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The world of social media

June 14, 2010

During the last few weeks, the Texas Baptists communications department has been talking about ways to better connect with Texas Baptists. Because of the day and age we are in, naturally social media was brought into the conversation. We’ve been using several outlets like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, You Tube and Flickr for a while now, but we realize we could be using these in a better way to help, encourage and connect Texas Baptists.

This is where we need your input. Let us know how we can better serve you through these outlets.

  • How would you like Texas Baptists to connect with you through Facebook and Twitter?
  • What types of videos do you want to see on our You Tube channel?
  • What topics do you want addressed through the Texas Baptists blog?
  • Are there other types of social media that you would like to see us adopt?
  • This is your chance to share your opinion and ideas. We are listening and want to make improvements that will help Texas Baptists be better encouraged, better equipped and better prepared to reach the state with the hope of Christ.

    Texas Baptists goals and missional characteristics

    May 6, 2010

    Yesterday during the Texas Baptists monthly staff chapel service, Executive Director Randel Everett cast a vision for the next several years of convention ministry and gave the characteristics of healthy, missional churches. Click on the link below to hear what he had to say.

    Goals and missional characteristics by Randel Everett


    Bike Out Hunger, Ryan Musser and Morgan Woodard

    May 4, 2010

    Bike Out Hunger Day 6 in Video

    April 28, 2010

    Bike Out Hunger Day 5 in Video

    April 26, 2010

    A few more students needed for summer missions

    March 24, 2010

    Go Now Missions has a few more spots available for college-age students to serve on mission this summer. If you are interested in filling one of the positions mentioned below or if you know of someone who would be willing to serve, please contact Brenda Sanders at the Go Now Missions at 888-288-1853 as soon as possible.

    Positions available:

    COLORADO: LOVELAND- BUILDING BRIDGERS. We have two students appointed, but need another guy and another girl. They need to be Sophomores or above. The team will be training in the skills needed for church planting and then get to work with three great church planters. The team will be involved in servant and relationship evangelism, and home Bible studies. They will help with collegiate church plants and church plants in growing areas. You will work with people with a variety of world views. You need to be committed to cross-cultural experience. We are looking for spiritually and emotionally mature students.

    TX: DEL RIO-MISSION INTERNS. We need two students (same gender) to serve as Mission Interns at FBC, Del Rio. They will get to work as leaders with mission teams coming in all summer. As well a working with a feeding ministry, children, youth and outreach ministries. You will get to work in a variety of ministries. If you speak Spanish, that would be a great help, but is not required. You will be able to grow both in your leadership skills and understanding of missions. The needs are great; will you come fill the need?

    Super Summer Reunion to be April 10 at DBU

    March 15, 2010

    DALLAS – Every year after Super Summer, the Texas Baptists youth leadership training experience held during five sessions each summer, students and leaders comment they want an event during the school year that would tie them back to the lessons they learned and the friends they made during the summer. On April 10, they will get their wish.

    For the first time, Texas Baptists youth evangelism, in conjunction with Dallas Baptist University, will host Super Summer Reunion, an afternoon packed with worship, reconnecting with friends and a preview of what’s to come this year.

    “We have a desire for the students to be inspired and reminded about what all God did in their lives last summer and a desire to allow them to rekindle the relationships they had during the summer,” said Leighton Flowers, Texas Baptists director of youth evangelism. “And we desire to help them prepare for this coming summer.”

    The event will be held at Dallas Baptist University on April 10 from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. This schedule was created to give students and youth leaders a chance to reconnect or for others to experience Super Summer for the first time within a reasonable amount of time and in a cost effective way, Flowers said.

    Though the event will last only a few hours, students will experience some of the Super Summer goals of giving students an opportunity to participate in focused teaching and a disciplined schedule challenging them and equipping them to become the best disciple they can be.

    Each summer, Christian students who have complete 8th through 12th grade and have potential leadership abilities are eligible to participate in one of the five Super Summer sessions held at Baptist universities around the state. But because the reunion is to serve as a preview, any student or adult is welcome to come to the event to see what Super Summer is about.

