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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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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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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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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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People Groups in Texas

People Groups in Texas Argentine Bangladeshi Bosnian Cambodian Chinese Columbian Congolese Cuban Salvadorian Ethiopian Filipino German Icelandic Indian Iranian Iraqi Japanese Korean Kosovar Laotion lebanese Mexican Nigerian Norwegian Pakistani Peruvian puerto rican Thai Tongan Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese

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Community Resources

Community Resources 2-1-1 Texas 2-1-1 Texas delivers efficient access to the most appropriate sources of help and information. Anywhere in Texas, anyone can call 2-1-1 for free information and referrals to health and human service agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, disaster relief resources, and volunteer opportuni...

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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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National Hispanic Education Day

National Hispanic Education Day English Resources Use these resources to celebrate National Hispanic Education Sunday. Sermon: Finishing the Race Kids Bible Study Youth Bible Study 15 Practical actions to help students Finish the Race Finishing the Race song Texas Baptists Finishing the Race Covenant Poster – Finishing the Race...

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Texas Baptist Historical collection

Texas Baptist Historical collection The Texas Baptist Historical Collection exists to collect, preserve, and communicate the history of Baptists in Texas and to assist institutions, associations, churches, and individuals in understanding the impact that historical events have had on their past, present, and future. On March 7, 19...

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Chaplaincy Relations

Chaplaincy Relations Often times, chaplains are present in times of emotional, spiritual and physical need and are best equipped to minister and offer the peace and reassurance that comes from faith in Christ when people are in desperate need. Calling & Endorsement Information for individuals interested in chaplain ministry, t...

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Endorsement FAQs

Endorsement FAQs Frequently Asked Questions How do I obtain an endorsement from the BGCT? Is the BGCT willing to endorse female chaplains? If I am divorced is it possible for me to receive BGCT endorsement? Can I be endorsed by two Baptist Agencies? Do you issue a lifetime endorsement? Do you offer fellowships for your endorsed ch...

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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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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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Giving Others a Helping Hand

Giving Others a Helping Hand Learning Activity for High School Students Expected Outcome: Young people will learn a process for helping and supporting a friend or family member whose use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco concerns them. Focus Scripture: Proverbs 27:6 (NRSV) “Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse ar...

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Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Biblical Perspectives on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs T. Furman Hewitt, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Prepared for the North Carolina Dept. of Human Resources Pages 11-30 reprinted with permission. I. Attitudes Toward Alcoholic Beverages in the Bible The Production and Use of Wine and Beer in the Near EastThe use...

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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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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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GED Prep Sites

GED Prep Sites Cornerstone Crossroads Academy 2815 South Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215 Contact: Kristi Lichtenbery (214) 426-3282 www.cornerstonecrossroads.com First Baptist Church Corner of May and Garden Pettus, TX 78146 Contact: Judge David Silva (361) 343-1017 donna.i.hernandez@gmail.com Friendship Baptist Church 4396 Main St. Th...

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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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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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Pastoral Care & Support

Pastoral Care & Support One of the hallmarks of Texas Baptist Chaplaincy is Pastoral Care for our chaplains and families. Part of that care is Pastoral Visits. These visits come in many forms, from simple meals to official institutional visits and tours. If you would like a visit from the Endorser of Associate Endorsers, pleas...

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Chaplain Training

Chaplain Training Information and resources for the annual Chaplaincy Training Event and other training opportunities to obtain certifications and required Continuing Education Units. Hands on Ministry – Volunteer Chaplaincy Training Hands-on ministry provides pastoral care skills training for the Christian who is ministerin...

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team Contact Us Subscribe to our Newsletter Calling & Endorsement Chaplain Training Pastoral Care & Support

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Theological Education

Theological Education Are you called to a ministry vocation? Are you giving consideration to pursuing some form of theological education?The Theological Education office is able to assist you in answering these questions. Financial Assistance for Ministry Students In recognition of the divine call felt by those who minis...

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Mary Hill Davis Ethnic | Minority Scholarship Program

Mary Hill Davis Ethnic | Minority Scholarship Program Texas Baptists are concerned about higher education in a Christian atmosphere. A dramatic expression of this concern is the Mary Hill Davis Ethnic/Minority Scholarship Program which provides grants to help worthy, capable young people from ethnic/minority cultures receive a Chr...

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Who Is Mary Hill Davis?

Who Is Mary Hill Davis? Texas Baptists have long recognized the importance of education. They established universities to provide quality education taught from a Christian perspective. To enrich and/or develop leadership for Texas ethnic/minority churches, scholarships are provided for worthy African American, Hispanic, Native Ame...

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Hispanic Education Initiative

Hispanic Education Initiative The goal of the Hispanic Education Initiative is to keep students in school through graduation and then on to college, reclaiming students who left school and helping preschoolers be prepared for Kindergarten. Raising Highly Capable Kids A great resource available to our churches at a low cost is the...

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Entrena-T

Entrena-T ¿Qué es el Centro de Liderazgo Entrena-T? En el otoño del 2009, en colaboración con la Universidad Bautista de las Américas, la Oficina de Ministerios Hispanos de la BGCT comenzó el Centro de Liderazgo Entrena-T, como parte de una iniciativa enfocada en desarrollar líderes...

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Recursos

Recursos Conferencia Hispana de Liderazgo – Hispanic Leadership Conference Español Como ser un verdadero exito Manual del Maestro / Manual del Estudiante / PowerPoint Llegando a ser una persona de influencia Manual del Maestro / Manual del Estudiante / PowerPoint Todos comunican, pero pocos conectad Manual del Maestro / Manual...

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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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Volunteer Chaplains

Volunteer Chaplains Richard Reedy Richard Reedy spent much of his working life as a long-haul trucker. He plans to spend the rest of his life as a volunteer chaplain. After Richard completed Texas Baptists' “Hands on Ministry" training, he was “on fire" to use what he had learned in real life settings. As a result, he...

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Planned Giving

Planned Giving Give the gift of a lifetime and beyond. Your support of Texas Baptist missions can continue to impact lives for an eternity. To help you steward your resources in the most effective way possible, The Missions Foundation offers a variety of planned giving avenues to consider. Charitable Gift Annuity A donor and the M...

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Contact

Contact If you would like more information about giving to the Missions Foundation, estate planning, or scheduling a presentation or personal consultation, please don't hesitate to call us at (214) 828-5343 or email tbmf@texasbaptists.org. e-newsletter sign up Mailing Address: Texas Baptist Missions Foundation7557 Rambler Rd Suite...

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Charles Price Endowment for Associational Leadership

Charles Price Endowment for Associational Leadership “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life . . . Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. . ." Matthew 28:19-20 The Message Charles Price Born in Superior, Nebraska, Charles attended Howard Junior College and Hardin-Simmons Un...

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Cooperative Program Resources

Resources A quick and easy-to-use resource to encourage a year of prayer and giving for CP missionaries and ministries.  Download may take a few minutes. English Español Downloadable Resources Fast Facts Budgets & Reports A Quick Look at 2016 CP Spending Un Vistazo Rápido a 2016 Precisely - Fall 2016 Precise...

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40 Días de Pasion

40 Días de Pasion

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Bylaws and Governance

Bylaws & Governance A church's constitution, bylaws, and policies are not static documents containing rules and limits. When well-used, they create a framework for healthy and productive relationships in the body of Christ. Resources Sample Church Constitution & Bylaws Sample Church Covenant Sample Dissolution Statements C...

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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 ChurchExcel - Resources from the ECFA Sample Financial Procedures Church Budget Template Church Vital Signs Log (2016-17) Financial Policies &...

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Properties

Properties The buildings, furnishings, vehicles, and other physical property of a church are tools for ministry. Good stewardship of these resources is a reflection of our commitment to Christ and to serving our Texas communities. Resources Church Properties Policies Sample Properties Committee Sample 1 Properties Committee Sample...

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Legal Issues

Legal Issues Many ministry concerns have legal implications. These include the safety and security of children, incorporation, hiring employees, maximizing religious liberties, tax status, and others. Pastors, administrators, and lay leaders will find helpful information here. Resources Ministerial Exception Sample Dissolution Sta...

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Risk Management

Risk Management and Church Security Risk is a part of everyday life—you can't hide from it or avoid it completely. But churches can minimize risk with adequate insurance, policies, and practices. Church Security Basics:  Preparing for the Unexpected Discover first steps and resources to help your church develop a plan f...

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Communications and Technology

Communications and Technology It's our calling to make disciples in the 21st century. Effective teaching, preaching, and ministering require clear communication using effective tools. Resources Selecting Church Management Systems Sample Church & Social Media Policy Email Computer Policy Sample Back to Church Admin

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Forward-thinking churches trust the Spirit to guide them as they plan for the future. Use these tools to plan and carry out the work of Christ in your church's sphere of influence. Resources Demographics and Statistics Annual Church Profile Back to Church Admin

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Volunteers

Volunteers Every believer is a minister, so enlisting, screening, and equipping volunteers are at the heart of a church's work. Wise church leaders invest heavily in developing members for service. Resources Background Check Companies Effective Committee Work Preschool Teaching Policies Nominating Committee Child Sexual Abuse Prev...

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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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Calling & Endorsement Inquiry

Calling & Endorsement Chaplain Endorsement Inquiry iFrameResize()

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation

Have you ever started something as an experiment that went so well it became a permanent fixture? That is the story of the Texas Baptists Missions Foundation. Begun in 1984, the Foundation was tasked with raising over twenty million dollars in two years to support Mission Texas, an extraordinary effort to start 2,000 new churches...

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Church Administration

What you need to know: Impact of new tax provision The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act requires tax-exempt organizations, which includes churches, to pay tax on transportation fringe benefits provided to their employees.  The Internal Revenue Service has not yet issued guidance on this new provision.  The transportation fringe ben...

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Giving Opportunities

Giving Opportunities Opportunities for designated gifts Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Each year, the TBMF Council votes to approve grants that support a variety of ministry projects such as providing chaplaincy services to county jail inmates and an affordable retreat for special needs individuals and their caregivers. Give no...

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Hispanic Ministry

Office of HISPANIC MINISTRies Encouraging, informing, and helping Hispanic Baptist churches fulfill the ministry to which God has called them. The Office of Hispanic Ministries exists to encourage, inform, and help Hispanic Baptist churches aligned with the Baptist General Convention of Texas reach the goals the Lord has given the...

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Annual Church Profile

Annual Church Profile The Annual Church Profile (ACP) enables your church to examine progress of ministry and growth. When you cooperatively share this information, your association, state convention and other Baptist agencies are better able to assist you. For 2018, there are two options for reporting your church’s ACP: onl...

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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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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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How to Affiliate

How to Affiliate Together we can do more. It all starts with your congregation After all, your church was started in local fellowship to follow Christ’s teachings, to share His message, to do His work. As a result, it has God’s blessing – and more than enough challenges. That’s where we come in, to share yo...

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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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Give

Give Deeply rooted in faith. Cooperative Program Your gift to missions through the Cooperative Program allows individuals and church bodies to be actively involved in mission, evangelism, education, discipleship and human care in Texas and around the world. By participating in a missions co-op an individual or church is able to re...

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Institutional Relations

Institutional Relations Educational Institutions Texas Baptist educational institutions provide a faith-based learning environment in which students are challenged in their field of study and encouraged to apply their faith in their chosen field. Universities Seminaries Other Ministry Training Opportunities Human Care Institutions...

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Ethics & Justice

Ethics & Justice Biblical Insight. Principled Living. CLC Ethics & Justice efforts seek to help Christians and churches grapple with contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. This involves seeking to understand both the current cultural situation and biblical principles that may apply. CLC Espanol Issues Christian L...

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Public Policy

Public Policy Biblical Insight. Principled Living. In order to encourage Texas Baptists to participate in the democratic process, the CLC works at the Capitol to bring a biblical perspective to public policy, provides resources and encourages Texas Baptists to engage in informed advocacy on public policy issues affecting their chu...

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Ministry Impact

Ministry Impact Biblical Insight. Principled Living. Hunger Offering We not only work to end hunger, but to end the cycle of poverty. This is why we support many specific ministries around the world that provide food and meal distribution, agriculture and livestock initiatives, clean water and sanitation and also support micro-ent...

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Hispanic Evangelism

Our team exists to assist Hispanic churches in fulfilling the Great Commission. We work with pastors and their congregations in creating an evangelistic environment that is intentional, holistic, and relevant to the Hispanic church in North America. En Español We would love to hear from you and are excited to offer Hispanic...

