Executive Committee Meeting January 8, 2018

Join us

Monday, January 8, 2018
11:30 a.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)

for the Executive Committee meeting.

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.

***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.

New International Language School Center Grand Opening and Needed Items

Items needed for the new International Language School (ILS) Center:

  • pencils
  • erasers
  • markers
  • adult scissors
  • copy paper
  • cardstock
  • staplers
  • tape/tape dispensers
  • coffee pot (preferably a Keurig duo – single cup and pot combo)
  • coffee for machine
  • hot tea bags
  • refrigerator (small or large is fine) (have to check size so that it will fit through doors)
  • microwave
  • color copier and ink
  • color printer and ink
  • matching shelves for resource room
  • decent quality couches and comfy chairs (have to check size)
  • classroom tables (2?)
  • table/floor lamps
  • ottomans
  • ‘coffee’/’end’ tables
  • ‘international’ decorative items

Items can be brought to the MBA office (December 20 is the last day the office is open until January 2) or the ILS Center starting January 8.

Basics of Church Security: Protecting against Imminent Threats of Violence January 18, 2018

Basics of Church Security: Protecting against Imminent Threats of Violence


Thursday, January 18, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Prattville

138 S Washington Street
Prattville, AL  36067


The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Office of Leadercare and Church Health is sponsoring this event. Topics will include: why church security, basics for any congregation, dealing with armed attackers, and what about armed security teams.  This is a free conference.

For more information visit alsbom.org/event/basics-church-security-protecting-imminent-threats-violence

Tax Conferences

Church Tax Conference

Thursday, January 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)

Get the latest updates on tax changes affecting ministers, staff, and churches. The cost is $15. For registration visit alsbom.org/event/church-tax-conference-mobile.

Minister’s Tax Conference

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Noon
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)
FREE conference

How can ordained ministers save tax dollars? Ministers, financial secretaries, personnel, and finance committees will benefit from this conference.
There is no charge to attend but please register so we will know how many to expect. For registration visitalsbom.org/event/ministers-tax-conference-mobile.

Alabama Baptist D-Life Boot Camp February 24, 2018

Living the D-Life means living a lifestyle of discipleship. Think about it. What if you could successfully equip everyone in your ministry for a life of discipleship—anytime and anywhere?

This is the purpose of D-Life. D-Life is not a program; it’s a lifestyle. It’s an organic, intentional, and simple process for equipping all believers for a life of making and multiplying disciples. D-Life is biblical, multi-generational, and reproducible. The Bible and the D-Life Web App or D-Life Journal are the only tools needed to equip leaders to lead and multiply D Groups of 3 to 8.

The best way for a church or ministry to begin living the D-Life is to equip leaders in a D-Life Boot Camp. D-Life Boot Camps are designed to train believers to use the D-Life Web App or Journal for a life of discipleship. Ministries that equip their leaders through a boot camp are seeing great results.

D-Life author and trainer, Dr. Bill Wilks, has led D-Life training in churches, ministries, and associations across the country. The Alabama Baptist, Life Bible Study, and several others are sponsoring two D-Life Boot Camp opportunities with Dr. Wilks for Alabama Baptists.

For more information about D-Life or to register for a boot camp go to: livethedlife.com.

The Basics of Church Security March 8, 2018

The Basics of Church Security

Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, Prattville

This conference deals with three primary areas of church security. The areas examined deal with attendee and property/building safety, preschool and children safety, and transportation. The cost is $5. For more information visit: alsbom.org/event/the-basics-of-church-security-2018.

Visit ALSBOM.org/churchsecurity to download resources and learn more about church security.

Revive this Nation March 11-14, 2018

Click Here to Watch the 2018 Revive this Nation Promotional Video.

To sign up, a church will need to complete the Church Application Form available online at http://www.swbts.edu/rtn.

The basic features of the Revive This Nation Program are as follows:

  • Southwestern Seminary recruits churches to hold revival meetings and pays for the preacher’s roundtrip transportation to these churches.
  • The host church provides meals, lodging, and local transportation for the preacher while he is on the field.

This year, Southwestern is pleased to announce its partnership with Harvest North America. As a result, we will offer two revival tracks:

Classic Format: SWBTS evangelist to preach revival services Sunday morning – Wednesday evening. The Southwestern preacher will assist the church in evangelism efforts during the revival week.

Harvest Format: SWBTS evangelist to preach revival services Sunday morning – Wednesday evening. Harvest North America will:

  • Work with the host pastor to prepare the church for revival in the weeks leading up to Revive this Nation;
  • Work with the host pastor to enlist church members who will participate in evangelism appointments during the week of revival;
  • Offer revival training to churches that select this option.
  • For more information about Harvest North America visit http://harvestnorthamerica.org/.

If you would like to speak with someone about RTN, please contact Daniel Dickard, Dean of Students, at 817-923-1921 ext. 6331.

Janitorial Services Needed

Orchard Baptist Church is accepting bids from a commercial janitorial service or individuals with commercial custodial experience. Bids for cleaning all three of our buildings will be accepted December 17 through December 31, 2017. To preview our buildings contact the office at 251-414-9700 to schedule a time. Sealed bids should be mailed to Orchard Baptist Church, 6960 Overlook Road, Mobile, AL 36618 — attention Personnel Committee.  

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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