The Mobile Baptist

December 2017 - January 2018
Volume 20 Issue 4

MBA Office Closing

December 21, 2017 - January 1, 2018 - Christmas and New Year's
January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Christmas from Around the World

 International Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 2, 2017
6:00 p.m.

International Ministries Center

Christmas is almost upon us. We look forward to celebrating our Lord’s birth with people from many nations at the International Ministries Center on December 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for the International Christmas Celebration. I would like to invite you and your church family to be a part of the celebration this year.

The theme this year is Christmas from Around the World. The evening will begin with fellowship around the table with various International foods. There will be drama and Christmas Carols by the language churches. Rev. Loren Robinson, Director of Missions for the Clarke Baptist Association, will be the speaker. Gifts will be given to seafarers and children from the international community.


We have asked the language churches and language school students to provide most of the food this year. The Mobile Baptist WMU will be coordinating the dinner and serving those attending. If you would like to make a donation to help support this celebration, please make checks payable to International Ministries and send to the Mobile Baptist Associational office by November 16, 2017. Please designate your donation for the International Christmas Celebration.


Again this year, we would like to present each seafarer with a wallet including a $10 Walmart gift card inside. Other items, as seen on the enclosed list, are also being collected.

It is my prayer that through this celebration we will be able to impact those in attendance with the love of Christ. Thank you for all of your support for this great ministry. I am honored with the opportunity to serve as International Ministries Director.

Please bring these items to the IMC or the MBA office by November 22, 2017:

• Men’s Wallets

• $10 Walmart Gift Cards

• Crew Neck White T-Shirts (Med., Large and XL sizes only)

• White Tube Socks (Med. and Large only)

• Shampoo

• Conditioner

• Shaving Cream

• Toothpaste

• Chewing Gum

• Regular Coffee

• Individually Wrapped Hard Candy

• Cheese Crackers (No peanut butter crackers)

• Gallon sized zip lock bags


Join us

Monday, January 8, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Government Street Baptist Church

for the Executive Committee meeting.

Please bring $5 p/person for lunch.

Every MBA church member is welcome. Every senior pastor is a member of the Executive Committee. Join us to help communicate why churches support Associational Missions.

***Our Executive Committee has overall responsibility for the directions, strategy, and processes of the MBA. It is composed of the general officers of the Association, the Executive Officer of each of the several Associational programs, the Chair of each standing committee, the pastors of the churches, and one lay member of each church in the Association having a membership of up to and including 1,000, and one additional member for each additional 1,000 members or fraction thereof, providing that no church shall have more than a total of four members.


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


Minister's Tax Conference

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

9:00 a.m. - Noon
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)
FREE conference

How can ordained ministers save tax dollars? Ministers, financial secretaries, personnel, and finance committees will benefit from this FREE conference.For registration visit


The Basics of Church Security

Thursday, March 8, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, Prattville

This conference deals with three primary areas of church security. The areas examined deal with attendee and property/building safety, preschool and children safety, and transportation. The cost is $5. For more information visit:


Attention! Calling all MBA Secretaries and Ministry Assistants...

Take a Break and Join us for the Mobile Baptist
Secretaries and Ministry Assistants Luncheon

Thursday, February 8,  2018
11:45 a.m.
MBA Office

The luncheon is a great time of fellowship and encouragement as secretaries from across the association (both current and retired) gather together. Enjoy great food and door prizes too!


• The catered meal is $8 and is payable at the door.

• Please make reservations by Monday, February 5 by visiting "training opportunities" at or by contacting the MBA office.

• Please note: payment for reservations must be received even if you are unable to attend the event.


Click here to register for a training event.


Sunday School Banquet

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6:30 p.m.

Cottage Hill Baptist Church

Featured Speaker: Daniel Edmonds, state missionary

Look for more details to come soon.

This, and other like events, are made possible by donations to Associational Missions and the Cooperative Program.

Click here to find more events including the Senior Adult Friendship Luncheon


Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ

Come home to YOUR Camp Whispering Pines!



For students in grades 6-12.


Baptist Campus Ministries works on reaching, growing and sending collegians in and from Mobile County. Your congregation has an important role to play in reaching collegians. Every Mobile Baptist Association Church can have a ministry to and for collegians! Baptist Campus Ministries wants to assist your congregation in making an eternal impact in their lives.

If we can offer any other help, please let us know. We are available to do specialized training in collegiate ministry, lead ministry team trainings, or simply consult with your team concerning collegiate ministry issues.

Thanks for all you do to reach, grow and send collegians here in Mobile County!

Rev. Jerrod Brown
Senior Campus Minister

Beth Gardner
Campus Minister


#prayerwalkmobile Continues in 2018
Prayer unites believers. Matthew 18:19 shows that cooperative prayer (“if two of you agree…”) brings devastating defeat to the enemy. Our MBA Executive, Evangelistic Ministries and Biblical Prayer committees invite our churches to continue to prayer walk every street in Mobile County in 2018. We have 31 churches who have completed about 55 pages of the 94 pages in the Keith Street & Road Atlas Map Book. Training details, registering and reporting are at and the hashtag #prayerwalkmobile.

Intercession for the MBA Staff on your Prayer Lists
Jesus gave the example of praying for other believers in John 17. Your associational staff face challenges every day as we consult with church leaders and members. We need wisdom and direction as we consult in church conflict, staff changes, growth options, building needs, disaster relief and every other component of church life. Please add us to your Wednesday night prayer list. Please pray that financial needs will be met.

Disaster Relief Response and Preparation
A September 10, 2017 article documented how Christians provide more disaster aid than FEMA. The SBC is the largest volunteer Disaster Relief (DR) Organization with 90,000 trained volunteers. Your disaster donations are most effective through SBC Disaster Relief. One hundred percent of your donations go to alleviate spiritual and physical suffering. I have witnessed many times an SBC volunteer put down a chain saw or stop mud out to share, cry and pray with a homeowner.


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Living the D-Life means living a lifestyle of discipleship. Think about it. What if you could successfully equip everyone in your ministry for a life of discipleship—anytime and anywhere?

This is the purpose of D-Life. D-Life is not a program; it’s a lifestyle. It’s an organic, intentional, and simple process for equipping all believers for a life of making and multiplying disciples. D-Life is biblical, multi-generational, and reproducible. The Bible and the D-Life Web App or D-Life Journal are the only tools needed to equip leaders to lead and multiply D Groups of 3 to 8.

The best way for a church or ministry to begin living the D-Life is to equip leaders in a D-Life Boot Camp. D-Life Boot Camps are designed to train believers to use the D-Life Web App or Journal for a life of discipleship. Ministries that equip their leaders through a boot camp are seeing great results.

D-Life author and trainer, Dr. Bill Wilks, has led D-Life training in churches, ministries, and associations across the country. The Alabama Baptist, Life Bible Study, and several others are sponsoring two D-Life Boot Camp opportunities with Dr. Wilks for Alabama Baptists.

For more information about D-Life or to register for a boot camp go to: