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.


International Language School (ILS) Needs

The ILS offers beginning, intermediate and advanced English as a Second Language classes. They often offer Spanish classes as well.  Contact Kim via email or 251.533.2911 to register.

This ministry to internationals in Mobile is financially supported by gifts from MBA churches. We are deeply grateful for all financial contributions to International Ministries and for volunteers who teach and show hospitality in the Language School. Businesses, churches, and individuals are encouraged to sponsor students by giving money for language Bibles, books, and supplies. You are welcome to donate any amount, as the Lord leads. Please contact Gerald Burch or Kim Wilson if you would like to help.    

How You Can Help:
1) donate hospitality items – bottled water, tea bags, fresh bread or pastries, and K-cups
2) being a childcare worker/tutor – Students with small children are not able to focus and study during class with small children in tow.
3) donating your time – We need individuals to help serve refreshments during tea time, help with office work, and teach.
4) praying – We need prayer partners to pray for the students and teachers. Pray that God’s Glory will be made known in and through this ministry. 

Please bring the above mentioned items to the Associational office (616 Azalea Road) or contact Kim Wilson at 251.533.2911 or via email.

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/.  

2020 Census Part-Time Jobs Available

Although they have suspended all operations to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, we are still taking applications for their part-time jobs.

Once it has been determined the virus issue is under control, they will begin calling applicants again. Where else can you make this kind of money part-time with such flexible hours and be doing your community a service at the same time?

If you know someone who has been interviewed and hired by the Census Bureau, please tell them they are still selected for the position offered and the Bureau will get with them as soon as they are able to go back to work.

These jobs are temporary and can last from a few weeks to several months, depending on the specific job. Most jobs have flexible hours and all employees are paid weekly in the $18 an hour range. We try to keep each employee as close as possible to their own community, since people tend to work better in a familiar environment. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be a U.S. citizen, have access to reliable transportation and have a social security number. Anyone interested in these jobs can simply apply online at www.2020census.gov/jobs.

David Hurst, Recruiting Assistant
U.S. Census Bureau
Field Division, Recruiting
franklin.d.hurst@2020census.go
2020census.gov/jobs

 

Help Get the Word out about Baptist Campus Ministries

Friends and Supporters of Baptist Campus Ministries:

Baptist Campus Ministries exists to worship and serve Jesus Christ as we reach, grow and send collegians for Him.

If you have students in your Church, family members or family friends that are planning to attend any college or university in Mobile in the Fall as freshmen or transfer students please share this image with them and have them connect with BCM through our New Student Portal here:

www.southalabama.edu/BCM

Every student who submits their contact information will receive some information about BCM and local Baptist churches, get connected to some upperclassmen, and be entered for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards.

Help us reach, grow, and send collegians with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Walk for Bibles and International Ministries Captain’s Training August 27, 2020

Captains, let’s get trained and ready for the Annual 5k Walk for Bibles and International Ministries. New insights and new training will make this event better than ever. RSVP a training window or attend a 30 minute Zoom meeting.

August 27, 2020
6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
MBA Office

Click on the following link to reserve a spot for training.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEvcd7rJ1yk8lrbG4vrFpTSisYH__bweulID7VSs4zIytSBQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

2020 VBS Info and 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.”

4 Ways to do VBS this Summer – Visit vbs.lifeway.com

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:

4 Ways to Teach Bible Drill (Skills) in a Socially Distanced World Webinar August 4, 2020

Drill Leaders,

Realizing that meeting in person at church this year may or may not be a reality, we have developed a resource that I hope will be of help to you. It is called 4 Ways to Teach Bible Drill (Skills) in a Socially Distanced World. (At Home, Being Online, Church, Discovering the Outdoors). We will provide ideas for families to learn God’s Word in their homes, for games and activities online, suggestions for if you can meet in person at church, and for games to play socially distanced outside. 

We will have a Zoom Meeting explaining this resource on Tuesday evening August 4 at 6:30 p.m. I hope you can attend the meeting. I have attached the information for the meeting below. You will need to register to receive the link to the call. 

David Jennings from FBC Tuscaloosa along with state leaders from North Carolina and Georgia, have assisted in the writing of this resource. It is a resource that can be used this fall in drill. It is our prayer that it will be something that you can use to teach children and families God’s Word!

4 Ways to Teach Bible Skills in a Socially Distanced World (Children)

Tuesday, August 4, 6:30-8 p.m.

Come and learn about four ways you can teach Bible skills in a socially distanced world: at home, online, at church or while discovering the outdoors. Session leaders include Belinda Stroud, state missionary for childhood discipleship, Maria Brannen with Georgia Baptist Bible Drill, and Deborah Robson with North Carolina Baptist Bible Drill.

To register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fGcC8oi9RXK6Upq6mg870g

Belinda Stroud
Office of Sunday School & Discipleship
State Board of Missions
Toll Free: 800.264.1225