Alabama Church Planters Network Dinner Focuses on Maximizing God-Given Abilities

Some prayed silently, some raised their hands and sang along quietly, but everyone worshipped. As the worship team from New Beginnings Fellowship, Trussville, played, those at the Alabama Church Planters Network Dinner praised the Lord for what He is doing in their communities. Held Nov. 11 at Samford University in Birmingham, the Alabama Church Planters [...]

Week of Prayer Sees Boom in Church Plants

Lamar Duke says that if he could have every week go the way the Myers-Mallory Week of Prayer for State Missions went this year, he’d be dancing for joy. “That entire week (Sept. 9–16) we had a red-letter week in church planting,” said Duke, church planting strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions [...]

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 [...]

Samford MTI offers online certificates in church planting, disciple making

The Samford University Ministry Training Institute (MTI) has new online certificates in church planting and disciple making designed to help pastors, staff members and laypeople further develop their leadership skills in these areas. “These new certificate offerings are designed to provide affordable and accessible high-quality training opportunities for church leaders,” said MTI director Kevin Blackwell. [...]

How One Associational Missionary Assisted with Church Planting in His Association

Terry Long, who serves the Choctaw Baptist Association, shared with me several months ago that he was burdened about the need for an African-American church plant in his area. After several conversations and a trip over to share with the leadership of the association, it is now becoming a reality. While there, we toured the [...]

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 [...]

Alabama Church Planter Network Dinner

Church planters and wives or anyone interested in planting are invited to this event. Childcare will be provided. Our Speaker: Kenny Grant was born and raised in Brunswick, Ga. He has served as pastor for churches in both Brunswick and Savannah, Ga., for many years. A former Marine drill instructor, Kenny has a unique style [...]

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 [...]