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Staff This is us!

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BSM & Church Staff

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

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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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Staff

Meet the team TAMIKO JONES Executive Director-Treasurer tamiko.jones@texasbaptists.org O: (214) 828-5177 CAROLYN PORTERFIELD Missional Lifestyle Strategist - Multicultural and Adult Groups carolyn.wmutx@texasbaptists.org O: (214) 828-5374 C: (214) 668-4458 LIZ ENCINIA Missional Lifestyle Strategist - Preschool, Children, Youth and...

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Annual BSM Director and Staff Retreat

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

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6 decisions staff children want you to make

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Angie Carter

It all starts with a relationship. Most people won't respond to something that doesn't feel genuine – be real, vulnerable, and honest, and God will do the rest Name: Angie Carter Spouse: Nathan Children: None, just a cat Ministry: Hispanic Evangelism Position: Events Coordinator Number of years: 10.5, will be 11 in the summer Wh...

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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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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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Evaluations within your church

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

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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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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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Budgets & Reports

Budgets & Reports Reports October, 2017 Year to Date (YTD):Actual BGCT CP $24,032,114YTD Budget $24,864,000YTD Last Year $24,548,702 Comparisons:YTD Comparison to Budget = 96.7%YTD Comparison to Last Year = 97.9% Church Giving Report The Church Giving Report represents giving through the BGCT. For questions about the giving re...

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Missions Team

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

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CLC Mission

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Executive Board

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Texas Baptist Educator's Retreat

save the date April 16-18, 2018 T Bar M Camps/Retreats 2549 Highway 46 West, New Braunfels, TX 78132tbarm.com Dropcards are available of the 5 program sessions Personal Development for the Minister's Marriage – New tools and great new resources to assist you in caring for your own marriage, as well help for mi...

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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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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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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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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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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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Info for Students

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

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Info for Parents

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Serve

Team Leaders Team Leaders attending Super Summer are assigned to schools where they serve as small group leaders for the students. Super Summer requires 1 Team Leader per 7 Students. It is the responsibility of the church to recruit qualified Team Leaders. Please recruit trustworthy leaders from your church, neighboring churches...

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Students

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

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Parents

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

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FAQs

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

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Who Can Attend?

Students Students attending Super Summer are assigned to schools based upon the school grade they will enter in the Fall of 2018. Red School Students entering 8th grade Blue School Students entering 9th grade Orange School Students entering 10th grade Yellow School Students entering 11th grade Green School Students entering 12th g...

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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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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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Camp Fusion FAQ's

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

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Advocacy Day

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

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Leadership Texas Baptists

Applications are closed for the 2017-18 cohort. Applications for 2018-19 will be accepted in late spring of 2018. What is Leadership Texas Baptists? Leadership Texas Baptists is a nine-month experience to engage, equip, and inform emerging leaders from churches across the state. Pastors, staff, and lay leaders accepted into t...

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Called - Follow Me

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

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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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SMOT Home

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

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SMOT History

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

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SMOT How to Join

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

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Board of Directors Meeting Private

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

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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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Project HELP: PTSD

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

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Other Ministries

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

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Campamento de Misiones Para Madre e Hija

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

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Week of Prayer

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

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Invite a Speaker

Thank you for your interest in having a WMU of Texas or Texas Baptists speaker at your church or event. Our missionaries and staff consider it an honor to partner with followers of Christ to proclaim the gospel. It may take four to six weeks for missionaries to confirm their availability. One of our staff members will contact...

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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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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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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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Voluntary Retirement Incentive Missionaries

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

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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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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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About

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

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Schedule

Schedule download schedule JOIN OTHERS FOR LUNCH AND DINNER!  Meet us at the registration desk to go out to eat and meet new friends! (Times listed below.) MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 Exhibit Hall Open: 2:30pm - 5:30pmJoin us for Dinner @ 5:30pm 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  \\ Registration1:00 PM  \\  General Session:...

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ISAAC Project

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

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ISAAC FAQs

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

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ISAAC Training

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

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ISAAC About Us

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

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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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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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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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Registration

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

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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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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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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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Apply Now

Apply OVERVIEW OF APPLICATION PROCESS Pre-Application Application Transcripts  Interview After completing the above steps, your application file will be reviewed and, if approved, you’ll be invited to Discovery Day for Christmas and Spring or Discovery Weekend for Summer, Impact, and Fall. Note: If you are interested in...

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Annual Meeting 2017 – Business

BUSINESS  2018 Budget Summary The business and financial plan of the BGCT calls for the proposed budget to be prepared by the staff, reviewed and approved by the Executive Board, and finally approved by the messengers to the Annual Meeting. Preparation involves months of prayer, projections, research and planning.  Downl...

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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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A safe place in the storm

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

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Go Now Missions: Christ be lifted high!

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

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The sweatiest job I ever loved

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

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Minister burnout and depression: Proactive steps

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

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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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Opposing abortion in a world of vulnerable people

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

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Texas Baptist Camps: Made to glorify Him

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

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Senator cites BGCT letter in arguing for stronger abortion restrictions

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

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Home is where the heart is

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

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Tell me the stories of Jesus

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

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Hard knock life

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

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Heart notes about my time with Russian orphans

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

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CLC 83rd Session Report

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

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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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Down to get a free snow cone

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

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Uniforms: They're elementary

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

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Loving Oklahoma volunteers help victims rebuild and restore

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

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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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Crawling, Walking, Running with Texas Baptists Missions

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

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Building community one house at a time

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

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Philippines Typhoon: Preparing to go

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

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Texas Baptists provide testimony at federal hearing on arbitration

DALLAS - Two Texas Baptist pastors raised concerns about payday and car title lending practices during meetings with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leadership in Dallas on Dec. 12.Jeff Johnson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Commerce and president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Steve Wells, pas...

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Antoine named bivocational pastor ministry director

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

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From Texas to Montana

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

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Wilson named director of church evangelism

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

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Mission Drippin' - A model for community outreach

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

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Help provide an accurate compensation baseline among churches

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

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It all starts with faith in yourself

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

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The invitation to service

When I was 12-years-old, I felt called to ministry. While the specifics of my calling were unclear, I knew I was supposed to spend my life engaged in some type of vocational ministry or mission work. Despite the lack of clarity in my calling, I was able to easily identify and explain my life's purpose to others because of what the...

