JULY 29-31, 2018

Arlington Convention Center 

1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX

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The 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering will be an exciting family reunion as we bring together joint sessions of Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, the African American Fellowship Conference and the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas in harmonious celebration. Attendees are encouraged to bring their families for a refreshing week of worship, fellowship and family fun. We hope you will join us in July as we celebrate the unity of the body of Christ at our Texas Baptists Family Gathering!

Keynote Speakers

Monday Morning

Nebiye Kelile

Pathways Church

Garland, TX

Monday Night

David Dykes

Green Acres Baptist Church

Tyler, TX

Tuesday Morning

Ralph West

Church Without Walls

Houston, TX

Tuesday Night

Jason Paredes

Fielder Baptist Church

Arlington, TX

Worship will be led by Chris and Diane Machen, The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, Westside Baptist Church in Lewisville, and First Baptist Church of Weslaco. 

General Schedule

Sunday, July 29

2:30 - 7 PM | Messenger Registration 

4 - 7 PM | Exhibit Hall Open

7 - 8:30 PM | Evening Worship 

8:30 - 10 PM | Registration Open

Monday, July 30

8 AM - 5:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Open

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Messenger Registration

8:30 - 9:30 AM | Workshops

9:45 - 10:45 AM | BGCT Business Session 1

11 AM - 12 PM | Morning Worship

1:30 - 3:30 PM | Convención Business Session 1

1:30 - 2:30 PM | Workshops 

4:30 - 6:30 PM | Culp Banquet

5 - 7 PM | Messenger Registration

7 - 8:30 PM | Evening Worship

Tuesday, July 31

8 AM - 5:30 PM | Exhibit Hall Open

8 - 10 AM | Messenger Registration

8:30 - 9:30 AM | Workshops

9:45 - 10:45 AM | BGCT Business Session 2

11 AM - 12 PM | Morning Worship

1:30 - 3:30 PM | Convención Business Session 2

1:30 - 2:30 PM | Workshops

3:30 - 4:30 PM | Convención Auxiliaries

7 - 8:30 PM | Evening Worship


Online Pre-Registration
May 1- July 27

Churches may register messengers for both the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Convención Bautista Hispana de Texas. Completed registration for each convention is required for messengers to vote during business sessions. Separate registration areas will be available for BGCT and Convención.

Pre-register online between May 1 - July 27 at texasbaptists.org/familygathering with your church’s BGCT ID #, which will be mailed to you.

Bring your messenger cards to the registration desk when you arrive. Messengers who do not have properly endorsed messenger cards must be processed through the Credentials Committee. Visitors are welcome to attend all sessions and can register on-site at the registration desk.

Childcare Information

Childcare options will be available for infant to 5-years-old, and a missions day camp for kindergarten to 6th grade. Children must be pre-registered. Registration will open May 1. Walk-ins will not be accepted. 

Featured workshops

Learning to Tell the Story

Delvin Atchison
Director, Great Commission Team, Texas Baptists 

The Pornography Crisis

Jenna Mountain
LPC, Director, First Baptist Richardson Counseling Center

Creative Outreach Strategies for the 21st Century

Dan Wooldridge
Pastor of Crestview Baptist Church in Georgetown

How Church and Family Together Can Facilitate Lifelong Faith in Teenagers

Jane Wilson
Youth Discipleship Specialist, Texas Baptists

Protecting Your Place of Worship: Church Security Basics

Don Simmons
Managing Director, Acacia Security Management Services