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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.

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Thank You!

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

SCBA DISASTER RELIEF: SHARING CHRIST IN CRISIS

I am grateful for your support of our SCBA Disaster Relief Team. In our recent Executive Committee Meeting, SCBA Disaster Relief Team Leader Glenn Pender said, “Our team is recognized as the best at what we do because of the people in our churches.” Right now, Glenn is leading the team in Ft. Myers, Florida, helping individuals pick up the pieces and move forward after the impact of Hurricane Irma. Glenn reminded us, “We share Christ in times of crisis.” Please put our SCBA Disaster Relief Team on your church prayer lists. If you would like for one of our SCBA Disaster Relief leaders to come and share about the ministry in your church, call our office.

In that same Executive Committee meeting, our leadership stepped up and allocated more than $35,000 to add to the growing amount we have received in our office from individuals and churches. For the first time ever, the Association has received a substantial number of online donations from supporters of Disaster Relief by way of our website at stcba.org. If you would like to donate online, go to our website and select “donate” or “$.” Our team is humbled and grateful at the efforts of the people of St. Clair County to update their aging fleet of vehicles and equipment. Among an army of 90,000 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Volunteers, St. Clair Baptist Association stands tall! It is because of God using you!

Annual Meeting: October 23 at Moody’s FBC

Moody’s First Baptist Church and Dr. Brad Moseley will be hosting this year’s St. Clair Baptist Association Annual Meeting. We will gather on Monday, October 23 at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM for the two sessions. Between the sessions a meal will be served; bring a side dish or dessert.
Dr. Josh Burnham, Senior Pastor of Bethel and Dr. Donald Whitney, Professor at Southern Seminary—Louisville will be preaching. Ministry partners from St. Clair County and beyond will be with us. Highlights will include updates from SCBA Disaster Relief, Pathways Counseling, Sav-A-Life, Ann’s New Life, WMU, FAITH Riders, WorldSong, and others. You do not have to be an official messenger from your church to come! Just come and hear what God is doing in St. Clair County!

The Mission

What is an Association? An Association is a local partnership of churches doing more together than they could do alone. Our mission is to encourage, equip, and engage St. Clair Baptist churches in the Great Commission. Please call on me if I can serve you in your churches mission. I firmly believe that the Association exists for the churches, not the other way around.

Sincerely in Jesus, Chris Crain, SCBA 


Challenging Our Churches

Hello Ministers in Christ,

I am Bro. Johnny Robertson, pastor of New Lebanon Baptist Church. I am writing this letter to you to stir the hearts of St. Clair Baptists about supporting our St. Clair Disaster Relief Team. Fellow ministers, remember what Jesus said, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" (Luke 12: 48). Many say this verse was not about offerings; however, it was about being stewards of what God (the Master) has given to His servants. God has entrusted us with all things; pastors, worship leaders, deacons, Sunday school teachers, and yes, born-again church members, must be good stewards!

As I was praying and fasting for the Super September Revival at New Lebanon Baptist, a storm hit Texas. God began to speak to me about the plight of those forced from the comfort of their homes. The waters rose, not only to keep them from going back home, but crested to the point of their homes being submerged.  I can only image the emotions the people are experiencing! Many of these people are lost (without Christ), some are believers. The Word says, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5).

We have an opportunity right in front of the St. Clair Co. Baptist Association, the churches of our county have an opportunity to advance the Gospel for Christ. You might ask how? Through our own St Clair Disaster Relief Team! Wow, what a great opportunity God has place before us. Our association's stewardship committee stepped out in a bold way to propose allocating funds from our reserve account to the tune of $35,700! Disaster Relief needs the pastors and churches to step up! Our Lord said, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" (Luke 12: 48).

I am writing this in love for each of you and your flocks. If we, the sixty-seven churches of St Clair Baptist Association give an average of $1000.00 per church through the SCBA, we will be able to fund these men and women to send the Gospel in a special way to the folks of Texas and Louisiana. You may say, "My church can’t give $1000.00!" Give what you can! Some can give more--to allow an average of $1000.00. Imagine this: $67,000 would replace the $35,700 and give the balance to the team, for the advancement of God’s Gospel. If a church of 25 members gave $20 each, this equals $500.00. Fifty members giving $20 each, equals $1000.00, 100 members, equals $2000.00, and so on.

Do you remember the story of the five loaves and two fish? The Disciples considered sending everyone away. Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over (Matthew 14:16-20). 

No one has ever out-given God. Our church has pledged $1000.00 this past Sunday. The check is in the mail as I am writing this. Please give from the heart not the head because the head will say, “No, we can’t afford to give.” The heart, with the guidance from the Holy Spirit will say, "GIVE!"

Thanks for reading this. I know many have not met me, however, I love each one of you as a fellow minister in Christ. We all have a common goal, to reach the world for Jesus, opportunity right here before us. Please, let's take advantage of this opportunity to be good stewards of the Gospel for Jesus' sake!

In Christ love,

Bro. Johnny Robertson

New Lebanon Baptist

Springville, AL


Update: Disaster Relief

UPDATE: St. Clair Baptists,

On August 29, 2017, Chairman Paul Miller facilitated a meeting of the St. Clair Baptist Association Stewardship Committee. In a bold show of support for the St. Clair Disaster Relief Team, the committee voted unanimously to recommend that the SCBA Executive Committee allocate $35,700 primarily from reserve funds to St. Clair Disaster Relief. Reserve funds are essential to the Association. However, the committee is recommending a wise investment of a substantial portion of these funds to continue our mission with excellence.

The St. Clair Disaster Relief has served faithfully on a woefully inadequate budget for years. The list of equipment and maintenance needs has grown extensively: vehicles, specialized tires, trailer equipment, excavating equipment maintenance, etc. To respond safely and adequately to disasters, the team must be resourced properly. St. Clair Disaster Relief leaders will provide a detailed priority list in the September Executive Committee Meeting before official action is taken.

This strong show of support from your leadership comes with a request to our local churches and all St. Clair Baptists. The Stewardship Committee members encourage you to join them and give generously to support a critical ministry of our Association. Disaster Relief is a visible and respected representation of our united effort to advance the Gospel. Please consider receiving a special offering in your church or making a designated gift to the St. Clair Disaster Relief Fund.

St. Clair Baptist Association--PO Box 160, Ashville, Alabama 35953; or, you may donate online at www.stcba.org. Click on DONATE or select the "$" button on the page. We will be good stewards of your gift by taking care of the needs of your St. Clair team as they extend the love of Christ to those in need.

MARK DONATION: SCBA DISASTER RELIEF FUND

We are grateful for your faithful generosity!

Sincerely in Jesus Christ,

Chris Crain, Director of Missions

Jay Stewart, Moderator of SCBA/Senior Pastor of FBC Ashville

SCDirector@windstream.net

(205) 594-2232


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.

 


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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