As director of Mission Engagement and National Network Initiatives, the Rev. Lisa R. Harris Lee is leading American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) new strategy for accomplishing mission: Aligned Action Networks.
Comprised of mission-minded American Baptist partners in geographic clusters throughout the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, Aligned Action Networks convene leaders for more creative partnerships that deepen the effectiveness of responses to challenges and possibilities. Together, we are greater witnesses of the Gospel. Collaborating allows all partners to achieve greater impact.
“In 2017, ABHMS launched a strategy that is serving as the framework for doing 21st-century mission in the United States and Puerto Rico,” she says. “The strategy is not revolutionary—there is historic evidence of American Baptists working in this way. However, it is a significant evolution of the role ABHMS will assume as an agency of God called to cultivate the mission field.”
In this role, Harris Lee exhibits the same passion that helped her answer the call to ordained ministry in 1994: “a passion to bring people as close to God and as close to one another as possible,” she says, based on the great commandment to love God, neighbor and self.