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Texas Baptists

Events MinistrySafe Regional Church Safety WorkshopWoodway, TX | March 28Midland, TX | April 27Lubbock, TX | May 9 Leaders Edge SummitPlainview, TX | March 24-25Irving, TX | April 7-8 Texas Baptists Golf ClassicHouston, TXApril 24 Texas Baptists Educator's RetreatNew Braunfels, TXApril 24-26 More events… Texas Baptists Life...

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About

About Deeply rooted in faith. Links Staff Executive Board Cooperative Program Affiliation Packet Historical Collection Employment Newsroom Downloads Contact @texasbaptists facebook.com/texasbaptists Baptist General Convention of Texas 7557 Rambler Road Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75231-2388 (888)244-9400 Mission The Baptist General Conv...

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Connections

Connections A space for pastors. We are the primary connection point between Texas Baptist pastors and the vast array of resources and ministries of the BGCT. Whether providing direct resources for pastoral leadership development, or acting as a connecting guide to other resources provided by the BGCT, we are here to serve our pas...

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How to Affiliate

How to Affiliate Together we can do more. It all starts with your congregation After all, your church was started in local fellowship to follow Christ’s teachings, to share His message, to do His work. As a result, it has God’s blessing – and more than enough challenges. That’s where we come in, to share your purpose and h...

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Annual Church Profile

Annual Church Profile The purpose of the Annual Church Profile (ACP) is to enable your church to examine its progress of ministry and growth. As you cooperatively share this information, associations, state conventions and Baptist agencies are better able to assist your congregation in all areas of church life. The ACP reporting f...

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Collegiate

Collegiate Engage...Follow...Transform Engaging College Students to Follow Christ and Transform the World In a recent study by Lifeway approximately 70% of students leave church after high school. Many of those polled said the reason they no longer attended church was because they went away to college. There was a disconnect at th...

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Annual Meeting

November 12-14, 2017 A gathering for the purpose of worship, fellowship, mobilizing, encouraging, informing and uniting Texas Baptists to accomplish the Great Commission. This is also a time to elect officers, receive recommendations and reports of officers, committees and boards and to conduct any other business that may arise or...

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Christian Life Commission-test

Christian Life Commission Biblical Insight. Principled Living. The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Ministries. The Bible serves as the foundation for the transformative work of the Christian Life Commission. What we do Ethics & Justice We seek to provid...

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Cultural Engagement

Cultural Engagement Team Ministry in specific cultural contexts The Cultural Engagement Team is your portal to the African American, Hispanic, and Intercultural Ministries of Texas Baptists. african american ministry The Office of African American Ministries, as part of the Cultural Connections Team, is your link to ministry and c...

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Evangelism

The Texas Baptists Evangelism Team exists to encourage Texas Baptists and their churches in the Biblical mandate of reaching our generation for Christ. Through the vehicles of encouragement, training and events, the Evangelism Team seeks to help leaders develop strategies in intentional and relational evangelism. The 4XFour Challe...

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Church Starting

Church Starting Sharing God's word in Texas by planting new churches. Our mandate is to share God's Word in Texas by planting new churches of all different sizes and ministry styles. The heart of our ministry is to connect people to a church where God is present, because when God shows up, good things happen. The Process The BGCT...

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Budgets & Reports

Budgets & Reports Reports February, 2017 Year to Date (YTD): Actual BGCT CP $5,976,470YTD Budget $ 5,624,000YTD Last Year $5,765,551 Comparisons:  YTDComparison to Budget =  106.3%YTDComparison to Last Year =  3.7% Church Giving Report The Church Giving Report represents giving through the BGCT. For questio...

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Give

Give Deeply rooted in faith. Cooperative Program Your gift to missions through the Cooperative Program allows individuals and church bodies to be actively involved in mission, evangelism, education, discipleship and human care in Texas and around the world. By participating in a missions co-op an individual or church is able to re...

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Missions Team

Missions team  One-stop shop for church missions The Texas Baptists Missions Team exists to connect, train and mobilize Texas Baptist churches as they fulfill their missions' call in their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. Meet the Team Urban MissionsUrban Missions connects churches to their communities thr...

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Institutional Relations

Institutional Relations Educational Institutions Texas Baptist educational institutions provide a faith-based learning environment in which students are challenged in their field of study and encouraged to apply their faith in their chosen field. Universities Seminaries Other Ministry Training Opportunities Human Care Institutions...

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CLC Mission

CLC MissionBiblical Insight. Principled Living. Mission Since 1950, the Christian Life Commission has served as the ethics agency of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The CLC has the assignment of speaking to and with churches and individuals about important ethical issues. Christian ethicist and seminary professor T.B. Mas...

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Ethics & Justice

Ethics & Justice Biblical Insight. Principled Living. CLC Ethics & Justice efforts seek to help Christians and churches grapple with contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. This involves seeking to understand both the current cultural situation and biblical principles that may apply. CLC Espanol Issues Christian L...

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Public Policy

Public Policy Biblical Insight. Principled Living. In order to encourage Texas Baptists to participate in the democratic process, the CLC works at the Capitol to bring a biblical perspective to public policy, provides resources and encourages Texas Baptists to engage in informed advocacy on public policy issues affecting their chu...

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Ministry Impact

Ministry Impact Biblical Insight. Principled Living. Hunger Offering We not only work to end hunger, but to end the cycle of poverty. This is why we support many specific ministries around the world that provide food and meal distribution, agriculture and livestock initiatives, clean water and sanitation and also support micro-ent...

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Church Ministry Resources

Church Ministry Resources Resourcing the church to fulfill God’s mission. We believe missions is not just a trip, but putting God's Word to work in every manner. Texas is a mission and we are here to equip Texas Baptists in Church ministry. Bible Study The Bible Study/Discipleship team exists to provide consultations, training...

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Hispanic Evangelism

Our team exists to assist Hispanic churches in fulfilling the Great Commission. We work with pastors and their congregations in creating an evangelistic environment that is intentional, holistic, and relevant to the Hispanic church in North America. En Español We would love to hear from you and are excited to offer Hispanic...

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African American Ministry

African American Ministry We strive to cooperate with other Baptists bodies to minister to African Americans and others in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. We achieve this by raising up and training leaders in the African American church body. Our Objectives Serve as facilitator and liaison to Texas Baptists (BGCT)...

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Building Funding

Building Funding United We Build The expense of purchasing land and constructing new buildings is often greater than a church can afford without a special campaign. United We Build helps Texas Baptist churches raise the money necessary to meet these financial needs. This three-year program, built on the principles of prayer and Go...

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Hispanic Ministry

Hispanic Ministry The Office of Hispanic Ministries exists to encourage, inform, and help Hispanic Baptist churches aligned with the Baptist General Convention of Texas reach the goals the Lord has given them. Our goal is to assist these congregations in their ministry, utilizing the wide variety of services and ministries availab...

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Intercultural Ministry

Intercultural Ministry Through a variety of initiatives we seek to strengthen intercultural churches, by serving as an advocate and partner. We inform those working with these language groups and are a valuable tool in ministering to cultures from across the globe. New Pastor Notebook Refugee information People Groups in Texas com...

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Church Architecture

Church Architecture Resourcing the church to fulfill God's mission. We assist churches of all sizes and ministry styles by providing on-site consultations, website information, printed resources and full color drawing studies for strategic facility planning. We also offer a capital fundraising program called United We Build to rai...

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Area Representatives

Area Representatives Texas is big. That's why we have area representatives strategically located across the state who are there to help you with any aspect of your church and its ministries. Find your representative below. Representatives Director Tim Watson tim.watson@texasbaptists.org (903) 261-1929 Service Areas Service Area 1:...

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Minister Sexual Misconduct

Minister Sexual Misconduct Resourcing the church to fulfill God’s mission. Churches and individuals trust ministers to provide leadership, guidance and care during some of the most vulnerable periods of life. Clergy sexual misconduct, whether it is an adulterous relationship or abuse of a child, violates this relationship of...

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Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament

Bible Drill and Speakers' Tournament exists to raise up a generation of Christ followers through encouraging them to hide God's word deep in their heart and express it effectively. Browse the resources below for information on Bible Drill and Speakers' Tournament. Registration Now Open! NOTE:  Before registering, pleaseDownlo...

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Adult Discipleship

Christians are to be disciples and make disciples, and Texas Baptists want to do both well. The information on this page is intended to help church leaders with relationships and resources to enhance the discipleship process. Texas Baptist Educator's Network The Texas Baptist Educator's Network connects leaders of education and di...

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Bible Study Resources

Bible Study Resources Resourcing the church to fulfill God’s mission. The Bible Study/Discipleship team exists to provide consultations, training, special events, tools and resources to help Texas Baptist congregations develop Acts 1:8 believers. Transformational Church “Transformational Church" is a new church revital...

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Refugee

Refugee What is a refugee? A refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of origin because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution, based on the person’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Resettlement Refugees flee thei...

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People Groups in Texas

People Groups in Texas Argentine Bangladeshi Bosnian Cambodian Chinese Columbian Congolese Cuban Salvadorian Ethiopian Filipino German Icelandic Indian Iranian Iraqi Japanese Korean Kosovar Laotion lebanese Mexican Nigerian Norwegian Pakistani Peruvian puerto rican Thai Tongan Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese

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Community Resources

Community Resources 2-1-1 Texas 2-1-1 Texas delivers efficient access to the most appropriate sources of help and information. Anywhere in Texas, anyone can call 2-1-1 for free information and referrals to health and human service agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, disaster relief resources, and volunteer opportuni...

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Church Administration-Test

The office of Church Administration exists to help church leaders be faithful stewards of church resources. Financial Guidebook Now Available! The Church Financial Guidebook will lead you and your finance leaders through receipts, disbursement, financial ethics, and reporting, to promote healthy financial practices in your church...

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Employment

Employment We are deeply rooted Applying for Available Positions It is the policy of the Baptist General Convention of Texas not to keep on file unsolicited resumes. Download the below application for employment. Open the application in Adobe and complete all fields. If you have any questions, please contact HR at (214) 828-5168...

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Bivocational Pastors Ministry

Bivocational Pastors Ministry Advocate, Encourage, Facilitate We exist to serve as a resource to Texas Baptist churches and Associations in developing a model for Bivocational Ministry that result in a significant increase in available truly-called, well-equipped Bivocational Pastors. We work closely with our Texas Baptists educat...

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Interim Church Services

Interim Church Services We exist to assist churches during the period between pastors. Initial consulting about the interim period, referrals for pulpit supply and interim preachers, Intentional Interim Ministry presentations and pastor search committee training are all available. In addition, this team also equips ministers for I...

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Hope 1:8

Hope 1:8 Taking Acts 1:8 around the state Hope 1:8 Missionaries A new missionary initiative of the Texas Baptists, Hope 1:8 Missionaries' goal is to bring the gospel into the urban areas of our state, nation and world. Learn More Hope 1:8 Experience We have created a resource called the "HOPE 1:8 Experience" to take the focus of A...

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Urban Missions

Urban Missions Connecting churches to communities Connecting churches to their communities through missional training, consulting, coaching and commissioning. Donate to Urban Missions Urban Church Leadership Certification Become A Missionary txb missions Prayer Partner Would you pray with us? The world is coming to Texas, and Texa...

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Hope 1:8 Experience

Hope 1:8 Experience The Hope 1:8 Experience is an interactive workshop designed to bring Acts 1:8 closer to you, your church, and your community. Contact Steve Seaberry for more information or to schedule your training. If you would like more information on how your church can be a part of a Hope 1:8 Experience, please email...

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Multi-Housing & House Congregations

Multi-Housing & House Congregations In the great state of Texas there are still many places where the gospel has not arrived; there are many places where there is no church. On the other hand, many churches have not fully reached the growing population of people who do not know Christ. We can start simple churches in homes, wo...

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River Ministry

River Ministry/ mexico missions Connecting churches to projects along the Texas/Mexico border We connect churches to specific projects along the Texas/Mexico border and in the most populous Mexican cities. Considering the possibility of a mission trip to the border or Mexico? Daniel Rangel can work with you to provide logistical i...

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Mexico Partnerships

Mexico Partnerships A church for every people group and the gospel for every language group The Bajío Region of Mexico has less than 2% evangelicals. This six state region includes five mega cities. This is the concentration of our Mexico Missions work, as well as in Monterrey and Mexico City. Bajío Region/Reynosa Ty...

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Training

Training Whether this is your first time planning a mission trip or you are a pro, your team may need some training before they go. We are here to help you with those needs. Planning a Mission Trip to the Border or Mexico Many times it can be difficult to start planning a mission trip. We are here to help! Depending on your need...

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Partner Projects

Partner Projects Do you want to partner with the River Ministry but your mission trip is already set? we have great projects you, your church or family can do from home. River Ministry Kits Evangelistic Soccer Balls Provide soccer balls for events and tournaments that help the leaders share Christ using soccer. Download Now Vacati...

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Be On Mission

be on mission Short-term volunteer mission trips might only last a few weeks, but they can impact your life and the lives of those you serve for a lifetime. When you bring the good news of Jesus Christ, feed the hungry or simply help the hurting, you are making an impact for Him. Make a difference by using your time and talent in...

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4xFour Challenge

What do you see as you drive through your neighborhood? What do you see as you shop in your community and attend all types of school and sporting events?When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion on them. Why? Because they were helpless and lost. He told His disciples that they were there, ready for them to reach. The 4xFour Cha...

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ENGAGE

ENGAGE offers regional opportunities for leaders to receive inspiration and training in a wide variety of strategic evangelism models. Large group sessions are coupled with small group experiences to energize and teach effective intentional and relational evangelism. Contact If you have any questions regarding ENGAGE please contac...

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Become a Missionary

Become a Missionary In the state of Texas, statistics tell us that 45% of people do not have a connection to any faith group. We must get to the point where believers begin to look at themselves as missionaries in a new world. The Texas Baptist Missionary program facilitates this in the following ways. Community Missionaries All b...

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TXB Missionaries

TXB Missionaries Texas is a mission field, TXB missionaries are either volunteers or people who raise support and who commit to at least 20 hours per week in a mission setting here in Texas. TXB missionaries are people who commit to working in any part of Texas. These missionaries are appointed by the Baptist General Convention of...

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Demographics & Statistics

Demographics & Statistics Good decisions are based on good information. The Office of Decision Support is assigned to research, analyze, and interpret data retrieved from the BGCT centralized data base, Annual Church Profiles, demographic data sets, and other information data sets. Services Provide population and church statis...

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Intercultural Ministry Writing Project

Intercultural Ministry Writing Project Do you have a passion and gifting for writing? Do you enjoy working with people from different ethnic backgrounds? The department of Intercultural Ministry at the BGCT is looking for a volunteer to help collect and record the history of ministry work being done among 30 ethnic groups in Texas...

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Serve West Dallas

Serve West Dallas Serve West Dallas' vision is to see a spiritual, economic, social and physical transformation of West Dallas. In order to see this vision come to life SWD partners with several ministries that also desire to bring peace and wholeness to the West Dallas community. SWD strives to help each ministry partner be succe...

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First Baptist Gonzales

First Baptist Gonzales The First Baptist Church of Gonzales is a strong, historic church in beautiful South Texas. First Baptist Church has a strong history of mission's involvement, including being the mother church of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio. FBC is strong and yet is looking at its community and realizing they ar...

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Keron Jackson

Keron Jackson Recently hailed by the Dallas Morning News as “A powerhouse bass voice who takes command of the stage" following his debut with the Dallas Opera, Keron Jackson is a gifted musician, actor, and evangelist. He has dedicated his life to serving God through his gifts and talents. Through his gift, Mr. Jackson has b...

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Meadow Lane Baptist Church

Meadow Lane Baptist Church Meadow Lane Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas is on mission in their community. They know and understand that God has called them to do the work of ministry in their community. Though it is unfamiliar, out of obedience to God’s calling, they have begun a new worship service in Spanish with the hel...

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Grant Writer

Grant Writer Are you interested in helping churches and ministries find dollars for ministry? We have a number of ministries that relate to WMU and the Baptist General Convention of Texas who need assistance in obtaining funds from organizations that grant financial resources for ministry. If you feel like you have skills in this...

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Truett Elementary

Truett Elementary Would you like to be involved in the life of a young person, helping them make something of themselves? We know that young people today have numerous challenges, and we as the Body of Christ have a responsibility to them, to help them be all they can be. Truett Elementary School in east Dallas needs God’s p...

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Oil Patch Chapel

Oil Patch Chapel Would you like to be involved in a ministry that ministers to men, women and children who come through as part of the new oil boom here in Texas? Meet Nelda and Hollas Hoffman. Below you will find their story and ways you can get involved in what they are doing. "We are committed to ministry! As we reached retirem...

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Multi-Housing Church Planting

Multi-Housing Church Planting There are many ways to start a church. We recommend the organic model for church planting. This is a natural model comprising a simple way to work as a church without the complications of a full system of programs. Here you can find any information regarding how and specific details on the process of...

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New England Mission Opportunities

New England Mission Opportunities For additional questions and details, contact Texas Partnerships at: (214) 828-5182 or partnerships@texasbaptists.org. #1-14 Evangelistic Event (Sports Camp) Church Plant This is the 4th year this church plant has hosted a week long kids program called Kids Games and it is very loved by the commun...

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Universities

Universities Baptist University of the Américas 8019 S. Pan Am Expwy San Antonio, TX 78224 Phone (210) 924-4338 Fax (210) 924-2701 www.bua.edu Baylor University P.O. Box 97096 Waco, TX 76798 Phone (800) BAYLOR-U Fax (254) 710-3436 www.baylor.edu Dallas Baptist University 3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy Dallas, TX 75211 Phone (800) 460-1...

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Church College Ministry

Church College Ministry Looking to start a college ministry? Need help in taking that next step in growing your ministry? We want to help your church minister to the college students in your area. Here are a few ways we've helped other churches: Coaching & consulting through beginning steps of developing a new college ministry...

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Childhood Discipleship

Childhood Discipleship Teaching children about Christ's love on their level of understanding and growth can be a challenging task. We assist in updating and enhancing the Preschool and Children's Ministries of your church by providing resources on-site and via phone consultations. Are you thinking about your curriculum options for...

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Youth Discipleship

Reaching today's youth requires an impactful and truthful presentation of the gospel. This age group is searching for something in life and has more options presented to them than any generation before. Conclave provides training conferences and worship experiences for adults who oversee and serve in the youth ministry in their ch...

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Single Adult

This page is a constantly updated resource page for you to find relevant, exceptional, helpful tools to assist you in ministering to Single Adults. We recommend tools, tell you about upcoming events, give you the ability to network with other Texas churches who are doing creative family ministry, and more. Were you unable to make...

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Family

Spiritually healthy families grounded on faith in Christ create healthy churches and communities. We provide training, resources and tools to assist church leaders in developing effective and caring family ministries. We strive to equip you with the most effective Family Ministry resources. Below are a few we have found very helpf...

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Boomers

Our mission is to help those working with Boomer ministries and provide resources, tools, encouragement and ideas to help ministers and volunteers in this ministry. Give to the Boomer Ministry National Boomer Ministry Conference September 6-8, 2017 Park Cities Baptist Church 3933 Northwest Pkwy Dallas, TX 75225 More Details 2015 B...

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Music & Worship

Whatever the size, whatever the style, music and worship are vital components of every church's ministry. We are here to encourage and to provide resources for the development of church music leadership and ministries through training events, consultations, opportunities for fellowship, and facilitation of peer interaction and spi...

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Theologian in Residence

Theologian in Residence Equipping the church to reach the world through cultural engagement, spiritual renewal and practical discipleship is an ever-changing target. Jim Denison, noted pastor, professor, author and speaker on these topics and more offers insight through conferences, seminars, Internet materials and publications. D...

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Partners

Partners Associations Baptist Church Loan Corporation Baptist Foundation of Texas baptist standard camps denison forum on truth and culture extended family human care institutions schools texas baptist historical collection texas baptist men texas baptists missions foundation Theological Education woman's missionary union

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National Hispanic Education Day

National Hispanic Education Day English Resources Use these resources to celebrate National Hispanic Education Sunday. Sermon: Finishing the Race Kids Bible Study Youth Bible Study 15 Practical actions to help students Finish the Race Finishing the Race song Texas Baptists Finishing the Race Covenant Poster – Finishing the Race...

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Associations

Associations Across texas there are local associations with which we work alongside churches to reach our state through missions, evangelism and ministry efforts. [ A - E ] [ F - J ] [ K - O ] [ P - T ] [ U - Z ] Abilene-Callahan Association Robert A. Williamson, Jr., DOM (Abilene, Callahan) P.O. Box 5228 Abilene, TX 79608 Phone (...

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Camps

Camps View a map of Texas Baptists encampments and conference centers Alto Frio P. O. Box 468 Leakey, TX 78873 Phone (830) 232-5271 Fax (830) 232-5274 www.altofrio.com tim@alotfrio.com Aspendale Ranch P. O. Box 287 Cloudcroft, NM 88317-0287 Phone (800) 959-2605 Fax (575) 682-3159 www.aspendale.org aspendale@tularosa.net Big Countr...

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Bounce

Bounce Student Disaster Recovery Restoring hope Rebuilding communities Reflecting Christ BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery offers students the opportunity to assist communities in their efforts to BOUNCE back from devastation after disaster has struck. Participants engage in disaster recovery projects, times of worship and reflecti...

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Extended Family

Extended Family Associated Baptist Press P.O. Box 23769 Jacksonville, FL 32241-3769 Phone (800) 340-6626 abpnews.wordpress.com Baptist Credit Union San Antonio Branch 5815 IH 10 West San Antonio, Texas 78201 Phone: (210) 525-0100 Fax: (210) 525-0383 www.baptistcu.org Baptist Credit Union Dallas Branch 521 N. Ervay Dallas, Texas 75...

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Texas Baptist Historical collection

Texas Baptist Historical collection The Texas Baptist Historical Collection exists to collect, preserve, and communicate the history of Baptists in Texas and to assist institutions, associations, churches, and individuals in understanding the impact that historical events have had on their past, present, and future. On March 7, 19...

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Counseling Services

Counseling Services We exist to offer hope and encouragement to Texas Baptists struggling with difficult life issues. Our Services Include Confidential assessment, counseling and referral services for ministers and their families. Counseling resources for all Texas Baptists. Group presentations on mental health topics to promote o...

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Human Care

Human Care [ Child & Family Care Institutions ] [ Medical Centers ] [ Retirement & Aging Care ] Child & Family Care Instructions Through foster care, adoption, disaster response, international orphan support, children’s homes and aging care facilities, Texas Baptists take care of and build strong families that in...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions Will my information be kept confidential? What is subsidy? How many times can the client use subsidy assistance? Does the subsidy assistance expire? What if I’ve already been seeing a counselor? Do I have to come to Dallas? How are counselors selected? Is there a chance that...

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Executive Board

Executive Board Login Directors click below to log in to the Executive Board password protected pages. Questions? Contact Bethany Frisch at bethany.frisch@texasbaptists.org or (214) 828-5296. Log in About The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas consists of 90 Directors selected from 30 sectors around the sta...

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Reports & Information

Reports & Information Reports 01-2016-12-Statement of Financial Position02-2016-12-Statement of Operations03-2016-12-Treasurer's Report04-2016-12-Budget Performance Report Executive Board Directory Executive Board Directory Budget 2017 Budget Minutes 2016 Annual Meeting Proceedings - WacoEB Minutes September 27, 2016EB Mi...

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Recommendations

Recommendations Administration Support Committee Recommendation to add a Roth plan option to our existing 403(b) planRecommendation to revise Policy 893 Conflict of InterestRecommendation to Adopt Certified Resolution Audit Committee Recommendation to fill vacancies on the institution's audit council Collegiate Ministries Committe...

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Committees

Committees Committee Chairs and BGCT Staff Liaisons List of Committee Assignments (coming soon) Administration Support Committee Audit Committee Collegiate Ministries Committee Connections Committee Cultural Engagement Committee Ethics and Christian Life Committee Executive Committee Finance Committee Great Commission Committee Hi...

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Administration Support Committee

Administration Support Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. List of Committee MembersAdministration Support Committee AgendaFebruary 20, 2017 MinutesSeptember 26, 2016 RecommendationsRecommendation to Add Roth PlanRecommendation to Am...

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Audit Committee

Audit Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Agenda February 20, 2017 Minutes September 26, 2016 Recommendations Recommendation to fill vacancies on the institution's audit cou...

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Collegiate Ministries Committee

Collegiate Ministries Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Agenda Minutes Recommendations Other The following Subcommittees, Groups, Teams, Councils or Commissions report to...

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Connections Committee

Connections Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Agenda February 20, 2017 Minutes Recommendations Other The following Subcommittees, Groups, Teams, Councils or Commissions re...

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Cultural Engagement Committee

Cultural Engagement Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Agenda Minutes Recommendations Recommendation to Recognize the Korean Baptist Fellowship of Texas Recommendation to A...

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Ethics and Christian Life Committee

Ethics and Christian Life Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members  Michael Evans, Chairman Ken Barnes Jolene Julian Grant Lengefeld Ben Raimer Jorge Zayasbazan Agenda Minut...

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Finance Committee

Finance Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. List of Committee Members Finance Committee AgendaFebruary 20, 2017 MinutesSeptember 26, 2016 RecommendationsReallocate 2016 J.K. Wadley Endowment Fund Other01-2016-12-Financial Position02...

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Institutional Relations Committee

Institutional Relations Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members AgendaFebruary 2017 MinutesSeptember 26, 2016 RecommendationsRecommendation to begin a partnership with the...

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Missions Mobilization Committee

Missions Mobilization Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Missions Mobilization Committee Agenda February 20, 2017 Minutes Recommendations Other The following Subcommittees...

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Executive Committee

Executive Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Agenda Minutes RecommendationsRecommendation to Consider Churches outside of Harmonious Cooperation Other

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Chaplaincy Relations

Chaplaincy Relations Often times, chaplains are present in times of emotional, spiritual and physical need and are best equipped to minister and offer the peace and reassurance that comes from faith in Christ when people are in desperate need. Calling & Endorsement Information for individuals interested in chaplain ministry, t...

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Hands on Ministry Online Training

Hands on Ministry Online Training Thank you for your interest in the Hands on Ministry program. Although you may be able to find a “live classroom setting” scheduled in your area, you can now take the first 30 hours of the Hands on Ministry class online. To take advantage of the online training opportunity click here. This wil...

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Endorsement FAQs

Endorsement FAQs Frequently Asked Questions How do I obtain an endorsement from the BGCT? Is the BGCT willing to endorse female chaplains? If I am divorced is it possible for me to receive BGCT endorsement? Can I be endorsed by two Baptist Agencies? Do you issue a lifetime endorsement? Do you offer fellowships for your endorsed ch...

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Church & State

Church & State Christians are citizens of two "kingdoms" - God's and society's. Jesus and Scripture as a whole have given much guidance on what it means to be a good citizen in God's kingdom, and those same principles apply to being a good citizen in society. Religious liberty is a key Baptist belief, and this liberty is best...

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Creation Care

Creation Care Earth is our home. It is beautiful and amazing. It's a fabulous system of interconnected life. The Creator of Earth sustains this life and instructs us to join in that sustaining effort. The more we understand Earth's life systems, the more we will be able to hear with clarity and urgency what the Bible says about ou...

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Christian Living

Christian Living God grants the gift of life, and Jesus calls us to live that life for Him. In our lives, we are to bring honor and praise to God. The life and teachings of Jesus and the indwelling Spirit of God provide the guidance we need. Online Resources Therefore: Christ and the Powers We are all familiar with the powers that...

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Hunger & Poverty

Hunger & Poverty Hunger and poverty are a sad part of our cultural landscape today, just as it has been for centuries. The persistence of these problems makes it no less important to address them. Jesus told us to feed the hungry and meet the needs of the disadvantaged. Now, we seek to be faithful in doing so because every per...

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Life, Health & Dying

Life, Health & Dying God is the creator and sustainer of life. Jesus Christ came that we “may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Christ also has given this creation new life through his death and resurrection. Online Resources Abortion The Baptist General Convention of Texas has taken repeated stands regard...

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Minister Ethics

Minister Ethics The vocation of ministry presents unique challenges to ethical living. Others often have higher ethical expectations of their ministers than of themselves. And God has high expectations, as well. Ministers and congregations can join together in creating an environment that promotes godly living. Ministerial Ethics:...

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Money & Work

Money & Work Life in today’s world requires money – it is the means by which people provide for their basic needs. That money is obtained through a framework of economic systems. Money at the individual level and economics at the systems level present both opportunities and challenges. Christians seek to follow Chr...

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Race Relations

Race Relations Racism is still a part of our American culture, but Christ taught us to love all people, despite differences. Followers of Christ work against racial and ethnic bigotry and for freedom and justice for all. Online Resources Prejudice In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the lawyer asks Jesus, "What m...

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty Religious liberty is best promoted when church and state remain separate in the manner prescribed by the First Amendment. Separation of church and state does not mean religion is divorced from public life. We openly advocate for sound public policies on the basis of our religious convictions. But all Americans ha...

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Resources

Resources Written Resources Biblical Perspectives On Christian Citizenship On Civility On Human Trafficking On Hunger & Poverty On Immigration On Justice On Pornography On Race On Terrorism, War & Peace Therefore The Politics of Jesus Volume 13, No. 3 Separation of Church and State Volume 13, No. 2 Caring for Creation Volu...

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Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Almost every family and church is impacted in some way by substance abuse. The BGCT’s Christian Life Commission addresses the issue of substance abuse primarily through prevention and education strategies. Pathways to Prevention Youth today are bombarded daily by messages that normalize ideas and actions that are...

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Terrorism, War & Peace

Terrorism, War & Peace War continues to mar the history of humankind with its frightful costs in human life, money, morals, and spiritual values. We persist in avoiding "what makes for peace and for mutual edification" (Romans 14:19). Christians have developed a theology of "just war," but all war is terrible. We promote peace...

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Family

Family The Bible teaches that the family is divine in its origin and its purpose. The Bible also provides guidelines for good relations within the family. A commitment to the Bible’s teachings and principles provides today’s best hope for the recovery of family life. Online Resources Family As stated in the first chapt...

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Other Scripture

Other Scripture Citizenship “[Jesus] said to them, 'Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's.'" Luke 20:25 NRSV "[Jesus prayed], I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one." John 17:15 NRSV “I urge that petit...

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Office of Cooperative Program Ministry

Office of Cooperative Program Ministry Fueled by CP Every minute. Every day. Everywhere. The Cooperative Program, or CP, at its core is a cooperative way of financially supporting missions both locally and globally. It is a way of combining resources to enable more missions, evangelism and ministry to those in need and those who h...

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Abortion

Abortion The Baptist General Convention of Texas has taken repeated stands regarding the sanctity of life. Messengers to BGCT annual meetings have clearly stated their position regarding related issues, including abortion. 1980: The BGCT reaffirmed the view of Scripture on the sacredness and dignity of all human life, both born an...

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Living with Grief & Loss

Living with Grief & Loss "But now says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you shall no...

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Ministry & Substance Abuse

Ministry & Substance Abuse Because of the stigma attached to abuse and addiction, Christians who experience the ravages of substance abuse often do so in shameful isolation, afraid to share their burdens with fellow church members. The litany of issues related to substance abuse are familiar and formidable: family dysfunction...

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Living with the Death of a Child

Living with the Death of a Child How do we respond to the death of a child? How do we cope with a parent’s worst nightmare? Introduction The telephone’s rasping jangle roused us from deep sleep in our home in Kediri, East Java, Indonesia, where we were serving as missionaries. Reaching the telephone, I heard our oldest...

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Elective Death: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

Elective Death: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide Baptists affirm the special significance of human beings in Gods creative activity. Death can never be taken lightly and is ever accompanied by a sense of tragic loss. At the same time, many Baptists have been unwilling to turn this belief into an absolute aversion to death...

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Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for Aging Parents Introduction It is well known that one mother can take care of 10 children, but 10 children cannot take care of one mother. - Ancient proverb Diana is ninety-three. She lives alone in the home in which she and her husband raised two children. When Diana was in her mid-fifties, her husband had a debilitatin...

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Advance Directives

Advance Directives Advance directives allow persons to make decisions about medical treatment prior to the onset of circumstances that might precipitate these decisions and in the event of incapacitating illness. Directives to Physicians and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care A directive to physicians, or living will, allo...

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Crisis at the End of Life

Crisis at the End of Life Introduction Part of our witness to the world revolves around how we approach and experience death. In her book, Call to Commitment, Elizabeth O’Connor tells the story of the beginning of the Church of the Savior in Washington, DC. The founding pastor, Gordon Cosby, received a vision for the church...

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Organ Donation

Organ Donation Organ transplants have the potential to bless persons with the gift of extended life. As stewards of the gifts of grace and life, Christians can interpret and utilize transplant technology to serve God’s purposes. Organ donation can give redemptive, life-giving meaning to a tragic death. Advances in medical te...

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Other Scripture

Other Scripture “[Jesus] said to them, ‘Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’” Luke 20:25, NRSV “You shall not lend them your money at interest taken in advance, or provide them food at a profit.” Leviticus 25:37, NRSV &ldq...

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The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the lawyer asks Jesus,“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responds, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.&...

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Dividing Walls

Dividing Walls "But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us." (Eph. 2:13-14) When these words were written, “those who were once far...

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How to Start and Sustain a Partner Church Relationship

How to Start and Sustain a Partner Church Relationship One effective strategy for moving toward racial reconciliation is to develop a partnership with a congregation in your city–one whose predominant membership is racially/ethnically different than your own. Like friendships, such partnerships take patience and time. Use th...

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Religious Liberty Defined

Religious Liberty Defined America has reaffirmed its commitment to religious freedom and is again recognizing the vital moral and spiritual role religion plays in both our public and private lives. We are confronted by two strikingly different views about the proper role of religion in public life. Our heritage of religious libert...

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Pathways to Prevention

Pathways to Prevention Introduction to Learning Activities Youth today are bombarded daily by messages that normalize ideas and actions that are harmful to their emotions, bodies, and spiritual walk. Materialism, casual sex, and the abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco have become an accepted expression of popular culture as portra...

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Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities

Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities Sixth to Eighth Graders Your Opinion Please This activity will help youth examine their knowledge and beliefs about substance abuse and provide them with accurate information about the effects of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 10:10. Learning Activity... Anti-Dr...

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Your Opinion Please

Your Opinion Please Learning Activity for grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: This activity will help youth examine their knowledge and beliefs about substance abuse and provide them with accurate information about the effects of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 10:10 (NRSV) “The thief comes only to steal and...

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Anti-Drug Ads that Tell the Truth

Anti-Drug Ads that Tell the Truth Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome Youth will identify the purpose of advertising and how it works. They will then use these ideas in a fun activity to develop advertising posters that tell the truth about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:24 (NRSV) “No o...

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What's There to do Around Here?

What's There to do Around Here? Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: Young people will identify a variety of activities that are fun, safe, and legal which do not involve drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:33 (NRSV) “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all the...

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Top Ten Ways to Say No

Top Ten Ways to Say No Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: Youth will learn new and creative ways to say “No” to drugs, alcohol and tobacco and resist negative peer pressure. Focus Scripture: Matthew 10:32 (NRSV) “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Fathe...

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What Makes a Good Friend?

What Makes a Good Friend? Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: Each young person will identify qualities he or she brings to a friendship and the qualities he or she looks for in a friend. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 17:17 (NRSV) “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.” Materials...

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Friendship & Conflict

Friendship & Conflict Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: When conflict over moral and ethical issues puts stress on a friendship, the results can be very hurtful. This exercise will help kids learn and practice ways to resolve conflict with their friends while maintaining their own integrity. Focus Scriptur...

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Resisting Peer Pressure

Resisting Peer Pressure Learning Activity for Grades 6 – 8 Expected Outcome: This activity will help children identify how peer pressure affects them, and how to say “No” to behaviors that would hurt them. Focus Scripture: Ephesians 6:10 (NRSV) “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the wh...

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What's Okay To Do and What's Not

What's Okay To Do and What's Not Learning Activity for Junior High and High School Students. Expected Outcome: Young people will increase their knowledge of alternative behaviors by identifying reasons why some young people choose to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 15:10-11 (NRSV) “If you keep my commandme...

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Why Some People Make Poor Decisions

Why Some People Make Poor Decisions Learning Activity for Junior High and High School Students. Expected Outcome: Young people will increase their knowledge of alternative behaviors by identifying reasons why some young people choose to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 15:10-11 (NRSV) “If you keep my comman...

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Feeling Good About Taking a Stand

Feeling Good About Taking a Stand Learning Activity for Junior High and High School students Expected Outcome: Youth will think about their beliefs regarding drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and they will learn what some adults in their congregation believe about these topics. They also will discover what the Bible teaches about the...

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Marijuana Game Show

Marijuana Game Show Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Youth will learn facts about marijuana to counter common myths and misconceptions. Focus Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:22 (NRSV) “Shun youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a p...

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Laying Down the Burden of Lies

Laying Down the Burden of Lies Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Young people will feel some of the emotional and spiritual burdens brought on by lying about drug or alcohol use. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 15:14 (NRSV) “The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fool...

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Media Images. Friend or Foe?

Media Images. Friend or Foe? Learning activity for Junior High and High School Focus Scripture: Ephesians 6:10 (NRSV) “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. ” Expected outcome: Youth will learn critical th...

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Taking the Sting Out of Stress

Taking the Sting Out of Stress Learning activity for Junior High and High School Expected Outcome: Youth will identify sources of stress, recognize the effects of stress, and learn new ways to manage stress. Focus Scripture: John 14:27 (NRSV) “Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world giv...

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If I Don't Drink, What's In It For Me?

If I Don't Drink, What's In It For Me? Learning activity for High School students Expected Outcome: Youth will identify the benefits and wisdom of not drinking alcohol. Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21 (NRSV) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break in and steal; bu...

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Giving Others a Helping Hand

Giving Others a Helping Hand Learning Activity for High School Students Expected Outcome: Young people will learn a process for helping and supporting a friend or family member whose use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco concerns them. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 27:6 (NRSV) “Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse ar...

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Drug Prevention in Our Community

Drug Prevention in Our Community Participants: Junior High, Senior High, and Adults Materials needed: A large candle should be burning in the center or front of the room when participants arrive. You will need small candles for each participant.Flip chart and markers Focus Scripture: Matthew 5:14-16 (NRSV) “You are the light of...

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Parent Helps

Parent Helps Parents – The Number One Anti-Drug Have you ever questioned just how much influence you have with your children, especially their decisions about use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs? You hear about peer pressure and see all the beer commercials on television and the question arises. How can parents ever compete...

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Building a Positive Self-Image in Teens

Building a Positive Self-Image in Teens Building Positive Self-Image in Teens When, as parents and youth leaders, we talk about a person’s self-concept, we are talking about the total perception an individual has about himself or herself, that is, being able to answer the questions “Who am I?” and “Who am I in relation to...

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Developing Good Communication with Kids

Developing Good Communication with Kids Because interpersonal communication directly influences the very foundation of our existence and potential growth, it is important that our young people learn the appropriate skills to become good communicators. It is important for them to learn that people com­municate both verbally and no...

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Hard Facts About Drugs

Hard Facts About Drugs Alcohol: Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol Drug group: Depressant Street names: Booze, brew, juice hooch, liquor, beer, wine or the product brand names Appearance: Liquid Packaging: Bottles and cans Method of use: Oral Paraphernalia: Flasks and fake IDs Duration: 4-12 hours Dependence: Moderate to high Possible effects...

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Drug Misuse and Abuse

Drug Misuse and Abuse What is the difference between drug use, misuse and abuse? We use drugs daily in our lives. Whether it is drinking a cup of coffee to help us wake up or taking an aspirin to relieve pain, the important con­sideration is how and why people use drugs. Almost every drug created has a medicinal purpose. It is pe...

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Laws Regarding Underage Drinking

Laws Regarding Underage Drinking Zero Tolerance Bill Automatic Driver’s License Suspension for Age Laws The zero tolerance bill, Senate Bill 35 authored by Royce West and the Senate Committee on Juvenile Driving While Intoxicated Laws, took effect September 1, 1997. What does the passage of this bill mean for Texas? It significa...

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Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs T. Furman Hewitt, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Prepared for the North Carolina Dept. of Human Resources Pages 11-30 reprinted with permission. I. Attitudes Toward Alcoholic Beverages in the Bible The Production and Use of Wine and Beer in the Near EastThe use...

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Foundational Virtues

Foundational Virtues The Meaning of Community For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. . . .But God has...

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The Bible and the Twelve Steps

The Bible and the Twelve Steps STEP 1: We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable. Proverbs 23: 29-35Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Those who tarry long over wine, at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder… “They stuck me,” you will say “but...

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Risky Business

Risky Business Learning activity for Junior High and – High School Expected Outcome: Youth will explore risky situations and the consequences of their actions and consider ways they might respond if they are ever in a similar situation. Focus Scripture: Matthew 10:32-33 (NRSV) “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before oth...

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Group Leaders

Group Leaders Student Disaster Recovery Restoring hope • Rebuilding communities• Reflecting Christ Each student group is required to bring 1 adult (21 years and older) for every 5 students of the same gender. BOUNCE will also need adults with construction skills and experience to lead BOUNCE Teams to complete their proje...

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Called

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Michael Evans is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He explains the experience that led him to vocational ministry, wanting to live the life of Christ. After drifting away from God, and returning, Lynn Harper tells of how God burdened him for others' salvation, an...

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Called - Video

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Michael Evans is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He explains the experience that led him to vocational ministry, wanting to live the life of Christ. Courtney Williams always had the desire to help people. After speaking to his father and seeking the Lord's guid...

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Called - Resources

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Books Ready. Recognizing and Responding to God's Call Grant Byrd & Rusty Wheelington Feeling like God may be calling you into vocational ministry? We hope this book will encourage you and answer some of your questions. View on BaptistWay Press Is God Calling Me? An...

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Called - Scripture

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Scripture that encourages and challenges us "Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." Isaiah 1:17 (NIV) This verse forms a quite succinct statement of what it means to...

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Called - How to Know

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Why I may decide to say no to God Miller & Brinkley We often make excuses to say, "No," to God, but what are the reasons behind these excuses? Let's further explore some common reason why we often say, "No," and how to combat them. Understanding the Bible for women...

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Called - What to Do

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Work worship Leighton Flowers As Christians we must avoid any task that takes our minds off of Jesus. Too many become worshippers of their work rather than true worshippers of God. Make an evaluation of your gifts and skills Bill Tillman Reaching out to the ministry le...

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Contact Us

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Church Law

Church Law Churches face a variety of issues that are unique to the context of a house of worship. From child safety concerns, to property issues, employment issues, church governance and many other issues, churches are faced with a broad array of legal problems. We are dedicated to helping pastors, church administrators, lay lead...

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4xFour Sermons

Identify (Doc) intercede (doc) Invest (doc) Invite (doc) Identify (PPT) Intercede (ppt) Invest (ppt) Invite (ppt) Initiate (Doc) Initiate (PPT) Return to the main 4xFour page. A Sense of Ought Do the Right Thing Do We Dare Ask? For the Love of the Father Kingdom Building v. Church Building The Lord of the Harvest Why Ask God? Retu...

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Public Policy Issues

Public Policy Issues Biblical Insight. Principled Living. Criminal Justice Education Gambling Health & Long Term Care Immigration & the Border Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion Religious liberty human trafficking hunger & poverty Predatory/Payday Lending Foster Care

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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice We are all equally God's children and objects of God's love. All people have the right to be recognized as persons before the law and to enjoy its equal protection. The CLC supports reforms in corrections, sentencing and equitable representation under the law. Legislative Priorities Support efforts to expand diver...

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Gambling

Gambling God's word guides us away from the exploitation of others as a foundation of our community. Legalization of gambling harms the citizens of the state. The Christian Life Commission works in collaboration with Texans Against Gambling and the Campaign for Common Sense and Sound Public Policy to limit the spread of legalized...

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Health & Long Term Care

Health & Long Term Care Life, liberty, and security of person are God-given rights. Our health and well-being depend on the cooperative nature of community at local, state, and national levels of government. Legislative Priorities Access to medical insurance for children. Increased funding for CHIP and Medicaid. Simplification...

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Immigration & the Border

Immigration & the Border Immigration is quickly becoming one of the hottest issues in our legislature and within our society. The Christian Life Commission advocates for just and ethical immigration policy, including “smart borders," humane treatment of immigrants, and comprehensive immigration reform, throughout the yea...

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Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion

Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion In accordance with Genesis 1:26-31, we believe every person has an innate dignity and worth given to them by their Creator and as such are entitled to abundant life. While this does not guarantee life without hardship, it should mean life free from preventable, premature deaths. Therefore, we...

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State Government

State Government A world in which human relationships are marked by freedom, justice, well-being and peace is at the heart of the Bible's prophetic vision. The Bible also demonstrates that such conditions cannot thrive without human willingness and effort to safeguard such basic human rights and freedoms. "Texas at your fingertips...

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Legislative Sessions

Legislative Sessions 85th Legislative Session The Christian Life Commission has approved the following public policy priorities for the 85th Legislative Session of the Texas Legislature. 84th Legislative Session The Commissioners of the CLC have reviewed and approved the following public policy priorities for the 84th session...

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Churches and the Democratic Process

Churches and the Democratic Process Churches and Campaigns Churches are free and encouraged to speak out on current moral and ethical issues of the day that have political components. However, they may not intervene in partisan political campaigns. In exchange for the benefit of tax exempt status, churches (and other nonprofit org...

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Connect with other Churches and Christians

Connect with other Churches and Christians Connect with Nearby Churches The Christian Life Commission encourages churches to work together in all areas of ministry, including public policy and other advocacy work. Connect with Christian Life Commission The Christian Life Commission is eager to assist in research on topics importan...

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Connect with the State Legislature

Connect with the State Legislature Who are my elected officials? Click here to find your legislators' contact information. Meet with State Officials The Austin Office of the Christian Life Commission can arrange for legislative visits and opportunities to provide testimony to State and Federal officials. Please contact the CLC Aus...

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Resources

Resources Advocacy 101 Advocacy 101 ppt Advocacy as Evangelism ppt Churches and the Democratic Process Learn what your church can and cannot do, register to vote or learn about the candidates here. Connect with other Churches and Christians Is your church concerned about a specific issue? Connect with nearby churches, the Christia...

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Scholarships

Scholarships Abbott and Fenner Essay Scholarships Actuarial Foundation Diversity Scholarship AHBAI Cosmetology & College Scholarships AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships Al's Formal Wear Scholarship American Culinary Federation Scholarships American Institute of Architects Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship American Physical Societ...

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GED Prep U

GED Prep U The Baptist General Convention of Texas is dedicated in its efforts to put General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation programs in its churches. We are committed to equipping Texas Baptist churches with the resources needed and to help expand educational opportunities for all students and promote adult education throu...

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GED Prep Sites

GED Prep Sites Cornerstone Crossroads Academy 2815 South Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215 Contact: Kristi Lichtenbery (214) 426-3282 www.cornerstonecrossroads.com First Baptist Church Corner of May and Garden Pettus, TX 78146 Contact: Judge David Silva (361) 343-1017 donna.i.hernandez@gmail.com Friendship Baptist Church 4396 Main St. Th...

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Preparación para tomar el GED

Preparación para tomar el GED La Iniciativa para la Educación Hispana (IEH) de la BGCT dedica su esfuerzos a establecer programas de preparación para el General Equivalency Diploma (Diploma de Equivalencia General) GED en sus iglesias. Estamos comprometidos a equipar a las iglesias de la BGCT con los recursos...

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Bylaws & Church Governance

Bylaws & Church Governance Church Bylaws can be incredibly important both in times of crisis (e.g. situations involving the termination of a pastor, termination of a member, employment crisis, etc.) and in helping churches function properly on a day-to-day basis. Sample Church Constitution & Bylaws If your church is writin...

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Faithful Response

Faithful Response Essays, devotionals, sermons and reflections on the role and practice of many faithful Christians and their experiences as advocates and faithful citizens. Christian Citizenship Marvin Griffin...A citizen Christian throughout the yearsFerrell Foster Keynote Address: Call to RenewalBill MoyersWashington, D.C.May 2...

