We have One Mission – The Great Commission, One Program – The Cooperative Program and Many Ministries – Great Commission Ministries.
Between annual meetings, Convention bylaws provide that the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions will be the “executive, administrative, fiduciary, and promotional agency of the Convention.”
Both the State Convention and State Board of Missions support the missional efforts of a family of Alabama Baptist entities and auxiliary, including:
- Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries
- Alabama Baptist Historical Commission
- Alabama Baptist Retirement Centers
- Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (auxiliary)
- Board of Aid to Students in Church Related Vocations
- Christian Life Commission
- Education Commission
- Judson College
- Samford University
- Shocco Springs Conference Center
- The Alabama Baptist newspaper
- The Baptist Foundation of Alabama
- University of Mobile
The Convention also provides primary support for ALCAP (Alabama Citizens Actions Program), “Alabama’s moral compass” regarding biblical and moral concerns.
- Biblical Truth
- A Personal Relationship with God in Christ
- The Local Church
- Cooperation in Mission Endeavors
- Servant Leadership
“The Alabama Baptist State Convention was founded on October 28, 1823, as the third permanent state convention organized in the South. … The Baptists, though the largest religious group in the state, were weak and widely scattered. They numbered about 5,000 and had about 125 churches and 75 ministers.” (Baptists in Alabama: Their Organization and Witness, by A. Hamilton Reid. Montgomery, Ala.: Paragon Press, 1967).
Today, the State Convention has grown to more than 3,200 churches with approximately 1.1 million members. Each November, the Alabama Baptist State Convention convenes as a two-day meeting of messengers elected by affiliated churches. Messengers and invited guests hear reports about Great Commission ministries. To learn more about this annual meeting, visit ABSCAnnualMeeting.org.
The State Board of Missions internal structure is broken into four teams:
Each team is led by a team leader. Each team holds 3-4 offices led by a director. Each office then holds State Missionaries that perform various tasks throughout the state. In each office you will also find ministry assistants who’s role it is to support the State Missionaries and their ministry responsibilities.