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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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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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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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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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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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Help provide an accurate compensation baseline among churches

The 2014 SBC Church Compensation Survey helps determine fair pay for church pastors and staff. All submitted information is kept private and no individual reporting is created - it just creates ranges for compensating ministers fairly

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Major problems churches make when drafting Bylaws

Recently, we have had the opportunity to review several churches' Bylaws and Governing Documents for legal sufficiency. This is an important, but often overlooked area in many churches. So let's look at a few of the problem areas that I see for churches when dealing with their Bylaws and Governing Documents: First, in many situati...

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Baptist churches have women in ministry, panelists insist

CORPUS CHRISTI — Women minister in most Texas Baptist churches; they just don't always carry the job title, speakers noted in a panel discussion held in conjunction with the Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual Meeting."Titles are important, but we shouldn't get hung up on them. The important thing is being true to your...

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Churches built to last

MIDLAND - Churches, like the human body, have a natural life cycle. The average lifespan of a church is around 70 years, unless something supernatural happens to further its impact, according to David Lowrie, senior pastor of First Baptist Church El Paso.Lowrie was one of two keynote speakers during the "Built to Last" Conference h...

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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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​Churches Discover Role They Can Play in Mental Health Recovery

During a Tuesday afternoon workshop at the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists, co-founders of the Grace Alliance described the ways in which churches can better prepare themselves to both recognize the signs of mental illness and better minister to individuals and families suffering from mental illness.Based in Waco, the Grace Allian...

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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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Guns in the Pews? Churches have the right to choose

Beginning January 1, 2016, Texans with a handgun license will be allowed to openly carry their handguns. Churches in Texas may prevent handgun license holders from carrying handguns inside church buildings as long as the church gives proper notice. Each church may decide for itself whether to allow:Both open and concealed carry of...

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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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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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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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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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​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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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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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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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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Afterschool meals important for students, and churches can help

By Ruben Sanchez The summer is over and school is back in session. In Texas, that means football is kicking off, temperatures are dropping, and many kids still don’t have adequate access to food. In Texas, one in four children is food insecure. This means a fourth of the children in Texas live in households that may have to s...

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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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NAMB SEND Relief Encouraging Texas Baptists Churches to Send Volunteers to Louisiana

The North American Mission Board “SEND Relief” is operating a Volunteer Housing/Reception Center in Gonzales, LA to assist families affected by the September flooding in the Southeast part of the state. Over 40,000 homes flooded leaving a path of destruction across 14 different Parishes (Counties). Volunteers are needed...

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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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God’s faithfulness evident through growth in Cowboy Churches

Sixteen miles northwest of Waco, the Top Hand Cowboy Church rises up with a rodeo arena in front of it. The church hosted the first Western Heritage Roundup Rally on Sun., Nov. 13, the start of the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco. The Top Hand Church, pastored by Greg Moore, is one of more than 200 Texas Baptists Cowboy Churc...

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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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How one ministry is equipping churches to reach people at their point of greatest need

It does not take much searching to find alarming statistics about the financial health of the typical American household. USA Today recently reported that 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.1 Perhaps even more alarming is a study quoted by CNN Money, which reveals that up to 35% of US households are in debt collectio...

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Texas Baptists churches partner to provide water for struggling Liberian community

Not everyone has easy access to one of the most basic resources – water. About 25,000 people in Brewerville, Liberia have to walk five to 10 miles a day to get drinking water. Sometimes, the water isn’t even clean. Tom Howe, pastor of Birdville Baptist Church, in Fort Worth, learned of the need in Lott Carey Mission (L...

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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Churches

When your child is sick, you begin a process of gathering information so you can determine what is wrong with her and what your next steps should be. Perhaps one of your first steps is to check her temperature. If the number on the thermometer is close to 98.6° you can relax a little and move on to your next step in making her...

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Two churches provide clean water for Liberian community

Great news! On Monday evening at the Executive Board meeting, Dr. Tom Howe, pastor of Birdville Baptist Church, and Kris Drees, pastor of Haltom Road Baptist Church, presented a $29,345.33 check to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. The two churches joined together in fundraising over two months to provide the gift to Hunger O...

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Cowboy Church builds relationships, churches and soccer fields in Honduras

With a heart for missions and church planting, members of Texoma Cowboy Church in Wichita Falls have traveled on three mission trips to Olanchito, Honduras, in efforts of planting new cowboy churches. Known as the “Christian Cowboys” to the local people, the church has sought to pour into and build relationships with t...

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Intercultural churches connect people groups to the Gospel

By Kalie Lowrie and Analiz G. Schremmer In heaven, people of every tongue, tribe and nation will worship together, yet we tend to separate ourselves out when congregate. At first glance, it may seem wrong to serve separately,  but when you put yourself in the shoes of a recent immigrant, trying to navigate around a foreign cul...

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FBC Mineola joins other churches rallying around Pine Drive Baptist Church in Dickinson

By John Hall, Contributing Writer The devastation sustained by Pine Drive Baptist Church in Dickinson can be summed up with one word: Total. “We’ve got a sanctuary,” Pastor Ted Duck said. “Then we have a separate building that’s a gymnasium/activity center. Then we have a Christian school, which is whe...

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Churches to be recognized for faithful cooperative program giving at 2017 Annual Meeting

As Texas Baptists are called to live “Compelled” at this years’ Annual Meeting, nine churches were recognized for their Cooperative Program giving. Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has provided the fuel to fund mission work in Texas, the United States and all around the world. “The Cooperative Program is...

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Cross-cultural, cross-generational communication in Hispanic churches

The United States has the second largest Hispanic population of any country in the world. This represents a huge opportunity for Texas Baptists in particular, said Rolando Rodriguez, director of Hispanic Ministries, in his Monday morning workshop at the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. In the session, “Preaching to Reach H...

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Mancini challenges churches to dream big

A dream can move the people of God to do incredible things for the kingdom of God, but most churches aren’t dreaming big enough. Will Mancini’s keynote address at the Monday evening worship session of the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting urged leaders to seek clarity and specificity on their “special assignment...

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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 yo...

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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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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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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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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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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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What you can't see pastor

It's Monday morning. Yesterday was a long hard day. In some ways it was a good day, a little boy from the neighborhood came to church for the first time and gave his life to Christ. However, a teenager spent the entire service talking behind Mrs. Smith and of course this bothered and she let you know about it. In the last few years...

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Treasuring the sacred space

A friend of mine left for Heaven Sunday night. Sheron was a wife, mom, grandmother, sister, my friend and one of the gentlest spirits I've known. After a week's worth of days we thought would surely be her last, she finally, quietly, breathed one last time on Earth and took her first breath in Heaven. It was an incredible privilege...

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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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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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Finding and restoring the lost

A large sign hangs in the hallway of nineteen:ten church with one simple word on display: Found. Each letter of the sign is made up of individual light bulbs. When a person accepts Christ as their Savior, turning their life from the darkness into the light, they turn on one light bulb, representing their decision. The sign serves a...

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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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Autonomy—A key principle in Baptist diversity and unity

One of the key distinctives of a Baptist church, suggested Julio Guarneri during the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists, is the concept of local church autonomy, rooted in the free access to God granted through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.Guarneri, who serves as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, utilized Thomas Friedman...

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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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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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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. Donors If you would l...

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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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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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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 AmericanMinistry 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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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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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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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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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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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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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. TXB Missionaries Texas Bapti...

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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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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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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 oil field work 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. Hollas and Nelda Hoffman felt God's call and responded on August 29, 2...

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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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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. PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S MINISTERS’ RE...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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Workshops

workshops Hour-long sessions focused on current issues. This year's workshops all center around our theme Great Commission / Great Commandment MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Session 18:30 - 9:30 AM  I Was Thirsty Providing water wells around the worldMickey Lenamon, Executive Director, Texas Baptist MenDeeDee & Tim Wint, Vice-Presid...

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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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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 min...

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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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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. Project: Start Refugee Resource Center...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 7 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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Who Can Attend?

Students Students attending Super Summer are assigned to schools based upon the school grade they will enter in the Fall of 2018. 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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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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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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Camp Fusion

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. Download the Broc...

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Camp Fusion FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Church Leaders & Organizers How many adult sponsors does Camp Fusion need?Answer How many adult sponsors does Camp Fusion need? The ratio is 1 adult to 10 students by gender. So if you have 11 boys then you need 2 adult male sponsors. If you only have 1 girl then you will still need 1 adult fe...

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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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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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Leadership Texas Baptists

Applications are closed for the 2017-18 cohort. Applications for 2018-19 will be accepted in late spring of 2018. What is 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 t...

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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Fast Facts Budgets & Reports A Quick Look at 2016 CP Spending Un Vistazo Rápido a 2016 Precisely - Fall 2016 Precise...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 At WMU of Texas, we love the ministry of WorldCrafts. Our hope is to create experiences to not only sell products but teach about the importance of fairtrade and the hope it brings to people around the world. WMU of Texas is committed to WorldCrafts and offers a variety of opportunities to promote its arti...

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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 pr...

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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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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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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 Mary Hill Davis Offering 2017 Starting in 1910, the Mary Hill Davis Offering® was established to empower state missions efforts for Texas Baptists. Mark your calendars for September 10-17 to recognize and promotion the offering at your church. The State Goal this year is $3,600,000 Million. Your...

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MHDO Videos

Together, Intent On 1 Purpose While it is true there are many churches in Texas, the reality is that a large percentage of our state has no connection to any faith. Texas is a mission field. We have to find many different ways to show and tell God's love to our neighbors who are like us and different from us. Christ sends us out f...

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MHDO Resources

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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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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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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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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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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Risk Management

Risk Management and Church Security 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 Developing an Emergency Operating Plan Sample Church Emergency Operation Plan Guns in Pews? Churches Choose Volunteer Pr...

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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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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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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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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. Rebuilding a Life: A Mother’s Day Story 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. P...

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Success Stories

"Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9 Bikeout Hunger Going Fast Makes the Climb Worth It SAN SABA – Today was a great day of riding! The team traveled from Fredericksburg to San Saba, a...

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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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Sign Up for Texas BSM

Sign-Up with TX BSM FIND A CHURCH Churches around the state are partnering with BSMs at neighboring universities. Click below to browse a complete list of partnering churches. Browse Churches TWITTER

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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 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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Instrumental Convergence

INSTRUMENTAL CONVERGENCE March 3, 20189 AM - 4 PM First Baptist Church3100 Cambridge Dr., Bryan, TX 77802 Led by an experienced clinician, this event is designed for all instrumentalists. This one-day training offers master classes, reading sessions, massed playing and more. Clinician Richard Kingsmore Dove award nominee, Ric...

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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 missions@texasbaptists.org. Trips There are many options when it comes to trip availability through the Texas Ba...

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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. September 8-9, 2017San Antonio, Texas This event h...

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Newsroom

Newsroom MEDIA CONTACTS Primary:Joshua Minatrea Director of CommunicationsMobile (972) 207-3037Office (214) 887-5473 joshua.minatrea@texasbaptists.org Secondary:Kalie LowrieNews Director(214) 887-5494kalie.lowrie@texasbaptists.org RESOURCES Mission, Vision, Values Texas Baptists Fact Sheet Ministry Partners Logos ABOUT TEXAS BAPTI...

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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

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 focus on evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Local Baptist entities provide training, support and regular check-ins. Financial support starts at $150...

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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...

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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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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 ChurchMesquite, 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 thei...

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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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Church Administration

The office of Church Administration exists to help church leaders be faithful stewards of church resources.  Risk Management and Church Security Resources var r1l3opx31ygsqkv;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'texasbaptists', 'formHash':'r1l3opx31ygsqkv', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'969...

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WMU Annual Meeting

Streaming General Sessions onFriday, March 31st @ 1:00pm and 7:00pmSaturday, April 1st @ 10:25am .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolu...

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Live on Mission

Pray FOR MISSIONS  •Ask for more opportunities for missionaries to spread the gospel.  •Make a list of people who don’t know and pray them every day.  •Ask for boldness so you can tell others about Jesus.  Get Involved IN MISSIONS  •Find ways to serve in your community weekly/mont...

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Hispanic Ministry

Office of HISPANIC MINISTRies Encouraging, informing, and helping Hispanic Baptist churches fulfill the ministry to which God has called them. 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 the...

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CP Annual Report 2016

 2016 Annual Report Texas Baptists Cooperative Program Sending our hearts where our feet will never go Where Does It Go? MISSIONS (38%) 3,000+ Worldwide Missionaries 159 BSM Missionaries on 115 Campuses River Ministry/Mexico Texas Baptists Missionaries 463 Go Now Missionaries Texas Baptist Men Bounce (Student Disaster Recover...

