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.

Around the State

Leland Ryken will address “The Bible as a Literary Classic” as the third installment of Houston Baptist University’s Dunham Museum lecture series Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

On the Move

Neal Alexander to Hagerman Church in Sherman as pastor.

Texas Tidbits

The Texas Hunger Initiative—a joint venture of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Baylor Center for Family & Community Ministries—will sponsor a Food Policy Roundtable Nov. 19 at Baylor University.

Event focused on washing cars & cleansing hearts

Many groups use car washes as fund-raisers. But for members of Garland’s Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church, their car wash wasn’t about making money. They wanted to help people have clean cars and clean hearts.

Volunteers spread hope and gospel CDs throughout El Paso

Volunteers distributed more than 4,400 Texas Hope multimedia compact disks in El Paso.

For Galveston church, disaster prompts showers of blessings

After Galveston was pounded by Hurricane Ike, First Baptist Church changed its ministry focus to help it's hurting neighors, helped by churches across the state.

Grace House takes women from prisons to missions

gracehouseGrace House in San Antonio offers women out of prison a chance to break free from their past and transition into society and a relationship with God.

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