2021 Texas Baptists Book of Reports

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Executive Board Report......................................................................................................................... 4 Cooperative Program/Associational Relations............................................................................. 6 Communications Team............................................................................................................................7 Human Resources......................................................................................................................................8 Texas Baptist Heritage Center/Baptist Distinctive Council...................................................... 9 Texas Baptist Historical Collection....................................................................................................10 Texas Baptist Missions Foundation.................................................................................................... 11 ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR......................................................................................................12 Center for Church Health..................................................................................................................... 13 Church Health Strategy.............................................................................................................14

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR..................................................................................................................................3

Discipleship.................................................................................................................................... 15 Evangelism..................................................................................................................................... 16 GC2 Press....................................................................................................................................... 17 Music and Worship...................................................................................................................... 18 Church Architecture................................................................................................................... 19 Center for Ministerial Health.............................................................................................................20 Area Representatives................................................................................................................. 21 Bivocational Pastors Ministry................................................................................................. 22 Counseling Services.................................................................................................................. 23 Financial Health........................................................................................................................... 24 Interim Church Services........................................................................................................... 25 Pastor Strong Initiative............................................................................................................. 26 Western Heritage Ministry...................................................................................................... 27 Center for Missional Engagement.................................................................................................. 28 Bounce Student Disaster Recovery..................................................................................... 29 Church Starting...........................................................................................................................30 Community Ministries................................................................................................................ 31 House/Phillipi Church............................................................................................................... 32 Missionary Adoption Program............................................................................................... 33 Ministers Development and Mission Networks...............................................................34 River Ministry/Mexico Missions............................................................................................. 35 Center for Cultural Engagement.....................................................................................................36 Christian Life Commission...................................................................................................... 37 Ethics & Justice.................................................................................................................... 38 Public Policy.......................................................................................................................... 39 Hunger & Care Ministries................................................................................................. 40 African American Ministries.................................................................................................... 41 Texas Baptist En Español........................................................................................................ 42 Intercultural Ministries..............................................................................................................43 Baptist Chaplaincy Relations.................................................................................................44 Center for Collegiate Ministry..........................................................................................................45 OFFICE OF TREASURER/CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER................................................................46 Statement of Financial Position........................................................................................................ 47 Statement of Activities.........................................................................................................................48

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Conferences and Event Planning Team..........................................................................................49 Finance and Accounting......................................................................................................................50 Information Technology and Support Services........................................................................... 51 INSTITUTIONS................................................................................................................................................ 52 Universities & Academics Baptist University of the Américas...................................................................................... 52 Baylor University........................................................................................................................54 Dallas Baptist University.......................................................................................................... 56 East Texas Baptist University................................................................................................. 58 Hardin-Simmons University....................................................................................................60 Houston Baptist University..................................................................................................... 62 Howard Payne University........................................................................................................64 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.........................................................................................66 Wayland Baptist University....................................................................................................68 San Marcos Baptist Academy................................................................................................70 Stark College & Seminary........................................................................................................ 72 Valley Baptist Missions Education Center......................................................................... 74 Child Care/Aging/Retirement Baptist Community Services.................................................................................................. 76 Buckner International............................................................................................................... 78 Children at Heart Ministries....................................................................................................80 South Texas Children’s Home Ministries............................................................................ 82 Medical Centers Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio...................................................................... 85 Baptist Health System..............................................................................................................86 Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas................................................................................. 88 Baylor Scott & White Health..................................................................................................90 Hendrick Health System.......................................................................................................... 92 MINISTRY PARTNERS..................................................................................................................................94 Baptist Church Loan Corporation........................................................................................94 Baptist Standard......................................................................................................................... 95 Denison Ministries......................................................................................................................96 Guidestone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.................. 97 HighGround Advisors...............................................................................................................98 Texas Baptist Men.......................................................................................................................99 Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas.................................................................................100 ASSOCIATIONS.............................................................................................................................................101 CAMPS.............................................................................................................................................................105 CONSTITUTION............................................................................................................................................ 107 BYLAWS...........................................................................................................................................................114 INDEX............................................................................................................................................................... 123

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As you read this Book of Reports you will read about our latest vision, mission and staff structure. These reports express our unwavering commitment to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, which we refer to as “GC2.” We are a movement of God’s people to Share Christ and Show Love, and the generous support of affiliated churches make it possible for us to pursue this vision together. If this sounds good to you, then you may be a GC2 kind of person too. Let’s continue putting God’s Word to work! Whether you are new to convention life or have been faithfully affiliated with the Baptist General Convention for decades, my sincere hope is that through this new alignment we will do what is right in the eyes of the LORD, working even more effectively together to strengthen churches and ministers, engage culture, and connect the nations to Jesus until His return.

DAVID HARDAGE Executive Director

BECKY BROWN

Executive Assistant

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Hello Texas Baptists! Thank you for attending our Texas Baptists Annual Meeting! We are excited to be back in person and on the beach here in Galveston. Get ready to refresh and refill as we celebrate the Great Commission/Great Commandment ministry of the church, partners, and staff of this Convention!

I am so very grateful to have served as your executive director for nearly a decade. In that time, I have visited churches all across Texas and beyond. While every church is truly unique, one common desire remains at the heart of all our work and ministry: Texas Baptists want to see people come to know Jesus. These past 20 months have been very challenging in almost every respect. However, I am so very grateful for the faithfulness of our pastors, churches leaders and congregations. Because of your faithfulness the work of the Kingdom here in Texas and beyond has continued to grow. We have made and continue to make a difference. Finally, thank you for your generosity. Your gifts to the Cooperative Program, the Mary Hill Davis Offering for State Missions and our Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, have allowed us to meet the needs of people, educate the next generation and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please join me in praying for a wonderful and blessed 2022.

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EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT

MAJOR ACTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD SINCE THE LAST SESSION OF THE ANNUAL MEETING INCLUDED: Approved the 2020 proceedings of the 135th Annual Session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas that met virtually November 15-17 hosted by Dallas Baptist University.

APPROVED THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS FOR BOARDS OF AFFILIATED MINISTRIES Recommendation for Nomination to the Baylor University Board of Trustees Approved the following nomination: 2023 Term Tyler C. Cooper Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas Recommendation for Nomination to the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio Board of Trustees Approved the following nomination: 2023 Term Jorge Zayasbazan Baptist Temple Church, San Antonio, TX Recommendation to Re-Elect Baylor University Regent (from the Committee to Nominate Boards of Affiliated Ministries and the Executive Committee) Approved the following nomination: 2024 Term René Maciel First Woodway Baptist Church, Woodway, TX.

APPROVED THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE TO NOMINATE EXECUTIVE BOARD DIRECTORS Approved the following nomination: Sector 27 James Silguero, Crestview Baptist Church, Georgetown, TX

APPROVED THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT COMMITTEE Recommendation to appoint Ward Hayes as Successor Trustee of the Charles Wade Deferred Compensation Insurance Trust Approved recommendation designating Ward D. Hayes as Successor Trustee for the Charles Wade Deferred Compensation Insurance Trust Recommendation to Consolidate Antilley Endowments (from the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee) Approved recommendation that these three endowment funds be consolidated into one endowment titled the Ralph O & Katie L Antilley Endowment Fund for the purpose of supporting State missions.

APPROVED THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE Recommendation for Redesignation of Roger Hall Undistributed Income Approved recommendation redesignating $100,000 of the Undistributed Income from the Roger W. Hall Opportunity Scholarship Fund for each of the next three years (20212023) to be used for program expenses of the Church Health/Revitalization ministry. Furthermore, Executive Leadership and the Director of the Center for Church Health will closely monitor the effectiveness of this work and bring a recommendation to the Executive Board prior to the end of 2023 to fund the work of Church Health through the Cooperative Program. We also recommend that Roger Hall Scholarship awards be capped at $20,000/year.

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Approved recommendation to raise the BGCT retirement match to $250 annually for qualifying ministers and staff. We further recommend that the minimum Texas CP giving for a church to qualify for retirement matching and benefits is $100/month, or $1200/ year for the first participating minister, and $500/year for each additional participating minister or staff. Recommendation to reinvest excess Reserve Fund Approved recommendation that the amount in excess of $7,000,000 in the BGCT Reserve Fund, as of May 25, 2021, be moved to an investment account at HighGround Advisors. Recommendation to allocate 2020 JK Wadley Endowment Fund Approved the recommendation that $500 thousand of available JK Wadley Endowment Fund earnings be allocated immediately to fund the 2020 Pastor Relief Grant in connection with BGCT’s COVID-19 response. Recommendation for 2021 Proposed Budget 1. Approved a budget for 2021 of $34,266,688 from the following sources of revenue: Texas Cooperative Program ........................................... $ 27,027,264 Investment Income ..................................................................5,067,000 Net Texas Budget ................................................................ 32,094,264 Conference and booth fees .................................................. 1,425,344 Product sales .................................................................................635,220 Other revenue ..................................................................................111,860 Total Texas Budget.............................................................. $34,266,688

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Recommendation to Adjust Ministerial Retirement Match Program

2. Approved the percentage allotment of the adopted budget continue at 79% BGCT – 21% Worldwide, with each church selecting the recipient(s) of the Worldwide portion Recommendation for 2021 Texas World Missions Initiatives and Partnerships Allocation Approved a 2021 proposed allocation of $1,050,000 of Cooperative Program Texas Worldwide Missions Initiatives and Partnerships as follows:

2021 Proposed

Missions and Partnerships Missions Mobilization ....... $ 350,000 River Ministry & Mexico Endeavors .......................................210,000 Texas Partnerships ...................................................................... 125,000 Baptist World Alliance ................................................................ 60,000 Intercultural International Initiatives ...................................... 50,000 Go Now Missions .......................................................................... 195,000 Texas Baptist Initiatives Hispanic Education Task Force..................................................25,000 Chaplaincy.........................................................................................35,000 Total .......................................................................................... $ 1,050,000 Recommendation for 2021 Church Start Funding Approved recommendation that $200,000 of the investment income from the J.K. Wadley Mission Fund be allocated as needed to fund church starts. Recommendation for 2021 Funding of Campus Missionary Interns Approved recommendation that $100,000 of current income from the J.K. Wadley Mission Fund be used to fund Campus Missionary Interns in 2021 Recommendation for Loan Forgiveness of Baptist University of the Americas Approved recommendation to forgive $1 of the total $1,000,000 loan created in the September 2017 Executive Board meeting for each $1 BUA raises from any external source between January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.

APPROVED THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS FROM THE AUDIT COMMITTEE Recommendation to Secure 2020 Financial Auditor Approved the firm Weaver conduct the financial audit for the year 2020. Such audit is estimated to cost $50,500 based on a one-year contract. TEXAS BAPTISTS 2021 BOOK OF REPORTS

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COOPERATIVE PROGRAM/ASSOCIATIONAL RELATIONS 6

BRUCE MCCOY Director

RALPH EMERSON Associate Director

SONJA EVANS Specialist

ANNA CRITTENDON Ministry Assistant for Cooperative Program & Associational Relations

Share Christ: Show Love is the message of Texas Baptists. The purpose of this office is to help churches discover how far we can reach with the love of Christ by cooperating in missions giving. For your edification, we produced our 2020 CP Annual Report. It is a concise yet comprehensive report on how Texas Baptists mobilized their funds to effectuate the gospel. The CP Report is available in print (English only) or online (English and Spanish) at txb.org/cpannualreport. We added to our online library of CP Videos a powerful Christmas video: It’s a Wonderful Cooperative Program. During the Christmas season of 2021, you will want to feature this succinct, humorous, and informative video about the importance of the Cooperative Program. Each of these videos is excellent and info-packed into two or three minutes of information and inspiration. We encourage every church to make use of these videos. They highlight ministries about our hospital chaplains, our BSM leaders, and local churches who continue to impact the world for Christ in this time of desperate need. They show how you keep the gospel message spreading across the globe through your faithful CP giving. You can download and make use of them at txb.org/cp. We also published free downloadable stories formatted for your print bulletins or your online news scroll for pre-worship/announcements. You could find them at txb.org/ sundays. They were ideal for a missionary prayer moment in a worship service or other gatherings. Additionally, we provided free informational pieces to help you communicate the reach and scope of your impact through the Cooperative Program. Whether you needed something as simple as a card or a few CP Fast Facts, or our 2020 CP Annual Report or 2021 Budget Summary, you could find them at txb.org/cp. Associational Relations One of my joys is to work with our over 80 Associations across our diverse state. At the helm of each Association is a gifted servant-leader on the cutting edge of church planting, ministry trends, trouble-shooting, and long-range planning called a Director of Missions (DOMs). This past year we provided our DOMs some helpful seminars in evangelism, managing the COVID crisis, and more. And in partnership with our WMU, we sponsored several strategic ministry events and needs through the Mary Hill Davis State Missions Offering (MHD). One such story was, thanks to the MHD, the Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association started a farmer’s market and a pay-as-you-can sandwich shop during the pandemic. This effort assisted the local college age population and their families who found themselves without food during the COVID shutdown. Camping Ministry So many students come to Christ or answer the call to vocational ministry because of the spiritual impact they experience at camp. The Camping Ministry has endured financial challenges from the effects of COVID. We are thankful to the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) and numerous Texas Baptist Churches for their generous help in funding our camps through the COVID pandemic. Please continue to pray for your regional camp, their director, and their financial needs. Although our camps have had to operate at a limited capacity, we praise God that students are still coming to faith in Jesus Christ during this crisis. Thank you!

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In the midst of challenging circumstances, I am pleased to report that the Communications Department experienced a remarkable year of work and ministry. We announced a brand update and staff restructure. We also created or improved upon numerous promotional efforts to better celebrate our collaborative ministry and facilitate increased engagement. And finally, we received 13 divisional and 2 grand prize awards from the Baptist Communicators Association. What’s more, these objectives were accomplished while our department worked remotely or through split shifts in our Dallas office due to the pandemic. Since adopting the Texas Baptists moniker, we have used the name and a green-grey star and cross icon for more than a dozen years with little variation outside of a small font change. When convention leaders made the decision to restructure our ministries into five new centers, we were excited to have the opportunity to liven up our corporate color pallet for the first time since the name change. So, the day after our 2020 Annual Meeting, all Texas Baptists artwork online and in print shifted to use a bright new emerald green star and cross icon, as well as an entirely new palette of colors identifying our ministry centers. Paring the convention’s new mission, vision and staff structure with a fresh new look has been a big task, but one we’ve enjoyed immensely. Our hope is that this look resonates with you and your church and represents a movement you’re proud to be a part of! We produce a number of promotional pieces each year to celebrate and tell the story of what God is doing through our cooperative missions and ministry, but our latest booklet outlining the convention’s new mission, vision and staff structure is one every Texas Baptist needs to see. If you’ve not seen it yet, check out the digital version at txb.org/ vision. This piece opens with a letter from Executive Director David Hardage and provides an overview of each of the five new ministry centers, as well as a word from each center director. Also included are refreshed mission and vision statements that really get at the essence of what we are about as Baptists in Texas: the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, or GC2 as we like to call it. We have struggled to keep enough copies of this booklet on hand, but we always have more on the way. If you would like to receive this handy little resource so you are aware of all the remarkable ministry resources available to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at subscription@texasbaptists.org. You can also find past copies of Texas Baptists Life magazine, Cooperative Program Annual Reports, Budget Summaries and more by visiting txb.org/publications. Finally, we were honored to receive 15 awards during the 57th Wilmer C. Field Awards Competition this past April. Winning submissions spanned categories including photography, print design, graphic design, web design, email marketing and social media. To be recognized for excellence in the midst of such an unusual year is a testament to our team members and their dedication to helping churches share Christ and show love. Even as our department continues to grow and change, we remain committed to raising up the next generation of Baptist communicators to go and tell!

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JOSHUA MINATREA Director

BRITTANY THOMAS

Digital Marketing Specialist/ Communications Assistant

BONNIE SIESS Interim News Manager

NEIL WILLIAMS Multimedia Specialist

MEREDITH ROSE Social Media Specialist

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS

Award-winning ministry amidst challenging season

CALEB ARNDT Graphic Designer

MARITZA SOLANO Production Designer

JOHANN DYCK

Web Manager

JILLIAN SANDERS

Web Specialist

NIGEL ROBINSON Marketing Consultant

HEATHER PENNA

Junior Marketing Consultant

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES

The Human Resources Department is, foremost among our responsibilities, here to serve. In fact, our stated mission is: To support the mission and ministries of the BGCT by helping leaders attract, train, and retain quality staff members. We accomplish this through applying strategies and interventions in the areas of recruitment, benefit administration, employee relations, compensation, training and development, organizational design, coaching, and performance management.

RAY MALONE Director

SILVIA SCHWALBACH HR Benefits Coordinator

LATAMRA SELLS

HR Generalist

Instead of just listing statistics, let us share a few examples of things we’ve done and are working on this year that we feel better illustrates our commitment to our Human Resources ministry. How Are We doing – An Inward Look This past year, we continued our inward focus on process improvement with the goal in mind of serving our BGCT ministries more effectively. During this past year, our effort focused on improving our benefit communication technology for the organization. • Specifically, we are completing the work on instituting a new benefit module, UKG (United Kronos Group) in our Human Resources Information System (HRIS). • Additionally, we are beginning the work on implementing our applicant tracking module in our HRIS. When implementation is complete, the entire employee HR experience and employment lifecycle will be technology based. COVID-19: An Employment Challenge Like No Other When COVID-19 came onto the scene in January 2020, we began to monitor its progress and prepare as an organization for actions to take to ensure the safety of our employees while continuing to provide ministry support to our churches. • On March 16, we implemented the decision to work from home. We adapted and found new needs to address and creative ways to continue our ministries. Our employees performed admirably, and we were pleased to be able to bless them and their families by continuing to keep them employed and serving the Kingdom every day. • On October 5th, we established a split schedule which allowed the staff to come back and experience the camaraderie of being in the office while keeping the office numbers low to keep the staff safe. Our scheduled office days were Monday/ Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday, with Friday work from home. • Thirteen months later, on May 3rd, 2021, we were finally fully staffed and reunited under one roof. We thank God for keeping our staff safe and protected during this tumultuous season of COVID-19. While some of our employees were affected by the virus it was a marginal amount and all fully recovered. Work In Progress – Looking To The Future In HR, we are always looking for ways to improve our employee’s experience as they work daily to support Texas Baptists and the Kingdom. On our agenda for what’s next includes: • Developing a Management Handbook that will provide direction to managers on their HR responsibilities. • Enhancing our Employee Recognition Program that will recognize and reward the performance of both management and non-management staff. We in HR are blessed and we thank you for the opportunity that you give us to serve in His name. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions or if you need help in the HR arena – we are here to serve.

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 To make the Baptist Identity material available in the major languages of the world AND to have each posted on the English website www.baptistdistinctives.org as well as a website devoted to each language is a goal and project of the Texas Baptist Heritage Center/Baptist History and Distinctives Council. When the Pandemic hit, the material had already been made available in Spanish and Portuguese. When we received a request from missionaries in Brazil about the material in Portuguese, we were grateful to be able to respond that the website www. distintivosbatistas.org (Portuguese) was available and material could be downloaded and printed without charge. They indicated they were aware that other good Baptist distinctives material in Portuguese was available but liked the way the Baptist Identity material was presented. Even while the Pandemic raged the translation project continued…thanks to the grace of God, technical resources, and a team of dedicated persons. An example of this is the preparation of the material in Hindi. Dr. David Mahfouz, chairperson of the Council, has been instrumental in the total project and he enlisted Emmanuel Pandula to assist in the translation, who in turn enlisted Dr. P. Emily Grace, his sister in India, to complete it. Excerpts from her email indicate the level of dedication that made the completion possible: “On the onset, I’d like to thank God for giving me this great privilege to translate Baptist Distinctives from English to Hindi…It was challenging for me in more than one way to complete the task as I had to work from home and also educate my seven year old son at home because of the ongoing global crisis….Nevertheless, I thank the Holy Spirit for his guidance and strength….My laptop broke in February…. It was at this time that my Spiritual friend Sudha Karuna, a Baptist Pastor’s wife, a government employee and an active Woman leader in the Baptist field from Mumbai encouraged me and literally came all the way from Mumbai to Hyderabad (despite the restrictions for travelling) just to help me continue the translation….My close friend Swetha gave her laptop to complete the task. Mr. Suraj Kumar Nayak (Sr. Editor of Subhavaartha & Shubhsandesh Television) a former colleague of mine, helped me largely in formatting the entire document….He spent many nights correcting and typing all that I dictated to him….I would also like to specially thank my mother who took care of my son and fed him when I spent my long hours at work….I feel proud to be a Baptist pastor’s daughter….May our land repent and turn to Him…All glory to God and Him alone be all honour given.” Peter Vavrosky facilitated the material in Mandarin and provided valuable insight on technical issues. Brad Hepp, webmaster for the project, has faithfully prepared website after website in the various languages, working closely with translators. Indeed, the translation project is an international one.