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ISAAC is there to help

SAN ANTONIO - Arina Popovici is the first immigrant to be assisted by the Immigration Service and Aid Center (ISAAC) to obtain legal permanent residency within the United States. She never dreamed that she would have this opportunity in her lifetime, but with the help of the ISAAC Project, her dreams are finally coming true. Seven...

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Miracles don't just happen in the Bible

Joseph Parker, pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, in Austin, received a heart transplant on Jan. 23, 2013, following more than ten years of heart issues. Two weeks ago, he was able to meet the family of the donor who saved his life. He shared his story with the Executive Board during their meeting on Monday, Feb. 24...

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God moves at a TWU benefit show

Last Friday night we were given the opportunity to host a benefit show to raise money for summer student missionaries. We had planned on having local musicians put on a show for us. Student leaders, a TWU staff employee, and friends came to enjoy this time together.We also had one of our guys that just started to get involved share...

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Parents learn skills for raising highly capable kids

FORT WORTH - Twenty-nine parents from Manuel Jara Elementary School set aside time for 11 weeks this spring to learn tools, skills and confidence to raise healthy, caring, and responsible children through Parent University. A graduation ceremony was held on Wednesday, April 30, to recognize the achievement of the parents.Many offic...

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Pray without ceasing

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

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Texas Baptists announces sale of Dallas facility

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

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The necessity of discipleship

If there is one thing I have learned while serving on staff at the UNT BSM it is the essential need for collegiate ministry in the United States. Over one million students are attending college in the State of Texas. According to a recent poll by Lifeway, 70 percent of freshmen who enter the college world will stop attending church...

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Final preparations for student missionaries

As I've been preparing to serve this summer, I thought there wasn't anything else to know than what I've experienced overseas already. I thought, "culture shock didn't happen to me, I knew what to expect." But sitting through the session about it, I realized that I actually had experienced it, I just didn't know how to label it at...

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Christian Life Commission announces office relocation to Austin

DALLAS -- The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission has announced a relocation of all offices from Dallas to Austin effective Sept. 1."This is an exciting decision that will enhance the effectiveness of the Christian Life Commission," said Dr. David Hardage, executive director. "Having the CLC in one location in Austin makes it...

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Colorado: Make the most of every opportunity

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

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Follow me

Christ's call is clear:  "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). We do not know the specifics of such an invitation, but we know the Person issuing it.Every Christian is called by God to serve Him.  Some are called to specific places and specific tasks to which others may not be called.  ...

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Child Safety Policy Manual

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

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Sixty quilts handmade and delivered with love

VILLA FRANCA, Spain - Even when verbal communication seems impossible, there's one language that is spoken by all: love. It can be spoken through hugs, laughter and 60 quilts hand-made by Texas Baptist women.The quilts were a part of Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) of Texas initiative "Covered with Love" in which they presented the...

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Georgia: Resting in his hands

It is hard to really describe what we do here at The Living Vine Christian Maternity Home. It is one of those things that you can't really understand it until you are actually doing it, living it. But I think this story really sums up exactly what is going on here.Saturday, July 19th, was visitation day. The girls spent the morning...

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Becky Holt

Name: Becky HoltHusband: I will be marrying Steven Barnes this weekend!Children: None yetMinistry: CollegiatePosition: Ministry AssistantNumber of years: 14Where did you grow up? Dallas until I was 8 and then GarlandHow old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time? I was 7 years old...

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Fajita Feed

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

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No they're not here

"No they're not here. No they're not here. No they're not here." This is the response that the folks at Grace Temple Baptist Church of Dallas received as they walked down 10th St. on a hot summer day. They were looking for the apartment managers of the many apartment buildings located on their street. Finally, when they arrived at...

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Collegiate Ministry

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

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Internet Church and you

Live streaming, podcasting, providing worship services online…there are many different ways for churches today to offer online options for their congregations. What works for one church may not work for another, but there are a myriad of options available for churches interested in providing an online community, connections and...

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

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

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Blessed to be called by Christ

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

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Understanding the city and the culture

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

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Inspiring the next generation, youth ministry as a divine appointment

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

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Praying for opportunities on Engage 24

October 14, 2014 was the date for this year's Engage 24, a nationwide campaign for every Christian college student to share the Gospel with at least one person during that one day. Engage 24 falls in the middle of the semester, right about the same time as midterms, and it is a great reminder of the real reason we are where we are...

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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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Live the Difference: in disaster recovery

This year's Annual Meeting theme is "Live the Difference." We asked several individuals what it looks like to live the difference in their day-to-day lives. Here's what Gerald Davis, Disaster Recovery and development specialist, had to say:Being the Dallas Cowboy fan that I am, I appreciate the complement which is usually made by a...

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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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Hardage identifies Texas Baptists as Great Commandment and Commission people

WACO - Texas is in a state of change and will be for many years to come, Dr. David Hardage, executive director of Texas Baptists told messengers and visitors at the 2014 Annual Meeting. "This state is growing, and this growth is ushering a whole new level of diversity like we've never seen before," Hardage said. Not only is Texas...

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​Texas Baptists approve 2015 budget, elect new officers at Annual Meeting

WACO - During the 129th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, several important business items were discussed, voted on and approved. On Tues., Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m., Earl Ann Bumpus, chair of the Committee on Credentials announced 1,240 messengers and 515 visitors had registered for a total of 1,755 in attend...

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

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

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Mustaches for missions

November was a pretty busy month for the Howard Payne University Baptist Student Ministry(BSM); it is the month of the much anticipated NoShave November! This year we started selecting teams the last week in October to get everyone hyped up for the month that is ahead. We work very hard to incorporate students who are not specifica...

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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 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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CERI aids families affected by flooding in Sri Lanka

BATTICALOA , SRI LANKA — On December 23, 2014, nearing the tenth anniversary of the devastating 2004 tsunami that claimed more than 226,000 souls and left Indonesia's island nations and the lives of their people utterly destroyed, BCFS' overseas division Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) received notification of t...

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Urban BOUNCE

"We must learn to not regard people in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer."- Dietrich Bonhoeffer His name was Richard. Just being released from the hospital, he retreated home – a familiar place of peace and solitude, but that night he woke to his house under water. Richard, a victi...

