For over three years the Association Task Force has been working to develop a covenant to put on paper what we have long believed about our relationship and mission. We have created a Proposed ABC Ohio Covenant and Addendums (you may download by clicking here and peruse them at your convenience).
We ask that you read the Covenant. During the Fall of 2016 and the winter months of 2017 Dr. Ernest Jones, Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons will be seeking your thoughts and ideas. They will discuss the proposed document at clergy gatherings, association meetings and at the 2016 Annual Gathering in October. These discussions will provide insights into how we can all make a greater commitment to the mission of Jesus Christ through intentional authentic relationships.
The American Baptist Churches Mission Summit will be held June 29 to July 2, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. A number of exciting events occur before and after the official Mission Summit dates - so plan to come for the full event!
Chaplains and pastoral counselors will gather June 29. Additional information will follow. Registration will begin in early 2017. Please continue to check online for more information at www.americanbaptists2017.com.
Experience a gathering of American Baptists like no other, as our diverse family joins together for faith-stretching worship, Mission Summit conversations, preaching and fellowship.
The American Baptist Extension Corporation (ABEC) is seeking a Building and Loan Advisor. This position is responsible for promoting ABEC's loan, investment and building planning services. Responsibilities include being an advisor on aspects of building planning and financing. This is a full time exempt position and is open immediately. For more information, CLICK HERE.
The General Secretary Search Committee for American Baptist Churches has met face to face and by conference call to prayerfully discern the way forward in the search for our next General Secretary. The committee seeks the best qualified candidate who will serve ABCUSA with a sense of deep faith and love of Christ, engage in collaboration with denominational and ecumenical partners, offer both a pastoral and prophetic presence, and be the harmonizer who calls all American Baptists into unity.
If you know of someone who would be a good candidate for our next General Secretary, please encourage them to apply and/or nominate them for the position. We all have a stake in this critical discernment process and this is our opportunity to participate.
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More importantly--let's continue our prayers for a fruitful and clear discerning.
In a historic celebration before a gathering of hundreds of mission supporters, the Rev. Sharon T. Koh of Los Angeles, California, was installed as executive director elect of American Baptist International Ministries (IM). She began her service as executive director elect on July 1, 2016, and will assume the role of executive director on September 1, 2016, following the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Reid S. Trulson on August 31. READ MORE HERE!
Anna Jane Massie, age 94, of St. Paris, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 18, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She worked as the secretary at the First Baptist Church St. Paris. She was also president of Ohio Baptist Convention (OBC), served with her husband Francis on the Board of Trustees of OBC and served on several sub-committees. Anna Jane was President and Secretary of American Baptist Women Western Association and served as chairman of White Cross OBC. On the 50th anniversary year she traveled all over Ohio and went to many churches speaking and promoting White Cross. Anna Jane served on every board and committee at First Baptist Church St. Paris and sang in the choir. She also taught a Bible Study Group for St. Paris senior citizens.