The Mobile Baptist

June - August 2017
Volume 20 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.


The Associational Enlistment Committee is at work filling the positions vacant for 2018-2020. If you feel led to serve in any of the open positions, or if you could recommend someone to serve, it would be of great help to this Committee and the Association.

Please pray and let us know by May 31, 2017 of any suggestions that you might have. The desire is to involve as many people from the Association as possible. It would be best to have all of the active churches represented in some way in the Association. The MBA Committees’ job descriptions are located here.

Pray for the Enlistment Committee as they meet, make contacts, and accomplish the task. There is a lot to do and these committees are so vital to the success of the Mobile Baptist Association, and to the Kingdom of God. 

Please find the nomination/recommendation form here.


We have completed 8 months of our one year emphasis to cooperatively pray for every one of the 415,000 people in Mobile County by prayer walking every one of the 13,000 streets at least once before annual session on Sunday October 1, 2017.

Reports from participating churches continue to reflect church members looking outward. Even introverts are experiencing divine encounters and positive responses. Thirty MBA churches have registered so far and committed to pray for 50 pages out of the Keith Maps Street Atlas of Mobile County. There are another 45 pages that need to be claimed.

We are hearing from churches that have completed their area once, twice and many times. Keep up the good work. Keep plowing. Matthew 18:19 shows that cooperative prayer (“if two of you agree…”) brings devastating defeat to the enemy.

It is not too late to bring this blessing to church members and impact Mobile. Please visit to register and download training materials.


Join us

Monday, July 10, 2017
11:30 a.m.
MBA office (616 Azalea Road)

for the Executive Committee meeting.

Please bring $5 p/person to help cover the cost of 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.


Alabama Baptist Literacy Missions Conference
July 27 - 28, 2017
State Board of Missions, Montgomery


• train individuals in one of the following literacy missions tracks: English as a Second Language, Adult Reading and Writing, Tutoring Children and Youth, or Bible Storytelling

• prepare individuals to start ministries in their churches or communities in their specific area of ESL, ARW or TCY

• provide current resources to promote and support Literacy Missions Ministries

• allow volunteers to build relationships and strengthen their commitment to follow God’s call

• train experienced leaders on various topics related to their area of ministry

Each basic workshop is 11 hours. Breakout sessions for experienced leaders are 1 hour each.

Click here for more information (including costs and schedule) and to register.

For more information click here or contact Kristy Kennedy at 334-613-2311 or


Associational English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Training

August 18 - 19, 2017
Friday - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
MBA office

FREE training event

If you are interested in serving in the MBA International Language School (ILS), this event is for you. 

For more information contact Kim Wilson, (251) 533-2911.


Walk For Bibles and International Ministries (WFBIM) Captains Dinner

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Location TBA


Mark your calendars for the 2017 Walk For Bibles and International Ministries - Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.



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

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

Tuesday, August 15,  2017
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 per person and can be paid at the door.

• Please make reservations by Thursday, August 10 by visiting or by contacting the MBA office.

• Please note: reservations are firm and payment must be received even if you are unable to attend the luncheon.


Click here to register for a training event.


How to Be an Effective Change Agent

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
6:30 p.m.
MBA office

This FREE conference will present principles and procedures that enable a minister to affect change while causing the least amount of conflict. A minister must be a change agent in order to lead a church to grow and improve. State missionary Mike Jackson will lead this conference.

This conference is free, but pre-registration is needed. To pre-register, visit or contact the MBA office, no later than Thursday, August 10.

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.


 Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training and Rally

Sunday, August 20, 2017

4:15 p.m. - Registration - FREE event
4:30 p.m. - Training/Breakout Sessions
6:00 p.m. - Association wide Rally

Dauphin Way Baptist Church

FREE event!

The Rally will feature Dan Garland, Director of Church Partnership at LifeWay Christian Resources.

Breakout Sessions will include:


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Camp Whispering Pines 2017 Summer Camps

Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ

Come home to YOUR Camp Whispering Pines!

Drop off is at 8:30 a.m. and pick up at 4:00 p.m. daily.

Cost: $99
For more information and to register visit


$160 (waiting list only)

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Sponsored by MBA WMU.

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 July 17-20, 2017


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


Help your high school seniors transition to college and life after high school. Contact Campus Ministers Jerrod Brown via eamil or Beth Gardner via eamil at the BCM. They can also be reached at 344-5904.


Answered prayer
Matthew 8 presents multiple instances when Jesus suspended the laws of physics to answer a request. In 8:3 he miraculously answered the Leper’s request for healing. In Matt. 8:26 Jesus again miraculously calmed the waves.

We also see in the Bible that Jesus did not always use miracles to meet needs and answer requests. In Matt. 9:9-13 Jesus used Matthew’s generosity to convene an evangelism banquet for “tax collectors and sinners.” This event was followed by a command in 9:38 to “pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers…” (HCSB). Jesus obviously expects these workers to meet needs that people are crying out to God. In Matt. 10 Jesus commissions 12 Disciples to be the means of answered prayer across Israel. Matt. 14:17 presents an extraordinary example of God using a generous little boy’s 5 loaves (of pita bread) and 2 fish to meet an extensive need.

There is some evidence our members expect Jesus to answer every prayer directly and miraculously. However, we see many instances in which people are the means for prayers to be answered and needs to be met. Some of our prayers impose on God the expectation that someone else should be inconvenienced or have to underwrite the need.  Some of our unanswered prayers are because someone has told God no. There is a tremendous blessing that always comes when we, in faith, say “Yes, Lord.”

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Mark Your Calendars Now for the

Annual Missions Celebration (162nd Annual Session)

Sunday, October 1, 2017


June 19-23, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The ROC (Gym) at Cottage Hill Baptist Church

hosted by Harlem Globetrotter Legends, Michael Douglas and Larry “Shorty” Coleman.  

Open to Boys and Girls, ages 7-14

For more information and to register click here.


The Insanity of God Showing
June 25, 2017

College Park Baptist Church will show The Insanity of God movie on June 25, 2017. It will be at their new location: 8600 Celeste Road in Saraland. The movie will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The documentary is about the persecuted church around the world and the cost of following Jesus. The showing is FREE and open to everyone.