SBC Crossover 2024 Mission Team Opportunities

There is an opportunity for your church to serve on a short-term mission trip next summer. In June of 2024, the Southern Baptist Convention meeting will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. In connection with the SBC meeting, the North American Mission Board is looking for churches to partner with Indianapolis churches to conduct mission projects throughout Indianapolis during the week prior to the SBC.

 Following is a link to an interest form for. This form is not a commitment to participate, but merely an indication of a church’s interest in possibly being involved.

 Crossover Indy 2024- Serve at a Crossover Event (office.com)

Nursery Worker Needed (Paid position)

Airport Boulevard Baptist Church is in need of a nursery worker to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children ages birth to 4 years old during the following time schedule:

Sunday morning        9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sunday evening         5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday evening   5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

*Special events as appropriate

The rate of pay range is $10.00 to $12.00 per hour based on experience. If you are interested in this employment opportunity, please email your resume to g71gattis@gmail.com. Please note that completion of a satisfactory background check is required for employment in this position.

Once your resume is received, we will review same and contact you, as appropriate.

Church Bus for Sale

Church Bus For Sale

A pre-owned 2014 Glaval Legacy Freightliner Bus is for sale. The bus is air conditioned, has a diesel engine, seats 37 passengers, and has 80,214 miles on it. The sales price is $60,000.00. If interested, please call Government Street Baptist Church at 251-660-7444 ext. 1.   

Minister of Music Needed

Semmes FBC Minister of Music Job Description

The Minister of Music is responsible to the Pastor for assisting the Church in planning, conducting, and evaluating a comprehensive music ministry. This position is 15 Hours per week.

Responsibilities

  • Direct the planning, coordination, operation, and evaluation of a comprehensive music ministry.
  • Cast a vision for the music ministry for the calendar year.
  • Assist the Pastor in planning congregational services of the church.
  • Direct choir and congregational singing during the weekly services.
  • Lead the church in a blended style that consists of traditional hymns and newer choruses.
  • Coordinate the choir on Sunday services and weekly rehearsals. Also, plan extended musical programs for Special Holidays like Christmas and Easter.
  • Give direction to a music ministry plan of outreach and enlistment.
  • Coordinate the training and use of instrumentalists and soloists in groups or as individuals.
  • Prepare PowerPoint slides for Sunday morning service. Assist multimedia team with all media and tech issues in sanctuary.
  • Review music, along with slides and verses, with instrumentalists and multimedia. Lead the run through of service with team before service on Sunday morning.
  • Assist Pastor and staff with weekly ministry and visitation.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Pastor.

Part-time Youth Minister Needed

First Baptist Church of Bayou La Batre currently has an opening for a part-time youth minister to oversee the youth ministry by developing and coordinating programs and events for students (6th-12th grade). 

We have some great volunteer youth workers and a consistent and active group of about 30 students.

This is a paid position and housing is available if needed.
Interested applicants may send their resumes to fbcblb@fbcblb.com.

A Resolution on the LGBTQ+ Agenda and Religious Liberty 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 15, 2022
For interview requests contact: David Roach; droach229@gmail.com; 502-751-0237

Religious liberty & LGBTQ agenda draw
focus at Baptists’ meeting with Mobile mayor

MOBILE, Ala.—Mobile Southern Baptist leaders have urged Mayor Sandy Stimpson to protect religious liberty as he considers policies related to the LGBTQ community.

Six representatives from the Mobile Baptist Association (MBA) Executive Committee met with Stimpson Aug. 15, presenting him a resolution “on the LGBTQ+ agenda and religious liberty” adopted by the Executive Committee Aug. 1.

The resolution notes that Stimpson “recently appointed two individuals as LGBTQ+ liaisons” to the city, citing an AL.com article. “Liaisons who were appointed to advise officials in other cities later were given the authority to enforce ordinances and levy fines on any groups who refused to celebrate pro-LGBTQ+ ordinances and activity,” according to the resolution.

The resolution “implores” public officials “to protect religious liberty by rejecting any attempts to compromise the longstanding Judeo-Christian and biblical convictions of the majority of our citizens.”

MBA Moderator Scott Griffith, pastor of Cypress Shores Baptist Church, was among the leaders who met with Stimpson. “Our ethnically diverse group of pastors had a cordial meeting with the mayor,” he said. “We assured him of our support for any efforts to protect Mobile residents’ liberty to hold and live out biblical convictions regarding human sexuality.”

The MBA representatives who met with Stimpson were Griffith; Vice Moderator Kevin Cobb, pastor of West Mobile Baptist Church; former moderator Mack Morris, retired pastor of Woodridge Baptist Church; former moderator Charlie York, pastor of Highpoint Baptist Church in Eight Mile; MBA executive director Thomas Wright; and David Roach, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Saraland.

