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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.

You can FIND HOPE by calling  1-888-537-8720 (1-888-JESUS-20) at any time, twenty-four hours a day.

Announcements 

Welcome, New Counselor--Morgan Roberts--to our Office in Ashville!

 

MORGAN ROBERTS, MSW, LMSW
Morgan Roberts is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Alabama. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Auburn University as well as earned her Master of Social Work from The University of Alabama with a concentration in Adults and Their Families. Before joining Pathways Professional Counseling as a therapist, Morgan worked as a Girls Student Ministry Associate providing discipleship to 6– 12th-grade girls at a local church in Birmingham, Alabama, and worked as a Direct Care Counselor in the mental health field. Morgan enjoys working from a client-centered approach, providing strength-based care to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Morgan utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapies, and Family Systems Therapies. Morgan desires to work alongside individuals and families as they process life’s most difficult circumstances, providing empathy, understanding and evidence-based care to help bring relief and healing in the lives of her clients. Morgan works with all ages, providing services in Birmingham, Oxford, and Ashville. Morgan and her husband, Eric, live in the Birmingham area where she loves being active, listening to podcasts, and a great pair of tennis shoes.


Florence Relief

Your St. Clair Baptist Association Disaster Relief Team will be leaving on September 24 for the Carolinas for ministry to Florence survivors.  If you wish to give, go to stcba.org and click DONATE (DisasterRelief) or mail your check to SCBA PO Box 160; Ashville, AL 35953. If you want to go and are not yet credentialed, register at sbdr.org for training at Bethel Church in Moody--Sept 21-22.


Church Revitalization

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

Thank you for your generous support for missions through the St. Clair Baptist Association. God is encouraging, equipping, and engaging our churches in the Great Commission. Disaster Relief, Impact Campus Ministry, ESL, Alabama Raceway Ministries, and our partnerships appreciate you!

We offer two great opportunities for you coming in October:
Opportunity #1: Church Revitalization Essentials with Mark Clifton in Pell City

What is there about a dying church that brings glory to God? Mark Clifton's convicting answer is, “Nothing.” Why? “Because a local church is intended to represent the work of God in a community, when that church loses it saltiness, not only is God's work pictured as irrelevant in that community but also dishonors and disrepute may well become associated with God's name as a result.” Learn from Mark Clifton this October.

Mark is the Lead National Strategist for Revitalization/Replanting at the North American Mission Board. He is also co-host of the weekly Revitalize and Replant podcast with Thom Rainer. Mark has been planting, replanting and providing strategic mission leadership since 1978 and has seen God do amazing things in plateaued, declining, and closing Baptist churches. Would you consider bringing a group from your church to learn from Mark’s experiences all over America?

ESSENTIALS OF CHURCH REVITALIZATION: Join us for a 90-minute session with Mark Clifton to discuss the essentials of church revitalization.

Date: October 28, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM--5:30 PM
Location: Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Pell City
Attention: Church Pastors, Staff, Leaders, Deacons, Members
Cost: FREE and provided by NAMB, Mt. Pisgah, and St. Clair Baptist Association
To Register: Email church name and names of attendees to chris@stcba.org or call our office at 205- 594-5173.

Opportunity #2: St. Clair Baptist Annual Meeting—"Reclaiming Glory—Church Revitalization”

Join with friends from St. Clair County and celebrate what God is doing in our churches! A meal will be served between the two sessions from 5:45-6:45 PM; bring side dishes and desserts. Jacky Connell and Mark Clifton will preach.

ST. CLAIR BAPTIST ANNUAL MEETING

Date: October 29, 2018
Time: Session I--4:00 PM; Session II—7:00 PM
Leadership: Moderator Paul Brasher and Vice-Moderator Jeremy Williams; Worship Leader Dan Nelson
Location: Bethel Baptist Church, Moody
Preaching from Pastor Jacky Connell and Mark Clifton
All St. Clair Baptist Church members, guests, and friends are welcome! Messengers from churches will be issued materials at registration on site.

I look forward to seeing you! Let’s pack both of these events out! We need to see a desperation for God to do His work. Showing up will make a powerful statement!

