education and discipleship
African American Fellowship takes charge to be armed and ready
by Leah Reynolds on July 9, 2014 in education and discipleship
FORT WORTH -- Applause and "amens" resounded as African American Baptists were charged to be armed and ready during the 22nd annual James W. Culp, Sr. Banquet on July 8.
The African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference welcomed guest speaker Dr. Howard E. Anderson, pastor of The Exciting Singing Hill Baptist Church in Dallas, as he challenged the audience to be ready for spiritual warfare.
"When you have an invisible enemy, you don't have time to get ready, you have to already be ready," he said. "When we put on the whole armor, we are ready for wherever he is."
Though struggles come and the devil tempts, there...
Hispanic Baptists focus on discipleship at Convencion 2014
by Kalie Lowrie on July 7, 2014 in education and discipleship
MCALLEN -- Focused on being passionate disciples, the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas gathered in McAllen for their annual meeting from June 29-July 1. A total of 1,374 were registered in attendance, with 490 serving as messengers from Hispanic Baptist churches.
Families enjoyed the three-day event, with activities provide for children and a special track for youth and college students.
"During Convencion we were challenged to be passionate disciples, taking the great commission personally and be faithful to God's calling in our life," said Rolando Rodriguez, director of Texas Baptist Hispanic Ministries. "The...
Singing Women of Texas Celebrates 20 Years
by Leah Reynolds on July 3, 2014 in education and discipleship
DALLAS -- Blissful women's voices echoed across the walls of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas on June 28 as the Singing Women of Texas (SWOT) commemorated their 20th anniversary with a free concert.
Over 200 women from eight SWOT chapters across the state gathered together for a three-day event of fellowshipping and rehearsing together before Saturday night's concert where family members, friends and fans packed inside the church.
Uniformly dressed in black attire, the women performed 12 gospel ballads, a combination of songs chosen by the directors from each chapter.
An offering taken up during the service will...
14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples brings renewed focus to disciple-making essentials
by Tyler Agnew on June 6, 2014 in education and discipleship
As churches seek to fulfill the Great Commission, individual believers must understand and practice what it means to be a disciple.
14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples, released by BaptistWay Press in May, is a Bible study that provides in-depth discussion and practical application for those seeking to embrace the lifestyle of a follower of Jesus Christ.
"We need spiritually mature people to lead the body of Christ," Dr. Dennis R. Wiles, co-author and senior pastor of First Baptist Church Arlington said. "The only way for that to happen is for us to partner with God in the process of growth."
In his 31 years of leading...
Hundreds attend training in Hong Kong
by Kara Kistner on May 7, 2014 in education and discipleship
In August 2013, Michelle Chan, minister to children at Kowloon International Baptist Church (KIBC) in Hong Kong, attended a children and family summit at Dallas Baptist University. Here she felt her understanding of the roles Sunday School teacher and children's minister were renewed and refreshed.
"I was more aware of my role and vision as a Children's Minister and it is more than just a job behind the desk that deals with lots of administrative works," said Chan.
After the Summit, Michelle was burdened for her Sunday School workers back at KIBC. She desired for them to share both the experience and training she received...