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!
Executive Minister’s New Year’s Message 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR in the spirit of our strong God! Our prayers for the Churches and congregants have remained constant. We continue to pray for keen minds that will remain steadfast and safe as we shelter in place throughout Region of the South.
Thank you for your support of the United Mission Basics program. Your gifts have supported all parts of the denomination’s mission objectives in the Churches, regions, and the world. We would not be able to reach fallen and suffering humanity if not for your generosity during the past year, an exceptional year, 2020. Join us now along with the Interim-General Secretary, Dr. Jeff Woods, and all of the faithful American Baptist Family, in prayer for our country, its democracy, and the continual effective witness of the Church of Jesus the Christ. As we firmly plant our feet in the new year, let us continue to be open to the leading of our God. This is a deeply spiritual moment in our history together.
Our traditional understanding of leadership may be a very visible and physical leader, in front, leading the charge to whatever mission is at hand. In the Old Testament passage, Exodus 14:15ff, we see something much different. God, the almighty God, goes behind the people. God is leading the people, the Hebrews, out of Egyptian bondage into the wilderness and subsequently into the promised land. God takes a position between the people and the enemies of God’s people. God first admonishes Moses to get up, stop winning and lead. This strategic positioning allows us to see God’s guarantees in at least three ways.
Initially, God gives protection to the people. God guarantees for them a way out of trouble. In verses 16-18, “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.” NIV.
Secondly, God gives assurance to prevent panic. God guarantees for them a way through trouble. It becomes a way to navigate through their situation successfully. In verses 19-20, “Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side, so neither went near the other all night long.” NIV.
Finally, God gives positions to advance into God’s promise. God guarantees for the people promises of a better land and life. In verses 21-22, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” NIV.
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January 12, 2021 Topic: State of the Region with Dr. James Harrison, Executive Minister ABCOTS and conversations with ABCOTS Clergy
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a Hi-eS.T.E.A.M. event for middle and high school girls
Saturday, January 16, 2021 1:00-4:00 PM EST
Girls in middle school and up are invited to join us on January 16, 2021, for a virtual event where girls will be empowered and motivated to be better human beings, accomplish their goals, and trust the Lord in everything they do. Girls will enjoy activities such as STEAM, Kickboxing, leadership development, and Bible study.
Register by Friday, January 8, 2021.
Registration is $25 per girl. Need financial assistance? American Baptist Women's Ministries has full and partial scholarships.
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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.
Proctor’s online community, the Mbongi Network, is also hosted by ministrElife, accessed through the platform’s “ENGAGE” section. Mbongi, a word in the Kikongo language, means “learning place.” Leveraging ministrElife’s robust digital tools, members of Proctor’s Mbongi Network will have the opportunity to share resources and dialogue as the conference unfolds, as well as before and after the event in continuing conversation.
“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.
“Praise God!” says the Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, general secretary, Samuel E. Dewitt Proctor Conference Inc. “I am so excited that the Proctor Conference is now a special partner of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ ministrElife. We are expanding the Mbongi Network on the ministrElife platform, which will give all of us even greater opportunity to do ministry.”
Members of ministrElife passionate about issues affecting the African-American community are encouraged to join the Mbongi Network on ministrElife. To join, click here.
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.
A Note from the Accountant’s Corner
Greetings from the Accountant’s Corner. First and foremost, happy holidays to your family & you. I pray that you all are safe & healthy as we endeavor to draw closer to an exodus from this pandemic and experience a more prosperous 2021.
Speaking of 2021, believe it or not, we are on the threshold of another year, and with every New Year comes tax planning and preparation...Read more
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: or Ms. Andrea Crump: Completed Nomination documents are due on or before March 8, 2021.
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 email@example.com or 610.768.2420. Give Now
News & Updates
January 2021 Newsletter
A New MMBB Website is Coming
VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/7/21)—Interim General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods and ABCUSA President Karen Podsiadly released a statement to American Baptists on January 7, following a day of unrest in Washington, D.C. at the United States Capitol building. Read the statement below. The events of yesterday will live with us for many years. Scenes of […] Read more
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 […]Read more
As we conclude a year of doing old things in new ways, I am reminded of a scripture from Revelations 21:5, “See, I am making all things new. Write for these words are trustworthy and true.” While factories can crank out new items continuously, only God can make an old thing brand new. The year […] Read more
ABHMS Hosts Newest Cohort of ISOE Initiative
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/11/21)—The newest cohort of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) In Support of Excellence (ISOE) financial-literacy initiative met for the first time on Jan. 7 and 8. Meeting virtually via Zoom, they will continue to do so monthly for the remainder of the year. The program opened with worship led by […] Read more