CHALLENGE TO BUILD IS A CALL TO PRAYER AND FAITH
ten years of CHILDREN’S HONOR CHOIR mel johnson MEET YOUR STATE MISSIONARY SUMMER AT SHOCCO CHURCH VISITS we are home: A MOBILE CHAPEL STORY In Other Words… | One Mission Calendar One Mission is made possible by gifts of Alabama Baptists through the Cooperative Program.
A Summer of Opportunities
State Missionary Executive Director-Treasurer
As the summer months draw near, please consider the many opportunities offered at Shocco Springs Conference Center. Many Alabama Baptists and other Christians have found renewed commitment to our Lord and His service while attending conferences, workshops and other events at Shocco.
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go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. â€“ Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
One Mission is made possible by gifts of Alabama Baptists through the Cooperative Program.
On pages 8-9 of this issue of One Mission magazine, you’ll find a list of Shocco events planned by your state missionaries and publicized by offices from your State Board of Missions. The testimonies you’ll read represent barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of lives that have been changed by the power of Christ during a visit to Shocco Springs. We hope to see you there! Visiting Churches Several years ago, your state missionaries began an effort to visit every one of the approximately 3,200 congregations affiliated with our State Convention. We completed one cycle and are now in the next.
Children’s Honor Choir One of the brightest, most upbeat ministries in the recent history of the State Board of Missions is the Children’s Honor Choir. For the past decade, this choir has provided many future Baptist leaders with an unforgettable and highly positive avenue for experience in serving our Lord through music and worship leadership — even at such a young age. Pioneered by retired State Missionary Ray Burdeshaw and his wife, Jane, the choir continues under the able leadership of Keith Hibbs, the state missionary who now directs our Office of Worship Leadership & Church Music.
We as your state missionaries value our partnership with associational missionaries. All of our ministries exist to assist the local church in a variety of ways through Great Commission Ministries. The experience has been overwhelmingly positive for our staff as well as for local churches who continued to affirm this with positive feedback.
Your state missionaries have all the same prayer needs as other believers, but we would also offer a special prayer request for traveling mercies. Each year, we travel approximately 750,000 miles visiting churches and associations to help provide conferences, workshops, training consultations and a variety of other ministries aimed to serve the local churches. One of my own church visits was at Antioch East Baptist Church in Greenville. Led by Pastor Ronnie Boulware, this congregation has a remarkable story from recent years as told on pages 4-5 of this magazine.
In fact even in retirement, Ray and Jane continue to lead this choir. Pray for the Burdeshaws, for Keith Hibbs and the many other adults who work behind the scenes ensuring that Children’s Honor Choir will continue to be a way to honor our Lord. Mobile Chapels Our mobile chapel ministry continues to be a great help to churches in time of need. On April 14, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Hale Association was destroyed by fire. Two days later I visited the pastor, Chuck Weaver, and carried with me a check from disaster relief funds. Less than three weeks later, the church celebrated Homecoming on May 3 by worshiping in a mobile chapel on their own property. Both the check and the mobile chapel were made possible by the generous giving of Alabama Baptists. Read more about this story of tragedy and triumph on page 13. OM
Is a Call to Prayer and Faith Ronnie Boulware, pastor of Antioch East Baptist Church in Greenville since 2005, sees the future of the south Alabama congregation as dynamic and growing. “Even in the midst of the economic problems of our nation, our people are still confident and have faith to proceed,” Ronnie stated. “Our giving is up from last year. Whenever and wherever you follow the Lord, He always provides exactly what’s needed.” Ronnie credits the congregation of Antioch East as being responsive to God’s leadership and describes them as ready to obey Him. “You have a choice to stay like you are or step out in faith and do what you need to meet the need,” Ronnie said. “We could have stayed where we were, but we followed the leadership of the Lord and watched Him work.”
