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Ministerial Excellence Grant FAQs

MINISTERIAL EXCELLENCE MATCHING GRANT Frequently Asked Questions What is the grant for? Lilly Endowment, Inc., has generously granted the seed money for the Ministerial Excellence Matching Grant Fund as a key part of their nationwide initiative to address financial challenges that impact pastor effectiveness. Research has shown th...

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Budgeting tips for pastors

BUDGETING TIPS FOR PASTORS from the Center for Ministerial Excellence Here are some basic budgeting tips to help get you started on saving money and stop breaking the bank. Change your perspective on your situation. Instead of seeing tight budgets as challenges, see them as opportunities to grow, be humbled, learn from God, depend...

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Center for Ministerial Excellence

Supporting pastors through grant funds and financial literacy. The Ministerial Excellence Matching Grant Texas Baptists pastors and church ministerial staff can apply for grants up to $5,000 to provide financial relief and economic stability. This is a matching grant.   initial Application FAQs For a Micro...

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Ministerial Excellence Grant Initial Application

Ministerial Excellence Grant Initial Application To receive access to the full application for the Ministerial Excellence Matching Grant, please complete the initial application below. Your initial application will be reviewed and eligible applicants will receive log-in instructions to begin completing their full application withi...

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Saving for Retirement: The Basics

Saving for Retirement: The Basics from the Center for Ministerial Excellence What is a 403b? In this short video, learn how a 430(b) plan works, and why saving for retirement is important.  How Much Should I Contribute? Learn more about how to get enrolled in the Church Matching Protection Benefit Program, how to begin contri...

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Connections

Connections A space for pastors. We are the primary connection point between Texas Baptist pastors and the vast array of resources and ministries of the BGCT. Whether providing direct resources for pastoral leadership development, or acting as a connecting guide to other resources provided by the BGCT, we are here to serve our pas...

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Cultural Engagement

Cultural Engagement Team Ministry in specific cultural contexts The Cultural Engagement Team is your portal to the African American, Hispanic, and Intercultural Ministries of Texas Baptists. african american ministry The Office of African American Ministries, as part of the Cultural Connections Team, is your link to ministry and c...

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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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Employment

Employment We are deeply rooted Applying for Available Positions It is the policy of the Baptist General Convention of Texas not to keep on file unsolicited resumes. Download the below application for employment. Open the application in Adobe and complete all fields. If you have any questions, please contact HR at (214) 828-5168...

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Interim Church Services

Interim Church Services We exist to assist churches during the period between pastors. Initial consulting about the interim period, referrals for pulpit supply and interim preachers, Intentional Interim Ministry presentations and pastor search committee training are all available. In addition, this team also equips ministers for I...

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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. TXB Missionaries is made possible by your gifts to the Mary Hill Davi...

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Counseling Services

Counseling Services We exist to offer hope and encouragement to Texas Baptists struggling with difficult life issues. Our Services Include Confidential assessment, counseling and referral services for ministers and their families. Counseling resources for all Texas Baptists. Group presentations on mental health topics to promote o...

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GED Prep U

GED Prep U The Baptist General Convention of Texas is dedicated in its efforts to put General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation programs in its churches. We are committed to equipping Texas Baptist churches with the resources needed and to help expand educational opportunities for all students and promote adult education throu...

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Counseling Network

Counseling Network Texas Baptists Counseling Services exists to bring hope and encouragement to struggling Texas Baptists. One avenue to extend hope and encouragement is by connecting Texas Baptists with quality Christian counselors and therapists when needs arise. Our Approved Professional Network includes a variety of mental hea...

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Texas Baptists - Evangelism Issue

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

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Family Gathering Workshops

2018 FAMILY GATHERING WORKShOPS MONDAY, JULY 30 Session 18:30 - 9:30 AM  Creative Outreach Strategies for the 21st Century Let's unpack a tool chest of ideas for reaching people.Presenter:  Dan Wooldridge, Pastor, Crestview Baptist Church Disaster Spiritual CareWhat is our motivation for providing disaster...

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Texas Baptists

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

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Seasons of surrender

I fought long and hard not to make this move. I liked the way my life was. I finally felt settled - I knew the flow of my job after more than three years in my position. I had finally made good friends, and I felt at home when I was with my life group at church. I had found my place in ministry, discipling girls through the Baptist...

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Hardage announces convention restructure to BGCT Executive Board

DALLAS - Texas Baptists is preparing for a convention reset, Executive Director Dr. David Hardage announced at the Feb. 23 Executive Board meeting in Dallas, as they seek to best serve the state and churches in an ever-changing world.This past year has produced big changes for the convention as the Executive Board made an agreement...

