ABHMS’ Free Resources Can Ease Church-Year Planning

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ABHMS’ Free Resources Can Ease Church-Year Planning

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/22/12)—As you look ahead to the upcoming church year, make your planning easier with free downloadable Workshops for Church Life and Leadership from American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS).

The 51 offerings include nine in Spanish, three in French and 12 in Karen.

“These resources cover a variety of subjects from discipleship-formation to American Baptist heritage,” says the Rev. Cassandra Williams, Ed.D., ABHMS national coordinator, Discipleship Resource Development. “Several are multisession topical studies suitable for small groups, including two developed specifically for youth. Others are designed for leadership training at the congregational, associational or regional level.”

Titles include “The Identification and Use of Spiritual Gifts in the Disciple-making Church,” “The Journey Toward Wisdom,” “Child Abuse Prevention in Churches,” “Evangelism and Discipleship in Youth Ministry,” “Teaching with Respect for Diverse Learning Styles,” “Dealing with Conflict in Group Meetings,” “The Deacon as Servant-Leader,” “The Spiritual Life of Boards and Committees” and “Hospitality: Expressing and Experiencing Grace.”

The newest offering—“Naturally Creating Community”—is based on the Judson Press book “Got Style? Personality-based Evangelism” by Jeffrey D. Johnson, Ph.D., ABHMS national coordinator, Evangelism and New Church Planting. It will be available for download in November.

“A Matter of Stewardship: Eco-Justice in Biblical Perspective”—is a six-session study replete with PowerPoint presentations.

To download workshops, visit ABHMS’ website at www.abhms.org and click on “Workshops for Church Life & Leadership.” Hard copy can be requested from karen.drummond@abhms.org or 800-222-3874, x2394. If you would like to suggest a topic or are interested in writing a workshop, please contact Williams at cassandra.williams@abhms.org or 800-222-3874, x2459.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies—the domestic mission arm of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA)—ministers as the caring heart and serving hands of Jesus Christ across the United States and Puerto Rico through a multitude of initiatives that focus on discipleship, community and justice.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with 5,500 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.