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 [...]

New Online Training Resource to Help Sunday School Leaders

t’s almost time. Sunday School leaders (both within Alabama and from other states) are only days away from access to a new online training resource. An Aug. 13 event will mark the launch of this new leader training approach spearheaded by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) — One Great Sunday. “For several [...]

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 [...]

Rediscover the Value of Enrolling People in Sunday School

It is hard to be on mission without identifying the mission field and making a commitment to cultivate the field. Recent church reports have many leaders concerned about the future of the church. No doubt part of the problem is an inward rather than an outward focus. Properly understood, this is what enrollment is about: [...]

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 [...]

What Does a Sunday School Director Do on Sunday Morning?

“Make the coffee and collect the record books.” In the mind of many church members, especially many of the folks who are responsible for enlisting the Sunday School director, those are his major duties. However, the truth is a long way from this fiction. When churches experience turn-over of the Sunday School director every year or two [...]