Events

173rd Annual Gathering

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV

Thank you to all who made this year's event possible and for all those
who attended and contributed to this blessed gathering.

October 13-14, 2017

American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin
at Green Lake Conference Center

Our American Baptist family from across the state joined for Christ-centered fellowship, worship, and equipping for ministries and mission. 2017 begins our journey under the vision, Together Living Faithfully Through Christ Today, responding to the imperatives of rootedness, collaboration, growth, and transformation, and inspired by Ephesians 3:18-19. This year's Annual Gathering focused on Rootedness.

Reflections from the Annual Gathering

(by Regional Executive Minister, Wisconsin Baptist November 2017)

2017 State of the Region Report

2017AnnualGathering_ProgramBooklet Final

2017 Annual Gathering Draft Minutes

Learnings from Mission Table Conversations - Saturday Morning Plenary

Event Photos:

 

Story Telling Event – PRMBC

On February 11, 2017, CENTRAL Wisconsin held a Story Telling event, hosted by Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.  These stories were the culmination of work for a course taught at the seminary in the Fall of 2016 and Winter 2017.

We now have these stories gathered together and linked here on YouTube.

Here’s the whole PLAYLIST.

Here’s each video, referenced by the story teller:

Amos Green  “165 Years Old … and Still Growing”

Darlene Turner-Harper “A Gift of Encouragement”

Reggie Ivy  “What God has Joined Together”

Delores Wilkins  “The Vision Unfolds”

Carolyn Parker  “Taking Care of Ms Taylor”

Brice Smith  “How She Got Here: The 170-Year Progressive Call of Underwood”

Kendrick Allen  “Pioneers of Faith”

 

Many thanks to our Story Tellers.  Thanks also to Dallas Flippin who filmed the stories and prepared the video for publishing.

Join Us For Faith and Fellowship Day With The Milwaukee Bucks

The Third Annual ABC/WI Faith and Fellowship Day is happening on Sunday, February 25, 2018.  Friends and family of ABC/Wisconsin are invited to come out and enjoy Wisconsin’s NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks, play the New Orleans Pelicans at 2:00 PM on Faith and Family Day at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  There are a limited number of tickets available on a first come first serve basis.  Tickets for the event are $16 (a $10 per ticket savings) and are in section 435, rows G – K.  Post-game activities include a free throw for kids, live interview with a Bucks player, and a message from Buck’s Chaplain Chip Bernhard!

Get all the information and an order form here.

“Signs of Advent” online series

advent: [Latin: adventus] – the coming or arrival; a season of preparation for the arrival of the Christ

During this special 2017 Advent Series individuals gathered on a supportive online platform to encourage one another in their search for God’s voice, movement, and presence in the world. Each Monday evening was led by a different POST community member, and we welcomed both regulars and new participants throughout the series.

 

The Circuit Project: Small Church Resourcing

PURSUING FAITHFUL FUTURES: Small Church Training Event
A training for pastors and lay leaders of small churches on the journey of faithful community, purpose, and mission.

Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, 2018
Camp Tamarack, Waupaca, WI

Featuring Guest Trainers: Heidi Unruh and William M. Kondrath

Click HERE an informational flyer.
Deadline to Register: February 18.
Contact Marie Onwubuariri for more information.

Guest Trainers:

Rev. Bill Kondrath, M.Ed., D.Min.

After working for nearly two decades as a congregational pastor in three different settings, Bill taught graduate courses on leading change, collaborative leadership, multiculturalism, and affective competence, and coordinated the internship program for Episcopal Divinity School. For two years he served as editor of the Journal of Religious Leadership. Bill has been a consultant for Visions, Inc., a multicultural consulting and training collective for 18 years. Skilled in institutional analysis and change as well as executive coaching, Bill has written extensively on leadership, creativity, and change; understanding and celebrating differences; and the role of feelings in leadership and community building.  He is author of God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences (Alban, 2008) and Facing Feelings in Faith Communities (Alban, 2013), as well as a chapter in Trouble the Water (Nurturing Faith, 2017), edited by Marie Clare P. Onwubuariri, Michael-Ray Matthews, and Cody J. Sanders. Several of his articles are available for free download at www.billkondrath.com.

Heidi Unruh

Heidi Unruh supports churches in living out their calling to love their neighbors. As director of the Congregations, Community Outreach and Leadership Development Project, her mission is to help leaders in the Body of Christ put big ideas into practice, so that ministry can thrive. She offers missional training, consulting and coaching, and has helped develop a variety of practical resources for churches, many available on www.urbanministry.org. Books she has coauthored include Churches That Make a Difference; Hope for Children in Poverty; and The Salt & Light Guidebook. She has team-taught courses on community ministry at Central Baptist Seminary and Palmer Seminary. In her home community of Hutchinson, KS, she and her husband work with Circles of Hope, supporting families on a path out of poverty. Heidi is an alumna of Wheaton College and has a degree in Theology and Public Policy from Palmer Seminary.

 

“Foolish Love” Online Series

MONDAYS IN LENT – in the location of your choosing 

If you’re looking for a community to walk with during this Lenten season, join the POST for our special “Foolish Love” series. Mondays in Lent for 45 minutes: just what you need to recalibrate with faith as we follow in the steps of Jesus.