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Legal & Ethical Issues

Legal & Ethical Issues Child Safety is one of the largest concerns for a church. Churches have both a spiritual duty to ensure the safety of their children, as well as a legal and ethical duty imposed by law. The following videos and documents will help you understand the basics of child safety for your church: Introduction to...

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Child Protection Training

Child Protection TrainingStudent Disaster RecoveryRestoring hope •Rebuilding communities•Reflecting Christ Please download the manual before starting this training. Training: Section A Please review for 5 minutes and continue to section B Training: Section B Please review for 10 minutes and continue to section C Training: Sect...

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Documents: English

Documents: English These documents are for you to use as a guide - these are a summary of materials written about the search committee process and based on experiences and insights gained from church search committees, which have been through the process. Each church is responsible for its own procedures under the guidance of the...

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Documentos: Español

Documentos: Español Estos documentos son para utilizar como guía - se trata de un resumen de los materiales escritos sobre el proceso del comité de búsqueda y sobre la base de las experiencias y conocimientos adquiridos en los comités de búsqueda de la iglesia, que han pasado por el proces...

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Calling & Endorsement

Calling & Endorsement Information for individuals interested in chaplain ministry, those pursuing a new endorsement as a Texas Baptist Chaplain, those wishing to transfer their endorsement, and those needing to update their endorsement. endorsement application chaplain handbook endorsement requirements 1963 Baptist Faith &...

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Pastoral Care & Support

Pastoral Care & Support One of the hallmarks of Texas Baptist Chaplaincy is Pastoral Care for our chaplains and families. Part of that care is Pastoral Visits. These visits come in many forms, from simple meals to official institutional visits and tours. If you would like a visit from the Endorser of Associate Endorsers, pleas...

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Training & Crisis Response

Training & Crisis Response Information and resources for the annual Chaplaincy Training Event and other training opportunities to obtain certifications and required Continuing Education Units. This section highlights Crisis Response resources. Hands on Ministry – Volunteer Chaplaincy Training Hands-on ministry provides p...

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Endorsement FAQs

Endorsement FAQs How do I obtain an endorsement from the BGCT? You may call 214-828-5277 or 888-244-9400 or email bobby.smith@texasbaptists.org and request information for a New Endorsement or a Transfer of Endorsement. Is the BGCT willing to endorse female chaplains? Yes. If I am divorced is it possible for me to receive BGCT end...

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team Contact Us Subscribe to our Newsletter Pastoral Care & Support Calling & Endorsement Training & Crisis Response Calling & Endorsement Volunteer Associate Endorsers James Caraway, Retired Army Chaplain Judy Collins, Healthcare Chaplain Gary Patterson, Chaplain Coach Bill Perdue, Retired Navy Chaplain B...

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Background Investigations for Sexual Misconduct

Background Investigations for Sexual Misconduct Background investigations are an important element in the protection of churches when they are seeking staff members for employment. The church or Minister Search Committee will never ask too many questions. Ask previous churches if they would employ this person again. If there is an...

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Senior Adult Ministry

Senior Adult Ministry Our mission is to help those working with senior adult ministries and provide resources, tools, encouragement and ideas to help ministers and volunteers in this ministry. Keith Lowry Director, Senior Adult Ministry keith.lowry@texasbaptists.org (214) 828-5206 Web-based Resources amy hanson senior adult minist...

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Oil Field Ministry

Oil field Ministry The Oil Field Ministry hopes to develop relationships, support and meet physical and spiritual needs of individuals working in the oil industry by extending care, concern, compassion and hope to the workers and their families. If you would like more information on how your church can be a part of the Oil Field M...

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Church Architecture Team

Church Architecture Team

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Transformational Church

Transformational Church Church revitalization process Dear Texas Baptist Leader, “Transformational Church" is a new church revitalization process developed by LifeWay Christian Resources. Lifeway team members had conversations and interviews with over 7,000 congregations from various denominations to determine what they are doin...

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Renovare

Renovare BGCT Bible Study/Discipleship Team and Renovaré announce Strategic Spiritual Formation Partnership For many years Renovaré has worked with Texas Baptist Churches in their Christian formation efforts. This partnership will make their resources, including print and electronic materials and select events, even more visible...

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Fact Sheets - English

Fact Sheets - English All files are PDFs. Click to view, or right click to save and download. Rules of Thumb: General Rules of Thumb: Site Development Rules of Thumb: Worship Centers Rules of Thumb: Education Space Rules of Thumb: Fellowship Buildings Preschool Education Space Children's Education Space Safe and Sound: Preschool S...

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Consultations

Consultations We often hear the question, “Will someone from the BGCT actually come out to OUR church and do a consultation?” Yes, we sure will! One of the things your cooperative program gifts provide for is a group of trained consultants from our Bible Study/Discipleship team who will work with you to do a spacewalk, needs a...

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The Study

The Study Here you'll find a wide variety of online Bible-study tools and resources to assist you in your weekly preparation & study, and which you can share with others to assist them in becoming “discovery learners". Here in the BGCT Bible Study/Discipleship area, it is our great desire to provide you with tools to enhance...

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Hojas Informativas - Español

Hojas Informativas - Español Todos los archivos están en formato PDF. Haga clic para ver, o haga clic derecho para guardar y descargar. Reglas Prácticas: Generales Reglas Prácticas: Urbanización del Sitio Reglas Prácticas: Centros de Adoración Reglas Prácticas: Espacio para E...

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United We Build

United We Build United We Build helps churches raise money for purchasing property for new construction, renovation and other capital needs. Usually these are expenses a church cannot afford without a special campaign. The three-year program, built on the principles of prayer and God's leaderships, leads members to make a commitme...

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Cost of Campaign

Cost of Campaign Most churches will spend less than 3-5% of the total commitments for a United We Build campaign. The following cost items are estimates based on what churches are currently spending. Cost Items Brochure The church will design and print a brochure that explains the purpose of the campaign and how each church member...

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Capital Fundraising Campaign

Capital Fundraising Campaign The expense of purchasing land and constructing new buildings is often greater than a church can afford without a special campaign. United We Build helps Texas Baptist churches raise the money necessary to meet these financial needs. This three-year program, built on the principles of prayer and God&rs...

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Texas Baptist Educator's Retreat

Texas Baptists Educator's Retreat April 24-26, 2017 Church staff leaders with responsibilities for Bible study, discipleship and executive leadership will gain valuable ministry insight and encouragement/connection with colleagues from across the state. Every year this event gets high marks for networking as well as personal and p...

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Affiliation

Affiliation It's who we are. Affiliation Links Letter from Dr. Hardage Affiliation Form History of BGCT We Believe Governance BGCT Affiliation Ministries Giving Form Give Online Church Matching & Benefit Program Deeply Rooted 2016 Budget Summary CP Videos To receive a physical copy of this packet, please contact Becky Brown

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Affiliation Form

Affiliation Form It's who we are. Affiliation Links Letter from Dr. Hardage Affiliation Form History of BGCT We Believe Governance BGCT Affiliation Ministries Giving Form Give Online Church Matching & Benefit Program Deeply Rooted 2016 Budget Summary CP Videos Download the PDF version to complete the BGCT Affiliation form. Ema...

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History of the BGCT

History of the BGCT It's who we are. Affiliation Links Letter from Dr. Hardage Affiliation Form History of BGCT We Believe Governance BGCT Affiliation Ministries Giving Form Give Online Church Matching & Benefit Program Deeply Rooted 2016 Budget Summary CP Videos

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We Believe

We Believe It's who we are. Affiliation Links Letter from Dr. Hardage Affiliation Form History of BGCT We Believe Governance BGCT Affiliation Ministries Giving Form Give Online Church Matching & Benefit Program Deeply Rooted 2016 Budget Summary CP Videos

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BGCT Affiliation

BGCT Affiliation It's who we are. Affiliation Links Letter from Dr. Hardage Affiliation Form History of BGCT We Believe Governance BGCT Affiliation Ministries Giving Form Give Online Church Matching & Benefit Program Deeply Rooted 2016 Budget Summary CP Videos

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Church Matching & Benefit Program

Church Matching & Benefit Program It's who we are. Affiliation Links Letter from Dr. Hardage Affiliation Form History of BGCT We Believe Governance BGCT Affiliation Ministries Giving Form Give Online Church Matching & Benefit Program Deeply Rooted 2016 Budget Summary CP Videos Click here to download Church Matching Benefit...

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Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted It's who we are. Affiliation Links Letter from Dr. Hardage Affiliation Form History of BGCT We Believe Governance BGCT Affiliation Ministries Giving Form Give Online Church Matching & Benefit Program Deeply Rooted 2016 Budget Summary CP Videos

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Iglesia Orgánica

Iglesia Orgánica En el gran estado de Texas todavía hay muchos lugares donde el evangelio no ha llegado. Existen muchos lugares en los que no hay una iglesia. Por otro lado muchas iglesias no han podido alcanzar a la creciente población de personas que no conocen de Cristo. Empezar iglesias sencillas, en hogares, centros de tra...

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Satélite Iglesias Semilla

Satélite Iglesias Semilla Iglesias "semilla:" es un grupo de cristianos que surgen de entre la gente con el propósito de demostrar con sus vidas las expresiones más sencillas de la vida de la iglesia. Aquí puede encontrar recursos que le ayudaran a empezar una iglesia satélite o una iglesia semilla: Iglesias semilla (incluye...

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Viviendas Múltiples & Congregaciones en Casas

Viviendas Múltiples & Congregaciones en Casas Hay muchas formas de iniciar una iglesia. Le recomendamos el modelo orgánico para iniciar iglesias. Esto es un modelo natural que comprende una forma muy sencilla de trabajar como iglesia sin las complicaciones de un sistema lleno de programas. Aquí puede encontrar alguna inform...

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Singing Women of Texas

The Singing Women of Texas, founded as a one-performance choir recruited to sing at the 1994 Baptist Church Music Conference, celebrated its 20th year of ministry in 2014. Texas Baptists now sponsor eight chapters of SWOT across the state. Singing Women of Texas chapters are comprised of church staff members, church choir members...

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Pause & Pray

Pause & Pray I Need What You are Talking About: Buddy Young, missionary at West Texas A&M, teaches a class on the WT campus. In one of his classes he told his story of transformation. He told the class how he met Christ while he was in college. After this particular class one of his students caught him after class and said...

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Singing Women of Texas: 20th Anniversary

Singing Women of Texas: 20th Anniversary

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About

About The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas consists of 90 Directors selected from 30 sectors around the state. Three directors are selected from each sector to serve a three year term. A director is eligible and could receive a second three year term. These directors are nominated to the convention by the...

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Personalities

Cleophus LaRue Cleophus J. LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Baylor University, his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Seminary. He specializes in the theory and method of African American preaching and worship. An ordained mini...

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Watch

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Workshops

Hour-long sessions focused on current issues and ways we partner together and serve alongside our Institutions and Universities. Session 1 Monday, November 14 | 8:30 - 9:30 am Session 2 Monday, November 14 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm Session 3 Tuesday, November 15 | 8:30 - 9:30 am Bonus Session Tuesday, November 15 | 1:30 - 4:00 pm Session 1...

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team One-stop shop for church missions Texas Baptists Missions

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Schedule

SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 16 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Cowboy Church Fellowship Top Hand Cowboy Church Valley Mills 4:00 - 6:00 pm Registration 4:00 - 7:00 pm Exhibits Open 6:00 pm Hispanic Rally Truett Chapel Baylor Campus 6:00 pm Texas Baptist Men Rally McLennan Hall Waco Convention Center 6:30 pm African American Fellowship Rally Antioch Bapti...

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Recommendations & Nominations

Recommendations from BGCT Executive Board Recommendations from Committee on Convention Business Nominations from Committee on Committees Nominations from Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors Nominations from Committee on Nominations for Boards of Affiliated Ministries Recommendations from BGCT Executive Board Recommenda...

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How to Propose a Resolution

A resolution has been defined as an expression of opinion from a messenger, as opposed to a motion, which calls for action. The following guidelines are offered for persons desiring to submit a resolution. Only registered messengers may submit a resolution Resolutions may be given to any member of the Resolutions Committee identif...

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Proposed Standing Rules

The Convention today will be asked to act on the following recommended "Standing Rules" for this annual meeting: 1. All reports, motions, resolutions or amendments to the constitution, bylaws or articles of incorporation shall be submitted by registered messenger to the body, then to the recording secretary in writing, legibly sig...

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Special Events

African American Rally with Pastor Gregory C. Trotter Date: November 8, 2015 Location: Friendship Baptist Church - The Colony Address: 4396 Main Street, The Colony, TX 75056-2802 Time: 6:30 p.m. Fellowship: Immediately following service Pastor Gregory C. Trotter When he was called to the Gospel Ministry in 1990 Rev. Gregory C. Tro...

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Exhibitor Invitation

INVITATION The Baptist General Convention of Texas will hold its 129th Annual Meeting in Waco on November 16-18, 2014. The Waco Convention Center is located at 100 Washington Avenue, Waco, Texas 76701. THEME: Live The Difference RESERVING SPACE: Click here and complete the request form to reserve space for your meal function or re...

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Meals and Receptions

Monday, November 9 Lunch: 11:30 am–1:00 pm Interagency Council Luncheon Embassy Suites Hotel - Indian Trail For questions, contact Becky Brown at becky.brown@texasbaptists.org or call (214) 828-5301. By invitation only Leadership Texas Baptists Luncheon Embassy Suites Hotel - Shawnee Trail For questions, contact David Adams at d...

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Schedule

Scheduled Meals/Reception times: Monday, July 15 Breakfast: 7:00-8:00am Lunch: 11:00am–1:00pm Dinner: 5:00-6:30pm Reception: 8:45-9:45pm Tuesday, July 16 Breakfast: 7:00-8:30am Lunch: 11:30am-1:30pm Dinner: 5:00-6:30pm Information to purchase tickets can be found online by clicking on the meal tab at www.texasbaptists.org/annual...

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Exhibitor

Thank you for your interest in Annual Meeting. As of August 22 we are no longer accepting advertising requests. Thank you for your interest in Annual Meeting advertising. For future inquiries, please contact annualmeeting@texasbaptists.org

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Advertising Invitation

Thank you for your interest in Annual Meeting. As of August 22 we are no longer accepting advertising requests. Thank you for your interest in Annual Meeting advertising. For future inquiries, please contact annualmeeting@texasbaptists.org

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Registration Schedule

Opens Sunday, November 16 4:00–6:00pm Monday, November 17 8:00am–4:30pm 6:30 – 9:00 pm Tuesday, November 18 8:00–9:30am

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Messengers

In August your church will receive a letter with instructions to request registration cards for messengers. Option 1 Pre-register on-line at texasbaptists.org/register and print your own messenger cards. Option 2 Return the card enclosed in the letter to request messenger cards. Messenger cards will not be mailed without a request...

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General Information Schedules

Registration Schedule Sunday, November 8 4:00 - 6:00 pm Monday, November 9 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 6:30 - 9:00 pm Tuesday, November 10 8:00 - 10:00 am Exhibitor Schedule Sunday, November 8 4:00 - 6:00 pm Exhibits open to public Monday, November 9 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Exhibits open to public Tuesday, November 10 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Exhibits o...

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Childcare

Free childcare will be provided for infants through five years as a service for out-of-town messengers. Preston Ridge Baptist Church will be providing free child care Monday, November 09 and Tuesday, November 10 from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm. Lunch, dinner and daily snacks will be provided. Online registration for these services will...

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Parking

Dr Pepper Arena Drop off is located at the front of the building. Each vehicle will be charged $10 as they enter. Click here to download parking map. Embassy Suites There is one parking garage for both the hotel and conference center. It is easy to access from both areas. Handicap drop-off is at the main entrance to the hotel, und...

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Handicap Information

Embassy Suites Hotel Frisco & Convention Center and the Dr Pepper Arena recognizes the needs of persons with disabilities and has met or exceeded the requirements of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the State of Texas accessibility mandates. Drop-Off/Pick-up A soon to be determined location can be...

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Spanish Translation

All General Sessions and Business Meeting Sessions of the 2015 Annual Meeting will be translated in Spanish. Headsets will be available for checkout at the Information Booth located at Registration and at the Ushers Booth located at the back of the session hall. Todas las sesiones generales y las reuniones de negocio de la Reunió...

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First Aid

First Aid will be provided onsite at the Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel & Convention Center and Dr Pepper Arena for all attending. This service is provided courtesy of Baylor Medical Center of McKinney and Baylor Medical Center of Plano

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Food Services

A La Cart is a quick place to pick up your breakfast or lunch on the go. Located in the Upper Level of the Waco Convention Center. A La Cart is open Monday through Friday, from 8am – 10 am and 11:30 am – 2 pm. Lunch specials are shown on the monitors located throughout the lobbies of the Waco Convention Center. Click here to v...

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Business Sessions

Recommendations Recommendation to Amend COAM Bylaw Recommendation for 2017 Proposed Budget Recommendation for 2017 Texas World Missions Initiatives and Partnerships Allocation Recommendation to Approve Termination of Hendrick Medical Development Corporation Recommendation to Approve Amendment of BHFSA Certificate of Formation and...

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Child Protection Training: Answer Key

Child Protection Training: Answer KeyStudent Disaster RecoveryRestoring hope •Rebuilding communities•Reflecting Christ Download Answer Key Download Training Certificate

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Executive Board - Private

Executive Board - Private Announcements Registration is now closed. Please contact Bethany Frisch at (214) 828-5296 with any questions regarding registration. 100 year history of the Executive Board Meeting Information February 2017 Schedule Executive Board Dates for 2017,  2018 and 2019 Meeting Location February, May, S...

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Exhibitors & Advertisers

2014 Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual Meeting Exhibitors A-C African American Ministries Associated Baptist Press B.H. Carroll Theological Institute Baptist Child & Family Services Baptist Church Loan Corporation Baptist Credit Union Baptist Foundation of Texas Baptist Global Response Baptist Health System Baptist Jo...

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General Information

Hotels Click here to view a list of hotels near the Waco Convention Center. No shuttle service will be provided this year. Please plan accordingly. While in Waco Click here for more information about Waco and fun things to do while there. Registration Schedule Sunday, November 13 4:00 - 6:00 pm Monday, November 14 8:00 am - 4:30 p...

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Evangelism Events

What do you see as you drive through your neighborhood, shop in your community and attend all types of school and sporting events? The 4xFour Challenge helps you identify, intercede for, and invest in people and families around you. Learn more... Super Summer exists to equip students to know and share the gospel. A teaching minist...

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Training & Resources

Pray 4 Every Home What if we prayed for every home in Texas? Prayer is the first step of evangelism! We encourage believers to join a collaborative prayer effort of many churches to pray for every household in the state--by name. Imagine what God might do! Click here to learn more. KidsFaith What could be more exciting and rewardi...

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Preaching Helps

Preaching Helps One of the greatest challenges confronting every pastor is to preach strong stewardship sermons. It is important to be Biblical and practical. Church members are anxious to hear what God's Word says about their everyday financial concerns. A series of booklets have been compiled under the title "Stewardship for the...

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Theological Education

Theological Education Are you called to a ministry vocation? Are you giving consideration to pursuing some form of theological education?The Theological Education office is able to assist you in answering these questions. Financial Assistance for Ministry Students In recognition of the divine call felt by those who minis...

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Mary Hill Davis Ethnic | Minority Scholarship Program

Mary Hill Davis Ethnic | Minority Scholarship Program Texas Baptists are concerned about higher education in a Christian atmosphere. A dramatic expression of this concern is the Mary Hill Davis Ethnic/Minority Scholarship Program which provides grants to help worthy, capable young people from ethnic/minority cultures receive a Chr...

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Who Is Mary Hill Davis?

Who Is Mary Hill Davis? Texas Baptists have long recognized the importance of education. They established universities to provide quality education taught from a Christian perspective. To enrich and/or develop leadership for Texas ethnic/minority churches, scholarships are provided for worthy African American, Hispanic, Native Ame...

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Community Care

Community Care 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 m...

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Community Development

Community Development Sometimes reaching into your own community and discovering ways to help is often the hardest. People we see every day need to know the hope and healing power of Christ. Helping Churches - Be On Mission Baptists go on mission the world over. It's what we do. It's what we're known for. We can be on mission loca...

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Don't try to ignore crime. It doesn't exist in an isolated realm of dark alleys, prisons or "other" areas of town. They affect every community, every congregation, everyone. In your own church, you’ll find not only victims of crime. You’ll find those who commit crimes, former offenders, and their families...

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TraffickStop

TraffickStop Every country is either a provider, pass-through or consumer of the sex-trade. Some countries' leading export is young women. This is a global problem, which requires multi-level tactics to fight. Texas Baptists are involved in toughening laws and their enforcement, as well as providing education and skills to women f...

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Hunger Ministry Report

Hunger Ministry Report Loading

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Community Ministry Report

Community Ministry Report Loading

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Downloads

Downloads Deeply rooted in faith. Links Staff Executive Board Cooperative Program Affiliation Packet Historical Collection Employment Newsroom Downloads Contact @texasbaptists facebook.com/texasbaptists Baptist General Convention of Texas 7557 Rambler Road Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75231-2388 (888)244-9400 Downloads Click below to vie...

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Certification Courses

Certification Courses The Childhood Certification consists of the following nine courses: Characteristics of Preschoolers and Children Essentials of Ministry Family Ministry Guidance in the Classroom Implementation of a Safe Ministry Area Leadership in the Church/Ministry or Programming Principles of Teaching/How to Choose Curricu...

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Hispanic Education Initiative

Hispanic Education Initiative The goal of the Hispanic Education Initiative is to keep students in school through graduation and then on to college, reclaiming students who left school and helping preschoolers be prepared for Kindergarten. Raising Highly Capable Kids A great resource available to our churches at a low cost is the...

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Project: Start

Project: Start is Connecting Refugees in Vickery Meadow with the Resources they need to find stability An estimated 30,000 refugees live within a 3 mile stretch in North Dallas called Vickery Meadow. With over 30 different languages spoken, their needs are as diverse as the community itself. While much is being done to help these...

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Go Now Missions

Go Now Missions mobilizes Texas university students to share the love of Christ across the world. We are a ministry of Texas Baptists, a cooperative organization of Baptist churches in Texas. About Go Now Missions A student missions program, now called Go Now Missions, began in 1946. That summer, four students were sent to Hawaii...

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Info for Students

Welcome! On this page is a wealth of information to help you in your quest to obtain a student missionary assignment. Questions? Contact us: gonowmissions@texasbaptists.org Why Go? Positions FAQ Skip to: Important Dates & Deadlines / Student Missionary Qualifications / Application Guidelines / How to Get a Passport / After You...

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Apply Now-test

Apply Now Steps to Apply Send us your contact info and acknowledgement of student missionary requirements and terms by filling out this pre-application form. You will receive a link via email to our official online application which is housed at an affiliate website. Make sure to select "Go Now Missions" as the Organization you ar...

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Info for Parents

Dear Parent, Your student is exploring the possibilities of serving as a Go Now Missionary. Serving as a student missionary can be a growing and stretching experience for a college student. Beginning the application process is a step of faith and obedience for your child. Much like the prophet Isaiah, your student is responding to...

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BSM & Church Staff

All of the pdf documents on this page are setup to allow you to type in your information and send the form back to Go Now Missions. Please follow these steps: Save the file to your computer. Fill in the form with the requested information. Save the changes you made. Send the document to Go Now Missions via... email: gonowmissions@...

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Give

Go Now Missions depends on gifts from financial partners to send student missionaries around the world. Donating online is fast, safe, and simple (you may use credit card or check). Get started by selecting how you wish to designate your gift. If you would like to donate by mailing a check, please make check payable to Go Now Miss...

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. Need to know something else? Email us! gonowmissions@texasbaptists.org Applying for a Position How do I apply? What is Discovery Weekend? What if I cannot attend Discovery Weekend? How do I choose a mission project? What can I expect during my BSM or local church inte...

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Positions List

Your project awaits. Choose from among our 5 terms to begin your search: Xmas View Christmas break positions... Spring View spring semester positions... Summer View summer break positions... Impact View 2-4-week summer positions... Fall View fall semester positions... Christmas Break Use your Christmas break from college to share...

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The Head of the Church

The Head of the Church The BGCT affirms the biblical teaching that Christ is head of the church. This means, among other things, that churches are under the authority of Christ not of the BGCT or any other body. Since Christ is the head of the church, then church leaders and members should all seek to know the mind of Christ. (Phi...

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The Bible

The Bible The Holy Bible was written by divinely inspired authors and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humankind. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter. It will remain the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinio...

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The Virgin Birth

The Virgin Birth The BGCT, by its affirmation of the 1963 Baptist Faith & Message, demonstrates belief in Jesus’ virgin birth, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. – 1963 B...

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Priesthood of Believers

Priesthood of Believers The Old Testament contains two passages that prophesy a coming time when all of God’s people will be priests (Exodus 19:5-6, Isaiah 61:5-6). The New Testament says those prophecies are fulfilled in the Christian church. 1 Peter 2:4-10 is the most explicit text, and Christians are called priests in fiv...

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Salvation

Salvation “Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.”1 Texas Baptists believe the only path to eternal relationship with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. This one p...

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Reaching the Lost

Reaching the Lost The BGCT has a passion for continuing to reach the lost and hurting in our world. The BGCT is developing specific plans by following biblical mandates and models. We are committed to encouraging, facilitating, and connecting churches so that they can fulfill God’s mission of reconciling the world to himself...

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Ministry Partners

Ministry Partners The BGCT provides many ministry resources itself, but it also connects churches with the largest grouping of ministry partners of any Baptist body. The BGCT is the only state convention supporting… …these educational partners: Baptist University of the Américas Baylor University Truett Theolo...

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Cooperative Program

Cooperative Program The Texas Adopted Plan, which churches are encouraged but not required to use, directs 79 percent of Cooperative Program receipts from churches to the missions, ministries and institutions in the BGCT Cooperative Program budget as listed on the back of the giving form. BGCT churches support 23 institutions meet...

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Human Life

Human Life Messengers to BGCT Annual Meetings have clearly stated their position regarding the issues involved in the sanctity of human life. 1980: The BGCT reaffirmed the view of Scripture on the sacredness and dignity of all human life, both born and unborn, and supported legislation prohibiting abortion except to save the life...

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Mission Centers of Houston

Mission Centers of Houston Mission Centers of Houston offers opportunities to immerse yourself in urban ministry in the fourth largest city in the country. Mission Centers of Houston's Vision Statement: "Mission Centers of Houston extends opportunities for education, empowerment and sustainability to neighbors of all ages while en...

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T3:6

T3:6 gospel inceptionletter teachersmanual studentmanual

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Refugee Relief

Syrian refugees fleeing to other countries, specifically Lebanon, are facing a harsh winter. Arriving with little money and few possessions, winter weather makes a bad situation even worse. By supporting this effort, you are providing warmth given through Christian love. Due to Texas Baptists' efforts in refugee relief last year...

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Why Go Now?

Why Go Now? There are many arguments that can be given as to why a Christ-follower should be involved in missions. And there have been many discussions about whether a person is "called" to be a missionary. As I ponder all of the arguments and discussions, I keep coming back to God's Word. It is in His Word that I find the answer...

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100 Year History of Executive Board

100 Year History of Executive Board 1914 - A Hinge Year for Texas Baptists Dr. Ron Lyles, Executive Board Chair September 29, 2014 download PDF download powerpoint downloadAudio

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Resources

Resources Abuse Children's Advocacy Centers of TX National Coalition Against Domestic Violence OAG – TX Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Report Abuse or Neglect in TX Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Texas Council on Family Violence Mental health National Institute of Mental Health National Alliance...

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Vancouver Partnership

Texas Baptists are partnering with Vancouver Island, Pitt Meadows, Steveston and the University of British Columbia church plants. Known as the “Gateway to the Pacific Rim,” Vancouver is a key location for reaching Pacific Rim countries and beyond with the Gospel. Metro Vancouver has a population of approximately 3 mil...

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Vancouver Partnership Visit

What is a partnership visit? Provides exposure to Southern Baptist ministries in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island Introduces participants to those who serve in the area Allows an opportunity for participants to pray informed prayers about the needs of the area Gives participants a chance to partner with a new or existing ch...

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Vancouver Overview

Texas Baptists are partnering with 4 church plants: Vancouver Island, Pitt Meadows, Steveston and the University of British Columbia. Known as the "Gateway to the Pacific Rim," Vancouver is a key location for reaching Pacific Rim countries and beyond with the gospel. Metro Vancouver has a population of approximately 3 million. Abo...

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How to Make a Motion

To Make a Motion A motion calls for specific action by the Baptist General Convention of Texas or some entity of the BGCT. Only registered messengers may make a motion. A motion normally begins with "I move that…" 1. Write the motion legibly. (If the motion is spontaneous and you don't have time to write it before presenting it...

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Texas Baptists Golf Classic

April 24, 2017 Join us in 2017 for another fun day of golf and fellowship. Our fourth annual tournament will raise awareness and funding for our Texas Baptists Counseling Services. In the past few years, we have lost several pastors around the state due to burnout, relationship issues, and even suicide. While counseling may not ha...

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Entrena-T

Entrena-T ¿Qué es el Centro de Liderazgo Entrena-T? En el otoño del 2009, en colaboración con la Universidad Bautista de las Américas, la Oficina de Ministerios Hispanos de la BGCT comenzó el Centro de Liderazgo Entrena-T, como parte de una iniciativa enfocada en desarrollar líderes dentro de nuestras congregaciones hispana...

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Vancouver Church Planters

Josh and Lisa Arrington Pitt Meadows Church On The Rock got its start in Pitt Meadows in 2010. Josh and Lisa were serving in Youth Ministry in Texas and, upon taking a mission trip with students to Vancouver, they began praying about how the Lord would send some of their students back to Vancouver for ministry. However, the Lord&r...

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Nick Howard

Nick Howard We are Nick and Susan Howard and we will be ministering at Immanuel Baptist Church in Wiesbaden, Germany. IBC is a wonderful church with an amazing story. In the years following WWII, no English-language Baptist churches existed to serve the U.S. military forces remaining in postwar Germany. Immanuel was founded in 195...

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Blu & Darbi Tidwell

Blu & Darbi Tidwell We are Blu & Darbi Tidwell. Our ministry, New Day Orphanage, seeks to identify vulnerable orphans in Zambia and place them in a Christian environment so that they can learn about Christ, receive a quality education, and still retain their unique culture. Our ultimate goal is for these children to grow u...

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Recursos

Recursos Conferencia Hispana de Liderazgo – Hispanic Leadership Conference Español Como ser un verdadero exito Manual del Maestro / Manual del Estudiante / PowerPoint Llegando a ser una persona de influencia Manual del Maestro / Manual del Estudiante / PowerPoint Todos comunican, pero pocos conectad Manual del Maestro / Manual...

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team Biblical Insight. Principled Living

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Cities & Leadership

Cities & LeadershipStudent Disaster RecoveryRestoring hope •Rebuilding communities•Reflecting Christ 2016 Dates & Locations Spring Break Mission 1 March 9-12 San Marcos/Wimberley, TX Mission 2 March 13-16 San Marcos/Wimberley, TX) 2016 Dates & Locations Summer Mission 1 June 13-18 Dallas, TX Mission 2 June 20-25 Bartle...

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Schedules

SchedulesStudent Disaster RecoveryRestoring hope •Rebuilding communities•Reflecting Christ What does a typical day at BOUNCE look like? Here are some sample schedules; however, the Mission Leadership may adjust the schedule during a mission. A daily schedule is posted at each mission with any schedule changes. Please download...

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Bounce Back Home

Bounce Back HomeStudent Disaster RecoveryRestoring hope •Rebuilding communities•Reflecting Christ BOUNCERS, are you looking for ideas on how you can BOUNCE Back Home? Check out some of the possibilities below and share your own ideas that can end up on the BOUNCE Back Home page by clicking on the link at the end of this page...

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Registration

RegistrationStudent Disaster RecoveryRestoring hope •Rebuilding communities •Reflecting Christ Registration for BOUNCE will open January 15, 2015

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Hands on Ministry

Hands on Ministry(HOM) God's call to the chaplain ministry is multi-faceted in that all who are called serve all socio-economic groups, ages, races and cultures. The "Hands on Ministry" curriculum is written in such a way as to show who, what, where, when, why and how of chaplaincy; and to provide the how of insightful spiritual h...

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Community Missionary Training

Community Missionary Training Connecting churches to communities Your church, your community, your mission In the state of Texas, statistics tell us that 45% of people do not have a connection to any faith group. We must get to the point where believers begin to look at themselves as missionaries in a new world. Community Missiona...

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Consulting, Coaching & Mentoring

Introducing the Urban Church Leader Coaching Network Have you ever felt completely helpless about what was happening in the life of your church? You have read the books, you have gone to conferences, and it still seems like there is so much to overcome. The Urban Church Leader Coaching network wants to help you walk through next s...

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Urban Pastor Peer Groups

Urban Pastor Peer Groups Connecting churches to communities The Texas Baptists Office of Urban Missions knows pastors need to gather at times. We are now facilitating peer groups for urban pastors and pastors in transitional communities. This includes funds for books, a retreat, an occasional meal etc. Thom Rainer says, "As many a...

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Abide

Abide is an unscheduled prayer experience for college students, high school seniors and adults who work with college students. Abide is designed to be a time of retreat. There is a opening session on Friday night and a closing session Saturday afternoon. Everything in between is up to you. There will be various "Abide Encounters"...

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Schedule

Abide is an unscheduled prayer experience for college students, high school seniors and adults who work with college students. Abide is designed to be a time of retreat. There is a opening session on Friday night and a closing session Saturday afternoon. Everything in between is up to you. There will be various "Abide Encounters"...

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Stations

Abide is an unscheduled prayer experience for college students, high school seniors and adults who work with college students. Abide is designed to be a time of retreat. There is a opening session on Friday night and a closing session Saturday afternoon. Everything in between is up to you. There will be various "Abide Encounters"...

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Registration

Abide is an unscheduled prayer experience for college students, high school seniors and adults who work with college students. Abide is designed to be a time of retreat. There is a opening session on Friday night and a closing session Saturday afternoon. Everything in between is up to you. There will be various "Abide Encounters"...

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Publicity

Abide is an unscheduled prayer experience for college students, high school seniors and adults who work with college students. Abide is designed to be a time of retreat. There is a opening session on Friday night and a closing session Saturday afternoon. Everything in between is up to you. There will be various "Abide Encounters"...

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Directions

Abide is an unscheduled prayer experience for college students, high school seniors and adults who work with college students. Abide is designed to be a time of retreat. There is a opening session on Friday night and a closing session Saturday afternoon. Everything in between is up to you. There will be various "Abide Encounters"...

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About Us

History and Vision Super Summer of Texas began in 1974 as a training opportunity for Christian young people who were interested in advancing their personal spiritual growth and wanted to know more about how to share Christ with others. God impressed Dr. George Worrell to begin training young people through the Super Summer program...

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Events

Who can attend register faqs Session 1 East Texas Baptist University June 12-16, 2017 Session 2 Hardin-Simmons University June 12-16, 2017 Session 3 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor June 19-23, 2017 Session 4 Dallas Baptist University June 26-30, 2017 Session 5 Howard Payne University June 26-30, 2017 Session 6 Hardin-Simmons Univ...

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Serve

Team Leaders Team Leaders attending Super Summer are assigned to schools where they serve as small group leaders for the students. Super Summer requires 1 Team Leader per 6 Students. It is the responsibility of the church to recruit qualified Team Leaders. Please recruit trustworthy leaders from your church, neighboring churches...

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Students

"I've gained a new understanding of the gospel thanks to everyone here. Everything was overall good." - Ben - Yellow School Student "The week was a big growing up experience. It made me realize how important it is to build a relationship with God and share him with everyone." - Maci - Green School Student "It was amazing. I learne...

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Parents

Dear Parents, We consider it a great privilege to partner with you and your church in teaching your child to know and share the gospel. Super Summer is a teaching ministry hidden in a summer camp. Our hope is that your child will return home from our camp equipped to better share the gospel in their sphere of influence. We encoura...

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FAQs

Can our church attend multiple sessions? Can Super Summer hold or save spaces for participants who have not paid their registration fee? Where can I look to find qualified Team Leaders? What happens if I need to cancel an attendee and/or substitute that attendee with another person? May we request that certain students room togeth...

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Who Can Attend?

Students Students attending Super Summer are assigned to schools based upon the school grade they will enter in the Fall of 2017. Red School Students entering 8th grade Blue School Students entering 9th grade Orange School Students entering 10th grade Yellow School Students entering 11th grade Green School Students entering 12th g...

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VBS Material Overview

VBS Material Overview Registration is necessary in order to have adequate materials available. Register Online Saturday, February 6 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Woodlawn Baptist Church 4600 Manchaca Road Austin, TX 78745 Tuesday, February 9 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Texas Baptists 7557 Rambler Road #1200 Dallas, TX 75231 Please park in the...

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Loren Kendig

Loren Kendig Soon after I retired as a Baptist church administrator four years ago, I found a new calling to support and encourage missionaries rather than church pastors and staff.  These missionaries serve along the Texas-Mexico border and share the Gospel in Mexico to masses of impoverished, uneducated, poor, hun...

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Short Term Texas Mission Trips

Short Term Texas Mission Trips You probably do not remember when you were a baby, but you know before we were able to walk, we crawled, and before we were able to run, we walked. Missions is the same way, sometimes people need to be introduced to missions. They may need a short term trip here in Texas to help them "catch the bug."...

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TXBCommShop

Communicate more effectively through web tools, branding, social media, e-mail marketing and e-commerce. Let us help you find and focus your church's voice. Be heard. Scripture Pictures Seen our weekly #scripturepictures on social media? Now they are available as a free resource for your church's social media. Contributors Curious...

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Scripture Pictures

Designed for weekly encouragement on social media for fellow believers Below you will find what we call #scripturepictures. Please feel free to use on your own social media, but we do ask that you would please tag @TexasBaptists. They are organized by series. You will find our individuals under the "Verses" section. We just finish...

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Contributors

We are your Comm Shop contributors. We are so excited to serve you in this new endeavor. If you have any questions, please email commshop@texasbaptists.org - which two of our contributors dedicatedly manage - and we will make sure your questions are directed to the appropriate person

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American Interim Pastor Ministries

American Interim Pastor Ministries I am a retired engineer from Monsanto Chemical Company whom God called to volunteer for pastoral ministry in my retirement years. In 2000 I served as volunteer interim pastor of the church we attended in the 1970's while building a chemical plant in northeast England. That ministry brought about...

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Committee Chairs and BGCT Staff Liaisons

Committee Chairs and BGCT Staff Liaisons Administration Support Committee Vernon Stokes Administration Support Committee vernonstokes@sbcglobal.net Jill Larsen Administration Support Committee jill.larsen@texasbaptists.org (214) 828-5310 Audit Committee Jim Reed Audit Committee jim.reed@texasbaptists.org (214) 828-5334 Larry Post...

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Counseling Network

Counseling Network Texas Baptists Counseling Services exists to bring hope and encouragement to struggling Texas Baptists. One avenue to extend hope and encouragement is by connecting Texas Baptists with quality Christian counselors and therapists when needs arise. Our Approved Professional Network includes a variety of mental hea...

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Learning Lab: London, England

Learning Lab: London, England A weeklong learning experience in London, England // facilitated by Matryoshka Haus Matryoshka Haus leverages their experience, networks and community to create an active learning experience underpinned with their expression of hospitality. All with the aim to empower and inspire participants to proli...

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Christian Life Crisis Intervention, Inc.

Christian Life Crisis Intervention, Inc. Christian Life Crisis Intervention, Inc. exists to provide support, assistance and intervention to families in life crisis situations. CLCI was birthed twenty-seven years ago as a suicide crisis hotline ministry. The proliferation of regional jails and prisons in the early 90's, prompted th...

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Volunteer Chaplains

Volunteer Chaplains Richard Reedy Richard Reedy spent much of his working life as a long-haul trucker. He plans to spend the rest of his life as a volunteer chaplain. After Richard completed Texas Baptists' “Hands on Ministry" training, he was “on fire" to use what he had learned in real life settings. As a result, he...

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Page

For some parents, the decision to even begin the adoption process takes time. When Ashli and Kyle Young learned they had a slim chance of getting pregnant, they began to pray and seek God's guidance about adoption as an possibility. Here are some of Ashli's tips on what to do once you you are ready to consider adoption as a way Go...

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Great Commission

I greet you in the glorious name of Jesus Christ. I would like to introduce you to the Great Commission Team of Texas Baptists. Our team consists of three distinct, but collaborative teams: Discipleship, Evangelism, and Music & Worship. We have been granted the wonderful opportunity of helping equip and encourage the churches...

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61 Isaiah Ministries

61 Isaiah Ministries 61 Isaiah Ministries works with a people group called the Lenca in the mountains of Western Honduras. Our vision is to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ and to empower the local leadership by equipping them to carry out the Great Commission in Honduras. Through building relationships and meeting human ne...

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Youth

Our goal is to instill a love of Christ in the upcoming generation, as well as equip them to evangelize, disciple and serve others. As Texas Baptists, we recognize that we must reach our younger generations. Many of our ministries strive to equip our youth, so they can not only grow in their relationships with Christ, but share Hi...

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Camp Exalted

Camp Exalted is a one-week spiritual enrichment experience for youth in grades 7-12, as well as college students. It is a place where youth can come and have a meaningful, life changing encounter with Christ, as well as fellowship with other young believers. 2017 Camp Information DatesJune 26-30, 2017 LocationCamp Copass8200 E. Mc...

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Forms

Check back soon. Carlos Francis Camp Director (510) 529-6369 carlos411999@yahoo.com Teresa Carson Camp Administrator (817) 683-9803 carsont@bethlehemmansfield.org Camp Copass 8200 E. McKinney Street Denton, TX 76208 (940) 565-0050 campcopass.com

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Parents

College: Saturate Rev. Michael Mitchell, Sr. Neon Green We will focus on equipping students to share their faith out of a growing relationship with Christ. 12th Grade: Fusion Rev. Ebony Hall Purple This curriculum emphasizes how to love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls. We will also touch on the importance of submitting o...

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Students

College: Saturate Rev. Michael Mitchell, Sr. Neon Green We will focus on equipping students to share their faith out of a growing relationship with Christ. 12th Grade: Fusion Rev. Ebony Hall Purple This curriculum emphasizes how to love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls. We will also touch on the importance of submitting o...

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Camp Fusion

Mark your calendars for 2016 Camp Fusion, June 14-18! Camp Fusion aims to connect students at this crucial time in their faith journey. During this culturally relevant camping experience they will worship, fellowship, grow intellectually through teaching, physically through recreation, and spiritually through God's word. registrat...

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Camp Fusion FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Church Leaders & Organizers Why is Camp Fusion Tuesday through Saturday this year instead of Monday through Friday? Answer Why is Camp Fusion Tuesday through Saturday this year instead of Monday through Friday? In previous years, the Latham Springs only had the first week of June available for...

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Children's Worship University

January 20-21, 2017 Children's Worship University offers practical classes for children's worship and children's choir leadership of contemporary, blended and traditional, large, medium and small churches. Classes are led by expert clinicians and are creative, challenging and inspiring. It is also a time to network with leadership...

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Church Based Mission Sending

Church Based Mission Sending Your church's connection to on going world missions Baptists have had a powerful cooperative effort in sending missionaries for years and we continue to support that effort. Some churches have decided to send missionaries on their own and we want to support that as well. Texas Baptist's primary role in...

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Breakaway Curriculum

Breakaway Curriculum BaptistWay Press free downloads available Because of your giving to the Mary Hill Davis Offering, these Bible studies are available to you as free downloads. Free Children Downloads Free Preschool Downloads Free Curriculum Written Dallas Baptist University Students The Capstone Experience for the Advanced Chil...

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Mes de Las Madres

Mes de Las Madres hacer su donación de $20 dólares o más Click for English EN EL MES DE LAS MADRES Su madre le proveyó alimento y muchas más bendiciones. Este año, honre a su madre al proveer comidas para niños hambrientos. Honraremos a nuestras madres y abuelitas todo el mes de may...

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A Month for Mothers

A Month for Mothers Donate your $20 or more Oprima para Español A Month for Mothers Your mom provided food and so many other blessings for you. This year, honor your mom by providing meals for hungry children. We are honoring our mothers and grandmothers for the entire month of May. They deserve this and so much more! Your...

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Qué es la Comisión

Qué es la Comisión La Comisión de Vida Cristiana ayuda a las iglesias, a comunidades y a líderes gubernamentales a dar voz a los problemas relevantes de la sociedad desde una perspectiva cristiana. Todas sus acciones se basan en la sabiduría bíblica y en una vida de principios. El Dr. Gus Reyes es el Director de la Comisión...

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Who is the CLC?

Who is the CLC? Who we are and what we do The Christian Life Commission aids churches, communities and government leaders give voice to critical issues in society from a Christian and biblical perspective. All actions are based off of Biblical Insight and Principled Living. Dr. Gus Reyes is the Director of the Christian Life Commi...

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Request a Missionary

Request a Missionary Loading

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Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day En Espanol February 28-March 1, 2017 Come join us in Austin during the 85th Legislative Session for Advocacy Day, including workshops on the top issues facing the Legislature in 2017 and a chance of attendees to visit with their elected officials. LOCATION Hyde Park Baptist Church3901 SpeedwayAustin, TX 78751 Keynote...

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Leadership Texas Baptists

Leadership Texas Baptists is a nine-month experience to engage, equip, and inform emerging leaders from churches across the state. Pastors, staff, and lay leaders accepted into the program will gather once a month in a cohort experience to hear from and dialog with BGCT leaders. Content will include discussion of 21st century lead...

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Contact

Need to get in touch with us? Please direct all general inquiries to David Adams and all questions relating to the application process at Katie Swafford or Ryan Jespersen. Home Contact

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Apply

The application deadline is July 31, 2015. Your registration fee of $475, upon being selected to participate, includes room and board at kickoff retreat, course materials, monthly training classes, lunches, and materials for each session

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4xFour Resources

Download our resources below. Feel free to use our 4xfour print resources as needed. If you have any questions, please contact joshua.delrisco @ texasbaptists.org. Resources Sermons bible study

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Called - Why I may decide to say no to God

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Why I may decide to say no to God "I believe I know what is best for me." This may be at the heart of our resistance - expressed in ten words or less. Instead of viewing ourselves as the creation and God as the creator and the one who knows us best, we try to be our ow...

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Called - Understanding the Bible for women who feel called to ministry

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Understanding the Bible for women who feel called to ministry By Meredith Stone Discussions of how women should be involved in ministry and the church in particular have been happening for many years. Many young women who feel called to ministry have grown up in church...

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Called - A particular calling

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry A particular calling By Meredith Stone Everyone who feels called to ministry inevitably asks the question - what does being "called" mean? After all, we understand that every Christian is called to live their lives in the service of and as a witness to Christ. So how i...

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Called - How I knew I was called

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry How I knew I was called By Gabriel Cortes During a youth camp when I was in college, I went forward to pray for a young person. I heard God calling me through the preacher, and I experienced a burning in my heart while bursting into tears thanking God for His calling...

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Called - My calling

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry My Calling By Bill Tillman My first impressions of being called to the ministry were filtered through the church context of which I was a part. The phrase used was "called to preach." Thinking about being called to preach came as I was in the 8th grade. I spent the tim...

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Called - How do I know I am called?

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry How do I know I am called? By Joyce Ashcraft Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." And the LORD said to Samuel: "See I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle." - 1 Samuel 3:10-11 Samuel grew...

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Called - Greeter

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Greeter By Preston Cave I was saved when I was ten and called to the ministry at the age of fifteen. I remember being very confused about why God would call me to the ministry and I really didn't know what it meant to be "called" anyway. I didn't fully understand my ca...

