UNITED MISSION IS THE VEHICLE

The Stories

As American Baptists, we serve as the hands and feet of Christ. We’re doing what we can to heal a hurting world. This means feeding the hungry; empowering pastors, lay leaders & youth to spread Christ’s love; protecting the environment; promoting Christian unity and more.

United Mission is the vehicle that makes this happen. United Mission is the simple, efficient way American Baptists pool financial resources to maximize the amount of good we can do. These funds are used to connect resources with needs, resulting in meaningful change – and it’s all for God’s greater glory!

We believe God is pleased when God’s people send a message of unity to the world. United Mission engages us in ministry with people and purposes we would never know if we merely ‘shopped around’ on our own for good causes. We believe God has goals for us beyond our own awareness. United Mission is a healthy way to support the work of the Kingdom.”

– Allen Reasons
Pastor, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, Huntington, WV

Stories

Christian Unity

United Mission Promotes Christian Unity

Our region is now home to a large immigrant community. Our congregation is small, but we still wanted to be of service to these people. Thanks, in part, to United Mission funding, we were able to partner with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to create the Center Latino. There, we work together in partnership to provide a safe place for the Latino/Latina community to learn English, access computers, address immigration issues, and successfully integrate into the larger local community.


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United Mission helps us work together in ecumenical harmony to accomplish God’s work. The vital services provided by the Center Latino are funded in part by United Mission, helping us serve as the hands and feet of Christ.

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This is a personal story from Pastor Timm Ashley, ABC of Wisconsin

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Pastoral Education

United Mission Funds Pastoral Education

Many of the people who want to serve the Church locally aren’t in a position in their lives where they can relocate to pursue their theological education. They have families and jobs here in the Milwaukee area. So, working in partnership with ABC Wisconsin, and with the support of United Mission, we opened a fully accredited extension campus of Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Today, students can pursue a four year degree right in their own backyard, working with a faculty and staff of local people who understand the concerns and issues that are most relevant right here, where graduates will serve as pastors or lead other ministries.

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Seminary study provides tomorrow’s pastors and leaders with a solid Biblical foundation as well as the hands-on skills they’ll need to help American Baptists grow closer to God, equipping them to serve as the hands and feet of Christ.

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This is a personal story from Pastor Timm Ashley, ABC of Wisconsin

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Helping Churches Thrive

United Mission Helps Emerging Churches Thrive

Our church began as a Mission Church. We were a congregation of immigrants, who needed a place to worship. In those early days, we had absolutely no resources. We met in other churches, on Sunday afternoon, after they’d had their weekly services. A missionary served as our Pastor – we couldn’t pay her, so ABC Wisconsin did. If it wasn’t for their support, this church wouldn’t be here today.

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Today, our support of United Mission is rooted in a deep feeling of gratitude. It’s due to the generosity of others that our church is here at all.

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This is a personal story from Reverend Judy King, ABC of Wisconsin

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Faith In Action

United Mission is the Way American Baptists Show Their Faith In Action

We were in a position where we didn’t have a pastor. Being a small church limited us financially. Through the help of United Mission, we were able to hire a pastoral consultant who worked with us as we created a Ministry Committee, which equipped various congregation members to serve in vital leadership roles. One of us would become the pastor we needed. After working with us for a while, the consultant said, “Judy, that pastor should be you.”

At first, my jaw dropped. But I received tremendous support, through United Mission and the larger American Baptist community, to pursue my education and make it happen. I said, “I’ll try this for a year.” It’s been ten years now.

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Because we have had such support from ABC Wisconsin and United Mission, we’ve been able to have a place for the Chinese community in Milwaukee to worship for over 50 years.

