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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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ABCOTS Think Tank Gatherings:


Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 7-9pm EST

Mtg ID: 860 6147 8355

Passcode: 136887


Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 9:30am -3:30pm EST

Mtg ID: 884 4726 4472

Passcode: 459260

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Baking Activity: Oreo Truffle Balls
Girls will be instructed on how to make Oreo Truffle Balls. Please gather all ingredients and baking tools prior to the gathering. 


  • Whole family-size package Mint Oreo or regular oreo cookies

  • Block of Cream Cheese (8 oz, softened) 

  • Almond Bark, candy melts, chocolate chips or other chocolate for melting

  • Sprinkles

  • Colored Candy Melts (optional, but fun to decorate the balls with)


  • Large Bowl

  • Rubber Spatula

  • Food Processor or gallon-size Ziploc bags to crush cookies in

  • Cookie Dough Scoop (optional, but makes forming the Oreo balls much easier)

  • Microwave Safe Bowl

  • Forks and spoons

  • Parchment Paper

  • cookie sheets

  • Freezer

  • Microwave 

  • Squeeze Bottles (optional if you are adding red/green stripes)

  • Cake pop or lollipop Sticks (optional)

Community Service: Bookmarks
Girls will be instructed on making a bookmark to give to others to brighten their day! Supplies needed for the community service project: 

  • Construction paper

  • writing utensils: markers, crayons,

  • scissors

  • string or ribbon

  • glue sticks

  • optional supplies: old christmas cards, wrapping paper: stickers or embellishments 

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Ministry colleagues and friends, happy new year! I’m writing to ask you to publicize throughout your regions a forthcoming webinar on vocational discernment, Monday, February 13th, 3:30-4:30pm ET/12:30-1:30pm PT.


Hear Your Call,” is a response to a rising need we hear among both active and aspiring ministry leaders—to reassess, reconsider, and listen anew to how God is calling them. This webinar is free and open to all.


Within this hour we will also preview a longer cohort course on vocational discernment, “Listen to Your Life,” that will be facilitated by many talented ABHMS colleagues and partners. We’ll share a flyer and link for that course when it is completed (scheduled for February 27-March 27).


We hope you regularly visit the Center for Continuous Learning to catch up on the latest offerings, as well as share on-demand resources we offer in areas like faithful finance, discipleship, leadership, and more. Thank you for your partnership!

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ABC Announcements
The Professional Ministries Team that is convened by the Office of the General Secretary have developed resources for clergy health and maintenance. Click the links to view The Great Resignation Impacts the ABC and Red Flags of Emotional Exhaustion. These resources will also be made available on the Ministers Council website.


Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage | American Baptist Women in Ministry and Illuminated Journeys invite you to "The Way," a Walk/Ride Pilgrimage across the Camino de Santiago in Spain, April 9-19, 2024. Read more here.


Recipient of the Sparrowk Award | Congratulations to the Rev. Kathryn Choy-Wong who has been named the 2023 recipient of the Cora and John Sparrowk President’s Award! Read more here.


Biennial Theologians Commission | The American Baptist Churches USA Office of the General Secretary and the Theologians Commission will host the sixth pre-biennial theology conference around the theme “Holy Presence in a Post-Pandemic World” in an effort to foster ongoing, vigorous theological conversations among American Baptist theologians, pastor-theologians, and theological educators throughout the denomination. Read more here.


The American Baptist Churches Burma Advocacy Group | After months of advocacy efforts by many American Baptists, the Burma Act Bill was passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, December 15. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees had in recent weeks included the Burma Act amendment in the final language of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023 (NDAA). Read more here.


ABCUSA Officers Nominated | The American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Nominating Committee has nominated the following persons to serve as Officers for the term running from January 1, 2024-December 31, 2025. Find out more about the Officers here.

Second Baptist Church, Vienna, VA

Seeking a full time Pastor

Opens: Nov 3, 2022      Closes: January 31, 2023
Pastoral Search Committee P. O. Box 8201 Vienna, VA 22183-8201
Email:   Website:

A leading African American Baptist congregation in Falls Church, VA of Fairfax County, is prayerfully seeking a bi-vocational ordained Pastor (male or female), to lead its numerous ministries and conduct worship services, as needed. Second Baptist Church has served the Falls Church community and vicinity for over 152 years. Second Baptist Church continues to serve a racially and culturally diverse community.
The successful candidate for Pastor must have:
- Minimum, a bachelor’s degree and some level of seminary training either completed or in progress.
- Must have a time schedule sufficiently flexible to teach and preach the gospel based on a thorough knowledge of the Bible gained through formal training and demonstrated experience.
- Lead in developing strategic goals and targeted actions which address the needs of the Church.
- Pastoral experience and/or seminary is desired along with demonstrated organizational management skills.
- Ability to effectively communicate with the varied membership, the community and other church affiliated organizations is necessary.
- Practical knowledge of technological tools available to enhance the communication process is essential.
Duties will include: visitation, care and counseling, and actively leading the growth of our membership with special emphasis on young adults and youth.

