Notes & Reports
Together in Ministry Groups ByLaws
Code of Ethics
Ministers Council, ABC
of the Greater Bay Area
The Ministers Council of the Greater Bay Area is an association of individuals
in ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are affiliated with The
Ministers Council of the American Baptist Churches, USA.
To fulfill the Gospel mission, the American
Baptist Ministers Council of the Greater Bay Area gathers as an inclusive
community of persons in Christian ministry for support, nurture and accountability.
encourage, develop, and support peer groups for mutual support, professional
growth and accountability, and offer events for information, skills development,
and theological reflection on issues that shape the unique ministry in
the Bay Area.
We hold two regular gatherings each year, one
in the Fall and one in the Spring, as well as supporting and promoting
other educational events for individuals in ministry offered by the American
Baptist Seminary of the West, The American Baptist Churches of the West,
the Pacific Coast Baptist Association, the East Bay.
MCGBA gatherings have included:
- Collegiality, Centeredness & Competence (Retreat)
Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson
Executive Director of Ministers Council ABC/USA
- Exploring transitions and boundaries
in Congregational Practice
A Dinner with Peter Yuichi Clark
- Following the Call Without Losing the Soul:
Discerning the Business from the Busyness of Ministry (Retreat)
Rev. Patricia P. Hernandez
National Director for Transition Ministries
and American Baptist Women in Ministry
- Lunch with Rev. Patricia Hernandez,
National Director of American Baptist Women in Ministry
- Creating a Sabbath Lifestyle (Retreat)
The Rev. Dr. Heather Entrekin
Professor of Congregational Health,
Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, KS
Special guest, the Rev. Joe Kutter,
Executive Director of ABCUSA Ministers Council
- Retired Clergy Luncheon
- Perils and Wisdom of Practicing Radical Hospitality-
What it means to live out radical hospitality in various ministry settings.
Panelists: Rev. Mary Fleming, Rev. Dr. H. James Hopkins, Rev. Dr. Liliana Da Valle, and Mr. Jonathan Zingkhai.
- Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry” (Retreat)
Rev. Margaret Marcuson, Author
- The Importance of Relationships in Ministry
Rev. Steve Bils, Executive Minister
American Baptist Churches of Oregon
- Money Matters in Ministry
Dr. Robert Wilkins, Executive President of the Oakland YMCA
- Where Do We Go from Here?
- Communicating Your Ministry
Rev. D. Andrew Kille on websites and more
- California Academy of Science "Free Day" & Luncheon
- Ministry to Victims of Abuse: A Pastoral Response
Jennifer Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, M.Div. Community Educator of STAND! Against Domestic Violence
- Church Agility: Strength, Speed & Balance
with Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Associate General Secretary for Regions of the American Baptist Churches, USA.
- Isolation in Ministry
with Rev. J. Alfred Smith
- Welcoming the Stranger:
Theological Reflections on Immigration
- A Conversation with Dr. A. Roy Medley, General
- Emerging Ministry Resources in the Greater Bay Area
- Generational Shift:Future or End of the Church?
- How to Get Along: Living with Differences in the Church
Workshop with James Dunn, Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs
- What Keeps You Going in Ministry?
- Covenantal Collegial Groups: Mutual Support for Ministry
Since our beginnings, MCGBA has participated
actively in the Together in Ministry peer ministry group program sponsored
through the ABC Ministers Council, and in 2005 developed nine TIM
groups, more than any other local Ministers Council except New York.
In 2006, we sponsored twelve groups, more than any other Council.[Listing
of TIM groups]
We also provide two communications resources
for sharing about events and resources, this website (www.mcgba.org),
and our e-mail group at Yahoo (to subscribe to the list, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Membership in MCGBA is open to individuals
in ministry (ordained, commissioned, lay, or seminary students) who are
eligible for inclusion in the Directory of Ministerial Leaders of the
ABC/USA. Other individuals may become members by special consideration.
If you would like to become a member, or have questions about membership, contact
us. [Membership Application
MCGBA arose out of conversations about the need for an inclusive and
diverse Ministers Council that would address the unique challenges of
ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area. Several gatherings in the Fall
of 2003 led to the formation of the Ministers Council of the Greater
Bay Area and the election of a Steering Committee. The Bylaws were adopted
in April of 2004.
The Ministers Council
of the American Baptist
The Ministers Council of the ABC/USA
. . . is an autonomous, professional, multi-cultural
organization of ordained, commissioned and lay Christian leaders within
the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. We are women and men who
advocate for and covenant with each other to deepen our spiritual journey
and to increase our effectiveness, as persons who are accepting the
call of God and church for the advancement of the Gospel mission of
the church of Jesus Christ and to proclaim His truth in a prophetic
voice as led by the Holy Spirit.
Members of the Ministers Council of the Greater
Bay Area are also members of the Ministers Council of the ABC/USA.