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Cleveland Baptist Association Executive Minister Rev. Yvonne Carter to Retire

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/19/22)—The retirement of Rev. Dr. Yvonne B. Carter, executive minister of the Cleveland Baptist Association (CBA), has been announced effective June 30, 2022. Carter has served as Executive Minister of CBA since 2014. “As a region, CBA has been tremendously blessed with the gifts, talents, and effective dedication of Rev. Dr. Yvonne […]

ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force Concludes Work, Online Resources Available

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/22/21)—The ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force, formed in fall of 2020, concluded its year-long goals of planning a symposium that explores and equips for the work of anti-racism, and identifying and surfacing anti-racism resources for individuals, congregations, and institutions. The Anti-Racism Task Force held an Anti-Racism Symposium on October 30, 2021. The […]

Christmas Concert from American Baptist Churches USA Now Available

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/20/21)—The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary is pleased to share a video of A Christmas Concert from American Baptist Churches USA with you. During Advent, we celebrate the fact that Christ comes to us in new and dramatic ways. As Mary and Joseph and the shepherds gathered around a manger […]

Recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022

As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 17, we are happy to lift up events in some of our American Baptist regions, along with a new book recently published by Judson Press, “The Polished King,” by Joseph Evans. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Worship Service Evergreen Association of American […]

2022-2023 ABC Directory/Planning Calendar; PDF and Downloadable Calendar Files Available

The 2022-2023 ABC Directory/Planning Calendar is now available for download. We invite you to use this calendar as a reference tool for weekly planning throughout the calendar year and into 2023. Or, you may download the .ics file and add the calendar dates to your own calendar to keep you up to date throughout 2022 […]

Prayers for Tornado Victims

“Our prayers are with the families of the victims of the tornado outbreak that extended from Arkansas through Kentucky. We especially lift up the people of Mayfield, Kentucky. May God bring comfort as only God can and work through the hands and feet of those who are called to assist with the  recovery efforts,” said […]

MMBB Remembers Long-time Member the Rev. Dr. Henry H. Mitchell

NEW YORK, NY (1/20/22)—MMBB Financial Services commemorates the life and legacy of Rev. Henry H. Mitchell, Th.D., who transitioned to his eternal home on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 102 years of age. Rev. Mitchell was a long-time MMBB member, having enrolled in MMBB’s benefit plans in 1945. “We’re saddened by Rev. Mitchell’s passing, but […]

ABHMS Remains Sensitive to Uncertain Times; Continues to Plan Space for Grace National Event

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/13/22)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks the Lord’s guidance as we plan our national event, Space for Grace, with increased sensitivity during these uncertain times. When planning began, we could not have foreseen what was to transpire with COVID-19’s Omicron variant. We remain optimistic that uncertainty will turn to certainty, as […]

Book Explores Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Preaching

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/4/22)—In “The Polished King: Living Words of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Joseph Evans analyzes how King’s preaching brought the “living word” and various rhetorical techniques together in ways that helped people understand and be given hope by his messages. Exploring the complicated relationship between King and novelist James Baldwin—two of the […]

American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin Calls Welton-Mitchell as New Executive Minister

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/12/21)—On November 6, 2021 the Board of Managers of the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin enthusiastically approved the Reverend Mindi Welton-Mitchell as their new Executive Minister. Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell comes to Wisconsin from Seattle, Washington where she has served as Pastor of Queen Anne Baptist Church since June of 2017. As […]

Executive Minister of Great Rivers Region Rev. Paul Gibson to Retire

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/20/21)—Rev. Paul H. Gibson, Executive Minister of the Great Rivers Region, has announced his retirement on December 17, 2021. Gibson has served the Great Rivers Region as Executive Minister since January 2016. Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, said, “Paul’s tag line for the […]

Generosity Project Webinar: Financial Stewardship in an era of Covid: What You Can Do

Are you wondering what the pandemic will mean financially for your church going forward? Margaret Marcuson has been a pastor who has faced some dicey years in the local church (though not as dicey as a pandemic year). She knows what it’s like to wonder how this year–and even this month–will turn out financially. Learn […]

New Task Force Announced: Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/10/22)—In response to the interest of ABC congregations to continue to explore the impact of the global pandemic on congregational life, the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary and Board of General Ministries is establishing a new task force entitled, “Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations.” Former Executive Minister of […]

Christmas Concert from American Baptist Churches USA Now Available

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/20/21)—The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary is pleased to share a video of A Christmas Concert from American Baptist Churches USA with you. During Advent, we celebrate the fact that Christ comes to us in new and dramatic ways. As Mary and Joseph and the shepherds gathered around a manger […]

A Generosity Project Reflection: Generosity is a Way of Being

The Generosity Project is a collaborative effort between ABCUSA, regions, and local congregations. The Generosity Project aims to help pastors re-frame the conversation around stewardship and generosity in their congregations. Bi-monthly blogs help support new growth and understanding as we deepen our ministry and discipleship. The reflection below was provided by Rev. Stacy Emerson. “Stepping […]

American Baptist Leaders Release “You Are Special” Storybook Video

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/1/21)—American Baptist Churches USA is pleased to offer a children’s storybook video for the American Baptist family based upon the book, “You are Special” by Max Lucado with illustrations by Sergio Martinez. Members of the National Executive Council provided the voices and narration for the story and director Jonathan Wu produced […]

Join Us for Stewardship of Space: Thinking Beyond the Sanctuary

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST: Stewardship of Space: Thinking Beyond the Sanctuary In a time when the world around churches is changing quickly, how can congregations continue to engage in creative practices of hospitality and generosity when it comes to the use of their buildings and […]

Hopevale Commemoration Sunday is December 19, 2021

Hopevale Commemoration Sunday is December 19, 2021 American Baptist Churches USA joined with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC) in 2019 to approve a resolution to designate the Sunday nearest to December 20 as Hopevale Commemoration Sunday. This day serves as a time to remember the Hopevale martyrdom in the Philippines in which missionaries […]