November 2020

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA
ABCUSA Board of General Ministries Holds
First Online Board Meeting 

The American Baptist Churches USA Board of General Ministries met November 13-14, 2020, in what was its first online board meeting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABCUSA President Karen Podsiadly said, "I am forever indebted to the committed members of our ABC family who participated in and helped to make our November Board of General Ministries Meeting efficient and productive. I am encouraged to see the many ways in which we continue to work on behalf of our entire American Baptist family."


Plan now to attend our online Biennial Mission Summit, June 24-26, 2021! An exciting announcement will be shared in December - you don't want to miss it! 
Watch this newsletter for details, or sign up to receive the latest ABC-related news releases from the American Baptist News Service here

Nominations Invited for Mowbray Ecumenical Award

American Baptist Churches USA seeks nominations for the Luke Mowbray Ecumenical Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding ecumenical work at the local, state, national or international level, either as a volunteer or paid professional. This award will be presented at the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) 2021 Online Biennial Mission Summit, June 24-26, 2021. The award winner will be selected by the ABCUSA Committee on Christian Unity and Interfaith Relations. The deadline for nominations January 31, 2021.

The Generosity Project: Strengthening Stewardship in Times of Struggle Webinar Announced

The year 2020 has been the great disrupter; the Church was not exempt. Church leaders were caught in the grips of a brand new reality, shaped by a pandemic, that undoubtedly required swift adjustments, especially in the area of financial stewardship. Words like terminate, furlough, and pay cuts became common vernacular while ministry still needed to be done. This workshop, held Thursday, December 3, from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST, will help church leaders grapple with the idea of stewardship amidst this reality. We will discuss strategies to ReSet, ReFocus, ReImagine and ReEngage how we exercise stewardship to accomplish effective ministry and to promote sustainable growth in our churches. The webinar will be led by Rev. Trevor A. Hyde, Jr., Pastor of the historic Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Generosity Project is sponsored by the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary. 

MMBB Financial Services recently published an article, Compensation Basics Roundtable, in the September/October 2020 issue of Church Executive. Click to read the article below.

Compensation is always a challenging subject for church leaders, but even more so right now as they and their congregations struggle through the pandemic. Here's some great advice from MMBB Financial Services (New York, NY), financial experts and pastors alike on how to approach the compensation equation (and discussion) right now.

You're Invited to a Webinar: Faith, Compassion, and Healing Our National Divides
On November 20 at 11:00 AM EST, Dr. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist ERLC and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church will have a dialogue on the topic of "Faith, Compassion, and Healing Our National Divides."

Sponsored by the National Institute for Civil Discourse and Washington National Cathedral

Listen in as Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and Dr. Russell Moore, two of the country's best known faith leaders, explore together how we can engage differences with dignity and respect, heal the divides in our country and find ways to move forward together. These two Christian leaders represent denominations with largely different theological and cultural perspectives.
Interested persons should register at the following website so that they can receive the link to join the webinar here

ABCUSA Together: We are American Baptists

ABCUSA Together


American Baptist Churches USA
PO Box 851  Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851  

American Baptists serving as the hands and feet of Christ.