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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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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 Association The Texas Baptist Educator's Association connects leaders of educatio...

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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. BaptistWay Press BaptistWay Press provides low-cost and no-cost Bible study mat...

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Urban Missions

Urban Missions Connecting churches to communities Connecting churches to their communities through missional training, consulting, coaching and commissioning. BECOME A MISSIONARY Urban Church Leadership Certification txb missions Prayer Partner Would you pray with us? The world is coming to Texas, and Texas Baptists are going to t...

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Multi-Housing & House Congregations

Multi-Housing & House Congregations In the great state of Texas there are still many places where the gospel has not arrived; there are many places where there is no church. On the other hand, many churches have not fully reached the growing population of people who do not know Christ. We can start simple churches in homes, wo...

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River Ministry

River Ministry/ mexico missions Connecting churches to projects along the Texas/Mexico border We connect churches to specific projects along the Texas/Mexico border and in the most populous Mexican cities. Ministry opportunities amidst border situation You and your church can minister along the Texas and Mexico border by givi...

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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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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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Boomers

Our mission is to help those working with Boomer ministries and provide resources, tools, encouragement and ideas to help ministers and volunteers in this ministry. Give to the Boomer Ministry 2018 Boomer Conference September 6 - 7, 2018First Baptist Church of San Antonio This conference is designed to encourage, equip, and train...

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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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Partners

Partners Associations Baptist Church Loan Corporation Baptist Foundation of Texas baptist standard camps denison forum on truth and culture extended family human care institutions schools texas baptist historical collection texas baptist men texas baptists missions foundation Theological Education woman's missionary union

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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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Collegiate Ministries Committee

Collegiate Ministries Committee You may bring an electronic device to to use for the meeting. If you would like hard copies please print and bring with you. Information for Committee MeetingList of Committee MembersAgenda MinutesRecommendationsOther The following Councils or Commissions report to this Committee: Baptist Stude...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pathways to Prevention

Pathways to Prevention Introduction to Learning Activities Youth today are bombarded daily by messages that normalize ideas and actions that are harmful to their emotions, bodies, and spiritual walk. Materialism, casual sex, and the abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco have become an accepted expression of popular culture as portra...

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Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities

Pathways to Prevention: Learning Activities Sixth to Eighth Graders Your Opinion Please This activity will help youth examine their knowledge and beliefs about substance abuse and provide them with accurate information about the effects of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Focus Scripture: John 10:10. Learning Activity... Anti-Dr...

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Called - Video

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Michael Evans is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He explains the experience that led him to vocational ministry, wanting to live the life of Christ. Courtney Williams always had the desire to help people. After speaking to his father and seeking the Lord's guid...

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CLC Public Policy Resources

Resources Advocacy 101 Advocacy 101 Presentation (.pptx) Advocacy as Evangelism Presentation (.ppt) Churches and the Democratic Process Learn what your church can and cannot do, register to vote or learn about the candidates here. Connect with other Churches and Christians Is your church concerned about a specific issue? Connect w...

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Senior Adult Ministry

Senior Adult Ministry Our mission is to help those working with senior adult ministries and provide resources, tools, encouragement and ideas to help ministers and volunteers in this ministry. Keith Lowry Director, Senior Adult Ministry keith.lowry@texasbaptists.org (214) 828-5206 Web-based Resources amy hanson senior adult minist...

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Oil Field Ministry

The Oil Field Ministry hopes to develop relationships, support and meet physical and spiritual needs of individuals working in the oil industry by extending care, concern, compassion and hope to the workers and their families. If you would like more information on how your church can be a part of the Oil Field Ministry, please ema...

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United We Build

United We Build United We Build helps churches raise money for purchasing property for new construction, renovation and other capital needs. Usually these are expenses a church cannot afford without a special campaign. The three-year program, built on the principles of prayer and God's leaderships, leads members to make a commitme...

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Capital Fundraising Campaign

Capital Fundraising Campaign 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 God&rs...

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Texas Baptist Educator's Retreat

April 16-18, 2018 T Bar M Camps/Retreats 2549 Highway 46 WestNew Braunfels, TX 78132 Reserve Your Room Guest Speaker Dr. Daryl Eldridge View Bio Dr. Daryl Eldridge Dr. Daryl Eldridge is the President of Rockbridge Seminary, a fully-online seminary built on the five purposes of the church.  He served as the Dean of the School...

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Don't try to ignore crime. It doesn't exist in an isolated realm of dark alleys, prisons or "other" areas of town. They affect every community, every congregation, everyone. In your own church, you’ll find not only victims of crime. You’ll find those who commit crimes, former offenders, and their families...

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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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Certification Courses

Certification Courses The Childhood Certification consists of the following nine courses: Characteristics of Preschoolers and Children Essentials of Ministry Family Ministry Guidance in the Classroom Implementation of a Safe Ministry Area Leadership in the Church/Ministry or Programming Principles of Teaching/How to Choose Curricu...

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Project: Start

Project: Start is Connecting Refugees in Vickery Meadow with the Resources they need to find stability An estimated 30,000 refugees live within a 3 mile stretch in North Dallas called Vickery Meadow. With over 30 different languages spoken, their needs are as diverse as the community itself. Project: Start is made possible by your...

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Ministry Partners

Ministry Partners The BGCT provides many ministry resources itself, but it also connects churches with the largest grouping of ministry partners of any Baptist body. The BGCT is the only state convention supporting… …these educational partners: Baptist University of the Américas Baylor University Truett Theolo...

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Cooperative Program

Cooperative Program The Texas Adopted Plan, which churches are encouraged but not required to use, directs 79 percent of Cooperative Program receipts from churches to the missions, ministries and institutions in the BGCT Cooperative Program budget as listed on the back of the giving form. BGCT churches support 23 institutions meet...

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Marriage and Sexuality

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

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Texas Baptists Golf Classic

Monday, April 29, 2019  •  TPC San Antonio JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa • 23808 Resort Parkway • San Antonio, TX 78261 2019 marks our 6th year for the Texas Baptists Golf Classic. What started as an idea to promote fellowship among pastors has grown into a mini-reuni...

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Stations

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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Publicity

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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About Us

History and Vision Super Summer Texas began in 1974 as a training opportunity for Christian young people who wanted to know more about how to share Christ with others. God impressed Dr. George Worrell to begin training young people through the Super Summer schools of evangelism. Originally begun as a cooperative effort for several...

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FAQs

Super Summer 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 st...

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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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Youth

Our goal is to instill a love of Christ in the upcoming generation, as well as equip them to evangelize, disciple and serve others. As Texas Baptists, we recognize that we must reach our younger generations. Many of our ministries strive to equip our youth, so they can not only grow in their relationships with Christ, but share Hi...

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Camp Exalted

Camp Exalted is a one-week spiritual enrichment experience for youth in grades 7-12, as well as college students. It is a place where youth can come and have a meaningful, life changing encounter with Christ, as well as fellowship with other young believers. July 6th -10th Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center134 Private Rd. 223...

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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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Called - A particular calling

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry A particular calling By Meredith Stone Everyone who feels called to ministry inevitably asks the question - what does being "called" mean? After all, we understand that every Christian is called to live their lives in the service of and as a witness to Christ. So how i...

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Called - Discerning a call means continuous listening

here to help and encourage students sensing a call to ministry Discerning a call means continuous listening By Meredith Stone Ministry can be a very broad calling. It can encompass church ministry, mission work, chaplaincy, institutional ministry, non-profit ministries and much more. Often we struggle in trying to discern more spe...

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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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Jeff & Alicia Lee

Jeff & Alicia Lee We seek to be the presence of Christ by engaging in holistic, relational and healing ministries among the ethnic groups of Skopje. Christ's love for us compels us to join God in ministry among the poor, marginalized and neglected: to serve people marginalized by poverty, to show the love of Jesus Christ to ma...

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30 Ways to be on Mission

30 Ways to be on Mission 1. Adopt an Elementary School, Provide for Needs of Families 2. Adopt a Nursing Home 3. Plant a Community Garden 4. Volunteer at a Local Outreach of Food Bank 5. Give Water and Snacks out at Area Parks 6. Visit Homes 7. Community Cleanup 8. Engage the International Population Living in Your Community 9. Op...

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Missions Giving Catalog

Texas Baptists Missions equips churches to lead, serve and engage others in gospel-centered conversations for Christ. We are actively caring for orphans and families, assisting those affected by disasters, planting house churches, promoting leadership development and providing ministry resources to help those on the mission field...

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Give

WHY WE GIVE Giving to missions is providing the financial support needed for missions work being conducted by members of a church and through cooperative missions giving efforts with other churches and missions entities, which embraces the biblical concept of giving and cooperative giving. Financial support of missions is enhanced...

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GA Leaders

GA Leaders Teaching girls of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. Investing in the next generation of missional leaders is not only a privilege, but also a gift. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of children. WMU Calendar Contact WMU...

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Leaders

Leaders Creatively Empowering Leaders. We are the primary connection point between Texas Baptist missions leaders and the vast array of resources and ministries of WMU. Whether providing direct resources for missions leader development, or acting as a connecting guide to other resources provided by WMU, we are here to serve our mi...

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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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Human Exploitation Awareness

Human Exploitation Awareness contact Carolyn Porterfield Missional Lifestyle Strategist (214)828-5374 carolyn.wmutx@texasbaptists.org Human Exploitation During 2010 -2014, national WMU introduced the critical issue of Human Exploitation. Through this initiative, WMU® identified a social and moral issue and tied in national projec...

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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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Acteens Leaders

Acteens Leaders Teaching youth girls of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. Investing in the next generation of missional leaders is not only a privilege, but also a gift. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of teenagers. WMU Calendar...

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Children's Missions Ideas

Children's Missions Ideas We are here to support you whether you lead a missions small group or simply want ideas to engage the world. As leaders, sometimes we need a additional resources to strengthen what we are already doing with our children. This page provides you with additional missions stories, project ideas, and topical l...

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CA Leaders

CA Leaders Teaching children of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. Investing in the next generation of missional leaders is not only a privilege, but also a gift. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of children. Developing a missional...

texasbaptists.org/wmu/missions-discipleship/preschool-children/children-in-action/leaders


MF Leaders

MF Leaders Teaching preschoolers of God's missions message is a joy because you can teach them of the heart of God. What a blessing for a preschooler to come to sense not only that God loves him, but He loves each person in the world and wants all people to know of His great love. As you lead preschoolers to develop a heart for mi...

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Just for Boys

links Start A New GroupTBM RA WebpageNational WMU & RA Missions Groups for Boys It is never too soon to get involved in missions. That's why we offer a variety of ways to involve children in missions through Missions Discipleship. In partnership with Texas Baptist Men, we provide missions groups that share stories of how God i...

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Sisters Who Care

Adults who are personally engaged in missions activities and learning have contagious enthusiasm! They radiate joy and compassion. They invest in what they know matters most - their relationship with Christ and relationships with others. WMU offers resources to help cultivate a biblical worldview that compels Christfollowers to le...

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Multicultural WMU

Multicultural WMU LINKS Hispanic Churches WMU Calendar Contact WMU MULTICULTURAL WMU A call to follow Jesus as His disciple involves engaging in His mission throughout the world. Every church is uniquely gifted and equipped to do that. WMU of Texas works with a variety of ethnic churches and fellowships to create culturally-approp...

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Hispanic Churches

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

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TX CWJC/CMJC Day of Prayer

“How you spend your days is how you will spend your life.” Annie Dillard  THEME and VERSE Prayer is a foundational element of Christian Women’s and Men’s Job CorpsSM. Each year a day is set aside to pray intentionally and specifically for the ministries in Texas. Join us on February 28, 2018, as we ban...

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MHDO Where Does the Money Go?

GIVING TO THE MARY HILL DAVIS OFFERING The cultural, socio-economic, and religious diversity of our state requires creative approaches in Texas mission efforts. The ministries supported by the offering reflect that. Your gift enables Texas Baptists to minister across Texas and beyond. You bring hope to a battered woman and he...

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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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Endowments

Endowments Giving Today, Touching Tomorrow GIVE TO THE ENDOWMENTS WMU of Texas Endowments have been established to help provide a secure financial base for the mission and ministries of WMU. The money placed in an endowment will never be spent; the funds are invested so the interest provides an ongoing stream of income year after...

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Hunger Offering

FEEDING HUNGRY PEOPLE AND HELPING PEOPLE ESCAPE POVERTY Who we are The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering unites the body of Christ to end hunger and poverty and promote holistic transformation in the name of Jesus.  How it works You and your church give to the Hunger Offering, and the Hunger Offering then disperses funds through...