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This is a personal story from Reverend Judy King, ABC of Wisconsin

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Regional Support

United Mission Supports Regional Offices

United Mission supports regional offices, and churches depend on regional offices – a lot. There are so many things a church needs to do where having a knowledgeable, personal contact makes all of the difference. As churches navigate change, whether that means finding qualified pastoral candidates who are a good match for the congregation, to integrating technology into everyday operations, dealing with financial issues and more, the regional offices are a vital support network. They help make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Every church benefits from their oversight and connections.

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American Baptist Churches has been blessed with great diversity. We have little congregations and big ones; rural churches and urban ones. United Mission makes it possible to truly appreciate those gifts, celebrating everyone’s passion through a range of personal ministries.

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This is a personal story from Mrs. Pam Weisser, ABC of Wisconsin

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Supports Missionary Work

The American Baptist Church has a committed presence in the Congo. Our missionaries have started and continue to run much needed hospitals and schools. We provide pastoral training and are there to help Congolese congregations thrive. United mission support helps ensure that ABCUSA can be there, even through the bad times. We’ve been able to hang in there when other churches have had to leave.

Our congregation is personally involved with supporting a family as they go through language and skills training to serve in the Congo. Most missionaries are great at what they do – but they’re not great fundraisers. It’s a disservice to them to use their passion and energy chasing dollars. Being able to rely on United Mission and the support of the American Baptists makes all the difference.

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United Mission provides education and raises awareness of ABCUSA’s many international ministries, in the Congo and around the world. United Mission is there to support those who are called to serve.

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This is a personal story from Pastor Everett Curry, ABC of Central Pacific Coast

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Expands Our Vision

When I was growing up in the Northern Baptist church, every missionary who came around would tell us what their ministry was. We’d hear about the Agricultural Mission, for example, and so we’d support that. But we didn’t hear about every project the church was involved in. United Mission is an educational resource. It expands our vision by letting us know the full range of work American Baptists are involved in as we work to serve as the hands and feet of Christ.

United Mission allows our church to work together as a family. This builds a level of trust among us. We know that everyone’s concerns are being heard, and that through our process, we can act to make sure everyone’s needs are addressed.

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United Mission helps American Baptists know about ministries that occur outside of their own home church. We’re a diverse group who knows how to work together. United Mission allows us to work on a greater scope and do a greater amount of good than any one church could do alone.

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This is a personal story from Pastor Everett Curry, ABC of Central Pacific Coast

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Nurtures a Sense of Belonging

United Mission Strengthens the ABC Family

Contributing to United Missions is our church’s way of supporting the denomination and the region. We enjoy being a meaningful part of the wider work of the denomination. It means we play a part in making more ministries happen. We’re proudly American Baptists, and we’re historically committed to the idea that the local church should support the wider church. Giving to United Mission is an expression of love for our family.

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Supporting United Mission fosters the feelings of closeness and connection our congregation feels with the denomination as a whole. We give in confidence that these ministries are worthy of our support.

This is a personal story from Dennis Johnson, West Virginia Baptist Convention

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Holds the Kite Strings

In our congregation, we have mentioned that sending missionaries throughout the world as well as reaching local ministries here in Rhode Island is like sending out many different kites. Someone needs to hold the kite strings. United Mission administers and oversees the many ministries in which our American Baptist family is involved.
We cannot do everything, but everyone can do something. When we give through United Mission, we know that the money goes to the vital ministries of our denominational family. They hold the kite strings, so the wind doesn’t blow our collective efforts away. This role United Mission plays is vital and also the reason the overhead is very small.

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United Mission’s administrative role behind the scenes enables American Baptists to engage in multiple ministries, both here in the United States and all around the world. By pooling financial resources and administrative responsibilities, United Mission maximizes the impact of our giving.

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This is a personal story from Rev. Dr. Reppa Cottrell, ABC of Rhode Island

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Helping Young People Know Jesus

Rhode Island is such a small state. The size makes it really obvious to see United Mission’s impact through Regional Ministries. The work of United Mission can be seen especially in Youth Ministries and the Camping Program. Every year, there’s a local camp where children can spend a week, really getting to know Jesus and deepening their faith. The total cost of the camping program far exceeds what families could be asked to pay: United Mission picks up the rest, making a truly life-changing faith experience possible for American Baptist youth.

