SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020
All programming will take place on the Zoom online platform.
ANNUAL MEETING | For delegates
A session for delegates to include elections of new members to the Board of Managers and Nominating Committee members, reports from the region staff and Board officers, and general updates and announcements regarding our regional family.
10:15-11:45 AM | Select 1 from 5 options
A – COVID Changes "Idea-Swap" – presented by Commission on Congregational Mission of ABC Wisconsin
Members of the Commission will form a panel, sharing how their different churches (and organizations) have adapted and changed in response to the COVID crisis (both success and failure). This sharing will then be opened up to participants in the workshop. Commission members on the panel will include: Rev. Walt Hoshaw, pastor, First Baptist Church, Beloit; Rev. Terry West, Associate Minister, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Milwaukee; Rev. Mark Weisser, pastor, First Baptist Church, West Allis. Other participants on the panel will be: Dianna Brophey, Summer Camp Director, Camp Tamarack Transformed; and Rev. Holly Anderle, pastor, First Baptist Church, Racine.
B – Bible Study on “Transformation” – presented by Rev. Dr. Demetrius Williams, pastor, Community Baptist Church, Milwaukee
Dr. Williams will be sharing reflections on the theme of "Transformation" through a Biblical lens, drawing on particular examples from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. The transformation of characters will be highlighted. Workshop participants will be invited to discuss the transformation seen in these Biblical narratives, with an eye for what might be applied to their own lives.
C – Reshaping Church: Learning from Unplanned Transformation – presented Rev. Dr. Angela Jackson of Central Baptist Theological Seminary and Rev. Dr. Ircel Harrison (blog here) of Pinnacle Leadership Associates
How is your church responding to the unexpected events and increasing volatility in our world? Are you energized and ready for a new, still emerging season of ministry together? What happens when a pandemic, a liminal season, or a crisis lasts much longer than you expected? Join us as we consider these questions and explore practical tools for reflecting on unpredictable experiences, processing them in community, and using them to grow more fully into your unique expression of the Body of Christ.
D - Baptist History and Polity: The Associational Principle - presented by Rev. Dr. Pam Durso, president, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
What is the Baptist "Associational Principle"? Why do we Baptists relate to one another in the way that we do? All Baptist churches have "autonomy," but many choose to work together. Why? Dr. Durso will provide a brief historical account of this important principle for how Baptists "do" church. Workshop participants will be invited to reflect upon a) why this principle is so important to church life and b) how this principle might be embodied and embraced in new and unique ways today.
E - BURMESE Bible Study on "Transformation" - presented by Rev. Stanley Cung, pastor, Emmanuel Chin Baptist Church, Greenfield
Pastor Stanley Cung will lead a Bible Study on "Transformation" in the Burmese language for all our sisters and brothers from Myanmar. He will explore "Transformation," drawing on Biblical characters and themes for how we might see transformation in our lives.
LUNCH SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA
Hear greetings and a word on transformation from Interim General Secretary Dr. Jeff Woods, including a brief update on the wider family of American Baptist Churches USA. Feel free to "bring your lunch to the Zoom Room!"
1:00-1:45 PM | Select 1 from 3 options
FACILITATED CONVERSATIONS: Intimate Conversations about Important Matters.
This will be an opportunity to share your thoughts on a topic in a small group setting, but it is also an important opportunity to develop the essential skill of LISTENING.
A – Racial Justice facilitated by Rev. Walter Lanier, pastor, Progressive Baptist Church, Milwaukee
How are you personally and/or as a faith community engaging in the work of racial justice? What resources might you need from the ABC Wisconsin network? What collaborations are emerging/might emerge?
B – Post-COVID Emerging Ministries facilitated by Rev. Betsy Perkins, pastor, First Baptist Church, Delavan
All churches have had to pivot during the pandemic. What ministry approaches and activities have been helpful to you and your churches in pursuing your mission and how might these be further developed post-pandemic? What profound changes are you beginning to see or wondering about might emerge in the future? What are your emerging ministry needs?
C – 2020 – Stories of Faith facilitated by Rev. Jason Mack, pastor, Underwood Memorial Baptist Church, Wauwatosa
How has your faith been tested, stretched, and/or strengthened during 2020? In this session, participants will be invited to a time of story-telling and story-listening. Each will be invited to share a story of faith from 2020 in small groups. Emphasis will be on listening and hearing each other's stories without comparison to one's own story. Listening prompts will be offered to help develop the enriching skill of listening, fostering appreciation for one another's journey.
Worship this year will be online, like so many of our churches in this strange season. It will include music from various corners of the state, preaching from ABC/WI Regional Executive Minister, Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, and comments from ABC/WI President, Rev. Fred Oaks.