Church and Clergy Tax Guides Available
Each year MMBB makes available tax resources. Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches, 2017 and 2017 Clergy Tax Return Preparation Guide for 2016 Returns are both available for download at www.mmbb.org/tax-guides.
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.
Read more here.
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.
The Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council will be holding a stewardship conference for churches on March 24-25, 2017. Featuring Chick Lane and Grace Pomroy, authors of Embracing Stewardship: How to put Stewardship at the Heart of your Congregation's Life, the conference will offer 8 different workshops focusing on stewardship in the local church. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA.
One workshop, entitled "Called to Generosity" will be presented by Rev. Stacy Emerson, Pastor of First Baptist Church of West Hartford.
Registration is available at www.nestewardship.org. Download a poster about the event here.
Camp Wightman Summer Camp Registration is Open
Registration for Camp Wightman's summer camp programs is open. Register at the Camp Wightman website or contact them for registration materials (860-376-2179).