Metro Birmingham Discipleship Staff







First Thursday Lunch
Birmingham Metro Discipleship Staff
Network, Eat, Fellowship, Learn, Grow

This meeting is open to church staff members or interns in Alabama Baptist churches who oversee adult discipleship ministries.



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Meeting Details:
  • We meet the first Thursday of most months.
  • Meetings begin with lunch at 11:30am.
  • We typically end between 1:00 and 1:15pm.
  • The cost is free. The host church provides the meal.
  • Please seek to register by noon on Tuesday.
  • But seriously, we have cancellations, so come on.
  • Participants should consider hosting annually if geographically feasible.
  • Use "Register" Link to volunteer to host.

    Host Church Responsibilities:
  • Table seating for 20.
  • Lunch, box lunch or catered.
  • Exterior and interior directional signage.
  • Registration table, name tags, sharpies.
  • Program is not the responsibility of the host.

    Leading a Topic Discussion:
    Sometimes we just have open discussion. Most often we have an individual do a brief presentation along the following lines:
  • 15 minutes presentation
  • 15 minutes Q&A about the presentation
  • 15 minutes with participants sharing ideas

    Vendors We've Used
    Chick-Fil-A, Jason's Deli, Eli's Jerusalem Grill, Mugshots (More than hamburgers!), The Chocolate Biscuit (Trussville), Taco Mama, Urban Cookhouse.





  • Meeting Outlook


    May 3, 2018
    Hunter Street Baptist Church
    Focus: Group Multiplication Planning, Topper Reid
    Register Now!


    June 7, 2018
    North Shelby Baptist Church
    Overseeing Age-group Staff
    Register after prior meeting.


    July
    No Meeting.


    August 2, 2018
    Valleydale Church
    Focus: Disciple-making In Groups, Jay Gordon
    Register after prior meeting.


    April 5, 2018
    Shades Crest Baptist Church
    Focus: TBA
    Register after prior meeting.




    List of Prior Hosts and Dates
    2017
    Jun Brook Hills Interest Meeting
    Jul Lakeside Open Topics
    Aug Canaan, Bessemer Open Topics
    Sep Trussville FBC Leader Enlistment
    Oct No Meeting N/A
    Nov GraceLife, McCalla Member Care/Discipline
    Dec Liberty Baptist Family Ministry
    2018
    Jan Liberty Park Promoting Bible Reading
    Feb Birmingham FBC Young Singles
    Mar Meadowbrook Measuring Discipleship
    Apr Shades Mountain Grandparenting YouTube Link

    About ABREA
    ABREA membership is open to professional staff members who have specific responsibility for adult discipleship ministries in churches affiliated with the SBC and the Alabama Baptist Convention. Our purpose is to provide networking, fellowship, and professional development opportunities to our members. We typically meet annually on the final Thursday and Friday of January.

    Members include both full and part time staff members, as well as specific ministries for any of the following: men, women, senior adults, young adults, etc. Senior Pastors and Age-Group Staff (Student, Children's and Preschool) are welcome to attend our meetings but we do not target those ministries in our programming. We recognize that there are other organizations similar to ours, but focused on the needs of those church staff positions. Our desire is to help ministers find the best organization for specific professional development and networking. At the same time, many of our members have supervisory responsibility over age-group ministries.