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American Baptists’ Mission Center to relocate next year

VALLEY FORGE, PA (6/21/17)—Culminating a four-year, collaborative process that considered location issues related to offices of American Baptist Churches’ national partners, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has purchased a building within a half mile of the current Mission Center that ensures partners will continue, as well as enhance, their ministries into the coming decades… Read More

ABHMS convenes first aligned action network meeting

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/6/17)—Forty-six of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) new and historic partners from churches, campus and community ministries in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington participated in ABHMS’ first aligned action network meeting on May 17 at Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore. A new ABHMS strategy for accomplishing mission, aligned action… Read More

Viola Rae Hefta dies; was American Baptist home missionary

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/1/17)—Viola Rae Hefta, 96, of Owasso, Okla., an American Baptist home missionary, died on Friday, May 26. She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Hefta. In 1944, the American Baptist Home Mission Society—a precursor organization to American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)—appointed her to serve at Phoenix (Ariz.) Christian… Read More

UPDATE: ABHMS joins other faith-based investors in urging ExxonMobil to address climate change

UPDATE (ABNS 6/1/17): American Baptist Home Mission Societies recognizes a historic moment in shareholder engagement that occurred yesterday at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting. The climate change proposal co-filed by members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) received 62 percent of the vote. Institutional investors supported the proposal, helping the vote to exceed the 50… Read More

Join in making American Baptist biking history in Portland

VALLEY FORGE, PA (5-15-17)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies will co-sponsor “American Baptists Bike” in partnership with the Rev. G. Travis Norvell, pastor of Minneapolis’ Judson Memorial Baptist Church, at the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit in Portland, Ore. The half-mile bike ride—at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30—will offer Mission Summit attendees a healthy, fun way… Read More

ABHMS’ Turner-Triplett receives honorary degree

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/9/17)—The Rev. Dr. Marilyn P. Turner-Triplett, founding director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Rizpah’s Children initiative, has received an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi, W.Va. The honor was bestowed Saturday at the university’s 146th Commencement, for which Turner-Triplett provided the keynote address. “I want… Read More

Judson Press to publish book by Baptist World Alliance general secretary, CEO

VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/8/17)—Judson Press, the publishing arm of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), will publish “From Fragmentation to Wholeness: Race, Ethnicity, and Communion” by Dr. Neville Callam, educator, theologian, ecumenist, pastor, and general secretary and CEO of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). The book examines the impact race and ethnicity often have in… Read More

Back by popular demand: ABHMS to present ‘Space for Grace’ at Mission Summit

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/5/17)—As part of the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit in Portland, Ore., back by popular demand is the artistic portion of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) acclaimed “Space for Grace” event. Showcasing original works by Christian-influenced artists and performers, Space for Grace will be presented Friday through Sunday in Innovators Hall.… Read More

ABHMS’ Turner-Triplett to be Alderson Broaddus commencement speaker

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/3/17)—The Rev. Dr. Marilyn P. Turner-Triplett, director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Rizpah’s Children initiative, will serve as speaker for the 146th Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, in Rex Pyles Arena, Memorial Coliseum, Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi, W.Va. Rizpah’s Children seeks to create a network of… Read More

ABHMS announces ministry award recipients

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/3/17)—Selected by American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) board of directors from nominations submitted by clergy and laypersons across the United States and Puerto Rico, a number of American Baptist clergy and lay leaders will receive awards for significant faith-based work. Presentation times and dates will be announced as they become… Read More

New resource teaches project management for ministry success

VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/3/17)—Judson Press, the publishing arm of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, releases a fast-track approach to learning project management for ministry success. A practical resource for church leaders, “Managing Projects in Ministry” offers the professional and pastoral experience of author Vincent W. Howell, D.Min. From small annual events to large transition plans,… Read More

Join ABHMS in Portland for a full roster of mission-inspired events

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/28/17)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray will preach on a “Bodily Connections” theme at the 7 p.m. Saturday worship service during the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit in Portland, Ore. In keeping with this year’s theme—“Connect!”—the Saturday evening service will explore and celebrate the rich tapestry of grace… Read More

ABHMS announces changes to its chaplaincy ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (4/27/17)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces that it has renamed one of its ministries, for which it has appointed a new associate director. To reflect greater inclusivity of those who serve in specialized ministry settings, “Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministries” is now “Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries.” ABHMS recognizes that spiritual directors,… Read More

ABHMS Neighborhood Action Program Christian center receives honor

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/26/17)—Milwaukee Christian Center (MCC), an American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Neighborhood Action Program (NAP) Christian center in Wisconsin, was recently honored with the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) gala. “We are proud and supportive of the work of ministry partners like the… Read More

American Baptists urged to contact Congress in defense of shareholder-proposal process

VALLEY FORGE, PA (4/25/17)—As a founding member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) committed to socially responsible investing, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) urges American Baptists to contact their Congressional representatives by phone or email to request that they defend the right of shareholders to file proposals with companies. Because a House… Read More

ABHMS sets new course for mission: Connect. Cultivate. Change.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/18/17)—In this Resurrection season that celebrates Jesus Christ’s promise of new life, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces a new framework for its mission to cultivate leaders, equip disciples and heal communities across the United States and Puerto Rico. This framework—Connect. Cultivate. Change.—looks to the future as it responds to… Read More

‘Through Her Eyes’ named 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards finalist

VALLEY FORGE, PA (3/20/17)—Judson Press is pleased to announce that “Through Her Eyes: Bible Studies on Women in Scripture” has been recognized as a finalist in the 19th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. The concept for “Through Her Eyes” was born in coursework at Palmer Theological Seminary, where professor Deborah Spink Winters… Read More

Judson Press book calls for ministry across boundaries of culture

VALLEY FORGE, PA (3/20/17)—Why are most churches still segregated by race and culture? Is it possible to build intercultural churches? What are the challenges, strategies and possibilities for ministry in an intercultural context? Editors Grace Ji-Sun Kim, M.Div., Ph.D., and Jann Aldredge-Clanton, M.Div., Ph.D., explore these questions and more in “Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a… Read More

