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General Secretary Releases Statement Following Recent Shootings

VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/18/22)—General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods released a statement on May 18, 2022, following recent shootings in California, New York and Wisconsin. Read the statement below. The recent shootings in Orange County, California at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, in Buffalo, New York, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin remind us of the deep and destructive […]

On the Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York

Written by Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director American Baptist Home Mission Societies VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/18/22)—The American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) expresses heartfelt condolences to the victims and family members of those slain during a brazen act of racially motivated violence on May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York. We stand in solidarity with […]

Join us for our Next Everyday ABC Conversation: Homelessness and the Housing Crisis

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/12/22)—You are invited to attend an Everyday ABC Conversation, “Homelessness and the Housing Crisis,” on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 2:00pm EDT, with presenters Jill Scalise and Josh Sabo. Stories about the housing crisis in the USA are regularly in the news. Since the pandemic, home prices and housing costs have […]

Prayers with Buffalo

American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods shares, “We grieve with the American Baptist Churches of New York State and all of those affected by this horrific tragedy.” The letter below was shared by the American Baptist Churches of New York State on Monday morning, May 16, 2022:   Our hearts ache […]

Engaged in Ministry Together at Panther Lake Community Church

Panther Lake Community Church in Kent, Wash., a member of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, has had ongoing relationships with churches in the Seattle area that were founded by people from Burma. These relationships, which are expressed in a variety of ways, were clearly visible this year during Holy Week. On Maundy Thursday […]

A Future with Hope: Resilient Responses in COVID-era Ministry

Grief. Isolation. Financial stress. Racial injustice. Disparities in education and healthcare. Life in an era of COVID-19 has taken its toll on bodies, minds, and spirits. The challenge of effective ministry in these times depends on leaders who are informed about the effects of trauma on themselves, on their congregations, and on their communities. Join […]

On the Shooting in Laguna Woods, California

Written by Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director American Baptist Home Mission Societies VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/17/22)— The American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) condemns the gun violence at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church (ITPC) in Laguna Woods, California on May 15, 2022, which left church member Dr. John Cheng dead and five others wounded. We commend […]

On the Mass Shooting in Buffalo, New York

Written by Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director American Baptist Home Mission Societies VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/18/22)—The American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) expresses heartfelt condolences to the victims and family members of those slain during a brazen act of racially motivated violence on May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York. We stand in solidarity with […]

Second Cohort of ABHMS Chaplaincy Certificate Program Celebrates Graduation

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/13/21)—On Monday night, the second cohort of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) “Chaplaincy Skills for Community Ministry” certificate program celebrated their graduation during an online event. Developed by the Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy, BCC, ABHMS ecclesiastical endorser, Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries, the course was offered online through ABHMS’ Center for […]

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 […]

Special Prayer Service in Observance of One-Year Anniversary of Military Coup in Burma

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/28/22)—American Baptist Churches USA and the American Baptist Churches Burma Refugee Commission are issuing a Call to Prayer for Burma (Myanmar) for a special prayer service at 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 1. This prayer service is being held to observe the anniversary of the military coup in Burma. American Baptists […]

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 […]