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Rev. Dr. Marcia Patton

Executive Minister






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  Marcia’s Musings:  Its All About Relationships




It is all about relationships is a phrase we have often repeated in Evergreen from the very beginning. We treasure the individual relationships we have, we rejoice at the growing relationships between churches and we are excited about the development of our caucuses and the intra-caucus relationships. We put in our by-laws that our caucuses need to have relationship with the ABC/USA ethnic caucuses (except for the Euro Caucus since there isn’t one at the ABC/USA level). In addition to the ABC/USA caucus relationships, there are additional organizations at the ABC/USA level that are integral to our wellbeing.


Our name includes our relationship with other American Baptist Churches around the country. We are Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches. As such that means we have responsibilities with 32 other Regions that make up the regional bodies of churches. Together we support the American Baptist mission in the Office of the General Secretary http://www.abc-usa.org, which helps us make connections with other ABC/USA Regions, connects us nationally with other faith groups, makes sure our mission dollars go where intended and takes care of those in-the-background administrative tasks that keep our records up to date. Together we support International Ministries https://internationalministries.org which seeks to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God’s reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation. And together we support the American Baptist Home Mission Societies http://abhms.org  which answers God’s call to live out Christian faith through ministry that strengthens congregations and connects with communities beyond church walls—ministry that encourages and nurtures disciple-makers who shout the Good News of Jesus Christ and impact our world with God’s love.


In addition there are other American Baptist Agencies which help us do our mission:  American Baptist Women’s Ministries http://www.abwministries.org, the American Baptist Historical Society http://abhsarchives.org, and the American Baptist Foundation http://www.abcofgiving.org to name a few. We also have direct relationship with our seminary on the west coast, American Baptist Seminary of the West, http://www.absw.edu.


That’s a lot of relationships! It is an amazing family which accomplishes amazing things. Together, wonderful ministries are made possible! If any one of the entities stood alone, the work could not be accomplished; together God’s work is being done around the world. I hope you join with me in giving God thanks for these relationships. Next month I’ll write about even more relationships that we have, some of which are a bit closer to home.


Marcia



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