Executive Committee Meeting July 9, 2018

Join us

Monday, July 9, 2018
11:30 a.m.
MBA Office (616 Azalea RD)

for the Executive Committee meeting.

Lunch will be available for $5 p/person.

If you plan to eat, please let the MBA know via
251-661-7111 or via email.

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 update
  • International Ministries update
  • Church Development update
  • 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.

International Language School (ESL classes) Training Events

International Language School (ESL classes) Training Events

Friday, August 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 25, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
both at Airport Boulevard Baptist Church

Please bring $15 to help offset the costs

Training is required for all volunteers in the International Language School (ILS). Participants need only attend one day; however, due to the variety of training offered, they are encouraged to attend both days.

Light meals will be offered at the beginning of both days of training.

For more information contact Kim Wilson, (251) 533-2911. 

Walk for Bibles and International Ministries Awards Banquet August 30, 2018

Walk For Bibles and International Ministries (WFBIM) Awards Banquet

Thursday, August 30, 2018

6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

This new special event will award churches for participation in the 2017 WFBIM and give help and encouragement for those planning to participate in the 2018 WFBIM. More details to come soon.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Walk For Bibles and International Ministries – Saturday, October 20, 2018.

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

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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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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