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Abide in Him

Over the last five years, one of my favorite BSM events has become our statewide winter prayer retreat, Abide. The retreat occurs toward the end of January, just a week or two after classes have begun for the Spring semester, and provides BSM students and staff from across the state the chance to gather together outside of Austin...

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Shots a Video Editor hates to work with…

I remember the first video project I shot over 20 years ago...I still cannot watch it to this day. It was horrible for several different reasons, but mostly I didn't know what I was doing, so I faked it when shooting. Luckily, the people who hired me were really good friends and paid me anyway. It was from this experience that I le...

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​Freedom for captives: The CLC is working to end trafficking

As the 84th Legislative Session has begun, the CLC staff wants to provide an overview of our public policy priorities. Last week, we talked about advocacy in general, and this week we explore human trafficking.Many people assume the 13th amendment ended slavery in America, but there are still slaves among us. Human trafficking is d...

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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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Small town church cheers on senior as he achieves football dream

GOLIAD—Setting goals and working hard to achieve them is a strategy high school senior Ty Ross has clung to for years. Since sixth grade, his biggest goal has been to play college football, and the church family has been by his side to cheer him on. A few weeks ago, dreams came true for the defensive end as he committed to play...

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Why I decided to continue education

This past Thursday evening, I received word that my thesis project was given final approval and I will be receiving a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary on May 9th, 2015. I started thinking about the reasons I decided to move forward with a doctorate degree. I would like to share some of those here...

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State of the State

On February 17, Governor Greg Abbott gave his first State of the State address. The State of the State was first given by Governor J. Pickney Henderson in 1845, after Texas joined the Union. The State of the State is required by the Texas Constitution and is given at the beginning of each regular legislative session.The State of th...

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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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February 2015 Executive Board Review

DALLAS - Amidst ice and freezing temperatures, the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas convened February 22-24 for their spring meeting.During Tuesday's combined business session, President Kathy Hillman encouraged the board members to be equipped to move forward as Texas Baptists. Using a compass, map and GP...

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Educating parents impacts communities

Two years ago Principal Marta Plata of Manuel Jara Elementary School realized her staff of excellent teachers and leaders could work tirelessly every year to seek to educate their students and empower them to be the best they could be. However, without positive reinforcement at home, many of the lessons taught in the classroom wou...

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​From pocket change to sacrificial giving

Raising money for Go Now Missions is a part of BSM culture. Each year we set a goal, which helps to send students on trips across the world on various mission projects. Then, we do all sorts of fundraisers (sometimes involving some crazy activities) to reach those goals. We hold fundraisers at local restaurants. We do boys vs. gir...

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Relocating and regulating your life

Relocating to a new church and city can be very exciting for a pastor's wife, but with relocating many hurdles occur, which the wife must learn to deal. The hustle and bustle of moving boxes, new restaurants, shopping places and friends are exciting, but can quickly have a dark shadow cast over them after the moving van pulls away...

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States need RFRA matching federal model, like Texas

The Christian Life Commission staff believes it is wise for each state to pass RFRA laws or constitutional amendments that mirror the federal RFRA language. The Texas RFRA mirrors the federal RFRA, both passed with bipartisan support and reflecting an appropriate balance between religious freedom and government interests. The CLC...

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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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Prepare your church for same-sex marriage ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is ready to consider the issue of same-sex marriage, and the court's eventual ruling could affect how the State of Texas defines marriage. If change occurs, it will affect the relationship of all Texas Baptist churches in their dealings with local, state, and federal laws. The Christian Life Commission suppor...

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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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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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Treasuring the sacred space

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

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Saying goodbye to UTD

This week, I said goodbye to the BSM at UTD, as I served my last day as its Campus Missionary Intern. After a whirlwind year, it slowed to a stop with the last few weeks of finals and end-of-the-year activities. And there is much I'll be taking away from my experience.Primarily, I am so grateful the Lord blessed the ministry of the...

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Even if you're bad at it

Recently, the Texas Baptists' Missions team went through some missional coach training, which we are ready to do with mission leaders and pastors in Texas. One thing I learned through this training (something I knew as a pastor, but was never able to put words to), our trainer Dr. Bob Logan said if pastors will engage in a mission...

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Texas Baptists assist FBC Mineral Wells following tornado damage

MINERAL WELLS – A tornado tore through downtown Mineral Wells on Tuesday, May 19, damaging First Baptist Church, along with several local businesses. The next day, Texas Baptists were on-hand ready to help in a myriad of ways. David Scott, director of Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery, Chris Liebrum, director of Cooperative Progra...

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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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How the Affordable Care Act affects your church

As a convention, we seek to help meet the needs of our churches. As a church, you, in turn, seek to help meet the needs of your pastor and other ministry staff. One of the ways many of you care for them is through reimbursement for the premiums of health insurance policies. However, due to recent changes in government regulations...

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It's not about me. It's about Him.

Go Now Missions Orientation, a weekend of preparation for college-aged summer missionaries, took place from May 22-24 at Dallas Baptist University. I, Erin Turner, with four of my friends from the UT Arlington BSM, arrived before 2pm that Friday to check in and meet our tribes. We were all so excited to see what God would do that...

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Bounce Student Disaster Recovery kicks off this week!

The BOUNCE staff is very excited to welcome all of our teams coming to serve with us in Dallas tomorrow! We're expecting around 85 students and leaders from FBC Rockwall, Spring Creek Fellowship of Big Spring, FBC Chilton, Crosswinds Community Church of Hobbs, NM and FBC Lufkin to serve with us this week. Students and staff will be...

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Can I trust you?

Anyone who has been in leadership long can recall a person they could not trust. Some people are obvious, others covert. Pastor Scott was approached by a woman and his stomach began to churn. She had never done anything suspicious. It was just a feeling. The Spirit was giving him a nudge that he should not completely buy into what...

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Working yourself out of a job

It may come in a meeting, time alone in your office, casual conversation … it's the thought that if you, as a pastor or church staffer, help lead your church down the road to truly reaching your community you may no longer be the right person to lead, due to demographics, age or some other factor. The church called you because yo...

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Bounce Week One is a Wrap!

The entire BOUNCE staff is proud of the work done by BOUNCERS and their investment this week in Dallas! New roofs were put on houses and houses got new paint jobs. More importantly, the homeowners that students served were presented with the gospel through words and actions. At the end of the week, BOUNCERS presented their homeowne...

