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Celebrate ABCOT Day
July 10th, 2022
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH OF SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
is seeking a Pastor
God has called Trinity Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia to be a community of Christian disciples who are devoted to:
Worshipping the triune God of the Bible;
Living as temples of the Holy Spirit; and
Transforming the community and the world through missional outreach and service.
Established in 2012, Trinity is a financially stable member of the American Baptist Churches-USA, American Baptist Churches of the South and the Berean Missionary Baptist Association. Trinity is a small congregation of fewer than 50 members, most of whom now attend services virtually.
Duties of Pastor:
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Pastor will be responsible for preaching and teaching the Word of God, evangelism, pastoral care, leadership, personnel supervision, and administration.
Evident relationship with Jesus Christ
Ordained American Baptist Minister with knowledge of Baptist polity, doctrine and beliefs
Master of Divinity degree from an accredited theological seminary
Excellent written and oral communication skills; 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 work with a multi-generational congregation
Copies of ministerial license and ordination documents
Copies or links to two (2) recent sermons
Three letters of recommendation
1 from current pastor
1 from a clergy person
1 from a friend or community leader
A statement agreeing to undergo a background check
Salary and Benefits:
Submit packet electronically by August 31, 2022, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and may God bless you.
Trinity Baptist Church of Savannah, GA
902 W. 36th Street
Savannah GA 31415
Juneteenth 2022 June 19-20, 2022
MMBB Financial Conference:
November 13-15, 2022 -
Venue: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia, PA
The RE:THINK RE:INVEST Financial Conference will expand the impact of MMBB’s Financial Wellness ministry to a broad range of denominational and non-denominational groups, young and new pastors, seminarians, full-time and bi-vocational pastoral leadership, as well as church leaders.
We believe the conference is a natural extension of the dynamic work of financial wellness and financial literacy that is central to our ministry. Conference participants will have an opportunity to build community and gain valuable insights not only from the conference events, but also from one another.
The conference will feature:
- Engaging speakers
- Financial workshops
- Exciting and inspiring artistic performance(s) and uplifting worship services against the backdrop of an attractive location.
The conference workshops will cover:
Personal and church finance topics from clergy taxes to building an emergency fund to financial challenges for women.
Financial wellness - Feature keynote speakers
We encourage all those within your circles of influence to attend this important conference and to watch for email updates and information about early-bird registration for the conference. If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Thanking you, in advance, for your partnership in ministry.
6 Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children
Information for parents and caregivers of children ages 5 years and older
Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible and recommended COVID-19 boosters when eligible.
1. COVID-19 vaccination for children is safe.
Ongoing safety monitoring shows that COVID-19 vaccination continues to be safe for children and that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks.
Learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccination for children.
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Tips for Parents and Caregivers:
Before vaccination, tell the vaccine provider about any allergies your child may have—just like what you would do when your child receives their routine vaccines.
Requesting accommodations at COVID-19 vaccination sites: When making an appointment or arriving for vaccination, you can let staff and/or volunteers know your child might need some accommodations. By law, children are also allowed to have a service animal accompany them. Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Teens with Disabilities.
2. Getting vaccinated can help protect children against COVID-19.
Vaccinating children can:
Prevent children from getting seriously sick if they do get COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination continues to protect children against severe disease, including hospitalization. There is no way to tell in advance how children will be affected by COVID-19. Children with underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. However, healthy children without underlying medical conditions can also experience severe illness.
Keep children safely in childcare and school and participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities.
3. Children may have some side effects after COVID-19 vaccination.
Reported side effects are like those experienced after routine vaccines. Side effects may affect your child’s ability to do daily activities, but they should go away within a few days. Side effects are more common after the second shot. Some children have no side effects.
Learn more about potential side effects in children after COVID-19 vaccination.
4. A different dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine is given to children.
Children receive a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccine dosage is based on age on the day of vaccination, not by patient weight.
