From Chris Crain, Director
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May 7, 2018, 12:26 PM

Where Does Evangelism Begin?

Dear St. Clair Baptists,


Where Does Evangelism Start?

Evangelism in your church starts with Jesus Christ working through you! “It’s hard to have conversations with lost people when we don’t know any, right? You probably know more than you realize,” said Dr. Alvin Reid at the St. Clair Evangelism Seminar. I challenge each St. Clair Baptist to think about those who may not have a relationship with Christ. Take four stepstoward having conversations about the Gospel: 1) Lookfrom the inside of the circle (see image below) and move outward. 2) Pray for each person listed daily; tuck the list of names inside your Bible or make a note on your iPhone. 3) Talkto a each person weekly about your real relationship with Jesus—casually and confidently. 4) Watch God begin to work through you.

Thank you St. Clair Baptist Evangelism Committee and Seddon Baptist Church for a great weekend!


Up to the Mountains

Last year, winding through the hills of Appalachia, our mission team found new friends, a unique culture, and remarkable opportunities for the Gospel. In June, we will take 80 people from many different St. Clair churches—of different sizes and approaches—to experience the activity of God at Calvary Campus—Blackey, Kentucky. North American Mission Board Missionaries, Paul and Mary Jo Radosevich work tirelessly to communicate the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ in word and deed. We will serve in VBS, evangelism, food ministry, and construction.


Recently, Bill Barker of Appalachian Regional Ministry shared about delivering a tractor-trailer load of backpacks to Calvary Campus for distribution: “A group of eager men met me at the road as a I drove the truck toward the receiving area. I thought Paul and Mary Jo had organized a team to help offload the truck. They worked tirelessly unloading backbacks. After everything was unloaded, I thanked the men. Then, I realized that they were there to receive some of the backpacks for their own children. One man, with tears in his eyes, said, ‘Oh, thank you Mr. Bill! Tell all of the people who sent these to us how much they mean to us.” So, I am relaying the message to you, St. Clair Baptist Association!


Please pray for your St. Clair Kentucky Mission Team. We will leave on Saturday, June 16. Would you, your small group/Sunday School class, or church consider helping us by donating a few of the items on our list?Let me know that you pledge to do this by emailing


Thank You!

I am grateful to all of the ministries and partners of the St. Clair Baptist Association—there’s no way to name them all! Raceway Ministryvolunteers—thank you for a great Spring Race at Talladega! Lives were eternally transformed by the Gospel! St. Clair Disaster Relief—thank you for spending day after day in northern St. Clair, Etowah, and Calhoun Counties cleaning up after the storm. Christina Puckett and IMPACT Campus Ministries—thank you for an awesome year at Jeff State College. Pathways Counseling—thank you for transforming hearts, lives and families with the Gospel! English as a Second Language,St. Clair WMU, and Vacation Bible School Team—thank you for making a tremendous difference! Last but not least, thank you to the staff, teams, committees, and supporting churches of the St. Clair Baptist Association!


The best is yet to come, St. Clair Baptists!


Sincerely in Jesus,

Chris Crain, SCBA

January 16, 2018, 8:23 AM

Kentucky Mission Trip 2018

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





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 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)

October 9, 2017, 6:41 PM

Read My Report to the Annual Meeting

Please read my report at the link above.  Thank you for allowing me to serve you  


Chris Crain, SCBA




August 9, 2017, 1:12 PM

Thank You!

St. Clair Friends,

Thank you for your tremendous show of support during my first year of leadership as Director of Missions! I could not be more pleased with your willingness to partner together for the Gospel in one of the three fastest growing counties in this state! For the last twelve months, I have had only two Sundays without a specific appointment in a local church. I have been treated with kindness and encouragement in every single church. 

I hit the ground running after several years of decreased giving among churches and partners. I am happy to report that God has provided our needs for the first half of 2017! Please help us finish summer and begin fall with strong financial support. Why does your Association need support?

Impact Campus Ministries is launching a new year Fall ministry at Jefferson State, Pell City.

St. Clair Disaster Relief has an aged fleet of vehicles and equipment needing updating.

Our mission strategy is advancing toward rural, urban, and international partnerships.

ESL has expanded to three classes. Many other ministries, meetings, and partnerships are happening at the Ashville office.

We have multiplied our equipping ministries and have assisted local church leaders with support.

Our mission to Encourage, Equip, and Engage in the Great Commission is just beginning.

