American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) publishes a number of resources that share the good news as well as the challenges of ministry, while offering support and inspiration to congregations and individuals seeking to live out Christian faith. We are committed to developing resources that support nurturing spiritual growth; building diverse, healing communities; and strengthening churches through leadership and discipleship development.
ABHMS provides regular updates on ministry priorities, mission opportunities, Judson Press resources and other initiatives in our NewsRoom. Profiles of important people and ministries are featured in Mission Stories, while videos and podcasts allow us to tell powerful stories in engaging ways.
The Christian Citizen, an online publication with a twice-yearly print edition, features a diverse set of contributors writing about issues of justice, mercy and faith. The ABHMS Annual Report shares the impact of our ministries—cultivating leaders, equipping disciples and healing communities—across the United States and Puerto Rico. Mission In America, our bi-monthly print publication, features stories, opinion essays and announcements related to ABHMS mission. Our monthly Home Mission News & Notes e-newsletter provides links to mission highlights, Judson Press news and volunteer opportunities.
The annual Discipleship and Christian Education Guide features month-by-month calendars that list church seasons, observances and celebrations, along with lists of resources that support ministry related to these important dates in Christian and American Baptist life. The guide also features lists of resources according to ministry focus areas, such as “Adult Small Group Resources,” “Resources for the African American Church” and “Resources for Children and Youth Ministry.” Available are an Advent Wreath Dedication and other Advent readings. Each month, ABHMS produces the Discipleship Matters bulletin inserts that align with American Baptist values and are easily reproducible for inclusion in church bulletins.
The 2017 Complete Book Catalog from Judson Press previews upcoming releases and features the publisher’s full catalog. ABC Reads brings American Baptists together through the power of a book. The Secret Place, a daily devotional, is published quarterly as a source for renewing your faith, invigorating your spirt and strengthening your relationship with God.
Workshops for Church Life and Leadership are designed for small groups, or leadership training at the congregational, associational or regional level. Journeys draws adults of all ages into an exciting and challenging learning experience that is sure to enrich their relationship with Jesus Christ. Additional Bible studies, developed by American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ staff, to be examined alone or in groups, support faith formation and strengthen discipleship.
Age-appropriate Discipleship Formation
Outlines developmental characteristics, (including understandings of God and corresponding Baptist emphases), while offering suggestions for nurturing discipleship for ages birth through adolescence along with guidelines for special-needs children.
Teaching Does Not Equal Talking: Learning Styles and Christian Education
This guide helps teachers to respect and maximize learning-style differences in educational ministries of the church.