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 conference.
There is no charge to attend but please register so we will know how many to expect. For registration visitalsbom.org/event/ministers-tax-conference-mobile.

The Basics of Church Security March 8, 2018

The Basics of Church Security

Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, Prattville

This conference deals with three primary areas of church security. The areas examined deal with attendee and property/building safety, preschool and children safety, and transportation. The cost is $5. For more information visit: alsbom.org/event/the-basics-of-church-security-2018.

Visit ALSBOM.org/churchsecurity to download resources and learn more about church security.

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.

Alabama Baptist D-Life Boot Camp February 24, 2018

Living the D-Life means living a lifestyle of discipleship. Think about it. What if you could successfully equip everyone in your ministry for a life of discipleship—anytime and anywhere?

This is the purpose of D-Life. D-Life is not a program; it’s a lifestyle. It’s an organic, intentional, and simple process for equipping all believers for a life of making and multiplying disciples. D-Life is biblical, multi-generational, and reproducible. The Bible and the D-Life Web App or D-Life Journal are the only tools needed to equip leaders to lead and multiply D Groups of 3 to 8.

The best way for a church or ministry to begin living the D-Life is to equip leaders in a D-Life Boot Camp. D-Life Boot Camps are designed to train believers to use the D-Life Web App or Journal for a life of discipleship. Ministries that equip their leaders through a boot camp are seeing great results.

D-Life author and trainer, Dr. Bill Wilks, has led D-Life training in churches, ministries, and associations across the country. The Alabama Baptist, Life Bible Study, and several others are sponsoring two D-Life Boot Camp opportunities with Dr. Wilks for Alabama Baptists.

For more information about D-Life or to register for a boot camp go to: livethedlife.com.

Revive this Nation March 11-14, 2018

Click Here to Watch the 2018 Revive this Nation Promotional Video.

To sign up, a church will need to complete the Church Application Form available online at http://www.swbts.edu/rtn.

The basic features of the Revive This Nation Program are as follows:

  • Southwestern Seminary recruits churches to hold revival meetings and pays for the preacher’s roundtrip transportation to these churches.
  • The host church provides meals, lodging, and local transportation for the preacher while he is on the field.

This year, Southwestern is pleased to announce its partnership with Harvest North America. As a result, we will offer two revival tracks:

Classic Format: SWBTS evangelist to preach revival services Sunday morning – Wednesday evening. The Southwestern preacher will assist the church in evangelism efforts during the revival week.

Harvest Format: SWBTS evangelist to preach revival services Sunday morning – Wednesday evening. Harvest North America will:

  • Work with the host pastor to prepare the church for revival in the weeks leading up to Revive this Nation;
  • Work with the host pastor to enlist church members who will participate in evangelism appointments during the week of revival;
  • Offer revival training to churches that select this option.
  • For more information about Harvest North America visit http://harvestnorthamerica.org/.

If you would like to speak with someone about RTN, please contact Daniel Dickard, Dean of Students, at 817-923-1921 ext. 6331.

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.

 

Sincerely,

Kevin Bryce Saxton, Ph.D. Candidate

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Wright Word December 2017 – February 2018

#prayerwalkmobile Continues in 2018
Prayer unites believers. Matthew 18:19 shows that cooperative prayer (“if two of you agree…”) brings devastating defeat to the enemy. Our MBA Executive, Evangelistic Ministries and Biblical Prayer committees invite our churches to continue to prayer walk every street in Mobile County in 2018. We have 31 churches who have completed about 55 pages of the 94 pages in the Keith Street & Road Atlas Map Book. Training details, registering and reporting are at prayerwalk.mobilebaptists.org and the hashtag #prayerwalkmobile.

Intercession for the MBA Staff on your Prayer Lists
Jesus gave the example of praying for other believers in John 17. Your associational staff face challenges every day as we consult with church leaders and members. We need wisdom and direction as we consult in church conflict, staff changes, growth options, building needs, disaster relief and every other component of church life. Please add us to your Wednesday night prayer list. Please pray that financial needs will be met.

Disaster Relief Response and Preparation
A September 10, 2017 article documented how Christians provide more disaster aid than FEMA. The SBC is the largest volunteer Disaster Relief (DR) Organization with 90,000 trained volunteers. Your disaster donations are most effective through SBC Disaster Relief. One hundred percent of your donations go to alleviate spiritual and physical suffering. I have witnessed many times an SBC volunteer put down a chain saw or stop mud out to share, cry and pray with a homeowner.

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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


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.


$230

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

$160

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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