Thank You Mobile Baptists for participating in the 2019 Walk for Bibles and International Ministries (WFBIM)
Your prayer support and financial gifts are vital to the ministry of the International Language School, MBA International Churches, and out-reach to seafarers.
To date, we have received $10,495.50 from 19 MBA Churches and numerous individuals, and donations continue coming. We praise the LORD for every gift!
A special shout-out to Hollinger’s Island Baptist Church and
pastor, Dr. James Mercer. This church alone has contributed more than $3,850!
This kind of giving translates into daily prayer and volunteer support.
Join us in praying:
for more Port Chaplains and for someone to coordinate the activities of the Port Chaplains
for volunteers to help with childcare for the International Language School
for your involvement in helping begin a Spanish speaking church
The MBA WMU Leadership Team sends a big Thank You to the 10 churches and numerous individuals who donated over 450 backpacks to make Christmas brighter for children living along the Mississippi River who are among some of the poorest in the U.S. https://www.alabamawmu.org/christmasbackpacks
Parkway Southern Baptist Church and other partnering churches, invite you to attend a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 24, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at Parkway Southern Baptist Church. Come enjoy a mass choir, encouraging message and sweet fellowship.
Monday, January 13, 2020 11:30 a.m.
Government Street Baptist Church
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 update
International Ministries 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.
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.
Full Time Position Open – Worship Leader/Choir Director, Youth/Children’s Minister First Baptist Church of Theodore is seeking a Full Time Worship Leader that will also serve as Youth/Children’s Minister. It will be helpful for the candidate to have a musical background to teach music reading to choir members, Bible Skills for teaching Children and Youth, and a Servant Spirit to serve as needed. Send resume to email@example.com.
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:
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.
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.
The ILS offers beginning, intermediate and advanced English as a Second Language classes. They often offer Spanish classes as well. The Fall semester is quickly coming to an end. The Spring semester will begin in January. Contact Kim via email or 251.533.2911 to register.
The ILS currently has 105 students from 30 countries. There are currently 35 volunteers working in the ILS.
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) donate your time – We need individuals to help serve refreshments during team time, help with office work, and teach. We also very much need childcare workers. Students with small children are not able to focus and study during class with small children in tow. 4) pray – 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.