ABHMS to hold ‘Specialized Ministry Summit’ in Denver

VALLEY FORGE, PA (3/7/17)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) invites all chaplains, pastoral counselors, campus ministers, spiritual directors and seminarians to its free “Specialized Ministry Summit”—which includes free lunch—11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, Colo. The purpose is for ABHMS to learn how it can support attendees’ ministries and… Read More

ABHMS board connects with Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico

At left: The Rev. Edith Yamina Apolinaris Concepción, executive director of Corporacion Milagros del Amor, a community ministry in Caguas, Puerto Rico… Read More

ABCUSA, ABHMS endorse NCC statement denouncing anti-Semitism

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/24/17)—American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) and American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) endorse the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA’s (NCC) statement that denounces recent acts of anti-Semitism. The statement reads, in part: “The National Council of Churches denounces recent anti-Semitic incidents and condemns rhetoric that has fueled… Read More

ABHMS shares proxy voting guide for socially responsible investing

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/21/17)—As part of its Socially Responsible Investing ministry and in time for the 2017 proxy voting season, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) shares the “2017 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide” from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). “Faith-based investors must exercise their proxy-voting rights to influence corporations to adopt… Read More

ABHMS garners support for water-stewardship proposal to Tyson Foods

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/21/17)—At Tyson Food Inc.’s annual general meeting in Springdale, Ark., on Feb. 9, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) garnered growing support for a resolution that urges the food company to adopt a water-stewardship policy. As lead filer, ABHMS was joined in presenting the resolution by six other Tyson shareholders, several… Read More

Judson Press book calls for engagement in prophetic hope, faithful citizenship in distressing times

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/15/17)—Given the current mood in the country and the moral and ethical dilemmas the nation faces, how is the church to respond during and after the presidency of Donald J. Trump? In his new release, "The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope," judge, pastor and prophet Wendell L. Griffen, D.Div., offers leadership on how… Read More

Judson Press book uses questions to aid spiritual growth, leadership development

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/15/17)—Many of us know that Jesus asked many intentional questions in his ministry--questions intended to teach, guide and encourage his followers. Using a similar approach, in their new release, "8 Questions Jesus Asked: Discipleship for Leaders," authors Daniel M. Cash, D.Min., and William H. Griffith, D.Min., focus on eight powerful questions from the Gospels,… Read More

ABHMS joins other organizations as signatory on three human rights-related letters

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/14/17)—As a founding member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) recently joined with other human rights groups, responsible investors and faith-based organizations as a signatory on three letters related to human rights and consumer protections. “Advocating for human rights and economic justice is a… Read More

ABHMS encourages gifting fair trade chocolate this Valentine’s Day

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/9/17)—As a supporter of Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA), American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) asks American Baptists to consider gifting organic, fair trade chocolate this Valentine’s Day via BPFNA’s Baptist Fair Trade Project. A collaboration between BPFNA and the worker-owned cooperative Equal Exchange, the Baptist Fair Trade Project seeks… Read More

ABHMS announces 2017 volunteer mission opportunities

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/3/17)—American Baptists are invited to join American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) in various 2017 volunteer mission opportunities. Serve as the hands and feet of Christ in diverse communities across the United States, as we seek not only to rebuild physical structures destroyed by natural disasters but also to restore human lives… Read More

Judson Press, ABHMS announce 2017-2018 ‘ABC Reads’ selection

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/2/17)—“Welcoming Community: Diversity That Works” by the Rev. Douglas Avilesbernal has been named the “ABC Reads” book for 2017-2018. Sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), ABC Reads highlights a Judson Press book every year or two that is appropriate for reading and discussion in small group settings as well as… Read More

ABHMS honors Black History Month with Web page, video

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/1/17)—Recognizing February as Black History Month and honoring this year’s “The Crisis in Black Education” theme, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has added a commemorative page to its website that features a related video. Titled “The Promise of Freedom,” the 20-minute informational video tells of the founding and supporting of industrial… Read More

Devotional lends contemporary African-American perspective to Lenten tradition

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/1/17)—Inspired by the need for a practical, spiritual resource addressing the Christian calendar from an Afrocentric perspective, Glenn E. Porter Sr., M.Div., D.Min., wrote “Journey with Jesus through Lent.” This new Judson Press book takes readers on a faith pilgrimage for the sacred season. Based on the Gospel of Luke, this unique,… Read More

ABHMS stands with Baptist Joint Committee denouncing immigration executive order

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/30/17)—As a cooperating member of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC), American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) stands in solidarity with the BJC’s statement related to last week’s executive order on immigration. Calling the order a “back-door bar” on Muslim refugees, BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler points out in the… Read More

Four Judson Press books receive Illumination awards

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/23/17)—Judson Press garnered four medals in the 2017 Illumination Book Awards. The books are judged with an emphasis on innovation and creative ways of expressing a Christian worldview. The Judson Press titles won one Gold Award, two Silver Awards, and one Bronze award. Illumination Book Award Gold Award Winner “Still a Mother:… Read More

Rev. Dr. Roy L. Thompson dies; served ABHMS when it was National Ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/13/17)—The Rev. Dr. Roy L. Thompson, 94, who had served American Baptist Home Mission Societies in several capacities when it was known as National Ministries, died Jan. 8 in Cleveland, Ohio. He had been National Ministries’ director of New Church Development in the Church and Community Development Unit. In addition, he had… Read More

Rev. Sharon Koh, Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, ABCUSA general secretary to speak at Biennial Mission Summit

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/12/17)—The Biennial Mission Summit Planning Team is excited to announce the speakers for the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit, June 30-July 2, 2017, in Portland, Ore. The Rev. Sharon T. Koh, executive director/CEO of American Baptist International Ministries, will bring the message during the Friday evening worship service. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director… Read More

New Judson Press devotional encourages couples to love, live, learn from each other

VALLEY FORGE, PA (1/5/17)—A new devotional for couples, "My Beloved, My Friend: The Song of Songs for Couples," by retired pastor and poet Brent D. Christianson, releases today. "My Beloved, My Friend" offers couples a refreshing look at love and marriage through the Old Testament book Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon). Designed to… Read More

ABHMS names ecclesiastical endorser for chaplains, pastoral counselors

VALLEY FORGE, PA (12/15/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is pleased to announce that the Rev. Kristina Moeller has been named ecclesiastical endorser for chaplains, pastoral counselors and those serving in specialized ministerial settings. “It is my privilege to serve as the ecclesiastical endorser for our denominational family,” says Moeller. “Our chaplains and pastoral counselors… Read More

