Mobile Baptist Association

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FREE Multi-Housing Luncheon April 25, 2016

 Multi-Housing Luncheon

We are hosting a luncheon for you to come and hear about ways we can partner together to reach these communities with the Gospel of Jesus. There is no charge and lunch is free. All you need to do is show up.

During the luncheon, you will hear from Janice Austin, the point person for Multi-Housing in Mobile, who can help you build relationships with the community, help train your leaders, and offer coaching throughout the process. We will also have Rick Barnhart and Kristy Kennedy from ALSBOM present to share resources that will help you meet the specific needs of your communities. The date and location for the event is below. 

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 11:30 a.m. 
overnment Street Baptist Church

Multi-Housing Learning Labs 

Each lab will be made up of 10-15 people including pastors, church leaders, multi-housing strategists, student missionaries, and others simply trying to sharpen their understanding of the multi-housing culture. All labs are a day and a half format and are intended to give a small group of participants a strong experience in communities doing multi-housing ministry with a minimum of classroom experience learning multi-housing. We’re going to have a good time, tell a lot of people about Jesus, and hopefully learn a little about how we can better start “missional communities” within the multi-housing culture. 

April 8 – 9, 2016 - Biloxi, MS

May 4 – 5, 2016 - Tuscaloosa, AL

June 8 – 9, 2016 - Tuscaloosa, AL

September 21 – 22, 2016 - Tuscaloosa, AL 

I hope these events will give you some ideas that will strengthen your strategy to disciple the most “unreached and unsought” in our country. We hope you will be there.  Feel free to bring your key leaders.


Monday, April 25, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room D220 at Tillman’s Corner First Baptist Church

Come hear an overview of an effective Hunger Ministries and how to create an evangelistic ministry that includes food distribution.

Also hear a brief overview of how Hunger Ministries can be used in the Multi-Housing Ministry providing opportunities of follow up in the complexes where clients reside.

Participants will also hear from Traci Blackmon, Community Missions Director for Tillman’s Corner FBC. She will share some of the “best practices” of their Community Missions and will give a tour.


VBS Clinic
for ALL VBS workers

Monday, April 25, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Cottage Hill Baptist Church


Dive In!
LifeWay’s VBS takes your kids on an adventure like no other, deep within the mysterious sea. As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus doesn’t just see what’s on the outside of people. He looks deep down on the inside. So go ahead: find some ocean explorers, strap on your flippers, and dive in to find truth below the surface!    —


      Classes provided for: 

• Pastors

• VBS Directors

• Older Children - Grades 5-6

• Middle Children Grades 3-4

• Younger Children Grades 1-2

• Older Preschool - 3’s - Kindergarten/K-5

• Bed Babies through age 2

• Crafts

• Music

• Recreation and Snacks

• Missions


PRE-REGISTER here or by contacting the 
MBA office no later than Tuesday, April 19.




Basic Parliamentary Procedures for Pastors

 Monday, May 2, 2016
10:00 a.m. 
Government Street Baptist Church

 This is a one hour course on Parliamentary Procedures 101. It is designed to assist pastors in the fundamentals of moderating a meeting. 

State missionary, Lee Wright, will lead this conference. 

Although not required to attend, please pre-register at, or by contacting the MBA office no later than Thursday, April 28.

Please note: this conference is subject to cancellation if not enough participants pre-register.

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


Camp Whispering Pines

Camp Whispering Pines

 Come home to YOUR
Camp Whispering Pines!

Serving Christ by Serving Others, 
Serving Others by Sharing Christ

All girls, grades 1-6, are invited to join in a fun filled week learning about God and missions. The week includes Bible Study, worship, mission projects, crafts, swimming, music, games, zip line, and meeting a missionary. Click here for more details.


Team to the Holy Land 
August 31-September 10, 2016

There is a team of 10 that will serve with IMB workers in the Holy Land August 31-September 10, 2016. Contact Bro. Thomas if interested in participating in this trip. 


Church members and pastors often receive requests from parachurch ministries asking for financial and volunteer help. Churches and individuals must practice diligent stewardship for any group they support. 

Churches need to confirm the requester’s biblical theology, church polity, financial integrity and personal accountability.  

Often, it is a disadvantage to choose parachurch ministries instead of denominational ministries. Parachurch ministries rely on churches but are NOT accountable to those churches who support them. Avoid parachurch ministries led by entrepreneurs who reject external guidelines from a church, denomination or their board. They often provide ministries that are less efficient and effective than ministries done cooperatively by denominations and churches. 

Here are seven essential guidelines before supporting a parachurch ministry or individual:

• Require a copy of the budget for the overall ministry AND each specific project for which they request your donations. Confirm the ministry is a member of

• Require a copy of the financial audit. Insist on knowing how much is spent on administrative expenses, promotion and staff in proportion to actual ministry. Avoid parachurch ministries who have no audit or the primary purpose is to provide an income and expenses for an individual or family. Confirm the parachurch ministry spends all donations on the specific project they requested and no funds are diverted to other line items or “slush funds.”

• Require a copy of their doctrinal statement. Confirm they are consistent with the biblical convictions and polity of your church.

• Confirm the parachurch ministry has the legal structure and accountability of a registered 501(c)3 or the individual is involved in a project under a legitimate 501(c)3.

• Confirm there is an active board of directors and finance team. How often do they meet and what accountability do they maintain over the staff and budget?

• Confirm the leaders are involved in a local church. Or do they only visit churches for fundraising or promotion. For individuals requesting donations, check references.

• Confirm the effectiveness of the ministry compared to the cost. Confirm they actually start churches or ministries that survive and make an eternal difference in the lives of real people. Verify their pictures and reports from the field are current and legitimate. Confirm if the legitimate reports would have occurred without the involvement of that parachurch ministry.

Following these guidelines allows for due diligence. The national decline in missions giving and increase in parachurch ministries requires each church, and each believer, to be diligent stewards of their missions giving and time.


Union Baptist Church in Grand Bay, is looking for a part-time Music Minister. Click here for more information. Contact Gena Ward, 228-324-4310.


West Mobile Baptist Church has copies of octavos that they no longer need. They are giving these away free. Contact or 639-9952 for more information and to arrange a time to pick them up. 

Jesus Reigns-by Tom Fettke-48 copies-Sparrow Music
Washed in the Blood of the Lamb-by Dawn Thomas-50 copies-Word Music
The Word is Alive-by Billy Smiley & Mark Gersmehl-arranger Tom Fettke-54 copies- Word Music
Can God, God Can-by Lynn Keesecker-arranger J Daniel Smith-28 copies-Word Music
Boundless Love/I Was Glad-by O.D. Hall, 45 copies-Integrity Music
He Who Began a Good Work in You-by Jon Mohr-arranger Krogstad-17 copies-Gaither Music
My Heart is Turned Toward Heavens Home-by Vader/Rouse/Kirkland-35 copies-Praise
athering Music
At the Name of Jesus-by Cindy Berry-48 copies-Word Music
Kings Shall Bow-by Gary Driskell & Marty Hennis-48 copies-Word Music
As For Me and My House-by Vader/Rouse-45 copies-Praise Gathering Music
When Redeemed I Stand-by Geron Davis-45 copies-Pathway Music
God is Faithful-by Dan Burgess-45 copies-Praise Gathering Music
Build on the Rock-by Steve Amerson/David Clydesdale-45 copies-David Clydesdale Music
Victory in Jesus-by Camp Kirkland-45 copies-Word Music
For Future Generations-by Dennis Allen-45 copies-Benson Music
Joy in the Camp-by Gaither/Marsh-45 copies-Gaither Music