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JUAREZ, Mexico – In 2013, Phil Miller, director of Bible Study/Discipleship, and Daniel Rangel, director of River Ministry and Mexico Missions, traveled to Juarez, Mexico, to bring attention to the growing need in the churches to receive training on teaching and sharing the gospel with others. The main focus of the training was how to have an evangelistic Sunday School. Full Story »

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GEORGETOWN – Sharing of God’s faithfulness in the midst of many trials, Steve McCord stated, “We are not compelled but surrendered to Him who loved us with an everlasting love.” Full Story »

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When I was 12-years-old, I felt called to ministry. While the specifics of my calling were unclear, I knew I was supposed to spend my life engaged in some type of vocational ministry or mission work. Despite the lack of clarity in my calling, I was able to easily identify and explain my life’s purpose to others because of what the church referred to as: the call to special service.

But somewhere along the way many (or if we’re being completely honest, most) of us have stopped heeding the special service call. For some unknown reason, we believe people are simply going to hear and discern their calling for themselves – and nothing need to be on our part – or worse, we have stopped believe that people are called to vocational ministry or mission work.

This blog is titled “You are the Missionary,” because I believe all people are called to be on mission in their community, and to minister in their church context. Everyone is called to mission and ministry; however, there are some of us that will be called by God to a special type of service: the type of service that sends you across the ocean to serve an unreached people group, or that moves your heart to work in the inner-cities of Texas or our nation on a full-time basis.

Perhaps, God is moving in your heart to be a missional pastor or staff member of a church that will help people get on the mission of God for their lives. Leaders of local churches must begin in some way to issue this special call once again. This is vital, especially in regards to helping young people explore what it is God may be leading them to, just in the same way Eli helped Samuel.

For more information about the call to missions or ministry please contact either Steve Seaberry at steve.seaberry.texasbaptists.org or Ryan Jespersen at ryan.jespersen.texasbaptists.org.

For more information about Texas Baptists Initiative entitled Calling Out the Called please contact Jane Wilson at jane.wilson@texasbaptists.org.

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DALLAS – Texas Baptists endorsed Hollas and Nelda Hoffman as the first Oil Patch Chaplains on Monday, February 24, during a meeting of the Executive Board. The Hoffmans, of Gonzales, will serve on the oil fields of South Texas as chaplains. Full Story »

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Recently, we were on a trip across Texas, something I love to do, especially with my family. Joanna was feeding Mary Kate in a Loves truck stop, sitting in the booths that were for the Subway restaurant. In this particular truck stop, the booths were right next to where all of the truckers came in. Rachel Beth was walking up and down the long bench by the windows and stopped at the other end. When she stopped, she began telling me to hurry because church was about to start. Full Story »

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Right now our youngest daughter is learning to crawl and our older daughter, who is three, is walking as well as her mom and me.  As children, we know that we crawl before we walk, and walk before we run.  The same is true in your church when it comes to being on mission.  Many times people need to do something small before they are ready to do something larger.  Here at the BGCT we have mission opportunities for people at every level.  Whether it’s you or your church looking to get started, we want to help.

We have Disaster Recovery trips for people of all ages. Next summer we will be launching a new program that gets students involved in disaster recovery work during a weeklong mission experience.  If you are ready to expand your missions involvement, we have national and international opportunities through Texas Partnerships and through the Christian Life Commission, which offers work dealing specifically with hunger issues.  We also have ways for you to partner with churches in the Rio Grande Valley and in Mexico with our River Ministry and Mexico Missions staff.

If you are a college student, you can participate in our Go-Now program which sends college students all over the country and all over the world.   Speaking of college students, if you would like to work with international students on a college campus we have opportunities for available.  Through our Hope 1:8 Missionary Initiative people in your church can be on mission on a regular basis, either full time, part time, or once to twice a week.

We also have something called Mission Shaped Leadership training which can get your church thinking about missions in ways you never thought possible.   This training is about the development of disciples/leaders that are shaped by the mission of God.   Do you need training in how to do evangelism when you are on mission? We can help with that!  Would you like to partner with an ethnic church in your community? We can help make those connections!   Do you want to start a church, either an organic church or a conventional church? We can help your church do that!

No matter what size budget you have and no matter how much or little experience you have, there is something to be done, so let’s be on mission this year. It is time to get started and we can help!

Please contact Ryan Jespersen if you are not quite sure what to do yet.  We can help you see where your church is and how you can get started making steps to get on mission.

Crawford Sign Blog

There are three things you might notice when driving into Crawford, Texas. Perhaps you’ll notice the billboard featuring George and Laura Bush, our most famous property owners. Perhaps you’ll notice the welcome sign from First Baptist Church, or perhaps you’ll notice the city limit sign, which reads, “Pop. 717.”

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