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Collegiate Ministries Committee

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

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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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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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Other Ministries

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

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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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​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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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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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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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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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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Missions Team

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

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Institutional Relations

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

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CLC Mission

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

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Ethics & Justice

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

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Public Policy

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

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Ministry Impact

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

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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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Refugee

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

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People Groups in Texas

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

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Community Resources

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

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Bivocational Pastors Ministry

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

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Interim Church Services

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

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Hope 1:8

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

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Urban Missions

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

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Hope 1:8 Experience

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

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Multi-Housing & House Congregations

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

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River Ministry

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

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Mexico Partnerships

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

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Training

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

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Partner Projects

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

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Be On Mission

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

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4xFour Challenge

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

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ENGAGE

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

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Become a Missionary

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

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

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Serve West Dallas

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

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Keron Jackson

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

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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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Universities

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

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Church College Ministry

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

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Childhood Discipleship

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

Our mission is to help those working with Boomer ministries and provide resources, tools, encouragement and ideas to help ministers and volunteers in this ministry. Give to the Boomer Ministry SAVE THE DATE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, SAN ANTONIO SEPTEMBER 5-7, 2018 If you missed this year's conference, you can still get the content!&nb...

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Music & Worship

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

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Partners

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

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National Hispanic Education Day

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

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Camps

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

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Bounce

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

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Extended Family

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

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Texas Baptist Historical collection

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

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Counseling Services

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

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Human Care

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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Chaplaincy Relations

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

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Endorsement FAQs

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

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Church & State

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

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Creation Care

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

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Christian Living

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

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Hunger & Poverty

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

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Life, Health & Dying

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

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Minister Ethics

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

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Money & Work

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

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Race Relations

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

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Religious Liberty

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

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Resources

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

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Substance Abuse

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

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Terrorism, War & Peace

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

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Family

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

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Other Scripture

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

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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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Infertility & Medical Options

Infertility & Medical Options Some couples blame God for their inability to conceive and bear children. Others blame themselves. They may interpret their infertility as a punishment for some past sin. The Crisis of Infertility While many couples have experienced the blessing which concludes Psalm 128, “Your wife will be...

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Living with Grief & Loss

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

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Ministry & Substance Abuse

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

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Living with the Death of a Child

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

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Elective Death: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

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

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Caring for Aging Parents

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

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Advance Directives

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

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Crisis at the End of Life

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

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Organ Donation

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

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Other Scripture

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

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The Good Neighbor

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

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Dividing Walls

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

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How to Start and Sustain a Partner Church Relationship

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

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Religious Liberty Defined

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

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Pathways to Prevention

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

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Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities

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

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Your Opinion Please

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

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Anti-Drug Ads that Tell the Truth

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

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What's There to do Around Here?

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

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Top Ten Ways to Say No

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

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What Makes a Good Friend?

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

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Friendship & Conflict

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

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Resisting Peer Pressure

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

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What's Okay To Do and What's Not

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

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Why Some People Make Poor Decisions

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

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Feeling Good About Taking a Stand

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

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Marijuana Game Show

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

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Laying Down the Burden of Lies

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

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Media Images. Friend or Foe?

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

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Taking the Sting Out of Stress

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

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

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

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Giving Others a Helping Hand

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

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Drug Prevention in Our Community

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

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Parent Helps

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

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Building a Positive Self-Image in Teens

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

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Developing Good Communication with Kids

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

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Hard Facts About Drugs

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

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Drug Misuse and Abuse

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

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Laws Regarding Underage Drinking

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

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Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

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

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Foundational Virtues

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

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The Bible and the Twelve Steps

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

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Risky Business

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

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Group Leaders

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

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Public Policy Issues

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

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Criminal Justice

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

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Gambling

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

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Health & Long Term Care

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

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Immigration & the Border

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

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Sanctity of Human Life & Abortion

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

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State Government

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

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Legislative Sessions

Legislative Sessions 85th Legislative Session The Christian Life Commission has approved the following public policy priorities for the 85th Legislative Session of the Texas Legislature. Read the final report here. Read the special session report here. 84th Legislative Session The Commissioners of the CLC have revie...

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Churches and the Democratic Process

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

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Connect with other Churches and Christians

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

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Connect with the State Legislature

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

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Resources

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

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Scholarships

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

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GED Prep U

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

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GED Prep Sites

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

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Preparación para tomar el GED

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

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Bylaws & Church Governance

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

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Faithful Response

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

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Child Protection Training

Child Protection training & certification Training Certificate Information All Adult Sponsors and participants 18 years of age and older are required to take the MinistrySafe Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. After watching the online training, a quiz is administered. A minimum score of 70 is required. After taking the test, yo...

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Documents: English

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

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Documentos: Español

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

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Calling & Endorsement

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

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Pastoral Care & Support

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

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Chaplain Training

Chaplain Training Information and resources for the annual Chaplaincy Training Event and other training opportunities to obtain certifications and required Continuing Education Units. Hands on Ministry – Volunteer Chaplaincy Training Hands-on ministry provides pastoral care skills training for the Christian who is ministerin...

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Meet the Team

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

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Senior Adult Ministry

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

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Oil Field Ministry

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

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Church Architecture Team

Church Architecture Team

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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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Consultations

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

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The Study

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

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Hojas Informativas - Español

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

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United We Build

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

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Cost of Campaign

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

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Capital Fundraising Campaign

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

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Iglesia Orgánica

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

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Satélite Iglesias Semilla

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

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Viviendas Múltiples & Congregaciones en Casas

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

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Singing Women of Texas

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

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Pause & Pray

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

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Meet the Team

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

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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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Hunger Ministry Report

Hunger Ministry Report Loading

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Community Ministry Report

Community Ministry Report Loading

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Certification Courses

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

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Hispanic Education Initiative

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

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Mission Centers of Houston

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

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T3:6

T3:6 gospel inceptionletter teachersmanual studentmanual

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Resources

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

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Vancouver Partnership

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

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Vancouver Partnership Visit

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

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Vancouver Overview

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

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Entrena-T

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

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Vancouver Church Planters

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

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Nick Howard

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

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Recursos

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

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team Biblical Insight. Principled Living

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Cities & Leadership

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

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Schedules

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

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Bounce Back Home

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

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Registration

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

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Hands on Ministry

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

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Consulting, Coaching & Mentoring

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

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Urban Pastor Peer Groups

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

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Abide

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

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Schedule

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

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Stations

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

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Registration

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

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Publicity

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

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Directions

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

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Loren Kendig

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

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Short Term Texas Mission Trips

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

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Counseling Network

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

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Volunteer Chaplains

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

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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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Youth

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

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Church Based Mission Sending

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

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Breakaway Curriculum

Breakaway Curriculum BaptistWay Press free downloads available Because of your giving to the Mary Hill Davis Offering, these Bible studies are available to you as free downloads. Free VBS Material Free Curriculum Written Dallas Baptist University Students The Capstone Experience for the Advanced Childhood Ministry course at Dallas...

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Request a Missionary

Request a Missionary Loading

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Advocacy Day

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

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4xFour Resources

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

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Ministry & Mission Ideas

Ministry & Mission Ideas

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BOUNCE Blog

BOUNCE Blog

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Christianity & Same-Sex Marriage

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

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Discipleship

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

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Resources

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

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Planned Giving

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

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Giving Opportunities

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

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Contact

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

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

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

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Charles Price Endowment for Associational Leadership

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

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Jeff & Alicia Lee

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

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Heart for Uganda

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

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One Heart Initiative

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

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Jared Gilmore

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

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30 Ways to be on Mission

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

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Shaun Lynch

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

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Contact Music & Worship

Return to Music & Worship

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Public Education

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

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Contact Great Commission

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Request a Consultation with Hispanic Evangelism

Request a Consultation with Hispanic Evangelism

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Evangelismo Hispano

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

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Human Trafficking

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

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Hunger & Poverty

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

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Religious Liberty

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

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Contact Us

Contact Us

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Resources

Resources A quick and easy-to-use resource to encourage a year of prayer and giving for CP missionaries and ministries.  Download may take a few minutes. English Español Downloadable Resources Fast Facts Budgets & Reports A Quick Look at 2016 CP Spending Un Vistazo Rápido a 2016 Precisely - Fall 2016 Precise...

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40 Días de Pasion

40 Días de Pasion

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Predatory/Payday Lending

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

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Syrian Refugee Relief

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

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Charles Pyles

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

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Bylaws and Governance

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

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Finances

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

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Properties

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

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Legal Issues

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

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Risk Management

Risk Management 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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Communications and Technology

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

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Strategic Planning

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

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Volunteers

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

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Cooperative Relationships

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

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Personnel

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

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Prep Study

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

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Foster Care

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

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Events

¶ The Texas Baptists Music & Worship team puts on multiple events throughout the year. Take a look and we're sure you will find something of interest! Children’s Worship University January 19-20Richardson, TX Children’s Worship University is a training event for Children’s Choir and Children’s Wors...

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The Hospitality House

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

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Human Trafficking

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

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Education

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

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Tamara Brooks

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

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Training

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

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Missonal Toolbox

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

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Sex & Gender Issues

Sex & Gender Issues The Bible provides guidance for our proper understanding of sex and gender and for determining responsible sexual behavior. Sex is God’s good gift, and God intends it for the enrichment and fulfillment of human life. God created two genders, and they are part of God’s good creation. The Bible te...

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Justice

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

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Kim Garner

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

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Doug Cherry

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

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Payments

Payments Student Disaster Recovery Restoring hope Rebuilding communities Reflecting Christ To pay the deposit or remaining balance of your upcoming BOUNCE mission trip click the "make a payment" button. Please be sure you are making payments toward the trip which you have registered for. Make a Payment

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Brandon Touchstone

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

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Urban Church Leadership Certification

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

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Western Heritage

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

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Missionary Adoption Program

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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Urban Church Leadership Certification Courses

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

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Urban Church Leadership Certification –Urban Church Transition

Urban Church Leadership Certification Urban Church Transition Session 1  Assessment for Urban Church Transition When is God most glorified in a church, and what makes for an effective church? Session 1 examines the issue of church effectiveness and how to assess a church, read its community, and determine possible paths to tr...

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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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Thomas Centrella

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

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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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Christian Life Commission

Christian Life Commission Biblical Insight. Principled Living. The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas...

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Ministerial Excellence Grant Initial Application

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Urban Missions – Prayer Resources

Urban Missions Prayer Resources Before you begin, pray When you begin to look at what it will take to strengthen your church, perhaps the most significant activity you will engage is prayer. Corporate prayer, private prayer, and other spiritual formation disciplines will be vital as your church moves forward in transitioning...

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Urban Church Leadership Certification – Personal & Spritual Development

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

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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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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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Partnership with Truett Theological Seminary

Urban Church Leadership Certification Partnership with Truett Theological Seminary Up to four of the classes, we offer may count as credit towards Truett Seminary’s 10-course Certificate in Ministry.  To complete the joint certificate; you must take the six core Truett courses and four Urban Church L...

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Jiwoon Park

JIWOON PARK Crafted and designed by our One and only, I am a child of the living God desiring to love because He loved and serve because He served. I am a joyful extrovert who loves to be in the presence of people. I have a passion for nutrition because I enjoy helping others. As an individual seeking His kingdom, I long to l...

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Rebekah Richardson

REBEKAH RICHARDSON My name is Rebekah Richardson!  I graduated from the University of Houston in May of 2017 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, with concentrations in English, Spanish, and Phronesis. I live in Houston and am passionate about learning how literacy can bring peace and wholeness to the inner city brokenness in Hous...

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Kaitlin Warrington

KAITLIN WARRINGTON Hello! I'm Kaitlin Warrington and I work with international students at the University of Texas at Dallas. I absolutely love welcoming the nations that have come to Texas and letting them know that there are people who will love them, help them and connect them to the love of God! Here at UTD, there are 8,000 in...

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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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Budgeting tips for pastors

BUDGETING TIPS FOR PASTORS from the Center for Ministerial Excellence Here are some basic budgeting tips to help get you started on saving money and stop breaking the bank. Change your perspective on your situation. Instead of seeing tight budgets as challenges, see them as opportunities to grow, be humbled, learn from God, depend...

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4xFour Sermons

danny gilliam greg wallace ron danley troy allen

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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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Ashley Harrison

ASHLEY HARRISON I moved to Austin in 2010 to start my undergrad at the University of Texas and I have been connected to the campus and its students ever since. During my time at UT as a student, I was a part of the Baptist Student Ministry, where I met my husband, Jason. Last year Jason and I began to work full-time with college s...

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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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Center for Ministerial Excellence

Supporting pastors through grant funds and financial literacy. The Ministerial Excellence Matching Grant Texas Baptists pastors can apply for grants up to $5,000 to provide financial relief and economic stability. This is a matching grant.   initial Application FAQs For a Microsoft Word version of the initial applic...

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INMIGRACIÓN

INMIGRACIÓN La Biblia dice que debemos tratar a las personas de otras naciones con honor y respeto. Es importante recordar que el mundo entero le pertenece a Dios. Las personas que cruzan las fronteras nacionales para escapar de la pobreza y el peligro hoy son nuestro prójimo, independientemente de que no tengan perm...

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Ali Corona

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52 SUNDAYS OF GOOD NEWS!

Disponible en Español 52 Sundays of good news! Free Cooperative Program Prayer Resources  Celebrate the global impact your church is making through CP-supported missions. Pray for a new mission area every Sunday in 2018 with the enclosed prayer guide including inspirational stories, PPT slides, and...

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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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Go Now Missions: Behind the barbed wire fence

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

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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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Pray without ceasing

Morgan Wallace, sophomore at University of North Texas, was sitting at the prayer table for an hour or so when she noticed a guy with a backpack awkwardly speed walk by their tent. He took a quick glance at the tent and continued on his way. But then the guy stopped, turned around and walked up to Morgan. "He asked me to pray for...

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​Camp Exalted encourages spiritual growth for 290 youth

From amusing games of human foosball to deep-hearted discussions in family groups to spirit-led worship, students at Camp Exalted gained both new friendships and spiritual growth June 22-26. Nearly 300 students attended this year's Camp Exalted, hosted by Texas Baptists' African American Ministries and located at Camp Copass in De...

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What is your growth plan?

If someone were to ask, "What is your growth plan for your life?" – would you have an answer? Many of us may fail to come up with an immediate response, but it is a plausible question to consider.In the past few years, the Office of Hispanic Ministries for Texas Baptists has observed a desire within the Hispanic Baptist community...

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African American Fellowship Emphasizes Faithfulness to God

SUGAR LAND – Amongst a chorus of amens, Pastor Oscar Epps of Community Missionary Baptist Church in Desoto brought a message of God's unconditional faithfulness. The African American Fellowship Conference kicked off on July 14, with the Culp Banquet, but the following morning brought a message from the president of the African Am...

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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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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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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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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery to respond to Myanmar summer flooding

Dr. Mang Tiak of Houston could not eat or sleep for days when she heard news that flooding in late July wrecked her Myanmar hometown."Many people were suffering," she explained. "It really hit me, and I felt like I needed to do something."The floods, which were caused by monsoons and a typhoon, brought destruction to all but two of...

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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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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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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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Hacer discípulos a través de Ministerios Hispanos

“Y Jesús estableció a doce, para que estuviesen con él.” (Marcos 3:14) El problema de este mundo no es la economía. Si así fuera, Dios nos hubiera enviado a un economista. El problema del mundo no es la educación. Si así fuera, Dios hubiera enviado a un educador. El probl...

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Filling Hearts through Lunch Program

By Analiz G. Schremmer Contributing Writer Every Wednesday, at least 300 people line up outside of New Light Baptist Church of Lubbock for a sack lunch. They receive food, but are also served a helping of love, respect and kindness. “I don’t care what they look like or what their hygiene is like, we will treat them with...

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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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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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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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The method does not change the message

By Ruth Whorton In a society that is seeing a decline in the number of youth who attend church, news of effective evangelism outreach is an encouragement to all. First Missionary Baptist Church (FMBC) in Fort Worth saw the Lord work in ways far beyond expected at the beginning of the summer through a summer concert, where 22 youth...

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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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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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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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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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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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Recommendations

Recommendations Administration Support Committee Recommendation to Revise Policy 424 and 424.1 and add 424.2 and 431.2 Audit Committee Recommendation to Secure 2017 Independent Auditor Collegiate Ministries Committee Connections Committee Recommendation to Fill Vacancies on the Missions Funding Council Cultural Engagement Committe...

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Committees

Committees Committee Chairs and BGCT Staff Liaisons List of Committee Assignments Administration Support Committee Audit Committee Collegiate Ministries Committee Connections Committee Cultural Engagement Committee Ethics and Christian Life Committee Executive Committee Finance Committee Great Commission Committee History and Heri...

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Called - Video

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

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Affiliation

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

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Affiliation Form

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

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History of the BGCT

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We Believe

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BGCT Affiliation

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

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Church Matching & Benefit Program

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

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Deeply Rooted

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

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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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Meals & Receptions

Meals & Receptions Sunday, November 12 Dinner:6:00-8:00pm Friends of Truett Dinner Pre-Reserved Only Baylor UniversityBlume Conference CenterRoom 506 – 5th Floor Cashion (5 minutes from the convention site)More info Monday, November 13 Breakfast:  7:00am – 8:00am Baptist University of the Americas Meet an...

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Downloads

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

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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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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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Texas Baptists Golf Classic

TITLE SPONSOR About CERI BENEFITING About BOUNCE Help communities BOUNCE back from Hurricane Harvey. In addition to the primary purpose of encouraging fellowship among pastors and friends, proceeds from the 2018 Texas Baptists Golf Classic will support our BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery. BOUNCE has focused its work in 2018 on re...

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FAQs

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

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Committee Chairs and BGCT Staff Liaisons

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

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Camp Exalted

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

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Called - A particular calling

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

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Called - Discerning a call means continuous listening

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

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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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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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Leaders

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

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Missions Camp Leaders

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

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Related links

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

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Missions Camp in Texas

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

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Engage the World

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

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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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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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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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Just for Boys

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

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Suds of Love

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

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Sisters Who Care

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

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Multicultural WMU

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

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CWJC/CMJC Site Directors

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

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CWJC/CMJC

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

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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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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 Where Does the Money Go?

GIVING TO THE MARY HILL DAVIS OFFERING The cultural, socio-economic, and religious diversity of our state requires creative approaches in Texas mission efforts. The ministries supported by the offering reflect that. Your gift enables Texas Baptists to minister across Texas and beyond. You bring hope to a battered woman and he...

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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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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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Hunger Offering

FEEDING HUNGRY PEOPLE AND HELPING PEOPLE ESCAPE POVERTY How it works You and your church give to the Hunger Offering, and the Hunger Offering then disperses funds through partners to over 150 hunger relief and development ministries across Texas and around the world. How to promote Hold a special offering in your church every ...

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Videos

Videos To download right click MP4 and "Save Target As...". A free QuickTime download may be required to view files in the MP4 and MOV format. Hope in a Backpack: Hunger Offering Supports Kids In San Marcos Vimeo | MP4 (481.3 MB) | 3:10 Rebuilding a Life: A Hunger Offering Story Vimeo | MP4 | 3:20 Tex...

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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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Contact

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

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Exhibitors

Exhibitors Are you interested in being an exhibitor at Youth Ministry Conclave 2017? Being an exhibitor is a great way to help spread the word about your business! Take some time to read through the registration information to familiarize yourself with the process of becoming an exhibitor at Conclave. If you have any questions, pl...

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Conclave

Conclave is designed by student ministers to encourage, network, train and resource youth ministers and those who work with youth. October 16-18, 2017 \\ Arlington, Texas Convention Center Registration 2017 Keynote Speakers Monday Afternoon and Evening JOSH GRIFFIN Co-founder, Download Youth Ministry, Rancho Santa Margar...

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ISAAC FAQs

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

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ISAAC Resources

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

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ISAAC 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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Breaking the church's silence on mental health

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

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Campus Missionary Interview Day

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

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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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Volume 4 Issue 3

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

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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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African American Fellowship Conference

Colonial Hills Baptist Church7330 S. BroadwayTyler TX, 75703 A multifaceted training event introducing ministry resources provided by Texas Baptists in a unique, encouraging and enriching context to the African American Church. REGISTER ONLINE You may also download the registration form and mail it back in.Download FormRegistratio...

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52 Sundays

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

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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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Childhood and Family Ministry Summit 2017

August 11-12, 2017 This summit is a multi-leveled event to equip teachers for the Weekday Ministry Program, Preschool Bible Study, and Children's Bible Study. Everyone in Childhood leadership will leave equipped to teach. A must for every teacher! Featured Speakers Mary Ann Bradberry Executive Director of Texas Baptists...

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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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WMU of Texas

Creating an urgency for living on mission. As Christfollowers, we are called to fulfill the”Great Commission”, so making disciples is your mission too. We strive to live our lives in such as way that we are on mission every day. To live like missionaries in our own context and community. Jesus commands us to “Go...

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Special Friends Retreat 2018

This retreat is for the mentally challenged 12 years of age or older, their parents and teachers. This is a time of age-appropriate Bible study, encouragement and educational sessions. SAVE THE DATE FOR 2018! WEST TEXASSeptember 7-8, 2018 Plains Baptist Assembly3001 Love Rd.Floydada, TX 79235 WEST TEXAS | September 8-9, 2017Plains...

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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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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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ONE: Unity Not Uniformity

Designed to equip church leaders and lay members to engage in the work of racial reconciliation in their communities. Attendees will gain insight into racial reconciliation as a gospel issue, learn the importance of forming and maintaining cross-racial relationships, and get practical tips for engaging in the work of racial reconc...

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MHDO Leader Guide

A WORD FROM THE WMU OF TEXAS PRESIDENT I remember playing basketball in high school. Occasionally, someone would hog the ball. The coach would call a halt to the practice and remind us that we were a team that should all work together. He would tell us that basketball is a team sport and that working together we win the...

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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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MHDO Because You Give

YOUR GIFTS AT WORK Your gift to the Mary Hill Davis Offering makes a difference in the missions and ministries of Texas Baptists and WMU of Texas. Please take a look at the pdf below to view how your gifts make a difference. You may also download this pdf for your promotional use. Thank you for helping us share the hope of Christ...

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Conferences

Conferences Monday, October 16 3:15-4:15 PM \\ 4:30-5:30 PM Conferences repeat in the second hour. More Details MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017 \\ 3:15-4:15 PM \\ 4:30-5:30 PM Coffee Time If you are the wife of a student minister, you are invited to get a complimentary Starbucks coffee at the Sheraton Hotel and go to the Presidential Sui...

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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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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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Harvey Response

English Version Respuesta de los Bautistas de Texas al Huracán Harvey Cerca de una cuarta parte de nuestras congregaciones Bautistas de Texas—más de 1,200—están localizadas en el área de la costa del Golfo afectada por el huracán Harvey y las inundaciones subsiguientes que ocurrieron...

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Cohort 3 Directory

Cohort 3 Directory Abigail Manes 806-316-6055 Email AbbyChildren’s & Family Minister First Baptist Church, Muleshoe Andrew Malone 903-640-6705 Email AndrewDirector of Student Ministries Northview Baptist Church, Lewisville Ashley Weir 979-204-5449 Email AshleyInterim Preschool & Ladies Pastor Northside Baptist Church...

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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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Worship Summit

Worship Summits are one day events that offer Music and Worship Pastors an opportunity to network and participate in discussions about current trends in worship. January 30, 2018University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Recital Hall of the new Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center 810 Main Street, Belton, TX 76513 $25 person Regis...

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¡52 DOMINGOS DE BUENAS NOTICIAS!

Available in English ¡52 domingos de buenas noticias! Recursos gratis de oración por el Programa Cooperativo (PC)  Celebre el impacto global que su iglesia está haciendo a través de las misiones apoyadas por el PC. Ore por un área de misiones diferente cada domingo del 2018 usando la gu&iacut...

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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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Go Now Missions: Last minute choice and provision

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

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Seasons of surrender

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

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Love for neighbor should compel us toward immigration reform

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

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Depression in a world of faith

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

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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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Go Now Missions: Seeing past the labels

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

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

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

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Family Gathering volunteers help bring new look to San Antonio church

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

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

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

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How do our churches minister to schools?

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

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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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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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Executive Board votes to sell Glorieta Texan Lodge

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

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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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'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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Executive Board approves 2014 convention budget

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

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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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Texas Baptists' chaplaincy releases guidelines regarding same-sex issues

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

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Youth ministry: A calling well worth it

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

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Business Leadership Principles Translate into the Ministry

ARLINGTON - Leadership principles from the business world can be translated to ministry principles as youth ministers across Texas learned during Leadership Tuesday at Youth Ministry Conclave. Colleen Barrett, president emeritus of Southwest Airlines, addressed attendees in an interview on Tues., Oct. 15, at the Arlington Conventio...

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Engaging Students in Sharing the Gospel

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

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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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Mission drippin' - reaching out to our community

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

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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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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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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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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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True love is worth waiting for

The Bible warns we should be careful of the enemy whose only mission is to kill, steal and destroy, even the innocence of our children. The African Evangelical Baptist Church's Lifted Youth of Grand Prairie is seeking to bring awareness to sexual abstinence with an event that they have hosted for three years entitled, 'True Love W...

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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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Having a heart for service during Spring Break

BROWNWOOD - Watching from the sidelines of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Krystal Watson, sophomore at Texas A&M University, saw God moving through the kids at Champs Camp in Brownwood as they prayed with each other before and after each basketball game. Raj Shah, graduate student at Texas A&M University, had never had the resp...

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Serving in a party town

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND--- Janelle Daman, student at University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, noticed a young woman, Saira, staring at all the commotion going on in the water. It was a beach baptism. Saira was vacationing in South Padre Island for the week of Spring Break like 75,000 other college students. Janelle was there with her Baptist S...

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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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Hunger in Honduras: Bringing hope across a footbridge

GRACIAS, Honduras - Today, we saw the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering in action, with three men carrying nearly 60 pounds of food on their backs, across a shaky wooden footbridge to a family in need. Shannon Hopkins and his friends, Kevin and Hugo, carried the load of food to a family of 15, living in extreme poverty.Shannon serves a...

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Hunger in Honduras: The face of a thankful heart

CATULACA, Honduras - Felipe is paralyzed from the waist down after a tragic accident about five years ago. He has undergone eight surgeries and was forced to sell most of his land to pay for the medical procedures. He was the primary breadwinner for his family of six and now many times they wonder how they will eat. The family rais...

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Honduras: A display of His splendor

CENICERA, Honduras - The kids here in Honduras have stolen my heart! Last night we attended a worship service at a house church in Cenicera, just a few miles from Gracias. When we arrived, I recognized several of the kids from the day before when we were at their house interviewing their parents. One precious girl named Ruby came u...

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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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On mission in South Africa

SIBASA, South Africa - "I believe that when biblical principles are put into practice then the biblical results can be expected," said Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Lewisville. "We are mandated by Christ to go and make disciples; if we do our part, Christ is faithful to do His part."In February 2013, Fields and his...

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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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Never too young

FREDERICKSBURG - You don't have to be an expert cyclist to take part in the week-long Bike Out Hunger event. Our youngest rider this year, Gertie Kate Adair, is only seven years old.Gertie Kate is from Dripping Springs and she is a proud supporter of her dad, Ben. Last year, when Ben spent the week riding with Bike Out Hunger, Gert...

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Texas Baptists announces sale of Dallas facility

DALLAS - The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas unanimously approved the sale of the Convention's Dallas facility to the Baylor University School of Nursing during a meeting on Tues., May 20. The 100,000 square foot facility, located at 333 N. Washington Avenue in Dallas, will be purchased for $16 million t...

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Executive Board approves building sale, agreement with STSCS

DALLAS -Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board convened on Mon., May 19, and Tues., May 20. Several decisions were made, including the sale of the BGCT's Dallas facility to Baylor University for $16 million. For more information on the building sale, click here."The discussions and sale of the building is a spiritual a...

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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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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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Discerning a Call Means Continuous Listening

Ministry can be a very broad calling. It can encompass church ministry, mission work, chaplaincy, institutional ministry, non-profit ministries and much more. Often we struggle in trying to discern more specificity in our callings than simply "ministry." We want to know exactly what it is we are called to so we can h...

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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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A particular calling

Everyone who feels called to ministry inevitably asks the question - what does being "called" mean? After all, we understand that every Christian is called to live their lives in the service of and as a witness to Christ. So how is a call to ministry different?Listening to the Puritans can help us understand the distinction of...

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Orlando: When the world comes to us

Central Florida is fortunate to be blessed with more than 50 million souls to minister to throughout the year.Orlando has broken its record of people passing through the city with 59 million people, representing different cultures, ethnicities, languages and races. It is beautiful to imagine the hearts that could be touched, seeds...

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BSM nears $2 million goal for new facility

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma has issued a $400,000 challenge grant to Texas Baptists to complete the funding for a new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) building on the campus of the University of North Texas (UNT). The building, which will cost $2,000,000 to construct, will be built on the site of the old BSM...

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Book Review: Hearing God's Call

Ben Campbell Johnson's book, Hearing God's Call (Eerdmans, 2002), is a must-read resource for anyone sensing a call from God.In Johnson's words, has God been messing with your life? "God has always called human beings to share in the divine mission in the world - and he still does" (ix). God's "messing" in our lives...

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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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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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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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​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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Pastor Oscar Epps

Name: Oscar D. Epps, Sr. Spouse: Belenthia Children: Destany, Oscar Jr., Aderius Church: Community Missionary Baptist Church, Desoto, TX Number of Years: 21 Attendance: 3,000 Where did you grow up? Dallas, Texas How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? I was 10 years old and ve...

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Department: Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Staffers: Bill Arnold, President; Larry Thomas, Vice President; Bob Feather, Consultant; Marcy Strube, Donor Relations Coordinator; Rita Griffith, Administrative Assistant Explain your ministry: The Missions Foundation works with individuals that want to financially support missions in...

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Executive Board approves purchase of BUA property

DALLAS - During the September 29 business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, it was unanimously approved for the convention to purchase 12.87 acres of land in San Antonio currently owned by the Baptist University of the Americas. The land will be purchased for $4.373 million, with an additional cas...

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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering needs end-of-year boost

Texas Baptists are generous, but our giving to fight hunger and poverty has lagged this year. Through August, Texas Baptists gave $548,395 through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. That's a lot of money, but it is significantly less than we gave last year -- $727,877 or 75.3 percent.As we give millions of dollars to support church...

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Texas Baptists prepare to Live the Difference

WACO – Texas Baptists' annual meeting November 16-18 in Waco will be an opportunity to see what it means to truly "Live the Difference." The meeting, to be held at the Waco Convention Center, is centered on the theme verse from 1 John 2:6 with a special emphasis on ministry opportunities through Advocacy/Care and Chaplaincy, incl...

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CLC director expresses concern regarding Houston subpoenas

Gus Reyes, director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, has released the following statement regarding the City of Houston's subpoenas sent to five churches:"We are glad Mayor Annise Parker now agrees with critics that the initial City of Houston subpoenas were overly broad. "The U.S. Constitution protects religious fre...

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Run:4Justice

As a church we committed to a partnership to curtail sex trafficking in Cambodia. Then, last year we also partnered with two other churches for an area-wide Choose Life 5k to raise funds for multiple crisis pregnancy centers in the Tarrant Country area. -Pastor Joe Sanchez Church: 121 Community Church Pastor: Ross Sawyers Initiativ...

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Ellis Orozco

When I was working as an engineer, God made it clear that I was in the wrong place; He wanted me to prepare myself to serve him for the rest of my life. I have never regretted it and have never looked back! -Ellis Name: Ellis Orozco Wife: Priscilla Ruth Orozco Children: Gabriel Antonio Orozco (22); Michael Andrew Orozco (16); Cele...

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Inspiring the next generation, youth ministry as a divine appointment

ARLINGTON: Youth ministry is a calling that comes along with great trials but even greater rewards, including seeing the salvation of young souls and the opportunity to inspire a generation of future leaders. Speakers at the 2014 Youth Ministry Conclave on Oct. 13-15 focused on youth ministry as a calling and encouraged leaders to...

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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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Boldness to further the Kingdom

"And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'" Mark 16:15 This past week, on Monday I went along with two other volunteers and Rafiki Africa Ministries to a nearby community to evangelize the Gospel and to encourage the people that lived there. Upon our arrival we were met with a recent news...

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Texas Baptists welcomes new director of Hispanic evangelism

Joshua del Risco has been named director of Hispanic evangelism and associate director of evangelism for Texas Baptists. Del Risco's experience in directing evangelism and communicating with churches is extensive, having worked with the North American Mission Board for 13 years in various capacities including serving as a national...

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A community that prays without ceasing

In the past couple of weeks, we have begun conducting local interviews with students interested in applying for Go Now Missions this coming summer. One of the questions we ask is what the three things are that the potential missionary would want to first teach a new disciple of Christ, and though the answers vary, the overwhelming...

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UNT BSM Breaks ground for new building

DENTON—With hands on shovels and eyes on the future, attendees of the University of North Texas (UNT) Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) groundbreaking ceremony celebrated an exciting new chapter for the 54-year-old campus ministry as they prepare to construct a new building. The existing 7,200 square foot facility was built in 1960...

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​Texas Baptists gather in Waco for Annual Meeting

WACO – Texas Baptists' will welcome messengers to the annual meeting November 16-18 in Waco. The meeting, held at the Waco Convention Center, is centered on the theme "Live the Difference" with a special emphasis on ministry opportunities through Advocacy/Care and Chaplaincy, including the Christian Life Commission.Registration b...

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TBM Rally reviews fruitful year of ministry

WACO - During a rally held to highlight God's recent activity through Texas Baptist Men, speakers gave accounts of water well drilling, salvations and village transformations, among other testimonies. The rally was held the first night of Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting, a three-day event, which kicked off Sunday, Nov. 16, at the W...

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​Providing Hope for the Refugee

A packed room of messengers gathered to hear about ministry among refugees at the annual meeting of Texas Baptists. Presented by the Texas Baptists Intercultural Ministry, the workshop offered participants a window into the world of refugees, offered guidelines for pursuing ministry among refugees, and also afforded the opportunit...

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Discovering How Literacy Can Bless Your Community

During the annual meeting of Texas Baptists, representatives from Literacy ConneXus provided churches with 50 ways to bless their communities through literacy ministries. Literacy ConneXus is Christian ministry designed to help churches help people with literacy needs. Beginning in 2004, with an initial focus on advocacy and adult...

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City Reach Waco shares Gospel and inspires local churches in evangelism

In a celebration luncheon on Monday during Annual Meeting, there was cause for much rejoicing as stories were shared of evangelism outreach throughout Waco and the surrounding Central Texas area. City Reach Waco, an intentional emphasis on evangelism in the Annual Meeting host city, involved a prayer initiative, soccer tournament...

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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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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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Lessons from A Christmas Carol

On my way out the door to the airport last week I realized I needed a book to read on my plane ride to New York. I quickly glanced on my shelf and Charles Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol caught my eye. I must have bought it several years ago when I was on a classics kick at Barnes & Noble – I purchased one almost every tim...

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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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The Long Haul

I want to tell you a story about my friend Larry Venable. Larry has been pastor of Freeman Heights Baptist Church for 31 years. 31 years in the same church, coming to same office, ministering in the same community. This community, Central and West Garland has changed significantly through the years; it has become much more ethnical...

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New opportunities in a new year

In Isaiah, the Lord tells the Israelites that His servants will faithfully bring forth justice to the nations and describes them as a light to the nations capable of opening blind eyes, breaking the chains of the oppressed, and setting captives free (Isaiah 42:1-9, Isaiah 58). As the 84th Legislative Session is set to begin next Tu...

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Ebola and starvation in West Africa: Nearly 998,000 meals arrive with more on the way

It was a joyful holiday season for many Liberians and Sierra Leoneans as they received 997,920 pre-packaged rice and high-nutrition meals sent by Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) in partnership with multiple ministries. The first container of 142,560 meals, trucked in from South Africa in partnership with Virginia Baptists...

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Texas Baptists loving neighbors through Hunger Offering

This month, the Christian Life Commission is set to distribute funds to 117 ministries throughout the state of Texas and more than 67 international ones through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. That is a reflection of the generosity of Texas Baptists, an indication about the contents of their hearts.Feeding people who don't have...

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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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From the frontlines: Syrian refugees, harsh Lebanon winters and sharing the Gospel

Jihad Haddad is pastor of True Vine Baptist Church in Zahle, Lebanon, where winterization materials and the Gospel are being delivered to Syrian refugees who fled from the Syrian conflict that began in 2011. Haddad answered the following questions about how True Vine is ministering to the refugees. How is True Vine Baptist Church...

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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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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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Ten things we should really be talking about

A blog post recently hit the Internet about how there are far more important things to talk about than whether Christian women should wear leggings or not. The blog, Ten Things We Should Get Angry About Before Yoga Pants, presented a list of 10 things that are truly worth talking about. I was convicted. I have spent a short amount...

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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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Better make a dish

Beginning the day we brought our newborn son home from the hospital eight years ago, we didn't have to cook for a month. Our small group really came through and provided a wonderful convenience. I'm glad they did and I'm glad we continue to do the same to others in similar life-altering situations. I bet if I were to go through ou...

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HSU, Logsdon Seminary and Texas Baptists encourage and equip women in ministry

The 2015 Women in Ministry Conference, hosted by Hardin-Simmons University, Logsdon Seminary and Texas Baptists, was held on Friday, February 20, 2015. The Ninth Annual conference drew women and men alike, from across the state to help encourage, equip for ministry and support exploration of women leadership roles in a variety of...

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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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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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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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Student disaster recovery responds to Tulsa tornadoes

In response to Wednesday night's tornadoes that brought devastation to many homes and families in Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery has announced a mission opportunity for students to help the city in its road to recovery. Reports from CNN reveal the storms took one life, left dozens injured across the state and ca...

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Crack of the bat

Sporting goods giant Wilson has acquired the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball brand for $70 million cash. What does this have to do with the Convention and its churches? Quite possibly everything. Here's how. The Louisville Slugger brand was established after Bud Hillerich made a bat for Pete Browning, star of the Louisville Ecl...

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Missions Foundation welcomes Dr. Jerry Carlisle as Vice President

Texas Baptists will welcome Dr. Jerry Carlisle to the position of Vice President for the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) starting April 16. Carlisle comes to Texas Baptists after serving 13 years as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Plano, as well as adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University (DBU) for 11 years...

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Alfalfa concentrate and education help alleviate malnutrition in Mexico

Hands in Service Ministries (HISM) is a ministry that is actively seeking to alleviate hunger in Mexico. They receive funds from Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, which help HISM in a variety of ways: With travel and material costs to allow HISM to offer family garden courses To provide intensive gardening techniques for those in urba...

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​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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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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Children in volatile community find hope and health through local ministry

Open House Ministries is a ministry actively seeking to alleviate hunger and poverty in Homestead, Florida. They receive funds from the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, which help OHM in a variety of ways: Providing healthy snacks for 70 students after school daily Teaching elementary-aged students about nutrition and healthy eating...

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Church Spotlight: FBC Weslaco

From operating a hunger care ministry to adopting a local school the amount of opportunities, and the ways our Texas Baptist churches reach and serve their communities are endless. Because each community is different, each church responds to needs differently. Recently, I had the privilege of visiting with Dr. Steven Parker, pastor...

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Refugee families adjust to life in the US with help of Houston ministry

Loaves & Fishes is a ministry actively seeking to alleviate hunger amongst refugee children in Houston. They receive funds from Texas Baptists Hunger Offering via the Union Baptist Association, which help the ministry in a variety of ways: Providing a hot meal for children on Saturday nights, when they do not receive a meal fro...

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Texas Baptists promote educational initiatives for Sept. 18 giving day

DALLAS -Texas Baptists are taking part in North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 18 by highlighting two initiatives in the North Texas community. Funds given toward the Baptist General Convention of Texas will help build an outdoor classroom at Truett Elementary School in Dallas and a new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) building at the Uni...

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Golf Classic brings in $15,000 for disaster recovery

Blue skies and a bright shining sun made an appearance as 265 golfers stepped onto the green of the TPC San Antonio golf course on April 27 for the second annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic. The tournament raised an estimated $15,000 by way of donors, event fees and 17 sponsors, with Baptist Church Loan Corporation (BCLC) serving...

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Cyclists to ride 500 miles with Bike Out Hunger to raise awareness for hunger

On Monday, May 11, the Sixth Annual Bike Out Hunger will leave from Boerne, raising money and awareness for hunger needs through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. This year's week-long route includes 29 cyclists who will ride more than 500 miles from Boerne to Dallas. The team will leave at 9 a.m. on Monday, ending the day in Fred...

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5 Reasons Generosity is Important: Looking at you, Millennials

As a Millennial working in the nonprofit sphere, I hear a lot of questions about the giving habits of my generational peers and how to get more young people involved in the organization's mission. Many see our "selfie era" as an indicator of rampant narcissism, producing an overly self-involved generation that cares little about wh...

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Disaster Recovery prepares to respond to Van tornado destruction

A deadly tornado, which struck the Texas town of Van Sunday, May 10, has affected 204 total homes. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) is on the ground assessing damage and preparing to begin volunteer mobilization.According to the Red Cross, 62 homes were destroyed, 56 made inhabitable, 41 received minor damage, and 45 were ot...

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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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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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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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German interns unveil unique ministry need in Europe

LA GRANGE—While serving as interns at a Texas Baptist church, an engaged German couple, Christian and Henni, helped unveil an untapped ministry opportunity in much of Europe: the need for marriage counseling.When Christian and Henni first met, Henni was not a believer in Christ and admittedly made bad decisions in her youth. As C...

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Youth help rehabilitate homes in South Dallas through BOUNCE

Armed with hammers, power tools, paint and enthusiasm, 100 junior high and high school students flooded into South Dallas June 8-13 to help repair homes through Urban BOUNCE. The Texas Baptists Student Disaster Recovery program, which began in 2014, started a new track this year with an emphasis on urban areas in need of rehabilita...

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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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Found Ministry in Free Counseling

Benjamin Skye's dream was to return to America from his home in Malaysia, get a college degree and live here permanently. Texas Baptists not only helped bring him overseas but also guided him along in his journey to counsel families and serve the Lord.Born in Pennsylvania, Skye then spent the next 17 years of his life in Malaysia...

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Learning more about Jesus in the midst of cultural shock

I've been serving in Southeast Asia for about three weeks and I've learned a lot of things, but one of the biggest lessons I've learned is that being a cross-cultural worker is hard. You arrive in a new culture and literally everything is different and those differences can be overwhelming. At first the newness is exciting – tryi...

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Leadership Texas Baptists seeking emerging leaders

DALLAS - Texas Baptists is launching Leadership Texas Baptists this fall, a new program aimed at emerging leaders. Leadership Texas Baptists is a nine-month experience to engage, equip, and inform emerging leaders from churches across the state. Pastors, staff, and lay leaders accepted into the program will gather once a month in a...

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Texas Churches Meet the Need in Eagle Pass

In June of 2013, a flooding disaster left residents of Eagle Pass in great need of reconstruction and attention to damage due to rising water levels. Two years after the natural disaster, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is continuing to send groups of volunteers to help the community repair damages, provide service to those in nee...

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Texas Baptists respond to Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

For the first time in history the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the nation on Friday, June 26, creating a challenge for churches and Christian organizations that believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman.David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, which has around 5,400 affiliate...

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What the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling means for Texas churches

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the 14th amendment. The decision, written by Justice Kennedy, reflects a remarkable reversal in public acceptance of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Texas. Texas must also recognize the validity of marriages performed in o...

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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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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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Twenty years old, but always a child of God

I am 20 years old. In the eyes of society, I still have a ways to go in life, but I am slowly and surely gaining responsibility and freedom. I can legally drive a car, vote for the politician of my choosing, travel outside of the country on my own, move away to attend college, accumulate student loans, spend the summer doing missio...

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FBC Carrollton Teenager Wins National Speakers’ Tournament

CARROLLTON – First Baptist Church in Carrollton has an impressive reputation for producing award-winning Bible Drill and Speakers' Tournament students. This year was no different with Hannah Mathes taking home first place in the National Speakers' Tournament in Kingland, Georgia.Mathes, an incoming junior at Prestonwood Academy...

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Don’t Call Me Senior!

There was a day that one of the most creative outlets for the "Senior Adult" minister was the opportunity to come up with a cute name for the senior adult group at the church. Remember some of these? Triple L Club, Seasoned Saints, Keenagers, Ageless Wonders, Sizzlin' Seniors, Merry Makers, JOY Club (Just Older Youth - They always...

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South Texas Children’s Home helping women find redemption

CORPUS CHRISTI – Nicolle Polanco struggled with alcoholism, which then affected every facet of her life. After being unable to take care of her children, she admitted herself into Grace House in Corpus Christi for rehabilitation.South Texas Children's Home, a Texas Baptists partner ministry, serves in many more capacities than pr...

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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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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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Facing the oceans in South Texas and finding strength in the Lord

A lot of really great people in my life encouraged me to do Go Now Missions this summer. My BSM directors, my friends, pastors and loved ones encouraged me to take a step of obedience and to go wherever I was called, to leave my 'yes' on the table for God no matter what. It seemed like such a daunting task and I was in denial, alth...

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Special Friends Retreat: Where worship is pure

The Special Friends Retreats are made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 13-20, 2015. Click here for resources for your church to help promote this special offering in your church. Worship is anything but mundane at the a...

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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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Be unApologetic about your faith

Always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15 Just as the biblical figures of Paul and Peter were ever-ready to give a defense to various groups for the hope that they had in Jesus, Christians today should arm themselves...

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How to choose the perfect ministry outfit

One spring afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, I roamed aimlessly around Dillard's, focused intently on finding the perfect "ministry outfit." I was one of five women who won a contest at seminary to go on a shopping spree to get a new outfit for our ministry positions and roles. The five of us were all admittedly excited about winnin...

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My First 90 Days

It is hard to believe today marks exactly three months since I started working for Texas Baptists.As I reflect on this first quarter at the Christian Life Commission, I cannot help but be grateful for this season of learning and connecting.This summer has been a whirlwind of conferences across the state, meetings with ministries an...

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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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Get to know: Courtney Williams

Courtney Williams serves as the Minister of Children, Youth, and Young Adult Discipleship at David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, TX. 1. Most influential book you've read in the past two years? Having gone through two Masters Theological programs in the past 3 ½ years, I've read numerous interesting texts alongside t...

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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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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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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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Creating bold youth disciples in the midst of a cultural revolution

In the midst of a cultural revolution where technology has cultivated a "me" generation and immorality is prevalent, youth ministers have a unique and challenging role in teaching students to be bold disciples. Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders in Georgia, shared expert insight to a room full of church youth wor...

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Why it is important to live life with intentionality

I'm not an athlete by any stretch of the imagination. However, I was challenged about ten years ago by a friend to give running a try. "Running?" I asked. How funny is that! I had never been in any kind of sport in school. I did accept her challenge and began running with her. Physically, it was the hardest thing I had ever attempt...

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New block party trailer to open doors for evangelism in Collin County

FRISCO—From colorful bounce houses and entertaining games to savory-smelling food and captivating music, block parties have a way of drawing a crowd and are a popular outreach tool. But they can also be expensive and burdening to plan.Last weekend, Collin Baptist Association (CBA) received a brand new Block Party Trailer, com...

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Nine churches to be recognized for Cooperative Program giving during Annual Meeting

DALLAS - This year, during the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Frisco, nine churches will be recognized for their Cooperative Program giving. Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has provided the fuel to fund missions work in Texas, the United States and around the world."There is no way to measure, this side of heaven, the kingdom...

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Pull Up a Chair this November

I am a true fan of November. Situated at the end of autumn and the dawn of winter, November welcomes scarf weather, soup, apple cider, and of course—Thanksgiving. Even though I am admittedly biased due to my November birthday, I fervently believe that Thanksgiving is the best holiday. Think about it. Thanksgiving is a day th...

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Texas Baptists Great Commission Team to undergo staff changes

Effective Nov. 1, the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team will undergo staff changes under the direction of Dr. Delvin Atchison, who assumed the role of director in mid-September.Dr. David Hardage, executive director for Texas Baptists, announced the formation of the Great Commission Team at the February Executive Board Meeting al...

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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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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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Christ’s light shines among refugees

An American Christian asked the gathered children if any had experienced difficulty in forgiving someone. One small boy raised his hand and said it was difficult forgiving the armed men who blew up a car, killing his uncle.This very public and understandable confession occurred at a Baptist camp in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Texa...

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1500 steaks and free ice cream

Last fall, bright-eyed freshman Lindsay Teweleit stepped foot onto the Texas Tech University campus seeking new adventures and friendships. But since she was placed in a dorm without a roommate, building relationships proved to be a challenge. She had no prior connections and craved community. Lindsay was sitting alone in her room...

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Encouragement to operate on faith

As long as I can remember, my mother validated her life by operating on faith. I was told that if you truly believed with all your heart that God is able, He will keep His promises. I've included some scriptures which remind me of His goodness, His grace and His mercy repeat in my mindset:Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of...

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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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​Texas Baptists elect diverse panel of officers for second consecutive year

FRISCO–For the second consecutive year, Texas Baptists messengers have elected a diverse officer panel with René Maciel, president of the Baptist University of the Americás [BUA], elected as President.The election was held during the Monday afternoon business session of the 130th Annual Meeting of the Baptist Ge...

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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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​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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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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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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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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New CLC resources posted online -- biblical perspectives

The Christian Life Commission has produced five resources in its new Biblical Perspectives series. The first topics are civility in public discourse, human trafficking, immigration, justice, and pornography. These can be found on the CLC web site

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Literacy ministry helps church outreach in communities

Language connects people, but Texas is now home to many people who know little of the English language. These residents have their beautiful and valued native languages, but they desire to function more fully as part of American society. Many churches are stepping up to minister to this need, which also gives them the chance to to...

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Disaster Recovery offers opportunity to respond to North Texas winter tornadoes

The day after Christmas took a vicious turn in North Texas as a line of storms brought numerous devastating tornadoes. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) began making plans for recovery efforts immediately following the storms on Saturday evening, according to David Scott, director of Disaster Recovery.TBDR personnel are asses...

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​UPDATE: Volunteer teams needed for N. Texas tornado damage

Volunteer teams are needed! If your church group would like to assist in debris clearing and clean-up, see the information below: Volunteer in Rowlett: Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is coordinating volunteers for the City of Rowlett. Call 214-537-7358 for hours of operation before you depart and to discover your team's work ass...

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TBDR mobilizes 450 volunteers to N. Texas tornado relief

ROWLETT: Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) mobilized 450 volunteers over the past two weekends to Rowlett and Garland in response to the tornadoes which rattled several North Texas communities Dec. 26. Willing volunteers transported bricks, mangled furniture and tree limbs from the disaster zones to the street curbs, working...

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​Waco ministry digging in the dirt with students

"In the garden you learn a lot about identity," Kaley explained, as we discussed World Hunger Relief's School Garden Project. WHRI, in Waco, is a "Christian organization committed to the alleviation of hunger around the world" through sustainable farming. While WHRI, supported by multiple Baptist churches, has agricultural program...

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Preparing for service on a unique mission field

Passionate about preaching the word of God and sharing the Gospel, Mark Kim enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2014. In his younger years, Kim would not have pictured himself in seminary but rather in medical school pursuing a career in pediatrics.Following his graduation from Baylor University wit...

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When disaster strikes: Five steps to ensure your church is prepared to minister to the community

2015 was a record year for disasters in Texas. Flooding and tornadoes damaged thousands of homes. Currently, there are 24 active Long Term Recovery groups meeting regularly to rebuild homes and lives of people affected by these disasters in Texas. When communities are struck by disasters, a well-run leadership structure within tha...

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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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We joined Christian Women's and Christian Men's Job Corps

Imagine enrolling in a job corps program and having your entire life transformed. That's exactly what happens to many who pass through CWJC and CMJC. Program participants receive training in life skills and job readiness, and, along the way, gain self-confidence, purpose, direction, and hope for the future. What a deal! Naturally...

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​Revival through the radio waves in Honduras

This past month, Radio Rio de Dios had an incredible time of ministry. During the last week of January, during our monthly marathon, special guest Pedro Paz came to the radio station to pray, share the Gospel and minister to the listening audience.Over a period of six days, more than 500 people came to the radio station seeking hel...

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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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Introducing The 2016 National Acteen Panelists From Texas

Every year, Woman's Missionary Union® chooses a handful of young women to serve as National Acteen Panelist. The girls that are chosen as Panelist obtain qualities that show leadership, serving hearts, and a strong relationship with Christ.The 2016 National Acteen Panelist consists of three girls from the state of Texas. Hannah...

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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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Ministry is done with people, not for people

I have often thought back to a meeting one afternoon with the "consultant" in regard to attendance. The church was at its lowest point in my tenure. I was desperately trying to figure out what our church could do in the midst of decline, and a neighborhood we seemed not to match up with. The "consultant" told me to build a church w...

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What homes of restoration and redemption look like

Nestled next to both Texas Christian University and Paschal High School lies a small building, which is home to Southside City Church pastored by Darrel and Kim Auvenshine. Before Southside was a church, it began as a group of people meeting at a park to serve the HIV community of Fort Worth."We built our church on Matthew 25," Dar...

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Executive Board approves preventative education and training regarding clergy sexual misconduct

DALLAS - In a proactive approach to address clergy sexual misconduct through prevention education and training, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas voted to revise current policy at the recent February 22-23 board meeting.Vernon Stokes, chairman of the Administration Support Committee, presented the recom...

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Volunteers needed for disaster recovery in South Texas and Mexico

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) offers a vast array of affordable mission trip opportunities throughout the year, inviting churches to be the hands and feet of Christ to people who have been affected by disasters, such as tornadoes, floods and fires. This year, some of the largest needs are in South Texas and Mexico where...

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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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Houston's brokenness: College students respond to the mega city's greatest needs

HOUSTON--Home to nearly 2.2 million people, Houston is labeled the fourth most populous city in the nation and has over 145 languages spoken. Along with its large population and immense diversity comes more startling statistics: Houston has more victims of human trafficking than any other U.S. city. 6,300 people are without a home...

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Beach Reach finds new opportunity to serve city officials during spring break

College students around the country know that South Padre Island is the place to go for a good time during spring break. Between the sand, sun and fun that is had by thousands, it is a one of the busiest weeks of the year. One night, 1,500 new guest checked into a local hotel, which is about half of the population of the entire isl...

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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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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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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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Take a minute to say “thank you” to influencers in your life

Recently it has been my privilege on behalf of the Missions Foundation to participate in the Baylor Oral History project. In preparation for those conversations, they asked me to think back, not only over the 31 years of the life of the Foundation but over the path that led to my being president of this organization. As i...

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Babs Baugh honored by Global Women

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10, NRSV We are excited to announce that Babs Baugh will receive the Global Heart Award at the upcoming Global Women’s 15th Birthday Gala during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Ass...

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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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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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Go Now celebrates 70 years of sending students on mission

Go Now Missions celebrated 70 years of sending college students on mission by commissioning 223 student missionaries to share the Gospel around the world this summer. The ceremony, held May 22 at Dallas Baptist University, welcomed both past and present Go Now missionaries to celebrate students who have gone and are going to the en...

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When God says go

I kept repositioning myself in the seat. I’d never had a moment with my friend that I would consider uncomfortable, but I was practically squirming. There was no real point in burying the lead. “I need to talk to you about something,” I said. “I’m starting a new job in San Antonio. We are going to move...

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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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#FreshmenAdvice: Take Initiative to Meet People

Friends. They’re something we all want and desire. They’re people we can talk to and trust and have fun with and experience life with. However, coming into college I barely knew anyone else attending the school, and I knew I would have to make friends. Just like most people, this scared me. I desired a community of peop...

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Reaching out to neighbors and fighting to end poverty

Pastor Daniel Banyuls has served faithfully at Iglesia Evangelica Bautista in Cerdanyola, Spain, for the past 15 years. He supervises the church’s local food ministry, which provides groceries to about 50 neighbors in need each week. They partner with the local government to raise awareness of the ministry in the neighborhood...

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Being a part of the mental health conversation

Over 43 million adults in the United States experience a mental illness in a given year, according to statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Health. Yet, we in the church are often silent on the topic of mental health for a variety of reasons. One of which might be that we think of it as an “others” problem. M...

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2016 African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference Highlights

The 2016 African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference was held from June 27-July 1 at Friendship Baptist Church in The Colony. “I saw the African American Fellowship Conference as a great success but also the beginning of our focus to bring unity and strength to the ministry of the nearly 900 churches which comprise...

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Let Love Be Genuine: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

The people of Spain are “really tired of hearing about Christ. ... They need to see real love, real love through real people,” Pastor Antonio Calero Cerrado boldly proclaimed. Pastor Cerrado heads an outreach ministry of Iglesia Evangelica Bautista La Trinidad in Denia, Spain. He and Pastor Jorge Pastor have co-led the...

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What I saw and heard in my city

Outside the city of Brownwood, lies a small Baptist encampment where I was spending a week as camp pastor of an RA/GA camp when the reports out of Louisiana and Minnesota came in. These were quite disturbing to me. I attempted, even from a distance, to minister in the midst of these reports by calling African American pastor friend...

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Chin church helps fellow refugees resettle in Sherman

In 2013, when the Grayson Chin Baptist Church began as a church plant in Sherman, they had 25 members, representing about five Chin families. Approximately 100 Chin people were living in the city at that time and through a partnership coordinated by Texas Baptists Intercultural Ministries and Texas Baptists Church Starting, the She...

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Childhood Discipleship: Training up a child

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 At one month old, babies can fix their eyes on faces and respond to what they see. By one year, trust is developed. By age 3, a child’s brain is 80% the size of an adult’s. By age 4, they have a wide ran...

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Baking Cakes – a recipe for discipleship

So, here’s the story. I have this friend. I’m only one of many friends he has. He’s a baker and makes the most awesome cakes. And ages ago, he gathered a bunch of his friends and sort of commissioned them to head out and enlist others to be cake bakers like him. It was a big deal, and that original group really go...

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Episode 3: Disciple Making - Michael Kelley

What does it look like to follow Jesus day-by-day? Join us on this episode of the txb.life Podcast, as Joshua and Kalie talk with Michael Kelley, director of Groups Ministry for LifeWay Resources, about the trends and methods churches can use for making disciples. While tools are helpful, in the end, people make disciples. Resource...

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Summit attendees learn how to care for families with special needs children

When Jason and Maggie Whitt shared about the impact of special needs ministry during the Childhood and Family Ministry Summit on August 12, they spoke from their personal experience parenting their 7-year-old daughter, Camille. "It is important for the awareness to be heightened for families of children with special needs,” W...

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Extending a hand to those in need in Spain

Ali Hearon, Hunger and Care Ministries specialist, and I recently returned from a trip to Spain to visit our Texas Baptists Hunger Offering partners in Barcelona and Denia. To read more stories about the Hunger Offering at work, check out - Let Love Be Genuine: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story and Reac...

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Texas Baptists to assist Louisiana flooding victims

Over 40,000 homes in Louisiana have been affected by recent historic floods. In a 36-hour period, areas in the state received as much as 30 inches of rain, leading to the evacuation of thousands of residents. Texas Baptists are responding in a variety of ways through Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery and providing support to many of...

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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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Following your passions

“Why would a 52-year-old Pastor’s wife from El Paso, Texas with four grown daughters want to live in Paris for six months?” This is a question that was asked by our parishioners before I began an Internship at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, four years ago for my graduate studies in Applied Linguistics and French L...

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Hunger Offering turns 20!

We’re 20 years old! Being out of our teens means that you -- churches and individuals who give -- have helped us grow and mature. As we look back at two decades of the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering helping people overcome poverty, it is astonishing. In those 20 years, more than $15 million have been raised to help people fee...

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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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How Tarleton BSM’s new Northwest partnership is an answer to prayer - Part 2

Morgan Little shares about a partnership Tarleton State University BSM has created with Northwest Collegiate Ministries to reach the lost in the Northwest region of the United States. To read more on this partnership, click here. Tarleton has begun a 2025 vision. Their prayer is that over the next ten years 20 Tarleton graduates wi...

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Texas Baptist Mission Foundation awards $242,000 in ministry grants

DALLAS - The Texas Baptist Mission Foundation has awarded $242,000 in grants to be used for ministry by Texas Baptists ministry staff in 2017. In August, the TBMF Council considered and approved 28 grant requests, funded by undesignated donor gifts, to be used for ministry projects by Texas Baptists, Texas Baptist Men and WMU of Te...

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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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Dan Curry joins Texas Baptists as Area Representative in North Texas

Texas Baptists welcomed Dan Curry to the staff as the new Area Representative for Area 9 from Fort Worth to Wichita Falls, effective Monday, October 3. As an Area Representative, Curry will serve as a connection to local churches and ministers in the area, providing help whenever a need arises such as for training, during a pastorl...

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Texas Baptists to celebrate service at Annual Meeting in Waco

Texas Baptists are “Celebrating Service” at the Annual Meeting in Waco Nov. 13-15, recognizing the work of partnering institutions. The program features world-class workshops and exceptional speakers, as well as wonderful worship music and exhibits that tell Texas Baptists’ stories. Sunday, November 13, kicks off...

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Answering the call to justice

“I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” These words are from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which he challenged fellow clergy to get off the sidelines and get involved in the struggle for equality and justice. These clergymen had criticized King, urging p...

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Questions to keep conversation flowing in your marriage

Ever run out of things to talk about? Maybe it’s because we work and serve together, but more often than not, Cory and I find ourselves gravitating toward conversations that center around ’church stuff,’ i.e. upcoming events or meetings, things going on in this family or in that family, even venting our ministry f...

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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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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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Volunteer-led campus outreach leads to increased connectivity

Crestview Baptist Church, Georgetown Nearby campus: Southwestern University Student population: 1,500 College Ministry: Volunteer led Ministries: Free lunch (Mondays, hosted on church grounds) Booster club to attend sporting events Adopt-a-student Mentoring program Bible studies Three miles from Crestview Baptist Church in Georgeto...

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Focus on discipleship leads to expanded ministry

First Denton Nearby campuses: University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, North Central Texas College Student population: 50,000-60,000 College Ministry: Led by University Pastor Austin Wadlow Ministries: Overflow Worship (Tuesday nights) Equip (Sunday morning discipleship training) Communities (24 student-led small...

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BSM Directors celebrate partnerships and disciple-making at Annual Meeting

When Joe Osteen is asked for an update on the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at The University of Texas at Tyler, his response is, “we are doing more of the same thing - telling students about Jesus and making disciples who make disciples.” As an encouragement to his fellow BSM Directors at a dinner on Sunday evening of...

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African American Fellowship rally emphasizes foundation of faith

WACO—Churches that forget the importance of discipleship have committed “the great omission,” said Dr. Delvin Atchison, director of the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team. Atchison preached Sunday night at the African American Fellowship worship rally, one of four rallies that took place throughout Waco to kick...

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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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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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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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Addiction and the church

Most people are somewhat familiar with the topic of addiction, whether it is through media, books, educational or prevention programs in the community; or perhaps at a more personal level, by struggling with addiction or knowing someone who is in that journey. The fact of the matter is that everyone has had an encounter with this i...

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Día de Activismo del 2017

En Ingles 28 de Febrero y 1 de Marzo del 2017 Acompáñenos en Austin al Día de Activismo durante la 85a Sesión Legislativa. Habrá talleres sobre temas importantes que conciernen a la Legislatura del 2017 y la oportunidad de que los participantes hablen con sus representantes electos. Orador princip...

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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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God's Best Plan

Both rewarding and challenging, the path that God has appointed for Kimberly and Doug Uyechi is one they have been quick to acknowledge as “a family mission.” The Uyechis have three adopted children and, for the past seven years, they have been opening their hearts to foster children by providing a safe, loving home whe...

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In His hands

When it came to asking God why things happen the way they do, Lulee was all too familiar with that inquisition. Having never met her biological father, Lulee was raised by her aunt and her mother, who battled a serious illness. For years, Lulee prayed to God and asked Him to heal her mom. But, with no tangible improvement, Lulee qu...

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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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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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HPU student leads teammates to better understanding of Christ’s love

Though Chad Anders wasn’t searching for Christ when he enrolled at Howard Payne University, he says Christ was waiting for him there. “You can come to HPU and find things you never even knew you were looking for,” says the senior and four-year member of the Yellow Jacket baseball team. Chad didn’t attend chu...

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How to Be An Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate

By Tomi L. Grover, Ph.D. TraffickStop.org January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In conjunction with this, advocates from across Texas are preparing to address their 85th session legislative representatives and senators on the issues pertaining to human trafficking.  According to the online Texas Legislature re...

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CÓMO SER UN ACTIVISTA CONTRA EL TRÁFICO HUMANO

Por Tomi L. Grover, Ph.D. TraffickStop.org Enero es el mes nacional del tráfico humano. Además de esto, activistas en todo Texas se están preparando para presentar temas concernientes al tráfico humano a sus representantes legislativos y senadores de la 85ª sesión. De acuerdo a los materiales...

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Bacote: Some practical help to sustain your public witness

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, when...

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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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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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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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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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Texas Baptists form chaplaincy partnership with Virginia Baptists

DALLAS – At the Texas Baptists executive board on Feb. 22, a recommendation was approved to begin a partnership for chaplain endorsement on behalf of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). Todd Combee, a retired military chaplain from Virginia, was present at the meeting to affirm the partnership. &ldqu...

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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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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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Go Now students reaching the border for Christ

Can one week really change the course of your life? That’s the question Daniel Ortiz was asking when he heard about a short-term missions opportunity through Go Now Missions. Ortiz, a sophomore nursing student at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), had been interested in serving through missions, but was unsure abo...

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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 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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WMU Annual Meeting: His people – redeemed, restored and released

By John Hall MIDLAND – Stacey Williams walked into the Christian Women’s Job Corps office in Dublin in 2001 a struggling single mom desperately looking for help. She was welcomed into the loving extended family of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas program, where volunteers encouraged her, fostered her relation...

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UTEP students share personal stories of Beach Reach work

Since 1980, students from universities from across the country, especially Texas Baptists college ministries, have traveled to South Padre Island during Spring Break. The UTEP Baptist Student Ministry has made the trek down to South Padre Island for eight years. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why on earth would a Christian...

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UH student missionaries shine God’s light at the beach

Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) students from the University of Houston sacrificed their spring break to share God’s love and generosity with others all over Texas. Some spent the week building relationships with international students, others dedicated their vacation to local Houston ministries and still other students m...

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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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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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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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Finding freedom in prison

Editor’s note: April is Second Chances Month for the Christian Life Commission in partnership with Prison Fellowship, celebrating a commitment to re-entry ministries, public policy and helping individuals like Lovinah Igbani find freedom through the Gospel. Prison isn’t a place where people expect to find freedom...

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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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Satisfying hunger: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering story

Even as a small child, Terri knew the meaning of hunger. She was poor for as far back as she could remember. Her mom resorted to writing hot checks to buy food and was eventually imprisoned for it. Her early life took Terri from one challenge to the next. She dropped out of school in 7th grade. At 14, she started drinking and thre...

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Golf Classic Creates Connections, Brings Awareness

The Fourth Annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic was as much a reunion as it was a sporting event. “We have senior pastors and other church staff, camp and associational directors, institutional leaders, and so many others who participate,” said David Adams, Texas Baptists director of church administration and special proj...

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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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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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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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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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From India to Arlington: Serving an undeniable God

By:  Ruth Whorton ARLINGTON - Originally from India, Lokesh Ganta is a master’s student at Texas A&M Kingsville who came to the United States to study engineering. With many financial obligations, Lokesh was prepared to work all summer to earn tuition money for the upcoming fall semester. Little did he know how the L...

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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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Making missions possible through Mary Hill Davis Offering scholarships

By Analiz G. Schremmer Any student who has benefitted from a scholarship knows what an enormous difference it can make. When that scholarship funds a mission trip, the outcome can be eternal. Luis Juarez was once the recipient of a Mary Hill Davis Offering scholarship. Today, he is currently Director of Missions and Ministries at B...

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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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Go Now partnership allows Korean students to serve in Texas

By Ruth Whorton Jinjoo Oh is a university student. She works two jobs, has a curiosity for new cultures, and she is active in her local church. She has a deep love for God and missions with a smile that radiates. She feels lonely sometimes, but clings to prayer. She had an experience this summer that redefined and expanded he...

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A Christian response to hunger: How church ministry is distinguished from cultural trends

By Jaclyn Bonner Lately, I have been thinking about culture and faith. I just finished perusing Leviticus and am journeying again through Numbers. These two Old Testament books, perhaps more than other parts of the Bible, are challenging to read, understand, and apply. The meticulous law, the priesthood rituals, and the early histo...

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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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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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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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A valley of redemption

Brenda Bermudez and her family are just a few of many who have experienced the Lord’s redemption in their lives in the modest colonia of Mi Sueno in the Rio Grande Valley. As a single mother of five, Bermudez’s life has been anything but easy. Bermudez has endured the pangs of divorce, financial stress and limited resou...

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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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Developing a love for God’s Word through Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament

“Bible Drill has given me a love for the Bible and an understanding that I need to consistently be in God’s Word to understand His Will for my life,” said Katie Davidson, Bible Drill participant. “It’s given me more confidence in myself. I was initially quiet, scared to get in front of people and talk...

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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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God’s plan for prisoners

By Dr. Gloria de la PeñaHealth Care Missionary in Piedras Negras / Acuña, Mexico I was walking downtown when someone called my name. It was Nancy. She looked so different outside of her prison uniform. I met Nancy when she started her ministry to prisoners. We had lost touch years ago, when Nancy was transferred to La...

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Texas Baptists encouraged to exceed Mary Hill Davis Offering goal to provide Harvey relief efforts

The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 10-17, 2017. With a statewide goal of $3.6 million, the offering will go to support mission endeavors around Texas through strategic partnerships in 2018. In response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in South Texas, all gifts given abov...

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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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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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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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ANDAR EL CAMINO

El mundo está turbado. Plagado deconfusión, violencia, frustración y división, parece haber una ansiedad e irritabilidad general en el aire. Esta semana he escuchado a muchas personas expresar lo abrumadas que se sienten. Yo también siento la tensión. El sábado pasado me reun&i...

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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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Walk the Way

The world is troubled. Riddled with confusion, violence, frustration, and divisiveness, there seems to be a general anxiety and irritability in the air. In the past week, I have heard multiple people express how overwhelming everything feels. I get it. I feel the tension, too. This past Saturday, I sat in a fellowship hall with twe...

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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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Strengthening families in times of need

By Vicki Hewitt, STCH Ministries When a single mom and her children first arrive at Homes for Families, a program of STCH Ministries, desperation often accompanies them. Dreams of a better life have worn thin from years of crises, trauma and anxiety. Yet the moment they choose to reach out for help, rather than continue to go it al...

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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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Thank you for dinner, Texas Baptists -- from Uganda

Hunger Offering Enables Refugee Women to Share a Meal By Jaclyn R. Bonner As a former Texas Baptist Hunger Offering intern, I can swiftly list the statistics of how many people are malnourished worldwide, how many families in Texas are food insecure, and how many ministries the Hunger Offering helps fund. A selection of inspiration...

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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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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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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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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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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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