Mobile Baptist Association

Please include the news and opportunities presented here in your bulletins, church newsletters, or on your bulletin boards.

MBA NEWS ALERTS

• CANCELLED - BASIC PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES FOR PASTORS MAY 2, 2016

• SECRETARIES/MINISTRY ASSISTANTS LUNCHEON MAY 12, 2016

• 2016 SUMMER CAMPS AT CWP

• ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS WEEK AND IMPACT MOBILE ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS OFFERING

• MISSION TEAM TO ISRAEL AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

• GUIDELINES FOR SUPPORTING PARACHURCH MINISTRIES

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Basic Parliamentary Procedures for Pastors CANCELLED

 Monday, May 2, 2016

This event was cancelled due to a lack of sufficient pre-registration. 

Although not required to attend, please pre-register at mobilebaptists.org, or by contacting the MBA office no later than Thursday, April 28.

Please note: this conference is subject to cancellation if not enough participants pre-register.

This, and other like events, are made possible by donations to the Cooperative Program and Associational Missions.

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Attention! Calling all MBA Secretaries and Ministry Assistants...

Take a Break and Join us for the Mobile Baptist
Secretaries and Ministry Assistants Luncheon

 Thursday, May 12, 2016
11:45 a.m.
MBA Office

Special Guest: Mary Morton      

Dr. Mary Morton, is a retired public school counselor. She served as the International Language School (ILS) Director for the MBA from 1996-1999 and again worked in the ILS with her husband Dr. Bobby Morton as Director from 2004-2011. The Morton’s home has served as a refuge for many international college students. They traveled to Wales, Bangladesh, and Brazil doing mission work. Presently Mary serves at Shalom Baptist Church in Citronelle. Shalom is a church plant to the Native American community the Mortons started in 2004. Bobby now serves as the MBA Director of International Ministries. Mary has one published book, and is working on others that reflect God's faithfulness.

The luncheon is a great time of fellowship and encouragement as secretaries from across the association gather together. Enjoy great food and door prizes too!

RESERVATIONS:

• The catered meal is $8 per person and can be paid at the door.

• Please make reservations by Monday, May 9 by visiting mobilebaptists.org or by contacting the MBA office.

• Please note: reservations are firm and payment must be received even if you are unable to attend the luncheon.

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Serving Christ by Serving Others, 
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All girls, grades 1-6, are invited to join in a fun filled week learning about God and missions. The week includes Bible Study, worship, mission projects, crafts, swimming, music, games, zip line, and meeting a missionary. Click here for more details.

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Associational Missions Week and Impact Mobile Associational Missions Offering May 15-22, 2016

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Cooperative missions is an important Southern Baptist distinctive that is often not understood in our pews. Please invite one of the MBA staff to set up a display in your church, or to speak anytime during the year.

The Impact Mobile offering provides an opportunity for churches that may not have financially supported cooperative missions in their Jerusalem as much as they would have liked. It also assists those churches who use regular special offerings as their primary means to raise missions support. We are grateful for the churches that provide a portion of their missions tithe through the budget, and understand those churches may choose not to promote this offering. This is an “above the tithe” missions offering to assist the ministries and emphases of the MBA to make an eternal difference in Mobile County. Your sacrificial missions tithes allow us to provide MBA sponsored trainings and consultations to dozens of pastors, staff and members about every aspect of growing, maintaining and managing a church. Please consider participating in the “Impact Mobile Associational Missions Offering.”

Visit mobilebaptists.org for more information and to download promotional materials.

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We have space for two more people in the mission team to Israel August 29-September 10, 2016. We will work 5 days at www.jerusalemprayercenter.com and enjoy four days of touring. Total cost is $2,800 including airfare, meals, tours and housing in www.addar-hotel.com, which is within walking distance of the Garden Tomb and Damascus gate into the old city. Tour days include Jerusalem, Gethsemane, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, Galilee, Caesarea, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi and many sites that will enhance your understanding of scripture. Church leaders please consider making this a gift for you pastor and his wife.

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Church members and pastors often receive requests from parachurch ministries asking for financial and volunteer help. Churches and individuals must practice diligent stewardship for any group they support. 

Churches need to confirm the requester’s biblical theology, church polity, financial integrity and personal accountability.  

Often, it is a disadvantage to choose parachurch ministries instead of denominational ministries. Parachurch ministries rely on churches but are NOT accountable to those churches who support them. Avoid parachurch ministries led by entrepreneurs who reject external guidelines from a church, denomination or their board. They often provide ministries that are less efficient and effective than ministries done cooperatively by denominations and churches. 

Here are seven essential guidelines before supporting a parachurch ministry or individual:

• Require a copy of the budget for the overall ministry AND each specific project for which they request your donations. Confirm the ministry is a member of ECFA.org.

• Require a copy of the financial audit. Insist on knowing how much is spent on administrative expenses, promotion and staff in proportion to actual ministry. Avoid parachurch ministries who have no audit or the primary purpose is to provide an income and expenses for an individual or family. Confirm the parachurch ministry spends all donations on the specific project they requested and no funds are diverted to other line items or “slush funds.”

• Require a copy of their doctrinal statement. Confirm they are consistent with the biblical convictions and polity of your church.

• Confirm the parachurch ministry has the legal structure and accountability of a registered 501(c)3 or the individual is involved in a project under a legitimate 501(c)3.

• Confirm there is an active board of directors and finance team. How often do they meet and what accountability do they maintain over the staff and budget?

• Confirm the leaders are involved in a local church. Or do they only visit churches for fundraising or promotion. For individuals requesting donations, check references.

• Confirm the effectiveness of the ministry compared to the cost. Confirm they actually start churches or ministries that survive and make an eternal difference in the lives of real people. Verify their pictures and reports from the field are current and legitimate. Confirm if the legitimate reports would have occurred without the involvement of that parachurch ministry.

Following these guidelines allows for due diligence. The national decline in missions giving and increase in parachurch ministries requires each church, and each believer, to be diligent stewards of their missions giving and time.