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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).

 

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 Tubbskyleleetubbs@gmail.com, 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 www.wilshirebc.org  

 

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 Practicing Faith in the 21st century, and the keynote presenter will be CBF Global Mission Coordinator Steven Porter.  

 

CBF Grants

 

CBF is offering some new grants to help congregations.

 

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.  Contact Bo Prosser with any questions or for more information at 
bprosser@cbf.net.

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. Contact Ruth Perkins Lee at 
rperkinslee@cbf.net with any questions.

3. CBF General Assembly Travel Grants: CBF has budgeted  $10,000 to help lay people go with their pastor to the General Assembly in Greensboro, N.C. At approximately $500 per grant to the church, recipients will be expected to write a blog post to share about their experience. Contact Harry Rowland with any questions at 
hrowland@cbf.net.

4. CBF TX is offering three grants of $1,000 each to assist churches who wish to participate in the New Baptist Covenant initiative "Covenants of Action" which are designed for two Baptist churches of different traditions to come together and address a pressing need in their community.  The grants are to be used in the early planning and discerning phase as the two churches develop a plan of action, e.g. visiting another community that has addressed the same issue, attend a conference that could train churches how address the issue.  Contact Rick McClatchy for more info at 
cbftex@aol.comMission Projects

 

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 jorgezapata81@yahoo.com. 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 glenfoster6@comcast.net. 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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