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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! 

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OGHS supports disaster relief, ministries to displaced persons, and development projects of the American Baptist Churches and its partners.

One Great Hour of Sharing supports disaster relief, ministries to displaced persons, and development projects of the American Baptist Churches and its partners. The fund is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. This offering is promoted in May and June.

Throughout the year, there may be special appeals for particular disasters. To designate your OGHS gift, make sure to indicate to which appeal you are responding, for example “OGHS – Ukraine Relief.” The World Relief Committee will disburse the undesignated gifts to domestic and global projects. 

OUR PURPOSE

One Great Hour of Sharing (“OGHS”) is one of four annual offerings received by American Baptist churches. OGHS makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, poverty or severe economic hardship, and for those who find themselves refugees or displaced within their home country.

MEET YOUR WORLD RELIEF COMMITTEE

Have you ever wondered how the gifts that you give to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering get to the places where they are put to work? This is the responsibility of the World Relief Committee (WRC or “Committee”). The Committee’s purpose is to support, enable and encourage emergency relief, refugee work, disaster rehabilitation, and development assistance. The source of funds for this work is the gifts you give to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

The WRC is made up of people from different parts of our American Baptist life:

  • 7 voting members elected as follows:

    • 2 from the Board of Directors of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society

    • 2 from the Board of Directors of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies

    • 2 from the Board of General Ministries

    • 1 from the Executive Committee of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries

  • 4 staff members: a representative each from the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, the American Baptist Churches USA, and American Baptist Women’s Ministries.

  • The World Relief Officer serves as staff to the committee.

Although only the voting members vote on final decisions, all members have the opportunity to give input on each of the project requests prior to the decision being made. The World Relief Committee meets face-to-face two days a year to consider development project proposals. Each individual project proposal is submitted via a completed application which is presented by the appropriate staff representative and then considered by the committee. A formal vote is taken on each project, and the approval process is followed by a time of prayer for the partners who will receive the funding and for the people whose lives will be made better in some way by the project. The committee also receives and reviews the annual financial report of the income and use of all One Great Hour of Sharing monies.

American Baptist Churches Of the South

2024-2025 Calendar of Dates

 

Every Tuesday “Connecting ABCOTS…” A Virtual Conversation 11:00 a.m. (EST)
Meeting ID 929 6541 9729 Passcode 6Qi4WF

May-June One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) (Funds support disaster relief)


July 14 “ABCOTS DAY” Region Offering - (Funds Received to Support ABCOTS administration)

Aug 23-25 Area 7 Annual Meeting
Area 7 annual meeting will be hosted at St. Lukes BC in Berryville, VA

September-October World Mission Offering (WMO) (Funds Received to Support International Ministries)

September 20-21 - 6 Annual Gathering

September 27-28 - Area 5 Annual Gathering

October 5 - Area 1 Annual Gathering

October 11 - 12  - Area 2 Annual Gathering

October 18-19 - Area 3 Annual Gathering

October 25-26 - Area 4 Annual Gathering

November 6-8 ABCOTS Board of Directors Meeting

November 27-29 ABCOTS Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November-December Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) - (Funds Thank You Gifts to MMBB Retirees)

 

December 23 ABCOTS Office Closed for Christmas Holiday

2025

 

January 6, 2025 ABCOTS Office Re-Opens

 

March 22 Region Event America For Christ (all virtual)

 

April 21-25 55th Annual Session of ABCOTS

 

July 13 ABCOTS Day in our Churches

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ABCOTS DAY
SUPPORT THE “REGION OFFERING” IN ABCOTS

 


Many of us are all too familiar with the notorious disclosure statement, “This is an attempt to collect a debt, and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.” Well, this is not an attempt to collect a debt because there is no debt owed. However, we are looking to generate support for the fast-approaching season of the “Region Offering”.

 

This year, ABCOTS Day is celebrated in churches throughout our region on Sunday, July 14th.

What a wonderful opportunity to receive the “Region Offering,” and to recognize the work and service of denominational volunteers in our local churches. Additionally, we should make known the denomination’s missions work around the world to our local churches and promote its mission objectives. The 2024 “Region Offering” goal is $10,000.00. With 239 churches we can do much better! This offering is applied 100% to the region within which it is collected.

 

In our infancy as a denomination, we garnered 120% of United Mission dollars generated in our young region with the help of ABCUSA. Later we enjoyed 100% of all United Mission dollars generated in the region. Now that we are full grown at 50 we are assessed as all other regions (65-35%. That is, of all dollars generated through United Mission giving, 65% comes back to the region and 35% remains with the national denomination. Contributing to the “Region Offering” is our opportunity to give 100% to our region. All of it remains in the region.

