Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission is relocating from Dallas to Austin, and leaders with the Baptist General Convention of Texas expect the consolidated office to be functioning by Sept. 1.
BGCT Executive Director David Hardage announced the move to the Baptist Building staff, the BGCT Executive Board and Texas Baptists who serve as directors of the CLC—the moral concerns and public policy arm of the BGCT—in a May 21 email.
“This decision was made separate from our decision to sell the Baptist Building,” Hardage wrote.
When the BGCT Executive Board voted to sell the Baptist Building in Dallas to Baylor University, Hardage said most of the Dallas-based BGCT staff would stay “relatively close” to the existing office.
However, he noted CLC Director Gus Reyes already had announced his plans to move to Austin, and Hardage said the entire CLC staff eventually could move there.
“I am very excited about this move. This decision enables us to build upon CLC strengths and develop new opportunities in ministry,” Reyes said.
For several years, the CLC has maintained its central office at the Baptist Building in Dallas and a small office in Austin devoted exclusively to public policy issues. Hardage cited two key reasons to consolidate the offices:
“One is to enhance the effectiveness of the CLC. Having the CLC in one location in Austin makes it easier for our churches to engage with the CLC’s ministry and mission. It also positions us in close proximity to the state government to better garner support for our legislative priorities,” he wrote.
“The second reason is a matter of stewardship. Consolidating the CLC offices in one location will allow us to redirect resources to better support our ministry.”
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Hardage acknowledged the challenge the move to Austin would present to some staff.
“The jobs affected will be needed to support the CLC’s ministry in Austin, and we will be working with each of our affected employees throughout the remainder of this year to support them through this change,” he wrote.
“Some details remain to be worked out, and we welcome your prayers and support as we continue to move through to process to complete this new direction.”