ABHMS proudly supports Neighborhood Action Program Christian centers

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/8/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) reports that its 16 Neighborhood Action Program (NAP) Christian centers have been making a difference during 2016, serving as the hands and feet of Christ throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. A sampling follows. "I am grateful for the miraculous opportunities God makes possible… Read More

ABHMS awards OGHS grants to various ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/8/16)—On behalf of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has awarded $125,000 total in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) grants to various ministries throughout the United States. The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM), Groton A $20,000 one-time OGHS Domestic Development Grant was awarded to… Read More

Consider another side of Pearl Harbor story

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/5/16)—As the United States observes the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, American Baptist Home Mission Societies lifts up the other side of this story as a lesson of racial injustice important to remember as well. More than 120,000 Japanese immigrants and their children, born citizens of the United States,… Read More

Pastors, lay leaders invited to apply to ABHMS’ ‘In Support of Excellence’ initiative

VALLEY FORGE, PA (12/5/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is delighted to announce the national launch of its exciting “In Support of Excellence” (ISOE) financial-empowerment initiative for pastors and lay leaders. Too many high-capacity pastors are suffering in silence, as they are both woefully undercompensated and squeezed by crushing personal debt. ABHMS is committed to… Read More

ABHMS board seeks nominations for 2017 Ministry Awards

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/21/16)— The board of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks nominations for 2017 ministry awards that honor American Baptist individuals, churches or other organizations for exceptional faithfulness in ministry. The awards will be announced  in conjunction with the American Baptist Mission Summit 2017 to be held June 30-July 2 in… Read More

ABHMS announces ‘God-sized’ vision at board meeting

At the biannual meeting of its board of directors Monday through Wednesday, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) introduced a new mission strategy that will enable the organization to relate to a larger number of partners and increase mission engagement across the southern part of the United States.… Read More

ABHMS joins Christian leaders supporting nonviolent protest at Standing Rock

To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. – Deuteronomy 10:14 VALLEY FORGE, PA (11/4/16)—In keeping with its historic commitments to racial justice, the rights of indigenous peoples and care for creation, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) joins with other Christian leaders in support… Read More

Judson Press book guides readers on journey from Jesus’ history into personal testimony

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/1/16)—Is there more to Jesus of Nazareth than what we think we know? Many of us are well acquainted with the New Testament stories of Jesus, but has that familiarity caused us to miss their power to challenge and transform? The new release "Jesus Stories: Traveling toward Testimony" by well-respected professor… Read More

ABHMS seeks creative works for Biennial Mission Summit 2017

VALLEY FORGE, PA (11/1/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is accepting applications from artists and performers interested in showcasing their artistic expressions at American Baptist Churches USA’s Mission Summit to be held June 30 to July 2, 2017, in Portland, Ore. Those who may be interested in applying include musicians, bands, vocalists, rap artists, spoken-word… Read More

‘Discernment’ is focus as ABHMS urges continued ‘Tuesdays’ Prayers for Peace’

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/31/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues to invite American Baptists to pray for this contentious U.S. presidential election each Tuesday through Election Day on Nov. 8. Each week features a suggested focus on which to pray, as Americans contemplate casting a ballot in the race that selects the most powerful… Read More

ABHMS executive director to moderate panel at BJC symposium

VALLEY FORGE, PA (10/31/16)—Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), will moderate the panel discussion during “Religious Liberty and the Black Church”—a Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) for Religious Liberty symposium—on Nov. 10 at Howard University School of Divinity and School of Law, Washington, D.C. The lecture and faculty response will… Read More

ABHMS announces hiring of new personnel to advance strategic ministry plan

Today American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray announced the hiring of several new employees in the areas of priorities and relationships, emerging leaders and finance to further the organization’s “Connect, Cultivate, Change” strategic plan.… Read More

‘Prudence’ is focus as ABHMS urges continued ‘Tuesdays’ Prayers for Peace’

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/24/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues to invite American Baptists to pray for this contentious U.S. presidential election each Tuesday through Election Day on Nov. 8. Each week features a suggested focus on which to pray, as Americans contemplate casting a ballot in the race that selects the most powerful… Read More

American Baptist Churches issues joint appeal for Hurricane Matthew relief funds

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/19/16)—American Baptist Churches announces a joint appeal for One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) funds to aid in Hurricane Matthew response both in the United States and in Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean. As Hurricane Matthew has revealed its deep destruction and impact in these areas, the need for additional funding… Read More

ABHMS presents $60,000 OGHS grant to Weirton Christian Center

WEIRTON, W.VA. (10/18/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has presented a $60,000 One Great Hour of Sharing Domestic Development Grant to Weirton (W.Va.) Christian Center. The presentation was made at the center today by Victoria Goff, ABHMS’ national coordinator of Volunteer Mobilization and Disaster Response Ministries. The center has been serving families in the Weirton… Read More

‘Wisdom’ is focus as ABHMS urges continued ‘Tuesdays’ Prayers for Peace’

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/17/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues to invite American Baptists to pray for this contentious U.S. presidential election each Tuesday through Election Day on Nov. 8. Each week features a suggested focus on which to pray, as Americans contemplate casting a ballot in the race that selects the most powerful… Read More

ABHMS provides gift to Murrow Indian Children’s Home

VALLEY FORGE, PA (10/12/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has provided a $15,000 gift to Murrow Indian Children’s Home, Muskogee, Okla., on behalf of the American Baptist family. The gift includes all donations from ABHMS’ GoFundMe campaign and an ABHMS matching grant. The home was challenged recently, when it respectfully declined donations from an atheist… Read More

‘Understanding’ is focus as ABHMS urges continued ‘Tuesdays’ Prayers for Peace’

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/10/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues to invite American Baptists to pray for this contentious U.S. presidential election each Tuesday through Election Day on Nov. 8. Each week features a suggested focus on which to pray, as Americans contemplate casting a ballot in the race that selects the most powerful… Read More

American Baptists invited to join ABHMS in ‘Tuesdays’ Prayers for Peace’