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Don't Lose the Wonder

"O the wonder of it all, the wonder of it all, Just to think that God loves me!" -G.B. Shea Once upon a time, my husband was the guest preacher at a church and we sat at the front, near a staff member. After some singing, a white-haired man, robed for baptism, gave his testimony. He had been in military service and said he had liv...

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Learning to love more in Houston

Camp Bethany is in full swing. Last week, we were praying for kids and this week we had them! It is hard to believe that we have only known these kids for five days. Already they have stolen my heart. I guess that is what pouring into someone for nine hours a day does to you.Although I feel like I know them very well, I am still fu...

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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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Super Summer’s ingredients to 41 years of success

Every June and July, thousands of Super Summer students proudly wear the same color, loudly chant group cheers and put on their game faces at competitive activities for five straight days, but leaders and students alike will agree the success of the camp goes far deeper than fun and games.Super Summer is intense and intentionally d...

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Leadership Texas Baptists seeking emerging leaders

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

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Child abuse is everyone's business

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

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

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

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Louie Giglio challenges youth at North Texas YEC

The June 19-20, North Texas Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) brought an overflowing crowd of students to Venue 510 in Burleson, where renowned pastor and author Louie Giglio gave a challenging message.Giglio, founder of Passion Conferences and pastor of Passion City church in Atlanta, Georgia, read from Luke 7, reciting the story...

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Jesus & “Jurassic World” (yes, I will connect them)

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of watching "Jurassic World." (My fellow staff members who attended the movie with me might not say the same. I am an action movie spaz, but that's besides the point.) It was super intense, but once I finally stopped shaking due to my muscles being clenched the whole time (in suspense, not fear, of...

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Hispanic Baptists urged to stand firm in faith

AUSTIN - An estimated 11 million Hispanics live in Texas, with projections of Hispanics becoming the largest ethnic group in the state within a decade. Currently, there are more than 1,100 Hispanic Baptist churches seeking to share the Gospel with this ever-increasing ethnic group. This year, Convencion Bautista Hispana de Texas wa...

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Week 2 of BOUNCE is Ready to Kick Off!

The BOUNCE staff is busy preparing to welcome all of our churches serving in Waco this week! We are expecting about 145 students and leaders to be coming in for our Waco mission. Churches participating are Christoval Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Kingwood, Southwest Park Baptist Church of Abilene and Woodridge Baptist Church...

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BOUNCE Waco is a Wrap!

The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the week in Waco! We are proud of all the BOUNCERS who came this week to reflect Christ's love here in the city. We are very excited to say that all of the houses were completed today! A total of ten homes got either a new roof, a new paint job and even new steps and a new ramp. Most importantl...

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First Disaster Recovery BOUNCE of the Summer Mission Kicks Off Tomorrow!

We had a great week in Waco last week and the BOUNCE staff is excited to welcome our BOUNCERS who will be serving in Moore, Oklahoma! BOUNCERS will be arriving tomorrow afternoon. We are expecting about 150 students and leaders for our Moore mission. Churches participating in this week of BOUNCE are Baptist Temple of San Antonio, F...

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Moore BOUNCERS Have Arrived

All of our participants have arrived safely in Moore! All of them appear to be excited to spend the week aiding Moore residents in long-term disaster recovery. We welcomed 150 students through the doors of Emmaus Baptist Church. We have a total of six churches that brought BOUNCERS this week. The churches participating are Baptist...

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College connection for your high school grad

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

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HPU students serve God and experience Spanish culture on Costa Rica Trip

BROWNWOOD – Thirteen Howard Payne University students, faculty and staff members visited the country of Costa Rica following the end of the spring 2015 semester. The international experience was led by Carla Hawkins, then assistant professor of Spanish, and Keith Platte, director of HPU's Baptist Student Ministry.The expedition w...

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Moore Students are Geared up to BOUNCE Back Home!

The BOUNCE staff is thrilled with the results of the week in Moore! All the work on the sites has been completed and we could not be any more proud of the hard work put in by BOUNCERS this week and the way they reflected Christ's love in Moore. A total of 15 worksites were completed. Houses got new roofs and paint jobs and some BOU...

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BOUNCE Mineral Wells Set to Kick Off

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

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BOUNCE Mineral Wells is a GO!

BOUNCE staff is happy to announce that all of our BOUNCERS have arrived safely in Mineral Wells. Students and leaders are excited for what lies ahead. We welcomed over 70 BOUNCERS through the doors of Mineral Wells Jr. High today. A total of four churches brought student missionaries this week. Churches participating are Brazos Mea...

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BOUNCE Mineral Wells is In the Books!

The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the results of the week of ministry in Mineral Wells! All worksites have been completed thanks to the hard work of all the BOUNCERS this week. We've seen the restoration of homes and hope. Christ has been reflected well this week in Mineral Wells. A total of six worksites were completed. Houses...

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We're Ready To Bounce!

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

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Bounce San Marcos Is Underway!

BOUNCE staff is happy to announce that all of our BOUNCERS have arrived safely in San Marcos. Students and leaders are excited for what lies ahead. We welcomed about 75 BOUNCERS through the doors of First Baptist Church of San Marcos today. A total of six churches brought student missionaries this week. Churches participating are L...

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Missions Is A Lifestyle

BOUNCERS woke up early this morning to eat breakfast and kick off their day with GO TIME! Go Time is a brief meeting where BOUNCERS all meet together in the parking lot at the lodging facility, are prayed for and sent off to begin work. A total of six ministry teams consisting of over 70 students and leaders went out into San Marco...

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Bounce 2015 Is A Wrap!

The BOUNCE staff is very pleased with the results of the week of ministry in San Marcos and WImberley! We've seen the restoration of homes and hope brought through the service of students. Christ has been reflected well this week in San Marcos. A total of six worksites were completed. Houses got new roofs, walls, insulation, and ot...

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Healthcare Ain’t Broke

It is rich. And it is broken.Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.Every time my son tries on a pair of shoes, he wants to see how fast they are. Every time. I remember doing this too at his age. Come to think of it, I've done it in the past few years when trying out running shoes on an in-store treadmill under...

