DALLAS—Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director Randel Everett hopes sparks that lead to spiritual revival sweep the state Jan. 11.
The date has been designated as commitment day for Texas Baptist churches to pledge their support for Texas Hope 2010 , an effort to share the gospel with every person in the state by Easter 2010 and meet human needs.
Everett hopes on that date every Texas Baptist congregation commits to continue praying for their neighborhoods, caring for the people there and sharing the hope of Christ with the people they know.
Through such an effort—person by person, church by church—the gospel can be shared with each person in the state, he stressed.
“The success of Texas Hope 2010 is going to be left up to the local church,” he said.
“They’re the ones that are going to reach the state of Texas. We’re here to provide resources to help them do that.”
Texas Hope 2010 encourages churches to continue serving as they are around the state and do more, Everett said. Church members can join with other Texas Baptists who are pledging to pray for the lost and hungry every day at noon through Easter 2010. They can commit to sharing the gospel with friends and neighbors.
More than 11 million people in Texas are unchurched, and more than 1 million people do not know where their next meal will come from. Through Texas Hope 2010, Everett hopes to see that change.
To help with the commitment day, the BGCT has a list of Texas Hope 2010 “ambassadors,” including many Texas Baptist statesmen who have volunteered to promote the initiative throughout the year.
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They include Paul Powell, retired dean of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary; Russell Dilday, former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and chancellor of the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute; Jim Culp, longtime leader among African-American Texas Baptists; Joy Fenner, BGCT past president and retired executive director of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas; Alcides Guajardo, past president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas; and Jeane Law, a past president of Texas WMU.
To help churches reach their communities, the BGCT is sending affiliated churches an envelope full of Texas Hope 2010 materials in January, including a six-week plan to help equip church members for evangelism, a 30-day prayer guide and a prayer guide for the Lenten season.
As part of the care component of Texas Hope 2010, the convention is encouraging churches to get involved in the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger, which helps fight hunger throughout the state and around the globe.
“We’re praying for wildfires of revival to break out across Texas,” Everett said. “That will happen church to church.”
For more information on inviting an ambassador to a particular church, send an e-mail to Joye.Deadman@bgct.org.
For more information about Texas Hope 2010, including poster downloads, videos and other promotional items, visit www.texashope2010.com.