May 2019

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA
Register for the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit Today! Registration Closes on June 7, 2019

Held in a family-friendly destination, the national biennial event of American Baptist Churches USA will offer inspiring speakers and preachers, opportunities for education from experienced professionals and leaders through the ABCUSA Biennial Academy, chances for connection with both long-time American Baptists and also new-to-ABC ministers and seminarians, Baptist Talk Conversation topics that directly affect local church ministry, and much more. Learn about American Baptist and partner ministries, and experience the diverse family of American Baptist Churches USA! Register today! 
ABCUSA Biennial Academy Tracks will include: Social Media, Technology and Ministry; Tr ansformational Leadership and Renewal of the Church; Practical Resources for Churches and Leaders; a Track for those interested in international mission work; sessions focused on social justice; Bible Study; Financial Wellness; Transition Ministries Training and more!  We invite you to bring your family for the event, and plan to come early or stay after to vacation in Virginia Beach.
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We are excited to share that we have updated our website! Check it out - comments are welcome to or through our contact form here

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A Pastoral Letter from ABCUSA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer

ABCUSA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer recently published a pastoral letter entitled, "Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith: A Pastoral Letter to the American Baptist Family."

Read the letter here.
Join the ABC Creation Justice Network in Virginia Beach

The American Baptist Churches Creation Justice Network invites you to join in discussion at the  2019 Biennial Mission Summit in Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 21-23, 2019. The "Summit by the Sea" event will include an ABCUSA Biennial Academy Track for all participants to learn, share, pray and plan to be more faithful stewards of God's creation and meet the challenges we face as people and planet.

American Baptists, alongside millions of people around the world, are coming face to face with the devastating effects of extreme weather events that scientists are attributing more and more to climate change. Extreme droughts and wildfires, massive, intense hurricanes and historic cold spells, the melting of glaciers and rising sea levels are destroying entire communities and the natural systems that sustain them and all life. In this context of environmental and human degradation, American Baptists have been and continue to respond with much needed assistance.

New in 2019! Beach Break: A Youth Conference

We are excited to launch Beach Break - A youth conference at the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit. This year we are doing a new thing!  While the adults are enjoying the Biennial Mission Summit, the youth will take part in a dynamic conference designed with them and for them. Themed, "Lessons at the Seashore," youth will explore the teachings of Jesus that emerged as he interacted with his disciples along the water. Youth will experience dynamic preaching, interactive workshops, Holy Spirit-filled worship, fun fellowship - all with the goal of youth attendees having an unforgettable Encounter with Jesus Christ.

View more about the youth conference here, or learn more about the full event and register online at
"Devoted to Generosity" Complimentary Stewardship Subscription Available
The 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 to receive a subscription code for your church.

Prayer for those attending the 2019 Biennial Mission Summit
The American Baptist Churches Biennial Mission Summit meets June 21-23 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Please be in prayer for those who will be traveling, attending, speaking, teaching, learning, and spending time in Virginia Beach at this American Baptist Family gathering.
Recent Highlights from the ABCUSA Website

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Announces Ministry Award Recipients

ABHMS Dedicates, Holds Celebratory Open House for Leadership and Mission Building

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