Texas Tidbits: Cortes named BGCT Hispanic ministries associate

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has named Gabriel Cortes as Hispanic ministries strategist. Cortes, who will assume his new role Aug. 25, has been Baptist University of the Americas’ director of church and alumni relations.

C.W. Brister, longtime Southwestern pastoral-care professor, dies at 82

C.W. Brister Jr., who taught pastoral counseling and theology to generations of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary students, died Aug. 9, reportedly of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 82. 

Church gives away more than $1 million in food, continues meeting needs after Dolly

After Hurricane Dolly hit the Rio Grand Valley, Primera Iglesia Bautista in Santa Maria distributed more than $1 million in food donated from groups such Texas Baptist Men, the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Red Cross.

What would Jesus do? In Brownsville, he’d serve spaghetti

Baptist Child & Family Services and Texas Baptist Men were set up for mass feedings after Hurricane Dolly. But they were also quick to meet small, personal needs.

BGCT still offers psychological services

In spite of staff cutbacks, the Baptist General Convention of Texas continues to offer counseling and psychological services to ministers and their families through a network of counselors across the state.

Band leader wants to be ‘catalyst for life change’

The Justin Cofield Band is earning a reputation for heart-felt lyrics and solid melodies in their original songs.

Unexpected travel problems in 2007 lead to youth mission trip in 2008

Engine trouble on a mission trip in 2007 threw a youth group from First Baptist Church in Duncanville unexpectedly together with a church in Chillicothe, which led to a diferent kind of mission trip this summer.

African-American Fellowship celebrates diversity, stresses evangelism

African-American Baptists from across the state gathered in Tyler to celebrate the diversity of their churches during the recent African-American Fellowship annual conference.

Texarkana Friendship Center shares compassion, gospel

feedingThe Texarkana Friendship Center International, begun as a ministry of several area churches, provides modern-day "loaves and fishes" for about 1,000 people a week.

Merger revitalizes church's evangelism approach

When Brad Hoffman, pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown, heard Trinity Baptist Church was struggling and looking for help, he knew the solution—merging congregations and renovating the building—would require a big step of faith for Trinity’s members. But Hoffman never dreamed how much it would transform his own church’s ministry and evangelism.

Texas Baptist disaster relief shifts to recovery in Valley

After Tropical Storm Edouard proved less dangerous than originally feared, Texas Baptists are shifting to the recovery phase of ministry in the wake of Hurricane Dolly.

Future Focus Committee explores dreams, fears for BGCT

Members of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Future Focus Committee voiced both their dreams and their fears for the state convention during their Aug. 5 meeting in Dallas.

Interim provost named at Baylor University

Elizabeth Davis has been appointed interim provost at Baylor University, Acting President Harold Cunningham announced.

TBM disaster relief teams on alert, preparing for Edouard

Less than two weeks after responding to Hurricane Dolly in South Texas, Texas Baptist Men disaster relief volunteers were placed on “alert status” Aug. 4 in anticipation of Tropical Storm Edouard growing to near hurricane strength as it made its way toward the Texas Gulf coast.

Cowboy church reaches out with warmth and Texas hospitality

Members of Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church in Sanger make welcome and accessibility top priorities as they reach out to the Western-heritage community.
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