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Magazine, Volume 5 Issue 3

TEXAS BAPTISTS LIFE Volume 5 - Issue 3 Online Exclusive The In-Between Vision Karl Fickling, director of interim services, shares insight on the “In-between Vision” and the process by which a new pastor can join with the congregation to form a vision for where the Lord is leading them. Read more... Online Exclusive Pas...

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Office of Cooperative Program Ministry

Texas Baptists Cooperative Program 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 have yet to hear the gospel. 2016 Annual Report See whe...

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June 25 — TBM Disaster Relief Day

Sunday, June 25 Each year, TBM trains volunteers and coordinates efforts to provide prompt assistance and emergency support during times of disaster. TBM has been involved in disaster relief in Texas and around the world since 1967. Nationally, TBM serves through the North American Mission Board, the third largest voluntary disast...

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Ministerial Excellence Grant FAQs

MINISTERIAL EXCELLENCE MATCHING GRANT Frequently Asked Questions What is the grant for? Lilly Endowment, Inc., has generously granted the seed money for the Ministerial Excellence Matching Grant Fund as a key part of their nationwide initiative to address financial challenges that impact pastor effectiveness. Research has shown th...

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MHDO Week of Prayer

2017 HIGHLIGHTED MINISTRIES Since its beginning 20 years ago, CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S JOB CORPS® has existed to prepare women for life and employment in a mission context where women are mentored and nurtured. CWJC seeks to minister to women who are living in some form of poverty, be it personal, spiritual, or profes...

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Bible Drill & Speakers' Tournament

What is Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament 2.0?  A discipleship ministry of scripture memory and application for children and students to internalize the magnitude of God’s love for each one of us.  It is scripture memory, Bible skills, and speech preparation for children and youth to internalize and respo...

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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. Topics The Facts .topic { height: 0; padding-bottom: 100...

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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. View Map [ A - E ] [ F - J ] [ K - O ] [ P - T ] [ U - Z ] Abilene-Callahan Association Dr. Larry Tarver, DOM (Abilene, Callahan) P.O. Box 5228 Abilene, TX 79608 Phone (...

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Magazine, Volume 5 Issue 5

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Harvey Response

En Español About one-quarter of our Texas Baptists congregations–more than 1,200–are located in the Gulf Coast area affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding which occurred from Aug. 25-Sept.1, 2017. While we are working to determine the condition of these churches, and find ways to help those in...

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Church2Church

Church2Church Partnerships There are many ways a church can help, but sometimes the best way to make an impact in the aftermath of a disaster is to partner with a church directly affected by the disaster. We are collecting names and locations of churches across the Gulf Coast that are in need of help. Please consider partnering wi...

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Disaster Response

GIVE NOW WMU of Texas Hurricane Harvey Response The rain came down in torrents.  The flood waters rose.  The winds toppled trees, buildings, signs, and more.  When the storm subsided, the damage revealed was staggering.  How do you plan for an unanticipated natural disaster the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey?&nb...

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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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TBMF Awards Luncheon 2017

Monday, November 13, 201711:30 AM Baylor Club - McLane Stadium1001 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Waco, TX 76704 Honoring Robert H. PinderAdventurer Awardfor Leadership in MissionsAbout this "Adventurer" Adventurer Award RecipientROBERT H. PINDER The Adventurer Award honors an individual or organization who advanced missio...

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Micah 6:8 Conference - Christian Life Commission

DO JUSTICE. LOVE MERCY. WALK HUMBLY. REGISTER NOW Speakers Steven Corbett Co-author of When Helping Hurts Eric Mason Lifeway Author and Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia Jenny Yang Vice President of Advocacy for World Relief Date: March 23 & 24, 2018Location: Sugar Land Baptist Church16755 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land...

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Texas Baptists

November 12-14 • Waco, TX News from Annual Meeting Video from Annual Meeting Coming Soon Disaster Recovery More than 1,200 of our congregations are located in the Gulf Coast area affected by Hurricane Harvey. To help our churches you can pray, give, partner or volunteer. Get involved Churches asking for help Texas Baptis...

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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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A beautiful mosaic

Diverse...We all would love to use this word to describe our worship experience. But is that the true depiction of what we see on Sunday morning?Texas Baptists is no doubt an ultra diverse association of Baptist churches, but what about each church individually? If we ALL were to assemble in one place, we would resemble a beautiful...

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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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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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On a Mission in Mission

By: Molly LivingstoneFor many, the Saturday before Memorial Day means going to the lake, grilling burgers and relaxing with friends and family. However, for a group of students in Texas it meant driving to south Texas, checking blood pressure, and attempting to overcome language boundaries. The group consisted of 11 people; includi...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bible Study: What is Open Group?

When we examine the Great Commission passage of Matthew 28:19-20, several important words are customarily highlighted - "go," "teach," "observe." The word rarely mentioned is "them." What an incredibly important word that should draw our continued attention as Sunday School leaders, focusing our efforts toward reaching the lost in...

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Uniforms: They're elementary

DALLAS - Join Texas Baptists, Dallas Baptist Association and First Baptist Church in Dallas as they partner to provide uniforms and Bibles for every student of George W. Truett Elementary School.The three partners are working together to raise $15,000 to provide a uniform and Bible for each of the more than 1,000 students enrolled...

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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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Truett Elementary: God still cares

More than 96 percent of the students at George W. Truett Elementary School in Dallas are economically disadvantaged. Many of them come from refugee families who come to the area with very little. As a result, nearly 70 percent of them are considered "at-risk." In many ways, the more than 1,000 students - above what other public ele...

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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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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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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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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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Baby Boomers: A harvest waiting to take place

ALLEN - The largest cohort of Americans also happens to be the one that's living longer than all those who came before it.That's no coincidence, claims Amy Hanson, the featured speaker at a conference entitled "Catching the Baby Boomer Wave," sponsored by Texas Baptists' Bible Study/Discipleship Department, First Baptist Church in...

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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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'The Art of Black Preaching'

SAN ANTONIO - The energetic call and response style of African American preaching garners the attention of those who have witnessed its finest practitioners.But "the art of Black Preaching" is found in the heart of its message: transformation is possible through Christ.Pastors call African American churches to cling faithfully to C...

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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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A world away, a single bag in hand

DALLAS - The world is coming to Texas, landing at the airport with a single bag.Texas is the leading point of arrival for refugees, who often land with all of their belongings in an issued bag. With this small cache of items, a family will begin a new life in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar customs."There's gold in those bags,"...

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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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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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Texas Baptists increase giving to SBC by 2.7%

DALLAS - Texas Baptists' giving to the Southern Baptist Convention for 2013 has increased by 2.7% as compared to giving reports from the same time period in 2012.From January through September of 2013, Texas Baptist churches gave $8.5 million to support the SBC Cooperative Program, compared with $8.3 million in 2012.Trends in annua...

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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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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: 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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Executive Board adopts Engage24 as emphasis for Texas Baptists

DALLAS - During their Feb. 25 meeting, the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board voted to adopt Engage24, challenging every Texas Baptist to share the gospel with at least one person on Oct. 14, 2014. This day of intentional evangelism will be held in conjunction with a National Collegiate Ministry initiative to share...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Colorado: Make the most of every opportunity

I am serving with church planters in Loveland, Colo., this summer. Recently, we had opportunities to put into practice Colossians 4:5, which says, "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity."Usually on Sundays, we get to church two hours early to unload the trailer and set up for worship servic...

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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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Follow me

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 to specific places and specific tasks to which others may not be called.  ...

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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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Child Safety Policy Manual

Having a Child Safety Policy Manual can be one of the most important steps a church can take in helping to protect its children and prevent liability. Here are a few of the major things to think about when creating a Child Safety Policy Manual: First, we recommend that you create a team or committee of highly qualified members from...

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The Eve Contention

Jim Henderson's recent book, The Resignation of Eve: What if Adam’s Rib is No Longer Willing to Be the Church’s Backbone? (Tyndale House Publishers, 2012), brings to light some startling statistics concerning decreases in women’s church involvement. According to research conducted by the Barna group, over the 20 years between...

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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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Jay Abernathy

Name: Jay Abernathy Wife: Kelle (McHan) Abernathy of Abilene, TX Children: Hannah (married to Trevor Brown, youth pastor at FBC Round Rock), Hayley (a Master's of Social Work student at Baylor), Caleb (a Freshman at Baylor) Church: First Baptist Church of Palestine, TX Number of years: 14 Attendance: 250 Where did you grow up? I s...

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Alliance Education Initiative

Church: Alliance Church, LubbockPastor: Jesse RinconesInitiative: Alliance Education Initiative What is one thing your church has had success with in the local community? We have been working to bring awareness to and address the educational challenges facing the Hispanic community, both inside and outside the church. This “one t...

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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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Pastors rally in prayer at the border

MCALLEN-Over 50 Hispanic pastors, leaders and family members gathered in McAllen July 26, to pray over the current circumstances regarding the Central American families and unaccompanied minors crossing the border. The prayer event served as the kickoff of "For His Children," an initiative of the National Hispanic Christian Leader...

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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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New York: Busy summer ends

Sadly, our summer interns are leaving New York City. It was such a privilege to serve with these 15 young adults for two months. I learned so much from them. Helping coordinate this summer internship was a privilege and a blessing. It feels different now that our Metropolitan New York Baptist Association mission house is empty.The...

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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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Vision 6000

Church: First Baptist Church of El PasoPastor: Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr.Initiative: "Vision 6000"What is one thing your church has had success with in the local community?“Vision 6000" seeks to stir the imagination and dreams of our people to envision touching the lives of 1% of the population of El Paso with the gospel of Jesus C...

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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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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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Racism undermines justice and unity

"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24) A young man has been killed in Missouri. Michael Brown, an unarmed African American man, died from six gunshots fired by a white police officer. Race should not be an issue, but far too many African American men have died under simil...

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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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Fajita Feed

No, we aren't feeding fajitas. We are feeding students. About 1,800 of them, in the middle of campus, at lunch time, on the first day of the semester. The Father has blessed the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) to be a part of its official "Welcome Week" activities, and Fajita Feed is one of...

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Collegiate Ministry

Department: Center for Collegiate Ministry, Go Now Missions and Texas BSM Staffers: Bruce McGowan - State BSM Director; Joyce Ashcraft - Ministry and Regional Coordinator; Brenda Sanders - Missions Consultant; Robert Hooker - Evangelism Consultant; Ginger Bowman - Church Life Consultant; Katie Gravens - Leadership C...

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​Texas Baptists raise $182,000 for hunger through Mother’s Day Offering

DALLAS - Texas Baptists gave more than $182,000 to help end hunger and poverty through the Second Annual Mother's Day Hunger Offering. These gifts are used for hunger relief and anti-poverty programs both in Texas and abroad. “As Texas Baptists we heed God's call to minister to those in need, in Texas and around the world," said...

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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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Texas Baptists responds to the ebola crisis in West Africa

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery has been in communication with the Baptist World Aid Alliance, Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convention and the Virginia Baptist Convention regarding the Ebola crisis situation in West Africa. All of these organizations are working with ground personnel in the West African countries of Li...

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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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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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Blessed to be called by Christ

This past week I had the privilege of praying with one of the staff members which I am working alongside of through Go Now Missions. This staff member had shared with us during our evening devotions on Sunday that her mother was greatly sick, sick to the point of being unable to talk and she wanted for us to pray for her. We all pr...

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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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Understanding the city and the culture

Cities are known for their cultures and for their role of influence in societies. Also, there are other forces, which are constantly shaping the city and its cultures. But today, it is crucial for us to understand the city, the communities within the city and their cultures in order to collaborate in ministry and serve the differen...

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Christian Life Commission adopts statement on Islamic state and religious persecution

The Christian Life Commission (CLC) has adopted a statement on the Islamic state and religious persecution, inviting leaders to continue protective efforts and encouraging churches to pray.The terror group ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has been coercing people to choose between fleeing their homes and living in fear...

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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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Ebola crisis leads to starvation; Texas Baptists send 570,000 meals in response

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri - Though media is flooded with news of the Ebola crisis, a calamity nearly as fatal—starvation—has risen in West African countries due to the virus. In response to this dire need, Dallas-based Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR), in partnership with Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Missouri, shipped 250...

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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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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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Houston subpoenas raise religious liberty concerns

The City of Houston gained national attention last week as a result of subpoenas sent to five local pastors seeking "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by or approved by you or in your possession."CLC Direct...

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India in Arlington

The room reaches a sweltering temperature as hundreds of bodies move and collide in circles, jumping and swaying to traditional Indian dance steps. The sounds of drums, violins and melodic pitches fill the room. The DJ plays a current Indian pop song and the crowd roars; the room looks like a musical number from a Bollywood movie...

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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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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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Rays of hope result from counseling

A senior pastor struggling with his marriage. A worship pastor battling a pornography addiction. A youth pastor wrestling with depression. A children's pastor trying to cope with anxiety. A minister's spouse dealing with depression after a forced termination. A ministry couple struggling with a child embracing an alternative lifest...