The Mobile Baptist leaders also proposed to Stimpson a city ordinance that would prohibit “any adverse action” against individuals who have “acted in accordance with a religious, moral, scientific, or philosophical belief” that marriage is “the union of one man and one woman.”

The MBA comprises 114 churches in Mobile County that cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The SBC’s confession of faith defines marriage as “the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.” It adds that Christians should oppose “all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography.”

The full text of the resolution is linked here: 

https://mobilebaptists.org/images/stories/Resolution%20on%20Mobile%20LGBTQ%2B%208.1%20%28003%29.pdf

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SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force Report and Recommendations

“Southern Baptists responded with an overwhelming majority in favor of adopting the two recommendations presented by the Sexual Abuse Task Force presented June 14 at the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting.” https://www.baptistpress.com/resource-library/news/in-its-kairos-moment-southern-baptists-approve-satf-recommendations/?fbclid=IwAR2RJdxZC7g27fR2is4EZDcO-VXRbd913agTnWcj2XXmq32siPinc0-izBQ

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Authorized and assigned by action of the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention, the Sexual Abuse Task Force now reports to the 2022 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention the following requests and recommendations for action. On behalf of the Task Force, I move the adoption of these requests to our broader SBC family: First, with respect to Baptist polity, the Task Force addresses the following suggestions and requests to cooperating state conventions, SBC entities, and other related Baptist bodies:

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Ten Percent: A Call to Biblical Stewardship FREE Resource

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, CEO and President of the SBC Executive Committee, has written a resource that will assist churches in advancing biblical stewardship. Ten Percent: A Call to Biblical Stewardship is a bible-based, theologically sound stewardship emphasis which is designed to include two resources every church can use regardless of size or location:

*   A six-week sermon series
*   A six-week curriculum for Sunday school or small groups

While the pastor preaches in the worship service that “God Is the Owner of Everything,” each of your small groups, Bible study classes and Sunday school classes teach the same. Your team of laypersons or staff can easily transfer these principles so they can be simultaneously taught to all of your students, children, and preschoolers. If you do not teach them, no one will. Everyone, at all stages of life, needs to be called to biblical stewardship.

Six Biblical Principles:

The six principles are proven. They are biblical, strategic and practical.

1.  God Is the Owner of Everything
2.  We Own Absolutely Nothing
3.  Honor God with at Least the First Ten Percent
4.  Bring the Full Ten Percent to the Church
5.  Practice Over and Above Giving
6.  Focus on the Great Commission Always

These six principles are steps to give your church members a biblical way to look at their entire lives, including the finances that God alone has entrusted to them. Each church can and should do the same.

A digital church kit is now available for FREE.

To enable congregations and pastors to better utilize this resource in the local church, we have created a digital church kit. This kit includes:

*   A pdf copy of the book which you can distribute to all in your church
*   Promotional graphics for use in your church
*   Bulletin inserts for use in your church
*   PowerPoint slides for your sermon series
*   Social media graphics to use

There is no cost to you or your church for this resource. Everything is downloadable at: SBC.net/stewardship.

Saturate Mobile

  1. Sign-up – Choose a zip code from the list below and choose if you want to be a Host Church or a Participating Church.
  2. Adopt – if you are a host church, go to saturateusa.org and adopt the zip code you chose. (Participating Churches will contact the Host Church to let them know they will help.)
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. ReportHost churches report when the coverage is complete. Mark it completed on the zip code you adopted at saturatemobile.mobilebaptists.org, and do the same at saturateusa.org. Also, report any testimonies, pictures or videos.  

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

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Sexual Abuse in Southern Baptist Churches and the Need for Background Checks

The recent documentation of extensive sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches is shocking. For more than 20 years, the Mobile Baptist Association (MBA) has encouraged churches to perform a background check on every ministerial candidate and every worker. Consultation also advises never to have just one worker in children’s classrooms or just two from the same family.

Our MBA office makes it easier for churches by providing background checks for our churches at a nominal fee for the check. A form from the MBA would need to be submitted for the background check to be done. Lifeway also has a streamlined background check process. Visit https://www.lifeway.com/en/services/church-administration/background-checks?intcmp=SRDR-background-checks. One recent background check discovered a candidate on the Sex Offender Registry in Florida. He was immediately disqualified. The sin was forgiven, but the legal consequences remain. Another consideration for small churches is some information about juveniles under age 19 may be sealed. So past offenses may not be reported. A form for anyone under 19 would have to have parental permission and signature.  

Church leaders need to recognize the scope of the problem and take immediate steps to protect every person in the ministries of the church. This upcoming training is particularly advisable: Protecting the Children, February 26, 6:30 p.m. at the MBA office.  Click here to for more information and to register.

Visit the following link to additional resources and recommendations: https://alsbom.org/safe/.  

