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Welcome 

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.

Do you have eternal life?  If not, contact us and we will explain more about following Jesus.

You can FIND HOPE by calling  1-888-537-8720 (1-888-JESUS-20) at any time, twenty-four hours a day.

Announcements 

A Great Start to 2018!

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

My heart is encouraged by what Jesus Christ is doing in and through the churches of the St. Clair Baptist Association! Sure, the challenges of adjusting to a changing culture are real. However, I see the Gospel shining brightly against the darkening backdrop of society in St. Clair County. Pastors, thank you for preaching the timeless truth of the Scriptures and taking the message of Christ's salvation to your community and the ends of the earth!

The St. Clair Baptist Association Evangelism Conference is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at 6:30 PM! Dr. Alvin Reid, author of Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out (Lifeway) will be our guest preacher. Alvin is a gifted communicator and has a passion for evangelism and church revitalization. A few years back he included the story of a church I pastored in his helpful book titled Revitalize: Your Church Through Gospel Recovery. The Evangelism Committee has worked to streamline the service and to give focus to the imperative of communicating the Gospel. The committee will meet soon to verify location and details. We desire to see each of the 67 churches represented at the conference. 

On February 15 at 7:00 PM the Executive Board will meet at the SCBA Office. The church pastor and one appointed representative from each member church is invited. This meeting will be positive as we celebrate a mission partnership recommendation from the SCBA Missions Development Committee, thank the Lord for a good stewardship report, and vote to welcome another church into watchcare! Come early for the pre-meeting workshop at 6:00 PM as Guidestone's John Hargrave "What Your Church Needs to Know in 2018." This workshop will help you, your deacons, or church administrative/insurance leaders to evaluate your church with regards to liability. The workshop is free for you and includes a Chick-fila meal. RSVP by calling our office at 205-594-5173 or emailing stclairbapt@windstream.net with your church name and participant names.

Friday, February 16 at 7:00 PM we welcome all pastors, ministers, and staff families to join us at Northside Fellowship at the intersection of Highways 174 and 231 in Pell City for Ministry Families' Dessert Fellowship. Tavon Arrington is in an inspiring young leader. He serves as Chaplain for the UAB Blazers. He will motivate and encourage us. Ministry families serve in a unique capacity; a lot of people simply don't understand the challenges and blessings. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know the small group of servants in this area who "get it" and are serving alongside you in the Gospel.

Gratitude
*I am grateful to First Ashville for hosting the St. Clair Security Summit; their security training director has offered to allow other churches to send representatives to their ongoing training. Contact Mr. Delashmit, retired Federal Law Officer DHS and Senior Firearms Instructor, for details at 912-269-9972.
*Thanks to CrossPoint Men for painting and renovating the St. Clair Baptist Association Building. We are grateful to the churches who gave to provide new flooring to replace the original carpeting. This building is looking great for God's glory!
*I appreciate the many years of service given to SCBA Disaster Relief by retired director Glenn Pender! We are thankful that the Lord sent Glenn to lead St. Clair in starting the best Disaster Relief Team I have ever seen. Glenn is now serving as Pastor of Corinth Baptist Church, Argo. We are appreciative of Ron Culberson for taking up the leadership mantle and serving as the new Director of St. Clair Baptist Association Disaster Relief.
*I am thankful to Linda Smith (thankfully, she runs this place) for working so faithfully this past year to serve our churches. February 9 is her birthday! If you see Linda, wish her a happy birthday!

I am always here to serve you. Please call me if I may help you.

Sincerely in Jesus,
Chris Crain, SCBA


Helping Senior-Aged Ministers

We are looking for retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows whose income is insufficient to meet their daily needs to see if they might be eligible for assistance from our Mission:Dignity ministry. Many of our new applicants tell us they didn’t know this resource was even available to them.

Do you know of someone who might benefit from some extra financial help? Be intentional about asking how they are doing financially. We would be grateful if you would let us know about them and if you would encourage them to send us an application for consideration. Our hope is they will see this as a way for their Southern Baptist family to honor their years of devoted service.