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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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Good Grief: A Way through the Holidays after a Loved One Dies

My favorite cartoon to watch is, and will always be, A Charlie Brown Christmas. There is something so poignant and sad, yet celebratory, about the story. On one hand, Charlie Brown works so hard to make Christmas special, and all he ends up with is a small, insignificant tree. On the other hand, the cartoon probably has the most me...

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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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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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​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 elect diverse officer panel

WACO - Texas Baptists have elected the most diverse officer panel in the 129-year history of the Annual Meeting. Kathy Hillman, messenger from Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, has been elected President, marking the second woman to hold the office. The election was held during the Monday afternoon Business Session in Chishol...

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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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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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TBMF hosts award luncheon during Annual Meeting

WACO - Friends and supporters of the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) gathered together for the 2014 Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Awards Luncheon held in Waco, during the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists. This year, TBMF presented three awards in recognition of work in missions in the state of Texas.Bill Arnold, presid...

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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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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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Taking up the cause of the afflicted and poor – Leah Gonzalez, day 4

This is the 4th guest blog post in a series of 10 by Leah Gonzalez, a master's degree student in social work at the University of Texas in Austin and a graduate of Howard Payne University.While researching predatory lending and its impact, I found a fairly consistent voice of opposition from religiously affiliated organizations. Tr...

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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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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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Political leaders still need to address immigration issues

Recently, President Obama announced steps he is taking to help undocumented immigrants living in our country. The executive action increases border security in addition to providing temporary relief for some families and individuals.Despite the President's actions, the immigration system remains broken and in need of significant at...

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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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‘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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CLC shines the light of Christ

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light." Isaiah 9:2 Just as the wise men were led by a bright star, we too are led by the Light. We are no longer in darkness, but we live in a world surrounded by suffering, famine, sickness, hurt and chaos. During the holiday season, we focus on the gift of Christ to a dying and da...

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You are not alone

Last Sunday, I walked into church with two friends looking for a place to sit. I saw one of our elderly ladies sitting by herself, so I walked up and asked if we could join her. She hugged me and said, "Yes, of course! I hate sitting alone. Thank you so much for joining me."She has been widowed for several years and she went on to...

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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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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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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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Texas Baptists sign lease for new Dallas office space

Texas Baptists executives signed a lease agreement on December 29, 2014, for new office space in Dallas approximately eight miles north of its current building location.More than two years ago, Baylor University approached Texas Baptists executives in regards to purchasing the Baptist Building on 333 N. Washington Ave. in Dallas fo...

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CLC Advocacy Day

CLC Advocacy Day will be held Thursday, March 5, at First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 302 W. 13th St., Austin, TX 78701. The CLC Advocacy Day is an opportunity for you to participate in the work of the CLC. Your voice is vital to our success so please join Kathryn Freeman and Dr. Gus Reyes for their first CLC Advo...

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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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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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Advocacy: Why Should Texas Baptists Care?

More Texans and more Christians should be engaged in our government, this is especially true of Christians. Only 9 percent of Texans have contacted their elected officials, according to the Annette Strauss Institute Texas Civic Health Index. Given the small number of Texans contacting their elected officials imagine the outsized in...

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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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​7 Essentials Before You Pack for a Mission Trip

God has called us to change the world. There have been many forays into changing our world through humanitarian efforts. While each have their positives, they only change the present without an eternal perspective. Feeding the hungry, cleansing the water of the thirsty and repairing the huts of the homeless are wonderful and heart...

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Removing obstacles to evangelism

When Leslie Strobel became a Christian, she was so excited about the new life she had in Christ. But, she was also heavily burdened for her husband, Lee. A self-proclaimed atheist who actively pursued hedonism and pleasure over spiritual matters, Lee was far from Christ and Leslie worried that he would never be able to come to fai...

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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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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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Church Target Marketing

Have you ever heard of the "inch deep and mile wide" theory? This theory states that while our network may be vast, sometimes our connections aren't very rich. We often think our success hinges on how many people show up at our Sunday service, event or conference, but have we ever questioned if turnout equals effectiveness?The firs...

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​Did You Know It Pays to Prey on the Poor In Texas?

An unexpected medical bill, car trouble, buying school supplies, a funeral or a summer utility bill—one or many of these expenses have pushed countless Texans to the financial brink. Needing a way to meet the unexpected expense, many families turn to payday and auto title lenders who are all too happy to profit off of people's m...

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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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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 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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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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WOW: Christian Kid Jams from the 90s

When someone tells you to "Go West," do you automatically follow it up with "Young Man?" If so, you might be a Christian kid of the 90s like me. I grew up as a PK (pastor's kid) in East Texas where we jammed out with the best of them - Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Michael W.Smith - you know the ones. I was talking with a coup...

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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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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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6 decisions staff children want you to make

Raising kids is messy! I don't mean teaching them to bake with flour all over the kitchen messy. I don't mean having muddy tracks through the house after playing outside messy. I don't mean the handprints on the wall, crayon murals in the bedroom or a water-logged baseboard around the tub messy. What I do mean is that raising kids...

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Operation Giver: Baptist Autonomy

Operation Giver is a project connecting young Texas Baptists with older professors, pastors and theologians to discuss Baptist Distinctives. Similar to the book, The Giver, our goal is to pass on wisdom from seasoned Baptists to the up-and-coming generation. While times continually change, the beliefs we share as Texas Baptists ha...

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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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The voice of the church

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

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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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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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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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#winning

The challenge of staying culturally 'relevant' as a church and as the Christian faith has become like a bi-athlete trying to hit a moving target. The exhausting task of trying to figure out what "the kids are into these days" can be confusing, deceiving and hopeless for the ill-equipped. Merely locating the target is no longer suff...

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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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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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Reyes to testify in support of House Bill 3567

AUSTIN–This morning, Gus Reyes, director of the Christian Life Commission, will be testifying in support of a bill by Rep. Scott Sanford (Executive Pastor at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen). The bill will be heard in Texas House State Affairs. HB 3567 protects religious organizations, or entities controlled by religious...

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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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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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The mission of the Church in an ever-changing world

God continues His mission of redeeming, restoring and reconciling the world unto Himself. His ultimate goal is to transform the world to what He originally intended. Can you imagine a community, a place where nothing is missing, nothing is broken and everything is as it should be? God is in the process of bringing His Shalom (His...

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​Taking in the Stranger

At a point in his ministry, Jesus identified with the stranger among others -- the hungry, thirsty and prisoner -- the people whose lives indicated some sort of social or economic disconnectedness.Jesus came to show people how to belong with God and each other. Sometimes that relational notion is inappropriately set apart from the...

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5 Keys to Kingdom Work

"To do the work of God, the Church must have a mission. It's in the Great Commandment and in the Great Commission." -Toby Snowdensee Mark 12:29-31 & Matthew 28:18-20.Just as a key is used to open a door, these five keys can assist us in opening doors for Kingdom work.Win Souls"He who wins souls is wise" Proverbs 11:30The Apostl...

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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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2015 State Youth Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament winners named

Eighty-seven youth representing 35 churches competed in the Texas Baptist State Youth Bible Drill and Speaker's Tournament May 1 and 2 at the Baptist Building in Dallas. Prior to the competition, students competed in one of the five regional events across the state. For 2015, there were 827 participants in Bible Drill and Speaker...

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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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​Help for dealing with a changing culture

The American culture seems to be getting away from us; that, at least, is how many Christians with more traditional values feel.One of the most seriously threatened values is the sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman for life. First, we saw the "for life" part mostly fall away as divorce grew more common, and now the...

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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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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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Ebola Free Liberia Baptists Say, “Thank You”

We received the following letter from Olu Menjay, president of Liberia Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention, Inc, vice president of the Baptist World Alliance and principal/chief administrative officer of the Ricks Institute. He gives his thanks with a grateful heart, and thanks you for your prayers and tangible support...

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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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Operation Giver: Voluntary church cooperation

Operation Giver is a project connecting young Texas Baptists with older professors, pastors and theologians to discuss Baptist Distinctives. Similar to the book, The Giver, our goal is to pass on wisdom from seasoned Baptists to the up-and-coming generation. While times continually change, the beliefs we share as Texas Baptists hav...

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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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Executive Board encouraged by testimonies of BSMs, discuss church planting increases

DALLAS - Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) directors are being missional on college campuses, a place not like any other in America, Bruce McGowan, director of Collegiate Ministries shared with Executive Board members on Monday, May 18, during their May board meeting in Dallas. "Thousands of students are gathered together with a commo...

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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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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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A burdened heart for the lost, Former FBC Shallowater pastor joins evangelism team

Texas Baptists welcomes Mitch Wilson, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Shallowater, as director of church evangelism. In his 19 years of pastoring at FBC Shallowater, which is located just seven miles outside of Lubbock, Wilson developed a burden for the lost and felt a tug on his heart to research data in Lubbock County...

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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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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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Jurassic World: Is bigger and better ever enough?

Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen Jurassic World yet and you plan on seeing it, you may want to wait to read this post since a few plot points may be given away. Just when you thought T-Rex was the scariest possible villain you could image, Jurassic World proves that scarier dinosaurs are possible. While I'm not a well-respected...

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Culp and Spooner receive Texas Baptist Legacy Awards

INDEPENDENCE—Deep in the heart of Texas at historic Independence Baptist Church, friends, family and former co-workers of Jim Culp and Bernie Spooner gathered to honor the veteran denominational leaders at the annual Texas Baptist Legacy Awards presentation on June 7.Culp and Spooner cumulatively devoted more than four decades to...

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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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Legislature says “I Do” to Pastor Protection Act

On June 11, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the so-called Pastor Protection Act that protects religious organizations and their employees from performing or participating in marriages that conflict with "sincerely held religious beliefs." The Christian Life Commission and its director of public policy, Kathryn Freeman, worked with faith le...

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Child abuse is everyone's business

Country singer Kacey Musgraves' single, "Biscuits," is gaining popularity. The message of the song can be summed up in the line that advises, "Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy." It's a catchy and clever restatement of the familiar idiom, "mind your own business." In today's society, we've heard so many variations of t...

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Moving Past #PrayforCharleston

Last Wednesday evening, a 21-year-old white man walked into Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, sat through Bible study and then murdered nine African Americans: State Senator and Pastor Clementa Pickney; librarian Cynthia Hurd; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.; speech therapist and mom Sharonda Singleton; Bible study teacher Myra...

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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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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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Answered Prayers in Connecticut

I want to share the story of Pastor Josh. Pastor Josh graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1987. When he was 16, he said he went on a mission trip and that summer is when he had a heart for his high school and knew he needed to be doing something for his peers. That next fall, he went back to school, and he and a friend went to t...

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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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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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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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Learning truth in South Africa

A few things I've learned (and relearned) from being here in South Africa, reading a bunch of great books and hearing some awesome speakers.Comfort is my sworn enemy. It also is a great enemy of so many American churches. Jesus did not call us to be comfortable. Having church in a tin shack in the cold with a bunch of youth who spe...

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An introduction to hospitality

My grandmother breathes hospitality in and out all day long. Preparing and serving food for others gives her purpose and happiness. She brings people together, no matter their background, around a common table. I have and continue to learn a lot from her. She inspires me to wonder, dream and imagine what hospitality is and why I, a...

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College connection for your high school grad

At the end of the school year, high school seniors are recognized and their future plans are celebrated by family, friends and their local church. In the coming months, many students likely will be taking classes at junior colleges, colleges and universities within the state of Texas. Have you equipped your graduates with informati...

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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 Mineral Wells Set to Kick Off

We had a great time in Moore, Oklahoma last week, and now, BOUNCE staff has arrived in Mineral Wells, Texas for another week of serving the community. About 70 BOUNCERS will be arriving tomorrow afternoon to kick off BOUNCE in Mineral Wells. Our participating Churches this week are Brazos Meadows Baptist Church of Waco, First Bapti...

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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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Building the Kingdom

This week I spent in my favorite sitting chair, with a fractured leg elevated just so. That's a fun story involving a sense of adventure, no sense of balance and a pushy youth group. In between calcium-rich snacking and glimpsing through that stack of books I spent the last nine months swearing I'd read eventually, I find myself mi...

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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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We're Ready To Bounce!

We had a great time in Mineral Wells, Texas last week! Now, BOUNCE staff has arrived in San Marcos, Texas for another week of serving the community. About 65 BOUNCERS will be arriving tomorrow afternoon to kick off our last BOUNCE of summer 2015 in San Marcos. Our participating Churches this week are Cowboy Fellowship of Jourdanton...

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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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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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Young adults (myself included) and the church

At the African American Fellowship Conference in Sugar Land last week, Reverend Tomiko Jones of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield outlined a few important points churches need to make in regards to reaching the 21 to 39-year-old age group. The biggest discrepancy in the modern church is older members wanting younger people mor...