During the past few years, encouragement came in a variety of ways to the congregation, including in oneMission
partnership with the State Board of Missions (SBOM). Ronnie expressed appreciation for how the Cooperative Program provided ministries from the SBOM ministries to help the local church. “We had a long-range planning committee that began six years ago and that looked at every aspect of our church,” Ronnie recounted. “One of the things they concluded was necessary in order for us to grow was that we had to build. The committee made a recommendation to look closely at our building needs.” Contact was made with State Missionary Gary Swafford who was responsible for assisting churches with insights and resources related to church building and church architecture. (Editor’s Note: Building ministries are now handled by Otis Corbitt. See below for contact information.) “I already knew Ronnie Boulware as a positive Christian leader with Kingdom vision from his previous pastorate,” Gary said. “When I heard he was moving to Antioch East, I thought, ‘Wow! This is perfect.’ The
church had excellent stability and was sitting on the front end of great potential. They already had been taught that ‘God has something great for you. You’ll be amazed at what God can do.’” When Ronnie became pastor, a group from Antioch East participated in the SBOM’s annual Church Building Conference where they gathered excellent information and returned to Greenville with an even greater commitment to seek God’s will. “The group did an excellent job in planning and carrying through the plan to build the building, namely a new sanctuary,” Gary recalled. “At the same time, the body of the church was being built. Their unity in fellowship grew along with growth in numbers.” Ronnie related how Gary recommended the church contact the Southern Baptist Convention’s Church Architecture service, now a part of LifeWay Christian Resources. “The fees were a lot better than we could find anywhere else,” Ronnie said. “The consultant helped us develop a master plan that actually stretches over 50 years.” Indeed such a plan was needed, Ronnie noted, since church attendance at Antioch East was crowding the sanctuary. “Our former sanctuary could seat 175 comfortably, but we were elbow to elbow every Sunday,” he said. “We knew we had to build or go to two services — and we felt led to build.” But even as the church began its building campaign, the nation in general and the Southeast in particular fell on uncertain times. “This was about the time Hurricane Katrina came through,” Ronnie observed. “We were a little worried about finances.” But he made contact with then State Missionary John MacLaren — since retired — who was the SBOM’s director of Cooperative Program & Stewardship Development. “John helped us with ‘Challenge to Build’ (CTB),” Ronnie said. “He first met with the leadership of the church and presented the details related to CTB. In that meeting of leadership, those present themselves pledged $100,000 to be given over a three-year period. The total www.alsbom.org
cost was accurately projected to be $1.2 million.” Over the next three years, the church collected giving commitments of $490,000 and finished the building process in October 2006, the same month they held their first service in the new sanctuary. “Our church grew, and giving increased,” Ronnie said. “In fact, we paid off our building in June 2008 — the entire $1.2 million. We basically more than doubled our pledges, and it was a real blessing.” Many people in the church gave sacrificially, Ronnie said. Sacrifice came in a variety of ways, some unexpected. “One of our members, Fred Harrison, was a model train collector who kept his collection in a separate building,” Ronnie related. “When sacrifice was taught and discussed, Fred felt the leading of God to sell his train collection, and he gave the money to the building fund.” Today the church is about to begin the second phase of the building process to provide more educational space and a new fellowship hall. “All through this, God has given us confidence and has increased our faith,” Ronnie said. “Before the first phase, the church in its entire history had never borrowed a dime. Though we had to borrow to finish the sanctuary, the money came in, and the people were faithful to God.” Challenge to Build is still a vital, excellent strategy for churches seeking help with capital fundraising, says State Missionary Jim Swedenburg who has led the Office of Cooperative Program & Stewardship Development since January 2007. “With CTB, many churches will raise anywhere from 1 to 2-1/2 times of their annual budget receipts,” Jim notes. “A Challenge to Build consultant — who receives a fee from the church based on the number of resident members — helps the church over a three-year period.” Churches that attempt to raise capital funds without such a consultant usually only raise half as much, Jim says, adding that CTB aims to keep spiritual priorities in order. “CTB is a spiritual emphasis out of which the fundraising grows, not the other way around,” Jim declares. “It starts with prayer, very much dealing with the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the people.” For more information about church architecture and building-related issues, please contact State Missionary Otis Corbitt at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 332, email@example.com. OM spring 2009
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When Kelsey Moore was a child, she was shy and couldn’t imagine singing in front of people. Now, she says, “I’m in charge of our youth praise and worship ministry, the ‘front-man’ of a Christian rock band, and am comfortable playing in front of several hundred people at a time.” What caused the change? “Being involved in Children’s Honor Choir gave me a lot of confidence in sharing my gifts with others,” Moore says. Moore is just one of the hundreds of people whose lives have been enriched by Children’s Honor Choir, which celebrated ten years of ministry in March. Highlighting the occasion was a concert at First Baptist Church, Montgomery, by a combined choir of current members and alumni from the last ten years.
