Biennial Will Focus on 7 Denominational Priorities
- Posted by: kbutler64
- Posted: 2/15/2017
- Tags: Denominational News and Information
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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:
- 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.