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We exist to ENCOURAGE, EQUIP, and ENGAGE people in the Great Commission.

Find under "OUR CHURCHES" a listing and brief information about the churches affiliated with St. Clair Baptist Association. 

The St. Clair Baptist Association is located in a strategic location Northeast of Birmingham, Alabama. St. Clair County is one of the three fastest growing counties in the state of Alabama!

What does it mean to be a Christian? The meaning of Christianity is best seen in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is God in flesh--crucified and raised to life.

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Announcements 

See You at the Pole!

Please share this with your student ministry groups! All the youth from anywhere in the county or outside the area are welcome to come and worship! Pell City CEPA Building! September 27 at 6:30 PM!


Challenging Our Churches

Hello Ministers in Christ,

I am Bro. Johnny Robertson, pastor of New Lebanon Baptist Church. I am writing this letter to you to stir the hearts of St. Clair Baptists about supporting our St. Clair Disaster Relief Team. Fellow ministers, remember what Jesus said, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" (Luke 12: 48). Many say this verse was not about offerings; however, it was about being stewards of what God (the Master) has given to His servants. God has entrusted us with all things; pastors, worship leaders, deacons, Sunday school teachers, and yes, born-again church members, must be good stewards!

As I was praying and fasting for the Super September Revival at New Lebanon Baptist, a storm hit Texas. God began to speak to me about the plight of those forced from the comfort of their homes. The waters rose, not only to keep them from going back home, but crested to the point of their homes being submerged.  I can only image the emotions the people are experiencing! Many of these people are lost (without Christ), some are believers. The Word says, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5).

We have an opportunity right in front of the St. Clair Co. Baptist Association, the churches of our county have an opportunity to advance the Gospel for Christ. You might ask how? Through our own St Clair Disaster Relief Team! Wow, what a great opportunity God has place before us. Our association's stewardship committee stepped out in a bold way to propose allocating funds from our reserve account to the tune of $35,700! Disaster Relief needs the pastors and churches to step up! Our Lord said, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" (Luke 12: 48).

I am writing this in love for each of you and your flocks. If we, the sixty-seven churches of St Clair Baptist Association give an average of $1000.00 per church through the SCBA, we will be able to fund these men and women to send the Gospel in a special way to the folks of Texas and Louisiana. You may say, "My church can’t give $1000.00!" Give what you can! Some can give more--to allow an average of $1000.00. Imagine this: $67,000 would replace the $35,700 and give the balance to the team, for the advancement of God’s Gospel. If a church of 25 members gave $20 each, this equals $500.00. Fifty members giving $20 each, equals $1000.00, 100 members, equals $2000.00, and so on.

Do you remember the story of the five loaves and two fish? The Disciples considered sending everyone away. Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over (Matthew 14:16-20). 

No one has ever out-given God. Our church has pledged $1000.00 this past Sunday. The check is in the mail as I am writing this. Please give from the heart not the head because the head will say, “No, we can’t afford to give.” The heart, with the guidance from the Holy Spirit will say, "GIVE!"

Thanks for reading this. I know many have not met me, however, I love each one of you as a fellow minister in Christ. We all have a common goal, to reach the world for Jesus, opportunity right here before us. Please, let's take advantage of this opportunity to be good stewards of the Gospel for Jesus' sake!

In Christ love,

Bro. Johnny Robertson

New Lebanon Baptist

Springville, AL


Update: Disaster Relief

UPDATE: St. Clair Baptists,

On August 29, 2017, Chairman Paul Miller facilitated a meeting of the St. Clair Baptist Association Stewardship Committee. In a bold show of support for the St. Clair Disaster Relief Team, the committee voted unanimously to recommend that the SCBA Executive Committee allocate $35,700 primarily from reserve funds to St. Clair Disaster Relief. Reserve funds are essential to the Association. However, the committee is recommending a wise investment of a substantial portion of these funds to continue our mission with excellence.

