Issue 2012.05, March 5, 2012

Comings, Goings, Celebrations, Concerns

Mission Trip to Haiti for Young Adults


Young adults (19-29 years old) have an opportunity to go to Haiti June 23 to July 28 for mission work with various American Baptist mission projects.

It won't be a typical mission trip. Building off the heritage of the Xtreme Team, IGNITE is looking at how to go deep in one's person transformation in relating to God's call to mission.

This ain’t your mama’s mission trip.  It’s not even your older sibling’s mission trip. Completely different for a new generation. Help out at a summer camp for kids in Limbe. Participate ith Hatian young adults as they serve in community outreach in Cap Haitien. Experience daily life in North Haiti where American Baptist missionaries have served for decades and are part of the community. Worship, serve and live in Port au Prince where day to day life is a challenge.

IGNITE connects young adults with God's global mission and grows future leaders.

Information and application forms are available at

Short Notices

Missionary Speakers Available July 2012 - June 2013

Kelsey family

ABC International Ministries missionary Jim and Debbie Kelsey will be returning to the States on home assignment for the coming year starting in July. They would love to visit our Michigan churches for mission conferences, ABWM meetings, pastor’s meetings or any venue you may be planning. Their home base will be in Dayton, OH, so it’s just a short trip away from Michigan.

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Debbie and Jim Kelsey assist the Evangelical Christian Baptist Union of Italy in ministry to English-speaking immigrants, particularly African congregations. This includes local church ministry and theological and ministerial training of leaders

Church Annual Reports Due April 30

The 2011 Cooperating Church Annual Report for ABC churches is due April 30.

The Report provides important information about each local congregation, including a statistical picture of the church and updated leadership listings. It also becomes part of a database for the ABC-MI and ABC-USA.

The Moderator and Treasurer information helps us to know who to target mailings to with important information and changes for your church.

Please take the time right now before your forget to complete this report and return it to us right away either in hard-copy or on the Internet at:

If you have misplaced this form, click here for a copy or contact Debbie Hart at the Region Office at 800.632.2953 ext. 221 or

Doctoral Student Seeks Input from Pastors

Calling all Pastors and Ministers from the strange, isolated and generally weird world of doctoral dissertation land! In the next 2 weeks, I need at least 50 willing (or unwilling) participants to take part in the study I have painstakingly designed. (I am still wiping away the blood, sweat and tears!)

This international study is designed to help understand the scope of relational behavior capability in ministers. For your time and trouble, I will enter your name into a random drawing (e-mails in a hat!) from the first 50 to complete the study, for a cash prize of $50. (I wish it could be more, but this out-of-work minister/chaplain/student’s purse is sadly shrinking!) The questions take about 25 minutes to complete quickly. Some questions will give you the opportunity to add your personal experiences.

When you complete the study, you can view results as they are accumulating! Results are completely anonymous, and will be published as part of a doctoral dissertation for Ecumenical Theological Seminary ( in Detroit, Michigan.

My name is…(now what was it?)…oh, yes! Yvonne. I can be reached by telephone: 519-256-5348, or by Skype, name: yvonne.miloyevich2, or at Please state “Pastor Study” and the best time to reach you!

To be one of the first 50 to take part, go to:

Metro Annual

Metro Association Annual Meeting on March 8

The Metropolitan Detroit Association of American Baptist Churches and the Detroit Baptist Union will hold their annual meetings on March 8 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Detroit, Southfield. The gathering begins with a meal at 6 p.m., followed by the meetings at 7 p.m. Click on links below for invitation letter, registration form, delegate procedures, and poster.

You may also register online.

Lael Pancake Breakfast

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Special Interest Missionaries Assigned to Michigan

The program to support Special Interest Missionaries by American Baptist Women began in 1952. This program allows us to:

Traditionally, the Special Interest Missionaries program was administered through American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABW). However, not every church has an active ABW group. To reach every church this program was expanded in recent years so each church will receive the information. This was organized in response to requests from pastors who want their congregations to learn more about American Baptist mission and to build stronger partnerships with our missionaries.

Please see this list of our missionaries serving in the United States and globally, who have been assigned to Michigan. When possible, these missionaries will be available to speak at meetings or mission events at local churches. Please note the information included in the list of missionaries about ways to support them.

Clergy Retreat Focus: "The Joy of Ministry"

Clergy Retreat

A retreat for all ABC-MI clergy will be held at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt April 23-25. Four speakers will address the theme "The Joy of Ministry."

Suggested reading for the retreat is Eugene Peterson's The Pastor: A Memoir.

Click on graphic at right to see the complete brochure, registration form, and application for New Life Grants.

Educational and Informational Webinars for Pastors and Lay Leaders

The American Baptist Churches of Michigan presents a series of free one-hour webinars led by Region pastors. You are welcome to attend any one or all four of the webinars from the convenience of your own PC. However you must register separately for each of the webinars you wish to attend. Each of the webinars consists of 30-45 minutes of presentation on the subject matter, followed by 15-20 minutes of “open mic” so that attendees can ask questions or share in the discussion. Click on button below for information and registration links. Contact Ron Cary for more information (

Editor's Trips*

The Editor

*Every edition of E-Link Online features links to articles the Editor has tripped over while wasting time surfing the Web. Posting of these links does not imply that either the Editor or the American Baptist Churches of Michigan necessarily agrees with, endorses, or otherwise puts a stamp of approval on the views expressed in them. Their value comes from whatever further thought, discussion, debate, inquiry, discernment, righteous fury, repentance, Damascus Road conversion experience, change of mind, concerted action, or occasional laugh they may provoke. Readers are invited to send their own suggestions to the Editor.