CLC announces public policy priorities
by Texas Baptists Communications on January 30, 2019 in press releases
The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission is pleased to announce their public policy priorities for the 86th Texas Legislative Session...
Former BGCT president and CLC director Jimmy Allen dies at age 91
by Kalie Lowrie on January 9, 2019 in press releases
Jimmy Allen, a former president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) and former director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission (CLC), died Tuesday, Jan. 8, at his home in Georgia. He was 91...
Truett Seminary and Texas Baptists Offer Advanced Certificate of Ministry in Children's Ministry
by Texas Baptists Communications on November 9, 2018 in press releases
WACO—George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Texas Baptists have entered into a collaborative agreement between Truett Seminary’s Online Certificate Program and the Texas Baptists Preschool & Children’s Certification Program in order to create a Joint Certificate Program that will provide students with the opportunity to earn an Advanced Certificate of Ministry....
TBMF Council approves ministry grants totaling $502,550
by Analiz G. Schremmer on October 31, 2018 in news
Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Council broke a record this year, giving more funds to help churches and support Texas Baptists missions and ministries for 2019 than ever before...
Texas Tech Groundbreaking Launches Construction for New BSM Building
by Analiz G. Schremmer on October 25, 2018 in news
The new building will be a place where students can not only come and read the Bible and draw close to Christ, but also a catalyst out of which students can reach the Tech campus and really the world...
TBM responds to Texas flooding in Llano and Marble Falls
by Texas Baptist Men on October 19, 2018 in news
With the expected rain this weekend, flooding could get worse and there are about 300 homes that have been affected by high water already...
Texas Baptist Men Responding in Florida
by Texas Baptist Men on October 12, 2018 in press releases
Texas Baptist Men volunteers are deploying Saturday morning, October 13, to respond to the devastation left by Hurricane Michael. ...
Texas Baptists receives $1 Million to Fund Church Health Initiatives
by Kalie Lowrie on September 25, 2018 in news
The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) awarded a $1 million grant, to be used over five years, to Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas) focused on church and church leaders’ health initiatives in South Texas...
TBMF to honor Griffin, Evans, FBC Tyler at Annual Luncheon
by Texas Baptists Communications on July 5, 2018 in press releases
The Texas Baptist Mission Foundation (TBMF) will be honoring Suzanne Griffin, Michael Evans and the First Baptist Church of Tyler for their exceptional work and commitment in missions at the annual Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Awards Luncheon, Monday, July 30, 2018, during the Texas Baptists Family Gathering in Arlington....
Project: Start Director Leonid Regheta presented Immigrant Advocate Award
by Kirsten McKimmey on June 21, 2018 in press releases
Leonid Regheta, director of Project: Start Refugee Resource Center, was presented the Immigrant Advocate Award at the 7th Annual Immigrant Journey Awards...
Texas Baptists response to Santa Fe High School shooting
by Texas Baptists Communications on May 18, 2018 in press releases
Friday morning, May 18, a gunman shot and killed 9 students and 1 teacher at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.
Ernest Dagohoy, Texas Baptists Area Representative for the Houston area, has been in contact with several church leaders and the association in that area. He is providing convention resources and support in the aftermath of the shooting.
David Hardage, Texas Baptists executive director, said, “Today’s shooting in Santa Fe is heartbreaking. Violence at school, the home, and the workplace is a direct contradiction to God’s word and way. We are earnestly praying for all those affected.”
John Newton, pastor of First...
Texas Baptists to honor Dr. Ken Coffee and Dr. Virginia Connally with Legacy Awards
by Kirsten McKimmey on April 23, 2018 in press releases
Each year, deep in the heart of Texas, Texas Baptists meet on the first Sunday in June at the historic Independence Baptist Church to honor individuals who have represented Texas Baptists exceedingly well...
