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Parkesburg Baptist Church Recipient of 2018 Widow’s Mite Award

PARKESBURG, PA (ABNS 12/9/19)—On behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, MMBB Financial Services honors Parkesburg Baptist Church in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania with the 2018 Widow’s Mite Award. MMBB recognizes Parkesburg Baptist Church for the congregation’s dedication and giving to the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO). The RMMO, one of four national ABCUSA offerings, provides financial […]

ABCUSA Announces 2019 Awards for Matthew 25 Grant

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/20/19)—Nine Matthew 25 Grants ranging from $1,300 to $3,500 were awarded in October to applicants who offer a variety of services to people in need across the United States. The Matthew 25 Grant, sponsored by the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Office of the General Secretary and the Board of General […]

Woods Elected as Acting General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/10/19)—At the November 2019 meeting of the Board of General Ministries, the Board voted to approve the nomination of Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods as Acting General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). Woods has served in the role of Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries with ABCUSA since 2003. […]

An Advent Devotion: Mary’s Magnificat

Luke 1: 46b-55 Isaiah 35: 1-10 “God is turning the world upside down.” Whatever else can be said about Mary’s song of praise to God, this “Magnificat” from the heart of the mother of Jesus, proclaims is that God is the One who brings down the mighty and exalts the lowly, who fills the hungry […]

A Look Back at Over 40 Years of Ministry with Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer

Retiring General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer shares about his ministry foundation, his passions in ministry, and his plans for the future Early time in seminary and as a local church pastor 1) Where was your foundation built? My spiritual journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ began when I discovered that Jesus was the Jewish […]

Join ABC Creation Justice Network for “Moving Forward: A Guide to Climate Action for People of Faith” Webinar

The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary and the ABCUSA Creation Justice Network would like to invite you to join us for a webinar, “Moving Forward: A guide to climate action for people of faith” on Thursday, December 12th at 4:00 pm, EST. In this season of Advent, the creation is groaning, but there is […]

Hopevale Commemoration Sunday

An Invitation In response to the 75th Commemoration (in 2018) of the Hopevale martyrdom in the Philippines in which missionaries of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (now International Ministries) died heroically for their faith, the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC) approved a resolution to designate the Sunday nearest to December 20 (the anniversary […]

Burma Refugee Commission Releases Declaration of Concern for Safety of President of the Kachin Baptist Convention of Myanmar

VALLEY FORGE, PA (8/30/19)—The American Baptist Churches Burma Refugee Commission released a Declaration of Concern on August 30, expressing ongoing concern for the safety of the Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, President of the Kachin Baptist Convention of Myanmar who has been summoned to appear in court on September 9, 2019 regarding a lawsuit instigated by […]

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 […]

Parkesburg Baptist Church Recipient of 2018 Widow’s Mite Award

PARKESBURG, PA (ABNS 12/9/19)—On behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, MMBB Financial Services honors Parkesburg Baptist Church in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania with the 2018 Widow’s Mite Award. MMBB recognizes Parkesburg Baptist Church for the congregation’s dedication and giving to the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO). The RMMO, one of four national ABCUSA offerings, provides financial […]

‘MBA Quick Book for Ministers’ Introduces Leaders to ‘Pastoral MBA Competencies’

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/15/19)—In a cultural context where the church is struggling to survive amid other competing organizations and commitments, pastoral leaders need a new leadership paradigm that equips ministers to serve as chief executives for making disciples for Christ. Father-and-son coauthors, Vincent Howell, D.Min., and Vincent Howell Jr., MBA, offer this “quick book”-styled […]

OGHS Funds Released in Response to Kincade Wildfire in Sonoma County

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/4/19)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), has released $10,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Disaster-relief Funds to CrossWalk Community Church, Napa, Calif. CrossWalk—which has been a Red Cross evacuation site for many years—has been providing shelter since Oct. 27 for those […]

ABCUSA Announces New Minister for Creation Justice

VALLEY FORGE, PA (10/4/19)—On October 1, 2019, the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary welcomed Rev. Rebecca Driscoll into the newly created position of Minister for Creation Justice. As the Minister for Creation Justice, Driscoll will work in close collaboration with the ABCUSA Creation Justice Network, the staff of the Office of the General Secretary, […]

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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 […]

An Advent Devotion: Mary’s Magnificat

Luke 1: 46b-55 Isaiah 35: 1-10 “God is turning the world upside down.” Whatever else can be said about Mary’s song of praise to God, this “Magnificat” from the heart of the mother of Jesus, proclaims is that God is the One who brings down the mighty and exalts the lowly, who fills the hungry […]

Join ABC Creation Justice Network for “Moving Forward: A Guide to Climate Action for People of Faith” Webinar

The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary and the ABCUSA Creation Justice Network would like to invite you to join us for a webinar, “Moving Forward: A guide to climate action for people of faith” on Thursday, December 12th at 4:00 pm, EST. In this season of Advent, the creation is groaning, but there is […]

An Advent Devotion: Peace for God’s Creation

Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 This week we celebrate the Advent theme of peace.  In the famous words from Isaiah, “They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain” (Isaiah 11:9). This is a precious promise to embrace in these days when actual shooting wars have displaced millions, and other millions are casualties of […]