WILLIAM M. PINSON, JR

Executive Director Emeritus/ Director TX Baptist Heritage Center (Volunteer)

DORIS A. TINKER

Director Communications/ Organization (Volunteer)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TEXAS BAPTIST HERITAGE CENTER/BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES COUNCIL

CHINESE/MANDARIN.......HINDI…...SPANISH PORTUGUESE....…SWAHILI ARABIC….…ENGLISH

PROGRESS CONTINUES with the material in Swahili and Arabic soon to be available. When that is completed, persons speaking the largest language groups in the world will have the Baptist identity materials available--and other languages are projected. Babbel Magazine reports the language groups numbers as: ENGLISH-1.348 billion; CHINESE-1.120 billion; HINDI-600 million SPANISH-543 million; ARABIC-274 million; PORTUGUESE-258 million; SWAHILI-100 million The translations of the Baptist identity materials, containing the gospel message, make this an evangelistic outreach to the world, helping Texas Baptists fulfill the Great Commission and Great Commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TEXAS BAPTIST HISTORICAL COLLECTION

2020 marked the 87th year of operation for the Texas Baptist Historical Collection and what a year it was. Starting in March, because of COVID-19, the TBHC closed to in person research. However, this did not stop researchers from across the country contacting the Collection on numerous topics including Texas Baptists response to the Spanish Flu, Baptist hospitals in Texas, Texas Baptist churches and institutions, Texas WMU, and the American Tract Society. The TBHC staff also answered over 388 phone or email request for information from individuals, churches, and institutions. ALAN J. LEFEVER Director

NAOMI TAPLIN

Associate Director

PHIL HASSELL

Manager Texas Baptist Historical Museum

AUTUMN HENDON Ministry Assistant

HEATHER MOONEY

Coordinator of Community Outreach and Research

Even during this unusual year, the TBHC continued to acquire new material. In 2020, 98 linear feet were added to the TBHC including the personal papers of Bruce Bowles, longtime President of the Baptist Church Loan Corporation as well as additional material to the B.B. Mckinney Collection. Numerous church minutes were also added to the Collection including Highland Baptist Church and Pleasant View Baptist Church both from Dallas. The Associate Director of the TBHC conducted 5 virtual workshops around the state on Records Management, Library Development and Oral History. Even in these challenging times, she continued to assist Texas African American Baptist Leaders in the creation of an Oral History program to document the African American Baptist Church in Texas. The TBHC hopes of beginning a similar program with Cowboy Churches has been pushed back to 2022. The two museums which are part of the TBHC were closed doing the Pandemic. It is with a heavy heart that the staff of the TBHC must report the passing of one of its members. Phil Hassell, who served as the pastor of Independence Baptist Church/Manager of the Texas Baptist Historical Museum, died of COVID-19 in August. He was a beloved husband, father, minister, and friend and is deeply missed by all who knew him. The church library ministry continues to be a vital component of the Collection’s ministry. The 2020 Church Library Conference was canceled due to COVID-19 but should return in 2021. Please contact Naomi Taplin (naomi.taplin@texasbaptists.org) for information. The Texas Baptist Historical Museum reopened in May of 2021 and visitors are once again encouraged to come to the TBHM. The permanent displays at the TBHM tell the stories of the beginnings of the Baptist denomination, Baptists in America, and Texas Baptists. Important Baptist Distinctives are also highlighted on an interactive wall. To arrange a tour of the museum please contact Alan Lefever (alan.lefever@texasbaptists.org). Finally, the TBHC staff actively reached out to associations across the state to identify recently disbanded or disbanding churches to preserve these churches records before they are lost forever. The TBHC offers the following services:

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Pastor Relief Fund More than 340 bivocational and small church pastors suffered loss of employment or salary reduction due to COVID-19. Generous donations from across the state given through the Missions Foundation helped ease their distress. One pastor wrote, “Due to two brain surgeries, and then losing two part-time secular jobs, this has been a very challenging time for my wife and me. I thank the Lord for your financial help, which is much needed at this time.”

JERRY CARLISLE President

STEVE MASSEY

Vice President

ERIC WYATT

Camp Relief Fund

Vice President

Last year, the survival of 27 Texas Baptists-affiliated camps was jeopardized due to loss of income caused by the pandemic. We reached out to our Texas Baptists family for help and received over $600,000 in gifts from individuals, businesses and churches to support these camps. Our TBMF staff provided fundraising workshops last fall and winter to assist camp directors in being intentional and strategic in their ongoing fundraising efforts. Thanks to your generosity in 2020, these camps are now back on their feet and will continue to see lives changed.

LESLIE SNYDER

Donor Relations Coordinator

BARBARA FORBIS

Administrative Assistant

BRUCE MCGOWAN

Senior Consultant for BSM

Church Disaster Relief Floods, freezes, and tornados wreaked havoc for churches across the state. TBMF’s Church Disaster Relief fund provided consultations from Church Architecture specialists for assessments and counsel. One example is The Cross Baptist Church of Tyler whose mission is, “Changing lives…by loving and connecting.” When broken pipes from February’s winter storm severely hindered the church from fulfilling its mission, donations to the Church Disaster Relief fund provided assistance. The response? “The congregants of The Cross Baptist Church, Tyler, are extremely grateful for the grant we received which made it possible for us to make necessary repairs to our building related to the snowstorm of February 2021. We praise God for the connection we have to our Texas Baptists family!”

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TEXAS BAPTIST MISSIONS FOUNDATION

The COVID-19 pandemic presented Texas Baptists with new challenges as well as new opportunities for the Missions Foundation to partner with donors to fulfill the Great Commission and obey the Great Commandment. Following are just a few of the ways Texas Baptist individuals and churches responded to needs in 2020-2021.

Aggie BSM Next Century Endowment Campaign In 2021, the Aggie Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) — the very first Baptist collegiate ministry in Texas — begins its next century of ministry to Aggieland. Seeing immense potential for sharing the Gospel, the Missions Foundation partnered with the Aggie BSM to launch the Next Century Campaign to increase the Aggie BSM endowments by $2 million to staff Baptist Student Ministry on every Aggie-related campus in a four-county region. Over $350,000 has already been given by generous alumni and friends of Texas A&M BSM. The Missions Foundation: Connecting God’s Mission with Your Legacy The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation helps individuals connect God’s mission with their legacy through present gifts, planned gifts, and estate gifts. From April 2020 through May of 2021, we assisted 29,046 donors who gave a total of $7,901,240 in cash and gifts in kind. One way giving such as this supports missions in Texas and around the world is through the annual grants awarded by the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Council. An unprecedented $688,260 was allocated for Texas Baptists ministries and missions in 2021. Are you interested in return on investment? Currently, each dollar generated by TBMF costs a mere seven cents of Cooperative Program support. Our staff is available and eager to work with you and your congregation to explore possible ways to connect God’s Mission with Your Legacy. TEXAS BAPTISTS 2021 BOOK OF REPORTS

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ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

To pivot is to make a sudden or swift change in direction. In the business world, companies pivot to a new product, service, or strategy when they experience declining sales or see emerging trends.

CRAIG CHRISTINA Associate Executive Director

STEVE MULLEN

Director Theological Education

ANNA ROSALES

Executive Assistant to the AED/Exec. Brd. Coordinator

MARIBEL PAZ Committee Specialist

But did you know there was a time when Jesus chose to pivot? It happened during an encounter with the Syrophoenician woman in Matthew 15:21-28 (also Mark 7:24-30). Jesus was trying to get away from the crowds, so he left Israel and withdrew to the Gentile countryside near Tyre and Sidon. A pagan woman with a demon-possessed daughter heard about Jesus and sought him out. She begged and pleaded with him to heal her daughter. At first, Jesus remained silent. When she persisted, Jesus compared her to a “dog.” He said in Matthew 15:26, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” The woman replied, “Yes it is, Lord. … Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table” (v. 27). At that, Jesus said to her, “‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment” (v. 28). It seemed like Jesus was trying to ignore the woman. Then, it seemed like Jesus was insulting her. But all along, it was a test of faith. The woman was passionate, penitent, and persistent. In the end, she believed what was impossible for man was possible with God. She took a leap of faith, and Jesus responded with a pivot from a traditional attitude—that Messiah was only for the Jews—to fling open the door of salvation to someone new; to any man, woman, boy or girl with a saving faith. This past year has been one of the most challenging years for ministry in recent memory; and yet, God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves. Churches were forced to wrestle with the question: what does it mean to be and to do church? The BGCT also wrestled with these questions, and we chose to pivot. Under the sagacious leadership of our Executive Director David Hardage, we unveiled a new vision called GC2. The Great Commandment “to love God and others,” and the Great Commission “to go and make disciples of all nations” form the two GCs. “GC2 is a movement of God’s people to share Christ and show love.” To fulfill this God-sized vision, we took a leap of faith by re-organizing the BGCT into 5 new Centers: • The Center for Church Health (evangelism/apologetics, discipleship, church health strategist, music and worship, church architecture, GC2 Press) led by Phil Miller; • The Center for Ministerial Health (pastoral counseling, financial health team, area reps, connections team, western heritage, bi-vocational, interim services) led by Dowell Loftis; • The Center for Cultural Engagement (Christian Life Commission, Texas Baptists en Español, African American Ministry, Intercultural Ministry, Baptist Chaplaincy, Faith Fosters Texas) led by Gus Reyes; • The Center for Missional Engagement (Church Starting/Replanting, River Ministry and Mexico Missions, Missionary Adoption Program, Texas Baptist Missionaries, Philippi/House churches, BOUNCE student disaster relief) led by Josue Valerio; • The Center for Collegiate Ministry (Baptist Student Ministry and Go Now Missions) led by Mark Jones. It is my privilege, under the leadership of Dr. Hardage, to supervise these Center directors as we collaborate to assist churches and ministers in sharing Christ and showing love. Challenges will arise. The devil is always on the prowl. But if we pivot with passion, penitence, and persistence, God will reward our faith; and we will see more and more people set free to follow Him!

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The new mission statement for our convention states that “Texas Baptists is a movement of God’s people to share Christ and show love by strengthening churches and ministers, transforming culture, and connecting the nations to Jesus.” Strengthening Churches lasers focuses on the work of the Center for Church Health. The BGCT exists primarily to serve the needs of our churches; to help the local church be healthy so that God’s people may succeed in his mission of connecting the world to Jesus. The concept of a Center for Church Health is not new in Baptist life, but nonetheless, timely. Through the guidance of our Executive Leadership, our staff organizational restructure has been focused on five centers. The present grouping for the Center for Church Health includes the following: Discipleship, Evangelism, Music & Worship, Church Architecture, BaptistWay Press, and Church Health Strategy. Every team listed went through some degree of change in assignment or personnel during this reporting period.

PHIL MILLER Director

DEBY MILLER Administrative Assistant

CENTER FOR CHURCH HEALTH

The Center for Church Health was created to strengthen the local church, provide resources in the areas of church health strategies, evangelism, apologetics, discipleship, worship, children’s ministry, student and family ministry, young adult/millennial ministry, Boomer ministry, church architecture, and BaptistWay Press. When churches need assistance with any local church ministry area, they will know to call The Center for Church Health.

Discipleship has two new staff members – Jennifer Howington (Childhood Specialist), Cory Liebrum (Youth & Family Ministry Specialist). Evangelism – Carlos Francis (African American Evangelism Specialist), Emily Hamby (Evangelism Ministry Assistant) Music & Worship – Cynthia Atherton (Music & Worship Ministry Assistant) Church Architecture – with the retirement of Keith Crouch, Pat Ekern, and Ken Hunnicutt, we are exploring new ideas for the future of Church Architecture. BaptistWay Press has gone through a name change to GC2 Press. This name aligns with the Texas Baptists vision of sharing Christ and showing love – Great Commission, Great Commandment. Church Health Strategy didn’t exist before 2021. Since January we have brought Dr. Jonathan Smith into the role of Director of Church Health Strategy. He is leading the way on developing a church health strategy for our Texas Baptist churches. I encourage you to read the reports on these teams in the pages that follow. Additionally, there are other new assignments that are being added to the Center for Church Health that will reported on in next year’s Book of Reports. All of the above was taking place while we were experiencing a worldwide pandemic. The spirit of cooperation, sticking to the mission of helping the local church, and finding a way to get things done was exemplified by every person on our staff. We were working from home using Zoom meetings, text messages, emails, and phone calls to stay connected with church leaders. We had weekly Zoom staff meetings for most of the months we were out of the office, had 6 staff members retire, resulting in new assignments for many others, but this team never wavered. As of the writing of this report (July, 2021) we are on track with new ministries, new staff members, and a new vision for connecting with our Texas Baptist churches that will prove to be “a movement of God’s people to share Christ and show love by strengthening churches and ministers, transforming culture, and connecting the nations to Jesus.”

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CENTER FOR CHURCH HEALTH CHURCH HEALTH STRATEGY

Assisting Texas Baptist churches in evaluating their church health, engaging their community with the Gospel, and growing God’s Kingdom by the power of the Holy Spirit.

JONATHAN SMITH Director

CYNTHIA ATHERTON Ministry Assistant

When Arcadia, First Baptist Church told me their church, about 250 in worship, averaged three to four guest families each week, I almost jumped out of my chair. That is a high percentage of guests for a church that size and can double the church quickly. When I told Pastor Josh McDonald when a family visits your church for a second time, the likelihood of them joining your church family increases to 70%, he jumped out of his chair! Because of your generous giving to the Cooperative Program, Arcadia FBC now has an assimilation strategy “that is killer,” according to Pastor Josh. Complete with an analysis of parking, first-time guest signage and flow, new follow-up strategies, and a retooled new member class, Arcadia FBC has grown so much they are starting a second worship service for the first time in the church’s history. And so goes the ministry of a church health strategist. You have likely heard the term church revitalization these days. The term is often associated with a complete church overhaul. Some churches indeed need a comprehensive consultation and completely new strategies to become alive again. But most churches simply need a strategy in one or two areas to be healthy again. Take leadership development as an example. I read recently that 93% of pastors recognize the need for a leadership development strategy, but only 8% have a strategy. As just one member of the Center for Church Health, our team can help guide you and your church as you build any of these essential strategies:

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Evangelism strategy Leadership development strategy Assimilation strategy Discipleship strategy Church growth strategy Worship strategy

Since joining the Texas Baptist staff in the new role of Director of Church Health Strategy in January of 2021, I have consulted onsite with over 20 churches, consulted online with 30 churches, led online training about leadership, church growth, evangelism, assimilation, and coaching. The Lord has allowed me to train several associations about networking, community ministry development, and setting up ministry mentoring opportunities. I have developed a statewide assimilation strategy that is being beta tested by several churches. In April of 2021, Texas Baptists announced a strategic partnership with Dr. Thom and Sam Rainer of Church Answers. Many of Church Answers excellent products can now be utilized by Texas Baptists at a greatly reduced cost. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the Rainers as we seek to advance the Kingdom of God in Texas together. In 2022, we will certify up to 30 church health and growth consultants to assist churches around the great state of Texas. For more information about the Church Health Strategy at Texas Baptist, including articles, resource downloads, and podcasts, visit www.Texasbaptists.org/healthchurch

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Three words summarize the past year in our work. Revision “Revision” has been a theme for our team over the past year in two ways: First, beginning in 2020 we revised the way we train and resource church leaders. In-person consultation and training was quickly made virtual, and a series of online Discipleship Roundtables was born (now available on demand at txb.org/roundtables). A total of 368 church leaders attended, addressing topics like: • Helping Group Leaders Embrace Healthy Change • Special Needs Ministry • Reaching Families During the Holidays • Family Ministry that Thrives • Ministers and Mental Health • Summer Planning for Childhood and Youth Ministry amidst the Pandemic “Zoom fatigue” will pass, but we discovered the online format is a great way to connect with leaders across the state quickly, conveniently, and inexpensively. These Roundtables will continue—some in-person and some virtual—and we hope you get to experience one or more in the next year. Second, in 2021 we began a re-visioning process with the hiring of two new members to the discipleship team. New Childhood Ministry Specialist, Jennifer Howington (jennifer. howington@txb.org), and new Youth & Family Ministry Specialist, Cory Liebrum (cory. liebrum@txb.org) both hit the ground running with consultations and training. But the team is also developing a new targeted approach to bring leadership development opportunities to every region of the state. Watch for details in the months ahead!

DAVID ADAMS Director

SHERYL PAGE Lead Ministry Assistant

JENNIFER HOWINGTON Childhood Ministry Specialist

CORY LEIBRUM

Youth & Family Ministry Assistant

SARAH JOHNSON Childhood Program Coordinator

CENTER FOR CHURCH HEALTH DISCIPLESHIP

After an unprecedented year of challenge, church leaders are more acutely aware of the need to develop new leaders and disciple new (and old) believers. Your Texas Baptists discipleship team exists to provide consultations, leadership training, special events, and minister networking to help Texas Baptist congregations develop effective approaches to ministry development and disciple-making.

Relationships The discipleship team values relationships and works hard to be a friend to your church and its leaders. Our uptick in online presence proved that ministry relationships emerge and grow even in the virtual realm. For instance, Cory recently made a new connection with a bivocational youth pastor in the Rio Grande Valley during one of the online Roundtables. This new connection would have likely never been made in the traditional patterns of communicating and meeting, but potential partners and leaders have been discovered like this multiple times. Our Roundtables were also a point of contact for one individual who felt called to discipleship ministry but was searching for direction. This person was encouraged through additional roundtables and an ongoing email conversation with David. After several months God provided a place of service discipling people who may never become church members but need the good news of Jesus and encouragement to walk with him daily. Virtual ministry with a personal touch also happened during the 2021 Preschool & Children’s Ministers Retreat. All who registered for the online conference were mailed a “retreat in a box” that was opened together as the event began. Inside were reminders of things always found at the in person retreat. Items included the traditional retreat coffee brand, the iconic bag of popcorn from our Christian Life Commission, and a great mug with the retreat logo. Resilience Mainstay events on our discipleship calendar had to be adapted in the past year—often dramatically. But nearly all of them still took place and 1,182 people participated in one or more of the following: • Youth/Next Gen Conclave • National Boomer Conference • Preschool & Children’s Minister Retreat • VBS Curriculum Overviews • Bible Drill & Speakers’ Tournament • Associational and single-church training/speaking We are thankful to serve Texas Baptists and want to be sure you know we’re here for you and your congregation. TEXAS BAPTISTS 2021 BOOK OF REPORTS

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CENTER FOR CHURCH HEALTH EVANGELISM

GC2, The Great Commission and the Great Commandment, is the emphasis of 2021! It has been a year of transition, innovation and adaptation to new models of ministry made necessary by a world-wide pandemic but ultimately needed to reach this internet culture. I am proud to lead a team that has not slowed down in the face of obstacles, but instead has found new creative methods of evangelism and apologetics training. Please take a moment to be encouraged by these brief overviews of the work by your Evangelism team:

LEIGHTON FLOWERS Director

EMILY HAMBY Lead Ministry Assistant

JASON RICHARDS

Youth Events / Super Summer Specialist

LINDSEY BROWN

Youth Evangelism Ministry Program Coordinator

CARLOS FRANCIS

Evangelism Associate / African American Specialist

Super Summer For 47 years, Super Summer has taught over 150,000 students to know and share the Gospel. That vision continues to outlast challenges like a pandemic. Super Summer came out of the suspended 2020 summer with four sessions at Texas Baptist Universities. The emphasis was on following a blind man’s lead from John 9 in sharing what we know about who Jesus is and what he has done in our relationship with him. We are looking forward to continuing to teach students to know and share the Gospel in the summer of 2022. African American Evangelism The Recharge Conference focused on dealing with the challenges and dangers that are currently hurting the African American Church. Recharge was received with warmth this past year because of the decline in African American Churches due to the pandemic. The conference provided training and educated pastors and churches on how to set your worship and weekly activities in the virtual world. By helping these pastors and churches learn how to set up virtual space, we were blessed to see many churches become fruitful in their membership growth. We will continue to train and equip African American churches on new evangelism methodology and provide tools for the active membership of both virtual and in person church.

VICTOR RODRIGUEZ

Hispanic Evangelism Evangelism and discipleship are the cornerstone in reaching our church communities. With approximately 1,200 Texas Baptist Hispanic churches in the state today and the challenge that COVID-19 presented, the emphasis shifted from conference training to a more focused one to one pastoral and leadership training. Utilizing digital platforms from Facebook to Zoom training weekly with groups of pastors and church leaders was effective. Moving forward, utilizing the digital platforms will continue to grow in addition to incorporating our associational training conferences once again.

DAVID GONZALEZ

In 2020, the Paul to Timothy Evangelism School was initiated to train and mentor key church pastors and leaders to help in the continual statewide one-on-one training of other pastors and church leaders. The goal is to have trained and mentored over 1,500 pastors and leaders in preaching, baptizing and discipling.

Evangelism Associate / Hispanic Evangelism & Discipleship Specialist

Congreso Coordinator

ERIC HERNANDEZ

Apologetics Lead & Millennial Specialist

Congreso Congreso is designed to reach Hispanic students with the gospel, invest in their lives, and equip them for impactful living as disciples of Jesus. This year Congreso took place virtually with a full program to encourage our students and churches to impact the next generation. Over 800 students engaged with biblical teachings and worship. We look forward to meeting in person this coming spring with the collaboration of our Texas Baptists Universities and partners. Apologetics Eric Hernandez, our lead apologist, mentored and trained young key leaders and pastors in the Philippines via zoom on evangelistic apologetics. In spite of COVID-19, there were fifteen sessions and over thirty hours of training. Since then, the group has been growing and is branching out into subgroups, making other disciples. The publication and release of a GC2 Evangelism and Apologetics curriculum along with the planning of several local training conferences will seek to encourage our churches to be about the business of sharing Christ and showing love.

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GC2 Press will continue to publish the Connect 360 undated adult quarterly Bible study curriculum. Connect 360 has gained a reputation for solid biblical teaching and will continue to be published as an undated quarterly Bible study available in book form and digital downloads. Connect 360 is currently being distributed to over 1600 customers in 38 states and 16 countries and has been translated into eight different languages. Note: Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Texas Baptists through their gifts to the Mary Hill Davis Mission Offering, we are able to add new, free, downloadable Bible studies to our website in several different languages each year. Here are some highlights from June 2020 through May 2021. . Published In-Depth Quarterly Adult Bible Studies: • Living in the Spirit: Righteousness, Peace & Joy (Summer 2020)) • Pure Joy: A Choice to Rejoice (Philippians) (Fall 2020) • The reMARKable Journey Begins: Faith & Hope (The Gospel of Mark) (Winter 2020-21) • Solomon: No Ordinary Kind of Wisdom (1 & 2 Chronicles) (Spring 2021) Each study in English includes a Study Guide, a Large Print Study Guide, and a Teaching Guide. Premium Commentaries, Premium Teaching Plans, and Teaching Resource Items are available at www.gc2press.org . Kindle editions of the study guides are also available on Amazon. You can find these by searching on Amazon/Kindle for “GC2 Press” or “BaptistWay Press.”

