Students transform communities through Focus Hope weekends

Baptist Student Ministries across the state are meeting needs in their own communities during Focus Hope weekends.

Austin ministry to internationals marks 40 years

Friendship International, an Austin ministry to Internationals, recently celebrated 40 years of service to women from all over the world—and making friends for Jesus.

BGCT forms Center for Effective Leadership

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has formed the Center for Effective Leadership to provide resources for pastors and other congregational leaders to develop leadership skills and practices.

Port Arthur church shares transformational hope

Whether it’s with refugees from Hurricane Katrina, new residents in the apartment complexes or families in homes, Procter Baptist Church in Port Arthur is seeking to spread the gospel first by meeting people’s needs and building relationships.

Church called pastor 60 years ago; he never heard God say, ‘Move’

Fred SainFred Sain found his destiny as a 20-year-old junior at Baylor University. When he became pastor of Prairie Hill Baptist Church 60 years ago, he never looked back.

Hospital serves up gospel tray liners along with food

Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas is serving hope to people who eat in its facilities through a Gospel message on its cafeteria tray liners.

Christians embrace holistic ministry to make impact on poverty

Rather than responding to the needs of poor people by simply offering short-term relief, sponsors of the No Need Among You Conference challenged participants to move toward a biblical approach of holistic ministry with the poor.

Executive Board recommends reduced BGCT budget for 2010

For the second consecutive year, the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board approved a budget proposal reduced from the previous year.

Update: Currie resigns as Texas Baptists Committed leader

Texas Baptists Committed, formed as a political organization two decades ago to resist a “fundamentalist takeover” of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, has accepted the resignation of its executive director, David Currie, Sept. 28, effective immediately, reported Debbie Ferrier, chair of the TBC board of directors.

Brownsville church nears goal of seeing 20,000 come to Christ

Iglesia Bautista West Brownsville dreams big. They expect to surpass their goal to make 20,000 disciples within the next few weeks.

Pastorless periods allow church to reflect

At any given time, roughly 600 Baptist General Convention of Texas-affiliated churches are without a pastor. Many churches view these periods as times between leaders, but they can be much more, according to BGCT Pastorless Church Consultant Karl Fickling.

Newspaper ad leads to 31 outdoor baptisms by East Texas church

First Baptist Church in Cleveland has fully grasped the Texas Hope 2010 vision to share the gospel with all Texans by Easter 2010. Their proof—31 new believers baptized during an open call baptism service and Southern-gospel concert held on the lawn of the church.

Texas Baptists Committed to seek new leader

Texas Baptists Committed, formed as a political organization two decades ago to resist a “fundamentalist takeover” of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, soon will be seeking a new executive director and relocating its office.

Update: Baylor asks alumni association to move in-house

The tense relationship between Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association may have reached a potential turning point—or boiling point—Sept. 19 when the university presented the alumni association a proposal asking the group to give up its independent nonprofit status and come under the authority of Baylor administration.

Students address domestic hunger

Students at Wake Forest University and Baylor University are feeding their communities through the Campus Kitchens Project.
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