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The General Secretary and the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary staff are charged with a number of specific responsibilities which articulate the vision of the denomination as it seeks to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

ABCUSA Ministries

These responsibilities include: implementing policy decisions of the Board of General Ministries; relating to and coordinating the work of the national and regional boards; fostering ecumenical relations; helping raise the mission budget through the office of Mission Resource Development, and supervising the receipt and disbursement of contributions to American Baptist Mission Support through the Office of the Treasurer; working with Regional Ministries and the Regional Executive Ministers Council; operating the American Baptist Churches Information Systems; overseeing the Mission Resource Development’s communication duties and such denomination-wide media as the American Baptist News Service and the American Baptist homepage on the World Wide Web; overseeing Women in Ministry and Transition Ministries which are housed under the offices of ABCUSA; providing travel and conference planning and scheduling services through the Office of Travel and Conference Planning; providing staff services for the Board of General Ministries; arranging for the Biennial Meetings of the denomination; operating a human resource development program; and maintaining denominational records.

The Board of General Ministries

As the major policy-making body of the denomination, the Board of General Ministries is highly representative of American Baptist diversity in gender, ethnicity, geography, age, as well as in a balance of ordained and lay leaders. It addresses business and polity. Through policy statements, resolutions and other declarations, it offers its best wisdom to autonomous churches and individuals on issues of faith and practice as it discerns the mind of Christ. While Board of General Ministries decisions give direction to national staff, they in no way obligate American Baptist congregations or regions to any position or course of action.

The Board of General Ministries also plays an important role in mission planning and coordination. The Board of General Ministries hears reports from Program Boards to coordinate planning and carry out denominational envisioning. It also plans the Mission Summit/Biennial through its Mission Summit Biennial Program Committee.

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