Richard Ray: 2015 Annual Conference set for San Antonio

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Your Texas Baptist Bivocational/Small-Church Association is excited to announce that the 2015 Bivocational/Small-Church Annual Conference will be hosted by Baptist Temple Church in San Antonio. The dates are July 10-11.

Richard RayThe pastor of Baptist Temple Church, Jorge Zayasbazan, will be our host for this wonderful weekend. His passion for small-church ministry is captivating as he testifies that regardless of the size of your church, God still is limitless on what he can do. His church is a testimony of what God can do when God’s people allow him to be the cornerstone of His church. You can find more information about Baptist Temple Church and Pastor Jorge at

Within this conference, we will have general exhibits sharing ministries, along with interactive exhibits, where you can sit down with an individual in areas of social and worship media and financial planning. Our seminars will include:

“How to Minister to Young Adults,” composed of college students, young professionals, singles and married couples, focused on equipping young adults to declare, communicate and demonstrate the purpose, power, precepts and principles of the kingdom of God.

“How to Raise Up a Timothy—Developing Ministers within the Congregation.” Pastors must consider the future of the church with respect to new leadership that will move the church forward. Their model should be Paul. Raise up a Timothy; it is an ultimate legacy.

“Servant Leadership—Pathway, Following Biblical Patterns—Applying Biblical Principles to Servant Leadership.”

Pastor to Pastor—a gathering place for those who want to focus on where their heart is in ministry as a pastor. Christ is interested in spiritual cardiology when it comes to his pastors! Let’s help each other stay heart healthy.

“How to Reach Youth for Christ”—interactive ways to challenge youth to live for Christ.

Along with these seminars, we also will have an all-day ladies’ spa, activities for the youth, childcare is provided. Mark your calendars now, and make plans to attend the Bivocational/Small Church Conference, July 10–11, 2015. I hope to see you all there.

As a reminder, your Texas Baptist Bivocational/Small-Church Association invites all small-church ministers and their families to the Annual Bivocational/Small-Church Luncheon during the upcoming Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Waco, Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Texas Room 117-118 of the Waco Convention Center. This year’s guest speaker will be Jan Daehnert.

texas baptist voices right120He will share his story and his heart with those who serve in more than 3,500 Texas Baptist churches that average 100 or less in Sunday school. This luncheon is to honor the small church and those who are serving as ministers within these churches. We want to encourage you and challenge you to keep pressing toward the prize as you fulfill God’s calling in your life.

Seating is limited, so if you would like to reserve your tickets, you may email me your name, church and how many tickets you need. You will pick up your free tickets at the Bivocational/Small-Church exhibit booth located in the Waco Convention Center.

Remember, God has called you to serve, but God has not called you to serve alone. Let us be your advocate, your resource and your prayer partner as you fulfill your calling. Until next time, please visit our website,

Richard Ray is executive director of the Bivocational/Small Church Association and director of missions for the Tri-Rivers Baptist Area. You can reach him at

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