BOB BILLUPS Publisher

NANCY FEASTER Publishing Specialist

STAN GRANBERRY Markting Coordinator

CENTER FOR CHURCH HEALTH GC2 PRESS

Welcome to GC2® Press Bible Studies and Resources (formerly BaptistWay Press®). We have changed our name. Our new name reflects the alignment with Texas Baptists’ recently updated mission statement: GC2 is a movement of God’s people to share Christ and show love. Our driving passion is to follow the Lord’s call to fulfill the Great Commission “to share Christ” and the Great Commandment “to show love.” The Great Commission and the Great Commandment form the two “GC’s,” or GC2.

New Book Available: • Speak Freedom: Developing Emergent Leaders in the Struggle for Justice (March 2021) Written by Randel Everett, Founder and President of 21Wilberforce and former Executive Director of Texas Baptists. Upcoming In-Depth Quarterly Adult Bible Studies • The Conquerors: Heroes of the Faith (Judges 1-8) (Summer 2021) • The Making of Authentic Faith: Wisdom That Works (James) (Fall 2021) • Jesus Storyteller: Timeless Truths from His Parables (Luke) (Winter 2021-22) • Praise Him in the Storm: When Life Falls Apart (Job) (Spring 2022) Upcoming New Books: • The Joshua Dilemma: Mentoring Servant Leaders to Transition Through Ministry Succession (June 2021) Written by Rayford E. Malone, Director of Human Resources, Texas Baptists • The Reluctant Peacemaker (August 2021) Written by Bruce McCoy, Director of Cooperative Program, Texas Baptists Moving Toward the Future…GC2® Press will continue to seek to expand its reach in serving churches by connecting people to God through His Word. We will support the ministry teams of the BGCT as their publisher and leverage our website to serve more churches. Please check out our complete library of both printed and digital resources at www. gc2press.org . These resources include adult, college, youth, children, and preschool materials. MINISTRY STATISTICS FOR BAPTISTWAY PRESS® (June 2020 - May 2021) # of units sold.....................................................................74,067​​​ Gross Sales .........................................................................$379,718 ​​ # of orders ..........................................................................4006 # of customers ..................................................................1682 It is an honor to serve Texas Baptists as the Publisher of GC2® Press. Please feel free to contact me with your questions, suggestions, and comments. You can email me at bob. billups@texasbaptists.org or call me at 214-828-5324 or 214-828-5263. May God continue to bless you as you continue to serve Him. TEXAS BAPTISTS 2021 BOOK OF REPORTS

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CENTER FOR CHURCH HEALTH MUSIC & WORSHIP

The Music & Worship team is here to help and encourage Texas Baptist churches by offering consulting to the Worship Pastor, Senior Pastor and Music Search Committees. Our prayer and desire is to be an encouragement to the church and worship leadership. In addition to consultations, we offer several training events for the church music and worship leadership throughout the year. Some of these are:

TOM TILLMAN Director

CYNTHIA ATHERTON

Ministry Program Coordinator

Children’s Worship University (CWU) Our premier children’s choir/children’s worship/children’s week-day preschool music January training event this year was a fully virtual experience. Because of the pandemic, we adapted our two day in-person experience to one morning, with all workshops available to watch for three months included with their very low cost registration. Because of this, we were able to attract over 250 registrants from all over the country and even a few from other countries as we partnered with 17 other Baptist state conventions. We look forward to returning to an in-person event this January in Richardson! Worship Summits Worship Summits took on a different feel this past year due to the pandemic. We were able to have 6 virtual summits averaging about 45 people at each. Summits offer a day of inspiration, fellowship and networking primarily for the Worship Pastor, Senior Pastor and worship leadership. Mike Harland, former Director of Music at LifeWay Worship was our special guest for the summit in June. Instrumental Convergence Because of the pandemic, we were not able to meet in person, however we did have a virtual experience with our clinician Steve Dunn, Instrumental Professor at the University of Mobile and David Winkler of Great Hills Church in Austin. We were able to have a time of encouragement and insights hosted by Director of Music & Worship, Tom Tillman. Steve will be leading our in-person event next February in Austin. Everlasting Choir Celebration Once again, due to the pandemic, we offered a virtual experience featuring Dr. Benjamin Harlan hosted by Tom Tillman. Dr. Harlan will return in 2022 for three Everlasting inperson locations for senior adult choirs. Worship Resources Virtual Conference This was a great experience that the state worship directors of 17 Baptist state conventions put together since no one was able to go to conferences last year due to the pandemic. We had over 1500 registrants offering 75 breakout sessions. We were able to see a need and meet it with worship pastors and those working with music in the church. Handbell Festival Our festival got postponed to the Fall of 2021. We look forward to hearing wonderful music played with our expert clinician, Dave Harris of the Raleigh Ringers. Singing Men of Texas Six chapters and over 600 men comprise the Singing Men of Texas. These groups are so excited to be returning to in-person concerts this fall and spring! Singing Women of Texas Eight chapters and over 350 ladies are so excited to return to action this fall and spring after a year away due to the pandemic! Social Media Presence The social media presence of Texas Baptists Music & Worship continues to grow. The TXBmusicandworship Facebook page has grown from 64 followers to over 1,500 today. Follow

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Effective Ministries - Our desire in Texas Baptists Church Architecture is to help our churches use and develop their buildings and property for more effective ministries. We are advocates to help churches with decision-making and responsibilities related to their facilities. We provide on-site building consultations, customized master site plan/floor plan drawing studies, funding assistance for smaller congregations, and capital fundraising through our United We Build program.

KEITH CROUCH Director

KAREN YOUNG

Mary’s House, WMU of Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Loan & Grants Manager II

Tamiko Jones, Executive Director of Texas WMU, contacted Church Architecture in February 2021 to ask if we would be able to give architectural input on a new project, Mary’s House. Mary’s House is a house located on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, so named in honor of Mary Hill Davis. WMU of Texas hopes to rehab the house to create housing for two missionary families as they return stateside to Texas for rest, renewal, and study. WMU of Texas representatives Tamiko Jones, Earl Ann Bumpus, Teri Ussery and Sarah Viana were present with SWBTS staff at the walkthrough of the building. They spoke of rooms that would be fresh, bright, clean and have good quality materials. They wanted floor plans that created secure, versatile, and functional space.

PAT EKERN

Church Architecture consultant, Pat Ekern, created floor plans for the two levels that reinstalled functional kitchens and laundry areas and designed fresh bathroom fixtures and cabinetry which used as much of the existing “footprint” as possible. A secured play area for each residence was suggested, as well as a new parking area to serve the secondfloor residence. Working Together - This year the Church Architecture Team has worked to serve our churches in collaboration with numerous other ministries such as African American Ministries, Texas Baptists Area Reps, Hispanic Baptists Ministries, Intercultural Ministries, Discipleship, Missions Team/Church Starting, Western Heritage, Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, various Local Baptist Associations Directors of Missions, and Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas.

Church Architecture Specialist

KEN HUNNICUTT Church Architecture Specialist

RUSSELL MADDOX

Church Architecture Specialist

FRANK PALOS United We Build Specialist

CENTER FOR CHURCH HEALTH CHURCH ARCHITECTURE

Activities During this Reporting Period: 58 resource packets were issued, 407 consultations took place, 39 Master Site Plans were designed, 47 Floor Plan Studies were conducted, a total of 521 churches were assisted, 11 grants totaling $55,000 were given and 3 church loans totaling $50,750 were processed.

All Kinds of Churches - Our team works with all kinds of churches all over Texas to be the Church in their own context. Congregations of all sizes, new churches, and long-time churches, traditional, contemporary, language groups, cowboy churches, and vaquero churches are part of our ministry as we help them develop their space for more effective ministries.

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CENTER FOR MINISTERIAL HEALTH

Working as a minister in a Baptist church has always been challenging but some argue that ministry is more difficult today than ever before. The Texas Baptists Center for Ministerial Health exists to strengthen and encourage pastors as they strive to fulfill God’s call on their lives. The Center for Ministerial Health has eight different areas that work to accomplish this task.

DOWELL LOFTIS Director

JULIE GALINDO

Lead Ministry Assistant

Financial Health Team - A recent study has shown that 90% of pastors feel some sort of financial stress and 76% of pastors who have recently left the ministry left due to financial pressures. The Texas Baptists Financial Health Team is there to help when a minister experiences financial difficulties. Grants, low interest loans, personal financial counseling, financial education for churches, financial retreats, and on-line financial resources, are all available through the Financial Health Team. Counseling Services - Where can a minister or his family turn for confidential professional counseling services? The Texas Baptists Counseling Services is a safe place for ministers and their families to go for help. Texas Baptist Counseling Services also provide resources in the areas of Mental Health and Sexual Abuse Prevention. It also sponsors Webinars that touch on various mental health issues. Bivocational Ministry - Over 60% of Texas Baptist pastors are bivocational. The Texas Baptists Bivocational Ministry understands the unique challenges faced by bivocational pastors and provides resources and retreats specifically designed for the bivocational pastor. Pastor Strong Initiative - The Pastor Initiative is a ministry funded by a generous gift from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. It takes a holistic approach to the health of the minister and is concerned with the physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual health of Texas Baptist pastors. In 2021 the focus was primarily on the physical health of pastors. This emphasis was highlighted at a Pastor Strong Retreat at Tapitio Springs. In 2022 the major focus will shift to mental health. Area Representatives - Texas is divided into 9 Regions and there is a Texas Baptist Area Representative who lives in each region and ministers in that region of the state. Area Representatives average more than 20 years of pastoral experience in the local church. They are uniquely qualified to minister to pastors and connect then with the vast array of resources available through Texas Baptists. Texas Baptist Area Representatives made over 12,000 contacts with pastors, churches, and Associations this past year. Western Heritage Ministry - Texas Baptists have around 200 Western Heritage or “Cowboy Churches.” Texas Baptists Western Heritage Ministry understands the Cowboy Culture and encourages its pastors through retreats, training events and working with Cowboy Church Associations. Interim Church Services - What does a church do when they have just lost their pastor? Texas Baptists Interim Church Services can help a Search Committee get started and understand a healthy process of finding the next pastor. It can also provide help in finding Supply Preachers, Interim Pastors, and Certified Intentional Interim Pastors. Interim Church Services had contact with over 500 Texas Baptist churches in 2020. Minister Connection - Minister Connection is a great tool for minister and church alike. Churches can submit their open ministry positions and view potential ministry candidates, while ministers can submit their resumes and view ministry openings. Both are free to contact the other as they feel led to do so. If you have any questions about Minister Connection please email ministerconnection@txb.org The Texas Baptists Center for Ministerial Health is here to serve you! If you have any questions about the Center for Ministerial Health, please don’t hesitate to call (214) 828-5111.

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1. Build Relationships - As Area Representatives we are to build meaningful relationships with pastors, staff members, parishioners, Director of Missions, and BGCT institutional staff. 2. Communicate - Area Representatives are to each day communicate pertinent information that is relevant to our constituents. We are also challenged to continually be in “listening mode” to hear the questions and concerns of Texas Baptists and in turn communicate these questions and concerns to the appropriate personnel in the organization. Area Representatives also strive to communicate to pastors and congregations the vast resources available to them from Texas Baptists to aid them in fulfilling their God-given potential. The Area Representatives have remained flexible and pliable over the last several months as our world, country, and congregations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As our pastors and churches have attempted to move forward during and after the height of the pandemic, our Area Representatives have been at the forefront of helping congregations think through new strategies and paradigms. For instance, Area Representatives have been aiding churches in developing strategies to reach out to the vast numbers of people who are now engaged with congregations through online media platforms. Many congregations have budgeted financial resources to hire staff or ministers whose main objective is to engage, reach out, and minister to those seeking Christ online. Some churches have enlisted volunteers within their congregations who are competent in technology who can give time and attention to those who are searching for Jesus through online platforms. The Area Representatives have also played a vital role in helping pastors and congregations develop new strategies of outreach and evangelism. Although some congregants have not returned to in-person worship, the pandemic has sent unchurched and lost people to our churches who are open to the gospel message. The pandemic has opened new opportunities in our communities for the name of Jesus to be proclaimed. The Area Representatives have been honored to walk alongside pastors and congregations and give them direction on how to reach new people for Christ in their ministry context.

TIM WATSON

Director Area 7 Representative (903) 261-1929

KRIS KNIPPA

Area 1 (806) 292-6334

DAVID VELA

Area 2 (915) 309-3674

JOE AGUILAR Area 3 (956) 534-2043

FRED ATER

Area 4 (210) 913-1891

ERNEST DAGOHOY

Area 5 (832) 646-4965

TIM MARROW Area 6 (254) 315-2667

STEVE DOMINY

Area 8 (405) 765-7880

DAN CURRY

Area 9 (817) 781-2440

CENTER FOR MINISTERIAL HEALTH AREA REPRESENTATIVES

Texas Baptists employs nine Area Representatives who serve pastors, churches, associations and BGCT institutions across 264,000 square miles of the Lone Star State. Area Representatives serve as first responders to meet the myriad of needs of our Texas Baptists constituents. Our mission, as mandated by our Executive Leadership Team, is two-fold:

Our Area Representatives Team welcomed three new outstanding members in 2021 who are adding value to the pastors and churches in their geographical Service Areas: Jose “Joe” Aguilar (Rio Grande Valley), David Vela (Far West Texas) and Kris Knippa, (West Texas Panhandle). These gentlemen are wonderful additions to our Area Representatives Team. The Area Representatives documented over 12,000 contacts with pastors, churches, and associations between June of 2020 and May of 2021. Our Area Representatives covert your prayers as we serve you and our Texas Baptists family.

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CENTER FOR MINISTERIAL HEALTH BIVOCATIONAL PASTORS MINISTRY

Our purpose is to encourage, equip and engage those who serve in a Bivocational capacity or in small membership churches. We are walking alongside these hardworking servants and their churches to awaken them to fulfill their God-given vision. This past year we had the opportunity to coordinate pastor and spouse retreats, assist small membership church impact their communities for Christ, facilitate training opportunities and work with Bivocational pastors in Texas and aboard. Thank you, Texas Baptists, for your support in helping us help others. Because of this, three awesome things occurred. IRA ANTOINE Director

Small Church with a Super-sized Effort. A small membership congregation in the Rio Grande Valley with approximately 40 members impacted their community. The members pool their resources and partner with the local food bank to help the least among them. They minister to the low-income population of their community. Before the 2020 global pandemic, the church provided food boxes to 80-90 families per month. Now, this small membership church offers boxes of food for over 200 families per month. The pandemic magnified the food insecurity concerns in this ministry context. They have super-sized their effort to meet food needs amid an unprecedented season. On occasion, there were so many people coming for food that cars caused congestion on the street. A police officer saw the congestion and voluntarily directed and organized the flow so that no family went without food, nor anyone getting hurt. Our ministry assisted by helping the church secure a much-needed refrigerator and freezer to store the donated products until the distribution date else the donations would go elsewhere. Same Mission Just Different Method. A central Texas Student leader was trying to connect with the students in the church and community. She would send letters inviting the student to come to events but had little success. After attending one of the specialized training, the student leader realized she was using outdated approaches to reach and retain the students. The training provided insight and instruction on effectively using social media and technology to reach today’s youth. She had a big “Aha” moment. Before leaving the training session, she created a student-focused Facebook group for her church. She made a text distribution list to messages to her students. She feels she has a better grip on reaching her students. Locked Down but Locked Out. Last year’s pandemic restricted personal contact for many. Because of this, many pastors felt more isolated. They were hungering for fellowship with each other. This was even more evident among rural Bivocational pastors. So, we started a small group fellowship of rural pastors that met virtually every Monday. The virtual meeting allowed the pastors to connect with one another weekly. What began as a comfort and support effort turned into a collaborative and sustaining fellowship. During the Thanksgiving season, the small group worked collaboratively to provide food for needy families. Also, they encouraged each other by exchanging ideas and strategies to reach their communities for Christ in a new normal. The Bivocational Pastors Ministry serves Texas Baptist churches to awaken them to the God-given vision to fulfill God’s Mission. Thanks again, Texas Baptists, for your support that helps us help others.

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Here are a few examples of the calls we received and situations that we can assist ministry families with: A minister and spouse contacted our offices to request marriage counseling. After several years in ministry, the couple felt a need to reconnect as the stress of ministry had taken a toll on their relationship. Counseling Services was able to connect this couple with a marriage counselor to assist them in strengthening their marriage and identifying strategies for continued growth and protection of their relationship. A children’s minister contacted Counseling Services for a counselor referral to address depression and anxiety that became overwhelming during the pandemic. The minister was connected with a counselor via telehealth due to the pandemic social distancing restrictions. A worship minister contacted our offices to seek counseling for his adopted teenage son that was experiencing a great deal of anxiety and struggling in school because of the pandemic. The minister and family received a referral for a counselor from our network along with financial assistance toward the counseling. A ministry couple identified they were burnout from the additional ministry stress endured during the pandemic. Counseling Services worked with the couple to identify a retreat for rest, spiritual renewal, and growth individually and within the marriage relationship. The pandemic has impacted our ministry leaders and their families in numerous ways. Experts predict a tsunami of mental health issues over the next few years, because of the pandemic. Ministry leaders are not immune to these struggles.

KATIE SWAFFORD Director of Counseling Services M.A., L.P.C.-S., Ph.D. in Leadership

CLARA MORALES Ministry Assistant

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Counseling Services Counseling Services receives a variety of contacts related to mental health issues and we are honored to assist ministers and their families with counseling resources. Over the past year, we assisted over 90 ministers/families with financial help toward counseling, made over 2,000 contacts regarding counseling resources, and added 51 Christian counselors to our network of nearly 275 approved counselors across the state. Counseling Services is grateful for the support of Texas Baptists through the Cooperative Program which helps to provide the hope and healing we strive to extend.

Regardless of the difficulties Texas Baptists find themselves walking through, we are here as a resource to help connect you to the mental health assistance you may need. Our prayer in Counseling Services is that you do not encounter circumstances in your life that prompt you to need our assistance. However, should you find yourself facing one of life’s storms head on, know that we are glad to help you connect to the mental health resources you need and count it a privilege to come alongside you in a difficult time. Katie Swafford, M.A., L.P.C.-S., Ph.D. in Leadership Director of Counseling Services Clara Morales Ministry Assistant for Counseling Services

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“I want to thank everyone who took part during this process. I am eternally grateful for this grant, Texas Baptists for their initiative in this, and most of all to my God and my Savior Jesus Christ for making this available for me and my family!” -Texas Baptists Pastor and Ministers Financial Health Grant Recipient

TAMMY TERVOOREN Director

The Financial Health Team is dedicated to identifying and addressing economic challenges facing pastoral leaders, increasing financial literacy among ministerial and church leaders, and providing matching grants (the Ministers Financial Health Grant) and low-interest loans to pastors and ministers experiencing financial stress. We do this work because: • 90% of pastors feel some level of financial stress in their family and church work. • 76% of pastors know others who left the ministry due to financial pressures. • Around 60% of pastors do not receive health insurance or retirement funds from their church. • 31% of pastors work a second job to help make ends meet. We increase financial literacy in pastoral and church leaders by offering online and inperson financial seminars for leaders that covers personal and church budgeting and by providing free personal financial counseling for pastoral leaders and their spouses. The Financial Health team educates church leaders on best practices in caring for their ministerial staff to help alleviate some of the challenging economic realities of being a pastor or minister. Financial resources including online seminars, retirement videos, helpful links and other resources are also available on the on our website at www.txb.org/mfh. From the end of 2017 until present, the Financial Health team has served over 170 Texas Baptists pastors and churches through and financial literacy training and grants, distributed nearly $1,000,000 in grants and matching funds, awarded over $70,000 in low-interest loans, and partnered with churches, foundations, financial counselors, and others to bring Texas Baptists pastors and ministers hope for their financial future. We are sincerely thankful for the support of Texas Baptists partnering with us to make the financial futures of our pastors and ministers more secure and providing financial literacy that makes a lasting and positive impact on our pastors, churches, and communities across the state.

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Our year included fifty new pastors going through interim training—all of it still in virtual settings, like the previous year (Zoom primarily, but one asynchronous course made possible by partnering with B. H. Carroll Theological Institute). With the training group including two from Europe, and another from California, we joked about calling the specialist training the “Intentional International Interim Ministry” (IIIM). Since the first of 2021, our previously trained group of interim pastors began receiving continuing education through “First Fridays.” These Zoom meetings provided fellowship, support, dialogue, and programming. Additionally, we continued to support installed pastors as well. A monthly Zoom meeting, written notes of encouragement, and exchanges of phone calls and emails helped encourage and build connections with churches with installed pastors. Between the interim and installed pastors, the office of Interim Church Services made over 900 contacts. With the pandemic slowing down, and effective vaccines now readily available, our prayer is that pastor searches will move towards normalcy. Older pastors, who have delayed their retirements, will feel the release to pursue that transition (and maybe train with us to become interim pastors). Pastorless churches will seek our help in finding an interim pastor. And pastor search teams will see an expanding pool of pastors to consider as they seek God’s will. The Interim Church Service office is fully functioning and available. In fact, I’m signing off in my emails with “Karl (fully vaccinated, ready/willing/able to come serve your church).” When you need us, give us a call.

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KARL FICKLING Director

CENTER FOR MINISTERIAL HEALTH INTERIM CHURCH SERVICES

During the last summer, a hailstorm pulverized my roof, seemingly symbolic of what the COVID-19 Pandemic threatened to continue to do to the world, our country, and ministry. But at home, we had insurance which covered the roof. And in ministry, we had already had months of practice, so we knew how to press on during the pandemic.

