As a family of MBA churches, we share a concern about the greater Montgomery area. We have been given the responsibility of reaching the lost of Montgomery with the gospel. Who will reach the people of Montgomery, southern Elmore County and eastern Lowndes County if the churches of MBA do not?
MBA Community Ministries, Inc. exists to help Montgomery Baptist Association’s member churches fulfill the Great Commission, to fulfill the local congregation’s God-given vision for reaching her community. Associations don’t reach people. Churches reach people. Associations may help networks of churches begin cooperative ministries, but ultimately, those ministries must be “owned” by the member churches.
Baptist Family Resource and Counseling
The churches of the Montgomery Baptist Association joined together with Baptist Health and the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries to provide a Christ-centered, church-based ministry program to foster spiritual and emotional health among individuals and families. The program focuses on wellness and is designed to equip participants to develop strategies for healthier lifestyles through education, training, counseling and utilization of appropriate community resources.
Conversational English School
Montgomery Baptist Association along with First Baptist Church, sponsors a Conversational English School to teach internationals how to speak English. It is a ministry made available to The Air War College at Maxwell AFB as well as members from the Montgomery Community.
Forest Park Ministry Center
In 1972, Baptist Center Ministry began in Montgomery under the leadership of Gladys Farmer, Director of Christian Social Ministries for the MBA. At that time the center was located in the former Jewish synagogue. The Baptist Center began ministering to the “inner city” of Montgomery through literacy and tutoring classes and programs to build self-esteem. In 1989, Baptist Center work took a new direction. The Human Needs Study Committee of the MBA determined that more emphasis should be placed on assisting individuals to seek life-changing results.
Through the years, MBA has sponsored eight Regional Baptist Centers: Chisholm, Coosada, Day Street, Forest Park, Lowndes, West Side, Woodley and Valley Park. Each center served designated zip code areas. Forest Park Ministry Center remains today under the leadership and guidance of MBA Community Ministries, Inc.
Mixtec Outreach Ministry
Our work in Montgomery with the Mixtec, an indigenous Indian tribe, was begun when they were first identified as being in our region in 2008. Even though they are from a region of Mexico, they do not understand or speak Spanish, nor do they speak English. It was estimated in 2010 that there were an estimated 3,000 Mixtecs in central Alabama alone. They have come to earn money that they can send back to their families since the group residing in Montgomery is from an impoverished area in Southern Mexico.
Samaritan Inn Ministry
Samaritan Inn Ministry, organized in 1980, is based on Luke 10 and Matthew 25:36 and ministers to out of town families at local medical facilities. Our purpose is to help relieve the stress of financial concerns and provide emotional and spiritual support, lodging, and other needs. Volunteers are the backbone of our Ministry.
Other Ministries within MBA CCM, Inc.
Montgomery Prayer Network
In the winter of 2008, a group of committed leaders from MBA churches met together as part of a strategic focus group. They began praying, talking and networking to see what the “future story” might be for our churches. The focus group determined that any significant change in the Greater Montgomery Area must begin with a change in believers’ hearts. Since God changes hearts, prayer must be a top priority for Christ followers in order to see any transformation. The local church is “ground zero” for Kingdom work.
One of the major decisions was to develop a Prayer Network among believers so that Christians could have direction as they prayed. Facebook has been a successful way to communicate prayer needs. There have been over 500 people praying for our community. We have prayed over the five areas of concern this group had: poverty, crime, racism, schools and abuse of affluence. There has been a lot of fruit from this prayer group. The crime rate in Montgomery has been at its lowest in 20+ years. Schools are more open to Christians coming in and helping. More Christians are concerned and doing something about the hundreds of children in our area who need a forever home. More Christian individuals and families are getting involved in ministries all over the city.
Would you join other Montgomery Christ followers in your area to pray intentionally for our city and its surrounding areas? Go to www.montgomeryprayernetwork.blogspot.com or to https://www.facebook.com/groups/179161632142058/ and get prayer requests weekly.
Annual Toy Sale
All churches are invited to participate in the MBA Montgomery Toy Sale. Toys are donated through the generosity of our church members and our community. Volunteers from interdenominational churches come to help receive and sort gifts, serve as shopping buddies, wrap presents, deliver presents to the car, provide rest, snacks and prayer. Parents, through a special invitation from our ministry centers, get to show and experience a day of God’s love in action. The toy sale has been fully funded in the past by donations of money and toys from individuals, churches, and businesses. We have seen people’s hearts changed and others come to know the Lord.