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Ideas for COVID-friendly holiday celebrations


As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays draw near, churches are thinking of new and creative ways to share the holiday spirit in a way that is pandemic-friendly and safe for all those who participate...

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New officers elected for 2020-2021 at 135th Annual Meeting


Three new convention officers were elected during the Monday, Nov. 16 Business Session of the 135th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas...

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Texas Baptists en Español Launching Service looks forward to future Hispanic ministry


“It was an intentional focus, not just to change the name, but to have an intentional strategy. ...

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2020 African American Worship Rally encourages community and boldness


“Keep being a bold witness. Keep telling people about the goodness of Christ,” ...

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Longhorn BSM begins the school year with a new building and 48 hours of prayer


“It was the first time either of them, I think, intentionally prayed on their own...

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Baylor BSM push-up challenge results in fellowship and salvations


"...Just invite them into your life, just do life with them, play sports and go from there.”...

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Micah 6:8 Conference encourages love and unity in divisive times


“Our congregations need to be on the frontlines, because we see passages [like Micah 6:8] that say ‘do justice, love mercy.’”...

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New churches reach growing and changing communities across Texas


Church starting is a valuable way to reach the ever-growing population of Texas. See how two church starts are reaching out to their new communities...

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Texas Baptists welcomes Bill Noe as new Collegiate Strategist


The Texas Baptists Collegiate Ministry Team is pleased to announce that Bill Noe has joined the staff as the new Campus Strategist. Noe previously served as the National Collegiate Ministries Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources...

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Legacy Award celebrates lifetime of faithfulness for D.L. Lowrie and Charles R. Dooley


“It is not our purpose to impress people with the skillful work that we do as ministers, it is our purpose to please God in who we are and what we do.”...

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Ministers find value in free financial education through the Center for Financial Health


“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:21...

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Oza Jones Jr. named new director of African American Ministries


Oza Jones Jr. has been named the new Director of African American Ministries for Texas Baptists. Jones brings years of ministry experience to the position, including from his most recent role as African American Evangelism and Church Revitalization Specialist on the Great Commission Team. ...

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HPU to host Micah 6:8 Conference


Howard Payne University invites the community to participate in person or virtually at the Micah 6:8 Conference on Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27...

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MAP stories: Bringing light to a dark city


“The gifts received on both ends of the partnership advance the Kingdom…They don’t just sponsor us, we really do partner together, and both sides benefit.”...

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Serving in a season of need: CMBC of Desoto provides food and hope for their community


“People cannot hear the Gospel message when they are hungry...

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Mary Hill Davis Offering helps minority students receive Christ-centered education


“I received the scholarship myself when I was in school. I remember that that experience was when I was first connected with Mary Hill Davis Offering, and that scholarship absolutely helped me when I went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS). It helped a lot with the tuition,” Lorenzo Pena, director of Texas Baptists Cultural Engagement, said. 

Pena received the Mary Hill Davis Ethnic/Minority Scholarship from 1977-1979, while he was receiving his master’s degree at SWBTS in Fort Worth. He remembers being interviewed by Joy Fenner, former executive director-treasurer of WMU of Texas, and being grateful for...

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Encouraging generosity in times of uncertainty


“At first I wanted to stop them and say, ‘no, no, we don’t need your money,’ but they wanted to give and be a part of it”...

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2020 Texas Baptists Legacy Awards to honor Charles R. Dooley and D.L. Lowrie


On Sunday, Oct. 11, Texas Baptists will present the 2020 Legacy Award to Charles R. “Chuck” Dooley, former church planter for Texas Baptists, and D.L. Lowrie, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Lubbock...

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Mary Hill Davis Offering helps Intercultural Ministries reach every tribe, tongue and nation


With funding from the Mary Hill Davis Offering® for Texas Missions, Texas Baptists Intercultural Ministries has created four unique opportunities for outreach...

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Aid for Beirut: caring for our Texas Baptists family overseas


Texas Baptists has partnered with Health Outreach to the Middle East (HOME) to provide relief for Lebanese citizens affected by the August 4 explosion in Beirut...

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Texas Baptists support camps amidst pandemic challenges


“It's as if 2 Corinthians 9:12 is being lived out as Texas Baptists are 'supplying the needs of God's people...

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Mary Hill Davis Offering® helps small churches make big impacts


See how the Mary Hill Davis Off ering® is helping small churches minister to their communities and keep their church building standing strong...

