2017 SBC Preview

As this year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting approaches, SBC President Steve Gaines says fellow Baptists should anticipate emphases on prayer, evangelism and financial stewardship at the June 13–14 gathering in Phoenix, where the 2003 and 2011 annual meetings also were held. This year’s annual meeting theme is “Pray! For such a time as [...]

Montgomery Church Sees God’s Hand in Asian Church Partnerships

A couple of years ago Heritage Baptist Church, Montgomery, decided to make good on its desire to reach the nations in a big way. It sent two of its own, youth pastor Adam Bishop and his wife, Erin, to New York City to start a church plant among Asians. But the people of Heritage Baptist had [...]

A Call to Prayer

During meetings of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions and Executive Committee on May 11-12, 2017, John Thweatt, president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, issued this Call to Prayer: Dear Alabama Baptist: For almost 200 years, Alabama Baptists have worked together, preached together, and sacrificed together for the cause of missions and the [...]

Senior Adult Evangelism Conference Not Lost On Hesitant 25-Year-Old

I didn’t expect much. When I was assigned to cover part of the Senior Adult Evangelism Conference, I wouldn’t say I was exuberant. I had an ever-mounting to-do list and I had already decided what I would tackle that Monday, which just so happened to be May 1, the day of the conference. So when [...]

Transitional Pastor Program ‘Great Way to Help Churches’

The time between one person leaving a position and a new person moving into that role is a good opportunity to do some evaluating and refreshing — and this is true for church ministry positions as well. The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) offers assistance with this exact concept through its transitional pastor [...]

Leadership Abilities, Preaching, Pastoral Care All Dimensions Needed In Pastor, Fenton Says

Gary Fenton said he had a defining moment in his ministry after he preached a message one Sunday and it really connected. “It was a vision sermon and you could tell people really got it,” he said. And then that afternoon, his phone rang. “A lady called me and told me how good it was [...]

Pastors: Avoid Getting Lost in “Whirlwind”

Wise pastors focus on one or two goals rather than a multiplicity of them,” said Dan Garland, director of pastoral ministries and church consulting at LifeWay Christian Resources. “Research demonstrates that (working on too) many goals limits achievement. We focus on less in order to do more.” Garland was featured at the March 28 “The [...]

Why I Believe in the Cooperative Program

Where do I start, and how do I end? The Cooperative Program of Great Commission Baptists is our Lord's anointed means of effectively fulfilling the Great Commission. Ecclesiastes 4:9 provides this principle: "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor." However, the Cooperative Program goes well beyond the "two." [...]

State Board of Missions Honored with 10 Communications Awards

It was a banner year for Alabama at this year’s Baptist Communicators Association Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition, with the State Board of Missions (SBOM) taking home 10 awards, and other entities and individuals from Alabama receiving an additional 24 awards. In the Public Relations Division, the SBOM Communications Services staff received a first place [...]

Montgomery-Area Church Wants People to Feel There’s Beauty in Diversity

We shop in diverse places. We live in diverse neighborhoods. We work in diverse places.” It’s because of these circumstances that Terrence Jones, pastor of Strong Tower at Washington Park, thinks it’s actually “harder for Christians to be segregated than it is to be together.” But on Sunday morning “we somehow find ourselves … in [...]