Thank You Mobile Baptists

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

Executive Committee Meeting January 13, 2020

Executive Committee Meeting

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.

Disaster Relief Needs

DISASTER RELIEF NEEDS

Can your church help?

The following items are needed to stock the Disaster Relief Trailer to be ready to deploy:

  • 24” bolt cutters
  • Oxy-Acetylene Torch
  • 2 – Hack Saws with extra blades
  • Box #12 Nails
  • Box Roofing Tacks
  • Box #8 Nails
  • 200’ ½” Rope
  • 2 – 36” Levels
  • 2 – 25’ Tape Measures
  • 7 ¼” Circular Saw
  • Sabre Saw
  • 2 – Nail Pullers
  • Set of 1/2” Drive Sockets
  • Snips Aviation
  • 5 ½” Jaw Vice
  • Wheelbarrow
  • 24” Pipe Wrench
  • 20’ 3/8” chain
  • Try-Square
  • 100’ Tape Measure
  • ¾ hp Reciprocating Saw
  • 3 – Wrecking Bars
  • Disc Grinder
  • Battery operated drill kit

Also needed: someone to repair 5 chain saws.

To donate, contact Carolyn Battle via email or 251-643-3053.

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.


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/

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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International Language School (ILS) Needs

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.