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Hunger Offering Videos

Videos To download right click MP4 and "Save Target As...". A free QuickTime download may be required to view files in the MP4 and MOV format. Families Find Strength, Hope Through Hunger Offering Partner in Peru Vimeo | MP4 (451.5 MB) | 3:14 Agape Ministries Alleviates College Food Insecurity Vimeo | MP4&n...

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Promotions

Hunger Bank When you come to your table to thank God for His abundance and eat, put something in your bank for someone less fortunate. Order reusable, Texas-shaped hunger banks ($1.75 each, cost recovery only) in durable, clear plastic with Texas Baptist Hunger Offering logo and contact information. To place an order, please...

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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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Urban Church Leadership Certification

Urban Church LeaderSHip Certification If you are ministering in an urban area, you have unique challenges that only other urban church leaders can understand. The Texas Baptists Urban Church Leaders Certification seeks to equip pastors and church leaders in urban areas with the tools needed to minister in these unique situations.&...

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African American Fellowship Conference

Colonial Hills Baptist Church7330 S. BroadwayTyler TX, 75703 A multifaceted training event introducing ministry resources provided by Texas Baptists in a unique, encouraging and enriching context to the African American Church. REGISTER ONLINE You may also download the registration form and mail it back in.Download FormRegistratio...

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MinistrySafe

Dear Texas Baptists, Texas Baptists takes very seriously the safety of children at church.  Therefore, we are taking a proactive approach in providing you and your church the proper training in ensuring a safe environment for children.  We have partnered with an organization called MinistrySafe and are hosting regional t...

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Urban Church Strengthening Opportunities

Urban Church Strengthening Opportunities Edgemont Park Baptist ChurchMesquite, TX Edgemont Park Baptist Church in Mesquite, TX is a church making great strides to reach their community.  Led by Ted Kiser, a pastor who is characterized by a love for the community, Edgemont Park has grown thei...

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WMU Annual Meeting

"So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another."   Romans 14:19 (NASB) APRIL 13-14, 2018 | ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED The WMU of Texas is hosting our Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on April 13-14, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Georgetown. This event will cha...

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Live on Mission

Pray FOR MISSIONS  •Ask for more opportunities for missionaries to spread the gospel.  •Make a list of people who don’t know and pray them every day.  •Ask for boldness so you can tell others about Jesus.  Get Involved IN MISSIONS  •Find ways to serve in your community weekly/mont...

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MHDO Leader Guide

THANK YOU for giving to the Mary Hill Davis Offering and for your support of missions efforts in Texas. Together we can advance the Gospel in Texas. START PLANNING TODAY! 1. PREPARE This year’s Mary Hill Davis Offering® planning is simple. Begin by gathering your missions team and a calendar. Then schedule a season long...

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Everlasting Choir Celebration

MARCH 25-26, 2019First Baptist Church Bryan3100 Cambridge Dr.Bryan, TX 77802 - Get Directions -- Download Schedule -  MARCH 28-29, 2019The Heights Baptist Church201 W Renner Rd.Richardson, TX 75080 - Get Directions -- Download Schedule - Hotel Information (Woodlands) Each church is responsible for making and paying for their...

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MHDO Week of Prayer

2018 HIGHLIGHTED MINISTRIES Since its beginning 20 years ago, CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S JOB CORPS® has existed to prepare women for life and employment in a mission context where women are mentored and nurtured. CWJC seeks to minister to women who are living in some form of poverty, be it personal, spiritual, or profes...

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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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Disaster Response

GIVE NOW WMU of Texas Hurricane Harvey Response The rain came down in torrents.  The flood waters rose.  The winds toppled trees, buildings, signs, and more.  When the storm subsided, the damage revealed was staggering.  How do you plan for an unanticipated natural disaster the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey?&nb...

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National Boomer & Senior Adult Ministry Conference

SEPTEMBER 6-7, 2018FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SAN ANTONIO515 McCullough Ave.San Antonio, TX 78215 This conference is designed to encourage, equip, and train any pastors, ministers, or volunteers who work in a church which desires to be more effective in reaching and ministering to baby boomers and/or senior adults. Sponsored by Texas...

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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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52 SUNDAYS OF GOOD NEWS!

Disponible en Español 52 Sundays of good news! 2018 Cooperative Program Prayer Resources  Celebrate the global impact your church is making through CP-supported missions. Pray for a new mission area every Sunday in 2018 with the enclosed prayer guide including inspirational stories, PPT slides, and...

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¡52 DOMINGOS DE BUENAS NOTICIAS!

Available in English ¡52 domingos de buenas noticias! Recursos gratis de oración por el Programa Cooperativo (PC)  Celebre el impacto global que su iglesia está haciendo a través de las misiones apoyadas por el PC. Ore por un área de misiones diferente cada domingo del 2018 usando la gu&iacut...

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The Greatest Possible Benevolence

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

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Human Life

Human Life Messengers to BGCT Annual Meetings have clearly stated their position regarding the issues involved in the sanctity of human life. 1980: The BGCT reaffirmed the view of Scripture on the sacredness and dignity of all human life, both born and unborn, and supported legislation prohibiting abortion except to save the life...

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Church Starting – Five Points

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

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Childhood and Family Ministry Summit 2018

August 10 - 11, 2018 First Baptist Church, Garland | 801 West Avenue D. | Garland, TX 75040 This summit is a multi-leveled event to equip teachers for the Weekday Ministry Program, Preschool Bible Study, and Children's Bible Study. Everyone in Childhood leadership will leave equipped to teach. A must for every teacher! Registratio...

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Texas Baptists Worldwide

TEXAS BAPTIST WORLDWIDE The Texas Baptists Worldwide offering gives churches the opportunity to do missions and ministry from the heart of Texas to the ends of the earth. Through Worldwide, Texas Baptists can participate in global efforts unique to the Texas Baptists. Worldwide gifts are above and beyond Cooperative Program g...

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Micah 6:8 Conference - Workshops

CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS Remember the Prisoner: Creating Effective Prison MinistriesRickie Bradshaw, Church Consultant, Union Baptist Association This workshop will equip attendees to train volunteers and utilize discipleship models for prison ministries in order to encourage life transformation both behind bars and beyond. Community...

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Christian Life Commission

Christian Life Commission Biblical Insight. Principled Living. 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...

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Texas Baptists - Evangelism Issue

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Cooperative Program

The Texas Baptists Cooperative Program is a way of combining resources to enable more missions, evangelism and ministry throughout Texas and around the world.  Desktop users, click and scroll around the video player to look around this 360° video.  Mobile users, for the best experience, open this video in t...

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My BGCT

my BGCT WMU Missions Offering Materials Get free resources for your church to promote the Mary Hill Davis, Lottie Moon, and Annie Armstrong offerings.  Order Now   Annual Church Profile Learn More For more information contact us at (888) 244-9400.  New Church Application Apply Now  Catalog T...

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WMU Annual Meeting TEMPLATE

"So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another."   Romans 14:19 (NASB) APRIL 13-14, 2018 | ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED The WMU of Texas is hosting our Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on April 13-14, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Georgetown. This event will cha...

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Katelan Frisbie

KatelanFrisbie I am originally from College Station, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009. Right now I am partnering with my church, the Church at UH, as a city missionary. My work will be to reach teenagers in hard life situations (particularly teenagers that are in and out of juvenile detention centers) and...

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The Greatest Possible Missions

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

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Kim Howe

KimHowe As a Literacy and ESL Ministries Consultant, I can offer my experience, passion, and training to help churches develop English as a Second Language (ESL) ministries. My training and experience equips me to give basic ESL training to volunteers who want to start ESL ministries through their local churches. My hope is to see...

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Evangelism Events

TrueLifeTexas is an invitational evangelism outreach strategy to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively and lead people to a Texas Baptist church in their area. TrueLife uses online videos and other media, local conferences and evangelistic events to bring individuals to faith in Christ. TrueLife offers reliable answers fro...

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Evangelism Training & Resources

TrueLife Texas TrueLifeTexas is an invitational evangelism outreach strategy to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively and lead people to a Texas Baptist church in their area. TrueLife uses online videos and other media, local conferences and evangelistic events to bring individuals to faith in Christ. TrueLife offers relia...

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Texas Baptists

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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. West Texas:  September 7-8, 2018Cedar Hill:&n...

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Children's Worship University

January 18-19, 2019 First Baptist Church1001 N. Central ExresswayRichardson, TX Featured Guest Dr. Artie Almeida Educator, Clinician, Author of Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves Oh My! View Bio Dr. Artie Almeida Dr. Artie Almeida recently retired after 37 years as the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in Apopka FL...

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Go Now Missions: Last minute choice and provision

In late March during one of our weekly BSM Bible studies, an Alaskan missionary named Brenda Crim began speaking about her ministry and the Alaskan culture that she is trying to reach. I began to think to myself, "If I were to actually do any summer mission, this would probably be the closest to perfect for me." Well, that feeling...

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The same roots

Sitting on couches overlaid with colorful quilts, university students from Dallas Baptist University and the University of Sao Paulo each sang to the tune of "Amazing Grace" in their own language. I was one of the individuals in the room who identified with the Brazilian students, being from Spanish descent; however, I differed in...

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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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Love for neighbor should compel us toward immigration reform

The U.S. Senate has shown both courage and wisdom in passing the sweeping immigration bill. In order to get bipartisan support, the bill had to reflect the concerns of people across the political spectrum, and this has resulted in a bill that addresses the needs of security, business and immigrants.Scripture teaches us to care abou...

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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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Go Now Missions: Seeing past the labels

Special needs boy, disabled boy, different boy...so many labels are attached to him by society confusing what he has with who he is. When I look at him I see him and his name is who he is. The limitations he has do not define who he is.Of all the ministries I knew I would be apart of in Missions Centers of Houston, I would have nev...

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God's power shown through His church, people

SAN ANTONIO - God's plan for expanding His kingdom entails working through the lives of people in His church in such a way that they testify about Him, according to Victor Rodriguez, pastor of Life Church of San Antonio.The former Baptist General Convention of Texas president was the featured preacher during the Hispanic rally that...

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Hardage: Thank you, Texas Baptists

SAN ANTONIO - The breadth of Texas Baptists' ministry is wide, and its commitment to sharing the gospel is deep.For all that they are doing, Texas Baptists' Executive Director David Hardage gives thanks. Because congregations are generous with their resources in their communities and through Texas Baptists, ministry is possible."Yo...

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2013-2014 Officers Elected to the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas

Hispanic Baptists elected the first female convention president in their 103-year history this morning.The announcement came after two rounds of voting. The first - a race between Daniel 'Tiny' Dominguez, current president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention; Bea Mesquias, member of United Baptist Church in Harlingen; and Manuel Rio...

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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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Conference set to gear churches for boomer wave

The baby boomer wave is upon senior adult ministries, and people from all across the country are registering to "catch it" with the National Boomer Ministry Conference Sept. 5-6.At First Baptist Church in Allen, participants will have a full schedule of breakout sessions, general sessions and entertainment.Baby boomers remain the l...

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Baby Boomers: A harvest waiting to take place

ALLEN - The largest cohort of Americans also happens to be the one that's living longer than all those who came before it.That's no coincidence, claims Amy Hanson, the featured speaker at a conference entitled "Catching the Baby Boomer Wave," sponsored by Texas Baptists' Bible Study/Discipleship Department, First Baptist Church in...

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Fight rages beyond battlefield; chaplains on frontline

WAXAHACHIE - Military personnel's fight rages well beyond the battlefield, and chaplains are on the frontlines.In 2012, military suicides hit a record high since the armed forces began tracking such tragedies. Self-inflicted military deaths outnumbered deaths that took place in combat. The rate is down slightly in 2013 - 161 potent...

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Youth ministry: A calling well worth it

ARLINGTON - Youth ministry isn't easy. It requires long hours, unending energy, incredible patience and deep commitment.That's precisely why it requires a calling from God. No matter the trials those who minister to youth face, they must continue, said speakers during Texas Baptists' Conclave, made possible by gifts to missions thr...

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DBU Students Respond to The Calling Conference

Dallas, TX - Nearly 400 DBU students gathered together for The Calling Conference, an event geared to help college students discern their calling to ministry and determine the next steps for them to take along that journey. Sponsored by Texas Baptists and coordinated by Dr. Bill Tillman, director of the Theological Education Divisi...

