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/.  

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.

Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries 59th Annual Conference March 6-9, 2022

Don’t miss the 59th annual conference of the Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries (AABS). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 conference was postponed until 2022. This 3 night and 3 day conference is packed full of classes to help you on the job as well as classes to lift your spirits. There is great fellowship with like minded people from across Alabama. Visit alabamabaptistsecretaries.com or facebook.com/1AABS for all the details. 

Church Tax Conference January 24, 2022

Church Tax Conference

Monday, January 24, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mobile Baptist Association office
(616 Azalea Road)

Taxes will never be simple. Let us help you navigate the complexity. This conference will cover several special emphases’ including IRS forms & deadlines, what is taxable, special tax rules about Ministers and housing allowance and contribution rules. Get the latest updates on tax changes affecting ministers, staff and churches. You will receive a packet filled with information directed at ministers, church employees, and the church itself.

Register here: https://alsbom.org/event/church-tax-conference-2/

Ministry Safe Child Safety Workshop March 24, 2022

Ministry Safe Child Safety Workshop

Thursday, March 24, 2022
9:00 a.m.
– 2:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church Fairhope

300 S Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532 

Join us for one of our regional opportunities to learn how we can keep children safe. In partnership with Ministry Safe, this session will cover much of what you need to be well equipped.

Featured Speakers: Greg Love and Kimberlee Norris from Ministry Safe

Main topics include:
1) Awareness- What you need to know.
2) Safety System-What we need to do.
3) Getting the tools/Sexual Abuse Fire Drill
4) Effective Screening process & sample High-risk indicators.
5) Ministering to Victims.

Price $20 per ticket which includes lunch. Sponsored by Guidestone and Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
To register visit https://alsbom.org/event/child-safety-workshop-2/

Sharing Hope Conference January 30-31, 2022

Sharing Hope Conference
(formerly the State Evangelism Conference)

January 30, 2022 – January 31, 2022
Sunday – begins at 5:30 p.m.
Monday – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Dauphin Way Baptist Church
3661 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36608 

An annual statewide event for encouraging and equipping pastors and churches in the work of evangelism. Free admission, no registration. Visit https://alsbom.org/event/sharing-hope-conference/.

Ministers’ Wives Gathering January 31, 2022

January 31, 2022 here in Mobile at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. https://www.alabamawmu.org/ministerswivesgathering

The Sharing Hope Conference (formerly the State Evangelism Conference) has changed to a four-location format and will be held on Sunday evenings and Monday mornings, ending before lunch.  You can find information about the Sharing Hope Conference at https://alsbom.org/event/sharing-hope-conference/.

World Hunger Sunday, February 20, 2022

Your church is encouraged to collect a Hunger Offering on February 20, but you can collect the offering any day you wish. We receive hunger relief funds every week! 100% of all money collected is used to feed hungry people around the state and world and share the “Bread of Life” with those who hunger for the good news of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Hunger funds are available to Southern Baptist missionaries to meet food-related needs such as assisting people with receiving food, buying food, growing food and/or using food properly. For each dollar you give, a dollar goes out to feed the hungry.

Learn more: https://cooperativeprogramresources.org/hunger-2

Interim Pastor Search

First Baptist Church Grand Bay
10170 Grand Bay Wilmer Road
PO Box 326
Grand Bay,  AL 36541

First Baptist Church is praying and seeking God’s will in search for an Interim Pastor.  We appreciate your willingness to assist us in this search. Attached you will find a Job Description and request for someone that might be interested. 

Interim Pastor will:

  1. Commit to faithful leadership on Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night Bible Study.
  2. Preach and teach the word of God.
  3. Preside over the worship services and administer the ordinances.
  4. Encourage and support the total ministry of First Baptist Church.

We need to know what your financial needs are and when you would be available.

For consideration please submit a resume to grandbayfirstbaptist@yahoo.com. , and mail a CD or DVD of a recent sermon to First Baptist Church P O Box 326 Grand Bay, AL 36541.

Thank You for your help and guidance.

Pastor Search Committee

A White