Richard Ray: Bivocational/Small Church Conference will help ministers, families

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I now turn your attention to the upcoming 29th annual Bivocational/Small Church Conference, hosted by your Bivocational/Small Church Association on the campus of Baptist Temple Church in San Antonio.  

richard ray130Richard RayOn July 10-11 bivocational/small-church ministers and servant leaders will have the unique opportunity to fellowship with one another, become better equipped in the ministry through breakout sessions and worship together in harmony.  

Over 3,700 Texas Baptist churches average 100 or less in attendance on Sunday, and our association has the distinct privilege to be your advocate to the Baptist General Convention of Texas. We have the opportunity to assist you in ministry and the joy to partner with you in fulfilling the Great Commission.  

At the conference, Katie Swafford, the BGCT’s director of counseling services, will speak to ministers’ wives. Mario Gonzales, the convention’s organic-church director, will lead a bilingual session, “How to raise a Timothy.” We will hear Nicholas Sowell, associate and young adult pastor at True Life Fellowship in Round Rock, will speak on “How to Minister to Young Adults.” Mike Vasquez, youth pastor of First Baptist Church in Hondo, will teach “How to Reach Youth for Christ.” Pastor Dave Keith of Carlton Baptist Church in Carlton will address “Servant Leadership by Following Biblical Patterns.” 

We are excited about interactive exhibits for social media. Participants will be able to sit down one-on-one and learn first-hand how social media can enrich their churches. A church financial assistant program exhibit will demonstrate how the Bivocational/Small Church Association can assist your church in keeping giving and membership records. 

As always, there will be free childcare. We just ask that you preregister your children and teens so we can be prepared to ministers and care for them. A teen activity program will be led by Cory Devivo of Masterspeace Ministry.  

texas baptist voices right120We will conclude the conference with praise and celebration. We will ask participants to share their talents in music, drama, skits, etc.  

Conference registration is available on-line by clicking here. You can find the conference schedule and other valuable information at that site.
If you have any questions please contact me at  I look forward to seeing you at this year’s 29th annual Bivocational/Small Church Conference.

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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