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Called - Work Worship

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Work worship By Leighton Flowers As Christians we must avoid any task that takes our minds off of Jesus. Too many become worshippers of their work rather than true worshippers of God. This is a form of idolatry. This is especially tempting for those whose work is Chris...

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Called - Make an evaluation of your gifts and skills

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Make an evaluation of your gifts and skills By Bill Tillman Talk to persons in ministry whom you admire. They will more than likely be a listening ear for your reflections about whether you have the gifts and skills for being a minister. They may initiate an opportunit...

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Called - Follow Me

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Follow me By Jane Wilson Christ's call is clear: "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). We do not know the specifics of such an invitation, but we know the Person issuing it. Every Christian is called by God to serve Him. Some are called...

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Called - Discerning a call means continuous listening

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Discerning a call means continuous listening By Meredith Stone Ministry can be a very broad calling. It can encompass church ministry, mission work, chaplaincy, institutional ministry, non-profit ministries and much more. Often we struggle in trying to discern more spe...

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Called - Being shaped to serve

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Being shaped to serve By Joyce Ashcraft What shape are you? Have you discovered your spiritual gifts, those special abilities that just come naturally to you? These gifts were given to you by the Holy Spirit to be used in building God's kingdom. Do you think God might...

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Called - I am called; what do I do now?

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry I am called - what do I do now? By Joyce Ashcraft "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of pe...

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Exhibitors

On behalf of the Committee on Annual Meeting it is our pleasure to invite your ministry/organization to exhibit at the Texas Baptist Annual Meeting to be held at the Waco Convention Center. The meeting dates are Sunday, November 13 – Tuesday, November 15, 2016. We have a goal of 2,500 church leaders, messengers and visitors...

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Schedule

Sunday November 13 4:00 - 6:00 pm Registration Opens 4:00 - 7:00 pm Exhibits 6:00 - 9:00 pm Rallies* 6:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner * Please see below for detailed rally information. Monday November 14 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Registration 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Exhibits Open 8:30 - 9:30 am Workshops - Session 1 10:00 - 11:30 am Worship Session 1 - Pr...

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Hotels

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Ministry & Mission Ideas

Ministry & Mission Ideas

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An Important Health Care Change and How it May Affect Your Church

An Important Health Care Change and How it May Affect Your Church What You Can Do In Response For many years, churches have been able to directly pay for, or reimburse ministers and other church employees for, the premiums of health insurance policies purchased by the employee without the employee being taxed. As a result of regul...

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BOUNCE Blog

BOUNCE Blog

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Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage

Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage Same-sex marriage has become legal throughout the United States for the first time in history. This change represents a culture shift that has been both rapid and momentous. American Christians who seek to build their faith from the Bible find that several ethical/theological positions are rele...

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Discipleship

The Texas Baptist Discipleship team exists to provide consultations, training, special events, tools and resources to help Texas Baptist congregations develop into great commission churches. What’s the first Bible passage that comes to mind when I say, “Discipleship?” For many, it’s Matthew 28:19-20, which...

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CLC Micah 6:8 Conference

Thanks to all who joined us at the the Micah 6:8 Conference! Couldn't join us in San Antonio, but still want access to General Sessions and all the workshops? Purchase a digital download card The Micah 6:8 conference aims to equip believers, from all ages and walks of life, in making an impact in your community for the Kingdom of...

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2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting November 12-14, 2017 A gathering for the purpose of worship, fellowship, mobilizing, encouraging, informing and uniting Texas Baptists to accomplish the Great Commission. This is also a time to elect officers, receive recommendations and reports of officers, committees and boards and to conduct any other busine...

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Resources

Resources 2016 TBMF Newsletter A look at some ways Texas Baptists have made - and can still make - an impact through giving in 2016. Click here  to view and download the newsletter. 2016 New Church Starts Texas Baptist churches helped start 153 new congregations in 2016 - including 92 multihousing and Philippi (pris...

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Planned Giving

Planned Giving Give the gift of a lifetime and beyond. Your support of Texas Baptist missions can continue to impact lives for an eternity. To help you steward your resources in the most effective way possible, The Missions Foundation offers a variety of planned giving avenues to consider. Charitable Gift Annuity A donor and the M...

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Giving Opportunities

Giving Opportunities Missions Gift Catalog Share the love of Christ with those in need, in Texas and around the world. Choose from a list of over 30 specific giving opportunities ranging from $1.50 to $9,500. Learn more... Church Starting Planting effective and sustainable churches is vital to Texas Baptists' mission. The team's 9...

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Contact

Contact If you would like more information about giving to the Missions Foundation, estate planning, or scheduling a presentation or personal consultation, please don't hesitate to to call us at (214) 828-5173 or email tbmf@texasbaptists.org. e-newsletter sign up Mailing Address: Texas Baptist Missions Foundation 7557 Rambler Rd S...

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Working with people who want to use their resources to change the world. Through your generosity, you can participate in starting a new church, supporting student ministries on a college campus, restoring communities through disaster recovery, and so much more. Who We Are The Texas Baptist Mission...

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Charles Price Endowment for Associational Leadership

Charles Price Endowment for Associational Leadership “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life . . . Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. . ." Matthew 28:19-20 The Message Charles Price Born in Superior, Nebraska, Charles attended Howard Junior College and Hardin-Simmons Un...

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Luke and Mary Connally

Luke and Mary Connally We live in Anchorage, AK on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and have a desire to see military personnel and their family's lives changed by the Gospel. We meet them where they are in life, and walk with them to spiritual maturity. We mentor, disciple and equip them through bible study and life skills coachin...

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Future Dates

2016 November 13-15 Waco Convention Center Waco, TX 2017 November 12-14 Waco Convention Center Waco, TX 2018 July 29-31 Arlington Convention Center Arlington, TX 2019 November 17-19 Waco Convention Center Waco, TX 2020 November 15-17 Waco Convention Center Waco, TX

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Soar like an eagle

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Soar Like an Eagle "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak...

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Jeff & Alicia Lee

Jeff & Alicia Lee We seek to be the presence of Christ by engaging in holistic, relational and healing ministries among the ethnic groups of Skopje. Christ's love for us compels us to join God in ministry among the poor, marginalized and neglected: to serve people marginalized by poverty, to show the love of Jesus Christ to ma...

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Heart for Uganda

Heart for Uganda We are Klint, Vicki, Paytyn, Morgan and Olivia Ostermann, and we have started a ministry in Jinja, Uganda called Heart for Uganda. Heart for Uganda's mission is to empower individuals and organizations in Uganda to meet their own needs in culturally relevant ways. We do this through discipleship, vocational traini...

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National Boomer & Senior Adult Ministry Conference

NATIONAL BOOMER & SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY CONFERENCE This conference is designed to encourage, equip, and train any pastors, ministers, or volunteers who work in a church which desires to be more effective in reaching and ministering to baby boomers and/or senior adults. Dates September 6-8, 2017 Location Park Cities Baptist Chu...

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Chaplaincy Relations Annual Training Event

Thanks to all who attended the 2016 Texas Baptists Annual Chaplain Training Event! Check back soon for more information regarding the 2017 Training Event. 2017 Chaplain Training Event September 19-22, 2017 The Menger Hotel San Antonio, Texas Registration opens May 1, 2017 2017 TDY Justification Letter Contact Eric Whitmore (214) 8...

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Church Library Conference

Church Library Conference March 17, 2017 The Church Library Conference provides training in the ministry and practices of accessing information used in Bible study, evangelism and Christian leisure reading. Location Texas Baptist Historical Collection209 N. 8th StreetWaco, TX 76701 Lodging *Due to the increased expense of creating...

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Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes My name is Matt Barnes. I grew up in Texas Baptist churches and was trained in Texas Baptist institutions. I'm married to an amazing woman named Alida and we're the proud parents of a wonderful son named Myron. God called us to move to a neighborhood in Southern California that is riddled with poverty, gang influence a...

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One Heart Initiative

One Heart Initiative The One Heart Project's mission is to provide a true second chance to incarcerated and at-risk youth. The organization exists to change the lives of youth in the juvenile justice system, and those who are considered high risk. We facilitate change through meeting the practical needs of these youth, equipping t...

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Cohort 1

Next Seminar - Thursday, April 14 with special guest Dr. Gary Cook, Chancellor of Dallas Baptist University Dallas Baptist University 3000 Mt. Creek Pkwy Dallas, TX 75211 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please plan to arrive by 9:30 to allow time for parking. Home Workbook Contact Feedback Parking: Reserved parking places will be available near...

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Feedback Form

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Jared Gilmore

Jared Gilmore God's perfect timing led me to Houston's 5 th Ward. During high school or college I served with various ministries but never felt a strong call to urban ministry, yet in less than a weeks time, God brought me here to Hope House. God has been moving through Houston, and I look forward to being a part of his work in th...

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30 Ways to be on Mission

30 Ways to be on Mission 1. Adopt an Elementary School, Provide for Needs of Families 2. Adopt a Nursing Home 3. Plant a Community Garden 4. Volunteer at a Local Outreach of Food Bank 5. Give Water and Snacks out at Area Parks 6. Visit Homes 7. Community Cleanup 8. Engage the International Population Living in Your Community 9. Op...

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Shaun Lynch

Shaun Lynch My name is Shaun Lynch. I am married to Whitney and we have three incredible children, Jarrett (10), Kenzie (6), and Landon (5). I became a believer in Christ at the age of 18 while at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes conference in Albuquerque, N.M. I knew I was called to ministry later that Summer after having the o...

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Contact Music & Worship

Return to Music & Worship

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Missions Giving Catalog

Texas Baptists Missions equips churches to lead, serve and engage others in gospel-centered conversations for Christ. We are actively caring for orphans and families, assisting those affected by disasters, planting house churches, promoting leadership development and providing ministry resources to help those on the mission field...

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Public Education

Public Education In accordance with God’s original design (Genesis 1:26-31) we believe healthy, flourishing families are the cornerstone of strong churches and communities.  Access to quality educational is essential component of helping families thrive.  We support legislative efforts meant to increase educational...

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Contact Great Commission

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SMOT Home

Glorifying God and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through music while providing opportunities for Christian growth, fellowship, and mission service. The six Singing Men of Texas chapters – sponsored by Texas Baptists Music & Worship – reach into every corner of the state. Each chapter consists primarily of...

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SMOT History

Organized in 1974 by Dr. Sam W. Prestidge, Jr., the Singing Men of Texas® was founded as a ministry of the Texas Baptists Church Music Department. There are six regional groups comprised primarily of ministers of music, pastors, other church or associational staff members and laymen who actively involved in the music ministry...

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SMOT How to Join

Singing Men members are primarily ministers of music, but each group also welcomes pastors, other church or associational staff members, and music faculty of colleges and universities. To join a chapter, contact the director or other representative for your region. Membership requirements varies from chapter to chapter, so speak w...

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SMOT - Chapters

Found out more about the chapter closest to you by visiting their page. Click on one of the links below. North Central East Texas South Texas Southeast Texas West Texas Texas Panhandle

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SMOT - Contact

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SMOT - Calendar

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Annual Meeting News

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Annual Meeting Stream

ANNUAL MEETING Live Stream Monday Worship Session 1 – 10:00 am Business Session 1 – 1:30 pm Worship Session 2 – 7:00 pm Tuesday Business/Worship Session 2/3 - 9:45 am

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BGCT Camp Day

BGCT Camp Day March 8, 2017 Location Texas Baptists Office 7557 Rambler Road, Suite 1200 Contact Susan Ater (210) 286-8414 susan.ater@texasbaptists.org

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Evangelismo Hispano

Nuestro equipo existe para asistir a las iglesias hispanas cumplir la Gran Comisión. Trabajamos con los pastores y sus congregaciones en creando un ambiente evangelístico que es intencional, holístico y relevante para la iglesia hispana en Norteamérica. In English Nos encantaría saber de usted y...

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Renovación Hispanic Evangelism Conference

Renovación:Conferencia de Evangelismo  3-5 de febrero, 2017 Templo Baptist Church4810 Avenue PLubbock, TX 79412 Evangelista: Dr. Roland LópezMúsica Especial: Juan Tobar 24-26 de febrero, 2017 Life Church2438 W SouthcrossSan Antonio, TX 78211 Evangelista: Dr. Samuel OteroMúsica Especial: Nena Leal 3...

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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Human Trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring, transporting, or procurement of a person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, or forced commercial sex acts.  The CLC and Texas Baptists advocate for human trafficking victims, motivated by God’s heart for the op...

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Hunger & Poverty

Hunger & Poverty The combination of hunger and poverty in America often produces food insecurity.  Food insecurity is the accepted measure of hunger among a large population.  The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resourc...

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty In accordance with the Lord’s command in Matthew 22:21 and the Baptist commitment to religious freedom, we believe religious freedom is for every person of faith and those with no faith. Religious liberty is not absolute, but every effort should be made to reduce government intrusion on individual’s r...

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Contact Us

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Resources

Resources A quick and easy-to-use resource to encourage a year of prayer and giving for CP missionaries and ministries.  Download may take a few minutes. English Español Downloadable Resources 2016 CP Annual Report A Quick Look at 2016 CP Spending Un Vistazo Rápido a 2016 Precisely - Fall 2016 Precisely - May, 2...

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Great Commission Committee

Great Commission Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Agenda Minutes Recommendations Other The following Subcommittees, Groups, Teams, Councils or Commissions report to this...

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History and Heritage Committee

History and Heritage Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Agenda Minutes Recommendations Other The following Subcommittees, Groups, Teams, Councils or Commissions report to t...

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Predatory/Payday Lending

Predatory/PaydayLending As the Bible contains numerous references to our responsibility to care for the poor and the vulnerable (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27, Galatians 2;10), we believe the state of our economy is more accurately judged by the well-being of the poor, the destitute, the deserted. Therefore, we support legislative effor...

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Syrian Refugee Relief

Syrian Refugee Relief Provide for Syrian refugees in Lebanon Refugee Relief Project Syrian refugees fleeing to other countries, specifically Lebanon, face hard challenges. Arriving with little money and few possessions makes a bad situation even worse. Click here to support our Baptist partners who are assisting these families by...

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Give

Give Nurturing the future for missions WHY WE GIVE Giving to missions is providing the financial support needed for missions work being conducted by members of a church and through cooperative missions giving efforts with other churches and missions entities, which embraces the biblical concept of giving and cooperative giving. Fi...

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GA Leaders

GA Leaders Teaching girls of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. Investing in the next generation of missional leaders is not only a privilege, but also a gift. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of children. WMU Calendar Contact WMU...

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Board of Directors Meeting Private

Board of Directors Meeting Private Downloads Every Board Member is responsible to download and print individual agendas, reports, and other documents needed for board meeting. Please click on the links to access our Board Google Drive folders. Each folder contain the documents you need. Download and print for board meeting. Tentat...

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About

who we are We make disciples who make disciples. WHO WE ARE We hope this page gives you a good glimpse of who WMU of Texas is and what we’re all about. We take a few things very seriously. Ourselves? Not so much. We are all broken people, so here are three things you should know. FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE MAKE DISCIPLES WHO MAK...

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors Login Directors click below to log in to the Board of Directors password protected pages. Questions? Contact Erica Zamora at erica.wmutx@texasbaptists.org or (214)-828-5150. Log In About The Board of Directors of Woman's Missionary Union of Texas consists of elected officers, the Executive Director-Treasurer of...

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Leaders

Leaders Creatively Empowering Leaders. We are the primary connection point between Texas Baptist missions leaders and the vast array of resources and ministries of WMU. Whether providing direct resources for missions leader development, or acting as a connecting guide to other resources provided by WMU, we are here to serve our mi...

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Update My Information

Update My Information links Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Contact WMU Update My Information Associational Leadership Mission Camp Leaders Training UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION Stay connected with what is going on at WMU of Texas. WMU uses a variety of media avenues to bring you the latest information, event an...

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Associational Leadership

Associational Leadership links Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Contact WMU Update My Information Associational Leadership Mission Camp Leaders Training EMPOWERING ASSOCIATIONAL WMU LEADERS Missions involvement provides numerous benefits: an increase in the numbers of persons who are birthed into the kingdom, suppor...

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Missions Camp Leaders

Missions Camp Leaders Welcome, camp directors! this page is designed to help resource you with all things related to missions camp. You will find the latest information about the camp module, ideas, helpful tips, and much more. Please fill out the questionnaire below and keep WMU up-to-date with your contact information and your c...

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Training

Training If you are leading a missions group or leading your entire church, we have resources and training opportunities for everyone. Our hope is that each leader in Texas will be equipped and empowered to lead their church to become missional disciples. LINKS WMU Calendar Contact WMU Update My Information Associational Leadershi...

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Start a New Missions Group

Start a New Missions Group WMU provides ongoing missions groups/organizations for girls, women, and coed groups in all age levels. Each organization challenges Christian believers to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God. This radical involvement happens as WMU in a church leads people to experience missions p...

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WMU of Texas Calendar

WMU of Texas Calendar Contact Us WMU of Texas For more event information call us at: (214) 828-5150 wmutx@texasbaptists.org WMU of Texas Calendar At a Glance Thank you for staying connected with WMU of Texas. Our desire is to keep you connected and engaged with missions. Below you will find dates of various events, trips and proje...

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Related links

Related links Here are a few great websites to help you teach and learn about Missions. WEEK OF PRAYER Mary Hill Davis Offering® for Texas Missions: www.maryhilldavis.org Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® for International Missions: www.imb.org/offering Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American Missions:www.anniearmstro...

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Contact Us

Contact Us CONTACT WMU Address WMU of Texas 10325 Brockwood Road Dallas, TX 75238 Phone (214) 828-5150 (WMU Main Line, Erica Zamora Phone) (214) 828-5100 (BGCT main switchboard) Email Contact For all WMU inquiries, please contact us at wmutx@texasbaptists.org. DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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Missions Discipleship

Missions Discipleship Making missions a lifestyle! Why Missions Discipleship? We want to see Christ-followers grow in their spiritual journey and become disciples of Jesus. The goal of WMU is to help develop Christfollowers whose life embodies the life and ministry of Jesus, who does the things that He did for the same reasons, an...

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Missions Camp in Texas

Missions Camp in Texas Missions Camps At GA and Acteen's Mission Camps, girls participate in exciting worship experiences while learning about missionaries and mission activities around the world. They also learn about God's plan for their lives and how they can be part of His mission to bring everyone to a saving knowledge of His...

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Engage the World

Engage the World SERVING OPPORTUNITIES WMU supports ministries that meet the needs of people who face difficult and often life-threatening challenges. These ministries respond to needs in the Name of Jesus, whether we equip people for life and employment, provide clean drinking water, encourage health-care, addressing social issue...

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Covered with Love Sewing Project

Covered with Love Sewing Project contact Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Contact WMU COMING SOON We are currently gathering more quilting opportunities for you to join in. Check back with us for the next project. In the meantime, please build relationships with others through your sewing/quilting ministry. Quilting...

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Human Exploitation Awareness

Human Exploitation Awareness contact Carolyn Porterfield Missional Lifestyle Strategist (214)828-5374 carolyn.wmutx@texasbaptists.org Human Exploitation During 2010 -2014, national WMU introduced the critical issue of Human Exploitation. Through this initiative, WMU® identified a social and moral issue and tied in national projec...

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Project HELP: PTSD

Project HELP: PTSD links Staff Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Directions Contact WMU During 2014-2016, WMU is challenging Christians to fulfill the Great Commission by focusing on post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd). You may have just come out of studying the numerous human exploitation topics WMU focused on for...

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Other Ministries

Other Ministries contact Staff Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Directions Contact WMU suds of love The storm has come. Houses destroyed. Lives torn apart. Who will help? WMU of Texas will! WMU of Texas is currently collecting donations to purchase and maintain the Suds of Love disaster relief laundry unit. This lau...

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Campamento de Misiones Para Madre e Hija

Campamento de Misiones Para Madre e Hija link Staff Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Directions Contact WMU Únase a nosotros en un fin de semana de diversión y compañerismo, mientras somos desafiados a vivir una vida enfocada en misiones y ministerio. El Campamento de Madre e Hija(as) ofrece estudios bíblicos, t...

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Week of Prayer

Week of Prayer ORDER WEEK OF PRAYER MATERIALS Missionaries' No. 1 need is for prayer support – focused, continuous prayers not only for themselves but for the people to whom they bring the love of Christ. WHY GIVE... Learn about the Mary Hill Davis Offering Learn about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Learn about the Annie...

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Acteens Leaders

Acteens Leaders Teaching youth girls of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. Investing in the next generation of missional leaders is not only a privilege, but also a gift. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of teenagers. WMU Calendar...

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Acteens

Acteens Imagine if teenage girls in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU provides resources to help guide teen girls to a great...

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Children's Missions Ideas

Children's Missions Ideas We are here to support you whether you lead a missions small group or simply want ideas to engage the world. As leaders, sometimes we need a additional resources to strengthen what we are already doing with our children. This page provides you with additional missions stories, project ideas, and topical l...

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CA Leaders

CA Leaders Teaching children of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. Investing in the next generation of missional leaders is not only a privilege, but also a gift. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of children. Developing a missional...

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Preschool & Children

Preschool & Children Gone are the days when missions discipleship was only learned behind the doors of a church classroom. Developing a missions lifestyle can happen IN and OUTSIDE of the church walls. The children of today are longing to make a difference in their world. As they struggle with finding their identity and their...

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Children in Action

Children in Action Imagine if children in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU provides resources to help guide young children...

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Children's Ministry Day

Children's Ministry Day links WMU Calendar Contact WMU Mission Friends Children in Action Girls in Action Mission Camps Just for Boys CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DAY Are you ready to participate in the seventh annual Children's Ministry Day™? Each February, thousands of children across North America participate in ministry projects on t...

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MF Leaders

MF Leaders Teaching preschoolers of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. What a blessing for a preschooler to come to sense not only that God loves him, but He loves each person in the world and wants all people to know of His great love. As you lead preschoolers to develop a heart for mi...

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Mission Friends

Mission Friends Imagine if preschoolers in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU believes that seeds of faith in God and love fo...

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Just for Boys

Just for Boys links WMU Calendar Contact WMU Children's Ministry Day Just for Boys Missions Camps Missions Groups for Boys It is never too soon to get involved in missions. That's why we offer a variety of ways to involve children in missions through Missions Discipleship. In partnership with Texas Baptist Men, we provide missions...

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Suds of Love

Suds of Love SUDS OF LOVE The storm has come. Houses destroyed. Lives torn apart. Who will help? WMU of Texas will! WMU of Texas is currently in the preparation process to launch the Suds of Love disaster relief laundry unit. This laundry unit will be activated and sent out alongside Texas Baptist Men disaster relief. As disasters...

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Sisters Who Care

Sisters Who Care Adults who are personally engaged in missions activities and learning have contagious enthusiasm! They radiate joy and compassion. They invest in what they know matters most - their relationship with Christ and relationships with others. WMU offers resources to help cultivate a biblical worldview that compels Chri...

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Multicultural WMU

Multicultural WMU LINKS Hispanic Churches WMU Calendar Contact WMU MULTICULTURAL WMU A call to follow Jesus as His disciple involves engaging in His mission throughout the world. Every church is uniquely gifted and equipped to do that. WMU of Texas works with a variety of ethnic churches and fellowships to create culturally-approp...

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World Crafts

World Crafts Marketplace WorldCraftsSM develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. The vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth. WMU of Texas is committed to WorldCrafts and offers a variety of opportunities to promote it's artis...

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Women's Build

Women's Build Interested in serving on the Women's Build? Contact Pam Poole Phone: (214) 828-5153 Email Pam WOMEN'S BUILD Walls, roof, sheetrock, windows, doors, plumbing, electricity, paint, and floors make a house. It takes more than that to make a home. October 24- November 1, 2016 over 30 women will work alongside the family t...

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Girls in Action

Girls in Action Imagine if girls in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU provides resources to help guide young girls to a grea...

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Young Adults – myMission

Young Adults – myMission Imagine if young women in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." Whether on college campuses, working professionally, or nurturing young children of their own, groups of young women are reaching the world for Christ. WMU provid...

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Adults on Mission

Adults on Mission Adults who are personally engaged in missions activities and learning have contagious enthusiasm! They radiate joy and compassion. They invest in what they know matters most – their relationship with Christ and relationships with others. WMU offers resources to help cultivate a biblical worldview that compels C...

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Women on Mission

Women on Mission Women who are personally engaged in missions activities and learning have contagious enthusiasm! They radiate joy and compassion. They invest in what they know matters most – their relationship with Christ and relationships with others. WMU offers resources to help cultivate a biblical worldview that compels Chr...

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Baptist Nursing Fellowship

Baptist Nursing Fellowship The Baptist Nursing Fellowship ® is a Christian organization of professional nurses that promotes continuing professional education and growth for members and nurse missionaries. Through BNF® , there are opportunities for serving, continuing education, prayer and much more. Texas BNF is sponsored by Wo...

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Missionary Parents Fellowship

Missionary Parents Fellowship link WMU Calendar Contact WMU The Missionary Parents Fellowship of Texas exists to provide a network for fellowship, encouragement, and support through engaging in prayer and sharing information. Our vision is to provide a network for parents and family members of missionaries serving on international...

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CWJC/CMJC Site Directors

CWJC/CMJC Site Directors WMU Calendar Contact WMU CWJC/CMJC Site Directors National Certification Training Texas CWJC/CMJC Day of Prayer Has God called you to start a CWJC or CMJC ministry in your community? The first step is to attend NCT Level 1 training (See National Certification Training for details). After registering for tr...

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CWJC/CMJC

CWJC/CMJC links WMU Calendar Contact WMU CWJC/CMJC Site Directors National Certification TrainingTexas CWJC/CMJC Day of Prayer texas christian women's and men's job corps Christian Women's Job Corps® (CWJC) and Christian Men's Job Corps® (CMCJ) seek to equip women and men, in a Christian context, for life and employment. L...

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National Certification Training

National Certification Training Register Now links WMU Calendar Contact WMU CWJC/CMJC In Texas CWJC/CMJC Site Directors Texas CWJC/CMJC Day of Prayer National Certification Training 2017 offers several opportunities for anyone to learn how to begin and develop a ministry site for their church or community. Individuals will be full...

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Missionaries' No. 1 need is for prayer support! Focused, continuous prayers not only for themselves but for the people to whom they bring the love of Christ. Missions leaders help churches know how to pray strategically, why to give sacrificially and how to come alongside missionaries to reach the lo...

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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Missionaries' No. 1 need is for prayer support! Focused, continuous prayers not only for themselves but for the people to whom they bring the love of Christ. Missions leaders help churches know how to pray strategically, why to give sacrificially and how to come alongside missionaries to reach the l...

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Hispanic Churches

Hispanic Churches on Mission LINKS WMU Calendar Contact WMU Hispanic Churches Engage the World Week of Prayer MISSIONS DISCIPLESHIP FOR HISPANIC CHURCHES God has given the church a mission: "Go and make disciples of all nations . . . " From the youngest child to the most seasoned saint, God is shaping His people to be like Jesus a...

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Bless Boston

Bless Boston LINKS WMU Calendar Contact WMU Bless Boston Mission Trip SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2016 now cancelled The Bless Boston Mission Trip is an annual mission experience sponsored by WMU of Texas in partnership with New England WMU. The team has prayer walked college campuses, assisted with a women's retreat, served alongside church...

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the BRIDGE

the BRIDGE LINKS WMU Calendar Contact WMU TheBRIDGE TheBRIDGE is the new magazine from WMU of Texas. It is designed to keep you connected to what is going on in the life of WMU. In this magazine, you will find updates from national WMU, event announcements from WMU of Texas, stories from around the state, helpful articles for asso...

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Women Helping Women

Women Helping Women Pad Project Challenges and hardships are immense… Life in underdeveloped countries can be very unfair, especially for women and girls. Simple things like dealing with a woman's regular menstrual cycle can keep someone from going to work or school because she lacks what she needs. In some countries this time o...

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Pad Project

Pad Project Women Helping Women PAD PROJECT You can make a difference in the life of a woman or girl by getting involved with the Women Helping Women Pad Project. You will join hands and hearts with Christ followers who serve in South Asia. Michele has been working in that region for several years. This native Texan uses the proj...

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Blessings By The Yard

Blessings By The Yard Women Helping Women Blessings By The Yard Women in one country in South Asia would like to begin a cottage industry making and selling pads. There are gifted Christian seamstresses ready to stitch the pads but the flannel they can purchase in country repels water. . . . not a good quality for a pad that's sup...

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TX CWJC/CMJC Day of Prayer

 The theme for 2017 Day of Prayer is Celebrating Faithfulness. In 2017, Christian Women’s Job Corps is celebrating 20 years of ministry. Take a moment to think back over the twenty years the committed leaders, prayer warriors and churches who faithfully lead the way start Christian&nbs...

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WMU Annual Meeting Stream

Streaming General Sessions onFriday, March 31st @ 1:00pm and 7:00pmSaturday, April 1st @ 10:25am "It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might dem...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Thank you for your participation in the Mary Hill Davis Offering® Week of Prayer for Texas Missions. Please view our most commonly asked questions for helpful information. When is the Suggested Week of Prayer for Texas Missions? The Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions can be highlighted and c...

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Mary Hill Davis Offering

ORDER WEEK OF PRAYER MATERIALS 2016 Mary Hill Davis Offering® and Week of Prayer for Texas Missions® Missions leader, Thank you for leading your church to give to the offering that sends and supports your missionaries – whether your church calls it Mary Hill Davis Offering ® or something else. Every Texas Baptist...

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Who Was Mary Hill Davis?

Who Was Mary Hill Davis? Who was Mary Hill Davis? Mary Hill Davis was born in Greenville, Georgia, and came to Texas as a small child in 1870 when her family moved from Tennessee to Dallas. At age 20, she married F.S. Davis, a physician. They had one son, Raymond, also a physician and surgeon. Mary was president of WMU from 1906 u...

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Where Does the Money Go?

GIVE TO THE MHDO MY GIFT TO THE MARY HILL DAVIS OFFERING® Your gift enables Texas Baptists to minister across Texas and beyond. You bring hope to a battered woman and her family. You provide medicine for a sick child at a free daily clinic. A community has clean drinking water for the first time because of your involvement. A...

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MHDO en Español

ENLACEs A Donde Va Mi Ofrenda? Promoción y Videos Planes de Estudio Invitar A un Orador 2016 Interpretación Tema MHDO from WMU of Texas on Vimeo. DAR A LA MHDO BIENVENIDO A LA OFRENDA MISIONERA MARY HILL DAVIS® 11 al 18 de Septiembre 2016 El tema para Ia ofrenda Misionera de Mary Hill Davis para Ia Semana de Orac...

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¿A Dónde Va Mi Ofrenda?

links Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Contact WMU A Donde Va Mi Ofrenda? Promoción y Videos Planes de Estudio Invitar A un Orador Dar a la MHDO PORQUE USTED DA Distribuciones: Pueden ver los ministerios que recibirán ayuda por medio de la ofrenda de este año. Porque Usted Contribuye – 201...

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Promoción y Vídeos

ENLACEs A Donde Va Mi Ofrenda? Promoción y Videos Planes de Estudio Invitar A un Orador Dar a la MHDO ¿Cómo Puedo Usar los Materiales?Creamos los materiales para ayudar a que su iglesia conozca los ministerios por los cuales necesita orar y dar durante el énfasis de las misiones de Texas. Cada añ...

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Planes de Estudio

links Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Contact WMU A Donde Va Mi Ofrenda? Promocion y Videos Planes de Estudio Invitar A un Orador GUÍAS DE ESTUDIO Estos estudios son creados para adultos, jóvenes, niños y preescolares. Pueden ser usados en la hora de la Escuela Dominical, durante los programas...

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Invitar A Un Orador

links Board of Directors Mary Hill Davis WMU Calendar Contact WMU A Donde Va Mi Ofrenda? Promocion y Videos Planes de Estudio Invitar A un Orador INVITAR A UN ORADOR Los oradores están disponibles para llegar a su iglesia sin ningún costo. Aprendan de primera mano sobre lo que Dios está haciendo en nuestro est...

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Promotional Material

LINKS Where Does The Money Go?Promotional MaterialMission Study CurriculumInvite a Speaker GIVE TO THE MHDO IDEAS FOR PROMOTION The WMU provides churches with promotional material to use throughout their campaign of promoting the Mary Hill Davis Offering in their church. Please use the following resources as you see fit. Because Y...

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Curriculum

The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions is intended to challenge all Texas Baptists, including preschoolers, to be personally involved in Texas missions through prayer and sacrificial giving to the Mary Hill Davis Offering ®. Through the Week of Prayer for Texas Missions you have the opportunity to tell the Texas Baptist story...

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Intercultural Curriculum

The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions is intended to challenge all Texas Baptists to be personally involved in Texas missions through prayer and sacrificial giving to the Mary Hill Davis Offering ®. Through the Week of Prayer for Texas Missions you have the opportunity to tell the Texas Baptist story. This year's Week of Praye...

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Invite a Speaker

Speakers are available to come to your church for free! Learn firsthand about what God is doing in our state through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. When to Enlist a Speaker Message during a sunday worship service Prayer Meeting Sunday School gatherings Luncheons/breakfasts/banquets/fish-fries Texas missions fairs Missions organizat...

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Student Missions

Student Missions Teenagers of today are longing to make a difference in their world. As they struggle with finding their identity and their purpose, you can help them by strengthening their Biblical world view while helping them connect their faith with real life. links WMU Calendar Contact WMU Acteens Youth on Mission Just for Bo...

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Youth on Mission

Youth on Mission Imagine if teenagers in all of our churches truly gained an understanding of what it means to be "radically involved in the mission of God." To be radical for God's mission is to live to the extreme or above the ordinary in effort to advance the kingdom of God. WMU provides resources to help guide students to a gr...

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Child Protection Training

Please download the manual before starting this training. Training: Section A Please review for 5 minutes and continue to section B Training: Section B Please review for 10 minutes and continue to section C Training: Section C Please review for 10 minutes and continue to section D Training: Section D Please review for 10 minutes a...

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Answer Key

Download Answer Key Download Training Certificate

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Committee

Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee Meeting List of Committee Members Agenda Minutes Recommendations Other

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Issue 1, Spring / Summer 2015

Issue 1, Spring / Summer 2015

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Issue 2, Summer / Fall 2015

Issue 2, Summer / Fall 2015

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Issue 3, Fall / Winter 2015

Issue 3, Fall / Winter 2015

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Issue 4, Winter 2015 / Spring 2016

Issue 4, Winter 2015 / Spring 2016

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Issue 5, Spring 2016

Issue 5, Spring 2016 We'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete our new online form so we can continue crafting engaging content that you want to read. Get in Touch Through the Refugee Relief Project, Texas Baptists are helping provide blankets, heaters, mattresses and other winter survival necessities to Syrian...

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WMU Homecoming

WMU Homecoming You're Invited! We will be hosting an open house at our office on March 5, 2016 from 2-4 pm. It will be a fun time to celebrate our past and envision our future - everyone is welcome! Call our office at (214) 828-5150 for more details. DRIVING DIRECTIONS WMU KEEP CALM and GO FORWARD longsleeve or short sleeve t-shir...

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Stephens House

Stephens House Stephens House is the physical reality found in the heart of every believer. It exists to care for those no one wants. It exists because an awareness of the Gospel is almost invisible in the southern mountains of rural Peru. Our church (FBC Hughes Springs, TX) has been working in these mountains for almost five year...

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Keep Calm and Go Forward

Keep Calm and Go Forward Touch Tomorrow Today Fundraiser KEEP CALM AND GO FORWARD For $20, you can have a WMU KEEP CALM and GO FORWARD longsleeve or short sleeve t-shirt sent to you. $10 of every purchase will go toward the Texas Touch Tomorrow Today Endowment. You will receive contribution verification. Choose pink or gray in 100...

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Our Passion & Story

Our Passion & Story WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT MISSIONS We are passionate about empowering Christ-followers to radically participate in the mission of God. In partnership with national WMU®, we offer mission small groups and approaches, as well as ministries, that enable every member of the church to learn about missions, become...

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Staff

Meet the team WMU OF TEXAS STAFF CAROLYN PORTERFIELD Interim Executive Director-Treasurer/Missional Lifestyle Strategist - Multicultural and Adult Groups carolyn.wmutx@texasbaptists.org O: (214) 828-5374 C: (214) 668-4458 LIZ ENCINIA Missional Lifestyle Strategist - Preschool, Children, Youth and Young Adult Groups liz.wmutx@texas...

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Charles Pyles

Charles Pyles At age 61, God's message for me through His word was that I would continue to be a witness to the nations, even into my "retirement" years. I was called to serve as a Southern Baptist missionary in Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. After 12 years of serving overseas, I returned to Texas where God led me to my current...

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Endowments

Endowments Giving Today, Touching Tomorrow GIVE TO THE ENDOWMENTS WMU of Texas Endowments have been established to help provide a secure financial base for the mission and ministries of WMU. The money placed in an endowment will never be spent; the funds are invested so the interest provides an ongoing stream of income year after...

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Executive Board Live Stream

Executive Board Live Audio Stream, Feb 2107 The computer is the default player. If you are accessing the stream from a computer the audio should begin playing almost immediately once live. You should not need to click the "Computer" tab. If the does not play automatically on a computer you should only need to press play. If you ar...

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Bylaws and Governance

Bylaws & Governance A church's constitution, bylaws, and policies are not static documents containing rules and limits. When well-used, they create a framework for healthy and productive relationships in the body of Christ. Resources Sample Church Constitution & Bylaws Sample Church Covenant Sample Dissolution Statements C...

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Finances

Finances Believers are responsible for investing earthly treasures in eternal pursuits. Texas Baptists store up treasures in heaven by handling money with wisdom and integrity. Resources Sample Financial Procedures Church Budget Template Church Vital Signs Log (2016-17) Financial Policies & Procedures Staff Ministry Expense Te...

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Properties

Properties The buildings, furnishings, vehicles, and other physical property of a church are tools for ministry. Good stewardship of these resources is a reflection of our commitment to Christ and to serving our Texas communities. Resources Church Properties Policies Sample Properties Committee Sample 1 Properties Committee Sample...

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Legal Issues

Legal Issues Many ministry concerns have legal implications. These include the safety and security of children, incorporation, hiring employees, maximizing religious liberties, tax status, and others. Pastors, administrators, and lay leaders will find helpful information here. Resources Ministerial Exception Sample Dissolution Sta...

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Risk Management

Risk Management Risk is a part of everyday life—you can't hide from it or avoid it completely. But churches can minimize risk with adequate insurance, policies, and practices. Resources Sample Church Emergency Operation Procedure Background Check Companies Preschool Teaching Policies Developing an Emergency Operating Plan Ch...

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Communications and Technology

Communications and Technology It's our calling to make disciples in the 21st century. Effective teaching, preaching, and ministering require clear communication using effective tools. Resources Selecting Church Management Systems Sample Church & Social Media Policy Email Computer Policy Sample Back to Church Admin

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Forward-thinking churches trust the Spirit to guide them as they plan for the future. Use these tools to plan and carry out the work of Christ in your church's sphere of influence. Resources Demographics and Statistics Annual Church Profile Back to Church Admin

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Volunteers

Volunteers Every believer is a minister, so enlisting, screening, and equipping volunteers are at the heart of a church's work. Wise church leaders invest heavily in developing members for service. Resources Background Check Companies Effective Committee Work Preschool Teaching Policies Nominating Committee Child Sexual Abuse Prev...

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Cooperative Relationships

Cooperative Relationships Individual congregations need other congregations to partner with them in accomplishing a mission that's bigger than any single church. Explore ways to link up with other churches for common causes in Texas and beyond. Resources Cooperative Program Associations Back to Church Admin

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Personnel

Personnel Churches provide guidance and direction through personnel policies, job descriptions, and other resources, which support employees and volunteers living out their calling to serve God and others. Resources Ministerial Ethics Document Church Salary Reports MinistryPay.com Lifeway/Guidestone SBC Compensation Study Leadersh...

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Regional Day of Service

Regional Day of Service Sisters Who Care Want to plan ahead for some summer fun and ways to join God with your hands and heart in unassuming ways? Keep June 2016 open for the Sisters Who Care Regional Day of Service. This is a day to roll up your sleeves and take part in ministry action as you connect with others while using your...

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Prep Study

Prep Study Download the prep study teaching plans for review prior to going through the BOUNCE prep study videos with your group. If your video viewing location does not have internet access, please download the videos beforehand. You can download the BOUNCE prep study videos on the Vimeo page for each video. prep study teaching p...

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Foster Care

Foster Care In accordance with God’s original design (Genesis 1:26-31), we believe healthy, flourishing families are the cornerstone of strong churches and communities.  Where the nuclear family fails, we support efforts to care for children in foster care until they can be placed in a loving, adoptive family.   We...

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Voluntary Retirement Incentive Missionaries

Voluntary Retirement Incentive Missionaries "VRI" Thank you, WMU of Texas for all you do and for your ministry to VRI-ers. - Suzie (VRI missionary) CAREER MISSIONARIES 50 years or older with five or more years of service, were recently offered a Voluntary Retirement Incentive package by the International Mission Board. With the ac...

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Alumni

Cohort 1 September 11, 2015 - May 23, 2016 Bryant Lee Higher Expectations, Church Pastor Carlos Francis Bethlehem Baptist Church, Youth Pastor Carlos Garduno Tilden Baptist Church, Associate Pastor David Cook Dallas Baptist University, Director, Master of Arts in Leadership Program, Associate Dean Debora Blake Dallas Baptist Unive...

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Events

The Texas Baptists Music & Worship team puts on multiple events throughout the year. Take a look and we're sure you will find something of interest! Worship Summit Texas Baptists Worship Summits, offered several times a year, create a forum for worship pastors and other leaders to discover and discuss current trends in music a...

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Hunger Offering

FEEDING HUNGRY PEOPLE AND HELPING PEOPLE ESCAPE POVERTY Click here to view a shortened version of the video above. How it works You and your church give to the Hunger Offering, and the Hunger Offering then disperses funds through partners to over 150 hunger relief and development ministries across Texas and around the world. How t...

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5th Sunday

5th Sunday The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering unites the body of Christ to end hunger and poverty and promote holistic transformation. The 5th Sunday Hunger Offering is a special offering that occurs 4-5 times a year in churches across the state. There are 795 million people who are malnourished in the world today (State of Food In...

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Mother's Day Hunger Offering

Mother's Day Hunger Offering Every mother deserves a day; every child deserves a meal. Each Mother’s Day, churches are able to honor moms by ending hunger. Churches across the state will take up a special offering during worship to alleviate hunger for individuals and families. Poor nutrition causes deaths of 3.1 million chi...

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Videos

Videos To download right click MP4 and "Save Target As...". A free QuickTime download may be required to view files in the MP4 and MOV format. Texas Baptist Hunger Offering at work in Spain - Bilingual Vimeo | 2:27 Texas Baptist Hunger Offering at work in Spain - Bilingual (short) Vimeo | 1:02 How the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering...

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Promotions

Hunger Bank When you come to your table to thank God for His abundance and eat, put something in your bank for someone less fortunate. Order reusable, Texas-shaped hunger banks ($1.75 each, cost recovery only) in durable, clear plastic with Texas Baptist Hunger Offering logo and contact information. To place an order, please...

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Curriculum

Children's Hunger Offering Day Children’s Hunger Day - a new annual October event - allows children’s groups statewide to create awareness and fight hunger on the same day. On Children’s Hunger Day, girls and boys can learn to love kindness, and others in your community will know they are not forgotten. Chil...

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Contact

Contact Ali Hearon Hunger & Care Ministries Specialist Bianca Barajas Ministry Assistant (512) 473-2288 bianca.barajas@texasbaptists.org Have a question or comment for us? We'd love to hear from you! Simply fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible

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The Hospitality House

The Hospitality House The purpose of the Hospitality House is to promote the public welfare of the disadvantaged by tending to their physical and spiritual needs. We help the families of prisoners in the criminal justice system make it through the hard times by providing overnight lodging during their visits. These families are co...

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Immigration

Immigration The Bible says we are to treat people from other nations with honor and respect. It is helpful to remember the whole world belongs to God. People who cross national borders to flee from poverty and danger today are our neighbors even if not authorized to be here. Online Resources Immigration in the United States Only N...

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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Human trafficking treats human life as if it were only a commodity. The Bible says women and men are created in God’s image. That conveys ultimate value. A person is not to be bought and sold, used and discarded as if he or she is merely a thing and not an image bearer of God. The United Nations has defined...

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Issue 6, Summer 2016

Listen Explore Explore a practical, and easily shareable, video on one-verse evangelism with Director of Youth Evangelism, Leighton Flowers. Read

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TX Freshmen

MORE VIDEOS Welcome to Texas Freshmen Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) is a ministry of TexasBaptist Churches that engages students to follow Christ and transform the world. We want to invite you to be a part of BSM on your campus. Take a look around and find the BSM on your campus. Sign Up Now FIND A CHURCH Churches around the stat...

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About

about TexasFreshmen.com is a part of Baptist Student Ministry (BSM), which is a ministry of Texas Baptist churches. We created this site to help connect graduating high school seniors with the BSM at the campus they plan to attend. Texas BSM collegeministry@texasbaptists.org 888.220.9426 7557 Rambler Road, Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 7...

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Youth Ministers

Youth ministers You’ve engaged them in relationships with each other and your church. You’ve invested in their spiritual growth and development. Now your students are reaching the milestone of high school graduation. What’s next for them? Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) wants to be your partner in the continuing g...

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Schedule

Schedule downloadschedule More information for Conclave 2017 will be available in the spring and summer. Here's a look back at 2016. MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 10:00 AM– 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM \\ Exhibit Hall Opens 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM \\ Registration 1:00 PM \\ General Session: Doug Fields, Aaron Ivey 2:30 – 3:3...

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Intranet

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Conferences

Conferences More information for Conclave 2017 will be available in the spring and summer. Here's a look back at 2016. Three Extended Conferences on Tuesday afternoon during our regular conference slate, providing three hours of teaching time between 1:30-5:00 pm and an ice-cream break from 2:45-3:15. Monday, October 10 MONDAY, OC...

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Registration

Registration More information for Conclave 2017 will be available in the spring and summer. Registration will begin in May. Here's a look back at 2016. Ethnic youth worker scholarships are available. If you are a member of a BGCT affiliated church you may be eligible to receive this scholarship (African American, Asian or Hispanic...

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Hotels

Hotels More information for Conclave 2017 will be available in the spring and summer. Here's a look back at 2016. A block of rooms has been reserved at the following Arlington hotels. All of these hotels are near the Arlington Convention Center. All room blocks are under the name Texas Baptists/Youth Ministry Conclave. Reservation...

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Exhibitors

Exhibitors More information for Conclave 2017 will be available in the spring and summer. Here's a look back at 2016. Are you interested in being an exhibitor at Youth Ministry Conclave 2016? Being an exhibitor is a great way to help spread the word about what it is your business does! Take some time to read through the registrati...

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About

About Youth Ministry Conclave is an event designed to encourage, network, train, and resource youth ministers and other adults who work with teenagers in the church. Conclave provides worship experiences, more than 30 breakout sessions, leadership training, and a 90+ vendor exhibit hall focused on the needs and interests of studen...

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Conclave

designed by student ministers to encourage, network, train and resource youth ministers and those who work with youth October 16-18, 2017 \\ Arlington, Texas Convention Center Registration 2017 Keynote Speakers and Band JOSH GRIFFIN Co-founder, Download Youth Ministry, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA., downloadyouthministry.com SA...

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Sign Up for Texas BSM

Sign Up with Tx BSM Sign Up Now FIND A CHURCH Churches around the state are partnering with BSMs at neighboring universities. Click here to browse a complete list of partnering churches. TWITTER

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Education

Education Education, coupled with nutritious food, is a key ingredient in proper human development, which makes possible a wide array of benefits for the individual and society. Christians see each person as intrinsically valuable. As a result, we promote education to enhance the development of a person’s God-given abilities...

