Hurricane Preparedness

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

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.

Doctoral Student Survey

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.

 

Sincerely,

Kevin Bryce Saxton, Ph.D. Candidate

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Wright Word December 2021 – February 2022

December 2021 to February 2022 Wright Word
Thomas Wright, Associational Missionary
Emphasizing Biblical Prayer, Evangelistic Ministries, Church Development, Church Planting, Partnership Missions

Stay on Task
Nehemiah 6:3 records, “So I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?’” (HCSB) Distractions easily refocus us from the Biblical Task to less important issues. Please do not allow distractions to compromise the eternal work.

 What is the biblical task?

BIBLICAL TASK: The MBA Executive Committee has endorsed five biblical emphases. 1) Biblical Prayer, 2) Evangelistic Ministries, 3) Church Development, 4) Church Planting and 5) Partnership Missions. In which of these are you personally involved? Which of these are strongest in your church? Which are weakest?

Three dangerous distractions seem to be keeping believers from praying for, and sharing Jesus with everyone in Mobile County.

  1. COVID DISTRACTION: Each church is struggling to satisfy the maskers and anti-maskers, the vaccers and anti-vaccers. Many people are praying for the pandemic to end. The more appropriate prayer request may be to learn the spiritual lessons and cry out for our nation to turn to Jesus.
  2. BUILDINGS DISTRACTION: In Matthew 24:1-2 Jesus warned the spiritual elite their precious Temple would not survive. They had grown too committed to the temporary and too unconcerned about the eternal. Their commitment to a building distracted them from their commitment to reach people. God removed the distraction.
  3. MEDIA DISTRACTION: The abundance of spurious news and media outlets has caused many to lose discernment. We are distracted by too much time in news we cannot trust and too little time in the Word of God that deserves absolute trust! The Lord is doing a great work through Mobile Baptists. Please help us make an eternal difference through those five emphases.

EMERGENCY CWP Relief Fund to Offset Crippling Pandemic Losses
Thank you to the 25 churches and 46 individuals that helped raise $50,552 to keep CWP open. Please pass the word to individuals who have been blessed by CWP and want to see the ministry continue. We had 32 decisions in just one week during the summer.

Please help encourage the other 90 MBA churches who have not yet responded. The goal of $120,000 is still needed to bring in a new director and provide for ministry expenses. We currently anticipate enough funding to remain open until the end of November.

We prefer our churches use the camp instead of having fund raisers. We had a good summer, but we are still under required summer income. CWP already would have closed without a PPP loan and MBA underwriting from savings. Our savings accounts are dangerously depleted.

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