Hurricane Irma’s uncertain track means local Emergency Management has begun preparation for a possible Cat 4. It would be wise to beat the rush and make preliminary arrangements. Be prepared for three to five days without electricity. Get your propane, fill gas tanks and prescriptions, gather water, batteries and non-perishable food. Check your generator and locate the boards for the windows. One of the many good preparation lists is available at http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/.
Alabama Teen Challenge is a local resource that may be helpful to you as you help families. Endorsed by the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, Teen Challenge is a one year, residential, Christ centered program for life controlling behaviors and addictions. For more information visit alabamateenchallenge.org or call their Bay Minette office at 251-580-0091.
Dear Ministry Leader,
Greetings! My Name is Kevin Bryce Saxton and I am a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I also serve as a pastor in a local church in South Florida. As part of my dissertation in the area of leadership, I am conducting a survey to gauge ministry philosophy of the churches in the Southern Baptist Convention.
This survey will take less than five minutes to complete and is best undertaken by providing your first, instinctual reaction to the ten questions. Any member of your staff (whether vocational, bi-vocational, or volunteer) who is familiar with the ministry strategy of the church is eligible to participate.
As a token of appreciation for completing the survey, churches which complete the survey by Monday, February 13, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 Amazon gift card. The card will be mailed to the selected church later that week.
To access the survey, please utilize this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSaxton-ChurchHealthAssessment
I very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. I truly believe that the data gleaned from this survey will serve to strengthen the effectiveness of the churches in the SBC.
May God bless you and the church which you serve.
Kevin Bryce Saxton, Ph.D. Candidate
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Long Term Lessons
Many people are praying for the pandemic to end. The more appropriate prayer request may be to learn spiritual lessons and cry out for our nation to turn to Jesus. It is declared in Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]” (AMP).
The Amplified translation brings helpful understanding of that verse. The Creator God is the only source of peace and eternal safety. The requirement for His peace is a mind committed and focused on Him through His Son Jesus. He alone is the trustworthy refuge. There is much in our cultures that distracts us from focusing on Jesus. There are many rickety places to seek refuge. Now is an excellent time to focus and take refuge in unprecedented commitment to Jesus.
Our pastors gave very encouraging testimonies during the July Executive Committee. Some smaller churches never stopped meeting and their precautions prevented a virus hotspot. Others have seen increased online and drive-in attendance. Creating online giving options has helped maintain financial support for the churches. The use of online registering, online meetings and online training options are here to stay.
The MBA continues to provide resources via the weekly news alerts and on mobilebaptists.org to help churches respond. We are grateful the restrictions are loosening, but the virus will continue to influence attendance and activities for months to come. Each of us can remain faithful. We can stay sanitized and sanctified.
EMERGENCY Camp (Camp Whispering Pines) Relief Sunday to Offset Crippling Pandemic Losses
Unfortunately, CWP lost over $102,000 due to Covid-19 related cancellations. That amount is added to another $150,000 loss from campers who chose not to register or attend. The majority of CWP’s income comes in the summer and helps it remain solvent the rest of the year.
Come home to YOUR
Camp Whispering Pines!
Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ
2018 Camp Dates
- Veritas Youth Camp
Completed Grades 6-12, June 17-21
- Girls Mission Camp
Completed Grades 1-6, June 24-28
- Momentum Kids Camp
Completed Grades 1-6, July 15-18
For more information and registration visit campwhisperingpines.com or call 251-866-7868.