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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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Back to School

This month, many parents will find themselves frantically roaming the aisles at Target for school supplies, children will select their first day of school outfits, and with far less fanfare, teachers have begun setting up their classrooms.Recently, there has been a lot of handwringing about the state of public schools related to br...

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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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Lessons from a life lived well

A beautiful blonde woman is pictured looking upward beyond the eye of the camera that is photographing her. Her mouth forms a slight, very sweet smile.It is a picture that should not be in a newspaper, at least not on the page where it is printed. It's on the page titled "Funerals and Memorials."Twenty-six-year-old Natalie Dailey d...

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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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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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Hurting for Law Enforcement

The lead headline in Wednesday's USA Today may elicit sadness, anger, concern, or any number of reactions -- "Chilling: 4th Cop Slain in 9 Days."Gliniewicz, Goforth, Nelson, and Vincent are the names of the four slain officers. We grieve with their families.The cop world is dangerous. Cops have guns, and it seems everyone else has...

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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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They don't have the gospel

Last week, as we were walking outside to get our scooters and leave our supervisor's apartment, our supervisor came outside and showed us something. We had been hearing firecrackers go off all night and he pointed out why.Ghost Holiday.Just a few feet away, lining both sides of the sidewalk were little areas, encircled with white p...

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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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Atchison named director of Great Commission Team

DALLAS–On Sept. 16, Texas Baptists welcomed Delvin Atchison, former pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Waco, as director of the Great Commission Team.Dr. David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, announced the formation of the Great Commission Team as part of the convention restructure at the February Executive Board...

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For the city

The following prayer guide is a monthly outline of ways to pray for Texas Cities. It is specifically for churches and church leaders in these cities. Our prayer is that the Kingdom of God will be advanced and these churches will be encouraged. Also that they will be healthy as the work to be the church in our urban areas.Please use...

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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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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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Vision-casting for missions during budget time

In my work, I hear churches talk about wanting to get back on mission in the community. However, until a church puts actual dollars towards this goal, it is very unlikely it is ever going to happen.As the groups who put the budget together sit down each year look at what the spending will be for the next year, the budget needs to i...

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Living life to the fullest in Wales: Part 1

"I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10 Students have arrived in Bangor, and the town has new life. A university town with no university students is a quiet town. Before, the town would become eerily quiet at around six when all the cafes and shops started to close. There was no night-life, and not m...

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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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How to embrace your place

Most of our lives in the ministry, we have lived in places not readily recognized by many people. When asked where we lived, our answers sounded like this: "It's in Hill County, just North of Hillsboro." "On the outskirts of Wichita Falls." "Midway between Dallas and Texarkana." Now we live in a city so famous we don't even have to...

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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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From brokenness to redeemed: Community transformation and the church

When teaching His disciples how to pray, Jesus declared to the Father, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). His prayer was an invitation for redemption – but it was also a bit of a cliffhanger.How does a community go from brokenness to redeemed as it is in heaven? What does it look l...

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Handling the Cheapest of Commodities: Criticism

Criticism is everywhere. It's a constant. If you're in any form of ministry leadership (or any kind of public service), you don't have to go looking for it. People offer it for free, especially church people. It is the cheapest of today's commodities in our hyper-opinionated culture.So, how do we handle it when it comes our way?In...

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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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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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Baptist Distinctives

Baptists are a fellowship of Christians who…Hold certain beliefsGod as Father, Son, and Holy SpiritThe Lordship of Jesus ChristThe Bible as the sole written authority for faith and practiceSoul competency, accountability, and responsibilitySalvation only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord as SaviorThe security of...

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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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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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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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Hispanic Baptists rally around Baptist Distinctives

Hispanic Baptists gathered Sunday night at a rally, which marked the end of the Hispanic leadership conference and the beginning of the broader Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. "This year's focus is the Baptist distinctives; we're emphasizing who we are as Baptists and what makes us unique," said Rolando Rodriguez, director of Hispa...

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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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​Evangelism efforts produce good fruit in Texas

Though he's new to his role in the convention, Great Commission Team Director Delvin Atchison already has big dreams for what Texas Baptists can accomplish in our state and beyond. During Monday's evangelism luncheon at Annual Meeting, Atchison preached on "dreaming in league with God" and the story of Joseph in Genesis 37. "We're...

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​Baptism in today's church

On Monday morning of the 2015 Annual Meeting, Stephen Stookey, a fellow of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, and Dr. Alan Lefever, director of the Texas Baptists Historical Collection, led a workshop on "Believer's Baptism and Church Membership."Baptism has been the center of the faith since before the Christian church was formed...

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Building Community Through the Observance of the Lord's Supper

There is not a Gospel message, which cannot be shared around the table, according to presenters at "Beyond Words: Building Community Through the Observance of the Lord's Supper", an Annual Meeting workshop led by Jennifer Garcia Bashaw, assistant professor of religion, and Emily Row Prevost, director of ministry guidance and assist...

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Honors Three at Annual Luncheon

The 2015 Mission Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation took place during the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists in Frisco on Nov. 9. Greeting those who had gathered for the luncheon held at ParkwayHills Baptist Church, Bill Arnold, president of TBMF, thanked those who had supported the Foundation through...

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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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First Things First

At the Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting, I taught a workshop on "Advocacy As Evangelism." During the workshop, I shared how advocacy could be a tool for evangelism and community transformation.At the end of the workshop, a gentleman asked if I was promoting advocacy for advocacy's sake. I was prepared for the question, because lately...

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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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How to practice healthy boundaries

In the 1990's, when my dad was a pastor, he and my mom set certain boundaries they fiercely protected both at home and church. There were no cell phones around us at that time. If the land-line phone rang during dinner, they didn't answer it. My dad would not respond to people until the next morning when he was back at the church o...

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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: 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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Do you have Christmas expectations?

The turkey buzz is over. This week alone we have five Christmas parties! I am tired just making my checklist of what to bring to each party, what to wear, scheduling childcare, etc ... As I thought about what to write for this blog my heart was overcome with the emotions and stress of the season. I want to be joyful and sentimental...

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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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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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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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How Moldova changed the way I see missions

This winter I served in Moldova where I got to fit needy children with a new pair of shoes and share the Gospel with them. I went in not knowing what to expect, sure I had prayed and I researched the country but I still didn't know what would happen or how the children and people from the country would receive us.During the week we...

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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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Becoming New York street sweepers

It was Christmas day. My bags were packed and my heart was ready to serve on the mission field in New York City. I left Texas the following morning, arriving in New York City with the anticipation of my team concentrating our efforts solely in the Chinatowns of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Flushing. Although I was sent by Go Now Mission...

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Even the smallest gesture of obedience

Over Christmas break, Go Now Missions mobilized student missionaries around the world, including to New York, where a team served Chinese churches. Eliud Valle, student from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, tells a testimony from one of the unique encounters he had on the trip:I wasn't very excited about going out to random s...

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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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MLK offers insights that can still help Christians confront injustice

Every adult American can hear in their minds the voice, rhetorical skills, and moving words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. He had the ability to move people with his spoken words in a manner possible of few people in history. He made the phrase, "I have a dream," forever a part of the American experience. Behind King's powerfu...

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​Nonviolence became MLK's defining method of seeking justice

Many people know of Martin Luther King, Jr., as a champion of nonviolence. This was not new to African American churches.William D. Watley said King's theological and ethical perspective, including the belief in nonviolence, "was founded on the bedrock of black religion and then shaped by his formal theological education." King's f...

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Ministers, church employees invited to participate in 2016 SBC Church Compensation Survey

DALLAS — GuideStone Financial Resources, along with LifeWay Research and Baptist state conventions, have opened the biennial SBC Church Compensation Survey for 2016. Ministers and church employees are invited to participate in the survey, a resource used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. Survey p...

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It's all in a name: names and descriptions that work for Sunday School classes

I responded to a question from a pastor recently asking about how to select a name for and describe a new Sunday School class they were about to start for young married couples. The principles which informed my answer are universal, and may be of interest to anyone thinking about starting new units or renaming existing units in you...

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All Rights Reserved: Guidelines for Super Evangelism Sunday

Sunday, February 7, the Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The Super Bowl is not only the most watched sporting event in North America, it is the most watched television broadcast in America of any kind. According to Variety, last year's Super Bowl was the most watched television event in American h...

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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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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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Baptist University of the Américas to relocate entire campus

SAN ANTONIO – Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) students will enjoy a modern campus when they move into one building that provides more square footage and up-to-date facilities for Fall 2016. The 68-year-old university on the Southside that educates Hispanic ministers from 23 countries is relocating its entire c...

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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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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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Raising Highly Capable Kids program sees continued growth around the state

FORT WORTH—With flowers in hand, students at W.J. Turner Elementary School in Fort Worth assembled in the school's auditorium last week to witness an extraordinary sight—their parents' graduation. Seventeen parents took the stage to receive their diplomas for completing 13 weeks of classes based around the curriculum R...

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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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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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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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Today we have hope, today we are fed: Texas Baptist Hunger Offering at Work

Ruth sat at a table in the two-room shack where she lived with her abusive husband and four hungry children in the Dominican Republic. She stared at a cup of tea in her hand that would cause her to abort a fifth child she was now carrying."Ruth! Ruth!" She heard Rosa Elena calling her name from across the street. It became a God-mo...

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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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Why does mental health matter to me?

Have you heard that 1 out of 5 adults in the US will experience some type of mental health issue this year? Recently I spoke to a church on the subject of mental illness and used this statistic. One gentleman raised his hand and somewhat jokingly said "I'm looking around and there are about 40 people in this room….so you mean th...

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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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What Else Can a Parent Ask For

Since our two sons were little, we've stressed the importance of going to college and earning a bachelor's degree. Even more, we have stressed the need to go ahead and work towards earning a master's degree, since competition in the job market seems to increase every day. Now, our oldest is in his last semester of high school and...

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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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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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For God and Country

On May 20-22, three churches will hear the stories and testimonies of those that have served our state and country through a special event "For God and Country." Highlighting a different speaker for each day, this free event focuses on encouragement and the redemptive power of Jesus' blood. Hardened criminals, war-touched veterans...

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Why the church must be involved in caring for those with mental health issues

According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2014, 18.1% of U. S. adults aged 18 or older had experienced some form of mental illness within the past year. This statistic translated into an estimated 43.6 million adults, or 1 out of every 5 adults, and did not even include the millions of children with m...

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Now What? What to do the Day After A Life-Changing Experience

We have all been there. We’ve gone to a life changing conference or heard an amazing sermon or even just had a really amazing quiet time to start our day and afterwards, we are super charged and ready to do amazing things for God. We are going to change the world! And then, we step outside our door or return home or enter our...

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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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A Short Walk to Another World: Reflections on ministry on the border

On a beautiful clear Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to join Josue Valerio, director of the Missions Team, and my daughter Kalie Lowrie, publications manager for Texas Baptists, on an outing to help train a handful of pastors in the Juarez Valley. Our day began with a short walk over an International Bridge from El Paso int...

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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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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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Nourishing bodies and minds in Sri Lanka: Texas Baptist Hunger Offering

In villages across Sri Lanka, many mothers struggle with the harsh reality that they are unable to provide healthy food for their children to eat. Many are either too poor to put food on the table consistently, or they don’t know what healthy food is and how nutrition impacts the bodies and minds of their growing children. Ch...

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New Hunger Offering video released

Good news! The new Texas Baptist Hunger Offering video is ready to watch and share! This video provides an overview of the Hunger Offering, highlights footage of people impacted by Hunger Offering initiatives, and displays the gospel in action. Not to mention it has cool graphics created by my friend, Josef. I recently ate at Whata...

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Want to Minister to People Who Live with Mental Illness? Here’s Where to Start

Imagine this. You are a soldier, a veteran of war. The experiences that have made you stronger have also left your body marked by scars. The battles you have survived have helped you discover previously unknown parts of yourself that both make you proud and terrify you. Your training shows in the way you walk, the way you talk and...

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CLC offers National Day of Prayer Guide

Today is the National Day of Prayer. As I sat down to compile the the CLC’s prayer guide, the song, “Build Your Kingdom Here,” by the Rend Collective started playing on my streaming service. In it, the band sings, “build Your kingdom here, let the darkness fear, show Your mighty hand, heal our streets and la...

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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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Sharing your faith in a digital space

It’s hard for me to remember a time before the internet. I vividly recall my first foray into dial-up and our family’s shared AOL account when I was just starting middle school and it seems like the world has not been the same since. The Digital Age has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. In order to get infor...

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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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Youth compete for top spot at 2016 State Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament

During the month of April, 819 youth representing, 115 Texas Baptist churches, showcased their talents in finding and reading Bible verses and reciting speeches through five regional Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournaments. On April 30, regional winners competed for the top spot at the State Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tour...

