Michael Blair

Union Baptist Church , Alabama
Healthcare Chaplaincy
Mobile Alabama
Union Baptist Church
August 9

About My Family

Diane and I have been blessed to be married 42 years. We have two sons. Justin is a policeman in Birmingham, Ala., and is married to Analyn Kracke. Patrick is a recruiter for the U.S. Army in Memphis, Tenn., and is married to Hillary Hall. We have three grandchildren: Oliver, Henleigh and Andrew. Our fourth grandchild is due in September 2018. We have lived in Mobile, Ala., for the past 20 years. Diane is a teacher at Goodwill Easter Seals School for special needs children.

About My Ministry

I have been a hospice chaplain since September of 2006. I have served with Alacare Hospice and Comfort Care Hospice. Since March 2018, I have been a chaplain with Kindred At Home Hospice in Daphne, Ala. I provide spiritual and bereavement support to patients living the final chapter of their earthly lives. For some, I provide an opportunity to find a saving relationship with Jesus Christ; for others I help them find confidence in and assurance of their salvation. For our patients' families, I help them find peace with their loved one's terminal illness and find the spiritual strength to live life's final chapter with their loved ones.

I also serve as a part-time worship leader for Union Baptist Church in Grand Bay, Ala. I provide encouragement and support to my pastor and fill the pulpit when he is out. 

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a "frontline" ministry that is vital to the extension of the local church. Chaplains reach the lost among the thousands of men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, public safety, disaster relief sites and corporate environments. SBC Chaplains care for the broken, offer hope to the hopeless, and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in hard to reach places. The qualifications expected of a Southern Baptist applying for endorsement as a chaplain or counselor are established by the using agency and the Chaplains Commission, SBC. These qualification requirements vary according to the type of chaplaincy or counseling ministry involved but all are expected to meet a high level of ministerial competence. A basic qualification from the Chaplains Commission, SBC, is that an applicant is a Southern Baptist who is a member in good standing with an SBC church. Additional qualification requirements may involve certain age limits, educational background, ministry experience, physical condition, financial and credit history, citizenship eligibility for a security clearance, certification by certain national organizations, and other qualifications specific to the Using Agency or Chaplains Commission, SBC. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as an SBC endorsed chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at Send me. For more information about SBC Chaplaincy, visit www.namb.net/chaplaincy.

Pray

For our church as we seek to move from being plateaued to being a growing church, making an impact for Christ in our community. For committed lay leadership for our church. Pray for boldness to share the gospel and open hearts among the people to whom I minister. Pray for people to come to saving faith in Jesus. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.

Participate

Commit to long-term prayer support. Chaplains serve as an extension of the local church in places that other church members and staff sometimes cannot go. Explore the opportunities to extend the reach of your church by becoming a chaplain. Support and pray for chaplains and their families.
NAMB does not provide compensation for SBC endorsed chaplains. However, a general fund is available to receive donations in support of the ministry and pastoral care to SBC endorsed chaplains. To donate, please visit Support Chaplaincy (missionaries.namb.net/projects/full/chaplaincy).
Fund ID: Q1N50S-Blair,Michael
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