Making a Difference

Making a Difference 5

Mobile Baptists have a unique opportunity to partner with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions in March 2024. The MBA will host the inauguration of local simultaneous outreach events we are calling “Making a Difference Mobile.” That title reflects a connection to the 2024 State Convention Annual Meeting theme, DifferenceMakers.

Churches across the Mobile Baptist Association have planned outreach projects throughout the month of March, and Alabama Baptists around the state are invited and encouraged to participate. Making a Difference Mobile will provide your church, your family or you as an individual a wonderful opportunity to partner with a Mobile area church to help reach the city with the Gospel.

Click on the Event List button below to see the entire list of projects from which to choose, then register using the Register Here button.

1. Volunteer Registration, Housing, and Event List

Follow this link to do three things. 1. Register volunteers, 2. Choose and contact a housing option, and 3. Choose and contact the event you will help. There are events every weekend and some during the week. Housing, transportation and meal expenses are the responsibility of the volunteers. Housing options include floor space in the churches listed on the form and at www.campwhisperingpines.com for hotel and dorms. BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE. Contact lgraham@alsbom.org to receive the link and password to the MinistrySafe background check page. (MinistrySafe is not the only accepted background check) Please note that there is not a central registration for volunteers so you will need to work directly with the event you will help.

BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS. Contact lgraham@alsbom.org to receive the link and password to the Ministry Safe background check page.

Use this Event List file to help decide what events you or your group plan to participate in. Click here to open the event list to see event description, number of volunteers needed, and church contact info. Use this information to select your event(s) on the registration form. We gladly will help you tailor the participation of your volunteers. When your plans are complete come back to click on register here button below to register the event and housing.

3. Community Survey

Click the button below to download a community assessment tool. It will help you learn about the community so you can most clearly meet needs and present the gospel. For more information please contact Brian S Harper, Lead Church Planting Strategist, BHarper@alsbom.org, Cell: 949-939-3354

4. Demographic Information

Click the button below to receive FREE demographic information about the people who live in your community. Learn about ages, income, families and other census data. For more information please contact Associational Missions and Church Planting, 334-613-2315, lgraham@alsbom.org

Please request your demographic study now. Then, use this outline to discuss the findings from your demographic study. It will help you plan an effective outreach event.

Click the button below to receive FREE demographic information about the people who live in your community. Learn about ages, income, families and other census data. For more information please contact Associational Missions and Church Planting, 334-613-2315, dwatkins@alsbom.org

Please request your demographic study now. Then, use this outline to discuss the findings from your demographic study. It will help you plan an effective outreach event.

Resources

This prayer guide highlights biblical prayer as we beseech the Creator God to Make a Difference in Mobile throughout the events of March 2024. The guide includes information for Prayer Journey field teams and support teams to enjoy effective, specific prayer that results in divine encounters and transformed lives. For more information contact Rob Jackson rjackson@alsbom.org.

6. Evangelism Resources

Below are links to two evangelism resources to assist you in your Making a Difference efforts: a training video featuring Daniel Wilson, former state missionary and evangelism director, as he provides a brief outline on how to use the Best News method of sharing your faith, and a downloadable PDF of a Best News pocket card. To access the materials Daniel references in the video, visit NAMB Evangelism Resources.

7. Gospel for Everyone Resources

Visit  www.thegospeltoeveryone.org  to access the free outreach materials available by choosing the zip code where your event will be held. For more information contact lmcgough@alsbom.org.

8. Sermon Outlines

Follow these links for three sermon outlines and videos from Dr. Rick Lance, State Missionary and Executive Director for the Alabama State Board of Missions. Use the outlines on Sunday or Wednesday to help prepare your congregation to participate in Making a Difference Mobile simultaneous events. For more information contact Doug Rogers, drogers@alsbom.org

9. Sample Registration and Decision Follow-up Cards

10. Letters for Pastors and Missions Leaders

11. Grant Reimbursement Form

Please download, print and complete this form to be reimbursed for the grant amount. Please attach receipts and scan and email to Thomas Wright, dom@mobilebaptists.org or mail to 616 Azalea Road, Mobile, AL 36609.

Grant reimbursement requests are due by April 17, 2024.

12. Application Form

The application time has ended.

Click the button below to access the password protected Application form. Contact the MBA for the password. kjones@mobilebaptists.org, or chenderson@mobilebaptists.org or  dom@mobilebaptists.org, 251-661-7111. 

The form is due by Oct. 5, 2023. David Gill dgill@mobilebaptists.org , Jerrod Brown jbrown@alsbom.org , Gerald Burch gburch@mobilebaptists.org and Thomas Wright dom@mobilebaptists.org  happily will help you complete the application and chat about evangelistic ministry options. 

Please create an event that lost people want to attend and where you can introduce visitors to Jesus and your church. 

We encourage regional events with multiple churches collaborating.  Be creative with an outreach event you have always wanted to lead your people to use. Reach out to your community, local schools, first responders and ethnic groups. Include sports or professional-themed clinics, banquets, block parties, prayer walking and evangelistic ministry.