The AnnualGathering 2020
September 21-26, 2020
Renewal. Breathe into us, O God.
COMPLETED | Sept. 8 *RECORDED
Creating Engagement in Worship, learn new tools from a leader in Taize and other worship styles! Learn how to make "worship matter" both online and in-person during this uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COMPLETED | Sept. 14 *RECORDED
David & Joyce Reed
Can Prayer Be Silent? Discover what God might be speaking to us during both the mess and the miracles of this COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will present "silence and solitude" as some of the most notable practices of Jesus's spiritual journey. And, participants will discover the tools for increasing trust, self-regulation, and "grounding" in these uncertain days.
COMPLETED | Sept. 21 *RECORDED
Dr. Stan Slade
Join us for People of the Spirit: Using the Manuscript Bible Study Method. This is a two-session workshop to introduce the Manuscript Bible Study with examples from how Luke tells the story of the early Christian movement.
Two digitally-provided selections from the Book of Acts will help to focus on the way our movement grew initially in both Samaria and Ephesus. This workshop also will highlight the principles that can help us respond faithfully to the mission God is calling us to pursue in the time of COVID-19.
Please review these two resources BEFORE the workshop:
Discovering Ruach ... a time to breathe in God ...
Click to watch a special invitation to Ruach!
2020 Gathering Highlights:
EngagingWorship with Communion | Sept. 25 |
EmpoweringWorkshops all month
ExcitingMission Mondays | Sept. 28-Oct. 26 |
We may not be able to "gather" in one physical place ...
but instead, we gather spiritually and virtually so that
many may "gather together" in 2020.
Workshop Series 2020
Listed below are the various national and regional reports for our 2020 Annual Gathering. We invite you to please review the reports before the Business Meeting at 9-10:30 a.m. on Sept. 26, so that you might contact the appropriate individual with any further questions. We also encourage you to bookmark this page so that you might be able to reference these video reports as often as needed in preparation for the Business Meeting. Thank you for taking the time to walk this "Ruach" journey with us this year in an unprecedented manner as we participate TOGETHER in the Annual Gathering.
UPDATES FROM THE ABC-USA
Acting General Secretary Jeff Woods
A National ABC Outlook for 2020 and Beyond.
Dr. C. Jeff Woods serves as Interim General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Prior to serving as Interim General Secretary, Woods served as Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries. In this role, Dr. Woods worked to encourage the health and vitality of the 33 regional judicatories coast to coast throughout the United States. Other denominational positions include serving as the Executive Minister of the Ohio Region and four pastorates within the ABC Region of Indiana. Read more.
UPDATES FROM INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES
IM CEO Sharon Koh
A Year to Remember ...
As the CEO of the organization (International Ministries) that both supports and also sends forth our Global Servants, Sharon Koh has taken the time to share some reflections about God's missional work in 2020, as well as to share some optimistic outlooks for the year ahead. Read more.
AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETIES
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray
As executive director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Judson Press, Dr. Jeffrey Haggray finds the heart of his ministry in motivating Christians to impact communities with their deeply-held faith; encouraging emerging leaders to discern and respond to God’s call; and emphasizing God’s loving concern for humanity’s well-being, wholeness and justice.
UPDATES FROM MMBB SERVICES
Louis P. Barbarin
Louis P. Barbarin, CPA, initially joined MMBB’s staff as assistant treasurer and has since served as treasurer, CFO and deputy executive director before assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining MMBB, Louis served as the deputy executive director and treasurer of the American Baptist Board of Education and Publication. Other experiences include serving as controller and acting vice president of finance at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and a professional career at the accounting firm of KPMG. Read more.
AMERICAN BAPTIST WOMENS MINISTRIES
Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain
Reverend Dr. Gina C. Jacobs-Strain loves the Lord and gave her life to Christ when she was in elementary school. She presently serves as the executive director for American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) and is a member of the National Executive Council for American Baptist Churches, USA. American Baptist Women’s Ministries is a Christ-centered ministry which encourages and empowers women, young women, and girls to serve God. Read more.
AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran
Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran is passionate about local churches and helping them become the incarnated body of Christ in their community. He has served as Executive Minister for ABCRM since March of 2008 and has been involved in coaching pastors and local churches since 2003 after 18 years of pastoring local churches. Read more.
AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Karen joined the ABCRM staff in 2007 with a strong financial and hospitality background. After spending over 35 years in the restaurant industry, she enjoys using her technical skills (CPA and EMBA) to help the ABCRM staff work with churches, camps and individuals in the Rocky Mountain region reach their world for Christ. Read more.
The 2020 Annual Gathering doesn't just end on Sept. 26 ...
Join us each Monday from Sept. 28 to Oct. 26 for exciting reports from our Global Servants with regional connections -- and for the chance to ask questions during a LIVE conversation time during the Zoom video call. Please stay tuned for further updates to this section. Thank you.