WMU Willie Mae Lyon Scholarship

The Associational WMU is receiving applications for the Willie Mae Lyon Scholarship to the University of Mobile (UM). They will award several scholarships of $500 or more for the 2024-2025 school year.

The Scholarship will be awarded to a Baptist woman entering UM as a full-time freshman. She must be a member in good standing of a Mobile County Baptist Church in the Mobile Baptist Association. Selection will be made on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, and mission & community involvement.

Click here for the scholarship information and application

The deadline for submission is May 4, 2024.

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Irma’s uncertain track means local Emergency Management has begun preparation for a possible Cat 4. It would be wise to beat the rush and make preliminary arrangements. Be prepared for three to five days without electricity. Get your propane, fill gas tanks and prescriptions, gather water, batteries and non-perishable food. Check your generator and locate the boards for the windows. One of the many good preparation lists is available at http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/.

Alabama Teen Challenge

Alabama Teen Challenge is a local resource that may be helpful to you as you help families. Endorsed by the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, Teen Challenge is a one year, residential, Christ centered program for life controlling behaviors and addictions. For more information visit alabamateenchallenge.org or call their Bay Minette office at 251-580-0091.

Doctoral Student Survey

Dear Ministry Leader,

 

Greetings! My Name is Kevin Bryce Saxton and I am a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I also serve as a pastor in a local church in South Florida. As part of my dissertation in the area of leadership, I am conducting a survey to gauge ministry philosophy of the churches in the Southern Baptist Convention.

 

This survey will take less than five minutes to complete and is best undertaken by providing your first, instinctual reaction to the ten questions. Any member of your staff (whether vocational, bi-vocational, or volunteer) who is familiar with the ministry strategy of the church is eligible to participate.

 

As a token of appreciation for completing the survey, churches which complete the survey by Monday, February 13, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 Amazon gift card. The card will be mailed to the selected church later that week.

 

To access the survey, please utilize this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSaxton-ChurchHealthAssessment

 

I very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. I truly believe that the data gleaned from this survey will serve to strengthen the effectiveness of the churches in the SBC.

May God bless you and the church which you serve.

 

Sincerely,

Kevin Bryce Saxton, Ph.D. Candidate

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Wright Word June – August 2024

The Wright Word, June to August 2024

Thomas Wright, Associational Missionary

Emphasizing Biblical Prayer, Evangelistic Ministries, Church Development, Church Planting, Partnership Missions

The Impact of the Resurrection
Luke 24:6 records the astonishing words at the empty tomb of Jesus. “He is not here, but is risen” (AMP). The early church endured and thrived through their unwavering commitment to the risen Savior. They witnessed remarkable conversions among every class of citizens. We too can endure, thrive and see remarkable conversions by abiding in the resurrection power of the Creator God of the Universe. We have already won!

“Making a Difference Mobile” Report
Over 35 churches were involved in 48 events with 17 reported decisions, 1,285 gospel presentations, reported attendance of 3,200 people, involving 1,081 volunteers. Participating churches received grants through our partnership with ALSBOM and the Myers Mallory Offering for State Missions. There is an informative article in the April 4 The Alabama Baptist too. The free online resources are still available. Please visit alsbom.org/makingadifference to find the free demographic study, prayer guide, evangelism tools, community survey and sermon outlines from Dr. Lance. These resources can help your church even if you did not complete a grant application. Look at the event list for great outreach ideas that you can do.

DOM Search Committee Update
Dr. Mack Morris and the MBA Personnel Committee, along with moderators Vaughan Gardner, Kevin Cobb and Chris Farmer have begun the search process for the next Executive Director of Missions. The nine-person committee (plus three moderators) is composed of men, women, pastors and laypersons from large and small churches. Members include a former HR director, an attorney and a CPA. It is a balanced committee with experience to allow the Lord to lead them to a Spirit-called DOM.

My retirement is scheduled for December 31, 2024. The Committee continues to expand MBA involvement with subcommittees, a survey and interviews. I am not directly involved in that process and have complete confidence in their work. They are consistent with the process used to call the new SBC Executive Committee President.

Please be praying for the next DOM, his family along with committee members Mack Morris, Peppi Garrett, Michael Harbin, Rosie Horton, Don Setser, J.T. Wright, Tomi Burt, Timothy Jensen and Jeremy Smalley

My Concluding Missions Celebration is October 6, 2024 at First Baptist Tillman’s Corner
Please place October 6, 2024 on your calendar to bring your people to the 2024 Annual Missions
Celebration. Once a year we ask churches to come together for three hours on a Sunday afternoon to learn about local cooperative missions through a missions fair and missions presentations. Registration and missions fair will probably begin at 3:30 p.m.

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Guidelines for Supporting Parachurch Ministries 

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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