Our AMERICA FOR CHRIST theme this year is “Discipleship: A Journey of Grace,” based on Titus 2:11-13. It is a wonderful reminder that Jesus’ public ministry was all about connecting and caring for people in need. On each day of his journey, the compassion of Jesus was felt by someone somewhere. Our gifts support Christ-centered transformational ministries that manifests the grace of God’s love to neighborhoods and communities by touching lives and transforming people across the United States and Puerto Rico--through evangelism training, church renewal and discipleship resources, volunteer disaster response plus initiatives that fight poverty and so much more.
No single way of preparing and delivering sermons works for everyone. Nevertheless, preachers have a lot to learn from each other.
First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor has received a Palmer Grant through the American Baptist Foundation for a project called "Leaning Towards Justice: A Young Adult Journey to La Danta, Nicaragua." This project has been designed to empower and equip young adults to take action to address the social injustice of poverty and disease, by working alongside community members in the remote, rural village of La Danta, Nicaragua, in partnership with AMOS Health and Hope.
Where is the church? Is it "in here" - a building - when we gather for worship? Or is it "out there" among the hurting, the broken, the ones living outside of the church? Where is the Christianity that journeys into the difficult places, the places where the Christian language is not yet spoken? Where is the renewal of what the church has always been but sometimes forgets to be: a people sent in mission? Where are the signposts that can direct us into the missional frontier?
Since the American Baptist-related Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB) discontinued offering medical insurance through CIGNA, coupled with the piecemeal implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there has been a lot of confusion, misinformation, and continuing evolution in the field of medical insurance. While not claiming to be experts in this,we share the following information with the hope you might find it helpful:
Delegates gathered Saturday, October 18 at the Olivet Baptist Church, Lansing for worship; fellowship; the joint Annual Business Meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan (ABC?MI) and Michigan Baptist Convention (MBC); and engagement with representatives of the ABCUSA Board of International Ministries (BIM) in discerning God’s call and direction for the future of BIM.