Operation Christmas Child Pastor Appreciation Breakfast September 25, 2019

Thank you for your partnership with Operation Christmas Child, which has led to the Evangelism and Discipleship of over 167 Million children all over the world!

The Southeast Operation Christmas Child Team joyfully invites you to a Pastor Appreciation Breakfast where Southeast Regional Manager, Tracy Bullinger, will share Ministry Updates as well as opportunities to develop and engage leader volunteers in your congregation.

When: September 25, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
Host: Tracy Bullinger, Regional Manager, Southeast U.S.
Where: The Hangar
West Mobile Baptist Student Ministry
7485 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL 36695

RSVP: By September 23 to alanwaldo@aol.com or 251.490.7495.

Please feel free to bring a passionate church member with you to learn more about the ministry!

Tracy Bullinger
SAMARITAN’S PURSE
Regional Manager, Southeast | OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
(334)-447-9673 | tbullinger@samaritan.org
SAMARITANSPURSE.ORG 
P.O. BOX 3000 | BOONE, NC 28607

Christmas Backpacks

You and your church can make Christmas brighter for children living along the Mississippi River who are among some of the poorest in the U.S. Generation after generation in the region live without basic human necessities.

Review the information at alabamawmu.org/christmasbackpack for the guidelines and basic information. Then register your participation at alabamawmu.org/christmasbackpacks.

The Alabama WMU has a goal of collecting 9,500 backpacks! Our Associational WMU Leadership Team has a goal of collecting 100. Bring completed and labeled/banded backpacks to the MBA office by Thursday, October 24.

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 Dr. Bobby Morton for more information, via email or 251-661-7111.


New Church Start has Immediate Needs

As the new church, One Hope Mobile, gets ready for a launch, they are hopeful some SBC churches in Mobile County will help with some foundational needs.

Immediate needs:

  • 100 Chairs
  • Sound Equipment

Other needs:

  • 50″ TV
  • Locking storage cabinet
  • 6, 8ft. tables

Here is the church’s website, in case you want to know who you are supporting: https://onehopemobile.org

Contact pastor Tim Jensen, pastor@onehopemobile.org, 251-525-1120.

Worship Leader/Choir Director and Student Minister Needed

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 theodorefbc@bellsouth.nett.

http://mobilebaptists.org/business-directory/351/theodore-first-baptist-church/

Minister of Music Needed

Wilmer Baptist Church in Wilmer, Alabama (West Mobile County) is looking for a part-time Minister of Music. The Minister of Music is responsible for the organization, development, implementation, and leadership of the Worship, Choir and Music programs

Qualifications:

• A born again Christian and a reputation of being spiritually mature.
• Called into the music ministry and ability to lead in Christian classics (hymns) and contemporary music.
• A heart for spirit led, God-centered worship.
• Training and experience leading music in a Southern Baptist Church preferred.
• Good administrative, leadership, and organization skills.

Responsibilities:

• The Music Minister shall plan, organize, coordinate, and lead the choir and music program.
• Plan, prepare, and execute music for Sunday Worship Service(s) and other special worship services as required (e.g. church outings, mid-week services, choir practices, revivals, etc.)
• Coordinate with music staff, choir and Audio-Visual Ministry well in advance of each service and/or rehearsal.

Contact Jim Sealy at 251-533-2702.

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/.  

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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