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Got Style-Part II!

Pre-Annual Meeting Evangelism Workshop by: Rev. Dr. Jeff Johnson

We live in a world today that resembles the world of the early church. Most churches want to go back in time. The problem is they want to go back to what they perceive to be their ‘glory days’. What they need to do is go back to the days when the glory of the Lord was touching countless lives. Back to the time when the first disciples were made, who had the capacity to turn their world upside down as was said of those first century followers of Christ (Acts 17:6).

ABCCONN is proud to announce Rev. Dr. Jeff Johnson, National Director of Faith Initiation (Evangelism) and Discipleship under the auspices of the American Baptist Churches Home Mission Societies, will be sharing with the leaders and laity of ABC Connecticut what the world was like then, what our world is like now, and how we can do what they did to have a similar impact.  Join us for a time of instruction, interaction, and inspiration, as we talk about sharing faith in comfortable and contextual ways, in the 21ST century, with style, YOUR style!

Registration is required so be sure to register here and mark your calendars for event you truly do not want to miss.
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)

197th Annual Gathering: September 25, 2021

Join us for this mostly virtual event! 

Registration is NOW OPEN for ABCCONN’s 197th Annual Gathering and we want to “see” you there! Though we’d hoped to gather in-person, due to the ever-evolving pandemic concerns and out of the safety of everyone, we’ve pivoted to a mostly virtual experience you DO NOT want to miss*. 

The event will take place online on Saturday, September 25th from 9am-12pm est. This year’s theme is I in Them, and You in Me, Complete Unity (John 17:23)

The cost to attend is only $25.00. You can register here. Be sure you’ve remitted your $25 registration fee(Indicate ANNUAL GATHERING in the special projects/missions line.)


All ABCCONN family and friends are invited to attend the Annual Gathering for a time of worship, inspiration, fellowship and learning. The Business Meeting portion of the Annual Gathering, however, is limited to church delegates. ONLY delegates from each ABCCONN Church will be voting. To that end, please note: 

1.Please choose one delegate from your church, who will participate in the ABCCONN business meeting

(one delegate per 100 active members of each individual ABCCONN church, (if a church has less than 100 active members, that fraction is to be rounded up to one delegate), according to the paragraph below

2.Minister(s) from each participating church are delegates.

3. No church shall have more than 5 additional delegates.

It is strongly encouraged that each ABCCONN affiliated church participate with the Vision and Mission of ABCCONN, “ Together Embodying God’s Love “, and live out that commitment as a church by participating with ABCCONN , complete the annual report, attend events , providing leadership to ABCCONN, send delegates to the Annual Gathering, and give financially by supporting American Baptist United Mission.

Once your registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Stay tuned to your inbox for updates, news, and other information about this exciting event. “SEE” you there! 

A CLEAR Initiative

Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I am writing to invite you to participate in a brand new initiative being developed by the Department of Congregational Leadership and RenewalWe are excited to see what God is doing in our churches here in Connecticut and want to pass along and share that excitement.

Our team at CLEAR (Congregational Leadership and Renewal) want to serve you as a resource in the areas of Evangelism and Leadership Development.  We recognize and celebrate the experience and expertise that exists right here in our churches in Connecticut and want to tap into that wealth of knowledge to the benefit of all of our congregations.

Would you please take a moment or two to jot down some of your favorites resources related to Evangelism and Leadership Development, whether they be books, articles, podcasts or other online resources that you believe might be of benefit to our ABCCONN family and send them by email to Pastor Bob Beckwith with a copy to Brittany Stephenson?

In this season of isolation and separation, it might be an even greater blessing if you felt compelled to share your suggestion in the form of a short video describing the resource and how it has blessed and encouraged you personally. (Think Reading Rainbow….)

As Paul once wrote to the Church in Thessalonica “And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God.” [1 Thessalonians 1:8a (NLT2)]  It is our desire to see our ABCCONN family “ringing out” the Good News of the Gospel of our Lord.

Please join us in this initiative.

For the CLEAR Team

Pastor Bob Beckwith