Soul winning is a team effort. While one individual may be the new convert’s sponsor and mentor, including the role of home Bible study teacher, the actual conversion of the person is a team effort. First, we must acknowledge that God is the only one who can save a soul. But, if God is the Father, the church is most definitely the mother. What success could the Bible study teacher have if the mother church was an unwelcome place? Unfortunately, this is too often the case. But I have found that Holy Ghost filled, prayed up, congregations excel at welcoming new people into the body. The atmosphere, beginning with the greeters and ushers, plays a very important role in soul-winning. The music team and the church leadership staff can add to the welcome or take away from it. Established Christians serve as mentors and elders to new converts. And no one can adequately define the importance of the preaching of the truth in love.
If this concept is true in winning souls in the local setting, is it not also true concerning planting churches in a state wide setting? It is not the sole responsibility of a district department, departments, and overall leadership to plant churches in Alabama. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us. The greatest testimony of Christianity is unity. If that be true, then the greatest testimony of PROBLEMS in Christianity is disunity. Fellow pastors and church leaders should accept the responsibility of leading by example in this area. I get “holy chills” just thinking of what we could do in… “Alabama Together!”
There are several pre-approved sites in Alabama. You can find this information by clicking here. We have some very positive prospects in Double Springs. Help us pray for Oneonta, Birmingham, Hoover, Jacksonville, Clanton, Tuskegee, Daphne/Fairhope, and Troy. I am also pleased to announce a new autonomous Spanish church in Oxford, Alabama, pastored by Daniel Valladares.
North American Missionaries:
We currently have ten North American Missionaries on location in Alabama. Jay Davis pastors Cornerstone Church in Lincoln, Steve Drake pastors Apostolic House of Prayer in Ragland, Matt Edmonson pastors Redeemed Apostolic Church in Tuscaloosa, Minerva Garcia pastors La nina de sus ojos, Iglesia Pentecostal in Athens, Joseph Grimes pastors The Apostolics of Citronelle, Andy Salinas pastors the Pentecostals of Dadeville, John-Paul Wallace pastors 2.42 Church in Montgomery, James Williams III pastors Point of Grace Church in Birmingham, Randall Yeoman pastors Apostolic Revival Center in Hazel Green, and Steve Avery pastors Open Door of Holiness Church in Cuba. Let’s build a wall of prayer around these church planters, and remember that you can financially support them through ACTS (Alabama Call to Souls). Contact Alabama North American Missions for more information.
Pastoral Vacancies and Opportunities:
Pastor Anthony Jarry planted The Pentecostals of Phenix City and is looking for someone to take the work. The church has 15 members and is renting a facility, but the church owns about 6 acres. There is great opportunity for revival in the Phenix City/Columbus area!
You may enquire via email by clicking here or send a resume to Stan Davidson, 2500 Sansom Ave., Gadsden, Alabama 35904.
Please take time to examine the District Calendar by clicking here. There are many wonderful events coming your way this year.
Alabama District Superintendent