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Business Leadership Principles Translate into the Ministry

ARLINGTON - Leadership principles from the business world can be translated to ministry principles as youth ministers across Texas learned during Leadership Tuesday at Youth Ministry Conclave. Colleen Barrett, president emeritus of Southwest Airlines, addressed attendees in an interview on Tues., Oct. 15, at the Arlington Conventio...

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Engaging Students in Sharing the Gospel

ARLINGTON - Christian college students across the nation set out on Oct. 10, with a common goal in mind - to share Christ. Through Engage24, students involved in Baptist Student Ministries were each encouraged to engage one person in a conversation about Jesus, and that is just what they did.Morgan McAree, a junior at the Universit...

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Mission drippin' - reaching out to our community

Six years ago, First Baptist Church of Dripping Springs burned to the ground at the hands of an arsonist. Many people at that time left the church. There were about 50 people left to determine the next step. The small group hired a great interim pastor that helped the church through a healing process.At that time they also determin...

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House church evangelism on the border

As he watched his three-year-old daughter, Rachel Beth, go from door to door in a small neighborhood in Laredo, Ryan Jespersen saw the love of Christ overflowing from her enjoyment of preaching to people that stopped to listen as she told them that Jesus loved them.Jespersen, director of urban missions, and his family were members...

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Church Strategists: Connecting and helping meet needs across Texas

On April 17, 2013, an explosion at a fertilizer plant forever changed the community of West, Texas. Richard Mangum, Texas Baptist church strategist for Central Texas, was in the town talking with local pastors and helping assess needs in the area within a few hours of the disaster.As a church strategist, one of Mangum's primary res...

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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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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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Hunger funds help mom find a shoulder to lean on

NEW BRAUNFELS - Gloria Mata needed help. Medical bills from her daughter's illness stacked up, and the single mother realized she no longer had enough money to put food on the table for her family of six.Deliverance came in the form of a voucher from her daughter's school that referred Mata to the Harvest Food Pantry, a ministry of...

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Letter from Haiti student missionary

Bonjou zanmi m! Hello my friend! Since my last update much has happened. I have spent more time in Fond des Negres and have been able to get to know some of the kids in our area. It seems nearly impossible for me to walk anywhere outside of my house without at least one child by my side. The children are so eager to give and recei...

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True love is worth waiting for

The Bible warns we should be careful of the enemy whose only mission is to kill, steal and destroy, even the innocence of our children. The African Evangelical Baptist Church's Lifted Youth of Grand Prairie is seeking to bring awareness to sexual abstinence with an event that they have hosted for three years entitled, 'True Love W...

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Hunger Offering helps family overcome poverty in Bangladesh

BHALUKA UPAZILA, Bangladesh - Conditions were hard for Asma Khatun and her family of five, living in extreme poverty in a small village in Bangladesh. While her husband, Babul Dhaly, worked hard to provide, they did not own any land to plant crops and they were not able to earn enough income to provide three meals a day for their f...

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Having a heart for service during Spring Break

BROWNWOOD - Watching from the sidelines of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Krystal Watson, sophomore at Texas A&M University, saw God moving through the kids at Champs Camp in Brownwood as they prayed with each other before and after each basketball game. Raj Shah, graduate student at Texas A&M University, had never had the resp...

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Serving in a party town

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND--- Janelle Daman, student at University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, noticed a young woman, Saira, staring at all the commotion going on in the water. It was a beach baptism. Saira was vacationing in South Padre Island for the week of Spring Break like 75,000 other college students. Janelle was there with her Baptist S...

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Hunger offering inspires others to give back

FORT WORTH - This year churches are holding a special offering on Mother's Day to support the Mother's Day Hunger Offering. By uniting the efforts of Texas Baptists, we can raise $1 million this Mother's Day to end hunger one mom at a time. One mom that has received help from this offering is a woman named Kay Schmenk.Kay Schmenk i...

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Hunger in Honduras: The face of a thankful heart

CATULACA, Honduras - Felipe is paralyzed from the waist down after a tragic accident about five years ago. He has undergone eight surgeries and was forced to sell most of his land to pay for the medical procedures. He was the primary breadwinner for his family of six and now many times they wonder how they will eat. The family rais...

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Honduras: A display of His splendor

CENICERA, Honduras - The kids here in Honduras have stolen my heart! Last night we attended a worship service at a house church in Cenicera, just a few miles from Gracias. When we arrived, I recognized several of the kids from the day before when we were at their house interviewing their parents. One precious girl named Ruby came u...

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Growing to live through hunger offering

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Hands in Service, an organization that receives funding from Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, provides family garden workshops through missions and churches in the poverty belt around the city of Guadalajara and other communities, as well as in rural areas. These workshops help train and educate people to grow t...

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On mission in South Africa

SIBASA, South Africa - "I believe that when biblical principles are put into practice then the biblical results can be expected," said Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Lewisville. "We are mandated by Christ to go and make disciples; if we do our part, Christ is faithful to do His part."In February 2013, Fields and his...

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Backpacks of food and hope provided through Hunger Offering

FREEPORT - Most children look forward to 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, signaling the end of school and beginning of the weekend. There are roughly 65 hours between Friday afternoon and Monday morning when school starts again. Many kids delight in these hours, but for children who do not have food at home, the hours can be long and ha...

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Never too young

FREDERICKSBURG - You don't have to be an expert cyclist to take part in the week-long Bike Out Hunger event. Our youngest rider this year, Gertie Kate Adair, is only seven years old.Gertie Kate is from Dripping Springs and she is a proud supporter of her dad, Ben. Last year, when Ben spent the week riding with Bike Out Hunger, Gert...

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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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Risenhoover named associate endorser for chaplaincy relations

DALLAS - Texas Baptists have named Chaplain Georgia Risenhoover, of Granbury, associate endorser for Chaplaincy Relations. Risenhoover is the first woman to be named to the position and she will also serve as state coordinator of "Hands on Ministry," a teaching certification program for volunteer chaplains."Georgia is well qualifie...

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Discerning a Call Means Continuous Listening

Ministry can be a very broad calling. It can encompass church ministry, mission work, chaplaincy, institutional ministry, non-profit ministries and much more. Often we struggle in trying to discern more specificity in our callings than simply "ministry." We want to know exactly what it is we are called to so we can h...

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The Eve Contention

Jim Henderson's recent book, The Resignation of Eve: What if Adam’s Rib is No Longer Willing to Be the Church’s Backbone? (Tyndale House Publishers, 2012), brings to light some startling statistics concerning decreases in women’s church involvement. According to research conducted by the Barna group, over the 20 years between...

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Women in Ministry Conference encourages women to work in courage

ABILENE – Being a woman in ministry requires both courage and encouragement, said speakers at the Texas Baptists Women in Ministry En{in}Courage conference held at Logsdon Seminary Feb. 22. The conference focused on helping women identify or remember their ministry calling from the Lord and to walk courageously."We named the conf...

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A particular calling

Everyone who feels called to ministry inevitably asks the question - what does being "called" mean? After all, we understand that every Christian is called to live their lives in the service of and as a witness to Christ. So how is a call to ministry different?Listening to the Puritans can help us understand the distinction of...

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Orlando: When the world comes to us

Central Florida is fortunate to be blessed with more than 50 million souls to minister to throughout the year.Orlando has broken its record of people passing through the city with 59 million people, representing different cultures, ethnicities, languages and races. It is beautiful to imagine the hearts that could be touched, seeds...

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BSM nears $2 million goal for new facility

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma has issued a $400,000 challenge grant to Texas Baptists to complete the funding for a new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) building on the campus of the University of North Texas (UNT). The building, which will cost $2,000,000 to construct, will be built on the site of the old BSM...

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Embracing Central American families in Laredo

LAREDO - As River Ministry Coordinator Mario Garcia drives Central American families back and forth from the Greyhound bus station nearly every day, he cannot help but think of the paralyzed man Jesus healed in Mark 2."It's not that he needed to walk. It's that he needed salvation," he said. "The people I'm working with need Christ...

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Victoria church embraces its Jerusalem

VICTORIA - Through discovering a community need and a partnership with the local food bank, Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Victoria has begun a feeding program that is making an impact in both the city and the church."We believe that the church is not supposed to be an institution that caters to itself," said Montari Morri...

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TBMF celebrates 30 years of making a difference

DALLAS—The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) celebrated 30 years of giving toward missions and ministries with a luncheon held at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. In 1984, TBMF began as a two-year experiment to raise additional funds for new churches. Thirty years later, the Foundation has worked with over 33,000 dif...

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​Texas Baptists raise $182,000 for hunger through Mother’s Day Offering

DALLAS - Texas Baptists gave more than $182,000 to help end hunger and poverty through the Second Annual Mother's Day Hunger Offering. These gifts are used for hunger relief and anti-poverty programs both in Texas and abroad. “As Texas Baptists we heed God's call to minister to those in need, in Texas and around the world," said...

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THE BIG DOG and 5 ways to effectively knock on doors

Clap, Clap, Clap, "This will make the dog leave us alone." This was trick the pastor of a church meeting in our building was telling me would help keep a very large, very scary, very loud dog from jumping all over us the minute we walked through the gate. At the moment we pensively walked through the gate I certainly hoped this tri...

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Executive Board approves purchase of BUA property

DALLAS - During the September 29 business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, it was unanimously approved for the convention to purchase 12.87 acres of land in San Antonio currently owned by the Baptist University of the Americas. The land will be purchased for $4.373 million, with an additional cas...

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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering needs end-of-year boost

Texas Baptists are generous, but our giving to fight hunger and poverty has lagged this year. Through August, Texas Baptists gave $548,395 through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. That's a lot of money, but it is significantly less than we gave last year -- $727,877 or 75.3 percent.As we give millions of dollars to support church...

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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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A special weekend for Special Friends

CEDAR HILL—The 2014 Special Friends Retreat, hosted by Texas Baptists' Preschool and Children's Ministries, brought lots of smiles and laughter along with the opportunity for participants to share their talents on-stage. The retreat for the mentally challenged of ages 12 and older took place at two locations - one in Floydada on...

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​Training Mexican church leaders in communal evangelism

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Eight Texas Baptist organic church leaders journeyed to Mexico City, Mexico the first week of October to train local church leaders on how to share the Gospel in their communities using personal evangelism and the 4byfour method. Throughout the week, they experienced God's provision and power. Forty individual...

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Boldness to further the Kingdom

"And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'" Mark 16:15 This past week, on Monday I went along with two other volunteers and Rafiki Africa Ministries to a nearby community to evangelize the Gospel and to encourage the people that lived there. Upon our arrival we were met with a recent news...

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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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TBM Rally reviews fruitful year of ministry

WACO - During a rally held to highlight God's recent activity through Texas Baptist Men, speakers gave accounts of water well drilling, salvations and village transformations, among other testimonies. The rally was held the first night of Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting, a three-day event, which kicked off Sunday, Nov. 16, at the W...

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​Providing Hope for the Refugee

A packed room of messengers gathered to hear about ministry among refugees at the annual meeting of Texas Baptists. Presented by the Texas Baptists Intercultural Ministry, the workshop offered participants a window into the world of refugees, offered guidelines for pursuing ministry among refugees, and also afforded the opportunit...

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Discovering How Literacy Can Bless Your Community

During the annual meeting of Texas Baptists, representatives from Literacy ConneXus provided churches with 50 ways to bless their communities through literacy ministries. Literacy ConneXus is Christian ministry designed to help churches help people with literacy needs. Beginning in 2004, with an initial focus on advocacy and adult...

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TBMF hosts award luncheon during Annual Meeting

WACO - Friends and supporters of the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) gathered together for the 2014 Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Awards Luncheon held in Waco, during the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists. This year, TBMF presented three awards in recognition of work in missions in the state of Texas.Bill Arnold, presid...

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​Hunger Luncheon honors Texas Baptists who see beyond the horizon

WACO—It was a packed house for the Hunger Luncheon at the 2014 BGCT Annual Meeting as special guest Jamaica-native Dr. Neville Callam of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) expressed his appreciation for Texas Baptists' efforts against hunger. Hunger kills more people every year than aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined, said Ca...

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​Leaders of state child and family ministries invite Texas Baptists to join the Jesus Agenda

By: Lauren Hollon Sturdy During his time on Earth Jesus healed the sick, brought hope to the hopeless, touched the untouchables, dined with lowlifes and forgave prostitutes. The marginalized and oppressed members of society were always on His agenda. Today, "The Jesus Agenda" is an international effort to raise awareness of God's...

