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Welcome 

We exist to ENCOURAGE, EQUIP, and ENGAGE people in the Great Commission.

Find under "OUR CHURCHES" a listing and brief information about the churches affiliated with St. Clair Baptist Association. 

The St. Clair Baptist Association is located in a strategic location Northeast of Birmingham, Alabama. St. Clair County is one of the three fastest growing counties in the state of Alabama!

What does it mean to be a Christian? The meaning of Christianity is best seen in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is God in flesh--crucified and raised to life.

Do you have eternal life?  If not, contact us and we will explain more about following Jesus.

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Announcements 

An Amazing Summer

St. Clair Baptists,

‚ÄčI am honored to serve you in associational missions. I have seen God work in amazing ways among the churches of the St. Clair Baptist Association! Thank you for being a loyal friend and sharing Kingdom impact with me and the churches of like faith in this growing county.

SCBA Disaster Relief has been working alongside our sister churches in Birmingham to help storm-torn areas in Ensley. If you ask Glenn Pender or Ron Culberson about our team’s greatest physical need, they would tell you this: “We need a fully-functioning bucket truck and a replacement vehicle for our old 1996 van.”

I went to Ensley with your Disaster Relief team and served as team chaplain on the callout. I consoled, prayed, and shared the Gospel with the families as your team moved debris from rooftops, lawns, and driveways; most of these families—some were widows—had no insurance or resources to hire a tree service. I saw with my own eyes the tremendous Gospel opportunity we have in disaster relief ministry. If you want to send a designated gift to help, please mark your gift “SCBA Disaster Relief—Equipment” and send it to our office. You may also give on our website at stcba.org.

On June 18, members from several of our SCBA churches went to the Appalachians in Kentucky to share the Gospel while staying at a place called Calvary Campus. At one of the three Vacation Bible Schools your team facilitated, I met a little girl named Bobbie. I said, “Bobbie, why did you walk down here for Vacation Bible School tonight?” In a thick accent, she replied, “I came to sit by my friend Dallas and to eat chili nachos.” I have always been a fan of a straight-talker! She heard the Gospel and the Holy Spirit began a work in her life! Many men, women, boys, and girls were changed--glory to God! Thank you for sending a missions team from the SCBA with your prayers and blessings. We are all back safely with a changed perspective on Gospel ministry and partnership.

I am grateful that I took my wife and three children to be a part of the ministry at Calvary Campus in Blackey, Kentucky. It was good for our family. Calvary is operated by NAMB missionary Paul and Mary Jo Radosevich—along with their thirteen biological children. This special missionary family touched the hearts of our team. Linda, our ministry assistant, sent a gift in the mail today to help them purchase and install a new washer and dryer for the campus. Paul is ecstatic and grateful for your generosity! He sends his gratitude for the two renovated classroom spaces and the other improvements made to the one-hundred-year-old mission school.

Proud to be your partner for the Gospel, 

Chris Crain, SCBA


Summer VBS is Happening in St. Clair County

Churches all over St. Clair County are preparing an incredible Summer for your family through Vacation Bible School. Look here to see where VBS is happening near you!


Summer is Here!

Hello!

Hope you're well today. Thank you for serving the Lord in your church. Here are four opportunities:

1. Israel: Dr. Josh Burnham is leading a group to Israel February 12 to 21, 2018 I am planning to go with him. If you or people in your church would like to go, we need to get them registered ASAP; space is limited. Go here for more information.

2. Church Planting: The SCBA is hosting Church Planting Basics conference on June 29 at noon to July 1 at 4:30 pm for you or anyone in your church interested in church planting. Joey Rich, Pastor of Northside Fellowship, said, "I would have taken this training back when I was pastoring an established church if I understood how helpful it was in learning to reach people." Find more information here.

3. Ministers Group: If you are interested in an hour-long (or less) early morning, daytime or evening Pastor/Ministers Prayer Group, meeting every two weeks at a restaurant or local church, reply with what time works best for you. Send your reply here.

4. Mission Support: We are going to Kentucky to serve under-resourced people in Appalachia by sharing the Gospel, making disciples, and light construction. If you wish to make a donation to help us with VBS supplies, go here and click "donate/give online." Or, mail your gift to SCBA, PO Box 160; Ashville, Alabama 35953. Mark: Kentucky Donation. We will steward your gift well.

Please send me any suggestions for helping you or the churches. I want to serve you as effectively as possible; I have a lot to learn. Also, do you want to serve someone or have resources to share? Let me know how I can help you make a difference. 

Chris Crain, SCBA

205-253-4974

SCDirector@windstream.net


FREE COLLEGE and SEMINARY!

Did you know that the Caskey Center for Church Excellence of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary offers full-tuition scholarships for paid staff in bi-vocational and smaller SBC churches? This is for undergraduate or master's programs on campus, workshop, in extension centers. Scholarship recipients also receive the Logos Silver Bible Software package. For details, email caskeycenter@nobts.edu or call 504-282-4455, Ext. 8227.


Mark Your Calendar!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: We are thrilled to announce that renowned teacher, author and preacher on prayer and spiritual disciplines, Donald Whitney, will be with us this fall for the SCBA Annual Meeting! #SCBA2017

"The Spirit of God will use the Word of God to help the people of God pray increasingly according to the will of God." Donald Whitney

Benevolence and Service Ministries

We have compiled a comprehensive list of benevolence and service ministries for St. Clair County. This list is located on the INFO CENTER page on this website. We make this list available to church and community leaders only. To gain access to this helpful resource, call our office.


Help is Available for Churches

Chris would be honored to help your church.  He is a certified Transitional Pastor and has developed materials on conflict resolution. Your church leaders may invite him to provide training in pastor/staff search, community engagement/local missions, evangelism, church revitalization, volunteer leadership, and guest/visitor relations.


Kentucky mission trip information

Interested in the mission trip? Go to the directors page on this website!

2017 Partnership with Pathways Counseling

We are excited to announce our partnership with Pathways Counseling--a ministry of the Alabama Baptist Children's Home. A professional counselor will be available at the St. Clair Baptist Association Office in Ashville, Alabama to serve our area. Meet Rod Campbell:

ROD CAMPBELL, MAMFT, LPC-S

Rod Campbell earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in June of 2000. Rod is a Licensed Professional Counselor for Pathways Professional Counseling, a family ministry of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes. He currently serves in northeast Alabama in Calhoun, St. Clair, and Etowah counties. In 2013, Rod also received his Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor credential (LPC-S). Rod has been with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes since October of 2000. Rod has been married since 1995 and is the proud father of two daughters and two sons. Rod is an engaging and informative speaker who has presented on the topics of marriage, families, and children throughout Alabama and the Southeast. Rod enjoys working with clients from all different background and age groups.


Racing Fans Need Jesus!

Raceway Ministries: If you are interested in being credentialed for the Next Race at Talladega Superspeedway, call our office as soon as possible at 205-594-5173. We welcome new volunteers to serve in the race! 


Notice

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