Posts Tagged ‘church’

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


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.  


ENGAGE evangelism conferences

January 13, 2010


This spring is filled with regional opportunities for church staff and layman to recieve inspiration and training in evangelism through Engage, the Texas Baptists evangelism conference that will be held in more than 15 locations.  Conference dates and locations are listed below and will take place during the next four months.

One statewide meeting, Radical Engage, will be held at First Baptist Church in Grapevine on Jan. 24-26 to focus on evangelism in the postmodern age. Rico Tice, British author of “Christianity Explored;” Mike Licona with the North American Mission Board and James Langford with student ministries and evangelism at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will be leading sessions and discussions about sharing the gospel with postmoderns.

The Justin Cofield Band will lead worship and much time will be devoted to coffeeshop/roundtable discussions so that those who attend can discuss messages brought in the general sessions as well as trends, issues and methods of evangelism in the mostmodern world.

Registration is not required and the events are free of charge. To find out more about location-specific speakers, topics, locations and more, visit



Fort Worth Jan 14, 2010  
Amarillo Jan 15-16, 2010  
El Paso Jan 29-30, 2010  
Georgetown Feb 10, 2010  
Abilene Feb 16, 2010  
Southeast Texas Feb 17, 2010  
Lubbock Feb 19-20, 2010  
San Antonio (HEC)   Feb 25-27, 2010  
San Antonio Mar 5-7, 2010  
Midland-Odessa Mar 5-6, 2010  
Victoria Mar 22, 2010  
Dallas Metro Apr 16-17, 2010  
Longview Mar 1, 2010  
Radical Engage Jan 24-26, 2010 FBC Grapevine

Swine flu precautions for churches

April 30, 2009

In the wake of Swine Flu fears that are swirling, the BGCT’s Diane Lane and Karen Fowler have offered some precautionary meausures churches can take in their nurseries and mother’s day out programs to help prevent the spread of the disease in those environments.

Joshua has been nice enough to post the first pages of these tips on the BGCT web site. Check them out by clicking here. Even the smallest actions, such as repeated hand washing, can cut down on the risk of spreading disease.

If you would like additional help, e-mail Diane Lane at

Worship community

April 28, 2008

Last weekend while attending the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas Annual Meeting, I met a pastor from Wisconsin. As I listened to him, it dawned on me that he never referred to his congregation as his church. He used several different terms to refer to it, but never church.

The one that I really picked up on was “worship community,” which he used to describe what most us would call his church.

What do you think of the term “worship community”? I’ve heard some people in Texas refer to their church as a “community of faith.” What do you think of that?

Are we playing semantics or is there a valid reason for using a word other than church?

Sometimes, I just have to smile

March 14, 2008

Yesterday morning I was told about The Springs Church in Murphy’s Easter outreach, which includes dropping 5,000 Easter eggs from a helicopter to start its Easter egg hunt. Feel free to read the statement again. I had to. 5,000 Easter eggs floating to the ground after being dropped from a helicopter.

I spoke the church’s pastor this morning. He said the the Easter egg hunt will happen right after the congregation’s worship service Sunday. He hopes the event will bring the entire community together, giving the church an opportunity to reach people for Christ.

For those of you who are wondering, they’re plastic eggs with candy inside, not hard boiled.  No parachutes or cushions will be used. Eggs will simply be dropped from a helicopter onto the ground before the Easter egg hunt starts.

It should be interesting.

Ron Evans’ calling

March 13, 2008

In the previous post, I asked about what it means to be called and what God calls people to. Here’s a video from last year where Ron Evans talks about what God called him to. For more videos like this about seed churches, click here.

What are you called to do?

March 13, 2008

Yesterday I participated in a conference call of religious figures from around the country who wanted to do discuss information and action possibilities regarding the tragic situation in Darfur, which once again has taken a turn for the worse recently. I don’t know an incredible amount about Darfur, but I’ve been stirred and want to know more. 

As the participants discussed the issues, I found myself pondering the question of calling. Commonly we talk about being called to do this or do that. Usually, we talk about being called to serve a church as a pastor or minister. Some say they’re called to be a teacher, plumber or other profession. No doubt, some of the people on the line yesterday would say they are called to help the people of Darfur.

When asked about her calling, a friend of mine simply says she’s called to serve. She’s the only person I’ve ever heard answer this way. Frankly, I’m not sure what to do with what she told me, and it’s been at least a year since she told me that.

Help me think out loud. Responding to God’s call upon our lives seems to me to be key in exercising our faith. What do you think it means to be called? Are you called to a task, action or something else?

What are you called to do?

In homes, parks, fast food chains …

March 10, 2008

God truly is at work all around us. Lindsay Cofield leads the BGCT’s seed church efforts, which include some of the most creative things the convention is doing. He helps train folks start churches all over the place — in their homes, parks, fast food chains, etc. These typically are small groups that multiply rather than grow large. The small groups receive little if any funding from the convention.

Together these small groups have a large impact. He handed me a report a few weeks ago. Nearly 2,600 people made professions of faith in these churches in 2007. Nearly 1,900 people are being mentored as future leaders.

That’s something to be thankful for. If you’d like more information about seed churches, give Lindsay a call 888-244-9400. He’s a great guy. I promise you’ll enjoy the conversation.

It can now be legally Super Sunday at church too

February 22, 2008

It appears the NFL running a reverse on it’s earlier stance against churches hosting Super Bowl parties where congregations project the game on large screens or on walls.

From the Washington Post:

In a letter to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would not object to “live showings — regardless of screen size — of the Super Bowl” by religious organizations.

In response to questions from Hatch, Goodell said in the letter, dated Feb. 19, the NFL will implement the policy starting with next year’s Super Bowl.

Thankfully, sometimes common sense wins out. Who’s hosting the party next year?