CURRENT NEWSLETTER| HOME | CHURCHES | MINISTRIES | LINKS | STAFF
"The purpose of this Association shall be to promote a spirit of fellowship and cooperation among the member churches as they seek to fulfill the Biblical mandate given them by our savior in Matthew 28:19-20. This shall be accomplished through joint mission endeavors, ongoing training opportunities, and coordinated evangelistic efforts in cooperation with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention."
Article II, By-Laws, North Jefferson Baptist Association
The ministries of the Association have been developed with our purpose statement in mind. Presently our five departments of work include:
Discipleship Training, Men's Ministries, Music, Sunday School, and Women's Missionary Union.
The on-going programs of work include:
Deacon's Ministry, Evangelism, Missions, and Stewardship.
In addition to these departments and programs, our Church and Community Ministry (C.C.M.) Division ministers to the needs of the people of our area through a variety of ways. Dixie Kuykendall, our C.C.M. Director directs the Association's C.A.R.I.N.G. Center (Christians Actively Reaching Individuals Needing God's love). We started the center with the purchase of a small building in Mount Olive in 1993 but soon outgrew this facility. We are presently distributing over 2 tons of food per month to help meet the physical needs of hurting humanity at our site on Glenn's Chapel Road in Gardendale which we have occupied since May of 2001. At this expanded site, we also provide free clothing to the needy. Dixie is also the administrator of the Good Samaritan Fund - an interdenominational effort at a clearinghouse for benevolence work for participating churches.
We also have the 100 Oaks Ministry Center - a center in a Mobile Home park in Fultondale where we have ESL classes, after school tutoring, GED classes, Children Art Class, and several Bible studies going on through the week led by volunteers from several area churches. Along with these physical ministries is input of a spiritual nature, including opportunities to share faith in Jesus Christ, who alone can meet man's most desperate need, that of salvation from his sins. Gina Moran is the Director of our 100 Oak Center.
Another ministry is our partnership with Pathways Professional Counseling, a ministry of the Alabama Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministries. A Christian Counselor, Justin Phillips, comes to our office twice a week to counsel with those who need these services. Finances are never an issue, as this is a ministry. Justin is first and foremost a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ who has also been called to marriage and family counseling.
In 2010, Central Alabama Baptist Hispanic Ministry Coalition (CABHMC) selected Cary Hanks, a former IMB missionary to Equador, as our catalytic Hispanic Missionary for the Central Alabama area. There are eight associations presently forming the Central Alabama Baptist Hispanic Coalition Ministry along with the Alabama Baptist State Convention. This partnership has served us well, as Cary helps promote new work, train leaders, and give strategic advice and leadership to the vital ministry to this increasing segment of the Alabama population. Cary gives valuable insight to our 100 Oaks Ministry, with Gina Moran, a member of Gardendale First, serving as Director of calendar coordination and day-to-day operations.
Other mission opportunities include financial aid for the Baptist Campus Ministries at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Birmingham Southern and Jefferson State Junior College, overseas mission trips, short term projects, and summer mission opportunities - including periodic trips with Builders for Christ to help a church in pioneer areas build new facilities. Periodically, we have worked together in an area wide Crusade to win the lost to Jesus Christ.
Many of our ministers meet at the Associational office in Mount Olive on Monday morning every week (except in the summer) for fellowship, prayer, and to hear the preaching of God's Word. This time of fellowship is very important to the work of the association.
Pray for us that we will reach many lost people for Christ through the various ministries of the Association.
Back to Top