Thank you so much for your support of the St. Clair Baptist Family! We have a growing county. We know that Jesus Christ is the only hope for the people moving here! I am grateful for the schools, businesses, and industries here. However, I most grateful for your churches. I pray for you all the time. I hope you know that! I care about you and want you to know that you are loved and appreciated!
We are planning a great SCBA VBS Clinic at FBC Pell City for your church VBS leaders. This is the BIG clinic for all the churches and ALL of your leaders, teachers, and volunteers! I would love to have you come to my session! I will be leading a discussion on the very relevant topic of LEADING CHILDREN TO CHRIST. How do we do that biblically with sensitivity to their age and level of understanding? We will have sessions for leading all age groups in VBS from 3 years old through 12th grade. Join us on Sunday, April 23rd from 2 PM until 4 PM at FBC Pell City!
On April 20th we will have the SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING of the St. Clair Baptist Association. We are calling it an Evening of Encouragement with Dr. Sammy Gilbreath. Please invite your church! Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 PM. Come and experience what God is doing in St. Clair County!
On April 30, from 4-6 PM, we will have St. Clair Association Sunday School/Small Group Conference at . . . . you guessed it . . . FBC Pell City. We will hear from great leaders about leading all ages of Sunday School/Small Groups well! Make sure you THANK FBC Pell City for being so kind to host our churches for these events!
Listen, I appreciate your time. I know you are so busy! If you come up against a situation and need some help, call me! My email is SCDirector@windstream.net. I want you to know you are NOT in this alone. I'm here to help you.
I talk to pastors, staff, and church leaders almost every single day who think they are the only one with challenges. NOT SO! You are all very special to us.
Chris Crain, SCBA
PS. Thanks for praying for my mom. She's back home, out of the hospital.
Mission Trip to Calvary Campus in Blackey, KY
DATES: June 18-24, 2017
COST: $100 per person covers transportation (first come, first serve), meals, and lodging.
INCIDENTALS: Bring money for travel meals (approx. 2), snacks, and souvenirs.
HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS: Families may stay together in small apartments. Men’s quarters and women’s quarters are dormitory style.
DEPARTURE: Sun. Jun. 18 at 3:00 PM
RETURN: Sat. June 24, 2017
PACKING LIST: TBD
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
QUESTIONS: Email SCDirector@Windstream.net
Dear Potential Missionary,
This year’s Summer Mission Trip will be in the Bluegrass State as we travel to Calvary Campus in Blackey, Kentucky. Calvary Campus, part of Meridzo Ministries, is a multi-functional retreat and educational center nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. We will be volunteering at their VBS, as well as working in light construction, electrical work, and other areas around the campus. For more information about Calvary Campus, visit www.meridzo.com/calvary-campus.
This missions experience is designed for families or individuals who want to engage in missions. We will be able to use many adults, students, and children in various capacities on this trip. If you have never been on a mission trip, this is a great trip for you.
To secure your slot, please complete the following two-step process before March 31, 2017:
An additional form from Calvary Camp is required. Please click CALVARY CAMPUS FORM and fill it out complete. Return to SCBA ASAP.
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Please mark your calendar to attend our INTEREST MEETING on February 26, 2017, at 2:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, Ashville. This meeting will answer most of your initial questions.
Dr. Jay Stewart, FBC Ashville Dr. Chris Crain, SCBA
Many of you have talked to me about the challenges in the churches in our communities. With regards to the nation, nearly nine of ten are either declining, or they are growing more slowly than the surrounding communities (Rainer, Who Moved My Pulpit, X). Simply put, 90 percent of churches are losing ground. What kind of change is necessary to be faithful to the Gospel? Healthy, biblically-grounded leadership is a significant part of change.
Let me be honest. One of the biggest regrets I had as a pastor was self-isolation. At one point, I served as a senior leader of two campuses and five different worship services; we had two learning centers. I had a lot on my plate. People said, “Chris, I don’t see how you are holding up, brother!” For a while, I thought I was fine. In reality, I had allowed my circumstances to wall me in away from the only people who could begin to understand my struggle: other pastors and ministers. Learn from my failures!
I am inviting the pastors of this association to come and connect with each other. Get to know the people who are next to you in the foxhole. See our SCBA Newsletter for a schedule of upcoming events for full-time and bi-vocational ministers who are serving, in-between places of ministry, or are retired. We would love to have you! If you are not receiving our newsletter, please email Linda Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message. Please stay connected!
One more thing! I have tried to explain to my family and friends what I am doing now in my new job as a Director of Missions. What does SCBA do?
We believe that TOGETHER WE WILL DO MORE!
We are here to serve the SCBA church leaders and churches by:
Encouraging: I have had MANY opportunities to help church leaders.
Equipping: We are here to be the closest contact by providing resources and assisting congregations with biblical ideas that are contextually relevant.
Engaging: We love getting people involved in local missions!
