January 26th, 2012 at 9:55 am
DALLAS – The Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board recently presented the Excellence in Evangelism Award to the Baptist General Convention of Texas in recognition for an increase in people baptized.
The award honors an increase of baptisms between 2009 and 2010 of at least 390, according to voluntarily-reported statistics. The latter year was the final period of Texas Hope 2010, an evangelistic effort spearheaded by Texas Baptists to share the hope of Christ with people throughout the state.
The BGCT is one of only four Baptist conventions across the country to receive the Excellence in Evangelism Award.
Wayne Shuffield, director of Texas Baptists Evangelism and Missions Team, praised the work and efforts of Texas Baptists who sought to share the gospel with those around them. He noted that many other churches did not report the results of their outreach initiatives, meaning the reported increase is only a glimpse of the impact Texas Baptists had for God’s kingdom in 2010. Texas Baptist churches remain committed to sharing the hope of Christ.
“We celebrate the cooperative efforts of churches and partner organizations across Texas who engaged Texas Hope 2010 strategies,” Shuffield said. “They deserve the recognition of this award. This proves the tremendous efforts and hard work of Texas Baptists in evangelism, and we are grateful partners in the priority to reach our state for Christ.”
Shuffield urged Texas Baptists to continue in their commitment to sharing Christ with their neighbors, co-workers, relatives and others. As Texas Baptists now move forward in Hope 1:8, an effort encouraging Texas Baptists to carry out the Acts 1:8 missions mandate, people still need to hear the gospel, people still need to discover the hope of Christ.
“We must not let up now or become diverted from the goal of giving every person in Texas an opportunity to respond to the hope of Christ,” he said. “The task is unfinished with more than half of the population still unchurched. I believe together we can do more. This award recognizes we can.”