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 ABCOTS is a Maryland non-profit corporation associated as a covenanting Regional organization with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. (ABC-USA), and with other covenanting American Baptist Regions and the covenanting ABC-USA National Bodies.

WELCOME to the American Baptist Churches of the South, (ABCOTS), and our Website.  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! 



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!