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Downloads

The 2016 Annual Meeting is fast approaching. Use these downloads to help spread the word about Celebrating Service through social media and e-newsletters. We look forward to seeing you there! facebook Facebook Cover Facebook Profile One Month Countdown Universities Promotional Other Education Promotional Music Promotional Speaker...

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Preschool and Children's Ministers' Retreat

Preschool and Children's Ministers' Retreat January 16-17, 2017 Join us for two days of worship, Bible study and fellowship at the picturesque Summers Mill Retreat & Conference Center, just between Belton and Salado. This new location will allow us to stay together in one location (included in the price). Our Bible study leade...

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ISAAC Project

ISAAC HOME ABOUT US FAQS RESOURCES DONATE CONTACT: Jesús Romero, Director 210-326-3273 jesus.romero@texasbaptists.org 7838 Barlite BlvdSan Antonio, Texas 78224 facebook.com/isaacproject The Immigration Service and Aid Center project of the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas focuses on equip...

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ISAAC FAQs

FAQS HOME ABOUT US FAQS RESOURCES DONATE CONTACT: Jesús Romero, Director 210-326-3273 jesus.romero@texasbaptists.org 7838 Barlite Blvd.San Antonio, Texas 78224 facebook.com/isaacproject Q: What is ISAAC? A: The Immigration Service and Aid Center (“ISAAC”) is a nationwide effort utilizing local church-b...

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ISAAC Resources

Resources HOME ABOUT US FAQS RESOURCES DONATE CONTACT: Jesús Romero, Director 210-326-3273 jesus.romero@texasbaptists.org 7838 Barlite Blvd.San Antonio, Texas 78224 facebook.com/isaacproject EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES Understanding Immigration in the United States: A Responsible Dialogue Publication from CLC – En...

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ISAAC Training

Training HOME ABOUT US FAQS RESOURCES DONATE CONTACT: Jesús Romero, Director 210-326-3273 jesus.romero@texasbaptists.org 7838 Barlite Blvd.San Antonio, Texas 78224 facebook.com/isaacproject 6th Summer Institute on Basic Immigration The Immigration Service and Aid Center will offer a 40-hour Summer Institute on Bas...

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ISAAC About Us

ABOUT US HOME ABOUT US FAQS RESOURCES DONATE CONTACT: Jesús Romero, Director 210-326-3273 jesus.romero@texasbaptists.org 7838 Barlite Blvd.San Antonio, Texas 78224 facebook.com/isaacproject The Immigration Service and Aid Center project is a collaborative ministry between Baptist University of the Américas...

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Tamara Brooks

Tamara Brooks I was greatly impacted by the Baptist Student Ministry while in college, so much so my mother once commented that I “majored in BSM". I remember thinking how amazing it would be if I really could major in BSM! Little did I know that one day I more or less would. I’ve served in three BSMs across Oklahoma a...

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Everlasting Choir Celebration for Boomers and Beyond

Everlasting Choir Celebration is an opportunity for Boomer and Senior Adult Choirs to come together for rehearsal with a qualified choral director, encouragement and networking with other Senior Adults. Each choir is invited to participate in the Parade of Choirs which gives offers a chance to sing prepared worship music for the e...

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DOM Team Meeting - April, 2017

DOM Team Meeting April 25-27, 2017 Training for Texas Directors of Missions Location TBD Registration Check back soon for registration. Contact Susan Ater (210) 286-8414 susan.ater@texasbaptists.org

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DOM Team Meeting - September, 2017

DOM Team Meeting September 11-12, 2017 Training for Texas Directors of Missions Location TBD Registration Check back soon for registration. Contact Susan Ater (210) 286-8414 susan.ater@texasbaptists.org

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Instrumental Convergence

Instrumental Convergence March 18, 2017 Lead by an experienced clinician, this event is designed for all instrumentalists. This one day training offers master classes, reading sessions, massed playing and more. Location Green Acres Baptist Church1607 Troup HwyTyler, TX Clinician Kenn Hughes Mr. Kenn Hughes, Director of Instrumenta...

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Singing Women of Texas Lonestar Tour

Singing Women of Texas Lonestar Tour June 19-26, 2017 The eight chapters of the Singing Women of Texas will combine with WMU to minister through Music and Missions to our fellow Texans. The trip will provide an opportunity to network with ladies from all of the chapters of SWOT and will provide encouragement as they serve others t...

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Gairet Snow

Gairet Snow My name is Gairet Snow, a recent graduate from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. I am a positive and outgoing person who thrives on social interaction and believe that Jesus Christ has amazing plans for all of His creation. I feel God is calling me to live in Houston's Third Ward to be a...

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Breaking the church's silence on mental health

Breaking the church’s silence on mental health TX Baptists MagazineVol. 4 Issue 2 For more information about Counseling Services, visit texasbaptists.org/counseling or contact Katie Swafford at katie.swafford@texasbaptists.org or (214) 887-5488

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Training

Training Hope 1:8Experience Every Texas Baptists church has a unique mission opportunity. With the Hope 1:8 Experience we hope to strengthen your mission strategy, so your church can better bring the hope of Christ to everyone. MissionalToolbox The Missional Toolbox Training covers the areas of trips, training, coaching and connec...

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Missonal Toolbox

Missional Toolbox Your Church’s missional toolbox for trips, training, coaching, and connecting through missions. If you would like more information or to schedule a Missional Toolbox Training, please contact Ryan Jesperson at ryan.jespersen@texasbaptists.org. Trips There are many options when it comes to trip avai...

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Cultural Engagement

Cultural Engagement Cultural Engagement Training is designed to answer questions such as “Why missions?” and “Why do others need to know?” while helping you understand how to effectively impact your world for the Gospel of Christ. If you would like more information on Cultural Engagement Training, please em...

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Justice

Justice A central theme of the gospel is the coming of the kingdom of God. When God is allowed to reign in lives, justice becomes important. Followers of Christ become sensitive to injustices, especially when they victimize suffering and marginalized people. And when they see injustice, they do not stand by quietly; they actively...

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Hispanic Education Summit

Hispanic Education Summit June 24, 2017 An annual conference that provides workshops, information and resources for Hispanic parents, children and youth in order to help them reach their full educational potential. Location San Antonio, TX Schedule 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Contact Gabriel Cortes (214) 887-5426gabriel.cortes@texasbaptists...

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Hispanic Baptists Convention of Texas

Hispanic Baptists Convention of Texas June 25-27, 2017 The annual gathering of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas. Location San Antonio, TX Schedule Sunday, 4:00 pm - Tuesday, 12:00 pm Contact Rolando Rodriguez(214) 887-5425rolando.rodriguez@texasbaptists.org

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Hispanic Men's Retreat - Glen Rose

Hispanic Men's Retreat - Glen Rose September 8-9, 2017 Annual Hispanic Men's Retreat in partnership with the Tarrant Hispanic Fellowship. Location Glen Rose, TX Schedule Friday, 5:00 pm - Saturday, 1:00 pm Contact Rolando Rodriguez(214) 887-5425rolando.rodriguez@texasbaptists.org

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Hispanic Men's Retreat - Woodlake

Hispanic Men's Retreat - Woodlake September 22-23, 2017 Annual Hispanic Men's Retreat in partnership with Hispanic fellowships in East Texas. Location Woodlake, TX Schedule Friday, 5:00 pm - Saturday, 1:00 pm Contact Rolando Rodriguez(214) 887-5425rolando.rodriguez@texasbaptists.org

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Hispanic Fellowship President's Meeting

Hispanic Fellowship President's Meeting October 20, 2017 The Annual meeting of Hispanic fellowship presidents from around the state. Location Dallas, TX Schedule 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Contact Rolando Rodriguez(214) 887-5425rolando.rodriguez@texasbaptists.org

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Hispanic Rally

Hispanic Rally November 12, 2017 The annual Hispanic rally held prior to the Texas Baptist Annual Meeting. Location Waco, TX Schedule Begins Sunday at 7:00 pm Contact Rolando Rodriguez(214) 887-5425rolando.rodriguez@texasbaptists.org

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Issue 7, Fall 2016

Listen Watch & Share Watch and share the story of a muslim student at Texas A&M University who became a Christian through interaction with the campus Baptist Student Ministry. Lives are transformed daily through your gifts to the Cooperative Program. Share this video in your church and spread what God is doing through Coll...

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Kim Garner

Kim Garner I have just finished my master’s degree in Youth Ministry and feel called to full-time ministry on a college campus. My husband Garrett and I both love working with college students and value the individual relationships we have made though other campuses. We can't wait to make those connections here at Rice. Coll...

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Doug Cherry

Doug Cherry My name is Doug Cherry. I’m a follower of Christ and I’ve devoted my life to vocational Christian service. My passion is disciple-making among the young adult population. My calling for the past 13 years has been to serve as a campus missionary through NAMB at Carnegie Mellon University. Of late, the Lord h...

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Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera I am interested in the details of life and enjoy the creative arts and stories that pertain to people’s journeys. I enjoy exploring the relationship between mental, emotional and spiritual health and what it looks like to walk in freedom in these areas. I have experienced strife and understand what it’s li...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 1

Childhood Ministry Certification Program January 17, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 2

Childhood Ministry Certification Program March 9, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement as...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 3

Childhood Ministry Certification Program March 9, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement as...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 4

Childhood Ministry Certification Program March 10, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement as...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 5

Childhood Ministry Certification Program March 10, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement as...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 6

Childhood Ministry Certification Program August 11-12, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implemen...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 7

Childhood Ministry Certification Program September 14, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implemen...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 8

Childhood Ministry Certification Program September 14, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implemen...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 9

Childhood Ministry Certification Program September 15, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implemen...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 10

Childhood Ministry Certification Program September 15, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implemen...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 11

Childhood Ministry Certification Program October 12, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 12

Childhood Ministry Certification Program October 12, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 13

Childhood Ministry Certification Program October 13, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement...

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Childhood Ministry Certification Program 14

Childhood Ministry Certification Program October 13, 2017 Gain insight regarding the basics of ministry to assist in meeting the needs of children & families in church programs. Individuals who have come from the laity of the church, but who do not have seminary training, will gain vital information to help plan and implement...

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VBS Overview 2017

Vacation Bible School Directors, Leaders, and Decision Makers, don’t miss this opportunity to check out VBS materials before you purchase! We will have curricula from five publishers for you to evaluate and study, as well as breakouts. Breakout topics include director/pastor VBS responsibilities and LifeWay children and pres...

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Introduction to Interim Ministry and Intentional Interim Ministry Training - New England 2017

Introduction to Interim Ministry & Intentional Interim Ministry Training – New England April 23-28, 2017 The Introduction to Interim Ministry conference is designed to meet the needs of interim pastors in traditional interim settings. For pastors who desire advanced training in interim ministry, this conference qualifies...

texasbaptists.org/events/introduction-to-interim-ministry-and-intentional-interim-ministry-training-new-england-2017


State Bible Drill and Speakers' Tournament 2017

State Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament April 29, 2017 Youth/high school regional winners in Bible Drill/Speakers' Tournament compete at State level. The first place winner in Youth, High School and Speakers' will represent BGCT at the National Invitational Tournament. Location Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX Schedule 7:...

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Great Commission Summit 2017

Great Commission Summit 2017 August 11-12, 2017 An all church staff training event in evangelism, discipleship, preaching, and music & worship. Location Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas, TX Schedule Friday 8:00 am - Saturday 2:00 pm Contact Deby Miller(214) 828-5203deby.miller@texasbaptists.org

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Special Friends Retreat - Floydada 2017

Special Friends Retreat - Floydada September 8-9, 2017 Retreat for mentally challenged, their parents and teachers. This is a time of age appropriate Bible study, encouragement and educational sessions. Location Plains Baptist Camp Floydada, TX Schedule Friday 4:00 pm - Saturday 4:00 pm Registration Check back soon for online regi...

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Special Friends Retreat - Mt. Lebanon 2017

Special Friends Retreat - Mt. Lebanon October 6-7, 2017 Retreat for mentally challenged, their parents and teachers. This is a time of age appropriate Bible study, encouragement and educational sessions. Location Mt. Lebanon Baptist Encampment Cedar Hill, TX Schedule Friday 4:00 pm - Saturday 4:00 pm Registration Check back soon f...

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Collegiate Lead Team Summit

Collegiate Lead Team Summit January 3-5, 2017 The State Lead Team is comprised of student representatives from BSM's and church college ministries from around the state. There is a recommendation and approval process for participants in this summit. The Summit is the annual gathering of this group of college student leaders for tr...

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Discovery Weekend

Discovery Weekend February 17-19, 2017 Discovery Weekend is an opportunity for college student participants to learn and discern God's will regarding their service as a student missionary during the summer or Fall of 2017. Participants must complete the application process to be invited to participate in the weekend. For more info...

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African American Leadership Workshop

AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP Training and equipping lay leaders and potential leaders in pertinent key areas of ministry. March 3 - 4, 2017Friday 4:00 pm - Saturday 1:00 pmGeorge W. Truett Theological SeminaryBaylor University1100 S. 3rd St.Waco, TX 76798-7126 Registration Pre-Registration Deadline - Monday, February 25, 2...

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Campus Missionary Interview Day

Campus Missionary Interview Day April 22, 2017 Students who have cleared the application screening process will be invited to interview and training day. These students will be appointed to serve in Texas Baptist Student Ministries across the state. Location Texas Baptists Offices Dallas, TX Schedule 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Contact Joyc...

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Orientation and Commissioning

Orientation and Commissioning May 19-21, 2017 Orientation for the student missionaries who will be serving around the world during the Summer and Fall of 2017 will take place on the 19th and 20th. A commissioning service open to the public will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2017 in the Pilgrim Chapel. Location Dallas Baptis...

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Annual BSM Director and Staff Retreat

Annual BSM Director and Staff Retreat July 24-27, 2017 Training and encouragement for those serving as campus ministers on campuses across the state of Texas. Both paid staff and campus volunteers are invited to attend. Location Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX Schedule Monday 12:00 pm - Thursday 12:00 pm Contact Joyce Ashcraf...

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Chaplain Training Event

Chaplain Training Event September 19-22, 2017 The 2017 Chaplain Training Event will host 15 hours of Continuing Education for Texas Baptist chaplains, their spouses, and invited guests. Training highlights include coaching, leadership, mental health care, spiritual formation and Baptist distinctives. Location Menger Hotel San Anto...

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Texas Church College Minister's Retreat

Texas Church College Minister's Retreat November 2-3, 2017 Annual retreat for training, networking and encouragement for ministers who engage college students in church college ministry. Location TBD Schedule Thursday 12:00 pm - Friday 12:00 pm Registration Check back soon for online registration. Contact Joyce Ashcraft(214) 828-5...

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Cohort 2

Home Workbook Directory Planning Team Feedback Looking ahead to Thursday, March 23, 2017 Location: Buckner Children's Home 5310 S. Buckner, Dallas TX 75227Parking: Calabria Community CenterTime: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Guests: Dr. Albert Reyes, Dr. Chris Liebrum, Dr. Gus Reyes TLC Reading: Chapters 10-11 (Encourage the Hea...

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Edgemont Park Baptist Church

Edgemont Park Baptist Church Edgemont Park Baptist Church in Mesquite, TX would love for you to join their Wednesday night program. The ministry involves reaching out to senior adults, middle age adults and children from nursery age through high school age. In 5 ½ years, the group has grown from 32 people to approximately 8...

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txb.team

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Meredith Fick

MeredithFick Working as a City Missionary in Houston, my job is to help people respond to the brokenness in Houston in a way that is helpful and in line with the Gospel. That includes numerous different avenues, but will focus on enabling the church to help those affected by poverty, homelessness, sex-trafficking, and the refugee...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/missions/hope-1-8/missionaries/opportunities/meredith-fick


Childrens Hunger Day

CHILDREN'S HUNGER DAY Join Texas Baptists Children's groups on October 22, 2016 and do your part to LOVE KINDNESS and stop hunger. We are challenging even children's ministry, missions group and children's Sunday School class to take action on Saturday October and help raise awareness about food insecurity in our state. This year...

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Bivocational Pastor and Spouse Retreat

Bivocational Pastor and Spouse Retreat February 3-4, 2017 The Bivocational Regional Pastor and Spouse Retreats will provide a time and place for bivocational and small membership church pastors and their spouses to retreat from the normalcy of their ministry context to refresh their souls and rekindle their relationships. Location...

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Bivocational Pastor and Spouse Retreat

Bivocational Pastor and Spouse Retreat February 24-25, 2017 The Bivocational Regional Pastor and Spouse Retreats will provide a time and place for bivocational and small membership church pastors and their spouses to retreat from the normalcy of their ministry context to refresh their souls and rekindle their relationships. Locati...

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Bivocational Pastor and Spouse Retreat

Bivocational Pastor and Spouse Retreat October 6-7, 2017 The Bivocational Regional Pastor and Spouse Retreats will provide a time and place for bivocational and small membership church pastors and their spouses to retreat from the normalcy of their ministry context to refresh their souls and rekindle their relationships. Location...

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Leader's Edge Summit

A summit designed for pastors and lay leaders that serve in bivocational capacity or small membership churches. The objectives of the Summit are to encourage, equip and engage those leaders with the aim of assisting them to reach their fullest potential and next level in ministry. March 24-25, 2017 9:00 am - 3:30 pm First Baptist...

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Introduction to Interim Ministry Training - ETBU

Introduction to Interim Ministry Training - ETBU April 3-5, 2017 When a pastor leaves a church, no matter what the reason, the church members’ anxiety can become a dominant force within the body. Rather than being a time of making poor decisions, or a time of resting in neutral, we believe the interim period is a key time to...

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Payments

Payments Student Disaster Recovery Restoring hope Rebuilding communities Reflecting Christ To pay the deposit or remaining balance of your upcoming BOUNCE mission trip click the "make a payment" button. Please be sure you are making payments toward the trip which you have registered for. Spring Break 1 March 8-11Houston Area make...

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Worship Summit

Worship Summit FEBRUARY 23, 2017 Texas Baptists Worship Summits, offered several times a year, create a forum for worship pastors and other leaders in music ministry to discover and discuss current trends in music and worship. Each one-day, interactive event includes guest speakers, round-table discussions, networking and more. LO...

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Worship Summit

Worship Summit FEBRUARY 28, 2017 Texas Baptists Worship Summits, offered several times a year, create a forum for worship pastors and other leaders in music ministry to discover and discuss current trends in music and worship. Each one-day, interactive event includes guest speakers, round-table discussions, networking and more. LO...

texasbaptists.org/events/worship-summit-feb-28-2017


Introduction to Interim Ministry Training - DBU

Introduction to Interim Ministry Training - DBU March 13-15, 2017 When a pastor leaves a church, no matter what the reason, the church members’ anxiety can become a dominant force within the body. Rather than being a time of making poor decisions, or a time of resting in neutral, we believe the interim period is a key time t...

texasbaptists.org/events/introduction-to-interim-ministry-training-dbu


IIM Spring Update

IIM Spring Update March 16, 2017 Continuing education for IIM network members. Includes Karl Fickling's new toolbox items and Paul Atkinson's options for churches in decline. Location Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX Schedule 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Registration Register Online Contact Karl Fickling(214) 887-5491 karl.fickling@texas...

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Converge

June 17-18, 2017 Converge is a Saturday/Sunday student choir event for 6th-12th grade student choirs or individuals. This event is designed to bring students throughout Texas together for learning, fellowship and an opportunity to lead in worship on Sunday. Location Park Cities Baptist Church3933 Northwest PkwyDallas, TX 75225 Sch...

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Growing in Grace Summer Workshop

cwu presents growing in grace summer workshop August 4-5, 2017 Children's Worship University presents the Growing in Grace Getaway Weekend! The entire Growing in Grace team will help you unpack the "All Creation Sings" fall curriculum with breakout sessions for Preschool, Younger Children, and Older Children.  Purposeful spec...

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Meals & Receptions

Sunday Dinner | 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday Lunch | 11:30 am - 1:00 pmDinner | 5:00 - 6:30 pmReception | 8:30 - 10:00 pm Tuesday Breakfast | 7:00 - 8:15 amLunch | 12:00 - 1:30 pm Sunday, November 13 Dinner, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Friends of Truett Dinner Baylor University Campus Cashion Building, Room 510 Maps and information will be available...

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CWJC/CMJC Annual Retreat

"Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go." Joshua 1:7 (NASB) YOU'RE INVITED Would you love fellowship with other CWJC/CMJC site directors and encouragement in your jo...

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Volume 4 Issue 3

Volume 4 Issue 3 Hi-Res | Low-Res For more information about Collegiate Ministries, visit texasbaptists.org/collegiate or contact Bruce McGowan at bruce.mcgowan@texasbaptists.org or (214) 828-5255

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Brandon Touchstone

Brandon Touchstone My name is Brandon Touchstone. I grew up in the West Texas area and decided four years ago to move to Houston. I made the move to participate in ministry with the Church at University of Houston and minister to those in the 3rd, 5th, and 2nd Wards. After volunteering my spare time for the past three years my pas...

texasbaptists.org/ministries/missions/hope-1-8/missionaries/opportunities/brandon-touchstone


Newsroom

Newsroom MEDIA CONTACT Joshua Minatrea Director of CommunicationsMobile (972) 207-3037Office (214) 887-5473 joshua.minatrea@texasbaptists.org RESOURCES Mission, Vision, Values Texas Baptists Fact Sheet Ministry Partners Logos ABOUT TEXAS BAPTISTS Texas Baptists, or the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), seeks to connect m...

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Urban Church Leadership Certification

Urban Church LeaderSHip Certification If you are ministering in an urban area, you have unique challenges that only other urban church leaders can understand. The Texas Baptists Urban Church Leaders Certification seeks to equip pastors and church leaders in urban areas with the tools needed to minister in these unique situations.&...

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Western Heritage

Western Heritage Ministries Impacting cowboy culture for Christ. Western Heritage Ministries exists to connect with cowboy churches and partner with Texas Baptists Cowboy Churches to encourage, inform and help them reach their ministry goals. We also assist churches in planting new cowboy churches. Goals Develop strong and positiv...

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Missionary Adoption Program

WELCOME TO THE MISSIONARY ADOPTION PROGRAM The Missionary Adoption Program partners churches in the US with churches in a host country to jointly sponsor a missionary. These missionaries will focus on evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Local Baptist conventions will provide training, support and regular check-ins. Finan...

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M-JAM

SAVE THE DATE M-JAM coming soon to South TexasSaturday | February 25,2017 M-JAM is for children’s ministry, GA, RA and Children in Action groups (grades 1-6) and their friends WHAT IS M-JAM? A day of mission’s awareness and mission activity that builds faith foundation with a Gospel presentation, introduces children to...

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Introduction to Interim Ministry Training - WBU San Antonio

Introduction to Interim Ministry Training - WBU San Antonio July 17-19, 2017 When a pastor leaves a church, no matter what the reason, the church members’ anxiety can become a dominant force within the body. Rather than being a time of making poor decisions, or a time of resting in neutral, we believe the interim period is a...

texasbaptists.org/events/introduction-to-interim-ministry-training-wbu-san-antonio


Center for Ministerial Excellence

Center for Ministerial Excellence The Center for Ministerial Excellence is funded by generous grant funds from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The Center is dedicated to identifying and addressing economic challenges facing pastors and developing financial literacy among ministerial and church leaders. WHAT WILL THE CENTER DO? Administe...

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Leadership Tuesday

Leadership Tuesday More information for Conclave 2017 will be available in the spring and summer. Here's a look back at 2016. 9:00 AM \\ Interview with Bryan Carter and Jeff Warren 10:00 AM \\ Delvin Atchison Director, Great Commission Team, Texas Baptists, Dallas 11:15 – 11:30 AM \\ Mini-Monster Giveaways 1:30 –...

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Downloads

2017 Session Specific Posters Session 1 East Texas Baptist UniversityJune 12-16, 2017 Session 2 Hardin-Simmons UniversityJune 12-16, 2017 Session 3 University of Mary Hardin-BaylorJune 19-23, 2017 Session 4 Dallas Baptist UniversityJune 26-30, 2017 Session 5 Howard Payne UniversityJune 26-30, 2017 Session 6 Hardin-Simmons Universi...

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52 Domingos

52 DOMINGOS 52 Domingos es un recurso gratis que demuestra el gran impacto de nuestras ofrendas generosas a través del Programa Cooperativo de los Bautistas de Texas. Este recurso incluye historias de 60-segundos de misiones y ministerios financiadas por las ofrendas al Programa Cooperativo, además de diapositivas y...

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52 Sundays

52 Sundays 52 Sundays is a free resource that shows the great impact of your generous giving through the Texas Baptists Cooperative Program. This resource includes 60-second stories of missions and ministries funded by your CP dollars along with companion slides and bulletin inserts for your congregation. Meet some of the missiona...

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Urban Church Leadership Certification Courses

Urban Church Leadership Certification We are overjoyed that you have chosen to take up the great endeavor of learning more about how to work in the urban context. These courses are designed to be completed with a group of potential or current urban church leaders. In each session, you will find audio portions, listening guides, re...

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Urban Church Leadership Certification – Personal & Spritual Development

Urban Church Leadership Certification Personal & Spiritual Development Session 1  In session one, we begin by discussing the importance of scripture, and then moving into an appropriate way to interpret the word. This session though certainly not a course in hermeneutics’ will be a great help to you in Biblical inte...

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Doran Bugg Bio

Dr. Doran Bugg is the Minister of Worship at First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. In 2008, Dr. Bugg came to First Baptist Dallas under the leadership of Dr. Robert Jeffress to serve as the Minister of Music and Worship. During their tenure, weekly worship attendance has almost doubled.  The impact of the First Baptist Worsh...

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2017 NABWU

Out of the devastation and division created by World War II, European women began a healing process by instituting a day of prayer in 1948. The idea grew and now on the first Monday of November each year, the Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department challenges women across the globe to pray for one&...

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Lay Theological Education

LayTheologicalEducation The Theological Education Council has produced a series of videos, discussion guides, and training sessions over basic theological education areas. MISSIONS The Church in the WorldJames Hassell, PastorFirst Baptist Church, San Angelo, TX View Study ORGANIZATION How Are We Baptists?Stacey Conner, PastorFirst...

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Executive Director-Treasurer Search

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-TREASURER SEARCH The search committee of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas has entered the next step in the hiring process for the next executive director-treasurer for WMU of Texas.  Following an extensive period of input from WMU of Texas staff and constituents that included a survey completed by WM...

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Magazine, Volume 5 Issue 2

TEXAS BAPTISTS LIFE Volume 5 - Issue 2 Online Exclusive Content: Tyler county country church honor God with excellence WATCH an interview with Jordan Wilson, pastor of Tyler County Country Church, as he shares about the power of cooperation in reaching his community with the Gospel. Texas Baptist Church Starting process after 10 y...

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MinistrySafe

Dear Texas Baptists, Texas Baptists takes very seriously the safety of children at church.  Therefore, we are taking a proactive approach in providing you and your church the proper training in ensuring a safe environment for children.  We have partnered with an organization called MinistrySafe and are hosting regional t...

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Texas Baptists

Events Discovery WeekendMidlothian, TXFeb 17-19, 2017 Worship SummitSan Antonio, TXFeb 23, 2017 [un]Apologetic ConferenceAustin, TXFeb 24-25, 2017 More events… MinistrySafe Texas Baptists is partnering with an organization known as Ministry Safe to better address the issue of child sexual abuse in the local Church. We are c...

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Super Summer Landing

June 12-16, 2017 East Texas Baptist University Speaker: Robert White Band: Cole & Katie June 12-16, 2017 Hardin-Simmons University Speaker: Shannon Hopkins Band: Micah Tyler Late Night: Jared Hall June 19-23, 2017 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Speaker: Josh Humbert Band: The Hardcastles Late Night: Cleto Rodriguez June 26-3...

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Center for Ministerial Excellence-test

Center for Ministerial Excellence The Center for Ministerial Excellence is funded by generous grant funds from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The Center is dedicated to identifying and addressing economic challenges facing pastors and developing financial literacy among ministerial and church leaders. WHAT WILL THE CENTER DO? Administe...

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Urban Church Strengthening Initiative

Texas Baptists Urban Church Strengthening Crime on the streets, abuse in the home, addiction taking lives, fatherlessness in large segments of communities, children literally walking thousands of miles just to get to our Southern Border, abortions occurring every single day; these and so many more are troubles that face our state...

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Urban Church Strengthening Opportunities

Urban Church Strengthening Opportunities Edgemont Park Baptist Church, Mesquite, TX Edgemont Park Baptist Church in Mesquite, TX is a church making great strides to reach their community.  Led by Ted Kiser, a pastor who is characterized by a love for the community, Edgemont Park has grown th...

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Annual Meeting

Thanks to all who attended the 2016 Annual Meeting! Digital Downloads Click below to purchase a digital download code to access audio files of annual meeting workshops. Cost for the card is $10. Contact webcontent@texasbaptists.org if you have any questions. Purchase download code Cleophus LaRue Keynote Message Lee Strobel Stronge...

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Certification Courses Test

Certification Courses The Childhood Certification consists of the following courses: All courses will be held at the BGCT building, in Dallas, unless otherwise specified. Register Here! Characteristics of Preschoolers and Children The reasons we teach preschoolers and children as we do rests in the facts that research has told us...

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Thomas Centrella

Thomas Centrella My name is Thomas Centrella and I currently serve as a Campus Missionary at the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Texas Pan-American. I am originally from New Jersey and have lived in Texas for the last 5 years. I love to play guitar and lead worship wherever the Lord leads me. Since the age of 14 I ha...

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Camp Fusion 2017 - Test

Mark your calendars for 2016 Camp Fusion, June 14-18! Camp Fusion aims to connect students at this crucial time in their faith journey. During this culturally relevant camping experience they will worship, fellowship, grow intellectually through teaching, physically through recreation, and spiritually through God's word. Registrat...

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Register for Super Summer

Before you registerget the info Download Registration Info Session 1 @ ETBU June 12-16 Session 2 @ HSU June 12-16 Session 3 @ UMHB June 19-23 Session 4 @ DBU June 26-30 Session 5 @ HPU June 26-30 Session 6 @ HSU July 10-14 Contact Texas Baptists - Super Summer 7557 Rambler Road, Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75231-2388 supersummer@texasba...

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Registration

Hello Pastors and Youth Leaders, It's that time of year again! Camp Fusion is officially open for registration. Our staff is actively engaged in seeking God and busy preparing camp for you. This year's theme, inspired by the 2015 Disney movie, "Inside Out", will focus on the emotions our youth deal with on a day to day basis and h...

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Registration-test

Camp Fusion aims to connect students from Texas Baptist Intercultural Church at this crucial time in their faith journey. During this culturally relevant camping experience they will worship, fellowship, grow intellectually through teaching, physically through recreation, and spiritually through God’s word. Who Camp Fusion i...

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Childhood and Family Ministry Summit 2017

Childhood & Family Ministry Summit August 11-12, 2017 This event provides training for preschool, children's and family ministers, leaders and weekday teachers and directors. Location Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX Schedule Friday Pre-conference - 10:30 am Breakouts - 1:00 pm Keynote - 7:00 pm Saturday Breakouts and keyn...

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2017 Advocacy Day Recap

2017 Advocacy Day Recap All Rights Reserved. This website, including written content, text, graphics, data, photographs, images, illustrations, logos, audio clips, video clips, and other works (collectively the “material”) is owned by the Baptist General Convention of Texas Christian Life Commission (CLC) and the mater...

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What Are Missions Discipleship Groups?

MISSIONS DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS  At WMU we spend a lot of time talking about developing disciples who are committed fulfill the Great Commission, and strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We desire for churches to be a missions training ground that are empowering their members to live like missionaries wherever they go. We c...

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Bounce Spring Break 2017 Media

Bounce Spring Break 2017 Back to the Newsroom VIDEO B-ROLL Download on Vimeo PHOTOGRAPHY

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Event Schedule

EVENT SCHEDULE FRIDAY ❚ MARCH 31 10:00 am Registration and The Village is Open 11:oo am Early Bird Workshops 1:00 pm Opening General Session 2:45 pm Workshops 3:50 pm Workshops 7:00 pm General Session * Acteens Afterglow following General Session SATURDAY ❚ APRIL 1 8:30 am Workshops 9:35 am Workshops 10:45 am Closing General S...

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Workshops

WORKSHOPS

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Campus Map

CAMPUS MAP

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Acteens Track

Welcome Welcome to WMU of Texas Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration! Think of this weekend like a family reunion.  > Make plans to visit the WorldCrafts Market.  > Pick up some free goodies in The Village.  > Develop your missions skills by attending a workshop.  > Be intentional about fellowshi...

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Church Administration

The office of Church Administration exists to help church leaders be faithful stewards of church resources. Important Information Regarding New Overtime Regulations - Updated 11/29/16 The new salary requirement for an exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules for overtime pay will not take effect December 1. More Info...

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Christian Life Commission

Christian Life Commission Biblical Insight. Principled Living. The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Ministries. The Bible serves as the foundation for the transformative work of the Christian Life Commission. What we do Ethics & Justice Information on Ch...

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Magazine, Volume 5 Issue 1

Texas Baptists Life Volume 5 Issue 1 The Impact of Institutional Giving Texas Baptists gather for 131st Annual Meeting

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WMU Annual Meeting

WMU Annual Meeting "It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him...

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WMU of Texas

WMU of Texas Streaming General Sessions onFriday, March 31st @ 1:00pm and 7:00pmSaturday, April 1st @ 10:25am EVENTS National Certification TrainingDallas, TX3/21-24/2017 WMU of Texas Annual Meeting and Missions CelebrationMidland, TX3/31- 4/1/2017 Acteens AfterglowMidland, TX3/31/2017 WorldCrafts Market   Singing Women...

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WMU of Texas-test

WMU of Texas Streaming General Sessions onFriday, March 31st @ 1:00pm and 7:00pmSaturday, April 1st @ 10:25am WATCH NOW EVENTS National Certification TrainingDallas, TX3/21-24/2017 WMU of Texas Annual Meeting and Missions CelebrationMidland, TX3/31- 4/1/2017 Acteens AfterglowMidland, TX3/31/2017 WorldCrafts Market   Sing...

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Chaplain Training Event 2017

September 19-22, 2017 Menger Hotel (map)San Antonio, TX Register Now CHAPLAIN TRAINING EVENT The 2017 Chaplain Training Event will host 15 hours of Continuing Education for Texas Baptist chaplains, their spouses, and invited guests. Training highlights include coaching, leadership, mental health care, spiritual formation and Bapti...

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Apply Now

Apply Now Steps to Apply Send us your contact info and acknowledgement of student missionary requirements and terms by filling out this pre-application form. You will receive a link via email to our official online application which is housed at an affiliate website. Make sure to select "Go Now Missions" as the Organization you ar...

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Go Now Missions: Go until the whole world hears

The months of summer bring the time and willing hearts for students to walk outside of their normal paths and be able to share the love of Christ across the world. Go Now Missions mobilizes students from Texas Baptist churches and campus Baptist Student Ministries to sending Texas university students to do just that with the theme...

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Go Now Missions: Last minute choice and provision

In late March during one of our weekly BSM Bible studies, an Alaskan missionary named Brenda Crim began speaking about her ministry and the Alaskan culture that she is trying to reach. I began to think to myself, "If I were to actually do any summer mission, this would probably be the closest to perfect for me." Well, that feeling...

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Go Now Missions: Contentedness in Christ despite earthly pain

The people of Nueva Candalaria live on $6 per day and have received no aid prior to the arrival of Living Water. The constant hard work of the pastor and the obvious effects of poverty on the children made it easy for me to view the people purely as victims.Continued interaction with the villagers showed me glimpses of pride, obses...

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The same roots

Sitting on couches overlaid with colorful quilts, university students from Dallas Baptist University and the University of Sao Paulo each sang to the tune of "Amazing Grace" in their own language. I was one of the individuals in the room who identified with the Brazilian students, being from Spanish descent; however, I differed in...

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Overcoming fear with thanksgiving

Fear came roaring in. I could have let the fear overwhelm me, control me, inhabit me, become my constant companion.Two years ago my husband, Larry, came down with a terrible case of shingles. Sores covered the right side of his face from his chin, up over his ear and deep into his eardrum rupturing it 70 percent and leaving him in...

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Parenting PKs

All of us in ministry know what it is like to live in a fish bowl. While it is hard on us, it is harder on our kids. Too many PK's (preacher's kids) grow up with a deep resentment toward the church, Christians, their parents and sometimes God because of all the expectations placed on them. We have raised four children in that fish...

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A little bottle of

Change, whether good or bad, is difficult. The Kennedy clan has just moved from the shores of Alabama to the mountains of Colorado. Are our new vistas awesome? Yes! Has the move been exciting? Yes! Am I grieving? You bet! One of the last things I did was make that final hair appointment with my hair dresser and dear friend of 15 y...

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A safe place in the storm

Moore, Oklahoma is a town we will not soon forget. The nation looked on in stunned silence at the devastation from the violent tornadoes that visited this community. Too many realized too late that a truly safe place was all that stood between life and death.Storms often come without warning. Some are more severe than others. Some...

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Go Now Missions: Behind the barbed wire fence

As we walked on the first full day of training, the city skyline expanded before us with no random giant buildings or billboards blocking the view. It is such a sight to behold.That image is what hundreds of men, women and children get to look at every day from behind a barbed wire fence. Downtown Houston, a city that promises days...

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Snapshot from the field

May 18-20, 200 Go Now Missionaries gathered at Dallas Baptist University for Orientation. They were prepared for service through worship, training sessions and seminars. On Sunday, May 19, family and friends were invited to attend a Commissioning Service. Below is a peek into orientation from some of our students. Our Go Now studen...

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Go Now Missions: Deep into the forest

During one of our many trips deep into the forest to bring back boards that one of the locals had cut from a tree, God began to convict me of my lack of understanding as well as lift me up and show me that he made me who I am for a reason!Each morning, we would go over a Bible story so that we could share it with others through out...

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Leaving the familiar

I remember as a little girl when my father was contemplating assuming the role of music leader in a neighboring community church. I was too young to know all of the discussions that took place, but one I do remember was when my parents talked to me about this possibility which would mean we had to attend another church. I probably...

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Continue on with the challenge

At the age of 21 sitting in a room filled with about 6,000 Hispanic youth and young adults at Congreso, my heart pumped quickly, my lungs needed to inhale deeply and a non-stop stream of tears came down my face. It didn't take long before realizing the altar call was for me! Right then and there, it could not be clearer; I needed t...

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Coaching to mentor

As athletes grow older and out of the ranks of high school and college sports, many turn to younger teams and begin coaching - sometimes for fun and sometimes as an occupation. For some, coaching comes through other natural connections, becoming the parents who coach their son or daughter's team.Coaching, whether it's out of a desi...

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The little things: God uses volunteers to answer big prayers in Oklahoma

By: Molly LivingstoneLITTLE AXE, Okla. - Dressed in a long-sleeved gray shirt ornamented with a small orange OSU emblem, Zach Rowell, stood in the bed of his white truck as the sweltering summer sun beat down relentlessly. Carefully, he pushed a large, maroon corduroy recliner to the back of the bed, securing it with yellow bungee...

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Seasons of surrender

I fought long and hard not to make this move. I liked the way my life was. I finally felt settled - I knew the flow of my job after more than three years in my position. I had finally made good friends, and I felt at home when I was with my life group at church. I had found my place in ministry, discipling girls through the Baptist...

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Soccer and salvation

When Rolando Rodriquez was a kid, he breathed soccer, and it changed his life. It's through a game of soccer that he met a missionary kid who shared about the love of Jesus with him. Through this, Rodriquez chose to follow Christ and the gospel flowed to his family as well.Fast forward to three years ago. Rodriguez was pastoring Co...

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Go Now Missions: Christ be lifted high!

"And this is the confidence that we have toward him that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15 I had been praying this verse over this past week as many obstacles advanced back to back on...

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Loving West volunteers help city move forward

WEST -- Media outlets across the nation have told the world how an explosion at a fertilizer plant rocked this small Central Texas town. But that's not where the city's story ends. Thanks to Texas Baptists, in some ways that's where the story begins. The convention has partnered with First Baptist Church in West to help with recov...

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Go Now Missions: Purpose

I have had several of my close friends email me saying things like "I hope you're having a great time" or "I am so glad you're happy."I am not here to have a great time.Living here is not easy. I don't like being unable to understand anyone. Foreigners are not treated like celebrities here. I accidentally bought pig's neck lunch me...

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Go Now Missions: Divine appointment

From the moment I stepped foot through the doors I knew this place was different from any that I had been in all summer. I have been doing missions work everyday for three weeks but when I entered this portable building I knew the presence of the Lord was at work there stronger than I had felt it anywhere else. I looked out the win...

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Love for neighbor should compel us toward immigration reform

The U.S. Senate has shown both courage and wisdom in passing the sweeping immigration bill. In order to get bipartisan support, the bill had to reflect the concerns of people across the political spectrum, and this has resulted in a bill that addresses the needs of security, business and immigrants.Scripture teaches us to care abou...

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Go Now Missions: The Power of Puzzles

Fridays are busy nights at the Hospitality House. I stepped out of the main room to video chat with one of my best friends who is also on a summer mission trip. Just as I finished talking to her, my partner Myriam charged into our room. "I love puzzles!" she exclaimed. She began to tell me about the conversation she had just shared...

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Go Now Missions: A common scar bonds

Lindsay Lawson is a student at UNT and served in England through Go Now Missions. Listen to her as she shares her testimony below. You can read more stories from Go Now Missionaries at http://texasbaptists.org/category/share/. Are you looking for a place to serve? You can find mission opportunities and others like the ones availab...

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The sweatiest job I ever loved

From standing over the steam table to serve chicken-fried-whatever with gravy to running around with day campers to life-guarding to cleaning the entire camp in a few hours for the next group that was coming, they are some of the hottest, hardest but most treasured memories that I have.But more than the heat, I remember who I serve...

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Go Now Missions: Breaking the chains of darkness

Earlier this month, I was sobbing because I was so overwhelmed by the deep chains of darkness here in South Asia. I struggled because I wanted desperately for these people to come to know and embrace our sweet savior Jesus Christ. I wondered why the Holy Spirit was not working faster.Later that day, my partner and I grabbed coffee...

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Minister burnout and depression: Proactive steps

Related articles: Depression in a world of faith | Symptoms of depressionBurnout or depression can happen to any minister under certain circumstances. Katie Swafford, director of Texas Baptists Counseling Services, suggest ministers and churches look at the following proactive steps to ensure ministry - and ministers - remain stron...

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Symptoms of depression

Related articles: Depression in a world of faith | Minister burnout and depression: Proactive stepsWondering if your suffering from depression? If you're feeling several of these symptoms, you may be fighting depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Feelings of sadness or unhappinessIrritability or frustration, even over small mat...

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Depression in a world of faith

Across this state, ministers are smiling on the outside while withering inside. Many don't know what to call what they're experiencing. They struggle even to put it into words.Related articles: Symptoms of depression | Minister burnout and depression: Proactive stepsCounseling professionals know precisely what to call it: depressio...

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Go Now Missions: Trust and Obey

When we arrived in North Africa, we were told by our host missionaries that the next day we would be going to an area on the outskirts of town to spend the night.They told us that they had never taken a team here and they really were not sure why we were going. All they knew is that as they prayed about the schedule for our team, t...

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Opposing abortion in a world of vulnerable people

The Christian Life Commission has received a couple of questions about why it honored Texas Sen. Wendy Davis with its Horizon Award in 2012. As virtually everyone knows, Davis was thrust into the national political spotlight in June with her filibuster in opposition to a bill supported by many Texas Baptists, including me.The CLC h...

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Jespersen named urban missions director

DALLAS -- Texas Baptists has named Ryan Jespersen director of urban missions.With a majority of the population living in urban, inner-city areas, Jespersen believes these communities need more outreach, which he plans to encourage through his new position."You're typically not going to have as strong of churches in the inner-city,"...

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Texas Baptist Camps: Made to glorify Him

After leaving my work at Camp Chaparral last summer, I knew I wanted to return to work there again. I loved the atmosphere and the fulfillment of serving God there.This year as a returning staffer I was so excited to start work and my expectations were set high. I was nervous at first because I learned that most of my friends that...

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Go Now Missions: The nations in New York

"From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and find him through he is not far from any one of us." Act 17:26-27This bible verse is the driving force of the kind of pers...

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Go Now Missions: What am I doing with my life?

This is a question that I often use in jest, but that I also often ask myself and ask God. And from each I often get no answer; why should I worry myself with the future, when the present has enough problems of its own that request my attention?But at the same time, whenever I ask this question, I always get the same response about...

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Go Now Missions: Seeing past the labels

Special needs boy, disabled boy, different boy...so many labels are attached to him by society confusing what he has with who he is. When I look at him I see him and his name is who he is. The limitations he has do not define who he is.Of all the ministries I knew I would be apart of in Missions Centers of Houston, I would have nev...

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Senator cites BGCT letter in arguing for stronger abortion restrictions

AUSTIN - A senator cited a letter from Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director David Hardage as lawmakers passed stronger restrictions on abortions across the state.Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, shared three paragraphs of a letter that Hardage wrote to every Texas legislator that presented Texas Baptists' affirmat...

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God's power shown through His church, people

SAN ANTONIO - God's plan for expanding His kingdom entails working through the lives of people in His church in such a way that they testify about Him, according to Victor Rodriguez, pastor of Life Church of San Antonio.The former Baptist General Convention of Texas president was the featured preacher during the Hispanic rally that...

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Go Now Missions: Planting the seed

All morning we spent setting up for our community wide block party with help from the three hundred strong Prestonwood youth choir. The morning turned to noon and things became frustrating as the large bounce house inflatable failed to blow up. As I walked away feeling frustrated, God reminded me why we were setting up bounce house...

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Home is where the heart is

We've heard this phrase time after time. Everyone knows it. We think of home and certain things come to mind. It's different for everyone, but for me it's things like family, love, comfort, and familiarity.But what about the people who don't have a home? What about the kids who have never known family, or even love? Not only are th...

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Tell me the stories of Jesus

On Friday, we taught Religion class and I was designated "narrator" of the story of David and Goliath while Ashley "played" David and Taylor, Goliath. (Note: I learned after getting some funny faces it is pronounced Go-lee-ath in Kenya!) It really is rather convenient when telling the story of the little shepherd boy David and the...

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Hard knock life

The only men inside the orfanitorio are the security guards. 80-or-so children play within the fenced courtyard; they are shielded from outside dangers and void of inside comforts. The orphanage is an institution rather than a home. A 'mother' cooks for the children, but no mommy dotes on them. A man guards the door, but no father...

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Messengers grant board authority to consider building sale

SAN ANTONIO -- Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting elected officers and granted the BGCT Executive Board and an ad hoc committee authority to consider sale of the Baptist Building in Dallas.In the second day of the Texas Baptist Family Gathering and during the first BGCT business session, messengers...

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Hardage: Thank you, Texas Baptists

SAN ANTONIO - The breadth of Texas Baptists' ministry is wide, and its commitment to sharing the gospel is deep.For all that they are doing, Texas Baptists' Executive Director David Hardage gives thanks. Because congregations are generous with their resources in their communities and through Texas Baptists, ministry is possible."Yo...

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2013-2014 Officers Elected to the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas

Hispanic Baptists elected the first female convention president in their 103-year history this morning.The announcement came after two rounds of voting. The first - a race between Daniel 'Tiny' Dominguez, current president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention; Bea Mesquias, member of United Baptist Church in Harlingen; and Manuel Rio...

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Breaking the chains of darkness, revisited

This summer, I have reverently been praying for divine appointments in South Asia. Honestly, my heart hurts deeply for this place. My biggest prayer is for His truth to be shared and embraced in the darkest corners of South Asia.Last week, we were prayer walking around a Hindu temple in the city. These temples are incredibly dark p...

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God has called Texas Baptists to a mission

SAN ANTONIO - Texas Baptists have been called to reach the state for Christ - a task that must be completed.Featured speakers from the second evening worship service of the Family Gathering, reminded meeting participants that God has called Christians to reach their communities, their state and beyond.To do that requires believers...

