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 June – August 2022

Wright Word June-August 2022

Thomas Wright, Associational Missionary
Emphasizing Biblical Prayer, Evangelistic Ministries, Church Development, Church Planting, Partnership Missions

Partnership Still Essential Philippians 1:5
The 1904 World’s Fair first introduced X-rays, an electrical wall plug, a FAX machine and various flying machines and motor cars. One of the best received was the partnership between ice cream and an edible waffle cone. Two separate treats were made better by partnership. Newly popularized electricity was the star. The World’s Fair helped introduce that every community, every city and every state would have to cooperate in order for electric lines to reach every home; creating a “cooperative” revolutionized comfort, safety, health, and communication.

In Philippians 1:4-5 Paul commended the churches in Philippi “because of your partnership from the first day until now” (HCSB). He continued in vs, 6, “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to the completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” The pandemic has been tough; the MBA has 17 vacant pulpits. Current estimates across the convention indicate vacancy rates at 10-20 percent. Radical autonomy is likewise encouraging people to get off the grid of denominational support. We are in much more danger from the enemy when he convinces us to separate from the support network that is the local church. Local churches are in more danger when separate from local and denominational support.

Big Results Conference June 3-4, 2022 at Highpoint Baptist Church
Save the dates Friday evening June 3 and Saturday morning June 4. Highpoint Baptist Church, Lifeway, and MBA are co-sponsoring the Big Result Conference. Guest speakers will include Ken Weathersby, former VP of Convention advancement for the SBC Executive Committee and Dr. Mark Croston, Lifeway’s National Director for Black Church Ministries. More details following soon.

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