In 1999 Ray Burdeshaw, then director of the office of worship leadership and church music of the State Board of Missions, had the idea to create a choir of auditioned 4th through 6th graders from Alabama Baptist churches. Since its inception, oneMission
the choir has been directed by Burdeshaw’s wife, Jane, and accompanied by Deb Anderson, organist at Elkdale Baptist Church in Selma. Auditions take place in the fall, rehearsals are held in January and February, and the students go on tour, usually somewhere in Alabama, in March. The competition can be tough – this year, 400 children auditioned and 170 were selected. Keith Hibbs was an associate in the office of worship leadership and church music and is now director. He recalls, “One of the primary reasons we started the choir was to give students a high quality musical experience that was spiritual and relational.” He thought the relationship aspect would be a nice byproduct but now, looking back through the lens of the past ten years, realizes it’s become a main feature. Just ask Lindsay Cleveland and Whitney Head. Lindsay was raised in a small church and remembers the opportunities Children’s Honor Choir gave her to sing with a large choir and “to do many
One of the primary reasons we started the choir was to give students a high quality musical experience that was spiritual and relational. – Keith Hibbs
things besides sing – play handbells and other instruments, learn sign language, and even dance. “At Honor Choir Lindsay became friends with Whitney. Now they’re roommates at Samford University where Lindsay is a music education major and Whitney is studying church music. They both credit Honor Choir with helping them discover their love of music and leading to their career choice. Hibbs notes that Children’s Honor Choir ministers to local churches by providing an increased level of enthusiasm, energy and expertise to their children’s choir ministries. In addition it’s also an outreach tool, as the children, their parents and leaders serve as positive ambassadors for the State Board of Missions at hotels and other venues around the state.
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“We don’t know of any other state that does it,” Hibbs says. “We are developing tomorrow’s worship leaders today.” For more information about Children’s Honor Choir, contact State Missionary Karen Gosselin, 1-800-264-1225, ext. 318, firstname.lastname@example.org. To view additional photos and video clips from the concert, visit www.alsbom.org/chc-tour. OM
At the Alabama Disciple Making Institute, I was deeply moved for the need of greater prayer discipline. God always touches my heart when I’m at Shocco. — James Preachers, director of missions, Sardis Baptist Association 8
Shocco is a perfect setting for a retreat. Thanks, Alabama Baptists! — Sulynn Creswell, Camden Baptist Church
I’ve been preaching 42 years. The Sunday School Leadership Conference was very good, informative and helpful. — Mike Glenn, Union Grove
After the Pastor/Deacon Spouse Retreat, I have a renewed desire to reclaim the de-churched. — Gaines House, Gordo
African-American Church Strategic Planning has been a wonderful experience for us. It showed us how to serve God, how to treat others while serving Him and how to get our youth involved in the services of the church. — Terrance and Jacqueline Gaines, Parrish
At the Fall Senior Adult Retreat, the sermon by Phil Winningham was awesome. I have never felt a stronger presence of the Holy Spirit than during this sermon. — Roy Hill, Valley
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From the minute we arrived at WMU Leadership Training, I felt excited. God’s presence is on the face of so many people who work here and those who are visiting. — Cissy Childs, Phenix City
At the Fall Senior Adult Retreat, the small group meetings were intimate and very special. — Nancy Scroggins, Mobile
Shocco Springs is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. During the Human Relations Conference, my heart was touched by so many things that were said and done and by the beautiful fellowship of the people from different nationalities. The love of Jesus was shown among His people. — Tanya Gates, Valley
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REGISTRATION: For Student Life camps, call 1-800-718-2267. For RA Camps, call 1-800-264-1225, ext. 227. For all other Shocco events, call 1-800-280-1105.
