The Mobile Baptist

March - May 2020
Volume 23 Issue 1

MBA Office Closing

May 25 - Memorial Day

Stay informed of news and events within the MBA by clicking here and signing up for the weekly email News Alerts. 


• Sign-up - Choose a zip code from the list below and choose if you want to be a Host Church or a Participating Church.

• Adopt - if you are a host church, go to and adopt the zip code you chose. (Participating Churches will contact the Host Church to let them know they will help.)

• Receive - Saturate USA will send the Host Church materials for FREE! The Materials will include: door hangers, gospel tracts, multi-language Jesus films, maps of the zip codes (Including carrier routes), and other helpful information. 

• Assemble - Host churches will cooperate with the Participating Churches to assemble packets and devise a strategy to cover the adopted area. Include information about your church in each packet. Click here for a Church Info Card Publisher file which can be edited and printed.

• Saturate - Go out and deliver saturate packets to your entire area. This can be done in a couple of weeks, or an entire year, depending on your goals and schedule.

• ReportHost churches report when the coverage is complete. Mark it completed on the zip code you adopted at, and do the same at Also, report any testimonies, pictures or videos.  

Fill out and submit the form below to sign-up.

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Join us for a

Week of Prayer for International Ministries in Mobile

March 9-15, 2020
kickoff with a lunch ceremony
Monday, March 9, 2020

at Government Street Baptist Church. The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. with lunch to follow for $5 per person. The MBA WMU Leadership Team will provide desserts. Visit Register for the lunch at


International Ministries need several more Volunteer Port Chaplains who can drive 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 Gerald Burch for more information, via email or 251-661-7111. Read this article in The Alabama Baptist for more information on this vital ministry to internationals from all over the world.


The ILS offers beginning, intermediate and advanced English as a Second Language classes. They often offer Spanish classes as well.  Contact Kim via email or 251.533.2911 to register.

This ministry to internationals in Mobile is financially supported by gifts from MBA churches. We are deeply grateful for all financial contributions to International Ministries and for volunteers who teach and show hospitality in the Language School. Businesses, churches, and individuals are encouraged to sponsor students by giving money for language Bibles, books, and supplies. You are welcome to donate any amount, as the Lord leads. Please contact Gerald Burch or Kim Wilson if you would like to help.    

How You Can Help:
1) donate hospitality items – bottled water, tea bags, fresh bread or pastries, and K-cups
2) being a childcare worker/tutor – Students with small children are not able to focus and study during class with small children in tow.
3) donating your time – We need individuals to help serve refreshments during tea time, help with office work, and teach.
4) praying – We need prayer partners to pray for the students and teachers. Pray that God’s Glory will be made known in and through this ministry. 

Please bring the above mentioned items to the Associational office (616 Azalea Road) or contact Kim Wilson at 251.533.2911 or via email.


Executive Committee Meeting

Monday, April 13, 2020

11:30 a.m.

Government Street Baptist Church

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.

• Update and testimonies from Saturate Mobile

• Future Focus Committee update on the impending sale of the International Ministries Center/building

• Camp Whispering Pines update and meet new director, Jimmy Tucker

• 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.


Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief are offering all training classes at the State DR Center in Prattville. The dates and times are online. Go to for details and registration. You will also see training opportunities all over the state, which you are welcome to attend.


Mobile Baptist Association plans to offer training in May (probably child care and shower/laundry), but we are still in the planning stages. Please stay tuned.


International Disaster Response Training

Saturday, April 25, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church Fairhope (Fellowship Hall)
300 South Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

Cost is $20, which includes materials, snacks and lunch.

This one training will provide a body of information that will help responders and volunteers better prepare to help those in need after disasters have struck. The more we prepare, the more effectively we will be able to assist those affected by a disaster. The training is designed to utilize classroom instruction and participatory, small group activities and will be led by an experienced disaster responder/trainer. The objective of the training is to produce trained responders who can effectively and efficiently assist a community of disaster survivors and then possibly help that community get on the road to rehabilitation and reduce future vulnerability.

Sponsored by Baptist Global Response, a global Southern Baptist Relief and Development organization. Visit for more information.

