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

Music Minister Needed

Fulton Road Baptist Church is seeking a part-time college student studying to serve as a Music Minister or a bi-vocational minister to fill this position.

Responsibilities include:

  • leading Sunday morning Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.
  • Choir Practice (day and time to be determined)
  • Sunday Evening Worship Service at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Evening Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in this position, please contact Pastor Charles Robertson at 251.709.2970 or send a resume’ via email at brochacha@bellsouth.net. Resumes’ can also be submitted to the Church Office at 1800 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, AL 36605, via fax at 251.471.2526 or via email at fulrdbc@yahoo.com.

MBA Enlistment Committee Needs Your Help

The Associational Enlistment Committee is at work filling the positions vacant for 2019-2021. If you feel led to serve in any of the open positions, or if you could recommend someone to serve, it would be of great help to this Committee and the Association.

Please pray and let us know by May 31, 2018 of any suggestions that you might have. The desire is to involve as many people from the Association as possible. It would be best to have all of the active churches represented in some way in the Association. The MBA Committees’ job descriptions are located here.

Pray for the Enlistment Committee as they meet, make contacts, and accomplish the task. There is a lot to do and these committees are so vital to the success of the Mobile Baptist Association, and to the Kingdom of God. 

Please find the nomination/recommendation form here.

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.

Secretaries/Ministry Assistants Luncheon May 15, 2018

Attention! Calling all MBA Secretaries and Ministry Assistants…

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

Tuesday, May 15,  2018
11:45 a.m.
MBA Office

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

RESERVATIONS:

  • The catered meal is $8 and is payable at the door.
  • Please make reservations by Thursday, May 10 by visiting “training opportunities” at mobilebaptists.org or by contacting the MBA office.
  • Please note: payment for reservations must be received even if you are unable to attend the event.

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 March – May 2018

Trust and Obey
Believers are reminded in Proverbs 3:5 to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” (CSB). The enemy seeks daily to undermine our trust in God. From Genesis to Revelation Satan causes us to question the love, goodness and faithfulness of our Creator. The results are many. The unbeliever has been convinced he/she cannot trust in Jesus for their salvation. The believer will cease to pray “because it doesn’t do any good.” Others forsake the church because the focus becomes the fickleness of man instead of the faithfulness of God. Be wary. We can trust God. We are reminded in Roman 5:8, “God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (CSB).


Constitution and Bylaws (C&BL) Updates
Several issues in 2017 emphasize the importance of an updated C&BL. The updated document should include clear guidelines for membership, business meetings and for the facility to relate to SBC/MBA. Smaller membership congregations are being targeted by unethical independent and other denominations to lose their facilities. Please do not wait until there is a problem to discover the C&BL is outdated and weak.


IMPORTANT Changes to Minister Compensation
EVERY church financial officer/treasurer/bookkeeper needs to investigate important changes in 2018 from the IRS about ministerial salary and reimbursements. The IRS guidelines, not the minister’s preference, must be followed.

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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.

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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