Jan. 11 has been singled out as Commitment Day for Texas Hope 2010. There is, of course, nothing magical about that day–a church can choose any day–but it’s a great opportunity for Texas Baptist churches to say together that they have a passion for sharing the Good News of Christ with everyone in Texas by Easter 2010.
I suspect a number of pastors and other church leaders have said to themselves or others that Texas Hope 2010 is something they want their congregation to be involved in. Here’s your chance to introduce it to your entire congregation, help them learn what it is about, and highlight the three-pronged emphasis of praying, caring and sharing.
Churches might want to do what has been done in other environments. Print a large Texas Hope 2010 poster, which is available on the website, and during the commitment time of the service have people come forward to sign it with a Sharpie marker. (Randel Everett has the one signed by Executive Board members hanging in his outer office as a reminder to all who enter that Texas Hope 2010 is the main thing on our agenda.)
Churches may also want to invite one of the “Ambassadors,” well-known Texas Baptist leaders, to come and speak on Jan. 11 or some other Commitment Day date that your congregation might choose. To enlist a speaker, send an email to Joye.Deadman@bgct.org or call her at 214-887-5446.
Remember, Texas Hope 2010 is a bit different from some past Baptist efforts. It’s not a nice and neat package of things to do being handed down by the state office. It’s a vision for reaching people for Christ and ministering to those in need, especially the hungry. Each congregation makes its own plan. There are some important things we are doing at the state level and we have ideas on the Texas Hope 2010 web site, but most of the actions coming out of this vision will be rooted in your local fellowship.
We are already seeing answers to the call to pray at noon everyday for the lost and the hungry. My prayer is that this is a God thing, not a BGCT thing. To borrow from Henry Blackaby, Texas Baptists are simply trying to join God where He is at work, and Scripture says and experience confirms that God is involved in this work.
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