Project:Start launches Refugee Life Upgrade
by Kirsten McKimmey on April 18, 2018 in press releases
Project:Start, a refugee resource center supported by Texas Baptists, works to connect refugees in Dallas with the resources they need to find stability. Currently, thousands of refugees live within just a three-mile stretch of the North Dallas neighborhood called Vickery Meadow where over 30 different languages are spoken...
Leighton Flowers named new Evangelism Lead for Texas Baptists
by Kalie Lowrie on April 4, 2018 in news
Leighton Flowers was named Evangelism Lead for Texas Baptists on April 2. No stranger to Baptist life, Flowers has served on staff with the Convention since 2003, overseeing key evangelistic ministry initiatives including Super Summer, Youth Evangelism Conferences, Hot Hearts, See You At the Pole, [un]Apologetic conferences and more...
580 students spent week of spring break helping Houston bounce back from Hurricane Harvey
by Kirsten McKimmey on March 13, 2018 in news
From March 12-13 & March 15-16, the 580 students and student leaders volunteering with BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery completed projects such as installing drywall, insulation, siding, painting and flooring for homeowners who had been affected by the disaster...
BGCT removes CBF from giving form, affirms view of biblical marriage
by Texas Baptists Communications on February 20, 2018 in news
The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board voted Tuesday to accept a joint-recommendation from the Finance and Administration Support Committees to remove the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from its church giving forms...
BGCT remueve a CBF de la forma de contribución y afirma el matrimonio bíblico
by Texas Baptists Communications on February 20, 2018 in news
La Junta Ejecutiva de la Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) votó el martes 19 de febrero para aceptar la recomendación de los Comités de Finanzas y Apoyo Administrativo de remover al Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) de la forma que usan las iglesias para designar sus contribuciones...
Texas Baptists welcomes Tom Howe as Director of Urban Missions
by Kirsten McKimmey on February 12, 2018 in news
“It's a blessing to have Tom Howe on the Missions Team,” said Josue Valerio, director of the Missions Team. “Tom is a team player that brings his pastoral giftedness, experience and creativity, and a spiritual leader who trusts that God's Spirit is in the midst of whatever reality we face.&rdquo...
Texas Baptists welcomes John C. Halton as Senior Consultant of TBMF
by Kirsten McKimmey on February 6, 2018 in news
We are pleased to have John as a part of the Missions Foundation team. He brings extensive development experience and will be working with donors west to Kerrville and east to College Station. He is a committed Baptist layman with a heart to help people use their resources to make a difference for God's kingdom...
Texas Baptists welcomes Daniel DeLeon as new Area 3 Representative
by Kirsten McKimmey on January 19, 2018 in news
DALLAS -- Texas Baptists welcome Daniel DeLeon as the new Area 3 Representative of the Rio Grande Valley, from Del Rio to Brownsville, as of January 2.
“Living on the US-Mexico border gave me the opportunity at a very young age to get involved in ministry in exciting ways. My first experiences in ministry included times when I had to translate Bible stories from English into Spanish. God used my bilingual skills to overcome the language barrier, and it was then when I began to enjoy bringing people together, but most importantly connecting them with the message of Jesus,” said DeLeon.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, DeLeon...
Texas Baptists welcomes Steve Massey as Vice President of TBMF
by Kirsten McKimmey on January 16, 2018 in news
DALLAS -- Texas Baptists welcomes Steve Massey as the new Vice President of Texas Baptist Mission Foundation (TBMF) as of January 2.
"I am so pleased to have Steve on our staff. His experience as a development officer and a committed churchman will fit well on the Missions Foundation team," said Bill Arnold, president of TBMF.
He began his career serving in various roles in the corporate world before transitioning into full-time ministry. He served for six years as Vice President of Development for Buckner International, and most recently, as Vice President of Development for e3 Partners/I Am Second. Massey has a Bachelors of...
Texas Baptists welcome Bob Billups as Publisher of BaptistWay Press
by Kirsten McKimmey on December 14, 2017 in news
DALLAS–Texas Baptists welcomes Bob Billups as the new Publisher of BaptistWay Press.