The St. Clair Disaster Relief has served faithfully on a woefully inadequate budget for years. The list of equipment and maintenance needs has grown extensively: vehicles, specialized tires, trailer equipment, excavating equipment maintenance, etc. To respond safely and adequately to disasters, the team must be resourced properly. St. Clair Disaster Relief leaders will provide a detailed priority list in the September Executive Committee Meeting before official action is taken.

This strong show of support from your leadership comes with a request to our local churches and all St. Clair Baptists. The Stewardship Committee members encourage you to join them and give generously to support a critical ministry of our Association. Disaster Relief is a visible and respected representation of our united effort to advance the Gospel. Please consider receiving a special offering in your church or making a designated gift to the St. Clair Disaster Relief Fund.

St. Clair Baptist Association--PO Box 160, Ashville, Alabama 35953; or, you may donate online at www.stcba.org. Click on DONATE or select the "$" button on the page. We will be good stewards of your gift by taking care of the needs of your St. Clair team as they extend the love of Christ to those in need.

MARK DONATION: SCBA DISASTER RELIEF FUND

We are grateful for your faithful generosity!

Sincerely in Jesus Christ,

Chris Crain, Director of Missions

Jay Stewart, Moderator of SCBA/Senior Pastor of FBC Ashville

SCDirector@windstream.net

(205) 594-2232


Evening of Appreciation


God Bless Texas and Louisiana!

St. Clair Baptists,

We appreciate your calls of concern regarding the flood survivors in Texas. SCBA is a caring, prayerful Association! The Lord has blessed us with passionate supporters and extraordinary leaders to help our brothers and sisters out West; the St. Clair Baptist Disaster Relief Team is among the best in the state and country. Your Disaster Relief team is ready for the call from Texas Baptists to go and be on the front lines of recovery! 

Some are asking, "What can we do to help?" Help us ready the St. Clair Disaster Relief Team with the recources they will need to bring the hope of Christ in the wake of the flood crisis. Please consider sending a donation to:

St. Clair Baptist Association--PO Box 160, Ashville, Alabama 35953; or, you may donate online at www.stcba.org. Click on DONATE or select the "$" button on the page. We will be good stewards of your gift by taking care of the needs of your St. Clair team as they extend the love of Christ to those in need.

MARK DONATION: SCBA DISASTER RELIEF FUND

Prayer requests and Disaster Relief needs:

1. Pray for your team and their churches. Many will adjust work and ministry schedules to provide relief when they are called out to serve. Your trained and credentialed team has access where "walk up" volunteers will not! We partner with agencies including NAMB SEND Relief, Texas Baptists, and the Red Cross to help people when they need it most. Pray for the safety of each team member!

2. Pray for our equipment needs. Our trucks, trailers, and equipment have served us well. However, we need to update and replace at least one vehicle with a dually truck soon. We have other equipment needs. We can go today, but would like to make sure our equipment reflects the excellence of our team!

3. Pray for the survivors. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open hearts to the Gospel message. Unlike other relief and recovery organizations, our NUMBER ONE priority is the Gopsel of Jesus Christ! We share the Gospel with love, sensitivity, and boldness!

Again, thank you St. Clair Baptist Association for being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Please help us accomplish this mission by praying for and supporting the SCBA Disaster Relief Team.

Sincerely in Jesus,

Chris Crain, Director of Missions

St. Clair Baptist Association

SCDirector@windstream.net


Personal Ministry Coaching at SCBA

The SCBA will be offering a coaching network to pastors and ministers in the area beginning October 10, from noon until 4:00 PM at our office. If you are interested in practical help and support, call 1-800-264-1225, ext. 332. Lamar Duke will serve as area coach; he is currently an associate in the state office of Associational Missions and Church Planting serving as the church planting strategist. Lamar has pastored existing churches and planted new churches in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

It is easy in life, and in particular pastoral ministry, to begin to feel overwhelmed, stuck and uncertain about what to do next, therefore, doing nothing at all. It is at this point where a good coach is vital. Don't miss out!


English as a Second Language at SCBA!

Two NEW English as a Second Language Classes starting in the St. Clair Baptist Association! Please help us get this message out. 

Three (3) Adult ESL classes will begin on 8/16/17 each Wednesday for 15 weeks at these locations:

A morning class will be held at St. Clair Baptist Association, 33620 US Hwy 231, Ashville from 9:30-11:30 AM. (Take US 231 to Roberts Rd.)

An evening class will be held each Wednesday at First Baptist Church, at 85 5th Street in Ashville from 6:00-7:30 PM.

An evening class will also be held at Central Baptist Church in Argo at 8762 Gadsden Hwy from 6:00-7:30 PM.

 


God at Work

St. Clair Baptists,

I am honored to serve the Lord with many faithful servants. Among these are men like Rev. Jacky Connell, pastor of Eden Westside Baptist Church. Recently, our Association made a presentation to Bro. Jacky at an event held in honor his thirtieth anniversary as pastor of Eden Westside. Health and sustained growth is often the byproduct of disciplined, long-tenured leadership. It takes a pastor three years to "say hello" to the church and get to know the culture. Perhaps by years 5-7, the pastor is in a position of influential leadership. May the Lord bless those who are called to stay in their churches for the benefit of the church and Kingdom!

I am assisting Dr. Josh Burnham of Bethel Church, Moody, with a Journey to the Holy Land. Join us on February 12 to 21, 2018, as we walk where Jesus walked. Our group will visit Caesarea Philippi, Nazareth, Mt. Beatitudes, Gethsemane, the Upper Room, David's Tomb, Mt. of Olives, the Dead Sea, Jordan River, the Temple Mount, and many other historical sites. Visit this website for more information: http://www.bwti.com/journey-through-israel.html. 

I cannot wait to see many of you at our upcoming Minister's Lunch at Arbor Baptist Church on August 31 at 11:00 AM. The lunch will feature Dr. Brad Moseley. Brad has recently led First Baptist Church, Moody, to pay off their mortgage. The church has intensified efforts on ministry and missions. In the process of leading the church through this critical time, he wrote a book on biblical leadership. Please come out and support Brad Moseley--speaker and Keith Ray--host church pastor. The meal will not cost you anything. We simply need to know you're coming by sending us the names of those who will be attending from your church. Send us an email by following this link.

Mark your calendars for the SCBA Annual Meeting at First Baptist Moody, October 23. The Monday event will start at 4:00 PM. Dr. Josh Burnham and Dr. Donald Whitney will be preaching. Brian Turnbull of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Cropwell, will lead worship. This meeting will focus more on Jesus Christ and less on reports. We will honor Jesus Christ and exalt him above all!

I have a threefold mission strategy: I desire to encourage, equip, and engage St. Clair Baptists in the Great Commission. One way we accomplish this is through short-term missions. We desire to establish three partnerships: rural, urban, and international. These partnerships will give us the capacity to engage churches and church members in Acts 1:8 missions; engaging beyond the walls of the church may strengthen their discipleship capacity in your local church. 

Call me if I can serve you! My availability to church leaders is 24/7. I love you and appreciate all you do for our Savior!

Sincerely in Jesus,

Chris Crain, SCBA

 


Bi-Vocational National Conference

BiVocational and Small Church Leadership Network National Meeting coming soon!

2017 BSCLN National Celebration
“Believe in Better”
Baptist College of Florida: Blue Springs Campus
Marianna, FL
September 29-30, 2017

Cost: $105.00 per individual; $135.00 per couple

Friday evening will include a fellowship meal, worship featuring the BCF Worship Team and Dr. Craig Conner, and Breakout Sessions. Saturday morning will feature breakfast, two rounds of Breakout Sessions, breaks, and worship led by the BCF Worship Team and Dr. Tom Kinchen.

Breakout Sessions; The breakout sessions will be designed to provide practical help for pastors in the areas of evangelism, missions, administration, and technology. There will also be a track for pastor’s wives.

To register- 
Phone: 615.490.3170
Email: bscln.center@bscln.net


An Amazing Summer

St. Clair Baptists,

‚ÄčI am honored to serve you in associational missions. I have seen God work in amazing ways among the churches of the St. Clair Baptist Association! Thank you for being a loyal friend and sharing Kingdom impact with me and the churches of like faith in this growing county.

SCBA Disaster Relief has been working alongside our sister churches in Birmingham to help storm-torn areas in Ensley. If you ask Glenn Pender or Ron Culberson about our team’s greatest physical need, they would tell you this: “We need a fully-functioning bucket truck and a replacement vehicle for our old 1996 van.”

I went to Ensley with your Disaster Relief team and served as team chaplain on the callout. I consoled, prayed, and shared the Gospel with the families as your team moved debris from rooftops, lawns, and driveways; most of these families—some were widows—had no insurance or resources to hire a tree service. I saw with my own eyes the tremendous Gospel opportunity we have in disaster relief ministry. If you want to send a designated gift to help, please mark your gift “SCBA Disaster Relief—Equipment” and send it to our office. You may also give on our website at stcba.org.

On June 18, members from several of our SCBA churches went to the Appalachians in Kentucky to share the Gospel while staying at a place called Calvary Campus. At one of the three Vacation Bible Schools your team facilitated, I met a little girl named Bobbie. I said, “Bobbie, why did you walk down here for Vacation Bible School tonight?” In a thick accent, she replied, “I came to sit by my friend Dallas and to eat chili nachos.” I have always been a fan of a straight-talker! She heard the Gospel and the Holy Spirit began a work in her life! Many men, women, boys, and girls were changed--glory to God! Thank you for sending a missions team from the SCBA with your prayers and blessings. We are all back safely with a changed perspective on Gospel ministry and partnership.

I am grateful that I took my wife and three children to be a part of the ministry at Calvary Campus in Blackey, Kentucky. It was good for our family. Calvary is operated by NAMB missionary Paul and Mary Jo Radosevich—along with their thirteen biological children. This special missionary family touched the hearts of our team. Linda, our ministry assistant, sent a gift in the mail today to help them purchase and install a new washer and dryer for the campus. Paul is ecstatic and grateful for your generosity! He sends his gratitude for the two renovated classroom spaces and the other improvements made to the one-hundred-year-old mission school.

Proud to be your partner for the Gospel, 

Chris Crain, SCBA


Mark Your Calendar!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: We are thrilled to announce that renowned teacher, author and preacher on prayer and spiritual disciplines, Donald Whitney, will be with us this fall for the SCBA Annual Meeting! #SCBA2017

"The Spirit of God will use the Word of God to help the people of God pray increasingly according to the will of God." Donald Whitney

Benevolence and Service Ministries

We have compiled a comprehensive list of benevolence and service ministries for St. Clair County. This list is located on the INFO CENTER page on this website. We make this list available to church and community leaders only. To gain access to this helpful resource, call our office.


2017 Partnership with Pathways Counseling

We are excited to announce our partnership with Pathways Counseling--a ministry of the Alabama Baptist Children's Home. A professional counselor will be available at the St. Clair Baptist Association Office in Ashville, Alabama to serve our area. Meet Rod Campbell:

ROD CAMPBELL, MAMFT, LPC-S

Rod Campbell earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in June of 2000. Rod is a Licensed Professional Counselor for Pathways Professional Counseling, a family ministry of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes. He currently serves in northeast Alabama in Calhoun, St. Clair, and Etowah counties. In 2013, Rod also received his Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor credential (LPC-S). Rod has been with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes since October of 2000. Rod has been married since 1995 and is the proud father of two daughters and two sons. Rod is an engaging and informative speaker who has presented on the topics of marriage, families, and children throughout Alabama and the Southeast. Rod enjoys working with clients from all different background and age groups.


Racing Fans Need Jesus!

Raceway Ministries: If you are interested in being credentialed for the Next Race at Talladega Superspeedway, call our office as soon as possible at 205-594-5173. We welcome new volunteers to serve in the race! 


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