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80/20

The 80/20 rule, as you may know, is a representation stating that things in the world are not evenly distributed. For instance, 80% of the wealth is distributed among 20% of the population. Or, 80% of the sales come from 20% of the customers.One of the most popularly used examples of this is that 80% of the a company's work is done...

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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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Religious Liberty in Nepal

People of Nepal have been dealing for months with the aftermath of an earthquake disaster. Now, the Asian nation faces a possible religious liberty disaster that could impact people's lives for years.The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission is part of an international Baptist effort to encourage the Nepal government to not inclu...

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When was the last time you did a reality check?

One thing social media has done is portray others' lives to be better than they really are. In some cases, people blatantly lie about their lives, but in most cases, people put all the positive things about their lives on social media. They choose to leave out the negative stuff, the real life complaints. This has happened amongst...

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How to love your Search Committee

Whatever staff position you and your husband serve in your church (or have served in), chances are you probably worked with a Search Committee. Members of the committee who brought you into a church can be some of your best partners in your ministry. Embrace them! They are your allies. These people are already invested in you. Wit...

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Texas Baptists passes Baptist Building legacy to Baylor University nursing school

DALLAS- On Wednesday, Texas Baptists held a monumental "passing the mantle" ceremony to commemorate the legacy of Texas Baptists at 333 N. Washington Ave. in Dallas and the future of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON), which will soon take residency in the 100,000 square-foot building.The August 26 ce...

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Texas Baptists dedicate new Rambler Park office space

After three days of unpacking crates and settling into new workstations, the Texas Baptists staff gathered together for a dedication of the eleventh and twelfth floors of the Rambler Park building located at 7557 Rambler Rd. in Dallas, which now houses the Baptist General Convention of Texas.At the dedication ceremony, executive le...

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Prisoners starting churches: Philippi churches bring unique spin to prison ministry

MCKINNEY, TX – Prisoners have souls in desperate need of God's grace, just like the rest of us. One former missionary's observation of this truth led him to begin a simple Bible study in an East Texas detention center, which has now grown to a ministry across more than 20 prisons in the state. Ted Lindwall served in Guatemala as...

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Why we don't like change and how to handle it better

Question: "How many baptists does it take to change a light bulb?"Answer: "Change?!!!!"If you've recently been frustrated by something in your life changing, you're not alone. Most of us don't like change (unless we're in charge of it). But, change happens constantly. As the saying goes, change is. Period.A restaurant takes a favor...

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Larsen named finalist for CFO of the Year award

Texas Baptists' Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Jill Larsen has been named a finalist for Dallas Business Journal's CFO of the Year award.Larsen was selected and named a finalist by a panel of independent judges after being nominated by a close business friend. She will join 28 other financial executives Oct. 26 at the CFO of...

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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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How can baby boomers impact millennials and why should we care?

In an address to baby boomers about their sphere of influence within churches today, David Kinnamon, president of Barna Group, encouraged attendees to take time to pour into the upcoming generations of millennials.Kinnamon served as a keynote speaker at this year's National Boomer and Senior Adult Ministry Conference hosted by Trin...

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Finding and restoring the lost

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

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McLeod awarded for exceptional leadership in Intentional Interim Ministry

DALLAS—Dr. Jimmy McLeod, Intentional Interim Ministry pastor of Park Central Baptist Church in Dallas, was presented the 2015 Maples, Williamson, Daehnert (MWD) Award by the Texas Baptists' Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) Network for his faithful work to the ministry. On Oct. 13, McLeod became the seventh recipient of the...

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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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How to practice healthy boundaries

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

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Hunger Offering partners with Baugh Foundation for refugee relief in Serbia

AUSTIN - December 2, 2015 - In response to an overwhelming number of Syrian refugees flooding into Europe and through a generous gift from the Baugh Foundation, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering sent $15,000 to Serbia on Tuesday, Dec. 1, to provide aid for refugee relief.The funds will be used by Baptist partners in Serbia for food...

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Merry Christmas from Texas to Europe

Serbian Baptists have risen up to meet the vast needs of Middle East refugees arriving in their country. Now, a Texas Baptist family is sending $15,000 to help meet the need. The ongoing work and the new gift are, in a way, a Christmas gift of love to a mostly Muslim people in need. The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering has facilitate...

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Do you have Christmas expectations?

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

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Jamaica: Building Faith While Building Houses

I am convinced God has a sense of humor; He takes the most entertaining situations and uses them to build His character in us. Our first experience was the three-hour bus ride from Montego Bay to Harmons. Many in our group were very apprehensive of the narrow roads and steep exposure and trusted the experience and ability of the dr...

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

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

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What happens to college students when they actually "rest"

Jumbo shrimp, good grief, bitter sweet--these are just a few of my favorite oxymorons. Another favorite I hear a lot is this: restful college student. For many college students, the idea of "resting" is unheard of, aside from catching maybe five hours of shut-eye at night. Whether it's school, work, homework or having a social life...

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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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Baptist University of the Américas to relocate entire campus

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

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Two former pastors to serve as Area 8 representatives

DALLAS--Over 900 Texas Baptists churches are located in the North Texas region surrounding Dallas, also known as Area 8, where diversity is vast and culture is ever-changing. Texas Baptists has recently welcomed former pastors John Nguyen and Dowell Loftis to partner together as part-time area representatives for Area 8, which enc...

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​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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Praying for those who will go

Go Now Missions recently hosted Discovery Weekend at First Baptist Church Midlothian, where 195 students were issued invitations to serve as Go Now Missionaries after the weekend. There were 50 small group leaders, made up of BSM Staff, Church Staff and students who are former Go Now Missionaries; 25 host homes provided by FBC Midl...

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Listening and responding to the Lord’s call to go

Go Now Missions recently hosted Discovery Weekend at First Baptist Church Midlothian, where 195 students were issued invitations to serve as Go Now Missionaries after the weekend. There were 50 small group leaders, made up of BSM Staff, Church Staff and students who are former Go Now Missionaries; 25 host homes provided by FBC Midl...

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Marriage in a Fishbowl

Have you ever had any of these thoughts?I hope no one realizes that I have no idea what I'm doing.I want to quit most Mondays.I'm really kind of 'over' people. I'm not even sure I like them anymore.I'm afraid that my kids will end up resenting me, despising the church and rejecting Jesus, all because of their experience as a pastor...

