January 2022



A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about ABCUSA

Today: Baptist World Alliance Invitation to

"New Models of Doing Church" Webinar


The Baptist World Alliance is hosting a holistic webinar TODAY, Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 3:30 PM EST (5:30 PM BST - Sao Paolo Time). The webinar will be guided by the theme: "New Models of Doing Church."

Presentations will be made by Jerson B. Narciso from the Philippines on the topic: "Leading the Church beyond the Pandemic," and Lilla Dias Marianno from Brazil on the topic: "Be the Church Outside the Temple."

You are invited to register for today's webinar by using the below link:

Register for the Webinar

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New Service Opportunity: Task Force on Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations

With commitment to supporting American Baptist congregations, the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary and the Board of General Ministries have announced the formation of a new Task Force focused on "Interpreting the Impact of COVID-19 on Congregations." The purpose of this task force is to gather and share information regarding ways that ABC congregations can adjust to new realities created by the global pandemic so that they can become all that God intends them to be.

Please consider the opportunity to apply and voluntarily serve on this task force if you have:

  • A commitment to follow Jesus, to the ministry and mission of the American Baptist Churches USA, and to participate in Christ’s mission through congregational life
  • A desire to serve effectively on a diverse and inclusive task force and assist ABC congregations in fulfilling their mission
  • Knowledge that can assist ABC congregations in adjusting to new realities created by the global pandemic and implementing change processes and developing new habits and practices in congregations or institutions

Former Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware, Rev. Dr. Frank Frischkorn, will serve as chair of this task force, which will meet virtually every 4-6 weeks beginning in mid-March. The work of the task force will be evaluated after one year of service. Applications are being accepted through February 7, 2022.

Click here to learn more or to apply.

2022-2023 ABC Directory and

Planning Calendar Available for Download


The 2022-2023 ABC Directory and Planning Calendar is now available. We invite you to use this calendar as a reference tool for weekly planning throughout the calendar year and into 2023. You may download a printable .pdf file, or an .ics file and add the calendar dates to your own calendar to keep you up to date throughout 2022 and 2023.

Download the calendar in .pdf or .ics format, here.

Savvy Student Loan Management

Available On-Demand!


A high-impact program for today’s borrowers

Student loan expert Heather Jarvis joined ABHMS and ABCUSA this fall for an engaging and practical presentation on managing student loans. Jarvis’ presentation covers:

  • The big picture: student debt as part of your total financial picture
  • How COVID 19 and the CARES Act impacts student loan borrowers
  • Understanding the eligibility requirements of the various repayment plans
  • Loan forgiveness from A to Z
  • Tax issues specific to student loan borrowers
  • Pros and cons of private student loan refinancing

Attendees in the live session were able to ask questions, so portions of the presentation are responses to specific situations faced by American Baptist pastors, parents, and students.

Access the session on-demand through ABHMS' Center for Continuous Learning, here.

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Save the Date for Radical. Redeemed. Ready.

this June 15-18, 2022

From the pioneering women of long ago to the trailblazing leaders of today and all women who have responded to the call of God along the way, the movement of women into ministry has involved the whole family of faith from all across American Baptist Churches USA. With women serving in a multitude of ways and a variety of roles throughout the United States and around the world, American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM) is hosting a unique conference: Radical. Redeemed. Ready. The conference will feature a number of unique workshop opportunities, inspiring conference leaders, creative worship, and multiple ways to connect while experiencing innovative approaches to ministry.

Save the Date for June 15-18, 2022! We continue to monitor the situation regarding Covid-19, but as of now are moving forward with plans for an in-person event with registration opening in February.

Visit www.radicalredeemedready.com for more information.

All are Welcome!

And we do mean all…all ministerial roles, experiences, and contexts;

all ages, cultures, and genders;

American Baptists and any and all friends in faith

ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force Concludes Work, Online Resources Available

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The ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force, formed in fall of 2020, concluded its year-long goals of planning a symposium that explores and equips for the work of anti-racism, and identifying and surfacing anti-racism resources for individuals, congregations, and institutions. The Anti-Racism Task Force held an Anti-Racism Symposium on October 30, 2021. The recording for this symposium can be viewed here. The Resource List and published articles from the Anti-Racism Task Force, along with its final report, can be found here.

Learn more.


ABHMS Remains Sensitive to Uncertain Times; Continues to Plan Space for Grace National Event

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American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks the Lord’s guidance as we plan our national event, Space for Grace, with increased sensitivity during these uncertain times. When planning began, we could not have foreseen what was to transpire with COVID-19’s Omicron variant.

ABHMS remains optimistic that uncertainty will turn to certainty, as we continue to pray and to plan for an in-person gathering to be held Sept. 21-23 at the Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center. The event will be preceded by the Spiritual Caregivers Conference for chaplains, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors and specialized ministers, Sept. 19-20. Rest assured that both events will follow public health and safety protocols for in-person meetings.

The 2022 Space for Grace theme—“Testify!”—speaks to the need for diverse voices sharing genuine, honest dialogue about issues of Christian leadership, discipleship and justice.

Learn more here.

Year-End Tax Planning Tips


Many of us only think of our taxes when we sit down to pull information together to complete our tax returns, but by then it is often too late to make changes that could potentially save on our taxes, or at least make preparing our taxes easier.

View Year-End Tax Planning Tips

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Thriving in Ministry: Women’s Colloquium Shows There’s Strength in Shared Experience


MMBB’s Thriving in Ministry (TIM) program invests in the lives of pastoral leaders through education, information, and bringing together seasoned pastors who have excelled in ministry with emerging pastors and those transitioning in ministry.

Learn more in MMBB's Fall 2021 News and Notes here.


NRSV Updated Edition Available

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Welcoming New Regional Executive Leadership

We welcome new Regional Executive Leadership to three regions with the start of the new year:

  • Acting Executive Minister Rev. Patty Bilyeu, serving the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region

  • Executive Minister Mark Thompson, serving the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky

  • Acting Co-Executive Minister Jeff Johnson and Acting Co-Executive Minister Minister Mark Mahserjian-Smith, serving the American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Commission of Congregational Mission Resource from ABC of Wisconsin

Following is a resource developed by the Commission on Congregational Mission of and for the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin on Voting Rights, a topic that is relevant throughout our country. While some of the information is state-specific, this resource provides concepts that can be contextualized for your own state.

Learn more.

Recent Highlights from the ABCUSA Website

Book Explores Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Preaching

Christmas Concert from American Baptist Churches USA

ABHMS Releases OGHS Funds to ABC of Indiana and Kentucky in Response to Tornadoes

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