“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:5, 8) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23a) Christians are to be disciples and make disciples, and Texas Baptists want to do both well. The opportunities on this page are intended to help church leaders with relationships and resources to enhance the discipleship process. Please call or email for more information.
Click here for a listing of discipleship materials from a variety of sources. A basic discipleship planner is available for download in Excel format. Click here to download. Visit the Texas Baptists Adult Sunday School page for a list of downloadable tools and online resources.
The goal of the Texas Baptist Christian Education Certification is to help pastors, staff and lay leaders develop a practical plan for making disciples through Christian education in their church. Click here for a PDF document outlining course content, scheduling, and cost.
Children’s Bible Drill (4th-6th graders), Youth Bible Drill (7th-9th graders) and High School Bible Drill (10th-12th graders) equips children and youth with God’s word through Bible skills and memorization of key passages. The drills themselves give participants an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. Youth Speakers’ Tournament (1-th-12th grades) challenges youth to grow in discipleship through writing and delivering a 4-6 minute speech. Visit the Bible Drill & Speakers’ Tournament pages for more information.
An annual spring retreat and a fall fellowship dinner are cornerstone events for an informal network of church staff with responsibilities for Christian education and discipleship in churches across the state. Several regional groups also meet periodically for fellowship and encouragement.
Go to the Texas Baptist Educator’s Retreat event page for information regarding the 2014, “Building Authentic Relationships” with speakers Joe Loughlin and Blake Coffee. Plan to attend, April 28-30, 2014 at T Bar M Resort, New Braunfels, TX.