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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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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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Responding to Same-Sex Issues with Grace and Truth

(Steve Wells will lead a workshop titled "Responding to Same-Sex Issues with Grace & Truth" during the Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.)Grace and truth. Holding them together – that's the difficult thing, isn't it? Truth without grace is cold. Grace without truth can get very mus...

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Moving forward

The following story took place early in the 21st century: The first day on the job, my pastor husband was setting up his office in a wonderful church where we were serving at the time. He called out to his secretary: "How do I access the internet?" She responded, "We don't!" It turns out that the World Wide Web had never inhabited...

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A journey for justice detailed during Micah 6:8 Conference

SAN ANTONIO - As Jen Hatmaker described her own journey into becoming passionate about justice issues to attendees at the Micah 6:8 Conference, she detailed an experience of brokenness where she and her husband left their boots at the altar of a church, to be given to homeless people, and walked with barefeet to their car on a col...

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CLC offers National Day of Prayer Guide

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

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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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What the new overtime regulation means for your church

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

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Churches provide foundation for active faith

(Rand Jenkins is the newest member of the Christian Life Commission staff. He is in a new role -- CLC specialist. Below, Rand explains some of the things in his background that have shaped his call to this ministry.) My childhood in community-minded churches provided the foundation for my pursuit of an active faith. Born in Fort W...

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Where to turn when ministry is hard

Ministry can be wonderfully fulfilling. It can also be incredibly taxing. Statistics concerning ministers are staggering! According to Life Recovered, 75 percent of ministry leaders report they’ve had a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry. Thirty-three percent confess “inappropriate&rd...

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Executive Board hosts graduation of emerging young leaders, revises administrative support policies

On Monday night of the May 23-24 Executive Board meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, ten individuals received trophies and certificates of graduation from the first cohort of Leadership Texas Baptists. Leadership Texas Baptists, which met for the first time last fall, is a nine-month program experience to engage, eq...

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First Cohort of Leadership Texas Baptists celebrates completion

The first cohort of Leadership Texas Baptists celebrated completion on May 23, through a special graduation celebration at the Executive Board Meeting for Texas Baptists. Participants received awards and recognition for their hard work and dedication to the nine-month long program in its inaugural year. The participants w...

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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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Hello, Summer 2016!

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

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It's Time to Begin!

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

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This Week's Worship

It is difficult to believe that it is nearing the end of the week already! The staff is proud of the BOUNCERS who have been working hard consistently to serve as an expression of their love for Christ. Not only have they been able to accomplish tasks to help meet physical needs in the community, but they have also had the chance to...

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BOUNCE Dallas Mission Complete

We are so proud of our BOUNCERS for finishing the week strong! It has been tiring, but the students have accomplished a lot in the Dallas community. From priming and painting, to siding, to roofing, to constructing porches and decks, youth groups came together to serve the community in the name of Jesus. The Lord did some great thi...

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Hello, Bartlesville

We had a great time in Duncanville last week conducting the Dallas mission for the first week of BOUNCE this summer. The BOUNCE staff has now transitioned to Bartlesville, Oklahoma and is looking forward to meeting our participants arriving tomorrow! We will have students from Baptist Temple Church, Crosswinds Community Church, FBC...

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Bartlesville Participants Arrive

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

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Bye Bye, Bartlesville

BOUNCE Bartlesville is a wrap! We are so proud of the work our BOUNCERS have done this week. They have build wheelchair ramps, constructed decks, repaired roofs, installed siding, painted houses, and more. In just one short week, they have served Christ and been featured in a couple local media sources proclaiming His name. It has...

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God’s hand at work in Seattle

I'm working with my team at Epic Life Church here in North Seattle. This week is our biggest week of the summer concerning the church because we're working an event called Celebrate North Seattle. This event has grown to over 2,500 attendees in past few years and it celebrates the achievements and businesses around the co...

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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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Bouncing into Mineral Wells

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

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7 tips for seeking peace with African Americans

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

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Wrapping up a Great Week

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

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7 Consejos Prácticos para Buscar la paz con los Afroamericanos

Al pensar sobre el papel que jugamos como pacificadores en el ámbito de la reconciliación racial, Efesios 2:11-16 detalla los deseos del corazón de Dios para la unidad dentro del cuerpo de Cristo. Por lo tanto, recuerden ustedes los gentiles de nacimiento —los que son llamados «incircuncisos»...

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Welcome to Waco

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

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Church Arrivals

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

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Making Progress

All twelve of our BOUNCE Teams are still hard at work. With the understanding that they will be finished with their houses tomorrow, they have continued finishing their roofs and painting their houses. Some of our staff members had the opportunity to work alongside the students and get to know them better. Some teams have even fini...

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What I saw and heard in my city

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

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A campground committed to the Lord: How Go Now students are sharing the Gospel in Spain

Priscille Murphy and Naraim Enriquez are serving as Go Now missionaries at Alfa & Omega camp in Denia this summer, watching the Lord at work in mighty ways in a region where Christianity is scarce. Almost 60 years ago, American missionaries established Alfa & Omega camp on the southern coast of Spain, in the town of Denia. At the t...

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7 Reasons Ministry Wives Need to Retreat Together

The first staff wives retreat I attended came very early on in my 26 years of marriage and ministry with Clay. I’ll be honest: at the time, I did not think it was all that great. My biggest takeaway from the weekend came when my then pastor’s wife told me, “I will never get close to another church member again. I...

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Wisdom-Martin sees new national role as ‘an act of obedience’

DALLAS—When friends approached Sandy Wisdom-Martin about being considered as the next executive director of national Woman’s Missionary Union, she recalled having “a long list of valid reasons” why she should not. Sandy Wisdom-Martin found joy in her role as executive director-treasurer of Woman's Missionary...

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Wisdom-Martin sees new national role as ‘an act of obedience’

DALLAS—When friends approached Sandy Wisdom-Martin about being considered as the next executive director of national Woman’s Missionary Union, she recalled having “a long list of valid reasons” why she should not. Sandy Wisdom-Martin found joy in her role as executive director-treasurer of Woman's Missionary...

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Texas’ Child Protection System is Failing our Children

By Vicki Spriggs Texas is in the midst of a crisis that, if not addressed with the highest urgency, will create lasting damage for generations to come. Children removed from their homes are placed in a structurally unsound system that is meant to protect them, but in reality often subjects them to further trauma, abuse, and neglect...

