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/.
A big thank you to all who participated in the BBQ Cook-Off and Cake Auction to raise support for collegiate missions. Remember, we are always here If you need help with your college ministry. Also, this time of year we are availble to hep transiiton your high school graduates to college life no matter where they plan to attend. Contact Campus Minister Jerrod Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Moses and Ministry
Recent conversations with young men interested in ministry have included encouragement to read the ministry of Moses in the book of Exodus. God used Moses mightily in spite of his reluctance to serve “Who am I that I should go…? (Ex. 3:11, NIV) and in spite of his anger issues (32:19-20). Even after the refugees had seen the power of God they continued to grumble about the food (Ex. 16:2-3), they ignored his clear instructions (16:27) and eventually led a coup against him (Num. 11-17). Moses asked the Lord the pastors’ plea, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me” (17:4, NIV).
However, Moses repeatedly saw God’s faithfulness in spite of (and even because of) tremendous challenges. Deuteronomy 34:10-12 describes the ministry of Moses, “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt…. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel” (NIV).
We can find encouragement and effectiveness through the biblical lessons of Moses’ life and ministry.
CWP Plan for Financial Self-Sufficiency
The Executive Committee approved on April 16, 2018 a five-year plan to bring Camp Whispering Pines to financial self-sufficiency. The joint proposal came from the CWP and Finance committees. The plan allows CWP to erect a new 40-bed dorm and bring improvements that allow the area below the dining hall to host meetings, recreation and housing. The proposed increase in income is anticipated to offset the current yearly financial subsidy from the MBA budget within five years. These changes help offset financial reductions from NAMB and other decreased income. CWP remains a ministry of the MBA.
Additional GOOD News
The March 22, 2018 edition of The Alabama Baptist shows the churches of the MBA as leading the state in the number of baptisms. Our Evangelistic Ministries emphasis has helped move us from near the bottom of that list 12 years ago. We also see progress in the Church Planting emphasis with three new works that began meeting Easter Sunday. The Biblical Prayer emphasis has seen progress as #prayerwalkmobile continues to cover the county. Church Development training options involve over 80 percent of our churches.
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.