Transformation Stories

Transformation Stories Invited from Local American Baptist Churches

Leading up to the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit, we want to hear from YOU! Do you have a story of transformation in your local church or community? Tell us about it!

Transformation Stories are invited for submission beginning now through June 15, 2017. View the Transformation Stories shared so far in spring of 2017! By sharing Transformation Stories, local churches can learn from one another as they watch/read about stories that may generate ministry ideas for outreach in their local church communities!

The goal of the Transformation Stories coming out of the Transformed by the Spirit initiative is to create a sharing community to support the work of the local church as it Joins God in the Neighborhood and grows through partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By sharing your Transformation Story, you may encourage other local churches to: experiment in transformative ministry; share their own ministry stories; and build interest by using social networking and interaction. We hope that you will share your story with us and also on social media, and join us as we celebrate “Transformation Stories” at the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit in Portland, Oregon.

Learn how to submit your transformation story here.


In spring 2015, we invited American Baptists to share their Ministry Story with the American Baptist family and with the world. Grants totaling $5,000 were awarded to the top stories, with funding received designated to go right back to the recipient’s ministry.

Check out the Ministry Story Opportunity Video and Written Stories Submitted in 2015

These ministries were celebrated at the Biennial Mission Summit in Kansas City in June 2015.

We want to continue telling the stories of the great things our ABC churches are doing across the country! Although the grant opportunity has ended, we invite American Baptists to continue telling the ministry stories of their churches

Submissions of stories in either Video or Written (with photos) formats may be shared.  Video submissions may be shared by YouTube/Facebook/Vimeo/other video sharing link. Written Ministry Stories should be submitted to

Have an idea, but not sure if it fits?  Send a quick email to: to let us know your idea, and we will let you know, or give you feedback/suggestions.

“We want to develop a learning community where churches share their innovation, experiences, and experiments in ministry (particularly ones which connect us to the communities outside the church itself). This stems from churches that have been involved with ‘Transformed by the Spirit,’ but also will include entities, regions and partnerships in our overall ABCUSA family that are doing innovative work and have addressed adaptive challenges.”
-Scott Arnold, ABCUSA Journey Team member and Pastor of First Baptist Church of Bedford, MA


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