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MMBB Makes Disaster Recovery Emergency Grants Available to Members

NEW YORK, NY (ABNS 9/15/21)—MMBB is offering emergency assistance to its members devastated by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Northeast — where many have lost homes, automobiles, personal belongings and have seen their livelihoods disrupted. Due to the disastrous effects of Hurricane Ida, MMBB will make one $3,500 ministry support grant per member […]

Susan Gottshall to Retire from American Baptist Home Mission Societies After 20 Years of Service

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/14/21)—Susan Gottshall, associate executive director of Communications for American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) since 2005, will retire Dec. 31, completing nearly 20 years of service with the denominational mission organization. Gottshall joined the staff of ABHMS, then known as National Ministries, in March 2002, as its first online managing editor. In […]

Judson Press Book Encourages Evangelicals to Work for Justice and Peace

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 9/15/21)—“God’s Invitation to Peace and Justice: Sermons and Essays on Shalom,” published by Judson Press today, focuses on fighting injustice as a way of life for evangelical Christians. Challenging corporations, individuals, and believers to seek peace and justice, the book features more than 40 compelling sermons and essays written throughout author […]

A Reflection on the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

American Baptist Churches USA remembers those whose lives were taken during the attack on September 11, 2001. We pray for family members, for first responders, for military personnel, for elected leaders, for the next generation that is rising up to make the world a safer place for us all. “The 9/11 attack forever embedded in […]

Taking Stock of Your Life Insurance

Most people don’t like to think about life insurance. However, in the event of your death, having it can mean that your family will be taken care of financially. Read more about life insurance in MMBB’s August 2021 Article.

Aspiration, Reflection → Manifestation

The Anti-Racism Task Force invites you to reflection this month. We celebrate our time together at the Biennial Mission Summit. We prayed together, brainstormed ideas, and shared our stories. We embraced the sacredness of the human story, and we honored the human experience as a denomination and as a people. We are grateful for your […]

‘Starting the Money Conversation’ to be held in Spanish on Sept. 9 and 16

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/6/21)—The Center for Continuous Learning will hold the free Spanish-language “Starting the Money Conversation” virtual financial literacy program 1-2:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 9 and 16. The program is co-sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Read this news release in Spanish, here.) “After hosting […]

“¿Cómo iniciar la conversación sobre el dinero?” se dará en español el 9 y 16 de septiembre

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/6/21)—El Centro para Aprendizaje Continuo llevará a cabo el programa de educación financiera “¿Cómo iniciar la conversación sobre el dinero?” gratis en español de manera virtual el 9 y 16 de septiembre de 1:00-2:30 p.m. hora del Este. El programa es patrocinado por las Sociedades Misioneras Nacionales Bautistas Americanas (ABHMS, por sus […]

ABHMS’ CCL to offer ‘Chaplaincy Skills for Community Ministry’

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/3/21)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) will present “Chaplaincy Skills for Community Ministry” 6-8 p.m. ET Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1 and 8 online via its Center for Continuous Learning. A cohort celebration will be held 6-7 p.m. ET Nov. 15. Taught by board-certified and endorsed chaplains, this practical […]

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 […]

Talking About Money . . .

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. Talking about money. […]

ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force August 2021 Article

Ain’t We All God’s Children? Contemplative Momentum Over the next couple of months, the ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force will create space that encourages contemplative momentum. Contemplative momentum is commitment to balancing both inward and outward engagement. This movement of exploration informs the way in which we show up in the world.  When Jesus sends us, […]

Prayer for Haiti, Gifts Invited for One Great Hour of Sharing

“Our prayers go out to the people of Haiti who have recently experienced the death of President Jovenel Moïse, a tropical storm, and now a 7.2 earthquake that occurred on Saturday, August 14, 2021. May God bring comfort, healing, and hope to this shattered and grieving country,” said Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary […]

ABCUSA Announces American Baptist Churches Information Systems Staff Transitions, Retirement of Gerianne Blier

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/12/21)—Gerianne (Geri) Blier, American Baptist Churches Information Systems (ABCIS) Coordinator, and Manager of Name and Address Services (NAS), will retire from the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary on September 30, 2021, completing 42 years of faithful and dedicated service. The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary welcomes Feisal Al-Amry, who […]

The Anti-Racism Task Force: We Press On

A Spiritual Love Letter Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14 NIV In his letter […]

An Invitation for Prayer

ABCUSA Interim General Secretary C. Jeff Woods invites American Baptists to be in prayer for those around the world. “Praying for people in harm’s way both at home and abroad: people affected by hurricanes, floods, fires, drought, wars, and international conflicts. May God’s overwhelming power influence the overwhelming needs of God’s children.”    

American Baptists Advocate on Behalf of People of Myanmar (Burma)

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/20/21)—A delegation of sixteen people representing various grassroots organizations including U.S. Burma diaspora communities and church leaders met virtually with United Nations Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews on August 18 in regard to human rights, the Covid-19 pandemic and other things happening in Myanmar (Burma). Since the military junta took control on […]