Not long after Rick Lance came to the State Board of Missions as a state missionary and executive director, he set a goal for the SBOM staff that had never been achieved in Alabama or any other state convention.
The aim was simple but ambitious: Visit each of the 3,200-plus churches affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention over a period of several years.
“In talking with colleagues who were leaders of other state conventions, I found some had tried such an effort but, for one reason or another, weren’t successful,” Lance recounted. “Still we saw an opportunity to meet Alabama Baptist leaders in their local church settings and to thank them in person for supporting missions through the Cooperative Program.” oneMission
The first round of church visits was completed between 2001 and 2006 after state missionaries contacted and visited virtually all of the 3,200-plus churches. A second cycle began in 2007 and will be completed by 2013, Lance stated. As the SBOM staff of approximately 50-60 state missionaries deploy each year to visit 10-15 churches each, they are asked to contact the church’s pastor and the local director of missions prior to visiting. “We don’t ask to speak during the service or be listed in the order of service,” Lance explained. “We’re just there to worship with the local church, shake a few hands, thank the church for supporting missions and treat the pastor and his family to a meal in a local restaurant, which serves as a valuable time of networking and fellowship.” With the church visits effort now in its ninth year, state and associational missionaries were asked recently to reflect on the impact and benefits of the visits. Mike McLemore, executive director of the Birmingham Baptist Association, credited the visits as one factor for the good spirit within the Alabama Baptist family. “These visits by our state missionaries have been a positive experience,” McLemore observed. “I believe these visits have strengthened the relationships with our pastors and churches and are one of the reasons we have the strong spirit of cooperation that exists
within our state convention.” Jerry Grandstaff, director of missions of the Columbia Baptist Association, described the visits as “nothing but positive. Dr. Lance and our state missionaries have bridged a gap, brought a greater awareness of and a personal touch to our churches when it comes to the purpose and value of cooperative missions.” In fact, Lance periodically reminds SBOM staff that, in addition to promoting the support of missions through the Cooperative Program, it’s vital to express strong support for associational missions and gratitude for the ministries of DOMs as well. State Missionary Mike Nuss, director of the Collegiate & Student Ministries Office, affirmed the visits as “the best way to connect with pastors and congregations and to know firsthand how a state missionary can be of help and service to that pastor, church or local association.” Others offering comments recently about church visits included: — GARY FARLEY, director of missions, Pickens Baptist Association: The second round of church visits seems to be having greater success than the first. Initially some met these visits with reservations. This time it is like a visit from an honored and welcome colleague. — EDDY GARNER, director of missions, Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association: State Missionary David Sumner made a church visit at
ts Happy Valley Baptist Church where the pastor, Andy Corbett, mentioned he needed some help with Sunday School organization. Within a few weeks, State Missionary Daniel Edmonds (director of Sunday School) made the trip to our association to meet with Andy and help him deal with his Sunday School questions. — STATE MISSIONARY STEVE STEPHENS, associate, Global Missions Office: Finding thriving churches in out-of-the-way places has been a blessing. Even though they were considered small churches and difficult to drive to, they had lots of children and youth. — STATE MISSIONARY MIKE JACKSON, director, Discipleship & Family Ministries Office: Church visits have enabled me to get to know many across Alabama and to experience the uniqueness of who we are as Alabama Baptists. I have had the joy of being in churches from our major cities to some of our most rural settings. It has deepened my appreciation for the way we do ministry as a part of the SBOM and through the Cooperative Program. — STATE MISSIONARY JEFF HAMMACK, coordinator, Computer Services: More times than not I have found my church visits turn into a www.alsbom.org
