Baytown-based band stresses care for the poor

By sharing messages of hurting people at their concerts, the Texas-based band Leeland hopes to encourage Christians to engage actively with a world in need.

Longview church sets sights on 110 by 2010

At First Baptist Church in Longview, the goal is 110 by 2010—110 people who have come to Christ, been baptized and had their lives changed by the gospel—by Easter 2010.

Wayland leading staff to pray for needy

As part of its participation in Texas Hope 2010, Wayland Baptist University is encouraging all its staff members to work through a 30-day prayer guide that leads people to pray daily for the spiritually lost and physically hungry in Texas.

Mission to Japan clarifies calling for Wayland volleyball player

Haley Hill, a junior on Wayland Baptist University's volleyball team, always wanted to be a teacher and coach, and her summer in Japan did not change that calling. But it did solidify in her mind that she is called to be “on mission” even in her chosen career by intentionally living out her faith.

Missions has been foundation’s focus for quarter-century

Twenty-five years ago, Texas Baptists sensed God calling them to a task like none other they’d undertaken. The state’s population was exploding and diversifying. Evangelism efforts weren’t keeping pace with growth. In fact, they were losing ground, leaving a growing non-Christian population.

Church lets students open window on computers

Twice a week, people pack into Iglesia Bautista Dios Te Ama in Fort Worth for computer classes. For many in the class, it is the first time they have ever turned on a computer, clicked a mouse or used a program.

BGCT accesses $1 million from reserve funds

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has accessed $1 million of Executive Board-approved reserve funds to help support the organization’s ministry as the economy slowly begins to pull out of the recession, officials announced.

Baylor study focuses on clergy sexual misconduct

In any given congregation with 400 adult members, seven women on average have been victims of clergy sexual misconduct since they turned 18, a new study reveals.



Around the State: O'Brien is visiting scholar in residence

Bill O’Brien, former vice president of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, is serving as the visiting scholar in residence at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. He will preach in the chapel service Sept. 8.

On the Move: DeWayne Bush to First Church in Tuscola as pastor

DeWayne Bush to First Church in Tuscola as pastor.

Texas Tidbits: Senior care boards move toward affiliation

The governing boards of two senior living providers related to the Baptist General Convention of Texas have given the green light for the organizations to affiliate in 2010.

Churches take increasing ownership of Great Commission

The face of mission involvement is changing as congregations take on greater roles in selecting and developing strategic partnerships around the world.

Dallas church reaching world at its doorstep

The more Tim Ahlen and the strategists saw how God was working through the efforts of Baptist missionaries overseas, the more they wanted the same thing to happen back in the United States.

Church delivers gospel with a side order of pie

A warm apple pie opens doors and hearts to the gospel, as members at First Baptist Church of Shallowater discovered.

Back-to-school fiesta draws 700; 41 accept Christ

When Templo Bautista in South Houston held a back-to-school fiesta complete with a backpack giveaway, health and nutrition fair, and a music and magic show, volunteers saw 41 of the nearly 700 participants profess faith in Christ.
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