5. Children who have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 after getting their first shot, they should wait until their isolation period has ended before getting their second shot. The second dose is recommended at least 3 weeks after the first dose. For children 12 years and older without a weakened immune system, the time between doses 1 and 2 can be up to 8 weeks.
6. Children can safely receive other vaccines the same day they receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
Routine vaccination is an important preventive care service that should not be delayed.
If multiple vaccines are given at a single visit, each injection will be given in a different injection site, according to recommendations by age.
More information for parents and caregivers of children ages 5 years and older
can be found here.
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July 15 is Deadline for 2022 Chestnut Street Baptist Church Endowment Fund Grant Applications.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (6/9/22)—The American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary welcomes applications for the Chestnut Street Baptist Church Endowment Fund Grant awards by July 15, 2022. The theme for 2022 will be “Holistic Health for Refugees and Immigrant Communities.”
The grant was established from the remaining assets of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church of Philadelphia, Pa., by the American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary. Applicants must be American Baptist churches in Pennsylvania ministering to immigrants and persons of Asian descent.
Grants are available for:
maintaining a house of worship for Pennsylvania American Baptist churches’ congregants, teaching and preaching the Gospel through ministry to refugees, immigrants and persons of Asian descent; and/or
funding seminary and other educational training for congregants of Pennsylvania American Baptist churches or those engaged in ministry to or with such churches; and/or
hosting national and regional gatherings of Asian American Baptists; and/or
encouraging and supporting Asian church planting in Pennsylvania; and/or
participating in Asian refugee and immigrant work and resettlement as may be sponsored by Pennsylvania churches.
The application process is structured to help small ministries with limited staff time. Each applicant must complete the form, explain the need for and uses of the awarded funds, submit a budget for the ministry, and complete a report with stipulations detailing progress and outcomes related to the use of the grant. Only one application per church/organization will be considered per grant year for a maximum of $5,000.
A grant application and more information can be found here.
American Baptist Churches General Secretary Releases Statement on Clergy Abuse
VALLEY FORGE, PA (6/10/22)—The American Baptist Churches General Secretary released a statement today in response to recent public awareness of allegations of sexual abuse in other Baptist traditions:
American Baptist Churches USA acknowledges and recognizes the great harm clergy abuse wreaks within victims, families, and congregations. This experienced harm unfolds for generations and can become a part of the silent or spoken legacy of any church related to it.
While all American Baptist congregations, regions, and national organizations are autonomous, regional organizations are encouraged to maintain a process for review of allegations of clergy misconduct and decisions made from such reviews are housed in a national database for regional access. American Baptist congregations are encouraged to adopt practices that seek to reduce clergy abuse; that deal with it justly and sensitively when it occurs, and to pray for the healing of those who have suffered harm.
Since their original conversations in 1991 with Marie Fortune (author of Is Nothing Sacred), American Baptist regional offices as well as other American Baptist entities have explored, developed, recommended, and adopted resources designed to prevent and process allegations of clergy misconduct. Such resources include a sample process for review of recognition of ordination, an American Baptist Ministers Council Code of Ethics, ethics and boundary training for clergy administered by regional offices, a database of clergy abuse decisions by regional offices nationwide, and a system for flagging the profiles of clergy persons subject to those decisions.
This database of clergy abuse decisions and the flagging of profiles of clergy persons is intended to prevent the unwitting relocation of persons found to have engaged in abusive conduct to other ministry settings.
In addition to the detriments that clergy abuse creates for victims, it violates the sacred trust held by clergy. The responsibility to maintain healthy boundaries always resides with the clergy person.
“I will strive for a disciplined life by tending to my mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing in such ways as keeping hours of prayers, devotion and rest, endeavoring to maintain wholesome family relationships, sexual integrity, financial responsibility, constructive use of social media, and regularly engaging in educational and leisure activities for ministerial and personal development.” (American Baptist Ministers Council Covenant and Code of Ethics)
Dr. C. Jeff Woods
American Baptist Churches USA