It’s Time to Freeze Your Credit

You have heard the news reports about the Equifax data breach. You should assume that your personal information is in the hands of criminals. You have also heard the instructions to “freeze your credit,” but many Americans are confused or intimidated by this process. Combining the best advice from consumer advocates Jean Chatzsky, Dave Ramsey [...]

Conference to Prepare Participants to ‘Give Defense’ for Faith

In 1 Peter 3:15, the disciple urges his fellow Christians to “always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason of the hope that you have.” “Peter knew that the gospel would be most effectively shared in [his] culture through hopeful living and strategic conversations,” said Kevin Blackwell, [...]

Is Your Ministry Safe?

Did you know that one out of four girls and one out of six boys will be sexually abused before age 18? Further, two out of three victims will not tell until adulthood, if ever. The church should be the safest place on earth for a child, but sometimes it is not. Richard Hammar, nationally-known [...]

SBOM Holds Tax Preparation Conferences to Help Ministers

The greatest area of difficulty in a minister’s tax filing is his or her dual status, according to Lee Wright, state missionary in the office of LeaderCare and church health at the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM). A minister is an employee for federal income tax purposes and self-employed for Social Security taxes, [...]

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 [...]