    “Often youth workers and parents can’t take a week off of work to come to Super Summer, but this will let them spend one day to see what this is all about,” Teat said.

    The reunion will feature the Jeff Johnson and the Skit Guys as well as Billy Beacham, Jon Randles and Lance Shumake. Because DBU is hosting the event, entry fees are only $10 per person. With every five paying students, one youth leader will be allowed to enter the reunion free of charge. During breaks, DBU will be giving campus tours to share with students all the amenities, degrees and opportunities offered by the university.

    Though Super Summer was created to train Christian students to be the best leaders and disciples they can be, the reunion will offer an additional focus. Before the event ends, an evangelistic emphasis and decision time will be given.

    “At Super Summer, we don’t usually have lost students there because we are training believers,” Teat said. “At Super Summer Reunion, we are hoping for something a little different and for our leaders to bring some lost students.”

    Above all, Teat sees the event as a way for everyone to be encouraged in their relationship with Christ.

    “Come and enjoy the Lord for the day and the encouragement, camaraderie and friendship developed through the years of coming to Super Summer,” Teat said.

    Flowers agrees, and also encourages anyone interested in learning more about Super Summer to come to the reunion.

     “If there is anyone who just doesn’t know what Super Summer is about, I know they will be inspired and encouraged, and it is a good way to see what Super Summer is all about,” Flowers said.

    For more information about the event or to register for the reunion, visit

    Feb. 14 – Day of prayer for student missions

    February 9, 2010

    On Feb. 12-14, more than 200 college students and leaders from every corner of Texas will gather at First Baptist Church in Midlothian for Go Now Missions Discovery Weekend, a time for students to worship, learn about God’s heart for the nations, minister to the local community and seek the Lord about serving on summer or semester missions this year.  

    As this weekend takes place, the Go Now Missions prayer team is asking that churches and individuals dedicate Feb. 14 as the Day of Prayer for Student Missions, covering the students and leaders in prayer as they spend time seeking God and discovering ways they can accept and fulfill the call to take the gospel to all peoples and nations.  

    “Committing to pray on Sunday morning when the students are making their last decision about serving in positions can only help and really begin to free up and enlighten the leadership team as they put assignments together, knowing that not only the people in that room are praying but also people at every corner of Texas,” said Ben Edfeldt, director of the Baptist Student Ministry at Midwestern State University and Go Now Missions prayer team leader. 

    To get involved with the day of prayer, click through the links below. Prayer requests from students participating in Discovery Weekend will be posted throughout the weekend on the Go Now Missions prayer Web site.  


    Dillon flooded with Haitian adoption inquiries

    January 29, 2010

    In the last couple weeks of relief efforts in Haiti, Dillon, Buckner’s international adoption affiliate, has received more than 882 online pre-screening forms from families interested in beginning the process to adopt Haitian orphans.

    Haiti currently has a moratorium on new adoptions so that authorities can help displaced parents and children become reconnected, and Dillon sees this period lasting more than a year.

    During this time, Buckner and Dillion continue to offer help through sending monetary support and medical aid to Hope Hospital and Hope Village where many of the orphans and families affected by the earthquake are being treated and assisted.

    For more information on Dillon’s adoption efforts in Haiti and how you can become adoptive parents or help Haitian orphans, click here.

    Haiti relief efforts by Hardin-Simmons University

    January 29, 2010

    ABILENE – Steve Rosscoe, professor of geology, and Michelle Dose, professor of chemistry, are rallying Hardin-Simmons students, faculty and staff to gather medical supplies for Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment), an organization that gathers donated medical supplies and equipment and then provides these items to needy people in more than 120 countries.

    Currently, Project C.U.R.E. is gathering supplies that will be sent to medical facilities in Haiti. The professors are encouraging students to gather supplies such as bandages, hygiene kits, baby items and pain medication and place them in donation boxes around the campus.  These items will then be shipped to the Houston Project C.U.R.E. distribution site to be packaged and taken to Haiti. For a complete list of needs, visit

    For more information on HSU relief efforts, contact Steve Rosscoe at or Michelle Dose at