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/.  

Full Time Pastor Needed

Semmes First Baptist Church is currently seeking a full time Lead Pastor/Teacher who is gifted in expository preaching, dedicated to making disciples, and compassionate to his congregation. While certain education and experience credentials are preferred, we are prayerfully open to the Lord’s leading in this matter and desire His will over anything else. If this is a ministry opportunity that you feel led to pursue, please send your resume to:  semmesfirstbaptistchurch@gmail.com.

Disaster Relief Training March 4-6, 2021

Disaster Relief Training here in Mobile County

March 4-6, 2021

Airport Boulevard Baptist Church

 

 

Certification options include:

  • Chaplaincy
  • Chainsaw
  • Cleanup/Recovery/Mudout
  • Shower/Laundry
  • Administration
  • Temporary Child Care

New volunteers may choose any option with the requirement of ISBIDR (Involving Southern Baptists in Disaster Relief). Current volunteers may take a refresher course in their current certification, or choose to cross-train in another area in order to be more readily able to serve and deploy.

After this past year, we are painfully aware of how many people are needed to respond to the devastating effects of a hurricane, and we experienced it twice in one year!

Register online, sbdr.org/event/disaster-relief-training-mobile, or by sending an email to  disasterrelief@mobilebaptists.org, or by  calling the MBA office at 661-7111. Give your  name, email address, preferred course, and if you are a new  or current volunteer. We will get in touch with you about the next step and how to pay for the class(es). Deadline to register is February 23.

Seeking Full-Time Camp Director

Camp Whispering Pines, a 265 bed ministry of Mobile Baptist Association in Citronelle, AL is accepting resumes for Camp Director. Seeking a gifted administrator who is committed to evangelistic ministry, preferably with SBC seminary degree and minimum three years camp management experience. Visit campwhisperingpines.com for job description, candidate requirements and additional information. Email resumes before April 30, 2021 to mrbedford@bellsouth.net.

International Ministries News and Events

Hispanic Church Planter

 

Thank you for praying for a Spanish language church for our Associational area. We have 11,000 -15,000 Hispanics here in the greater Mobile area and believe that this is the time to move forward. Most of you know that we are in discussions with Alabama State Board of Missions (ALSBOM), and others, about a potential Hispanic Church Planter. I encourage each of you to continue to faithfully and earnestly pray for God’s timing.

In order to move forward, the urgent need is for a commitment(s) for at least $7,000 annually for an initial three-year commitment. Without reducing gifts to the CP and/or MBA, if a few MBA churches and/or missions’ minded individuals committed to $100 per month for three years, we can have the church planter here and working by late Spring or early Summer. This financial support will help us and our partners to pay salary and benefits for the initial three-year start-up period. In addition to the salary, the provision of temporary housing (6-12 months) would be a major blessing. For a Hispanic church to be planted, brothers/sisters who will commit to serve with the church planter in the initial church planting efforts will be a blessing.

Week of Prayer for Mobile International Ministries

March 15 – 21, 2021

This year’s Week of Prayer for Mobile International Ministries is March 15-21, 2021. For Churches who are interested, we plan to have a brief PowerPoint presentation and a 2-3 minute video about MBA’s International Ministries available for your use. Please lead your church in this vital time of prayer for the Internationals in our community. We have more than 74 different language groups who live in Mobile. Also remember, the International Language School is a major part of our outreach to these who live among us.

Specifically, we are praying that God’s Holy Spirit will move among the Internationals here in a way that each may encounter Jesus personally as Savior and make Him LORD of their lives. We will pray that Seafarers will take the Gospel to their families here and in their lands of origin. We will also pray that the LORD will provide resources and personnel to allow us to be a part of what He is doing.

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.

Ministers Conference Resumes Meeting Weekly

The Ministers Conference has resumed weekly meetings as of January 25, 2021. All ministers are invited for a time of fellowship, devotion, and prayer. The meetings are every Monday, 10:30 a.m. at the MBA office (616 Azalea Road). Lunch will NOT be served during the meeting. Safety precautions are in place such as masks and social distancing.

Executive Committee Meeting April 12, 2021

Executive Committee Meeting


Monday, April 12, 2021

10:30 a.m.

West Mobile Baptist Church

7501 Airport Boulevard, 36608

Social distancing and other precautions will be in place.
Participants need to wear masks.

Or join in via Zoom if you cannot meet in 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.

  • Future Focus Committee update
  • Reports from the ministry areas

***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.

Part-Time Financial Secretary Needed

Part time Financial Secretary Immediate Opening. 

First Baptist Church of Dawes has an immediate opening for a financial secretary, 16 to 20 hours per week, flexible days between Monday and Wednesday. The candidate must have a good working knowledge of Intuit Quickbooks, Servant Keeper, Word and Excel. 

Please reply by email to: Jim Glaze at First Baptist Church Of Dawes. My Email address is: jimglazejr@gmail.com. Please include your interest, phone number and resume , if available.