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Lessons from A Christmas Carol

On my way out the door to the airport last week I realized I needed a book to read on my plane ride to New York. I quickly glanced on my shelf and Charles Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol caught my eye. I must have bought it several years ago when I was on a classics kick at Barnes & Noble – I purchased one almost every tim...

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Texas Baptists loving neighbors through Hunger Offering

This month, the Christian Life Commission is set to distribute funds to 117 ministries throughout the state of Texas and more than 67 international ones through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. That is a reflection of the generosity of Texas Baptists, an indication about the contents of their hearts.Feeding people who don't have...

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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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Ten things we should really be talking about

A blog post recently hit the Internet about how there are far more important things to talk about than whether Christian women should wear leggings or not. The blog, Ten Things We Should Get Angry About Before Yoga Pants, presented a list of 10 things that are truly worth talking about. I was convicted. I have spent a short amount...

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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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HSU, Logsdon Seminary and Texas Baptists encourage and equip women in ministry

The 2015 Women in Ministry Conference, hosted by Hardin-Simmons University, Logsdon Seminary and Texas Baptists, was held on Friday, February 20, 2015. The Ninth Annual conference drew women and men alike, from across the state to help encourage, equip for ministry and support exploration of women leadership roles in a variety of...

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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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BOUNCE students bring hope of restoration to South Austin

AUSTIN—Chris Rubs was cleaning his garage on the night of October 31, 2013, unaware that outside his door, torrential rains had caused the neighborhood creek to overflow.He suddenly heard screams coming from outside and opened the door to find an unnerving sight: floodwaters were engulfing his neighborhood and neighbors were chas...

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Student disaster recovery responds to Tulsa tornadoes

In response to Wednesday night's tornadoes that brought devastation to many homes and families in Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery has announced a mission opportunity for students to help the city in its road to recovery. Reports from CNN reveal the storms took one life, left dozens injured across the state and ca...

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Crack of the bat

Sporting goods giant Wilson has acquired the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball brand for $70 million cash. What does this have to do with the Convention and its churches? Quite possibly everything. Here's how. The Louisville Slugger brand was established after Bud Hillerich made a bat for Pete Browning, star of the Louisville Ecl...

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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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Alfalfa concentrate and education help alleviate malnutrition in Mexico

Hands in Service Ministries (HISM) is a ministry that is actively seeking to alleviate hunger in Mexico. They receive funds from Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, which help HISM in a variety of ways: With travel and material costs to allow HISM to offer family garden courses To provide intensive gardening techniques for those in urba...

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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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Inspiring excellence, impacting generations to come

Evangelist Billy Graham once said, "The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith." The BGCT has stood strong in faith and character for 119 years because of leaders who inspire servant hood and exc...

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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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Refugee families adjust to life in the US with help of Houston ministry

Loaves & Fishes is a ministry actively seeking to alleviate hunger amongst refugee children in Houston. They receive funds from Texas Baptists Hunger Offering via the Union Baptist Association, which help the ministry in a variety of ways: Providing a hot meal for children on Saturday nights, when they do not receive a meal fro...

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Texas Baptists promote educational initiatives for Sept. 18 giving day

DALLAS -Texas Baptists are taking part in North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 18 by highlighting two initiatives in the North Texas community. Funds given toward the Baptist General Convention of Texas will help build an outdoor classroom at Truett Elementary School in Dallas and a new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) building at the Uni...

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Golf Classic brings in $15,000 for disaster recovery

Blue skies and a bright shining sun made an appearance as 265 golfers stepped onto the green of the TPC San Antonio golf course on April 27 for the second annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic. The tournament raised an estimated $15,000 by way of donors, event fees and 17 sponsors, with Baptist Church Loan Corporation (BCLC) serving...

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5 Reasons Generosity is Important: Looking at you, Millennials

As a Millennial working in the nonprofit sphere, I hear a lot of questions about the giving habits of my generational peers and how to get more young people involved in the organization's mission. Many see our "selfie era" as an indicator of rampant narcissism, producing an overly self-involved generation that cares little about wh...

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Disaster Recovery prepares to respond to Van tornado destruction

A deadly tornado, which struck the Texas town of Van Sunday, May 10, has affected 204 total homes. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) is on the ground assessing damage and preparing to begin volunteer mobilization.According to the Red Cross, 62 homes were destroyed, 56 made inhabitable, 41 received minor damage, and 45 were ot...

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Cyclists weather storms to end hunger

When you are driven by a great cause, like working to end the cycle of hunger and poverty experienced by millions worldwide, a 500-mile bike ride seems a little more possible. Twenty-nine cyclists from across Texas, along with a few riders from Colorado and New York, joined together May 11-16 for the Sixth Annual Bike Out Hunger-Te...

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TBDR seeks volunteers and funding to help Central Texas flood victims

SAN MARCOS - Following intense flooding in the Central Texas region of San Marcos and Wimberley, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is working to coordinate volunteers and funds to assist those in need. More than 400 homes have been destroyed in San Marcos, with assessment continuing in the town of Wimberley as to the number of homes...

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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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Youth help rehabilitate homes in South Dallas through BOUNCE

Armed with hammers, power tools, paint and enthusiasm, 100 junior high and high school students flooded into South Dallas June 8-13 to help repair homes through Urban BOUNCE. The Texas Baptists Student Disaster Recovery program, which began in 2014, started a new track this year with an emphasis on urban areas in need of rehabilita...

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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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Learning more about Jesus in the midst of cultural shock

I've been serving in Southeast Asia for about three weeks and I've learned a lot of things, but one of the biggest lessons I've learned is that being a cross-cultural worker is hard. You arrive in a new culture and literally everything is different and those differences can be overwhelming. At first the newness is exciting – tryi...

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Texas Churches Meet the Need in Eagle Pass

In June of 2013, a flooding disaster left residents of Eagle Pass in great need of reconstruction and attention to damage due to rising water levels. Two years after the natural disaster, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is continuing to send groups of volunteers to help the community repair damages, provide service to those in nee...

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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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​Camp Exalted encourages spiritual growth for 290 youth

From amusing games of human foosball to deep-hearted discussions in family groups to spirit-led worship, students at Camp Exalted gained both new friendships and spiritual growth June 22-26. Nearly 300 students attended this year's Camp Exalted, hosted by Texas Baptists' African American Ministries and located at Camp Copass in De...

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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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Hispanic summer missionaries help encourage youth to reach goals

One goal of Texas Baptists' Hispanic Education Initiative (HEI) is to encourage the pursuit of college education in Hispanic churches. In a unique effort to achieve that goal, HEI hosts a summer missionary program, which gives Hispanic college students the opportunity to serve as mentors for high school students.These missionaries...

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African American Fellowship given a charge to keep, elects 2016 officers

Sugar Land—A lineup of passionate speakers and jubilant worship at this year's African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference (AAFC) made for a spirit of joy and encouragement amongst guests, giving them a "charge to keep," as the conference theme stated. At The Fort Bend Baptist Church in Sugar Land July 14-16, hundreds...

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FBC Carrollton Teenager Wins National Speakers’ Tournament

CARROLLTON – First Baptist Church in Carrollton has an impressive reputation for producing award-winning Bible Drill and Speakers' Tournament students. This year was no different with Hannah Mathes taking home first place in the National Speakers' Tournament in Kingland, Georgia.Mathes, an incoming junior at Prestonwood Academy...

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Disaster Recovery trip combines missions with summer fun

GALVESTON–Last week, volunteers teamed up with Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) to take part in a unique missions experience—one that allowed opportunities for mornings of servant-hearted labor and afternoons of summer entertainment. Forty volunteers from five Texas Baptists churches spent the weekday mornings painting...

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How to put the Kingdom of God first in your ministry

If we are to be honest, we have to admit one of the key concerns for us as church leaders is how many people participate in the "main" worship service on Sunday morning. It is a challenge to work hard and not always the see the results of our efforts. The key to understanding this, however, is to realize that the results are for th...

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Facing the oceans in South Texas and finding strength in the Lord

A lot of really great people in my life encouraged me to do Go Now Missions this summer. My BSM directors, my friends, pastors and loved ones encouraged me to take a step of obedience and to go wherever I was called, to leave my 'yes' on the table for God no matter what. It seemed like such a daunting task and I was in denial, alth...

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Special Friends Retreat: Where worship is pure

The Special Friends Retreats are made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is September 13-20, 2015. Click here for resources for your church to help promote this special offering in your church. Worship is anything but mundane at the a...

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River Ministry in Piedras Negras: Where compassionate ministry transformed a community

Texas Baptists River Ministry connects and assigns churches to specific projects along the Texas/Mexico border as well as in the top 10 most populated cities of Mexico. The ministry is made possible by funds given through the Mary Hill Davis Offering. The Week of Prayer for Texas Missions and the Mary Hill Davis Offering is Septem...

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Be unApologetic about your faith

Always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15 Just as the biblical figures of Paul and Peter were ever-ready to give a defense to various groups for the hope that they had in Jesus, Christians today should arm themselves...

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How to choose the perfect ministry outfit

One spring afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, I roamed aimlessly around Dillard's, focused intently on finding the perfect "ministry outfit." I was one of five women who won a contest at seminary to go on a shopping spree to get a new outfit for our ministry positions and roles. The five of us were all admittedly excited about winnin...

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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery to respond to Myanmar summer flooding

Dr. Mang Tiak of Houston could not eat or sleep for days when she heard news that flooding in late July wrecked her Myanmar hometown."Many people were suffering," she explained. "It really hit me, and I felt like I needed to do something."The floods, which were caused by monsoons and a typhoon, brought destruction to all but two of...

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My First 90 Days

It is hard to believe today marks exactly three months since I started working for Texas Baptists.As I reflect on this first quarter at the Christian Life Commission, I cannot help but be grateful for this season of learning and connecting.This summer has been a whirlwind of conferences across the state, meetings with ministries an...

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For the city

The following prayer guide is a monthly outline of ways to pray for Texas Cities. It is specifically for churches and church leaders in these cities. Our prayer is that the Kingdom of God will be advanced and these churches will be encouraged. Also that they will be healthy as the work to be the church in our urban areas.Please use...

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Texas and Mexico Baptists partner to rebuild border town of Acuña, Mexico

Four months ago, a devastating tornado ripped through the city of Acuña, Mexico and hit with a ferocity that has not been witnessed in more than 100 years.Baptists in both Texas and Mexico are gearing up to assist in recovery efforts for the city through "Acuña Rebuild." Partners include Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR), F...

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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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BSM and local churches in Rio Grande Valley unite to feed the 4,000

For college sophomore Arly Garza, handing out hot dogs and Bibles on her university campus took on a deeper meaning when she was able to serve alongside both her college friends and church leaders. The idea behind the UT Rio Grande Valley BSM-led initiative, called "Feeding the 4,000," derived from Mark 8:1-9 where Jesus and His d...

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Vision-casting for missions during budget time

In my work, I hear churches talk about wanting to get back on mission in the community. However, until a church puts actual dollars towards this goal, it is very unlikely it is ever going to happen.As the groups who put the budget together sit down each year look at what the spending will be for the next year, the budget needs to i...

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From brokenness to redeemed: Community transformation and the church

When teaching His disciples how to pray, Jesus declared to the Father, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). His prayer was an invitation for redemption – but it was also a bit of a cliffhanger.How does a community go from brokenness to redeemed as it is in heaven? What does it look l...

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Creating bold youth disciples in the midst of a cultural revolution

In the midst of a cultural revolution where technology has cultivated a "me" generation and immorality is prevalent, youth ministers have a unique and challenging role in teaching students to be bold disciples. Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders in Georgia, shared expert insight to a room full of church youth wor...

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New block party trailer to open doors for evangelism in Collin County

FRISCO—From colorful bounce houses and entertaining games to savory-smelling food and captivating music, block parties have a way of drawing a crowd and are a popular outreach tool. But they can also be expensive and burdening to plan.Last weekend, Collin Baptist Association (CBA) received a brand new Block Party Trailer, com...

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Nine churches to be recognized for Cooperative Program giving during Annual Meeting

DALLAS - This year, during the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Frisco, nine churches will be recognized for their Cooperative Program giving. Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has provided the fuel to fund missions work in Texas, the United States and around the world."There is no way to measure, this side of heaven, the kingdom...

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Pull Up a Chair this November

I am a true fan of November. Situated at the end of autumn and the dawn of winter, November welcomes scarf weather, soup, apple cider, and of course—Thanksgiving. Even though I am admittedly biased due to my November birthday, I fervently believe that Thanksgiving is the best holiday. Think about it. Thanksgiving is a day th...

