You are invited to the 316th Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Baptist Association on Saturday, May 6th at the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, PA.  You may register through this link.  For complete details please see the flyer here or below.

God’s mission moves through every generation in every age.  As is our tradition, we are practicing a bit of contextual theology during the 316th Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Baptist Association on May 6, 2023.  We seek to articulate our response to the notion of Christian Nationalism that is cropping up across our country today.  We are partnering with The Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) in this endeavor.  I am hoping that our congregations will connect with the Baptist Joint Committee.  The Executive Director, Ms. Amanda Tyler will be our plenary speaker and the “talk back” workshop leader, helping us to address this issue.  In addition, we are focusing on reaching out to the next generations by responding to Christian Nationalism.  The BJC staff person Ms. Georgia McKee will lead a discussion and workshop on the approach to Generation Z, etc.  Please ask young adults and/or people who work with them to attend.  Here is a link to the BJC work on Christian Nationalism for your review.

We are also looking at contextual theology from the lens of intercultural and intergenerational ministry through the Christ and Cultural Humility Program of the PBA.  In both the plenary session and in the workshops church members can see how this region of American Baptist congregations plan to respond to the rapid change that is all around us.  Here is a link to the PBA Christ and Cultural Humility video.

In addition, Rev. Dr. Rodney Ragwan will share his ministry of providing contextual theology with seminaries, students, and pastors across America, Africa, and Asia, as an International Ministries’ new Global Servant.  Please come out and learn of his ministry and how PBA congregations can support his work.

We are hoping that at least four members from each of our congregations will attend.  The meeting will be held at the St. Paul’s Baptist Church of West Chester PA.  A flyer that can be posted is enclosed and it will be sent to you electronically for distribution.  Please see the flyer for full details of the event. We are preparing a fellowship luncheon at the end of the meeting, and we need your registration information in the office by April 28th.

We look forward to greeting you at the 316th Annual Meeting of the PBA!