To apply, an applicant must complete the Application for Financial Assistance and return it to the address on the form. Applicants may also request an application by calling 1-877-888-9409 or sending an email to us with their name and mailing address. Recipients of Mission:Dignity funds must meet eligibility guidelines:

• 65 or older and retired
• Minimum of 10 years of full-time, salaried Southern Baptist service
• Minimum of 10 years of marriage (during the time of service) to someone who would have met the first two qualifications
• Income cannot exceed $2,010 a month for a single person or $2,708 a month for a couple
• Less than $30,000 in assets, excluding home
• Must re-qualify every two years
• A committee of trustees reviews and makes a final determination of acceptance or decline for any application that does not meet the guidelines.


Ministers and Their Families!

The St. Clair Baptist Association Family Dessert Fellowship is going to be awesome in February! All ministers and staff are welcome – serving or retired! Spouses and kids (all ages) are invited! February 16 at 7 PM. Northside Fellowship, Pell City. Tavon Arrington, an great athlete in his own right, is now Football Chaplain for the UAB Blazers Football Team. Bring nothing except yourselves--desserts will be provided!


VBS 2018

Ordering VBS materials from Lifeway? Please use the VBS Order Form 2018 (click here). THIS FORM will allow a portion of proceeds from your order to benefit Association Missions! Send the completed form to chris.malone@lifeway.com. Let him know it is for St. Clair Baptist Association. 


What Your Church Needs to Know in 2018

Invest an hour. Strengthen your church and manage risk as a good steward. Free Chick-fil-A dinner provided for all who register. Dave Hargrave of GuideStone will present helpful information for navigating ministry in the most litigious culture in US history. February 15, 2018 6PM—Ashville Office. Register by emailing SCDirector@windstream.net with church and names of attendees.


Scholarships!


Summer 2018 Mission Trip!


Mission Trip to Calvary Campus in Blackey, KY

NOTE: Details are subject to change.

DATES: June 16-23, 2018

COST: $140 per person covers transportation (first come, first serve), meals, and lodging. Background check required for all adults who work with minors—small fee may apply.

INCIDENTALS: Bring money for travel meals (approx. 2), snacks, and souvenirs.

HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS: Families may stay together in small apartments. Men’s quarters and women’s quarters are dormitory style.

DEPARTURE: Sat. June 16, 2018  

RETURN: Sat. June 23, 2018

PACKING LIST: TBD

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2018

QUESTIONS: Email SCDirector@Windstream.net

 

Dear Potential Missionary,

This year’s Summer Mission Trip will be in the Bluegrass State as we travel to Calvary Campus in Blackey, Kentucky. Calvary Campus, part of Meridzo Ministries, is a multi-functional retreat and educational center nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. We will be volunteering at their VBS, as well as working in light construction, electrical work, and other areas around the campus. For more information about Calvary Campus, visit www.meridzo.com/calvary-campus. This missions experience is designed for families or individuals who want to engage in missions. We will be able to use many adults, students, and children in various capacities on this trip. If you have never been on a mission trip, this is a great trip for you.

To secure your slot, please complete the following two-step process before March 31, 2018:

  1. Click on: MISSION TRIP FORM and follow the instructions. You may pick up a printed form at the SCBA Office. Please print out the form for EACH participant. Fill out completely. You must attach a copy of your insurance card. Any minors without traveling parents must have permission to travel by the SCBA TRIP COORDINATOR in advance; minors without traveling parents must the form notarized. When all forms are complete, mail the forms to SCBA Mission Trip; P O Box 160, Ashville, Alabama 35953. Or, forms may be delivered to the offices of FBC Ashville or the St. Clair Baptist Association before the DEADLINE on March 31, 2018. This trip is on a first come/first service basis.
  2. Pay the $140 per person non-refundable trip cost by clicking here.  Go to DONATE ONLINE and process through PayPal. Or, you may write a check to SCBA and include it with your completed form.

Please mark your calendar to attend our INTEREST MEETING on March 4, 2018, at 2:30 PM at the St. Clair Baptist Association Office, Ashville. This meeting will answer many of your questions.

