Archive for January, 2009

Hispanic Evangelism Conference LIVE!

January 29, 2009

The BGCT Hispanic Evangelism Conference is going to be webcast live starting Jan. 30. To view the video stream, click here.

For a complete conference schedule, visit Only the general sessions will be streamed via the internet.

PRAY: Go Now Missions Discovery Weekend

January 29, 2009

I’m a little behind on getting through some of my emails, but got to this one today from Brenda Sanders. What a priviledge we have to pray for the Texas Baptist students that will be a part of Go Now this year.

One of my favorite times of year here at the BGCT is when the Go Now poster comes out with all of the faces of the students serving for that year.

We have a chance to pray for the students that will be on that poster this year. Here are the details.

Discovery Weekend for Go Now Missions student applicants is a month away!

In just a few weeks, hundreds of university students from across Texas will interview to be student missionaries through Go Now Missions. These interviews will take place during Discovery Weekend, February 20 & 21, at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene and at First Baptist Church in Bryan.

From Jan. 25-Feb. 25 we invite you to pray along with us as we pray for all of the details for Discovery Weekend and for each place we will send students. Click on the link below to get the prayer calendar. Please feel free to copy it and share with your church, BSM, family and friends.

Click here to view the Prayer Calendar.

If you are interested in being a part of the 24 Hour Prayer Chain during Discovery Weekend, please click here to sign up.  This will be updated at least once a day as people sign up to pray. We will also send you more information on the schedule of Discovery Weekend so you may be able to pray in specific ways.

1 Corinthians 2 : 1 – 5 says, “When I came to you, brothers, I didn’t come with eloquence or superior wisdom as proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” Now is the time to pray for students to go, knowing nothing but Christ!

Praying with you,
Brenda Sanders
Student Missions Consultant

P.S. It is not too late to apply! Application deadline is February 4, 2009. Go to for more information.

Effective evangelism: Tools

January 29, 2009

Substance abuse podcasts

January 29, 2009

Carrie Beaird dropped me a note yesterday inidcating the CLC is now producing podcasts about substance abuse ministry. She’s hoping to add a podcast a month about the topic.

To find the first offering, search for Christian Life Commission on iTunes.

Through a reporter’s eyes: religion trends

January 28, 2009

Many Texas Baptist communicators have spent the last few days discussing their work and sharing ideas. One of the presenters was Abe Levy, the religion reporter for the San Antonio Express-News. On his blog, Marv shares some of the religion trends Abe sees developing. Check it out by clicking here.

Witness to the World training videos online

January 27, 2009

Earlier this month, Witness to the World, an evangelism training resource was mailed to the pastor of every BGCT-affiliated congregation. The hope is that this resource will help encourage evangelism around the state as church leaders use it to help others learn how to do evangelism.

Witness to the World: The Six Week Experience is designed for you, the leader, who longs to ignite God’s people with hearts for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Something powerful, even God-sized, happens when we say, “We are on a mission! We want to witness to the world!” To help you be on mission and use the Witness to the World book, the BGCT has posted a series of weekly teaching videos online that can be used with the Witness to the World book to encourage believers to share their faith with people they know.

To view the downloadable teaching videos and order the Witness to the World book, click here.

Evangelism made simple

January 27, 2009

Yesterday, BGCT Executive Director Randel Everett spoke during Engage. He shared he was recently visiting with Paul Landrew, pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church in Houston. In the past few years, the congregation has seen a multitude of people make a profession of faith through a variety of community outreaches — giving out clothes and food, to name two specifically.

Yesterday, Randel shared that he asked Pastor Landrew a question — What is the church’s secret to reaching people? Landrew’s answer was simple, and, in my estimation, applicable to all of us.

“We look for people who are crying and go there.”

Engage evangelism conference LIVE

January 27, 2009

This morning the video stream of the last day of the Engage evangelism conference will start around 9:00 a.m. I say around because we’re having some weather issues in the DFW metroplex today, so there’s a chance we’ll get a bit of a late start.

To check out the video stream, click here.

UPDATE: Because of weather concerns, the seminars and general session that were scheduled after noon have been cancelled.

To fulfill the Great Commission, lives must change

January 26, 2009

GRAPEVINE – In order to fulfill the Great Commission, Christians must live their lives differently, according to featured Radical Engage speakers.

New programs and ministries are good, said Bob Roberts, pastor of NorthWood Church in Keller, but they don’t necessarily encourage people to share their faith. A person’s willingness to share his or her faith is a result of a strong relationship with Christ, not outside influences.

Christians must be committed to following Christ and filled with God working in their lives, Roberts continued. When that happens, evangelism and the making of disciples will become natural and regular activities. 

God called His followers to live with “abandon,” blessing others to the best of their abilities, Roberts said.

“We don’t need a new way to share our faith,” he said. “We need a new way of living life.”


Do you care?

January 26, 2009

I’m not a bright guy, so I like when people put ideas into terms that connect with me. In fact, I don’t just like it, I appreciate it. Last night Bob Roberts — a guy who could easily talk over my head — did just that. He laid out the reality of Christendom today.

The Church is expanding greatly in Asia. It’s exploding in Africa. The growth in South America is amazing.

The  Church in North America, Australia and Western Europe is stagnant at best. In many places, it’s decreasing in size. And that’s where we live.

Does that bother you? Do you care? Enough to do something about it?