Why I Recommend The Alabama Baptistcomment (0)
June 7, 2012
By Rick Patrick
The leadership of every Southern Baptist church in Alabama must somehow decide how they plan to communicate with their membership. At Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Hueytown, where it is my privilege to serve as pastor, we made the decision years ago to furnish The Alabama Baptist to every single member of our congregation. Our people not only appreciate all the information and inspiration they find within the pages of this award-winning publication, but they are also able to stay informed about the events taking place both at church and among our sister congregations in the Bessemer Baptist Association. The value we see in providing this resource can be summarized in five words:
- Information: The news you receive by reading The Alabama Baptist is not only accurate, fair and balanced, but it is targeted specifically to the needs of Christians in general and Baptists in particular. Coverage of such issues as moral legislation in the state Legislature and religious persecution abroad is not only more extensive but is also presented in a manner that is consistent with our Christian worldview.
- Inspiration: In addition to the news features available, readers benefit from Sunday School lessons, devotional materials, reviews of Christian books and music, and testimonies of God’s grace in the lives of Alabama Baptists. Upon finishing this newspaper, one is not only left informed, but also uplifted and encouraged.
- Interpretation: Sometimes it is helpful not simply to review the basic facts of a news story, but to consider events from a specific perspective informed by years of observation and the lessons of history. Editorials are designed to provoke serious thought and reflection upon current events. One may not always agree with the opinions offered, but The Alabama Baptist provides a place where this exchange of ideas can find expression.
- Cooperation: As Southern Baptists, we want to know how we can work together with other partners in our Cooperative Program ministries, our local association and both our state and national conventions. If we are to cooperate in missions and ministries, disaster relief work, supporting our Children’s Homes, Christian education and other valuable ministries, we need to know what is going on so we can participate in our mutual work.
- Administration: By partnering with The Alabama Baptist, we provide all these resources to our church members for only pennies a week, taking full advantage of the newspaper’s resources for printing and mailing, and saving our office staff hours of precious time. We not only have a better informed congregation, but we also exercise good Christian stewardship, saving the church time and money in producing our weekly newsletter. Let me encourage you to provide The Alabama Baptist to your congregation.