News from American Baptist Churches USA that might be of interest to ABC Ohio.

MMBB RE:THINK RE:INVEST Financial Conference to be held November 13-15, 2022

Register now for RE:THINK RE:INVEST Financial Conference November 13-15, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference will expand the impact of MMBB’s Financial Wellness ministry to a broad range of denominational and non-denominational groups, young and new pastors, seminarians, full-time and bi-vocational pastoral leadership, as well as church leaders. 

The conference is a natural extension of the dynamic work of financial wellness and financial literacy that is central to our ministry. Conference participants will have an opportunity to build community and gain valuable insights not only from the conference events, but also from one another.
 
The conference will feature engaging speakers, financial workshops, exciting and inspiring artistic performance(s) and uplifting worship services against the backdrop of an attractive location. 

It will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference workshops will cover personal and church finance topics from clergy taxes to building an emergency fund to financial challenges for women.

Plenary sessions on financial wellness will feature keynote speakers DeForest B. Soaries, founder of the dfree© Financial Freedom Movement (dfreefoundation.org) and author of related books who will speak about how to achieve freedom from debt.  Jill Schlesinger of CBS News and Radio and founder of JillonMoney.com, who will speak on the keys to achieving financial stability. 

Find out more and register now by CLICKING HERE! In-person registration ends November 4. Virtual attendance registration ends November 13.

View the Multi-Region Webinar with Tod Bolsinger


We are inviting pastors and church leaders to view the Multi-Region Webinar with author Tod Bolsinger from  Thursday, November 18, 2021. Tod unpacks his book “Canoeing the Mountains” to give vision to how we can be adaptive leaders in times of change. This was a FREE webinar sponsored by ABC Ohio and ABC partner regions. The recording of the webinar can be found by CLICKING THIS LINK.

Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.

Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often than it carries you along. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools.

News from Ann and Bill Clemmer


News from Ann and Bill Clemmer:

We are winding up the relief work that has provided assistance to  hundreds after the devastating volcanic eruption in Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo) which destroyed thousands of homes and left tens of thousands homeless. Bill and I were humbled by the gifts that allowed us to buy food, clothing, household items, mattresses, wheelchairs, and even goats to replace items lost....as well as resettle over 50 families and provide counseling to those who have lost so much. Your prayers and your gifts touched our hearts and those whom we serve. We’ve put together a short video (attached) to show a small portion of the large outpouring of love and concern that was received.

Now we’re moving on to other needs. Bill left for Yemen two days ago as part of a relief effort under Lutheran World Relief to bring emergency health and food relief to the tens of thousands displaced by the ongoing civil war. The UN estimites that over 400,000 children may die of starvation in Yemen just this year, a figure that is hard to grasp.  We ask for your prayers that he will be enabled and guided in his work. He’ll be returning to Goma in early November. We’re in contact daily.

Read more: News from Ann and Bill Clemmer

Rev. Dr. John A. Sundquist enters Fully into the Presence of His Lord


Rev. Dr. John A. Sundquist, who served as Executive Director of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) from 1989 until 2003, entered fully into the presence of his Lord on Sunday, February 21, from his beloved home at Bethany Beach (in Sawyer, Michigan), at the age of 84. International Ministries joins with his family, friends, disciples, and colleagues all around the globe in giving thanks to God for his life of dedicated service to the cause of Christ.

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Former ABC USA General Secretary Passes


Rev. Dr. Daniel E. Weiss, who served as General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA from 1988 to 2000, died on Saturday, August 22. Prior to serving as General Secretary, Dr. Weiss was Executive Director of the American Baptist Churches USA Board of Educational Ministries from 1983-1988, and previously served as president of American Baptist-related schools, Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa., and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, from 1973-1981.

During his tenure as General Secretary, Weiss emphasized a need for members and organizations within the denomination to understand, appreciate and live out the foundational understandings American Baptists long have espoused. He lifted up the call to commitment to Jesus Christ as God’s gift of salvation, and to evangelism and mission undertaken in Jesus’ name; the affirmation of the local church as the fundamental unit of denominational mission; the need for unwavering support of religious and other freedoms; and the importance of understanding, respect and dialog within the diverse American Baptist family.

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