 

Your gifts support administrative cost, lease payments, salaries, office supplies, transportation for staff throughout this vast region, and many more ministry and missions related activities like:

 

  1. Staff support for Pastoral Search Committees

  2. References for Ecclesiastical Endorsements

  3. Annual Session Booklets

  4. Annual Session Trainers

  5. Staff support for mediation in our churches

  6. Lay Leadership Training Workshops

  7. Clergy Renewal Opportunities

  8. Christian Education Training Events

  9. Interim Ministry appointments

  10. Printing of resource material

  11. Audio-Visual equipment

  12. Conferences and retreats

 

Consider giving to the Region Offering this year. Remember, 100% is used in our region. Thanks for your support!

First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill in Nashville, TN
Reverend Dr. Shane B. Scott, Pastor
Seeking a Director of Music and an Organist


First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill (FBCCH) located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, is a member of the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A., and its affiliate, The American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS), Area VI; the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., and its affiliates: the Stones Rivers District Association, Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (including its auxiliaries, the Tennessee Baptist Leadership Education Congress and the Tennessee Baptist Youth Encampment); and the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

1. Associate or Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited institution of higher education preferred or a minimum of 5 years of musical experience and/or formal music training (organ, piano, voice); a strong knowledge of various musical instruments and religious music.

2. Ability to read notated music, play by ear and sight read music.

3. Must be able to teach, play (on the piano), and conduct a variety of different sacred music styles (hymns and arrangements, gospel songs (traditional and contemporary, anthems, spirituals).

4. Proficient in teaching and conducting vocal parts in weekly rehearsals.

5. Three (or more) years of experience training, conducting, and leading a volunteer church music ministry.

6. Strong leadership skills (planning, execution, time management, team player).

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Interested applicants should send the following materials to FBCCHMusicSearch@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on June 28, 2024.

1. Cover letter (include salary requirements)

2. CV or Resume

3. Names of three (3) references with contact information (email address and phone number)

4. Link(s) to videos demonstrating evidence of teaching, conducting, playing (organ or piano) and other musical and leadership skills.

Church organist

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

1. Associate or Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited institution of higher education preferred or a minimum of 3 years of musical experience and/or formal music training on organ.

2. Ability to read notated music, play by ear and sight read music.

3. Must be able to play on the organ (and also on piano, preferably) a variety of different sacred music styles. 

4. A minimum of 1-2 years of experience as a church organist.

5. Mature and growing Christian who can humbly receive counsel and constructive advice, and serve as a role model to musicians and choir members of FBCCH’s intergenerational music ministry.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Interested applicants should send the following materials to FBCCHMusicSearch@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on June 28, 2024.

1. Cover letter (include salary requirements)

2. CV or Resume

3. Names of three (3) references with contact information (email address and phone number)

4. Link(s) to videos demonstrating evidence of organ playing in worship service, and with choirs and soloists.

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Oakland Baptist Church, Rock Hill, SC www.oaklandchurch.com
Seeking a Minister of Music

Oakland Baptist Church, a theologically moderate church located in Rock Hill, SC, is seeking a Minister of Music.  Our church offers a weekly worship experience, an expansive music program, a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, missions and ministry project opportunities, and focused ministries for children, youth, and adults. Our church is an inclusive and open fellowship, seeking to love all people by being the hands and feet of Christ in our community and around the world.

 

The Minister of Music will be a devoted follower of Christ, hold a music degree, and have a background that includes theological training, experience as a church musician leading choirs and handbells, and the ability to participate in and/or provide guidance for blending traditional and non-traditional services.

 

The Minister of Music will also be responsible for overseeing other musical activities of the church. In addition, we hope to fill this position with someone who possesses any number of gifts beyond music. Our search committee is interested in all areas of expertise and experience including but not limited to the following: pastoral care/visitation facilities management community outreach counseling teaching working with children, youth, or senior adults spiritual formation technology church administration We strongly encourage candidates to include any relevant experience in their resumes. 

 

Visit oaklandchurch.com/music-search for more specific information regarding requirements for and a description of duties for this position.
Interested individuals should submit to the Minister of Music Search Committee at associateminister@oaklandchurch.com.
- Cover letter and résumé
- References  Candidates may also submit digital files or links to posted streaming videos that demonstrate the candidate’s ability as a conductor. All applications are due by July 31, 2024.

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