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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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40 Días de Pasion

40 Días de Pasion

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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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Ministerial Excellence Grant Initial Application

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

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

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Connections

Department: Connections Team Explain your ministry: The Connections Team builds relationships with pastors and church leaders, connecting them to the resources, programs and ministries available through the Texas Baptists. What are the different aspects of Connections? Pastor/Church Connection, directed by Joe Loughlin Building re...

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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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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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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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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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​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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Texas Baptists welcome new church starter for North East Texas

DALLAS - Clay Jacobson has joined the Texas Baptists Church Starting staff as a new church starter for Area 4, covering North East Texas region from Dallas to Texarkana. “I am very excited to have Clay join our team,” said Paul Atkinson, director of Church Starting. “He adds a dimension we need in perspective, tr...

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Highlights from 2016 Hispanic Convencion

The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas Annual Meeting was held June 26-28 at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. Here are some highlights from the gathering: Congratulations to the newly elected officers of Convención Bautista Hispana of Texas: President Rolando Aguirre (of McAllen), 1st Vice President Vincent Gonzales (...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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