Executive Committee Meeting July 8, 2019

Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, July 8, 2019
11:30 a.m.
MBA Office (616 Azalea Road)

Lunch will be available for $5 p/person.

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 upgrades and repair update
  • International Ministries seafarer conversions and Language School schedule update
  • Church Development update
  • Disaster Relief deployments, training and preparation updates
  • 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.

Church Financial Issues July 25, 2019

Church Financial Issues

Thursday, July 25, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MBA Office (616 Azalea Road)

This workshop, presented by ALSBOM, will help answer questions for church treasurers and financial leaders. Topics will include financial controls, payroll, IRS forms, employee or self-employed, taxable wages, FLSA, housing benefits, accountable reimbursement, expenses vs. compensation, retirement planning and more. State missionary, Lee Wright, will lead this workshop.

Cost is $15 per person. Cost goes up to $25 per person if registering within 7 days of the event.


Visit alsbom.org/churchfinancialissues for more information and registration.   

Metro Mobile Baptist Campus Ministries is here to Help You Connect with College Students

Does your church want to reach out to collegians?

  • Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) wants to help your congregation this fall. BCM exists to assist every MBA church have an intentional ministry to college students in their sphere of influence.
  • Would your congregation or leadership benefit from a college ministry consult with our Campus Ministers?
  • Does your church desire to partner with BCM in ministry and evangelism projects on area campuses?
  • Would your church commit to reaching out to collegians during the first two weeks of the fall semester through BCM’s Weeks of Welcome (August 15 – 31, 2019)?

Contact Campus Ministers Jerrod Brown or Beth Gardner at 251-344-5904 to discover ways to reach collegians in Mobile County.

Garden Tomb of Jesus Event September 13-18, 2019

This fall, you have the unique opportunity to experience the Garden Tomb of Jesus, here in Mobile, September 13-18, 2019. Dr. Stephen Bridge, Director of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, Israel will speak at both Cottage Hill Baptist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and you are invited! Please click this link and experience the powerful message coming soon, to the Gulf Coast. Linked here is a video (https://youtu.be/R3kCJnZu7Mw) you can share with your congregation. We look forward to seeing you in September. Proceeds benefit Cornerstone Garden. For information, please visit: www.cornerstonegarden.org

Thumb drives containing Dr. Bridge’s Easter video are available at the MBA office or through Cornerstone Gardens (251-377-2577).

Volunteer Port Chaplains Needed

International Ministries need several Volunteer Port Chaplains who can drive to and from the ships. The chaplains need to lead Bible Studies on the ships at various times. Volunteers must pass a background check for TWIC access to the ships. Please contact Dr. Bobby Morton for more information, via email or 251-661-7111.

International Language School (ILS) Needs

ILS students and their families are invited to have lunch with their teachers on June 8 and July 6, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 pm. A light lunch will be provided, but you should bring food to share. We are excited to see you during the summer, so come to have conversation and a meal.

Go to our Facebook page: MBA – International Language School, ESL to register or contact Kim. Make sure to tell us how many are coming.

Registration for fall semester is on June 8 and July 6 at 1:00 pm. After our lunch together, we will have registration and evaluations for the new school year.

In the fall semester, night ESL classes will be on Monday nights, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Day classes will meet two days a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The ILS will offer beginning and intermediate Spanish in the fall. Contact Kim at 251.533.2911 or kwilson@mobilebaptists.org to register.

With the new school year starting  August 12, and registration open now, the ILS needs individuals or teams to distribute promotional materials in the community.

Maintenance Workers Needed

Part-Time Maintenance workers needed. Schedules involve 2 or 3 days per week and 7 hours per day. Duties involve setting up rooms, waxing floors, light electrical and plumbing, vehicle checks, repairing equipment, etc. If interested call Garry Harred,  251-633-6000, at Woodridge Baptist Church.

New Church Start has Immediate Needs

As the new church, One Hope Mobile, gets ready for a launch, they are hopeful some SBC churches in Mobile County will help with some foundational needs.

Immediate needs:

  • 100 Chairs
  • Sound Equipment

Other needs:

  • 50″ TV
  • Locking storage cabinet
  • 6, 8ft. tables

Here is the church’s website, in case you want to know who you are supporting: https://onehopemobile.org

Contact pastor Tim Jensen, pastor@onehopemobile.org, 251-525-1120.

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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Sexual Abuse in Southern Baptist Churches and the Need for Background Checks

The recent documentation of extensive sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches is shocking. For more than 20 years, the Mobile Baptist Association (MBA) has encouraged churches to perform a background check on every ministerial candidate and every worker. Consultation also advises never to have just one worker in children’s classrooms or just two from the same family.

Our MBA office makes it easier for churches by providing background checks for our churches at a nominal fee for the check. A form from the MBA would need to be submitted for the background check to be done. Lifeway also has a streamlined background check process. Visit https://www.lifeway.com/en/services/church-administration/background-checks?intcmp=SRDR-background-checks. One recent background check discovered a candidate on the Sex Offender Registry in Florida. He was immediately disqualified. The sin was forgiven, but the legal consequences remain. Another consideration for small churches is some information about juveniles under age 19 may be sealed. So past offenses may not be reported. A form for anyone under 19 would have to have parental permission and signature.  

Church leaders need to recognize the scope of the problem and take immediate steps to protect every person in the ministries of the church. This upcoming training is particularly advisable: Protecting the Children, February 26, 6:30 p.m. at the MBA office.  Click here to for more information and to register.

Visit the following link to additional resources and recommendations: https://alsbom.org/safe/.  

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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