American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is committed to developing resources that support nurturing spiritual growth, building diverse, healing communities, and strengthening churches through leadership and discipleship development.

Free resources for mission and ministry

Workshops for Church Life and Leadership offer well-developed guides for conducting small group learning opportunities on topics ranging from “The Identification and Use of Spiritual Gifts in the Disciple-Making Church” and “American Baptist Heritage” to “The Spiritual Life of Boards and Committees” and “Hospitality: Expressing and Experiencing Grace.”

Bible studies support faith formation and offer opportunities for strengthening discipleship. Whether examined alone or in groups, God’s word offers inspiration, encouragement and hope.

Hard copies of workshops and Bible studies are available by contacting Sue Peterman ([email protected] or 610.768.2394).

Each year ABHMS produces a Discipleship and Christian Education Guide with 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.”

Additional Resources

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.


Marks of the Transformational Leader in a Disciple-making Church
Selecting Curriculum Materials