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/3/16)—As America enters the final weeks of a contentious presidential election season, American Baptists are invited to pray with American Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) on Tuesdays through Election Day on Nov. 8. Recent political rhetoric has been angry, accusatory, caustic, bombastic and, occasionally, R-rated. It has caused division and discord, fragmenting… Read More

ABHMS, ABF announce 2016 Palmer grant recipients

Gordon Jr. and Virginia Palmer (photo at left) VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 9/27/16)— American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and American Baptist Foundation (ABF) are pleased to announce recipients of a total of $538,129 in grants from the Virginia and Gordon Palmer Jr. Trust.… Read More

ABHMS publishes special online edition of ‘The Christian Citizen’ in response to social unrest

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 9/14/16)—In response to heightened tension, divisiveness, polarization, terrorism and violence across the United States, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues to encourage dialogue and promote healing by publishing “Healing Our Land,” a special online issue of its acclaimed print magazine, The Christian Citizen. In this collection of thought-provoking and action-inspiring… Read More

ABHMS urges American Baptists to show support for Murrow Indian Children’s Home

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/3/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) urges American Baptist individuals and organizations to join in solidarity with Murrow Indian Children’s Home, Muskogee, Okla., by donating to the GoFundMe page created by ABHMS to benefit children in the home’s care. Recently, the children's home respectfully declined a donation from an atheist organization because the gift… Read More

Pastors, lay leaders encouraged to apply for ABHMS pilot program

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/2/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) encourages pastors and lay leaders in select American Baptist USA regions to apply online now to participate in the pilot of its financial empowerment-related "In Support of Excellence" program. The program seeks to equip pastors and lay leaders with the knowledge, skills and tangible resources to… Read More

American Baptists respond to Louisiana flooding, Indiana tornadoes

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/30/16)—In response to recent natural disasters in Louisiana and Indiana, American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Disaster Relief Office has distributed Emergency Disaster-relief grants from American Baptist Churches USA’s One Great Hour of Sharing funds. More specifically, $10,000 was released to American Baptist Churches of the South (ABCOTS) in response to… Read More

American Baptists encouraged to attend gun violence prevention event

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/25/16)—American Baptists are encouraged to attend “God and Guns: Millennial Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence” training Oct. 6 and 7 at The Riverside Church, New York City. American Baptist Home Mission Societies is a sponsor of the event that seeks to provide concrete tools for educating, engaging and mobilizing congregations to… Read More

New Judson Press titles offer good news in troubled times

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/1/16)—Responding to the nation’s ongoing summer of discontent, Judson Press has announced the early release on August 1 of two books to help pastors and congregations share the Gospel with power, relevance and hope. Be My Witness: The Great Commission for Preachers, by the Rev. Dr. Marvin A McMickle, offers a… Read More

ABHMS encourages dialogue on recent racially-based violence

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/20/16)—In response to recent acts of racially-motivated violence during this time of heightened racial tension across the United States, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) encourages dialogue to offer comfort, provide hope and promote healing. To help launch American Baptist discussion, ABHMS has posted the reflections of an inter-racial group of… Read More

New pastor installed at ABHMS-supported church in women’s prison

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/19/16)—On June 25, the Rev. Dr. Kimberly LaPlante was installed as new pastor of Church of Hope, which is housed inside South Dakota Women’s Prison, Pierre. The only American Baptist church inside a prison, Church of Hope has a church council and a vital congregation that gathers several times weekly for… Read More

ABHMS to present human resources webinar about new DOL ‘Wage and Hour Division’ rule

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/18/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will present a complimentary webinar—“Implications of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) New Wage and Hour Rule”—on Aug. 4, 2016, at 2 p.m. Specifically designed for American Baptist mission partners, the webinar focuses on a new DOL rule, which takes effect Dec. 1, 2016, that… Read More

ABHMS celebrates Asian conference partnership with ABCNJ

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/15/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) celebrates its partnership with American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ) in sponsoring the successful 2016 Asian Conference and Convocation held last month in New Jersey. ABCNJ was delighted to host the event for the Asian American family of American Baptist Churches USA. ABCNJ Associate… Read More

End police killing of innocent Black lives: A statement from Barnabas Partners

O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!  –Jeremiah 9:1 We face a national crisis in the United States of America concerning increasing violence and the growing threat to innocent Black lives… Read More

ABHMS board meeting emphasizes connection among partners, constituents

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/24/16)—During American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) board of directors meeting Monday through Wednesday, Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray announced key goals of ABHMS’ strategic plan which seek to: impact communities and neighborhoods with the Christian gospel by improving ABHMS’ capacity to share and act on information gathered through collaboration and… Read More

CiP grant presented during ABHMS board meeting

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/22/16)—During American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) board of directors meeting here this morning, ABHMS Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray presented a $4,000 Justice for Children Initiative Children in Poverty (CiP) grant to Second Baptist Church of Germantown (SBCG), Philadelphia, to support the Children’s Initiative of the Philadelphia Interfaith Housing Network… Read More

ABHMS announces 2015 ABPS statistics, seeks to expand service

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/20/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces 2015 statistics for American Baptist Personnel Services (ABPS), a database storage-and-retrieval ministry that serves the denomination by matching employment-seeking ministry professionals with churches and ministry organizations striving to fill available ministerial positions. With an eye toward improving and expanding the service, ABHMS is currently… Read More

American Baptist Home Mission Societies stands with LGBTQ community in wake of Orlando massacre

VALLEY FORGE, PA (6-17-16)—As investigation into the unspeakable violence in Orlando has deepened in the past week, initial grief and shock at the senseless loss of human life has given way to troubling news about the assailant and the nature of the violence at Pulse nightclub. This hate crime related to members of the LGBTQ… Read More

ABHMS urges American Baptists to advocate for gun violence prevention

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/17/16)—Following the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) stands with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence (FUPGV) and the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) in urging American Baptists to advocate for gun violence prevention. Individuals are encouraged to phone the U.S. Capitol Hotline… Read More

ABHMS seeks volunteers for various summer volunteer mission opportunities

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/15/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks volunteers for a variety of summer mission opportunities that will transform lives and bolster communities across the United States. Louisiana Volunteers continue to make a difference in the lives of residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Slated for July 31-Aug. 6, this year’s… Read More