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African American Fellowship visions future, studies new age statistics

SAN ANTONIO - African American Baptists were challenged to look into the future with a new set of lenses as they gathered together at this year's Culp Banquet, celebrated during the Texas Baptists Family Gathering.Photo: From left to right: Oscar Epps, President; Ponce L. Brown, Vice President; Glen J. Samuels, Secretary; Elmo John...

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Pray. Just pray.

Have you ever felt like a catalyst? A catalyst is "an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action". So put simply, a catalyst is something that helps the bigger something happen faster.I feel as if I've been that for the past 6 weeks. I say this not to boast, but to share how God has humbled me. Here in East Asia, th...

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Hispanic Baptists in Texas Looking Toward Future

SAN ANTONIO - Hispanic Baptists are well-positioned to focus on what God has laid on their hearts for the convention's future, said Jesse Rincones, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas executive director."I thank God I've had the opportunity to serve for the last three years," Rincones said of serving as president and more recently...

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Heart notes about my time with Russian orphans

June 1 - While in the city we have been given the opportunity to volunteer at a local hospital. Children who are removed by social services from problem homes or Russia's streets are taken to this hospital. Here the children are evaluated and diagnosed medically. It is then decided whether the children will enter into something sim...

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Unified, Texas Baptists seek to carry out Great Commission

SAN ANTONIO - Fulfilling the Great Commission requires Texas Baptists to work united for the cause of Christ, according to presenters in the final worship service of the Texas Baptist Family Gathering.The Great Commission is Christ's command to His followers, said Michael Evans, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield. They...

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Family Gathering volunteers help bring new look to San Antonio church

SAN ANTONIO - Volunteers ripped out paneling and combined their handiwork skills to assist a church during the Texas Baptist Family Gathering.The 91-year-old Harlandale Baptist Church building has been in need of an updated interior and exterior for some time, said Dan Trevino, who has been the church's pastor for 10 years.Texas Ba...

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Hospitality House comforts during loss

People face decisions every day. Some have little affect. Others impact every aspect of life, friends and family.Almost 20 years ago, he pled guilty to a crime that the state of Texas deems worthy of the death penalty. And it's set for 6:00 tonight.In the meantime, some siblings and relatives sit around a game table playing Monopol...

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Changing one life at a time

Over the last couple of months, as I have prepared to serve as a Campus Missionary Intern this school year, God has been teaching me a lot about myself and the mission He has called me to. For someone my age I look at the world I live in and see so many big issues but I also see God moving in big ways.I was sitting thinking yesterd...

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Texas cooking draws people in - even in Italy

The smell of Texas barbecue tickles noses, makes mouths water and attracts a crowd.Even in Italy.A mission team from Coastal Bend Fellowship in Kingsville discovered Texas barbecue is an ideal way to bring Italians together. Partnering with Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board missionaries Charlie and Shannon Wor...

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Texas Baptists set to help tornado victims by

Texas Baptists are preparing to help people affected by last Spring's tornados through "Loving Oklahoma," five-day concentrated service effort to assist those around Oklahoma City.Volunteers and teams will be working Aug. 5-10 on projects identified through local long-term disaster recovery officials. The ministry will vary from cl...

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CLC 83rd Session Report

Christian Life Commission Final Report: 83rd Regular Legislative SessionDuring each legislative session, the Christian Life Commission (CLC) works to promote sound public policy on a variety of fronts important to Texas residents. The following is a list of bills the CLC actively followed, supported and, in some cases, opposed duri...

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Practical ways your church can share Christ's love in schools

Mounds of glue sticks, construction paper, pencils, and backpacks line store shelves, signaling the fast approaching start of a new school year. For churches, these first signs point to much more than the end of the busy summer event schedule and the start of high attendance season for Sunday School. The start of the new school yea...

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How do our churches minister to schools?

1) How did your church first get started working with your local schools?We have been working with the local schools for over 10 years. - Tom G. RevillaIt started with our geographic location right across the street. After unsuccessful attempts to interact we prayed for openings to collaborate. When a new principal came on we began...

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Needs from disaster area apparent as school starts

The pastors in Eagle Pass are intent on helping families recover from the recent flooding in Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras. Their immediate need is to supply families with needed items like household goods, furniture, bedding, school supplies & back packs to replace items that were lost in the flood. Eagle Pass is also in need...

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Texas Baptists give more than $230,000 for hungry through Mother's Day offering

Texas Baptists gave more than $230,000 to help the hungry through last Spring's Mother's Day offering.Congregations donated $234,164 through the Mother's Day emphasis for the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, which feeds and assists hungry people through 210 projects including 115 in Texas.Texas Baptists' Executive Director David Hard...

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Conference set to gear churches for boomer wave

The baby boomer wave is upon senior adult ministries, and people from all across the country are registering to "catch it" with the National Boomer Ministry Conference Sept. 5-6.At First Baptist Church in Allen, participants will have a full schedule of breakout sessions, general sessions and entertainment.Baby boomers remain the l...

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Go Now Missions: Overcoming fear

Honestly, there were many things coming into South Asia that made me extremely fearful. I was nervous about the darkness, depravity and strongholds. I was terrified about my extensive traveling schedule.But, I think majority of the fear that consumed me was feelings of inadequacy for my role in South Asia this summer. This summer...

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Go Now Missions: A new understanding of Father

It is Ramadan here in South Asia. Ramadan is a month long fasting for Muslims. Honestly, it is epitome of a works based system. Islam is a spiritual power that exerts control over this time. Muslims are repressed into Islamic traditions. Many Muslims blindly follow strict fasting due to extreme fears.Satan has strongholds on these...

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Down to get a free snow cone

At Texas A&M University-Kingsville, our BSM has been blessed with close relationships between our staff and the University's personnel responsible for all freshman orientations, welcome week and student affairs. Because of this friendship, we have been given the opportunity to serve the incoming freshman week after week while t...

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He redeems my wayward thoughts

It's my first morning in this apartment. I am aware of the presence of the Spirit and I let my thoughts wander. I feel a wave of thankfulness rush over me. I have such a homey space to live in for the next year. It's old and dated, definitely doesn't smell new, it has an interesting paint job from the previous BSM intern, mismatche...

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Are you thinking about missions in Mexico?

For the past four years we have not had Texas Baptist Churches working with us during Spring Break on the Mexican side of the border. This year Lamar BC of Beaumont, TX and FBC Vidor, TX decided to take a step of faith and go to Reynosa, Mexico in the spring. They had a medical clinic and VBS. They attended to 251 people in the med...

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May Christ's mandate determine our work

Osvaldo Lerma, River Ministry Coordinator in Brownsville, TX and a few other River Ministry Coordinators were invited to go on a mission trip to Ciudad Victoria the Capital City of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico (about 180 miles from the Texas border) with Lakepointe Baptist Church. Lakepointe has been doing ministry for years in...

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Three keys to sharing the gospel with your children

Parents prioritize laying a solid foundation for their children early on that will undergird the rest of their lives. Parents know that early awareness, habit formation and discipline of sport and music helps their children develop. To that end, parents invest their time, energy and resources to give their children the best possibl...

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Lay cowboy church pastor, wife save two drowning children

GARNER STATE PARK - Rebecca Strange prays for God to use her and her husband "for your will." On Aug. 6, it was God's orchestration of small events that led them to be exactly where God wanted them, the couple said. Visiting Garner State Park on their honeymoon, Richard and Rebecca decided to stay a day beyond their initial plans...

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Loving Oklahoma volunteers help victims rebuild and restore

A series of tornadoes in May of this year devastated parts of Oklahoma, taking lives and flattening houses. Two and a half months later, residents still have needs as they try to restart their lives.On August 5-10, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery partnered with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and World Vision to help meet many of t...

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FBC Dripping Springs brings foreign missions home

DRIPPING SPRINGS - To share the gospel overseas, churches do construction projects, prayer efforts and service initiatives.First Baptist Church wondered: Can't it do something very similar in its own community?Out that spirit, the congregation birthed Mission Drippin', a weeklong effort to invest in their community. This July 28-Au...

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Serving as the eyes and ears of Jesus in Oklahoma

Gary Henneke, Pastor of Frelsburg Baptist Church of New Ulm, Texas joined 140 volunteers who served during the recent "Loving Oklahoma" event. Gary is a trained NOVA Chaplain and joined to see how his training could be of assistance on the field. Gary wrote the below account of his experiences and concluded that Chaplains are very...

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Mobberly Baptist declares 'I am not ashamed!'

LONGVIEW - In a pair of jeans and a black and green t-shirt, Pastor Glynn Stone asked people participating in Mobberly Baptist Church's worship services to proclaim one simple yet powerful message through action: I am not ashamed.They did it in droves.Eighty people were baptized Aug. 18 after the pastor explained the significance o...

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Eagle Pass: Rebuilding Houses, Rebuilding Lives

What Happened? Eagle Pass is a South Texas city located on the Rio Grande border, linked via bridge to the Mexican city of Piedras Negras. In June, this community suffered a bought of extreme flooding. No deaths were reported, but many people had to be evacuated from their houses during the disaster. More than 300 homes were damag...

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Executive Board votes to sell Glorieta Texan Lodge

The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board unanimously voted to sell the Texan Lodge at the Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico and invest the revenue in convention-sponsored youth camps.The board voted to sell the lodge for $100,000 to Glorieta 2.0, a Christian camp group that is buying the conference center from...

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We Care Haiti

Partnership with Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery and Texas Baptist MenHow did it Begin? James Cundiff, a McKinney businessman and volunteer with Texas Baptist Men, was among the first responders to the Haitian earthquake in January 2010."We began to pray that God would provide food," recalled Cundiff, "And God was faithful. At firs...

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Church baptizes 85 in Guadalupe River

BOERNE - The waters of the Guadalupe River stirred Aug. 17, gathering hundreds. Only this time, floating the river was the last thing on visitor's minds.Nineteen:ten Church in Boerne baptized 85 people that day as roughly 350 witnesses lined the shore as part of the congregation's annual end of summer celebration.Children, teens an...

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Christ shared around pizza boxes and guitar cases

There are two kinds of people in our town: people who like the smell of church and people who don't. That is not to say that they are not open to Jesus, but their perception is that the church comes with pews and weird music. So our church's leadership has been exploring non-traditional types of Christian education by building fait...

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ISAAC Projects opens center to directly minister to immigrants

SAN ANTONIO - The Immigration Service and Aid Center opened its doors on the Baptist University of the Américas campus Aug. 30 to directly help people with their citizenship issues.The ISAAC center is Texas Baptists' first effort to directly help immigrants work within the law and navigate the complicated path toward citizenship...

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Ignite Your Passion Outreach

The Ignite Your Passion Outreach was a huge success this past weekend. Pastors and Church Leaders in Eagle Pass, Texas had hoped to have a prayer meeting spanning across the bridge (between Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico) which serves as a walkway across the border. They had received permission from city officials but...

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Lebanese partnerships spread hope and aid to Syrian refugees

Spiritual revival is taking place in the midst of the Syrian crisis.With the escalating disputes in Syria, many are fleeing to neighboring countries to escape the crossfire. Media reports depict the great suffering and desperation, yet "God is doing great things in the midst of a great crisis," said Nabil Costa, executive director...

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Executive Board approves 2014 convention budget

DALLAS - The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board approved a $40.4 million 2014 budget for the convention.The budget reflects essentially flat church giving through the convention's Cooperative Program, $2.29 million in investment income and $1 million less to be raised by the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation.Total...

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The Main Thing

Jim Collins is known for a couple of different books, Good to Great, and Built to Last. However, there is another short little read he has called "How the Mighty Fall." This particular volume talks about the rise and fall of really huge companies.As a pastor, and now a denominational employee, I could not help but see in this book...

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'Go Now' to the ends of the Earth

Standing on a street corner looking towards the Financial District in New York City, Leilani Estrada could hear five languages being spoken at the same time."God really has brought all the nations together in NYC," she said. "It is just amazing to see so many nations brought together on a little island called Manhattan."Leilani ser...

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We Did Not Meet by Chance

When I was young, I struggled with being social and outgoing. I sit and wait around until someone would come and play with me. As I grew older, that started changing. As I got more involved in church activities, Christ starting removing timidity and all shyness from my life.From the moment I opened my life to Christ, the transforma...

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Fight rages beyond battlefield; chaplains on frontline

WAXAHACHIE - Military personnel's fight rages well beyond the battlefield, and chaplains are on the frontlines.In 2012, military suicides hit a record high since the armed forces began tracking such tragedies. Self-inflicted military deaths outnumbered deaths that took place in combat. The rate is down slightly in 2013 - 161 potent...

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North Texas Team Works in Piedras Negras

A team from Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, just completed a very successful health clinic in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. The team worked in cooperation with Iglesia Fuente de Vida and mission coordinator Gloria de la Pena to minister to the needs of the people of the city. The clinic was focused in the four areas of w...

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Texas Baptists' chaplaincy releases guidelines regarding same-sex issues

DALLAS - Texas Baptists' Chaplaincy Relations Office issued guiding principles to its endorsed chaplains regarding same-sex issues in the wake of the military repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and the U.S. Supreme Court's striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act.Supervisors have asked many of Texas Baptists' approxim...

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Life is so good

Truthfully, I do not know how else to describe the change that has taken place in my life. Through it all, God has still been faithful. I have recently moved to Denton, Texas to serve as the Campus Missionary at the University of North Texas. I have been blown away by how blunt people are in Denton, how exhausting campus ministry i...

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God is Not Limited

There are three things you might notice when driving into Crawford, Texas. Perhaps you'll notice the billboard featuring George and Laura Bush, our most famous property owners. Perhaps you'll notice the welcome sign from First Baptist Church, or perhaps you'll notice the city limit sign, which reads, "Pop. 717."The Crawford communi...

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Community Resurrection

WACO - The resurrection of Christ continues to reverberate throughout inner city communities across the nation, according to presenters at the No Need Among You Conference."We are part of a beautiful movement committed to making God's love manifest," said Shane Claiborne, who ministers in Philadelphia. "Resurrection wasn't just an...

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Students to help communities 'Bounce' back after disasters

DALLAS - Texas Baptists are turning to students to help communities "bounce" back after disasters.This fall, the convention is launching Bounce, a pre-packaged missions experience through which students minister in the wake of disasters. Bounce makes taking youth teams on mission easy, working out logistics for leaders such as wher...

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Crawling, Walking, Running with Texas Baptists Missions

Right now our youngest daughter is learning to crawl and our older daughter, who is three, is walking as well as her mom and me. As children, we know that we crawl before we walk, and walk before we run. The same is true in your church when it comes to being on mission. Many times people need to do something small before they are r...

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Let Our Lives Burn for You

This past Sunday, after church, the pastor brought a small grill he wanted to use. He had never grilled in his life, and I had never started a fire in my life. This was a new experience for all of us. Using coal, wood, and cardboard, we tried to start the fire. The material would burn fast, but the coal would not light. It was emba...

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A Heart for Christ

The kids in the feeding program I work with have been selected from families most in need. They burst through the classroom doors each day with so much energy and excitement. It does not matter how the weather is; they are always here. Seeing the kids, and their involvement in my classroom, makes my heart sing with joy! Though at t...

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Youth ministry: A calling well worth it

ARLINGTON - Youth ministry isn't easy. It requires long hours, unending energy, incredible patience and deep commitment.That's precisely why it requires a calling from God. No matter the trials those who minister to youth face, they must continue, said speakers during Texas Baptists' Conclave, made possible by gifts to missions thr...

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DBU Students Respond to The Calling Conference

Dallas, TX - Nearly 400 DBU students gathered together for The Calling Conference, an event geared to help college students discern their calling to ministry and determine the next steps for them to take along that journey. Sponsored by Texas Baptists and coordinated by Dr. Bill Tillman, director of the Theological Education Divisi...

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Survivors Struggle on in Japan

For most of the world, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 is old news. Explosions, tornadoes, hurricanes, wars, and rumors of wars have shuffled Japan's troubles further and further behind the proverbial front page. But, for many victims, the disaster that stole their homes and neighborhoods is anyth...

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Gospel Focused Free Lunch

Some days serving at the University of North Texas are just plain hard. UNT is very different, in comparison to the college I attended. Most students do not care about God or want to engage in spiritual conversations. This is not because they don't see the reason for believing in God, but because they really just don't care. I am l...

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Hunger for More

Thank you all for your prayer! I can see the mighty hand of God firing up the hearts of the town. As I took my seat next to the people that usually attend the evening Sunday service, I started seeing more people come in. I was surprised to see thirty people in the service! That is eighteen more people than usual!What joy it was to...

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Engaging Students in Sharing the Gospel

ARLINGTON - Christian college students across the nation set out on Oct. 10, with a common goal in mind - to share Christ. Through Engage24, students involved in Baptist Student Ministries were each encouraged to engage one person in a conversation about Jesus, and that is just what they did.Morgan McAree, a junior at the Universit...

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Memorial set for HSU Senior Taylor Huff

Memorial service arrangements for Taylor Huff have been set for 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Church on Rush Creek: Green Oaks Campus, 2350 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., in Arlington, TX, 76017.Huff passed away in a pedestrian/vehicle accident in Abilene early Sunday. He was a member of the Hardin-Simmons football team an...

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War through the eyes of faith

War powerfully shapes a person's understanding of the world, including one's faith. World War II created in many people a veneration of the United States that caused love of country to sometimes override love of God or to conflate the two into one love. The Vietnam War then brought about a mindset of distrust, and since love of God...

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Building community one house at a time

PEÑITAS - Down a road devoid of many street signs, and yet to be tracked by Google maps, stands a brand-new purple house shining at the end of the block. This house now belongs to the Lozada family - Miguel, Julia, Hosea (14) and Miguel, Jr. (4) -built with love by 25 women in Woman's Missionary Union of Texas The third consecuti...

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It is all possible

As I prepare for each lesson daily, I pray that God speaks through me and says to each child what he or she needs to hear. Each day that passes, I get closer to leaving. This makes me work harder because I want to make the most of my experience.When I got here, I told each child that we were going to be learning a verse from the Bi...

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Bringing God to soldiers and soldiers to God

FORT SILL, OK - Twenty-four soldiers dressed in PT uniforms sat on the chapel stage on Quarry Hill before Spiritual Formation classes began. From varied backgrounds and more than 20 states across the country, the soldiers had little in common. This day, Sept. 29, however, would be a day they would each remember - it was the day the...

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Providing spiritual nourishment for those in need

CORPUS CHRISTI - Juan Rena was hungry and hurting when he came to the Crossbridge Fellowship Church food pantry. He had no idea how the Lord would change his life in the following year and lead him to become the director of the ministry that impacted him in so many ways.Addicted to cocaine and meth for more than 25 years, Juan want...

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Philippines Typhoon: Preparing to go

Our disaster assessment team of six leaves for the Philippines in four days to respond to the disaster that has affected so many following Typhoon Haiyan. Comprised of BGCT staff, disaster assessment "yellow caps" from Texas Baptist Men, and a Filipino pastor and his wife, we are all going with the hope of helping those in need.Pas...

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Churches partner to feed children in Haiti

GONZALES - Baptist churches across South Central Texas joined together this holiday season to prepare 128,000 meals to feed needy children in Haiti. The area-wide packing event began as an idea more than a year ago through the Gonzales and Gambrell Baptist Associations' annual meeting.Several churches had prior involvement in clean...

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Truck Stop Church (at least for a few minutes)

Recently, we were on a trip across Texas, something I love to do, especially with my family. Joanna was feeding Mary Kate in a Loves truck stop, sitting in the booths that were for the Subway restaurant. In this particular truck stop, the booths were right next to where all of the truckers came in. Rachel Beth was walking up and do...

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Philippines Typhoon: Smile through the storm

CONCEPCION, the Philippines - Pastor Noel and his family sat together in their home, praying that the Lord would protect and deliver them from Typhoon Haiyan. While they were huddled together, the storm blew around them and they heard a large crash and fall just yards away from their home.When the rain stopped and the wind died dow...

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Philippines Typhoon: Arrival

ILOILO CITY, the Philippines - We arrived safely in the Philippines on Monday after many hours of travel. We were greeted at the airport in Manila by several friends of the Dagohoys who treated us to a delicious Filipino lunch and then transported us to our final airport for the flight to Iloilo City. One of their friends, Mae, is...

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Philippines Typhoon: Refuge and Strength

ESTANCIA, the Philippines - Touring the coastal city of Estancia today was heartbreaking and overwhelming at times. The reality and the gravity of the situation hit each of us at different points and it was a very emotional day. The damage seemed to be even more severe than what we saw in Concepcion yesterday.Houses have been reduc...

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Philippines Typhoon: Be still and know

AJUY, the Philippines - During Typhoon Haiyan, many people were forced to evacuate their homes to seek higher ground or safer refuge. Villagers from Bobog needed to escape the remote area they were living in because of the great danger from the many trees around them and falling structures. As they were walking, Pastor Enlyn Rubric...

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Texas team brings supplies, assesses disaster in Philippines

ESTANCIA, the Philippines - Pastor Michael Rama huddled with his wife and their 11-month-old son in the Estancia Baptist Church parsonage as the winds and waters from Typhoon Haiyan pounded their home in the coastal town of Estancia. The winds soon took off their roof and they rushed into the adjoining church sanctuary, where they...

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Students learn 'God can use my life'

EDINBURG - On a sunny Friday afternoon, five freshmen students walked across campus at the University of Texas - Pan American pulling a wagon filled with lemonade, musical instruments and salvation tracks. Their destination was the courtyard in front of the campus library, where they set up tables and began serving drinks and playi...

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Reyes Named Director of Christian Life Commission

DALLAS - Agustin "Gus" Lucas Reyes, PhD., was named the new director of BGCT's Christian Life Commission (CLC).The CLC's role within Texas Baptist life is to speak to ethical issues and how they impact our lives and legislation."Dr. Reyes' work with education and immigration reform on a state and federal government level has proven...

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Trusting in the hard places

Go Now missionaries returning home from a semester of serving around the world sat in a panel discussion across from new students preparing to go during their January retreat in the BSM at the University of Texas at Arlington. The nine college students returning from service were in a time of debriefing, while the eight students pr...

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Mission drippin' - reaching out to our community

Six years ago, First Baptist Church of Dripping Springs burned to the ground at the hands of an arsonist. Many people at that time left the church. There were about 50 people left to determine the next step. The small group hired a great interim pastor that helped the church through a healing process.At that time they also determin...

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Antoine named bivocational pastor ministry director

DALLAS - Texas Baptists named Ira Antoine director of bivocational pastor ministry.With a growing number of pastors serving in bivocational ministry across the state, Antoine will serve as a resource for these ministers."The mission of this ministry is to serve as a resource to Texas Baptist churches and associations in developing...

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Giving their break to serve

While working the hat stand in a Ukrainian market, Emma French, a student at University Mary-Hardin Baylor, met a boy named Dennis. He was looking for a warm hat to take back to his village for another child who needed it. "I was a little taken aback so I asked, 'This hat is not for you?' He told me, 'No, I already have one hat, I...

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From Texas to Montana

My name is Justin Langford, and I am serving this semester in Butte, Montana, through Go Now Missions. The main portion of my ministry here is with college students at Montana Tech through both the Baptist Student Union and Park Street Baptist Church. Up until now, I had lived in Texas all of my life, and the most I had ever been a...

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Help Texas Baptists rebuild pastor homes in Philippines

Michael Rama, his wife, and their 11-month-old son are homeless. Michael is the pastor of the Estancia Evangelical Church in the coastal town of Estancia, the Philippines. Michael and his family watched helplessly as the roof of the church parsonage and most of their belongings were shattered by Typhoon Haiyan. He is one of the 15...

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House church evangelism on the border

As he watched his three-year-old daughter, Rachel Beth, go from door to door in a small neighborhood in Laredo, Ryan Jespersen saw the love of Christ overflowing from her enjoyment of preaching to people that stopped to listen as she told them that Jesus loved them.Jespersen, director of urban missions, and his family were members...

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Wilson named director of church evangelism

Dr. Charles Wilson has been named director of church evangelism for Texas Baptists.Through his work, Wilson will coordinate ENGAGE evangelistic conferences across the state, as well as assist associations and churches in helping to inspire and equip individuals to be more effective in evangelism."Our vision is to help Texas reach T...

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Mission Drippin' - A model for community outreach

Mission Drippin' is a week-long community outreach ministry of First Baptist Church of Dripping Springs. Read about the practical ways that their church implemented this ministry, so you can similarly create a model like this in your church. Click here to read the background, mission and vision of Mission Drippin'.The Practicals of...

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Sent to serve

BUTTE, Montana - One Friday night, as I was getting ready for bed, I looked outside and realized that I would be spending Saturday morning shoveling snow from the church sidewalks. Again. This made four days that week and three in a row. I set out a reminder for myself in the morning, knowing what my temperament would be.The first...

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Texas Baptists give record $953,000 toward Hunger Offering

DALLAS - Texas Baptists gave more than $953,000 to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering in 2013 to help address hunger and poverty issues around the world. This is the largest amount raised through the offering since its creation in 1995, and an increase of $200,000 from 2012."I am humbled by the generosity of churches and individuals...

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Record number of students respond to 'Who will go?'

MIDLOTHIAN - Who will go? That is the question that Go Now Missions has been asking college students around the state for the past year. This weekend, 205 students responded to that question with willing and able hearts as they attended Discovery Weekend, an interview and application weekend for summer and fall student missions."Th...

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Church Strategists: Connecting and helping meet needs across Texas

On April 17, 2013, an explosion at a fertilizer plant forever changed the community of West, Texas. Richard Mangum, Texas Baptist church strategist for Central Texas, was in the town talking with local pastors and helping assess needs in the area within a few hours of the disaster.As a church strategist, one of Mangum's primary res...

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"Toma" on Margarita

MARGARITA, Venezuela - A "Toma" is a "taking" in Venezuela, a term used for an invasion of a territory. Paul and Delia Lozuk have used this strategy for evangelism on Margarita Island, invading the area for Christ as a rescue mission. A man named Omo came out of this "toma" on Margarita.On a Friday afternoon, the missions team divi...

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Write your senator and representative

Bread for the World has announced its 2014 Offering of Letters to United States senators and representatives. Bread does not send these letters; Bread encourages and empowers individual Christians to conduct this annual letter-writing campaign, and this often occurs through churches.This year's effort asks lawmakers to reform Unite...

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Texas Baptists endorse first oil patch chaplains

DALLAS - Texas Baptists endorsed Hollas and Nelda Hoffman as the first Oil Patch Chaplains on Monday, February 24, during a meeting of the Executive Board. The Hoffmans, of Gonzales, will serve on the oil fields of South Texas as chaplains."Endorsement lends integrity, character, responsibility and accountability to a pastoral mini...

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It all starts with faith in yourself

GARLAND - On January 14th, Nayely Vallejo received a call, the call she had been waiting for for a long time. "Congratulations" is all she heard and she knew that all her praying and putting her faith in God paid off. The call she received was recognition that she had been one of four selected to serve as a National Acteens Panelis...

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The invitation to service

When I was 12-years-old, I felt called to ministry. While the specifics of my calling were unclear, I knew I was supposed to spend my life engaged in some type of vocational ministry or mission work. Despite the lack of clarity in my calling, I was able to easily identify and explain my life's purpose to others because of what the...

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ISAAC is there to help

SAN ANTONIO - Arina Popovici is the first immigrant to be assisted by the Immigration Service and Aid Center (ISAAC) to obtain legal permanent residency within the United States. She never dreamed that she would have this opportunity in her lifetime, but with the help of the ISAAC Project, her dreams are finally coming true. Seven...

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Miracles don't just happen in the Bible

Joseph Parker, pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, in Austin, received a heart transplant on Jan. 23, 2013, following more than ten years of heart issues. Two weeks ago, he was able to meet the family of the donor who saved his life. He shared his story with the Executive Board during their meeting on Monday, Feb. 24...

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Hunger funds help mom find a shoulder to lean on

NEW BRAUNFELS - Gloria Mata needed help. Medical bills from her daughter's illness stacked up, and the single mother realized she no longer had enough money to put food on the table for her family of six.Deliverance came in the form of a voucher from her daughter's school that referred Mata to the Harvest Food Pantry, a ministry of...

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Letter from Haiti student missionary

Bonjou zanmi m! Hello my friend! Since my last update much has happened. I have spent more time in Fond des Negres and have been able to get to know some of the kids in our area. It seems nearly impossible for me to walk anywhere outside of my house without at least one child by my side. The children are so eager to give and recei...

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Connecting religious liberty and evangelism

Evangelism and missions can be conducted openly and forthrightly only in an environment that fosters and protects religious liberty. The United States, with its constitutional protections, is a shining example of this reality, while nations with limits on religious expression are examples of the opposite.Brent Walker, in the Januar...

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Trafficking -- the difference between victims and criminals

The Dallas Morning News carried an excellent opinion piece in its Feb. 23 edition about children and prostitution. The article, by Malika Saada Saar, expresses a broad national perspective. In Texas, we are actually doing better than reflected in Saar's article, but we still have lots of work to do.Saar points out that about 293,00...

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The Charles Price Endowment for Associational Leadership

"Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life . . . Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. . ." Matthew 28:19-20 The MessageENDOWMENT MISSION The Charles Price Endowment for Associational Leadership has been established to provide specialized training to help directors of missions...

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Helping a house, helping a community

WEST - After a year of rebuilding from a tragedy that shook its little part of Texas, the town of West is still remembering, but a sense of change has overtaken the emotions of sorrow and remorse. As you walk the streets, you can see lots where homes used, now being cleared of blown debris and stones. You can see houses being buil...

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Hunger Offering helps family overcome poverty in Bangladesh

BHALUKA UPAZILA, Bangladesh - Conditions were hard for Asma Khatun and her family of five, living in extreme poverty in a small village in Bangladesh. While her husband, Babul Dhaly, worked hard to provide, they did not own any land to plant crops and they were not able to earn enough income to provide three meals a day for their f...

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God loves the cowboys too

Brother Harvey Abke never imagined he would receive a call from Brother Steve Johnson asking him to be the pastor of a new cowboy church Brother Johnson was starting in Caldwell, Texas. "I have an evangelistic heart to reach people for Jesus but I started to feel complacent," said Pastor Harvey. "This church would mean I could com...

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Having a heart for service during Spring Break

BROWNWOOD - Watching from the sidelines of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Krystal Watson, sophomore at Texas A&M University, saw God moving through the kids at Champs Camp in Brownwood as they prayed with each other before and after each basketball game. Raj Shah, graduate student at Texas A&M University, had never had the resp...

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Women in ministry conference encourages women to embrace leadership

WACO - Women in ministry should embrace leadership in the areas God has called them to, according to speakers at the Texas Baptists Women in Ministry Conference held at George W. Truett Theological Seminary on Mar. 25."As a woman in ministry, you should have a sense of call," said Bernadine Davis, minister of discipleship and spiri...

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Serving in a party town

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND--- Janelle Daman, student at University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, noticed a young woman, Saira, staring at all the commotion going on in the water. It was a beach baptism. Saira was vacationing in South Padre Island for the week of Spring Break like 75,000 other college students. Janelle was there with her Baptist S...

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How to seek God through frustration

GEORGETOWN - Frustration is a theme everyone will journey through at one point or another, according to Dave Edwards, keynote speaker for the Single Adult Rally on Apr. 5, "One is a whole number.""Frustration occurs anytime our expectations and reality collide," Edwards shared with single adults from across the state.Referencing Ge...

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Hunger offering inspires others to give back

FORT WORTH - This year churches are holding a special offering on Mother's Day to support the Mother's Day Hunger Offering. By uniting the efforts of Texas Baptists, we can raise $1 million this Mother's Day to end hunger one mom at a time. One mom that has received help from this offering is a woman named Kay Schmenk.Kay Schmenk i...

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Muehlhoff speaks on civil communication in CT

Christian author Tim Muehlhoff says believers need to "yield to God's power from outside" themselves in order to communicate in a civil, Christlike manner.Christianity Today has published a Q&A with Muehlhoff regarding his book, I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love (InterVarsity Press, 2014).Muehl...

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'Kumbaya' should be no joke

In 2010, a story in The New York Times noted that the song, "Kumbaya," had lately been "transformed into snarky shorthand for ridiculing a certain kind of idealism, a quest for common ground."I remember singing the song in the 1960s, and we loved it. It was no joke; it called us toward something better than what we knew. I did not...

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Hunger in Honduras: Bringing hope across a footbridge

GRACIAS, Honduras - Today, we saw the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering in action, with three men carrying nearly 60 pounds of food on their backs, across a shaky wooden footbridge to a family in need. Shannon Hopkins and his friends, Kevin and Hugo, carried the load of food to a family of 15, living in extreme poverty.Shannon serves a...

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Reaching Christians in a new method

BROOKSHIRE --- In winter of 2010, after two suicides and 20 drug overdoses from students at Royal High School, Pastor Bobby "Tre9" Herring was asked by the assistant principal of Royal High School and a local missionary if there was anything he could do to reach the youth of Brookshire. With numerous prayers and support, Herring b...

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Hunger in Honduras: The face of a thankful heart

CATULACA, Honduras - Felipe is paralyzed from the waist down after a tragic accident about five years ago. He has undergone eight surgeries and was forced to sell most of his land to pay for the medical procedures. He was the primary breadwinner for his family of six and now many times they wonder how they will eat. The family rais...

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Honduras: A display of His splendor

CENICERA, Honduras - The kids here in Honduras have stolen my heart! Last night we attended a worship service at a house church in Cenicera, just a few miles from Gracias. When we arrived, I recognized several of the kids from the day before when we were at their house interviewing their parents. One precious girl named Ruby came u...

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Playing golf to rebuild communities

DALLAS - On April 7, the Dallas Athletic Club hosted the inaugural Texas Baptists Golf Classic, benefitting Disaster Recovery. Special guests included first responders from the West explosion and EF5 tornado in Moore, OK, both taking place almost a year ago.Chris Liebrum, director of Church Ministry Resources and tournament directo...

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WMU reflects on defining moments at annual meeting

GEORGETOWN - Sharing of God's faithfulness in the midst of many trials, Steve McCord stated, "We are not compelled but surrendered to Him who loved us with an everlasting love."The theme of surrender was tied with the overall "Defining Moments" focus during WMU of Texas Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration at First Baptist Georg...

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Eager to learn in Juarez

JUAREZ, Mexico - In 2013, Phil Miller, director of Bible Study/Discipleship, and Daniel Rangel, director of River Ministry and Mexico Missions, traveled to Juarez, Mexico, to bring attention to the growing need in the churches to receive training on teaching and sharing the gospel with others. The main focus of the training was how...

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Growing to live through hunger offering

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Hands in Service, an organization that receives funding from Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, provides family garden workshops through missions and churches in the poverty belt around the city of Guadalajara and other communities, as well as in rural areas. These workshops help train and educate people to grow t...

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God moves at a TWU benefit show

Last Friday night we were given the opportunity to host a benefit show to raise money for summer student missionaries. We had planned on having local musicians put on a show for us. Student leaders, a TWU staff employee, and friends came to enjoy this time together.We also had one of our guys that just started to get involved share...

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On mission in South Africa

SIBASA, South Africa - "I believe that when biblical principles are put into practice then the biblical results can be expected," said Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Lewisville. "We are mandated by Christ to go and make disciples; if we do our part, Christ is faithful to do His part."In February 2013, Fields and his...

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Congreso Nation is Everlasting for 50th Anniversary

WACO - Congreso is an experience thousands have encountered over the past 50 years. What began in 1964 as a ministry to Hispanic Baptist students has continued to impact thousands of lives across the state.This year, from Apr. 17-19, more than 4,000 youth and college students gathered in Baylor University's Ferrell Center for the w...

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A Missional Legacy

Recently, I attended the funeral of a good friend and former church member who had a great impact on my life and on the life of his church. When I met Gene Willard, he was about 80-years-old and had been at the church I was becoming pastor of for over 50 years. He had a close relationship with several of the pastors and that would...

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Backpacks of food and hope provided through Hunger Offering

FREEPORT - Most children look forward to 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, signaling the end of school and beginning of the weekend. There are roughly 65 hours between Friday afternoon and Monday morning when school starts again. Many kids delight in these hours, but for children who do not have food at home, the hours can be long and ha...

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Come as you are, boots and all

Anyone who has ever visited Greenville, Texas, for a buck out, roping, high school rodeo finals, barrel races or any kind of equine event, knew what the "blue barn" was, or better known as the "Horseman's Club".For many years, the Horseman's Club was known as the bar to watch the arena events. For the last few years though, the loc...

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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery begins response to the Central-Southeast Tornadoes and Floods

This week, we have experienced multi-state and location tornados and storms resulting in various types damage. We have heard that these storms are compared to a large hurricane event. When an event is multi-faceted like this, we must wait, assess and seek the Lord's guidance on when and where to mobilize volunteers. It is times lik...

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Parents learn skills for raising highly capable kids

FORT WORTH - Twenty-nine parents from Manuel Jara Elementary School set aside time for 11 weeks this spring to learn tools, skills and confidence to raise healthy, caring, and responsible children through Parent University. A graduation ceremony was held on Wednesday, April 30, to recognize the achievement of the parents.Many offic...

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Never too young

FREDERICKSBURG - You don't have to be an expert cyclist to take part in the week-long Bike Out Hunger event. Our youngest rider this year, Gertie Kate Adair, is only seven years old.Gertie Kate is from Dripping Springs and she is a proud supporter of her dad, Ben. Last year, when Ben spent the week riding with Bike Out Hunger, Gert...

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Hundreds attend training in Hong Kong

In August 2013, Michelle Chan, minister to children at Kowloon International Baptist Church (KIBC) in Hong Kong, attended a children and family summit at Dallas Baptist University. Here she felt her understanding of the roles Sunday School teacher and children's minister were renewed and refreshed. "I was more aware of my role and...

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Rebuilding West

Thanks to World Vision, building supplies have arrived in West, TX for the home of a West ISD Principal whose home was destroyed after the after the fertilizer plant explosion. The supplies have arrived at the build site, the foundation has been poured, and now it's time for skilled volunteers to pitch in and help this wonderful c...

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Into the wood

BROWNWOOD - Today was a recovery ride for most of the cyclists, with a shorter distance of 59 miles from San Saba to Brownwood. While it may have been less miles, it still proved to be challenging for the riders. Some got dropped in the midst of continuous hills, but all in all, everyone enjoyed another great day of riding and rais...

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Thank you for giving to Mother's Day Hunger Offering

Mother's Day, May 11, 2014, marked the conclusion of the Christian Life Commission's Mother's Day Hunger Offering initiative. With a goal of raising $1 million on this day, churches from across the state joined hands to help beat the cycle of hunger and poverty not only in Texas, but around the world. Final tallies will be made as...

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State Youth Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament Winners Named

The 2014 Texas Baptist State Youth Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament was held at the Baptist Building on May 2 and 3. There were 82 participants from 29 churches who competed over the weekend. Overall, for 2014, there were 991 participants in Texas Baptist Bible Drill and Speakers Tournaments from 130 churches competing in six r...

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Pray without ceasing

Morgan Wallace, sophomore at University of North Texas, was sitting at the prayer table for an hour or so when she noticed a guy with a backpack awkwardly speed walk by their tent. He took a quick glance at the tent and continued on his way. But then the guy stopped, turned around and walked up to Morgan. "He asked me to pray for...

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Texas Baptists announces sale of Dallas facility

DALLAS - The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas unanimously approved the sale of the Convention's Dallas facility to the Baylor University School of Nursing during a meeting on Tues., May 20. The 100,000 square foot facility, located at 333 N. Washington Avenue in Dallas, will be purchased for $16 million t...

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The necessity of discipleship

If there is one thing I have learned while serving on staff at the UNT BSM it is the essential need for collegiate ministry in the United States. Over one million students are attending college in the State of Texas. According to a recent poll by Lifeway, 70 percent of freshmen who enter the college world will stop attending church...

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Executive Board approves building sale, agreement with STSCS

DALLAS -Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board convened on Mon., May 19, and Tues., May 20. Several decisions were made, including the sale of the BGCT's Dallas facility to Baylor University for $16 million. For more information on the building sale, click here."The discussions and sale of the building is a spiritual a...

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Final preparations for student missionaries

As I've been preparing to serve this summer, I thought there wasn't anything else to know than what I've experienced overseas already. I thought, "culture shock didn't happen to me, I knew what to expect." But sitting through the session about it, I realized that I actually had experienced it, I just didn't know how to label it at...

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Beyond the Trip

The following was written and compiled by members of the Missions Mobilization Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. This guide is designed to be used on a mission trip to prepare your group for what you can do when you get back to your community. For more information about this material or about how to get involved in m...

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Serving those who serve

The first week of being in a new culture has been interesting, to say the least. There's always so much to adjust to-- you really have to humble yourself and accept that you don't know everything. One of the first times I tried to buy something with British currency was kind of humorous. I was buying a croissant and a water bottle...

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Understanding Intentional Interim Ministry

DALLAS - The interim period between one pastor leaving and the next pastor arriving can be a special time of God moving in a congregation. Instead of sitting back and waiting for the next person to arrive, the interim time creates a wonderful opportunity to address issues, questions, concerns, vision and the church's health.Throug...

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Risenhoover named associate endorser for chaplaincy relations

DALLAS - Texas Baptists have named Chaplain Georgia Risenhoover, of Granbury, associate endorser for Chaplaincy Relations. Risenhoover is the first woman to be named to the position and she will also serve as state coordinator of "Hands on Ministry," a teaching certification program for volunteer chaplains."Georgia is well qualifie...

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Summer Disaster Recovery trips need volunteers

DALLAS - Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery is looking for volunteers to assist with summer trips responding to areas devastated by floods, wildfires and tornadoes. Recovery efforts will take place in Estes Park, Colorado; Mayflower, Arkansas; Eagle Pass, Texas; and Fritch, Texas."Every year, thousands of homes are destroyed and lives...

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Crab Fest and conversations about Christianity

The Lord began my summer of service with an amazing week in Kodiak, Alaska at Crab Fest. This week my Go Now Missions team and I served alongside missionaries from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Missouri. Every year, the city of Kodiak holds Crab Fest, a festival that brings families together to have tons of fun...

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Start something new after VBS

Year after year we see that Vacation Bible School is the most effective tool most churches have for leading children to Christ. But how effective is your follow up?In a Sunday morning conference at Ridgecrest a couple of years ago, a minister of education sitting next to me shared that she was trying something different after VBS...

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Starting a Legacy

INDEPENDENCE - On Sunday morning, June 1, at the oldest continuously running Baptist church in Texas, Robert E. Dixon and Dr. Paul W. Powell were honored for the legacies they started and what they became through the Texas Baptist Legacy Award.Bryan Finley, a member of First Baptist Church of Kerrville, led the group in Bible study...

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14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples brings renewed focus to disciple-making essentials

As churches seek to fulfill the Great Commission, individual believers must understand and practice what it means to be a disciple. 14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples, released by BaptistWay Press in May, is a Bible study that provides in-depth discussion and practical application for those seeking to embrace the lifestyle of...

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Spiritual living connects to ethical living

Ethical living and spiritual living are linked; they both connect the believer to the world beyond himself or herself. The spiritual connects one to God, and the ethical deals with how one lives with others.Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray continually. Structured prayer is difficult for many of us, but we can still cultivate a spir...

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I don't fit in this country

I have never, in all of my life, consistently been the tallest person in the room, but that happens here a lot... that is unless my 6' 8" supervisor is with us. I really have no idea how he does it, because bus seats, taxi roofs, doorways, and even some covered walkways are too small for me. I find myself bending over much more fr...

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Union Association fighting human trafficking

Union Baptist Association, our state's largest regional body, is taking a leadership role in the fight against human trafficking in Texas. The association's UBA E-Notes this week highlights two human trafficking items. The first connects to a YouTube video and a web page titled "Where Do I Start?" The page stresses the three steps...

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Called to be different

Different. That's how I would best describe the past five months of my life since I left Texas, and headed off to live in the Middle East. It's not a bad different, it's just different. The people are different, the smells are different, their decisions are different, the sounds are different, viewpoints are different, I'm differe...

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Christian Life Commission announces office relocation to Austin

DALLAS -- The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission has announced a relocation of all offices from Dallas to Austin effective Sept. 1."This is an exciting decision that will enhance the effectiveness of the Christian Life Commission," said Dr. David Hardage, executive director. "Having the CLC in one location in Austin makes it...

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HPU group travels to Slovakia for cross-cultural mission trip

BROWNWOOD -- June 13, 2014 -- Dr. Melody Maxwell, assistant professor of Christian studies at Howard Payne University, and five students from her spring International Missions Practicum course recently traveled to Važec, Slovakia, for a week-long mission experience. The course, required for all cross-cultural studies majors, is d...

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The need for No Mas Violencia in Guadalajara

GUADALAJARA -- People are gathering across the globe in masses to cheer on their favorite team in the World Cup. Watch parties have emerged in several areas in Guadalajara as nationals cheer on the Mexican team, or enjoy watching games like Greece vs. Japan. This week, amongst soccer jerseys and team paraphernalia, individuals wea...

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Student volunteers help West Bounce to recovery

Ninety-degree weather, manual labor and full workdays all completed with an attitude of bringing restoration in the name of Jesus Christ -- that is what Texas Baptists' Bounce is all about. "I just really like working hard to help people," student volunteer Kayla Kemp said. "It makes me feel like I'm impacting people." Kemp, high...

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Eternal victories through soccer tournaments

GUADALAJARA -- As the little boys gathered around preparing for the final game in their soccer tournament, River Ministry coordinator Pedro Munoz reminded them that this was the moment they had been preparing for over the past month. "Some of you will be winners today, as your team wins the tournament, but all of you can be winner...

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Loving Eagle Pass is well underway

On Sunday, June 22, 75 pairs of hands and feet descended upon Eagle Pass, Texas to tackle 16 projects representing families recovering from the June 2013 flooding. Eager and willing volunteers from Lawn Baptist Church (Abilene), First Baptist Church Pasadena and Oak Ridge Baptist Church - Grace House Ministry (Corpus Christi) resp...

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A goat run and a divine appointment

So I'd like to tell you a story that happened while we were back in the city after our last trek to the countryside. It will describe just how the Lord makes things happen that he wants to. To do this I'm just going to tell you one of my journal entries for that day, I feel like it'll explain it best.Sometime between 12 and 1 we w...

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Rebuilders of walls, restorers of streets

CORPUS CHRISTI - Impact City Church in Corpus Christi was planted by Felix Trevino, a worker at Valero Refinery, and his wife, Sara, as a response to a need for a missional church in the community of South Texas. They are a part of the Corpus Christi Baptist Association and a member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. "Thi...

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CLC approves Resolution on Immigrant Children Crisis

DALLAS -- The Christian Life Commission has called on Texas Baptists to respond in a compassionate way to the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children and teenagers along the southern United States border.Commissioners approved a resolution Friday, June 27, outlining the current situation involving immigrant minors who are fleein...

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Humbled by children's feet

From day one we were asked by our team leader to be FAT. Of course I had already had a few Brazilian meals by that time and was definitely on board to be fat on this trip, but she had another meaning in mind. FAT: fluid, available and teachable. It seemed easy enough. Most mission trips require those basic qualities, but it was ce...

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Hispanic Baptists seek ways to help border crisis

MCALLEN -- The crisis along the Texas/Mexico border regarding more then 47,000 unaccompanied children was on the hearts and minds of those attending Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas in McAllen this week."It is necessary for us to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis affecting tens of thousands finding themselves abandoned...

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Singing Women of Texas Celebrates 20 Years

DALLAS -- Blissful women's voices echoed across the walls of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas on June 28 as the Singing Women of Texas (SWOT) commemorated their 20th anniversary with a free concert. Over 200 women from eight SWOT chapters across the state gathered together for a three-day event of fellowshipping and rehearsing...

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WBU professor citizenship

PLAINVIEW -- For Wayland Baptist University professor Dr. Charles Huang, this July 4 holiday will be like none he has ever experienced before. Of course, having only been in the United States since 2007, Huang and his family haven't seen too many July 4 celebrations.For the family, however, this will be their first Independence Da...

