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  • SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

    by Staff/Southern Baptist Texan, posted Monday, November 20, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Southern Baptist TEXAN.
    DALLAS (BP) -- Gathering Nov. 13-14 in Dallas around the Ephesians 4-inspired theme of "Belong," the messenger count for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's annual meeting was its largest since 2008.

    Officers set out to design an environment of encouragement for pastors. And it couldn't have come at a better time than in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the most deadly church shooting in American history a week prior in Sutherland Springs. Read More

  • Tragedy in TX: 26 killed in So. Bapt. church shooting

    by Mark Kelly, posted Sunday, November 05, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Screen capture from CNN
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) --- The 14-year-old daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor was reportedly among 26 people killed when an armed man opened fire during Sunday morning (Nov. 5) worship services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a congregation about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

    The pastor, Frank Pomeroy, and his wife were both out of town when the attack occurred, said Mitch Kolenovsky, a field ministry strategist with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, who contacted Read More

  • Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Southern Baptist TEXAN photo
    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The SBTC team deployed Oct. 15-23, responding to SBDR national director Sam Porter's request to establish a communications center at the Seminario Teologico Bautista in Guaynabo, southeast of San Juan. Read More

  • Send, TX relief efforts boost DR work in Harvey's wake

    by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN Correspondent, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (6 months ago)

    File photo by Carmen K. Sisson
    VIDOR, Texas (BP) -- Traditionally trained Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are receiving an influx of new workers in the form of newly minted volunteers signing on with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's Texas Relief program, and college students recruited from across the United States to participate in the North American Mission Board's Send Relief outreach.

    Over the weekend of Oct 7, the first college crews from Send Relief descended upon churches in the Golden Triangle where teams of college kids were assigned to work alongside seasoned SBTC disaster relief volunteers. Read More

  • Churches moving forward on massive 'Texas Rebuild'

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (6 months ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Southern Baptist churches and ministries in Texas and outside the state are planning the next phase of recovery -- getting people back into their homes and church buildings.

    And they are depending on God to move in hearts across the nation to accomplish the impossible.

    Estimates of the damage are hard to comprehend, Terry Wright, pastor of Vidor First Baptist Church, told the TEXAN. Just in Orange County, where his church is located, 80 percent of the homes went under water -- some up to the eaves. ... Read More

  • 95-year-old DR volunteer is a 'woman on mission'

    by Jane Rodgers, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Steve Washburn
    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (BP) -- When 95-year-old Mary Katie Riddle of Wimberley, Texas, spied stacks of soiled Cambro containers, she did not hesitate.

    The containers needed washing before they could be refilled with food prepared by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief mass feeding team at First Baptist Church in Pflugerville.

    Riddle, who turns 96 on Friday (Sept. 22), plunged in with both hands. Read More

  • Black pastors attend prayer & listening session

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (one year ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Nearly two dozen black pastors met with Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Director Jim Richards and convention staff for a prayer and listening session on racial reconciliation amid national tensions stemming from black men being killed by police in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn., as well as gunmen killing police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

    Richards invited the SBTC pastors to discuss ways the convention can assist churches of all ethnicities in working together for racial reconciliation in their communities. Read More

  • Uphold abortion rules, ERLC, SBTC urge court

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's own decisions and the need for states to protect women's lives call for the justices to uphold a Texas law that regulates abortion doctors and clinics, according to two Southern Baptist entities and other religious organizations. Read More

  • Chainsaw cross conveys hope after tornado onslaught

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo provided by Shane Pruitt
    ROWLETT, Texas (BP) -- Three weeks after Shane Pruitt was a guest preacher at Bellville First Baptist near Houston, one of its disaster relief teams assisted Pruitt's family in the wake of devastating tornadoes that swept through the metro Dallas area the day after Christmas.

    Pruitt, who serves as director of missions for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, recounted that he was en route to a preaching engagement when his wife called to tell him that tornado sirens were going off in their Rowlett suburb. Read More

  • Reach Houston initiative set before SBTC messengers

    by Keith Collier, posted Thursday, November 12, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Allen Sutton
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Two of the core values of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention -- being Kingdom-focused and missionally driven -- took center stage at the SBTC annual meeting, Nov. 10-11 at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston.

    Messengers were challenged to join the Reach Houston church planting and church revitalization initiative; they approved a motion to forward 2016 budget surplus directly to Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program and joined with the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas for a historic worship gathering. Read More