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New Life In Christian Community - A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

A baby shower seems simple. Gifts, flowers, laughter; the party is a time of preparation and celebration of new life and a growing family. Love and expectancy are the essence of life in Christ. And while this practice may seem commonplace to some, it can make all the difference for a new mom in a new country. Dr. Samira Izadi Page...

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What the new overtime regulation means for your church

On May 17, 2016*, the Obama administration announced that it will increase the salary threshold for determining if an employee is eligible for overtime pay to $47,476.00 annually. This is an increase from the current threshold of $23,660.00 and this new regulation goes into effect on December 1 of this year. This new regulation doe...

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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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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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Hello, Summer 2016!

The BOUNCE staff is excited to welcome this summer’s students! We are eager to meet the churches serving in Dallas this week: FBC Dimmit, FBC Crockett, FBC Plano, Kingwood FBC, Southwest Park Baptist Church, Stoneburg Baptist Church, and Wylie Baptist Church. There will be approximately 175 students and student leaders lodgin...

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It's Time to Begin!

Despite traffic and weather conditions, all of the Mission teams arrived to Duncanville’s First Baptist Church today! We are so excited to get to know people from these churches all over Texas. There are about 175 students and leaders who made it here safely from Plano, Wylie, Dimmit, Crockett, Southwest Park, Stoneburg, and...

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Is there a sign on my forehead?

Sometimes a client will ask me if there is a sign on his/her forehead that says something to the effect of, “Abuse me, I’m a target.” Of course there is no sign, but at times negative reoccurrences in a life leads one to wonder if indeed there is a sign. The truth is, to God’s people, and especially God&rsqu...

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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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Go Time

Participants awoke bright and early this morning to eat breakfast and head out to their worksites. 7am was Go Time, when we commissioned our students and sent them out to serve Christ in the Dallas community. Brian Pearce, Mission Coordinator, encouraged them by reminding them of the gospel and the motivation that comes from being...

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Bartlesville Participants Arrive

Our six churches have arrived safely today. Most of the groups stayed the night in Oklahoma last night and drove to Bartlesville this afternoon. From Crosswinds Community Church, FBC Nacogdoches, New Harmony Baptist Church, Eastern Heights Baptist Church, Frio Baptist Church, and Baptist Temple Church, the BOUNCE team is glad to ha...

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A new opportunity to share God’s word in Haiti

In Haiti, I met a “crazy” man – one for whom I had prayed to encounter. We had been in clinic for two days, yet I had not had a single opportunity to share the Gospel with a person who did not know Christ. It bothered me so much that I asked my supervisor to explain the clinic tickets were allocated among the comm...

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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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What to Look for in a New Church

As a transfer student from a tiny community college in North Texas to the now-third largest university in the state, there were a lot of things on my mind as I made the move an hour and a half away from home. High up on my agenda was finding a new church in the city I would soon call home for the academic year. I’m a church k...

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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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Hope for lives to be transformed

As Joe Padilla visits with pastors and church leaders about mental health recovery, he often finds hearts willing to help, but ill-equipped to do so. After walking through his own personal journey with his wife being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Padilla realized the church needed more training on mental health disorders in orde...

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Starting the conversation inside church walls

Imagine watching television when suddenly the following headline interrupts the program... BREAKING NEWS: Shooter opens fire in elementary school.  Like most people, Marcie Hatfield’s heart sinks when such news reports come on her television.  “Who would do such a thing?” she asks herself, coming to the...

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Bouncing into Mineral Wells

The BOUNCE Team is looking forward to another great week! The Bartlesville mission wrapped up nicely a few weeks ago, and we are ready to jump back in, this time serving the Mineral Wells Community. We will have churches from First UMC Farmington, Cowboy Fellowship, Christoval BC, Brazos Meadows BC, Bethel Chinese BC, and locals fr...

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Monday Mineral Wells

Mission Mineral Wells is officially underway. Our churches have arrived from all around Texas and even New Mexico! It is great to see churches of different denominations come together to serve and worship the Lord. We have a total of six churches in Mineral Wells this week ready to engage this town for the gospel. Our participants...

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Work Begins

This morning, we started off the week with GO TIME: an opportunity to commission the BOUNCERS with prayer. We asked the Lord to move this week as students are actively serving Him and reflecting His love to the community around them. All the BOUNCERS met in the parking lot and were prayed over, then the six teams headed out to begi...

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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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Who is supposed to sing in worship?

Each week, Texas Baptists all over the state come together in communities to proclaim, lift high and exalt the name of Jesus in many different ways. New church starts, mission projects and new discipleship programs are causing Baptists to think anew about the way we do many things. There is also much opportunity for our spiritual d...

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7 tips for seeking peace with African Americans

As we think about our role as peacemakers in racial reconciliation, Ephesians 2:11-16 details God’s heart for unity within the body of Christ. Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the...

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Worship Time

Students had another day of hard work today. A few teams have even been able to finish the work on their houses and contribute to another house’s progress; six teams are working on seven work sites in Mineral Wells. Each night, we are thankful for a time of worship to praise God and hear from His Word. Worship all week has be...

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Wrapping up a Great Week

The BOUNCERS have done a lot of great work in Mineral Wells this week! Some houses have had siding installed, received new coats of paint, and even had porches rebuilt. Students have been working hard this week and we are proud of them for all that they have accomplished. They have come together, gotten to know each other, and lear...

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Welcome to Waco

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of BOUNCE for the summer! We are getting ready to welcome all of the churches arriving in Waco tomorrow. 150 students and leaders will be gathering to serve the Waco community from all over. Participating churches will be Central Baptist Church in Marshall, Crosspoint Church, Eastern...

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Church Arrivals

BOUNCE Mission Waco is officially underway! Our churches have arrived safe and sound from various cities. The staff was glad to meet them and begin the week. We are excited to welcome and serve the 150 participants and leaders. The week always kicks off with BOUNCE Bash: a fun, high-energy time of playing Giant Jenga, getting to kn...

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Waco Work Begins

Today was the first day of work for our BOUNCERS. The day began bright and early for breakfast at 6AM, then continued with GO TIME: a time of prayer and commissioning. Aaron Austin, our mission coordinator in Waco this week, encouraged the students and prayed before sending them out to their sites for the first time. We have a tota...

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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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Jason Bryant joins Texas Baptists staff as Western Heritage Consultant and Church Starter

DALLAS - Texas Baptists welcomed Jason Bryant to the staff as the new Western Heritage consultant and church starter, effective Monday, July 18. Bryant has served as pastor of Triple S Cowboy Church in Palestine since 2011, when he planted the church in the area. He was also a church planter with 3C Cowboy Fellowship in Salado, whi...

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After trust is earned

When I first got to New York City, I was the minority. Not only was I new to the community, I was a Christian. The church that I work with has three very clear goals: love God, love people and serve the community. Yes, many churches can say they have the same objectives, but do they really live up to them?  The work done on Su...

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Wrapping up Waco-- and Summer 2016!

BOUNCE Mission Waco is drawing to a close. Our twelve teams have worked hard on ten different houses and accomplished a lot this week. From painting, to siding, to construction, to lots of roofing, our students have learned many new skills and served Christ in a tangible way. Some students have even talked about being baptized when...

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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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Fearless in the Fight

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Desperate for Jesus Women’s Conference with my mom at the church of my youth, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. This year’s keynote speakers Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer spoke about being fearless and godly women. Moore’s teaching on 2 Timothy was particularly fitting...

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A first-hand Go Now Missions story

For those of us from a church context, the woman at the well is a familiar story. I encourage all of you to talk a minute to read John 4:7-42. This passage tells a story of a woman, who after encountering Jesus, immediately goes and tells everyone she knows about him. This is the account of what she did: “So the woman left he...

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Advocacy Alert: #StoptheDebtTrap with CFPB

Many of you have followed our work to reform the payday and auto-title lending industry, some have called their legislators and spoken at city council meetings in support of local payday ordinances, and there is still important work to do. Today, we are asking our network to support a new rule by the Consumer Financial Protection B...

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Like Olympians, Christians are in Training, Too

The Olympics started last Friday, and I am already obsessed. I love watching their friends and family cheer them on. I love learning new names, new sports, and obscure countries, but I think for me the most exciting thing is knowing that this moment is the one they’ve waited four years for. This is the moment they bring all o...

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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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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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CWJC builds confidence and self-sufficiency in Abilene

In 2014, Brandy decided to make a change. “I really knew I needed to do something different after I accidentally took too much of a certain medication,” she said. “It should have killed me. That’s when my boyfriend and I decided to do something.” Brandy learned about the Christian Women’s Job Cor...

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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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'Baptists Oppose Constitution' -- what might have been

By William M. Pinson, Jr. “BAPTISTS OPPOSE CONSTITUTION” could have been the headlines of a newspaper in 1787. Why did Baptists strongly oppose the newly drafted Constitution of the United States of America? In brief, because the document failed to provide a guarantee for religious freedom, a belief cherished by Baptist...

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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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How Tarleton BSM’s new Northwest partnership is an answer to prayer - Part 1

In June of 2015, Clayton Bullion, the BSM Director at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, and his wife Bethany ventured to Portland, Oregon to visit five of their Go Now Missionaries who were serving with the Northwest Collegiate Ministries (NCM) for the summer. “Our hope was to encourage our team, visit as many campus...

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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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What If You Just Ask?!

In my early days of pastoral ministry, I met two of the “big” pastors in my city at a local event for pastor types. By big, I mean they led the two largest churches in the city and county, each one preaching to over 1,500 on any given Sunday. Considering I was usually preaching to about 50, that was huge. I came home fe...

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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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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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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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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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Family spends summer serving together and helping flood victims

Vaughn, Sunshine, Jax, Lily and Milo Managan took up residence in the small town of Deweyville, Texas, this summer serving as volunteer coordinators for Texas Baptist Men Disaster Recovery. Each member of the family played a valuable part in the work of helping families rebuild their homes following a devastating flood which damage...

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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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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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Texas Baptists elect officers for 2016-2017

Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas elected a new slate of officers Nov. 14. Danny Reeves, pastor of First Baptist Church in Corsicana, was elected president. Last year, Reeves served as second vice president of the convention. Jason Burden, pastor of First Baptist Church of Nederland, nominated Reeves for the pos...

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Hispanic Texas Baptists urged to seize the moment when service opportunities arise

WACO, Texas—Hispanic Texas Baptists rallied at the beginning of Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting 2016 Sunday night at Iglesia Maranata in Bellmead. The service recognized various ministry leaders in Texas Baptists life. Texas Baptist Hispanic Ministry Director Rolando Rodriguez said that was intentional. “In celebra...

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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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TBMF honors individuals and church for excellence in missions

Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) presented its annual Adventurer, Innovator and Pioneer Awards during a Monday luncheon at Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, held at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium. John LaNoue presented First Baptist Church of Kilgore member Charles Whiteside with the Adventurer Award, which honors an indivi...

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The end of Religion? An Essential Corrective to the Secularization Myth

Three scholars from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) debunked the myth that the end of religion is near during an afternoon workshop on Monday at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco. The workshop drew close to 100 attendees as the three men gave their view of religion in today’s world. P...

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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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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering celebrates 20 years of giving, totaling $15.5 million

The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering celebrated its 20th year connecting Texas Baptists churches to serve and support ministries that meet the immediate nutritional needs of people living in poverty and developing long term solutions. Through 20 years of giving, Texas Baptists have raised $15.5 million, which has been disbursed throug...

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Strobel encourages Texas Baptists to ‘Make people thirst for God’

Lee Strobel invited Texas Baptists to “live on the evangelistic edge,” where ordinary days can take extraordinary twists as we allow God to ambush us with opportunities to share our faith, on Nov. 15 at Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting in Waco. Strobel, a teaching pastor at Woodlands Church in Houston and professor...

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We are a messed up people, by God's standard -- be thankful for salvation

Mark 10 is challenging. In it, Jesus confronts things that are common in our society and churches. Divorce – “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (v. 9). Remarriage after divorce -- "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband...

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How does religious freedom affect starving children in Nigeria?

By Randel Everett The United Nations reports that an estimated 75,000 children could die from malnutrition within a year in Northern Nigeria unless food is made available. Members of our 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative staff have traveled to Nigeria twice this year, visiting camps where a million people displaced by Boko Haram...

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Here's a tip of the hat to 'Texas Strong'

Charlie Strong is out, Tom Herman is in -- as football coach of the Texas Longhorns. When Strong first came to Texas, a t-shirt became popular that wasn’t officially sanctioned by the university -- “Texas Strong.” Most of us didn’t know immediately all that Texas Strong meant, but part of what it soon came t...

