ABC Reads brings American Baptists together through the power of a book. Sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies, ABC Reads highlights a Judson Press book that's appropriate for reading and discussion in small group settings, as well as individually. The book provides an opportunity for learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and faith in Sunday school classes and Bible studies, as well as men's, women's and youth groups.


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ABC Reads 2017

Small Group Discussion Guide

Judson Press has named Welcoming Community: Diversity that Works by Douglas Avilesbernal as our 2017 ABC Reads selection.

wcThis resource helps congregations to connect cross-culturally and to cultivate community with their neighbors.

Dramatic changes are happening in our culture and congregational life, particularly as it relates to church growth in an increasingly multicultural world where communities are often in transition. Welcoming Community uses the biblical story of Jesus’ journey through Samaria, which led to a transformational encounter between Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, and an unnamed Samaritan woman. Discover how the story offers a model for embracing the community in which a congregation ministers by becoming a welcoming community of faith in itself.

This practical guide examines the entire process of building a welcoming community—from cultivating congregational self-awareness and identity, to extending invitation and acceptance of one’s neighbors, to ultimately thriving together as one. A great resource for those leading the change as churches build stronger ties with the community.

Discover a creative approach to fostering true congregational diversity in a way that honors all members of the community and that celebrates the unique gifts each brings to life and ministry together.

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