If I can come and share the vision for a NEW strategy for associational missions with your leaders or church committees/teams, I would be glad to visit at any time. Please keep your St. Clair Association in mind as you begin to prepare your budget for 2018. We are honored to steward Great Commission resources for the glory of God!

The Uniqueness of the Association

The Association is not a conduit for what comes from the state or national levels of the SBC. Likewise, the Association is not a pipeline for Lifeway Christian Resources. (These are great friends and partners.) Your Director of Missions and Association provides customized, personal leadership to propel the Gospel forward in St. Clair County. If you have a need, I will come to support you; it is that simple.

Thank you for your generosity and encouragement!

Sincerely in Jesus,

Chris Crain, Director of Missions

St. Clair Baptist Association

November 1, 2016, 10:59 AM

The Problem of Isolation

“The Problem of Isolation”

Sometimes success (or failure) breeds isolation. Pastors and churches that have experienced great “success” sometimes allow it to cloud their judgment. Recently, Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring, the largest church in the SBC, spoke of the isolation which led to his alcohol abuse and the loss of his pulpit. He stepped down from leading the Anderson, SC church several months ago.

Breaking the silence on Facebook, Noble wrote, “I was a hypocrite - I preached, ‘you can't do life alone’ and then went out and lived the opposite. Yes, the Scriptures do say we should seek solitude from time to time. However, solitude is refreshing, isolation is destructive. Isolation is where self-pity dominated my thinking, thus justifying my abuse of alcohol. Isolation is where self-doubt dominated my emotions, causing me to believe I just could not carry the weight anymore, and alcohol was necessary for me to make it through another day. Isolation is where self-hatred dominated my mentality - I hated myself, literally HATED myself for doing what I was doing, but believed the lie that this was just the way things were and there was no way it could ever get better. I chose isolation - all the while knowing that a strong community of people who really loved me would rally around me and walk with me through the valley I was in.”

I can understand how a pastor of over 30,000 in weekly attendance would want to isolate himself! My intention is not to throw stones! Please pray for Perry Noble and NewSpring Church!

Isolation is a consequence of current trends in churches today. We see a growing trend among some leaders and church members to unplug the local church from fellowship with other churches and denominational connections. “We live in a post-denominational society,” I have been told. After all, “why trouble yourself with the collective problems of churches trying to cooperate to make decisions, do missions, and spend money?” For a growing number, partnering with other churches in a denomination is an open and shut case: “I am a Christian and denominations are not needed.” However, is being isolation-minded wise as a church?

Isolation is against everything we teach. Let’s consider the "isolationist" mindset. Would we ever ask a Christian to unplug and disconnect from other believers? Would we ask a believer to do life in isolation? I hope your answer to these questions is a resounding NO! When I have isolated myself in my leadership, I’ve gotten into trouble. Isolation is not good for members within the church. Isolation is not good for the church as a whole either! When churches isolate themselves, they can become vulnerable and less effective with the Gospel.

Isolation makes no sense. Of course, I am biased. From my vantage point as Director of Missions, I believe we can do more together. We have great synergy—a cumulative effect—when churches collaborate. When our churches “hang out” together, they learn from each other’s successes and failures. We share resources and do more for the Kingdom.

Jesus Prayed for Unity, Not Isolation

Jesus prayed for spiritual unity among believers in what is called the “High Priestly Prayer.” The main theme of the prayer was God’s glory. Jesus’ death on the cross brought glory to the Father and this glory is displayed to the world, in part, through the unity of believers. The unity Jesus prayed for was a vibrant, divine fellowship that is compared to the relationship of the Father to the Son. Jesus prayed that our blood-bought, heavenly position of unity in Christ would become our earthly disposition.

Practically, unity begins at home and extends to all believers. The unity Jesus prayed for is far beyond a denominational unity. However, if we cannot get along with people we are supposed to agree with on the core teachings of the Bible, how will we ever experience unity with other believers? So, to apply Jesus’ words, it would be good to begin our quest to live out the answer to Jesus’ prayer to the Father by being personally unified with members of our own congregation and helping our church connect with our sister churches in the St. Clair Baptist Association!

Unity is an ongoing effort that continues from generation to generation by sharing the Gospel. Jesus prayed for believers in all ages. Jesus purposed that his disciples would carry out their mission and reach others. Jesus designed his Body to include baptized believers from a diversity of generations, cultures, personalities, and passions. This unity was experienced by the disciples who actually walked with Jesus 2,000 years ago and can be experienced by believers today. Reflect carefully on what Jesus prayed in John 17:20-23:

John 17:20-23 (KJV) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

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