From Chris Crain, Director
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December 4, 2017, 1:21 PM

December 2017--Thank You!

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

I am praying for your church as you prepare for one of the busiest times in the church year. May your community be introduced to the redeeming grace of God through your faithful preaching this Christmas season! The St. Clair Baptist Association is active sharing the message of the incarnate God and Savior, Christ our Lord! Please consider giving a special end-of-year donation to the St. Clair Baptist Association; we are faithful stewards of your Great Commission gifts! Send your gifts to our office or give at stcba.org.

Church Security
At the request of several churches, we will offer the St. Clair Baptist Association Security Summit on Sunday, January 21, 2018—2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Ashville. Dr. Mark Wakefield will be facilitating this vital training. Mark’s background in local church leadership, law enforcement, and denominational work make him uniquely qualified to help us in developing plans for safer church campuses. Consider bringing your staff, security/user team, greeters, deacons, and other relevant leaders. This event is free. However, we ask that you RSVP for your church so that we provide adequate materials. Call our office or send an email to SCDirector@windstream.net to let us know of your attendance.

The St. Clair Association offers on-site security training for your church. I provide customized training for your church in “Basic Church Security.” I offer two 45 minute segments. The first segment deals with Family Ministry Security: Keeping Children Safe. The second segment is Security Threat Training that includes information from FEMA. Contact me to set up a training with your preschool/children’s leadership, staff, greeters, or entire church.

Ministers/Ministers and Families Events
Ministers and staff, please put these two events on your calendar: First Baptist Church of Springville is hosting the Ministers Lunch on January 11 at 11:00 AM. Brad Smith, Pastor of Spring Valley Church, will speak. On February 16 at 7:00 PM, Northside Fellowship of Pell City will host a Dessert Fellowship for St. Clair Baptist Ministers Families; this will be a great time for our families to connect!

Missions Opportunities
I endeavor to connect our churches to missions opportunities beyond the walls of the church building. 
1. Pray for, support, and be open to visiting Croatia! We have IMB missionaries there that I am connected to who are faithful with the Gospel in a difficult setting.
2. Join St. Clair Association Raceway Ministries. We have Gospel conversations and provide ministry to fans at one of the largest cities in Alabama (twice per year)—Talladega Superspeedway!
3. Minister through one of the organizations on our St. Clair County Service Ministries Master List. Go to stcba.org and select Info Center. Call or email our office for a password. You will find one of the most comprehensive directories of ministries available in our county.
4. Please consider going with us to Kentucky the week of Fathers Day, June 17-23.
5. Get trained in St. Clair County Disaster Relief or English as Second Language.
6. I can provide missions service project information for Men’s Ministry groups and other segments of your church.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, email me at SCDirector@windstream.net.

Thank you for your kindness to me! I am so appreciative of the special Christmas gift you gave to our family. I did not deserve your generosity! I am honored to be your partner in the Gospel! Thank you for keeping me busy in the work of the Lord. I am continuing to preach and share about the St. Clair Baptist Association almost every Sunday! In the next few weeks I will begin teaching First Peter in Winter/January Bible Studies around the county. Pray for me! I am here to serve you!

Sincerely in Jesus Christ,
Chris Crain, SCBA




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




July 31, 2017, 3:55 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




July 11, 2017, 3:50 PM

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


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