American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Orientation To American Baptist Life


Every year that we have an ABCUSA Biennial Mission Summit, the various parts of the family come together to offer an event called, "Orientation to American Baptist Life". The event is normally reserved for seminary students or new pastors to ABC Life, but this year the leadership is planning to open the sessions up to established ministers so all who are interested can "...better connect with the larger ABC family, clarify our interconnectedness and shared mission and ministries".


There will be a series of six evening webinars to overview the mission and ministry we share as American Baptists. If you would be interested in registering for these events, click on the link below to see the pdf flyer for further details.


Here’s when it happens:
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET

March 4: Featuring – ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary (OGS)     View Resource Document
April 15: Featuring – Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB)
April 29: Featuring – American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)
May 13: Featuring – International Ministries (IM)
May 27: Featuring – Regional Ministries and MinistrElife
June 10: Featuring – American Baptist Historical Society and American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM); Worship Celebration
Biennial Mission Summit: June 24-26, 2021


Orientation will occur virtually through a series of Zoom gatherings beginning March 4.The OTABL not only provides a wealth of information about the American Baptist Churches USA, it also provides opportunity for you to meet denominational leaders and others from across the spectrum of the American Baptist family. Through these virtual gatherings, you will become better informed about our heritage, identity, and mission and while finding encouragement for your ministry among American Baptists.

  • A $75 non-refundable registration fee includes both OTABL and the Biennial.
  • To register for the conference, please click here.
  • For registration questions, please contact Sharese Shedrick at or at 610-768-2234.

If you have any questions, please e-mail We look forward to meeting you, trusting God’s wisdom and grace to guide us through these challenging times!

Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary American Baptist Churches USA

For more information, the full schedule, or to ask questions, click HERE