ministry of encouragement well- received by the church leadership. I am often, I believe, the more blessed by those visits. It’s nice to set foot in churches all over Alabama to worship, fellowship and pray with other Southern Baptists in Alabama. — STATE MISSIONARY JAMEY PRUETT, associate, Associational Missions & Church Planting Office: I have never had a negative experience doing church visits. It always encourages me to meet a pastor who is faithfully serving the Lord. Furthermore, I really enjoy meeting different people in different contexts living out a common faith. Without fail, I come away from church visits being encouraged. — STATE MISSIONARY KEITH HIBBS, director, Worship Leadership & Church Music Office: Church visits are a great opportunity for me to put faces on those who give through the Cooperative Program to support my ministry. — STATE MISSIONARY LEE WRIGHT, coordinator, Church Compensation Services: I am always amazed by the variety of Baptist churches I observe making church visits… . But it is so much more than musical styles. These are an outer reflection of different church
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different people groups they reach throughout the state. I enjoy wonderful worship experiences in each church and enjoy building friendships across the state. — GEORGE THOMPSON, director of missions, Judson Baptist Association: Response from our churches include remarks such as, “Our state missionaries are always high-caliber people,” “They always have so much to offer” and “Some of our people are new Baptists, and their visits offer an opportunity to explain our relationship to the State Board of Missions.” — BILL WALLACE, director of missions, Cahaba Baptist Association: Church visits from state missionaries are positive events that all our people need. It helps them put a face on state missionaries. For a more complete listing of testimonies from state and associational missionaries, please go online to www.alsbom.org/churchvisits. OM
A wise farmer once gave the following instruction to his grandson: “The things you do around this house and for this house and in this house, them’s chores. Young man, the work is out in the field!” A person with a heart for missions understands that the chores of Christian living in and around the house of God prepare and equip us for a work that takes place out in the fields.
MEET YOUR STATE MISSIONARY
MEL JOHNSON My Christian journey began in 1971 as a direct result of a church plant from a core group meeting in a rented tire store in Guntersville. Creek Path Baptist Church was the church God used during my early years of discipleship, and her growth and influence continues to impact our world for Christ. In later years, God opened yet another door of experience pointing me in the direction of missions. Stowers Hill Baptist Church became grounds for growth and complete surrender to the Lordship of Christ. Through encouragement of my church family, the Etowah Baptist Association and state convention support, I became directly involved with inner city ministry through the EBA mission center. Lay leadership opportunities in youth, Sunday School and deacon ministry in the local church continued the building process. Through this rich experience of change and investment from scores of God’s people, my hearing and heeding God’s call into the preaching ministry became an easy progression. From the first message until now, God has given me the privilege of preaching His Word around the globe and witnessing the miracle of salvation time and time again. From volunteer ministry to state missionary, my life continues to be blessed by God. Through the Office of Global Missions, disaster relief has become one of many great tools used to bring people to Christ. Though we do not seek crisis, when crisis comes, it is wonderful to offer the hope of salvation to those who may feel hopeless. Our convention’s ability to respond is due, in no small part, to some 20 years of effective leadership from Tommy Puckett. What a blessing it is to serve as your state missionary in light of his example and the extensive dedication of 5,181 faithful volunteers who comprise Alabama’s disaster relief ministry. Because of gifts made possible from churches through the Cooperative Program, we can be assured of continued support for the “the work that is in the field.” To contact Mel, call 1-800-264-1225, ext. 389, email@example.com. Other biographical details are available online at www.alsbom.org/mjohnson. OM oneMission
