COVID-19 Information

The Alabama Department of Public Health is the primary state health agency for the state of Alabama. ADPH’s purpose is promoting, protecting, and improving Alabama’s health.  
 
CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation.

Staying Connected

Please continue to interact with your small group through interactive Bible studies and conversations through Facebook/Facetime, phone, and yes, even by letter. If you have a prayer request or need, you can contact your Connection Class Leader via email using the link above.
 
Helping you stay connected to family, friends, Connection Class members, and your community through this challenging time. ZOOM is simplified video conferencing with real-time messaging and content sharing. This popular video conferencing app is free with limitations. For example, it is free for calls between 2 people for 24 hours, and fee for up to 100 people for 40 minutes. But, there are charges to add additional participants or meeting minutes. Some restrictions and fees are being suspended during the Coronavirus crisis.
 
Stay in touch! Skype keeps the world talking. Say “hello” with an instant message, voice or video call – all for free. Skype can host up to 50 people at a time, and you can use it with or without video.

Family

Focus on the Family provides timely, relevant information and advice on marriage, parenting, faith, entertainment, life challenges, and social issues all from a Christian perspective. This non-profit organization produces daily radio broadcasts, such as Adventures in Odyssey for children and Family Minute with James Dobson.
 
Family Life Today provides practical, biblical tools to address the issues affecting your family in a format that is conversational in nature. At the core of every program is motivation, encouragement, and help.
 
Christianity Today is an Evangelical Christian periodical founded by Billy Graham. Christianity Today provides informative editorials on current events, news from a Christian perspective, Christian doctrine, issues and trends.
 
LifeWay Kids team has created a free, temporary, at-home resource that will allow families to conduct weekly media-driven kids Bible studies at home: the LifeWay Kids at Home and LifeWay Preschool at Home Digital Pass experiences. Within each Digital Pass experience, families can access weekly Activity Pages, a conversation guide and a series of videos to watch and discuss. Materials include a Bible Story video, Life Application video, a kids connection video, a missions video and gospel presentation resources.
 
Discover resources that speak to the spiritual transformation in students’ lives. You’ll find everything from short-term Bible studies to blogs to guys & girls ministries and more! Stay up-to-date on the latest student information and any upcoming student ministry events. And don’t forget about their New Feature Releases such as Priscilla Shirer’s Defined and Jimmy Scroggins 3 Circles.

Men’s Ministry

More than just a rally or a Bible study, Men’s Fraternity provides men with an encouraging process that teaches them how to live lives of authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ and directed by the Word of God.
 
Christian Sportsmen’s Fellowship serves as a fellowship for sportsmen and their families to experience the love of Jesus Christ through the shared passion of the Great Outdoors.
 
Healthy ministry to men connects, disciples, challenges, and ultimately witnesses men transformed by the power of Jesus. As men are transformed, the Lord rules and reigns over every aspect of their lives, with ever-increasing glory. Check out Lifeway Men’s Ministry’s online Bible studies, devotional magazine, blog, and newsletter.

Women’s Ministry

Women of Faith is a faith-based women’s organization encouraging women of all ages and stages of life to grow in faith and spiritual maturity through a relationship with Jesus Christ and an understanding of God’s love and grace.
 
At Lifeway, we provide a blog, variety of resources, Bible studies and much more! We pray these resources will minister to women in such a way that it engages them to know Jesus and know Him better, to seek His kingdom, and be spiritually transformed and equipped for service.

Apologetics

C.S. Lewis was an Irish writer and scholar. Lewis’ works are diverse and include medieval literature, Christian apologetics, literary criticism, radio broadcasts, essays on Christianity, and fiction relating to the fight between good and evil. One of Lewis’ most popular works are the books that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia.
 
Josh McDowell is a Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer. He is the author or co-author of some 77 books, of which his best known titiles include More Than A Carpenter, Evidence That Demands A Verdict, and Right From Wrong.
 
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of nearly twenty books. He won awards for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator.
 
Ravi Zacharias is an Indian-born, Canadian-American evangelical Christian apologist. He is the author of numerous Christian books, the president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and the host of a weekly radio program. Zacharias argues that a coherent worldview must be able to satisfactorily answer four questions: that of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. He claims that while every major religion makes exclusive claims about truth, the Christian faith is unique in its ability to answer all four of these questions.

Finances

Crown Financial Ministries is dedicated to equipping people around the world to learn, apply, and teach biblical financial principles.
 
Dave Ramsey offers life-changing financial advice as host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Dave Ramsey Show.” The 3-hour live radio talk show focuses on life, love, and relationships, and how they happen to revolve around money.

Missions/Evangelism

The North American Mission Board assists Southern Baptists in their task of fulfilling the Great Commission in the United States, Canada and their territories through a national strategy for sharing Christ, starting churches and sending missionaries in cooperation with Acts 1:8 Partners.
 
The International Mission Board is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. The board’s main objective is presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to lead individuals to saving faith in Him and result in church-planting movements among all peoples of the world.
 