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Hospital chaplaincy in the midst of a pandemic


Read how Texas Baptist chaplains are making a diff erence as they minister to hospital patients, staff  and families aff ected by COVID-19...

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2020 Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament awards announced


Though the event could not be held in-person due to COVID-19, students from churches around Texas competed virtually...

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BOUNCE encourages student ministries to find the mission field in their own backyard


“You don’t want to be sitting at home doing nothing when there are people out there who need help.”...

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Student ministry switches from international to local missions work due to COVID-19


Approximately 20 middle school and high school students from First Baptist Church Plano will be volunteering at two local Plano residences, providing assistance and doing repairs on the homes as part of “BOUNCE Back Home Day of Service.” ...

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Ministers Financial Health Grant allows pastor to focus on his congregation


"....we looked at time and family, and everything that God gave us.”...

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Revitalizing collegiate ministry in San Antonio


“We want San Antonio to be a place of hope and to be a light in Texas.”...

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Go Now Missions prepares for different locations, same mission


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River Ministry missionary adapts during COVID-19 to meet needs and pray


"I want them to know that everyone can pray...

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Drawing encouragement from one ministry assistant to another


"I thought they might be overloaded right now, and I wanted to let them know they were being prayed for.”...

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Texas Baptists churches and pastors unite to support other pastors


"It is a great way to impact Kingdom work around our state...

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An expanding network of Collegiate Ministry


“If we can connect with students now...it can change the world.”...

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College ministries in Waco unite to bring students hope and prayer


"We needed a space where people could come together to voice concerns and feel heard,” ...

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Cowboy church finds Easter fellowship during social distancing


"What Satan meant for harm, God used for good.”...

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Meeting rising needs in Conroe


"For the homeless to stay healthy, they need to stay clean...

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Ministering to soldiers at the heart of the outbreak


“The best thing we have is prayer and unity,”...

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Ministry through hospital chaplaincy during COVID-19


"...we are called to join God in responding to these tragedies with compassion and love,”...

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Ministerio por medio de capellanía en hospitales durante la pandemia del COVID-19


"...somos llamados a unirnos a Dios al responder a estas tragedias con compasión y amor,”...

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Packing the parking lot: FBC Kaufman holds drive-in worship service


FBC Kaufman held its first-ever drive-in worship service in response to the new public gathering restrictions brought on by the spread of COVID-19...

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La PIB de Kaufman celebra un servicio de adoración por radio y en el estacionamiento


La PIB de Kaufman celebró su primer servicio de adoración por radio y en el estacionamiento en respuesta a las restricciones sobre las reuniones públicas que fueron emitidas como consecuencia de la propagación del COVID-19...

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Transforming what spring break means on South Padre Island


In the second week of March, thousands of college students descended on South Padre Island for Spring Break. Over 600 of these students were part of Beach Reach, a Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) mission trip that happens every year to share the Gospel and minister to the physical needs of both the spring breakers and the South Padre locals. ...

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Iglesias encuentran maneras cómo conectar, servir, y adaptarse en medio de la propagación del coron


Algunas ideas que ministerios e iglesias Bautistas de Texas están implementando para compartir el amor de Dios durante estos tiempos de desafío...

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Churches find ways to connect, serve and adapt amidst coronavirus spread


Some ideas that Texas Baptists ministries and churches are implementing to share God’s love during these challenging times...

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Modeling the Great Commission at the Hispanic Evangelism Conference


“I believe that every Sunday people should be coming to the Lord. But people won’t come unless they’ve been invited.”...

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Creating a passion for missions


Kirkwood and Stewart wanted to find a mission opportunity that would lead to a long-term relationship for the church to maximize the impact they could have in that area...

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African American Leadership Workshop to address church in the 21st century


The African American Ministry of Texas Baptists will host the African American Leadership Workshop (AALW) at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University on March 6-7. ...

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Missions team welcomes new director of Multi-Housing and House Congregations


The Texas Baptists Missions Team is excited to announce that Paul Atkinson will be stepping into a new role as Director of Multi-Housing and House Congregations. ...

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Lilly Endowment renews $1 million grant to boost financial health for pastors


Texas Baptists will receive $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to continue the expansion of the Center for Financial Health, a ministry dedicated to promoting the financial health of pastors...

