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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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Annual Session Registration: or scan QR code
Book Raleigh Hilton Hotel Rooms at $159/night

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Guests can also book reservations by calling our reservations line at 919-872-2323, OPTION 1 or online at; by referencing the group code ABC,  they will receive the group rate for your contracted dates.  Guests can also call this number to Edit their reservation after they have made it.

or Call 1-855-991-1358 ask for Julia Thompson
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Join Weekly Zoom calls with ABCOTS Executive Minister Dr. Harrison
Tuesdays at 11 AM EST
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Meeting ID: 929 6541 9729  Password: 6Qi4WF

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First things First! Our mission theme for 2023 is Racial Justice, please take a look at the rationale on the website. In addition to our season of prayer and fasting, the executive committee is reading, The Heart of Racial Justice, Social Change leads to Social Change by Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson. 


Join us every Monday at 12:00 PM EST in March for our Women’s History Month gatherings.

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"Behind the Wire: A Look at Corrections Chaplaincy"

Tuesday, March 21

4:30pm Pacific/6:30pm Central/7:30 Eastern


Join our Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors Chapter

Learn more HERE


Join Zoom

Meeting ID: 852 2270 5643 Passcode: 98848 



Save the Date

April 20, 2023 MC Live

8pm EST/7pm Central/5pm Pacific


Join us for conversation with Brian Allain, editor of How to Heal our Divides, Vol 1 and 2.

Learn more about this organization and resources HERE.


Zoom Info Here

 Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 834 0469 9633 One tap mobile +16699006833,,83404699633# US (San Jose) +16694449171,,83404699633# US


4/17/23 - 4/25/23


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A maximum of 12 adults to join Rev. Dr. Lauran Bethell, to travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands, to learn from one of the pioneers in the anti-human trafficking movement. From Amsterdam to Gouda to Keukenhoff Tulip gardens, you will visit creative anti-trafficking organizations, interact with practitioners and see how grass-roots projects are addressing the issues of human trafficking and prostitution in The Netherlands. Each evening you will gather with Lauran and Sandra (team co-leaders), and the group to debrief the day’s experience, as well as brainstorm and pray about what you can do in your own context.

The team will also have an opportunity to worship at an international church. Team members need to register and pay by 2/20/2023. Non-refundable deposit of $250 with application reserves a seat. Total in-country cost for the trip: $1,900 (which includes lodging, all meals, van rentals, entrance fee to Keukenhoff Tulip gardens, ministry support, IM Staff leadership & administration fee) + Airfare. Each participant is responsible to purchase their own airline ticket.

Language: English  |  Country: Netherlands  |  Ministry:  Priority Short-Term Mission Engagement | Peace and Justice | Abolishing Global Slavery  |  Duration1 - 2 Weeks

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Save the Date for the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit,
to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in
San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 23-25, 2023!

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The 2023 Biennial Mission Summit is less than one year away! Save the Date now for this event, coming June 2023 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Biennial dates are June 23-25, but make sure you save extra time as events will be held before, during and after the larger Biennial Mission Summit event.

Learn more about the recently announced Keynote Speakers for the event, here.

To learn more about the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit as information becomes available, please continue to visit

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International Ministries does not have any residential global servants in either Turkey or Syria.

“We know that what is unfolding today will reveal tremendous loss and tremendous need,” says IM World Relief Officer Lisa Rothenberger. “Your generosity will provide for prolonged humanitarian assistance.”

Initial relief will provide basic provisions—food, shelter, medicine, and hygiene items. International Ministries will coordinate with the European Baptist Federation and our partners in this region that have the capacity to provide humanitarian aid.

Additional relief is urgently needed. Persons wishing to support relief efforts can do so through their American Baptist church, through giving online, or by sending checks directly to International Ministries. Please designate your contributions “OGHS–Turkey/Syria Earthquake Relief” in the memo line of your check.

Checks sent directly to International Ministries should be made payable to “International Ministries” and mailed to: International Ministries

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Valley Queen Baptist Church 404 Humphrey Street Marks, MS 38646
Seeking Senior Pastor
Valley Queen Baptist Church continuously strives to achieve unity of service to the Lord as a church family. Seeking a Senior Pastor between the age of 40-50 years old, who is an ordained and licensed preacher, learner and teacher of God’s Word. The Senior Pastor will oversee the life and direction of the church along with and under the guidance of our church Constitution and By-laws and Board of Trustees and Deacons. This person will have the broad responsibility for the spiritual welfare, growth, and life of the church in all areas including discipleship, evangelism, and equipping the congregation for service.
Education: Required: At minimum,  ordained, licensed, with some seminary. Preferred: Ordained, licensed, and degree in theology
Experience: Required: At minimum, ordained, 0-5 years experience if highly recommended Preferred: Ordained, licensed, with 5 or more years as pastor
Responsibilities: • The Senior Pastor is to preach during the Sunday Morning worship service. He should also lead the Wednesday Bible Study, though he may delegate the teaching portion of that study from time to time. The Senior Pastor is to lead the congregation in the Lord’s Supper or Communion and baptisms. The Senior Pastor is to be available and willing to perform weddings and funerals as needed. • The Senior Pastor will visit the sick and shut-in members and visit other members when a wellness check seems necessary. • The Senior Pastor will delegate and oversee the planning of outreach activities in the surrounding communities/neighborhoods • The Senior pastor will maintain contact with all supported church affiliations, especially Swan Lake Baptist Association and American Baptist Churches of the South. • The Senior Pastor is responsible for all administration of the church.

Interested Candidates Should Submit the Following:
• Completed application (serious applicants may request an application by sending an email to
• Resume` • 3 letters of recommendation (1 letter must be from current pastor, and 1 letter must be from a community member, the other letter can be from someone other than a family member) • A video or link to a video of your most recent sermon.
Please mail your completed application packet to: Valley Queen Baptist Church P.O. Box 57 Marks, MS 38646
Or Email completed applications to:

Position Qualifications and Expectations

Minimum is a Master of Divinity seminary degree  Ordained minister

Love Jesus  Love the local church  Love people, connecting across cultural lines of ethnicity, socioeconomics, age, etc.  Embrace the vision, mission, and values of Pathways
Demonstrate a strong work ethic  Model a teachable spirit through ongoing learning  Plan and manage projects well  Positive role model.

Work Schedule
Most work weeks are 40-50 hours, including an average of one evening per week and some Saturday events  All ministerial staff work on Sundays, then normally Monday through Thursday for office hours and meetings.  All staff are required to participate in weekly staff gatherings.

Application Requirements and Process
Applicants interested in applying for the position of Senior Pastor should send the following information:
(1) Cover letter. In the cover letter, confirm that you have reviewed and are in agreement with the following items located on our website (
Our Vision, Our Mission, What We Believe and Teach, and Church Covenant.
In addition, highlight your ministry experience in a multicultural church and your experience growing a church.
(2) Resume
(3) Names of three references with contact information (address, email, best phone number)
Applications must be emailed to
Closing date: April 14, 2023 
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