Additional information may be found on our website:, and all inquiries should be addressed to
Return all correspondence to Second Baptist Church, PO Box 8201, Vienna VA 22183-8201.
A signed application, list of three (3) references and an authorization to conduct a personal background check is required of all applicants. Salary and benefits will be negotiated based upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.

Riverview Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia 23220
Seeking a Senior Pastor


Riverview Baptist Church is seeking a pastor willing to serve in an urban church with a history of 137 years. The church has had only nine pastors since its establishment. Our vision is to become a church that shares the Gospel with all people, to religiously educate ourselves and the community, thus enhancing our quality of life by ministering to the whole person: spirit, soul, and body. Rebuilding, increasing membership and establishing a process of revitalization are paramount.



  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a Senior and/or Associate Pastor

  • Master of Divinity (required)


Salary:  Commensurate with experience

  • Includes: housing allowance, retirement, and medical insurance

Interested applicants/candidates are requested to submit a resume by e-mail:


Please submit resume only by March 31, 2023

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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, where multiple languages are spoken. 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

Churches 2023 Pledge Commitment Form
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One Great Hour of Sharing Gifts Invited Following Hurricanes Ian and Fiona

In late September and early October, we saw major destruction from two Hurricanes, Ian and Fiona. As needs are assessed, gifts are encouraged to One Great Hour of Sharing to aid affected areas. Persons who wish to give to relief efforts may do so through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Gifts can be made through our giving page, here.
Checks and contributions can be designated to specific storms: “OGHS PR 2022 Hurricane” or “OGHS Hurricane Ian” to aid affected areas as needed. Gifts are also invited year round to “One Great Hour of Sharing” for need in different areas.

Financial contributions to support relief efforts can be sent through your local American Baptist church or via check payable to American Baptist Churches USA, 1015 W. 9th Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406, including “OGHS” on the memo line. Or make a contribution online.

One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs.

One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The Committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work, and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing the distribution of the annual OGHS offering received by churches.

We are so grateful for ABHMS that serves as the principle channel for distribution of relief funds in the U.S.,” said General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods.


Position: Full-time Pastor
Closing Date: December 21, 2022

PASTORAL VACANCY (Click Here for announcement)

Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church (GMZBC) is seeking a full-time pastor, called by God, who will be the spiritual leader of the congregation. The pastor is responsible to God and the church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible, and to provide Christian leadership to all areas of the church and engage in pastoral care for the congregation.

An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or seminary. (Must provide evidence)
• A post graduate degree from and accredited college or seminary. (Must provide evidence)
• A ministry and ordination certificate from a constituted Baptist Church, (Must provide evidence)
• A minimum of 3 years of Pastoral experience at a constituted Baptist Church. (Must provide proof)
• Substantial knowledge and experience in the field of church administration, management, and organizational leadership.
• A diligent and conscientious student of God’s Word and shall have unquestionable integrity and moral character
. • Must possess: Christian character, temperate in nature, caring, compassion for the flock, consideration for others’ feelings, good communication skills (oral and written), humble in spirit, and any other aspects of good Christian character (Titus 1:5-9), (1st Peter 5:2-3)

• Serve as Senior Pastor
• Plan and conduct worship services
• The Pastor shall establish regular office hours consistent with the needs of the congregation.
• The Pastor shall serve as “The Chair” for all Church Conferences and Meetings.
• The Pastor shall receive and cast vision, conduct, religious services on regular and special occasions, provide Pastoral counseling, administer the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, minister to the members of the church, insure there is visitation of the sick and shut-in, hospitalized, and bereaved, and perform other duties that normally are the responsibility of the Pastor.
• The Pastor shall maintain full time employment at the church, and be responsible for all related laws, regulations and ordinances associated with employment.

All interested and qualified persons may fill out an application at or by email at
Please submit: • Completed application • Current resume which includes summary of relevant ministry, professional and educational experiences
• Copies of degrees containing official seals • Copy of Ordination Certificate
• Two (2) sample sermons (a DVD is preferred, and/or a CD recording of recent sermons) and two (2) Bible studies; or if the sermons and Bible studies are available via the internet, please provide the link
• Three (3) letters of recommendation (one letter from each-clergy, layperson, and personal acquaintance)
Submit the candidate package by mail to: Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church Attention: Pastoral Search Committee P.O Box 9855 Virginia Beach, VA 23450

Thanksgiving Message to American Baptists – November 22, 2022

A Thanksgiving Message to American Baptists – November 22, 2022

I stretch out my hands to God and give thanks for every American Baptist. Thank you for continuing to build upon such a rich legacy of American leaders in your mission, ministry, and discipleship.

