VBS Offering – Consider Giving a Portion to International Ministries

The MBA International Ministries/Missions committee asks churches and VBS leaders to consider dedicating at least a portion of their VBS offerings to International Ministries. International Ministries is part of the MBA and works to reach the many people from 72 different nations living in Mobile County. This includes ministry to seafarers aboard ships in port, International Language School/ESL classes and church planting. Visit imc.mobilebaptists.org for more information on the vital ministry. Check out this video for an easy way to quickly share/learn about the various ministries to Internationals in Mobile County.

FREE Cooperative Program Promotional Resources

There are some stewardship resources to share with you here at the MBA office. The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (ALSBOM) has over 500 free resources for stewardship education and promotion. All these may be ordered, free of charge, at CooperativeProgramResources.org.

The ALSBOM office of Cooperative Program and Stewardship Development has hundreds of free resources including bulletin inserts and electronic media. These allow you to share a testimony of stewardship without saying a word. Additionally, they have both Cooperative Program and hunger promotional materials. These are all free to Alabama associations and churches.

A full display of photographs and descriptions can be found at  CooperativeProgramResources.org, or you can call me at 334-613- 2283.

Jim Swedenburg
State Missionary
Director, Cooperative Program and Stewardship Development
State Board of Missions
800.264.1225 extension 283 Voice
334.613.2283 Direct Voice
One Mission, The Great Commission
One Program, The Cooperative Program
Many Ministries, Great Commission Ministries

Executive Committee Meeting July 9, 2018

Join us

Monday, July 9, 2018
11:30 a.m.
MBA Office (616 Azalea RD)

for the Executive Committee meeting.


Lunch will be available for $5 p/person.


If you plan to eat, please let the MBA know via
251-661-7111 or via email.


Every MBA church member is welcome. Every senior pastor is a member of the Executive Committee. Join us to help communicate why churches support Associational Missions.

  • Camp Whispering Pines update
  • International Ministries update
  • Church Development update
  • Metro Mobile Baptist Campus Ministries update

***Our Executive Committee has overall responsibility for the directions, strategy, and processes of the MBA. It is composed of the general officers of the Association, the Executive Officer of each of the several Associational programs, the Chair of each standing committee, the pastors of the churches, and one lay member of each church in the Association having a membership of up to and including 1,000, and one additional member for each additional 1,000 members or fraction thereof, providing that no church shall have more than a total of four members.

Tax Conferences

Church Tax Conference

Thursday, January 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)

Get the latest updates on tax changes affecting ministers, staff, and churches. The cost is $15. For registration visit alsbom.org/event/church-tax-conference-mobile.


Minister’s Tax Conference

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Noon
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)
FREE conference

How can ordained ministers save tax dollars? Ministers, financial secretaries, personnel, and finance committees will benefit from this FREE conference.For registration visit alsbom.org/event/ministers-tax-conference-mobile.

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/.

Metro Mobile Baptist Campus Ministries

A big thank you to all who participated in the BBQ Cook-Off and Cake Auction to raise support for collegiate missions. Remember, we are always here If you need help with your college ministry. Also, this time of year we are availble to hep transiiton your high school graduates to college life no matter where they plan to attend. Contact Campus Minister Jerrod Brown, jbrown@alsbom.org.

Walk for Bibles and International Ministries Awards Banquet August 30, 2018

Walk For Bibles and International Ministries (WFBIM) Awards Banquet


Thursday, August 30, 2018

6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

This new special event will award churches for participation in the 2017 WFBIM and give help and encouragement for those planning to participate in the 2018 WFBIM. More details to come soon.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Walk For Bibles and International Ministries – Saturday, October 20, 2018.

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.

 

Sincerely,

Kevin Bryce Saxton, Ph.D. Candidate

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Wright Word June – August 2018

Moses and Ministry
Recent conversations with young men interested in ministry have included encouragement to read the ministry of Moses in the book of Exodus. God used Moses mightily in spite of his reluctance to serve “Who am I that I should go…? (Ex. 3:11, NIV) and in spite of his anger issues (32:19-20). Even after the refugees had seen the power of God they continued to grumble about the food (Ex. 16:2-3), they ignored his clear instructions (16:27) and eventually led a coup against him (Num. 11-17). Moses asked the Lord the pastors’ plea, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me” (17:4, NIV).

However, Moses repeatedly saw God’s faithfulness in spite of (and even because of) tremendous challenges. Deuteronomy 34:10-12 describes the ministry of Moses, “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt…. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel” (NIV).

We can find encouragement and effectiveness through the biblical lessons of Moses’ life and ministry.

CWP Plan for Financial Self-Sufficiency
The Executive Committee approved on April 16, 2018 a five-year plan to bring Camp Whispering Pines to financial self-sufficiency. The joint proposal came from the CWP and Finance committees. The plan allows CWP to erect a new 40-bed dorm and bring improvements that allow the area below the dining hall to host meetings, recreation and housing. The proposed increase in income is anticipated to offset the current yearly financial subsidy from the MBA budget within five years. These changes help offset financial reductions from NAMB and other decreased income. CWP remains a ministry of the MBA.

Additional GOOD News
The March 22, 2018 edition of The Alabama Baptist shows the churches of the MBA as leading the state in the number of baptisms. Our Evangelistic Ministries emphasis has helped move us from near the bottom of that list 12 years ago. We also see progress in the Church Planting emphasis with three new works that began meeting Easter Sunday. The Biblical Prayer emphasis has seen progress as #prayerwalkmobile continues to cover the county. Church Development training options involve over 80 percent of our churches.
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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!
(251)866-7868
campwhisperingpines.com 

 

Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ

2018 Camp Dates

  • Hoopla Day Camp
    Completed Grades K5-6, June 4-8
     
  • Big Adventure Kids Camp
    Completed Grades 1-6, June 11-14 
  • Veritas Youth Camp
    Completed Grades 6-12, June 18-22
     
  • Girls Mission Camp
    Completed Grades 1-6, June 25-29
     
  • Momentum Kids Camp
    Completed Grades 1-6, July 16-19
     


For more information and registration visit campwhisperingpines.com or call 251-866-7868.

 


Paint Ball Guns Needed

Camp Whispering Pines needs new paint ball guns and is asking for donations. The approximate cost is $175 per gun. Paint ball is a big part of their program.

International Language School (ESL classes) Training Events

International Language School (ESL classes) Training Events

Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

and
Saturday, August 25, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
both at Airport Boulevard Baptist Church


Please bring $15 to help offset the costs
.

Training is required for all volunteers in the International Language School (ILS). Participants need only attend one day; however, due to the variety of training offered, they are encouraged to attend both days.

Light meals will be offered at the beginning of both days of training.

For more information contact Kim Wilson, (251) 533-2911. 

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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