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 help ameliorate financial burdens and catalyze emerging leaders to drive transformative impact in churches and communities.

Too many high-capacity pastors are suffering in silence, woefully undercompensated and squeezed by crushing debt. God loves pastors, and ABHMS is committed to supporting pastors by equipping them and their lay leaders with financial management best practices, leadership coaching, self-care strategies, targeted relief from economic distress and seed funds to incubate new ministry models.

ABHMS created the “In Support of Excellence” program with support from Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

To apply for the pilot program, you must be a pastor or lay leader from one of the following regions:

  • District of Columbia Baptist Convention,
  • American Baptist Churches of Metro New York, or
  • American Baptist Churches of Connecticut.

The application deadline is Sept. 26, 2016.

The application and additional information are available online at > Ministries > Equipping Disciples.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies ministers as the caring heart and serving hands of Jesus Christ across the United States and Puerto Rico through a multitude of initiatives that focus on leadership, discipleship and healing communities.

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.