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Officials of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. are considering selling their Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, headquarters building, which currently houses Baptist offices in less than half of the space available. “We want to be good stewards of our resources and to ‘right-size’ to fit our current space requirements,” said A. Roy Medley, the American Baptists’ general secretary. The denomination’s General Board Executive Committee unanimously voted in September to recommend the sale; the full board is expected to act on the suggestion when it meets in mid-November. The recommendation comes as the American Baptists and other churches face changing giving patterns among members, who often wish to fund specific causes rather than the budget of a central office. If the three-story circular building—now 42 years old—is sold, proceeds will be used to create an endowment fund for the ABCUSA, a spokesperson said.


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