Members of the Alliance board of directors are volunteers who devote time and energy to the care and nurture of the Alliance. Names are now being taken for new members. Learn more below in Alliance News.
Alliance News

Alliance seeking board candidates
The Alliance nominating committee is seeking names of candidates to serve on the Alliance of Baptists' board of directors. The three-year term would commence at the 2019 Annual Gathering in April and continue until 2022. 

Attendance at two board meetings (spring/fall) per year is necessary, and we encourage personal nominations or those on behalf of others who agree to be considered by the nominating committee.  In particular, we are seeking candidates who possess skills or experience in these areas: grantwriting, non-profit law, development, consensus model of decision-making and Alliance ministry partnerships. 

Please send names, relevant qualifications and contact information to Paul Hayes ( by Jan. 15, 2019.

Around the Alliance

A view from the manger

by H. Stephen Shoemaker
Novelist Oscar Hijuelos wrote at Christmas of "The majesty of the child" and of Jesus as "perhaps the most wanted child in the history of the world." The Christmas story helps us think of the majesty of every child and of every child as dearly wanted. It changes our view of things.

Consider the shepherds who ran to the manger, the shunted aside low-wage earners of that day. They were visited by an angel who said: "For unto you (yes, you!) is born this day in David's city a Savior who is Christ the Lord." This Jesus would preach good news to the poor, the excluded, the forgotten, the ones with their backs against the wall.
Or the three wise men who came with gifts from the east, from what is Iran and Iraq today. What an inter-religious gathering!  Keep reading...


Take advantage of change in IRA giving

The ability for donors 70.5 and older to distribute required minimum distributions from IRAs to nonprofits is now permanent. If you would like to make a year end gift to the Alliance of Baptists directly from your IRA, please contact your financial advisor and  visit the IRS page for more information about qualified charitable distributions.   Email Jason Smith ( for more information . Thank you!

Website showcases ministry opportunities

View and then tell others about the ministry openings featured on the Alliance website, our virtual home. Opportunities range from internships and fellowships to pastorates and executive positions with faith-based organizations.

Church leaders take note: OWL training offered

Our Whole Lives sexual education designed to develop a sexual ethic as a part of our spiritual formation is available for church leaders Jan. 24-26 at  Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. The Alliance will cover curriculum costs. Register!

MALT Regional Gathering

Alliance clergy in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas (MALT) are coming together for a regional retreat Jan. 17-19, 2019. Held at University Baptist Church in Austin, the event will include resource sharing, fellowship and brainstorming. A nominal registration fee ($50) will help ensure an enriching time for all. Register now!

CAIRN Clergy Retreat

Find peace and restoration with colleagues at the 
Alliance's  Clergy Affiliate Information & Resource Network (CAIRN) retreat. 
Register now for the gathering set for  Feb. 24-27, 2019 at  Roslyn Retreat Center,   Richmond, Va.

2019 Annual Gathering

Explore the theme "What is Liberty Without Liberation?" at the Alliance 2019 Annual Gathering April 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Alliance congregational partner Calvary Baptist Church is the host site. Registration opens in January.  Learn more!


Jan. 17-19 - Jason Smith  attending the MALT Regional Gathering, 
Austin, Texas

Jan. 16-18 - Toya Richards is attending the National Summit on the Economics of Pastoral Leadership, Indianapolis, Ind.

The Alliance of Baptists is a vibrant movement of people, faith communities and ministry partners who are deeply passionate about ecumenism, partnership in mission, relentless hospitality and social justice.

Leadership Team
Carole Collins, director of operations & finance
Paula Clayton Dempsey, director of partnership relations

Cathy McGaughey, operations specialist
Ken Meyers, faith formation specialist
Kristy Pullen, website specialist
Toya Richards, communications specialist
Jason Smith, congregational engagement specialist