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WELCOME to the American Baptist Churches of the South, (ABCOTS) website.  ABCOTS is a Maryland non-profit corporation associated as a covenanting Regional organization with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. 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! 

2021 Lent: A Time to Get Ready – Reflections for the  Sundays of Lent

To mark the 2021 Lenten Season, the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary is sharing an online devotional for prayer and contemplation entitled “2021 Lent: A Time to Get REady.” Invited persons from across the country will offer video reflections inviting us to embark on a spiritual journey of preparation.  In our Christian Tradition, we use this preparation time to reflect on our spiritual lives as we strive to shed worn out habits and imagine new patterns of life that draw us closer to God. Beginning this journey with Ash Wednesday, a day to reflect on repentance, we continue through the season discerning what it means for us to return, remove, rebel, respond, restore, rejuvenate and renew until we reach resurrection on Easter morning.

View the reflection for the second Sunday of Lent by Rev. Dr. Don Darius Butler below.

View the reflection for the first Sunday of Lent by Kwee Say Lar Thay below. Or, visit our 2021 Lenten Reflections page.

Join Weekly Zoom calls with ABCOTS Executive Minister Dr. Harrison
Tuesdays at 11 AM EST
Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 929 6541 9729  Password: 6Qi4WF

March 2nd, 2021 Zoom meeting: Millennial and GenX engagement strategies

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces America for Christ (AFC) Offering 2021 -
T
he theme focuses on ABHMS ministries that empower disciples and equip leaders 

ABCOTS AFC One Regional Zoom Meeting  |Date: March 6th, 2021 |Time: 11 AM 

https://zoom.us/j/91789478279?pwd=dFh6Q0xBSituRUlxVmhuYkpQckRGdz09

Topic: America For Christ Regional Meeting

Time: Mar 6, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 917 8947 8279   Passcode: 329892

An Empty Seat At The Table
Is someone you know grieving? The resources on ABHMS’ website offer tips for helping someone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19 or is dealing with other life challenges.

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In honor of Black History here are a few inspiring quotes from civil rights icons, and words of wisdom from inspiring modern figures.

Black History Quotes

1. “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” —Dr. Mae Jemison, 1st African-American female astronaut

2.  “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”—Thurgood Marshall

3. “The time is always right to do what is right.”-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” - Jesse Owens, world record-setting Olympic athlete.
5. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” —Muhammad Ali

6. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Nelson Mandela

7.  “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” —Michael Jordan

8. “Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” —Maya Angelou

9. “It’s important for us to also understand that the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It’s not meant to suggest that other lives don’t matter. It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerability.” —Barack Obama

10. “Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.” —Ola Joseph

11. “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” —Michelle Obama

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces the launch of its America for Christ (AFC) Offering 2021, “For the Purpose of Equipping Saints.” Based on Ephesians 4:11-13, the theme focuses on ABHMS ministries that empower disciples and equip leaders - https://abhms.org/support/give/where/afc. Contributions to AFC allow ABHMS to provide needed support to communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

(Click to read more)

https://www.abc-usa.org/2021/01/abhms-launches-america-for-christ-2021-resources-available-online/

ABCOTS AFC One Regional Zoom Meeting  |   Date: March 6th, 2021   |  Time: 11 AM 

https://zoom.us/j/91789478279?pwd=dFh6Q0xBSituRUlxVmhuYkpQckRGdz09

Topic: America For Christ Regional Meeting

Time: Mar 6, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 917 8947 8279   Passcode: 329892

 

ABWM Launches New Webinar Series - COVID-19:
Addressing Needs & Teaching Resilience

American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) recognizes that COVID-19 is a human, economic, and social crisis that impacts groups in the most vulnerable situations. This is a matter of basic human solidarity. This is the moment to step up for the vulnerable." From the onset of this global health crisis, ABWM has stepped up by offering its Courageous Conversation webinar series that provided free financial, spiritual, and leadership resources as well as a lifeline and opportunities to women and children as they rebuild their lives through Reset and Reimagine.

The new webinar series, COVID-19: Addressing Needs and Teaching Resilience, is another way ABWM is stepping up to support COVID-19 relief efforts. ABWM has invited leading professionals to lead webinars focused on the senior woman experiences, leading in times of crisis, and the impact COVID-19 has had on youth and women battling addiction.

 

Leading (yourself and others) in times of crisis and change 
March 4, 2021 9PMEST/6PMPST  |  Presenter:  Linda Furness, Leadership Coach  |  Click Here For More Information

The Value of a Breath: Vaping and Our Youth- What it is, What it Does, and What Should Concern Us
March 18, 2021 9PMEDT/6PMPDT  |  Presenter:  Malissa Arnold, Certified Prevention Specialist, Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction  |  Click Here For More Information

COVID-19's Impact on Women: An Emphasis on Addiction, Treatment, & Recovery
April 1, 2021 9PMEDT/6PMPDT  |  Presenters:  Dr. Brenda Edwards, Edwards Counseling and Consulting, LLC
Click Here for more information 

 

Support our ministry with women and girls! Give now at www.abwomensministries.org/give.

