A Note to the Clergy of the
Called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to embody and proclaim
the Good News of Jesus Christ as Lord,
Mid-American Baptist Churches is a covenanting association of
American Baptist Churches in Minnesota and Iowa.
We are interdependent and diverse congregations and individuals
working and praying together to build up the Body of Christ.
---Our Region's Mission Statement
Are you a current member of the Mid-American Baptist Churches Ministers Council?
Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
Greetings from your Mid-American Ministers Council! Time has flown by and already, we find ourselves a quarter of the way through the year! That being the case, I would like to invite you to renew your Minister's Council membership a.s.a.p. If you have not been a member before or have allowed your participation to lapse, this is a great time to join, or re-join.
The Ministers Council offers a number of benefits including opportunities for continuing education and fellowship, access to a wealth of resources, and to be part of an organization committed to the support and advocacy of American Baptist clergy. Some of our significant programs include:
∙ Prairie Pastor's Conference. This wonderful conference is for ministers in Mid-America, the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Central Region. This year’s conference will feature Dr. Lyn Cohick and Rev. Dr. Denise Muir Kjesbo. Registration is free and Ministers Council members from Mid-ABC will receive a $50 reimbursement for travel expenses.
∙ Grand Junction Scholarships. Members may receive funding for half the cost of a continuing education event, up to a $250 scholarship. This is available once every two years.
∙ Emergency Aid Fund. Assistance is provided to ministers who find themselves in crisis situations as a tangible expression of the concern of fellow clergy. We invite you to include a contribution to this fund along with your membership dues.
∙ Cluster groups. The Ministers Council sponsors several collegial covenant groups in our region that meet regularly for fellowship, prayer, discussion, and mutual encouragement. We hope to begin more such groups.
All regional dues are waived this year-this is a $25 savings. Join the Ministers Council to be a part of and help support the community of American Baptist ministers. Please complete the membership form that can be found HERE along with your national dues today and send it to the address listed.
Check out the latest news and information for Mid-ABC www.mid-abc.org and National Ministers Council at and www.ministerscouncil.com .
Rev. Janell Bloem
MABC Ministers Council President
Attention MABC Pastors
Registration is now open:
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Monday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Sunset Hills Baptist Church - Omaha, Nebraska
Save the March 28-30th dates for the 2022 Prairie Pastor’s Conference! For those who may be newer to us,
this is a multi-region endeavor between ABC Dakotas, Mid-American American Baptist Churches, and the Central Region.
We will be in Omaha, Nebraska like we usually are and there is no cost for the conference itself.
You will need to cover your lodging and transportation for the event. I hope you can join us!
Pastors and Leaders from Mid-America will have lunch together on Tuesday of the conference at a local restaurant
details will be shared closer to the event.
|Burma Advocacy Group Convened by the American Baptist Churches March 1, 2022 - NEEDS OUR HELP
Dear Pastor/ Leader:
I write to you to ask your church to participate in a signature campaign promoted by the Burma Advocacy Group, a coalition convened by the American Baptist Churches Commission on Burma Refugees. The Burma Advocacy Group (BAG) is a group of leaders from associations, churches, community groups and acting with one voice to advocate for the passage of the Burma Bill. Representatives from the following organizations are participating:
-American Baptist Churches USA, -International Advocacy Baptist Collaborative,
-ABC of Greater Indianapolis, -Kachin Alliance of USA,
-ABC of Nebraska, -Kachin American Baptist Association,
-Baptist World Alliance and 21 Wilberforce, -Kachin Baptist Churches USA,
-Burmese American Community Institute, -Karen Baptist Churches USA,
-Burmese Refugee Commission, -Karen Organization of America,
-Chin Association of Maryland, -Karenni Baptist Churches USA,
-Chin Baptist Association North America, -Mizo Society of America,
-Chin Baptist Churches USA, -Myanmar Baptist Churches USA,
-Chin Community of Indiana, -U.S. Campaign for Burma,
-Grassroots Movement for Burma, -U.S. Chin Coalition.
