The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas Baptists. Rather, the CLC speaks to Texas Baptists and to others about issues as determined by its 18 commissioners.


March 26-27, 2019
Austin, Texas

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Gus Reyes

Director, Christian Life Commission


(512) 473-2288

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A Time to Mourn, a Time to Repent


Abuse is evil. The Houston Chronicle’s recent series of articles about sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention sheds some light on this pervasive problem in churches.

This is a watershed moment, and it is also an opportunity for Southern Baptists to step up and walk the narrow path of repentance and change.

I am inspired by survivors like Debbie Vasquez and David Pittman, their stories were featured in the article, who courageously share with the world about their traumatic experiences. They speak truth to prevent the same thing from happening to others.

Their stories are heart-wrenching and infuriating, and unfortunately, they are nothing new to the church. I know multiple women and men who were sexually assaulted by church leaders as children. While healing is possible, the trauma of abuse ravages people physically, mentally, and emotionally for years and decades.

This is our opportunity to listen to survivors and mourn together.

Stories like Heather Schneider’s are haunting. Churches have the opportunity to listen to her mom, Gwen Casados, about her abuse and suicide and hear from survivors in our communities. Survivors are everywhere, including our churches. In the broader U.S. culture, one in three women and one in six men have experienced sexual abuse in their lifetime.

We can step up, listen, and learn from survivors; their voices and stories matter the most....

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What we do

Ethics & Justice

Information on Christianity & Same Sex Marriage

We seek to provide online resources on an array of ethical topics that point toward a Christ-centered approach to living. Issues we focus on include: Hunger & Poverty, Citizenship and Ethical Choices. We also feature an Ethical Living Blog. To learn more, please visit our Ethics & Justice pages or contact Ferrell Foster at: .

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Public Policy

Christian citizenship is a response to the call of God and the example of the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. As caring Christians, we are called to reach out to the needs of the world with talents, spiritual gifts and compassion. Because of this, our Public Policy branch has provided information on public policy issues such as Criminal Justice, Alcohol & Addiction, Education and Gambling, so that the world we live in can reflect Biblical truth. To learn more, please visit our Public Policy pages or contact Kathryn Freeman at: .

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Ministry Impact

Our ministry impact focuses on issues we feel are highly important in today's culture. Our three main focuses are on church law, hunger and poverty and immigration. To learn more, please visit our Ministry Impact pages or contact Bianca Barajas at: .

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Hunger Offering

Texas Baptists are working together with many Baptist partners in Texas and around the world to show Christ's love and generosity by meeting immediate hunger needs and helping people escape the devastation of poverty. Alongside these trusted partners, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering seeks to empower those in need by funding relief and development projects that are holistic and sustainable.

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Statements

Statement on Hateful Violence

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission on hateful violence

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Follow-up Statement on Border Separation of Families

Follow-up statement from Gus Reyes, director of the Christian Life Commission

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Border Separation of Families

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission on border separation of families

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Response to repeal of DACA

Kathryn Freeman of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump?s repeal of DACA

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Response to executive order on religious liberty

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump?s executive order on religious liberty

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Election Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to 2016 Election Results

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Refugee Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to Texas? Withdrawal from the Refugee Resettlement Program

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HB 2 Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Whole Woman?s Health vs. Hellerstedt

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