American Baptist leaders share prayers for grace, strength

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/13/16)—Following yesterday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., American Baptist leaders offer prayers of healing, calling upon communities of faith to overcome hatred and violence with the power of God’s love. “American Baptist Home Mission Societies expresses heartfelt sympathy, compassion and concern for the victims of this horrific violence, along with their… Read More

ABHMS executive director, government personnel to participate in panel at ministers’ conference

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/3/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray will participate in a panel discussion featuring a number of U.S. government personnel from the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Wednesday at the 102nd Hampton (Va.) University Ministers’ Conference and 7th Annual Church Development and Leadership Academy. Haggray… Read More

Third free Brian McLaren Bible study video available on ABHMS’ website

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/3/16)—Available now for free viewing on American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) website is the third Bible study presented by renowned theologian Brian McLaren at ABHMS’ “Space for Grace” gathering. In his own inimitable style, McLaren explores “Restoring Human Connection: Power, Oppression and the Bible” (Acts 16:11-40), as videotaped live at… Read More

ABHMS co-files climate change-related shareholder resolutions at annual meetings of three corporations

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/3/16)—As a member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) co-filed climate change-related shareholder resolutions on May 25 at the annual meetings of three corporations: ExxonMobil, Chevron and Southern Co. “ABHMS will continue to press corporations to meaningfully address the long-term risks of climate… Read More

ABHMS announces ministry-enhancing staffing transitions

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/23/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray today announced a number of staffing transitions that will bolster the organization’s mission in key areas related to support for ministerial leaders and technology management.… Read More

ABHMS executive director to speak at Asian conference

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/17/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray will be the closing speaker at the 2016 Asian Conference and Alliance of Asian American Baptist Churches (AAABC) Convocation to be held June 21-24 at First Baptist Church, Haddonfield, N.J. Featuring the theme “Let Young Eagles Fly: Next Generation Leadership”… Read More

Judson Press book connects comic book superhero fans with God’s Word

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/16/16)—What does a comic book superhero have in common with the gospel of Jesus Christ?  Readers will learn this and more in the new Judson Press title Holy Heroes: The Gospel According to DC & Marvel by pastor and author Scott Bayles. Likening the legends of superheroes to modern-day parables, Holy… Read More

Another free Brian McLaren Bible study video available on ABHMS’ website

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/16/16)—Available now for free viewing on American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) website is the second Bible study presented by renowned theologian Brian McLaren at ABHMS’ “Space for Grace” gathering. In his own inimitable style, McLaren explores “Restoring Human Connection: Religion, Politics, and the Bible” (Acts 10:1-48), as videotaped live at… Read More

ABHMS calls for 2016 Palmer Grant applications; deadline is June 15, 2016

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/2/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is calling for applications for 2016 grants from the Virginia and Gordon Palmer Jr. Trust of the American Baptist Foundation. Awards will range from $5,000 to $25,000. Deadline to apply for a grant is midnight on June 15, 2016. This year’s grant cycle seeks to… Read More

ABHMS launches new website, features free Brian McLaren Bible study video

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/27/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues its nearly 200-year-old commitment to domestic mission across the United States and Puerto Rico with a redesigned website that brings the ministry to life for the 21st century and beyond. For easy navigation, the updated website—www.abhms.org—categorizes content by three ministry emphases—“Developing Leaders,” “Equipping Disciples” and… Read More

American Baptist Home Mission Societies celebrates mission

VALLEY FORGE, PA (4/12/16)—In the soaring sanctuary of Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., on Friday night, Dr. Clifford Johnson, president of the Board of Directors of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), commissioned a new executive director to lead the historic American Baptist ministry: “The organization was in need of a strong leader,” Johnson said.… Read More

Judson Press releases devotional to inspire Christian writers, speakers

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/1/16)—Judson Press, the publishing arm of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, releases a devotional for Christian writers and speakers by five award-winning Christian authors. As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers integrates the craft of writing with the faith of people of the Word, in order to… Read More

ABHMS, other ICCR members compel ExxonMobil to address ‘moral imperative’ proposal on global warming

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/30/16)—The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled March 24 that climate change-related resolutions must appear on ExxonMobil’s annual proxy statement, allowing shareholders to vote on them at the annual meeting slated for May 25. Last month, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) joined other members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate… Read More

Judson Press devotional inspires Christian writers, speakers

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/23/16)—A new devotional for Christian writers and speakers by five award-winning authors is now available to order at www.judsonpress.com. Orders will ship on April 1. As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers integrates the craft of writing with the faith of people of the Word, in order… Read More

ABHMS signs letter urging House passage of criminal justice reform

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/10/16)—As a member of the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has joined other faith organizations in signing a letter that urges the U.S. House of Representatives to pass bipartisan criminal justice reform. The letter urges passage of the Sentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713), the Corrections and… Read More

ABHMS to celebrate new mission emphasis, leadership with April 8 service in D.C.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/2/16)—You’re invited to celebrate with American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) as we mark our new mission vision and the leadership of new Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray with a worship service and reception at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St. NW, Washington, D.C.… Read More

ABHMS shares proxy voting guide for socially responsible investing

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/24/16)—As part of its Socially Responsible Investing ministry and in time for the 2016 proxy voting season, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) shares the “2016 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide” from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). “Proxy voting is an important way for faith-based investors to speak into… Read More

ABHMS calls for Children in Poverty grant applications by April 27

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/19/16)—Congregations, regions and community ministries related to American Baptist Churches USA are invited to apply for 2016 Justice for Children Initiative Children in Poverty (CiP) grants from American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) for support of projects that address the needs of children in poverty. At least 10 grants ranging from… Read More

American Baptists respond to water crisis in Flint

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/19/16)—In response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Disaster Relief Office has distributed a $2,500 Emergency Grant from American Baptist Churches USA One Great Hour of Sharing funds to American Baptist Churches of Michigan. The region will forward funds to Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church,… Read More

Young adult women find life guidance through biblical women mentors

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/18/16)—American Baptist Women’s Ministries and Judson Press are co-sponsoring a free webinar for young adult women (ages 18-35) with author Billie Montgomery/Cook to discuss her award-winning book Sisters of Scripture: Mentors in Womanhood. Sisters of Scripture: Mentors in Womanhood ushers young women into a warm and welcoming relationship with the women… Read More