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Afterschool meals important for students, and churches can help

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

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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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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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George C. Marshall & the importance of self-mastery

I wonder today how many Americans are familiar with the name and exploits of one of the greatest persons of the 20th century – George C. Marshall. Marshall orchestrated one of the greatest military victories of history – World War II -- and then shaped one of the greatest achievements of peace after the war with what ca...

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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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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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The Election is over, now what?

Now that the election is over, you might be tempted to put politics out of your mind, but now that our new leaders are in office it's important that we stay engaged. Our political engagement does not end in the voting booth, in fact, the voting booth should be just the starting point. According to the Annette Strauss Institute, onl...

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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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Ministering where you are: The power of missional communities

As a softball player at The University of Texas at Austin, Stephanie Ceo spent a lot of time with her teammates on and off the field. One teammate, Rachel, was always kind and encouraging and also professed to be a Christian. Stephanie had been to church before and knew about God, but did not believe He existed. She had great diffi...

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Investing in the future of Texas through Collegiate Ministry

Much has been written about Gen Y and now Gen Z (just entering college). Tim Elmore offers excellent insights into the characteristics of both generations, growingleaders.com In campus ministry, some characteristics carry over into these upcoming generations. On college campuses in Texas, less than 5% are involved in a weekly Bible...

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How sexual abuse prevention training can help your church

Sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic to discuss. It seems to be even more uncomfortable when we think of the discussion within a church setting. For many of us, myself included, it is difficult to fathom how such painful and destructive experiences can occur in a church, but they can and do. And I assure you it is much more comfo...

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Rio Grande Valley family sees bright future constructed just outside its doorstep

PEÑITAS, Texas – Maria Luisa Morales’ future was so close, it was right outside the front door of the aging one-room travel trailer that currently serve as home for her family of six. Her future was being constructed before her eyes, nail by nail, board by board by a group of volunteer women who are building her...

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Texas Baptists elect officers for 2016-2017

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

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Hardage shares new ministries, expanding work of Texas Baptists

Texas Baptists are engaging in new outreach opportunities with people groups in Texas and beyond, shared Executive Director David Hardage during his Monday evening report at Annual Meeting. Hardage introduced several key leaders overseeing new ministry opportunities. “As you know, Texas is a changing state, becoming very dive...

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Texas Baptists 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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How does religious freedom affect starving children in Nigeria?

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

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Dallas teen works to make a difference in community: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

Mu was born in Southeast Asia and came to the United States with her family as refugees in 2007. As they settled in the Dallas area, her family found help and support from a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering ministry known as H4R. The ministry provided her family with help filling out government paperwork, ESL classes, assistance with...

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

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

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Lifelong HPU friends share lives, memories at Baptist retirement community

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

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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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Transformational Ministry from Student to Student

Sharing a physical location with the Baylor University campus allows George W. Truett Theological Seminary to partner with and minister to the broader University in ways that many seminaries located off campus or not linked to an undergraduate institution are unable to. Perhaps one of the most meaningful opportunities to arise from...

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DBU students serve in Spain, share the hope of Christ

Boarding a plane in DFW, Shelby Weatherly, a junior biology major at Dallas Baptist University, grew increasingly excited about the week ahead. While many of her classmates spent their Fall Breaks participating in travel studies, going on vacation or visiting family at home, Weatherly decided to join a group of DBU students to serv...

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Hendrick Breast Institute and the Hope Fund

Before they turned on the office computers or answered a phone that first day of work at the Hendrick Breast Institute in Abilene, the staff lined a hallway and prayed with Hospital Chaplain Bruce Lampert. Breast Institute Registry Coordinator Melissa Boyd and her staff listened as Lampert spoke to them of the gentle power within t...

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How to Be An Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate

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

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Being and finding a friend

You can't develop a friendship without, at some point, engaging in friendly behavior. Simple gestures including a smile, small talk and sitting with someone doesn't make you a friend, but rather provides companionship and a spark of godly love. God grows friendships. This growth requires our willingness to be used, to be selfless...

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Teaching children the power of worship

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

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7 Reasons to Attend CLC Advocacy Day

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

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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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A look into the life and legacy of James B. Simmons

Dr. Travis L. Frampton developed a growing interest in Dr. James B. Simmons's life and works several years ago upon reading The Cause and Cure of the Rebellion, an abolitionist sermon published by Dr. Simmons in 1861. The following story details Dr. Frampton’s journey on his sabbatical to learn more about the life and legacy...

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Texas Baptists mobilized to influence lawmakers at 2017 Advocacy Day

AUSTIN - Christian engagement in politics and culture should be directed by a love of God and practice of discipleship, attendees learned at the recent Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission Advocacy Day. The event, held at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin on Feb. 28, featured keynote speakers Gabe Lyons, founder of Q and co-au...

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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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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 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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Encouraging First Responders through theological education

By: Rochelle Rocha Roots In light of the many stresses and challenges that face law enforcement officers today, South Texas School of Christian Studies (SCS) seeks to encourage and empower local public servants by offering affordable theological training. One way SCS put this mission into action was to offer its First Responders Se...

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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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5 steps to make the most of your camp experience as a leader

By Jennifer Deibel, Contributing Writer The car washes are complete, the spaghetti dinners served, funds raised and you’re ready for camp. For many youth and children, a week at camp each summer is the highlight of the year. It’s a time to get away from the mundane daily routines, meet new people and have lots of f...

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

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

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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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ETBU Students Renovate Local Homes

Constance Steadman was afraid to live in her own home. “I was scared to walk into my bathroom because the floor made a popping sound when I stepped on it and I was afraid I was going to fall through,” she said. “There was a lot of air coming into the house from outside and the ceiling was leaking.” Steadman...

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Singing Women of Texas to host Texas Lone Star Mission Tour

DALLAS – The Singing Women of Texas, Texas Baptists’ affiliated women’s choir, is hosting the Texas Lone Star Mission this June to benefit charities around the state. The tour will take place from June 19-26. Concert locations include First Baptist Church, San Marcos; First Baptist Church, San Antonio; Calvary Bap...