“Bob brings a wealth of BGCT experience and wonderful talent to the task,” said Associate Executive Director Steve Vernon. “BaptistWay Press is one of the best publications of its type anywhere. The writers and editing are superb. Bob brings to the publisher's role experience in relationships with many churches and church leaders across the state as well as entrepreneurial skills to promote the Connect 360 literature and other products in the BaptistWay line.”
BaptistWay Press is the publishing branch of Texas Baptists, providing Bible study...
Texas Baptists join with 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative for Speak Freedom Texas
by Kalie Lowrie on September 18, 2017 in news
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, Nov. 5, for Speak Freedom Texas,” said Randel Everett, president and founder of 21CWI and former executive director of Texas Baptists.
“When we started 21CWI, one of the main goals was to awaken the church in America to the cries of the persecuted church around the world. Because I am a Texas Baptist and a lot...
Texas Baptists to support Project: Start for North Texas Giving Day
by Kirsten McKimmey on September 13, 2017 in news
On Sept. 14, as people across the Metroplex give to various community organizations through North Texas Giving Day, Texas Baptists are encouraging donations to Project: Start, a refugee resource center located in Vickery Meadow.
With over 30 different languages spoken, their needs are as diverse as the community itself.
Over the last 12 months, Project: Start has impacted close to 300 families, either directly with referrals or by creating capacity for others to assist and minister to refugee families.
“We are excited to serve those that come through our doors just as much as we are thankful for opportunities to impact dozens...
Texas Baptists encouraged to exceed Mary Hill Davis Offering goal to provide Harvey relief efforts
by Kalie Lowrie on September 11, 2017 in news
The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 10-17, 2017. With a statewide goal of $3.6 million, the offering will go to support mission endeavors around Texas through strategic partnerships in 2018. In response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in South Texas, all gifts given above the offering goal will be designated to provide disaster assistance to impacted areas through Texas Baptist Men and Texas Baptists.
“Texas Baptists are a generous and compassionate people,” said Carolyn Porterfield, WMU of Texas interim executive director-treasurer. “We believe God will bless every...
BOUNCE revises schedule to serve in Harvey-affected areas
by Kalie Lowrie on September 1, 2017 in press releases
DALLAS–In response to the devastating destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, BOUNCE, the student disaster recovery ministry of Texas Baptists, has revised the 2018 schedule for spring break and summer mission trips to solely serve Harvey-affected areas along the Gulf Coast.
“We have revised our BOUNCE schedule to mobilize student youth groups to Harvey-affected areas for long-term recovery efforts,” said David Scott, director of BOUNCE. “Our BOUNCE Advisory Group agreed this is reason BOUNCE was created. We also had full support from our ministry partners in the cities of Birmingham, Waco, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Bartlesville...
Texas Baptists response to Hurricane Harvey
by Kalie Lowrie on August 28, 2017 in press releases
Updated message posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast has been catastrophic, and the storm is likely to cause additional damage for days to come. Some 13 million Texans are currently under a flood watch or warning.
At this time, we are supporting Texas Baptist Men in their disaster relief efforts. TBM units are deployed to several areas across the Gulf Coast and are providing meals as well as shower and laundry services. More than 7,000 trained volunteers are on active alert and ready to respond.
Many of our Texas Baptists churches are actively involved in relief and recovery efforts...
Statement in response to fatality at alt-right rally
by David Hardage on August 14, 2017 in press releases
For Immediate Release
August 14, 2017
Joshua Minatrea Director of Communications Texas Baptists 214-887-5473
Statement in response to fatality at alt-right rally in Charlottesville, VA
DALLAS–Our Texas Baptists family stands strongly against white supremacy and racism of any kind. The Bible is our guide to faith and practice. We are a people of the Book.
David Hardage, Executive Director Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas)
Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas), established in 1886, is the largest state denominational convention of its kind, with more than 5,300...
