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 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.
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.
Kevin Bryce Saxton, Ph.D. Candidate
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Thomas Wright, Associational Missionary
Emphasizing Biblical Prayer, Evangelistic Ministries, Church Development, Church Planting, Partnership Missions
“God at Work” from John 5:17 was the theme for the Annual Missions Celebration. This encouraging verse says “But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father has been working until now [He has never ceased working], and I too am working’”(AMP). God is working in us and through us. God is working in you. Be encouraged. God is working in and through your church. Even if we don’t see it; God is at work. Selah.
Every church has people used by Satan to hinder the work of God. When you encounter them, stop them, not the work. It does not matter if they are involved in every committee and provide significant financial giving. Churches can grow by losing people. Do not let any individual, or group of individuals, impose their will or their agenda on the rest of the church if it hinders reaching the lost.
The challenges of our secular culture require increased commitment to seeing God work through cooperative missions. Beware of those who try to convince you that cooperation is not necessary. It takes incredible arrogance and biblical illiteracy to claim that any church can be more effective by themselves than they can be by working cooperatively.
Resolution Affirming Mayor Stimpson
Follow this link to a copy of the resolution affirming Mayor Stimpson that Mobile Baptists approved at the Annual Missions Celebration. Follow this link to the Baptist Press article describing the importance of our taking a stand. MBA leaders met multiple times with Mayor Stimpson to revisit the mistake he made appointing two LGBTQ+ liaisons for the City of Mobile. The resolution affirms his decision to rescind those two appointments and encourages the need for an ordinance protecting religious liberty.
If Mobile Baptists remain silent, there are those in Mobile County who will impose worldviews and lifestyles on us that are in complete contrast to biblical truth. Each believer and each congregation needs to encourage the Mayor to offset the criticism he is facing for making the right decision.
Each city in Mobile County also needs preemptively to affirm religious liberty. We need to inform and affirm the need to reject any use of the agenda-based “Municipal Equality Index” in any city in Mobile County or Alabama.
Come home to YOUR
Camp Whispering Pines!
Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ
2018 Camp Dates
- Veritas Youth Camp
Completed Grades 6-12, June 17-21
- Girls Mission Camp
Completed Grades 1-6, June 24-28
- Momentum Kids Camp
Completed Grades 1-6, July 15-18
For more information and registration visit campwhisperingpines.com or call 251-866-7868.