As I write to you today, two concerns weigh heavy on my heart, as I imagine they do on yours as well.
The recent terrorist attacks in England, the apparently politically motivated shooting that took place in Virginia, ongoing debates over how to treat immigrants and visitors to our country, and the struggles of another Baptist denomination to take a clear stand on issues related to white supremacy remind us all that we are living in a violent and divided world that desperately needs to overcome every form of social and political discrimination and search for more just ways to live in harmony.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/17/16)—The General Secretary Search Committee for American Baptist Churches has met face to face and by conference call to prayerfully discern the way forward in the search for our next General Secretary. The committee seeks the best qualified candidate who will serve ABCUSA with a sense of deep faith and love of Christ, engage in collaboration with denominational and ecumenical partners, offer both a pastoral and prophetic presence, and be the harmonizer who calls all American Baptists into unity. Executive recruitment firm, National Executive Service Corps, has been retained to assist with the search. The General Secretary position profile is now posted on the ABCUSA website, here. To apply, please see the instructions document “How to Apply.” To make a recommendation for the position, please use the “Recommendations” form. Submit all recommendations and applications to National Executive Service Corps as indicated on the “How to Apply” document. The application deadline is January 6, 2017. The deadline for recommending prospective candidates is December 6, 2016.
All American Baptist entities are asked to share this news release through social media outlets and other sources of communication.
General Secretary Search Committee members include: Judy Fackenthal, chair; Wesley Roberts, vice-chair; Kelly Legg, chaplain; Robert Crouch; Shirley Fair; Charity Matic; Donald Robinson; Tom Ross; Don Ng; Marcia Patton; Charles Revis; John Williams; Doris Garcia-Rivera; and Marilyn Tyson, support staff.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.
Position: Executive Minister, ABC of the Dakotas Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Contact: Bob Weiss via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for nominations: March 18, 2013 Deadline for applications: April 1, 2013
Description: A candidate with the vision and leadership to guide the ABC of the Dakota’s people and ministries spiritually and administratively. Attitudes, Skills and Abilities desired:
• A rich spiritual life and practice
• Ability to maintain a positive, but realistic outlook into the future
• A committed and proven skill set in the following areas: building relationships through effective communication, nurturing fellowship and pastoral care
• Ability to respond to the personal, spiritual, and professional needs of pastors
• Ability to provide resources for congregations during times of crisis and conflict.
• A masters degree is required and a master of divinity is preferred
• Compensation range: $67,000 to $72,000
If interested please send nominations or applications to Bob Weiss (email@example.com). Applications must include a brief letter of interest and preferably an ABPS profile.
The American Baptist Churches of the Dakotas, confessing the Saviorhood and Lordship of Christ, and functioning as an affiliating unit of the American Baptist Churches USA (hereafter referred to as ABC/USA), seek to assist member churches of the ABCD, affiliated organizations, and related ecumenical agencies to engage with increasing effectiveness in the mission of Christ through:
Identity: Recognizing the importance of identity as people of God, recognizing who we are as American Baptists and the relationship of our churches to the ABC/USA. Providing affirmation to the unique nature of each individual church, to relate their needs to the larger church family, to foster fellowship among local churches and provide support and encouragement for ministry. Maintaining good pastoral relationships within the Region by providing opportunities for pastors and the staff to fellowship and support one another, and also encourage fellowship among pastors within their Area. Providing affirmation to the laity, recognizing that they are called by Christ to minister in His name wherever they are, offering training to strengthen their skills and develop leadership, and providing opportunities for ministry in their local church, Area, and in the Region.
Mission: Understanding that mission has no boundaries—it is both within and beyond the Dakotas—each church and member needs to fully demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ and the full meaning of Lordship by supporting, interpreting, praying for, extending, and financially undergirding the mission of Jesus Christ as expressed by ABC/USA and ABCD as part of the Christian community.
Christian Education: Assisting in educating ABCD members to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the biblical foundations for ministry by providing opportunities for leadership development, resource information, and an active camping ministry so they are equipped to minister in their home; in their church, both locally and regionally; in their vocation; in their community; and in the world.
Evangelism: Knowing that we are called by God to be witnesses of the gospel based on Christ’s “Great Commission” as stated in Matthew 28:18-20, we are to assist the ABCD in their evangelistic outreach by providing opportunities for enrichment of skills in the areas of personal witness, becoming an “inviting church,” and encouraging their participation in the evangelism efforts of the larger church family.
The Region is the coordinating agency for its member congregations and Areas with the ABC/USA.
Note - Rev. William Frederickson, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Freehold, is ABCNJ's representative on the ABCUSA Board of General Ministries. This is his summation of the Board's first meeting.