Chris Crain, DOM St. Clair Baptists
Dear St. Clair Baptists,
Minister’s Lunch: I am looking forward to our first minister’s lunch for 2017 on January 12 at 11:00 AM. We will meet at New Hope Baptist Church, Eden—Pastor is Paul Brasher. Rev. Jacky Connell will deliver a word of encouragement to us. Our menu will include Pecan Chicken and Bread Pudding from Top Notch Catering, Leeds. Email SCDirector@windstream.net or call our office at 205-594-5173 and give us the names of those who will be attending from your church.
Pathway’s Partnership: Rod Campbell, LPC-S will be working out of our St. Clair Association Office. We appreciate Mr. Campbell’s biblical, effective approach in working with children, adults, and families. If you or counselee referrals wish to make appointments, please call us at 205-594-5173. After Mother’s Day, Pathways will be offering a series of parenting classes for parents of children who have experienced trauma. The classes will be hosted at Arbor Baptist Church in Pell City; we will share details soon.
SCBA Disaster Relief Training: We want you and your church members to be trained members of the largest volunteer disaster response team in the world! We will offer Disaster Relief Training on February 16, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church. Training will begin at 6:00 PM. In order to register for this training, go to sbdr.org or call our office for assistance at 205-594-5173.
End of Year Giving: We can now accept gifts for Disaster Relief, SCBA General Fund, and other ministries online. Go to STCBA.org and select “DONATE ONLINE.”
You may mail your gift to SCBA, PO BOX 160; Ashville, AL 35953.
Thank you for your generosity to St. Clair Baptist Association!
D-LIFE: Are you looking for a new approach to disciple-making in your church or with your small group Bible studies? D-LIFE was developed by Bill Wilks, Pastor of NorthPark as a tool for churches to shape believers into Christ-followers in everyday life. Bill will be giving a one-hour overview of D-Life before the February Executive Committee Meeting. D-LIFE Overview will be at the SCBA Office on February 23, 2017, at 6:00 PM. Call our office at 205-594-5173 or email SCDirector@windstream.net with the names of your attendees to make your reservation. This event is free.
St. Clair Prison Ministry: Please pray for open doors for St. Clair Baptist Association in the St. Clair Correctional Institute. I am working with Glenn Bynum and Kevin Blackwell of Samford to be credentialed and assess our involvement in prison ministry.
The Well House: Recently, I met with Phillip Johnson, Director of Operations for The Well House. The Well House is a recovery ministry to women who have been caught in sex trafficking. The ministry is constructing a new facility in Odenville on Hwy 174. If you have any questions about The Well House and the ministry they provide, call me.
I will make sure that you or your church is brought up-to-date.
Raceway Ministries: If you are interested in being credentialed for the Spring Race at Talladega Superspeedway, call our office as soon as possible at 205-594-5173. We welcome new volunteers to serve in the May 7, 2017, race!
I hope you have a Happy New Year! Please, call me if I may serve you!
Chris Crain, DOM
Dear St. Clair Baptist Family:
I love this time of year – Christmas parties, Christmas trees, hot chocolate and the spirit of generosity that seems to swell up in our society. The primary reason I love this time of year is celebrating the coming of JESUS (Galatians 4:4)! There’s something about the peace on earth and goodwill towards men that Jesus gives that makes me think about other people a little more than usual. The incarnation of our Lord motivates me to put others first (Philippians 2).
I’m inviting everyone connected to the St. Clair Baptist Association to consider supporting the ministries of the SCBA in your end-of-year giving. This is the time of year where we put feet to our faith – where we show our county the love of Jesus. The idea here is that as we buy gifts for other people, we want our largest, most extravagant gift to go to Jesus. We as Saint Clair Baptists give our best to Jesus. Here are ways we do this:
St. Clair Disaster Relief are sharing the Gospel and meeting needs in times of disaster and crisis. Right now, we are praying for God to provide a new bus for our volunteers to use on call-outs. Glenn, Ron, and the rest of your SCBA Disaster Relief leadership appreciate your help!
-Raceway Ministries provides a Gospel witness to the people at Talladega Superspeedway. We share the Gospel directly and personally with people at the racetrack.
-IMPACT is sharing Christ on the campus of Jeff State Pell City. Christina, Brenda, and the team do an incredible job of investing in the students for God's glory!
-We have provided relief, ministry, and support to individuals around St. Clair County and across the nation because of your support! Your SCBA Woman's Missionary Union leadership take care of many needs because of your faithfulness.
Now, you can give on our website at www.stcba.org by clicking DONATE ONLINE. You may also mail a gift to SCBA--PO Box 160 Ashville, AL 35953. As always, support your local church FIRST with your tithes and offerings!
Please pray about participating and jump in with us. God has given us a great mission, and we’re blessed to be able to join him in reaching our county for Christ and advancing the Gospel around the world. Please give your gift soon as the end of the year is approaching rapidly! Thank you St. Clair County!
With sincere gratitude,
Chris Crain, Director of Missions--SCBA--Ashville, AL