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.

Sanctuary for challenged children, parents

If churches want to minister to families of children with learning differences they must deal with a "sea of denial" about the problem, according to author Maren Angellotti.

Two more join field of candidates for Hispanic Convencion president

At least three nominees for president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas will be presented at the Convencion’s annual meeting, June 28-29 at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

Texas has highest rate of child hunger in nation

Roughly 22 percent of Texans under age 18 and 23 percent under age 5 are unsure where their next meal will come from—the highest percentage in the nation, according to a new study.

Shotwell, 77, dies of heart attack

Bob Edd Shotwell, 77, died at his Georgetown home May 6 following a heart attack. Shotwell, was minister of education and administration at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin 26 years.

Female pastoral resident called to serve N.C. church

A North Carolina Baptist church has called its second woman pastor—a pastoral resident from a Dallas church. 

Texans follow their calling to Greece, work among Albanian refugees

CBF missionaries Bob and Janice Newell of Houston responded to a powerful tug toward the needs of Albanian immigrants in Athens, Greece. One result of their ministry is a photo exhibit that will be presented at the CBF General Assembly in Houston, July 2-3.

Children’s home alum brings hope and healing to girls, moms & mentors

Jenny Broughton, who grew up at South Texas Children’s Home Ministries, mixed humor with sobering details of abuse as a child during her appearance at the "It's a Girl Thing" conference in Corpus Christi.

Graduating social work student gains tools for ministry in homeland

Walai Jantawiboon of Bangkok, Thailand, was raised a Buddhist but became a Christian at age 17. She served as project coordinator of relief services in the wake of the tsunami that devastated parts of her country in 2004. The Baylor School of Social Work's integration of faith and education  seemed like a perfect fit for her.

Decades after breaking color barrier, Wayland grad still focused on education

In 1953, Watland Baptist University student George May became the first black student to graduate from a Baptist college in Texas. Now 82, he's raising funds to resurrect Christian University in San Andres, Columbia, where he was born.

San Antonio couple addresses medical needs of Banjara people in India

Macarena Aldape and her husband, Eddie, natives of San Antonio who serve as CBF field personnel in India, hold medical camps twice a month in cities across northern India.

Buckner explores affiliation with Baptist Memorials Ministries

Dallas-based Buckner Retirement Services has announced it is exploring an affiliation with Baptist Memorials Ministries in San Angelo.

L.L. Morriss, influential Baptist pastor, dies at 89

L.L. Morriss, longtime Baptist pastor and denominational worker, died May 1 in Longview at age 89.
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