The Alliance of Baptists’ approach to mission in the world is partnership. Together with the ministry partners listed below we are loving the world God so loves. The Alliance model of partnership in ministry works to build lasting relationships that offer the world hope while working for justice. We are passionately committed to our ministry partnerships based on the core values of:
- Empowerment. Recognizing our partner’s expertise in their context, we aim to build the capacity for them to chart their own course.
- Accompaniment. Ministering alongside our partners, we learn how to grow a vibrant church and a deeper relationship with God.
- Trust. Surrendering ownership of ministry projects, we serve alongside others, equipping them to respond to needs in their communities.
- Respect. Valuing the spirituality and wisdom across lines of culture and faith, we seek friendship and understanding in our world.
- Mutuality. We minister in partnership with others who have been marginalized, acknowledging our own experience of marginalization in Baptist life.
- Affirmation. Celebrating all that are called to ministry, we join hearts and hands, empowered by the One who loves us.
- Solidarity. We believe that together we work for justice, recognizing our mutual empowerment and need for one another in this journey.
Our 2016 ﬁnancial commitment to our partners reflects more than 20 percent of our budget for the year. Join us in loving the world God so loves by giving to the Alliance today! For our 2016 Bridges of Hope information card, click here. Or email Leah Grundset Davis to request hard copies.
Interested in becoming a ministry partner?
In order to apply to be a 2017 ministry partner of the Alliance of Baptists, please submit no more than a two-page letter of inquiry to the Mission and Ministry Partnership Committee outlining the reasons why your organization belongs among the Alliance ministry partners. Why the Alliance in particular? The M&M Committee will then select from among these inquiries and send grant request forms to organizations, which they think are a good fit for partnership. The committee will also send a renewal form to current partners inviting them to submit a renewal grant request.
The letters of inquiry can be mailed to 3939 LaVista Rd, Suite E-122, Atlanta, GA 30084 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Organizations can send letters of inquiry at any time. We will send out letters in August 2016 inviting organizations to submit grant requests in time for the committee to review them prior to the fall board meeting. At the September 2016 board meeting, 2017 allocations will be budgeted.
2016 Ministry Partners
African Baptist Churches in Zimbabwe
Alliance of Baptists of Brazil Characterized by a firm commitment to historic Baptist principles similar to that which gave birth to the Alliance of Baptists, the Aliança de Batistas do Brasil is calling likeminded Baptists in Latin America’s largest country to their historical roots and to being a prophetic voice for peace and justice in Latin America. www.aliancadebatistasdobrasil.com/
AMOS Health and Hope, Managua, Nicaragua In Nicaragua, 80 percent of the rural population makes less than $2 a day and suffers from malnutrition and poor health. AMOS seeks to increase access to health care for the poor and helps them own and manage their own health care clinics to treat and prevent the most common illnesses. www.amoshealth.org/
Andrew P. Stewart Center, Atlanta, Ga. This center offers free after-school care for kindergartners through fifth graders to the mainly black working poor in the Reynoldstown community of Atlanta. The center
provides transportation from schools to its facility, a snack, homework help, enrichment activities including computer lab time, character building activities and physical activities for the children. Alliance-affiliated Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta is the largest single church contributor to the center. www.stewartcenter.org
Baptist Seminary of Mexico President Javier Ulloa describes this unconventional school as “a seminary without walls.” The description fits. Funds from the Alliance offering are used to help seminary students, faculty and administrators to work with some 40 indigenous congregations on the outskirts of Mexico City and in the states of Puebla and Oaxaca. The seminary’s ministries are effective, Javier says, “because the pastors and workers they train are recruited from the indigenous tribes and speak the local languages.” This Baptist seminary thus resonates with core values of the Alliance –authentically free theological education and social and economic justice.
Bright Stars of Bethlehem In an environment of heightened violence, the Bright Stars Program focuses on creating opportunities for children, youth and adults to express their joys and fears, thoughts and visions through life-giving involvement in arts and recreation. Young people growing up surrounded by a concrete wall often see these walls as limiting their future. The Bright Stars Program creates hope for a brighter future. The visionary founder of the Bright Stars Program is Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, who says: “I went through (the violence), but I don’t want that for my children…. Here, with us, we have a strong focus on grace. Christ has already done the big job; now we can do the little jobs.” www.brightstarsbethlehem.org
Calvary Latino Ministry, Washington, D.C. Besides leading a worshiping community comprised of Latinos and Latinas whose origins span the American continent, Edgar Palacios coordinates an expansive program of assistance and empowerment to members of Washington’s ever-growing Latin American immigrant community. He is also associate pastor for Christian education at Calvary Baptist Church, a dynamic congregation in the heart of the nation’s capital. Among the services offered by the Latino Community Outreach is a holistic health project for women, as well as ESL classes and legal counsel. calvarydc.org
El Salvador, Shekinah
Emmaus House, Raleigh, N.C. Men with substance abuse problems comprise much of Raleigh’s homeless population. Thanks to Emmaus House, seven of these men are offered transitional housing in a drug-free environment and long-term assistance to get them back on their feet. All of the men have jobs and must meet specific requirements, including paying a portion of their room and board and attending weekly substance abuse meetings.
