The Mobile Baptist

June - August 2016, Volume 19 Issue 2

MBA Office Closing

July 4 - Independence Day

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Cooperative missions is an important Southern Baptist distinctive that is often not understood in our pews. Please invite one of the MBA staff to set up a display in your church, or to speak anytime during the year.

The Impact Mobile offering provides an opportunity for churches that may not have financially supported cooperative missions in their Jerusalem as much as they would have liked. It also assists those churches who use regular special offerings as their primary means to raise missions support. We are grateful for the churches that provide a portion of their missions tithe through the budget, and understand those churches may choose not to promote this offering. This is an “above the tithe” missions offering to assist the ministries and emphases of the MBA to make an eternal difference in Mobile County. Your sacrificial missions tithes allow us to provide MBA sponsored trainings and consultations to dozens of pastors, staff and members about every aspect of growing, maintaining and managing a church. Please consider participating in the “Impact Mobile Associational Missions Offering.”

Visit for more information and to download promotional materials.


Mobile Baptist Association (MBA) 2005- 2015
C. Thomas Wright for the Future Focus Committee 

Churches need to be diligent stewards of where they invest missions giving and volunteer time. Unfortunately, churches and individual believers routinely support parachurch organizations or individuals that have unbiblical theology, compromised financial procedures, improper polity, and limited eternal return on the investment of missions’ money and volunteer time.

MBA Executive Committee Reports provide extensive evidence of effective associational philosophy, strategy and function. Due diligence toward the MBA will confirm conservative biblical theology, excellent financial procedures, SBC polity and an eternal difference for their investment of missions giving and volunteer time.

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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:

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Join us

Monday, July 11, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Government Street Baptist Church

for the Ministers Conference and Executive Committee meeting.

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.


Day of Prayer for the
Mobile International Community

Monday, July 25, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
International Ministries Center

Prayer is the start of missions. Through prayer, we gain a heart for missions and the capacity to reach the 72 nations that live in Mobile County. J
uly 25, 2016 at the International Ministries Center, will begin a one year season of prayer for the International Community living in Mobile County. Come enjoy a $5 lunch, time of prayer, and flag ceremony.

We no longer have to get on an airplane to reach the world. We only need to look at our County and see the 68 different people groups living among us. The Father has brought them to us in order to help them know true love and forgiveness. Prayer is the first step in them knowing Jesus Christ.

Mobile Baptist churches are being asked to consider adopting one of the 68 People Groups that live in Mobile. Your adoption of a People Group means your church will regularly pray for that nationality for one year. Churches are encouraged to be creative and think of unique ways to keep the adopted People Group in prayer. Prayer is the main thing!

For a visual reminder, churches are also asked to consider purchasing two flags of the adopted nation. One flag is to be placed in a prominent place in their church buildings. The second flag will be hung at the International Ministries Center. Each flag will remind churches and others to pray for the salvation of the peoples the Lord has brought to Mobile County.

Flag specifications:  two 3’ x 5’ - Visit or call 866-879-1776. Average cost is $30-$40 per flag.

CLICK HERE to download a Country/People Group Profile and/or adopt a country/people group.

For more information c
ontact the Director of International Ministries and Church Planting, Dr. Bobby Morton, via email or 251-751-7441.


Alabama Baptist Literacy Missions Conference

July 28-30, 2016
College Park Baptist Church

Look for more details to come soon. 


Associational English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Training

August 19 - 20, 2016
College Park Baptist Church

Those interested in volunteering in the International Language School (ILS) ministry are asked to attend. There will be specialized training for those wanting to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). More details to come soon. 


Click here to register for a training event.  