Contact Paula and Bubba Bosarge for more information and to register:, or 251-510-2487.



WMU/Women's Ministry Annual Celebration


Thursday, April 30, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Location to be determined


Come enjoy a great meal, encouraging word, fellowship, and door prizes. Witness the Passing of the Gavel to the church that has the most participants. Meet the Associational WMU Leadership Team who are here to help you with your WMU, Women’s Ministries, and youth and children mission programs and activities in your church. Look for more information to come soon.


Click here to register for a training event.

Legal Issues for Churches

Monday, March 2, 2020

10:30 a.m.
Government Street Baptist Church
6:00 p.m. at the MBA office

Churches are exposed to the risk of being sued. Various requirements are imposed on us by the state and federal governments, and churches sometimes fail to comply. Churches have been hit with judgments, some of which have been multi-million dollar judgments. They have been subjected to government intrusion into their internal dealings. The main reason this happens is church leaders were operating with no knowledge of the legal requirements. The conference deals directly with what can be done to reduce the risk of litigation.

State missionary Jim Swedenburg will lead this conference.

Please pre-register at, or by contacting the MBA office no later than Thursday, February 27.

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 Associational Missions and the Cooperative Program.


Building Effective Care Groups

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
6:30 p.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)

The age-old saying “People Don’t Care How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care” is especially true in Sunday School or Small Groups. This conference will equip leaders to organize their classes into care groups. This class is geared for pastors, staff, Small Group Leaders, Sunday School Directors and teachers.

State missionary, Jamie Baldwin will lead this conference.

Please register at, or by contacting the MBA office no later than Thursday, March 12.

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

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


Who's Your One District Training

Thursday, March 19, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)

District training consists of the following:

• Who’s Your One evangelism

• The Best News evangelism training

• Interceding on behalf of the lost

• Giving an evangelistic invitation

• Planning a special Baptism Sunday

• Articulating a Christian Worldview

WHO’S YOUR ONE? is an effort to encourage each believer to identify one lost person with whom they can intentionally seek to share the Gospel. Can you imagine what would happen if every believer was praying by name for their one lost person and then seeking opportunities to share Christ with that person?

This event is presented by the Evangelism Office at the Alabama Baptist Sate Board of Missions. Evangelism resources will be given away. The training lasts two hours and the Evangelism Office at ALSBOM will cover the cost of lunch afterwards for all who attend.

The event is FREE, but registration is required. Visit to register.

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


Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament

Thursday, April 16, 2020
begins at 5:30 p.m. but flight times will be assigned upon pre-registration
Cottage Hill Baptist Church



Protect Your Church and Pastor from Sexual Misconduct

Monday, April 27, 2020
10:30 a.m.
Government Street Baptist Church

This 45 minute conference deals with sexual misconduct among ministers.

State missionary Jim Swedenburg will lead this conference.

Please pre-register at, or by contacting the MBA office no later than Thursday, April 23.

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 Associational Missions and the Cooperative Program.


VBS Clinic

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
6:30 p.m.
Dauphin Way Baptist Church

This clinic is for ALL VBS workers.



Join with us to support BCM collegiate missions with a BBQ Cook-Off between our local Mobile Baptists. A Cake Auction will feature some of the best cakes Mobile Baptist Churches have to offer!

The person with the most votes for their BBQ will receive the Title of "Mobile's Best Baptist BBQ Master 2020." Delicious cakes will be auctioned off to the highest bidder-so come prepared to buy your favorite cake! The cake that sells for the highest amount will be declared “Mobile’s Baptist Baking Champion 2020.”

Will you purchase tickets for this event (whether you can attend or not)?

They are only $10 and ALL of the proceeds will support collegiate missions through our State BCM Missions Program. Check out our program here at Contact us at or 251-344-5904 to reserve tickets.

Will you prepare some BBQ for this event? You can grill, smoke, or BBQ any meat of your choice. Smoke a Boston Butt, grill some burgers or chicken or BBQ some ribs. All we ask is that you prepare enough for 50 small (bite-size) tasting servings. We also need you to invite as many of your church members to come and vote for your BBQ to win! Will you help us support collegiate missions? If you would, please contact Campus Minister Jerrod Brown,, to reserve a spot.