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What the new overtime regulation means for your church-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. On November 22, a federal judge from Sherman, TX, issued an injunction halting the enforcement of a change to the "salary test" for an exemption to the FLSA rules for overtime pay. Currently, in...

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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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Let the joy of Christmas shine from our lives

A boy trudged through the snow one cold evening in Connecticut around 1820. He spied the town’s “”little brown Episcopalian church lit up like a beacon in the early darkness,” says historian Debby Applegate. The boy was no Episcopalian. He attended the Congregational church led by the renowned preacher, Lyma...

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How taking a retreat with your spouse can strengthen your marriage and ministry

It’s been said that relationships are either growing or dying. In our churches, we are always striving to grow relationships. Yet, we often neglect the more important human relationship that we have – the one with our spouse.   I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more, and that you will keep...

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Mustaches raise $17,000 for missions on two Central Texas university campuses

An unconventional fundraising strategy for missions has made a big impact on two Central Texas university campuses. The Mustache Wheel of Doom fundraiser brought in a combined $17,000 on the campuses of Tarleton State University in Stephenville and Howard Payne University in Brownwood through the Baptist Student Ministries.  T...

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Lifelong HPU friends share lives, memories at Baptist retirement community

Several conversations are taking place at once around a long lunch table at Buckner Retirement Community in San Angelo. Friends trade memories back and forth, pausing only to join hands and thank God for their meal. The four individuals sitting around the table represent a variety of Howard Payne University connections including al...

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Providing hope, help, training and care through our institutions

It began in 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A young farmer in West Texas was drafted for the war effort in early 1942. He trained for two years, went to war, deployed to Alaska and was wounded. He was treated in Alaska, then California, and finally had extensive treatment and rehab in Temple, Texas. In nearby Belton stood t...

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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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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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Johnson Amendment protects interests of both church and government

Kathryn Freeman, public policy director of the Christian Life Commission, released the following statement in response to President Trump's announced intention to do away with the Johnson Amendment: “President Trump said Thursday he would destroy a centerpiece of church-state separation in the the United States -- the Johnson...

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What does your church sign say about you?

One of the best and worst tools a church has is a sign that can regularly be changed. The reason I say the best and the worst is because of the way that churches choose to use the sign.  Ed Stetzer is famous for the various pictures he shares on a blog of church signs and the different sayings that people put on them. When doi...

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Teaching children the power of worship

Worship involves an intimate relationship with God, Kathleen Chapman told attendees at Children’s Worship University (CWU), hosted by Texas Baptists Music & Worship at First Baptist Church Lewisville on Jan. 20-21. Chapman, author of Teaching Kids Authentic Worship, served as the featured speaker at the training event for Pre...

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7 Reasons to Attend CLC Advocacy Day

1.  The opportunity to network and connect with like-minded advocates and churches. Advocacy Day provides a great opportunity to meet and learn from others who are interested in advocated on the issues important to you. Have you thought about starting an advocacy team or justice ministry at your church? We’ll have some f...

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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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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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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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Together Fed

By Jordan Corona “Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” (Acts 2:46, NRSV) Hands in Service, an Amarillo-based organization, is fighting malnutrition in Mexico and help...

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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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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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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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Texas Baptists welcome two new Connections Team staff members

DALLAS - Texas Baptists recently welcomed two new staff members to the Connections Team. Tim Marrow is the new Area Representative for Area 6, serving the Central Texas region, and Anthony Cobbs joins the staff as a Church Starter for Area 3 in Southeast Texas. For 21 years, Marrow pastored the First Baptis...

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DBU students serve throughout the World during spring break

DALLAS – More than 200 Dallas Baptist University students spent their Spring Break 2017 traveling the country and the world building houses, providing safe rides, hosting camps, studying leadership and exploring international business. For the fourth year in a row, a group of 21 students headed to Washington, D.C. w...

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Texas Baptists to honor Elmin Howell and Paul Stripling with Legacy Awards

This June, Texas Baptists is proud to honor two people who have helped mold the direction and effectiveness of Baptist ministry. The 2017 Legacy Award recipients will be Elmin Howell, founder of Texas Baptists’ River Ministry, and Dr. Paul Stripling, executive director emeritus of the Waco Baptist Association. Howell helped m...

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Protecting children in your church from sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is not a topic that most any of us want to discuss, but it is a discussion we must have in our churches because: 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18. 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Of child abuse cases reported in Texas, 68% were sexual abuse cases. Think about your chur...

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Nine-member Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Missouri playground case

By John Litzler Today (April 19), the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is hearing oral arguments in one of the most important religious liberty cases of the last few decades. SCOTUS, which only had an eight-member court since Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last February, has a full bench for the first time in over a year. In January...

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Fight hunger! Give April 30 or Mother's Day or both

Two Hunger Offering Sundays are coming soon! April 30 - 5th Sunday Hunger Offering May 14 - Mother’s Day Hunger Offering These are great opportunities for the Kingdom! We would love your help to promote the dates to your churches and via social media. Below are a few sample posts and graphics. Also, check out the new Mother's...

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First Baptist Midland to host free child sexual abuse prevention training

MIDLAND -- Texas Baptists, a state-wide denominational convention of more than 5,300 congregations, is partnering with MinistrySafe, a national leader in sexual abuse risk reduction, to provide nine regional child sexual abuse prevention training workshops throughout 2017. First Baptist Church Midland will sponsor the third of nine...

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Hospitality leads us to "make room" -- for God and others

Lately, God has been putting the practice of hospitality on my heart. Specifically the phrase “make room.” What does it look like to make room in our lives? I feel compelled to first make room for God. Create space to rest in Him, dwell in His Word, and abide in prayer. I am also convicted to make room for others -- to...

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Texas Baptists leaders attend Brazilian Baptist Convention, meet MAP partners

Four Texas Baptists leaders recently traveled to Belem, Brazil, to attend the Brazilian Baptist Convention to formalize the partnership between the two conventions for the Missionary Adoption Program (MAP). Texas Baptists Executive Director David Hardage was accompanied by Danny Reeves, Texas Baptists president, Josue Va...

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Highland Baptist Church to host free child sexual abuse prevention training

LUBBOCK -- Texas Baptists, a state-wide denominational convention of more than 5,300 congregations, is partnering with MinistrySafe, a national leader in sexual abuse risk reduction, to provide nine regional child sexual abuse prevention training workshops throughout 2017. Highland Baptist Church in Lubbock will sponsor one of nine...

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Change Maker conference empowers students to grow in faith

Blessie Kurpati remembers strapping Bibles to her body as a young girl, covering them in an oversized dress and running through the airport to smuggle the precious books into the Middle Eastern country where her family lived. As she shared her testimony in front of 2,400 at the Texas Baptists’ Change Maker Student Conference...

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FBC Allen students take first place in State Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament

(Pictured above) First place winners at the Texas Baptists Bible Drill and Speaker’s Tournament were all from First Baptist Church of Allen, including (left to right) Gracie Daugherty, Anna Kemp and Katie Davidson. This year, the first place winners in all three categories at the Texas Baptists State Bible Drill and Speakers&...

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Texas Baptists and MinistrySafe to provide free child sexual abuse prevention training in Dallas

DALLAS – Texas Baptists, a state-wide denominational convention of more than 5,300 congregations, is partnering with MinistrySafe, a national leader in sexual abuse risk reduction, to provide nine regional child sexual abuse prevention training workshops throughout 2017. Dallas County Cowboy Church will host one of nine Churc...

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Bills Are Moving; Help Them Across the Finish Line

The end of the 85th Legislature is rapidly approaching. Several CLC priority bills are still moving, but we need your help to ensure they make it to the governor’s desk. HB 4: Kinship Care Families whose incomes are less than or equal to 300 percent of the poverty level would be eligible for a monthly payment not more than 5...

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Keys to a Gospel-centered summer: Q&A with the Great Commission Team

Summer church ministry may look and feel a little different than other times of the year. From camps and kids programs to sports clinics and block parties, opportunities to engage your community with the Gospel are endless. We sat down with our Great Commission Team leaders to ask their perspective on all things evangelism and disc...

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Care + Share: 11 effective ways to reach your community

Outreach in any community begins with intentionality - caring for others and finding ways to share Jesus in a clear, concise way. The summer months provide an especially unique opportunity for churches to impact the lives of those around them. While the best outreach ideas often come from you and those in your church, your friends...

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Pastoral transitions: Times to thrive

By John Hall, Contributing Writer Moses is one of the most recognized figures in the Bible. He takes on Pharaoh. He leads the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. God even gives him the 10 Commandments as they converse face to face. He’s one of the greatest examples of leadership in all of Scripture, irreplaceable in his role...

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The In-Between Vision

Every pastor knows they will hear this question: “What is God’s vision for our church?” Or, it might be stated a little differently, like, “What are we supposed to be doing? What is God’s will for our church?” These questions will be asked either during an interview with a search c...

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May meeting of Executive Board includes finale of uplifting outcomes

DALLAS - The May Executive Board meeting closed Tuesday with success stories shared by a number of Texas Baptists staff. The flurry of two-minute reports covered recent events, new ministry initiatives and professions of faith, making clear to board members that God is moving in and through the Convention and its churches. Executi...

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Teachers, we thank you for helping us become all that God intended

Their names stick in my mind with the glue of memory -- Moore, Smith, Emerson, Coffman, and Sandoz. They left more than their names in my mind; they were my teachers. Another school year closes, and it seems appropriate to remember our teachers. They pour their lives into their students, and then those receivers of the gift of lear...

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Corpus Christi Hosts First [un]Apologetic Conference

First Baptist Church Corpus Christi hosted its first [un]Apologetic conference south of Highway I-10 on May 5- 6. Three hundred and five people were present. Brian Hill, pastor of FBC Corpus Christi, said he prayed for over a year for an [un]Apologetic conference to take place in his church. His hopes are that the event "energizes...

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DOS IGLESIAS PROVEEN AGUA POTABLE PARA LA COMUNIDAD EN LIBERIA

¡Buenas noticias! La noche del lunes en la reunión del Consejo Ejecutivo, el Dr. Tom Howe, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista Birdville y Kris Drees, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista Halton Road, hicieron entrega de un cheque de $29,345.33 a la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas. Las dos iglesias se unieron par...

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Honoring the legacy of Dr. Paul Stripling and Elmin Howell

INDEPENDENCE - Friends and family of Dr. Paul Stripling and Elmin Howell gathered together in Independence, Texas, on June 4 to honor their lives and legacies in Texas Baptists ministry at the 2017 Texas Baptists Legacy Awards. Executive Director David Hardage began the awards ceremony at the historical site of Independence Baptist...

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Duncanville BOUNCERS Reminded to Serve While Being Served

Mission 1 at Duncanville has kicked off to a great start! All the churches have arrived safely and are settled in for a week of serving.  BOUNCE staff met the churches as they arrived and played some Spike Ball as group leaders checked-in.  BOUNCERS are ready to help the community of Dallas BOUNCE back from poor housing c...

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BOUNCERS Pray for the "Least of These"

Worship this week in Dallas has been exceptional and the BOUNCERS have participated in every way, from learning new songs, giving to our BOUNCE offering, and praying for “least of these”.  Wednesday night was a Concert of Prayer, which prompted students and student leaders to pray and consider various needs and peo...

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BOUNCing out of Dallas

That’s a wrap for our work in Dallas this week! All three BOUNCE teams finished at their worksites today.  Students and student leaders worked hard and had fun too! From painting to installing siding, BOUNCERS have learned new skills and made new friends, all while serving Christ and the community of Dallas.  These...

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BOUNCing into Bartlesville

Hello Bartlesville! BOUNCE is here to have a great week of serving the community! We are ready to welcome Eastern Heights Baptist Church and New Harmony Baptist Church, both from Bartlesville.  We are also ready to welcome First Baptist Church Navasota, TX, First Baptist Church Seguin, TX, Hulen Street Church of Fort Worth, TX...

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A place to stay, a path to restoration

ABILENE - After the six-hour drive from Lufkin to Abilene, Roseanne Welch was thankful for the warm welcome she received as she walked in the door of the Eunice Chambless Hospitality House. “I felt like I was coming to visit my family,” Welch said. “Everyone was so kind and welcoming from the moment we arrive...

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A Life Worth Giving

BOUNCERS have arrived in Bartlesville! Our BOUNCE staff welcomed all of our churches and helped them get settled in for the week.  Participants played Spike Ball and hung out with our collegiate staff while student leaders went through registration.  Our BOUNCERS are ready to serve the community of Bartlesville BOUNCE bac...

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BOUNCE students renovate homes in Dallas community

By: Courtney Reeves Teenagers travelled to Dallas for the summer, not to shop or catch a baseball game, but to work on remodeling houses. The week of June 12-17 saw three youth groups come to the Metroplex as a part of BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery, a Texas Baptists Missions program. BOUNCE students worked at three location...