Project: Start refugee center to host “My American Dreams” art exhibit at NorthPark
by Texas Baptists on August 4, 2017 in press releases
DALLAS–Project: Start, a refugee resource center in North Dallas, will present “My American Dreams” refugee children's art exhibition August 8-23 at NorthPark Center, located on North Central Expressway in Dallas.
Project: Start, a ministry of Texas Baptists, is working to connect refugees in Dallas with the resources they need to find stability. Thousands upon thousands of refugees live within a three-mile stretch of a North Dallas called Vickery Meadow. With over 30 different languages spoken, their needs are as diverse as the community itself, and Project:Start has found this exhibition to be a great way to increase awareness...
Texas Baptists host historic presentation of Uzbek Bible
by Kirsten McKimmey on July 18, 2017 in news
DALLAS–Texas Baptists, alongside the Institute for Bible Translation (Moscow, Russia) and Global Heart Ministries (Plano, TX), recently hosted a historic presentation of the first translation of the Holy Bible into the Uzbek language.
Uzbekistan, listed among countries where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, has never seen a full translation of the Bible in their language. However, through the work of the Institute for Bible Translation, that has changed.
Now, for the first time in the history of Uzbekistan and its people around the world, Uzbeks will have the complete Bible in their language. This is...
Texas Baptist Elijah Brown elected General Secretary of BWA
by Kalie Lowrie on July 7, 2017 in news
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 at the BWA General Assembly held in Bangkok, Thailand.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to become the ninth General Secretary of the BWA, an organization that has borne witness to Jesus Christ and the reality of one Lord, one faith and one baptism since 1905,” said Brown. “Over the last 10 years, Dr....
Singing Women of Texas to host Texas Lone Star Mission Tour
by Kalie Lowrie on June 2, 2017 in press releases
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 Baptist Church, Lubbock; First Baptist Church, Plainview; and First Baptist Church, Wylie.
The Singing Women of Texas was founded in 1994 as a one-performance choir. Today, 23 years later, there are eight chapters across the state comprised of church staff members, church choir members and music educators. All eight...
Texas Baptists to host Hispanic Education Fair in San Antonio
by Kalie Lowrie on May 16, 2017 in news
SAN ANTONIO – In an effort to provide resources and motivation for Hispanic students to excel in education, Texas Baptists is holding the Educate Texas Hispanic Education Fair at Life Church of San Antonio on June 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch for the first 250 registrants will be free.
“The goal of this day is to provide training and resources for parents and students to help students reach their full educational potential,” said Gabriel Cortes, director of Texas Baptists’ Hispanic Education Initiative and coordinator of the event.
While the Hispanic high school dropout rate has decreased significantly in the past few...
Texas Baptists and MinistrySafe to provide free child sexual abuse prevention training in Dallas
by Kalie Lowrie on May 10, 2017 in press releases
DALLAS – Texas Baptists, a state-wide denominational convention of more than 5,300 congregations, is partnering with MinistrySafe, a national leader in sexual abuse risk reduction, to provide nine regional child sexual abuse prevention training workshops throughout 2017.
Dallas County Cowboy Church will host one of nine Church Safety Workshops on Thurs., May 11. The workshop, which is free of charge to church leaders around the Metroplex, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and registration is required. Additional information is available at texasbaptists.org/ministrysafe.
“Texas Baptists takes very seriously the safety of...
FBC Allen students take first place in State Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament
by Kalie Lowrie on May 8, 2017 in news
(Pictured above) First place winners at the Texas Baptists Bible Drill and Speaker’s Tournament were all from First Baptist Church of Allen, including (left to right) Gracie Daugherty, Anna Kemp and Katie Davidson.
This year, the first place winners in all three categories at the Texas Baptists State Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament were from First Baptist Church of Allen. Gracie Daugherty took first place in Youth Bible Drill for 7-9th grades, Katie Davidson won High School Bible Drill for 10-12th grades and Anna Kemp took first place in the Speakers’ Tournament.
Eighty-four students competed in tournament on April 30 held...
