The American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware is engaged in a critical vision process to discover, anticipate, and prepare for the future which God had for our region's work and witness.
The Vision Team includes the following;
- Re. Mark McCallion (Region President, Wesleyville Baptist Church)
- Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson (ABCOPAD Co-Regional Executive Pastor)
- Rev. Mark Mahserjian-Smith (ABCOPAD Co-Regional Executive Pastor)
- Caryl Casey (ABCOPAD Treasurer, New Britain Baptist)
- Scott Cunningham (Recent ACTS Graduate, Franklin Park Baptist, Sewickley)
- Rev. Corey Fields (ABCUSA National Board Rep, Calvary Baptist, Newark, DE)
- Rev. Cheryl Filson (Ministers Council President, First Baptist, Mansfield)
- Apryl Crownover-Glunt (Immediate Past Region President, Mill Creek Baptist)
- Doug Hill (Past Region President, West Shore Baptist)
- Rev. Sarah Stroshal-Kagi (Member at Large, Royersford Baptist)
- Bryon Luke (Region Vice-President, Hatboro Baptist)
- Rev. Ruth Moore (ACTS Staff, Mount Zion Baptist, Altoona)
- Ed Peirce (Region Board Member, First Baptist, Waynesburg)
The decision was made by our Region Board that the process would be done in-house. Because of his certification as a navigator through Auxano with whom we consulted extensively in the early part of the last decade, Jeff Johnson will be facilitating the vision process. We will have six working sessions in total: two onsite and four online. Besides those serving on the actual Vision Team, there will be at least two opportunities to hear from 'a great cloud of witnesses' (clergy and laity) throughout the region to provide their input and insight, as well as even the possibility of a region-wide survey to solicit from as many ABCOPAD family members as possible, their input as well as to what the (re)NEW(ed) ministry/mission of the region should be and what the (re)NEW(ed) modality of the region should be beyond this interim period.
The theme verses undergirding the vision process will be Habakkuk 2:2-3 ---
Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay.
Periodic reports from the Vision Team will be provided region-wide as their work progresses. It is the intention of staff and Vision Team to present the (re)NEW(ed) vision of the region on Saturday morning (September 17) at our Biennial Gathering. The best way you can help in this six-month process is to PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!