Our Contact Information

American Baptist Women's Ministries 1075 First Ave STE C-210,  King of Prussia, PA 19406

(610) 768-2288  http://www.abwomensministries.org

ABHMS’ MinistrElife Announces Partnership with Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/7/21)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) networking platform for ministry professionals—ministrElife—announces its partnership with The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc. The partnership delivers a platform for like-minded individuals, passionate about engaging issues affecting the African-American community, to connect, collaborate and mobilize leaders in churches, academies and communities through education, advocacy and activism.


As part of this partnership, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc.’s 2021 Clergy & Lay Leadership Virtual Conference “Holy Rage, Holy Hope: Radical Reimagination for Transforming Communities” will be hosted on the ministrElife platform Monday, Feb. 22− Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Click here to register.


“American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Judson Press have partnered with the Proctor Conference since its beginning, and we are pleased to expand our partnership now with the ministrElife online platform as a means of extending opportunities for learning, professional growth and networking in the virtual world,” says Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director of ABHMS and Judson Press.

Members of ministrElife passionate about issues affecting the African-American community are encouraged to join the Mbongi Network on ministrElife. To join, click here.

 Virginia Union University is offering a few new graduate programs and of those is the Executive Master of Business Administration in Church Management (EMBA).  

Dr. Robin R. Davis, Dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University wants to inform you of one of the most innovative, necessary and timely business graduate programs. The “Newly” launched “Executive Master of Business Administration program in Church Management”. We are extremely proud of this program, because it is the first time where we can really integrate and apply the sophisticated concepts of business to the management processes of the Church organization.

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2021-2022 ABC Directory/Planning Calendar; PDF and Downloadable Calendar Files Available


The 2021-2022 ABC Directory/Planning Calendar is now available for download. We invite you to print this calendar as a reference tool for use in weekly planning throughout the calendar year and into 2022. Or, you may download the .ics file and add the calendar dates to your own calendar to keep you up to date throughout 2021 and 2022.

Click here to download a PDF file (.pdf) of the 2021-2022 American Baptist Churches Directory/Planning Calendar.

Click here to download a calendar file (.ics) of the 2021-2022 American Baptist Churches Directory/Planning Calendar. This file can be uploaded and saved in Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar, and Apple Calendar.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH OF SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Seeking  Youth Pastor

  • Ordained American Baptist Minister with knowledge of Baptist polity, doctrine and beliefs

  • Master of Divinity degree from an accredited theological seminary

  • Previous youth/young adult ministry experience and Proficient understanding of challenges and needs of young people

  • Excellent computer skills, and proficiency with social media

Candidate Submission Packet:

  • Brief cover letter stating

    • Why you believe God is calling you to Trinity Baptist Church of Savannah, GA

    • How you address needs of youth and young adults;

    • How you work with a multi-generational congregation

  • Biography/Resume

  • Copies of ministerial license and ordination documents

  • Two (2) videos of your most recent sermons

  • Three letters of recommendation

    • 1 from a clergy person

    • 1 from a community leader

    • 1 from a youth/young adult

Submit packet electronically by May 30, 2021 to: trinitybaptistsavannah@gmail.com.

Antioch Baptist Church, Hampton VA -  WWW.ANTIOCHHAMPTON.ORG
Seeking a Full Time Senior Pastor
Application Submission deadline: April 30th, 2021

 

Antioch Baptist Church of Hampton, VA is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor, called by God to effectively carry out His mission and vision for the church.

Minimum Qualifications Include:

Ordained Baptist Minister with knowledge of Baptist polity, doctrine, and beliefs
Master of Divinity degree from an accredited theological seminary
Five (5) years of Pastoral experience
Candidate submission Requirements:

  1. Cover letter, 500 words or less, that communicates why God is calling you to Antioch  Baptist Church and how you would address the decline in church membership overall.

  2. Current resume with relevant ministry, professional and educational experiences.

  3. Copies of your ministerial licenses and degree(s).  

  4. Two videos of your most recent sermons during a Sunday worship service.  Acceptable formats are DVD (preferred), internet address if the sermon is available via the internet, or flash drive.

  5. Three letters of reference/recommendation (letters must be submitted from a clergy, a community leader, and a youth/young adult).

Submissions must be electronically received, or mail postmarked by April 30, 2021.  
Electronic submission: Email to searchcommittee@antiochhampton.org and we will forward to you the URL for our dropbox.

Or submit via postal mail to:

Antioch Baptist Church,  C/O Pastoral Search Committee,  1563 Old Buckroe Road,  Hampton, Virginia 23664

 

Are you interested in becoming a Member of the Regional American Baptist Women of the South (ABWOTS) Auxiliary Executive Team?