Whether you are at home or traveling, entertaining or being entertained, with toddlers, teenagers, octogenarians, or enjoying a moment of solitude, enjoying a traditional meal or relishing in a vegetarian plate, I hope that you have a renewing and restful holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!

Regrettably, these days, it seems that in every moment of thanksgiving lies an element of despair. Please also remember in prayer those for whom this week brings such sorrow following the mass shootings in Colorado Springs, the University of Virginia, and the atrocities that continue in Myanmar. In tragic moments, I cling to the despair as well as the hope portrayed by the Psalmists…

“One of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! I wait for the Lord, my soul waits; and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning” (Psalm 130:1,2,5,6)

Intercultural Leadership Institute’s Year-Long Program Addressing Cultural Competency Ends with Special Training Session

VALLEY FORGE, PA (11/17/2022)— The second cohort of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) recently concluded its 13-month curriculum with a three-day residency at ABHMS’ Leadership and Mission Building in King of Prussia, Pa. The in-person event featured guest trainer the Rev. Kathryn (“Katie”) Choy-Wong, a respected elder in the Asian American Baptist community and thought leader who recently co-authored “Building Lasting Bridges: An Updated Handbook for Intercultural Ministries” (Judson Press 2022).

The Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, director of Intercultural Ministries at ABHMS, described Choy-Wong’s day-long session as “a fitting culmination of the cohort’s work over the past year.” The author “was able to synthesize key concepts of the program and then enable her learners to view them through a lens of practical self-awareness,” said Onwubuariri. “She helped us to understand the stories of ourselves and of others.”

An accomplished American Baptist consultant on race and intercultural ministry, Choy-Wong employed a variety of tools and exercises to guide her learners in self-examination on matters of cultural identity, cultural reinforcement, and cross-cultural interactions. She cautioned them specifically about the dangers of stereotyping and highlighted efforts of both white communities and those of color to move toward multicultural and intercultural expressions of Jesus-following.

The ILI program is designed around building a robust network of culturally competent leaders across the United States and Puerto Rico on a stout biblical and theological foundation. The latest cohort, approximately 50 strong, first convened in November 2021 for a three-day residency, where keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Miguel De La Torre, professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colo., encouraged participants to diverge from longstanding Eurocentric Christianity and “decolonize their minds.”

Following the initial in-person event, the cohort convened three additional times. Participants gathered online in February 2022 to engage in reflection and networking and again online in June for a learning session led by filmmaker Avril Speaks, who delved into the connections between character storylines and self-identify. The cohort assembled formally for the final time this month for a three-day residency that included reflection and facilitated discussions in addition to Choy-Wong’s training session.

Considering the full learning experience, the Rev. Alicia Dixon-Garrard, lead pastor and planter of Community of Grace of the Southern Tier in New York said, “I enjoyed the deep sense of community and solidarity formed in this cohort. The safe space to grow in self-awareness and gain tools to do this intercultural work was a gift that isn’t easily found elsewhere for clergy.”

The Intercultural Leadership Institute has completed two cohort cycles since 2019. Looking ahead, Onwubuariri said, “The coming year will be an opportune time to reconnect with the participants of our two cohorts to discuss the next level of training needed for the ongoing leadership journey. Cultivating intercultural leaders who are self-aware, competent, and transformational is a long and complex process, and the needs are as diverse as God’s people.”

An Invitation to Leadership Inspired and Rooted in the Character of Christ

VALLEY FORGE, PA (11/15/22) — Who should a Christian leader be―both inside and outside of the church? That’s the question author Leslie Copeland answers in the new Judson Press release “24/7 Embodying Christ-like Leadership.” Reflecting on Jesus Christ as the ultimate role model for exemplary leadership, Copeland presents Christian leaders with a way of thinking about and employing leadership that prioritizes character and principles. Using Scripture and illustrations of leadership from real life, readers will discover the keys to Christian leadership that unlock the possibilities for the transformative work of the Spirit to “do a new thing.”

Featured characteristics and principles include:

  • Call

  • Clarity

  • Character

  • Courage

  • Conviction

  • Commitment

  • Compassion

  • Care

  • Credibility

  • Consequences of bad leadership

  • Cultivating Christian leadership

The Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, president of Sojourners, writes, “The Rev. Leslie Copeland’s book ‘24/7 Embodying Christ-like Leadership’ is deeply insightful, compelling to read, and couldn’t come at a better time. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt called to Christian leadership of any kind.”

Author Leslie Copeland, DMin., is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. She has served as the director of the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative and director of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice. She is also a contributor to the Judson Press book “Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community and Justice.”

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