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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 

Personal Ministry Coaching at SCBA

The SCBA will be offering a coaching network to pastors and ministers in the area beginning October 10, from noon until 4:00 PM at our office. If you are interested in practical help and support, call 1-800-264-1225, ext. 332. Lamar Duke will serve as area coach; he is currently an associate in the state office of Associational Missions and Church Planting serving as the church planting strategist. Lamar has pastored existing churches and planted new churches in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

It is easy in life, and in particular pastoral ministry, to begin to feel overwhelmed, stuck and uncertain about what to do next, therefore, doing nothing at all. It is at this point where a good coach is vital. Don't miss out!


English as a Second Language at SCBA!

Two NEW English as a Second Language Classes starting in the St. Clair Baptist Association! Please help us get this message out. 

Three (3) Adult ESL classes will begin on 8/16/17 each Wednesday for 15 weeks at these locations:

A morning class will be held at St. Clair Baptist Association, 33620 US Hwy 231, Ashville from 9:30-11:30 AM. (Take US 231 to Roberts Rd.)

An evening class will be held each Wednesday at First Baptist Church, at 85 5th Street in Ashville from 6:00-7:30 PM.

An evening class will also be held at Central Baptist Church in Argo at 8762 Gadsden Hwy from 6:00-7:30 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

 


Bi-Vocational National Conference

BiVocational and Small Church Leadership Network National Meeting coming soon!

2017 BSCLN National Celebration
“Believe in Better”
Baptist College of Florida: Blue Springs Campus
Marianna, FL
September 29-30, 2017

Cost: $105.00 per individual; $135.00 per couple

Friday evening will include a fellowship meal, worship featuring the BCF Worship Team and Dr. Craig Conner, and Breakout Sessions. Saturday morning will feature breakfast, two rounds of Breakout Sessions, breaks, and worship led by the BCF Worship Team and Dr. Tom Kinchen.

Breakout Sessions; The breakout sessions will be designed to provide practical help for pastors in the areas of evangelism, missions, administration, and technology. There will also be a track for pastor’s wives.

To register- 
Phone: 615.490.3170
Email: bscln.center@bscln.net


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


Mark Your Calendar!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: We are thrilled to announce that renowned teacher, author and preacher on prayer and spiritual disciplines, Donald Whitney, will be with us this fall for the SCBA Annual Meeting! #SCBA2017

"The Spirit of God will use the Word of God to help the people of God pray increasingly according to the will of God." Donald Whitney

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.


2017 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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