The Mobile Baptist

December 2018 - February 2019
Volume 21 Issue 4

MBA Office Closing

December 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019 - Christmas and New Year's
January 21, 2019 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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International Christmas Celebration December 1, 2018


Volunteer Port Chaplains Needed for International Ministries

International Ministries need several Volunteer Port Chaplains who can drive IM vans to and from the ships. The chaplains need to lead Bible Studies on the ships at various times. Volunteers must pass a background check for TWIC access to the ships. Please contact Dr. Bobby Morton for more information, or 251-661-7111.


Executive Committee Meeting January 14, 2019

Join us

Monday, January 14, 2019
11:30 a.m.
Government Street Baptist Church

for the Executive Committee meeting.

Lunch will be available for $5 p/person.

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.

• Camp Whispering Pines update

• International Ministries update

• Church Development update

• Metro Mobile Baptist Campus Ministries update

***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.




January 24-26, 2019

Dauphin Way Baptist Church


THURSDAY, January 24, 2019

12:00 – 1:00 pm - LUNCH - Dauphin Way
1:00 – 2:30 pm - Unit 1: Biblical Foundations - Thomas Wright
2:30 – 2:45 pm - BREAK - Dauphin Way
2:45 – 4:15 pm - Unit 2: Preferred Future  - Lamar Duke
4:15 – 4:30 pm - BREAK - Dauphin Way
4:30 – 6:00 pm - Unit 3: Core Values - Rick Barnhart
6:00 – 6:30 pm - DINNER - Dauphin Way
6:30 – 8:00 pm - Unit 4: Ministry Area and Focus Group - Mickey Crawford


FRIDAY, January 25, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 am - BREAKFAST - Dauphin Way
8:30 – 9:30 am - Unit 5: Evangelism Strategy - Terry Long
9:30 – 9:45 am - BREAK - Dauphin Way
9:45 – 11:15 am - Unit 6: Discipleship Strategy - Larry Hyche
11:15 am – 11:30 pm - BREAK - Dauphin Way
11:30 – 12:30 pm - Unit 7:  Gathering Strategy - Lamar Duke
12:30 – 1:00 pm - LUNCH - Dauphin Way
1:00 – 2:00 pm - Unit 8:  Small Group Strategy - Justin Hase
2:00 – 2:15 pm - BREAK - Dauphin Way
2:15 – 3:15 pm - Unit 9:  Stewardship Strategy - Jim Swedenburg
3:15 – 3:30 pm - BREAK - Dauphin Way
3:30 – 4:30 pm - Unit 11: Administrative Matters - Jim Swedenburg
4:30 – 4:45 pm - BREAK - Dauphin Way
4:45-6:00 pm - Bonus: Church Planting Models - Tommy Duke
6:00 pm - Dinner and Discussion - Scotty Goldman
6:45 - 7:45 pm - International Worship - Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish

SATURDAY, January 27, 2019

8:00 - 8:30 am - BREAKFAST - Dauphin Way
8:30 – 9:30 am - Unit 10:  Worship - Ric Camp
9:30 – 9:45 am - BREAK - Dauphin Way
9:45 – 11:45 am - Unit 12: Church Master Design - Ric Camp
11:45 am - 12:15 pm - LUNCH - Dauphin Way
12:15 - 1:15 pm - Unit 13: Developing Team - Justin Hase
1:15 - 1:30 pm - BREAK - Dauphin Way
1:30 - 3:30 pm - Unit 14: Mileposts - Lamar Duke

There will be four individual training groups: Chinese, English, Korean, and Spanish.  We will share all breaks, meals, and will worship together on Friday evening.

Chinese led by Jeremy Sin

English led by Lamar Duke

Korean led by John Yi

Spanish led by Joe Hernandez


Secretaries/Ministry Assistants Events

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 14, 2019
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 11 at or by contacting the MBA office.

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


Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries
57th Annual Conference

March 10-13, 2019
Shocco Springs Conference Center, Talladega


Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries encourages ministry assistants and church secretaries in developing a greater understanding of their calling as "Christ's followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ's body." (Ephesians 4:12 The Message) Each year Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries host a conference at Shocco Springs in Talladega, Alabama, to encourage and uplift ministry assistants and church secretaries with fellowship, training, and Bible study.


Click here to register for a training event.


