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Bibb County church hosts hunting season kickoff comment (0)

October 22, 2009

For the third year in a row, Union Springs Baptist Church, Randolph, invited the men and boys of its community and the surrounding areas to come together over a common interest — hunting.

With guest speaker Mark Whitlock, owner of Mark’s Outdoor Sports in Vestavia Hills; 350 pounds of Boston butt; and nearly $6,000 worth of giveaways, more than 450 flocked to the church for the men’s hunting season kickoff Oct. 10, with more than 50 churches represented.

And everyone walked away with something, from chain saws and guns to tree stands and football tickets — and some with something more lasting.

There were 22 salvation decisions and around 40 rededications, said Kacy Mims, outreach director and music minister of the Chilton Baptist Association church. “We draw them in by worldly things, and we present the plan of salvation and hope they accept it, so they leave there with an eternal gift,” he said.

And that’s just the purpose, added Pastor Steve Johnson.

“The goal is to share the gospel and minister to men who are maybe in turmoil or having issues and trouble,” he said. “(It’s for men) who come to win a tree stand or Alabama-Auburn tickets for the Iron Bowl, but they leave having heard the gospel.”

And it creates ministry outlets for other churches, too, because many of the men who come are not necessarily from the Randolph area, Johnson said.

“For example, if someone came from Clanton, I’ll call a pastor or another church in that area and say, ‘Here is someone you can follow up with.’ So the chance of ministry is much better. … It’s not about hogging people; it’s about making sure they are ministered to.”

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