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Supporting American Baptist youth and helping them grow in their faith is a vital part of United Mission’s purpose. Through camp programs, conferences, and youth and children’s ministries, your support of United Mission helps prepare the next generation to live meaningful, faith-filled lives.

This is a personal story from Rev Johnathan Malone, ABC of Rhode Island

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Ensures American Baptists are Present in the World

Our congregation appreciates how United Mission enables the American Baptists to be a visible and active participant on the world stage. It is through United Mission support that our churches are represented at the Baptist World Alliance, on the Baptist Joint Committee, World Relief, and other Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries. It’s important that we’re part of these larger conversations as we move forward with our work of serving as the hands and feet of Christ.

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Support for United Mission makes possible multi-faceted opportunities for American Baptists to be engaged in leadership roles and in conversations on significant church issues on national and international levels. These broad ministries are too big a job for any one congregation to take on. Working together through United Mission, we can be represented at the table.

This is a personal story from Rev Johnathan Malone, ABC of Rhode Island

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Share Your Story

United Mission has an impact on every single American Baptist congregation. We’d love to hear your story. Maybe you attended the Biennial Mission Summit. Perhaps you’ve grown in your own faith and learned how to spread Christ’s love to others. It could be that the very act of giving brought you closer to God.

Tell Us About It

How United Mission Works

Who United Mission Supports

As American Baptists, we know that God’s family extends beyond our local churches. United Mission gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our caring and commitment to congregations on the regional, national and global level. As we give, we also receive: 2/3rds of all United Mission dollars are dedicated to regional initiatives, including leadership training, church planting, pastoral development, youth ministries, local church support and disaster response.

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In 2016, United Mission will strengthen:

  • ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary
  • Advocacy Initiatives (National and International)
  • American Baptist Caucuses
  • American Baptist Churches Communications
  • American Baptist Churches Information Systems
  • American Baptist Historical Society
  • American Baptist Home Mission Societies
  • American Baptist Men
  • American Baptist Women’s Ministries
  • American Baptist National Support Staff
  • American Baptist Personnel Services
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
  • Biennial Mission Summit
  • Board of General Ministries
  • Camps and Conference Centers
  • Career Centers
  • Caring Ministries
  • Christian Centers
  • Church Finance and Administration Support
  • Church Growth and Spiritual Health Resources
  • Church Leadership Education
  • Clergy Continuing Education
  • Colleges, Seminaries and Universities
  • Congregational Conversations
  • Disaster Response
  • Discipleship & Christian Education Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries
  • Education and training of pastors, lay leaders and youth in congregational empowerment
  • Equipping churches for community mission
  • Evangelism Resources
  • Grants and Scholarships
  • Hispanic Ministries
  • Intercultural Ministries
  • International Ministries
  • Immigration and Refugee Services
  • Justice Ministries
  • Local Churches
  • Mission Initiative Fund
  • Mission Resource Development
  • Missional Church Transformation
  • National & International Disaster Response Awareness
  • Ordination standards and councils
  • Orientation to American Baptist Life
  • Pastoral Search Guidance
  • Peace and Refuge Initiatives
  • Pulpit Supply
  • Regional Ministries
  • Regional Support Staff
  • Rhythms of the Spirit
  • Stewardship Resources
  • Theological Conferences, Reflections and Witness
  • Transformed by the Spirit Initiative
  • Transition Ministries (formerly Interim Ministries)
  • Volunteer Ministries
  • Women In Ministry
  • World Relief Committee
  • Youth and Children’s Ministries
  • And more!

How You Can Help

Are You Ready to Get on Board?

  • We need your help spreading the word about United Mission to all American Baptists. If you have a story to share about how United Mission has played a role in your life or want to get connected, please let us know.

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