Fraternity of Baptist Churches, Cuba The winds of political change are blowing both in Cuba and the U.S. With them come new hopes of better relations between two governments at odds with one another for more than half a century. While advocating for political change, more than twenty churches affiliated with the Alliance have nurtured friendships and have travelled to Cuba, or welcomed Cuban guests into their homes and churches, through the church-to-church partnerships of the Alliance. This long-standing mission partnership has been the learning laboratory for how best to engage in ministry in mutuality for the Alliance. www.cubapartnerships.weebly.com/
Hope Center at Pullen, Raleigh, N.C. The Hope Center is a nonprofit ministry created by Pullen Memorial Baptist Church to expand its ministry to the community. The Hope Center’s ministry includes a twice-a-week lunch/bus ticket distribution, a job readiness program for homeless adults, a tutoring and enrichment program for students, and a successful safety-net for young adults who have graduated from foster care. www.hopecenteratpullen.org/
The Family Tree, Charlotte, N.C. Since 2005, we have been living in Enderly Park, Charlotte, N.C. because we believe that living here is the best way for us to be converted into the way of Jesus. We have met many friends and neighbors who have been our teachers and companions in discipleship. We have sought to “inspire, enrich, and embody community” in our ministry and in our common life and we have found that we have been inspired by the faithfulness and goodness of those around us. We hope that our lives have at some points enriched the lives of others, whether they are neighbors, friends, or volunteers. http://qcfamilytree.org/
Jitokese Wamama Wafrica
JourneyPartners, Franklinton, N.C. JourneyPartners is a multifaceted effort to address educational, medical and public health challenges in several countries, with primary emphasis on Zimbabwe. Recent projects have included the building of schools, new well construction, and renovations in a children’s home. JourneyPartners also acts as a channel for the sale of the children’s jewelry made in the Jewels of Hope program for in the U.S., and gives back 100 percent of the proceeds to the program.—a program for AIDS orphans. www.journeypartners.net
Mayan Intercultural Seminary, Chiapas, Mexico
Oakhurst Recovery Program, Decatur, Ga. Of the chronically homeless in Atlanta, well over half are single men with addiction to drugs or alcohol. At Oakhurst Recovery center, residents are given a respectful, supportive environment in which they can make significant life changes. The long-term program (10-14 months) addresses the participants’ emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical needs. Oakhurst Recovery Program was begun as mission of Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur.
Rauschenbush Metro Ministries, New York City Page Turners, an after-school program of Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries of Metro Baptist Church addresses the literacy development needs of elementary-age children in a community once described as Hell’s Kitchen. Most of the children served come from immigrant families in which English is a second language. The program operates from 3:00 to 5:30, three afternoons a week during the school year, and includes a library and computer lab. Volunteers assist with homework assignments, and an enrichment activity is provided every day. www.metrobaptistchurchnyc.org/rauschenbusch/rauschenbusch.html
Samaritan Neighborhood Center, Oakland, Calif.
School of Elijah, Tblisi, Republic of Georgia The Beteli Center—a ministry of Peace Cathedral of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, the cradle of the Evangelical-Baptist movement in the former Russian Empire and Soviet Union—responds to the spiritual and social needs of people in the country and region. The School of Elijah, housed in the Beteli Center brings together Christians and other faith traditions from East and West for dialogue, education, training, contemplative prayer, iconography and liturgy. www.ebcgeorgia.org
Seeds of Hope Publishers, Waco, Texas Seeds of Hope publishes a series of worship resources called Sacred Seasons, designed to help church leaders lead congregations to understand issues of hunger and justice. The resource is available for download from the Seeds website. www.seedspublishers.org
Shalom Children’s Center, Ghana Shalom Children’s Center was formed to provide basic education, a nutritious lunch, safety and nurture to about 200 rural children in the village of Twifu-Hemang, Ghana. The center was founded out of the vision of a member of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, TX, and has been supported by that congregation and the Alliance since it began www.lakeshorewaco.org/ShalomChildren.html
Strive, Chicago, Ill. When children from poor homes attend schools that routinely score poorly on academic standards tests, it becomes very difficult for those children to succeed. Strive was founded by Ellis Avenue Baptist Church on Chicago’s South side to help supplement the education and recreational opportunities of these children. Strive offers one-on-one tutoring, special classes and a month-long summer day camp to area children. www.strivetutoring.org/
University Chaplaincy, Protestant Church of Morocco Our funds support the interfaith campus ministry of long-time Alliance member Karen Thomas Smith at the Christian Community of Al Akhawayn University, facilitating dialogue, encounter and service experiences among Muslims, Christians and Jews. Karen also works throughout Morocco with the nine parishes of the Eglise Evangelique au Maroc, specializing in interfaith education and service.
Zimbabwe Theological Seminary The nascent school is committed to making theological education accessible to all persons, and the commitment is realized through a faculty and student body comprised of males and females from many denominational backgrounds. The seminary is a Christian institution shaped by Baptist tradition, piety, ecumenical openness and social concern whose mission is to glorify God by providing quality theological and religious education to prepare pastors, counselors, teachers, scholars and leaders for empowering churches and communities in Zimbabwe. The Lott Carey Missionary Convention joins the Alliance in support of the young theological school.
Ecumenical and Advocacy Partners
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty bjconline.org
Church World Service www.cwsglobal.org/
Churches for Middle East Peace cmep.org
Creation Justice Ministries http://www.creationjustice.org/
Latin American Peace Conference https://www.facebook.com/Comunidadbautistalatinoam...
Latin America Working Group www.lawg.org/
National Council of Churches of Christ www.nationalcouncilofchurches.us/
National Farm Worker Ministry nfwm.org/