On January 20-23, 2012, I attended the Board of General Ministries orientation in Orlando, Florida. The passage of the new by-laws for the ABCUSA in San Juan, Puerto Rico in June 2011 put into effect a new structure for our national denomination beginning January 1, 2012. As a regional representative, I no longer serve on a program board and the General Board. I was asked by our General Secretary A. Roy Medley to serve on the new Board of General Ministries. I am honored to represent ABCNJ in this way.
Our orientation schedule included a session on Baptist identity by Everitt C. Goodwin, author of Down by the Riverside. Several seminars on board development based on a survey we completed for Duke University were conducted. Updates and reports on "Transformed by the Spirit," Baptist-Muslim dialogue and Burma-Burmese immigration were given to us. The Board of General Ministries members were also informed of the administrative services handled by the Office of the General Secretary. On our final day in Orlando, we conducted some necessary business items.
The President of ABCUSA, Ruth Clark from Kansas, presided over our time together. Worship services were conducted by our Chaplain, Jeff Savage from Oregon and Vice President Don Ng from California. The orientation for this new Board of General Ministries was very well done and a very positive, spirit-filled feeling permeated our time in Orlando.
Starting this year, American Baptist International Ministries (IM) will begin celebrating 200 years of global mission. “This is a remarkable occasion for IM. Not many mission agencies have been able to reach this milestone. We are indeed grateful for God’s leading and guidance during our 200-year history,” commented Reid Trulson, executive director. “We are honoring the past while moving forward into the future.”
IM’s overarching theme for the next three years is Mission to the Third Power or Mission3. U.S. and Puerto Rico churches, friends, missionaries, donors, ABC regional staff, volunteers and missionary partnership network members will begin seeing this theme on all IM materials starting in 2012. “We’re excited about Mission to the Third Power because it recognizes our missiology rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” commented Trulson. IM’s 3-year bicentennial theme, Mission3, is a short hand way of expressing the following core ideas:
- IM’s entrance into its third century of mission
- The mission of our triune God
- IM’s three-fold understanding of making disciples: helping people come to Christ, grow in Christ and change their worlds with Christ.
- Three years of bicentennial celebrations, starting in 2012
- Three mission foci: evangelism; health & healing; and anti-human trafficking
IM will kick off the three-year anniversary with a huge 7-day World Mission Conference (WMC) May 18 -25, 2012. After a six-year hiatus, the weeklong WMC is coming back to the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI. The 2012 conference, which will include a 3-day call retreat, focuses on discerning God’s call to Christian service and how to make that call a reality. The theme for 2012 is Mission3: Hear the Call. (For more information go to http://www.internationalministries.org/read/38513-may-2012-hear-the-call.)
The “Call Retreat” portion of the WMC will be an experience designed to help individuals consider and discern God’s call to ministry in an international and cross-cultural setting or right here in the U.S. in pastoral leadership of a local church or missional engagement in local church communities. “International Ministries is moving into an era of renewed, proactive efforts to cultivate missionary candidates and match them with the invitations and opportunities from our international partners,” notes IM Director of Recruitment Jim Bell. “We are looking forward to meeting and interacting with persons whom God might be calling to step out into faith into new ventures of service.”
Moving forward into 2013, IM will be providing information about significant celebrations in Myanmar (Burma). Baptists in Myanmar are inviting American Baptists to their country to share in bicentennial celebrations. 200 years ago in 1813, American Baptist missionaries Adoniram and Ann Judson arrived in Burma as the first Protestant missionaries from North America. They translated scripture, led people to faith and helped establish churches, schools and medical work in Burma. The Judson’s mission and work inspired many Americans to hear the call to support mission and to become missionaries. Their ministry 200 years ago was an early part of the remarkable movement of people throughout S.E. Asia becoming followers of Jesus.
June 21-23, 2013, American Baptists in the U.S. and Puerto Rico will gather in Overland Park, KS for the ABC Biennial meeting. IM will bring its global missionary focus to the Biennial, celebrating the missionary service of Adoniram and Ann Judson under the theme of Mission3: Embrace the Cause!
The year 2014 will include a grand finale: all the American Baptist missionaries will be brought back to the U.S. for a national bicentennial World Mission Conference to celebrate IM’s founding 200 years earlier in 1814 as the “General Missionary Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States of America, for Foreign Missions” and to launch us into our “third century” of global mission. The conference will be held July 19-26 at the Green Lake Conference Center in WI. The theme for 2014 will be: Mission3: Rise to the Challenge!
American Baptist INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES is a Christian mission organization connecting U.S. churches and individuals to holistic missions around the world. Organized in 1814, American Baptist International Ministries is the first Baptist mission agency formed in North America. We serve more than 1,800 short-term and long-term missionaries annually, bringing U.S. and Puerto Rico churches together with partners in over 70 countries to tell the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human needs.
IM’s mission is to glorify God in all the earth by crossing cultural boundaries to help people come to Christ, grow in Christ and change their worlds with Christ.