ABHMS joins other ICCR members in appealing ExxonMobil’s efforts to ban proposal

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/16/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) joined other members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) in submitting to ExxonMobil a climate change-related resolution that is now in review at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). ExxonMobil investors received a challenge from the company that seeks to exclude the climate-justice… Read More

Judson Press contemporary Bible study on women in Scripture reveals new possibilities, perspectives

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/16/16)—Are the ancient women of the Bible relevant today? Yes. Stories of women in the Bible such as Rahab and Ruth, Hannah and Huldah are familiar to most, but what makes these stories significant and relevant today is the ability to take their experiences and apply them to our own situations… Read More

ABHMS urges Tyson Foods shareholders to adopt water-stewardship policy

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/4/16)—Continuing its commitment to socially responsible investing, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will present a shareholder resolution at the 2016 Tyson Foods Inc. annual shareholders meeting slated for tomorrow at Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, Springdale. ABHMS is the resolution’s lead filer, joined by four other investors who are… Read More

Amelia OldCrow dies; served on ABHMS, ABCUSA boards

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/2/16)—Amelia (Two Bulls-Petter) OldCrow, 72, of Lodge Grass, Mont., died on Jan. 27 at her daughter’s home in Huntley, Ill. She served on the board of directors of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) and American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), for which she also served the Indian Ministries Caucus and its… Read More

Florida couple commissioned as home missionaries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/2/16)—In a service held at Church of the Beatitudes, St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday, the reverends Phil and Janel Miller-Evans of Pinellas County, Fla., were co-commissioned by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) as home missionaries and by Global Missions of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida as field personnel. The couple… Read More

Clergywomen who suffered perinatal loss help others heal by sharing stories in Judson Press book

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/1/16)—According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million fetal losses occur each year in the United States. That means millions of grieving women are struggling to find words to share their pain. In Still a Mother: Journeys through Perinatal Bereavement Chaplains Joy Freeman and Tabatha D. Johnson… Read More

American Baptists respond to damage at Bacone College

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/27/16)—In response to damage caused by torrential rain, gale-force winds and severe flooding in Oklahoma during the Christmas holiday season, American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Disaster Relief Office has distributed a $20,000 Emergency Grant from American Baptist Churches USA One Great Hour of Sharing funds to Bacone College, Muskogee, Okla. Areas… Read More

Judson Press honored with three titles in Illumination Book Awards

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/27/16)—Judson Press has received three awards in the 2016 Illumination Book Awards. The books are judged with an emphasis on innovation and creative ways of expressing a Christian worldview. The Judson Press titles won two Silver Awards and one Bronze award. Illumination Book Award Silver Award Winners Sisters of Scripture: Mentors… Read More

Herschell Daney dies; served as ABHMS director of Indian Ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/19/16)—Herschell Eugene Daney, 87, who had served as American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) director of Indian Ministries, died on Dec. 20, 2015, in Tulsa, Okla. He was the husband of Vicki Daney. A member of the Choctaw Nation, Daney was born Sept. 6, 1928. He was a son of the… Read More

Let us remember legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/15/16)—”Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of non-violence is as poignant today as it was a generation ago,” American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray reminds us as the nation prepares to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 18. While the holiday honors the memory of the… Read More

ABHMS receives Lilly grant to address economic challenges facing pastoral leaders

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/12/16)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has received a grant of $1 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they address the financial and economic struggles that can impair the… Read More

William E. Brammer dies; was a past executive director of an ABHMS Christian center

VALLEY FORGE, PA—The Rev. William E. Brammer, 80, of Churchill, Pa., a past executive director of Rankin (Pa.) Christian Center, died March 26, 2016. Brammer served as executive director of Rankin—one of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ 16 Neighborhood Action Program Christian centers—from 1975 until he retired in 1998. He joined Rankin as director of… Read More

American Baptist leaders participate in White House Effort to elevate dialogue on religious pluralism

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABNS 12/17/15)—Today, the Rev. A. Roy Medley, general secretary, American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), and Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, managing director, Resource Development, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), participated in a White House event on religious pluralism that included the launch of the “Know Your Neighbor” project. Created by Gurwin Singh Ahuja, a young… Read More

ABHMS encourages BJC Essay Scholarship Contest entries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 12/14/15)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) encourages entries to the 2016 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC). High school students in the graduating classes of 2016 and 2017 can win up to $2,000 for college by writing an essay examining… Read More

ABHMS to launch ‘America for Christ Offering 2016’ in January

VALLEY FORGE, PA (12/14/15)—On Jan. 1, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will launch the “America for Christ Offering 2016,” seeking to raise $1,250,000 to support American Baptist mission and ministry across the United States and Puerto Rico. This year’s theme—“Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ”—is inspired by Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has… Read More

ABHMS urges support for Syrian refugees, recommends resource

VALLEY FORGE, PA (11/24/15)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) urges American Baptist individuals and congregations to take action and speak out on behalf of Syrian refugees, recommending Church World Service’s (CWS) online “How Can We Help?” resource as a starting point. The resource includes prayers, a bulletin insert with instructions for calling Congress, and ideas… Read More

ABHMS’ ‘Space for Grace’ coverage continues; national event urged attendees to create positive change

VALLEY FORGE, PA (11/17/15)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues telling the powerful story of its national “Space for Grace” gathering. Held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel Nov. 4-7, Space for Grace featured prophetic preachers and presenters who urged attendees to examine their lives, accept the call to seek justice and create positive… Read More

Attendees of ABHMS’ ‘Space for Grace’ urged to correct injustice, create change

VALLEY FORGE, PA (11/9/15)—From shedding tears to roaring with laughter, attendees at American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) national Space for Grace gathering held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel Wednesday through Saturday experienced a wide range of emotions, as powerful preachers and speakers urged them to examine their own lives and accept the… Read More

Winners of young adult women’s essay contest announced

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/9/15)—Judson Press and American Baptist Women’s Ministries are pleased to announce the winners of the “Sisters of Scripture” national essay contest for American Baptist young adult women. The contest invited entrants from ages 17-35 to submit essays inspired by Sisters of Scripture: Mentors in Womanhood by Billie Montgomery Cook. The essay… Read More

