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Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries changes name but keeps “same heartbeat”

Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries changes name but keeps “same heartbeat”
Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries changes name but keeps “same heartbeat”

After 63 years as the Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries, the group voted earlier this year to change its name to “better reflect who we are.”

The name Alabama Association of Baptist Ministry Assistants reflects the fact that over time, many churches across the state have moved to using the job title “ministry assistant” instead of “secretary,” says Sara Bible, president of the AABMA and ministry assistant at First Baptist Church Demopolis.

Renaming the group AABMA “also better represents us because we are truly in ministry,” she said. “We play an important role in ministry to our churches and associations and to the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.”

Same goal

Bible said the name is the only aspect of AABMA that is changing – “we are just growing and helping people better understand who we are.”

“The organization still has the same heartbeat; our leadership still has the same goal in mind,” she said. “We still want to love and support our ministry assistants. The conference is still there to do its job. We just want to better represent who we are now.”

Officers put the name change to a vote for the entire group at their annual conference in March. Their next conference will be March 2-5, 2025, at the Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega.

“Our annual conference is an opportunity to provide them with training, but also spiritual renewal and mental refreshment,” Bible said. “Ministry assistants have a lot on their plate, and sometimes things land on their desks that are a huge burden on both the job and the life of the church.”

She said the conference should give them the necessary knowledge, information and encouragement.

“We’ve worked really hard to build a network,” Bible said. “We’re here to offer this community people who understand exactly what you’re doing in your job and in your office.”

AABMA will also have a booth at the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions annual meeting in November.

For more information about AABMA, visit facebook.com/1AABS.

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