• Clergy Clinic 1 - Burnout in Ministry: Why Helping May Be Overrated

    Mar 11, 2019

    April 16, 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Zoom virtual presentation - Margaret Marcuson presenting
    April 23, 12:30pm - 2:00pm - In person lunch-time discussion at ABCCONN
    April 30, 12:30pm - 2:00pm - Zoom virtual question/answer time

    Ministry can be exhausting.  Not only that, all the good things we do for others may not actually help them in the way we dream of.  In this presentation you'll learn what to do instead.  You will get clear about what kind of "helping" causes dependency in others, and how to truly help others without wearing yourself out.

    Facilitator - Margaret Marcuson, author of Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry and Money and Your Ministry: Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance.  She speaks and writes on leadership and works with leaders around the US and Canadaas a consultant and coach.  An American Baptist minister, Margaret was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gardner, MA for 13 years.

    The clinic format is as follows:  a Zoom meeting during which the presenter will discuss the topic, followed by a face-to-face luncheon a week later during which participants can discuss the topic and raise any questions they might have, and then, another week later, a 2nd Zoom meeting during which unanswered questions and further related issues can be addressed with the presenter.

    The cost of the clinic is $8 to cover the lunch meeting the second week.

    To register for the clinic, click here.

  • Clergy Clinic 2 -- If You Aren't Ready, It Is Painful

    Mar 11, 2019

    Clergy Clinic 2 - If You Aren't Ready, It Is Painful: Why Developmental Readiness is Essential in Social Justice Movements

    Facilitator - Helen Abdali Soosan Fagan, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Practice, Leadership Engagement, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    The presentation will focuson these 4 questions:

    • What is Developmental Readiness?
    • Why is it important?
    • What is the impact?
    • How will it drive the social justice discussion?

    Upon completion, participants will know the developmental model for approaching social justice discussion and will be able to make the connection between developmental readiness and its application to them as leaders.

    Helen has a Ph.D. in Human Sciences with emphasis in Leadership.  She studied International Economics and British Political Economy at Oxford University during the formation of theEuropean Union.  She is a Certified DiversityTrainer, a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, and a Certified Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Trainer, and Executive Coach.

    The clinic format is as follows:  a Zoom meeting during which the presenter will discuss the topic, followed by a face-to-face luncheon a week later during which participants can discuss the topic and raise any questions they might have, and then, another week later, a 2nd Zoom meeting during which unanswered questions and further related issues can be addressed with the presenter.

    The cost of the clinic is $8 to cover the lunch meeting the second week.

    To register for the clinic, click here.

     

  • Ignite Your Ministry

    Mar 15, 2019


    Free Transformation Workshops

    April 12th, 2019 11:30 AM   through   2:30 PM

    Community Baptist Church

    143 Shelton Ave
    New Haven, CT 06511-1814

    April 12, 11:30am - 2:30pm -- Two workshops with Rev. Dr. Anthony Trufant, the organizer of Tru4U Coaching and Consulting LLC. Dr. Trufant has been leading congregational transformation at the church he has served for over 25 years as Senior Pastor, the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Brooklyn NY.

    1. Moving Your Ministry Forward - In Moving Your Ministry Forward participants will assess whether they have installed and evaluated regularly the basic building blocks for a cooperative, positive pastor and people relationship, which are essential to staying on the same page and moving in the same direction.
    2. How To Draw A Crowd To Your Church - This session starts from the basic premise that each participant has a target audience which he/she seeks to reach through the programming and marketing of her/his church. In particular, the facilitator will focus on introducing best practices for Reaching Generations X, Y, and Z. Additionally, the session will cover how to reach out to a younger crowd while still holding on to veterans.

    Register Today

  • Mission Trip to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

    Nov 30, 2018

    ABCCONN, through its Department of Mission and Stewardship, has been engaging in a Puerto Rican Initiative as part of its Relationship Building thrust, following Hurricane Maria. We gave a monetary love offerings at the Annual Gathering on Saturday, April 28 and at Mission and Stewardship Day, Saturday, September 29.  We are also sending "love letters" to all 146 Puerto Rican Baptist Churches. ABCCONN member churches are being encouraged to support this love offering of money and letters, which can be sent to Rev. Kevin Butler, Administrative Manager, ABCCONN.

    Now we have accepted the challenge given to us by Rev. Mercy Gonzales-Barnes, International Missionary, at Mission and Stewardship Day, to further engage the Puerto Rican initiative; and are announcing the "ABCCONN Disaster Relief Mission Trip to Puerto Rico."

    Rev. William ‘Bill’ Huegel, a member of the Department of Mission and Stewardship, will lead a team of volunteers to Puerto Rico in April to help rebuild.  If you are interested in being a part of that team, please contact Pastor Bill via email (billhuegel66@gmail.com) and plan to be a part of the initial team meeting on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2.  

    Trip Details

    Dates:  March 30 - April 6, 2019. (Sat. To Sat.)

    Cost:  $1,250.00. 

    Leader:  Bill Huegel, Retired pastor and experienced mission group leader, Wallingford, CT.  Contact:  billhuegel66@gmail.com (email him with any questions)

    Work:  Construction!  Some experience is helpful, but not required. 

    Information Meeting.  Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, 4:00 - 6:00 pm; First Baptist Church, 20 North Main St., Wallingford, CT 

  • Apply for a Short-Term Mission Scholarship Today

    Jan 14, 2019

    Apply for a Short-Term Mission Scholarship today

    Application Deadline is February 28, 2019

    Once again this year, the ABCCONN  Department of Mission and Stewardship is offering four (4) scholarships, of $500 each, to encourage ABCCONN church members to follow God's call to spread the Good News through the endeavor of participating in a short term mission trip. Preference will be given to young adults, (ages 17- 30), who are first time missionaries. Other applicants will also be considered. 

    Several Mission Trips have been identified, and it is our hope that ABCCONN church members that may not otherwise have access to a mission trip, can contact us to become involved in one of these trips:

    Puerto Rico Trip

    March 30 to April 6, 2019

    Cost $ 1,250

    Purpose: Construction

    Sponsor: ABCCONN Facilitator: Rev. Bill Huegel; billhuegel66@gmail.com

    Guatemala Trip

    Tentative dates:

    August 7 to August 17, 2019

    Cost $ 2,000

    Purpose: VBS program, feeding program

    Sponsor: South Woodstock Baptist Church; www.hopefortomorrow.org

    Dominican Republic Trip 

    - DR Mission Team,

    June 28- July 7

    and second week: 

    July 5 to July 13, 2019

    Approximate Cost $ 1,450 per week, there is a 2 week option cost $2100

    Multi-purpose: medical, construction, children's ministry, feeding

    Sponsor: First Baptist Church Wallingford; www.drmissionteam.org 

    Haiti Trip

    December of 2019

    Cost $ 2,000

    Purpose: Hospital construction and children's ministry

    Sponsor: First Baptist Church in Essex; revjperkett@gmail.com

    Jamaica Trip

    Tentative dates:

    August 7 – 17 and 17 -24, 2019 (persons can opt to stay for entire period)

    Purpose: VBS program, construction

    Sponsor: ABCCONN Facilitator: Samuel Bowen; bowensamuel3@gmail.com

    Details to be announced

    For more information about the mission scholarship and an application, click here

    The applicant reference form is here

     

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