A Role Model Worthy of Emulating

The night before the passing of Billy Graham I was in Yazoo City, Miss., leading revival services at the First Baptist Church in that historic city. During the invitation, we sang “Just As I Am,”a popular hymn used prominently by the famous evangelist as he preached in evangelistic crusades over the decades of his long [...]

Financial Q&A for the Bivocational Pastor

The number one financial question among bivocational pastors is "Can all my income be in housing allowance?” Answer: “Yes, if that is appropriate for your situation.” The average bivocational pastor in Alabama makes about $19,000 per year from their church, so for many, it would be reasonable. Ministers should consider their particular situation as they [...]

Most Important Tax News in a Generation

Many church members believe that the pastor is self-employed. Many churches treat the pastor as self-employed concerning compensation and taxes. But the truth is that the minister serving a church is self-employed concerning Social Security and Medicare but an employee in every other way. Minister tax experts call this a “dual tax status.” This fact [...]

State Board approves $37.5 million CP budget for 2019

Trustees of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) approved a $37.5 million Cooperative Program (CP) budget goal for 2019 during its Feb. 2 meeting. It will be allocated at 50–50 percentages between ministries of the Alabama Baptist State Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. The recommendation will go to state convention messengers for [...]

Please Note Our New Correspondence Address

The State Board of Missions offices are now housed in our new Prattville location. Effective immediately, please send all State Board of Missions correspondence - including mission gifts - to the following address: State Board of Missions P.O. Box 681970 Prattville, AL 36068-1970 If sending financial gifts, use the green envelopes sent to treasurers back [...]

Why I Believe in the Cooperative Program

The following stories are the most recent examples of why I support the Cooperative Program. Recently, a young lady in our church accepted the call to serve in missions. Following her decision, she has enrolled at Boyce College with the intention to pursue missionary training at Southern Seminary. The cost of her education is minimized because [...]

Church leaders urged to be wise managers of Lord’s money, educated on tax laws

It’s the Lord’s money and church leaders need to use it wisely, said Lee Wright, coordinator of church compensation services for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. Wright speaks on this topic often. In fact, he led 10 “Church Financial Issues” conferences in 2017. He discussed a variety of financial issues in speaking to [...]

Pastors, laypeople urged to live for sake of gospel at evangelism conference

When the fire alarm went off just as Roc Collins began reading from Acts 1 to start off his message, the shrieking siren and flashing lights brought the final session of this year’s State Evangelism Conference to a halt. But with his signature humor, Collins said, “Well I prayed that the Lord would set us [...]

Floyd encourages pastors to renew belief in God’s plan

Arkansas descended on Alabama when Ronnie and Nick Floyd kicked off the opening session of the State Evangelism Conference on Jan. 22. The father-son duo, both of whom serve Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, took the time to speak specifically to the pastors in the audience. Ronnie Floyd sought to prepare participants for what God [...]

Words of Thanks for a Positive Transition

The move to Prattville is now complete. As such, words of thanks are in order: Thanks, first and foremost, to our Lord Who has given all Christians a mandate to serve Him through Great Commission Ministries. Your State Board of Missions staff is grateful for the opportunity to do so through serving God by serving [...]