Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
On behalf of the Board of Directors, welcome to the Philadelphia Baptist Association’s (PBA) website.
Since our inception in 1707, the PBA has been committed to connecting person to person and congregation to congregation so that the work and mission of these gathered communities would have the support, resources, and partnership to accomplish their goals. The face of our work, our congregations, and even our sense of mission has taken on different outlooks throughout the years. Whether heeding the call to be involved in social reform, mission work in other lands, or outreach in our own communities, the essential DNA of our sense of calling has remained steadfast. As our vision states, we are committed to “[inspiring] and [equipping] the congregations of the PBA to support and strengthen American Baptist witness and mission for our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, through dynamic, multicultural, and diverse relationships.”
Over the last several years, we have been exploring the heart of our work, the needs of our congregations, and the challenges of our current contexts and asked ourselves hard questions. We are proud to say that we have come through this time of asking, seeking, and knocking more confident in the work that our God has placed in our hands. The deep in our congregations has called to the deep in us and we are responding by addressing our congregations’ concerns about 21st Century families, next generation church leadership, violence in our communities, and globalization. We are convinced that our ability to survive… to thrive as an association, is inextricably connected to our willingness to listen to the heart of our member churches’ concerns and to embrace this challenge of adaptive change. We, like our congregations, are working towards serving this present age in ways that make sense and have eternal weight and significance.
It is my sincere hope that as you visit our site and search the various pages, that you will not only find the information you need, but also the inspiration for the work that has brought you here.
Reverend Charisse R. Tucker