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Sufficient unto the day

In college, my Greek professor had a standard answer when worried students started asking about the next exam. With a wry smile, he repeated, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." In other words, don't worry about that yet. (Or as some of us learned to interpret it, today was to be enjoyed because exam day would be a terr...

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Christ’s light shines among refugees

An American Christian asked the gathered children if any had experienced difficulty in forgiving someone. One small boy raised his hand and said it was difficult forgiving the armed men who blew up a car, killing his uncle.This very public and understandable confession occurred at a Baptist camp in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. Texa...

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1500 steaks and free ice cream

Last fall, bright-eyed freshman Lindsay Teweleit stepped foot onto the Texas Tech University campus seeking new adventures and friendships. But since she was placed in a dorm without a roommate, building relationships proved to be a challenge. She had no prior connections and craved community. Lindsay was sitting alone in her room...

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Encouragement to operate on faith

As long as I can remember, my mother validated her life by operating on faith. I was told that if you truly believed with all your heart that God is able, He will keep His promises. I've included some scriptures which remind me of His goodness, His grace and His mercy repeat in my mindset:Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of...

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Hispanic Baptists rally around Baptist Distinctives

Hispanic Baptists gathered Sunday night at a rally, which marked the end of the Hispanic leadership conference and the beginning of the broader Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. "This year's focus is the Baptist distinctives; we're emphasizing who we are as Baptists and what makes us unique," said Rolando Rodriguez, director of Hispa...

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​Texas Baptists elect diverse panel of officers for second consecutive year

FRISCO–For the second consecutive year, Texas Baptists messengers have elected a diverse officer panel with René Maciel, president of the Baptist University of the Americás [BUA], elected as President.The election was held during the Monday afternoon business session of the 130th Annual Meeting of the Baptist Ge...

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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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​Evangelism efforts produce good fruit in Texas

Though he's new to his role in the convention, Great Commission Team Director Delvin Atchison already has big dreams for what Texas Baptists can accomplish in our state and beyond. During Monday's evangelism luncheon at Annual Meeting, Atchison preached on "dreaming in league with God" and the story of Joseph in Genesis 37. "We're...

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Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Honors Three at Annual Luncheon

The 2015 Mission Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation took place during the Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists in Frisco on Nov. 9. Greeting those who had gathered for the luncheon held at ParkwayHills Baptist Church, Bill Arnold, president of TBMF, thanked those who had supported the Foundation through...

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Missions update showcases wide range of Texas Baptists partnerships

The Tuesday afternoon worship session at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting featured a broad update on many of the missions efforts the convention has identified as priorities. Without the generosity of convention churches, none of these projects would be possible. without the generosity of convention churches, the first order of bu...

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First Things First

At the Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting, I taught a workshop on "Advocacy As Evangelism." During the workshop, I shared how advocacy could be a tool for evangelism and community transformation.At the end of the workshop, a gentleman asked if I was promoting advocacy for advocacy's sake. I was prepared for the question, because lately...

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Literacy ministry helps church outreach in communities

Language connects people, but Texas is now home to many people who know little of the English language. These residents have their beautiful and valued native languages, but they desire to function more fully as part of American society. Many churches are stepping up to minister to this need, which also gives them the chance to to...

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Disaster Recovery offers opportunity to respond to North Texas winter tornadoes

The day after Christmas took a vicious turn in North Texas as a line of storms brought numerous devastating tornadoes. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) began making plans for recovery efforts immediately following the storms on Saturday evening, according to David Scott, director of Disaster Recovery.TBDR personnel are asses...

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​Waco ministry digging in the dirt with students

"In the garden you learn a lot about identity," Kaley explained, as we discussed World Hunger Relief's School Garden Project. WHRI, in Waco, is a "Christian organization committed to the alleviation of hunger around the world" through sustainable farming. While WHRI, supported by multiple Baptist churches, has agricultural program...

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Preparing for service on a unique mission field

Passionate about preaching the word of God and sharing the Gospel, Mark Kim enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2014. In his younger years, Kim would not have pictured himself in seminary but rather in medical school pursuing a career in pediatrics.Following his graduation from Baylor University wit...

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We joined Christian Women's and Christian Men's Job Corps

Imagine enrolling in a job corps program and having your entire life transformed. That's exactly what happens to many who pass through CWJC and CMJC. Program participants receive training in life skills and job readiness, and, along the way, gain self-confidence, purpose, direction, and hope for the future. What a deal! Naturally...

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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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Texas Baptists welcomes new team lead for Music and Worship

From an early age, Tom Tillman learned he had a natural musical ability. Since then, his life has encompassed a vast array of musical experiences. Texas Baptists welcomes Tillman, former Music and Worship Pastor for First Baptist Church in Conroe, as the new Music and Worship Lead. "I was literally one of those kids that grew up b...

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Today we have hope, today we are fed: Texas Baptist Hunger Offering at Work

Ruth sat at a table in the two-room shack where she lived with her abusive husband and four hungry children in the Dominican Republic. She stared at a cup of tea in her hand that would cause her to abort a fifth child she was now carrying."Ruth! Ruth!" She heard Rosa Elena calling her name from across the street. It became a God-mo...

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Ministry is done with people, not for people

I have often thought back to a meeting one afternoon with the "consultant" in regard to attendance. The church was at its lowest point in my tenure. I was desperately trying to figure out what our church could do in the midst of decline, and a neighborhood we seemed not to match up with. The "consultant" told me to build a church w...

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What homes of restoration and redemption look like

Nestled next to both Texas Christian University and Paschal High School lies a small building, which is home to Southside City Church pastored by Darrel and Kim Auvenshine. Before Southside was a church, it began as a group of people meeting at a park to serve the HIV community of Fort Worth."We built our church on Matthew 25," Dar...

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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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New facility brings new opportunities for North Texas BSM

DENTON--Friends, alumni and students of the University of North Texas Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) celebrated the grand opening of of new, fully funded $2.3 million BSM building on Saturday. In its over 50 years of existence, the BSM has hosted thousands of free lunches and worship services, seeing many students come to know Chr...

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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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Houston's brokenness: College students respond to the mega city's greatest needs

HOUSTON--Home to nearly 2.2 million people, Houston is labeled the fourth most populous city in the nation and has over 145 languages spoken. Along with its large population and immense diversity comes more startling statistics: Houston has more victims of human trafficking than any other U.S. city. 6,300 people are without a home...

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Beach Reach finds new opportunity to serve city officials during spring break

College students around the country know that South Padre Island is the place to go for a good time during spring break. Between the sand, sun and fun that is had by thousands, it is a one of the busiest weeks of the year. One night, 1,500 new guest checked into a local hotel, which is about half of the population of the entire isl...

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Good things happening in Marshall and at ETBU

Marshall anchors the eastern entrance to Texas near where Interstate 20 crosses from Louisiana. It is a smaller city that is home to East Texas Baptist University, which sits on a hill in the northwest portion of the city. Once the fourth largest city in Texas (1860), Marshall has been an important community both for...

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Providing hope and a new start for mothers reentering society

The first day a mom and her children set foot at Exodus Ministries, they are welcomed into a beautiful, fully-furnished apartment. Each apartment is uniquely decorated by thoughtful volunteers. Each kitchen comes completely stocked with groceries, through support of the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering. Each detail is covered in praye...

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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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Take a minute to say “thank you” to influencers in your life

Recently it has been my privilege on behalf of the Missions Foundation to participate in the Baylor Oral History project. In preparation for those conversations, they asked me to think back, not only over the 31 years of the life of the Foundation but over the path that led to my being president of this organization. As i...

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Babs Baugh honored by Global Women

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10, NRSV We are excited to announce that Babs Baugh will receive the Global Heart Award at the upcoming Global Women’s 15th Birthday Gala during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Ass...

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New Life In Christian Community - A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

A baby shower seems simple. Gifts, flowers, laughter; the party is a time of preparation and celebration of new life and a growing family. Love and expectancy are the essence of life in Christ. And while this practice may seem commonplace to some, it can make all the difference for a new mom in a new country. Dr. Samira Izadi Page...

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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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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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Let Love Be Genuine: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story

The people of Spain are “really tired of hearing about Christ. ... They need to see real love, real love through real people,” Pastor Antonio Calero Cerrado boldly proclaimed. Pastor Cerrado heads an outreach ministry of Iglesia Evangelica Bautista La Trinidad in Denia, Spain. He and Pastor Jorge Pastor have co-led the...

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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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Childhood Discipleship: Training up a child

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 At one month old, babies can fix their eyes on faces and respond to what they see. By one year, trust is developed. By age 3, a child’s brain is 80% the size of an adult’s. By age 4, they have a wide ran...

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Baking Cakes – a recipe for discipleship

So, here’s the story. I have this friend. I’m only one of many friends he has. He’s a baker and makes the most awesome cakes. And ages ago, he gathered a bunch of his friends and sort of commissioned them to head out and enlist others to be cake bakers like him. It was a big deal, and that original group really go...

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Summit attendees learn how to care for families with special needs children

When Jason and Maggie Whitt shared about the impact of special needs ministry during the Childhood and Family Ministry Summit on August 12, they spoke from their personal experience parenting their 7-year-old daughter, Camille. "It is important for the awareness to be heightened for families of children with special needs,” W...

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Extending a hand to those in need in Spain

Ali Hearon, Hunger and Care Ministries specialist, and I recently returned from a trip to Spain to visit our Texas Baptists Hunger Offering partners in Barcelona and Denia. To read more stories about the Hunger Offering at work, check out - Let Love Be Genuine: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story and Reac...

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Following your passions

“Why would a 52-year-old Pastor’s wife from El Paso, Texas with four grown daughters want to live in Paris for six months?” This is a question that was asked by our parishioners before I began an Internship at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, four years ago for my graduate studies in Applied Linguistics and French L...

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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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How Tarleton BSM’s new Northwest partnership is an answer to prayer - Part 2

Morgan Little shares about a partnership Tarleton State University BSM has created with Northwest Collegiate Ministries to reach the lost in the Northwest region of the United States. To read more on this partnership, click here. Tarleton has begun a 2025 vision. Their prayer is that over the next ten years 20 Tarleton graduates wi...

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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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Executive board approves 2017 proposed budget, other business for upcoming Annual Meeting

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 Cooperat...

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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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Questions to keep conversation flowing in your marriage

Ever run out of things to talk about? Maybe it’s because we work and serve together, but more often than not, Cory and I find ourselves gravitating toward conversations that center around ’church stuff,’ i.e. upcoming events or meetings, things going on in this family or in that family, even venting our ministry 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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Nine churches to be recognized for Cooperative Program Giving during 2016 Annual Meeting

DALLAS - This year, during Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting in Waco, nine churches will be recognized for their Cooperative Program giving. Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has provided the fuel to fund missions work in Texas, the United States and around the world. "Over the past 91 years Texas Baptists have seen God d...

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African American Fellowship rally emphasizes foundation of faith

WACO—Churches that forget the importance of discipleship have committed “the great omission,” said Dr. Delvin Atchison, director of the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team. Atchison preached Sunday night at the African American Fellowship worship rally, one of four rallies that took place throughout Waco to kick...

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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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TBMF honors individuals and church for excellence in missions

Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) presented its annual Adventurer, Innovator and Pioneer Awards during a Monday luncheon at Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, held at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium. John LaNoue presented First Baptist Church of Kilgore member Charles Whiteside with the Adventurer Award, which honors an indivi...

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Texas Baptist Hunger Offering celebrates 20 years of giving, totaling $15.5 million

The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering celebrated its 20th year connecting Texas Baptists churches to serve and support ministries that meet the immediate nutritional needs of people living in poverty and developing long term solutions. Through 20 years of giving, Texas Baptists have raised $15.5 million, which has been disbursed throug...

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Addiction and the church

Most people are somewhat familiar with the topic of addiction, whether it is through media, books, educational or prevention programs in the community; or perhaps at a more personal level, by struggling with addiction or knowing someone who is in that journey. The fact of the matter is that everyone has had an encounter with this i...

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Día de Activismo del 2017

En Ingles 28 de Febrero y 1 de Marzo del 2017 Acompáñenos en Austin al Día de Activismo durante la 85a Sesión Legislativa. Habrá talleres sobre temas importantes que conciernen a la Legislatura del 2017 y la oportunidad de que los participantes hablen con sus representantes electos. Orador princip...

