Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. (Romans: 12:9-13)
The 227th Annual Meeting of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York, its predecessor organizations, and the Annual Business Meetings of the Baptist Fresh Air Home Society and the Metropolitan Baptist Camps to be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018. These meeting will be hosted by Berean Baptist Church, where the Reverend Dr. Arlee Griffin, Jr., serves as Senior Pastor. Berean Baptist Church is located at 1641 Bergen Street in Brooklyn, New York 11213.
Our 2018 Annual theme Traveling Together Towards Transformation, emerging from the teachings in Romans 12, will shape our meeting. Traveling Together Towards Transformation urges us to remember that we are called to progress in our faith, to move forward, and not remain stationary. In this progression though we are not traveling alone, but are yoked with others, in community, and in faithfulness to the cross and resurrection of Christ. Traveling Together Towards Transformation looks to God for the transformation to happen so that we might be in relationship, not only with God, but in community as we share together in a common life of faith, and together engage in service and mission as American Baptists in Metropolitan New York. The theme is connected to our ABCMNY Living Our Vision and Values Strategic Plan, which urges us toward excellence to create greater opportunities to engage together in mission and ministry.
Of course we come together to tend to the business of the region, where delegates represent the interests of their congregation and the region at large; this is important work. Yet our business is inspired through worship, bible study and fellowship. The Rev. Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., will be leading us in our Bible Study. Dr. Hendricks is the Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. He is a provocative and sought out public commentator on the intersection of faith, politics and social policy in the U.S. He is the author of several books including Living Water, The Politics of Jesus and The Universe Bends Toward Justice. Our missional speaker will be Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Noted as a “powerful advocate and rising star in the sector” by the Nonprofit Times, she was named one of the nation’s top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2018. According to Tyler, “There is no limit what God can do through us to preserve religious liberty for all of God’s children.”
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 AM. The morning session will begin at 8:45 AM, and we will plan to conclude at 3:30 PM. A more detailed schedule and practical information (child care, transportation, etc.) can be found online.
Member Church Delegates
Delegates (pastor included) are sent as representatives of their church and are entitled to vote in the business meetings. It is very important that you provide information on the number and names of delegates who will represent your congregation when registering. Please refer to the invitation letter to see how many delegates your church is allowed.
Registration for Member Churches
Available again this year is online registration. This will enable you to not only submit the names of delegates, but also pay by credit card online. You will still have the option to mail a check. In addition, you can download and print a form to submit the same information by post, fax, or email if you prefer. You’ll need to know the church’s PIN number, which is provided in the invitation letter. Register member churches here.
Registration for Visitors & Friends
Beyond delegates, there is no limit to the number of visitors/friends who can attend, and we encourage you to invite all who would like to participate in worship or learn more about the American Baptist Churches. Register visitors and friends here.
Please review the Payment and Registration Practice for a complete list of costs and deadlines and our cancellation/refund policy. There is a discount for registering and prepaying early.
The deadline for discounted early bird registration is Friday, October 19, 2018.