VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS) — The two new Associate General Secretaries working with the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) Office of the General Secretary ministry team were in Valley Forge, Pa., to begin their positions on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Rev. Marsha Scipio joins the organization in the role of Associate General Secretary for Missional Initiatives and Partnerships, and Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Walden begins his service as Associate General Secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness.
The American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, June 30-July 2. The theme of the 2017 Summit is “Connect!” and features sharing missions ideas, fellowship and business.
American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region (Missouri and Illinois) upended the traditional tithe of 10 percent by giving 90 percent of a recent bequest to the denomination’s International Ministries for overseas missionary work.
The American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region gathered at The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, Ill., Oct. 2-3, for their annual assembly. The region includes Illinois and Missouri ABC congregations.
Tom Mason* struggled to make ends meet, even though he had a full-time job. Willing to work more, he wanted to start a small landscaping business that would provide needed income and flexibility. Then Tom’s pastor told him about the Step Up micro-lending program.