Our mission is to inform, inspire and challenge people to live like Jesus.
Baptist Standard Publishing is an independent, nonprofit media organization specializing in news, features, opinion and resources for Baptists in Texas through our partnership with churches, institutions and individuals associated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Our coverage also includes Baptist World Alliance, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Southern Baptist Convention and news, trends and ideas about religion around the world.
Our core commitments are:
• The redeeming and reconciling work of Jesus Christ.
• Historic Baptist principles.
• Responsible journalism.
Our publications—the Baptist Standard and CommonCall—provide information relevant to the growth and welfare of Baptist people, support ministries conducted by Texas Baptists and cooperating churches and organizations, develop a fuller understanding of Baptist doctrines, encourage high moral standards and spiritual formation among all peoples, and help Christians fulfill their calling.
Baptist Standard Publishing is an independent partner of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Where we’ve been & where we’re going
Our founders launched the Baptist News, predecessor to the Baptist Standard, on December 6, 1888. They intended to unify Baptists across Texas so they could accomplish far more together than they ever could as individuals and congregations. Their strategy worked: Texas Baptists proliferated, and the Baptist Standard became a leading newspaper for Baptists, not only in Texas, but across the globe.
For more than a century, Baptist Standard Publishing focused on one task—publishing a newspaper. In the early 1900s, the company also published books. But our stock-in-trade was the Baptist Standard newspaper.
When the Internet became broadly available to the public in the 1990s, the Standard’s staff and board of directors began to explore how to take advantage of the new technology. We began posting on our website all the content we published in the newspaper and added other features, such as Sunday school lessons, columns, analysis and additional news.
While the last newsprint edition of the Baptist Standard was published in December 2012, the Standard remained in publication online—right up to today.
In 2013, we launched CommonCall, a human-interest and inspirational magazine featuring people living out their faith, issues important to Christians’ daily lives and best practices for churches.
In 2020, we launched On the Way, a podcast focused on how people become followers of Jesus and what difference following Jesus makes in their lives. We also launched the Baptist Standard app to enable readers to connect to the Standard more easily.
Through all the changes during more than 130 years, we still strive to keep Baptists connected so we can do more together in the redeeming and reconciling work of Jesus Christ.