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The Pastor Strong Initiative (formerly the Church Health Initiative) was formed to strengthen pastors and their families in holistic health, resulting in healthier churches and communities. This past year during COVID-19 pastors prayer walked at one-another’s churches across San Antonio. We prayed for neighbors, shared the Gospel, and saw four people accept Christ. 100 pastors, spouses and presenters attended our Pastor Strong Retreat, “Stronger Together.” 52 families received free Teladoc Telemedicine.

BEN HANNA Director

25 pastors and spouses each received 7 health and wellness coaching sessions from a certified coach. 15 Barnabas Network Groups of pastors and 8 newly-formed Lydia Network Groups, made up of pastor’s wives, met for encouragement, fellowship, and prayer.

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Texas Baptists Western Heritage Ministries partnered with Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Tyler, Texas to help put on a cowboy church leadership event in February of 2021. Horse Gate 2021 was a great opportunity for cowboy church leaders to come together and worship, fellowship, and restore. Over 600 cowboy church leaders and their spouses attended this leadership event. Texas Baptists Western Heritage Ministry was also able to host a Cowboy Church Pastors Family Retreat at Riverbend Retreat Center in Glen Rose, Texas in March of 2021. Several Families came for a weekend of renewing, worship and encouragement. Thank you to the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation for the resources to help make this retreat affordable for those families who attended! One pastor stated that he did not realize how much he needed to take time like this for his family and himself, until he got to the retreat. Every pastor that attended this retreat thanked me and Texas Baptists for making the retreat possible. Texas Baptists Western Heritage Ministry also began hosting a Cowboy Church Pastoral Center in January of 2021. The focus of the CCPC is to provide training for men who feel called to start cowboy churches. Each month an established cowboy church planter/ pastor leads training to help potential pastors to be exposed to practical pastoral leadership training. Some of the monthly topics include: how to prepare and deliver sermons, how to promote healthy church disciple making, how to be a pastoral leader, how to cast a missional vision, how to handle church administration. The CCPC training is hosted by 3C Cowboy Fellowship in Salado, Texas and anyone who is interested can attend the monthly trainings. As the Western Heritage Consultant/Starter for Texas Baptists I do my best to connect with and encourage our partnering cowboy churches and their pastors. Even with COVID-19 I was able to make over 600 contacts with churches and pastors and was able to join thirty-two cowboy churches for Sunday Gatherings over the last year. Thank you for allowing me to serve in this capacity.

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JASON BRYANT

Consultant/ Starter

CLARA MORALES Ministry Assistant,

CENTER FOR MINISTERIAL HEALTH WESTERN HERITAGE MINISTRIES

In April of 2021 Texas Baptists partnered to help start the 194th cowboy church since January of 2000. Texas Baptists have been able to partner with local churches to help start these new cowboy churches. Thanks to the Cooperative Program over 6 million dollars has been invested in new cowboy church starts in just over 20 years! THANK YOU, Texas Baptists!

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R. JOSUE VALERIO Director

STACEY RICE Lead Ministry Assistant

Our Lord gave us a meaningful and productive year in 2020-2021. The Center for Missional Engagement exists to connect, equip, and help churches to engage with the mission of God in the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment (GC2) in local communities, Texas, the US and around the world. The Lord continues to open doors for us in missions. Some of our partners in missions outside of Texas include California, New Mexico, the Northwest part of the US (Northwest Baptist Convention), Michigan, Indiana, New Orleans, Mexico, Canada, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Spain, Sierra Leone, and Asia (2 countries). In the reports from Center for Missional Engagement, you will read what the Lord is doing through River Ministry, Mexico Missions, House Churches, Philippi Churches, Missionary Adoption Program (MAP), BOUNCE, Church Starting, Pastors’ Commons, Church Planting/Pastoral Centers (CPC), Texas Baptist Missionaries, and Urban/Community Missions. During this time of great challenges, we have seen the hand of God work in many ways and places. We thank the Lord for many things including the following: from June 2020 to June 2021 - we have recorded 77,902 spiritual conversations, 10,170 people came to know Christ as their savior, 177,748 people were served, 1,213 people obeyed the Lord in baptism, 39 funded new churches were started, and 32 house churches were started during this time. Engaging communities with the gospel is a key ministry for every local church. Communities across our state are desperate for Texas Baptist churches to engage them with the gospel. One of the major highlights for us in the Center for Missional Engagement is to have someone leading in the area of Community Missions. We thank the Lord for Darrel Auvenshine who is now serving with us as a Community Missions Specialist. Communities across our state are desperate for Texas Baptist churches to engage them with the gospel. We hope to provide a range of community engagement including survey questionnaires, prayer walks, come to the table conversations, focus group discussions, a variety of community ministries, urban community tours, and gospel conversations. Presence matters in a world that has recently experienced isolation. There is no greater time than now for the church to show up in our communities and offer not just tangible acts of kindness and support but offer the love of God made known through the gospel. Finally, I would like to thank our member churches that participate and give to missions through Texas Baptists Cooperative Program, Mary Hill Davis Offering and worldwide.

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The year began with 200 BOUNCERS on mission in the Golden Triangle area of Texas assisting victims of hurricanes and the unprecedented winter storm of 2021 with repairs to their homes. Participants completed 14 ministry projects which included roofing, drywall, painting, flooring, and more. BOUNCE partnered with Jefferson County Long-Term Recovery to complete the projects, many of which were the result of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to the construction efforts, BOUNCERS also had 17 spiritual conversations with residents, presented the Gospel 5 times, and saw 3 people trust Christ as Savior. As in previous years, First Baptist Church of Nederland graciously served as the host lodging facility for our BOUNCE participants. One of the residents BOUNCERS served at Spring Break was Mrs. Ramona. Her home had been badly damaged because of Hurricane Harvey, and she was unable to make repairs. Prior to the beginning of the mission, Construction Coordinator, Charles Carroll visited her home to assess the possibility of BOUNCE making repairs. She told him that numerous organizations had visited her home and would assess the situation, and say, “we will be back” only never to return. Carroll told her the same thing. She confessed, she didn’t anticipate anyone returning, but was surprised when a group of 12 BOUNCERS invaded her home the following Monday to install new floors. She was grateful to the Lord and the students He sent to assist her. In 2021 BOUNCE also planned a full summer slate of missions that included construction missions in Galveston County, Waco, and Puerto Rico. Additionally, Church Planting missions were conducted in Dallas and Houston.

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DAVID SCOTT Director

GLORIA TILLMAN Ministry Assistant

CENTER FOR MISSIONAL ENGAGEMENT BOUNCE STUDENT DISASTER RECOVERY

After a summer of being unable to mobilize students for mission service in 2020, the BOUNCE Team was delighted to have students once again on mission during the 2021 ministry year.

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CENTER FOR MISSIONAL ENGAGEMENT CHURCH STARTING

Between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 during a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Baptists Church Starting paused, reset and quickly pivoted to start 34 churches and replant 3. At the same time we poured extra energy, care and strategy into all 280 of the churches within our 5 year process. With the help of Texas Baptists Leadership, partners, and sponsors we were able to give additional funds, training, encouragement, counseling, and equipment to assist with media needs.

TOM HOWE

Associate Director Missions

JOHN SILVA West Texas

DANIEL DELEON

South Texas

DUSTIN PAYNE

Southeast Texas

LONNIE TUCKER

Northeast Texas

CLAY JACOBSON

North Central Texas

THOMAS REVILLA

Central Texas

TERRY LYNCH Ministry Assistant

In this time period, we saw 1,792 Professions of Faith in Texas Baptists Church Plants and 359 Baptisms. We celebrate this considering that very few of the Church Plants had actual live meetings during this time, which is a testament to the creativity and hard work of the Church Planters and their support team. We also celebrate the diversity of Texas Baptists Church Planting. In the 37 Church Starts/Replants the following ethnic groups were represented: Brazilian, Cameroonian, Ethiopian, Iranian, Filipino, African American, Latino, Burmese, Multi-Cultural, and Anglo. Texas Baptists Church Starting fully embraces the GC2 movement which led to help start churches in Washington, Oregon, California, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, as well as Texas. Texas Baptists Church Starting has continued to refine it’s process to provide more resources and structure for Planters to provide the strongest starts possible: a robust assessment, strategy and planning, counseling, administrative assistance, media and worship training, demographic studies, online and in person training. This past year has provided the platform for future planning. Texas is experiencing unprecedented growth, with the expectations of millions of more Texans in the years to come. Now is the time to plan for how will reach those new Texans and part of the process will be Church Starting. We are identifying locations of explosive growth and all of the large metropolitan areas as well as the small to medium size cities. We need more sponsor churches, and partners as we look to strategically plan for these new churches. To assist in this process, we are developing Church Planting Banquets in 2022. Considering the growth in Texas and beyond we have, we will utilize Vision Tours. In the last year we were able to cast vision for Church Starting virtually in Texas, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii; while setting up vision tours for California and New York. We are already planning vision tours in 2022 for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and New York. These vision trips allow us to be a part of Church Planting in these areas as well as collaborate and improve our Church Starting in Texas. The future for Texas Baptists Church Starting is exciting because of the great opportunities that lay ahead. Come join us by contacting Tom Howe at 817-201-2653, tom.howe@txb.org.

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One local pastor, T.D. Desso and Bread of Life Baptist in Fort Worth is currently in the process of discovering how to make the greatest impact in their community through an afterschool tutoring program for children from the local middle school. The basement of their historic building is currently under renovation to provide the space for this community ministry. Southside City Church, also of Fort Worth is currently underway with plans for a to expand their housing ministry with a Tiny Home Village, providing long term, affordable housing for those facing homelessness. One of the gentlemen who was formerly homeless, answered the call to ministry, completed Bible college and was this year ordained as one of the pastors of Southside. Thank you, Texas Baptists churches for your investment in community ministries such as these. Churches of all sizes can make an eternal impact for generations to come, one life at a time. I am available to meet with pastors and churches to begin the process of discovering how your church can engage your community.

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DARREL AUVENSHINE

Mission Specialist

CENTER FOR MISSIONAL ENGAGEMENT COMMUNITY MINISTRIES

April 1, 2020, I had the joy of joining Texas Baptists and the Center for Missional Engagement as Mission Specialist, working with our Texas Baptists churches to engage our communities with the gospel through many different community ministries. Each congregation is as unique as the community surrounding their local church. A process of discovery helps identify community needs, both physical and spiritual. Developing a team and a plan on how to best engage through prayer, acts of service, and gospel proclamation ensures that every congregation can meet our call to the Great Commandment and Great Commission to Love others and Share Christ.

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Here are some facts about this year in our ministry. We had 33,824 volunteers help us do this work…Thank you! The total number of people we have touched YTD is 549,512. Thank you. The number of people who have accepted Christ is 1,950. This is why we are here! We have Baptized 652. The total number of congregations is now 602. What a difference an Apartment Church can make.

PAUL ATKINSON Director

At one of our communities, we had a huge tragedy - a building burnt down. By the grace of God, no lives were lost, or even pet lives. However, everyone lost everything they owned. One family lost all the pictures of their parents, another family was unable to recover the ashes of their son who passed away 2 years ago at 5 years of age. However, amid all this pain and suffering I was able to minister to the staff, and I got to help my disciples Daniel and Sarah Hall minister to these families. One of our partner churches, Crossbridge Community Church wrote us a generous check to serve these neighbors needs. In this situation I got to see Daniel and Sarah thrive. They faced this challenge head on while keeping Jesus front and center the entire way. This tragedy has birthed 2 different Bible studies! One with the Dubonn family, another with some single young men that live across the parking lot from Daniel and Sarah. God is continuing to work this tragedy for the advancement of his kingdom. What an impact our Philippi Churches make. We are now in 61 prisons across the state with 102 active prison churches meeting daily with 635 inmates attending. Here is a report from Ted Lindwall one of our catalysts: At the close of the month, I received a phone call from an ex-prisoner, Juan Reyes, who, upon his release, was taken to the border from which he headed straight for his home in a large town in the Central Highland State of Guanajuato. It is an area where few American missionaries have ever visited and in which less than 1% of the population is Evangelical. He was very excited as he reported, “We are starting a new church here!” He also indicated that other prisoners saved in the Philippi prison ministry are gathered there. When he came into the ministry in the jail in McKinney, Texas, he had almost no knowledge of the Bible. The Bible has been his constant and faithful companion during his Texas imprisonment, and he told me two or three times, “The Word is SO precious!” Thank you for your support of the Cooperative Program and the Mary Hill Davis offering which allows us to do House Church/Apartment Church/ Micro Church and Philippi Church.

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Testimony: “Last Saturday I had the privilege of taking an Uber with Paulo, I just wanted to listen to my audiobook, but he asked a question about the Mormons’ building near my house, when I explained what the building was, he commented: I hate any kind of religion. I quickly realized that my audiobook was no longer important and made myself available to listen to a person hurt by churches. I found that he loved Jesus but hated churches. I told him that I was a pastor, and he was taking me to a church, but a church that has a very big sign saying NO PERFECT PEOPLE ALLOWED. Then, I said that no one is perfect, not even me and the other pastors, and that many people in the church make mistakes and sin, but it is in the body of Christ that he can use his gifts, grow and help others to grow. To finish, I had the privilege of praying with him and inviting him to visit us at some opportunity.” Rafael & Sarah Araujo, British Columbia, Canada Celebrating the Harvest: MAP serves missionaries worldwide. We are currently have partnerships in: South Asia (Nepal, Bangladesh, and India), Africa (Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda), Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, Canada, and the United States. Even with all the challenges we all faced with Covid-19 this past year, MAP missionaries reported the following: Professions of faith: 1,973

Baptisms: 324

Gospel Conversations: 19,402

New Church Starts: 58

Discipled: 9,133

People Served: 68,430

Testimony: “The month of April was somewhat special. Dinamara and I ended a cycle of work in the Costa do Jussara community after 5 years, in which God allowed us to reap many fruits. There we witnessed weddings, baptisms and entire families surrendering at the feet of the Lord Jesus. There is no greater reward than seeing lives surrendered at the feet of our Savior. We also witnessed the miracle of healing in the life of the Deusdete who had COVID-19. God not only restored his health, but also his spiritual life. We praise God for every moment we spent there and for every opportunity to serve him in that community.” Brenda De Cristina – Costa do Jussara, Brazil Join MAP: Texas Baptists believe that through collaboration, we can take the Gospel to areas we would not have been able to alone. By joining MAP, you, and your church are assigned to a specific missionary, whom you can pray for, give directly to, and visit on the field to serve alongside. 100% of all the offerings you give to MAP go directly to support your missionary partner.

NOE TREVIÑO Director

CENTER FOR MISSIONAL ENGAGEMENT MISSIONARY ADOPTION PROGRAM

About MAP: The Missionary Adoption Program (MAP) exists to connect Texas Baptist Churches with churches, associations, and conventions in countries all over the world to jointly adopt local missionaries, native to those countries. These missionaries intentionally focus on evangelism, discipleship, church planting in their own context.

To find out how your church can be a MAP partner visit www.texasbaptists.org/map or contact Noe Treviño at noe.trevino@texasbaptists.org or by phone at 361-920-2481.

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Church Planting Centers: A Church Planting Center is a residency of current and potential church planters with the purpose of assessing, equipping, coaching, mentoring and resourcing them to start new Texas Baptist Churches and ministries.

DAVID MIRANDA Director

Church

Planting Centers 2020-2021: (Completed and Ongoing) • Lubbock Baptist Association: Ed Sena • Dallas Baptist Association: Marlow McGuire • Park Cities Baptist Church Dallas: Kelly Hamilton • Iglesias Unidas Tyler, Texas: Francisco Rodriguez • Western Heritage: Jason Bryant • Moon Tower, Austin, Texas: Zach Lambert • Bell Baptist Association: Carl Love

Graduates in 2021: 31 The Pastor’s Common The Pastors’ Common exists to strength Texas Baptists churches by creating a space for Millennial and Gen Z pastors to build community, grow intellectually, and be resourced. Number of Pastors Connected to The Pastor’s Common (2021): 182 Number of Executive Mentorship Sessions with Veteran Pastors: 53 Pastoral Cohorts completed: 6 Devoted Devoted is a program for Texas Baptists young adults based on Acts 2:42. The early church was devoted to one another in prayer, fellowship, breaking of bread, and the teaching of the apostles. Devoted seeks to gather young adults from across the state as a means to identify potential leaders and connect them to Texas Baptists Life and ministries. Devoted Gatherings: 2020-2021 1. Texas Baptists Virtual Annual Meeting: 200 participants | Put together by 30 Leaders 2. “The Kingdom of God is like” @ DBU: 120 participants | Put together by 16 DFW Pastors Upcoming Gathering: 3. “Devoted at the Pier”: Galveston Annual Meeting: Nov. 14th, 2021 Embrace Embrace is a mentorship program in partnership with the WMU of Texas. The objective of the program is to identify young women leaders with a passion for work in ministry. Embrace will connect them to mentors and ministries of the BGCT. Embrace finished the first mentorship cohort in 2020.

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Praise the Lord for what God has done through River Ministry Missionaries this year, June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021. • 1,904 local church volunteers have served • 1,055 mission groups volunteers have served • 5,209 people have made professions of faith • 60 people have been baptized • 104 New ministries • 12 new churches have been started • 64,777 people have been served through River Ministry • 3,996 people have been treated through medical/dental clinics • 960 people have been trained • River Ministry Missionaries have made 2,272 contacts to churches about serving on mission Our ministry supported church planting on border cities and inside Mexico (Guadalajara, Aguas Calientes, Queretaro, México City, Monterrey, and Baja California Sur). We provided training and materials to help pastors in their ministries in Texas and Mexico. We also helped through our River Ministry Missionaries in the border cities where immigrant projects are working to assist thousands of people. There are hundreds of testimonies from these immigrants who, after arriving at their destination in the USA, they call to our River Ministry missionaries or pastors on the border to thank them for what they did on their behalf. Many testify that they are following the Lord. Just in Brownsville, 10,634 migrants received assistance, and 3500 accepted Christ. At the present time, several Baptists churches and organizations are participating by putting together ministries to support the immigrants’ needs. El Paso Baptist Association and Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association are two examples of these efforts. River Ministry engages in this ministry in all the border cities by handing out hygiene kits, New Testaments, providing medical consultation, sharing the Gospel, and assisting people with their traveling process. We want to thank churches who sent hygiene kits and other resources for us to assist the immigrants and those churches who gave through Mary Hill Davis offering and specific donations. We thank also Baylor since we started a partnership with Baylor physicians who are providing virtual consultation for the people in need in the border cities. This organization gave us a donation to buy medications. We have the vision to expand the ministry to other border areas and also inside of Mexico. Some areas that we consider are Veracruz, Chiapas, and Arizona. We would like to have more participation in the area of Tijuana-San Isidro in California.

MARIO GONZALES Director

GLORIA TILLMAN Ministry Assistant

CENTER FOR MISSIONAL ENGAGEMENT RIVER MINISTRY/MEXICO MISSIONS

River Ministry/Mexico Missions is part of the Texas Baptists Center for Missional engagement. During the last year, even in a pandemic, the Lord blessed us with several outcomes since we highlighted the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

Our ministry promotes Mission trips to the border with activities such as medical and dental clinics, Vacation Bible Schools, sports camps, activities to support refugees and deportees, and personal evangelism and discipleship. The volunteers from churches and institutions usually touch several thousands of people per year. We have 45 missionaries serving as River Ministry Missionaries and Mexico Missionaries. These missionaries serve in different ways: coordinating mission trips, working with refugees, training leaders, doing discipleship, or planting churches. Next year we will assess the areas where we are working and make some adjustments to expand our ministry regions and improve what we are now doing. You and your church can participate in the process of the Great Commission by committing to serve River Ministry/Mexico Missions. Help us share the love of Christ on the border and beyond. For more information about River Ministry/Mexico Missions, contact: Mario.Gonzalez@txb.org or Gloria.Tillman@txb.org or call 214-828-5182.

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This is the first report for the newly formed Center for Cultural Engagement. A great picture of this new center is best reflected in Luke 10:35-37. In these verses, we see Jesus going out of his way to care for someone in need. To carry out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment (GC2), the Center team serves as agents of transformation to replicate the servant leadership exemplified by Jesus. Engaging the culture by meeting needs, showing Christ’s love, and sharing the Good News of Jesus becomes our primary focus. GUS REYES Director

MARIO ENRIQUEZ Center Specialist

The Center for Cultural Engagement consists of five teams including the Christian Life Commission, African American Ministries, Texas Baptist Español, Intercultural Ministries and Chaplaincy Relations. These teams work together to serve as ministers of reconciliation. They seek to bring people to God and into community with God’s people by building bridges between people groups, healing brokenness, confronting systemic evils, and speaking truth to power that we might influence the secular towards the sacred. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as the Center Director. Mario Enriquez was promoted to Center Specialist. Together, Mario and I work to provide support for the Center and each team. It is a privilege to work with each of the ministry leaders to include: • Dr. Bobby Smith serving as the Director of Chaplaincy Relations, • Rolando Rodriguez promoted to serve as Senior Director of Texas Baptist Español, • Mark Heavener promoted to Director of Intercultural Ministries, • Oza Jones promoted to Director, African American Ministries, and • Dr. Katie Fruge, promoted to Associate Director of the Christian Life Commission. Enclosed are specific ministry reports. Thanks to God for creativity and endurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reports reflect changes, adaptations, new strategies, innovation, and stories of ministerial impact. My hope is that you will be blessed by each report. Thanks for keeping members of this new Center for Cultural Engagement in prayer.

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Marilyn Davis, Congregational and Commission Specialist, retired after 42 years of service to the CLC. Davis dedicated her entire career in ministry to support justice and offer kindness in a way that showed us how to walk humbly before God. The CLC is forever grateful for her legacy of faithful service. David Sanchez joined the CLC staff as Director of Ethics & Justice. He holds a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his role, Sanchez will seek to help Texas Baptists grapple with contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. This involves seeking to understand both the current cultural situation and biblical principles that may apply. Dr. Katie Fruge, Director of Hunger & Care, was promoted to also serve as Associate Director of the Christian Life Commission.

CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMISSION MEMBERS FOR 2020-2021 Chuck Gartman, Chair

Jacob West

Randy Anderson*

Jim Edwards*

D.J. Bakshodeh*

Irene Gallegos

Ryan Buck

Bryant Lee

Danny Cancino

Craig Lile*

Erica Currie

Laura Rodriguez

Ray Sanchez

Tedrick Woods, Vice Chair

Dwaina Six

Glenn Young*

Brandon Skaggs Kevin VanHook* *Representatives from Executive Board

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GUS REYES Director

MARIO ENRIQUEZ Center Specialist

REBECCA TREVINO Ministry Assistant

CENTER FOR CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMISSION

We at the CLC are agents of transformation, speaking to Texas Baptists rather than for them, equipping them to apply their faith to life in Ethical Conduct, Public Policy, and Community Ministry from a Biblical Perspective.

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The Ethics & Justice branch of the CLC strives to equip believers so that they might walk worthy of the Gospel, having an impact in the world without being worldly, learning how to navigate today’s challenging issues, and embracing the responsibility to care and advocate for the poor, the oppressed, and the outcasts among us.

DAVID SANCHEZ Director

On January 23th, 2021, the CLC held the Texas Rally for Life Celebration in a hybrid online event. The theme of the celebration was Affirm, Accept, Applaud. The online viewership reached nearly 5,000 viewers. The service was held as a way to affirm those who choose life when the choice is not easy, accept those who are grieving over past choices and applaud those involved in foster care and adoption. This holistic point of view focused not just on preventing abortion, but healing those who have experienced it and promoting adoption and foster care. Worship was led by the Meadowridge Baptist Church worship team. Towards the end of 2020, the CLC launched a new series of “Table Talk” videos, in which the directors discussed various topics related to our work. We also started our own Youtube channel (youtube.com/TexasCLC) and revamped our website (txb.org/clc) to help make these videos more accessible. The topics addressed so far are as follows:

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Is Church Unity Possible in This Time of Political Diversity? Racism & Scripture The Hope to Choose Life When the Choice Isn’t Easy What is Christian Nationalism and How Do We Respond to It? Listening to Two Brothers in Christ about Police Brutality

It is our hope that as people watch these videos they will be encouraged by our biblicallyfocused discussion as well as our modeling of how to have the discussion in a charitable manner, consistent with the fruits of the Spirit. I am grateful for the support of Texas Baptists, without which none of this would be possible.

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The Director of Public Policy gave leadership to the bi-annual Texas Baptist Advocacy Day 2.0 the Virtual Experience which received 663 total views on YouTube, 403 total views on Facebook, and 6646 Impressions on Instagram, making a combined total of 7712 views. Also, the content for Advocacy Day is still available on all platforms as well as on our website. Our Keynote Speaker for Advocacy Day 2021 was former Texas Baptists President and Current Mayor of Mansfield, Texas, Dr. Michael Evans Sr. who charged us to live out Micah 6:8 daily. There were also 10 other presenters on various subjects such as Gambling, Abortion, Public Education, and various other issues that our GC2 family is faced with in our daily lives. The Director of Public Policy also gave leadership to our public policy agenda during the 87th Legislative Session. We scored numerous victories on pro-life issues, criminal justice reform, and blocking the legalization of gambling in the state of Texas. There is currently a special session going on regarding issues such as Election Integrity, Critical Race Theory, Abortion Inducing Drugs, Bail Reform, and LGBTQIA+ regulations regarding Youth Sports. There will also be another session in September regarding Redistricting. We thank God for the love and support of our GC2 family and we will continue to fight for public policies that promote protection and precautions that best serve the entire Body of Christ equally in Jesus’ name.

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MICHAEL EVANS, JR Director

CENTER FOR CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMISSION - PUBLIC POLICY

To encourage Texas Baptists to participate in the democratic process, the CLC works at the Capitol to bring a biblical perspective to public policy, provides resources, and encourages Texas Baptists to engage in informed advocacy on public policy issues affecting their churches and communities.

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Community Ministries help facilitate partnerships with churches and faith-based nonprofits across Texas and the world. We not only work to end hunger but to end the cycle of poverty. This is why we support specific ministries around the world that provide food and meal distribution, agriculture and livestock initiatives, clean water and sanitation, and support micro-enterprise development and job training. Texas Baptist Hunger Offering KATIE FRUGE Associate Director, Christian Life Commission

JESÚS ROMERO

Director, Immigration Services

Texas Baptists gave $409,890.98 through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering in 2020. The Hunger Offering supported 100 ministries in 2020 and 130 in 2021. Texas Baptist Hunger Offering approved $427,021 in hunger grants in 2020. • 4,416,342 Individuals served • 1,151,032 children served • 33,606,942 meals served Community Care The CLC awarded $142,633 in 2020 Community Care funds to support ministries engaged in restorative justice, community development, community health, and hunger ministry across the state. • 544 professions of faith & 66 baptisms through community outreach programs • Served 102,107 individuals including 30,920 children through community outreach programs • Handed out 14,109 Bibles & tracks through community outreach programs • 4,118 Volunteers helped serve in 2020 with community ministries The Hunger & Care team is deeply thankful to Texas Baptists for your faithful support and generosity. Because of your support, millions around the world are hearing the gospel and being ministered to by the body of Christ.

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Pandemic, Protests and Pain COVID-19 dominated headlines locally and globally. Thanks to the Cooperative Program, African American Evangelism and African American Ministries collaboratively sponsored a preaching webinar via Zoom: “Pandemic, Protests and Pain” featuring Dr. Delvin Atchison, Rev. Ronald Session, and Pastor Robert White. This meeting has reached over 3.2K views and is still being viewed. Webinar Trainings

OZA JONES, JR. Director

LEONIDA QUARLES Ministry Assistant

Our first webinar was on Discipleship lead by Pastor Henry Tolbert from Grace & Truth Church in Birmingham, Alabama. This webinar had 63 pastors registered and gave tools for developing online discipleship. We also had a webinar on Evangelism led by Pastor Tommy Kyllonen from Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida that allowed 87 pastors and leaders the opportunity for training on how to reach during the pandemic. Then Pastor Allen Parr facilitated a webinar that trained 132 pastors and leaders in the area of building a social media platform with an emphasis on how to build a successful church YouTube channel. Lastly, we were able to get Dr. Tim Fuller to train 94 pastor and leader registrants in our “Preaching Through Pandemic” Webinar. These Webinar videos are housed on our African American Ministries YouTube channel and have reached 1.4K views. Finish Strong Virtual Revival The Finish Strong virtual revival was designed to encourage and empower churches to keep going through the pandemic. This virtual revival reached 2.2K people and is still being watched today! Camp Exalted Since the onset of Covid-19, the majority of our summer camps were affected to the extent that in person camps did not happen. One of the many blessings that came out of Camp Exalted, was spreading of the Gospel in a unique way. Carlos Francis and his team conducted a virtual camp called Exalted Worship Experience. We had the incredible opportunity to impact over 10,000 lives and still counting. We can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in 2022! RE-BUILD 2021

CENTER FOR CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MINISTRIES

The vision of African American Ministries is to Enlist, Equip, and Engage African American churches to reach their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and Uttermost parts of the world. We strive to accomplish this by training churches in the areas of Discipleship, Relationship, Scholarship, Worship, Partnership, and Leadership to name a few.

Our theme for African American Ministries in 2021 is Rebuild. This theme is taken from Nehemiah 2:17-18. Our goal was to empower and equip churches with the tools to Re-Build after the devastation brought by COVID-19. We were able to provide a Virtual African American Leadership Workshop that reached 1.3K pastors, leaders, and parishioners. We trained in Leadership, Discipleship, Worship, Viewership, Relationship, and Partnership with dynamic speakers such as Ralph Emerson, Carlos Francis, Tommy Kyllonen, Brandi Jones, and Jonathan Ford. We also were able to physically help Pastor Sean Rabb, of New Light Baptist Church in Dallas Texas. Pastor Rabb’s church burned completely to the ground after a fire was caused by a homeless gentleman seeking warmth. The Lord put it on our hearts not just to Re-Build spiritually but, also to Re-Build physically. After explaining to several pastors in the African American Fellowship what happened, they started sending in checks to help Pastor Rabb Re-Build the New Light Church. We were able to raise $7,500 to help Pastor Rabb begin to Re-Build. Though we are excited about what the Lord has done through these tough times, we are waiting with high expectations to now be able to go back to in-person workshops, summits, and conferences. YouTube: African American Ministries Facebook: African American Ministries Instagram: txb.aam TEXAS BAPTISTS 2021 BOOK OF REPORTS

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Texas Baptists en Español, providing Traction in times of Distraction. TRACTION means Move Forward. It means Progress. DISTRACTION is the opposite. DISTRACTION separates you, slows you down, it takes you in the wrong direction. When a CRISIS comes, it begins to distract us. It begins to pull us back. It confuses our priorities, and it does not allow us to continue progressing. That is what COVID-19 brought to pastors and churches. ROLANDO RODRIGUEZ Director

VIDAL MUÑIZ Strategist

Church attendance was affected. Churches were forced to close their doors. Pastors were not allowed to make home visits or hospital visits. And many churches did not have access to the virtual world. Churches were affected financially. Pastors were forced to reduce their salary. Pastors/churches had too many questions. How do you do evangelism in times like these? How do you do discipleship in times like these? Indeed, this was the perfect storm. On the other hand, Texas Baptists en Español was forced to cancel all our in-person events. We were asked to work from home. That is when we decided to provide Traction in Times of Distraction. It was the beginning of the virtual world for Texas Baptists en Español.

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Texas Baptists provided the first Certificate of Biblical Studies and Leadership to three hundred pastors and church leaders in three virtual graduations. These graduation celebrations were the result of a 12-month commitment to virtually train and disciple Pastors and churches through the partnership between the Baptist University of Américas, Texas Baptists en Español and Bible Lessons International. The Lord allowed us to see hundreds of pastors and church leaders, from Texas and abroad, connect via Zoom to the weekly courses offered by Rolando Rodriguez and Vidal Muniz on Leadership and Biblical studies. The 55 virtual courses and webinars we offered throughout 2020 and part of 2021 became the prelude and the preparation towards Texas Baptists en Español Training School, which we hope to officially launch within the next few months for the purpose of training and developing pastors and church leaders across our Texas Baptists churches. Theological, leadership and ministerial training are not as prevalent among Hispanic churches as we would like to see it, still the need for trained and equipped pastors and church leaders continues to grow as Texas Baptists churches relaunch their local ministries and continue to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission for the sake of His Kingdom. Since the virtual world is not something that the local church has to utilize, but instead it’s something that Texas Baptists churches get to utilize, on-line training courses and Zoom webinars simply allowed us to join what God was already doing among the local churches in Texas during COVID-19. We were privileged to join God who loves His church through the training and equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. Today, and after multiple in-person conferences across Texas, we look forward to maximizing God’s resources through the partnership with local Texas Baptists churches for the expansion of God’s kingdom through the training of pastors and church leaders. On behalf of the 1,000+ Hispanic Churches, we want to say thank you Texas Baptists for your investment and support to continue reaching Hispanics with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Reflecting on these 16 languages and fast forwarding through over 36 years of ministry, I have to say that Patty joined right from the beginning with God’s love for the world and was driven with a passion that all peoples need to know Jesus. She partnered with the pastors and leaders that God brought to Texas to weave together a beautiful, living tapestry. As this tapestry has grown, it now boasts more than 300 congregations representing nearly 80 languages and cultures. This living tapestry is beautiful and a true celebration of God’s kingdom here on earth. Please celebrate with me in giving honor and appreciation to the selfless devotion and love that Patty Lane has poured into the weaving of this tapestry; God’s empowerment and vision gave her the eyes and ears to carefully weave each thread. Working cross culturally for the gospel requires the building of authentic relationships and trust with each culture, followed by contextually assisting each to fulfill their God-given call. By doing this, the barriers to ministry for each people group are taken down which results in each being able to reach their people in establishing a church in their culture and language here in Texas. Another part of Patty’s legacy that needs to be celebrated and appreciated is her advocacy in helping Texas Baptists embrace, partner, and learn from and give voice to each of the cultures that now make up the family of Texas Baptists. She would illustrate this as kind of like a stew. In a stew, each ingredient keeps its flavor but also rubs off on the other ingredients and helps create something new in the whole flavor of the stew. Texas Baptists should celebrate every day this unique aspect of our convention. I also want us to celebrate the life and work of each Texas Baptists Intercultural church. Each thread they bring to the tapestry has a story of God’s love and Christ’s work of redemption; works of redemption from lands where people come from war, ethnic genocide, famine, and poverty – people with great faith in great adversity. We can learn so very much from each other about the power of God’s love. Indeed, as a witness to this as I visit with pastors and worship with churches, I am overwhelmed with all that I learn and the ways it has shaped me to understand John 3:16 so much clearer.

MARK HEAVENER Director

ERICA HERRON Ministry Assistant

CENTER FOR CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT INTERCULTURAL MISSIONS

As I write this, I am holding a bi-fold poster board with John 3:16 written in 16 languages. At her retirement, Patty Lane, the founding director of the Office of Intercultural Ministries, handed me this poster from the early days of the Office’s history. As I look carefully over each language script, I think through the words of John 3:16 while trying to capture all that I want to say about Patty Lane’s ministry with Texas Baptists.

Each week, Intercultural congregations gather to worship in ways that may look different than your church, but it is in ways in which God delights. I believe each Texas Baptist should smile with joy because they know that Texas Baptists’ collective worship is a true reflection of God’s kingdom. As with things being bigger in Texas, maybe we are more of a reflection of God’s kingdom than any other place on earth! One thing for sure is that this living tapestry of Texas Baptists Intercultural churches will always be intertwined with the ministry legacy of Patty Lane.

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Baptist Chaplaincy Relations endorses, supports, and trains chaplains. These ministers provide pastoral care in a variety of specialized ministry settings.

BOBBY SMITH Director

ERIC WHITMORE Associate Endorser for Calling and Endorsement

JIM BROWN

Associate Endorser for Chaplain Training and Education

TODD COMBEE

BAPTIST CHAPLAINCY RELATIONS

Associate Endorser for Pastoral Care and Support

DONALD LACY

Associate Endorser for Pastoral Care and Support

The office provides ecclesiastical endorsement through a process that affirms to an employer that a chaplain or pastoral counselor has met all the basic requirements of the denomination to practice ministry in a specialized setting. Basic requirements include personal, spiritual, and professional accountability; educational, moral, and ethical standards; ability to work in a pluralistic environment; doctrinal stability; and active membership in a local Baptist congregation. The Chaplaincy Relations Endorsement Council is elected by the BGCT Executive Board and serves as the endorsement agency on behalf of the BGCT and The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). It reports its work to the Institutional Relations Committee of the Executive Board. The Council establishes guidelines for endorsement requirements. State and federal institutions require chaplains to be endorsed by an officially recognized faith group. The U.S. Armed Forces Chaplains Board on July 24, 2002, approved the BGCT as a recognized endorsement agency. Every major federal, state and civilian institution recognizes Texas Baptist chaplaincy endorsement. The Office of Chaplaincy Relations continues to grow. Under the Director/Endorser are four Associate Endorsers directing three separate functions. The Associate for Calling and Endorsement coordinates communication with individuals interested in chaplaincy as they pursue their chaplaincy calling, manages the endorsement process, and provides administrative support in Dallas. Two Associate Endorsers for Pastoral Care and Support maintain relationships with endorsed chaplains and provide timely and quality support to meet their needs. The Associates’ primary responsibility is pastoral visitation and counseling support. They work from Houston, TX and Richmond, VA. The Associate Endorser for Chaplain Training and Education coordinates continuing education, training to maintain chaplain certification and professional qualification, and manages volunteers training. In early 2017, the Baptist General Association of Virginia voted to ask the BGCT Office of Chaplaincy Relations to serve as the chaplain endorser for the Association. The BGAV consists of 1,400 churches in the Commonwealth and many affiliated churches throughout the world. The Office of Chaplaincy Relations is committed to training Texas Baptist congregations to become authentic Christian caregivers through pastoral ministry skill training by offering courses such as Hands on Ministry and Disaster Spiritual Care Training. Endorsement Totals (2002-2021): Chaplains Endorsed .........................................................1,075 New Chaplain Endorsements........................................849 Transfer of Endorsements..............................................226

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Hub/ Sub Campuses: Texas BSM has labeled Hub campuses from which the gospel is multiplied to campuses (Subs) within driving distance. This strategy targets junior colleges and alternate campuses. This key strategy has allowed the development of ministry around the state. The Fort Worth Network (including TCU & Tarleton FW) has planted new work at Texas Wesleyan University. The San Antonio Network (UTSA, San Antonio College) has planted work at the Baptist University of The Americas and Texas A&M San Antonio. This Fall, leaders from Angelo State BSM will begin BSM work at Midland College. Local churches in Midland have joined together in praying and providing resources for this gospel effort. A group from the Dallas Baptist BSM traveled to Midland to pray for the three campuses in the Midland/Odessa area. Missions: Through Go Now Missions, we were able to send 206 total students out as missionaries to 9 countries and in 16 states. The Go Now staff worked to adjust during the Pandemic. The commitment to missions went forward in new and exciting ways. We sent out the following:

MARK JONES State Director

BILL NOE

Associate State Director

BETH SMITH Campus Consultant

GINGER BOWMAN

Campus Consultant/ Program Specialist

BRENDA SANDERS Missions Consultant

CLAYTON BULLION

Evangelism Discipleship Mobilization Catalyst

CENTER FOR COLLEGIATE MINISTRY

Thanks to Texas Baptists, Texas BSM exists to engage the 1.6 million college students in Texas to follow Christ and transform the world. Your BSM Missionaries are on approximately 135 campuses, incarnationally engaging the collegiate culture by making and multiplying disciples of Jesus. It is both exciting and challenging at Texas universities where over 300 exist statewide. Junior College attendance is a large part of the overall student population. Major universities are also establishing new campus sites to meet the needs of students in different areas.

Christmas missionaries – 155 (8 teams) Semester missionaries - 8 Semester CMI’s in Texas - 103 Summer and Impact Missionaries - 172 RYAN HODGES Ministry Partner Special Impact (campus teams) – 34 May Trips – 36 (3 teams) Development Reach21 trips- 32 Total students involved Reach21- 613 Director PEGGY Campus Outreach: MOULDEN Administrative The culture of BSM statewide prioritizes training students to share the Gospel as a key Assistant component in discipleship. Ministries at UT Arlington, UT Tyler, Tyler Junior College, Sam BECKY BARNES Houston State and Midwestern State have at least one day a week where students gather Ministry Assistant to pray, train and then go out in pairs to start spiritual conversations and share the gospel. Communications/ Data Management In keeping with campus protocols, BSM staff and leaders adjusted to engage students in any way possible. God blessed this prayerful intentionality. They used Zoom technology CINDY ZOLLER Ministry Assistant to meet with new students, and often had the opportunity to share the gospel via Zoom. - Receptionist/ Contacts were made over Zoom and then leaders followed up with face-to-face gospel Finances appointments. Many students came to faith in Christ this last year. The Gospel was shared 169 BSM hundreds of times and 259 students trusted Christ. STAFF MEMBERS

Many campuses saw the challenges of the COVID-19 season as an opportunity to try new methods with the same goal of engaging students and sharing the gospel. In Fort Worth, leaders at TCU, Tarleton FW and Dallas Community College developed a coffee shop strategy to build relationships and share the gospel. With campuses shut down due to COVID-19, BSM leaders knew that many students were gathering at five different coffee shops to study and do online classwork. Leaders divided up and spent hours in each place. They built relationships with the coffee shop staffs and students. They had opportunities to listen to the struggles many were having and share hope found in Christ. A barista at one coffee shop overheard a BSM staff member share the gospel with a student. He later followed up with the BSM staffer, asked a lot of questions and eventually came to faith in Christ.

(employed and volunteer)

Luke 10:2 The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His Harvest!

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The work of the Treasurer’s Office includes overseeing endowments, legal coordination, financial matters, human resources, information technology, conference and events, church administration, and process improvement. This vast variety of responsibilities is met with great creativity and productivity by our incredible staff…as you will easily see in the reports that follow. In it all, we remain committed to respond to the needs of BGCT staff and to the needs of our churches.

WARD HAYES

Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

KIM PATTON Executive Assistant

The Treasurer’s Office and related areas view our work as a ministry by helping BGCT ministry teams accomplish their work. The circumstances brought before us in 2020 were challenging, but each was overcome. In the midst of COVID-19 protocols, our department continued to process all gifts and expenditures, including two major relief campaigns (Pastor & Camp Relief Grants). We also implemented new software and processes which provide better information to BGCT staff and churches in a more efficient manner. Our use of technology and the continual upgrading of our automated processing has strengthened our response to staff and churches and helped us better manage our costs. These improvements were never more important than during the COVID-19 crisis, as a growing number of our churches increased their online giving to BGCT. Through and in it all, we have worked diligently to improve our efficiency and productivity in support of Kingdom work through Texas Baptists. Thank you for allowing us to serve the churches and ministries of BGCT!