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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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BOUNCing Into Summer 2017

Summer 2017 has arrived and your BOUNCE staff has been preparing for this summer for a while.  Our first Mission is in Duncanville, Texas, and we are ready to welcome Carmel Baptist Church from Lindale, Texas, Crestview Baptist Church from San Antonio, Texas, and Wylie Baptist Church from Abilene, Texas. BOUNCE staff for this...

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Duncanville BOUNCERS Reminded to Serve While Being Served

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

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Commissioned With a Mission

Today marks the first work day of BOUNCE 2017!  Participants had an early start as they met at 7am after breakfast for GO TIME.  This is an opportunity for our BOUNCE staff to commission these participants as they go out and serve with the love of Christ.  BOUNCERS circled up and Scott Stevens, our Mission Coordinato...

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BOUNCERS Pray for the "Least of These"

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

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BOUNCing out of Dallas

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

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BOUNCing into Bartlesville

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

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A Life Worth Giving

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

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Bartlesville BOUNCERS Reach Quarter Offering Goal

BOUNCERS were full of excitement and energy this morning at Go Time! Students and Student leaders circled up for a time of prayer and commissioning as they started their first day at the work sites.  Our Construction Coordinator this week, Lonnie Hoelscher, prayed over them, and the BOUNCE staff waved goodbye as vans and truck...

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BOUNCERS Share Stories Locally

All of our BOUNCERS continued with another hard day’s work.  This week we have nine worksites located in the Bartlesville and the surrounding area.  One of these worksites happens to be located in Chautauqua, Kansas, just north of Bartlesville.  BOUNCE staff made their rounds today, having popsicles for partici...

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BOUNCE students renovate homes in Dallas community

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

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BOUNCing into Baton Rouge

BOUNCE has made its way from Oklahoma to Louisiana! BOUNCERS will be serving the community of Baton Rouge this week, helping with ongoing flood recovery efforts.  We are excited to welcome Kingwood First Baptist Church in Kingwood, TX, First Baptist Church Plano, TX, Northeast Baptist Church of San Antonio, TX, Second Baptist...

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BOUNCERS Charged to Be the Hands and Feet

BOUNCE at Baton Rouge is off to a great start.  All teams have arrived safely and checked into the lodging facility.  Students met BOUNCE staff in the parking lot for a game of Spikeball while group leaders registered participants.  This afternoon, all participants met together for BOUNCE Bash and had fun worshipping...

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BOUNCERS in Worship

Today was another wet day as BOUNCERS continued working on projects at their worksites.  Each team is closer to finishing tomorrow, despite the heavy rains all day.  Some projects had to take a break between storms, but every team has been working hard all week. Worship this week has been full of the Holy Spirit.  Da...

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BOUNCing Out of Baton Rouge

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

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Texas Baptist Elijah Brown elected General Secretary of BWA

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

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BOUNCing into Jennings

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

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Go Time in Jennings

Today started well with Go Time! This morning Eric Martinez, our worship speaker for the week, prayed over and commissioned our BOUNCERS as they headed out to their worksites.  As vans and buses lined up to leave, the BOUNCE staff waved goodbye to participants as they left. This week there are twelve worksites in the Jennings...

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BOUNCERS Don't Neglect Their Neighbors

BOUNCERS continue to tell us their “Wow Moments” and share their stories of love and encouragement to the residents of Jennings.  Today, one team helped a family push their car out of traffic in order to fix it.  Other teams have stories of decisions being made by residents and participants alike. Tonight at w...

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BOUNCing Out of Jennings

That’s a wrap here in Jennings, Louisiana! Our teams finished all of their projects, receiving more than just sunburns and sore hands.  Through their service this week they have received blessings from the residents and communities here.  One resident was moved to tears today as she returned home from work to see he...

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BOUNCing Into Waco

BOUNCE is in Waco for the last week of summer missions.  Our BOUNCE staff is excited to welcome participants this Monday. We are ready to see Christoval Baptist Church of Christoval, First Baptist Church of Lampasas, and Crossroads Baptist Church of The Woodlands! Columbus Avenue Baptist Church is hosting 60 students and stude...

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BOUNCERS With a Servant's Intent

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

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Go Time! in Waco

Participants had an early start as they met at 7am after breakfast for GO TIME.  This is an opportunity for our BOUNCE staff to commission these participants as they go out and serve with the love of Christ.  BOUNCERS circled up and Aaron Austin, our Mission Coordinator, prayed over the teams as they begin work this week...

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BOUNCERS Worship in Waco

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

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Looking Forward to Seeing BOUNCERS Continue at Home

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

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BOUNCing Out of Waco and Summer 2017

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

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Texas Baptists welcome Tom Revilla as Central Texas Church Starter

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

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Loftis named Director of Texas Baptists Connections Team

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

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

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

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Fighting For Unity in A Culture of Chaos (updated)

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

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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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Texas Baptists at work to provide Harvey relief efforts through partnerships

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

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

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

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CLC’s One conference encourages unity and racial reconciliation among Christians

GRAND PRAIRIE – More than 175 Texas Baptists gathered Aug. 26 to pursue racial healing in the wake of a turbulent year of clashes between white, black, and Hispanic Americans. “The Lord placed this event on my heart last spring because I felt like the Church had not done enough to be a part of the solution,” said...

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

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

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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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Room in our hearts to love our neighbors

By Jacob West, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Stamford About to rupture Every summer my family heads to the beach for a week to relax and recharge. The waves provide never-ending delight for our children. Smiles stretch across their tanned faces throughout our time together. Before leaving this past summer, I took our aged GMC Y...

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On the front lines of the Great Commission at UTA

Before stepping onto the University of Texas at Arlington campus as a freshman, Ashleigh Hood had a lack confidence in her relationship with Jesus.  Though she had been exposed to the Gospel and attended church semi-regularly, Hood felt her faith had never been her own.  “I hadn’t accepted Christ. I had been b...

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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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Developing an emergency operations plan for your church

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

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How to care for trauma survivors Q&A

Unfortunately, in our very broken world, we all too frequently hear about tragedies at home and abroad. These events can have significant impact on the mental and emotional health and well-being of those involved and, in fact, have an impact on you and me. To help us all better understand trauma, I reached out to one of our network...

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A Theology of Caring in the church

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

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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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Equipping people for Gospel talk

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

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

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

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Texas Baptists officers re-elected to second terms

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

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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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