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CBF TX Events at the General Assembly

Helping to host the General Assembly in Dallas this year gave CBF Texas an opportunity to do more than simply having the state meeting on Thursday afternoon.  This year CBF Texas helped to sponsor three breakfast that 106 people attended.  The first breakfast was with the newly formed chapter of Texas BWIM.  Attendees heard various speakers discuss ways that women in ministry, especially pastors, could be advanced in Texas. Ellen Di Giosia, Associate Pastor of Faith Formation at Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio, is coordinating the work of Texas BWIM.  The second breakfast was done in partnership with BUA to provide a breakfast for the Hispanic Network.  Attendees were challenged to continue their work to engage and build partnerships with the growing Hispanic population in the USA.  The last breakfast provided local church mission leaders and CBF state mission coordinators a chance to learn about the various mission opportunities in Texas with CBF missionaries working in Texas and with our partners in Texas.  

CBF Texas during its Thursday afternoon state meeting adopted a $250,000 budget, the largest ever, and selected members of the CBF Texas Governing Board and the nine Regional Groups.  Moderator David Russell from FBC Amarillo presided over the business meeting and then passed the baton to Moderator Elect Amy Grizzle Kane from South Main BC in Houston.  Eric Black, pastor of FBC Covington, gave a report about CBF Texas’ partnership with CBF West to send mission teams to the West and to help plant churches in the West.  Garrett Vickrey and Ben Newell reported how their church, Woodland BC in San Antonio, used a new method of promotion that doubled its mission giving to the CBF Offering for Global Missions.  Hulitt Gloer, Professor at Truett Seminary, was the keynote speaker and challenged everyone to adopted the generous attitudes and practices of the early New Testament church.    

Student.Go

 

 

 

This summer three Texas students are involved in Student.go (the program that provides college/seminary students an opportunity to work with CBF field personnel).  Shannon Crow from Truett Seminary is working in San Antonio and along the border with Together for Hope, a CBF rural poverty initiative, doing economic development.  Aaron and Grace Ogburn from Truett Seminary are working in Togo, Africa. 

 

New CBF Field Personnel from Texas

 

David and Lauren Bass are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel appointed to work alongside the Cambodia Baptist Union in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Cambodia Baptist Union has the ambitious goal to plant a church in every one of Cambodia’s 12,000 villages.

Within a dynamic church-growing movement, there is need for theological training for new church leadership as well as economic stability. David, a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Denver Seminary, will be supporting and equipping new church leaders with pastor training and theological education, while Lauren, a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and Logsdon Seminary, will utilize her skills in economic development and bi-vocational leadership.

 

 

 

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