Highland Baptist Church to host free child sexual abuse prevention training
by on May 4, 2017 in press releases
LUBBOCK -- Texas Baptists, a state-wide denominational convention of more than 5,300 congregations, is partnering with MinistrySafe, a national leader in sexual abuse risk reduction, to provide nine regional child sexual abuse prevention training workshops throughout 2017.
Highland Baptist Church in Lubbock will sponsor one of nine Church Safety Workshops on Tues, May 9. The workshop, which is free of charge to church leaders around the Lubbock region, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration is required and additional information is available at texasbaptists.org/ministrysafe.
“Texas Baptists takes very seriously the...
First Baptist Midland to host free child sexual abuse prevention training
by on April 21, 2017 in press releases
MIDLAND -- Texas Baptists, a state-wide denominational convention of more than 5,300 congregations, is partnering with MinistrySafe, a national leader in sexual abuse risk reduction, to provide nine regional child sexual abuse prevention training workshops throughout 2017.
First Baptist Church Midland will sponsor the third of nine Church Safety Workshops on Thurs., April 27. The workshop is free of charge to church leaders around the Midland and Odessa region, but registration is required. Additional information and online registration is available at texasbaptists.org/ministrysafe.
“Texas Baptists takes very seriously the...
Youth ministers at Conclave encouraged to promote racial reconciliation within churches
by Kalie Lowrie on October 14, 2016 in news
Racial reconciliation should begin through believers in the church, according to Bryan Carter, pastor of Concord Church in Dallas. Rather than relying on law enforcement, or looking to the government and society to break down racial tensions, Carter and Jeff Warren encouraged youth ministers to promote change within their own congregations. The two pastors were interviewed by Jane Wilson, youth discipleship specialist, during the Leadership Tuesday session of Youth Ministry Conclave on October 11 in Arlington.
“I would encourage you, as student pastors, to lead the way. Lead from the bottom up,” Warren, pastor of Park Cities...
Dan Curry joins Texas Baptists as Area Representative in North Texas
by Kalie Lowrie on October 11, 2016 in news
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 pastorless period or assistance with declining or plateaued churches. Click here to view a map of our Area Representatives.
Curry has served in ministry across Texas for more than four decades, with pastorates in Coahoma, Tahoka and a longtime tenure of 24 years at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington. He has...
Texas Baptists to celebrate service at Annual Meeting in Waco
by Kalie Lowrie on October 10, 2016 in news
Texas Baptists are “Celebrating Service” at the Annual Meeting in Waco Nov. 13-15, recognizing the work of partnering institutions. The program features world-class workshops and exceptional speakers, as well as wonderful worship music and exhibits that tell Texas Baptists’ stories.
Sunday, November 13, kicks off with several evening rallies including Hispanic Ministries, African American Ministries, Cowboy Churches and BSM leaders.
Cleophus LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics, will preach Monday evening’s sermon. Lee Strobel, New York Times best-selling author and professor of...
Executive board approves 2017 proposed budget, other business for upcoming Annual Meeting
by Kalie Lowrie on September 29, 2016 in news
The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas convened September 26-27 in Dallas and approved numerous recommendations including the 2017 proposed budget of $36.638 million.
Gerald Caldwell, chair of the Finance Committee, and Jill Larsen, Texas Baptists’ CFO, presented the estimated $29.6 million in Cooperative Program giving and $4.4 million in investment income to the board. The estimate is based on a predicted $1.4 million reduction in Cooperative Program giving and a slight decrease in investments due to a drop in oil prices. The proposed budget also included $1.3 million to be allocated to Cooperative...
Texas Baptist Mission Foundation awards $242,000 in ministry grants
by Kalie Lowrie on September 26, 2016 in news
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 Texas.
“We are so thankful for our donors and their generosity,” said Bill Arnold, president of the Foundation, “These grants help fund new and creative ways of ministry that could not otherwise happen.”
Projects range from small church scholarships for church architecture consultations to Disaster...