Several years ago the American Baptist Churches, USA invited member regions and churches to engage in activities of transformation through an initiative called Transformed by the Spirit. This initiative recognizes the rapidly changing culture all around us and seeks to address the manner in which our churches can move forward in this century with grace and excitement. It is a process that seeks to help us recognize God’s presence in the midst of a rapidly changing world.
There are 3 resources / processes which make up the Transformed by the Spirit initiative. They are:
Over the last few years materials have been developed for each of these processes. They are Biblical, and much time is spent in each process studying scripture and discerning God’s present Spirit in our midst.
The Joining God in the Neighborhood guidebook is available here. Please contact the ABCCONN office if you have questions or want to know more.
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The Department of Camping and Conferences would like to invite you to celebrate with them:
Thank you brunch
Sat, Oct 29th, 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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As American Baptists, we serve as the hands and feet of Christ. We’re doing what we can to heal a hurting world. This means feeding the hungry; empowering pastors, lay leaders & youth to spread Christ’s love; protecting the environment; promoting Christian unity and more.
United Mission is the vehicle that makes this happen. United Mission is the simple, efficient way American Baptists pool financial resources to maximize the amount of good we can do. These funds are used to connect resources with needs, resulting in meaningful change – and it’s all for God’s greater glory!
The Board of Directors of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) announced last week that it has voted unanimously to call the Rev. Sharon T. Koh, Senior Associate Pastor of Mission and Community Life for Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, California, to the position of Executive Director. She will lead the historic mission agency following the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Reid S. Trulson at the end of August.
Board President the Rev. Dr. Reginald Mills, who chaired the search committee, says, “Sharon has a passionate heart for God’s mission and is an effective team builder, who understands how to mobilize people for God’s work. God has used the Responding to the Call discernment process to give IM a clear vision. Through her work on the Discernment Team that received and articulated this vision, Sharon is uniquely poised and gifted to provide collaborative and executive leadership for this new century of mission. The Board is delighted, the staff is enthusiastic and Sharon is passionately committed. Together, we are responding to the call embedded in the prayer Jesus taught us, to see God’s will done ‘on earth, as in heaven.’”
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.
Since 2011, Syria has been ravaged by a bitter civil war, and over 10 million Syrians have fled their homes to escape the violence. As the crisis has deepened over the last four years, International Ministries (IM) has responded in several ways. Using American Baptist gifts to the annual One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering, American Baptist International Ministries (IM) provided $40,000 to assist partners serving refugees in Lebanon in 2012 and another $50,000 to serve displaced persons within Syria in 2013. Global personnel are working shoulder-to-shoulder with partners in Bulgaria and at the Hungarian-Serbian border.