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On the night of April 14, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in rural Hale County was completely destroyed by fire. On May 3 – after only two Sundays – the church worshipped together under one roof on their own property. How that happened is a vivid example of the Cooperative Program at work. The day after the fire, Bill Wallace, Hale Association director of missions, and State Missionary Mel Johnson met with Chuck Weaver, pastor of Pleasant Hill, and several members. Consulting with State Missionary Ron Parnell, they began making plans for a mobile chapel to be delivered to the property as soon as possible. The next day, State Missionary and Executive Director Rick Lance visited Weaver to provide encouragement and see the destruction firsthand. While there, Lance delivered a check – made possible by gifts of Alabama Baptists through the Cooperative Program and funds designated by Alabama Baptists for disaster relief – to Bill Wallace to give to the church for them to use as they saw fit. Bill presented the check to Weaver on April 19. While he appreciated the check, Chuck – who comes out of an independent Baptist background and is in his first pastorate – admits that he didn’t realize the full impact of the gift until the next day when another check arrived in the mail. “It was from a lady on a fixed income living in a nursing home,” Chuck recalls, “and I thought ‘you know, that’s the widow’s mite.’” That’s when the Lord taught Chuck a lesson. “The Lord told me, ‘Chuck, where do you think the money came from the State Board gave to you? It came www.alsbom.org
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from widows’ mites. I can gather people together that will help so many more people through the Cooperative Program than we can do on our own.’ “I guess on that day I became a Southern Baptist. I saw firsthand what the Cooperative Program does.” The rest of the story? A brand new mobile chapel, made possible by Cooperative Program gifts, was delivered on April 29. Church members spent the next few days building a deck, working on electrical and plumbing issues and preparing it for use, and then the church held Sunday School and worshipped in the mobile chapel on May 3 – appropriately Homecoming. “People have told me time and time again what a blessing it is to have our own place to worship and not have to go somewhere else,” Chuck said. “That’s what having the chapel means to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. We are home.” And the Cooperative Program will continue to support Pleasant Hill, as the church is receiving assistance in planning their new building plus the possibility of volunteer construction crews through the State Board. “Our widows’ mites can go so much further when put in the hands of a group of people who are good stewards with it and use it for things like this,” Chuck added. “Thank you, Alabama Baptists.” To download a video version of this story, visit www.alsbom.tv. For more information about the mobile chapel ministry, contact State Missionary Ron Parnell, 1-800-264-1225, ext. 234, firstname.lastname@example.org. OM spring 2009
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Web Sites From Your State Board of Missions WWW.ALSBOM.ORG the main State Board of Missions Web site WWW.RICKLANCE.COM blog by Executive Director Rick Lance WWW.PREACHINGPOINT.COM resource-rich Web site for preachers WWW.PRAYINGBRIDGE.COM pray for and post prayer requests WWW.ALSBOM.TV video resources from the State Board of Missions WWW.THESTUDENTHUB.ORG Collegiate & Student Ministries information Keys to Follow-up for Vacation Bible School DURING VBS: 1. Information cards on enrollees should be filled out completely (printed if possible). 2. Provide pupils with information about the church and its ministries to be carried home. 3. Identify families who have no church home. 4. Plan to do follow-up as a part of the overall VBS plan. DURING THE WEEK OF OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER VBS: 1. In making follow-up visits, wear a name tag and have fresh breath. The first impression is most important.
2. If possible, have VBS workers make the first contact with families of children in their department the week of Vacation Bible School. If not all the children, certainly those who are prospects should be visited. 3. Every child and worker should receive a note from the pastor following VBS. A postcard or printed letter will do. The more personal the note is made, the better. 4. Follow up visits must be made within three weeks of VBS if they are to be the best kind of visit.
5. If a church is using FAITH Evangelism Strategy, FAITH teams can help with follow-up visits. If FAITH teams are not active in the summer, consider a FAITH Family Outreach, inviting all FAITH trained leaders to come that one night to follow up with VBS prospects. For more information, please contact State Missionary James Blakeney at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 286, email@example.com.
