Cooperative Baptist (CBF) coordinates ecumenical, nonpartisan ministry to immigrant caravan

By Marv Knox

Pastors and ministry leaders on both sides of the Mexico-United States border are gearing up to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the immigrant caravan that began in Latin America and now is marching through Mexico toward the United States.

A coalition of churches on both sides of the border, including pastors from Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa, Mexico, and from Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, met with Jorge Zapata, associate coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas, and other leaders to plan frontline ministry to the immigrants.

Key clergy involved in the effort include Alvaro Corales, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Alamo, Texas; Chad Mason, missions pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas; and Lorenzo Ortiz, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel in Laredo, Texas. They will create a Facebook page and website to provide consistent updates on the coalition’s ministry, as well as opportunities for supporting the missions endeavor.

Read more HERE

A Prayer of Lament for the Violence in America

October 27, 2018

A Prayer of Lament

Today, once again, the cries of American families are heard; this time in Pittsburgh, a few days ago it was in Louisville. The pain of our Jewish brothers and sisters joins the pain of mothers and fathers in the inner cities of America. Violence and mass killings are taking a toll on the soul of our country. It appears as though we are suffering from some kind of moral paralysis. We witness this senseless violence happening, but we are unable to say enough is enough.

Our God, we raise our voice to you this day:

– For our brothers and sisters of the Tree of Life Synagogue. “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God. Isa.40:1
– For the families of our black brother and sister killed this week in Louisville. “As one who his mother comforts, so I will comfort you… Isa. 66.13
– For the hundreds of families that have lost loved ones because of the pervasive violence throughout neighborhoods and cities in our land.
– For our callousness when we hear of someone violently killed, and we move on with our lives.
– For our community and political leaders that they may surrender their power to the will of God.

As we mourn with those who mourn today, when their tears and ours are still fresh on our cheeks, we pray that we find the moral and spiritual strength to confront the violence and other ills that are holding our country captive.

God give us courage, because we lack it today.
We need courage against the threats of violence and against its seductions.
We need courage to bear the pain of your people.
We need courage to fight against terror, trouble, violence, powers, greed, and insolence.
God, we need your help.
Strengthen us and give us the capacity to discern evil, and to confront it.
Console your loved ones who are crying today.
And grant us the courage to call out evil for what it is and confront it without fear.
In your Holy name we pray.

Rev. Carlos L. Malavé
Executive Director

Statement regarding the attack on Al Sultan Monastery

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Statement regarding that attack on Al Sultan Monastery

Global Missiology Issue

Global Missiology is a quarterly publication of contributions from international researchers, practitioners and scholars who have a global perspective.

Vol 1, No 16 (2018): Fresh Currents in Worldwide Gospel Ministry
Christianity’s worldwide spread has brought forth fresh wellsprings of gospel ministry. This issue highlights a plethora of Asian Christian leaders, both young and old as well as dispersed across much of Asia. The methodological background of seeing honor-shame contexts on their own terms is also analyzed. Moreover, lessons tied to an important southern African ministry are unpacked, continuing from the previous issue.

Read quarterly HERE

Cooperative Baptist Clergy Sexual Misconduct Task Force releases new resources

In June 2016, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Baptist Women in Ministry formally launched a joint Clergy Sexual Misconduct Task Force. Members of the task force could not have imagined two years ago the degree to which conversations about sexual abuse would dominate our popular, political and even religious culture. The #MeToo Movement caught on like wildfire on social media and, sadly, #ChurchToo soon followed.

While sexual abuse is all too common in our society, the occurrence of clergy sexual misconduct is especially tragic. Ministers who harass and abuse break trust, and wounds from that broken trust often result in a crisis of faith. How a church responds to one who is violated has lasting impact. For too long, Baptists have found shelter in a congregational polity that limits denominational liability. CBF and BWIM are committed to doing better and to leading churches and organizations in our spheres to do better as well. The time for silence and denial is long-since over.

Today, the task force is proud to release two significant resources developed for use by churches, seminaries and partnering organizations. “Safe Churches and Ministers” is an educational video that introduces this tough topic and provides much-needed definitions, statistics and stories that are designed to help churches, students and leaders take seriously their responsibility in preventing abuse. The video is accompanied by a leader guide and discussion guide and is available in both English and Spanish.