With sincere gratitude,

Chris Crain, Director of Missions


St. Clair Ministers Lunch--Hang Out with Us and Buddy Gray

Join your fellow ministers in the Gospel for a free lunch at CrossPoint Church--Argo with guest speaker Pastor Buddy Gray of Hunter Street Baptist Church, Hoover. September 20 at 11 a.m. RSVP to chris@stcba.org, call 205-594-5173, or RSVP on Facebook. Let us know your church name and names of those attending.

Senior Pastor Buddy Gray grew up in Prattville and first served Hunter Street as a part-time youth minister in 1978 while he attended Samford University. He then was hired as a full-time associate pastor in 1979 until he left to attend seminary.

He earned his master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 and was called back to be pastor of Hunter Street in 1986. He later earned a doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002.


Stories of God’s Faithfulness

Dear St. Clair Baptists,

Let me tell you a few stories of how you are making a difference: 

Story #1: Your Disaster Relief Team returned recently from serving in the southern Texas. Director Ron Culberson said, “Everything was great we came home early because we closed out the jobs they had!” The team demonstrated courage and the love of Jesus Christ to those impacted by the Texas floods. What amazed me most about the team is that they are starting back this week helping widows and others in St. Clair County. I love this team!  Thank you, St. Clair Baptists for supporting them.

Story #2: We received a call a couple of months back about helping a family in a desperate situation in the county. A critically-ill homebound patient was having to be carried in and out of a home to receive medical treatment on a stretcher due to the lack of ramps or steps. This was dangerous for all involved. I put my eyes on the situation and knew it was a worthy opportunity for God to use us! The Association provided resources and CrossPoint Men built a porch with steps in the back of the home and a ramp in the front. Now, this elderly family has seen and heard the Gospel! Thank you CrossPoint Men for the beautiful job you did for God’s glory!

Story #3: A few weeks ago, I stood outside the Social Services Building in Pell City with community leaders and residents of the county. We prayed together for God to do a mighty work at the new Charity Health Clinic. Families in our county who cannot afford healthcare will be able to visit this clinic and receive treatment. Thank you Eden Westside, Cropwell, First Baptist Pell City, St. Clair WMU and St. Clair Baptist Association for investing in this incredible ministry!

Story #4: We took a large group to Blackey, Kentucky earlier in the Summer. I continue to receive reports of how lives were changed by the trip! 

I could go on and on about the great things God is doing through your Association. I just want to say thank you for letting me be a part. I am so proud to serve as your Director of Missions. You are a great Association and I love each every one of you!

Prayer List:
1. Pray for the upcoming Church Revitalization Learning Lab at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church with Mark Clifton from the NAMB on Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 PM. To register members of your church for the 90 minute learning opportunity, email chris@stcba.org. 
2. Pray for our SCBA Annual Meeting on Monday, October 29 at Bethel Baptist Church, Moody.
3. Pray for the pastors, staff, and leaders of the churches of the St. Clair Baptist Association. We live in perilous days.
4. Pray for the ministries of the St. Clair Baptist Association. Pray for Impact Campus Ministry at Jeff State as they begin a new semester. Pray for Raceway as they share Christ with race fans this fall.
5. Pray for the Association budget as we plan for a new year. Consider how your church may help the  St. Clair Baptist Association continue this work spanning over a century in this county.

With sincere gratitude,
Chris Crain, SCBA


SCBA October Senior Adults Road Trip

St. Clair Baptist Senior Adults Trip
Invite the Senior Adult Group in your church!
$200 per person/double occupancy
Doris Munkus, Director

The group will depart Cropwell Baptist church with Driver Daryl Birmingham Charter Services to Tuscumbia, Alabama.

October 25, 2018
Lunch: Claunch Cafe
Afternoon: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Check-in: Cold Water Inn
Dinner
Evening Spring Park Water Display

October 26, 2018
Breakfast: Included at Cold Water Inn
Morning: Tom Kendrick's Stone Wall Trace
Lunch: Rattlesnake Saloon
4:00 PM: Arrive at Cropwell Baptist Church, Pell City

Fun, slow-paced trip. Please call Doris Munkus for information at 205-473-4063. $100 deposit is requried. Send to SCBA; PO Box 160; Ashville, AL 35953 or pay via website at stcba.org.


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.


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.


2018 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! 


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