American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Cooperating Church Annual Reports

Link to CCAR Report Page   (a new window will open with the report form)

January 26, 2019

Dear Church Secretary, Treasurer, Moderator, Clerk and Pastors:

"I'm too busy!" In an effort to be transparent, I'm going to confess that I've said this phrase, more than a few times this month.That being said, I was reading an article and it put the thought out there that rarely does a person use that excuse or say those words, when they are doing something they like or enjoy doing.It went on to say that we can have a deadline or have something extremely important that we're working on and not feel the need to refuse another task or beg off of handling something more, if the job is something we feel matters and is significant.

It made me wonder if in the course of all that you might have going on and all the different responsibilities that might pull you in several directions, asking you to complete the Church Annual Report is one of those things that might make you want to answer, "I'm too busy!"

I want to be sure that you know that the information you give is important to many parts of the American Baptist family. Knowing how many members you have, how many Baptisms took place, verifying any change in pastoral leadership, information about your over-all budget and mission giving help us to know about the health of our congregations. Partnership, which is the basis of the relationship between regional ministry and the churches in ABCOPAD, is dependent upon good and current information about who we are as a region of churches. It would be hard for you to plan or budget for your life as a person,couple or family unless you had information available to you about what your income is, how many people were dependent on that income, what your expenses will be and where and how you do your giving. I'm hoping that if you were thinking or feeling "I'm too busy!" that your response might change to "This is too important and it really won't take me long to complete!"

You are receiving a hard copy of your church's annual report to be filled out or you can use the link above if you have access to the internet. The online form is very easy to complete and you can have different people fill out different parts if that makes sense for your congregation. Please fill out your annual report for 2018 and return it or go online and submit your church's information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Denise Veselicky (888) 687-0883 dveselicky@abcopad.comor me Caryl Casey (800) 932-9442 ccasey@abcopad.com. All paper copies should be returned to:

ABCOPAD
159 N. Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Caryl Casey
ABCOPAD Treasurer


Downloadable Information

7 Reasons Why
Your Church Should Create an Annual Report

by Will Mancini,
Founder and Team Leader of Auxano 


If you do not have a copy of your church's annual report form, you can obtain the log in information you require by contacting

Denise Veselicky
(888) 687-0883
Pghbaptist@aol.com
Caryl Casey
(800) 932-9442
CarylJC@aol.com

It is possible for you as a church leader to view your church's information contained in the American Baptist Churches Information System.  Information is available at the American Baptist Churches Information System (ABCIS) website.  (www.abcis.org)

To access the ABCIS website you will need to request a username and password from Caryl Casey, ABCOPAD Treasurer.  Email Caryl at CarylJC@aol.com  or call (800) 932-9442.  Requests will be processed as quickly as possible.  Once you have your username and password, you will be able to log into the ABCIS website and view your church information.  Security is set up so you can only view your own church data.  Once you enter the ABCIS website, it is recommended that you start at the Report Center.  If you have questions about the website contact Caryl Casey (CarylJC@aol.com) or Mark Mahserjian-Smith (msmsmail@abcopad.com) for assistance.

 

Annual Report Login Instructions

Online Annual Report Instructions

Online Annual Report Zip Code Fix


Annual Report Forms and Information

The Annual Report collects statistical, leadership, and financial information. The data is widely used for variety of purpose, including:

  • Determining the number of ABC Biennial Delegates for your church
  • Regional and national directories
  • Statistical reporting both within ABC and in inter-denominational publications 
  • Congregational Profile reports for pastoral search committees 
  • Per capita calculations for financial reports and recognitions
Our entire denomination benefits from having the most accurate information possible on our congregations.

On-Line Reporting Forms

You may use the on-line forms to submit your Church Information.
Link to CCAR Report Page (a new window will open with the report form; make sure your pop up blocker is turned off)

  1. The website of annualreport.abcis.org reacts best if accessed by internet explorer.
  2. The person filling out the form online MUST have a copy of the church's annual report form to access the website.  They are asked for the church's pin number but more importantly they must use the church leadership pin to access the login.  This means that if a church has any leadership listed, they must use that leadership pin.
  3. If a church does not have any leadership listed, they are able to use ABCOPAD's (the Region's Pin).  This number will NOT work for them if they have a leadership pin available.  Contact Caryl Casey, Denise Veselicky, or Mark Mahserjian-Smith to assist with leadership pin number.

If you have question please call Caryl Casey or Denise Veselicky using the contact information listed above.