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Hundreds make spiritual decisions at Tulia crusade

Some thought an evangelistic crusade in Swisher County wasn’t economically possible, but the sacrifice proved worth it when hundreds made life-changing decisions.
       

RFD--OK, or DOA?

America’s rural churches were built upon and grew from a strong sense of community. Although many rural congregations now are in decline, that community reliance may be the key to spiritual renewal and to thriving ministry.
       

County-seat West Texas church embraces change

Even though First Baptist Church in Sweetwater has ministered to its community 127 years, that doesn’t mean the congregation is beyond changing if changes will invigorate outreach and effectiveness.
       

Baptist historians affirm individual conscience

A group of Baptist historians that meets annually to read and discuss early Baptist writings endorsed a statement affirming the role of individual conscience in Baptist life.
       

Jimmy Carter discharged from hospital

Former President Jimmy Carter was discharged Sept. 30 after two nights in a Cleveland hospital for what doctors say was a stomach virus.
       

BGCT board recommends more cuts in 2011 budget

The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board voted to recommend a $38 million 2011 budget—$3 million less than the approved 2010 budget, a 7.3 percent reduction.
       

Board recommends allowing some non-Baptist HBU trustees

Messengers to the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in McAllen next month will consider whether to allow Houston Baptist University to elect non-Baptists to its board of trustees.
       

Annual meeting needs major overhaul, study committee asserts

The Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting needs an extreme makeover in focus and format, the chair of a study committee told the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.
       

Board rejects study committee motion on challenging messengers

The Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board overwhelmingly rejected a study committee’s proposal to change how the BGCT handles messenger-seating challenges at its annual meeting.
       

Texas poverty rate rises, demand for Christian response increases

The number of Texans living in poverty increased 11 percent in 2009 to nearly 4.3 million, including nearly 1.8 million children, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
       

Texas Baptists Committed leader says group has moved to ‘next level’

A recent e-mail appeal from six former Baptist General Convention of Texas presidents encouraging attendance at the state convention’s annual meeting in McAllen and an announcement regarding a new blog devoted to historic Baptist principles marked the first—but not the last—efforts of Texas Baptists Committed to reconnect with Baptists in the state, said Michael Bell, chairman of the group’s board of directors.
       
 
 
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