Several POSITION openings for 2021 are:

Region President – plans and presides at meetings of the executive committee and during the annual session; is the designated representative to denominational and interdenominational organizations; coordinates the emphases, plans, and policies of the American Baptist Women of the South (ABWOTS) with the executive committee and the American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS) board; assigns executive committee and other members to teams and appoints team leaders; forms temporary task groups as needed; and is an ex-officio member of all teams and task groups (except the Nominating Committee); Serves as a Board Member of American Baptists Women’s Ministries (ABWM).
 

Region Secretary – records and circulates the minutes of the executive committee and annual session meetings; distributes minutes in a timely fashion, handles correspondence as directed; files reports as needed. • Region Treasurer – develops the annual budget and oversees finances under the direction of the executive committee and in accordance with ABCOTS financial procedures; presents information and reports to the executive committee as required.


Region Coordinator of Events – provides leadership in planning all regional women’s events sponsored by ABWOTS; oversees and delegates tasks in the implementation of regional ABWOTS meetings and conferences; assures that the conference revenues exceed expenses; and leads the budgeting process for upcoming conferences working with the Treasurer.
 

Region Coordinator of AB Girls – responsible for the regional Gathering of Girls and promotes AB Girls.
 

Region Love Gift Coordinator – responsible for the education and promotion of the Love Gift offering.

 

For more information and American Baptist Churches of the South Nomination/Candidate’s profile form, please contact Ms. Jessica Coker: jessicamcoker@gmail.com or Ms. Andrea Crump: crumpan2014@gmail.com Completed Nomination documents are due on or before March 8, 2021.

News & Updates

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2021 Lent: A Time to Get Ready
To mark the 2021 Lenten Season, the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary is sharing an online devotional for prayer and contemplation entitled “2021 Lent: A Time to Get REady.” Invited persons from across the country will offer video reflections inviting us to embark on a spiritual journey of preparation.  In our Christian Tradition, we use this preparation time to reflect on our spiritual lives as we strive to shed worn out habits and imagine new patterns of life that draw us closer to God. Beginning this journey with Ash Wednesday, a day to reflect on repentance, we continue through the season discerning what it means for us to return, remove, rebel, respond, restore, rejuvenate and renew until we reach resurrection on Easter morning.

View the reflection for the first Sunday of Lent by Kwee Say Lar Thay below. Or, visit our 2021 Lenten Reflections page.

Prayer for Truth and Action from the ABC Anti-Racism Task Force

“[The one] who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as [the one] who helps to perpetrate it. [The one] who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Stride Toward Freedom

In this season of unrest and turmoil, we gather today to remember the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As American Baptists we like to claim him as our brother, but far too often we have fallen short of the scope of his dream. In our clamor to show how we are different from other Baptists we neglect to recognize our own complicity in the systems and struggles happening right now in our nation. We, the Anti-Racism Task Force, say the time is now for us to claim the mantle left for us on the mountain top by Dr. King. It is time we confront the inherent white supremacy and privilege that have for too long been the foundation upon which our denomination is built even as we claim to be the most diverse denomination in the United States. Over the next months and longer you will hear from us regularly as we begin to help our beloved denomination become a true embodiment of Dr. King’s Dream.

American Baptist Women’s Ministries Announces Women’s Day

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/1/21)—With enthusiasm, American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) announces Virtual Women’s Day scheduled for June 12, 2021! ABWM is excited to share Women’s Day with women and girls in every community in the US and Puerto Rico. AB GIRLS will engage in activities with peers and participate in many of the Women’s Day events......

Legacy Sunday, February 21, Offers Congregations a Time for Enthusiasm

 

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/1/21)—Churches nationwide have been coping with a global pandemic, which has caused concern everywhere. American Baptist congregations have a special opportunity on February 21st to open a new chapter in church life as they gain enthusiasm by focusing on Legacy Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent. This can INSPIRE Today, EMPOWER...

Task Force on Anti-Racism Forming, Application Deadline Approaches

Following an American Baptist Churches USA Call to Prayer event held on August 5 (video included below), American Baptists are invited to express interest by applying to serve on a reconstituted Task Force on Anti-Racism. Those interested in applying may find the application form including commitment information here. Applications must be received by August 15.

The ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary is working to form the task force with a goal of identifying and surfacing anti-racism resources for individuals, congregations, and institutions. The work of the task force will include online meetings and symposiums, as well as small and large group work.

Empowering students through scholarships 
 

At this time many students have returned to college or seminary and are faced with paying for tuition, housing, meal plans and other supplies in this challenging economy. Will you help them reduce their financial burden by contributing to the American Baptist Scholarship Fund? For almost 200 years, ABHMS has maintained a fund, generously provided by caring donors like you. We humbly request your gift of any amount to the American Baptist Scholarship Fund, as we support our future leaders through education and empowerment. 
 
E-Giving: abhms.org/SupportOurScholars | Check: “ABHMS Scholarship” in the memo line to: American Baptist Home Mission Societies, 1075 First Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406 
 
For info about supporting scholarships through an IRA donation or about naming a scholarship, contact Vincent Dent, ABHMS CDO, at vincent.dent@abhms.org or 610.768.2420.  
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