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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION Years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

2020

2019

Assets Cash and cash equivalents

$

Investments Contribution receivable, net Prepaid expenses and other assets Loans receivable, net Notes receivables, net Other receivables

Property and equipment, net

Total Assets

$

8,876,096

170,633,373

150,842,988

0

50,197

1,196,459

1,799,678

524,992

965,181

2,463,303

2,964,433

1,854,190

2,302,681

20,112,783

20,862,774

15,542,487

11,148,624

$

222,898,450

$

199,812,652

$

2,890,472

$

1,763,344

Liabilities and Net Assets Liabilities Accounts payable Accrued liabilities

9,480,017

4,788,668

Due to WMU

2,018,968

3,817,177

Other liabilities

1,185,870

2,175,177

Notes payable

3,462,511

1,295,916

8,015,000

7,707,678

27,052,838

21,547,960

Net Assets Without Donor Restrictions

42,204,109

38,798,598

Net Assets With Donor Restrictions

153,641,503

139,466,094

195,845,612

178,264,692

Accrued postretirement benefit Total Liabilities

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

Beneficial interest in trusts

10,570,863

OFFICE OF TREASURER/CFO

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION OF TEXAS

Net Assets

Total Net Assets

Total Liabilities & Net Assets

$

222,898,450

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$

199,812,652

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STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES Years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

2020

2019

Church Support & Revenue Cooperative Program Income

$

Cooperative Program Expenses

STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES

Excess of Program Expenses over Program Revenues

28,536,822

$

28,586,330

34,355,240

36,661,253

(5,818,418)

(8,074,923)

Other Program Support Investment Income

Realized and Unrealized Gain on Investments (Net)

7,538,543

14,126,438

9,557,577

Other Program Income

10,128,649

10,659,889

Other Program Expenses

12,857,533

( 11,594,175)

Gain on sale of property and equipment

-

Depreciation

(13,596,426)

-

(1,099,474)

(1,009,344)

Designated Gifts Endowment Contributions

8,671,809

819,074

Worldwide Designated Revenues

10,054,500

10,177,501

Worldwide Designated Expenses

(10,054,500)

Mary Hill Davis State Missions Offering

1,987,517

Mary Hill Davis State Missions Expenses

(1,836,786)

(1,748,996)

Change in Net Assets

17,580,920

16,020,762

178,264,692

162,243,930

Net Assets, beginning of year Net Assets, end of year

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2,033,195

(10,177,501)

$

195,845,612

$

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178,264,692


During the last year events took a surprising turn. As restrictions began to be put in place with the pandemic, our desire was to try to postpone or develop alternative forms of delivery for events that were scheduled. Many of our annual events were moved to 2021 and regional events were postponed for Fall. Additionally, virtual connections and training as alternatives were created to allow for continuation of services. Not allowing the pandemic to restrict our ability to continue to serve, our staff embraced the challenges and delivered events through a multitude of online mediums such as YouTube channels, Zoom meetings and training webinars. • We served many of the various languages and culture groups of the Convention African American, Asian, Children, Hispanic, Retirees, Western Heritage, Youth and on and on.

• We successfully delivered the first, fully produced all virtual online Annual Meeting • We negotiated releases for standing contracts without penalty fees • We researched and negotiated contracts to assist in securing over 100 locations, over 100,000 sleeping room nights, as well as future and multi-year events with convention centers, churches, hotels, production, transportation and exhibit companies that allow for additional long term cost savings. • Created a staff training for best practices for contracting, risk management and organizational purchase power • Staff training to streamline process for event calendaring We support those events in various ways, from consulting at the beginning planning stages of a meeting, all the way through to when the lights are turned out at the end. We might create, set up and manage an exhibit hall, schedule meals and work with caterers, be the liaison with bands and keynote speakers, assist in script writing, be a stage manager for worship sessions, organize and manage workshops, develop timelines and worship schedules, serve as executive producer or design a stage set.

Director

WENDY MORRIS

Conference & Event Planning Coordinator

CONFERENCE & EVENT PLANNING TEAM

• We supported over 70 + events of the Convention in various ways that include large scale conferences like Annual Meeting, all the way to a 10-member committee meeting and everything in between - training events, summer camps, retreats, conventions, executive board and meetings.

COLEEN WALL

OFFICE OF TREASURER/CFO

Serving in the background to the many events of BGCT, we support our ministry office staff as they share God’s Word, by creating an environment that is creative and effective.

To reduce overall convention cost related to events, we work with various ministry offices to develop requests for proposals to obtain competitive services related to production, decorators (pipe/drape), catering, transportation, transient hotel rates and event equipment. With the ever-changing landscape in the meeting industry, the conference and event staff has continued to seek out training and learning about advances in technology and industry standards to better support and impact the ministry offices of the Convention. Conference & Event Planning team thrives by serving in the background. The Convention focus on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, fuels our passion that many will come to know the Savior, to grow deeper in their relationship with Him and to be assured of the Hope that is found only in a relationship with Christ.

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TREASURER/CFO

The Office of Finance & Accounting provides accurate and timely processing of receipts from voluntary contributions, mission gifts, event registration fees and BaptistWay Press product sales. The Office also provides assistance with budgeting and accounting information on the corporate and individual level. The primary ministry emphases are cash receipts, accounts payable, general ledger and financial reporting. During the past year our ministry team: JIM REED

Controller/ Assistant Treasurer

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

JEANNIE MILLER

Administrative Assistant

• Received and recorded more than 59,000 contributions and product sales transactions and event registration payments • Processed over 5,000 cash disbursement checks and electronic payments • Recorded information into and prepared reports from more than 60,000 accounts in the general ledger subsidiary ledgers • Provided church tax information upon request • Continued to provide accurate financial reporting for the yearly audit • Coordinated the preparation of the 2022 budget The financial statements of Texas Baptists are audited annually by an independent certified public accounting firm. Also, the Controller insures proper internal controls are in place to avoid financial improprieties. This office is also responsible for risk management. Responsibilities include determining levels of insurance coverage, negotiating rates and coordinating claims. Upon request we assist churches affiliated with Texas Baptists by providing evidence of their exemption from Federal income tax. All members of the Finance & Accounting Staff consider our work a ministry to Texas Baptists churches. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

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Significant Achievements • Full online registration and online experience for 2020 Annual Meeting • User Support reduced server use by 70% and provided cloud access to key systems o Moved disk storage from servers to the cloud – Microsoft Teams OneDrive o Migrated phone system from on-premises Mitel to cloud-based ZoomPhone o Migrated from on-premises financial system to cloud-based FE NXT • IMT made significant process improvements to Salesforce o Developed and implemented new functionality for processes in Human Resources, Counseling, Church Starting, Collegiate, and others in Salesforce. o Expanded Salesforce communities for Churches and Associations. o Created communities for aligned universities to add available preachers and see churches requiring preaching assistance. o Expanded Salesforce electronic signature capabilities. • Upgraded firewalls for offices in Dallas, Waco, Austin, and Dallas warehouse • Supported return to the office work and health and safety process changes

• • • • •

Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 Zoom Meetings, Webinars, and Phones Helpdesk Support. IT training for staff Laptops, tablets, and desktops Supporting 5 remote locations and dozens of mobile workers

Information Management Team Information Management Team (IMT) continues to serve Texas Baptists ministries to provide the most current and up to date information of churches and their respective staff and leaders. In the latest reporting period, IMT • Managed hundreds of thousands of account and contact records and updated tens of thousands of them • Answered and routed thousands of incoming phone calls • Processed: o 5,079 Baptist Way Press and other orders o 31,363 online donations o 1,426 ACPs o 63 demographic studies, producing 443 reports • Created 56 new reports and 33 lists • Conducted numerous outbound calling efforts, including encouraging churches to give electronically and verifying critical church account information IMT is committed to partnering with Texas Baptists ministries to support what they do in the local church by expanding use of Salesforce, performing ministry processes support data entry, evaluation reports and other custom data collection and reporting tools.

Director

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPORT SERVICES

IT User Support Our support team continues to provide and support technology solutions to accomplish the ministry goals of Texas Baptists by keeping our systems usable, current, and protected. This includes:

DAVE LYONS

OFFICE OF TREASURER/CFO

Information Technology (IT) serves the many ministries of Texas Baptists and WMU of Texas through technology and logistics solutions. Our called ministry is enabling and equipping those ministries.

Support Services Our Support Services team provides important services to our staff: • • • • • • •

Events support Facility safety Warehousing Shipping and receiving Meeting management, including kitchen and meeting refreshments Repairs, maintenance, and adjustments at our Rambler office and warehouse Materials transportation, including bank deposits

This group serves with a laser-like focus on customer service and doing whatever it can to best serve the varied needs of our Texas Baptist ministry teams. Information Technology and Support Services focuses on and strives to serve the ministries of Texas Baptists with excellence and timeliness.

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INSTITUTIONS - UNIVERSITIES/ACADEMICS BAPTIST UNIVERISTY OF THE AMÉRICAS

Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) is an affordable, biblically based, cross-cultural university that seeks to educate and equip students for the church and the marketplace. Since its inception in 1947, BUA has been at the center of developing pastors and church leaders throughout Texas and internationally. BUA also provides a high-quality education with a Christian worldview as its foundation. With a student to faculty ratio of 10:1, BUA provides a quality and personal education throughout five Bachelors of Arts degrees, an Associates of Arts degree, ESL program as well as the Baptist Bible Institute certificate program. ABRAHAM JAQUEZ President

7838 Barlite Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78224-1336 bua.edu

Academics Even in the midst of COVID-19, the Lord has continued to bless BUA over the past year. Our accreditation agency, The Association of Biblical Higher Education and Board of Trustees, approved the development and creation of a Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree for Spanish speakers. BUA began its ministry 75 years ago offering theology certificates in the Spanish language. However, with an accredited B.A. in Theology with all curriculum and instruction in Spanish, this provides new opportunities for completely Spanish speakers to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in theology in their native language. The fully online degree is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2021. Additionally, BUA has been approved to begin the development of a Masters of Arts in Theology and Ministry degree with a planned launch date either January 2022 or August 2022. Approximately thirty percent of graduating students of BUA pursue post graduate studies. With the addition of the M.A. in Theology and Ministry degree, BUA is confident many students will continue their education at BUA. With a long history of collaborative relationships, BUA continues to develop new relationships with other institutions. Most recently, BUA has entered into a new collaborative connection with the Alamo Community College District (ACCD) in San Antonio. Through this affiliation, students are given a clear path to transfer to BUA to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Also, the link with ACCD promotes opens doors for BUA to further engage within the San Antonio community. BUA’s online education opportunities have multiplied with the ability of online learning. Whether it is an international student living in their country or domestic students who can’t attend face to face, the asynchronous opportunities of learning at BUA can serve every student academically. Student Life BUA is committed to creating a servant leadership culture within our student body. During this past year, BUA students have ministered to others through the Agape ministry on campus as well as various mission opportunities. While working with the pandemic restrictions, BUA students persisted in a variety of short-term mission trips as well as serving in local churches. BUA offers the opportunities for students to be involved in student clubs as well as in other departments within the university. As Baptist University of the Américas continues the mission of educating and equipping students for ministry, we are grateful for the ongoing partnership with Texas Baptists. BUA is grateful for the churches, donors, alumni and other friends that help continue the ministry and mission of BUA.

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2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

117

Enrollment, Spring

117

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

101

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

50

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

140

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

64%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

140

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

1,112,621 660,830

Auxiliary enterprises

167,412

All other sources

BAPTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS

BAPTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS STATISTICAL INFORMATION

952,022

Total operational revenue

$

2,892,885

$

2,034,085

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

197,935

Auxiliary enterprises

165,055

All other expenses

352,000

Total operational expenses

$

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

2,749,075

$143,810

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

$

4,467,475

$

8,829,460

Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted

1,947,747

Permanently Restricted

3,029,326

Total Net Assets

$

13,806,533

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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and affiliated with the BGCT, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Baylor’s mission is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

LINDA A. LIVINGSTONE President

One Bear Place #97096 Waco, Texas 76798 baylor.edu

President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. – a distinguished scholar, academic leader and strong voice for the role of faith-based institutions in American higher education – has set Baylor on a course to become a top-tier Christian research university through the University’s Illuminate strategic plan. Undergirded by the $1.1 billion Give Light campaign, Illuminate integrates academic, teaching and research excellence with an unwavering faith commitment and positions Baylor to have a transformative impact on students, higher education and the world. In May 2021, Baylor reached the $1 billion milestone and continues fundraising efforts to support strategic initiatives across the University. In fall 2020, despite the challenges of COVID-19 for universities, Baylor enrolled its largestever freshman class at 3,731 students and overall at 19,297. Truett Seminary welcomed 336 students and in 2021 launched an extension campus in San Antonio at Trinity Baptist Church. In fall 2020, 23% of Baylor students were Baptist. More than 3,400 undergraduates indicated an interest in vocational Christian ministry. In 2020-2021, Baylor’s Department of Religion enrolled 7,958 students in religion courses, with approximately 250 undergraduate students majoring/minoring in religion and 56 students in the graduate program. Nine students earned the Ph.D. in religion. Baylor had 225 undergraduates who received the BGCT Ministry Scholarship. Baylor continues to contribute to the vitality of Waco through strong partnerships and programs in the community, from a transformational course on philanthropy through which students presented $90,000 in grants to Waco-area nonprofit organizations, to the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty working with the USDA and public and private partners to serve 38.7 million meals between March and August 2020 to 270,000 rural schoolchildren through the Emergency Meals-To-You program. Baylor completed year two of its Faith and Character Formation Study to track the long-term impact of a Baylor education on a person’s faith and character development. Findings inform practices, including understanding today’s students, the view of Chapel and working with campus ministries/local churches. Emerging findings: • New students, seniors and alumni have high levels of religious affiliation, belief and participation. Over 80% of all three groups identify with a religion and believe in the resurrection of Jesus. Over half attend religious services weekly or more. • Seniors express stronger Vertical Faith Maturity (awareness of and commitment to God) and Horizontal Faith Maturity (application of faith to other realms of life) than new students. Baylor seems to nurture both dimensions. • Involvement with a local congregation is associated with positive outcomes from stronger religious beliefs to higher GPA. Celebrating its 75th year, Baylor Missions continues to shape Baylor’s faithful engagement with Waco and the world by creating intentional opportunities to integrate faith, learning and service within a broad Christian worldview. However, COVID-19 brought new challenges as travel became an impossibility for traditional missions. In fall 2020, as students returned to campus, Baylor Missions pivoted to create an innovative “wrap-around care” program called “Bear Aid,” to assist students throughout the year who could not leave their living spaces due to isolation or quarantine. Bear Aid delivered 17,500 meals, mail or other necessities, wrote notes of encouragement, connected students with academic and campus resources and provided pastoral care for each student. In addition, Baylor Missions collaborated with faculty to engage their classes in experiential virtual mission projects with local and global partners.

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2020-2021 Enrollment, Fall

19,297

Enrollment, Spring

18,743

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

14,922

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

238

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

1,646

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY STATISTICAL INFORMATION

22%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT(1) Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

897,877,000 1,316,000

Auxiliary enterprises

47,776,000

All other sources

338,796,000

Total operational revenue

$

1,285,765,000

$

817,556,000

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

365,224,000

Auxiliary enterprises

44,855,000

All other expenses

-

Total operational expenses

$

1,227,635,000

$

58,130,000

$

1,829,449,000

$

946,330,000

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted

820,913,000

Permanently Restricted

867,196,000

Total Net Assets

$

2,634,439,000

(1) Audited financial reports are published annually in September, following the University’s May 31 fiscal year-end. The May 31, 2021 financial information above is presented based on unaudited financial statements.

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DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a nationally ranked, comprehensive, liberal arts institution, that remains the college of choice among students seeking an excellent Christcentered education with a mission of producing servant leaders. While 2021 has brought about incredible challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Lord continues to bless DBU as academic programs are expanded, new campus facilities are being added, and its global reach inspires lives around the world.

ADAM WRIGHT President

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas, Texas 75211-9299 dbu.edu

With nearly 40,000 graduates serving worldwide and enrolling more than 4,200 students, DBU welcomed its largest class of incoming first-year students and traditional age undergraduate students in school history. In addition, DBU ended the fiscal year in the black for the thirty-third consecutive year. During the 2020-2021 academic year, DBU established the new Hispanic Student Union, a student led organization that provides social connection and servant leadership for the university’s growing Hispanic student population. Other firsts include the inaugural Civil Rights Study Trip over Spring Break to South Carolina, launching the DBU Chapel Worship Spotify channel and releasing the first original DBU Chapel Worship song, launching Patriots Prepared – a student-athlete life, leadership, and career readiness program, and more. Construction on a new housing project for upperclassmen, and Phase III of Ford Village, DBU’s residential college initiative, is well underway. The completed residential project expands DBU’s campus housing to accommodate more than 2,200 on-campus residents. For ten years, Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges has been a top resource helping veterans make important decisions regarding their education by providing the largest and most comprehensive rankings of schools. The 2021 college rankings have been published with DBU ranking 3rd in the Southwest among private, not-for-profit colleges. Patriot Athletics celebrated several milestones this past year. The DBU Cheer and Patriettes dance teams each took home the title of National Champion at the 2021 National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance College Nationals competition, while the DBU Women’s Golf team claimed their very first NCAA Division II National Championship Title. DBU Head Golf Coach, Kenny Trapp, was named the West Region Coach of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, and Josh Aguilar was named the NCAA Division II Golf Pride Women’s Golf Coaches Assistant Coach of the Year. DBU Women’s Soccer earned their first number one national ranking in program history during the Spring 2021 season. Coach Dan Heefner and Patriot Baseball produced yet another noteworthy season winning their third Missouri Valley Conference Championship and advancing to the NCAA Division I Regional and the Super Regional tournaments. Heefner and the Patriots continue to produce Major League talent with five players selected in the MLB draft this summer. Under Dan Heefner’s leadership as Head Coach since 2008, DBU has produced 63 draft picks, eight of which have reached the major leagues. Many challenges remain in the days ahead for DBU and for all institutions of Christian higher education. However, these challenges pale in comparison to the great calling to produce men and women whose hearts are focused on the Lord and lives are on mission to serve others. To this end, DBU continues to push toward its mission and vision to be a great Christian university that is pleasing to God. We are grateful to Texas Baptists for their generous support of Dallas Baptist University.

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2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

4,247

Enrollment, Spring

3,825

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

2,767

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

229

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

527

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

40%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT

DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY STATISTICAL INFORMATION

Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

101,246,280 1,207,765

Auxiliary enterprises

13,000,126

All other sources

6,317,901

Total operational revenue

$

121,772,072

$

79,852,078

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

29,335,561

Auxiliary enterprises

6,973,229

All other expenses

5,607,757

Total operational expenses

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

121,768,625

$

3,447

$

53,227,623

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted

149,313,419

Temporarily Restricted

12,502,839

Permanently Restricted

39,236,311

Total Net Assets

$

201,052,569

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EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Connected through Christ After months of isolation and virtual learning, East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) students connected for an in-person, on-campus experience for the 2020-21 academic year. For five years, ETBU has celebrated record-breaking enrollment. Despite uncertainties of the worldwide pandemic, the University celebrated the highest enrollment in its 108-year history and provided 1,714 Tigers with quality Christian higher education.

J. BLAIR BLACKBURN President

One Tiger Drive Marshall, Texas 75670 etbu.edu

“East Texas Baptist’s success is a testament to our faculty and staff living out our mission to provide Christ-centered education,” Vice President Jeremy Johnston said. “ETBU’s success is the result of faithful men and women not allowing circumstances to hinder us in obeying our calling to shape students.” Connected through Scholarship and Service Tigers receive individualized instruction taught through a Christian worldview in ETBU’s over 45 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs. Through our Learning and Leading Initiative, Global Study and Serve Program, Great Commission Center, Neighborhood Renewal Initiative, Tiger Athletic Mission Experience, and much more, ETBU connects students to nonprofits and businesses with internships, service activities, and mission ministries, where they apply the skills and concepts gained in their academic studies. These connections prepare graduates to trust God’s plan and embrace the University’s theme verse, Proverbs 3:5-6. “The last part of this verse says ‘He will make your paths straight,’” Provost Thomas Sanders said. “When Jesus calls us to follow Him, He didn’t call us to sit on the couch. He said, take up your cross and follow me. We instill in our students to use their gifts to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Highlights for this year include the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences accreditation, Texas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Leadership Award, RNCareers.org ranking ETBU’s School of Nursing as #1 program in Texas, the Chemistry Department garnering a research grant from the Welch Foundation, and awarding of a $1.5 million challenge grant for the Great Commission Center by the Mabee Foundation. Connected through Engagement ETBU empowers students to use their gifts and talents to serve and glorify Christ. Although navigating campus life during COVID-19 presented new challenges, and February’s historic winter storm left campus buried in snow and ice without water for days, this landscape was ripe with rich adventures for our close-knit community. This season of hardship was temporary, but the effects transcend time as the Tiger Family drew closer to each other through mutual dependence on the Lord and support from fellow Baptists. These opportunities to serve one another led to unshakable bonds and lasting memories. “While other colleges across the country remained in virtual learning environments, sidelining many college student-athletes, Tigers took to the field and the court,” President J. Blair Blackburn said. “With other institutions restricting performing arts, Tigers took the stage. As other students had limited opportunities to engage in on-campus, in-person learning experiences, Tigers enjoyed the blessings of fellowship together on the Hill. United with one Spirit, with our purposes defined by God, we did not just survive; we thrived.” After all sports moved to spring, Tiger Athletes dominated the jam-packed season. Tiger Bass Fishing was crowned 2020 Tackle Warehouse/FLW School of the Year and won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic. Women’s Basketball finished #2 in the nation, while Softball advanced to, yet another, NCAA Regional. Hockey advanced to the national championship tournament. Men’s and Women’s Golf earned top 25 rankings. “Being a student-athlete at ETBU allows me to represent not only myself but my teammates, my university, and God on a unique platform,” senior Cameron Tullis said. “I love being a part of the ETBU Family because I’m part of something bigger.” ETBU appreciates the faithful partnership of Texas Baptists as we strive to reflect the light of Christ and develop Christian servant leaders.

