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It’s a matter of stewardship, really!

The Five Points Baptist Church in Huntsville had about a dozen people attending. They have had a great legacy in the past, and for that, we are so thankful and appreciative. Then, on the other hand, Essential Church is only two years old and already has more than 300 attending on Sundays. When one of [...]

Coming in Second is NOT Bad!

It is football season and many people believe that “winning is everything”!  But maybe not so much.  We have discovered the three best days to launch a new church are: The Sunday after the Super Bowl One month after school starts Easter Sunday Sunday, September 9th marks approximately one month after school started in most [...]

Most Important Tax News for Church Planters

We, here at your State Board of Missions, seek to provide helpful assistance to each and every pastor/planter in Alabama. Lee Wright, one of your fellow state missionaries, and I were discussing the new tax laws for 2018 recently. We thought you might benefit from knowing about some of the less published nuances of the [...]

It’s Finally Here!

It is finally here! There is now an opportunity to earn a Certificate in Church Planting through a partnership between the Ministry Training Institute and the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. This will enable bi-vocational church planting candidates and others to get training without attending the three-day conferences. It is all online! The Certificate [...]

Celebrating a New Baby

We celebrate new babies in our family, as I am sure you do in yours. On April 1, the Renascent Church launched in the Mobile Baptist Association. A new baby church has been born into the Alabama Baptist family. What a great birthdate! It was Resurrection Day, the day we set aside to celebrate the [...]

Win-Win Story

ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO, I received a call from Pastor Tom Campbell of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Danville. He stated that his church building had recently been hit by a tornado, and three local schools volunteered to let them meet in their facilities. It turned out that the damages were not as bad as [...]

Make Your Reservations!

Make your reservations for what we believe will be the largest gathering of Alabama church planting types ever to assemble. The Alabama Church Planters’ Network Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4:30-8:30 p.m., at Essential Church, 1806 University Drive, Huntsville. This is the Sunday before the Alabama Baptist Pastors Conference on November [...]

Our Latest Alabama Church Plant Launch

Ethan McCreary and his new bride, Lexi, are beginning a new church on campus at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has been through our application/assessment process, Alabama Church Planting Basics, and is currently participating in one of our five coaching networks. The Well in Huntsville is receiving funding because of gifts from Alabama [...]

Good news from Oneonta!

Matt Scott and Redeemer Church are still only a little more than two years old. Matt has been through our application/assessment process and Alabama Church Planting Basics. Redeemer has received funding because of gifts from Alabama Baptists through the Cooperative Program and to the Myers-Mallory State Missions Offering. Pray for entrepreneurial planters across our state [...]

Prayers from Planters

I receive several prayer updates from planters all across Alabama and beyond – this one I thought worth sharing with you today. It is from Barry Britt, who is planting the Oasis Church in Orange Beach. His comparison of a lake ministry and a river ministry is worth noting: Dear partners in the ministry,   [...]