ABC Ohio is delighted to welcome Dr. Karl Slaikeu, Ph.D to the 2017 Church Leadership Conference April 28th and 29th at First Baptist Church Newark (1000 Granville Road, Newark, OH 43055). Download the Church Leadership Conference Brochure and Registration Form HERE.
For two days, Dr. Slaikeu will lead a practical ministry learning experience for pastors, church leadership teams and Region staff on the theme "Transformed by the Journey." We have a bulletin insert to download HERE. The conference theme is selected to provide pastors and church leaders with inspiration, insight and practicable approaches to conflict resolution in the church.
We have worked to keep the cost of the conference reasonable. Registration includes participant materials as well as lunch from Honeybaked Ham, snack items and beverages on both days. Friday is specifically designed for pastors and ministry staff. Saturday morning is for both pastors and church leaders. Copies of Dr. Slaikeu's "Preferred Path Core Course" will be available for purchase.
Pastors may take advantage of scholarship opportunities through ABC USA. Information and application forms for scholarships may be downloaded HERE.
Hotels nearby include the Hampton Inn (740-788-8991); Courtyard by Marriott (740-344-1800); and Doubletree by Hilton (740-322-6455). Please contact the hotels direction for reservations.
There have been changes to the administration of scholarship applications for summer camp ministries at Kirkwood. Please be aware that scholarship applications are due by May 15, 2017 in the ABC Ohio office. Download the Scholarship Application Form HERE!
Recently, Matthew 25 Ministries of Cincinnati purchased Camp Kirkwood from the Miami Baptist Association. Kirkwood will still provide ABC related camping, but at a discount (see application).
However, for Kirkwood, ABC/OHIO will have to process the scholarships through the Region Office instead of the camp itself. Scholarship Application Deadline is May 15, 2017.
Scholarship Awards will be mailed to the churches in June. Churches must submit all the applications together to Leslie Hoskinson at the ABC/OHIO Region Office and a single award check will be mailed to the church for all its campers (see application for details).
Plan now to be a part of this wonderful opportunity! The Cleveland Baptist Association presents "Urban Ministry in the 21st Century: Understanding the Times" May 3-6, 2017. It is going to be an amazing urban ministry event. There will be a variety of workshops and seminars addressing issues of importance to the 21st century Church. Information, registration and schedule of events can be found at cbacleveland.org.
Postmodernism, rapidly changing and competing social expectations, political antagonism and a host of other stressors particular to our moment in history challenge the integrity of religious life on a multiplicity of levels. Concerns regarding denominational well-being, congregational health, vitality and renewal, even the relevancy of Christianity are issues facing the Church in today’s changing society.
Issues of domestic and community violence; the destructive effects of mass incarceration on the urban community; human trafficking; economic, social and racial oppression; interfaith hostility; response to our immigrant and LGBTQ friends and neighbors, are of particular concern to those of us who minister in the urban context.
This conference seeks to give voice to leading edge thinkers, speakers and preachers who are addressing, responding and making a positive impact on these critical issues.
Keynote speakers and presenters include Dr. Tony Campolo, Dr. Frederick Haynes, Rev. Dr. Kirk Byron Jones, Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, Rev. Daniel Buttry, Rev. Courtney Jenkins, Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley and gospel artist Geoffrey Golden.
For more information include registration materials and schedules, go to cbacleveland.org!
The West Virginia Mission Trip June 18 to 24, 2017 is an opportunity for ABC Ohio students to work with adult supervision as they seek to make a difference in the lives of families and communities impacted by last year's flood. The group will work in and around Clendenin, West Virginia. This experience will seek to build faith, community and compassion while being a witness for Jesus Christ. Pastor Howard Thompson of Market Street Baptist Church in Zanesville is the mission team leader. Download the American Baptist Youth Ohio 2017 Event Brochure HERE!
On June 23, 2016, thunderstorms brought torrential rain to most of West Virginia. Accumulations totaled up to 10 inches in many areas in only 24 hours qualifying this as a 1,000 year rain event.
There was widespread destruction throughout the state. This trip will give our students an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ as a part of the on-going cleanup of the flood damage.
Emerson and Ivy Wu will be in Ohio this September 2017.
Speaker opportunities with the Wu's are available for our American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations.
Please contact Leslie Hoskinson or 740.587.0804 if you would like to schedule a speaking opportunity with the Wu's.
The Rev. Ivy and Emerson Wu serve as the directors of the Global Chinese Training Ministry.
The Speakers' Spotlight focuses on those speakers who might be of interest to our American Baptist Churches of Ohio congregations.
Ms. Maria Averhart, Ms. Helen Hawthorne and Ms. Valerie Moore of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield, Ohio will receive the 2017 Shine the Light Award from American Baptist Women's Ministries. The award is presented to outstanding light-bearers for Christ in mission and ministry. A time of special recognition takes place during Women's Day, on Friday, June 30 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Shine the Light Award was created in 2011 by the American Baptist Women's Ministries national board with the goal of recognizing Amercan Baptist women who have made outstanding strides in sharing the Gospel. The ABWM National Board is pleased to present this award to Ms. Averhard, Ms. Hawthorne and Ms. Moore who have heeded the call to "let [their] light shine before others, so that [all] may see [their] good works and give glory to [their] Father who is in heaven," (Matthew 5:16). Continue reading to find out more about our ABC Ohio women who will receive this special award...