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2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

1,714

Enrollment, Spring

1,479

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

1,422

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

46

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

107

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

50%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

34,208,475

BGCT appropriations

628,851

Auxiliary enterprises

EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY STATISTICAL INFORMATION

8,932,990

All other sources

7,962,912

Total operational revenue

$

51,733,227

$

27,766,457

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

15,547,147

Auxiliary enterprises

8,411,140

All other expenses

-

Total operational expenses

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

51,724,744

$

8,483

$

86,878,251

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted

51,639,989

Temporarily Restricted

38,812,181

Permanently Restricted

35,371,160

Total Net Assets

$

125,823,330

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HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY

2020-2021 - One word that many of our students use to describe HSU is “family.” From the moment you walk on campus, you will be greeted by your orientation leader and your Year-Round Mentor. At HSU, you aren’t just a number; you are a valuable member of our community. Our Mission and Vision - The mission of Hardin-Simmons University is to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values. Hardin-Simmons University will be an innovative community of servant scholars engaging the minds and nurturing the spirits of future Christian leaders. ERIC BRUNTMYER President

2200 Hickory Street Abilene, Texas 79601 hsutx.edu

Spiritual Life - Our mission is to ensure that we walk alongside our students as they do life at Hardin-Simmons University. We offer a plentiful campus ministry so that each student has the opportunity for spiritual formation while they are at HSU. We desire to engage students spiritually and emotionally. Affordable - U.S. News & World Report lists HSU on its 2021 Best Value schools among Regional Universities in the west. This is due to generous alumni and friends who have given back to HSU so that 98% of HSU students can receive more than $24,000,000 in scholarships awarded annually. Below are the possible scholarships that HSU students may be eligible to receive: Award

Annual

HSU GPA for renewal

Trustees

$18,000

3.75

Presidents

$16,000

3.25

Deans

$14,000

2.75

University

$12,000

2.25

Opportunity

$10,000

2.00

Awards are based upon high school GPA and ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores. Students must be enrolled full-time in consecutive. fall/spring semesters and maintain the minimum grade point averages (GPA) for renewal. HSU Heritage Scholarship - For dependents of full-time Christian pastors or missionaries, dependents of HSU alumni, or families with multiple siblings attending HSU concurrently. Not available to recipients of Honors or Leland scholarships. Simmons Exchange Grant- For students with financial need. The Simmons Exchange Grant is funded by various sources. The Lord has blessed HSU with donations from alumni, parents, friends, and foundations who generously give to HSU each year. These gifts plus other federal and state grant programs make up the Simmons Exchange Grant, which lowers the tuition cost of an HSU Education. Honors Scholarships - Students chosen for admission to the Julius Olsen Honors Program will be awarded $21,000 annually for up to four years. Top honors candidates may qualify to receive the Leland Scholarship for full tuition for 4 years. Leland Scholarship - Top candidates chosen for the Julius Olsen Honors Program may qualify for this prestigious award of full tuition for four years, Leland. is awarded in lieu of Academic or Honors scholarships. Church Match Scholarship - Up to $1,000 match per semester. Church Match Scholarship Application required. Departmental Scholarships - Departmental scholarships are available to majors studying in one of our five colleges or schools. Outside Scholarships - Outside scholarships are available from many sources, Check out My Scholarship Guide in the Financial Aid section of our website Ministerial Grant - For students planning to enter the ministry. An Application must be submitted to the Logsdon School of Theology. Academics at HSU - Your degree from Hardin-Simmons will represent to the world a rigorous, useful, and modern academic education, as well as the personal and spiritual development we provide our students.

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2020-2021 UNDERGRADUATE STATISTICS APPROXIMATE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS BY RACE/ETHNICITY Anglo...................................................................................... 57% Hispanic.................................................................................21% African American...............................................................12% Asian.......................................................................................1.5% American Indian.................................................................5% Other.......................................................................................8%

HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY STATISTICAL INFORMATION 2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

2,132

Enrollment, Spring

1,800

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY

Hardin-Simmons University offers more than 50 bachelor degrees and minors throughout 5 different colleges, and we’re always evaluating programs and offering new undergraduate degrees.

1,817

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

47

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

107

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

38%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

Auxiliary enterprises

53,990,773 516,039 7,402,833

All other sources

18,225,956

Total operational revenue

$

80,135,601

$

27,350,760

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

26,467,887

Auxiliary enterprises

5,162,584

All other expenses

16,421,807

Total operational expenses Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

75,403,038

$

4,732,563

$

263,648,654

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted

125,910,722

Temporarily Restricted

57,976,525

Permanently Restricted

130,719,934

Total Net Assets

$

314,607,181

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HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Houston Baptist University (HBU) faced the challenges to Christian higher education during unprecedented times this past year with a determination to not only survive, but prosper and thrive. The University offered in-person, hybrid, remote and online courses in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, ensuring that the various delivery formats did not diminish the quality and value of a degree from HBU.

ROBERT B. SLOAN President

7502 Fondren Houston, Texas 77074-3298 hbu.edu hbuonline.com

While 2020 held new challenges, it also marked a special time in the life of HBU. We celebrated 60 years of offering “A Higher Education.” In the fall, the University reached its highest total enrollment in HBU history for the 8th consecutive year with more than 3,960 students enrolled in 109 degree programs. HBU had the highest residential undergraduate enrollment for the second year in a row and HBU’s Pampell Online division celebrated its largest enrollment ever for the fourth consecutive year. Special commencement ceremonies at Dunham Field in Husky Stadium were held on November 14, 2020 for May and August graduates who had their ceremonies postponed due to the pandemic. As of May, more than 23,500 degrees have been conferred since HBU’s first graduating class in 1967. Also in November, Dr. Sloan announced the appointment of Dr. Stanley Napper to the position of HBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Napper recently served as the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and in 2020, as the HBU Interim Provost. Dr. Napper joined HBU in 2017 to serve as the Founding Dean of HBU’s former College of Engineering, which launched cyber engineering, electrical engineering and computer science degree programs in 2018. A Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) with tracks in New Testament Studies and Faith and Culture is the University’s newest doctoral program approved by SACSCOC. The program will launch fall 2022 with the target audience being ministers and church leaders who seek professional training in preparation for leading within the church and/or para-church organizations. The D.Min is the fourth doctoral program approved for HBU. In February 2021, Dr. Sloan announced the completion of HBU’s comprehensive “Seize the Moment” Capital Campaign, which raised more than $136.5 million and exceeded initial goals. A new capital campaign is being planned as the University casts its vision toward the years 2020-2030. Currently, the University is in an ongoing review and formation of the Ten Pillars 2030. On March 2nd, University donors, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff, along with local and state leaders, joined Dr. Stewart Morris, Sr. and members of his family for the construction groundbreaking of the $28.8-millon Morris Family Center for Law & Liberty Complex on HBU’s campus. The Center will be comprised of a three-building complex with the main building modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This complex will house classes related to the Center’s mission of promoting an appreciation of American history and an understanding of our nation’s founding principles. A part of HBU’s vision for the next decade will encompass the nursing and allied health disciplines as well as the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree programs. HBU seeks to increase our impact and build capacity in these critical fields by increasing the capacity and the quality of the learning environment for these essential majors. The Sherry and Jim Smith STEM and Nursing Complex and the renovation of the existing Cullen Science and Nursing buildings will provide the space, technology, and labs critical for building high-performing health professionals, scientists, and engineers for tomorrow. Houston Baptist University has much to be thankful for. The Lord’s blessings continue to shine and we look back on the blessings of 2020 acknowledging God’s power, mercy, and grace.

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2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

4,173

Enrollment, Spring

3,864

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

2,481

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

12

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

331

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

18.57%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT As of the end of the 4th quarter of the fiscal year, May 31, 2021 (unaudited)

Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY STATISTICAL INFORMATION

100,668,192 292,324

Auxiliary enterprises

9,612,249

All other sources

23,849,991

Total operational revenue

$

134,422,756

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships

-

Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

53,302,974

Auxiliary enterprises

-

All other expenses

75,908,448

Total operational expenses

129,211,422

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

5,211,334

$

132,428,687

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted

93,154,063

Temporarily Restricted

124,835,553

Permanently Restricted

Total Net Assets

$

217,989,617

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HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY

Howard Payne University (HPU) is a Christ-centered, close-knit academic community located in the heart of Texas since 1889. HPU offers more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in seven schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. HPU’s student-athletes compete in six men’s and six women’s sports through the American Southwest Conference. HPU also offers coursework at extension centers in El Paso and New Braunfels. CORY HINES President

1000 Fisk Street Brownwood, Texas 76801 hputx.edu

Institutional Advancement and Fiscal Highlights God’s faithfulness has been evident to HPU in many ways, including efforts fiscally and in friend-raising and fund-raising. HPU saw a 54% increase in gifts and pledges. The university has raised over three quarters of the funding needed for two special projects: the Newbury Family Welcome Center and renovations to the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom building, which houses HPU’s honors program. A significant number of new endowed scholarships have helped to grow the university’s endowment to $66,310,962. Alumni engagement has increased through Zoom gatherings, family devotional e-mails, reunions, social media activity, a redesigned alumni newsletter and an initiative called the HP3 Impact Team. Academic Highlights At the university’s spring 2021 Commencement ceremony, five students became the first graduates from HPU’s School of Nursing. The School of Science and Mathematics announced a new software engineering undergraduate program. Courses in the program will begin to be offered in the fall 2021 semester. The university’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team earned its first-ever overall sweepstakes at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) Fall Championship tournament. The team followed this success in the spring with a secondplace overall finish in the TIFA Spring Championship tournament. In October 2020, HPU partnered with Dr. Gus Reyes and the Christian Life Commission team to jointly host the Micah 6:8 Conference. The event examined how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected issues of social justice, with speakers discussing how the pandemic has impacted access to health care and heightened food insecurity, particularly for minorities and women, and the ways in which these critical needs can be met. Student Life Highlights Students participated in experiences that supported and enhanced learning in HPU’s Christ-centered academic community during the 2020-2021 academic year. Activities that built community included Daze of Payne, Night at the Movies, Chick-Fil-A on the Lawn, Bubble Ball Soccer, Elimination Game, Fall Festival, The Great Pumpkin Chase, Christmas on the Plaza, Treat Yo’ Elf, HPU Spring Bash, Super Bowl Watch Party, Pancake Suppers and Advanced Finger-Painting Classes. Twenty-six student organizations provided leadership opportunities, service experiences and campus-wide events including Bowling Night, 9/11 Remembrance and Football Tailgate. Sixteen students attended the annual Christian Association of Student Leaders (CASL) Conference. Student-athletes and coaches participated in 589 hours of volunteer service within the Brownwood community. Chapel provided a weekly time of community, worship and discipleship. Campus Ministries Highlights HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry was led by a team of 14 students who facilitated seven ministries. The weekly Free Lunch event, through which local churches fed students on a weekly basis, was changed to Free Breakfast, which allowed more churches to participate. Six local churches fed students weekly during the spring semester. Also in the spring semester, the BSM served at the Heart of Texas Baptist Camp to help staff there prepare for camps during the summer months. Through two fundraisers, the BSM raised over $2,000 for Go Now Missions.

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2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

1,061

Enrollment, Spring

911

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

826

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

28

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

95

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

33%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT UNAUDITED

HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY

HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY STATISTICAL INFORMATION

Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

20,886,802 632,728

Auxiliary enterprises

3,067,407

All other sources

7,396,455

Total operational revenue

$

31,983,392

$

20,250,806

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

10,381,096

Auxiliary enterprises

1,318,384

-

All other expenses Total operational expenses

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

31,950,286

$

33,106

$

66,310,962

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted

26,020,266

Temporarily Restricted

33,788,969

Permanently Restricted

44,530,092

Total Net Assets

$

104,339,327

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) prepares students for lives of leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. Academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship, and a Baptist vision for education distinguish our Christ-centered learning community. This year the university celebrates its 176th anniversary, having been founded in 1845 by the Republic of Texas.

RANDY O’REAR

President 900 College Street Belton, Texas 76513 umhb.edu

ACADEMICS Even as the size of UMHB has grown, it has continued to offer students the personal attention that has been a cornerstone of the UMHB experience for 176 years. This fall the university offers bachelor’s degrees in 58 undergraduate majors, 16 master’s degree programs, and three doctoral degrees (Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Physical Therapy). In January of 2021, UMHB launched its physician assistant program. Housed in the Mayborn College of Health Sciences, the new program offers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant degree after completion of a 28-month curriculum. Strengths of the program include a low student-faculty ratio, state-of-the-art facilities, interprofessional education with various health profession students, and incredible clinical partnerships that offer numerous clinical practice experiences. UMHB nursing students gained valuable clinical experience while helping in the COVID-19 county-wide mass vaccination efforts with the Bell County Public Health District. Each Wednesday, first and second-year students helped administer immunizations, experiencing first-hand public and community health nursing and working as a team with county public health professionals and emergency medical service personnel. By making vaccine administration a priority clinical learning experience for students, UMHB became part of ensuring all residents of Bell County who desired a vaccine, could be vaccinated quickly. CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS UMHB began an upgrade of its intramural fields during the summer of 2021. The McClinton Family Intramural Fields are being converted from natural grass to artificial turf. Other improvements include new field lighting, a pavilion, and permanent striping for the recreational sports played on these fields. This project is expected to be completed during the fall semester. The video board at Crusader Stadium is also being upgraded for the fall of 2021. The current video board is 1,040 square feet with a 15 mm pixel pitch. The new video board will be 2,088 square feet with an improved 10mm pixel pitch. The new video board will provide superior clarity and brightness to enhance the game-day experience, as well as many other campus functions such as concerts, movie nights, student recruiting, and commencement ceremonies. STUDENT LIFE On Wednesday, March 31, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted its 82nd annual Easter Pageant on campus. COVID-19 necessitated a virtual Easter pageant experience last year, so it was incredible to host it on campus again. The three pageant performances attracted a combined live audience of roughly 3,500 people. Live streams of the event were shared more than 200 times on Facebook and reached more than 10,000 people. While most of those online viewers were from Texas, there were viewers from as far away as El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Taiwan. More than 300 UMHB students participated in the planning and production of the pageant, which chronicles moments from the Gospel story, including Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem; the Last Supper; and Christ’s trial by Pontius Pilate, crucifixion, death, and resurrection. The tradition of the annual Easter pageant at UMHB began in 1940 when it was held during the afternoon on Easter Day. MANY THANKS The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor continues to move toward its vision of being the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest. Many thanks to Texas Baptists and others who support the university’s efforts to prepare students for lives of Christian service and leadership!

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2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

3,876

Enrollment, Spring

3,406

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

3,548

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

23

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

104

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

34%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

99,816,000 570,000

Auxiliary enterprises

14,310,000

All other sources

7,544,000

Total operational revenue

UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR

UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN BAYLOR STATISTICAL INFORMATION

$ 122,240,000

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships

$

Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

66,240,000 26,144,000

Auxiliary enterprises

4,462,000

All other expenses

25,314,000

Total operational expenses

$

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

122,160,000

80,000

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

$

116,846,000

Net Assets Unrestricted

199,000,000

Temporarily Restricted

54,715,000

Permanently Restricted

61,135,000

Total Net Assets

$ 314,850,000

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WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Wayland welcomed students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester after shutting down earlier in the year due to COVID-19. When students returned they were met with regulations and guidelines meant to keep them safe from the virus. Thanks to diligent work by the administration, faculty, staff and students, Wayland successfully avoided any widespread outbreaks. Given very low COVID-19 numbers, Wayland plans to open fully on all campuses in Fall 2021 with normal class schedules and conditions.

BOBBY L. HALL President

1900 West Seventh Street Plainview, Texas 79072 wbu.edu

Wayland and the Plainview ISD announced a partnership between the schools, creating the Plainview Collegiate High School. Students completing the program will graduate high school with either an associate’s degree or 60 college credits. The partnership is associated with the Texas Education Agency’s Early College High School program. Wayland’s external campuses moved to an 8-week session model, providing two sessions during a traditional 16-week college semester. This allows students to be more flexible in their scheduling and, in some cases, expedites their progress to degree completion. Wayland completed its $40 million Impact2020 campaign, raising funds for capital improvements as well as scholarships and other needs. In total, the university raised a little more than $43 million. Three primary projects funded by the campaign include the revitalization of Gates Hall that serves as the main administration and academic building, construction of a new Athletic Conditioning Center and the construction of a new wing on the science building. The revitalization of Gates Hall began in the spring and will conclude mid-summer. Students will also return to the Plainview campus to find new seating and audio visual equipment installed in Harral Auditorium. Funded largely through personal giving by the Board of Trustees, this project replaces all of the seating and includes installation of much-needed retractable video screens, digital projectors, and updated audio equipment. The music department celebrated the delivery of its new Spirio piano from Steinway and Sons. The Spirio instruments combine technology with the design and artistry of Steinway. The state-of-the-art technology allows instruments, teachers and students to connect and share the art of music around the world in real time. In essence, a teacher at Wayland can play a Spirio piano that is sitting in another part of the country with no lag in performance, including all of the color and nuance that one expects from a Steinway instrument. Wayland has been instrumental in developing the vision to use Spirio for educational purposes. Piano professor Dr. Richard Fountain was also named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster for 2021-2025. During the Spring 2021 term, the administration approved combining the School of Fine Arts and School of Music to create the School of Creative Arts. With dynamic, forwardthinking leadership, the school will focus on combining arts and entrepreneurship in an apprenticeship model to train students for rewarding and fulfilling careers. Wayland returned to in-person graduation ceremonies in the spring. The need for safety, however, meant dividing the graduating class into two ceremonies in order to maintain physical distancing and keep the crowd size at an acceptable level for the venue. For the first time in its history, Wayland had multiple graduation ceremonies on the same day to recognize a graduating class. The administration also added a third ceremony so graduates from the spring and fall 2020 classes could return to campus and participate in an in-person ceremony. The School of Business celebrated the success of two students who placed first overall in a global Business Strategy Game, competing against more than 5,000 teams in 49 countries around the world. Students spend 10 weeks operating a fictional business in real world settings.

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2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

4,062

Enrollment, Spring

3,595

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

1,070

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

23

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

286

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

18%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY STATISTICAL INFORMATION

40,992,819 516,890

Auxiliary enterprises

5,622,671

All other sources

15,735,120

Total operational revenue

$

62,867,500

$

50,895,029

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

6,232,117

Auxiliary enterprises

3,379,076

All other expenses

2,258,866

Total operational expenses

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

62,765,088

$

102,412

$

98,191,179

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted

76,851,851

Temporarily Restricted Permanently Restricted

Total Net Assets

55,130,692 $

131,982,543

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SAN MARCOS BAPTIST ACADEMY

BRIAN N. GUENTHER President

2801 Ranch Road 12 San Marcos, Texas 78666 smabears.org

When Hays County issued its “Stay at Home, Work Safe” order in mid-March of 2020, San Marcos Baptist Academy implemented a distance learning plan and halted in-person instruction for the remainder of the semester. Once the school year ended, however, Academy administrators immediately created a task force to design protocols for a safe return to in-student instruction in the fall. The team of parents, staff members, and medical professionals worked diligently to create a four-stage Communicable Disease Action Plan. Safety precautions were implemented throughout the campus, including the installation of ultraviolet lights in air handlers, the purchase of electrostatically charged atomizers for deep cleaning, and the addition of traffic flow decals, signage, and sanitation stations. Although distance learning was made available as an option when school re-opened, the majority of students chose to attend school in person, and that percentage increased throughout the first semester until eventually all enrolled students were learning in the classroom by mid-November. Reflecting over the past year, we believe that Academy students and families have been healthier and happier with in-person learning. To God’s glory, we had very few cases of COVID-19 within our school family. In fact, 73% of our school days were without a single case among staff or students. For the few who did contract the virus, none suffered lingering medical issues. With faith and resilience, we completed a year that by all accounts was a great success. Some highlights from the year include the following: • Catarina Vazquez, a rising senior from San Marcos, was named Leo Club Member of the Year on the district, state, and international levels. She served as District President of the Leo Club and was re-elected to that post for the 2021-22 school year. • The Upper School Band was Runner-Up in the TAPPS 4-A State Championship for their superior performance in a series of virtual contests in April. Band members also earned 44 gold medals in various solo and ensemble categories. • After several months of construction delays related to the pandemic, renovation of the Academy’s Lower School facility, Davidson Hall, was completed in December 2020. K-5 students began the spring semester in this beautiful building, and a ribbon cutting was held March 9, 2021. • For the first time, the Academy marked the end of the year with a Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony, complete with miniature purple robes, mortar boards, and tassels. Twenty youngsters received their diplomas during the event. • The Board of Trustees approved the implementation of a Preschool for the Academy that will launch as a pilot program in the 2021-22 school year. Hiring, facility renovation, and recruitment began over the summer for the the class of 3- and 4-year-olds. • In a unique partnership with the Rotary Club of San Marcos, the Academy Lower School initiated the Early Act service program to teach and promote positive character qualities. “Knighting” ceremonies were held throughout the year to recognize students who best exemplified the various character traits. • Honors students had the opportunity to enroll in 30 hours of dual credit college classes through a continuing partnership with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. • At the 113th Annual Commencement, the Academy presented diplomas to 48 graduates, who have been accepted at more than 65 colleges and universities in 24 U.S. states and one foreign country. Two graduates will serve our nation through the U.S. Marine Corps, and one will join Outward Bound as a wilderness guide. One athlete signed a letter of intent to play football at a D-3 school in Texas. The Class of 2021 received merit scholarship totaling more than $1,369,900.

