News & Notes from

   American Baptist Home Mission


    January 2016


As we stand at the threshold of a new year, I am reminded of the truism that the only constant of life is change.
The new year brings exciting changes to American Baptist Home Mission Societies. As the organization draws ever closer to celebrating its two-century anniversary, Dr. Jeffrey Haggray takes the helm as new executive director.
Thanks to a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., ABHMS joins with 26 other organizations across the United States to participate in the "National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders." We look forward to establishing a program designed especially to help and support American Baptist pastoral leaders and, in turn, their families and congregations.
Also this year--in just a few months, actually--we will launch a new website. Our ABHMS Communications and IT teams have been collaborating for some time to develop a state-of-the art site with a plethora of useful "bells and whistles." While some of the features will be behind the scenes, many more will be up front and center. We are excited about using this new tool to tell our powerful ministry stories. Stay tuned for that launch date.
We give thanks for the change a new year brings because it provides the opportunity to continue strengthening our ministry to American Baptists and their churches.
Here's to a new year that unfolds with all the promise it holds today for ABHMS, and for you.

Susan Gottshall
Associate Executive Director, Communications
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

American Baptist leaders attend White House religious
pluralism event
ABHMS' Curtis Ramsey-Lucas and American Baptist Churches USA's Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley participated in a White House event on religious pluralism that included the launch of the "Know Your Neighbor" project.

Videos can inspire America for Christ support
Inspire your congregation to support the America for Christ Offering 2016 by showing two downloadable 3-minute home-mission videos--"Diapers...and the GOSPEL?" and "They Have a Dream Too."

Entries sought in scholarship contest
The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty invites high school students to submit essays for the opportunity to win a college scholarship of up to $2,000. Deadline is March 4.
Baptist Joint Committee seeks fellows 
Young professionals can apply for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty's 2016 BJC Fellows Program, which includes a seminar in Williamsburg, Va., July 27-31. Apply by Feb. 16 at
Have you received the Discipleship & Christian Education Guide?
If you haven't received the complimentary 2016 Discipleship & Christian Education Guide--a combination of the Discipleship Planning Guide and Judson Press' catalog--please contact customer service toll-free at 1-800-458-3766. 




ABHMS to support pastoral leaders via grant from Lilly Endowment
ABHMS has received a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish a program that seeks to equip, support, encourage and advocate for the well-being of American Baptist pastoral leaders. [Insert hyperlink to press release on underlined word]






New year can mean new financial approach
New Year's diet and exercise resolutions are great, but what about your personal finances? Learn new behaviors and practices with "Money on Purpose: Finding a Faith-filled Balance" by Shayna Lear.

















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