February 2019

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA

Register Today for the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit; Registration Brochure Available
Individual registration is open for the American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit, June 21-23, 2019, to be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va. View our registration brochure here, or learn more and register online at www.americanbaptists2019.com.

Join us as the American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit returns to the East Coast! Virginia Beach is easily accessible to many different American Baptist regions, and is a family-friendly destination with much to do in the area both before and after the Biennial Mission Summit.

Hear inspiring speakers and preachers, learn from experienced professionals and leaders through the all-new ABCUSA Biennial Academy, participate with peers in sharing and learning about topics impacting your local church ministry through Baptist Talk conversations, and more. Church Delegates will participate in the business session on Sunday afternoon. 

To view the full announcement, click here.
United Mission: Watch Our Latest Video!

Click the image above or view the video here. We hope you will share it!
ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary Purchases Building; New Contact Information for National Offices

The American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary purchased a new office building located at 1015 West Ninth Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406; the offices will relocate in the middle of 2019. The new location is close to the current location of the American Baptist Churches Mission Center at 588 North Gulph Road in King of Prussia.

Learn more and view location and contact information for organizations located or formerly located in the American Baptist Mission Center here.
Nominated ABCUSA Officers Announced for 2020-2021 Biennium

The ABCUSA Nominating Committee has nominated the following persons to serve as ABCUSA Officers for the term running from January 1, 2020-December 31, 2021. The nominees are ABCUSA President, Karen M. Podsiadly; ABCUSA Vice President, James O. Wolfe III; and ABCUSA Budget Review Officer, Paul Higgins. Officers will be elected at the Biennial Mission Summit, June 21-23, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Learn more here, or view the full Board of General Ministries Election Slate here.
"Devoted to Generosity" Complimentary Stewardship Subscription Available
American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Office of the General Secretary is pleased to offer the 2019 Year-Round Stewardship Resource theme Devoted to Generosity, published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center.

ABCUSA has purchased a quantity of licenses for American Baptist churches who would like to use this online subscription. Interested churches should send an email request to ABCResources@abc-usa.org to receive a subscription code for your church.

Eleven Executive Ministers Gather for Group Orientation
Eleven executive ministers gathered for a group orientation event in Orlando, Florida Jan. 24-26. This was the largest orientation gathering held in the last twenty years. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries and currently Acting General Secretary, facilitated the event that included team building exercises, storytelling, and group discussion.

Ea ch executive minister was invited to share their call story that led them to the position of executive minister for their respective regions. As each person reflected upon their leadership journey, they shared how God had interacted with them and others to lead them to their particular place of service. In addition to the sharing of their spiritual journeys, participants were invited to name topics for discussion in advance of the meeting. The meeting also focused upon the twelve most common tasks of the role of an executive minister as surfaced by previous executive ministers.

A Reflection: For the Love of Jesus

Thegraphic-heart.gif reflection below was written by Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez, Associate General Secretary for Women in Ministry and Transition Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA. Hernandez reflects on a recent visit with a woman in ministry, and the story of love that was shared when they met.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit with a retired woman in ministry, Rev. Dr. Cathleen Narowitz who served 26 interim ministry positions over the course of her distinguished ministry. When Rev. Narowitz graduated from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1957, she not only was the only woman student in her class, but also in the whole seminary!

Read the full reflection here.
Green Lake Conference Center/American Baptist Assembly - 75th Anniversary
A Closer Walk with God since 1944: Celebrating 75 years in 2019!

75th Anniversary events will occur August 4-11, 2019 at Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis.

Please share your Green Lake stories as part of this celebration. There is a link to a form on the anniversary page, here.
Beach Break: A 3-Day Youth Conference Announced; Join Us June 21-23 in Virginia Beach

American Baptist pastors, youth leaders and youth are invited to bring your youth groups to Beach Break: A 3-Day Youth Conference! The event, running in conjunction with the American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach, Va., June 21-23, 2019, will be a whole new way to experience the Biennial - while the adults are down the street, the youth will be playing games, enjoying the beach, immersing themselves in live worship, engaging in service activities and learning from guest speakers.

Please be in prayer for the planning team of this event, as they work hard to ensure that everything will be in place for attendees ranging in age from Kindergarten through twelfth grades.
Prayer for General Secretary Spitzer Upon Return to the Office

American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer will return to the office on March 1, 2019. Please remember him in prayer at this time as he joins staff in the Mission Center, meets with partners and travels on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA.

Recent Highlights from the ABCUSA Website

Judson Press Releases Highly Anticipated Revision of Classic for Church Treasurers

ABHMS Receives Grant to Sustain ISOE, Names Program's Interim Director

IM Endorses First Development Workers to Serve in Vietnam  

Judson Press Releases Women's History Month-Inspired Devotional

Christian Legacy Sunday Celebrates Heartfelt Giving on February 17  

$10,000 Match Offered by Christian Community Credit Union for Online Masters of Theological Studies Program

ABHMS Seeks Applicants for New "Co-Creators Incubator"

ABCUSA Pastor from Illinois Appointed for Global Mission Service in India

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