With new leadership, ABHMS presses on, sharing God’s reconciling love across home mission field

LOS ANGELES, CA (ABNS 11/5/15)—“We are here today looking back at where we come from, realizing we are still on a journey because our work is not finished,” said the Rev. Dr. Laura Sinclair when she opened the Nov. 3-4 board meeting of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) with worship. Relating the ongoing work… Read More

Judson Press book reveals trials, triumphs of ministry, life of Korean American clergywoman

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/20/15)—The topic of women in ministry has been an enduring, controversial subject in many denominations. How does the paradigm change when considering female immigrant clergy in the American Church? Here I Am: Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywoman unveils a rare perspective of the challenges Korean American women in ministry face,… Read More

Memorial service, contributions announced for Rev. Steven Case

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/20/15)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces that a memorial service for beloved lifelong American Baptist the Rev. Steven Case will be held on Nov. 16 at Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. Visitation begins at noon, followed by the service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers,… Read More

Rev. Steven Case, beloved American Baptist pastor and leader, passes away

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/13/15)—A lifelong American Baptist fully engaged in the life of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), the Rev. Steven Case, retired pastor of First Baptist Church, Mansfield, Pa., died on October 8 in Washington, D.C. from complications related to injuries resulting from a fall suffered as he left his hotel for a… Read More

ABHMS marks Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week by offering variety of resources

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/12/15)—Oct. 25-31 is Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week, and American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) encourages American Baptists to pray for American Baptist-endorsed chaplains and pastoral/spiritual caregivers and to celebrate their gifts, service and contributions. This is an occasion to set aside time to express gratitude to God for those called to provide… Read More

ABHMS signs statement against human trafficking

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/7/15)—As a member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has joined with more than 100 investors representing U.S. and international public pension funds, unions, faith institutions and socially responsible asset management firms in signing a statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking,… Read More

Complete Pastoral Caregiver’s Casebook series now available from Judson Press

VALLEY FORGE, PA (10/1/15)—Just in time for Pastoral Care Week, celebrated October 25–31, Judson Press is releasing two new titles in The Pastoral Caregiver’s Casebook series: Ministry in Health, Volume 3 and Ministry in Specialized Settings, Volume 4. The Pastoral Caregiver’s Casebook series, edited by John J. Gleason, is a collection of best practices and… Read More

Registration extended for national gathering grappling with today’s tough questions

VALLEY FORGE, PA (9/1/15)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) announces that registration has been extended for its national “Space for Grace” gathering planned for Los Angeles this November. The early registration deadline—featuring a discounted price—has been extended to Sept. 30, and the regular registration deadline to Oct. 30. The event seeks to promote healing conversations… Read More

Janet DeWitt dies; served ABHMS’ Macedonia Ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/24/15)—Janet Loraine (Herring) DeWitt, 88—administrator of the Macedonia Ministries program, part of the Personal and Public Witness Unit of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), when it was known as National Ministries in the early 1980s—died Thursday at Sanford Foundation Hospice, Sioux Falls, S.D. She was wife of the late Dr.… Read More

Judson Press title dispels misconceptions about young adult faith

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/18/15)—According to the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, many young adults who are currently unaffiliated with a religion elected that decision by leaving the religion of their upbringing and not becoming involved with a new faith. Yet, a significant minority of these young adults do return to… Read More

Judson Press, ABWM scholarship essay contest website opens for entrants

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/31/15)—On August 1, 2015, the website for the Judson Press & American Baptist Women’s Ministries Sisters of Scripture Essay Contest opens for entrants. Contestants can visit the WordPress site https://sistersofscripturemnw.wordpress.com/ to find information about the contest rules, guidelines, and submissions. The Sisters of Scripture Essay Contest is inspired by the book… Read More

ABHMS sponsors service to celebrate ADA

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/28/15)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) was among the sponsors of an interfaith service held Sunday at First Trinity Lutheran Church, Washington, D.C., to celebrate the progress and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA 25 years ago Sunday. The service opened with… Read More

ABHMS applauds new resources on mental health for faith leaders

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/16/15)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) applauds two new resources to help faith leaders better understand mental illness and treatment as well as to better help individuals and families in their congregations who face mental health challenges. Resulting from last summer’s Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership meeting sponsored by American… Read More

Judson Press, American Baptist Women’s Ministries sponsor essay contest for scholarships

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/16/15)—In celebration of the new release Sisters of Scripture: Mentors in Womanhood by Billie Montgomery-Cook, Judson Press, in partnership with American Baptist Women’s Ministries, is sponsoring an essay contest for American Baptist young women between the ages of 17 and 35. Essay entries may be submitted August 1, 2015 through September… Read More

Siyin Chin pastors meet with ABCUSA leaders

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/8/15)—A delegation of Siyin Chin pastors and American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III met at American Baptist Churches USA’s Mission Center here Monday to discuss mutual ministry ideas and concerns. While at the Mission Center, the group also met with ABCUSA General Secretary A.… Read More

ABHMS executive director preaches grace, forgiveness in farewell sermon to American Baptist Churches

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/30/15)—As featured preacher at American Baptist Churches USA’s (ABCUSA) 2015 Mission Summit plenary worship Sunday morning, American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Executive Director Dr. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III delivered his farewell sermon to the greater denomination. Set to retire in October after 24 years of ministry with ABHMS, Wright-Riggins preached about… Read More

American Baptist Home Mission Societies affirms solidarity with Charleston church

OVERLAND PARK, KS (ABNS 6/28/15)—During its June 22-24 meeting, the Board of Directors of American Baptist Home Mission Societies approved by common consent a letter of sympathy and solidarity to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston S.C., along with a gift of $9,000 for distribution to the families of the nine victims so senselessly murdered… Read More

American Baptist Home Mission Societies calls new executive director

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/25/15)—At its semi-annual meeting yesterday, the Board of Directors of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) voted unanimously to call the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, interim senior pastor of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Roswell, Ga., to the position of executive director. He will lead the historic mission agency following the retirement… Read More

ABHMS launches registration for national gathering to feature theologian Brian D. McLaren

