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
Thomas Wright, Associational Missionary
Emphasizing Biblical Prayer, Evangelistic Ministries, Church Development, Church Planting, Partnership Missions
Everything Changed Rapidly
It is remarkable how the entire culture changed in four weeks. Our churches have responded creatively and heroically. None of us like massive change, but most MBA churches made essential changes to maintain worship and evangelistic ministry during the stay-at-home orders.
The change to an online format was essential and will need to continue. The change to providing online giving options also is essential and ongoing. The use of online registering, online meetings and online training options are also here to stay. Please let me know if you still need help with online options. We have seen wonderful partnership from Tillman’s Corner First and 3Circle selflessly sharing their technology expertise with smaller membership churches.
The MBA weekly news alerts and mobilebaptists.org continues to provide resources 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. The online training and online options for Vacation Bible School are currently being uploaded.
Camp Whispering Pines is reopening for retreats, class meetings and worship options including new sanitizing precautions. We also need volunteers and teams to continue with repair and upgrade projects.
Even in the midst of changes, we are hearing encouraging testimonies of how the Lord has moved during these days. The first three chapters of Genesis have applicable lessons. God’s enemy continues to try to influence humankind to blame God for Satan’s activity. Satan also whispers to us to reject any consequences from our sin. Change, stress and danger to life causes even the hardest heart to seek ultimate answers. Believers need to be available and faithful to bring biblical truth as the solution. As you know, there are no secular solutions to spiritual problems. Remain faithful. Stay sanitized and sanctified.
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.