Community Care

Ferrell Foster

Director, Ethics & Justice, Christian Life Commission


(512) 473-2288

Julie Valentine

Office Manager, Christian Life Commission


(512) 473-2288

Community Development

Baptists go on mission the world over. It’s what we do. It’s what we’re known for. We can be on mission locally and globally at the same time as we are on mission for Christ in our own community. Learn more…

Restorative Justice

Texas Baptist churches are getting smart on crime by focusing ministry efforts on the offender and family, the victim and family, as well as the criminal justice professional and family. Learn more…

Human Trafficking

Technically the law states Human trafficking is a serious federal crime with penalties of up to imprisonment for life. Federal law defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as: “(A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or (B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” Learn more…

Community Ministry Monthly Reports


Literacy Missions

Literacy missions is a great way to reach unchurched people, especially the more than 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in Texas. Training, certification and resources are available for English as a Second Language or conversational English, adult reading and writing, as well as tutoring children and youth. Family Literacy is a new initiative that allows for ministry to the whole family. Another new initiative is English as a Foreign Language that will become an essential tool for global missions, especially those countries closed to traditional Christian missionaries.

Literacy ConneXus is the new name for literacy in Texas and reflects 50 years of literacy missions in collaboration with the Center for Literacy at the Baylor School of Social Work.

For more information contact Lester Meriwether at: or (817) 696-9898.

CLC director expresses concern regarding Houston subpoenas

by Ferrell Foster — October 15, 2014

Gus Reyes, director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, has released the following statement regarding the City of Houston’s subpoenas sent to five churches:

“We are glad Mayor Annise Parker now agrees with critics that the initial City of Houston subpoenas were overly broad.

“The U.S. Constitution protects religious freedom, and that includes the right of pastors and church members to speak on social and community issues without fear of intimidation by the government.

“We now wait to see what city officials do next. We hope they display a renewed commitment to religious liberty and recognize that efforts meant to…

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