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 WELCOME to the American Baptist Churches of the South, (ABCOTS), and our Website.  ABCOTS is a Maryland non-profit corporation associated as a covenanting Regional organization with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. We are elated and pleased to have you view us at this time.  See us in Missions, Evangelism and Denominational Work, supporting the local congregations serving the District of Columbia and 15 states throughout the southern United States. Join us in reaching the world for Christ believing and perpetuating His identity, His message and His ministry! 

2015 Executive Minister's Report

Thank you ABCOTS family for your donations from Greater New Guide Baptist Church
Baton Rouge , LA
May His blessing surround you, for you have brought joy through your kindness, thank you for all you do...the Moses family"  "Thank you, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers....The Paul family"  "Thank you for your donation and collective support to those affected by the flood disaster. Thank you for allowing God to touch your heart and share with us, you have truly answered our call for help and we are forever grateful....LGC"  "Thanks so much for your help, a little kindnes makes such a difference in a day, God bless....Aaron and D" "What comes from the heart goes to the heart, thank you so much....The Harris family" "We are so grateful for your kind gift, please continue to pray for us as we begin to rebuild...The Malbren family"  "Words cannot express the gratitude felt to know how much you cared to assist us in the time of our storm. May God bless and keep you in our prayers..The Smith family" "I want to express my appreciation for your generosity in support of our recovery of the Great Flood 2016. Your donation will be a great help in restoring our home church. Thank you again for your kindness....Fred"

Natural Disaster in Louisiana:
Two ABCOTS member churches and their congregants were greatly affected by the recent flooding in Louisiana, Greater New Guide Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA and Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church in Baker, LA. The Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church was completely destroyed from over 22 inches of water. ABCOTS Executive Minister Dr. James M. Harrison has been working with American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) in getting Emergency Disaster relief grants and donation to the affected areas.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/30/16)—In response to recent natural disasters in Louisiana and Indiana, American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Disaster Relief Office has distributed Emergency Disaster-relief grants from American Baptist Churches USA’s One Great Hour of Sharing funds. More specifically, $10,000 was released to American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS) in response to torrential rain and flooding in the Baton Rouge, LA., area.....American Baptists respond to Louisiana flooding
In Louisiana, Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, Baker, and Greater New Guide Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, are ministering to their own displaced congregants as well as to other families. Shady Grove’s congregation has been unable to meet in the church since the flood occurred, according to the Rev. James M. Harrison, executive minister of ABCOTS, because the building’s interior sustained damage from 22 inches of water, and burial vaults from a nearby cemetery were observed floating on church property.

Greater New Guide’s congregation has resumed meeting in its church building after missing one Sunday because of receding flood waters, Harrison reports. An estimated 40 families are seeking immediate housing, he says, and some may need to be housed out of state.

How you can help
Both Louisiana churches have requested monetary donations to meet housing needs, as it remains undetermined as to when families will be permitted to return to homes. In addition, damage to many personal vehicles indicates a need for assistance with transportation costs.
Donations designated to “One Great Hour of Sharing/Southern floods/Storms” and/or to “One Great Hour of Sharing/Indiana/Kentucky tornado” can be mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American Baptist Home Mission Societies, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0851. One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs. For more information, contact Wilkins at 1-800-222-3872, x2413, or


Calendar of Giving
American Baptists have always been a people of mission; mission is in our DNA. Our United Mission (UM) contributions give concrete expression to this impulse and help us to be the hands and feet of Christ – from the local congregation to all parts of the world.It is through UM, our one family offering, that each giver is able to participate in the total ministry of our American Baptist family.

February - March                                   America For Christ
May – June                                             The One Great Hour of Sharing offering
July – August                                        Region Offering
Sept. – Oct.                                            The World Mission
December                                               Retired Ministers’ & Missionaries Offering

Pictures from Annual Session

Theme: "Potent Faith Yields Potent Service"
Scripture: Mark 9: 14-29 (KJV)


Message from the ABCOTS President

Greetings on behalf of the American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS). We are a Region of the American Baptist Churches, USA, and we serve a unique and creative witness in the South, speaking to the need for increased unity, acceptance and trust among all people.Our purpose is to join God in mission in the world, as we bear witness to God's redemptive love, call people and nations to discipleship, and participate in God's action of liberation and reconciliation. We affirm that mission is the work of God. It springs from God's initiative, is guided by God's spirit, and is accomplished through God's power. As president of ABCOTS, I invite you to explore our website, here you can learn ways to support our ministry and mission. Also, if you desire to locate specific churches in the Region you will find them on the website.
Lacey Speight Alford   

Post Annual Session Message from the ABCOTS Executive Minister


"My mother was a homemaker until her four children started public school.  When the last of my siblings entered elementary school she became a homemaker and worked outside the home doing what her father and my grandfather called, “public work”, which was the term for any hosts of jobs not related to the farm.  I can remember her making a big purchase with her earnings.  She had “Made Arrangements” with a local furniture and appliance store in our town to purchase all new appliances for our home. This purchase included an electric stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer.  The dryer was only to be used during inclement weather, that is, when she could not use the clothes line for hanging out her wash."


The term “Made Arrangements” meant she would make monthly installments, paying down the balance of the financed cost of the appliances over a period of three years.  If I remember correctly, the total cost of the appliances was about $1,700.00 and her monthly payments were about $48.00.  Incidentally, two of the three appliances lasted above thirty years, (one careful operator). 


The “Installment Plan”

·       Made the large purchase affordable.

·       Accommodated her limited budget and means.

·       Helped her realize great accomplishment at year’s end.

·       Allowed her to enjoy new appliances right away.

·       Helped her accomplish goals sooner.


Will you and your church consider supporting our Region’s Missions and Operating objectives using The Installment Plan?  Consider giving to ABCOTS, ABC/USA missions and to our (5) special offerings each month using the installment plan. For example if the total of your church annual giving is $1,500, using the Installment Plan would allow you a monthly installment of giving of only $125.00. 


Let’s work together to Make giving affordable too!