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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 

St. Clair Ministers Lunch--Hang Out with Us and Buddy Gray

Join your fellow ministers in the Gospel for a free lunch at CrossPoint Church--Argo with guest speaker Pastor Buddy Gray of Hunter Street Baptist Church, Hoover. September 20 at 11 a.m. RSVP to chris@stcba.org, call 205-594-5173, or RSVP on Facebook. Let us know your church name and names of those attending.

Senior Pastor Buddy Gray grew up in Prattville and first served Hunter Street as a part-time youth minister in 1978 while he attended Samford University. He then was hired as a full-time associate pastor in 1979 until he left to attend seminary.

He earned his master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 and was called back to be pastor of Hunter Street in 1986. He later earned a doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002.


Pastors Appreciation Banquet

The Gideons Pastors Appreciation Banquet will be held on Friday, August 17, 2018, at 7:00 PM at the Mount Zion Freewill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 231 Martin Street, Pell City, Alabama 35125 (next to Jack’s Restaurant).

 

RSVP to Bill Weathington, President

Gideons St. Clair west AL Camp

bweath9430@gmail.com

Phone: 205-948-4323


Stories of God’s Faithfulness

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

Let me tell you a few stories of how you are making a difference: 

Story #1: Your Disaster Relief Team returned recently from serving in the southern Texas. Director Ron Culberson said, “Everything was great we came home early because we closed out the jobs they had!” The team demonstrated courage and the love of Jesus Christ to those impacted by the Texas floods. What amazed me most about the team is that they are starting back this week helping widows and others in St. Clair County. I love this team!  Thank you, St. Clair Baptists for supporting them.

Story #2: We received a call a couple of months back about helping a family in a desperate situation in the county. A critically-ill homebound patient was having to be carried in and out of a home to receive medical treatment on a stretcher due to the lack of ramps or steps. This was dangerous for all involved. I put my eyes on the situation and knew it was a worthy opportunity for God to use us! The Association provided resources and CrossPoint Men built a porch with steps in the back of the home and a ramp in the front. Now, this elderly family has seen and heard the Gospel! Thank you CrossPoint Men for the beautiful job you did for God’s glory!

Story #3: A few weeks ago, I stood outside the Social Services Building in Pell City with community leaders and residents of the county. We prayed together for God to do a mighty work at the new Charity Health Clinic. Families in our county who cannot afford healthcare will be able to visit this clinic and receive treatment. Thank you Eden Westside, Cropwell, First Baptist Pell City, St. Clair WMU and St. Clair Baptist Association for investing in this incredible ministry!

Story #4: We took a large group to Blackey, Kentucky earlier in the Summer. I continue to receive reports of how lives were changed by the trip! 

I could go on and on about the great things God is doing through your Association. I just want to say thank you for letting me be a part. I am so proud to serve as your Director of Missions. You are a great Association and I love each every one of you!

Prayer List:
1. Pray for the upcoming Church Revitalization Learning Lab at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church with Mark Clifton from the NAMB on Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 PM. To register members of your church for the 90 minute learning opportunity, email chris@stcba.org. 
2. Pray for our SCBA Annual Meeting on Monday, October 29 at Bethel Baptist Church, Moody.
3. Pray for the pastors, staff, and leaders of the churches of the St. Clair Baptist Association. We live in perilous days.
4. Pray for the ministries of the St. Clair Baptist Association. Pray for Impact Campus Ministry at Jeff State as they begin a new semester. Pray for Raceway as they share Christ with race fans this fall.
5. Pray for the Association budget as we plan for a new year. Consider how your church may help the  St. Clair Baptist Association continue this work spanning over a century in this county.

With sincere gratitude,
Chris Crain, SCBA


God is Blessing!

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

I am amazed at what God has done through this Association! These past almost two years as Director of Missions provided an extraordinary challenge for me. New churches joined our Association, existing churches were strengthened, leaders developed new ministries, Disaster Relief volunteers shared the Gospel across the country, we sent mission teams to advance the Gospel here and across the globe, families were rescued through Pathways Counseling, Impact Campus Ministry grew at Jeff State College, and pastors formed life-giving relationships across the county.

Thank you for allowing me a front-row seat to the activity of God in encouraging, equipping, and engaging churches in Great Commission ministry! I am indebted to you and your church for the love, support, and prayers along the way.

The St. Clair Baptist Association—dollar for dollar—is the best value for investing in associational ministry I have witnessed. In fact, your Association spends less today to get the job done than two decades ago! Contrary to perception, the Association does not receive budget support from the Alabama Baptist State Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, or the Cooperative Program. Our support comes from you—our member churches.

As your church evaluates supporting missions next year, please consider increasing your support for the St. Clair Baptist Association. Would your congregation pray about increasing gifts to the St. Clair Association budget by either a) adding fifteen percent to your 2018 gifts next year or, b) sending an additional one-half of a percent of your general budget receipts for 2019? Regardless, we will continue to be your faithful partner and serve you and your church in any way possible. We are grateful for any and all support given through our churches!

Receive a biblical education for $50 a class on Monday evenings in Pell City! The Ministry Training Institute is a great way for pastors, deacons, youth leaders, Bible study leaders, or ANYONE to earn a diploma with Samford University. I will join Rick Earnest at the Eden-Westside Campus this Fall to teach Baptist Doctrines; this excellent course covers most key doctrines of the Bible--Scriptures, Trinity, Salvation, Church, Last Things, etc. Rick will be teaching Biblical Interpretation--a great class to begin your program. Please enroll! Every Bible teacher in your church would be enriched--and they will get credit with Samford. Term is August 20-October 12 (6-9 PM on Mondays). Looking forward to seeing you!