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Love in deed: Churches embrace timely opportunity for refugee ministry

HOUSTON—Now is a time, like no other, to be prepared to minister with refugees, Mark Heavener, specialist for Texas Baptists' intercultural ministry, told guests at the Feb 27-28 Love in Deed: Refugee Ministry Summit held at Chinese Baptist Church in Houston. In 2014, a total of 7,214 refugees arrived in Texas from 65 countries...

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Missions Foundation welcomes Dr. Jerry Carlisle as Vice President

Texas Baptists will welcome Dr. Jerry Carlisle to the position of Vice President for the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) starting April 16. Carlisle comes to Texas Baptists after serving 13 years as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Plano, as well as adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University (DBU) for 11 years...

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Two former pastors to serve as Area 8 representatives

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

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Golf Classic raises $15,000 to help promote positive mental health through counseling

Stepping out on the green with golf clubs in hand and friends beside is not only beneficial to physical health but also promotes positive mental health, according to Texas Baptists Director of Counseling Services Katie Swafford, M.A., L.P.C.-S. During the third annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic, held on April 25 at the Dallas Athl...

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Sharing your faith in a digital space

It’s hard for me to remember a time before the internet. I vividly recall my first foray into dial-up and our family’s shared AOL account when I was just starting middle school and it seems like the world has not been the same since. The Digital Age has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. In order to get infor...

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Texas Baptists welcome new church starter for North East Texas

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

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Highlights from 2016 Hispanic Convencion

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

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Being a part of the mental health conversation

Over 43 million adults in the United States experience a mental illness in a given year, according to statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Health. Yet, we in the church are often silent on the topic of mental health for a variety of reasons. One of which might be that we think of it as an “others” problem. M...

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Dan Curry joins Texas Baptists as Area Representative in North Texas

Texas Baptists welcomed Dan Curry to the staff as the new Area Representative for Area 9 from Fort Worth to Wichita Falls, effective Monday, October 3. As an Area Representative, Curry will serve as a connection to local churches and ministers in the area, providing help whenever a need arises such as for training, during a pastorl...

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

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

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Embracing local culture: Country Church thrives in East Texas

As Pastor and Church Planter Jordan Wilson stands back and reflects on all God has done in the three-and-a-half years since Tyler County Country Church (TC3) began, he is truly in awe. Standing in a 16,000 square foot, two-story building in Woodville, which opened its doors in October 2016, Wilson can point to so many mo...

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Pastoral transitions: Times to thrive

By John Hall, Contributing Writer Moses is one of the most recognized figures in the Bible. He takes on Pharaoh. He leads the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. God even gives him the 10 Commandments as they converse face to face. He’s one of the greatest examples of leadership in all of Scripture, irreplaceable in his role...

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Intercultural churches connect people groups to the Gospel

By Kalie Lowrie and Analiz G. Schremmer In heaven, people of every tongue, tribe and nation will worship together, yet we tend to separate ourselves out when congregate. At first glance, it may seem wrong to serve separately,  but when you put yourself in the shoes of a recent immigrant, trying to navigate around a foreign cul...

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Training eternally-focused churches in community ministry

The First Baptist Church of Valley Mills sits atop a hill in a community of around 1,200 residents. While the church has engaged in ongoing community ministry since its inception, Pastor John Wheatley was interested in finding new ways to minister. He approached the Baylor University School of Social Work and was soon connected wit...

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“Giving Your Money Purpose” Retreat offers education and inspiration

By: Elizabeth York, Media Writer & Digital Editor, Houston Baptist University Texas Baptists offered pastors and their church members the opportunity to be refreshed and reminded of biblical stewardship, including personal and church budgeting. The first of five “Giving Your Money Purpose” day retreats in 2018 was held...

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Leadership Texas Baptists cohort 3 recognized at Executive Board Meeting

The third cohort of Leadership Texas Baptists was honored during Texas Baptists’ Executive Board Meeting on May 21. The graduation celebration, held during Monday evening’s session, awarded and recognized the 11 emerging young leaders for their hard work and dedication during the nine-month long program. Throughout the...

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Stronger together at the Culp Banquet

On Monday evening, Texas Baptists African American Ministries presented the 25th Anniversary Culp Banquet, honoring the legacy of Dr. James W. Culp, Sr., who went to be with the Lord on July 22. Dr. Roy J. Cotton Sr., director of Texas Baptists African American Ministries, opened the program saying, “Dr. Culp began this minis...

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