CBF Church Planters in Texas
Brady and Shelley Dennis are co-pastors of a new CBF church start in Georgetown, Texas. Their church, Convergent Fellowship restores hope to those overlooked by the Church by providing a place of healing and restoration through gathering, worshiping and living life together. Brady and Shelley are reaching out to the arts community, the retirement community and the de-churched. They have two daughters in college, Katy and Cassie and one teenage daughter at home, Callie. They presently meet for worship once a month in their home, and have a weekly Bible study that meets in a public space in the community. If you are interested in joining or supporting their work, contact Rick McClatchy at 210-488-8169 or email@example.com.
Together For Hope
Together for Hope, CBF’s rural poverty initiative, is gearing up for next year’s work along the border. A wide variety of projects are available along the border from Harlingen to El Paso. To plan a trip for your church’s mission team contact Jorge Zapata, Associate Coordinator for CBF TX, at 956-873-1537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBF TX and CBF West Partnership
CBF Texas is working with CBF West to support the growth of CBF in the western half of the USA. This partnership will focus upon finding Texas churches who would like to send mission teams to work with CBF West or to help with a new church start in the west. To get involved in this partnership contact Glen Foster, CBF West Coordinator, at 520-991-0948 or email@example.com . Also, CBF TX is providing funding to assist churches in partnership projects in the west. For more details about funding contact Jorge Zapata at 956-873-1537 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Texas BWIM Meeting
Texas BWIM will host its first annual Women in Ministry Conference on February 19-20, 2016 at Truett Seminary. The proclaimers for the event are Katie McKown, pastor of Scottsville Baptist Church, Scottsville, VA and Wanda Bolton-Davis, founder and executive director of Victorious Disciples Ministries, Dallas, TX.
CBF Days at Partner Schools
Each year CBF makes a special visit to our partner schools to meet with students and faculty. The dates for the visits this coming year are Truett on February 23, BUA on March 8, and Logsdon on March 10.
Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, is the featured speaker for the Maston Lectures at Logsdon Seminary on February 22-23, 2016. The theme for the Maston Lectures is the ethical challenge presented by the affirmation that Jesus Christ is Lord—Lecture 1: “The Challenge of Being an American and a Christian at the Same Time” and Lecture 2: “Christians as Resident Aliens.”
CBF TX will sponsor a workshop on The Church’s Ministry of Advocacy on Monday afternoon, which will be led by Stephen Reeves, CBF Associate Coordinator of Partnerships and Advocacy. Included will be a panel discussion with Stephen Reeves and Anyra Cayno regarding payday lending.
Save the Date—Interfaith Conference on Spiritual Disciplines
On April 16, 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 Tubbs—email@example.com, 514-508-4835.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com .
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, firstname.lastname@example.org .
CBF TX is seeking suggested nominees for the CBF TX Governing Board and the Regional Groups. For a nominee form contact Rick McClatchy at email@example.com or 210-488-8169.
Together For Hope