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Texas tidbits: Baylor dean honored at Atlanta conference

Diana Garland, dean of the Baylor School of Social Work, was honored at The Orange Conference in Atlanta for her book, Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide.
       

BCFS program offers last chance for troubled youth

The Baptist Child & Family Services juvenile justice program is a last alternative for troubled teens whose run-ins with the law have landed them one step away from state lock-up.
       

Baptist blogger sues police, prosecutors for outing him

A formerly anonymous blogger who criticized his prominent Southern Baptist pastor has sued police and state prosecutors for revealing his identity to the church even though an investigation showed he had done nothing illegal.
       

Violence in Mexico sparks missions efforts on Texas side of the border

Violence on the Mexico side of the border is pushing teams to minister on the Texas side of the Rio Grande this summer.
       

Baptist Briefs: Crossover evangelistic events scheduled

In the days leading up to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, Crossover ’09 will mobilize as many as 1,000 volunteers throughout Louisville, Ky., and its surrounding communities June 19-20.
       

Inner-city Dallas church saved drug dealer’s life–among others

Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas saved the life of former drug dealer W. L. Williams. Now, he’s helping the church save others.
       

Liberian survivor wants to integrate former combatants into society

BrownellGracie Brownell, a recent graduate of the Baylor School of Social Work, remembers going hungry and watching her mother hide what little food they had for the day. Now she wants to return to her native Liberia to work with victims and combatants in her country's 14-year civil war.

       

SBC reports fewest baptisms in more than two decades

In 2008, the Southern Baptist Convention showed a net loss in total membership for the second straight year and baptized the lowest number of new members since 1987, according to annual statistics compiled by the denomination’s publishing-and-research arm.
       

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.
       
 
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