ABCCONN will be holding at training event for lay leaders and pastors on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9am to 3pm. The event will be held at Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hamden.
Among the Workshops that are being planned are:
Plan now to attend and watch for more information.
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|Wed Jul 29 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM|
Department of Business and Finance
|Tue Aug 11 @12:00AM|
Mission Giving Due in Valley Forge
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Department of Educational Ministries
|Sat Aug 22 @12:00AM|
Bluegrass Festival and Homecoming
|Sun Aug 23 @12:00AM|
Bluegrass Festival and Homecoming
|Tue Sep 01 @10:00AM - 01:00PM|
Commission on the Ministry
|Mon Sep 07 @12:00AM|
ABCCONN Office Closed
|Wed Sep 09 @12:00AM|
Interim Ministers Meeting
Mercy Gonzalez Barnes has a new assignment. Mercy, a former ABCCONN staff member, will be working within the wide panorama of Latin American Churches in the area of Theological Education and Leadership Development. She will also be part of a team who will be walking alongside of the Cuban Baptist Churches.
The World Mission Offering supports the work of American Baptist International Ministries, active in dozens of countries throughout the world and engaging in theological education, evangelism, economic development, education, health, human trafficking, and peace and refuge.
Resources for the 2015 World Mission Offering are available online for download.
The World Mission Offering this year focuses on Paul's call to Stretch Forward toward the goal of advancing God's kingdom on earth. This year, we look at how that is happening in 49 schools throughout Hungary and around the world.
Two new resources are now available to help faith leaders better understand mental illness and treatment as well as to better help individuals and families in their congregations who face mental health challenges.
The American Psychiatric Foundation has produced a 20-page booklet “Mental Health: a Guide for Faith Leaders” and a companion two-page “Quick Reference on Mental Health for Faith Leaders.”
“Individuals and families facing a mental health concern often turn first to a faith leader,” says Curtis Ramsey-Lucas of the American Baptist Home Mission Society (ABHMS). “
These resources are designed to help pastors and other faith leaders dispel misunderstandings, reduce stigma associated with mental illness and treatment, and facilitate access to treatment for those in need. They are clear, concise and much needed.”
The resources are available for free download at APA’s website at www.psychiatry.org/faith.
At the recent (June 2015) Biennial Meeting of the American Baptist Churches in Overland Park, KS, the denomination's president Don Ng offered up a statement inviting American Baptists and ABC churches to fight against the racism which is rampant in this country. The statement, called an Epistle of Metanoia (the Greek word for transformation) follows:
In light of the sin of racism that has infected each and every part of our nation we, the gathered delegates and participants of the 2015 Mission Summit of American Baptist Churches USA, the most diverse Protestant body in our nation, grieve racism’s effects on our people. Therefore, we collectively speak against and repent of our participation in the sin of racism wherever it is found. The presence of white supremacy for too long has gone unacknowledged and prevented us from living as the body of Christ.
Between now and the 2017 Mission Summit we urge each ABCUSA congregation to covenant in order to seek justice & reconciliation, hold one another accountable in this endeavor, and pursue local incarnated manifestations of the Beloved Community.
To sign a petition agreeing with the statement, follow the link below: