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Article II - Object

Constitution of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Article II - Object The object of this Convention shall be to awaken and stimulate among the churches the greatest possible activity in evangelism, missions, Christian education and benevolent work and enterprises; to cultivate a closer cooperation among the churches and...

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The Greatest Possible Benevolence

The Greatest Possible Benevolence Back in 1848, at the first Baptist state convention in Texas, a handful of words were used to describe the primary purpose of the group gathered. Later on, in 1886, those same words were incorporated into the Baptist General Convention of Texas constitution at its formation. Today, Baptists in Tex...

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The Greatest Possible Evangelism

The Greatest Possible Evangelism Back in 1848, at the first Baptist state convention in Texas, a handful of words were used to describe the primary purpose of the group gathered. Later on, in 1886, those same words were incorporated into the Baptist General Convention of Texas constitution at its formation. Today, Baptists in Texa...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Marriage and Sexuality

Marriage and Sexuality On the issues of marriage and sexuality, Texas Baptists have spoken with a clear and decisive voice through the decades. In short, Texas Baptists, meeting in annual conventions, have affirmed that sexual relationships honor God only when they occur within marriage between one man and one woman. Most recently...

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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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Covered with Love Sewing Project

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

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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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Hispanic Churches

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

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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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What Are Missions Discipleship Groups?

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

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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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A BIBLICAL CALL TO BENEVOLENCE

A BIBLICAL CALL TO BENEVOLENCE “BENEVOLENT WORK” is an old phrase referring to what churches do to help people meet their basic needs. Benevolence takes many forms, but a story told by Jesus provides many churches the foundation for their efforts.  In brief, Jesus says his disciples will do six things &n...

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Missions Camp Leader Login

First, thank you, for giving your time and investment in missions camp! Second, thanks for serving God by serving campers. I believe that no time ministering is ever a waste, especially to those under 12, even when we don't see the end results of our efforts.  Whether you said yes to lead missions camp in response to the...

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Church Starting – Five Points

Ministries > Missions > Church Starting > Five Points Assessment   Formation   Leadership   Strategy   Support Assessment These characteristics are used to select a church planter. Visioning Capacity Intrinsically Motivated Creates Ownership of Ministry Relates to the Unch...

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Texas Baptists

Evangelism Inspiring the greatest possible evangelism, missions, Christian education and benevolent work since 1886.    A Biblical Call   Our Legacy #main #banner-h1 { text-transform:capitalize; font-size: 6.5rem; font-weight: 400; margin: 20rem auto 2rem; } #main #banner-h2 { font-style: italic; } @media (max...

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Family Gathering | Information

Information Messenger Registration Churches may register messengers for both the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Convención Bautista Hispana de Texas. Completed registration for each convention is required for messengers to vote during business sessions. Separate registration areas will be available for BGCT and Con...

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A world away, a single bag in hand

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

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Couldn't You Carry Me?

One day a teenage friend of mine, who is moving closer to knowing Christ, and I were playing basketball in the park, and he seemed to be moving slower than usual.When I asked what his problem was, he showed me a huge painful-looking blister that took up a small section on his foot. I suggested we go back to the house to give his wo...

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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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The problem with love

I love food. I love my friends. I love my bike. I love my parents. I love coffee. I love my wife. I love a good-writing pen. I love my son. I love my pets. I love the triune God. The problem with "love" is that English has only one word for one of the most complex feelings we can have. While at times we are frustrated with the peo...

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Before you build a new website: Part 1

I was in an office consisting of wall-to-ceiling windows, which was a little warm because of the sunny summer day outside. It smelled like pepperoni pizza, and my heart was racing because of the coffee I consumed an hour earlier. I wore my new red Van's, Levi's and a gray tshirt. As I closed my eyes to relish in the moment, I was c...

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​Living as a black man in Ferguson

In the summer of 2012, a 32-year-old African American man sat in his car cooling off after playing basketball in a public park. A law enforcement officer pulled up behind the man's car, blocking him in, and demanded the man's Social Security number and identification.That's how the story begins. It's part of the U.S. Justice Depart...

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Summer symbiosis: A guide to ministry internships

Summer is upon us. As I write this in mid-March, I'm interviewing candidates for a handful of internships within the Convention's communications department. While it takes time and energy to establish a perennial program, the payoff both for our department and the interns themselves is well worth the effort. Interns bring boundless...

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Bad blood

Pop singer Taylor Swift is famous for putting her hurts and pain into song. She's done it again. The word on the street (the web) is that another pop icon, Katy Perry, is the newest object of her ire. That really doesn't matter; the words matter.Now we've got problemsAnd I don't think we can solve 'emYou made a really deep cutAnd b...

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Building the Kingdom

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

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Is your gift acceptable to God?

"Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation...

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End of Session Wrap-Up

New laws highlight the CLC's advocacy work.While the 84th Legislative Session ended June 1, we are just beginning to feel the effects of our legislative efforts. This session, the CLC followed 65 bills and helped pass several important pieces of legislation. The CLC's legislative priorities are set by our 18 commissioners who refle...

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Handling the Cheapest of Commodities: Criticism

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

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Why Baptists are a people of freedom

The pursuit of freedom has long been a driving force for Baptists, according to a panel discussion on Monday morning led by Dr. Stacey Conner, Bill Tillman and Steve Vernon. "Baptist Freedom – Model for the 21st Century" was one of multiple workshops held at Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. Dr. Conner serves as the pastor of Fi...

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​New Testament love stood at foundation of MLK's work

The New Testament concept of agape love informed the civil rights work of Martin Luther King, Jr., as he became the voice of the movement in the 1950s and 1960s. "Along the way of life," King wrote, "someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of lov...

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I wanna know what love is

Like the 80s rock band Foreigner, I want to know what love is. And I am not alone in my inquiry. Legendary singer Tina Turner asks, "what's love got to do with it?" John Legend speaks of its all encompassing nature, singing it has affected "all of me." So what is it? Diana Ross and Lionel Richie found that love is "endless." Beyonc...

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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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The mistake of granting veto power

Early in my very first ministry assignment, I learned a key leadership principle by observing a ministry peer make a simple mistake repeatedly--a mistake that crippled the organization he was leading, making forward progress impossible on any significant level. Simply, my friend was granting what could be called veto power to an ol...

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[un]Apologetic Conference arms believers with knowledge and provides answers for seekers

All good apologetics should point back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to best-selling author Mark Mittelberg, speaker at the [un]Apologetic Conference in El Paso on April 7 and 8. During the conference’s opening session, Mittelberg gave a detailed description of the secular landscape Christians find themselves in to...

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How to Give Up Your Kids

I have felt conviction in my life from many sins, but recently none more than idolatry. What is the object of my worship? Sadly, it is my children. There are three things I am trying to do in my life to “give up my kids.” 1. I need to change my prayer life. Honestly, when I think about how I pray for my kids, I see my p...

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After trust is earned

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

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Blacking out windows

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying “’I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12 Alaska–The Final Frontier. Those of you who have seen this gorgeous state know that God’s presence sings off the mountains and...

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Advocacy Alert: #StoptheDebtTrap with CFPB

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

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We are in need of God-blinded faith -- true humility

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you (James 4:10, NRSV). Monday, I wrote about righteousness and humility together, but I wanted to share a little more of what the late Quaker Thomas R. Kelly had to say about humility in his book, A Testament of Devotion. Kelly spoke of humility as resting “upon a ho...

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CLC staff: Perspective on refugee resettlement program changes

By Kathryn Freeman and Ferrell Foster We are praying for President Trump and his administration as they are making many vital decisions that affect the lives of those here and abroad. We prayerfully request that President Trump reconsider the scope and effect of this order and work with congressional leadership to devise a solution...

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Impacting Lives, Transforming Generations

In 1994, Dellanna O'Brien, Executive Director of WMU, SBC was riding with a directors of missions (DOM) on the way to the airport after an associational meeting. He was telling his story of being a young boy growing up poor in the very area he was called to served. His widowed mother moved the family to town to secure a job just a...

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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Churches

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

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Corpus Christi Hosts First [un]Apologetic Conference

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

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

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

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The Impact Center: Meeting needs and making disciples

By Analiz G. Schremmer, Contributing Writer The Impact Center at Christian Family Baptist Church in San Antonio ministers to local military members and their families each month through a feeding center. “We work with veterans and active duty military - those are our primary clients,” said Christian Family Baptist Churc...

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More than meets the eye

By Caleb Seibert The recent wave of sexual assault scandals should be a wake-up call to America of a long-overlooked truth: Our sexual obsession has spun out of control. As society searches for an explanation to this tragedy, one culprit lurks in the shadows. That culprit is pornography. Pornography has become shockingly pervasive...

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Texas Baptists welcomes John C. Halton as Senior Consultant of TBMF

DALLAS -- Texas Baptists welcomes John. C. Halton as the new Senior Consultant for the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF). "We are pleased to have John as a part of the Missions Foundation team,” said President of TBMF Bill Arnold. “He brings extensive development experience and will be working with donors west to...

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Tribute to MLK: Love for All Stands as the Foundation

April 4 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The CLC asked several Texas Baptists to write on aspects of Dr. King’s ministry and influence. This is the fifth article. By John D. Ogletree, Jr. One of the greatest demonstrations of love in American history came through the life of Martin L...

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A Surprise Call

By Lee Strobel, professor of Christian Thought, Houston Baptist University I was surprised when I got a call out of the blue from movie producers at Pure Flix asking if they could make a feature film based on my book, “The Case for Christ.”After all, my book had been published nearly two decades earlier. But it didn&rsq...

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