We would like to give a special thanks to our friends at www.21Wilberforce.org for partnering with us as we defend freedom and justice in Burma. The Goal of the Campaign is to gather and submit as many signatures as possible to our US Senators and Representatives to request them to pass the (revised) Burma Bill that is under consideration. The Burma Advocacy Group believes the Burma Bill is our greatest opportunity to achieve:
an end to the human tragedy and crimes against humanity in Burma,
an end the brutal military dictatorship in Burma, and
an opportunity to achieve a federal democracy in Burma for which the people of Burma have been giving their lives.
Please promote the Signature Campaign in your congregation as well as with other churches and community groups who might participate to help pass the Burma Bill. We ask you
1) to share the campaign information in this letter and attached petition with your congregation and others via your website or other means.
2) We suggest you ask your youth group to assist any who need help to sign with the QR code by walking them through the QR process. Hard copies of the petition, which is attached, may be printed for people to sign. Signed hard copies must be photographed and emailed to Burmaadvocacygroup@gmail.org. This is another task your youth group might do. Please click on this download link to get all of the important details.
The deadline for gathering signatures is March 31, 2022.
Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, Convener
General Secretary Emeritus, American Baptist Churches
Plans are underway for our Region's Biennial Gathering happening Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1st to be held in person at FBC Pella, Iowa. Please make plans to attend and make sure members of your congregations are also present as we will have region business to attend to and will need church delegates in addition to a great program for our time together being planned. More information will be coming in the next couple of months with more details as the planning team gets to work on our first in person gathering since 2018!!!
Creation Justice Ministries is excited to share with you our 2022 Earth Day Resource.
Our theme focuses on the need for faithful climate resiliency.
Our release of our Earth Day Resource on the day of the latest IPCC report underscores the importance of climate resiliency at all levels - from individual to congregation to state and onto federal and global.
As noted in the IPCC report, "There is a rapidly narrowing window of opportunity to enable climate resilient development. Multiple climate resilient development pathways are still possible..."
We have just one planet and a closing window of time to safeguard ALL of God's beautiful creation for future generations.
We invite you to explore our downloadable resource, and look forward to sharing with you more content in the coming weeks as part of our revamped Earth Day Sunday website, coming soon.
The American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 23-25, 2023
The 2023 Planning Team welcomes your feedback as they make plans for this upcoming event. The theme for the 2023 Biennial Mission Summit is, “For Such a Time as This.” Respondents are asked when taking the survey to consider the theme and answer the question:
“What is your ‘this’?” The survey will remain open until March 21, 2022.
Take the survey now.
ABNS: Call to Prayer Amidst Conflict in Ukraine
American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is sensitive to the uncertainties in the world at this time.
That is why, as we continue to plan for our flagship national event, Space for Grace,
we do so prayerfully and with you in mind.
When planning began, we could not have foreseen what would transpire with COVID-19’s Omicron variant.
We remain optimistic, however, that uncertainty will turn to certainty and that the
2022 Space for Grace: “Testify!” will be held in person Sept. 21-23 at the beautiful
Westin Kansas City (Mo.) at Crown Center.
The event will be preceded by the Spiritual Caregivers Conference for
chaplains, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors and specialized ministers, Sept. 19-20.
With our assurance that your personal health and well-being are of utmost importance, and that we will uphold public health and safety protocols for in-person gatherings,
we ask you to make plans to join us for this exciting event. Testify! will offer:
- A place and space for you to both speak and hear God’s good news;
- Enriching learning experiences that focus on Leadership Empowerment, Discipleship, and Healing and Transforming Communities;
- Inspiring speakers that include the Rev. Amy Butler, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Dr. Neichelle Guidry, Kathy Khang, Dr. Miguel De La Torre and Dr. Judy Fentress Williams. (The Spiritual Caregivers event will feature Dr. Trace Haythorn and Lt. Col. Ruth Segres.)
To learn more and to register for updates that will keep you apprised of the gathering’s progress, visit abhms.org/spaceforgrace2022.