I would be honored to come and share our vision with any of your church leaders. Also, we have designed a promotional insert about the Association; let us know if you would like copies of these inserts for your church. Please contact me at the office if I may serve you in any way at 205-594-5173 or chris@stcba.org.

Prayer Requests
Please pray for the Haiti Mission Team from Eden-Westside Baptist Church and me. I am scheduled to go with Pastor Jacky Connell, Scotty Pinson, and others to assist in preaching an evangelistic crusade and teaching the Epistle to the Philippians to local church pastors. The trip departs on July 31.

Pray for the St. Clair Baptist Annual Meeting to be held at Bethel Baptist Church, Moody on Monday, October 29. NAMB Senior Director of Replanting Mark Clifton has been used by God all over North America. Pray for him as he comes to share his experiences with us on Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 PM at Mt. Pisgah and on October 29 at Bethel. Mark shared a few thoughts on his Podcast with Thom Rainer:

“An empty church is like an abandoned castle of a long-forgotten king.”

“Empty, dead churches rob God of His glory.”

“Church replants generally value the process of decision over the outcome of decision.”

“Churches don’t have to die. They are not without hope. They can live again through replanting.” 

“The remaining members in a dying church are not in the way of your ministry, they are your first step in your ministry.” 

“You know an idol is false when you’re afraid of losing it.”
“One characteristic of a dying church is an over-reliance on programs.”

With sincere gratitude,
Chris Crain, SCBA


SCBA October Senior Adults Road Trip

St. Clair Baptist Senior Adults Trip
Invite the Senior Adult Group in your church!
$200 per person/double occupancy
Doris Munkus, Director

The group will depart Cropwell Baptist church with Driver Daryl Birmingham Charter Services to Tuscumbia, Alabama.

October 25, 2018
Lunch: Claunch Cafe
Afternoon: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Check-in: Cold Water Inn
Dinner
Evening Spring Park Water Display

October 26, 2018
Breakfast: Included at Cold Water Inn
Morning: Tom Kendrick's Stone Wall Trace
Lunch: Rattlesnake Saloon
4:00 PM: Arrive at Cropwell Baptist Church, Pell City

Fun, slow-paced trip. Please call Doris Munkus for information at 205-473-4063. $100 deposit is requried. Send to SCBA; PO Box 160; Ashville, AL 35953 or pay via website at stcba.org.


Kentucky Partnership Report

St. Clair Baptists, you’d be proud of your Blackey, Kentucky Mission Team! I am! We are heading home Saturday.  

1. The Cooking Team fed us like royalty. Drivers got us to many destinations safely. 
2. The Food Ministry collected, assembled and delivered 84 food boxes for 84 families with a month of staples while sharing the Gospel. 
3. The VBS Teams conducted two VBSs and Archery Ministries with many making professions of faith. 
4. The Nursing Home Team delivered blankets, hats, and scarves to scores of residents at Whitesburg and in homes in the Blackey community. Three seniors professed Christ as Savior. 
5. The Construction Team completed several projects. They improved a historic site that has served the community with Christ’s love for 100 years. 
6. The Off Campus Project Team painted Letcher Elementary School, completed a ramp for a physically challenged resident, and worked with Ohio River Baptists in a mud out project at an elderly woman’s home. 
7. The group developed relationships with four local churches and pastors. 

Special thanks to the team, Maggie Walker, David Jones, and Team Leaders!

 Thank you for your prayers!

 

In Jesus,

Chris Crain, SCBA 


Report from the SBC, Dallas

A report from the SBC:

On June 12-13, the SBC met in Dallas, Texas. J.D. Greear was elected president. Vice-President of the United States Mike Pence spoke to the messengers. Each church was encouraged to support missions by supporting the Cooperative Program. “Even the smallest church can support a missionary by supporting the Cooperative Program,” said David Platt, IMB President. Each entity leader called the churches back to evangelism. The atmosphere of the Convention was one of unity. The SBC will be held in Birmingham, Alabama in 2019.


Congratulations, Emma!

Congratulations to Emma Kirkemier, FBC Ashville in the St. Clair Association, for being chosen as a National Acteens Panelist. This is a great honor and she is one of 4 girls chosen from applicants across the country. The National Acteens Panel is a group of young women who are interested in missions and impacting their world for Christ. The young women selected as national panelists have exhibited a strong commitment to Christ and to missions through their involvement in Acteens, leadership responsibilities in their church and community, and dedication to their academic studies.


Emma Kirkemier will be attending the National WMU Convention in Dallas TX and have the opportunity to share her testimony, we are very proud of her and please join us in praying for her. I would like to share a few words from Emma herself....


“ Missions is important because it is the way in which Christians reach out and share the gospel with other. It is loving out The Great Commission. Sharing the love of God should be my mission every day. Missions is important to me because I know what the Lord has done for me and I want others to experience the same miraculous love and grace. Everyone needs to know the God who can save them. Everyone needs to know that salvation begins now, in this life, and that God will walk with them and carry them through life’s trials” Emma Kirkemier


Thank You LifeWay!

Chris and Eric from LifeWay presented our Impact Campus Ministry students Bibles! We are blessed in the St. Clair Baptist Association!


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.


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.


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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