Biennial Will Focus on 7 Denominational Priorities
The Biennial Mission Summit, June 30-July 2, in Portland, Oregon, will include opportunities for conversation around the seven denominational priorities. These conversations are opportunities for attendees to engage in meaningful dialogue about a topic of interest. Individuals registering for the Biennial Mission Summit will be asked to also register for one of the Mission Summit Conversation topics. In order to better prepare for the conversations, delegates and participants are encouraged to review the case statement (here) for their topic in advance of the event.
The seven denominational priorities, the result of a process of narrowing down topics from 21 different issues which had surfaced from local churches, regional events, national agencies and seminaries, as well as feedback from previous Mission Summit Conversations are:Anti-Violence Discipleship Ending Poverty Gospel in a Rapidly Changing Society Innovative Models of Pastoral Ministry Next Generation of Leaders Women in Ministry
A new feature at the Mission Summit will be “Baptist Talk.” Baptist Talk is a new outgrowth of the Mission Summit Conversations. “While the purpose of the Mission Summit Conversations is to engage in topics that could become ministry priorities for the denomination, the purpose of Baptist Talk is to increase our understanding and respect for one another as American Baptists,” said C. Jeff Woods, associate general secretary for Regional Ministries and facilitator of the Mission Summit Conversations.
Learning Opportunities at Biennial
The Biennial Mission Summit, June 30 - July 2, in Portland, OR this year will feature Learning Opportunities on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The Saturday afternoon session will include the following Learning Opportunities:Innovative Models of Pastoral Ministry – The POST and The Circuit: Raising Leaders for Region-wide Ministries Women in Ministry Anti-Violence Discipleship – On Earth as in Heaven: Discipleship in Action Gospel in a Rapidly Changing Society – Good News in a Changing Society Next Generation of Leaders – ABC to XYZ: A Multigenerational Conversation with Today’s Church Leaders Storytelling Workshop “Telling Our Faith Story” Journeying to Racial Reconciliation: Action. Reconciliation. Transformation MMBB Financial Wellness: Personal Financial Planning
The Sunday afternoon session will include the following Learning Opportunities:Innovative Models of Pastoral Ministry Women in Ministry Anti-Violence – What Happens in This House, Stays in This House Discipleship – discipleSHIFT Ending Poverty – God’s People Ending Poverty Gospel in a Rapidly Changing Society – Being the Hands and Feet of Christ to your Muslim Neighbors Stories of Who We Are Baptist Talk
Attendees must preregister for Learning Opportunities when they register as individuals for the Biennial Mission Summit.
The Mission Summit will also feature keynote speakers: the Rev. Sharon T. Koh, executive director/CEO of American Baptist International Ministries, Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, and the incoming General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA.
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Registration for Biennial Mission Summit
Every two years American Baptists gather to worship, to fellowship, to learn and to dream. This year the gathering is in Portland, Oregon from June 30th to July 2nd. Registration for individuals is now open.
ABCUSA General Secretary Addresses Recent Attacks
Dear American Baptists,
Now is not the time to turn our backs on our Muslim neighbors. Certainly the terroristic act in San Bernardino, in the wake of the attacks elsewhere, has raised uncertainty and fear. But to generalize those acts to every Muslim is dead wrong. Sometimes it is easier to gain perspective by considering another set of circumstances. We know that right before San Bernardino there was a shooting incident at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs which resulted in the deaths of three and the wounding of another nine. The man arrested for this attack was motivated by his strong beliefs against abortion. Yet, who among us would generalize his acts to every person who holds views against abortion and suggest that every such person be put on a watch list, be forbidden to enter this country or relinquish any of their rights afforded by our constitution? Yet there are those who in effect wish to do this very thing to anyone of the Muslim faith.
Joining God in the Neighborhood
Joining God in the Neighborhood is a new initiative created by Transformed by the Spirit of ABCUSA. Joining God in the Neighborhood is a process for churches to discern the activity of God already present in our neighborhoods and communities. The process begins with scriptural study work called “Dwelling in the Word.” From there individuals walk the neighborhood to better understand the life going on outside the doors of the church. A question that is raised in this neighborhood exploration is, “Where is God already at work and what are the ways we can partner with others to strengthen ministry endeavors?” All of this is done with the assistance of an outside coach.Here you will find a brief introduction to the process. If you would like to know more about Joining God in the Neighborhood and would like to discuss this possibility for your church, please contact Rev. Dr. Judy Allbee at the ABCCONN office.
Flooding in Myanmar - Baptists Respond
Massive floods and strong winds in Myanmar (formerly Burma) have impacted more than 259,000 people across 12 of Myanmar's 14 states, according to an August 5th report of the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In recent days, the death toll has climbed to 69. The massive flooding occurred in the aftermath of Cyclone Komen which made landfall on July 30th. According to the UN report, priority needs include food, water and sanitation, access to health care and shelter.