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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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God's Best Plan

Both rewarding and challenging, the path that God has appointed for Kimberly and Doug Uyechi is one they have been quick to acknowledge as “a family mission.” The Uyechis have three adopted children and, for the past seven years, they have been opening their hearts to foster children by providing a safe, loving home whe...

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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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Providing hope, help, training and care through our institutions

It began in 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A young farmer in West Texas was drafted for the war effort in early 1942. He trained for two years, went to war, deployed to Alaska and was wounded. He was treated in Alaska, then California, and finally had extensive treatment and rehab in Temple, Texas. In nearby Belton stood t...

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HPU student leads teammates to better understanding of Christ’s love

Though Chad Anders wasn’t searching for Christ when he enrolled at Howard Payne University, he says Christ was waiting for him there. “You can come to HPU and find things you never even knew you were looking for,” says the senior and four-year member of the Yellow Jacket baseball team. Chad didn’t attend chu...

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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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Bacote: Some practical help to sustain your public witness

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, when...

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6 ways to serve refugees

By Patty Lane Refugees are some of my heros. They have endured the unthinkable and lived in fear and in poverty for years before arriving in the United States. For the most part, they muster up the courage to learn a new language, find a new job, create a new home, and send their children to schools with people they know nothing ab...

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Becoming Family: Professional development for women transforms lives, fosters relationships

By Jaclyn Bonner If not for the Heart of Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps sign, you could easily overlook the modest, beige, and olive-colored house on Coggin Avenue in Brownwood. CWJC is home to transformative learning opportunities and holistic development for women. Established in Brownwood in 2003, the mission of the Hea...

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Texas Baptists joins with FBC Waxahachie to send $10,000 in relief to drought-stricken Kenya

When Vaughn Ross, mission team member at First Baptist Church of Waxahachie, received word from Pastor Simon Mwangi in Nairobi, Kenya that the three-year drought in North-Central Kenya was transitioning from severe to acute, he reached out to his church and Texas Baptists for support. Mwangi, pastor of Koinonia Baptist Church...

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Executive Board announces financial support for pastors, approves new chaplaincy partnership

DALLAS – “We must stay centered, keeping our hearts and our minds on Jesus,” President Danny Reeves told Executive Board members during the Feb. 21-22 meeting in Dallas. Responding to recent factors around the world and the seeming messiness of life, Reeves encouraged fellow Texas Baptists to turn to Christ and po...

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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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Homes of transformation

Monica was like a lot of women who come to the growing network of house churches Paul Gonzales leads on the west side of San Antonio. She was struggling in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend of 10 years and didn’t know where to turn. She found support and encouragement from the roughly 20 Christians who gathered week...

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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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Go Now students reaching the border for Christ

Can one week really change the course of your life? That’s the question Daniel Ortiz was asking when he heard about a short-term missions opportunity through Go Now Missions. Ortiz, a sophomore nursing student at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), had been interested in serving through missions, but was unsure abo...

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Food for Body and Soul: Hunger Offering ministry meets needs across Metroplex

By Jaclyn Bonner Linda, a ministry volunteer, gently challenged Tamara with two poignant questions. “Why do you always come with your hand out? Why don’t you come and serve?” Linda’s view of service as a blessing affected Tamara, who decided to serve at the food giveaway the following week. Tamara, a South C...

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Sustainability projects lift Indigenous people out of poverty

Hunger Offering ministry strives to end the cycle of poverty among Hondurans and empower individual families through farming sustainability projects and enterprise.  By Jaclyn Bonner Five dollars will buy a venticoffee at Starbucks. Five dollars also isthe average daily living wage of the Lenca, the poorest people group in Hon...

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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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UTEP students share personal stories of Beach Reach work

Since 1980, students from universities from across the country, especially Texas Baptists college ministries, have traveled to South Padre Island during Spring Break. The UTEP Baptist Student Ministry has made the trek down to South Padre Island for eight years. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why on earth would a Christian...

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UH student missionaries shine God’s light at the beach

Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) students from the University of Houston sacrificed their spring break to share God’s love and generosity with others all over Texas. Some spent the week building relationships with international students, others dedicated their vacation to local Houston ministries and still other students m...

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Texas Baptists churches partner to provide water for struggling Liberian community

Not everyone has easy access to one of the most basic resources – water. About 25,000 people in Brewerville, Liberia have to walk five to 10 miles a day to get drinking water. Sometimes, the water isn’t even clean. Tom Howe, pastor of Birdville Baptist Church, in Fort Worth, learned of the need in Lott Carey Mission (L...

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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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Nine-member Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Missouri playground case

By John Litzler Today (April 19), the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is hearing oral arguments in one of the most important religious liberty cases of the last few decades. SCOTUS, which only had an eight-member court since Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last February, has a full bench for the first time in over a year. In January...

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Fight hunger! Give April 30 or Mother's Day or both

Two Hunger Offering Sundays are coming soon! April 30 - 5th Sunday Hunger Offering May 14 - Mother’s Day Hunger Offering These are great opportunities for the Kingdom! We would love your help to promote the dates to your churches and via social media. Below are a few sample posts and graphics. Also, check out the new Mother's...

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Satisfying hunger: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering story

Even as a small child, Terri knew the meaning of hunger. She was poor for as far back as she could remember. Her mom resorted to writing hot checks to buy food and was eventually imprisoned for it. Her early life took Terri from one challenge to the next. She dropped out of school in 7th grade. At 14, she started drinking and thre...

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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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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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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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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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Convención celebrates 100 years of UFM, approves bylaw changes

SAN ANTONIO –The 100th Anniversary of Union Femenil Misionera de Texas (UFM) was celebrated during Convención Bautista Hispana de Texas in San Antonio June 25-27. The sanctuary of Trinity Baptist Church was filled as past presidents lined the stage and Raquel Contreras, director of Casa Bautista de...

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From India to Arlington: Serving an undeniable God

By:  Ruth Whorton ARLINGTON - Originally from India, Lokesh Ganta is a master’s student at Texas A&M Kingsville who came to the United States to study engineering. With many financial obligations, Lokesh was prepared to work all summer to earn tuition money for the upcoming fall semester. Little did he know how the L...

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Welcome Neighbor: Hunger Offering Meets Needs, Fosters Community Among Refugees

By Jaclyn Bonner “It is the first time I have heard the children laughing,” said the apartment complex manager. Although the African refugee families and South and Central American immigrants are all newcomers to Houston, their residence lacks a sense of community and pride. In one week, the Houston Refugee Project, wit...

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Filling Hearts through Lunch Program

By Analiz G. Schremmer Contributing Writer Every Wednesday, at least 300 people line up outside of New Light Baptist Church of Lubbock for a sack lunch. They receive food, but are also served a helping of love, respect and kindness. “I don’t care what they look like or what their hygiene is like, we will treat them with...

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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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Project:Start helps Kenyan church expand capacity for refugee ministry

In January, members of Upendo Baptist Church in Garland gathered to pray and fast that God would grow their church. Only a week later, Pastor Shadrack Ruto was connected to 60 people in search of a new church home. The initial three visitors to the church were not from a Kenyan background, like the majority of the church membership...

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Making missions possible through Mary Hill Davis Offering scholarships

By Analiz G. Schremmer Any student who has benefitted from a scholarship knows what an enormous difference it can make. When that scholarship funds a mission trip, the outcome can be eternal. Luis Juarez was once the recipient of a Mary Hill Davis Offering scholarship. Today, he is currently Director of Missions and Ministries at B...

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Texas Baptists host historic presentation of Uzbek Bible

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...

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Go Now partnership allows Korean students to serve in Texas

By Ruth Whorton Jinjoo Oh is a university student. She works two jobs, has a curiosity for new cultures, and she is active in her local church. She has a deep love for God and missions with a smile that radiates. She feels lonely sometimes, but clings to prayer. She had an experience this summer that redefined and expanded he...

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A Christian response to hunger: How church ministry is distinguished from cultural trends

By Jaclyn Bonner Lately, I have been thinking about culture and faith. I just finished perusing Leviticus and am journeying again through Numbers. These two Old Testament books, perhaps more than other parts of the Bible, are challenging to read, understand, and apply. The meticulous law, the priesthood rituals, and the early histo...

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Is your church ready for the boomer generation?

In 2011, baby boomers started reaching the ripe age of 65, at the rate of 10,000 per day, or approximately 4 million per year. This huge, growing wave of aging boomers will continue to grow and crest until 2029. The impact this tsunami of aging boomers will have on every aspect of our society, including our churches, is seen in sev...

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Texas Baptists’ Childhood Summit equips leaders to remember the joy

Children need to know and experience love. They need consistent adults and leaders in their lives who are willing to seek to understand them and meet them where they are. That is what the Texas Baptists’ Childhood Ministry Summit sought to accomplish - to equip ministers in childhood leadership to clearly and meaningfully pl...

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A valley of redemption

Brenda Bermudez and her family are just a few of many who have experienced the Lord’s redemption in their lives in the modest colonia of Mi Sueno in the Rio Grande Valley. As a single mother of five, Bermudez’s life has been anything but easy. Bermudez has endured the pangs of divorce, financial stress and limited resou...

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Seeing God at work through 50 years of River Ministry

In 1967, the Baptist General Convention of Texas recognized the 2 million people living along the border of Texas and Mexico as an important mission point and launched the Rio Grande Mission Thrust with $250,000 allocated for missions opportunities. Texas Baptists responded to the call of God to minister to those along the Rio Gran...

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Finding an answer to the call to ministry

By Terry GoodrichAssistant Director of Media Communications, Baylor University Richard Baggett and his wife, Miwes, were on an RV vacation in summer 2016, standing on Deception Pass Bridge in Washington and marveling at the view. Then Baggett’s phone rang. The caller, a supervisor with Christian Resort Ministries Internationa...

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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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Developing a love for God’s Word through Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament

“Bible Drill has given me a love for the Bible and an understanding that I need to consistently be in God’s Word to understand His Will for my life,” said Katie Davidson, Bible Drill participant. “It’s given me more confidence in myself. I was initially quiet, scared to get in front of people and talk...

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Snapshots of present-day River Ministry

Training church leaders for impact Daniel Rangel joined with Mario Gonzalez, director of Texas Baptists Multi-housing and House Congregations, to train house church leaders on ministering to new congregations in Laredo. Church leaders learned skills for small group Bible study, 4xFour evangelism, Study Bible resources as well as he...

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God’s plan for prisoners

By Dr. Gloria de la PeñaHealth Care Missionary in Piedras Negras / Acuña, Mexico I was walking downtown when someone called my name. It was Nancy. She looked so different outside of her prison uniform. I met Nancy when she started her ministry to prisoners. We had lost touch years ago, when Nancy was transferred to La...

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Texas Baptists encouraged to exceed Mary Hill Davis Offering goal to provide Harvey relief efforts

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 abov...

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National Boomer Ministry Conference compels baby boomers to come and see

“Reaching 50-year-olds is the same thing that reaches 24-year-olds - invite them to come and see. If you personally know the King, then compel them to come in,” said Todd Wagner, senior pastor of Watermark Church in Dallas, at the National Boomer Ministry Conference on Sept. 7. He continued, “The mark that is goi...

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FBC Huffman provides shelter, resources and hope in the midst of Harvey Recovery

Even as darkness fell and waters were rising on Aug. 25 when Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the people of God quickly came together to be the glimmering beacon of hope that Texas needed. The following Sunday, Pastor Mike Martin of First Baptist Church of Huffman made several visits around town before the heavy rains hit...

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Sharing the love of Christ in both word and deed at Friendship Baptist Church

The cost of school supplies can add up quickly, and the list is exhaustive. Churches like Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony have aimed to help solve this problem by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through both word and deed. Every year, the youth department, the health and wellness ministry, members and volunteers at F...

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BSM volunteers from across Texas help with Harvey Recovery

By Analiz G. Schremmer When they walked into this house, one thing was clear to the volunteers from the University of Houston’s Baptist Student Ministry: The homeowner was overwhelmed to the point of paralysis. “There were dead fish in the house,” said UH BSM Director Shannon Rutherford. “The drywall hadn&r...

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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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Loving the least of these amidst Harvey destruction

For Metrey Pheap Baptist Church in Houston, floods are nothing new. However, as they are recovering from Hurricane Harvey, this church is working harder than ever to serve those in need. In both 2003 and 2005, the church experienced extensive flooding, resulting in a combined $30,000 worth of damage. This past August, the destruct...

