"For the love of Christ urges us on...."
--2 Corinthians 5:14.15
As part of American Baptist Churches USA, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) answers God’s call to live out Christian faith and transform individuals, congregations and communities through developing Christ-centered leaders, networks and programs committed to witness and evangelism, social justice, discipleship and mission work across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Missionaries of all types―pastors and lay leaders; chaplains and pastoral counselors; refugee sponsors; directors of neighborhood action program Christian centers; volunteers; Sunday school teachers; and new church planters―partner with ABHMS daily to minister to those in need emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. These mission partners are on the front lines of faith, bringing God’s love to those who need it most: families struggling with poverty, senior citizens suffering with illness and loneliness, children and youth flailing without guidance, former prisoners trying to re-enter society; and immigrants and refugees striving to fit into a new culture, to name a few.
The work of ABHMS reaches from Alabama to Alaska, Pennsylvania to Puerto Rico, and so much further—to the deepest parts of the human heart. You’ll find our story on the pages of this website. Please take time to visit and learn about our ministries.
2014 America for Christ Offering highlights American Baptist Home Mission Societies'
The Rev. Eddie Cruz, associate executive director for development, lifts up American Baptist heroes for social justice, reminding churches that their gifts to the America for Christ Offering support American Baptist Home Mission Societies' current justice ministries.
In the midst of today's diversity, fear abounds
The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Turner—associate executive director, Missional Life and Leadership—reminds us that hard conversations are easily put off. But in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict and the gun violence that's so much a part of our society, it's time to be in community and conversation about the tough issues that face us. Let's start here.
Sense of shared humanity common denominator at March on Washington
Michaele Birdsall, deputy director and chief financial officer, reminds us that meaningful dialogue is a foundation of community. ABHMS offers "Mosaics" (544kb PDF) to help foster dialogue in your church or small group. This tool guides multicultural conversations that connect Christians with a sacred sense of diversity and encourage finding common ground in our God-given humanity.