Dr. Jay Stewart, FBC Ashville (Missions Development Team, SCBA)     

Dr. Chris Crain, SCBA (Director)

Maggie Walker (Trip Coordinator)


VBS Early Clinic at SCBA Office

Please note the new date for this training!

Training for your VBS leadership at St. Clair Baptist Association office on Sunday afternoon, February 4 —2-4 PM  

Training Facilitator: THERESA MAYO, Director of Preschool & Children's Ministries
tmayo@gilliamsprings.org
Theresa has served the Children's Ministry at Gilliam Springs since 2005. She serves as a facilitator in children’s ministries for the state convention. For her, there is nothing more exciting than to see a child develop foundations in Christ and become a Christian, well except maybe watching them develop habits for a life-long relationship with Christ! Theresa is married to Lee (25+ years), they have two adult children, Seth and Caylee Beth (married to Ryan). Theresa's favorite things are SummerPalooza, teaching, reading, and spending time with her family. She and Lee are looking forward to becoming grandparents!


Senior Adult Road Trip!

Senior Adults! Don't miss an incredible experience with friends from St. Clair County! Doris Munkus, member at Cropwell Baptist, is directing this trip; she has a wealth of experience and is so much fun! Our purpose is to connect seniors across the county. Share this opportunity with seniors in your church!

St. Clair Baptist Association Seniors--Doris Munkus, Director
Presents: 3 Day 2 Night Bus Trip, May 14 - 16, 2018 to:
*The SunDial Revolving Restaurant, Atlanta, Ga.
*National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center,Columbus, Ga *The Bible History Center, LaGrange, Ga

$235.00per person based on double occupancy.
$100 deposit due upon signing. Remaining due April 14. 

Itinerary:  
Monday, May 14- 8:02am Depart Cropwell Baptist back parking lot.
11:32am- Arrive at The SunDial Restaurant Lunch on your own.
1:32pm- Depart for check in at The Hampton InnLaGrange
3:30pm-Free time downtown LaGrange, Ga
Tuesday, May 15- Enjoy your breakfast at The Hampton Inn.
9:02am- Depart for Ft. Benning for a guided tour of The National Infantry Museum, 3 stories &190,000 sq ft. Lunch on your own in the cafeteria. There will be young soldiers throughout the museum going through training while we are there. They are most appreciative of us taking their photos. They love to talk with the visitors. Feel Free to visit with them!
2:02pm- Depart for a guided tour of Ft. Benning.
3:32pm- Depart for our Hampton Inn in LaGrange. Dinner on your own.
Wednesday, May 16-Enjoy your breakfast at The Hampton Inn.
9:02am- Depart for a delightful re-creation of Israel. We will have lunch Israel style at the Bible History Center. After our tour & lunch we will depart for Pell City.

We will be traveling with Birmingham Charter Services equipped with a restroom, Wi-Fi. We will be having daily devotions, singing, playing games (Name That Tune, The Price is Right, BINGO, Outburst, Heads Up, etc. while traveling.

Make Checks. Payable to St. Clair Baptist Association. You may, also, pay with your credit card at stcba.org. Call Linda at 205.594.5173 or Doris at 205.473.4063.


Ministry Coaching Network at SCBA

 Are you looking for a place to talk about real ministry issues?  Join the coaching network at St. Clair Baptist Association!  For information about meeting time and registration, call our office. 


FREE COLLEGE and SEMINARY!

Did you know that the Caskey Center for Church Excellence of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary offers full-tuition scholarships for paid staff in bi-vocational and smaller SBC churches? This is for undergraduate or master's programs on campus, workshop, in extension centers. Scholarship recipients also receive the Logos Silver Bible Software package. For details, email caskeycenter@nobts.edu or call 504-282-4455, Ext. 8227.


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.


Scholarships for high school seniors and others!

The Baptist Foundation of Alabama
Scholarship Application Process is NOW OPEN

Every year The Baptist Foundation of Alabama distributes over $500,000 in scholarship awards from more than 120 scholarship funds. The application process for scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year opened January 1 and will close March 31. Applications are accepted online only and can be accessed at http://tbfa.org/scholarships/.


2018 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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