ABC/WI Men’s Retreat 2019

Announcing this year’s ABC/WI Men’s Retreat, sponsored by Progressive Baptist Church and ABC/WI.

When: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – 7:30AM – 5PM (Breakfast and lunch included)
Where: Progressive Baptist Church, 8324 W. Keefe Ave. Milwaukee, WI
Cost: $15
Registration: Click HERE to register.
Questions: Contact Franklin Onwubuariri at or 510.393.8546.

Introducing: New Wineskins -Grant Program


The New Wineskins Grant Program seeks to nurture the birthing of new ministry initiatives within ABC/WI by planting seeds thru training, coaching, and financial support.


The pursuit of our Christ-centered mission calls for new paradigms, new sets of expectations, and new “containers.”

No one knows what new thing or new change will result in exactly the kingdom-results we hope for in all contexts, but through this program we hope to create a culture that is intentional, nimble, and dynamic. Ready for the unknown future, we seek to foster ideas that heed the Holy Spirit’s movement in places where Christian community is ready to be birthed.


    • New means new. This initiative is about supporting new ministries (new faith communities or missional efforts).
    • “With and among” not “to and for.” We are most excited about ministry that happens with and among people rather than to and for them.
  • New relationships. We encourage ideas that seek to reach and minister among populations currently not connected with, or who are underserved within, ABC/WI.

SAVE THE DATE: March 23rd, 2019  at Milwaukee Christian Center

Keynote speaker: Rebecca Anderson 

Stay tuned for more information and registration links.

Click here for the official flier on the program.

Want to learn more about how you can help support or be supported by the New Wineskins initiative?

Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri,

Rev. Jason Mack,

Rev. Carolyn Dugan,

Strengthening the Existing Network for Ministerial Support and Resourcing

Tuesday, November 6th 2018
12:00-1:30 PM

ABC-WI Regional Office
15330 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove

(Video-conference and phone options available for those who cannot join in person. Please see below for information on how to join via video conference.)

This collegial luncheon will focus on naming and exploring sources and supporters that assist in fostering healthy and effective ministers – both those within and beyond the ABC-WI constituency.

Some of the questions & issues we will be examining are:

  • In what areas do ministers in our region feel they need support?
  • What sources/supports are currently meeting these needs?
  • What needs are currently not being met, and what resources are available to meet those needs?

Our goal will be to clarify network strategies moving forward as we seek to resource and support ABC/WI ministers.

RSVP to by Monday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 AM to help with lunch count. Please mention any food restrictions.

To join via video conference:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or join via telephone: Dial 1 646 876 9923 Meeting ID: 899 885 984
(To see a quick user guide for Zoom, click HERE)  (but use the link above, not the link on this guide)

To prepare for our conversations, consider these “Network Principles” that will guide us as collaboratively work to strengthen our common network around for the mission of “fostering healthy and effective ministers.

Four Network Principles
(provided by American Baptist Home Mission Societies)

1. Mission, not organization: Advancing the mission takes priority over advancing the organization. Leaders adopt strategies and tactics to achieve the mission, not solely to stimulate organizational growth.
2. Trust, not control. Trust and shared values are far more important than formal control mechanisms such as contracts or accountability systems.
3. Humility, not brand. Organizations work alongside their peers as equals and willingly take a backseat when their partners are in a better position to lead.
4. Node, not hub. Those who embrace the network mindset see their organizations as one part of a larger web of activity directed toward a cause, not as the hub of the action.


ABC/WI Milwaukee Bucks Fellowship Event

TICKETS SOLD OUT as of 11/19/2018.

The 4th Annual ABC/WI Fellowship event is happening on
Friday, January 4, 2019.

Friends and family of ABC/Wisconsin are invited to come out and enjoy Wisconsin’s NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks, play the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 PM at the new Fiserv Forum.

There are a limited number of tickets available on a first come first serve basis.  Tickets for the event are $25 and are in section 224, rows 8-9.

Get all the information and download the order form HERE

2018 Advent Retreat at Camp Tamarack

Join Us at Camp Tamarack before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Christmas during the weekend of November 2nd-4th, for some time to be creative and reflect on the season.

Each session will include a meditation on the Advent themes of Faith, Hope, Joy and Love, plus an opportunity to create 6 cards of one design on the left with Heidi Olsen.

Sunday morning will include a bonus session of present tags.

If you don’t want to make cards and want to spend time working on your own projects, you are welcome to do that as well!

You can find out more information here and register for the event here.

Register by Oct 1st to secure your spot and supplies.

Fall Out of Camp 2018

Help us “fall” out of camp…October 20th  and 21st


  • Forestry – trimming trees/branches
  • Waterfront – bring in boats, raft, lifejackets
  • Winterize cabins

There are other bigger projects that still need to be done – any time, so let Kim or Carolyn know if you are interested and when you are available.

Kim Drost –


Carolyn Dugan –    


For this event let us know by 10/17 if you plan to attend.

174th Annual Gathering of ABC/WI

American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin 174th Annual Gathering for all ages

Friday-Saturday, October 12-13, 2018

Click to view/download:

Program Booklet

State of the Region Report

Friday morning Interfaith Learning Event


Summary of Saturday Plenary Learning session


Lost and found:
A blue men's jacket was found in the fellowship hall/exhibit hall after the Annual Gathering. If this is yours, please contact the ABC/WI Region office.


Rev. John W. Polite III
Friday Night Worship Leader and
Saturday Youth Track Workshop Leader

Rev. Polite is well known across our ABC denominational family for his passion for and giftedness in bridging faith and the arts—in all its various forms—and people of all cultures and generations in worship and community.  His breadth of ministry experience includes settled and interim pastorates, serving on the ABC Biennial Worship Team (2009, 2011),  Youth Ministry Resource Team, Planning and Worship teams for ABC National Youth gatherings, to name a few. He currently serves as Pastor of Granada Hills Baptist Church, CA. He earned his Master of Divinity at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees, and his BA in Communications from Cal Poly Pomona, where he was active with campus journalism, NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Campus Crusades for Christ.

Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez
ABCUSA Associate General Secretary, Women in Ministry
and Transition Ministries
Saturday Co-Preacher

Read full bio HERE.

Rev. Dr. Don Ng
ABCUSA Board of General Ministries Past President
Saturday Co-Preacher

Read full bio HERE