gm GLOBALMISSIONS Avenues for Missions Involvement — Missions Mobilization projects. Two broad categories of group mission opportunities: (a) Prepackaged experiences for students, including LifeWay’s M-fuge, Mission Serve, Student Life Mission Camps and World Changers, (b) Self-directed experiences for all age groups. — Baptist Convention of Michigan projects — Guatemala National Baptist Convention (GT) mission projects — Ukraine Baptist Union/IMB projects For more information, go online to www.alsbom.org/global or call 1-800-264-1225: Ministry Assistants Sheron Poole, ext. 298, firstname.lastname@example.org or Virginia Gardner, ext. 238, email@example.com. OM
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Student Life Youth Camp #2, Shocco Lay Renewal Training, Shocco 8-12 Girls’ Missions Camp, WorldSong 8-12 Student Life Youth Camp #3, Shocco 12-15 Student Life Youth Camp #4, Shocco 15-19 Girls’ Missions Camp, WorldSong 15-19 Student Life Youth Camp #5, Shocco 16-20 Student Life at the Beach, Christian Life Church, Orange Beach 18 Basics of Social Security/Medicare, Baptist Building, Montgomery 19-20 Mom & Daughter Missions Camps, WorldSong 20-24 Student Life at the Beach, Christian Life Church, Orange Beach 21 Father’s Day 21 Baptist Men’s Day 21-22 WMU Missions Celebration, Louisville, Kentucky 22-26 Youth Girls’ Missions Camp, WorldSong 23-24 Southern Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky 25-27 RA/Challenger/Lad & Dad Camp, Marshall Baptist Camp, Guntersville 28 Citzenship and Religious Liberty Sunday 28-7/14 Camp Shocco for the Deaf, Shocco 30 Church Policies, Baptist Building, Montgomery
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RockSolid Tour Independence Day RA/Challenger Camp #1, Shocco Girls/Youth Girls’ Mission Camp, WorldSong Lad & Dad RA Camp #1, Shocco Mom & Daughter Missions Camp, WorldSong Children’s Missions Mini Camp, WorldSong Mix456, Shocco ReMix, Shocco Super Summer Alabama Youth Leadership, Samford University, Birmingham Church Financial Issues, Baptist Building, Montgomery Girls’ Missions Mini Camp, WorldSong Church Financial Issues, Silverhill First Lad & Dad RA Camp #2, Shocco Lad & Mom RA Camp, Shocco Children’s Choir Summit, Shocco Youth Evangelism Conference, Samford University, Birmingham RA/Challenger Camp #2, Shocco Girls’ Missions Camp, WorldSong When & How to Add a Staff Member, Baptist Building, Montgomery Church Financial Issues, Madison First Leader Lab, Baptist Building, Montgomery Church Financial Issues, Calvary, Dothan
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Lad & Dad RA Camp #3, Shocco Crusader RA & Dad Ropes Course Camp, Shocco WMU & Women’s Leadership Equipping & Enrichment, Shocco Read The Alabama Baptist Sunday Girls’ Missions Camp, WorldSong Church Financial Issues, Woodward Avenue, Muscle Shoals Church Financial Issues, Pelham First Sunday School Leader Training I, Shocco
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Collegiate Week, Ridgecrest, North Carolina Social Issues Sunday Becoming a Missional Church, Westmeade, Decatur Baptist Men’s State Softball Tournament, Lagoon and Fain Parks, Montgomery Sunday School Leader Training II, Shocco Church Financial Issues, Opelika First WMU Regional Leadership Training, Birmingham First Being the Sunday School Leader God Wants, Northport BC, Northport Church Financial Issues, Calhoun Association Office, Anniston North Regional Sunday School Leader Training, Lindsay Lane, Athens South Regional Sunday School Leader Training, Dauphin Way, Mobile Church Financial Issues, Northport BC, Northport WMU Regional Leadership Training, Evergreen BC, Evergreen Church Financial Issues, Andalusia First Enhancing Your Image: Buildings and Grounds, Baptist Building, Montgomery Leadership Greatness, Baptist Building, Montgomery Being the Sunday School Leader God Wants, Opelika First Church Financial Issues, North Mobile First, Saraland Being the Sunday School Leader God Wants, Ino, Kinston Church Financial Issues, Huffman, Birmingham Being the Sunday School Leader God Wants, Cloverdale, Dothan Missions University, Shocco Men’s Ministries, Challenger/RA Leadership Training Conference, Shocco Mid-State Regional Sunday School Leader Training, Montgomery First
Events at the Baptist Building in Montgomery are at 2001 E. South Blvd. To access more information about these events, visit www.alsbom.org and click on Upcoming Events. spring 2009
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