Texas women use music as tool to share the gospel in New England

This summer, 70 members of the Singing Women of Texas combined to form one choir and present eight concerts in six days, singing for a host of people across New England.

BGCT eliminates 13 staff positions, reduces some to part-time

Six Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board employees are losing their jobs, seven unfilled posts are being eliminated and a dozen positions are being reduced from full-time to part-time due to the state convention’s current financial situation and the 2011 forecast.

Band bridges generation gap with a unique mix of musical styles

With their mix of Southern Gospel, country, bluegrass, traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs, Jason Baird and Justin Rivers—better known as the Dove Award-winning duo Austins Bridge—seek to bridge generations and connect people to Christ.Video Included

Texans ford the fjords on Sweden mission trip

A five-person team from Cowboy Church of Mineral Wells and Cowboy Gatherin’ in Bunger, participated in a mission trip to Sweden, where they rode, roped and wrangled, all in the name of God’s kingdom.

Tour opens students’ eyes to hunger needs in Texas

When five students signed up for a road trip across Texas, they had no idea they’d be beheading roosters on a Waco farm or standing in as last-minute chefs for an absent kitchen crew before a crowd of hungry people.

Houston VBS teaches Haitian orphans, ‘Jesus loves you’

Westbury Baptist Church in Houston used its Vacation Bible School this year to partner with Baptist Global Response, the Southern Baptist international relief and development organization, in a project to raise funds and assemble about 100 school-supply kits.

Around the State

Moises Rodriguez has been named the first full-time director of Baptist University of the Américas’ Baptist Bible Institute.

On the Move

Doug Beck to First Church in Dorchester as pastor.

Ministry offers a place of stability for people left adrift

After a debilitating drug addiction cost him jobs, his home and ultimately time in jail, Danny Evans found himself at the front door of Union Gospel Mission, a Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger-supported ministry that serves roughly 75 percent of the city’s homeless through a variety of aid programs.

DBU tennis teams share gospel in England

The Dallas Baptist University Men and Women’s Patriot tennis teams taught tennis lessons, volunteered in church-sponsored ministries and shared their faith during an international mission trip to the Tees Valley of northern England.

Plainview church, family part of miracle for Kenyan

A Kenyan track athlete at Wayland Baptist University was crushed when doctors found a heart problem that could have kept him out of competition. But with help from a Plainview couple and their church, he’s been able to take it all in stride—literally.

Columbaria bring members of church family home for final rest

Historically, cemeteries often were adjacent to the church. But because land now is expensive and in short supply, churches are turning to columbaria—places to inurn the remains of those who have died and had their bodies cremated.

Cowboy church rounds up strays in Brenham

Cowboy Church of Brenham is one of 175 BGCT congregations that focus on reaching people involved in the western-heritage culture.  What sets cowboy churches apart the most is a welcoming and nonjudgmental atmosphere.

Small-church leaders urged to answer the Hope 1:8 challenge

Small-membership churches and their leaders have a key role to play in spreading the gospel—beginning at home and extending around the globe, speakers told a statewide gathering.

African-American Baptists urged to be living testimony in languishing world

Jerry DaileyPreachers at the annual African American Fellowship Conference challenged their peers to be a “living testimony in a languishing world” by accepting the challenge to share the hope of Christ with people who are spiritually lost without it.

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