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BOUNCERS Have a Wet Wednesday

Recovery efforts continue to move along at worksite today.  BOUNCE has twelve teams in Baton Rouge and surrounding communities.  Houses were chosen by our Construction Coordinator, Charles Carroll, by groups such as Rebuilding Baton Rouge Together, Greater Mount Olive Church and Broadmoor Baptist Church. Due to some storm...

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Convención celebrates 100 years of UFM, approves bylaw changes

SAN ANTONIO –The 100th Anniversary of Union Femenil Misionera de Texas (UFM) was celebrated during Convención Bautista Hispana de Texas in San Antonio June 25-27. The sanctuary of Trinity Baptist Church was filled as past presidents lined the stage and Raquel Contreras, director of Casa Bautista de...

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BOUNCing Out of Baton Rouge

That’s a wrap in Baton Rouge.  All 12 teams helped flood victims and families gain ground with renovations all while serving with the love of Christ.  BOUNCERS worked hard each day and have been a huge blessing to this community.  There were many conversations with locals that involved sharing the gospel and pa...

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Welcome Neighbor: Hunger Offering Meets Needs, Fosters Community Among Refugees

By Jaclyn Bonner “It is the first time I have heard the children laughing,” said the apartment complex manager. Although the African refugee families and South and Central American immigrants are all newcomers to Houston, their residence lacks a sense of community and pride. In one week, the Houston Refugee Project, wit...

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Texas Baptist Elijah Brown elected General Secretary of BWA

Elijah Brown, executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, was elected to serve as the next General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. Brown is the first Texas Baptist to serve in this capacity, and at the age of 36, the youngest person to be elected to the position. The election took place on July 7 a...

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BOUNCing into Jennings

BOUNCE is back after a week break! We are ready to welcome churches from all over the state of Texas to come and serve residents of Jennings.  These residents experienced the flood from August 2016 and are still seeking help on repairs for their homes. BOUNCE is always excited to partner with local community members, and this...

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BOUNCE Flood Recovery Continues

This week we are in Jennings, Louisiana serving flood victims.  It has been a rainy start, but all churches arrived safely to First Baptist Jennings this afternoon.  We want to welcome Faith Family Fellowship from Brownfield, Texas, First Baptist Church of Beeville, First Baptist Church of El Paso, Parkway Hills Baptist C...

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Texas Baptist church lives out Isaiah 58

By Jaclyn Bonner Isaiah 58 is a call to go beyond cultural religious habits and actively live out faith by restoring justice, sharing food with the hungry, and attending to the homeless. This poignant passage reveals God’s heart, as well as expresses immutable truths and timeless instruction. It inspired Royal Haven Bapt...

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Project:Start helps Kenyan church expand capacity for refugee ministry

In January, members of Upendo Baptist Church in Garland gathered to pray and fast that God would grow their church. Only a week later, Pastor Shadrack Ruto was connected to 60 people in search of a new church home. The initial three visitors to the church were not from a Kenyan background, like the majority of the church membership...

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Compelled to make disciples through Hispanic Ministries

"And Jesus appointed twelve, that they might be with him." Mark 3:14 The problem in this world is not the economy. If so, God would have sent us an economist. The problem of the world is not education. If so, God would have sent an educator. The problem of this world is called sin, so God sent us a Sav...

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A Report from the Texas Capitol

After 140 days, the 85th Texas Legislative Session has ended and even though a special session will begin on July 18 several important bills were passed over the last five months. Religious liberty concerns topped the list of Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission priorities. The CLC helped lead efforts to protect religious consc...

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Training DBU business students to serve in the marketplaces of the world

By Ross O’Brien, Ph.D.Director, Center for Business as MissionDallas Baptist University It has become apparent that too many Christians in the business world believe they are an auxiliary to mission work. They think of themselves as providing means and finances, but they rarely view themselves as missionaries.  Jesus&rsq...

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Being an industrious pastor

By Danny Reeves An oxymoron is the combination of contradictory words that have been linked together. You probably already know a few of these such as jumbo shrimp, pretty ugly, working vacation, or humble Texan, but have you ever considered this one? Lazy pastor. There is no doubt that a healthy church is not possible with an unhe...

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BOUNCERS With a Servant's Intent

Our last mission of the summer has started off well! All churches arrived safely and without incident to Waco, Texas this afternoon.  BOUNCERS are checked-in and ready to serve the community through rehabilitation projects this week.  BOUNCERS participated in BOUNCE Bash this afternoon, which included meeting the staff an...

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African American Fellowship celebrates togetherness at annual convention

The 2017 African American Fellowship Conference (AAFC) was held from July 10-13 at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler. This year’s theme was Harambee: Bringing Us Together, drawn from Psalm 133:1. “The Harambee theme was borrowed from the East African nation of Kenya. It means ‘all put together.’ Things...

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Texas Baptists host historic presentation of Uzbek Bible

DALLAS–Texas Baptists, alongside the Institute for Bible Translation (Moscow, Russia) and Global Heart Ministries (Plano, TX), recently hosted a historic presentation of the first translation of the Holy Bible into the Uzbek language.   Uzbekistan, listed among countries where Christians face the most severe persecution...

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BOUNCERS Worship in Waco

Wednesday in Waco saw some help from our BOUNCE staff today! Some of us went out to worksites to help teams with some roofing projects.  It is awesome to see our staff working side by side with our BOUNCERS.  Tonight at worship, BOUNCERS participated in a Concert of Prayer.  This is a time when students and student l...

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Looking Forward to Seeing BOUNCERS Continue at Home

BOUNCERS are moving right along at their worksite.  We continue to have media coverage, which helps spread the word, not only of the gospel, but of the need for service in this community.  Our participants have been noticed by neighbors and others in the community, and our hope is that this work would continue even after...

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BOUNCing Out of Waco and Summer 2017

And that’s a wrap in Waco and for Summer 2017.  We are impressed by the work that was completed by our BOUNCERS and proud of the mark they have left on this community and its residents.  We want to thank Cristoval Baptist Church, Crossroads Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church Lampasas for participating and serv...

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MAP Director experiences firsthand mission work along the Amazon

Texas Baptists’ new Mission initiative, the Missionary Adoption Program (MAP), exists to partner churches in Texas with churches in Brazil to jointly sponsor missionaries. These missionaries focus on evangelism, discipleship and church planting. In other words, “MAP is about planting churches intentionally with indigen...

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Texas Baptists welcome Tom Revilla as Central Texas Church Starter

DALLAS - Texas Baptists Church Starting welcomes Tom Revilla as the new church starter for Area 6, Central Texas. This area spans from Austin to Central East Texas. “I am excited to have Tom Revilla join our Church Starting Team,” said Paul Atkinson, director of Church Starting. “Tom brings high levels of experien...

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Loftis named Director of Texas Baptists Connections Team

DALLAS–Dowell Loftis has been named the new director of the Texas Baptists Connections Team. Loftis joined the Texas Baptists staff in February 2016 as an area representative for the Dallas area. “Dr. Loftis is a long-time Texas Baptist who has served the Kingdom with distinction in many roles, including as a successful...

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Is your church ready for the boomer generation?

In 2011, baby boomers started reaching the ripe age of 65, at the rate of 10,000 per day, or approximately 4 million per year. This huge, growing wave of aging boomers will continue to grow and crest until 2029. The impact this tsunami of aging boomers will have on every aspect of our society, including our churches, is seen in sev...

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Statement in response to fatality at alt-right rally

For Immediate Release  August 14, 2017 Contact:  Joshua Minatrea Director of Communications Texas Baptists 214-887-5473 Statement in response to fatality at alt-right rally in Charlottesville, VA DALLAS–Our Texas Baptists family stands strongly against white supremacy and racism of any kind. The Bible is our guide t...

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Texas Baptists’ Childhood Summit equips leaders to remember the joy

Children need to know and experience love. They need consistent adults and leaders in their lives who are willing to seek to understand them and meet them where they are. That is what the Texas Baptists’ Childhood Ministry Summit sought to accomplish - to equip ministers in childhood leadership to clearly and meaningfully pl...

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White supremacy at odds with Scripture; time to actively reach across racial divides

The staff of the Christian Life Commission condemns the hateful and violent ideology and actions put on display by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend. We also call Texas Baptists to address the less inflammatory aspects of racial division and rhetoric persistent in our culture. The people who marched...

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Fighting For Unity in A Culture of Chaos (updated)

With the white nationalist rally and domestic terror incident in Charlottesville, race and racism is once again in the headlines. It is easy to respond in a couple of different ways. First, ignore it. But here’s the thing, John Stuart Mill is right, “bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men sh...

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Running the race to fulfill God’s calling

By Cheryl Nafzinger "The South Texas School of Christian Studies has made it possible for me to pursue my theological education in a timely and affordable manner. This institution has polished the brass on my trumpet which I so proudly continue to sound.” - Eric Tarver. For Eric Tarver, the South Texas School of Christia...

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Physical and spiritual healing through medical missions

By Analiz SchremmerContributing Writer ACUNA - Dr. Luis Arturo Davila has two demanding medical jobs, and also finds time to volunteer at his church, lead a Bible study for his patients and spend two weekends a month doing medical clinics for the impoverished in Acuna, Mexico through Texas Baptists River Ministry. “We work al...

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Seeing God at work through 50 years of River Ministry

In 1967, the Baptist General Convention of Texas recognized the 2 million people living along the border of Texas and Mexico as an important mission point and launched the Rio Grande Mission Thrust with $250,000 allocated for missions opportunities. Texas Baptists responded to the call of God to minister to those along the Rio Gran...

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Finding an answer to the call to ministry

By Terry GoodrichAssistant Director of Media Communications, Baylor University Richard Baggett and his wife, Miwes, were on an RV vacation in summer 2016, standing on Deception Pass Bridge in Washington and marveling at the view. Then Baggett’s phone rang. The caller, a supervisor with Christian Resort Ministries Internationa...

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Transformation through unique church-sponsored BSM

For those attending two-year community colleges, a lack of strong Christian community is a prevalent struggle. Whether students commute, work a full-time job or have a family, it is challenging for students to find others to walk through life with. However, churches are seeking to solve this problem by partnering with Texas Baptist...

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More than a Meal: Hunger Offering Ministry in Irving Transforms Lives

By Jaclyn Bonner He came with a humble grin, $60, and one request – “pray for me.” Jerry* was a changed man. His face was familiar to Ruby, a board member and volunteer at Crisis Ministries, an effort of Baptist Benevolent Ministries of Irving supported by Dallas Baptist Association, but his demeanor had been tran...

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Texas Baptists response to Hurricane Harvey

Updated message posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast has been catastrophic, and the storm is likely to cause additional damage for days to come. Some 13 million Texans are currently under a flood watch or warning. At this time, we are supporting Texas Baptist Men in their disaster...

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Meet Osvaldo and Vanessa Lerma: River Ministry Missionaries in the Valley

Osvaldo and Vanessa Lerma have served as Texas Baptists River Ministry missionaries in the Rio Grande Valley for a combined 25 years. From the colonias in Mission to the beaches of South Padre Island, the Lermas coordinate ongoing ministry on both sides of the border. Vanessa works primarily in McAllen, Harlingen and Mission, while...

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Snapshots of present-day River Ministry

Training church leaders for impact Daniel Rangel joined with Mario Gonzalez, director of Texas Baptists Multi-housing and House Congregations, to train house church leaders on ministering to new congregations in Laredo. Church leaders learned skills for small group Bible study, 4xFour evangelism, Study Bible resources as well as he...

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Texas Baptist CLC to host racial reconciliation event in Grand Prairie

For Immediate Release GRAND PRAIRIE–The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission will host a one-day conference on racial reconciliation Aug. 26. The event, “One: Unity not Uniformity,” will be at First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Tasha Morrison, founder of “Be t...

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Texas Baptists at work to provide Harvey relief efforts through partnerships

The devastation Ryan Rush, senior pastor of Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, has witnessed in recent days is heartbreaking. “We’ve seen hundreds of our neighbors lose everything they owned, and the idea of the work ahead is overwhelming. The thing that sustains us, however, is the incredible way this disaster has broug...

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CLC Response to President Trump’s Rescinding DACA Protection

Our hearts are saddened today as almost 800,000 young people actively living in our communities have been told they can no longer live among us unless Congress takes action. This announcement throws the lives of these young people into chaos as they are now fearful about their future in this country. These young people have grown u...

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Texas Baptists join with 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative for Speak Freedom Texas

DALLAS–On Nov. 5, Texas Baptists is joining with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative (21CWI) for Speak Freedom Texas, a statewide day of prayer and awareness-raising for religious minorities around the globe facing persecution. “We are challenging all 5,300 churches affiliated with Texas Baptists to designate Sunday...