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Walk the Way

The world is troubled. Riddled with confusion, violence, frustration, and divisiveness, there seems to be a general anxiety and irritability in the air. In the past week, I have heard multiple people express how overwhelming everything feels. I get it. I feel the tension, too. This past Saturday, I sat in a fellowship hall with twe...

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TBMF to honor Robert Pinder, Robert Feather and FBC Belton

This year at the annual Mission Awards Luncheon, Texas Baptist Mission Foundation will honor Robert H. Pinder, Robert O. “Bob” Feather and First Baptist Church of Belton for the  outstanding impact they have made in Texas Baptists ministry. The three awards given include the Adventurer Award for Leadership in Missi...

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Texas Baptists Welcome Dr. Steven Dominy as Area 8 Representative

The Texas Baptists Connections Team welcomes Dr. Steve Dominy as the new Area 8 Representative for the Dallas area on Nov. 1. “We are very excited that Dr. Dominy is joining our team,” said Director of Connections Dowell Loftis. “He deeply loves the Lord and His Church. Having been a pastor for many years himself...

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Strengthening families in times of need

By Vicki Hewitt, STCH Ministries When a single mom and her children first arrive at Homes for Families, a program of STCH Ministries, desperation often accompanies them. Dreams of a better life have worn thin from years of crises, trauma and anxiety. Yet the moment they choose to reach out for help, rather than continue to go it al...

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Collaboration facilitates community impact

When Blanca Salinas attended a gathering of Baptist partners in San Antonio last February, she made connections which helped expand the reach of her ministry. At the meeting, Salinas, site coordinator for STCH ministries, shared about two programs she coordinates–Jobs for Life and Faith & Finances.  Jobs for Life is a jo...

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Thank you for dinner, Texas Baptists -- from Uganda

Hunger Offering Enables Refugee Women to Share a Meal By Jaclyn R. Bonner As a former Texas Baptist Hunger Offering intern, I can swiftly list the statistics of how many people are malnourished worldwide, how many families in Texas are food insecure, and how many ministries the Hunger Offering helps fund. A selection of inspiration...

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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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After the flood: Hunger Offering ministry serves victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Abby Hopkins Widespread panic, fear, and uncertainty erupted in the days after Aug. 25, when Hurricane Harvey made landfall and surpassed expectations of its potential destruction in Texas. Many experienced devastating loss as the state and country were forced to face the lurking question — what next? Polk County Mission C...

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Churches to be recognized for faithful cooperative program giving at 2017 Annual Meeting

As Texas Baptists are called to live “Compelled” at this years’ Annual Meeting, nine churches were recognized for their Cooperative Program giving. Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has provided the fuel to fund mission work in Texas, the United States and all around the world. “The Cooperative Program is...

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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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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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Church security basics and preparing for the unexpected

An additional workshop addressing church safety and security was added to the 2017 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting schedule following the tragic shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Led by David Adams, director of Church Administration and Special Projects, and John Litzer, legal consultant, the Tuesday morning wor...

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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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Hope for the Holidays In Central Texas

When thinking about the holidays, our initial thoughts are often of joy and warm feelings. Time with family and friends and moments to reflect on the person of Jesus Christ naturally bring about peace. However, sometimes we may fail to recognize that many do not consider the holiday season a time of hope and rest if they struggle...

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Expanding ministry opportunities through new Tech BSM building

“Tech Baptist Student Ministry exists to impact the students of Texas Tech University with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The BSM building serves a pivotal role in our vision. It is in our building that students gather to hear the Gospel and to be trained and sent out to share the Gospel on campus and beyond. A new BSM building...

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Texas Baptists welcomes Steve Massey as Vice President of TBMF

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 b...

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More than meets the eye

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

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North Texas Ministry Provides Home, Healing, and Hope for Victims of Sexual Abuse

By Abby Hopkins Home. A place meant not only for shelter but for shared meals, deep conversations, big dreams, and lots of laughter. A place many are accustomed to, never knowing what it would be like to not have one, or to have one corrupted by abuse. However, for many children, this is what they are accustomed to. The Poiema...

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Executive Board aims for agility in meeting needs, reaching next generation for Christ

DALLAS–The Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas approved a motion on Tuesday to form a committee to research ways in which the Convention could be more agile in response to emerging needs. “This is about finding a way to become quicker in responses and providing more of what our pastors and church...

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Pastoring a cowboy church in a cowboy town

Harvey Abke, senior pastor of Burleson County Cowboy Church (BC3), has experienced more of God’s blessing on his church than ever before. BC3 began six years ago as a church plant of First Baptist Church of Caldwell. Located in a community of cowboys, ranchers and rodeo and arena people, a cowboy church was a necessity. Leade...

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The Gospel, Gentrification, and Shalom

By Bryant Lee This is what the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles I deported from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce. Find wives for yourselves, and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons and give your daughters to men in marriage so that...

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Hundreds serve on Spring Break missions through pancakes, drywall and prayerwalking

The combined missions efforts of Texas Baptists over Spring Break involved more than 1,400 middle, high school and college students engaged in ministry across the United States. Projects ranged from rebuilding homes in Houston damaged by Hurricane Harvey, providing free van rides and pancakes to fellow college students in South Pad...

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Missional communities produce life-change through Longhorn BSM

At The University of Texas, the Longhorn Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) is ministering to lost students in an unconventional way. Upperclassmen are making themselves available to new students by staying somewhere most students can’t wait to get out of - the dorms. Through what are called “missional communities,” t...

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The reimagined ministry of the Gaston Christian Center

When Gaston Oaks Baptist Church faced the impending reality of closing its doors for good, leadership in the church sought to utilize the resources and property the Lord had given them to keep their ministry alive. The result was a reimagined ministry that would reach the nations right in their neighborhood. They named this new en...

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Texas Baptist CLC joins with Prison Fellowship to recognize April as Second Chance Month

AUSTIN–The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission has partnered with Prison Fellowship and more than 150 other organizations to recognize April as Second Chance Month, in remembrance of the 65 million people with a criminal record with limited access to education, jobs and other opportunities. “Second Chance Month is m...

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Texas Baptists hosts Foster Care Summit to address immediate needs in Texas

DALLAS—Texas Baptists leadership hosted a Foster Care Summit on Mon., Apr. 16 to discuss the foster care crisis in Texas and seek ways for partnering churches and ministries to get involved. Opening the meeting, Executive Director David Hardage discussed the escalating crisis over the past few years and his desire to see Tex...

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WMU encourages believers to pursue God’s Gospel calling

The Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas (WMU) hosted their Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on April 13-14 at First Baptist Church Georgetown. The focus of this meeting was to pursue God’s Gospel-calling. The event challenged attendees to make an impact in their communities for the Kingdom through passionately tel...

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“Greeted with hope”: North Texas ministry empowers, serves mothers

By Abby Hopkins In 2017, 123 young women considering abortion came to a ministry in Decatur. After receiving loving assistance from Wise Choices Pregnancy Care Center, 103 of these “abortion-minded” women chose life, and the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering is playing a role in serving these new families. “These girl...

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BSM medical students provide medical screenings and ministry in Houston

This Easter, a community was drawn together through the partnership of four different organizations to meet physical and spiritual needs in an underserved Houston Hispanic community. Andy Dennis, director of Texas Medical Center BSM (including schools from McGovern Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine), sought to find a m...

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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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Transformation in West Dallas: Hunger Offering gifts feed the hungry, promote holistic change

By Jaclyn Bonner The traditional American narrative boasts that anyone can make it if he or she works hard. But the social systems and economic stratum one is born into can often exclude a person from having an opportunity to attain the “American dream.” West Dallas denizens face a challenging situation. Generational po...

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Family Gathering to unite Texas Baptists in Arlington

ARLINGTON–The 133rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas will be a “Family Gathering”  from July 29-31, 2018, at the Arlington Convention Center. The first Family Gathering was held in San Antonio in 2013, with great success. Now, for the second time, joint sessions of Texas Baptists Annu...

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Basketball and building up the faith

By Analiz G. Schremmer, Contributing Writer Most men love sports. And competition. It’s what makes basketball one of the best avenues to draw them closer to God. Texas Baptist Men (TBM) has been capitalizing on that knowledge for almost 50 years through the Royal Ambassadors program. “Local churches use RA to enlist men...

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TBMF to honor Griffin, Evans, FBC Tyler at Annual Luncheon

By Stephanie Arosemena 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 Baptis...

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The transforming power of God in prisons

With a heart for the oppressed, Dr. Ted Lindwall has treasured the words of Jesus in Matt. 25 with complete sincerity, allowing them to drive his current ministry - meeting with prison inmates across Texas to plant what are known as ‘Philippi Churches.’ Philippi Churches are gatherings of prisoners who pray, worship and...

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Finding La Mano de Dios in Soccer

Any Sunday morning, if you go to a soccer field, it will be packed,” said Director of Hispanic Ministries Rolando Rodriguez. “I have families from my church who won’t come on Sundays if their kids have a soccer game. Soccer goes beyond culture. It’s part of their lives.” Rodriguez said that for years h...

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Are You Getting Ready for 2018 MHDO?

As I was thinking of our Mary Hill Davis Offering theme this year, I typed into my phone the words, “Speak Out for Jesus”. It brought up a poem with that very name by an unknown poet. It began by saying that we can be so brave and bold in talking about our business and all worldly matters. It then asks the questions, &l...

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Texas Baptists welcomes Dr. Steve Mullen as Director of Theological Education

Dr. Steve Mullen joined the Texas Baptists staff this summer as the new Director of Theological Education. In his role with Texas Baptists, Mullen will plan and coordinate the work of the Theological Education Council; oversee the ministerial financial assistance program; and build bridges among churches, educational institutions a...

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World-changing relationships are built with healthy conversations

I hold to a pretty radical belief. I believe relationships can change the world and selfless, meaningful, healthy conversations can change relationships. And I believe the opposite to be true, as well. Relationships can destroy the world and selfish, empty, unhealthy conversations can damage relationships. We live in a time when re...

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Family Gathering a celebration of unity, diversity for Texas Baptists

ARLINGTON–A celebration of unity and diversity took place in Arlington July 29-31 as 2,054 messengers and visitors filled their seats at the table to worship, fellowship and conduct business at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering and Annual Meeting. Seven fellowships and conventions were represented in the three-day gat...

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Bastrop food pantry models dependence on Lord’s provision

By Abby Hopkins “Mom, we have a turkey for Thanksgiving!” A young boy exclaimed this and looked at his mother in awe as he discovered his family would receive a turkey from ABC Primera Baptist Church Food Pantry. Erika Guerrero, Primera’s missions chairperson, was able to hand the turkey to this family on her firs...

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TBMF honors three outstanding servants at Family Gathering

By Blake Killingsworth, contributing writer and vice president of Communications for Dallas Baptist University A full house gathered on July 30, for the annual Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) Luncheon, held in Arlington, Texas, as a part of the 133rd Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists. This year, the luncheon honored three o...

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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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Texas Baptists welcomes Oza Jones as Evangelism Associate for African American Ministries

Oza Jones has joined the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team as the new Evangelism Associate for African American Ministries & Church Revitalization as of Monday, July 23. “Oza impressed me from the first day we met by his ability to connect with others,” said Evangelism Lead Leighton Flowers. “He knows how t...

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Texas Baptists Intercultural Churches unite youth at Camp Fusion

by Stephanie Arosemena Every year, first and second generation students from Texas Baptists Intercultural Churches come together for five days and four nights to grow their faith at Camp Fusion. It is a powerful time for these students as they connect and bond with each other. Students are immersed in worship, small groups, devotio...

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Churches see God’s provision as rebuilding from Harvey continues at one year mark

Blue tarps still cover roofs in need of repair in communities like Rockport, near Corpus Christi, and Bevil Oaks, north of Beaumont. Abandoned homes are interspersed among the remodeled on many streets. One year after Category 4 Hurricane Harvey wrecked and ravaged the Gulf Coast of Texas from August 25-September 1, 2017, signs of...

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Don't Call Me Senior!

There was a day that one of the most creative outlets for the “Senior Adult” minister was the opportunity to come up with a cute name for the senior adult group at the church. Remember some of these? Triple L Club, Seasoned Saints, Keenagers, Ageless Wonders, Sizzlin’ Seniors, Merry Makers, JOY Club (Just Older Yo...

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Building healthy and strong families in Peru

LIMA, PERU–When Elizabeth Mejía Laguna first came to the Buckner Family Hope Center, a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering recipient, she was shy and kept to herself. She often stayed in her home and did not interact with her neighbors. “There was no light in my house. I was always behind closed doors,” Elizabeth...

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