Fall Bonanza November 5, 2017

Hill Spring Baptist Church at 335 Eliza Jordan Road North will have a “Fall Bonanza” Sunday, November 5, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. They will have fun activities for children/adults including: pony ride, hay ride, cakewalk, hamburgers, hotdogs, and blue grass gospel group the McPherson’s. Everyone is invited.

Interim Worship Leader Needed

Crawford Baptist Church is looking for an interim worship leader to lead their congregation in worship through song and direct the choir. Experience is highly valued but not required, and this is a paid position. If interested or if you would like more information about this position, please email resumes to the Personnel team at crawfordpersonnel@gmail.com and they would love to get in contact with you.

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Irma’s uncertain track means local Emergency Management has begun preparation for a possible Cat 4. It would be wise to beat the rush and make preliminary arrangements. Be prepared for three to five days without electricity. Get your propane, fill gas tanks and prescriptions, gather water, batteries and non-perishable food. Check your generator and locate the boards for the windows. One of the many good preparation lists is available at http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/.

VBS Materials Available

Bayou La Batre FBC has VBS (LifeWay, Galactic Starveyors) materials available to any church that can use them. Contact pastor Jeremy Smalley, fbcbayoulabatre@gmail.com.

Pine Springs Baptist Church also has VBS (LifeWay, Galactic Starveyors) materials available to any church that can use them. Contact pastor Terry Castleberry, 251-709-6846.

Alabama Teen Challenge

Alabama Teen Challenge is a local resource that may be helpful to you as you help families. Endorsed by the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, Teen Challenge is a one year, residential, Christ centered program for life controlling behaviors and addictions. For more information visit alabamateenchallenge.org or call their Bay Minette office at 251-580-0091.

Doctoral Student Survey

Dear Ministry Leader,


Greetings! My Name is Kevin Bryce Saxton and I am a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I also serve as a pastor in a local church in South Florida. As part of my dissertation in the area of leadership, I am conducting a survey to gauge ministry philosophy of the churches in the Southern Baptist Convention.


This survey will take less than five minutes to complete and is best undertaken by providing your first, instinctual reaction to the ten questions. Any member of your staff (whether vocational, bi-vocational, or volunteer) who is familiar with the ministry strategy of the church is eligible to participate.


As a token of appreciation for completing the survey, churches which complete the survey by Monday, February 13, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 Amazon gift card. The card will be mailed to the selected church later that week.


To access the survey, please utilize this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSaxton-ChurchHealthAssessment


I very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. I truly believe that the data gleaned from this survey will serve to strengthen the effectiveness of the churches in the SBC.

May God bless you and the church which you serve.



Kevin Bryce Saxton, Ph.D. Candidate

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Wright Word June – August 2017

Agonized Praying
Luke 22:44 describes the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Pilgrims can visit the ancient garden of olive trees and the nearby cave where the Apostles probably gathered. Jesus knew His betrayal was at hand. The scripture records, “And being in agony [deeply distressed and anguished; almost to the point of death], He prayed more intently; and His [a]sweat became like drops of blood, falling down on the ground.” (Amplified)

Agony results in “praying intently.” No wonder the Lord allows agony since it seems to be an effective prompt to pray. Illness also results in intent prayer. Is illness necessary then in order to prompt prayer? Praying intently should be unceasing. Prayer should be as automatic as breathing without the need for external prompts to pray. Our lives need to reflect the righteousness required for effective prayer. (James 5:16)

Annual Missions Celebration, Sunday Evening October 1, 2017, Crawford Baptist Church
Our moderators and leaders continue to explore ways to make celebrating associational missions as convenient as possible. This year we are meeting on Sunday evening, October 1, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Crawford Baptist Church. Dinner and missions fair is from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
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prayerwalk.mobilebaptists.org Continues

We are continuing to cooperatively pray for every one of the 415,000 people in Mobile County by prayer walking every one of the 13,000 streets.

Reports from participating churches continue to reflect church members looking outward. Even introverts are experiencing divine encounters and positive responses. Thirty MBA churches have registered so far and committed to pray for 50 pages out of the Keith Maps Street Atlas of Mobile County. There are another 45 pages that need to be claimed.

We are hearing from churches that have completed their area once, twice and many times. Keep up the good work. Keep plowing. Matthew 18:19 shows that cooperative prayer (“if two of you agree…”) brings devastating defeat to the enemy.

It is not too late to bring this blessing to church members and impact Mobile. Please visit prayerwalk.mobilebaptists.org to register and download training materials.

MBA Accomplishments Over the Last 10 Years

Mobile Baptist Association (MBA) 2005- 2015
C. Thomas Wright for the Future Focus Committee 

Churches need to be diligent stewards of where they invest missions giving and volunteer time. Unfortunately, churches and individual believers routinely support parachurch organizations or individuals that have unbiblical theology, compromised financial procedures, improper polity, and limited eternal return on the investment of missions’ money and volunteer time.

MBA Executive Committee Reports provide extensive evidence of effective associational philosophy, strategy and function. Due diligence toward the MBA will confirm conservative biblical theology, excellent financial procedures, SBC polity and an eternal difference for their investment of missions giving and volunteer time.

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Camp Whispering Pines

Come home to YOUR
Camp Whispering Pines!


Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ

Drop off is at 8:30 a.m. and pick up at 4:00 p.m. daily.
Cost: $99
For more information and to register visit campwhisperingpines.com.

$160 (waiting list only)

For more information and to register visit campwhisperingpines.com.


For more information and to register visit campwhisperingpines.com.

Cost: $157

Sponsored by MBA WMU.
For more information and to register visit campwhisperingpines.com.

 July 17-20, 2017


For more information and to register visit campwhisperingpines.com.

Metro Mobile Baptist Campus Ministries

Metro Mobile Baptist Campus Ministries – southalabama.edu/bcm
“Making Disciples Who Make Disciples on the College Campus and Beyond”

Hosting International Students for Holiday Meals

Did you know that most International Students that attend school in the United State never get to visit an American home?

Christian families are missing a great opportunity to welcome students into their homes, love them and share your lives with them. 

Would you consider hosting some international students for a holiday meal?  

Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) is connecting International students with Christian families for holiday meals. These meals can be any day near the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays; they do not have to be on that particular day. You will simply volunteer to host students (at least 2) and BCM will match you with interested students.

Use this simple form (via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/5kaDeKuX3BM9LZ703) to express interest in hosting international students and submit by November 15, 2016. Campus Ministers will contact you soon to discuss the opportunities available.

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Ministers Jerrod Brown jbrown@alsbom.org or Beth Gardner egardner@alsbom.org at the BCM. They can also be reached at 344-5904.

FREE Copier

Baptist Campus Ministries has an older copier FREE. It is not perfect, but it does make suitable copies. New owners would need to arrange for supplies and service if desired. Contact Campus Minister Jerrod Brown at 344-5904 or jbrown@alsbom.org.

Guidelines for Supporting Parachurch Ministries 

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:

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