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January 15, 2021 

Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.

The Region Office will be closed on Monday, January 18th. 

Zoom Meetings Review | PCMagAttention MABC Pastors and Region Leaders:
The region office has an enhanced zoom account that gives us the ability to set up zoom meetings for any MABC church or committee. If your church does not have an account and would like to try using Zoom for an upcoming meeting, the region office can help.
Simply send an email to letting us know of your interest and we can work with you to set up a Zoom meeting and provide you with the link. We do not have live streaming capability nor the capacity to do webinars. 


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PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 from 1 pm - 4 pm for a
2021 Prairie Pastors Zoom meeting/gathering. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Prairie Pastors Conference 2021

Catalyst: Building Uncommon Connections

Catalyst: Building Uncommon Connections is a unique training and integration process for pastors and churches in the American Baptist Churches of the Central, Dakotas, Nebraska, and Mid-America Regions. Recognizing our communities are filled with ethnic, racial, political, social, and economic diversity, Catalyst provides training and ongoing resources to help pastors and congregations build uncommon connections in their local contexts.

Funded by a Palmer grant from the American Baptist Foundation and the American Baptist Home Mission Society, Catalyst will provide a one-day Zoom training event from 1-4pm CST on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Keynote speakers, Rev. Anne Scalfaro of Calvary Baptist Church and Rev. Dr. Eugene Downing of New Hope Baptist Church in Denver, CO continue to build an uncommon connection among themselves and their congregations. They will share how they are fostering a multiracial relationship with their congregations and continue to bear witness to Christ as ministry partners in the Denver area. Their story will inspire you to develop your own unique uncommon connections in your local ministry context.

Following the one-day training event, local churches will build uncommon connections in their local context with ongoing support from their ABC Region and Catalyst grant. Local churches and pastors will also have access to a website with dozens of resources and a dedicated social media page for ongoing conversations and idea sharing with other Catalyst participants.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 Zoom Schedule:

1pm Log-in and introductions
1:05 Catalyst: Building Uncommon Connections with
Rev. Anne Scalfaro and Rev. Dr. Eugene Downing
1:55 Break-out discussions
2:25 Further explanation of the Catalyst grant
2:35 Share break-out discussion insights
Question and response with speakers and region staff
3:00 Break-out meetings by Regions - MABC participants will meet together
Door Prize give-a-way’s
Begin brainstorming uncommon connections in your local context
Further questions and response
Next steps


The Prairie Pastors Conference typically held in person in Omaha, NE at the end of March
beginning of April has been canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic. The Prairie Pastors Planning team is excited to bring you this training opportunity. Please plan to register and attend. 

ABHMS’ ministrElife announces partnership with Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/7/21)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) networking platform for ministry professionals—ministrElife—announces its partnership with The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc. The partnership delivers a platform for like-minded individuals, passionate about engaging issues affecting the African-American community, to connect, collaborate, and mobilize leaders in churches, academies and communities through education, advocacy, and activism. READ FULL RELEASE HERE

Proctor Conference & MinistrElife Partnership Special Discount For 2021 Conference - Holy Rage, Holy Hope

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2021 Camp schedule information HERE
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Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Updates

ABCUSA - American Baptist Churches USA     
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/7/21)—Interim General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods and ABCUSA President Karen Podsiadly released a statement to American Baptists on January 7, following a day of unrest in Washington, D.C. at the United States Capitol building. Read the statement below.
2021 - 2022 ABCUSA Directory and Planning Calendar HERE 




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