Today, we commemorate the day of June 19, 1865 when General Gordon Granger led his group of soldiers to Galveston, Texas to deliver the message that the war was over and that slavery would no longer be tolerated. While the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two and one-half years earlier, many persons had continued to […]
Watch the video below for a video update from Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Woods touches on updates from the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary, regional ministries and the local church.
Watch the video below for a message from Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Acting General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, in the midst of the 2020 Easter Season and the coronavirus.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/6/19)—Eleven executive ministers gathered for a group orientation event in Orlando, Florida Jan. 24-26. This was the largest orientation gathering held in the last twenty years. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries and currently Acting General Secretary, facilitated the event that included team building exercises, storytelling, and […]
Now that the New Year’s Resolutions are over (the majority of New Year’s resolutions actually fail within the first two weeks of the year), I pray that the presence of our Lord, the joy of God’s company, the peace that passes all understanding, and the knowledge of being a child of God remain with you […]
During the 2018 Advent season, weekly reflections will be posted from the Acting General Secretary and Associate General Secretaries of American Baptist Churches USA. Each reflection will be posted prior to the Sundays in Advent. Below is a reflection written by Acting General Secretary C. Jeff Woods. Several years ago, a former staff member of mine, Rev. […]
At this time of year We give thanks for air to breathe, Food to eat, And shelter over our heads. We pray for those who have lost loved ones, are missing loved ones, and for those who have lost or are in fear of losing the basic necessities of life due to the recent California […]
Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, acting general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, shared the words below following recent violent and hate-filled crimes: Unfortunately, our week has been filled with violence yet again. The consequences of hate are tragic, atrocious, and repulsive. Though the frequency of such news can tempt us toward desensitization, we must […]
The following brief history of the Professional Ministries Team was provided by Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries. The ABC Structure and Process Commission envisioned the role of this group to, “foster greater cohesiveness in addressing the concerns and needs of ABC ministerial leaders.” (November 2002) Those present at the December 7, […]
Read more about the Fresh Expressions Conference in the following article by Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Walden, Associate General Secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness. Over 500 leaders attended the Fresh Expressions Conference in Reston, Va., March 15-17, 2018. A Fresh Expressions model of ministry is aimed at bringing the Gospel to unchurched and de-churched […]