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Homeless men from Waco help repair homes in Galveston

Four men from Mission Waco’s homeless shelter joined four Baylor University students and two-dozen other volunteers with Waco’s Church Under the Bridge on a recent mission trip to Galveston.
       

Church has shaped its community by meeting needs—for 118 years

A new book by Rob and Tiffany Fink titled Love Unbounded: The Influence of the First Baptist Church of Abilene, Texas, chronicles how the church played a key role in shaping the city which has grown with it.
       

IMB receives funds from BGCT; blog claims to the contrary ‘erroneous’

Lottie MoonA recordkeeping glitch prompted some Baptist bloggers erroneously to accuse the Baptist General Convention of Texas of escrowing funds from the Lottie Moon Offering to improve its cash flow. 
       

WorldconneX dissolved, BGCT staff assumes key functions

The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board approved a recommendation to dissolve the WorldconneX missions network as a freestanding entity and incorporate its key elements into the convention’s newly realigned Center for Evangelism/Missions.
       

New Baylor regents elected, budget approved

Baylor University’s board of regents have elected Dary Stone of Dallas to serve a one-year term as chair. He succeeds Howard Batson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Amarillo.
       

Around the State

Families interested in international adoption are invited to a free workshop hosted by Dillon International, an affiliate of Buckner International, June 12, to learn about the adoption process, fees and available children.
       

On the Move

Jamie Allen to Wilshire Church in Dallas as student ministry assistant.
       

Texas tidbits: Baylor dean honored at Atlanta conference

Diana Garland, dean of the Baylor School of Social Work, was honored at The Orange Conference in Atlanta for her book, Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide.
       

BCFS program offers last chance for troubled youth

The Baptist Child & Family Services juvenile justice program is a last alternative for troubled teens whose run-ins with the law have landed them one step away from state lock-up.
       

Violence in Mexico sparks missions efforts on Texas side of the border

Violence on the Mexico side of the border is pushing teams to minister on the Texas side of the Rio Grande this summer.
       

Inner-city Dallas church saved drug dealer’s life–among others

Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas saved the life of former drug dealer W. L. Williams. Now, he’s helping the church save others.
       

Liberian survivor wants to integrate former combatants into society

BrownellGracie Brownell, a recent graduate of the Baylor School of Social Work, remembers going hungry and watching her mother hide what little food they had for the day. Now she wants to return to her native Liberia to work with victims and combatants in her country's 14-year civil war.

       

First Baptist Church, Vernon, puts faith into action

Texas HopeRoughly 430  members of First Baptist Church in Vernon spread throughout their community, doing 19 projects and visiting 320 homes as part of a Faith in Action initiative of Texas Hope 2010.
       

View pastoral ministry as the art of the commonplace

The church should not discard the first-century model of living with a sense of community in pursuit of Christ’s call, according to  speakers at a symposium sponsored by Baylor University’s Center for Ministry Effectiveness called “New Wineskins: Emerging Patterns of Congregational Life.”
       

Churches follow different approaches, share common aim

Pastors of three churches with outwardly dissonant emphases blended into one harmonious theme—the important thing for any church to do is encourage pursuit of Christ and his righteousness. They shared their stories at the “New Wineskins: Emerging Patterns of Congregational Life” symposium sponsored by the Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership at Baylor University.
       
 
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