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Hispanic Baptists focus on discipleship at Convencion 2014

MCALLEN -- Focused on being passionate disciples, the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas gathered in McAllen for their annual meeting from June 29-July 1. A total of 1,374 were registered in attendance, with 490 serving as messengers from Hispanic Baptist churches. Families enjoyed the three-day event, with activities provide fo...

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Eyes opened, heart broken for refugees

I have been given the opportunity to serve this summer in Nashville, Tennessee for two months. I am interning at World Relief Nashville by helping resettle refugees. Before coming to Nashville, the word refugee was nothing more than a word because I never really knew what it means to be a refugee. I just used the word "refugee" to...

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Dallas shelter & 'For the Children fund' open doors for Texas Baptists to care for border children

DALLAS -- Seeking to fulfill the commands of Jesus in Matthew 25 to provide for those in need, Texas Baptists have an opportunity to provide care for unaccompanied children who have crossed the border and will soon be transported to Dallas through volunteer opportunities and a new "For the Children" fund.Dallas County has volunteer...

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YEC students learn to get the Word out

BURLESON -- Over 1200 students lifted their hands and hearts in worship at this years' Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) at Venue 510 in Burleson, Texas on June 27-28. The theme, "Speak His Name," was evident as students heard Christian artist Propaganda rap, worship leaders Dara Maclean and For King and Country sing, and speaker...

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Park Ministry in Alaska

The first day in the park we introduced the kids to the Bible. We told them that the Bible is God's word and that everything in it is true. Every child that stayed for story time was given a Bible that day. As soon as story time was over a group of them ran to the table and started reading Genesis 1. I was blown away!One of the gi...

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African American Fellowship takes charge to be armed and ready

FORT WORTH -- Applause and "amens" resounded as African American Baptists were charged to be armed and ready during the 22nd annual James W. Culp, Sr. Banquet on July 8. The African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference welcomed guest speaker Dr. Howard E. Anderson, pastor of The Exciting Singing Hill Baptist Church in Dal...

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Call to prayer: responding to the crisis

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- As a former Texan, my heart goes to the border of Texas. As a born-again Christian, the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls me to compassionate action for those who are suffering right now as a result of the immigration crisis, especially the children.Due to the gigantic nature of this entire issue, most of us be...

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African American Fellowship hosts conference, elects officers

FORT WORTH -- Powerful worship, thought-provoking sermons, and enlightening workshops made this year's African American Fellowship Conference on July 8-10 one to be remembered. Over 200 guests representing 35 churches received a challenge at each of the three worship services held at Great Commission Baptist Church in Fort Worth t...

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Understanding the Bible for Women Who Feel Called to Ministry

Discussions of how women should be involved in ministry and the church in particular have been happening for many years. Many young women who feel called to ministry have grown up in churches that take one position or the other on the concern of women in ministry. These young women, then, may not be aware that differ...

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Why does my church need bylaws?

Few pastors want to spend their time on such seemingly mundane things as bylaws and church governance. Most pastors would, instead, rather being doing the ministry activities to which they feel most called: visiting with families, praying with hurting people, preparing sermons, and mobilizing volunteers. But when trouble strikes...

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Women in Ministry Conference encourages women to work in courage

ABILENE – Being a woman in ministry requires both courage and encouragement, said speakers at the Texas Baptists Women in Ministry En{in}Courage conference held at Logsdon Seminary Feb. 22. The conference focused on helping women identify or remember their ministry calling from the Lord and to walk courageously."We named the conf...

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Sixty quilts handmade and delivered with love

VILLA FRANCA, Spain - Even when verbal communication seems impossible, there's one language that is spoken by all: love. It can be spoken through hugs, laughter and 60 quilts hand-made by Texas Baptist women.The quilts were a part of Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) of Texas initiative "Covered with Love" in which they presented the...

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Texas Baptists offer aid for border crisis in Rio Grande Valley

MCALLEN-The border issue: some call it a crisis, some call it a disaster, but to many Texas Baptists, it is an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. All eyes turned to the doorway as Daniela Cruz* and her two daughters, Lorena* and Carmen*, stepped inside Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. Volunteers with vario...

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Orlando: When the world comes to us

Central Florida is fortunate to be blessed with more than 50 million souls to minister to throughout the year.Orlando has broken its record of people passing through the city with 59 million people, representing different cultures, ethnicities, languages and races. It is beautiful to imagine the hearts that could be touched, seeds...

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BSM nears $2 million goal for new facility

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma has issued a $400,000 challenge grant to Texas Baptists to complete the funding for a new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) building on the campus of the University of North Texas (UNT). The building, which will cost $2,000,000 to construct, will be built on the site of the old BSM...

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Because of where you have been

This story is 1 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Tricia Martin* was a fun-loving preacher's kid in the 1970s who played outside constantly and never met a stranger. Though she was small for her age, she never felt inferior or out of place, that was just the wa...

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Embracing Central American families in Laredo

LAREDO - As River Ministry Coordinator Mario Garcia drives Central American families back and forth from the Greyhound bus station nearly every day, he cannot help but think of the paralyzed man Jesus healed in Mark 2."It's not that he needed to walk. It's that he needed salvation," he said. "The people I'm working with need Christ...

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The Israel battlefield, from the eyes of a missionary

Lana Fashi Zayed is a missionary in Israel with the Arabic Church of Dallas as her sending church. She asks for prayer as she and her husband search for a vehicle and give birth to their firstborn this month. They will be visiting Texas next summer to share about living and ministering in Israel.The church-based mission sending fun...

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Becky Holt

Name: Becky HoltHusband: I will be marrying Steven Barnes this weekend!Children: None yetMinistry: CollegiatePosition: Ministry AssistantNumber of years: 14Where did you grow up? Dallas until I was 8 and then GarlandHow old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? I was 7 years old...

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Victoria church embraces its Jerusalem

VICTORIA - Through discovering a community need and a partnership with the local food bank, Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Victoria has begun a feeding program that is making an impact in both the city and the church."We believe that the church is not supposed to be an institution that caters to itself," said Montari Morri...

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Attorney named CLC’s director of public policy

AUSTIN – Kathryn Freeman has been named director of public policy for Texas Baptists' Christian Life Commission (CLC). The CLC helps Texas Baptists, churches, communities and government leaders give voice to critical issues in society from a Christian and biblical perspective. Freeman will lead the CLC's efforts related to gover...

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Where the healing begins

This story is 2 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ. Sexual abuse is a sensitive subject and many times hearing about the pain and struggles loved ones have experienced through this type of abuse can be extremely difficult. Many people can be prone to want to gloss...

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Construction nears completion for 16 Filipino pastors’ homes

ILOILO CITY, the Philippines – In January, Texas Baptist churches were asked to respond to a great need in the Philippines following damage cause by Typhoon Haiyan. A request was sent out from Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery for churches to help raise $80,000 for the rebuilding of 16 pastors' homes. Pledges filed in quickly, wi...

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A Church on Mission

A new neighborhood, a new school, and a new place without the foundation of family and a familiar community—all of us know how hard that would be for a young person. Yet one little girl's mother, Tasha, was praying and asking God to bring a church into her daughter's life, a church where she could find Christ and be a disciple i...

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TBMF celebrates 30 years of making a difference

DALLAS—The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) celebrated 30 years of giving toward missions and ministries with a luncheon held at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. In 1984, TBMF began as a two-year experiment to raise additional funds for new churches. Thirty years later, the Foundation has worked with over 33,000 dif...

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No they're not here

"No they're not here. No they're not here. No they're not here." This is the response that the folks at Grace Temple Baptist Church of Dallas received as they walked down 10th St. on a hot summer day. They were looking for the apartment managers of the many apartment buildings located on their street. Finally, when they arrived at...

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North American Baptist Fellowship Disaster Response Network meets in Louisiana

On August 26-27, the NABF Disaster Response Network met in Lake Charles, LA, the site of major responses to various hurricanes such as Katrina, Rita and others. Marla Bearden, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery specialist represented the Texas Baptists. The group was joined by local Baptists from Louisiana for this semi-annual g...

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A fascinating day in the Quilombola village

On August 9, Linda Freeman (a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth) and Bertha Vaughn (a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Houston) joined seven other Texas Baptist church leaders through the African American Ministry. Each followed the call to serve eight days in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. Here the team did do...

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Lay down your burdens

This story is 3 of a 3-part series addressing the effects of sexual abuse and the power of healing through Jesus Christ.Sexual abuse - An uncomfortable phrase for most of us and a horrific experience and reality for far too many. In Christian circles, these words are not talked about very much. Whether it is the fear of the unknown...

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Burrito Blog

While waiting in line at a Welcome Week event, Jenny and Cole met two international students, Lucy and Yorick, who just recently arrived in Texas from China. They made a discovery - the pair had never before eaten a burrito. This is Texas. The land of Tex-Mex. Without thinking very long or hard about it, I can name six different b...

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THE BIG DOG and 5 ways to effectively knock on doors

Clap, Clap, Clap, "This will make the dog leave us alone." This was trick the pastor of a church meeting in our building was telling me would help keep a very large, very scary, very loud dog from jumping all over us the minute we walked through the gate. At the moment we pensively walked through the gate I certainly hoped this tri...

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Conference inspires ministry leaders to

More than 250 individuals from churches across the country "caught the boomer wave" at the second annual National Boomer Ministry Conference on Sept. 4-5 at First Baptist Church in Dallas.Hosted by Texas Baptists Bible Study/ Discipleship Team, the conference shed light on the need for better ministry amongst the baby boomer genera...

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Japan Ministries Continue

The Japan Mission Trip for August 2014 was a richly rewarding experience for the seven Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery volunteers who participated, led by retired IMB Missionary to Japan, Sherwood Moffett. Since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami of northern Japan, teams of Christian volunteers have expended time, money and energy to...

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Pastor Oscar Epps

Name: Oscar D. Epps, Sr. Spouse: Belenthia Children: Destany, Oscar Jr., Aderius Church: Community Missionary Baptist Church, Desoto, TX Number of Years: 21 Attendance: 3,000 Where did you grow up? Dallas, Texas How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? I was 10 years old and ve...

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Seth's Story

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth." 1 Cor 3:7 This picture was taken just a few days ago a little bit north of Taichung in the home of Seth*. Seth (standing) came to West Texas A&M several years ago to study and while there joined the Baptist Student Ministry. There, h...

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Painting Nails with the nations

As the doorbell rang, I answered it not knowing what to expect. Although I had participated and planned ministry events as a student, this was one of my first events to host as a brand new Campus Missionary Intern. “Would it be awkward?” I wondered. “Would we find things to talk about?” I, along with my roommates Putti and...

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Washed Away

We flew in to this beautiful city and were immediately overwhelmed with the aroma of His spirit amongst many other new aromas. The first feeling of 110-degree weather with 80% humidity and the beautiful faces making their homes on the sidewalks tells me that I am not in Texas anymore and gives me a great love for South Asia. I can...

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Southern Dallas historic freedman town welcomes cowboy culture

Just six miles south of downtown Dallas is Joppa Community, an area where former slaves gathered to celebrate their first taste of freedom in the 1860s and now is the present-day home of Buffalo Soldiers Cowboy Church. When the freedmen settled there nearly 150 years ago, they named the area after the biblical city of Joppa, which...

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Internet Church and you

Live streaming, podcasting, providing worship services online…there are many different ways for churches today to offer online options for their congregations. What works for one church may not work for another, but there are a myriad of options available for churches interested in providing an online community, connections and...

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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering and Disaster Recovery help bring relief during Ebola crisis

DALLAS - Through funding from the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) and Restore Hope are sending food and supplies to areas that are experiencing starvation due to the Ebola crisis.In Liberia and Sierra Leone, many farmers have contracted the Ebola virus and died causing farm workers to lose the...

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Bill Arnold

Name: Bill ArnoldSpouse: MargaretChildren: Meredith and Jonathan Grandchildren: Ryan, Mason, Jake, and HankMinistry: Providing financial resources for Texas missions Position: President of the Texas Baptist Missions FoundationNumber of years: 30Where did you grow up? Memphis, TennesseeHow old were you when you became a Christian an...

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Department: Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Staffers: Bill Arnold, President; Larry Thomas, Vice President; Bob Feather, Consultant; Marcy Strube, Donor Relations Coordinator; Rita Griffith, Administrative Assistant Explain your ministry: The Missions Foundation works with individuals that want to financially support missions in...

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Executive Board approves purchase of BUA property

DALLAS - During the September 29 business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, it was unanimously approved for the convention to purchase 12.87 acres of land in San Antonio currently owned by the Baptist University of the Americas. The land will be purchased for $4.373 million, with an additional cas...

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Congratulations to Texas Baptists Shalom Builders

Thank You Texas Baptists Shalom Builders. Several of the homes in West that were adopted by the Shalom Builders are almost done and are in the final stages of being completed. Homes located at 1506 Regan, 409 College, and 1341 Marable are in the home stretch. The families are anxious, excited and almost ready to move in. Home dedic...

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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering needs end-of-year boost

Texas Baptists are generous, but our giving to fight hunger and poverty has lagged this year. Through August, Texas Baptists gave $548,395 through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. That's a lot of money, but it is significantly less than we gave last year -- $727,877 or 75.3 percent.As we give millions of dollars to support church...

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Now is the time: Texas Baptists winterizing refugees in Lebanon

In Lebanon, millions of refugees are trying to figure out how to survive brutal temperatures as the winter months approach. Through the development of a winterization project, Texas Baptists are sending necessities like blankets and heaters to help refugee families prepare for the winter.Since early 2011, when the Syrian conflict b...

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Live the Difference: around the world

This year's Annual Meeting theme is "Live the Difference." We asked several individuals what it looks like to live the difference in their day-to-day lives. Here's what Sandra Wisdom-Martin, executive director of WMU of Texas, had to say: What does it mean to Live the Difference? Authors Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts say. "If you c...

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Texas Baptists prepare to Live the Difference

WACO – Texas Baptists' annual meeting November 16-18 in Waco will be an opportunity to see what it means to truly "Live the Difference." The meeting, to be held at the Waco Convention Center, is centered on the theme verse from 1 John 2:6 with a special emphasis on ministry opportunities through Advocacy/Care and Chaplaincy, incl...

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CLC director expresses concern regarding Houston subpoenas

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 fre...

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Run:4Justice

As a church we committed to a partnership to curtail sex trafficking in Cambodia. Then, last year we also partnered with two other churches for an area-wide Choose Life 5k to raise funds for multiple crisis pregnancy centers in the Tarrant Country area. -Pastor Joe Sanchez Church: 121 Community Church Pastor: Ross Sawyers Initiativ...

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Ellis Orozco

When I was working as an engineer, God made it clear that I was in the wrong place; He wanted me to prepare myself to serve him for the rest of my life. I have never regretted it and have never looked back! -Ellis Name: Ellis Orozco Wife: Priscilla Ruth Orozco Children: Gabriel Antonio Orozco (22); Michael Andrew Orozco (16); Cele...

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Inspiring the next generation, youth ministry as a divine appointment

ARLINGTON: Youth ministry is a calling that comes along with great trials but even greater rewards, including seeing the salvation of young souls and the opportunity to inspire a generation of future leaders. Speakers at the 2014 Youth Ministry Conclave on Oct. 13-15 focused on youth ministry as a calling and encouraged leaders to...

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Praying for opportunities on Engage 24

October 14, 2014 was the date for this year's Engage 24, a nationwide campaign for every Christian college student to share the Gospel with at least one person during that one day. Engage 24 falls in the middle of the semester, right about the same time as midterms, and it is a great reminder of the real reason we are where we are...

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A special weekend for Special Friends

CEDAR HILL—The 2014 Special Friends Retreat, hosted by Texas Baptists' Preschool and Children's Ministries, brought lots of smiles and laughter along with the opportunity for participants to share their talents on-stage. The retreat for the mentally challenged of ages 12 and older took place at two locations - one in Floydada on...

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Searching for Answers

As someone who spends most of their day on a college campus without going to classes, my heart breaks for the students around me who have no realization that the very God who created the enormities of the universe cares deeply for them and wants to have a relationship with them. Here at Tarleton State Universtiy, some of our stude...

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Reaching Waco through the world’s most popular sport

WACO—Nearly every fair weather day of the week, grassy soccer fields see an abundance of size three, cleat wearing little leaguers running back and forth while parents and siblings cheer from the sidelines. Texas Baptists, in partnership with the Waco Regional Baptist Association and the Central Texas Hispanic Ministers Alliance...

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​Training Mexican church leaders in communal evangelism

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Eight Texas Baptist organic church leaders journeyed to Mexico City, Mexico the first week of October to train local church leaders on how to share the Gospel in their communities using personal evangelism and the 4byfour method. Throughout the week, they experienced God's provision and power. Forty individual...

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Ministry Profile: Christian Life Commission

Department: Christian Life Commission Staffers: Gus Reyes, Director; Ferrell Foster, Director of Ethics & Justice, Coordinator, Texas Baptist Hunger Offering; Kathryn Freeman, Director of Public Policy; Marilyn Davis, Congregational & Commission Specialist; Joyce Gilbreath, Hunger Offering Specialist; Julie Valentine, Mini...

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Kathryn Freeman

Name: Kathryn Annette Freeman Ministry: Christian Life Commission Position: Director of Public Policy Where did you grow up? Grand Prairie, Texas How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? I became a Christian at seven years old. I remember learning about inviting Jesus into my h...

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'The Blind Side' couple to end BGCT Annual Meeting

The BGCT Annual Meeting this year will end with a special event on the Baylor University campus. Baylor President Ken Starr will host a "conversation" with Sean and Leigh Anne Touhy, the couple featured in the book and movie, "The Blind Side."It is part of the university's "On Topic" series of events at Waco Hall. Tickets are requi...

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Engage 24 stories from around the state

Engage 24, an intentional one-day emphasis on evangelism, was held this year on October 14. Texas BSMs found unique ways to embrace the emphasis on their campuses, some making it a week-long event and others choosing more than one day to reach their campus. The goal behind Engage 24 is to empower students to get on their campuses...

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Live the Difference: in disaster recovery

This year's Annual Meeting theme is "Live the Difference." We asked several individuals what it looks like to live the difference in their day-to-day lives. Here's what Gerald Davis, Disaster Recovery and development specialist, had to say:Being the Dallas Cowboy fan that I am, I appreciate the complement which is usually made by a...

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Texas Baptists welcomes new director of Hispanic evangelism

Joshua del Risco has been named director of Hispanic evangelism and associate director of evangelism for Texas Baptists. Del Risco's experience in directing evangelism and communicating with churches is extensive, having worked with the North American Mission Board for 13 years in various capacities including serving as a national...

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A community that prays without ceasing

In the past couple of weeks, we have begun conducting local interviews with students interested in applying for Go Now Missions this coming summer. One of the questions we ask is what the three things are that the potential missionary would want to first teach a new disciple of Christ, and though the answers vary, the overwhelming...

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Dramatic presentations part of this year's annual meeting

"Theatre for the Mind and Spirit" is coming to the Texas Baptist annual meeting Monday, Nov. 17. This is how Bruce Kuhn describes his dramatic presentations. Kuhn will be part of the morning and evening worship services at the Waco Convention Center. Bruce's presentations bring Scripture alive. The words are literally from the bib...

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UNT BSM Breaks ground for new building

DENTON—With hands on shovels and eyes on the future, attendees of the University of North Texas (UNT) Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) groundbreaking ceremony celebrated an exciting new chapter for the 54-year-old campus ministry as they prepare to construct a new building. The existing 7,200 square foot facility was built in 1960...

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​Texas Baptists gather in Waco for Annual Meeting

WACO – Texas Baptists' will welcome messengers to the annual meeting November 16-18 in Waco. The meeting, held at the Waco Convention Center, is centered on the theme "Live the Difference" with a special emphasis on ministry opportunities through Advocacy/Care and Chaplaincy, including the Christian Life Commission.Registration b...

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Hispanic Baptists Rally Inspires Attendees to “Live the Difference”

On a bitter cold November night, Hispanic Baptists exchanged warm greetings and friendly handshakes in the Paul W. Powell Chapel at Truett Seminary for their annual rally, which kicked off the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting on Nov. 16. Church planting consultant and evangelist Roland Lopez preached from Acts 8:26-35 and used Philip...

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African American Fellowship admires God as a God of justice

WACO—Though revenge seems sweet and payback fair, God commands His followers to let Him take control of the situation, Pastor John Ogletree from First Metropolitan Church in Houston told guests at the African American Fellowship of Texas worship rally on Nov. 16. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Waco hosted the rally precedi...

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Matt Snowden

"Joy. I love teaching on joy. The joy of the Lord is so powerful. It is a stream in the desert." -Pastor Matt Snowden Name: Matt Snowden Wife: Meredith Snowden Children: Molly Katherine and Wes Snowden (ages 8 and 7) Church: First Baptist Church Waco Number of years: Four and I/4 years Attendance: We have an active membership of 80...

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TBM Rally reviews fruitful year of ministry

WACO - During a rally held to highlight God's recent activity through Texas Baptist Men, speakers gave accounts of water well drilling, salvations and village transformations, among other testimonies. The rally was held the first night of Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting, a three-day event, which kicked off Sunday, Nov. 16, at the W...

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​Providing Hope for the Refugee

A packed room of messengers gathered to hear about ministry among refugees at the annual meeting of Texas Baptists. Presented by the Texas Baptists Intercultural Ministry, the workshop offered participants a window into the world of refugees, offered guidelines for pursuing ministry among refugees, and also afforded the opportunit...

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​Texas Baptists urged to fight sin, live like Christ

Texas Baptists gathered Monday morning to worship and celebrate the first day of the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco. The David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church choir gave a passionate performance of "How Great is our God" and "For the Rest of My Life." Their music was bookended by Bruce Kuhn's expressive recitation of Bible...

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Christian Life Commission teaches Texas Baptists to model Christ through advocacy

Kathryn Freeman taught a packed room about the steps to becoming an advocate this afternoon at her workshop, "It's Our Government: We Can Make a Difference." Freeman, the director of public policy at the Christian Life Commission (CLC), emphasized advocacy takes many forms and isn't always tied to the government. Advocacy can look...

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Only you can stop human trafficking

WACO–In a dimly lit room in the corner of the Waco Convention Center, a group of individuals left no seat empty to gather in hopes of learning more about a commonly misunderstood topic: human trafficking. Dr. Tomi Grover, author of Compelled, and Jay Abernathy, pastor of First Baptist Church, Palestine, defined human trafficking...

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Discovering How Literacy Can Bless Your Community

During the annual meeting of Texas Baptists, representatives from Literacy ConneXus provided churches with 50 ways to bless their communities through literacy ministries. Literacy ConneXus is Christian ministry designed to help churches help people with literacy needs. Beginning in 2004, with an initial focus on advocacy and adult...

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City Reach Waco shares Gospel and inspires local churches in evangelism

In a celebration luncheon on Monday during Annual Meeting, there was cause for much rejoicing as stories were shared of evangelism outreach throughout Waco and the surrounding Central Texas area. City Reach Waco, an intentional emphasis on evangelism in the Annual Meeting host city, involved a prayer initiative, soccer tournament...

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​Texas Baptists approve 2015 budget, elect new officers at Annual Meeting

WACO - During the 129th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, several important business items were discussed, voted on and approved. On Tues., Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m., Earl Ann Bumpus, chair of the Committee on Credentials announced 1,240 messengers and 515 visitors had registered for a total of 1,755 in attend...

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​Hunger Luncheon honors Texas Baptists who see beyond the horizon

WACO—It was a packed house for the Hunger Luncheon at the 2014 BGCT Annual Meeting as special guest Jamaica-native Dr. Neville Callam of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) expressed his appreciation for Texas Baptists' efforts against hunger. Hunger kills more people every year than aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined, said Ca...

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​Leaders of state child and family ministries invite Texas Baptists to join the Jesus Agenda

By: Lauren Hollon Sturdy During his time on Earth Jesus healed the sick, brought hope to the hopeless, touched the untouchables, dined with lowlifes and forgave prostitutes. The marginalized and oppressed members of society were always on His agenda. Today, "The Jesus Agenda" is an international effort to raise awareness of God's...

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Thanks for letting the CLC share about its work

Thanks to Texas Baptists for giving the Christian Life Commission the opportunity to share about its ministries this week at the BGCT Annual Meeting. The CLC staff is proud to serve you day in, day out; it was especially rewarding to share about that work in this special setting.A special word of thanks to Dennis Parrish, whom we c...

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East Texas Cornerstone Assistance Network

We realized our old methods of helping were not really providing people with the help they truly needed. In fact, some of our solutions were creating problems because they made people dependent on us. Church: Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler, TX Pastor: Dr. David O. Dykes Initiative: East Texas Cornerstone Assistance Network What...

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Mum's the word

Mum is also the amazingly large concoction that has appeared over the hearts of many a young woman this high school homecoming season. Born in Texas, but raised in Tennessee, the concept of a mum larger than her date is rather odd to me. So, I've done a little research after doting over some friends' pictures of their daughters' "m...

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Filipino pastor to serve as Houston area representative

One of the most diverse regions of the United States, the greater Houston area, is home to a variety of ethnicities, creating a great hub for ministry and evangelism. Texas Baptists welcomes Dr. Ernest Dagohoy, former pastor of First Philippine Baptist Church in Missouri City, as the new Area 5 representative, covering Greater Hou...

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Six year old Evan knows how to have a holiday

Six-year-old Evan Jenkins is full of energy. That energy shows up in various athletic pursuits, but it showed up in another way over the holidays. Evan's dad, Rand, reports that in the midst of family holiday house cleaning, Evan "disappeared for a bit and came back wearing his orange 'No Kid Hungry' sunglasses and carrying all the...

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Ethicist Gushee offers an action plan on gun violence

Baptist ethicist David Gushee, writing at the Huffington Post, has laid out 12 proposals for action in the wake of the latest "American massacre." Why has he done this?"I have become convinced that we need to treat this steady downpour of gun massacres as a form of domestic terrorism that must be deterred, prevented and punished th...

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Time to face up to climate change

Climate change should be obvious by now. The vast majority of scientists in the field have been certain of it for some time now, while some of us regular folks haven't known what to think. The super storm that struck the New York City area is like an exclamation mark on the scientific statements regarding climate change. "Things a...

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The payday lending loophole – Leah Gonzalez, day 1

Hello! My name is Leah Gonzalez, and I'm pursuing my master's degree in social work at the University of Texas in Austin. I graduated from Howard Payne University with a degree in social work. My family is originally from El Paso, and I grew up in San Antonio. I'll be writing this blog discussing various issues surrounding payday a...

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School and church work together to help build stronger families in their community

FORT WORTH—Parents in a community on the north side of Fort Worth are spending one hour a week for 13 weeks in their children's classrooms, gaining a unique education of their own. This is the second term for what is called Parent University, where parents learn skills for raising their children, held at Manuel Jara Elementary S...

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Light it up

Returning home from the D.C. area after Thanksgiving, I noticed a certain glow about the DFW area and know that TXU will have another green Christmas. The Christmas lights are up and on houses, trees, bushes, walkways, driveways, shingles and blades of grass. I've even found a few cars, children and animals with portable Christmas...

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Machseh Orphanage & Academy

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is partnering with the Haiti Orphanage Project which sponsors Machseh Orphanage and Academy in Pernier, Haiti. The academy currently has 60 children enrolled. The tuition is free as most children in the area would not be able to go to school if it were not for the academy. In addition to the academy...

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Mustaches for missions

November was a pretty busy month for the Howard Payne University Baptist Student Ministry(BSM); it is the month of the much anticipated NoShave November! This year we started selecting teams the last week in October to get everyone hyped up for the month that is ahead. We work very hard to incorporate students who are not specifica...

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Lessons from A Christmas Carol

On my way out the door to the airport last week I realized I needed a book to read on my plane ride to New York. I quickly glanced on my shelf and Charles Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol caught my eye. I must have bought it several years ago when I was on a classics kick at Barnes & Noble – I purchased one almost every tim...

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‘Tis the season—for refugees—to merely survive

For many in the United States, 'tis the season to cozy up by the fireplace with family and friends. 'Tis the season to sing merry Christmas tunes and to be grateful for freedom, relatives and Grandma's cooking. But for Syrian refugees who have had to flee to safety in Lebanon, 'tis the season to fight brutal winter temperatures in...

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The Long Haul

I want to tell you a story about my friend Larry Venable. Larry has been pastor of Freeman Heights Baptist Church for 31 years. 31 years in the same church, coming to same office, ministering in the same community. This community, Central and West Garland has changed significantly through the years; it has become much more ethnical...

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New opportunities in a new year

In Isaiah, the Lord tells the Israelites that His servants will faithfully bring forth justice to the nations and describes them as a light to the nations capable of opening blind eyes, breaking the chains of the oppressed, and setting captives free (Isaiah 42:1-9, Isaiah 58). As the 84th Legislative Session is set to begin next Tu...

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Ebola and starvation in West Africa: Nearly 998,000 meals arrive with more on the way

It was a joyful holiday season for many Liberians and Sierra Leoneans as they received 997,920 pre-packaged rice and high-nutrition meals sent by Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) in partnership with multiple ministries. The first container of 142,560 meals, trucked in from South Africa in partnership with Virginia Baptists...

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​Depression Ripples

Depression is something we are becoming more aware of and less fearful of in our Christian circles. I'm thankful the information is available and glad we are becoming more comfortable with these discussions. But I think there is a piece that we sometimes miss. Depression has many ripple effects and spouses or loved ones are often...

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Texas Baptists loving neighbors through Hunger Offering

This month, the Christian Life Commission is set to distribute funds to 117 ministries throughout the state of Texas and more than 67 international ones through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. That is a reflection of the generosity of Texas Baptists, an indication about the contents of their hearts.Feeding people who don't have...

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Angie Carter

It all starts with a relationship. Most people won't respond to something that doesn't feel genuine – be real, vulnerable, and honest, and God will do the rest Name: Angie Carter Spouse: Nathan Children: None, just a cat Ministry: Hispanic Evangelism Position: Events Coordinator Number of years: 10.5, will be 11 in the summer Wh...

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Connections

Department: Connections Team Explain your ministry: The Connections Team builds relationships with pastors and church leaders, connecting them to the resources, programs and ministries available through the Texas Baptists. What are the different aspects of Connections? Pastor/Church Connection, directed by Joe Loughlin Building re...

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Texas Baptists celebrate MLK Day by packing 23,000 meals

DALLAS—The phrases, "Vitamins!" "Protein! and "Vegetables!" echoed across the concrete walls of Texas Baptist Men's Dixon Mission Equipping Center as 175 Texas Baptist volunteers packed 23,000 meals on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to send to Liberia. The event served as part of a Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) initiative...

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CERI aids families affected by flooding in Sri Lanka

BATTICALOA , SRI LANKA — On December 23, 2014, nearing the tenth anniversary of the devastating 2004 tsunami that claimed more than 226,000 souls and left Indonesia's island nations and the lives of their people utterly destroyed, BCFS' overseas division Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) received notification of t...

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A new wrinkle in the same old purpose

It's nothing new to say that the way we communicate is changing. Just observe a young person for five minutes and you'll see it for yourself. "Text neck" is now an actual medical condition. Really.Nor is it new to say that Texas Baptists exists to help affiliated churches. We've been on mission since 1884, and we show no signs of s...

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Urban BOUNCE

"We must learn to not regard people in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer."- Dietrich Bonhoeffer His name was Richard. Just being released from the hospital, he retreated home – a familiar place of peace and solitude, but that night he woke to his house under water. Richard, a victi...

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Teaching men to fish

The adage is well-known: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Texas Baptists are both "giving fish" and "teaching to fish" — physically and spiritually — by providing $103,000 to equip IMB missionaries to teach people how to sustain a fish farm in South America and...

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Pro Sports

I'm done with mainstream professional sports. It's a process that started when I was in high school when I turned my back on the NBA. Since then I haven't accumulated more than 30 minutes of NBA action. Yes, as you can tell, my absence has really hurt the organization and the players. Following dropping the NBA came dropping the N...

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From the frontlines: Syrian refugees, harsh Lebanon winters and sharing the Gospel

Jihad Haddad is pastor of True Vine Baptist Church in Zahle, Lebanon, where winterization materials and the Gospel are being delivered to Syrian refugees who fled from the Syrian conflict that began in 2011. Haddad answered the following questions about how True Vine is ministering to the refugees. How is True Vine Baptist Church...

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Endowment

Now that is a big word for some of us. When you and I think of the word endowment we think of people who are long gone, who left at least a million dollars and now that money is being used and is growing. But you think there would be absolutely no way you or I could do something like that. But, think again…. You have the ability...

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The story of Yana: Abandoned, rescued, and now victorious

When Leroy and Willie Gendke signed up to deliver containers of humanitarian aid to Ukraine with Texas Baptist Men, they did not realize God would have a child with a cleft palate waiting for them. Willie shares the remarkable journey that has taken place over the last 18 years as she has learned to care for her daughter, Yana, an...

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Ira Antoine

I am most passionate about influencing those who are influencers. Everyday I seek to find a way to influence those who influence the lives of others. I try to share the things that I learn and experience in my daily walk of life with others who are called to lead people. Because I am a bivocational pastor I understand where other...

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Our God is not limited

I had been on African soil for three days. To conclude a week of training in Botswana, my teammate and I were dropped off at a traditional village home for the weekend. We learned to adapt to what I would consider a slow, laborious lifestyle. The nationals we resided with laughed at our efforts to pluck a chicken, take a bath in a...

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Local Chinese restaurant opens doors for ministry in Big Spring

BIG SPRING—Community evangelism comes in all shapes and forms, but oftentimes begins with a simple conversation. For First Baptist Church in Big Spring, one small seed planted in a local Chinese restaurant has grown to form a much-needed ministry in the community. When Sherry Lindsey moved to Big Spring six years ago, she felt c...

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I am impatient, stubborn and unteachable

Now I wouldn't normally categorize myself as impatient, stubborn and unteachable, but pride has a funny way of manifesting itself. There's a reason pride is known as the seventh deadly sin; the worst, and the cause for them all; a literary theme used from mythology to Milton's "Paradise Lost" and Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus;" and a...

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Using a GoPro camera in your ministry

Sports and action cameras are all the rage. One of the most widely used is the GoPro however there are almost as many varieties of these cameras as there are ways that they can be used. Starting at under $50 (up to around $600), it is easy to see how their use has caught on with outdoors enthusiasts, filmmakers, and even prime tim...

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Ten things we should really be talking about

A blog post recently hit the Internet about how there are far more important things to talk about than whether Christian women should wear leggings or not. The blog, Ten Things We Should Get Angry About Before Yoga Pants, presented a list of 10 things that are truly worth talking about. I was convicted. I have spent a short amount...

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So it begins

In a fellowship hall in a rural Hill County town, a young seminary student and his wife waited nervously. They were meeting with the Pastor Search Committee of a church about the possibility of becoming the pastor, which would be this young man's first ministerial position. He had been seeking to follow the Lord's call since he wa...

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Insta-moments

Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular apps for Millennials and I am right there along with my peers. I love Instagram and check it multiple times each day (I would be embarrassed to actually count and admit how many times a day I check it). The other day I was reading an article about how our constant desire to cap...

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Small town church cheers on senior as he achieves football dream

GOLIAD—Setting goals and working hard to achieve them is a strategy high school senior Ty Ross has clung to for years. Since sixth grade, his biggest goal has been to play college football, and the church family has been by his side to cheer him on. A few weeks ago, dreams came true for the defensive end as he committed to play...

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Free Lunch and Gospel conversations

Two rooms, 27 tables, 162 chairs, one hour and one Gospel message: all the ingredients to a Free Lunch on campus at UTD.It seems like the one thing we keep talking about here is how much lunches have grown. From a maximum of around 80 students a year ago, to over 200 weekly this spring, it is certainly something to talk about.The g...

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Air Time

It's fair to say I spend an inordinate amount of time on airplanes - in 2014, I "enjoyed" a mere 89 flights. So, I plan my time in the air as strategically as I do my time on the ground. Some of my best use of "air" time is spent reading, journaling, writing (I'm actually on a flight while I write this) and (my favorite) writing p...

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Hardage announces convention restructure to BGCT Executive Board

DALLAS - Texas Baptists is preparing for a convention reset, Executive Director Dr. David Hardage announced at the Feb. 23 Executive Board meeting in Dallas, as they seek to best serve the state and churches in an ever-changing world.This past year has produced big changes for the convention as the Executive Board made an agreement...

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Good Legal Stewards

Once my wife and I were engaged we decided to attend premarital counseling. Years later, my misconceptions about counseling are still prevalent in society. I viewed counseling as unnecessary for healthy relationships. Inaccurate images from television and movies caused me to believe I should only attend counseling if there was a p...

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Called by Name

Do you know what your name means? My parents disagreed with what to name me when I was still in the womb. My dad wanted me to be "Joanna" and my mom preferred "Jennifer," the most popular girl name in 1976. Well, my dad "won the battle" and I was named "Joanna," which I found out later means, "God's gracious gift." I have to admit...

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BGCT Executive Board approves resolution on transgender issues

DALLAS—At its Feb 23-24 meeting in Dallas, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas unanimously approved a resolution on transgender issues, declaring gender is determined biologically, not psychologically.The request to consider the resolution came from several Texas Baptist university presidents stating th...

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February 2015 Executive Board Review

DALLAS - Amidst ice and freezing temperatures, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas convened February 22-24 for their spring meeting.During Tuesday's combined business session, President Kathy Hillman encouraged the board members to be equipped to move forward as Texas Baptists. Using a compass, map and GP...

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Igniting a fire in Hispanic Evangelism

SAN ANTONIO—With no seating room to spare, congregants of the Hispanic Evangelism Conference packed tightly inside a corner room in the Life Church of San Antonio Feb. 21-22, lifting prayers for revival in their churches and cities."Sheep without a shepherd are defenseless and directionless," Joshua Del Risco, Texas Baptists' dir...

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Predicting the positive impact of ones faith

Dear Pastors, I hope you're well. I've spent the better part of two decades learning about God's nature and intelligent design of His creation through scientific research. Researchers, such as Kenneth Pargament, have shown that religiosity and spirituality can inhibit resilience as much as help it; consequently, it depends on how...

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HSU, Logsdon Seminary and Texas Baptists encourage and equip women in ministry

The 2015 Women in Ministry Conference, hosted by Hardin-Simmons University, Logsdon Seminary and Texas Baptists, was held on Friday, February 20, 2015. The Ninth Annual conference drew women and men alike, from across the state to help encourage, equip for ministry and support exploration of women leadership roles in a variety of...

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​Forever loved, forever Young: An adoption story

It was December 8, 2008–the day to finally meet Sam. After years of waiting, Ashli and Kyle Young found themselves in Russia face-to-face with the 3-year-old child they would soon adopt and call their own. "It was weird," Ashli said of that first interaction. "People talk about instantly connecting with their child. I didn't exp...

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Educating parents impacts communities

Two years ago Principal Marta Plata of Manuel Jara Elementary School realized her staff of excellent teachers and leaders could work tirelessly every year to seek to educate their students and empower them to be the best they could be. However, without positive reinforcement at home, many of the lessons taught in the classroom wou...

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Before you build a new website: Part 1

I was in an office consisting of wall-to-ceiling windows, which was a little warm because of the sunny summer day outside. It smelled like pepperoni pizza, and my heart was racing because of the coffee I consumed an hour earlier. I wore my new red Van's, Levi's and a gray tshirt. As I closed my eyes to relish in the moment, I was c...

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Before you build a new website: Part 2

Last week, I talked about two things to think about before building a new website: who your organization is and who will take care of your new website. This week, I'd like to talk more about the technical aspect of building a website: design and development. DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT Now we can start talking about some of the more...

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Giving to Fight Hunger in the Midst of Lent

For many in the developed world, hunger is the sort of thing one may experience after skipping lunch. At least we call it hunger; sometimes there's a headache to go along with it. Real hunger makes a person unable to think clearly. Chronic hunger, according to the United Nations, is that point when the human body begins to break do...

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​From pocket change to sacrificial giving

Raising money for Go Now Missions is a part of BSM culture. Each year we set a goal, which helps to send students on trips across the world on various mission projects. Then, we do all sorts of fundraisers (sometimes involving some crazy activities) to reach those goals. We hold fundraisers at local restaurants. We do boys vs. gir...

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​Moving mountains for Maggie

Blind, deaf, paralyzed, orphaned. All these words could have defined Maggie Mei Henderson, but by the power of God, this energetic two-year-old is now living with her forever family, walking, talking and seeing the world with curiosity and wonder. Pastor Trent Henderson and his wife, Ginny, have seen the hand of the Lord move moun...

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Life in the small lane: Small Group life

I'm a Sunday School guy. I mean, a REAL Sunday School guy. For years, I went to bat for Sunday School over small groups. I used to believe small groups were going to be the death of Sunday School one day. I fought tooth and nail for churches to hang on to Sunday School. I preached the evils of small groups. And then I led one. Oop...

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Relocating and regulating your life

Relocating to a new church and city can be very exciting for a pastor's wife, but with relocating many hurdles occur, which the wife must learn to deal. The hustle and bustle of moving boxes, new restaurants, shopping places and friends are exciting, but can quickly have a dark shadow cast over them after the moving van pulls away...

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Benevolence and the local church

I remember sitting in the pastor's study at Grace Temple. A former member left the church a very large sum of money and I was looking over the documents when the bell rang. Sitting across from me, was a man who claimed to need $20 for a prescription. I remember thinking, "How in the world could this church, who had just been given...

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Love in deed: Churches embrace timely opportunity for refugee ministry

HOUSTON—Now is a time, like no other, to be prepared to minister with refugees, Mark Heavener, specialist for Texas Baptists' intercultural ministry, told guests at the Feb 27-28 Love in Deed: Refugee Ministry Summit held at Chinese Baptist Church in Houston. In 2014, a total of 7,214 refugees arrived in Texas from 65 countries...

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College seniors: 4 assumptions about the real world to get out of your head right now

Congratulations! You're about to be a college graduate. You survived four(ish) grueling years of late nights and hard work to get that piece of paper you can frame at your new job. If you haven't done so already, now is a good time to put on your armor and gear up for the road ahead. Maybe it will be an easy initial transition for...

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Short Term Missions Trips

While it may be the end of March, your church can still plan a missions trip for Summer, 2015. Watch the video below to learn how. Learn more about short term trips... A guide to prepare your group for what you can do when you get back to your community after a missions trip

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Beach Reach: God would have to grant me faith

I will try to do the story about our new brother in Christ justice.... On the first night of Beach Reach, I met a guy named Chris while serving with the street team. During our conversation, the topic of faith came up and he began to debate with me about Christianity. Chris claimed to be a Lutheran, but it became very apparent tha...

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BOUNCE students bring hope of restoration to South Austin

AUSTIN—Chris Rubs was cleaning his garage on the night of October 31, 2013, unaware that outside his door, torrential rains had caused the neighborhood creek to overflow.He suddenly heard screams coming from outside and opened the door to find an unnerving sight: floodwaters were engulfing his neighborhood and neighbors were chas...

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Texas Baptists contribute over $17,000 to winterize and bring the Gospel to Syrian refugees

Through generous offerings, Texas Baptist churches and individuals have contributed over $17,600 to the Texas Baptists' Winterization Project, which is helping bring warmth and the Gospel to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.The vision behind the Winterization Project began developing in August of last year when Matt Snowden, chair of the...

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Unzipping our hearts

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What? You too? I thought I was the only one!" -C.S. Lewis "Momma! Momma! I don't want to be alone in my room. I need you to come in here and be with me. " I was in the next bedroom and responded to her, "Rachel Beth, I'm right here in the next room. Do you hear my...

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Who's your padre?

At a glance 1,060 BSM students served at Beach Reach over the course of three weeks. 110 salvations were recorded on South Padre Island. 53 baptisms of new believers took place in the Gulf of Mexico. 11,765 Gospel conversations took place on the beach, in vans, over pancakes and around the island. At the end of my week at Beach Rea...

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His love is overflowing

Around 5 p.m. is my absolute favorite time of the day. We have just finished teaching our ESL young adults class and I head outside to play with the kids who are crowding around the porch waiting for class to be over. I catch my breath as I gaze out upon the beauty of the mountains that surround me. The air is cool, which in Haiti...

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Walked away with hope

A team from Texas Medical Center in Houston served alongside River Ministry Coordinator Vanessa Quintinilla in Mission and Port Isabella, Texas for spring break. They conducted medical clinics and participated in community outreach. The medical team was able to combine meeting both physical and spiritual needs throughout the week.W...

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Student disaster recovery responds to Tulsa tornadoes

In response to Wednesday night's tornadoes that brought devastation to many homes and families in Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery has announced a mission opportunity for students to help the city in its road to recovery. Reports from CNN reveal the storms took one life, left dozens injured across the state and ca...

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Crack of the bat

Sporting goods giant Wilson has acquired the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball brand for $70 million cash. What does this have to do with the Convention and its churches? Quite possibly everything. Here's how. The Louisville Slugger brand was established after Bud Hillerich made a bat for Pete Browning, star of the Louisville Ecl...

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Missions Foundation welcomes Dr. Jerry Carlisle as Vice President

Texas Baptists will welcome Dr. Jerry Carlisle to the position of Vice President for the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) starting April 16. Carlisle comes to Texas Baptists after serving 13 years as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Plano, as well as adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University (DBU) for 11 years...

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Your Piece Matters

Several years ago, we took a family vacation to the mountains. In the lobby of our hotel, the manager had set up a table with a large jigsaw puzzle. He worked on it during spare moments and guests were welcome to connect a piece or two as they walked by. As I watched his progress, I asked if I could look at the lid of the box so I...

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Spurred on to serve

The second half of the spring semester in college is a whirlwind. Students don't get to ease back into class after spring break; instead, they hit the ground running. The two weeks after spring break have been full of tests, projects, papers, and assignments for the students at UTD. Schoolwork is in the prayer requests from every g...

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Alfalfa concentrate and education help alleviate malnutrition in Mexico

Hands in Service Ministries (HISM) is a ministry that is actively seeking to alleviate hunger in Mexico. They receive funds from Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, which help HISM in a variety of ways: With travel and material costs to allow HISM to offer family garden courses To provide intensive gardening techniques for those in urba...

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Prepare your church for same-sex marriage ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is ready to consider the issue of same-sex marriage, and the court's eventual ruling could affect how the State of Texas defines marriage. If change occurs, it will affect the relationship of all Texas Baptist churches in their dealings with local, state, and federal laws. The Christian Life Commission suppor...

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​Disaster Recovery offers affordable Galveston mission trip and vacation for the whole family

During the week of July 26-31, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) will be hosting its first-ever family mission trip to Galveston Island, where volunteers will have an opportunity to spend mornings on the worksite and afternoons on vacation. "While all ages and types of people are invited, we wanted to focus on 'families on m...

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How to overcome root rot

I have never claimed to have a green thumb, but I am an eternal optimist. So recently, when my peace lily was just about on her (yes her, I named her Lily) last leg, I decided I couldn't let her give up without a fight. I researched online until I found out what might be wrong with my quickly fading Lily (pictured left). My conclu...

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More and more selfies are becoming about self-worth and value

I take them. You take them. We all take them.We take them at parties. We take them on the beach. We take them at gatherings. We take them in front of the mirror. We put them on Instagram. We wait for comments. What do selfies tell us about ourselves? Often, I find people who are in need of approval. They are hoping someone will co...

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Leaning on your helpmate when your faith is tested

In the 35-year marriage I've been blessed to be part of, there have been some very rewarding times and some frustrating times. Unfortunately, some of those frustrating times have been associated with the Church. As much as I love being a pastor's wife (most of the time), there have been days I wish Mike had become a businessman or...

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CLC opens doors for advocates to interact at the Capitol

AUSTIN - Advocates work for the best interest of all, the voiceless, or marginalized, Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the Christian Life Commission, shared with attendees at CLC Advocacy Day. The event was hosted on April 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Austin, across the street from the State Capitol bui...