Will you prepare one of your famous cakes for this event? We know that every church has those great bakers who make their special cakes that everyone loves. Would you share those delicious cakes with us to support collegiate missions? All we ask is that you prepare your famous cake, package it on a disposable plate or pan, and invite as many of your church members to come and bid on your cake! Will you help us support collegiate missions? If you would, please contact Campus Minister Jerrod Brown,, to reserve a spot.


Camp Whispering Pines

Come home to YOUR
Camp Whispering Pines!


Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ

Volunteers Needed to Help with Renovating On-Campus House for the New Camp Director and His Family

CWP needs help refurbishing the on-campus house for the new CWP director and his family before they arrive March 5, 2020. Volunteers are needed for the renovation. Contact Larry Parker at if interested in volunteering. See the list of needs below:

• Electricians – Multiple electrical issues, Install new light fixtures, wall plugs and light switches.

• Carpenters – Bedroom walls, a closet and an air conditioning chase needs to be built. Installation of kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity, counter tops, moldings and trim, and doors.

• Drywall / Painting – Drywall needs to be installed and finished. Entire interior of house needs to be painted. Walls, cabinets, trim and moldings.

• Floor repair – Areas of repaired hardwood need staining. Floors need to be scrubbed, cleaned and shined.

• Cleaning – Entire interior of house needs to be cleaned. Exterior needs to be pressure washed and debris removed from around the house.

• Tree Trimmers – Multiple trees need to be trimmed. Limbs on roof and encroaching on house.


VERITAS Youth Camp
June 15-19; 2020

For students who have completed 6th - 12th grades.

This camp is built on Biblical Truth through Bible Study, worship, recreation and fellowship. Cost: $240

July 13-16, 2020

For students who have completed 1st - 6th grades.

Come enjoy an awesome week of Bible Study, worship, swimming, games, crafts, missions and more.
Cost: $165

Don't wait to sign up or you may miss out.

Visit or call 251-866-7868.


A New Decade
The rapid passage of time proves humanity was created for eternity. It should be another busy year. One sees in Matthew 14:22-23 how Jesus responded to a busy day. “Then He directed the disciples to get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent away the crowds. After He had dismissed the multitudes, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was still there alone” (AMP). Our tendency is, do a little but more. Jesus models our desperate need to get away for personal prayer. May 2020 be less stressful and more spiritually productive if we follow the example of Jesus.

Future Focus Committee (FFC) NEEDS YOUR HELP
Please pray for the FFC and the location to combine the two current facilities.

• The International Ministries Center (IMC) facility is under contract with a contingency to rezone. We had to delay the rezoning until April 7, 2020 to prevent an imminent no vote. We need strong participation from MBA pastors, staff and members to show our support for the rezoning. Please pray for and contact Councilman Levon Manzie to approve the rezoning. His email address is and his phone is 251-786-3293.

• The FFC has a unanimously approved assignment from the October 2014 Annual Session to sell and combine the IMC and MBA office buildings. Expenses will stay within the amount received from the sales.

• We are awaiting the Lord to provide a donation of the 3.5 to 5 developed acres, or an existing 8,000-10,000 sf facility. The income from the sales of both buildings is not adequate to build on undeveloped property.

• Myers Memorial Baptist Church is generously allowing us to store furniture from the IMC until the new building is ready.

• The IM van is at the MBA office. Teams continue to go to the ships with great evangelistic ministry. More volunteers are needed.

• The efficiency at the Port of Mobile now allows some ships to unload and load in as little as 8 hours. Others are in port for as long as three days. We will wait to sell the MBA office until a new location is completed using proceeds from the sale of the IMC. MBA Finance and Executive Committees have approved a possible bridge loan from the MBA until the MBA office is sold.

• Committee members continue to approach, individuals, MBA and other congregations to help find an existing 8,000-12,000 sf building. Options so far have not been viable due to location or refurbishing needed.

• Please continue praying, looking and talking to find the person who will be the answer to the prayers for a new location.


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