By Courtney Wilmoth
ARLINGTON – For the 3,000 students in attendance at the 2012 Youth Evangelism Conference hosted by Texas Baptists, they heard a message from speakers and musicians of what it means to “glorify” the Lord with their lives, the theme for the event. Full Story »
Living the Christian Life
Think about the most important ministry your church provides for the community. I’m sure it’s different for each member of your church, whether it’s a program to feed the homeless locally, building water wells in Central America on a yearly mission trip, or your summer Vacation Bible School. As electricity bills become a larger part of church budgets, it makes sense to try to mitigate those costs rather than cut some other important ministry.
This June, as part of the Texas Coalition for Water, Energy and Economic Security, the CLC is helping to organize the Military Enhances Security through Energy and Water Efficiency, a legislative briefing for our Senators, Representatives and their staff members to learn from and engage with an expert panel. Speakers will include Gregory Kuhr: Director, Facilities & Logistics, U.S. Army Installation Management Command; Brian Dosa: Director of Public Works, Fort Hood; and Col. Tracy Norris: Director of Construction & Facilities Management, Camp Mabry. The CLC is engaged in creating opportunities to inform legislative staff on issues that we are simultaneously working on in our communities.
On average, utility bills are the second highest line item in most church budgets. OUCH. The pinch and pain are not incidental, but substantial. For many congregations rising energy costs mean diminishing ministry budgets and in some instances the loss of important church staff or mission endeavors.
2012 Bike Out Hunger raises money and awareness for Texas Baptist Hunger Offering
Many thanks to the following cyclists who rode 440 miles from San Antonio to Dallas, April 23-28, raising awareness and money for the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering for the third year:
“Ethical Living” resources can now be found online
Announcing a new section on the CLC website under Ethical Living titled, “Ethical Choices”. This new section will provide general insights for ethical decision making. It will expand in the weeks and months ahead, but right now it includes the following links:
Counseling Services Update (formerly Substance Abuse)
Katie Swafford is the new Director of Counseling Services for Texas Baptists. Katie obtained a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counseling, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a Ministry concentration from Dallas Baptist University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and approved CEU provider by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors with over ten years experience working with individuals and families. Full Story »