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A fire set ablaze at the WMU annual meeting

Wasn't it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scripture to us? Luke 24:32, GNT For her birthday last year, IMB missionary Staci Powers' most treasured gift was having her husband hold her hands without letting go. The fact that he had forgotten it was her birthday did not matter at that mom...

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Inspiring excellence, impacting generations to come

Evangelist Billy Graham once said, "The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith." The BGCT has stood strong in faith and character for 119 years because of leaders who inspire servant hood and exc...

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Children in volatile community find hope and health through local ministry

Open House Ministries is a ministry actively seeking to alleviate hunger and poverty in Homestead, Florida. They receive funds from the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, which help OHM in a variety of ways: Providing healthy snacks for 70 students after school daily Teaching elementary-aged students about nutrition and healthy eating...

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Church Spotlight: FBC Weslaco

From operating a hunger care ministry to adopting a local school the amount of opportunities, and the ways our Texas Baptist churches reach and serve their communities are endless. Because each community is different, each church responds to needs differently. Recently, I had the privilege of visiting with Dr. Steven Parker, pastor...

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The Gospel of grace for Millennials and Gen Z

Researchers are spending hours upon hours studying millennials (born 1981-2000) and Gen Z (born 2001-present) – what they like, dislike, their passions and motivators. These upcoming generations, which comprise our youth groups, are clearly different than our parents' or grandparents' generations. But, similar to all the generati...

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Refugee families adjust to life in the US with help of Houston ministry

Loaves & Fishes is a ministry actively seeking to alleviate hunger amongst refugee children in Houston. They receive funds from Texas Baptists Hunger Offering via the Union Baptist Association, which help the ministry in a variety of ways: Providing a hot meal for children on Saturday nights, when they do not receive a meal fro...

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Texas Baptists promote educational initiatives for Sept. 18 giving day

DALLAS -Texas Baptists are taking part in North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 18 by highlighting two initiatives in the North Texas community. Funds given toward the Baptist General Convention of Texas will help build an outdoor classroom at Truett Elementary School in Dallas and a new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) building at the Uni...

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A Thank You Note to Ministers' Wives

Isn't it an unexpected pleasure, especially in these days of instant communication, to open a small note card and find a handwritten word of thanks?As a pastor's wife in a small town, every spring I would find my mailbox full of invitations and announcements. Fun wedding showers filled the weekends. In May graduation announcements...

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Golf Classic brings in $15,000 for disaster recovery

Blue skies and a bright shining sun made an appearance as 265 golfers stepped onto the green of the TPC San Antonio golf course on April 27 for the second annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic. The tournament raised an estimated $15,000 by way of donors, event fees and 17 sponsors, with Baptist Church Loan Corporation (BCLC) serving...

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Cyclists to ride 500 miles with Bike Out Hunger to raise awareness for hunger

On Monday, May 11, the Sixth Annual Bike Out Hunger will leave from Boerne, raising money and awareness for hunger needs through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. This year's week-long route includes 29 cyclists who will ride more than 500 miles from Boerne to Dallas. The team will leave at 9 a.m. on Monday, ending the day in Fred...

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Saddle Up

Today (May 10), starts the first day of the 6th Bike Out Hunger – Texas event, which raises awareness of, and money for ending the cycle of hunger in Texas.The annual event started as a "Hey, what if …" in the fall of 2009 with the first ride, a six-day 400-mile expedition, in Spring 2010. Of the original small group, four cycl...

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5 Reasons Generosity is Important: Looking at you, Millennials

As a Millennial working in the nonprofit sphere, I hear a lot of questions about the giving habits of my generational peers and how to get more young people involved in the organization's mission. Many see our "selfie era" as an indicator of rampant narcissism, producing an overly self-involved generation that cares little about wh...

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Disaster Recovery prepares to respond to Van tornado destruction

A deadly tornado, which struck the Texas town of Van Sunday, May 10, has affected 204 total homes. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) is on the ground assessing damage and preparing to begin volunteer mobilization.According to the Red Cross, 62 homes were destroyed, 56 made inhabitable, 41 received minor damage, and 45 were ot...

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Hearts full in Haiti

On Tuesday and Thursday nights, we have our beginner ESL (English as a Second Language) course. It's four o' clock and our students start to pour inside. We have made provisions with an extra table in the spare room and extra chairs around our kitchen-turned-classroom. We exchange familiar hellos with our students, always so jovial...

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7 Things I Want “PK’s” To Know

The year was 1990. "New Kids on the Block" was the #1 boy band that climbed the music charts during the '80's and '90's, selling more than 80 million records worldwide. Every teenage girl I knew in the DFW area, including me, the "preacher's kid," had a major crush on the band. NKOTB was going to be in concert and I wanted to go wi...

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Even if you're bad at it

Recently, the Texas Baptists' Missions team went through some missional coach training, which we are ready to do with mission leaders and pastors in Texas. One thing I learned through this training (something I knew as a pastor, but was never able to put words to), our trainer Dr. Bob Logan said if pastors will engage in a mission...

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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery Offers Church to Family Partnerships

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery will launch a new initiative for churches in response to the recent onslaught of severe weather across the state. Through the new Church to Family Partnerships, the opportunity is available to partner with a family affected by flooding or tornadoes to help rebuild or repair their home.In May, many h...

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Cyclists weather storms to end hunger

When you are driven by a great cause, like working to end the cycle of hunger and poverty experienced by millions worldwide, a 500-mile bike ride seems a little more possible. Twenty-nine cyclists from across Texas, along with a few riders from Colorado and New York, joined together May 11-16 for the Sixth Annual Bike Out Hunger-Te...

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Texas Baptists assist FBC Mineral Wells following tornado damage

MINERAL WELLS – A tornado tore through downtown Mineral Wells on Tuesday, May 19, damaging First Baptist Church, along with several local businesses. The next day, Texas Baptists were on-hand ready to help in a myriad of ways. David Scott, director of Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery, Chris Liebrum, director of Cooperative Progra...

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TBDR seeks volunteers and funding to help Central Texas flood victims

SAN MARCOS - Following intense flooding in the Central Texas region of San Marcos and Wimberley, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is working to coordinate volunteers and funds to assist those in need. More than 400 homes have been destroyed in San Marcos, with assessment continuing in the town of Wimberley as to the number of homes...

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Go Now students encouraged to start sharing now

DALLAS - Rather than waiting to share the Gospel until Go Now missionaries arrive on the mission field, Joe Osteen encouraged students to starting sharing as soon as they leave, even on the plane. Osteen, BSM director at the University of Texas at Tyler, encouraged more than 200 college-aged students to embrace their callings this...

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FBC Del Rio reaches across the border to assist tornado victims in Mexico

As needs are arising in Texas following flooding, tornadoes and other severe storms, many in Mexico are also experiencing great difficulties from weather damage. Larry Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church Del Rio, led a group from their church to minister across the border in Acuna, Mexico, following an F4 tornado. Read his report...

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How the Affordable Care Act affects your church

As a convention, we seek to help meet the needs of our churches. As a church, you, in turn, seek to help meet the needs of your pastor and other ministry staff. One of the ways many of you care for them is through reimbursement for the premiums of health insurance policies. However, due to recent changes in government regulations...

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Del Rio Church Responds to Tornado Disaster in Mexico

After an F4 tornado struck Acuna, Mexico on Monday, May 25, First Baptist Church Del Rio responded by becoming a collection point for any churches willing to donate volunteers and resources for disaster recovery. By partnering with a neighbor church, Templo Bautista Bethel, FBC Del Rio is sending long-term help and ministering to...

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Giving Back

As you know, there are many expectations of a minister's wife, but none more important than she have a growing relationship with the Lord, a powerful prayer life and an erudite knowledge of the Scriptures.These expectations were very hard for me when David and I started our ministry in 1982 as I was a fairly new Christian. I had no...

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It's not about me. It's about Him.

Go Now Missions Orientation, a weekend of preparation for college-aged summer missionaries, took place from May 22-24 at Dallas Baptist University. I, Erin Turner, with four of my friends from the UT Arlington BSM, arrived before 2pm that Friday to check in and meet our tribes. We were all so excited to see what God would do that...

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When disaster hits home

WIMBERLEY - As Bobby Catt and his family were on vacation in his hometown of Wimberley over Memorial Day weekend, the flood waters rose and the small stream of the Blanco River swept homes off foundations and left many stranded.Catt, who serves as a youth minister at First Baptist Church of San Angelo, knew as he assessed the damag...

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Bounce Student Disaster Recovery kicks off this week!

The BOUNCE staff is very excited to welcome all of our teams coming to serve with us in Dallas tomorrow! We're expecting around 85 students and leaders from FBC Rockwall, Spring Creek Fellowship of Big Spring, FBC Chilton, Crosswinds Community Church of Hobbs, NM and FBC Lufkin to serve with us this week. Students and staff will be...

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BOUNCERS arrive in Dallas!

We are excited to say that all of our students arrived safely in Dallas! We welcomed 82 students and leaders from 5 different churches. FBC Rockwall, Spring Creek Fellowship of Big Spring, FBC Chilton, Crosswinds Community Church of Hobbs, NM and FBC Lufkin were the churches that brought BOUNCERS to serve with us this week.There is...

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BOUNCE work has begun!

BOUNCERS kicked off their first day of work this morning with GO TIME! GO TIME is a rally where students participated in warm-up activities and relay races to prepare for the day ahead. Following this, BOUNCERS were prayed for and commissioned by Mission Coordinator Shawn Edwards to head into Dallas to begin rehabilitating homes! A...

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Working yourself out of a job

It may come in a meeting, time alone in your office, casual conversation … it's the thought that if you, as a pastor or church staffer, help lead your church down the road to truly reaching your community you may no longer be the right person to lead, due to demographics, age or some other factor. The church called you because yo...

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German interns unveil unique ministry need in Europe

LA GRANGE—While serving as interns at a Texas Baptist church, an engaged German couple, Christian and Henni, helped unveil an untapped ministry opportunity in much of Europe: the need for marriage counseling.When Christian and Henni first met, Henni was not a believer in Christ and admittedly made bad decisions in her youth. As C...

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BOUNCE is in full swing!

Today was the second day that BOUNCERS rehabilitated homes on their ministry worksites. Students are getting the hang of their various tasks and are genuinely excited and eager to continue working on their projects. Groups from all different churches are getting along well as they work together to share hope with the families they...

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Highlighting BOUNCE Worship

Some of the highlights of this week of BOUNCE have been what happens off of the worksite. Every evening, BOUNCERS join together in worship. It has been a refreshing time of reflection for many of the students. It is a time when students can sing praises to God and learn about His Word.Worship speaker, Ryan Jespersen, has been speak...

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Bounce Week One is a Wrap!

The entire BOUNCE staff is proud of the work done by BOUNCERS and their investment this week in Dallas! New roofs were put on houses and houses got new paint jobs. More importantly, the homeowners that students served were presented with the gospel through words and actions. At the end of the week, BOUNCERS presented their homeowne...

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Youth help rehabilitate homes in South Dallas through BOUNCE

Armed with hammers, power tools, paint and enthusiasm, 100 junior high and high school students flooded into South Dallas June 8-13 to help repair homes through Urban BOUNCE. The Texas Baptists Student Disaster Recovery program, which began in 2014, started a new track this year with an emphasis on urban areas in need of rehabilita...

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A servant’s heart with a smile

This past weekend, we traveled to a local village for an English camp. The entire point of the weekend was to help the Thai people practice their English all while building relationships. I was fortunate enough to meet so many Thai girls and build awesome relationships with a few of them over the course of the weekend.Susie decided...

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Don't Lose the Wonder

"O the wonder of it all, the wonder of it all, Just to think that God loves me!" -G.B. Shea Once upon a time, my husband was the guest preacher at a church and we sat at the front, near a staff member. After some singing, a white-haired man, robed for baptism, gave his testimony. He had been in military service and said he had liv...

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Super Summer’s ingredients to 41 years of success

Every June and July, thousands of Super Summer students proudly wear the same color, loudly chant group cheers and put on their game faces at competitive activities for five straight days, but leaders and students alike will agree the success of the camp goes far deeper than fun and games.Super Summer is intense and intentionally d...

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Leadership Texas Baptists seeking emerging leaders

DALLAS - Texas Baptists is launching Leadership Texas Baptists this fall, a new program aimed at emerging leaders. Leadership Texas Baptists is a nine-month experience to engage, equip, and inform emerging leaders from churches across the state. Pastors, staff, and lay leaders accepted into the program will gather once a month in a...

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Texas Churches Meet the Need in Eagle Pass

In June of 2013, a flooding disaster left residents of Eagle Pass in great need of reconstruction and attention to damage due to rising water levels. Two years after the natural disaster, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is continuing to send groups of volunteers to help the community repair damages, provide service to those in nee...

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Lives added to the Book of Life in the Philippines

Once my team and I arrived in Bicol our team (of four Americans and me) grew and we added two translators, they were instantly part of our team! We headed out to the field last Saturday morning, to Apuao, a small island. The pictures I have taken don't do God's creation justice. Ate Annie, Deanna, Racheal and I headed to the villag...

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Texas Baptists respond to Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

For the first time in history the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the nation on Friday, June 26, creating a challenge for churches and Christian organizations that believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman.David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, which has around 5,400 affiliate...

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What the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling means for Texas churches

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the 14th amendment. The decision, written by Justice Kennedy, reflects a remarkable reversal in public acceptance of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Texas. Texas must also recognize the validity of marriages performed in o...

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Louie Giglio challenges youth at North Texas YEC

The June 19-20, North Texas Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) brought an overflowing crowd of students to Venue 510 in Burleson, where renowned pastor and author Louie Giglio gave a challenging message.Giglio, founder of Passion Conferences and pastor of Passion City church in Atlanta, Georgia, read from Luke 7, reciting the story...

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Keepin' It Real

I had been a Christian for only a couple of years when I met my husband. I was a new Christian, young and ridiculously on-fire for the Lord. He was young and solid and headed to seminary. Boom! Fireworks! Perfect match. We got married after college. I would love to tell you that it was happily-ever-after and nothing but mountain-to...

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​Camp Exalted encourages spiritual growth for 290 youth

From amusing games of human foosball to deep-hearted discussions in family groups to spirit-led worship, students at Camp Exalted gained both new friendships and spiritual growth June 22-26. Nearly 300 students attended this year's Camp Exalted, hosted by Texas Baptists' African American Ministries and located at Camp Copass in De...

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Everyday Advocacy

My desire to advocate has led me to intern with the Christian Life Commission this summer, broadening my compassion in areas such as payday lending, gambling, and human trafficking. Throughout the Bible, God prescribes advocacy for social injustice, instructing His followers to defend the needy and oppressed. Growing up in a lovin...

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Hispanic Baptists urged to stand firm in faith

AUSTIN - An estimated 11 million Hispanics live in Texas, with projections of Hispanics becoming the largest ethnic group in the state within a decade. Currently, there are more than 1,100 Hispanic Baptist churches seeking to share the Gospel with this ever-increasing ethnic group. This year, Convencion Bautista Hispana de Texas wa...

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Week 2 of BOUNCE is Ready to Kick Off!

The BOUNCE staff is busy preparing to welcome all of our churches serving in Waco this week! We are expecting about 145 students and leaders to be coming in for our Waco mission. Churches participating are Christoval Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Kingwood, Southwest Park Baptist Church of Abilene and Woodridge Baptist Church...

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Hispanic summer missionaries help encourage youth to reach goals

One goal of Texas Baptists' Hispanic Education Initiative (HEI) is to encourage the pursuit of college education in Hispanic churches. In a unique effort to achieve that goal, HEI hosts a summer missionary program, which gives Hispanic college students the opportunity to serve as mentors for high school students.These missionaries...

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BOUNCERS arrive in Waco!

We are excited to announce that all of our students arrived safely in Waco, ready for an action-packed week of BOUNCE! We welcomed 138 Students and leaders from 4 different churches. BOUNCERS this week are from Christoval Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Kingwood, Southwest Park Baptist Church of Abilene and Woodridge Baptist C...

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BOUNCE'S First Day of Work Is a Wrap!

BOUNCERS kicked off their first day of work this morning with GO TIME! GO TIME is a rally where students participated in warm-up activities to prepare for the day ahead. Following this, BOUNCERS were prayed for and commissioned by Worship Speaker Brian Pearce to head into Dallas to begin rehabilitating homes! A total of ten ministr...

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Waco's BOUNCE is in full swing!

BOUNCERS headed out to their worksites early this morning to continue ministering to the city of Waco. Students are learning how to do their tasks and are doing a great job on their sites. BOUNCERS from different churches are getting along well with one another. The common purpose of rehabilitating homes has really united the stude...

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BOUNCE Waco is a Wrap!

The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the week in Waco! We are proud of all the BOUNCERS who came this week to reflect Christ's love here in the city. We are very excited to say that all of the houses were completed today! A total of ten homes got either a new roof, a new paint job and even new steps and a new ramp. Most importantl...

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First Disaster Recovery BOUNCE of the Summer Mission Kicks Off Tomorrow!

We had a great week in Waco last week and the BOUNCE staff is excited to welcome our BOUNCERS who will be serving in Moore, Oklahoma! BOUNCERS will be arriving tomorrow afternoon. We are expecting about 150 students and leaders for our Moore mission. Churches participating in this week of BOUNCE are Baptist Temple of San Antonio, F...

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Moore BOUNCERS Have Arrived

All of our participants have arrived safely in Moore! All of them appear to be excited to spend the week aiding Moore residents in long-term disaster recovery. We welcomed 150 students through the doors of Emmaus Baptist Church. We have a total of six churches that brought BOUNCERS this week. The churches participating are Baptist...

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Twenty years old, but always a child of God

I am 20 years old. In the eyes of society, I still have a ways to go in life, but I am slowly and surely gaining responsibility and freedom. I can legally drive a car, vote for the politician of my choosing, travel outside of the country on my own, move away to attend college, accumulate student loans, spend the summer doing missio...

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Have I told you lately that I love you?

One beautiful summer evening, my family and I went to visit some friends to have dinner and swim together. This family had just moved into their new home and my friend was telling me that during the waiting period of buying the house, it was imperative for her not to begin "mentally and emotionally living in the house" until they...

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Work in Moore Has Begun

BOUNCERS were out and about at the crack of dawn to kick off their week with GO TIME! Go Time is a time where all BOUNCERS meet together in the morning, pray and are sent off the begin work. A total of fifteen ministry teams and over 150 students and leaders were sent out into the Oklahoma City and Moore area to spread the love of...

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Disaster Recovery Work Continues in Moore!

After a good night of rest, BOUNCERS were up and working early this morning in the Oklahoma City and Moore area. They were eager to go back out into the community and continue showing the love of Christ to their homeowners. The BOUNCERS are having fun at the worksites as they are able to meet and form friendships with students from...

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HPU students serve God and experience Spanish culture on Costa Rica Trip

BROWNWOOD – Thirteen Howard Payne University students, faculty and staff members visited the country of Costa Rica following the end of the spring 2015 semester. The international experience was led by Carla Hawkins, then assistant professor of Spanish, and Keith Platte, director of HPU's Baptist Student Ministry.The expedition w...

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BOUNCE is More Than Just Work

On the third day of disaster recovery work here in Moore, BOUNCERS are working very efficiently. It will not be a problem finishing all of the sites by tomorrow afternoon. After working hard each day, one of the things the students have to look forward to is the time of worship that is conducted each night. This has been a time for...

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Moore Students are Geared up to BOUNCE Back Home!

The BOUNCE staff is thrilled with the results of the week in Moore! All the work on the sites has been completed and we could not be any more proud of the hard work put in by BOUNCERS this week and the way they reflected Christ's love in Moore. A total of 15 worksites were completed. Houses got new roofs and paint jobs and some BOU...

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The avid fans, injuries and determination of the athletic world

It's that magical time of year. No, not that one. The one with the Tour de France and the sheer determination of the best athletes from around the world. Was it not your first thought? You may know, I'm an avid cyclist, even a racer at times. Well, not a TdF level racer, but a local, wanna be better racer. It's fun, it's challengi...

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What family pets can teach about life and death

About 13 years ago, my wife brought home a blue heeler that had been abandoned at a local barn. Since then, Cooper has been a part of our lives swimming with us, running with us and even herding our son when he came into the picture about nine years ago.If you are good at math, you'll notice our son hasn't known life without Cooper...

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African American Fellowship given a charge to keep, elects 2016 officers

Sugar Land—A lineup of passionate speakers and jubilant worship at this year's African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference (AAFC) made for a spirit of joy and encouragement amongst guests, giving them a "charge to keep," as the conference theme stated. At The Fort Bend Baptist Church in Sugar Land July 14-16, hundreds...

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BOUNCE Mineral Wells is a GO!

BOUNCE staff is happy to announce that all of our BOUNCERS have arrived safely in Mineral Wells. Students and leaders are excited for what lies ahead. We welcomed over 70 BOUNCERS through the doors of Mineral Wells Jr. High today. A total of four churches brought student missionaries this week. Churches participating are Brazos Mea...

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Work in Mineral Wells Has Begun!

BOUNCERS woke up early this morning to eat breakfast and kick off their day with GO TIME! Go Time is a brief meeting where BOUNCERS all meet together in the parking lot at the lodging facility, are prayed for and sent off to begin work. A total of six ministry teams consisting of over 70 students and leaders went out into Mineral W...

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How to handle opportunities when they come our way

Choosing OpportunitiesChoosing opportunities is an everyday, life-long process. "Have you been praying?" are words I will never forget that have helped me make decisions, and rely on God.The weekend before our wedding, my husband and I ran into a friend who had asked if he could give our information to a pastor and we said yes. Tha...

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BOUNCE Mineral Wells is in Full Swing!

BOUNCERS had a great night of rest and were up early this morning to continue on their worksites in Mineral Wells. They were looking forward to going out and seeing more progress made on the houses they were working on. Many BOUNCERS have found it surprising that they've been having fun on their worksites despite the physical deman...

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BOUNCERS Are Drawing Close to God In Mineral Wells

It's the third day of work here and Mineral Wells and BOUNCERS are moving along on their projects very well. They are learning new skills that they may have never thought they would be able to learn. Besides the work, one of the BOUNCERS' favorite things about the week is the nightly worship. During this time, students have had the...

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BOUNCE Mineral Wells is In the Books!

The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the results of the week of ministry in Mineral Wells! All worksites have been completed thanks to the hard work of all the BOUNCERS this week. We've seen the restoration of homes and hope. Christ has been reflected well this week in Mineral Wells. A total of six worksites were completed. Houses...

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Bounce San Marcos Is Underway!

BOUNCE staff is happy to announce that all of our BOUNCERS have arrived safely in San Marcos. Students and leaders are excited for what lies ahead. We welcomed about 75 BOUNCERS through the doors of First Baptist Church of San Marcos today. A total of six churches brought student missionaries this week. Churches participating are L...

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FBC Carrollton Teenager Wins National Speakers’ Tournament

CARROLLTON – First Baptist Church in Carrollton has an impressive reputation for producing award-winning Bible Drill and Speakers' Tournament students. This year was no different with Hannah Mathes taking home first place in the National Speakers' Tournament in Kingland, Georgia.Mathes, an incoming junior at Prestonwood Academy...

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Don’t Call Me Senior!

There was a day that one of the most creative outlets for the "Senior Adult" minister was the opportunity to come up with a cute name for the senior adult group at the church. Remember some of these? Triple L Club, Seasoned Saints, Keenagers, Ageless Wonders, Sizzlin' Seniors, Merry Makers, JOY Club (Just Older Youth - They always...

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Missions Is A Lifestyle

BOUNCERS woke up early this morning to eat breakfast and kick off their day with GO TIME! Go Time is a brief meeting where BOUNCERS all meet together in the parking lot at the lodging facility, are prayed for and sent off to begin work. A total of six ministry teams consisting of over 70 students and leaders went out into San Marco...

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Bounce 2015 Is A Wrap!

The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the results of the week of ministry in San Marcos and WImberley! We've seen the restoration of homes and hope brought through the service of students. Christ has been reflected well this week in San Marcos. A total of six worksites were completed. Houses got new roofs, walls, insulation, and ot...

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Free media resources to engage millennials more effectively

In a world where advertisements bombard our consciousness and the largest population segment – Millennials – seemingly demand unique information and instant access, churches must engage more via media if they desire to truly touch, teach and transform their attendees in a relevant manner. The good news is that no church needs...

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Disaster Recovery trip combines missions with summer fun

GALVESTON–Last week, volunteers teamed up with Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) to take part in a unique missions experience—one that allowed opportunities for mornings of servant-hearted labor and afternoons of summer entertainment. Forty volunteers from five Texas Baptists churches spent the weekday mornings painting...

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Six months in Southeast Asia: the highs, the lows and God’s unfailing love

I have learned so much about God's character in the time I have been in Southeast Asia and this last month really helped me put all my thoughts together. First off, throughout my time there God continued to remind me of His perfect love. It always seems funny to me that He could show me such love in the middle of a red-light distr...

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Church reaches out to Russian-speaking Texans

PLANO—Children playing water games, listening intently to Bible stories and doing crafts—the scene looked like a typical American summer camp. That is until the children spoke and revealed their thick Russian accents.The summer camp, hosted by River of Life Church at Hunters Glen Baptist Church in Plano, comprised of about 50 c...

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Demonstrating your best gift for the church

Every day at my house there will be any number of boo boos and tears. With four small children, one or more of them will invariably stub a toe, bump a head or get swiped in the face with a foam sword by one of their siblings. All of these boo boos need my love and attention. At the heart of the matter is not the stubbed toe, but a...

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How to put the Kingdom of God first in your ministry

If we are to be honest, we have to admit one of the key concerns for us as church leaders is how many people participate in the "main" worship service on Sunday morning. It is a challenge to work hard and not always the see the results of our efforts. The key to understanding this, however, is to realize that the results are for th...

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Boomers are turning 65 at 10,000 per day, are churches ready?

SAN ANTONIO—With the baby boomer generation turning 65-years-old at nearly 10,000 people per day, churches have the opportunity to reach a generation like they have never been reached before.On September 9-11, Texas Baptists' Adult Discipleship Team will host its 4th annual "Catch the Boomer Wave," a National Boomer Ministry Conf...

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Country churches are a rising trend in Baptist life

PARKER – After Southfork Baptist Church dwindled to 15 members, Pastor David LeFlore realized something needed to change in order to continue to reach the community. "Through lots of prayer and wondering how we're going to grow, Connie asked if we ever thought about a country church," LeFlore said, referring to his wife. He...

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5 Things you need to be doing for your college freshmen students right now

Para leer en español, oprime aquí. In my experience as a Baptist Student Ministry director, I see that once Christian college students start college life, the academic, social and financial demands, not to mention a new environment and new lifestyle, can make a well-intended college student put God on the back burner. I understa...

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5 acciones que usted necesita tomar para ayudar a sus estudiantes universitarios ahora mismo

To read in English, click here. En mi experiencia como Director del Ministerio Bautista Estudiantil, veo que una vez que los estudiantes universitarios cristianos comienzan su carrera, las exigencias académicas, sociales, y financieras, por no hablar de un nuevo ambiente y nuevo estilo de vida, pueden hacer que un estudiante bien...

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What a baby boomer taught a millennial about life and work

According to Barna Group Research, the average tenure of an American employee per job is 4.4 years of service. They have found 91% of millennials expect to stay in a single job for less than three years. Only 27% of millennials have a clear goal for where they want to be in five years, and sadly, only 19% are extremely satisfied w...

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Special Friends Retreat: Where worship is pure

The Special Friends Retreats are made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 13-20, 2015. Click here for resources for your church to help promote this special offering in your church. Worship is anything but mundane at the a...

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When was the last time you did a reality check?

One thing social media has done is portray others' lives to be better than they really are. In some cases, people blatantly lie about their lives, but in most cases, people put all the positive things about their lives on social media. They choose to leave out the negative stuff, the real life complaints. This has happened amongst...

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How to love your Search Committee

Whatever staff position you and your husband serve in your church (or have served in), chances are you probably worked with a Search Committee. Members of the committee who brought you into a church can be some of your best partners in your ministry. Embrace them! They are your allies. These people are already invested in you. Wit...

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End of Session Wrap-Up

New laws highlight the CLC's advocacy work.While the 84th Legislative Session ended June 1, we are just beginning to feel the effects of our legislative efforts. This session, the CLC followed 65 bills and helped pass several important pieces of legislation. The CLC's legislative priorities are set by our 18 commissioners who refle...

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River Ministry in Piedras Negras: Where compassionate ministry transformed a community

Texas Baptists River Ministry connects and assigns churches to specific projects along the Texas/Mexico border as well as in the top 10 most populated cities of Mexico. The ministry is made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is Septem...

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Texas Baptists dedicate new Rambler Park office space

After three days of unpacking crates and settling into new workstations, the Texas Baptists staff gathered together for a dedication of the eleventh and twelfth floors of the Rambler Park building located at 7557 Rambler Rd. in Dallas, which now houses the Baptist General Convention of Texas.At the dedication ceremony, executive le...

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Go Now Missions: Where college students are sharing the Gospel 365 days a year

Go Now Missions sends college students to the mission field 365 days a year through semester, summer and Christmas break trips. Since 1946, Texas Baptists have sent 9,820 student missionaries across the state, country and world. The ministry is made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer f...

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Prisoners starting churches: Philippi churches bring unique spin to prison ministry

MCKINNEY, TX – Prisoners have souls in desperate need of God's grace, just like the rest of us. One former missionary's observation of this truth led him to begin a simple Bible study in an East Texas detention center, which has now grown to a ministry across more than 20 prisons in the state. Ted Lindwall served in Guatemala as...

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Be unApologetic about your faith

Always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15 Just as the biblical figures of Paul and Peter were ever-ready to give a defense to various groups for the hope that they had in Jesus, Christians today should arm themselves...

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​Country churches: Where skeet-shooters and fishermen find community

With funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering, pastors seeking to plant a country church or transition their church to a country church have the opportunity to learn more about the process through Texas Baptists' Leadership Summit for Country Churches. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering i...

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Give me a break!

"I really prefer not ever having any time away from my students," said no youth minister ever! As youth ministers and lay youth workers, we love students. But, we have a tremendous need for worship experiences, fellowship, resources and training alongside other adults who do in their own churches what we do in ours. We need time w...

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What a beautiful refugee taught me about the American Dream

An estimated 30,000 refugees live within a three-mile portion of North Dallas called Vickery Meadow. In July, I had the priviledge to meet, visit and photograph (photos below) some of these beautiful Zomi refugees for a new Texas Baptists initiative called Project: Start. While much is being done in Vickery Meadow to aid refugees...

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How to choose the perfect ministry outfit

One spring afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, I roamed aimlessly around Dillard's, focused intently on finding the perfect "ministry outfit." I was one of five women who won a contest at seminary to go on a shopping spree to get a new outfit for our ministry positions and roles. The five of us were all admittedly excited about winnin...

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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery to respond to Myanmar summer flooding

Dr. Mang Tiak of Houston could not eat or sleep for days when she heard news that flooding in late July wrecked her Myanmar hometown."Many people were suffering," she explained. "It really hit me, and I felt like I needed to do something."The floods, which were caused by monsoons and a typhoon, brought destruction to all but two of...

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Welcoming Winston

In a post a few months ago, I lamented about the experiences of having to put our dog, Cooper, down. In case you missed reading that literary masterpiece, you can read it here.With a couple weeks of a quiet and still back yard, we decided to start the puppy-looking process. Since we are an active family, I requested we get a dog th...

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Why you should never say never

Growing up, we would pass through Houston on the way to my aunt's house in Texas City. We would always say, "We'll never live here!" But then, the last half of my junior year in high school, we moved from my beautiful, quiet, peaceful, quaint East Texas small town to the concrete, noisy, busy, modern life of the city! Never say nev...

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Texas and Mexico Baptists partner to rebuild border town of Acuña, Mexico

Four months ago, a devastating tornado ripped through the city of Acuña, Mexico and hit with a ferocity that has not been witnessed in more than 100 years.Baptists in both Texas and Mexico are gearing up to assist in recovery efforts for the city through "Acuña Rebuild." Partners include Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR), F...

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Who are Millennials, and one simple step to reach them

Here's a photo of me. If I asked you to label me, what words would you assign to me? Let me help. Would it be hippie, hipster, rebel, health nut, sporty, trendy, troublemaker? If these are some of the labels you gave, you're probably right; I've identified with all of these, and more, but these labels don't define me. Really, I am...

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Get to know: Mike Vasquez

Mike Vasquez is the youth pastor at First Baptist Church Hondo. 1. Most influential book you've read in the past two years? "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan 2. Who is the one person who has had the most impact on your ministry? My home pastor, Bob McCarter. Pastor Bob taught/modeled what it meant to love the church, and what it meant...

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Get to know: Scott Dishman

1. Where do you serve and what is your role? First Baptist Church Palestine, Texas. Youth Pastor 2. Most influential book you've read in the past two years? The most influential book is "Jesus Focused Youth Ministry", wish I has read it years ago. Made me take a total different look at my ministry to students. 3. Who is the one pe...

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Get to know: Stephanie Canaday

Stephanie Canaday is the Minister to Students at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church in Denison, Texas. I work with the students in 7th-12th grades and their families. 1. Most influential book you've read in the past two years? "Speaking to Teenagers", by Doug Fields. 2. Who is the one person who has had the most impact on your minist...

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Executive Board recommends $35.42 million budget for 2016

DALLAS- At the Sept. 29 business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, it was unanimously approved to recommend a 2016 net budget of $35.42 million to messengers at the Nov. 8-10 Annual Meeting. The budget will rely on $31 million in Cooperative Program receipts from churches, a decrease of $900,000 f...

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Texas Baptists to observe Baptist roots at Annual Meeting

FRISCO—Texas Baptists are examining their roots at the Nov. 8-10 annual meeting with the theme "Deep Roots: Living Legacy."The meeting at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco and will center around Colossians 2:6-7, with a special emphasis placed on the Baptist Distinctives. "This year, we'll examine Baptist Distinctives and share the reaso...

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BSM and local churches in Rio Grande Valley unite to feed the 4,000

For college sophomore Arly Garza, handing out hot dogs and Bibles on her university campus took on a deeper meaning when she was able to serve alongside both her college friends and church leaders. The idea behind the UT Rio Grande Valley BSM-led initiative, called "Feeding the 4,000," derived from Mark 8:1-9 where Jesus and His d...

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When God has a bigger plan

I had a plan at an early age. I wanted to become a preacher's wife; to be just like our preacher's wife, Ms. Nelda, whose face was kind. Her husband was well-spoken and always jolly. He seemed like an angel to me as he stood in the baptismal waters on special Sundays with light from heaven (it seemed) shining on him and the one he...

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Donating in times of disaster: what to and what not to donate

Hearts are moved when disaster has strikes a community. Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and other types of disasters can suddenly change the lifestyle of a family, community or country. Churches and civic organizations desire to get involved. Below are the top five donations most often needed following any disaste...

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Retreat brings mentally challenged adults together for weekend of fun and worship

The crowd roared with sheer excitement, clapping their hands and screaming with joy, all in response to one simple question: "Are you ready to study the Word of God this weekend?" Much of the jubilant crowd, consisting of about 350 Special Friends Retreat campers and volunteers, had been looking forward to the Oct. 2-3 weekend all...

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How can baby boomers impact millennials and why should we care?

In an address to baby boomers about their sphere of influence within churches today, David Kinnamon, president of Barna Group, encouraged attendees to take time to pour into the upcoming generations of millennials.Kinnamon served as a keynote speaker at this year's National Boomer and Senior Adult Ministry Conference hosted by Trin...

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Lessons from a London learning lab

The London I'd heard of was damp and dreary, but the London I experienced on the first Texas Baptists Learning Lab was anything but. I found the city awash in mid-summer sunlight, broad rays bouncing off weathered stones and gilded storefronts, illuminating bustling faces full of energy and thought. There wasn't the slightest hint...

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Creating bold youth disciples in the midst of a cultural revolution

In the midst of a cultural revolution where technology has cultivated a "me" generation and immorality is prevalent, youth ministers have a unique and challenging role in teaching students to be bold disciples. Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders in Georgia, shared expert insight to a room full of church youth wor...

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New block party trailer to open doors for evangelism in Collin County

FRISCO—From colorful bounce houses and entertaining games to savory-smelling food and captivating music, block parties have a way of drawing a crowd and are a popular outreach tool. But they can also be expensive and burdening to plan.Last weekend, Collin Baptist Association (CBA) received a brand new Block Party Trailer, com...

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Nine churches to be recognized for Cooperative Program giving during Annual Meeting

DALLAS - This year, during the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Frisco, nine churches will be recognized for their Cooperative Program giving. Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has provided the fuel to fund missions work in Texas, the United States and around the world."There is no way to measure, this side of heaven, the kingdom...

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Do you know the point of a steeple?

When people hear the word "church," many, Christian or not, picture a steeple. For those of us who went through years of Vacation Bible School, we just recited, "Here's the church. Here's the steeple. Open the doors, see all the people" in your mind or with your hands.Steeples have a place in our churches, cities and lives. They se...

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Texas Baptists respond to Syrian Refugee Crisis

With little more than clothes on their backs, displaced Syrian families are fleeing their war-torn homeland daily, seeking refuge as far away as the United States.But some neighboring countries have been welcoming refugees since the Syrian conflict first began in 2011. The United Nations records that close to 1.08 million registere...

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Pull Up a Chair this November

I am a true fan of November. Situated at the end of autumn and the dawn of winter, November welcomes scarf weather, soup, apple cider, and of course—Thanksgiving. Even though I am admittedly biased due to my November birthday, I fervently believe that Thanksgiving is the best holiday. Think about it. Thanksgiving is a day th...

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Texas Baptists Great Commission Team to undergo staff changes

Effective Nov. 1, the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team will undergo staff changes under the direction of Dr. Delvin Atchison, who assumed the role of director in mid-September.Dr. David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, announced the formation of the Great Commission Team at the February Executive Board Meeting al...

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Transforming parents, families and communities through Raising Highly Capable Kids

When was the last time your church actively ministered for 13 consecutive weeks to families of the community in a public school? In the 2014-2015 school year, two of our Hispanic churches were able to do this. So far, in the current school year (2015-2016) there are 13 churches ready to start doing this in their communities. They...

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Rhythms of a Sacramental Imagination

When I was a young girl, I took piano lessons. My least favorite part about class was when my instructor, Ms. Escobedo, took out the metronome. I despised not being able to play the song as fast, or as slow as I wanted. To me, as an eight-year-old, I was a better pianist if I could play a piece of music equally as well at a rapid...

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Freedom through surrender

Serving as a co-pastor at Community Life Church (C-Life) in Forney, Randy Wade wears multiple hats day-in and day-out. From pastor, counselor, mentor and friend to husband, father and son, Randy serves many people in a variety of ways. One day last fall, as he began listing out his roles in life and how he thought he ranked in eac...

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Sufficient unto the day

In college, my Greek professor had a standard answer when worried students started asking about the next exam. With a wry smile, he repeated, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." In other words, don't worry about that yet. (Or as some of us learned to interpret it, today was to be enjoyed because exam day would be a terr...

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Christ’s light shines among refugees

An American Christian asked the gathered children if any had experienced difficulty in forgiving someone. One small boy raised his hand and said it was difficult forgiving the armed men who blew up a car, killing his uncle.This very public and understandable confession occurred at a Baptist camp in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Texa...

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1500 steaks and free ice cream

Last fall, bright-eyed freshman Lindsay Teweleit stepped foot onto the Texas Tech University campus seeking new adventures and friendships. But since she was placed in a dorm without a roommate, building relationships proved to be a challenge. She had no prior connections and craved community. Lindsay was sitting alone in her room...

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Encouragement to operate on faith

As long as I can remember, my mother validated her life by operating on faith. I was told that if you truly believed with all your heart that God is able, He will keep His promises. I've included some scriptures which remind me of His goodness, His grace and His mercy repeat in my mindset:Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of...

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McLeod awarded for exceptional leadership in Intentional Interim Ministry

DALLAS—Dr. Jimmy McLeod, Intentional Interim Ministry pastor of Park Central Baptist Church in Dallas, was presented the 2015 Maples, Williamson, Daehnert (MWD) Award by the Texas Baptists' Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) Network for his faithful work to the ministry. On Oct. 13, McLeod became the seventh recipient of the...

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How to deal with conflict

Before my husband was a pastor, I had my ideas about pastors' wives. I figured they were more spiritual than the average person. That they were better at dealing with conflict. That they had some sort of secret, Holy Spirit infused wisdom that gave them the ability to know what to say, and when and how to say it.Then my husband ste...

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African American Fellowship encourages an attitude of humbleness and wisdom

THE COLONY—We may do things differently, we may think differently, we may worship in different styles, we may speak different languages, but God calls us to one Gospel, Dr. Ponce L. Brown, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church and president of the African American Fellowship, encouraged guests at the African American Fellowship of...

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Hardage thanks Texas Baptists for commitment to impacting the state

Texas Baptists are engaged in exciting work around the state, according to Executive Director David Hardage's report during Monday's business session at the Annual Meeting.Hardage introduced several staffers beginning new work around the state of Texas. David Scott serves as director of BOUNCE, a student-led disaster recovery effor...

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​Advocacy for 'the least of these' as evangelism

You're standing on a riverbank looking up at a roaring waterfall. You watch as person after person washes over the edge and plunges 100 feet into the water. They're drowning. You can pull them out and try to save them one at a time, or you can climb to the top and figure out why people are falling over the waterfall in the first p...

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​The essence of Christianity is the Lordship of Christ

Jesus is the most significant person to live on the face of the world, Paul Powell, dean emeritus at George W. Truett Seminary, shared during a Monday afternoon workshop at the Annual Meeting in Frisco. Speaking on the Lordship of Christ, Powell shared how integral Jesus was in the history of the world. "The name of Jesus," said P...

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Missions update showcases wide range of Texas Baptists partnerships

The Tuesday afternoon worship session at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting featured a broad update on many of the missions efforts the convention has identified as priorities. Without the generosity of convention churches, none of these projects would be possible. without the generosity of convention churches, the first order of bu...

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Singing Men of Texas celebrate 40 years of impact on music and worship

More than 1,200 attendees gathered on Tuesday evening to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Singing Men of Texas [SMOT], providing a beautiful ending to the 130th Annual Meeting for Texas Baptists. Hosted by Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, in Allen, the concert featured 275 singers, with representatives from all six regional ch...

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Church Starting Profile: Paul Atkinson

Paul Atkinson is the Director of Church Starting. He has been with Texas Baptists for over 16 years! Before Paul began his career with Texas Baptists, he was Director of Missions at Golden Triangle Baptist Association in Beaumont, TX. There he worked with Bernie Spooner in the Sunday School department developing a training program...

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What to give when friends and family have all they need

The season of gratitude and giving is just around the corner, and the stressful question is likely beginning to linger, "What do I give my friends who family who have everything they need?"This holiday season, Texas Baptists is offering 34 opportunities in its first-ever Missions Gift Catalog to give unique gifts to people in Texas...

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Church Starting Profile: Terry Lynch

Please welcome to the blog today, Terry Lynch! Terry has been with Texas Baptists for nine years. Before Terry started here, she worked for a church. A co-worker mentioned an open position with Texas Baptists and the rest is history! She serves as the Assistant to the Director of Church Starting, Paul Atkinson. She also assists th...

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Church Starting Profile: Melody Rich

Today, please welcome Melody Rich to the blog! Melody is the Ministry Assistant for Areas 4 and 6. Melody has been working for Texas Baptists since July 8, 2015. For over twelve years, Melody has dreamed of moving to Dallas. "After applying for dozens of jobs in the retail and fashion field, God showed me this. I was unfamiliar wit...

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Church Starting Profile: Meagan Stewart

Today, meet Meagan Stewart! Ministry Assistant for Areas 2 and 5. Meagan has worked for Texas Baptists since March of 2014, after she met Paul Atkinson when he preached one Sunday at her church. "In his sermon he mentioned a people group from Burma called the Karen people. I was doing an internship with the International Rescue Co...

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Hunger Offering needs are still great

Hungry people in Texas and around the world need your help. Giving through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering has dropped greatly this year, but the need has not.People in poverty need your support now. November has a fifth Sunday, which many churches use to collect Hunger Offering funds. Also direct individual gifts to the offering...

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From committing crimes to empowering leaders

Rick Vasquez found himself on his knees on the floor of his prison cell. His life had reached an all–time low. By middle school, he was a drug dealer. By age 17, he was in jail and was forming gangs within the prison walls. But that day, on the floor inside his cell, without a single other presence in the room, a book fell i...

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Church Starting Profile: Marty Mosher

Today, please welcome Church Starter for Area 6, Marty Mosher! Marty has been a Church Starter with Texas Baptists for a little over a decade. He started ten years ago on September 1. When asked to tell the story of how he was hired, Marty says, "It was clearly a God thing. I was in my third year as the planting pastor of The Fell...

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Church Starting Profile: Mateo Rendon

Today, meet Mateo Rendon! Church Starter for Area 5. Mateo has ministered with Texas Baptists for thirteen years! Before he came on with Texas Baptists, Mateo was the pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Corpus Christi. "I felt that God had something else for me to do and resigned." Mateo was right. At that time, Texas Baptists...

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Church Starting Profile: Jair Campos

Jair Campos is the Church Starter for Area 3 which includes Beaumont, Galveston and Houston. Jair has worked for Texas Baptists for seven years, beginning in August of 2008. He began his relationship with Texas Baptists when he planted a church, and worked as a contract worker with the Intercultural Department. He was then hired o...

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New CLC resources posted online -- biblical perspectives

The Christian Life Commission has produced five resources in its new Biblical Perspectives series. The first topics are civility in public discourse, human trafficking, immigration, justice, and pornography. These can be found on the CLC web site

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Literacy ministry helps church outreach in communities

Language connects people, but Texas is now home to many people who know little of the English language. These residents have their beautiful and valued native languages, but they desire to function more fully as part of American society. Many churches are stepping up to minister to this need, which also gives them the chance to to...

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God: The “New Thing” Maker!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5: 17This past summer, Ryan and I were given a used dining table from a relative. It was beautiful, simple and had "good bones." But I thought it could use a little updating, like a new stain color on top and maybe a lit...

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Disaster Recovery offers opportunity to respond to North Texas winter tornadoes

The day after Christmas took a vicious turn in North Texas as a line of storms brought numerous devastating tornadoes. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) began making plans for recovery efforts immediately following the storms on Saturday evening, according to David Scott, director of Disaster Recovery.TBDR personnel are asses...

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​UPDATE: Volunteer teams needed for N. Texas tornado damage

Volunteer teams are needed! If your church group would like to assist in debris clearing and clean-up, see the information below: Volunteer in Rowlett: Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is coordinating volunteers for the City of Rowlett. Call 214-537-7358 for hours of operation before you depart and to discover your team's work ass...

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It's January, but March 1 is coming

Things are about to get crazy in Texas – or crazier. It is less than two months before the Republican and Democratic primary elections here (March 1), and early voting begins Feb. 16.No party speaks for God. There will be committed Christians, as well as others, running in both parties. Some of them will actually use language...

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TBDR mobilizes 450 volunteers to N. Texas tornado relief

ROWLETT: Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) mobilized 450 volunteers over the past two weekends to Rowlett and Garland in response to the tornadoes which rattled several North Texas communities Dec. 26. Willing volunteers transported bricks, mangled furniture and tree limbs from the disaster zones to the street curbs, working...

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​Waco ministry digging in the dirt with students

"In the garden you learn a lot about identity," Kaley explained, as we discussed World Hunger Relief's School Garden Project. WHRI, in Waco, is a "Christian organization committed to the alleviation of hunger around the world" through sustainable farming. While WHRI, supported by multiple Baptist churches, has agricultural program...

