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.


International Language School (ILS) News

In January Kim Wilson will lead the International Language School (ILS) to restart the regular ESL (English as a Second Language) program. Since March of 2020, the ILS program has greatly reduced their spiritual footprint, but it is time to get things moving again. January 9 is the Mid-Year Rally (volunteer training). Classes begin January 19, 2021. Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Volunteer Needs:

  • hostesses 
  • childcare workers
  • teachers
  • interns/office help
  • prayer warriors

Please be a part of this vital outreach ministry. Kim has a God-given vision to see this ministry continue to grow as a means of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout our community. Please call the MBA office or 251-378-1116, to be put in touch with Kim.

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/.  

Executive Committee Meeting January 11, 2021

Executive Committee Meeting


Monday, January 11, 2021


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


To Be Determined

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

* To Be Voted On

***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.