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ReCharge Conference offers tools and training to church leaders


“If we begin to pour ourselves into people, old or young, imagine what 200 people at a ReCharge Conference could do if it only took 12 to turn the world upside down.” ...

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New neighborhoods provide new opportunities in Amarillo through church planting


Brad and Sarah Newman knew they felt called to plant a church. They were already active members and family pastors in their own church, South Georgia Baptist Church, in Amarillo, TX. Furthermore, the Newmans had been involved with a church plant in Denver, where they had learned how to set up a new church. They began looking at options all over the country, waiting for God to call them somewhere. ...

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[un]Apologetic conference focuses on evangelism and answering difficult questions


On Saturday, August 24, Central Baptist Church of Jacksonville, TX, opened its doors to host its first [un]Apologetic Conference to help its members and others in the area better understand and defend their faith. ...

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Texas Baptists and Truett Seminary celebrate first graduate of joint certification program


Texas Baptists and George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University recently celebrated the first graduate of the Advanced Certificate of Ministry in Children’s Ministry, a joint certification program offered by the two institutions...

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MAP Stories: The Carpenter Family


In August 2015, Aaron and Nichole Carpenter and their children uprooted their lives in Alabama to move to the Pacific Northwest to plant a church. With little idea of where they would go, they began researching, and prayerfully settled on Tacoma, Washington as their new home and the location of the church plant. ...

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Passing the chalk: Advice from experienced teachers to teachers starting their first year


As the new school year began, a fresh batch of teachers entered into schools around the country, nervous and excited for their first year of teaching. Though they have studied, student taught and prepared all summer, many of them still have lingering questions of what to expect...

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After-school program provides church with new ministry opportunities in the community


First Baptist Church of Monahans has been actively involved in after-school ministry for five years. Judy Braswell, minister of Children, Education and Missions, began the ministry, and she continues to run it with a passion to this day. ...

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Beyond the bars: new ministry focuses on the forgotten members of the prison system


Correctional officers and other employees of the prison system have often been overlooked by ministry efforts for years, despite the fact that they are in desperate need of Jesus’ love and mercy. Jim Young, coordinator of Restorative Justice and former prison chaplain, saw this problem and began looking for unique ways to minister to these officers.

He said, “What I saw was we were doing a lot of things for the inmates… but [we] would walk right by the officers and not even say ‘hello.’”

New ministry efforts for correctional officers

Young and other members of Texas Baptist Men (TBM)  began speaking to the...

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How your church can get involved with local schools


Partnering with schools is a great way for churches to get plugged into the community and serve other people. Below are five tips that churches and Texas Baptists staff have suggested for connecting with your local schools...

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Regional motorcycle retreat in Kerrville aims to foster community and worship


The first Light Up the Hills Regional Motorcycle Retreat will be hosted in Kerrville, TX on Sept. 13 and 14. This retreat will provide Christian riders a chance to gather together and be encouraged through a motorcycle rally approach. It is free to all participants. ...

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Texas Baptists partnership with the National Mission Board of Brazil continues to grow


A small group of Texas Baptists stood in one of the various Baptist rehabilitation centers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, listening as a young man passionately recounted his salvation from a life of drug addiction through his newfound faith in Jesus Christ...

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BOUNCE offers exciting new church planting opportunities for students


In addition to providing invaluable physical help to hurting communities, this Texas Baptists ministry of junior high, high school and college-aged students is expanding to provide support to budding churches as well. ...

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Project:Start partners with local clinic to provide school supplies for refugee children


When the staff at the Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas began planning their next office event, they knew they wanted it to be more meaningful than a happy hour or luncheon...

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ETBU BSM helps students grow in faith


"...students at ETBU are able to engage in a holistic education that not only engages their minds, but also grows them in their relationships with Jesus...

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How to organize a school supplies drive for your church


Rosa Bailey provides some tips that she has learned about how to organize an amazing school supply drive...

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Not just another summer camp: Super Summer equips students to share


“Super Summer is not just another camp...It’s camp on spiritual steroids.&rdquo...

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Family ties: God’s plan for one Go Now missionary in South Asia


Though she originally only wanted to go for two weeks, Connor felt God tugging on her heart to go for the whole summer. ...

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African American Fellowship Conference focuses on strengthening one another


The week, which included worship, more than 30 seminars, special luncheons, and officer elections, centered around working together with fellow pastors, WMU Sisters Who Care, and AAF members. ...

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