Friendly Accountability

In chapter ten of Turnaround Journey, the leadership team at 4C’s church is discussing their “Driving Gauges,” what measurements they will use to gauge and track the progress of objectives and goals for the remainder of the year. Here is what Greg, their coach has to say as they begin. “Greg attempts to clarify his [...]

A New Measure

In chapter 8 of the book Turnaround Journey, the leadership team from 4C’s church is working to identify Destination Indicators for the next 7 months of their journey as a church. Let’s look in on their meeting. As soon as Susan uncaps the marker, Andy begins, “We believe one of our destination indicators could be [...]

Lottie Moon 2018 – Message from Rick Lance

Video Transcript: It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Don’t expect me to sing it, but that’s the song. And for a lot of us as we experience Christmas, we would say it is a wonderful time. Busy time, but wonderful time of fellowship and family gathering. But for Alabama Baptists and Southern Baptists [...]

Alabama Church Planters Network Dinner Focuses on Maximizing God-Given Abilities

Some prayed silently, some raised their hands and sang along quietly, but everyone worshipped. As the worship team from New Beginnings Fellowship, Trussville, played, those at the Alabama Church Planters Network Dinner praised the Lord for what He is doing in their communities. Held Nov. 11 at Samford University in Birmingham, the Alabama Church Planters [...]

Multiplication: Biotic Principle and God’s Choice

Several years ago, I wrote that I believe multiplication is God’s preferred math formula. Every living thing that God created, He created to grow and to reproduce (multiply). None of God’s living creations will grow indefinitely. But all are designed to reproduce themselves. These are natural growth tendencies of all things living. One more of [...]

Thanksgiving Message from Rick Lance

https://vimeo.com/301618961 Confession time. One of my favorite trivial pursuits is that of words, studying words. I’m an aficionado and connoisseur of words, and every so often I just am stopped in my tracks by a word that is used and translated from the technical sense into a more practical, informal way. Recently I came across [...]

A Faithful Convention

Alabama Baptists are faithful people. During this past convention, we had an opportunity to see and hear testimonies as to that faithfulness. From the beginning to the end of the convention, the theme “Faithful” was highlighted in a stellar fashion. Our convention president preached a powerful message on faithfulness to the Gospel in times of [...]

Symbiosis, It’s Not a Disease

Often in the church and in business, various groups may be working side by side, yet not working cooperatively. Working cooperatively can produce mutual benefits between the various groups. What is needed in the church (and business) world is symbiosis. Symbiosis is another of the biotic principles working in nature providing continual growth and reproduction [...]

Week of Prayer Sees Boom in Church Plants

Lamar Duke says that if he could have every week go the way the Myers-Mallory Week of Prayer for State Missions went this year, he’d be dancing for joy. “That entire week (Sept. 9–16) we had a red-letter week in church planting,” said Duke, church planting strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions [...]

Energy Transformation

There are biotic principles working around you and me every day of our lives. Biotic refers to actions caused by living organisms. Biotic principles are the underlying causes which produce ongoing operative life. That may sound a little complicated. So let's break it down. Every living thing that God has created, person, animal, plant, has [...]