Joel 2:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) encourages support for the "Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling Endowment" for African American women pastors of struggling congregations. See information below and here
Pastor Christine A. Smith Elected to Become
the National President of American Baptist Women's Ministries...
the National President of American Baptist Women's Ministries...
On Saturday July 17th, 2021 during the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Baptist Women's Ministries, Rev. Christine A. Smith, Senior Pastor of Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland, Inc., was elected to serve as National President! Pastor Smith expressed appreciation to the ABWM nationally and locally for the honor of being elected to serve. She assumes her duties as President on September 1st, 2021.
Since 1993, Rev. Smith has been engaged locally with
American Baptist Women’s Ministries of Greater Cleveland. She has served as
workshop leader, keynote speaker, Bible study leader and host for AB Women
annual days and retreats. Most recently, Rev. Smith served on the ABWM national
nominating committee (2018) and as the Ohio facilitator for the AB Girls STEAM
program, “Building Bridges and Gateways to Girls Future,” (2019).
American Baptist Women's Ministries is a diverse community of American Baptist women and girls serving in ministry in Christ's name. With local, area, region/state, and national levels of ministry, AB Women's Ministries creates a community of passionately faithful, mission-minded women and girls engaged in worship, service, and friendship. AB Women’s Ministries is part of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and is affiliated with the North American Baptist Women’s Union, the Women’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance, and Church Women United.
A Common Ground Conversation: "People, Place and Shared Power: Where Are We On the Journey?"
For the last five years, the Cleveland Foundation has supported a community wide initiative called, “Common Ground.” Common Ground is a platform for community members to come together to discuss ideas, issues, concerns, etc., to make our communities healthier, stronger, better.
On Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland, Inc., and Faith in the City Euclid, Ohio, co-hosted the conversation, “People, Place and Shared Power: Where Are We On the Journey?” Our facilitator was Dr. Martina Moore, Ph.D., President and CEO of Moore Counseling. The basis of our conversation was the ground breaking book, White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo.
In preparation for our discussion, the board members of our group came together to read the book and discuss how the concepts, truths, and overall idea of the book impacted us as individuals. Our conversations were open, honest, transparent and raw. Sometimes we laughed, sometimes we cried, and sometimes we became angry. But our conversation remained respectful with truths shared in love.
Dr. Moore asked that each of us share our experiences during the book discussion with our conversation participants. Our participant audience of 22 individuals was diverse in terms of age, race, ethnicity and religious beliefs. Following opening remarks from the facilitator and the experience sharing from the book study group, everyone was given an opportunity to respond and share. To read more about this powerful and engaging experience, click here... (blog date, July 28th, 2021).
Restoration Ministries Leaders Leading by example...
During the months of March and April, the ministry leaders, members and youth of Restoration Ministries received the Covid 19 Vaccine. All expressed appreciation for the opportunity to get the vaccine through various sites, including Lee Road Baptist Church (Rev. Dr. James P. Quincy, Senior Pastor), MetroHealth Maple Heights, Ohio location, University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic and the Wolstein Center (Cleveland State University). Pastors and leaders from across the Greater Cleveland Area are working together to encourage EVERYONE to get vaccinated. United Pastors in Mission (President, Dr. Larry Macon), The Cleveland Clergy Coalition (Pastor Aaron Phillips, Esq., Facilitator) and many other groups are working hard to educate the public on the benefits and protections of the vaccine. "Many people have questions about the safety of the vaccine, especially since the concerns over the Johnson & Johnson vaccination pause. Some are fearful of short and long term side effects. However, national statistics show that the vast majority of individuals experience no or minimal side-effects that dissipate quickly. The benefits far out weigh the risks in terms of saving lives and minimizing the need for hospitalizations. As leaders, we can help allay fears when we lead by example and show ourselves getting the vaccine," Pastor Chris Smith, Senior Pastor, Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland, Inc.
Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling Endowment for African American Female Pastors...
In 2019, Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland, Inc., "seeded" an endowment of $70,000 with American Baptist Home Missions Societies. The "Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling Endowment," was established to offer grants to African American Female Senior pastors of small congregations (300 or less). Recently, ABHMS launched a dedicated donations page for the endowment... Below is a portion of the site's wording...
Support Beyond the Stained-glass Ceiling Endowment Fund
The Rev. Chris Smith had a vision of providing support to African-American women ministers who were leading small congregations, many struggling financially. Buoyed by this prophetic calling, Smith authored her groundbreaking book, “Beyond the Stained-glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors” (Judson Press, 2013).
Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland Inc., the church pastored by Smith, has established a $70,000 endowed gift with American Baptist Home Mission Societies that will support at least two African-American female pastors yearly who serve congregations of 300 or fewer members as senior solo pastor...
To read more and to make a donation, click here...
In prayer, faith and wisdom, churches around the country are practicing "social distancing," by pausing "in-person" worship. Many are hosting online worship services, ZOOM sessions and Facebook live streaming. During this season, each Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., Restoration Ministries will hold Worship Service via conference call. For more information about this service and or to participate, email us at email@example.com