CBF TX Meeting at General Assembly

The General Assembly this year will be focusing upon CBF’s 25th anniversary and our plans for the future.  However, this will also be the 20th anniversary of CBF Texas.  Therefore at this year’s state meeting at the General Assembly we will revisit the formation of CBF Texas.  Helping us in that process will be George Mason, pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church, and Bill Bruster, retired CBF employee, both of which were instrumental in the early formation of CBF Texas.  

In addition, CBF Texas will conduct its annual business of selecting leadership and adopting a budget for 2016-2017.   The meeting will be Thursday afternoon, June 23rd from 4:15-5:15 in Grandover East meeting room on the third floor of the Victoria Wing (these details will be given in the Assembly Guidebook).


PassportKids Camp


Passport is offering a camp for children this summer in Texas.  The camp will be held at the Baptist Encampment at Lake Brownwood, July 28-31.  The cost for the camp is $270.  Passport camps place a strong emphasis upon missions and have been a strong supporter of CBF Global Missions.  For more details go to  


Rescheduled—Interfaith Conference on Spiritual Disciplines


On August 20, the CBF TX Regional Group for Austin will be sponsoring an interfaith conference on spiritual disciplines.  Presenters from various religions will share their spiritual practices with the audience.  While this event particularly focuses on the greater Austin region, participants from outside of the area are welcome.  More details will be forthcoming.  Chair of the planning team is Kyle, 514-508-4835. 


Preaching Practicum


The annual Preaching Practicum at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas is scheduled for October 3-4.  The guest speaker will be poet and writer Christian Wiman, along with George Mason, pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church.  For more info go to  


Mission Collective


Mission Collective is a one-day event for equipping churches in best practices for mission through collaboration.  We gather expert practitioners, church leaders, and CBF staff around a relevant mission topic.  

A Mission Collective event is being sponsored by Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio and the CBF TX San Antonio/South Texas Regional Group for October 15, and is targeted for churches in that region.  This will be the first Mission Collective meeting in Texas.  Theme for the event is Doing Faith, and the keynote presenter will be CBF Global Mission Coordinator Steven Porter.  


CBF Grants


CBF is offering some new grants to help congregations.


1.  CBF Ministerial Excellence Fund:   CBF got a grant from Lilly that will help staff ministers with financial education and coaching, and with grants to help pay off debt. In our most recent surveys of CBF pastoral leaders we discovered about 62% of the ministers carry debt equal to their annual salary, excluding debt for home and auto loans.  The last issue of fellowship magazine had an article about this.  Bo Prosser will be your contact person,


2.  CBF Ministry Grants: CBF has budgeted $25,000 to be used to provide smaller ministry grants to churches. The ministry grants are in the following areas: 1) financial health of the community, 2) criminal system justice ministries, and 3) general requests, e.g. feeding, literacy, etc....Those who get the grants will be expected to share with other congregations what they have learned.  Ruth Lee is your contact for this grant, .


3. CBF General Assembly Travel Grants: CBF budgeted  $10,000 to help lay people go with their pastor to the GA.  The grants goes to the church.  Approximately $500 per grant. Recipients will write blog post and report to the church.  Harry Rowland is your contact for this grant, .


Mission Projects


Together for Hope—A wide variety of projects are available along the border from Harlingen to El Paso.  To plan trip for your church’s mission team contact Jorge Zapata at 956-873-1537 or and obtain a letter of intent for sending a mission team.  Construction grants are available for teams choosing a construction project.


CBF West—CBF Texas is partnering with CBF West to support the growth of CBF in the West.  Mission teams are needed to help in various projects and to help start new churches.  To send a team or help a new church, contact Glen Foster, CBF West Coordinator, at 520-991-0948 or 




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