Richard Ray: Plan to attend the 29th Bivocational/Small Church Conference

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The Bivocational/Small Church Association invites you to the upcoming 29th annual Bivocational/Small Church Conference, hosted this year at Baptist Temple Church in San Antonio, July 10-11. 

The theme for this year’s conference is “Passing the Baton.” 

richard ray130Richard RayWe are excited to announce we have added a session for ministers’ wives, led by Katie Swafford, director of counseling services for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Participants will find a fresh wind and comfort in God’s word, as well as in the encouraging words of other ministry wives. They will have an opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of women who identify with and understand their lives. 

Mario Gonzales, director of organic church planting for the BGCT, will lead a bilingual session on “How to Raise a Timothy.” This session is designed to assist leaders who are developing ministers within their congregations. Another session I am excited about will be led by Nicholas Sowell, associate and young-adult pastor at True Life Fellowship in Round Rock. He will teach “How to Minister to Young Adults.” This session will focus on ministry to college students, young professionals, singles and married couples. 

These are just a couple of the breakout session we have scheduled for participants at the Bivocational/Small Church Conference. Other sessions include “How to Reach Youth for Christ” and “Servant Leadership: Following Biblical Patterns.” Interactive exhibits will feature financial planning and social media. 

Free childcare and a teen activity program led by Cory Devivo of Masterspeace Ministry will be offered. 

Saturday night, following a fellowship dinner, participants will be invited to share their talents in music, drama, skits, etc. If you or a group from your church would like to perform, please email to reserve a performance time. This is a great opportunity to relax in the Lord through praise and more praise. 

texas baptist voices right120Mark your calendar for the annual Bivocational/Small Church Conference. We hope to see you there. Early registration is available at, were you will find the conference schedule and scholarship opportunities. 

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. 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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