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 Gerald Burch for more information, via email or 251-661-7111.


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/.  

Church Secretary Needed

First Baptist Church Irvington has a job opening for Church Secretary which requires general office duties and about 18 hours a week. Please contact the church office, 253-957-2718, for more information.

Full Time Pastor Needed

Semmes First Baptist Church is currently seeking a full time Lead Pastor/Teacher who is gifted in expository preaching, dedicated to making disciples, and compassionate to his congregation. While certain education and experience credentials are preferred, we are prayerfully open to the Lord’s leading in this matter and desire His will over anything else. If this is a ministry opportunity that you feel led to pursue, please send your resume to:  semmesfirstbaptistchurch@gmail.com.

International Ministries News and Events

9th Annual International Ministries Benefit Golf Tournament

June 26, 2021
9:00 a.m.
TimberCreek Golf Club, Daphne

It is not too early to put together one or more teams to enter this tournament. We also depend on sponsors and/or hole sponsors to help us raise funds for International Ministries’ three areas of emphasis: International Churches, the International Language School, and Ministry to Seafarers. We are grateful to Rev. Art Burroughs and Rev. James Mercer for organizing and leading this important benefit.

In addition to organizing Golf Teams (4 people teams), we ask Churches, Sunday Schools, and Small Groups to please encourage private businesses and social groups that have contact with to consider becoming sponsors.

For additional information, donations and team registration visit im.mobilebaptists.org or contact Art at 251-232-5070, James at 251-423-0772, or Gerald Burch at 251-378-1116.

 

Hispanic Church Planter

God has graciously provided for three years of startup support for the Hispanic Church Planter, Dr. Ramon Vielza. Rev. Vielza, his wife, and daughters are excited about serving the LORD here and hope to begin work by the first of June. Many of our churches have stepped forward to commit to helping pay the Vielza’s salary and support for the first three years. The Vielza’s will need core members to commit to working with them as they survey, do groundwork, and begin gathering Spanish-speaking groups. We believe the LORD will start one or more churches from the groups. 

Ten Percent: A Call to Biblical Stewardship FREE Resource

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, CEO and President of the SBC Executive Committee, has written a resource that will assist churches in advancing biblical stewardship. Ten Percent: A Call to Biblical Stewardship is a bible-based, theologically sound stewardship emphasis which is designed to include two resources every church can use regardless of size or location:

*   A six-week sermon series
*   A six-week curriculum for Sunday school or small groups

While the pastor preaches in the worship service that “God Is the Owner of Everything,” each of your small groups, Bible study classes and Sunday school classes teach the same. Your team of laypersons or staff can easily transfer these principles so they can be simultaneously taught to all of your students, children, and preschoolers. If you do not teach them, no one will. Everyone, at all stages of life, needs to be called to biblical stewardship.

Six Biblical Principles:

The six principles are proven. They are biblical, strategic and practical.

1.  God Is the Owner of Everything
2.  We Own Absolutely Nothing
3.  Honor God with at Least the First Ten Percent
4.  Bring the Full Ten Percent to the Church
5.  Practice Over and Above Giving
6.  Focus on the Great Commission Always

These six principles are steps to give your church members a biblical way to look at their entire lives, including the finances that God alone has entrusted to them. Each church can and should do the same.

A digital church kit is now available for FREE.

To enable congregations and pastors to better utilize this resource in the local church, we have created a digital church kit. This kit includes:

*   A pdf copy of the book which you can distribute to all in your church
*   Promotional graphics for use in your church
*   Bulletin inserts for use in your church
*   PowerPoint slides for your sermon series
*   Social media graphics to use

There is no cost to you or your church for this resource. Everything is downloadable at: SBC.net/stewardship.

2021 VBS Info and Training Videos

4 VBS Strategies for this Summer – Visit vbs.lifeway.com

The Alabama Baptist VBS YouTube channel has videos for viewing! Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdu61fRCwmtsLVcCTMC5NiQ/featured

Click on “Playlists” to see all the available videos.

In addition to the 22 Destination Dig training videos there are several posted for Concrete & Cranes and General Helps.

The VBSAL: Tips & Training Facebook page is a good place to post requests for decorations or leftover materials.

VBS 2021 Destination Dig
Training Videos

UNEARTHING THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS!

EXCAVATE THE TRUTH

Grab your pickaxe and shovel!

“VBS 2021 is headed to present-day Israel where discovery awaits at Destination Dig. Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts.” –https://vbs.lifeway.com/vbs-programs/vbs-2021-destination-dig/

VBS 2020 Concrete and Cranes Training Videos

“As kids explore a world of concrete and cranes, rivets and rebar, bulldozers and backhoes, they will learn to build their faith on Jesus as they uncover the truth that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion.”

There are grade level training videos available now, linked below and on facebook.com/mobilebaptistassociation.

VBS Virtual Clinic Rally and Panel Discussion

Training Videos include:

Executive Committee Meeting July 12, 2021

Executive Committee Meeting


Monday, July 12, 2021

11:30 a.m.

Government Street Baptist Church

A meal 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.

  • Future Focus Committee update on sale of the International Ministries Center facility
  • Current financial condition of Camp Whispering Pines and schedule to determine if it can remain open
  • Update about the new Hispanic Church Plant
  • Reports from the ministry areas

* To be Voted on

***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.

Gospel Singing Benefit June 5, 2021

Lafitte Baptist is hosting a Gospel Singing Benefit on June 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The Kendricks, the Chestangs, and T. Graham Brown will sing. Lafitte will sell tickets for a VIP meet and greet experience ($25), which includes front row seating. A love offering will be taken as well. For more information contact pastor Billy Kendrick (251-769-4868) or the church office (251-675-2539). 

Financial Issues Conference July 13, 2021

Financial Issues Conference

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mobile Baptist Association office
(616 Azalea Road)


This Financial Issues Conference will provide an overview and opportunity for questions covering these topics: Doing Benevolence Right, Internal Controls for Electronic Transactions, and What forms are needed when hiring a new employee. Other information covered will be the usual list of What’s New? concerning: Tax and Payroll, Minister Compensation, and Housing Allowance and IRS Contribution Rules. This session is just one of many opportunities led by Lee available to you to engage with these topics.

Register here: https://alsbom.org/event/financial-issues-conference-2/.