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7 Tips for when disaster damages your church building

When storms damage your church building consider these options: Watch out for live wires. Be very aware of exposed electrical hazards and submerged live power hazards. Take proper precautions. Keep people out of hazardous conditions. Watch out for nails.  Wear strong soled shoes and boots in debris and submerged areas. Soft so...

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National Boomer Ministry Conference compels baby boomers to come and see

“Reaching 50-year-olds is the same thing that reaches 24-year-olds - invite them to come and see. If you personally know the King, then compel them to come in,” said Todd Wagner, senior pastor of Watermark Church in Dallas, at the National Boomer Ministry Conference on Sept. 7. He continued, “The mark that is goi...

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FBC Huffman provides shelter, resources and hope in the midst of Harvey Recovery

Even as darkness fell and waters were rising on Aug. 25 when Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the people of God quickly came together to be the glimmering beacon of hope that Texas needed. The following Sunday, Pastor Mike Martin of First Baptist Church of Huffman made several visits around town before the heavy rains hit...

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Sharing the love of Christ in both word and deed at Friendship Baptist Church

The cost of school supplies can add up quickly, and the list is exhaustive. Churches like Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony have aimed to help solve this problem by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through both word and deed. Every year, the youth department, the health and wellness ministry, members and volunteers at F...

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TBM/Texas Baptists Volunteer Villages open for groups to serve Harvey-affected areas

HOUSTON–Three Texas Baptist Men/Texas Baptists Volunteer Villages are now open and accepting groups to serve in Harvey-affected areas. TBM and Texas Baptists are partnering to invite volunteer groups to work on homes and churches damaged by the hurricane and subsequent flooding throughout Houston and East Texas. Mickey Lenamo...

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Texas Baptist family circles around new pastor, church affected by Hurricane Harvey

by John Hall, Contributing Writer Ryan Chandler’s first pastorate began like few – if any – others. To begin with, it began before it started. Chandler moved to Orange Aug. 26, more than two weeks before he was to become pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. Three days later, Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 20...

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Executive board approves 2018 proposed budget, sale of UT BSM building

DALLAS–During the September meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, directors approved numerous recommendations including the proposed 2018 budget, the sale of The University of Texas Baptist Student Ministry property and a loan for the Baptist University of the Americas. The proposed budget, which...

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85th Legislative Session is Officially Over: A Special Session Report

Gov. Abbott called for a special session, which began July 18 and ended Aug. 15. The special session agenda covered 20 items that the Legislature neglected or ran out of time to pass during the 140-day regular session earlier this Spring. Click here for a list of special session agenda items. The Christian Life Commission focused p...

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Dreamers need our compassion

By Jesús Romero Edith Franco was only 8 years old when her family crossed from Mexico into the United States to find work and a better future 17 years ago. She has lived in the U.S. most of her life, and in 2012 she received an immigration benefit known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA provide...

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BSM volunteers from across Texas help with Harvey Recovery

By Analiz G. Schremmer When they walked into this house, one thing was clear to the volunteers from the University of Houston’s Baptist Student Ministry: The homeowner was overwhelmed to the point of paralysis. “There were dead fish in the house,” said UH BSM Director Shannon Rutherford. “The drywall hadn&r...

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Compassion and service after the hurricane

By John Hall, Contributing Writer When disaster strikes, First Baptist Church in Athens jumps into high gear. The congregation often responds to needs in the wake of disaster through Texas Baptist Men. So when it saw the widespread devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey, it did what comes naturally – sought to meet the n...

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Evaluations within your church

By Aaron Summers We all must do them and have them done to us. In church life, this tends to be tricky and messy.  We have borrowed so many terms from the business world that we are fuzzy on the real issues before us. We use terms such as personnel, finance, human resources, etc. It is no wonder we have easily shifted into a c...

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The Truth No One Wants to Hear or Talk About

By Dawn Irons, M.A., LPC It’s been 48-hours since the knock on the door, and yet it seems a lifetime ago. It was a persistent knock that would not go away. I made my way to the door, still in my pajamas, and when I opened the door I saw the people gathered around my daughter and holding her up. I ran to them to see what was g...

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Texas Baptists encouraged to live compelled at Annual Meeting in Waco

Texas Baptists are celebrating their call to “Live Compelled” at this years’ Annual Meeting in Waco, Nov. 12-14. For up-to-date information including schedule, speakers, business and more, go to texasbaptists.org/annualmeeting. Online registration for your church is available until No...

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Loving the least of these amidst Harvey destruction

For Metrey Pheap Baptist Church in Houston, floods are nothing new. However, as they are recovering from Hurricane Harvey, this church is working harder than ever to serve those in need. In both 2003 and 2005, the church experienced extensive flooding, resulting in a combined $30,000 worth of damage. This past August, the destruct...

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Congregation loses everything but hope

By Analiz G. Schremmer, Contributing Writer “Winter is coming.” That is the phrase that Pastor David Maldonado kept repeating. It was a plea for help; a cry to God. Maybe both. In August, Iglesia Bautista Jesus de Nazaret in Houston was struck by Hurricane Harvey. The church building took on three feet of water and almo...

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The Body of Christ unified during Harvey aftermath

From the hours after Hurricane Harvey, FBC Nederland has reached out to serve their community FBC Nederland is one TBM/Texas Baptists Volunteer Village where churches can send volunteer teams to help with recovery efforts They total number of meals prepared and sent out from the church was just over 318,000 NEDERLAND&nda...

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TBMF to honor Robert Pinder, Robert Feather and FBC Belton

This year at the annual Mission Awards Luncheon, Texas Baptist Mission Foundation will honor Robert H. Pinder, Robert O. “Bob” Feather and First Baptist Church of Belton for the  outstanding impact they have made in Texas Baptists ministry. The three awards given include the Adventurer Award for Leadership in Missi...

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Texas Baptists Welcome Dr. Steven Dominy as Area 8 Representative

The Texas Baptists Connections Team welcomes Dr. Steve Dominy as the new Area 8 Representative for the Dallas area on Nov. 1. “We are very excited that Dr. Dominy is joining our team,” said Director of Connections Dowell Loftis. “He deeply loves the Lord and His Church. Having been a pastor for many years himself...

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Discovering the ‘who’ in go and make disciples

What defines you?  For some it is status or a title – doctor, pastor, or director. People can draw a strong sense of accomplishment from attaining goals that were once only dreams. This can take the form of how much money, how much privilege, how many possessions we have accumulated in life. The bumper sticker really say...

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Collaboration facilitates community impact

When Blanca Salinas attended a gathering of Baptist partners in San Antonio last February, she made connections which helped expand the reach of her ministry. At the meeting, Salinas, site coordinator for STCH ministries, shared about two programs she coordinates–Jobs for Life and Faith & Finances.  Jobs for Life is a jo...

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Is your pastor burdened with financial stress? The stats say Yes

By John Hall Contributing Writer Nine years ago, Darrel and Kim Auvenshine helped found Southside City Church in Fort Worth. The congregation primarily serves the impoverished, the down and out and the homeless. Hour after hour, day after day, week after week, Pastor Darrel pours his heart into the lives of others. He’s a net...

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God’s people responding in a time of disaster

During the storm, Iglesia Bautista Redencion experienced 30 inches of flooding, resulting in over $100,000 in damages Through donated resources, the church has been ministering to the community around them With the help of partner churches, $20,000 has been raised to go toward the church rebuilding process HOUSTON–“We...

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Reformation is always needed because sin persists in the church

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose (1 Corinthians 1:10). Such verses in the Bible make it strange to celebrate the division of the western church, which...

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5 ways to strengthen your church nominating committee

By Aaron Summers Nominating Committees everywhere are starting to work hard to fill church positions. I have worked on both the local and state level in trying to uncover and discover and recover people to serve on various boards, agencies, teams, committees, and teaching slots. I have seen the good and bad side of filling position...

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What do we do in the aftermath of another mass shooting?

As we all grieve over the senseless killings at First Baptist Sutherland Springs, I have grappled with what to say personally at a practical level. I have arrived at this:  If we are going to have a society that allows virtually anyone to have an assault-type weapon, our churches and other organizations that gather are going t...

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Developing an emergency operations plan for your church

The recent shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs reminded us again that even sacred spaces can be unsafe. We should also be reminded that congregations of all sizes and locations should take steps to address the possibility that unimaginable violence could happen. So how can we “expect the unexpected?”...

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After the flood: Hunger Offering ministry serves victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Abby Hopkins Widespread panic, fear, and uncertainty erupted in the days after Aug. 25, when Hurricane Harvey made landfall and surpassed expectations of its potential destruction in Texas. Many experienced devastating loss as the state and country were forced to face the lurking question — what next? Polk County Mission C...

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God carrying the church through Hurricane Harvey

Bevil Oaks, a small town located in Jefferson County on the outskirts of Beaumont, is a relatively quiet place. The neighborhoods are beautiful, the community is active and the people are kind. However, these characteristics did not protect the town from the harsh reality of Hurricane Harvey. The rain began Friday, Aug. 25. As the...

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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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Hispanic Baptists worship, emphasize being compelled to action

The Texas Baptists Hispanic family gathered Sunday night at Iglesia Bautista Maranatha in Waco to worship together, hear from pastors around the state, and encourage one another to live Compelled for Christ. The rally was one of three held on the first evening of the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. The first sermon of the eveni...

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Cowboy Church Rally encourages attendees to pray big

Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and grandparents alike gathered on a beautiful Sunday night at Top Hand Cowboy Church in Valley Mills, Texas for a time of fellowship and to kick off the 132ndTexas Baptists Annual Meeting. The smell of southern barbecue filled the air and laughter and conversation flowed freely throughout the room as...

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African American Rally encourages vibrant, not tepid Christianity

The 2017 Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting began with an impassioned crowd Sunday night at the African American Fellowship Worship Rally. Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Waco brimmed as members of different congregations came together to worship the Lord through song and teaching. The night was filled with enthusiast...

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A Theology of Caring in the church

“What is a theology of care? How is this appropriate in our church and our lives?” asked Rev. Byron Stevenson, pastor of The Fort Bend Church in Sugar Land, at the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting workshop, “A Theology of Caring.” Stevenson opened the workshop with a time of prayer and worship to God, for...

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Equipping people for Gospel talk

“The future of the world depends on the average believer,” said John Meador during his Monday morning workshop at the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. Meador is the Founder and President of One Conversation, a nonprofit organization geared toward helping pastors reignite their call to the Gospel, in turn starting a f...

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Robert Pinder, Bob Feather and First Baptist Belton honored by Texas Baptist Mission Foundation

Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) honored two individuals and one church Monday at its annual missions awards luncheon. Don Cramer presented the Adventurer Award to Robert H. Pinder. “I wanted you to get a glimpse of his heart, so I asked him two questions,” Cramer said. “The first question was, ‘What...

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Texas Baptists officers re-elected to second terms

WACO–Officer elections bookended the business session of the 132nd Texas Baptists Annual Meeting Monday afternoon in Waco. Danny Reeves, pastor of First Baptist Church of Corsicana, was re-elected president; Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Lewisville, was re-elected first vice president; and Jim Heiligm...

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Church Unique: Strengthening Your Culture

Will Mancini, author and church strategist, presented the ideas published in his book Church Unique to an afternoon workshop on Monday, Nov. 13, at the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. Mancini, who has worked as a church consultant for 17 years, declared each church is as unique as a snowflake with many different needs. He began...

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Hardage bears witness to the good work of Texas Baptists

Texas Baptists participate in a vast array of life-changing work every day. To bring recognition and awareness to this year's most prominent ministry and evangelism efforts during his Monday evening report at the 2017 Annual Meeting, Executive Director David Hardage recognized notable leaders that partner with Texas Baptists. Those...

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Living Compelled to end hunger together

During the Monday afternoon workshop session of the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual meeting, Jeremy Everett, senior director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, shared a compelling message on the need for Christians to unite against the rampant issue of hunger in Texas, the United States and across the world.  Everett works to educate...

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I Was a Stranger

The Vickery Meadow area of Dallas is often referred to as “the Little United Nations.” On any given day, refugees and immigrants from Burma, Iran and the Congo can be found trying to make ends meet. This community is where Project: Start Refugee Resource Center, supported by Texas Baptists, engages in daily ministr...

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Church security basics and preparing for the unexpected

An additional workshop addressing church safety and security was added to the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting schedule following the tragic shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Led by David Adams, director of Church Administration and Special Projects, and John Litzer, legal consultant, the Tuesday morning wor...

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Texas Baptists compelled towards God’s will, word and work

WACO–More than 1,700 messengers and visitors attended the 132nd Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco where they were equipped and encouraged to live compelled for Christ. Messengers adopted a 2018 total budget over $37 million, passed a number of resolutions, and through speaking, worship, workshops and fellowship, were urge...

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