As VBS approaches, here are some helpful tips

Vacation Bible School (VBS) remains the No. 1 outreach event for Southern Baptist churches. It has the potential to affect the eternal destiny of children and families in your community. Every child a church reaches from the community is a connection to many other people. One is never just one. The Alabama Baptist State Board [...]

Flashpoint Conference Aims to Get Back to Making Disciples Like Jesus Intended

He was strung up by his arms in an Asian prison when the man came up to him and asked to know about his Jesus. “If I tell you, they will beat me even more,” the Christian — who’d been beaten and electrocuted repeatedly — replied. But the man told him the coast was clear [...]

Relational Discipleship Resurfaces while Church Programs Lose Fans

When you ask Daniel Edmonds about where the Church is headed with discipleship these days, he likes to quote Pastor Ken Adams — “Jesus started the Church the way He wanted it, and now He wants the Church the way He started it.” It’s to that end, Edmonds said, that churches today are circling back [...]

Pastor’s Alpha meeting encourages pastors to make bold discipleship moves

Jesus’ ministry was full of bold moves and pastors can make bold moves too by discipling people as Jesus did, said Craig Etheredge, pastor of First Baptist Church, Colleyville, Texas. Etheredge spoke to about 50 pastors in the Pastor’s Alpha meeting at Liberty Park Baptist Church, Birmingham, on May 3. Pastor Scott Guffin served as [...]

How to Have A Great Vacation Bible School

Prayer: Emphasize that Vacation Bible School is a Spiritual Event and encourage prayer. Observe National Day of Prayer for VBS on May 15, 2016 and pray that people are saved. Plan Thoroughly: Start early by setting the date for VBS involving the pastor and staff. Publicize the date and time and purchases curriculum and supplies. [...]

Why They Stay

Why They Stay Dr. Steve R. Parr and Dr. Tom Crites Why They Stay has a strong message for church strengthening and revitalization: invest in the future of the church through parents, teens and children. Deuteronomy 6 places a strong emphasis on a parent’s responsibility in disciple-making. The church should partner with parents in responding [...]

Christian education, discipleship ministers invited to ABREA gathering

For those in ministry there are often innumerable needs pressing in on this side and pushing there on that side. Sometimes a minister just needs a community that understands his or her stresses and struggles in ministry. That’s exactly why Alabama Baptist Religious Education Association (ABREA) was created — for those who serve in the [...]

Getting Started

Today’s post by Tim Smith is the eighth installment in our Coach’s Guide to Sunday School resource provided by the office of Sunday School and Discipleship. To see the full guide, visit ALSBOM.org/coachsguidetosundayschool. Don’t let anyone fool you! Being a Sunday School director is a lot of work. Just like any coach, there many expectations with tons [...]

Discovering and Enlisting Workers

Today’s post by Wayne Etheridge is the seventh installment in our Coach’s Guide to Sunday School resource provided by the office of Sunday School and Discipleship. To see the full guide, visit ALSBOM.org/coachsguidetosundayschool.   “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” According to this proverb, we typically view what other people have [...]

Planning to Win

Today’s post by Darryl Wilson is the sixth installment in our Coach’s Guide to Sunday School resource provided by the office of Sunday School and Discipleship. To see the full guide, visit ALSBOM.org/coachsguidetosundayschool. Imagine a coach who meets with his team on opening day of practice. He says, “Guys, we recruited you because you are the best. [...]