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Why serve? Most Christian volunteers say it’s a God thing

A Baylor researcher has confirmed what many church nominating committees and volunteer coordinators have suspected. Christians age 50 and older volunteer for service because they believe God wants them to do it.
       

Service central to becoming an externally focused church

Chase Oaks Church in Plano and LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colo., dropped most of their programs in favor of service to their communities. As a result, the congregations have impacted more lives and grown in their faith.
       

‘Next big idea’ an old idea that looks radically different

The “next big idea” actually is 2,000 years old, said Michael Stroope, associate professor of missions at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. But it has “moved and morphed” into something quite different than what Americans and Europeans have known.
       

Contact with global partners gave church expanded vision

When Lynne Hybels and her husband, Bill, started a church in suburban Chicago 33 years ago, they had two dreams. As a young pastor, he wanted to plant the kind of church where people who were far away from God could be reconciled to him. As a social worker, she wanted to develop a community of faith who wouldn’t be afraid to confront “the messiness of life.”
       

Kay Warren: Following Christ means being ‘seriously disturbed’

Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ means being willing to say “yes” unconditionally to God, knowing he likely will lead his followers into uncomfortable places, Kay Warren told a group at Baylor University.
       

Wayland senior defines future, call with semester in Africa

Jessica Riemersma recently returned from West Africa as a semester missionary through a partnership involving the IMB and the BGCT's Go Now Missions program.
       

Texas Baptist Men chainsaw crews at work in Arkansas

Texas Baptist Men sent six teams of volunteers armed with chainsaws to help people in Arkansas affected by ice storms.
       

Eight-year-old birthday girl discovers the joy of giving

A young girl’s birthday present became a Valentine’s gift of love to hungry children.
       

Hispanic Baptist leader Rudy Sanchez dies at age 72

Rudy Sanchez, a key Hispanic leader in the Baptist General Convention of Texas for decades, died Feb. 7 in Dallas. He served as the first Hispanic chairman of the BGCT Executive Board.
       

Around the State

East Texas Baptist University will hold “Shadow Days” for high school seniors and college transfer students Feb 12-13.
       

On the Move

Vernon Andrews to Friendship Church in Beeville as pastor from First Church in Pettus, where he was interim pastor.
       

Texas Tidbits: BaptistWay offers free adult Bible study material

BaptistWay Press is offering to churches Good News in the New Testament, a 13-session New Testament survey, for only the cost of shipping.
       

Texas Hope: Prayer for Big Spring households

First Baptist Church in Big Spring has pledged to pray for the 2,500 households within a one-mile radius of its facilities.
       

No fourth term for Hispanic Baptist president

The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas will pass the torch of leadership at its annual meeting this summer, President Baldemar Borrego said, announcing he will not seek an unprecedented fourth term.
       

CLC, Baylor School of Social Work partner for Texas Hunger Initiative

The Baylor Center for Family & Community Ministries has partnered with the Baptist General Convention of Texas Christian Life Commission to create the Texas Hunger Initiative, a project to alleviate hunger across the state by strengthening church food ministries.
       
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