The 29th annual Texas Baptist Bivocational/Small Church Conference provided a wonderful time of fellowship, encouragement and education. I want to thank all those who attended this year’s conference in San Antonio. I especially want to express my appreciation to Pastor Jorge Zayasbazan and staff of Baptist Temple Church, who were amazing hosts for the conference.
Congratulations to Pastor Lenard Dossey and wife, Linda, as they received the 2015 Exemplary Bivocational/Small Church Pastor and Spouse Award. He is pastor of First Baptist Church of Yancey as well as an employee of the Devine school district, where he serves as an aid. He has revitalized this church through his passion and dedication to serving our Lord. He also ministers to the community through nursing home and jail ministry. The Dosseys are parents of seven children.
During the conference, we also presented two $1,000 scholarships to Ross Mullens, who is attending Baylor University’s Truett Seminary, and Pastor Dustin Lang ,who also attends Truett Seminary while pastoring First Baptist Church of Cransfills Gap. The scholarships are in memory of Claud Slate.
Beginning in September, I will be traveling around our great state, working with director of associational missions to host a free luncheon/dinner for pastors and their spouses to show my appreciation for their service on the small-church mission field and to share the services, mission and vision of the Texas Baptist Bivocational/Small Church Association.
For example, the information technology team of the Bivocational/Small Church Association has developed the Treasurer Assistant Program to help small-church treasurers process church offerings and membership records in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service. The Treasurer Assistant Program has been designed to assist church treasurers in providing a written contribution letter to each donor by keeping records of offerings/donations given to the church. The system will record church membership/donors and post giving transactions. A confidential contribution report will be recorded, produced and emailed or mailed to the donor on a quarterly and/or annual basis by your Bivocational/Small Church Association for donors’ tax information in accordance with the IRS.
The Bivocational/Small Church Association also has partnered with Christian healthcare ministries in support of those who need a solution to rising health-care costs.
These topics, as well as others, will be addressed at the appreciation luncheon/dinners. To learn more about your Bivocational/Small Church Association, you may view our website at www.bivocational.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, God has called you to serve Him, 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.
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 email@example.com.