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Illinois Baptist SANCTITY OF LIFE Church welcomes two miracle babies Plus: Resources for Jan. 17 P. 11 IBSA is on 24/7 Get news and commentary online. See page 3 for addresses. Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Is your church a learning organization? Leadership expert Bob Bumgarner P. 13 NEWS QUIZ: Can you name the year's top stories? Analysis starts on P. 7 JANUARY 04, 2016 Vol. 110 No. 01 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Springfield About 250 leaders from IBSA churches will gather in Springfield January 26-27 for the Illinois Leadership Summit. As a follow-up to the Midwest Leadership Sum- mit last January, which brings together lead- ers from 10 state conventions every three years, this Illinois-focused conference is expected to build on the momentum of the large regional event. I believe this is the first of its kind training that we have designed specifically for individual leaders, said Mark Emerson , asso- ciate executive director of IBSAs Church Resources team. IBSA often holds training that focuses on church positions or ministry IBSA As iron sharpens iron January summit to focus on developing leaders P. 4 in focus

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