Rev. Creech to Return to Social Work Roots
Rev. Ricky O. Creech, executive director/minister of the D.C. Baptist Convention, will leave the post on April 24, announced Convention President Rev. Larry Hentz at a meeting of the board of directors on April 3. Rev. Creech, who led the Convention through a major governance structure change with a smaller governing body and streamlined committees, will return to his social work roots as president/CEO of a faith-based nonprofit that focuses on suffering children in eastern Kentucky and Ohio. The announcement was made following the inaugural meeting of the board of directors he helped to establish.
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DCBC Foundation Offers Scholarship to Seminarians
The D.C. Baptist Convention Foundation (DCBCF) is offering scholarships for seminarians that are members of DCBC churches. The scholarship applications for new and continuing seminary students are due in the Foundation office by Thursday, May 1. Students must demonstrate financial need, be enrolled as a full-time student, be studying for a first graduate degree in theology, preparing for full-time ministry, be an active member of a DCBC cooperating church at the time of enrollment, and must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent. Application forms for a scholarship can be obtained by contacting Ellen Teague at 202.234.7194 or email@example.com.
The D.C. Baptist Convention (DCBC) along with its Older Adults Ministries (OAM), have partnered with MissionServe to provide home repairs to those in need again this year. Volunteers from across the nation will be coming to our area to "shower us with blessings."
If you or someone you know is in need of home repairs, please submit your request online or complete the form and return it by Thursday, April 24, 2014 for consideration to: DCBC, Attn: Project Restoration, 1628 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington D.C. 20009. You can also fax the completed form to 202.667.8258 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacred Spaces/Urban Assets Discussion at Calvary
On Saturday, June 7, Calvary Baptist Church will host, Sacred Spaces/Urban Assets: Faith Communities, Property and Moving Bolding into the Future, an interactive conversation designed to give congregational leaders practical tools for understanding and leveraging valuable urban property. Speakers will include a theologian, a change management consultant, a design specialist and a developer. The session will be from 9 a.m. until noon in Woodward Hall at the church, which is located at 755 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. The cost is $15/person. For more information, visit http://calvarydc.org/sacred-spaces/.
MissionServe DC 2014
MissionServe 2014 is quickly approaching and as in the past two years, 20 churches are needed to adopt a "work or ministry squad" of approximately 13 volunteers, June 29 - July 3. Last year volunteers from across the country were blessed beyond words by D.C. Baptists' expression of God's love for them. We hope we will be able to do the same this year. For the host church:
- The "work squad' will attend worship service with you on Sunday, June 29. We ask that you will provide them with lunch afterwards.
- Commit to prepare and bring lunch to the work site Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3 for the squad and the homeowner(s).
- Follow-up with the homeowner(s) once the work project is complete. This is a wonderful ministry opportunity for your church to reach the community!
Volunteers will be working in the District. If your church would like to be a blessing again or join in being a blessing this year for the first time by adopting a "ministry or work squad," please complete the online form or contact Lashanor Doolittle at email@example.com or 202.265.1526, ext. 203.
DCBC Values Statement
As a part of the Journey of 180 strategic planning process, the Denominational Affiliations/Partnerships Task Force recommended the following statement be adopted by the D.C. Baptist Convention as reflective of the shared beliefs and values of D.C. Baptists. This statement was approved for adoption by DCBC delegates at the 136th Annual Meeting and will be used as a guideline for future denominational affiliations and partnerships:
We believe that God has called us together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be in Christian community. While we are autonomous as local churches, we are interdependent and believe in the power of working together as a witness to Christ. Jesus affirms the diversity of our gifts and calls us to be in unity. We are many members but one Body—one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
We believe in:
• Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through acts of evangelism and social action
• Involvement in cooperative missions
• Believers’ baptism
• Priesthood of all believers
• Autonomy of the local church
• Separation of church and state
We will pursue clear, intentional, purposeful and mutually beneficial partnerships, relationships and networks with other bodies that affirm these values without differentiation to any particular denominational group.
TRANSFORM Leadership Training Conference
Lifeway will hold its annual TRANSFORM Leadership Training Conference for teachers on Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church-Upper Marlboro, which is located at 7415 Crain Hwy, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. Teachers will learn practical know-how and skills for the group they teach. Registration is $25. For more information or to register, click here.