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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