ABC Reads

Books offer American Baptists opportunity for unity

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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. The book provides an opportunity for learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and faith in Sunday school classes and Bible studies, as well as men’s, women’s and youth groups.

ABC Reads 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 ABC Reads selection is “Welcoming Community: Diversity That Works” by pastor and popular speaker Douglas Avilesbernal. New in the “Living Church” series, this volume acknowledges the dramatic changes in culture and congregational life in the 21st century, particularly as it relates to church growth in an increasingly multicultural world where communities are often in transition. Using the biblical story of Jesus’ journey through Samaria, which led to a transformational encounter between Jesus, a Jewish rabbi and a Samaritan woman, the author offers a model for learning to welcome the community in which a congregation finds itself by becoming a welcoming community of faith in itself. This book offers a creative and constructive approach to fostering true congregational diversity in a way that honors all members of the community and celebrates the unique gifts each brings to life and ministry together.

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Founded in 1824, Judson Press—a ministry of American Baptist Home Mission Societies—publishes Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of persons, congregations and communities.