Community Care

Ferrell Foster

Associate Director & Director, Ethics & Justice, Christian Life Commission

(512) 473-2288

Julie Valentine

Ministry Assistant, 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.

My First 90 Days

It is hard to believe today marks exactly three months since I started working for Texas Baptists.

As I reflect on this first quarter at the Christian Life Commission, I cannot help but be grateful for this season of learning and connecting.

This summer has been a whirlwind of conferences across the state, meetings with ministries and associations, and planning for upcoming events and materials. My new role proves itself to be dynamic, exhilarating, and forever stretching — for which I am exceedingly grateful!

Stepping back from the many moving parts, I am keenly aware of... [continue]