Church Tax Conference
Thursday, January 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)
Get the latest updates on tax changes affecting ministers, staff, and churches. The cost is $15. For registration visit alsbom.org/event/church-tax-conference-mobile.
Minister’s Tax Conference
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. – Noon
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)
How can ordained ministers save tax dollars? Ministers, financial secretaries, personnel, and finance committees will benefit from this FREE conference.For registration visit alsbom.org/event/ministers-tax-conference-mobile.
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/.
Bayou La Batre FBC has VBS (LifeWay, Galactic Starveyors) materials available to any church that can use them. Contact pastor Jeremy Smalley, email@example.com.
Pine Springs Baptist Church also has VBS (LifeWay, Galactic Starveyors) materials available to any church that can use them. Contact pastor Terry Castleberry, 251-709-6846.
3Circle Church Midtown has pews available for free to any church that wants them. They have 18, 28’ and 20, 15’ pew left. They need to be picked up this week. Contact campus pastor, Micah Gaston at 533-6729.
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
Trust and Obey
Believers are reminded in Proverbs 3:5 to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” (CSB). The enemy seeks daily to undermine our trust in God. From Genesis to Revelation Satan causes us to question the love, goodness and faithfulness of our Creator. The results are many. The unbeliever has been convinced he/she cannot trust in Jesus for their salvation. The believer will cease to pray “because it doesn’t do any good.” Others forsake the church because the focus becomes the fickleness of man instead of the faithfulness of God. Be wary. We can trust God. We are reminded in Roman 5:8, “God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (CSB).
Constitution and Bylaws (C&BL) Updates
Several issues in 2017 emphasize the importance of an updated C&BL. The updated document should include clear guidelines for membership, business meetings and for the facility to relate to SBC/MBA. Smaller membership congregations are being targeted by unethical independent and other denominations to lose their facilities. Please do not wait until there is a problem to discover the C&BL is outdated and weak.
IMPORTANT Changes to Minister Compensation
EVERY church financial officer/treasurer/bookkeeper needs to investigate important changes in 2018 from the IRS about ministerial salary and reimbursements. The IRS guidelines, not the minister’s preference, must be followed.
Come home to YOUR
Camp Whispering Pines!
Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ
2018 Camp Dates
- Hoopla Day Camp
Completed Grades K5-6, June 4-8
- Big Adventure Kids Camp
Completed Grades 1-6, June 11-14
- Veritas Youth Camp
Completed Grades 6-12, June 18-22
- Girls Mission Camp
Completed Grades 1-6, June 25-29
- Momentum Kids Camp
Completed Grades 1-6, July 16-19
For more information and registration visit campwhisperingpines.com or call 251-866-7868.
Paint Ball Guns Needed
Camp Whispering Pines needs new paint ball guns and is asking for donations. The approximate cost is $175 per gun. Paint ball is a big part of their program.