Publications & Resources

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. Other resources include:

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Annual Report  — Provides a year-long snapshot of the impact of our ministries as well as income and expense statements.

The Christian Citizen — This magazine and weekly e-newsletter focuses on justice issues, offering suggestions and opportunities for personal witness and action.

Discipleship and Christian Education Guide — A print copy is sent to ABCUSA churches and a PDF can be downloaded here. Includes stories, litanies, devotionals, a planning calendar and other important resources to aid your church’s disciple-making ministries.

Judson Press Complete Book Catalog — Features new releases as well as available backlist titles in categories including African American resources, Baptist history and beliefs, church resources, self-help, pastor helps and more. Also includes church and church school supplies. (Download the catalog from Judson Press or order from customer service at 800-4JUDSON.)

Home Mission News & Notes — Our monthly e-newsletter highlights and links to recent news releases and mission stories, Judson Press books, ministry programming and other events and opportunities. Subscribe here.

Mission In America — Our bi-monthly publication with news stories about American Baptist home mission in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The Secret Place — published quarterly, this popular devotional magazine features a daily devotion with a relevant Scripture and prayer penned by readers. (Price varies; order online from Judson Press or order from customer service at 800-4JUDSON)

ABC Reads brings American Baptists together through the power of a book. Sponsored by Judson Press, ABC Reads highlights a book annually that’s appropriate for reading and discussion in small group settings, as well as individually.

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 for individual or small group use, support faith formation and strengthen discipleship.

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
Teaching Approaches

This easy to use chart describes and outlines five teaching approaches under the categories of Focus, Rationale, Role in Disciple-formation, Role of Teacher, Role of Learner and Strategies.