ALBaptistStaffing.org Helps Alabama Baptist Churches Cast a Wider Net

The vision for ALBaptistStaffing.org began a few years ago based on the need to help Alabama Baptist churches find great candidates for their open positions. Alabama Baptist churches that want to cast a wider net can place public ads on the site for free. Emails are sent as new positions are posted to candidates who [...]

Alabama Baptist churches have access to variety of tools when looking for new staff

Calling a pastor or other minister is a big deal — Kingdom business with effects for eternity. And Mike Jackson said one of his favorite things to do in his job is put a search committee’s mind at ease in the process. “We can come in and share and remind them that God already knows [...]

Hunt encourages Alabama Baptist pastors to focus on mentoring, discipleship, integrity

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt told 80 Alabama Baptist church leaders in Birmingham their influence is crucial in building strong churches. During the May 17 North American Mission Board conference facilitated by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) and held at First Baptist Church, Birmingham, Hunt said, “I’m teaching the stewardship [...]

Another Aspect of Good Stewardship

When we say the word “stewardship,” our minds immediately go to giving or the tithe. In the congregation, they immediately think “Oh, no, another ‘giving sermon!’” Actually there are not enough sermons on good stewardship. Jesus talked about money more than anything else except the Kingdom of God. 11 of 39 parables talk about money. [...]

SBC Church Compensation Survey

Help create an accurate, reliable database that will be used by thousands of churches to help determine fair compensation for their church staff. In case your on the edge, here are three reasons why you should take the 2016 SBC Church Compensation Survey: Finance and personnel committees rely on the survey results to help them [...]

Employ, manage church personnel the right way

The work of the personnel team is among the most important tasks in any church, and accordingly, members of the group must be chosen carefully, according to Chip Smith, associate in the office of LeaderCare and church administration for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM). “The personnel team is 1 of the 4 [...]

Church Revitalization Book Review: Smooth Sailing, How to Avoid Storms in Your Ministry

Jerry Wilkins is one of us, having served as the associational missionary for the Tuscaloosa County Baptist Association for 28 years. During that time, Jerry developed a reputation for excellence in leadership and ministry, one who defined and practiced the A-B-Cs for church health.  Like the biblical book of Proverbs, Jerry’s book is filled with salient points [...]

A Personal Ministry Audit

I do not remember the first time I used the term “ministry audit” but, for some time now, we at the State Board of Missions have been using this approach in our effort to right-size our staff. By early next year, our full-time staff will be 45 percent less in numbers. Using a ministry audit... [...]

Keeping children safe at church — Protecting children’s physical safety at church requires supervision, risk management

Playground injuries. Teens killed in van accidents. Babies left in hot vehicles. Drownings. Skiing accidents. It’s no wonder parents feel anxious about leaving their children in the care of others, even at church. But parents should not have to worry about their children at church, said Chip Smith, an associate in the office of LeaderCare [...]

Keeping children safe at church — Screening, supervision of workers vital to keeping children safe from sexual predators

A church should be a refuge from the dangers of the world. Unfortunately we hear all too often about children who have been abused at church by those entrusted to guide and protect them. Although many high-profile cases of sexual abuse deal with stranger abduction, molestation typically occurs within a long-term, ongoing relationship between the [...]