United Mission is the Vehicle!
As American Baptists, we serve as the hands and feet of Christ. We’re doing what we can to heal a hurting world. This means feeding the hungry; empowering pastors, lay leaders & youth to spread Christ’s love; protecting the environment; promoting Christian unity and more.
United Mission is the vehicle that makes this happen. United Mission is the simple, efficient way American Baptists pool financial resources to maximize the amount of good we can do. These funds are used to connect resources with needs, resulting in meaningful change – and it’s all for God’s greater glory!
United Mission is the Vehicle materials have been sent to churches across the United States and Puerto Rico, and your church should be receiving them in the next few weeks. Please visit the website, UMIsTheVehicle.org, to learn more and to access downloadable resources for use in YOUR church!
It is through United Mission, our one family offering, that each giver is able to participate in the total ministry of our American Baptist family.
These gifts are distributed on a percentage basis according to the covenant agreement between Region organizations, American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), American Baptist Home Mission Societies, International Ministries, Ministers & Missionaries Benefit Board, and career development centers and partner organizations.
These gifts under gird every aspect of our life together as American Baptists, supporting the cutting-edge ministry projects as well as the administrative support necessary to the success of those projects.
Past United Mission Reflections Written by Ron Vallet
Churches are invited to use these reflections in bulletins or newsletters.
Jesus’ Call to Love and United Mission February 2014
The Lord’s Prayer and United Mission November 2013
The Bondage of Fear and United Mission August 2013
The Wind of God and United Mission April 2013
Giants of the Faith and United Mission March 2013
“Mission Rejected” or United Mission? February 2013
The Pastor and United Mission January 2013
Read more about United Mission in our recent publication, Connecting. Download Connecting by clicking here!
Congregations give to United Mission in two ways:
United Mission Basics are undesignated contributions from local churches to the vital mission and ministry of American Baptists. Basics provide support for the extensive foundation of American Baptist missions.
United Mission Love Gifts are contributions from American Baptist women in support of American Baptist ministry, given over and above United Mission Basics.
Change in United Mission Designation
On December 20, 2014, churches were sent a letter about a change in United Mission Designations (UMD). The United Mission Designations category has been eliminated, effective with the January 2015 receipts. Read the full letter here. To view the Updated Forms and Instructions, click here.
Other American Baptist Mission Support Offerings
The five special offerings, America For Christ, World Mission Offering, Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering, One Great Hour of Sharing, and Regional Offering, are another way to support the good work of specific ministry partners.