Read full article HERE

Get resource HERE

Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky: “Our mission and voice and presence in America”

Delivering the keynote address at the 19th All-American Council Banquet on Thursday, July 26, 2018 was Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, long-time Director of External Affairsof the Orthodox Church in America.

In his address, Father Leonid especially reflected on the ministries of Saints Herman, Innocent and Tikhon and their roles in planting the seeds of what today is the Orthodox Church in America.  He challenged his listeners to remain faithful to the Church’s “mission and voice and presence in America” as embodied in the life and labors of these three luminaries.

 

Read the text of Father Leonid’s address HERE

Statement on Christian Persecution in Myanmar (Burma)

 

A Statement on Christian Persecution in “Wa” Special Region (2) in Eastern Shan State Myanmar (Burma)

SEPTEMBER 27,2018

We, the Zomi Baptist Churches of America (ZBCA) is concerned about
the Christian Persecutions in “WA” Special Region(2) in Eastern State,
Myanmar. We are saddened and deeply moved to hear the report of
General Secretary of Lahu Baptist Convention in Kyaingtong to the
General Secretary of Myanmar Baptist Convention on September
25,2018.

The authorities concerned in Shan State (East), “WA” Special Region (2)
of Myanmar, locked and closed (52) Christian Churches, destroyed( 3)
churches, removed all the cherished and adored venerable antiques
memorials of Christians, closed Hutong Lahu Bible School, detained (92)
Pastors and kidnapped (41) Bible Students of both boys and girls and
drafted them to join in the armed forces by force.

We, the Zomi Baptist Churches of America (ZBCA) condemned these
incidents as human rights concerned and ask for your prayers and support
for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted in
Myanmar (Burma).

 

Statement by the Zomi Baptist Churches of America (ZBCA)

Black Public Theology and Race in America

 

On Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2018, Fuller Seminary’s William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies will host a public symposium on “Black Public Theology and Race in America”. Taking place on Fuller’s campus, this two-day event will engage black scholars and black church practitioners. The symposium seeks to bring the black academy and the black church into dialogue to explore ways to distill black theology and make it accessible to the black church and community.

Evening sessions of this event are free and open to the public. The day-time sessions are open to the public but tickets must be purchased online (discounts available for Fuller students, alumni, faculty, and staff). Click the link below to view the full event schedule and register online to attend.

For more information click HERE

ICCC Church Search for Senior Pastor

International Council of Community Churches

The Church in Aurora, Aurora, OH has opened up its search again for a Senior Pastor.  If you know a pastor who would be interesting in apply for this position (or want more information), please refer him or her to Ann Womer Benjamin, Chairperson of the Search Committee at th1ann@aol.com. 

Broader Support Raises UniteBoston to New Heights

(Note: UnitBostom is an innovative effort to bring together people fo faith in Boston.)

Hello friends!

This past month has been a whirlwind of testimonies and miracles! You may remember that our team decided to host our second annual worship night in the Boston Common in mid-July. We didn’t know exactly where all the resources would come from to host this large event, yet in prayer one day last month, I felt like God kept bringing to mind the name of a pastor from Highrock Church. I met him for coffee, and then incredibly, he decided to get his whole church network behind this event through funding support, and even committed to personally invite other local pastors to join in! You can read his endorsement here.

This led to a snowballing effect with other leaders in the city, such as an endorsement through the Catholic Archdiocese and an article in the Boston Pilot. Yes, this is amazing!

And what is really cool is the way that other people are taking the vision for Christian unity and running with it. At the very heart of this event was unity (so much more than just my efforts!) I worked with an amazing team of volunteers, sound technicians, and musicians to plan all of the logistics. The event on Facebook was shared 228 times, and over 49,000 people viewed the event (yes, that’s 49 thousand people! Not a typo!)

The worship night last Thursday was incredible. We had perfect weather, and an estimated 1,000 people were in attendance throughout the evening, including many people passing by who were in the park that evening. Christians of all denominations and ethnic backgrounds were also there – it was truly amazing to see the diversity of God’s people gather together to lift up the name of Jesus. The worship team did an incredible job leading us in a variety of types of music, including gospel, Christian rap, Messianic Jewish, charismatic, and traditional hymns. I helped to coordinate the sponsored tables of thirteen local churches and organizations that surrounded the perimeter of the premises. There was also great fellowship – a family reunion of sorts – and even a woman who painted canvases throughout the evening and a spontaneous dance party!

Kelly (UniteBoston Director)