Operation Mobilization works in over 110 countries, motivating and equipping people to share God’s love with people all over the world. OM seeks to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the peoples of the world through literature, the creative arts, friendship, Bible studies, videos, correspondence courses, relief and development work, and much more.
 
The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, interdominational organization with a vision for aiding Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ, fulfilling the Great commission, and educating the world about the ongoing persecution of Christians.
 
Way of the Master’s sole purpose is to inspire and equip Christians – to teach them how to share the gospel simply, effectively, biblically . . . the way Jesus did. It is headed by American actor Kirk Cameron and New Zealand-born evangelist Ray Comfort.

Books/Resources

Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention is one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, including Bibles, church literature, books, music, audio and video recordings, and church supplies.
 
Christianbook.com is the online home of the Christian Book Distributors company. It offers a premier selection of Christian products – over 200,000 books, Bibles, videos, CDs, cassettes, gifts, toys, games, and more.

Southern Baptist

The Elmore Baptist Association (EBA) website is a great “connection” place for you and the churches of the association. Connect with a church in your area and with opportunities for ministry, mission, and fellowship through the EBA.
 
The Alabama Baptist Convention State Board of Missions ministers in partnership with churches, associations, state convention entities and the larger southern Baptist family by fulfilling the Great Commission through reaching and growing faithful disciples of Christ, developing Christian leaders, and mobilizing Alabama Baptists for local and global missions.
 
The term “Southern Baptist Convention” refers to both the denomination and its annual meeting. Working through 1,200 local associations and 41 state conventions and fellowships, southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.

Men of Integrity

Danny Akin is the current president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin has authored numerous books and journal articles, including the books A Theology for the Church and Discovering the Biblical Jesus.
 
Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr. is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker, and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. Some of his books include The Ever Loving Truth and Family Driven Faith.
 
Dr. Criswell served fifty years as senior pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas and preached more than four thousand sermons from its pulpit. He published fifty four books and was awarded eight honorary doctorates. Criswell is known as the patriarch of the “conservative resurgence,” returning the SBC to its Bible-believing roots.
 
Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.
 
Dr. David Jeremiah is a conservative evangelist and is currently the senior paster of Shadow Mountain Community Church. Jeremiah broadcasts a daily radio program on stations worldwide through his Turning Point Ministries. He is also the author of numerous books on Christian theology topics.
 
John MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author, and conference speaker, and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. MacArthur is noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible.
 
Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr. serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mohler hosts a daily live nationwide radio program on the Salem Radio Network. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. He is a preacher, teacher, and lecturer.

Women of Integrity

Since founding Precept Ministries International with her husband Jack in 1970 with the vision to establish people in God’s Word, International Bible teacher and four-time Gold Medallion award-winning author Kay Arthur has written more than 100 books and Bible studies. Kay is also the teacher and host of the radio and television program, Precepts for Life.
 
Beth Moore founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word. She has written numerous books and Bible Studies, including Breaking Free, Believing God, and When Godly People Do Ungodly Things. Beth’s Living Proof Live conferences have taken her to 39 states. She also began a radio ministry in 2004 called Living Proof with Beth Moore.
 
Through the expository teaching of the Word of God, Priscilla desires to see people not only know the uncompromising truths of Scripture intellectually but experience them practically by the power of the Holy Spirit. Priscilla has published numerous books including Discerning the Voice of God, God is Able, and two New York Times Bestsellers – The Resolution for Women and Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer. Her Going Beyond Ministries is focused on the expository teaching of the Word of God and a commitment to teaching the uncompromising truths of His Word.
 
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 16 other books. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team have led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey through daily online devotionals, radio programs, online Bible studies, speaker/writing training, and more.

Radio

Faith Radio’s mission is to serve the Christian community and strengthen the family unit and the local church as they provide spiritual encouragement and personal challenge with a Christ-centered focus through biblical teaching, relevant information, and uplifting music to the glory of God.
 
K-LOVE’s mission is to create compelling media that inspires and encourages you to have a meaningful relationship with Christ. We use music, people, and short educational features to build relationships with you through our media channels. The currency from these relationships is trust, and through that trust we help souls respond to a God who loves you, gave Himself for you, and wants to be the center of your lives. Our desire is to work together with you to demonstrate Christ’s love through service in your local community.
 
WAY-FM is a listener supported radio station that exists to encourage youth and young adults in their Christian lives and to introduce non-believers to Christ through youth-oriented Christian pop/rock music.
 
We’re a contemporary Christian radio station in the area and WVRV-FM – THE RIVER is proud of the fact that we are Safe For YOUR Family. Just tune your radio to 101.5 FM (the Montgomery, AL area), 97.5 FM (the Troy, AL area), or NOW ONLINE and you’ll hear your favorite artists like Casting Crowns, Third Day, TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Skillet, Michael W. Smith, David Crowder Band, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Newsboys, Francesca Battistelli, Tenth Avenue North, NeedtoBreathe, Kutless, Jeremy Camp, Downhere and more!