VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/3/22)—Applications are invited for a new task force entitled, “Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations.” Originally announced on January 10, the Task Force is being formed by the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary and Board of General Ministries in response to the interest of ABC congregations to continue to explore the impact of the global pandemic on congregational life. The application deadline is February 7, 2022.
The purpose of the task force is to gather and share information regarding ways that ABC congregations can adjust to new realities created by the global pandemic so that they can become all that God intends them to be. Former Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware, Rev. Dr. Frank Frischkorn, will serve as chair of the task force.
The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary is seeking volunteers to serve on the task force who meet the following criteria:
- A commitment to follow Jesus and participate in Christ’s mission through congregational life.
- Special knowledge that can assist ABC congregations in adjusting to new realities created by the global pandemic.
- Knowledge of change processes and experience in helping congregations or institutions develop new habits and practices.
- A commitment to the ministry and mission of American Baptist Churches USA and a desire to assist ABC congregations.
- Commitment to serving on a diverse and inclusive task force (prior experience is helpful).
Persons interested in serving on the ABC Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations task force should complete an application form by February 7, 2022. Meetings of the task force will take place online every four to six weeks for a period of approximately one year.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.