VISION & SCOPE
The SFPMBA enlarges the capacities of churches for impact through congregational development, Christian education, worship arts, community outreach, and missional impact.
a. Provide a professional Association staff and network of ministry specialties to develop, discover, and disseminate effective methods for ministry.
b. Publish a periodic newsletter which will help churches think critically, engage effectively, and witness authentically in contemporary cultures.
c. Distribute a publication that defines and describes Baptist Doctrinal issues from South Florida.
d. Host periodic conferences for leadership and impact training.
2. Leadership Development
The SFPMBA facilitates the development, nurture, and credentialing of pastoral and lay leaders with certification, ordinations, and degree programs. These will be offered through onsite and virtual platforms in continuing education programs, partnerships with universities, and / or association sponsored institutions of higher education.
a. Create a ministry mentoring program for young ministries
b. Develop ongoing mentoring and leadership development programs for women and men
c. Develop or partner with one or more educational institutions to train and certify church leaders.
d. Develop an ordination model, credentialing procedure, pastoral qualification guide, and pastoral call process for South Florida Churches.
e. Develop an ordination model and credential procedures for men set aside to become deacons of SFPMBA churches.
3. Economic Development
As we look to the future, South Florida plans to institute a Debt Elimination Education Program which will assist churches in empowering families to eliminate their debt, practice faithful stewardship, and cultivate generosity. We will also develop economic development projects and partnerships to strengthen the Christian witness.
a. Adopt a personal stewardship and debt elimination ministry for churches
b. Create / maintain a SFPMBA business venture (e.g. real estate rental project.)
c. Assist churches to build capacities to engage in community and economic development projects.
4. Mission Development
The SFPMBA develops missional and ministry collaborations with global partners, African American Baptist communities, para-church partners which will advance evangelism, empowerment, and new generations of leaders for the church and the world. We are also dedicated to Disaster Relief (Christian Love In Action) – This ministry meets the urgent need of hurting humanity in crises situations.
a. Develop a partnership to equip and engage churches in prison ministry and re-entry programs (counseling, job readiness, etc.)
b. Develop systems to respond to those who are effected by natural disasters, locally, nationally and global. Christ calls for believers to demonstrate His love to those affected by disasters through our use of resources, talents and time. We will provide many different types of relief, including food, water, laundry, and financial assistance.
c. Develop a youth program for service and learning of mission work.
d. Participate in collaboration with Baptist Conventions and other church, business, and non-profit projects.
The South Florida Progressive Missionary Baptist Association will implement its strategic priorities through the following entities:
Associational Annual Sessions
Churches that comprise the membership of the SFPMBA represented through messengers authorized to discern and decide the priorities and programs of the Association.
District and Fifth Week Congresses
The principal unit of the Association which provides training programs to equip church leaders, youth and children to serve their congregations, the community, and the world with excellence and effectiveness.
District Children and Youth Department
This unit of the Association will provide training programs for youth and children to equip them to do effective ministry work, at home and within the community.
Ministry teams which facilitate equipping church leaders for more effective service and generate financial resources to advance the work of the SFPMBA.
Ministers’ Wives and Widows