The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts
Churches Partnering To Transform Lives and Communities

167 Prescott Street
Groton, MA 01450
(978) 448-1445
Fax: (978) 448-0025

Who To Contact For Assistance

2014 Church & Professional Leadership Directory

Change is Good!
New is Fun!

This has been a year of great, new changes at the Grotonwood Camp and Conference Center. New faces! New ideas! New Renovations! New Campers and New Retreaters!

One change in the near future is that we will NOT host the annual Grotonwood Day event.

Instead plans are underway for a brand new event, later in the year, when families and friends have more time to spend with us. What we are planning is new, and we are getting excited about it because you will see Grotonwood in a whole new way.

Can you guess what it is?

Stay tuned for further updates and follow Grotonwood on Facebook.

Fall Awakening for Youth 2014: November 14-16
Register online. $100 per student, youth leader attends for free.

Got any questions? Call the camp at (978) 448-5763.

JUNE issue

Mission & Stewardship newsletter.

Back To School: How Churches Can Partner with Local Schools

How Churches Can Prevent Suicide

2014 Archive
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun

Jul | Aug

The Church of Tomorrow

The Art and Practice of Cannibalism

Executive Minister Tony Pappas Announces Plan to Retire.
Read the full text of his announcement to our regional family.

Search Committee Formation Underway
The Board of Directors is in the process of forming the Executive Minister Search Committee as outlined by our bylaws and has asked for the input of the Associations to submit names to the Board for consideration to serve as At-Large members. Individuals may also submit names for consideration but need to do so through his/her association. Read about the process and download the forms to submit a name for consideration.

Got Mission? Let Your Light Shine

At the DoubleTree by Hilton in Leominster, MA


Permission Slip

Schedule of Events

Workshop Offerings


Rev. Glynis LaBarre
Transformation Strategist,
American Baptist
Home Mission Societies

Jannell Davis
in Brazil

Steve and Nancy James
Workshops Include
South Providence Neighborhood Ministries • Project New Hope
• Teen Challenge • Misson Trips • Promoting God's Peace

Program for Children and Youth at the Heifer Farm

Participate in a Hands-On Missions Project

Exhibits • Fellowship & Worship • Music and more!
Call the DoubleTree at 978-534-9000 and mention "TABCOM MissionWorks" when calling. Rooms and rates subject to availability.


Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) Workshop
Saturday, November 8, 2014 • 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
First Baptist Church of Worcester (111 Park Avenue)

Would your congregation like to lower its utility bills? Would you like to do what you can to decrease your use of fossil fuels, and the contribution they make to global warming? Are you interested in learning more about solar energy?

Mass. Interfaith Power & Light's Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshop covers all this and more, showing you how to evaluate 24 questions that will give you a comprehensive view of your house of worship's energy us and the largest opportunities for savings.

In this half-day session conducted by MIP&L you will learn:

  • How to track your energy use, cost and carbon footprint
  • How to find no-cost and low cost projects that can have a big impact on your electricity and heating bills
  • How to evaluate energy using equipment and systems to determine whether they should be updated Incentives, rebates and other financial help available through utility companies
  • How to get solar panels with no upfront cost.

There will be a modest fee per person to attend the workshop. Go to SHOW Registration and Details.

Money and Your Ministry
Thursday, October 9, 2014 • 9:30 A.M. • Cost: $75
Andover Newton Theological School

Is your church facing a budget crisis? Is your salary stagnant? Does your church fight about money—or keep secrets about it? This presentation by Margaret Marcuson will help you learn a way to understand what's really going on (in us and in others) when money becomes an issue in congregational life, and how to lead around money with lowered anxiety and more clarity. What you will take away with you: a new way to approach the money challenges we all face at church. Registration

Introduction to Interim Ministry
Thursday, October 22 • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Cost: $50
First Baptist Church of Worcester (111 Park Avenue)

The Conference of Baptist Ministers in MA will have a workshop to provide continuing education, resources and support to those who want to serve as Interim Ministers. The cost of $50 includes lunch. The required reading, Temporary Shepherds, may be ordered with your registration for an additional fee of $13.50. A CEU of 0.5 is available to participants. Register with Michael Harvey at and pay at the door or send check made payable to "CBMM" to: Michael Harvey, 15 Spring Valley Road, Worcester, MA 01609.

AB Women: Day of Mission & Service
Saturday, October 25 
Multiple Sites across the state

Prerequisite: Attendance at the Sept. 27 Fall Conference. Download the flyer for details or visit