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/.
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
Will Not Wither
Psalm 1:1-3 is a good reminder. The biblical passage applies to pastors and members. Unfortunately, there is a cascading amount of counsel from the wicked, a proliferation of sinful paths and overwhelming media full of seated scoffers (vs 1).
It is our choice to delight in the Lord and to meditate on His law day and night (vs 2). Doing so allows us to be firmly planted, to yield fruit and to prevent withering (vs 3). Withering is surprisingly easy. The Jeremiah 17:8 version includes the inevitable arrival of spiritual heat and drought. We need to be prepared and protected. We do so by walking with the Lord through our personal, daily prayer and Bible Study, which increases our commitment to corporate worship.
Eight Characteristics of a Church in Need of Revitalization
An article in the July 26, 2018 edition of The Alabama Baptist shared some information applicable to MBA churches. Churches willing to honestly evaluate will find one or more of these characteristics that need to be changed for growth to occur.
- Plateaued or declining attendance
- Lack of evangelistic fruit
- Church does not reflect the community
- Missing generations in attendance or leadership
- An idealized vision of the past
- Preoccupation with other churches
- Competing agendas within the church
- Allowing a person or group to exercise control
Camp Whispering Pines (CWP) Plan for Financial Self-Sufficiency
We already see significant progress from the April 2018 approval to move CWP toward financial self-sufficiency. The CWP report updates the new dorm is in place, the new meeting space is underway and the Finance Committee will be recommending a balanced 2019 MBA budget. Each CWP director for the last 14 years has helped us move toward financial self-sufficiency. Steady progress over those years has allowed us, with confidence, to anticipate complete financial self-sufficiency by 2023.
Annual Missions Celebration, Sunday Evening October 7, 2018 at Redemption Church (North Campus)
Our moderators and leaders continue to explore ways to make celebrating associational missions as convenient as possible. This year, we again are meeting on Sunday evening, October 7, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Redemption Church (North Campus). Dinner and missions fair will occur from 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
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.