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Creation Justice Network Active at this Year’s Biennial Mission Summit

The mission of the American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network (CJN) is to build a movement among Baptists that seeks peace, justice, and reconciliation with all of God’s creation with a vision of a just and sustainable future. In a variety of ways, American Baptist congregations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico have been […]

American Baptists Called to Prayer; Burma Refugee Commission Representatives Send Letter Expressing Concern to UN Secretary-General and US Government

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/14/19)—On behalf of the Burma Refugee Commission, American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer, Rev. Sharon Koh, executive director/CEO of International Ministries, and Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, sent letters this week to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, as well as to officials […]

The Collective Conscience of our Country: A Pastoral Letter from ABCUSA General Secretary Lee Spitzer

Read a pastoral letter from General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, published August 5, 2019, below. If you would like download a printable copy, please click here. “The Collective Conscience of our Country” A Pastoral Update from the General Secretary August 5, 2019 Dear ABCUSA Family, TWENTY dead, 26 wounded. NINE dead, 27 wounded. […]

The Generosity Project Blog: Succession Planning

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.   We are all passing on something. The question is, “What […]

American Baptists Gather for Ninth Baptist International Conference on Theological Education

More than 200 men and women recently gathered at the ninth Baptist International Conference on Theological Education. (BICTE) conference, Reimaging, Rereading HERstory in the Church, hosted by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). Pastors, scholars, and ministerial leaders from across the Baptist family and all around world gathered to learn from and listen to each other […]

Generosity…Helps Others Heal

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.  A few weeks ago my friend Julie shared with me the […]

A Pastoral Letter from ABCUSA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer

Read a pastoral letter from General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, written April 29, 2019, below. If you would like download a printable copy, please click here. “Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith” A Pastoral Letter to the American Baptist Family By Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, ABCUSA General Secretary This is […]

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ABCUSA Biennial Academy Tracks and Sessions Announced

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/24/19)—On Saturday, June 22, 2019, an ABCUSA Biennial Academy will be held during the American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit. The ABCUSA Biennial Academy will offer continuing education and spiritual growth opportunities for both clergy and lay leaders. Many different options will allow for something for everyone, including learning tracks with […]

ABHMS Hosts Graduation for Rizpah’s Children Partnering Organization

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/21/19)—Cheered on by staff, parents, guardians and friends, students of a six-week Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School accepted certificates during a graduation ceremony on Friday hosted by American Baptist Home Mission Societies at its Leadership and Mission Building in King of Prussia, Pa. The graduates were among 64 students aged 6 […]

ABHMS Retreat Offers Solace to Pastors Dealing with Post-Hurricane María Stress

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/21/19)—To facilitate healing and self-care among pastors dedicated to ministering to others in the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane María, American Baptist Home Mission Societies offered, in partnership with Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico (IBPR), the “Me haces descansar” (“You Make Me Rest”) retreat Aug. 8-10 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The event launched […]

ABHMS Executive Director Signs Statement that Decries Launching War on Iran

VALLEY FORGE, PA (7/11/19)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray joined U.S. faith leaders in contributing to and signing a declaration that decries launching war on Iran. To be shared by the signatories with their respective constituencies, the statement was announced yesterday on Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill with a news conference […]

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American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago Calls New Regional Executive Minister

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/17/19)—The American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago called Rev. David Gregg as its new Executive Minister in a special meeting of the region’s Family Council on January 12, 2019. The body, which comprises one pastor and one other representative of each member congregation, voted overwhelmingly to approve the search committee’s recommendation […]

ABC Ohio Calls Co-Executive Ministers Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/12/18)—At the November 3 meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio Board of Region Ministries, the Board voted to call Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons as Co-Executive Ministers for the region beginning January 1, 2019.  Rev. Click will serve as Executive Minister for Administration and Denominational Relations, and […]

The Generosity Project Blog: Succession Planning

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.   We are all passing on something. The question is, “What […]

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