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Hundreds baptized at cowboy church crusade

Filthy white towels lay soaked on the concrete floor. Dirty water filled the tin trough. Food crumbs were sprinkled all around the worship center.The time had come to clean up after the Jan. 10-13 Main Event Crusade at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana (CCC). Church volunteers and leaders were tired. But most would say the spiritual e...

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Seeing God at work in Oregon

God was abundant in His faithfulness and provision over this past week. We got to meet and interact with so many University of Oregon students and create relationships with those who were intrigued at being called to the Lord's hands; all while working with an awesome team at the university.We handed out flyers and explained the in...

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The button on my coat

On the lapel of my winter coat is a button-type pin. You know, those little metal buttons that have a slogan written on them? Oh, how I want to take it off sometimes. At a Texas Baptists conference a year or two ago, I stopped at the Texas WMU booth to say hello to the delightful ladies there and to see what kind of goodies they w...

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Preparing for service on a unique mission field

Passionate about preaching the word of God and sharing the Gospel, Mark Kim enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2014. In his younger years, Kim would not have pictured himself in seminary but rather in medical school pursuing a career in pediatrics.Following his graduation from Baylor University wit...

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When disaster strikes: Five steps to ensure your church is prepared to minister to the community

2015 was a record year for disasters in Texas. Flooding and tornadoes damaged thousands of homes. Currently, there are 24 active Long Term Recovery groups meeting regularly to rebuild homes and lives of people affected by these disasters in Texas. When communities are struck by disasters, a well-run leadership structure within tha...

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These gleaming, little eyes

Look at these gleaming little eyes. Gripping, aren't they?Though a sparkle glistens, these eyes have seen what no eyes should ever see.These eyes saw a bomb detonate yards away as they fled their Syrian home at 4 a.m. over a year ago.They saw airplanes fly above which triggered tears and the verbal response, "They're coming! They'r...

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When disaster strikes

What looked to be a typical, rainy spring weekend quickly turned tragic. The rains, heavier than usual, created a 40-foot wall of water that came barreling down the river, wiping houses off their foundations and thrusting cars into trees. The flood in San Marcos Memorial Day weekend 2015 would go down in history as the highest floo...

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Two former pastors to serve as Area 8 representatives

DALLAS--Over 900 Texas Baptists churches are located in the North Texas region surrounding Dallas, also known as Area 8, where diversity is vast and culture is ever-changing. Texas Baptists has recently welcomed former pastors John Nguyen and Dowell Loftis to partner together as part-time area representatives for Area 8, which enc...

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Celebrating the sanctity of marriage

In a sermon series addressing the issues of brokenness in the world, Pastor Chris Dupree of Baptist Temple McAllen focused one Sunday sermon on the sanctity, definition and value of marriage. While society has attempted to define and redefine marriage over the years, Dupree encouraged the congregation with this simple truth, "God...

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How a small town church can make a big impact

Churches are often looking for ways to engage the community around them with the Gospel, to reach out to the unchurched and find an event which will pique their interest enough to begin a conversation. Small membership churches may find it difficult at times to host a large event due to limited budgets, resources, volunteers, faci...

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We joined Christian Women's and Christian Men's Job Corps

Imagine enrolling in a job corps program and having your entire life transformed. That's exactly what happens to many who pass through CWJC and CMJC. Program participants receive training in life skills and job readiness, and, along the way, gain self-confidence, purpose, direction, and hope for the future. What a deal! Naturally...

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Let Justice Roll Down

(Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr., will lead a workshop titled "Let Justice Roll Down -- It's a Big Deal in Scripture & Today" during the CLC's Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. He is pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield.)One of the most prolific martyrs of the civil rights era...

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Choices and consequences: The newest study from Connect 360

Choices and their inevitable consequences. We just can't seem to get around them. Whether it's the food we choose to eat, the speed we choose to drive, the relationships we choose to enter, the people we choose to follow, or the habits we choose to form; we all live with the positive and negative consequences of our choices. Fortun...

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Texas Baptists to host Hispanic evangelism events for students and adults

The Texas Baptists Hispanic Evangelism team is gearing up for a busy but invigorating year, complete with evangelism training opportunities for Latino churches around the state.Both students and adults will have opportunities to gain valuable evangelism training through regional Renovación Hispanic Evangelism Conferences and...

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Should I smack someone or is there a better choice?

It was our first day back at church after being away for a month. I got up early, spent time in prayer for the services and for my own heart's cleansing, praying that nothing in my heart would hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in my life or the lives of my family – personal and church. During the morning service, I was just...

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Predatory lending is unjust because it traps borrowers

(Stephen Reeves will lead a workshop titled "Predatory Lending and the Church: Morality, Missions and Advocacy" during the CLC's Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.)Through the prophet Micah, God commands us to do justice. Doing justice is not extra credit; it is not bonus activity or tan...

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Praying for those who will go

Go Now Missions recently hosted Discovery Weekend at First Baptist Church Midlothian, where 195 students were issued invitations to serve as Go Now Missionaries after the weekend. There were 50 small group leaders, made up of BSM Staff, Church Staff and students who are former Go Now Missionaries; 25 host homes provided by FBC Midl...

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Listening and responding to the Lord’s call to go

Go Now Missions recently hosted Discovery Weekend at First Baptist Church Midlothian, where 195 students were issued invitations to serve as Go Now Missionaries after the weekend. There were 50 small group leaders, made up of BSM Staff, Church Staff and students who are former Go Now Missionaries; 25 host homes provided by FBC Midl...

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Texas Baptists welcomes new team lead for Music and Worship

From an early age, Tom Tillman learned he had a natural musical ability. Since then, his life has encompassed a vast array of musical experiences. Texas Baptists welcomes Tillman, former Music and Worship Pastor for First Baptist Church in Conroe, as the new Music and Worship Lead. "I was literally one of those kids that grew up b...

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Safety from war does not come without struggle—bringing hope to Syrian refugees

The terror and violence became unbearable. At 4 a.m. around two years ago, Yusuf and Fatima Assad* gathered their nine children and left their house, possessions and comfort to search for a better life, away from bombings and turmoil.The Assad family is just one of millions who have fallen victim to the unrelenting civil war in Syr...

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Brokenness is close at hand, but we are together

We've all heard the phrase "it's a small world" and may have even said it ourselves at some point when we realized we knew someone or knew of someone through another person. In fact, for years the idea has been that there are six degrees of separation between people – so much so that years ago it was made into a game –...

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Ministry is done with people, not for people

I have often thought back to a meeting one afternoon with the "consultant" in regard to attendance. The church was at its lowest point in my tenure. I was desperately trying to figure out what our church could do in the midst of decline, and a neighborhood we seemed not to match up with. The "consultant" told me to build a church w...

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What homes of restoration and redemption look like

Nestled next to both Texas Christian University and Paschal High School lies a small building, which is home to Southside City Church pastored by Darrel and Kim Auvenshine. Before Southside was a church, it began as a group of people meeting at a park to serve the HIV community of Fort Worth."We built our church on Matthew 25," Dar...

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Executive Board approves preventative education and training regarding clergy sexual misconduct

DALLAS - In a proactive approach to address clergy sexual misconduct through prevention education and training, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas voted to revise current policy at the recent February 22-23 board meeting.Vernon Stokes, chairman of the Administration Support Committee, presented the recom...

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Volunteers needed for disaster recovery in South Texas and Mexico

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) offers a vast array of affordable mission trip opportunities throughout the year, inviting churches to be the hands and feet of Christ to people who have been affected by disasters, such as tornadoes, floods and fires. This year, some of the largest needs are in South Texas and Mexico where...

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Christian community development brings Good News to the poor

(Jimmy Dorrell will be leading a workshop at the Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. His workshop is titled "Christian Community Development: How to Do It Where You Live!") While the church and her people may have forgotten the poor and the call to justice at various times in history, Go...

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New facility brings new opportunities for North Texas BSM

DENTON--Friends, alumni and students of the University of North Texas Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) celebrated the grand opening of of new, fully funded $2.3 million BSM building on Saturday. In its over 50 years of existence, the BSM has hosted thousands of free lunches and worship services, seeing many students come to know Chr...

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Legacy

Send the Boat Back from WMU of Texas on Vimeo. We have a tremendous opportunity to support the future of missions in our state while we honor the legacy of a WMU of Texas leader. Jeane Law loved Texas and missions. Joy Fenner says of Jeane, "My favorite memories include Jeane's genuine love for missionaries and their kids. It bega...

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7 Reasons you don't want to miss the Micah 6:8 Conference

1. Your feelings when listening to Jen Hatmaker. Featured speaker Jen Hatmaker, New York Times best-selling author, mother and justice advocate will have you laughing so hard you might cry and clap just like Oprah! Learn more about Jen and her family at jenhatmaker.com 2. How you will feel after participating in workshops led by ou...

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Texas Baptists names new director of African American Ministries

DALLAS—Dr. Roy Cotton, from Dallas, has been named Director of African American Ministries for Texas Baptists. Cotton assumed his new role March 1 and became the fourth director, after having served as interim director since September 2015. More than 900 African American churches cooperate with Texas Baptists, and Cotton sai...

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​Promise & Peril: Preaching Micah 6:8 In 2016 America

How clearly do you see the promise & peril of our country during the 2016 election? Are you able to see that there is an American Dream, and that you share in its promise? Can you see how God's hope is calling us forward? Do you see your part to play in solving our perilous problems? Do you believe that our national motto, "In God...

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Do you see me?

People struggle with mental illness all around us. Though we may be shocked to hear the statistic that 1 in 5 will experience a mental illness in a given year or that 10 million adults in the U.S. live with some type of serious mental illness, we struggle to recognize how our personal world is touched by mental illness.On more than...

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Responding to Same-Sex Issues with Grace and Truth

(Steve Wells will lead a workshop titled "Responding to Same-Sex Issues with Grace & Truth" during the Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.)Grace and truth. Holding them together – that's the difficult thing, isn't it? Truth without grace is cold. Grace without truth can get very mus...

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Moving forward

The following story took place early in the 21st century: The first day on the job, my pastor husband was setting up his office in a wonderful church where we were serving at the time. He called out to his secretary: "How do I access the internet?" She responded, "We don't!" It turns out that the World Wide Web had never inhabited...

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​Help That Makes A Difference

(Ali hearon will lead a workshop titled "Community Transformation: Foundations for Community Ministry" at the Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. The conference will feature authors Jen and Brandon Hatmaker.)Amy has an outgoing personality, lots of perseverance, and a heart for service. H...

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Houston's brokenness: College students respond to the mega city's greatest needs

HOUSTON--Home to nearly 2.2 million people, Houston is labeled the fourth most populous city in the nation and has over 145 languages spoken. Along with its large population and immense diversity comes more startling statistics: Houston has more victims of human trafficking than any other U.S. city. 6,300 people are without a home...

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A journey for justice detailed during Micah 6:8 Conference

SAN ANTONIO - As Jen Hatmaker described her own journey into becoming passionate about justice issues to attendees at the Micah 6:8 Conference, she detailed an experience of brokenness where she and her husband left their boots at the altar of a church, to be given to homeless people, and walked with barefeet to their car on a col...

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Boys with Down syndrome help develop special needs ministry in Germany

Tyler Tooley and Blake Dorchester are extraordinary in countless ways. Both born with Down syndrome, the boys do not let that seeming obstacle prevent them from serving the Lord wholeheartedly. In March, Tooley and Dorchester traveled across the globe with their church, Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson, to help develop a special...

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Good things happening in Marshall and at ETBU

Marshall anchors the eastern entrance to Texas near where Interstate 20 crosses from Louisiana. It is a smaller city that is home to East Texas Baptist University, which sits on a hill in the northwest portion of the city. Once the fourth largest city in Texas (1860), Marshall has been an important community both for...

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May is a time for celebrating and giving

May is a month of celebration and gathering around the table. As we take time to honor mothers and wish our best to recent grads, several in our communities will face the reality of food insecurity. In Texas, one in six families do not know where they will get their next meal.* Globally, one in nine of our neighbors are malnourishe...

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Fire for evangelism great amongst growing Hispanic community

According to the 2010 census, 38 percent of Texas’ population was Hispanic. That percentage is likely higher now and is projected to increase in years ahead, creating a greater opportunity for evangelism in and amongst the Hispanic community. Joshua del Risco, evangelism lead for Texas Baptists, observes the Hispanic Christia...

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[un]Apologetic Conference arms believers with knowledge and provides answers for seekers

All good apologetics should point back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to best-selling author Mark Mittelberg, speaker at the [un]Apologetic Conference in El Paso on April 7 and 8. During the conference’s opening session, Mittelberg gave a detailed description of the secular landscape Christians find themselves in to...

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Providing hope and a new start for mothers reentering society

The first day a mom and her children set foot at Exodus Ministries, they are welcomed into a beautiful, fully-furnished apartment. Each apartment is uniquely decorated by thoughtful volunteers. Each kitchen comes completely stocked with groceries, through support of the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. Each detail is covered in praye...

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Mayo es un Mes Para Celebrar y Dar

El mes de mayo es un mes de celebraciones y compañerismo familiar. Mientras pasamos tiempo honrando a nuestras madres y deseándole lo mejor a los recién graduados, algunas personas en nuestra comunidad enfrentarán la realidad de la inseguridad alimenticia. En Texas, una en cada seis familias no sabe de d...

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La promesa y el peligro: Predicar Miqueas 6:8 en un Estados Unidos del 2016

¿Qué tan claramente puede usted ver las promesas y los peligros que enfrenta nuestro país durante las elecciones presidenciales del 2016? ¿Puede usted darse cuenta de que hay un sueño americano, y que usted comparte las bendiciones de esa promesa? ¿Puede ver cómo la esperanza divina...

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Sam Prestidge and Tillie Burgin to receive 2016 Legacy Awards

Countless Texas Baptist men and women have dedicated much of their lives to ministry in Texas, setting an example of faithful servitude and passion for spreading the Gospel. Every June, Texas Baptists honors two individuals who have have left and are continuing to leave a legacy through their everyday lives. This year, we are pleas...

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Congreso youth compelled to be changemakers

“When you’re young and you love Jesus, the world cannot handle you,” New York youth minister Daniel Sanabria, said to a crowd of over 3,000 youth at Congresso on April 22-24 at the Ferrell Center at Baylor University. “God wants to take us to a different level,” Sanabria, also founder of God Belongs in...

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Golf Classic raises $15,000 to help promote positive mental health through counseling

Stepping out on the green with golf clubs in hand and friends beside is not only beneficial to physical health but also promotes positive mental health, according to Texas Baptists Director of Counseling Services Katie Swafford, M.A., L.P.C.-S. During the third annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic, held on April 25 at the Dallas Athl...

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Being present and allowing God to work

Living on mission, according to Josue Valerio, director of the Missions Team, is being present with the people around you and pointing them to a deeper relationship with Christ. As Jesus sent out 72 disciples in Luke 10, He gave them instructions to pray, travel light, seek a person of peace, practice receiving hospitality and to p...

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Even to the ends of the earth

Macedonia-native Gazmend dreamed of owning a farm, one that would help his community. He shared his vision with his good friends, Jeff and Alicia Lee, Texas Baptist missionaries, who readily joined him in his endeavor. The Lees communicated Gazmend's dream with partnering churches in the U.S. who graciously contributed. Within thre...

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Take a minute to say “thank you” to influencers in your life

Recently it has been my privilege on behalf of the Missions Foundation to participate in the Baylor Oral History project. In preparation for those conversations, they asked me to think back, not only over the 31 years of the life of the Foundation but over the path that led to my being president of this organization. As i...

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Struck by tragedy, family learns to be grateful for each new day

The Blanco River was only supposed to rise to 17 feet the night of May 23, 2015, but Theresa Graves felt an uneasiness. She opted to stay awake while her family slept peacefully in their riverside Wimberley house. Graves was monitoring her phone app, which displayed updates about water levels, when the predicted numbers nearly doub...

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Churches provide foundation for active faith

(Rand Jenkins is the newest member of the Christian Life Commission staff. He is in a new role -- CLC specialist. Below, Rand explains some of the things in his background that have shaped his call to this ministry.) My childhood in community-minded churches provided the foundation for my pursuit of an active faith. Born in Fort W...

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Where to turn when ministry is hard

Ministry can be wonderfully fulfilling. It can also be incredibly taxing. Statistics concerning ministers are staggering! According to Life Recovered, 75 percent of ministry leaders report they’ve had a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry. Thirty-three percent confess “inappropriate&rd...

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GO: Family Missions

I used to think that being a “missionary” meant that you packed your bags to fly on an airplane to another country to do “missions.” In my mind, a “missionary” was someone who loaded his or her suitcase with American food like beef jerky and cheese crackers (just in case they didn’t like th...

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Executive Board hosts graduation of emerging young leaders, revises administrative support policies

On Monday night of the May 23-24 Executive Board meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, ten individuals received trophies and certificates of graduation from the first cohort of Leadership Texas Baptists. Leadership Texas Baptists, which met for the first time last fall, is a nine-month program experience to engage, eq...

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First Cohort of Leadership Texas Baptists celebrates completion

The first cohort of Leadership Texas Baptists celebrated completion on May 23, through a special graduation celebration at the Executive Board Meeting for Texas Baptists. Participants received awards and recognition for their hard work and dedication to the nine-month long program in its inaugural year. The participants w...

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Good Brunch: How healthy relationships can change the world

Good conversation about meaningful things leads to healthy relationships and healthy relationships can change the world. I didn’t want to lead this post with too bold of a statement. How did I do? All sarcasm aside, I genuinely believe in that statement. I believe that healthy, authentic, transformative, life-giving relations...

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Texas Baptists honor Sam Prestidge and Tillie Burgin with Legacy Awards

It was a historic day in a historic town as Samuel W. Prestidge, Jr., retired director of Church Music for Texas Baptists, and Tillie Burgin, founder of Mission Arlington, were honored with the 2016 Texas Baptists Legacy Award during a special worship service at Independence Baptist Church on June 5. Independence Baptist Church, th...

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Texas Baptists raise over $26,000 to aid Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Generous contributions, totalling $26,800, from Texas Baptist individuals and churches helped numerous Syrian refugees survive yet another cold winter and spring in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Donations were given through the Texas Baptists’ Refugee Relief Project, which originated in October 2014 through a partnership betwe...

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Texas Baptists bring BSM to Guadalajara University

Home to over 116,000 students, the University of Guadalajara lies in Guadalajara, the state capital of Jalisco, Mexico, which has a mere 1% Christian population. For over 15 years, the university was without a Baptist ministry presence. In recent years, Texas Baptists, in partnership with the Baptist Convention in Guadalajara has h...

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Defining Work in Oregon

I have found the word “work” to be one of the hardest words to define when speaking about ministry here in the Northwest. In the American context, most define work as space to complete a task or an hourly fulfilment. However, these examples are constructed with a beginning and an ending. Work is merely the time in betw...

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You will be hated for my name’s sake

Coming from the South, New York City was a huge culture shock. New York City has a population of 8 million +, when my hometown doesn't even reach close to 1 million. At first, I told myself there's no way I could live here. You don't even feel the freedom to breathe. But then it grew on me. I am living in Manhattan and commute to...

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Sharing the Gospel in Taiwan

Sunday nights in Taichung are my favorite. Along with my team and a full-time missionary, I get to walk through Bible stories that I've known since Sunday school with people across the Christian spectrum, from mature Christians to those who have never heard about Jesus. Tonight, I was blessed to interact with one of the latter. Ja...

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Texas Baptists welcome new church starter for North East Texas

DALLAS - Clay Jacobson has joined the Texas Baptists Church Starting staff as a new church starter for Area 4, covering North East Texas region from Dallas to Texarkana. “I am very excited to have Clay join our team,” said Paul Atkinson, director of Church Starting. “He adds a dimension we need in perspective, tr...

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Highlights from 2016 Hispanic Convencion

The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas Annual Meeting was held June 26-28 at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. Here are some highlights from the gathering: Congratulations to the newly elected officers of Convención Bautista Hispana of Texas: President Rolando Aguirre (of McAllen), 1st Vice President Vincent Gonzales (...

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Reaching out to neighbors and fighting to end poverty

Pastor Daniel Banyuls has served faithfully at Iglesia Evangelica Bautista in Cerdanyola, Spain, for the past 15 years. He supervises the church’s local food ministry, which provides groceries to about 50 neighbors in need each week. They partner with the local government to raise awareness of the ministry in the neighborhood...

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Being a part of the mental health conversation

Over 43 million adults in the United States experience a mental illness in a given year, according to statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Health. Yet, we in the church are often silent on the topic of mental health for a variety of reasons. One of which might be that we think of it as an “others” problem. M...

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2016 African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference Highlights

The 2016 African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference was held from June 27-July 1 at Friendship Baptist Church in The Colony. “I saw the African American Fellowship Conference as a great success but also the beginning of our focus to bring unity and strength to the ministry of the nearly 900 churches which comprise...

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Tyler mission team helps Rowlett couple recover from tornado damage

As Garry Schaffer monitored the quickly approaching storm on his computer, he soon realized he need to go downstairs to get his wife, Kan, and seek safety in a closet. The couple had enjoyed a nice Christmas the day before and were resting at home on the night of December 26, 2015, when an F-4 tornado tore through their two-story h...

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Let Love Be Genuine: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

The people of Spain are “really tired of hearing about Christ. ... They need to see real love, real love through real people,” Pastor Antonio Calero Cerrado boldly proclaimed. Pastor Cerrado heads an outreach ministry of Iglesia Evangelica Bautista La Trinidad in Denia, Spain. He and Pastor Jorge Pastor have co-led the...

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What I saw and heard in my city

Outside the city of Brownwood, lies a small Baptist encampment where I was spending a week as camp pastor of an RA/GA camp when the reports out of Louisiana and Minnesota came in. These were quite disturbing to me. I attempted, even from a distance, to minister in the midst of these reports by calling African American pastor friend...

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A campground committed to the Lord: How Go Now students are sharing the Gospel in Spain

Priscille Murphy and Naraim Enriquez are serving as Go Now missionaries at Alfa & Omega camp in Denia this summer, watching the Lord at work in mighty ways in a region where Christianity is scarce. Almost 60 years ago, American missionaries established Alfa & Omega camp on the southern coast of Spain, in the town of Denia. At the t...

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Chin church helps fellow refugees resettle in Sherman

In 2013, when the Grayson Chin Baptist Church began as a church plant in Sherman, they had 25 members, representing about five Chin families. Approximately 100 Chin people were living in the city at that time and through a partnership coordinated by Texas Baptists Intercultural Ministries and Texas Baptists Church Starting, the She...

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Minister’s family advocates for suicide prevention awareness after loss of son

So many people are quiet about it, but so many people are suffering. This statement could be true about a myriad of struggles people face every day, but for Gene and Pam Talbot the struggle is the impact of suicide after their son, Michael, took his own life in 2010. Gene serves as associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Crosby...

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Praying for political leaders makes a difference

A former Texas legislator told me the other day of sitting in his chair on the House floor, considering a bill, and thinking about what the Bible says. This man is not a regular churchgoer now, but that day in Austin he remembered the Bible talking about loving the children. He voted for the children of Texas in a vote that shocked...

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Lessons to learn when your garden gets trampled

Just looking at this picture, even though it was taken a while back, still stirs up feelings of disappointment. It was just a garden, but I worked hard on this little patch of dirt. It was my first attempt at gardening. The area where I planted was next to the fence in our backyard. I had tilled the ground, planted seeds, watered...

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Empowering parents to disciple their teenagers

Youth ministers have many roles in the life of a teenager - teacher, friend, mentor, role model, event coordinator, source of wisdom - the list could go on and on. The role of primary discipler in the life of a student, however, should belong to the parents says Brett Levy, minister to youth at First Baptist Church Georgetown. Havi...

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Childhood Discipleship: Training up a child

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 At one month old, babies can fix their eyes on faces and respond to what they see. By one year, trust is developed. By age 3, a child’s brain is 80% the size of an adult’s. By age 4, they have a wide ran...

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Baking Cakes – a recipe for discipleship

So, here’s the story. I have this friend. I’m only one of many friends he has. He’s a baker and makes the most awesome cakes. And ages ago, he gathered a bunch of his friends and sort of commissioned them to head out and enlist others to be cake bakers like him. It was a big deal, and that original group really go...

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Episode 3: Disciple Making - Michael Kelley

What does it look like to follow Jesus day-by-day? Join us on this episode of the txb.life Podcast, as Joshua and Kalie talk with Michael Kelley, director of Groups Ministry for LifeWay Resources, about the trends and methods churches can use for making disciples. While tools are helpful, in the end, people make disciples. Resource...

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Summit attendees learn how to care for families with special needs children

When Jason and Maggie Whitt shared about the impact of special needs ministry during the Childhood and Family Ministry Summit on August 12, they spoke from their personal experience parenting their 7-year-old daughter, Camille. "It is important for the awareness to be heightened for families of children with special needs,” W...

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Extending a hand to those in need in Spain

Ali Hearon, Hunger and Care Ministries specialist, and I recently returned from a trip to Spain to visit our Texas Baptists Hunger Offering partners in Barcelona and Denia. To read more stories about the Hunger Offering at work, check out - Let Love Be Genuine: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story and Reac...

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Texas Baptists to assist Louisiana flooding victims

Over 40,000 homes in Louisiana have been affected by recent historic floods. In a 36-hour period, areas in the state received as much as 30 inches of rain, leading to the evacuation of thousands of residents. Texas Baptists are responding in a variety of ways through Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery and providing support to many of...

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What does hope mean to you?

Good Brunches are a series of conversations developed by an organization called Matryoshka Haus. Their purpose is to draw a diverse group of people around a common table to talk about meaningful things in healthy ways. The blog post below references the conversation that took place during the San Antonio Good Brunches around the to...

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Q&A with a foster care and adoption expert -- Samela Macon

Samela Macon, senior director of foster care and adoption for Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services Tell us a little about your ministry and how you got started in this work. My ministry began as a child, taking notice of children who felt alone or isolated. My heart was always drawn to them. At an early age God pressed it upon...

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Preguntas y respuestas con una experta en el sistema de cuidado temporal de niños y adopcin

Samela Macon, directora general del sistema de cuidado temporal y adopción de los Servicios de Adopción y Maternidad de Buckner Díganos un poco sobre su ministerio y cómo empezó este trabajo. Mi ministerio empezó cuando de niña me daba cuenta que había niños que se sen...

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Texas Baptists urged to support state missions; meet $4 million Mary Hill Davis Offering goal

The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering will be held September 11-18, 2016. With a statewide goal of $4 million, the offering will go to support missions endeavors around Texas through strategic ministry partnerships. David Hardage, executive director of Texas Baptists, is urging churches to support...

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Deweyville church helps encourage similar congregation in Louisiana

On August 30, I had the privilege of spending the afternoon with Pastor John Fortenberry and his wife Sybil, of Calvary Baptist Church of Deweyville, along with three of their church members. The church building flooded in March 2016, along with the homes of many of their church members. Flood waters rose to the ceiling of their en...

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Brief thoughts on restoration

Good Brunches are a series of conversations developed by an organization called Matryoshka Haus. Their purpose is to draw a diverse group of people around a common table to talk about meaningful things in healthy ways. The blog post below references the conversation that took place during the San Antonio Good Brunches around t...

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Following your passions

“Why would a 52-year-old Pastor’s wife from El Paso, Texas with four grown daughters want to live in Paris for six months?” This is a question that was asked by our parishioners before I began an Internship at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, four years ago for my graduate studies in Applied Linguistics and French L...

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Hunger Offering turns 20!

We’re 20 years old! Being out of our teens means that you -- churches and individuals who give -- have helped us grow and mature. As we look back at two decades of the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering helping people overcome poverty, it is astonishing. In those 20 years, more than $15 million have been raised to help people fee...

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DARLE LA MANO A AQUELLOS EN ESPAÑA QUE SUFREN NECESIDAD

Ali Hearon, especialista en Ministerios de Cuidado y Prevención del Hambre, y yo recientemente regresamos de un viaje a España durante el cual visitamos a nuestros colaboradores en la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas  en Barcelona y en Dénia. Para leer más historias sobre la Ofrend...

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¡CUMPLIMOS 20 AÑOS!

¡Cumplimos 20 años! Salir de la adolescencia significa que ustedes, iglesias e individuos que ofrendan, nos han ayudado a crecer y a madurar. Es asombroso ver en retrospectiva las dos décadas en las que la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas ha ayudado a superar la pobreza. En esos 20 años...

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Executive board approves 2017 proposed budget, other business for upcoming Annual Meeting

The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas convened September 26-27 in Dallas and approved numerous recommendations including the 2017 proposed budget of $36.638 million. Gerald Caldwell, chair of the Finance Committee, and Jill Larsen, Texas Baptists’ CFO, presented the estimated $29.6 million in Cooperat...

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Repurposing pastoral skills in retirement

Dr. E. L. “Skip” McNeal received the MWD Award (named for Dick Maples, Charles Lee Williamson, and Jan Daehnert) on September 22 for his contributions in interim ministry while serving Texas Baptist churches. Dr. McNeal was accompanied by his wife, Mary, and 11 other family members during a luncheon at the annual Fall U...

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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery to assist Hurricane-damaged Haiti

Updated October 11, 2016 Texas Baptists Missionaries Ernie and Sharon Rice, currently serving in Haiti, are providing updates on needs in hardest hit areas - Grand-Goâve, Petit-Goâve and Jérémie. At least 336 people have died since Hurricane Matthew struck on Oct. 4. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery has ap...

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Dan Curry joins Texas Baptists as Area Representative in North Texas

Texas Baptists welcomed Dan Curry to the staff as the new Area Representative for Area 9 from Fort Worth to Wichita Falls, effective Monday, October 3. As an Area Representative, Curry will serve as a connection to local churches and ministers in the area, providing help whenever a need arises such as for training, during a pastorl...

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Texas Baptists to celebrate service at Annual Meeting in Waco

Texas Baptists are “Celebrating Service” at the Annual Meeting in Waco Nov. 13-15, recognizing the work of partnering institutions. The program features world-class workshops and exceptional speakers, as well as wonderful worship music and exhibits that tell Texas Baptists’ stories. Sunday, November 13, kicks off...

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Answering the call to justice

“I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” These words are from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which he challenged fellow clergy to get off the sidelines and get involved in the struggle for equality and justice. These clergymen had criticized King, urging p...

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Respuesta al llamado en hacer justicia

“Estoy en Birmingham porque hay injusticia aquí”, son las palabras del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. en su famosa “Carta desde la cárcel de Birmingham”, en la cual desafiaba a los cristianos a salir de las sombras e involucrarse en la lucha por la justicia y la igualdad. Estos hombres había...

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Youth ministers at Conclave encouraged to promote racial reconciliation within churches

Racial reconciliation should begin through believers in the church, according to Bryan Carter, pastor of Concord Church in Dallas. Rather than relying on law enforcement, or looking to the government and society to break down racial tensions, Carter and Jeff Warren encouraged youth ministers to promote change within their own congr...

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Last 5th Sunday Hunger Offering of Year and New Video Released

Good news! The new Hunger Offering video is now released and ready to watch. “Texas Baptist Hunger Offering at work in Spain” highlights Iglesia Evangelica Bautista’s food pantry in Cerdanyola, Spain, a Hunger Offering ministry.  The video introduces Antonia and Pedro, a couple who struggled financially...

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How 25 chickens transformed a family - a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

Soontorn Inthayok is a day laborer and part-time guard, serving as the primary wage earner for his family in Northern Thailand. The 49-year-old provides for his older sister, who is mentally disabled, and his son, who is attending technical college. He also overcomes his personal disability to bring home earnings of approximately $...

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EL ÚLTIMO 5o DOMINGO DEL AÑO DE LA OFRENDA CONTRA EL HAMBRE Y EL ESTRENO DEL NUEVO VI

¡Buenas noticias! El video  de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre está listo para que usted lo vea. “La Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas en acción en España” se enfoca en el ministerio de repartición de alimentos de la Iglesia Evangélica Bautista en Cerdanyola, Es...

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Nine churches to be recognized for Cooperative Program Giving during 2016 Annual Meeting

DALLAS - This year, during Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting in Waco, nine churches will be recognized for their Cooperative Program giving. Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has provided the fuel to fund missions work in Texas, the United States and around the world. "Over the past 91 years Texas Baptists have seen God d...

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The uncommon work of the Kingdom

Kingdom work is often the result of common people doing uncommon work in the unlikeliest of places for the most unlikely of people. This is certainly true when you consider a call to be a leader in ministry. It is evermore real as you consider Texas Baptists’ work. As we think of the work we will do, most ministers in trainin...

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Biblical persuasion: The heart of evangelistic apologetics

I have been to countless evangelism events, conferences and training sessions over the years, but I cannot recall a single sermon, lesson or resource on the biblical concept of persuasion. Yet, I contend that persuasion is at the very heart of apologetics, and I dare say, it is at the heart of evangelism itself. I have to wonder if...

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The Election is over, now what?

Now that the election is over, you might be tempted to put politics out of your mind, but now that our new leaders are in office it's important that we stay engaged. Our political engagement does not end in the voting booth, in fact, the voting booth should be just the starting point. According to the Annette Strauss Institute, onl...

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So that they may reach their potential

Haga clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. One of the things that distinguishes Texas Baptists from other conventions is that we have made the education of our Hispanic students a priority. This is why about seven years ago, Texas Baptists created the Hispanic Education Initiative; it is necessary...

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¡Para que alcancen su potencial!

Click here to read this article in English. Una de las cosas que distingue a los Texas Baptists de otras convenciones es que hemos hecho una prioridad la educación de nuestros estudiantes hispanos. Por esto se creó hace unos 7 años la Iniciativa para la Educación Hispana; porque es necesario que en nuest...

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Volunteer-led campus outreach leads to increased connectivity

Crestview Baptist Church, Georgetown Nearby campus: Southwestern University Student population: 1,500 College Ministry: Volunteer led Ministries: Free lunch (Mondays, hosted on church grounds) Booster club to attend sporting events Adopt-a-student Mentoring program Bible studies Three miles from Crestview Baptist Church in Georgeto...

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Ministering where you are: The power of missional communities

As a softball player at The University of Texas at Austin, Stephanie Ceo spent a lot of time with her teammates on and off the field. One teammate, Rachel, was always kind and encouraging and also professed to be a Christian. Stephanie had been to church before and knew about God, but did not believe He existed. She had great diffi...

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Investing in the future of Texas through Collegiate Ministry

Much has been written about Gen Y and now Gen Z (just entering college). Tim Elmore offers excellent insights into the characteristics of both generations, growingleaders.com In campus ministry, some characteristics carry over into these upcoming generations. On college campuses in Texas, less than 5% are involved in a weekly Bible...

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How sexual abuse prevention training can help your church

Sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic to discuss. It seems to be even more uncomfortable when we think of the discussion within a church setting. For many of us, myself included, it is difficult to fathom how such painful and destructive experiences can occur in a church, but they can and do. And I assure you it is much more comfo...

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BSM Directors celebrate partnerships and disciple-making at Annual Meeting

When Joe Osteen is asked for an update on the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at The University of Texas at Tyler, his response is, “we are doing more of the same thing - telling students about Jesus and making disciples who make disciples.” As an encouragement to his fellow BSM Directors at a dinner on Sunday evening of...

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African American Fellowship rally emphasizes foundation of faith

WACO—Churches that forget the importance of discipleship have committed “the great omission,” said Dr. Delvin Atchison, director of the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team. Atchison preached Sunday night at the African American Fellowship worship rally, one of four rallies that took place throughout Waco to kick...

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Hardage shares new ministries, expanding work of Texas Baptists

Texas Baptists are engaging in new outreach opportunities with people groups in Texas and beyond, shared Executive Director David Hardage during his Monday evening report at Annual Meeting. Hardage introduced several key leaders overseeing new ministry opportunities. “As you know, Texas is a changing state, becoming very dive...

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Texas Baptists university presidents talk affordability, Title IX

WACO— Within the first session of Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting workshops, Texas Baptist university presidents Blair Blackburn, East Texas Baptist University; Eric Bruntmyer, Hardin Simmons University; Adam Wright, Dallas Baptist University and Bobby Hall, Wayland Baptist University, contributed to a panel discussion o...

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Texas Baptists gather in Waco for 131st Annual Meeting

Texas Baptists joined together for the 131st Annual Meeting Nov. 13-15 in Waco, focusing on “Celebrating Service” through worship and business sessions, workshops and a variety of events with 1,157 messengers and 663 visitors in attendance. Messengers approved the 2017 Texas Baptists budget of $36.6 million, used to fun...

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Texas Baptists missions endeavors to expand to Brazil and Mexico

Texas Baptists Missions announced the beginning of a new partnership between Texas Baptists and the Brazilian Baptist Convention during the Texas Baptist Missions Banquet, on the evening of Nov. 14 at Annual Meeting. “When I was 14-years-old, I heard the Gospel at a Baptist church and I was baptized by a missionary from Texas...

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Churches seeking revitalization must embrace change

Phil Miller, associate director of the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team focused on the importance of prayer, symptoms of an unhealthy church, and the process the church revitalization team leads its churches through during a church revitalization workshop on Tuesday afternoon at the 2016 Annual Meeting. Miller started by e...

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Día de Activismo del 2017

En Ingles 28 de Febrero y 1 de Marzo del 2017 Acompáñenos en Austin al Día de Activismo durante la 85a Sesión Legislativa. Habrá talleres sobre temas importantes que conciernen a la Legislatura del 2017 y la oportunidad de que los participantes hablen con sus representantes electos. Orador princip...

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Cuban partnership forming a greater global connection for Texas Baptists Congreso

Bayamo, CUBA - Two Texas Baptists leaders from the Great Commission Team recently returned home from a week of ministry and missions in Cuba, approximately one week before the death of Fidel Castro. For Joshua del Risco, evangelism lead for Texas Baptists’ Great Commission Team, it was a return to the country of his...

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CLC director Reyes joins Smart-on-Crime Coalition in encouraging criminal justice reform

AUSTIN — Gus Reyes, director of the Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission, joined several key representatives from the Smart-on-Crime Coalition on Wednesday, December 14, for a press conference to encourage criminal justice reform for the upcoming Texas Legislative Session. During the briefing, held at the Texas Associatio...

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Dallas teen works to make a difference in community: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

Mu was born in Southeast Asia and came to the United States with her family as refugees in 2007. As they settled in the Dallas area, her family found help and support from a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering ministry known as H4R. The ministry provided her family with help filling out government paperwork, ESL classes, assistance with...

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Missionary Adoption Program opens doors for expanded ministry in Brazil and beyond

Deep in the Amazon rain forest, in the midst of 10,000 unreached people groups, lies a community known as Livramento. Translated in English, “deliverance” is a poetic title for the city where God is actively delivering new believers out of darkness and into light. Rhuan Kaique was delivered from a troubled adolescence t...

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How to Be An Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate

By Tomi L. Grover, Ph.D. TraffickStop.org January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In conjunction with this, advocates from across Texas are preparing to address their 85th session legislative representatives and senators on the issues pertaining to human trafficking.  According to the online Texas Legislature re...

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CÓMO SER UN ACTIVISTA CONTRA EL TRÁFICO HUMANO

Por Tomi L. Grover, Ph.D. TraffickStop.org Enero es el mes nacional del tráfico humano. Además de esto, activistas en todo Texas se están preparando para presentar temas concernientes al tráfico humano a sus representantes legislativos y senadores de la 85ª sesión. De acuerdo a los materiales...

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Green Acres hosts church safety workshop for Texas Baptists church leaders

TYLER -- Texas Baptists, a state-wide denomination, is hosting the first of nine regional Church Safety Workshops at Green Acres Baptist Church on February 9. The workshop will be led by MinistrySafe founder and president Greg Love. MinistrySafe is a national and industry leader in sexual abuse risk reduction with a mission to prot...

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Bacote: Some practical help to sustain your public witness

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, when...

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6 ways to serve refugees

By Patty Lane Refugees are some of my heros. They have endured the unthinkable and lived in fear and in poverty for years before arriving in the United States. For the most part, they muster up the courage to learn a new language, find a new job, create a new home, and send their children to schools with people they know nothing ab...

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Christian Life Commission to host Advocacy Day in Austin for Texas Baptists

AUSTIN - Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission will host 2017 Advocacy Day Feb. 28-March 1 in Austin for ministers, leaders, students and advocates. Workshops and general sessions will be held at Hyde Park Baptist Church Tuesday, Feb. 28, and appointments with legislative offices will take place at the Capitol building W...

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Healthy Lunches, Brighter Minds: Nutritional meals for children help entire family

By Jaclyn Bonner It is rare to find third graders who are eager to eat their fruits and vegetables, but every day 9-year-old José Chanco excitedly tells his family about the nutritious lunch he eats at the Operación San Andrés’ educational enrichment program for children in Collique, Lima, Peru. Jos&eacut...

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6 MANERAS DE SERVIR A LOS REFUGIADOS

Por Patty Lane Los refugiados se encuentran entre mis héroes. Han sobrevivido lo impensable y vivido con miedo y pobreza por años antes de haber venido a los Estados Unidos. La mayoría se han armado de valor para aprender un nuevo idioma, han encontrado trabajo, formado un nuevo hogar y mandado a sus hijos a la...

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What’s not in your wallet?

If your wallet is like mine, it’s easier to put things into it than take them out. I also find that I want to have all the important personal information with me – just in case. My overly-stuffed wallet sends a message that I have a lot of cash or – these days – credit and debit cards in my wallet. Not that...

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Becoming Family: Professional development for women transforms lives, fosters relationships

By Jaclyn Bonner If not for the Heart of Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps sign, you could easily overlook the modest, beige, and olive-colored house on Coggin Avenue in Brownwood. CWJC is home to transformative learning opportunities and holistic development for women. Established in Brownwood in 2003, the mission of the Hea...

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Texas Baptists awarded $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment to assist pastors

DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas has been awarded a $1 million implementation grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to participate in its National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. Through the grant, Texas Baptists will create a Center for Ministerial Excellence, which will cond...

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DBU Patriettes use dance to share the Gospel in England

This January, the Dallas Baptist University dance team, the Patriettes, travelled to Northern England to spend a week in ministry, using their gift of dance to spread the love of Christ. The trip was the second time the team has traveled overseas as a part of DBU Athletics’ Global Sports Mission Initiative program, allowing...

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Texas Baptists joins with FBC Waxahachie to send $10,000 in relief to drought-stricken Kenya

When Vaughn Ross, mission team member at First Baptist Church of Waxahachie, received word from Pastor Simon Mwangi in Nairobi, Kenya that the three-year drought in North-Central Kenya was transitioning from severe to acute, he reached out to his church and Texas Baptists for support. Mwangi, pastor of Koinonia Baptist Church...

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Executive Board announces financial support for pastors, approves new chaplaincy partnership

DALLAS – “We must stay centered, keeping our hearts and our minds on Jesus,” President Danny Reeves told Executive Board members during the Feb. 21-22 meeting in Dallas. Responding to recent factors around the world and the seeming messiness of life, Reeves encouraged fellow Texas Baptists to turn to Christ and po...

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Last Week Today: A Dispatch from the Capitol

On Monday, I was privileged to testify before the House Human Services Committee on HB 4.  HB 4 authored by Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Mesquite) would increase financial support for relatives who take in children who must be removed from their birth parents--kinship care.  One way to improve our child welfare system is to help...

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Texas Baptists form chaplaincy partnership with Virginia Baptists

DALLAS – At the Texas Baptists executive board on Feb. 22, a recommendation was approved to begin a partnership for chaplain endorsement on behalf of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). Todd Combee, a retired military chaplain from Virginia, was present at the meeting to affirm the partnership. &ldqu...

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Christian Life Commission recognizes State Rep. Ashby with Micah 6:8 Justice Award

AUSTIN - The Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission (CLC) honored State Representative Trent Ashby, of Lufkin, with the 2017 Micah 6:8 Justice Award on Wednesday, March 1, during a reception held at the State Capitol. The award was presented in conjunction with the CLC’s Advocacy Day, a time of workshops, tra...

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Homes of transformation

Monica was like a lot of women who come to the growing network of house churches Paul Gonzales leads on the west side of San Antonio. She was struggling in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend of 10 years and didn’t know where to turn. She found support and encouragement from the roughly 20 Christians who gathered week...

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Embracing local culture: Country Church thrives in East Texas

As Pastor and Church Planter Jordan Wilson stands back and reflects on all God has done in the three-and-a-half years since Tyler County Country Church (TC3) began, he is truly in awe. Standing in a 16,000 square foot, two-story building in Woodville, which opened its doors in October 2016, Wilson can point to so many mo...

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A look into the life and legacy of James B. Simmons

Dr. Travis L. Frampton developed a growing interest in Dr. James B. Simmons's life and works several years ago upon reading The Cause and Cure of the Rebellion, an abolitionist sermon published by Dr. Simmons in 1861. The following story details Dr. Frampton’s journey on his sabbatical to learn more about the life and legacy...

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Go Now students reaching the border for Christ

Can one week really change the course of your life? That’s the question Daniel Ortiz was asking when he heard about a short-term missions opportunity through Go Now Missions. Ortiz, a sophomore nursing student at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), had been interested in serving through missions, but was unsure abo...

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Capitol Update

This week, I’d like to highlight two bills the CLC is supporting relating our legislative priorities. To review the CLC legislative priorities, click here. HB 132 HB 132 expands eligibility for the one-time $1,000 cash assistance payment to aunts, uncles, and siblings of the child and reduces the age requirement from 45 to 2...

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Food for Body and Soul: Hunger Offering ministry meets needs across Metroplex

By Jaclyn Bonner Linda, a ministry volunteer, gently challenged Tamara with two poignant questions. “Why do you always come with your hand out? Why don’t you come and serve?” Linda’s view of service as a blessing affected Tamara, who decided to serve at the food giveaway the following week. Tamara, a South C...

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Hogares de transformación

Mónica era como muchas de las mujeres que vienen a la creciente red de iglesias hogares que Paul González dirige en el área oeste de San Antonio. Ella estaba luchando en su relación con su pareja de 10 años,  y no sabía a dónde recurrir. Ella encontró apoyo y ánimo...

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INFORMACIÓN DE ÚLTIMA HORA DEL CAPITOLIO

Esta semana me gustaría enfatizar dos proyectos de ley que la Comisión apoya y que están relacionados con nuestras prioridades legislativas. Si desea leer sobre las prioridades legislativas de la Comisión, oprimaaquí. HB 132 La HB 132 aumenta la posibilidad de un pago de $1,000 en ayuda para t&iac...

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LOS BAUTISTAS DE TEXAS SE MOVILIZAN PARA SER DE INFLUENCIA A LOS LEGISLADORES DURANTE EL DÍA

AUSTIN – El involucramiento político y cultural de los cristianos en la política y la cultura debe encontrar su dirección en el amor de Dios y en la práctica del discipulado, esto fue la lección aprendida por los participantes durante el reciente Día del Activismo de la Comisió...

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Sustainability projects lift Indigenous people out of poverty

Hunger Offering ministry strives to end the cycle of poverty among Hondurans and empower individual families through farming sustainability projects and enterprise.  By Jaclyn Bonner Five dollars will buy a venticoffee at Starbucks. Five dollars also isthe average daily living wage of the Lenca, the poorest people group in Hon...

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Texas Baptist Church Starting process after 10 years

It has been 10 years since the formulation of the Texas Baptists Church Starting Process. The process was planned with 15-20 subject matter experts gathered from around the state that included DOMs, church planters, educators, consultants and Texas Baptists staff in a room at the Convention. Each person was asked the...

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Annual Meeting Changed Everything

WMU’s 2016 Annual Meeting provided a wonderful time of worship, learning, and encouragement.  For grown up GA, JoAnn Lira, it was life changing- and she wasn’t even there! While we gathered to hear from NAMB missionary Andrew Mann and his missionary dog Proof, JoAnn was in her 5th grade dual language classroom pra...

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Texas Baptists reaching an expanding state through church starting

What breaks your heart? When you see a people group, a community or a neighborhood that is not being reached with the Gospel, are you compelled to action? Does your heart break when you see someone who may never hear the name of Jesus unless you do something? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might be an ide...

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