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Ama Al Señor Con Toda Tu Mente: La importancia de la apologética


Eric Hernández, especialista en apologética, explica la importancia de la apologética y el aprender la lógica de la fe...

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Church Refocuses on Local Evangelism


A new emphasis on neighborhood evangelism has led to spiritual growth for the congregants of First Baptist Church of Allen...

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Loving the Lord with your mind: The importance of apologetics


Eric Hernandez, apologetics lead, explains the importance of apologetics and learning the logic of faith...

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Institutional Legacy Day honors Baylor University for 175 years of Christian education


Texas Baptists Associate Executive Director Craig Christina presented the award to Baylor President Linda Livingstone. ...

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Replanting conference focuses on giving old churches new life


On Jan. 10-11, approximately 50 people from around the United States gathered at Houston’s First Baptist Church to attend “Am I a Replanter?,” a conference centered on nation-wide church replanting. ...

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Upcoming Hispanic Evangelism Conference focuses on the Great Commission


On Feb. 21-23, the Texas Baptists Hispanic Evangelism Team and Asociacion Bautista Latino Americana (ABLA) will join together to host a Hispanic Evangelism Conference (HEC). ...

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Missions team announces new leadership


The Texas Baptists Missions Team is excited to announce that two of their current staff members will be stepping into new leadership roles...

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Sharing the blessing: how one couple is providing college ministry for generations


We have been greatly blessed and desire that others be blessed by coming to faith in Jesus Christ...

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Debra McCammon celebrates 10 years of ministry to prisoners’ families


“We never run out… In fact, in the first three or four weeks of starting here, God taught me this is His ministry, not mine, and I just need to keep it open and He’ll provide the rest.”...

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Top giving Cooperative Program churches celebrated at 2019 Annual Meeting


During the 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting, nine churches were given special recognition for their giving through the Cooperative Program. ...

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Creating a missional culture for global disciple-making within the church


Phillip Nation, director of Advancement and Global Impact Churches at the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), started his Tuesday morning workshop at 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting by posing a question. “What would it look like to create a culture for global disciple-making?” he asked...

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Learning to disciple new believers effectively


A person would never leave a newborn baby to fend for itself, said Clayton Bullion, director of Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at Tarleton State University, likewise, new believers should not be treated that way. ...

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Texas Baptists messengers approve $35.1 million budget, re-elect slate of officers


All three convention officers were re-elected to serve for a second term during the Monday morning business session at the 134th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Monday in Waco. ...

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African American Fellowship Rally reminds attendees to trust the Lord with their struggles


A crowd gathered for the African American Rally at the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church in Waco to celebrate the beginning of the 2019 Texas Baptists Annual Meeting. ...

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Expanding buildings to expand ministries


Churches around the state are choosing to allocate new, bigger spaces to their service ministries. ...

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Fostering love


Read about how First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells is rallying around foster families in their community and why they believe this ministry is so important...

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Texas BSM group assists in relaunch of University of Oregon collegiate ministry


Two Texas Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) mission groups went up to The University of Oregon in October to assist with the relaunch of the Northwest Collegiate Ministry (NCM) as part of the ongoing partnership between Texas Baptists and the Northwest Baptist Convention. ...

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Texas Baptists welcomes Chris Walker as the first BSM Accountant


Chris Walker has joined the Texas Baptists Finance and Accounting team as the new Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) Accountant. ...

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River Ministry missionary creates new campaign to bring God’s healing to Houston


To better help those in need, Texas Baptists River Ministry expanded the ministry away from the border and up to Houston...

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Pastor Appreciation Month: Take time to show how much you care


October is Pastor Appreciation Month. It is a great time to go above and beyond to make sure that your pastor is blessed and loved on by the church. ...

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Conclave encourages collaboration and relational ministry


“We have the power of Jesus in us, and we have a generation in front of us that wants to change the world.”...

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A mission-minded church: how a small church on the border is serving thousands of people


Pastor Alvaro Corrales will gladly give anyone who asks a tour of Primera Iglesia Bautista of Alamo...

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Upcoming Conclave conference seeks to promote collaboration between family ministries in churches


Conclave, a one-stop conference for various family ministries hosted by Texas Baptists Great Commission Team, will take place Oct. 14-16 at First Baptist Richardson. ...

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Texas Baptists welcomes Katie Frugé as Hunger and Care Ministries Specialist


Katie Frugé has joined the Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission (CLC) team as the Hunger and Care Ministries Specialist...

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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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