From Chris Crain, Director
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May 31, 2018, 9:35 AM

Keep Your Chin Up!



 

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

 

The reports of moral missteps and impropriety among some SBC leaders captured headlines in several publications. Dr. Al Mohler, in his recent article “The Wrath of God Poured Out—The Humiliation of the SBC,” wrote:

 

“We thought this was a Roman Catholic problem. . . . When people said that Evangelicals had a similar crisis coming, it didn’t seem plausible — even to me. I have been president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twenty-five years. I did not see this coming. I was wrong. The judgment of God has come.Judgment has now come to the house of the SBC. The terrible swift sword of public humiliation has come with a vengeance. There can be no doubt that this story is not over.”

 

I appreciate Dr. Mohlers’ frank assessment—especially from his vantagepoint as President of one of the six SBC seminaries.

 

I have one word for this aspect of the state of the SBC: mournful. In the past, I worked as senior pastor with more than twenty employees and several classrooms full of children in our church buildings each weekday. The rigors of assuring that no real or perceived improprieties took place wore on my mind. Truly, the cost and responsibility of leading and protecting the church is great! Church leaders, we must walk closely to the Lord, knowing that the grace of God that bought is the grace that will keep us!One of my mentors, a formidable man and battlefront chaplain during Vietnam, would say, “Chris, keep your chin up and your nose clean!” We must keep our “chins up” and keep a watchful eye on the flock, protecting those in our care. We must keep our “noses clean” and not bring shame or embarrassment to our Lord by mishandling the Gospel, failing to deal with inconvenient truths. Please pray that the mournful state in the SBC will end and a new era of Christlike humility and integrity will begin.

 

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas on June 12-13. My wife, Carol, and I will be messengers. Pray for the IMB, Executive Committee, and Southwestern Seminary as they seek leadership.
  • Pray for the pastors and leaders of the churches of the SCBA.
  • Pray for your SCBA mission team to Blackey, Kentucky on June 16-23. We will conduct two Vacation Bible Schools, work on several construction projects, worship with three churches, and feed 60 families. We kept the cost of this trip low for participants. Please consider making a special financial donation to help us. Send your gift to SCBA; PO Box 160; Ashville, AL 35953.
  • Pray for the new charity medical clinic opening in Pell City for residents of St. Clair County.
  • Pray for the church revitalization events during our SCBA Annual Meeting with Mark Clifton on October 28-29 in the St. Clair Baptist Association.
  • Pray for our Impact students as they travel home from Austria.

 

I appreciate the honor of serving you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris Crain, SCBA

 

 

“HEALTH NOTE” from Your Friends at Easter Seals Community Health Clinic, Inc.—Pell City

According to recent studies, walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes as much as running. All three of these conditions are risk factors for heart disease and stroke — and you can do something about them. So set a reachable goal just for today. Then you can work toward an overall goal of walking 30 minutes a day by increasing your time as you get in better shape. Walk the dog, use the stairs instead of the elevator, investigate a new park in your community. Just get started . . . you WILL notice a difference!

 




May 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Where Does Evangelism Begin?


Dear St. Clair Baptists,

 

Where Does Evangelism Start?

Evangelism in your church starts with Jesus Christ working through you! 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 chris@stcba.org.

 

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

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)




October 9, 2017, 6:41 PM

Read My Report to the Annual Meeting


http://mychurchwebsite.s3.amazonaws.com/c206/domannualmeetingreport.pdf

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

Sincerely,

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


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