#prayerwalkmobile Catch Up Day September 16, 2017

Join us for a
Prayer Walk Catch-Up Day

Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. — Noon
Choose your location

The Biblical Prayer and Evangelism Committees are hosting a Prayer Walk Catch-Up Day on September 16 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. There are 31 churches who have claimed 55 pages of the Map Book. There are about 40 pages left in order to pray for every person on every street in Mobile County.

Choose from the below “hubs” near areas that still need to be prayerwalked/driven.

  • FBC Creola (Al Brown)
  • Highpoint Baptist Church (Patricia Sellers)
  • FBC St. Elmo (Jeff Gardner)
  • MBA office (Adam Hammond)

Please let brother Thomas Wright (661-7111) or Adam Hammond (452-0222 ) know if you would like to be a “hub” location that morning or another day.

Please go to prayerwalk.mobilebaptists.org. There is a list by page number of pages already claimed. Please claim one of the pages yet to be claimed and complete the online form letting us know. Upon request, we can send you a copy of a page(s) from the Map Books we bought for that purpose.

Meet at the hub nearest the pages you selected to join others willing to join our prayer teams. Please let the hub host/hostess know.

We will begin with a brief explanation of prayer walking/driving.

Please bring your church vans/personal vehicles. We will prayer walk/drive, to cover as many areas as possible. The more vehicles/vans we have the more areas we can cover.

Please let Adam Hammond (452-0222 ) know if you would like a team to help you near your church field or need help to complete your claimed pages.

Please keep prayerwalking to complete the pages claimed. Cover those claimed areas multiple times.

Please return to prayerwalk.mobilebaptists.org and complete the online form each time you have completed a claimed page. Please help us cover the county in prayer.

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.

Annual Missions Celebration (Annual Session) October 1, 2017

Annual Missions Celebration (Annual Session)
Sunday, October 1, 2017
4:45 p.m. – Displays and Dinner
5:45 p.m. – Pres-session music and Children’s Mission Fair begins
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Missions Celebration

Crawford Baptist Church
3000 Sun Valley Drive, Mobile


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4:45 p.m. – Dinner, Displays, & Registration

Meal Tickets:
Pulled pork or chicken, cheese and macaroni, baked beans, Cole slaw, and chocolate delight

Cost $10 p/person – Tickets must be purchased at the MBA office by Monday, September 18.

5:45 p.m. – Pre-session music and Children’s Mission Fair begins

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Business, reports & presentations celebrating the results of your cooperative support of Associational Missions; including #prayerwalkmobile, a year long simultaneous effort to pray for the people on every street in Mobile County.

Children’s Mission Fair for K5-6th grade – make reservations  with the MBA by NOON, Thursday, September 29.

***Childcare available for those younger than K5 upon making reservations with the MBA by NOON, Thursday, September 29.

WFBIM Captains Dinner August 24, 2017

Walk For Bibles and International Ministries (WFBIM) Captains Dinner

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 p.m.
International Ministries Center
(605 Texas Place)

This special event helps a WFBIM Church Captain gain the knowledge and resources to help enlist participants in the WFBIM. The meal is free for 2 members from each church. Anyone else is welcome to attend for a cost of $10. Contact the MBA office to make reservations by Thursday, August 17.

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Walk For Bibles and International Ministries – Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

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 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 October 6, 2016 – October 1, 2017

We completed 10 months of our one year emphasis to cooperatively pray for every one of the 415,000 people in Mobile County by prayer walking every one of the 13,000 streets at least once before annual session on Sunday October 1, 2017.

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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