister, Youth & Missions.  Doug has served with our region since 1987 and has led many mission trips and organized countless youth programs and events for our region. 

He also has a passion for helping believers experience the richness of the Body of Christ beyond their own church.  Doug and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of seven children ranging from 27 to 5 years old.



Workshop Opportunities 2018 Annual Meeting
Workshops are repeated – Workshop A and B 

  • What's Up With Youth Today? (Workshop A only)

Let's have a conversation about what is happening with young people today. What are the cultural trends and how are young people connecting with God and the church.  What is the impact of social media and what are the challenges young people face in their churches and families. Young people from our churches will share from their own experience so we can all learn together. Let's also discuss how the American Baptist Churches in Arizona can bring youth together for fellowship and to help them grow in their relationship with Christ.
Rev. Doug Hubbard, facilitator

  • Spiritual renewal and spiritual formation in our personal lives.

How do you discern the voice of God in your life?  How do you discover God’s invitation to a deeper life with God? What does it mean for you to listen to your heart and with your heart for a more intimate relationship with God?
Revs. David and Joyce Reed

  • Core Endowed Spirit Underneath the Great Commission

Tired? Exhausted? Frustrated? Yet, still no clue at all? Come and hear about ministry of relationship, discipleship and partnership being done on the mission field among the diverse people and churches across Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and China, and learn how this core endowed spirit is dramatically essential to every aspect of God’s work. 
Rev. Ivy and Emerson Wu


  • Casting a Vision as a Congregation

This workshop will detail FBC Scottsdale's recent visioning process and implementation within the church.  It will focus on the “how’s” and provide space for church leaders to reflect on their own church's vision and how it came about.
Rev. Jim Coston


  • Spiritual Needs

Assessing the spiritual needs of those we minister to in life’s transition of aging, medical emergencies and medical procedures.
Rev. Ana Ruth Higbee-Barzola


  • Sharing our Unity through Diversity as our Association congregations meet the spiritual needs of our local communities.  

Five minute presentations from our Association Churches followed by questions, discussion and facilitated format so participants learn, share and grow from our corporate fellowship experiences ministering to the spiritual needs of our church communities.
Led and facilitated by Arizona Association.

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