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/11/15)—Registration for American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ national gathering, Space for Grace, Nov. 4-7, 2015, opens today. Visit http://www.abhms.org/ and click on the Space for Grace graphic at the bottom of the page to register online. Paper registration forms will be available by mid-June. The California gathering, to be held at… Read More

UPDATE: ABHMS to present ministry awards at ABCUSA 2015 Biennial Mission Summit

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/29/15)—Rep. Barbara Lee of California’s 13th Congressional District will receive the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award Saturday, June 27, during the evening plenary worship at American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) 2015 Biennial Mission Summit, not at American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Saturday luncheon as previously reported. The award… Read More

ABHMS lifts up home mission at ABCUSA 2015 Mission Summit

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/27/15)—During American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) 2015 Mission Summit June 26-28 in Overland Park, Kan., American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will offer attendees opportunities to learn about various home mission efforts, share dialogue with home missionaries and engage onsite in hands-on mission. Mission opportunities will include assembling hygiene and school… Read More

Judson Press title presents pastors with a way-of-life process for spiritual deepening, improved effectiveness

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/18/15)—The statistics of pastoral stress, depression, and burnout have long been a topic of discussion.  According to the New York Times (August 2010), “Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans.” How can ministers practice spiritual self-care for sustainable and transformative ministry? … Read More

Judson Press title on parenting a special-needs child wins 2015 Eric Hoffer Award

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/12/15)—The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities, written by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc,  wins the 2015 Eric Hoffer Award in the Spiritual category. In her latest title, author, parent, and spiritual director Kathleen Deyer Bolduc shares her experience and the stories of parents who walk similar paths of raising a child… Read More

New Judson Press book offers possibilities for new directions for communities of faith

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/30/15)—What are the “big ideas” our emerging Christian leaders have that concern today’s church? In Judson Press’s latest release, Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community & Justice, edited by Adam L. Bond and Laura Mariko Cheifetz, pastors, church leaders, and laity will discover fresh and thoughtful views about traditional models of… Read More

ABHMS receives award for The Christian Citizen magazine

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/22/15)—On behalf of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), Curtis Ramsey-Lucas has received a 2015 Certificate of Merit from the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for “Communities of Care: The Church & Mental Illness,” the Volume 2, 2014, issue of The Christian Citizen magazine. The award was presented in the national magazine… Read More

ABHMS announces Ministry Award recipients

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/21/15)—Selected by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) board of directors from nominations submitted by clergy and laypersons across the United States and Puerto Rico, a number of American Baptist clergy and lay leaders will receive awards for significant faith-based work. Presentation times and dates will be announced as they become… Read More

James A. Christison Jr. dies; was a former ABHMS executive director

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/10/15)—James A. Christison Jr., 87, who served American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) in the position that is now known as executive director and played a major role in restructuring American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), died on Sunday at his home in Tampa, Fla. Christison was ABHMS’ executive secretary and the… Read More

Preacher and civil rights leader Gardner Taylor dies

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/7/15)—American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) celebrates the life of Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, who died on Sunday, April 5. Taylor was Pastor Emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, N.Y., where he served as pastor for 42 years, before retiring in 1990. He was President Emeritus of the Progressive… Read More

Judson Press book relates women of the Bible to today’s young women

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/1/15)—Judson Press announces the nationwide release of the new Christian living book, Sisters of Scripture: Mentors in Womanhood by Billie Montgomery/Cook. In the spirit of her best-selling book, The Real Deal: A Spiritual Guide for Black Teen Girls, author Billie Montgomery/Cook ushers young women into a warm and welcoming relationship with… Read More

ABHMS shares resources for socially responsible investing

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/30/15)—As part of its Socially Responsible Investing Ministry and in time for the 2015 proxy voting season, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) shares the "2015 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide" from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). "Proxy voting is an important way for faith-based investors to speak into… Read More

American Baptist receives prestigious pastoral counseling award

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/18/15)—The Rev. Dr. Glenn H. Asquith Jr., an ordained American Baptist pastor and former chair of the American Baptist Endorsement Committee for chaplaincy and pastoral counseling, received the 14th Helen Flanders Dunbar Award for Significant Contributions to Clinical Pastoral Training on Sunday in Chicago during the 2015 conference of the College… Read More

Judson Press releases practical helps for pastoral care, counseling situations

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/16/15)—Many people at one time or another experience difficult times and seek the help of a pastor, chaplain or lay leader. Knowing how to respond to each situation is a matter of personal perspective and discernment. In The Pastoral Caregiver’s Casebook Series, noted clinical pastoral educator and chaplain, John J. Gleason, offers… Read More

ABHMS seeks to lift up today’s ‘Swamp Angels’ during Women’s History Month

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/5/15)—In celebration of March as Women’s History Month, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) asks individuals and organizations to lift up American Baptist women who are making a difference—large or small—in their communities. Just as Joanna P. Moore—known as the “Swamp Angel of the South”—made a difference by establishing fireside schools… Read More

John L. “Bud” Carroll dies; was leader in American Baptist education, youth ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/27/15)—The Rev. John Laurence (“Bud”) Carroll, 86, a leader in American Baptist education, youth, camp and conference ministries, died Feb. 18,  surrounded by his family, at White Horse Village, Newtown Square, Pa. For 30 years, he served American Baptist Churches USA’s former Educational Ministries (EM)—the ministry of which was continued by… Read More

ABHMS board studies connection between spiritual practice, effective leadership

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/17/15)—At American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ board of directors meeting in Charlotte, N.C., Feb. 10-12, the Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, executive director of The Ministers Council of American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), led members in examining the relationship between spiritual practice and effective leadership. The meeting’s theme, “Breathe,” was based on… Read More

ABHMS seeks volunteers for various summer volunteer mission opportunities

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/6/15)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks volunteers for a variety of summer mission opportunities across the United States that will truly make a difference as they undergird individuals and positively impact communities. Louisiana On the 10th anniversary of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, volunteers continue to make a difference in the… Read More

ABHMS encourages reflection, prayer on ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Day’

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/15/15)—On Monday, Jan. 19, the nation collectively observes “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in honor of slain Civil Rights leader and American Baptist the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) asks you to encourage others to view this day as more than a day away… Read More