Sunday School/Small Group Celebration

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

6:30 p.m.
Cottage Hill Baptist Church

Featuring Thomas Wright, Associational Missionary for the Mobile Baptist Association.

Look for more details to come soon. Purchase meal tickets at the MBA Office by Tuesday, January 22.

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

Estate Stewardship: Are You Leaving a Legacy?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

10:00 a.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)

Featuring Rodney Bledsoe, Chief Development Officer at The Baptist Foundation of Alabama

This is a way to have a Kingdom impact long after our time on earth is over. A staggering 70% of Americans do not have a current will. the impact of this on surviving spouses and children through taxes, fees and stress is immeasurable. Proper estate planning has helped many Baptists increase current income, reduce future estate, gift, and/or income tax all the while making a future gift arrangement for the Lord's work. Provided in partnership with the Baptist Foundation of Alabama thanks to the gifts of Alabama Baptists through the Cooperative Program.

Please pre-register at by Monday, February 18 for this FREE training event.

Please note: if not enough participants are pre-registered, the event is subject to cancellation.

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

Senior Adult Friendship Luncheon

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

10:00 a.m.
Cottage Hill Baptist Church

One Day Only Ticket Sales Monday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the MBA office.

Look for more details to come soon.

Protecting the Children

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

6:30 p.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)

This conference deals with information designed to give caretakers the ability to adequately protect preschoolers and other minors from possible dangers, with special attention given to abuse. State missionary, Lee Wright, will lead this conference.

Please pre-register at by Thursday, February 21 for this FREE training event.

Please note: if not enough participants are pre-registered, the event is subject to cancellation.

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

Mark you calendar:

RA Racer Tournament

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Car check-in: 2:30 p.m.
Race begins: 3:00 p.m.

Government Street Baptist Church


Thanks to the many churches who have reached out to help FBC Bayou George! Several teams are going out in the coming days to help with recovery! Also, donations are coming in toward replacing the roof on the building, but your help is still needed! If you can give toward this urgent need, please direct your gift to the Mobile Baptist Association, noting that it is for FBC Bayou George. Thank you again for blessing these brothers and sisters in Christ!

Also, on Florida Baptist Convention’s website, you may access a list of churches in need of a partner to help them recover from the hurricane. Please see for more information.

For more information on how your church can get involved, please contact Carolyn Battle at 643-3053 or


Disaster Relief Training for Chainsaw February 15-16, 2019

Chainsaw Team Disaster Relief Training


February 15-16, 2019

Chainsaw Team Disaster Relief training will be held Friday evening February 15 and all day on Saturday, February 16, 2019. More details to come soon.


Ministers and Wives Christmas Fellowship December 3, 2018

Ministers and Wives Christmas Fellowship


Monday, December 3, 2018

6:00 p.m.
Crawford Baptist Church

Featuring Special Music
with Delton Steiner, Dalton Steiner and Michelle Wade

 All MBA Pastors and wives, all ministerial staff and spouses, single ministers, bi-vocational ministers and wives, and MBA staff and spouses, are invited to attend this special time of fun, food, and fellowship, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

 Tickets are $10 p/person and must be pre purchased at the MBA office, or at the weekly Ministers Conference. The deadline for meal ticket purchases is Monday, November 26.


Metro Mobile Baptist Campus Ministries Collegiate Connection Event

If we can offer any 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 or ideas.

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


Camp Whispering Pines

Come home to YOUR
Camp Whispering Pines!


Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ

Revolution Youth Camp

January 19-21, 2019


Start the year off right at Camp Whispering Pines.

For more information and registration visit 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.


Allowing the Spirit to Take Off and Put On
Paul presented to the Ephesians (and Mobilians) an important lesson in Ephesians 4:22-24, “to take off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, 23 to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth” (CSV).

The need to set aside the old things, also called the old nature or even the old man, is necessary for every believer. Setting aside old worship styles often is necessary for churches to grow and survive.

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

It is of utmost concern the number of church members who refuse to be inconvenienced in order for their church to grow. They will call a preacher to save the church and then complain because he is trying to reverse the decline. The church is in decline because it is not reaching the community. It is unreasonable to think the church can grow without changing the causes of the decline. Current research indicates 75 percent of SBC churches are plateaued or declining.

Constitution and Bylaws (C&BL) Updates
Please do not wait until there is a problem to discover the church C&BL is outdated and weak.

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