Urban Missions

Connecting churches to communities

Connecting churches to their communities through missional training, consulting, coaching and commissioning.


Ryan Jespersen

Director, Urban Missions


(214) 828-5278

The voice of the church

by Ryan Jespersen and Josue Valerio — March 31, 2015

In the 1950s, both pastors and churches had a sort of automatic “voice” in the community. People listened to pastors simply because of who they were. Being a church and a minister gave one a certain level of “prominence” in whatever community they were in. More and more we live in a culture where this is no longer the case.

In many ways, we live in a “post-Christian” culture; gone are the days when one can assume everyone was either a Christian or had a respect for Christians. In Jeremiah 29, the children of Israel find themselves in a similar situation. While in... [continue]

Become a Missionary

Urban areas are growing. They are growing faster than any other area in our world. People in urban areas desperately need Jesus in their lives. Maybe you feel called to go as part of a volunteer impact team that works in an urban area once or twice a week. Learn more…

Give

Would you like to support a specific area in the urban center? Your financial gifts, whatever the amount, will go directly to supporting a missionary on the field and you will receive regular reports from these missionaries with prayer requests and what is happening in these areas of ministry. You will know that your support is going directly to these urban ministries. You have the option of sending your funds through the Urban Missions office of the Baptist General Convention of Texas or directly to the church ministry that is working with the missionary. The facilitation of this program is made possible by your gifts to the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Hope 1:8 Experience

We have created a resource called the “HOPE 1:8 Experience” to take the focus of Acts 1:8 to our churches around the state. The purpose of the HOPE 1:8 Experience is to help you evaluate the people, resources, gifts, skills and passions that God has placed inside your church. Click here to learn more.

Church-Based Mission Sending

Church-based Mission Sending offers churches who have a desire to directly support missionaries an opportunity to do so. These missionaries are sent from churches or a group of churches to the mission field, but are provided limited financial support. The Hope 1:8 missionaries network gives our missionaries the ability to raise both funds and prayer supporters. Click here to learn more.

Texas Baptists Missionaries

Click here for a full list of our current missionaries and opportunities.

Short Term Texas Mission Trips

These short term trips are here to introduce missions to those of you who are still a little unsure of where to start. Don’t worry, we all learned how to crawl before we walked. And how to walk before we ran. Click here for a list of opportunities.