 Clerks Conference 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
10:00 a.m.
MBA Office

This training is designed for Church Clerks and/or Church Secretaries/Ministry Assistants. This is the ONLY training on how to complete the 2016 Annual Church Profile/Report (ACP) on the Electronic Baptist Convention web-site (or on paper). This training prepares Church Clerks  in their ministry assignments to complete the Church’s Annual Report. This profile of your church is a very important task for your church statistics and leadership personnel to be properly documented for the Association, Alabama Baptist State Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. If you have any questions and/or to pre-register, please visit or contact the Mobile Baptist Association at 661-7111, or via email

The date for completion of the Church ACP is September 12, 2016

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


 South Regional Sunday School and Discipleship Leader Training

Saturday, August 13, 2016

8:00 a.m. - Noon
Government Street Baptist Church

Are you ready for high-quality Sunday School & Discipleship Leader Training? There are three one-hour conference times with multiple topics for each age group. This is an age-graded leadership training for teachers and workers in Sunday School and Discipleship, as well as training for staff members, Sunday School/Discipleship directors and general leaders. Each leader will have the opportunity to attend as many as three conferences with multiple topics from which to choose. Complete lists of speakers, topics and schedules will be posted ( at least six weeks prior to the event.

Online registration ( will be open soon.

Early registration is $5 per person and must be received by August 11.
Registration received after August 11, 2016 will be $10 per person.

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

Click here for more training opportunities


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.


Veritas Camp

Veritas is Latin for Truth.
The true or actual state of a mater.
A verified or indispensable fact.

Speaker: Chris Bell (3Circle Church)

WHO: Students completing 6th- 12th grades

WHAT: student camp built on biblical truth through in-depth Bible study, powerful worship and fellowship

WHEN: July 5-9, 2016

We have an intimate camp setting where campers really get to know each other as well as the staffers. Each camper is important to us. No one gets lost in the shuffle.

Price:  $230

Deadline to register and get a free t shirt is June 14.

 For more information and to register contact,,





Metro Mobile Baptist Campus Ministries -
"Making Disciples Who Make Disciples on the College Campus and Beyond"

It is that time of year again, when we begin to anticipate and prepare for students converging upon the University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College and Bishop State Community College for a new year of academic pursuits. We here at Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) are excited because that means it is the time for another year of exciting ministry on the campuses that God has entrusted to us. Perhaps your congregation has asked- “How can we reach college students?” Baptist Campus Ministries exists to assist Associational Churches in reaching collegians, involving them in vibrant church relationships and sending them to the nations for Christ! We would like to take this opportunity to let you know about a couple of opportunities that are coming up soon for your congregation to reach collegians in Mobile County with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Transitioning Your High School Seniors
Baptist Campus Ministers would like to help you intentionally invest in transitioning your high school graduates to college life. We want to help local MBA churches continue to grow students as disciples as they prepare for and enter college. We would love to assist you in transitioning your students! Can we bring a team to sponsor a transitions event for your seniors this summer? Would you like to partner with a few other churches to be a part of a larger event? Would you like to bring your seniors to campus to allow them to hear about how to transition personally? Would you like for the BCM staff to consult with you about ways to transition your seniors? Do you need resources to help you transition your seniors? Well, we want to help! Please contact Jerrod Brown at 344-5904 to enlist assistance in transitioning your students to college.

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Alabama Church Planting Basics

September 22-24, 2016
West Mobile Baptist Church
(7501 Airport Boulevard)

This Church Revitalization/Planter Training is very practical and provides pastors and lay leaders with information about starting and revitalizing churches. Taught by experienced church planters with application to any congregation wanting to prevent or reverse decline. The principles for new work apply to existing churches. The event begins with lunch at noon Thursday, September 22, and ends Saturday at 4:30 p.m.. The $25 cost includes a binder of practical materials, snacks and meals. ($100 for non-Alabama Baptist Churches). Please join us!

Registration is required. Register at


The Wright Word, June-August 2016 

“Put on the Armor...”
The Governor Bentley scandal is a warning to every believer. Sin makes us stupid. Sin ALWAYS has consequences; any sin. all sin. It will divide families, destroy careers and decimate relationships. Hence the need for the whole armor of God in daily attire as described in Eph. 6:11-18.

Many days begin with the latest emergency or deadline. It can become easy to rush outside without our armor. Beloved, the days are too dark and the enemy is too active for us to place ourselves in such danger. We have to be on the front lines. But we have to be well-armored to survive and thrive.

Two Good Podcasts
Smart phones allow us access to a massive library of training resources. Podcasts of preachers help hone our content and personal walks. Podcasts from sites like Southeastern Seminary and LifeWay’s provide practical lessons and application.

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