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2020 - 2021 Enrollment, Fall

277

Enrollment, Spring

298

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

86

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

11%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

4,498,824

BGCT appropriations

158,860

Auxiliary enterprises

396,670

All other sources

SAN MARCOS BAPTIST ACADEMY

SAN MARCOS BAPTIST ACADEMY STATISTICAL INFORMATION

1,549,425

Total operational revenue

$

6,603,779

$

2,015,065

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

608,875

Auxiliary enterprises

1,186,202

All other expenses

2,778,968

Total operational expenses

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

6,589,110

$

14,668

$

7,848,535

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted

12,544,663

Temporarily Restricted

1,053,743

Permanently Restricted

6,358,311

Total Net Assets

$

19,956,717

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STARK COLLEGE & SEMINARY

Stark College & Seminary (SCS) is not your traditional college but neither are our students, staff and faculty. Our mission is to equip educationally under-served followers of Christ for service in the church and community. Everything we do is driven to help students answer their call to ministry through Christian higher education. Who We Are

TONY CELELI President

7000 Ocean Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78501 stark.edu

SCS aims to create an environment in which the grace of God’s love and the truth of God’s Word are exemplified, not only in belief, but in behavior. In South Texas, SCS is surrounded by a diverse community and this beautiful tapestry is reflected in every aspect of Stark, including our students, faculty, staff, and trustees. We seek to reflect the unique demographics of our community. The typical SCS student is an average age of 40+ years old and is ethnically diverse as reflected in our region: 49% Hispanic, 29% Caucasian, 19% African American, and 3% other. Likewise, faculty diversity reflects a commitment to God’s creation through professors resembling the students: 24% Hispanic, 52% Caucasian, 18% African-American, and 6% other. The staff is 45% Hispanic, 35% Caucasian, 15% African American, and 5% Asian American. Additionally, trustees are 55% Caucasian, 25% Hispanic, and 20% African American. SCS seeks to value and unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities as one under the Lordship of Jesus. Multiculturalism is a core value at Stark. Additionally, the rich multiplicity of perspectives provides a bigger picture of the Church at large in our community and contributes to the learning context at Stark. We are grateful for students who dig deep and wide, not only in their theological education, but also in their ministry practice. This model, in turn, leads to local congregations who are flourishing with well equipped leaders. What We Do At SCS we embrace all who seek to answer God’s call to ministry and desire to stay in the Texas region where they live and serve. Stark specializes in equipping working students who have limited options due to family, ministry, and work obligations. Since most students work full-time, have family dependents, and serve in some capacity in their local church, SCS designs degree programs for working students to build success upon success. Starting with a year-long certificate program, students can achieve their educational goals from the Diploma to the Bachelors and even a Master’s degree in Ministry. Therefore, Stark students do not lose hours when moving from one degree to the next, thereby experiencing a sense of accomplishment and confidence. How We Do It Stark offers various teaching modalities, including in-person, interactive video, and online classes. While the main campus is in Corpus Christi, SCS has a campus in McAllen and extension sites in Victoria and San Antonio. It is our belief the 21st century seminary should not be bricks and mortar bound, but rather connected by a web of churches through technology. SCS partners with churches in San Antonio, Victoria, and McAllen to provide extension teaching sites. This model enables SCS to keep tuition rates affordable for the bi-vocational church leader. If your church is interested in becoming a teaching site partner, then please contact the Director of Church Relations Rev. Eric Tarver at etarver@ stark.edu for more information.

Stark College & Seminary is accredited with the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) for all programs, including the Certificate in Ministry (19 hrs), Diploma in Ministry (60 hrs), BA in Ministry (120 hrs), and MA in Ministry (44 hrs). SCS has several articulation agreements with other educational institutions across the state of Texas creating a pathway for students to graduate with degrees whether ministry related or not. For more information please visit www.stark.edu.

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2020-21 Enrollment, Fall

182

Enrollment, Spring

211

Number of students on full or partial scholarships funded by institution*

292

Number of students receiving BGCT Ministerial Tuition Grants*

117

Estimated total number of students preparing for ministry*

292

Approximate percentage of Baptist students

60%

*”Non duplicating” totals for the 2020-21 school year.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT

STARK COLLEGE & SEMINARY

STARK COLLEGE & SEMINARY STATISTICAL INFORMATION

Operating Revenue Tuition and fees

$

BGCT appropriations

421,640 —

Auxiliary enterprises

22,597

All other sources

1,501,950

Total operational revenue

$

1,946,187

$

1,080,014

Operating Expenses Educational and general, not including scholarships Institution funded scholarships & financial aid

111,797

Auxiliary enterprises

All other expenses

316,270

Total operational expenses

Excess revenue over expenses after transfers

$

1,504,381

$

441,806

$

8,003,562

Endowment and Net Assets Total Endowment (Market Value)

Net Assets Unrestricted

3,215,782

Temporarily Restricted

800,450

Permanently Restricted

6,121,605

Total Net Assets

$

10,137,837

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VALLEY BAPTIST MISSIONS EDUCATION CENTER

2020 was a challenging year . . . Valley Baptist Missions Education Center (VBMEC) endured two floods, one hurricane, one freeze, and a pandemic – all in a one-year span. Despite it all, VBMEC had a fruitful year for the Kingdom.

OTHAL E. BRAND JR. 3700 E. Harrison Harlingen, Texas 78550 vbmec.org

MISSIONS: In 2019 before the pandemic, VBMEC’s two youth campuses housed over 1,800 campers in three months. Guests representing 83 churches and other Christian organizations came from eight different states to work on church constructions and Vacation Bible School Day Camps; they also witnessed to poor residents of colonias throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The next year saw only one group come in all of 2020. During the campers’ absence in 2020, VBMEC’s two youth camps struggled to fill the void left by no camp ministries. Also, during 2020, The U.S. Department of Agriculture began a “farmers-to-families-food-box” program, a new ministry opportunity we embraced. Participating almost from the year’s start, VBMEC distributed over 1.8 million boxes of food to more than 1,000 churches (of all denominations) in Laredo, Roma, Mission, Harlingen, Brownsville, and Corpus Christi. During a lengthy dark time for many families, those deliveries created innumerable chances to share hope and to witness about God’s love. Now during 2021, VBMEC shows great promise as visitor numbers continue increasing back to near-normal. THEOLOGICAL COURSES: In cooperation with Wayland University, VBMEC was able to offer 22 different theological courses during 2020. Online teaching and learning continues in ZOOM format with students numbering 85 to 125 per semester. More than 400 have already completed their courses. YOUTH PROGRAMS: During 2020 weekly programs for local youth continued uninterrupted with the use of masks and distancing. More than 300 youths attended weekly worship services and Bible study classes. More than 3,000 professions of faith and 600 baptisms took place among the youth population we served. HELP FOR HOMES: Two churches and 17 homes were refurbished during 2020 for those under the poverty level. Work was accomplished for older members (sometimes called “seasoned saints”) belonging to Baptist churches throughout the Valley. PASTORS’ MONTHLY LUNCHEONS: At each gathering throughout 2020, both food and fellowship were enjoyed by pastor groups numbering 65 to 130. Different speakers performed at each luncheon, featuring one topic delivered by a Spanish speaker and another topic by an English speaker. The Convention provided informative, inspirational topics to help pastors function better as church leaders. CALLING OUT THE CALL: This is the name of a youth program implemented to help young people discern whether they are being called into the Christian mission field or into lifetime service in today’s churches. Calling Out The Call is a one- or two-day event coordinated with multiple churches across the Valley. These events are held five or six times annually with 40 or more youth participating Being part of Baptist life in God’s Kingdom is always rewarding to those who serve and seek opportunities to spread His Word.

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VALLEY BAPTIST MISSIONS EDUCATION CENTER CONDENSED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION December 31, 2020

Assets Cash and investments

$

Accounts receivables and prepaids

1,230,498 171,058

Property and equipment, net

10,269,449

Total Assets

$ 11,671,005

Liabilities and Net Assets Payables

$

Tenant deposit

45,395 253,000

Deferred revenue

290,752

Long term debt

361,917

Total net assets

$   10,719,941

Total liabilities and member’s equity

$ 11,671,005

CONDENSED STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES Without Donor Restrictions

Year ending December 31, 2020

With Donor Restrictions

Total

Revenue and Other Support Contribution and gifts

$

Lease fees, food services, and tenant charges

38,882

$

38,882

3,990,265

3,990,265

Food distribution income

275,687

275,687

Investment income, net

29,899

29,899

171,881

171,881

Insurance proceeds and other Realized gain on investment transactions

35,653

35,653

Realized gain on investment transactions

14

387

401

$

4,506,628

387

$

4,507,015

$

2,913,470

$

2,913,470

Total revenue and other support

Expenses Program services Supporting services

Total expenses Total other change in net assets Change in net assets from operations

$

853,434

853,434

3,766,904

3,766,904

( 10,789)

33,551

22,762

531,007

728,935

33,938

762,873

Net assets at beginning of year

9,525,933

535,135

10,061,068

Prior period adjustments

(105,924)

1,924

(104,000)

9,420,009

537,059

9,957,068

570,997

$ 10,719,941

Change in Net Assets

Net assets at beginning of year, as restated Net assets at end of year

$

10,148,944

$

$

531,007

These financial statements summarize the financial position and the results of the operations of Valley Baptist Missions Education Center for the year indicated. The reader should refer to the statements on file at the Center’s offices for full disclosure and further information.

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INSTITUTIONS - CHILD CARE/AGING/RETIREMENT BAPTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES 76

Baptist Community Services (BCS) is a multi-organizational system that operates and provides a variety of facilities and services to the Panhandle region of Texas. BCS’ primary focus is on the provision of quality, spiritual-based services to senior adults.

Park Central Community

STEVE DALRYMPLE

President/CEO & Chief Legal Officer 701 Park Place Amarillo, Texas 79101 baptist community services.com

The Park Central campus near Downtown Amarillo is comprised currently of eight facilities which provide independent living services, assisted living services, memory care, and long-term care services to senior adults. Apartment facilities and services are provided at Park Place Towers, The Continental, The Harrington, The Talmage Apartments, and the Plemons Court Apartments. Park Place Towers, The Harrington, and The Continental facilities provide a full array of services to their respective residents, including a Nurse Navigator program (health care access services), a chaplaincy program, dining services, housekeeping, and transportation services. The Talmage Apartments and the Plemons Court Apartments provide affordable housing facilities for lower income senior adults, with access to the services of the Park Central campus. A complete range of assisted living services are provided at the Winfred and Elizabeth Moore Assisted Living Center (which has been expanded to 66 units from 30). Also, The Sycamore, an assisted living facility which provides specialized memory care/dementia services, serves up to 52 residents. The Ware, a long-term care nursing facility, provides a full array of services for up to 120 residents.

Roving Chaplaincy Program This chaplaincy ministry consists of eleven chaplains provided by BCS, who provide spiritual care for residents and families, as well as the staff/employees of 20 senior living facilities (i.e., nursing homes, assisted living centers, etc.), a senior adult low-income housing complex, Christian schools, a free health care clinic, and a senior community center in the Amarillo area.

The Arbors The Arbors is a skilled nursing rehabilitation facility located near the Harrington Regional Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas. This facility is Medicare certified for 60 beds, and provides a comprehensive level of skilled nursing/rehabilitation services in coordination with local acute health care facilities at the adjacent medical center.

Snack Pak 4 Kids This feeding ministry feeds more than 10,000 children and teenagers in the Texas Panhandle, who are experiencing food insecurity on weekends (not only during the school year, but also when school is out). Nutritious food packs are delivered each week for weekend use for these children and their families.

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2020 - 2021 Provided on-campus or residential care Served in own homes and off-campus care Provided financial aid only Provided college education or special training Served through other ministries Total number of served through ministries (non duplicate) Professions of Faith

7

Number of employees: Full-Time Part-Time

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT BGCT appropriations

$

Contributions from churches

BAPTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES

BAPTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES STATISTICAL INFORMATION

21,976 —

Residential support

26,933,705

Other Income

47,109,620

Total income

$

Total expenses

74,065,301 51,820,373

Funds available for continuing ministry

22,244,928

Total Net Assets

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BUCKNER INTERNATIONAL

The year 2020 introduced the world to a new definition of “distanced.” In addition to the health-based distancing dictated by the coronavirus, political, ideological and racial differences also threatened to distance us as a society. Buckner International was no exception to the new norms and restrictions everyone faced. The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest threats to our way of ministry in 142 years.

ALBERT L. REYES

President/CEO 700 N. Pearl Street, Suite 1200 Dallas, Texas 75201 buckner.org

It was a year that also posed a new set of threats to those we serve, the vulnerable. You see, we serve a population in Texas and six countries that is always distanced: They’re distanced by cultural perception, poverty, education, status and lack of opportunity. When you start from a position of weakness, additional barriers only serve to put you further behind. We also serve residents and members of six senior living communities in the state, a population identified early during the pandemic as especially at-risk and vulnerable from the illness. The coronavirus threatened the health of those we are committed to protect. I saw miracles But when the vulnerable were distanced, we all stood in the gap – supporters, volunteers, Buckner team members – and I saw miracles happen. I watched as our senior living leadership team and associates became heroes almost overnight, implementing protective protocols while still serving our residents and members in the spirit of our promise of Inspiring happiness.® I saw our other team members pivot from serving families at ministry sites to serving them on video conferencing sites. The families we serve domestically and internationally were at immense risk, so we sent 382 tons of aid in response. Children were kept safe through the continuing miracles provided by foster care and adoption. Another miracle I saw was the 413 professions of faith in Christ made by our children and their families during the year: Most of these occurred during a time of social distancing and were made as our teams communicated with clients through digital media such as Teams, Zoom or WhatsApp. God never ceases moving in people’s lives. We never ceased operation And the biggest miracle? In a world that said, “Shut down for your safety,” Buckner kept serving with courage – even if it was six feet apart or through digital platforms. We never ceased one day of operation. Our teams never said, “That’s impossible.” And we were able to keep serving because you stood in the gap, stayed tuned in to what we were doing, and continued to be a part of our team through your prayer support and your gifts. Your support helped create the miracle that was 2020. For the full report on our work last year, see our 2020 Annual Report at Buckner.org. Cordially, Albert L. Reyes President and CEO Buckner International

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2020-2021 BUCKNER RETIREMENT SERVICES Total number served through ministries (non duplicate)

1,709

Number of employees:

766

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT (as of 12/31/2020 audited) BGCT appropriations

$

7,000 21,000

Contributions from churches

Client Support

51,486,000

Other Income

3,141,000

Total income

$

Total expenses

54,655,000 56,782,000

Funds available for continuing ministry Total Net Assets

(2,127,000) $

BUCKNER INTERNATIONAL

BUCKNER INTERNATIONAL - ALL MINISTRIES STATISTICAL INFORMATION & SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS BY MINISTRY

(10,944,000)

BAPTIST MEMORIALS MINISTRIES, INC. Total number served through ministries (non duplicate)

499

Number of employees:

153

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT (as of 12/31/2020 audited) BGCT appropriations

$148,000

Contributions from churches Client Support

10,530,000

Other Income

4,687,000

Total income

$

Total expenses

15,365,000 13,764,000

Funds available for continuing ministry Total Net Assets

1,601,000 $

38,060,000

BUCKNER CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, INC. Children served through international and domestic foster care

1,129

Children who found a forever home through adoption

155

Parents, children served domestically and internationally through Buckner Family Hope Centers

41,310

Single parents and children served through Buckner Family Pathways

404

Served through other ministries

36,258

Total number of served through ministries (non duplicate)

79,256

Additional number served through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®*

45,755

Professions of faith

413

Number of employees:

292

*Includes some overlap with other ministries

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT (as of 12/31/2020 audited) BGCT appropriations

$

Contributions from churches

231,000 697,000

Client Support

12,766,000

Other Income

30,210,000

Total income

$

Total expenses

43,904,000 43,519,000

Funds available for continuing ministry Total Net Assets

385,000 $

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60,172,000

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CHILDREN AT HEART MINISTRIES

Serving Children. Strengthening Families.

TODD ROBERSON

President & CEO 1301 N. Mays Round Rock, Texas 78664- 2945 cahm.org

The children and families served throughout our family of ministries last year faced unexpected crises and upheavals in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that compounded the trauma they were already working so hard to overcome. In spite of the many challenges, the support of our Texas Baptists family paved the way for us to continue to offer love, comfort, healing, and equipping to those we served. Our call is simply to live out His greatest commandments in how we serve them so His restorative work can unfold. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39) Gracewood offered home, hope, and healing to 36 children and 24 single mothers on our Houston campus in 2020. The ministry also helped 33 families in Aftercare, providing food, clothing, counseling, and a shoulder to lean on as they settled into their new lives. The Hope for Families counseling team helped bring about emotional and spiritual healing for all. This was especially meaningful as so many of our families were dealing with extraordinary new challenges such as job loss, financial stress, home school, and sheltering in place 24/7 with other families in care. The 16 young men we served at Miracle Farm, our boys’ ranch ministry in Brenham, faced 2020 with strength and resilience. Because of its rural location, the ministry was able to safely carry out the majority of its regular day-to-day activities – school, the horse program, vocational training, and spiritual development. In May 2021, Brent Thackerson took the reins as the new President of Miracle Farm. With more than 25 years of experience, he is looking forward to leading Miracle Farm in its efforts to share the love of Christ in a way that restores families, repairs past hurts, and gives young men fresh hope in life. Through its three programs, STARRY continued to carry out its vision to ensure that every child across Texas has a healthy, forever family. STARRY Foster Care served 78 foster children and united seven children with their forever families through adoption. The program also recruited, trained, and helped license 20 new foster families. STARRY Counseling delivered free counseling, along with parent and youth skills training, to 8,647 youth and 3,458 of their parents across the program’s 31-county service area. STARRY Fatherhood delivered free counseling and training to 37 fathers living in Bell and McLennan counties. Last year, Texas Baptist Children’s Home in Round Rock served 52 single mothers, 100 children, and 10 young adults through residential programs and 182 children and 67 single mothers through Aftercare. We discontinued our group residential program for children and expanded our Family Care program, which serves children together with their single mothers, allowing us to impact more children than ever before and create positive, lasting change for the whole family while keeping their family intact. We expanded our Home Base residential program for young adults, ages 18-24, who have aged out of group or foster care or who are homeless. We also introduced our new, community-based Hope Program, which delivered free counseling services and resources to 54 individuals from its Georgetown location. Throughout the past year, our hearts, minds, and hands were occupied with responding to the pressing needs of the children and families in the wake of the pandemic. Because of our Texas Baptists Family, we were able to deliver services that allowed them to see God’s protection covering them. We are deeply grateful for all you do to support Children At Heart Ministries as we work together to honor God and build a better world by serving children and strengthening families.

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2020-2021

Children served through foster care

78

Adoptions

7

Counseling and other ministries

17,551

Provided on-campus or residential care

237

Served through community ministry and off-campus care

1,866

Assisted with college education or special training

21

Total number of individuals served through ministries (non duplicate)

20,171

Total known spiritual decisions

21

Number of employees: Full-Time

138

Part-Time

27

GRACEWOOD BGCT appropriations

$ 129,178

Contributions from churches

94,118

Residential support

11,240

Other Income

Total income

$

Total expenses

Funds available for continuing ministry

Total Net Assets

$

2,091,822

BGCT appropriations

$

129,178

Contributions from churches

38,369

Residential support

CHILDREN AT HEART MINISTRIES

CHILDREN AT HEART MINISTRIES STATISTICS ALL MINISTRIES

1,521,567 1,756,103 1,373,149 382,954

MIRACLE FARM

Other Income

490 2,042,065

Total income

$

Total expenses

2,209,612 1,831,411

Funds available for continuing ministry

378,201

Total Net Assets

$

1,846,476

BGCT appropriations

$

129,178

Contributions from churches

16,650

STARRY

Residential support

Other Income

6,430,404

Total income

$

6,576,232

Total expenses

6,450,610

Funds available for continuing ministry Total Net Assets

125,622 $

2,896,753

BGCT appropriations

$

129,178

Contributions from churches

119,997

Residential support

29,250

Other Income

4,330,182

TEXAS BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME

Total income

$

Total expenses

Funds available for continuing ministry

Total Net Assets

$

4,608,607 4,681,711 (73,104) 3,776,865

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SOUTH TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOME MINISTRIES 82

If you are like us, you may be growing weary of the constant feed of information that shows the tragic realities of 2020 in so many ways for so many people. We could all agree that 2020 will be remembered as a year filled with challenges. That is exactly what we are called to do at STCH Ministries each day — help families face challenges. As we look back to 2020, we see a year filled with opportunity. You see, in each crisis we face, there is great opportunity. Opportunity to see how we work in a new way, opportunity to see those we serve in a new way, opportunity to connect and reconnect in a new way and new opportunities to grow closer to our Heavenly Father. ERON GREEN

President PO Box 1210 Beeville, Texas 78104-1210 stchm.org

As we look back, it encourages us as we look forward. What great lessons we learned in 2020! We learned that even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the ministry can indeed continue. We learned that with all the economic uncertainty, God continues to provide. We wish we could tell you that 2020 was an easy year for those we serve, but we all know how much families are struggling in the wake of COVID-19. What we can tell you is we all learned much about resiliency. When we think of being resilient, we think of the biblical story of Joseph. His final words, which were spoken to his brothers, “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good.” If you are not familiar with Joseph’s story, we implore you to read it from the book of Genesis. Every day we are making small but monumental decisions in the face of adversity that push us in one direction or another. You know, it’s always the little decisions that matter most, not the big ones. Here is the amazing news of this biblical story. Adversity can actually serve a good purpose! Paul argues that the slight, momentary afflictions to which we are exposed in this life, are preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure. This leads Paul to add, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope.” Proverbs 24:10—If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Our Ministries Homes for Children – A campus that provides a loving, family environment for children in need. Homes for Families – A safe haven for mothers and their children whose families are in crisis. Family Counseling – Professional counseling that is both clinically excellent and distinctively Christian. International Ministry – Family-friendly mission trips where Americans can work side by side with local believers in churches, orphanages, and Christian schools to meet needs and advance the Gospel. Faith & Work – Guiding people to discover God’s purpose for their lives and how to fulfill that purpose through their work. Faith & Finances – A twelve-week class that teaches biblical principles of money management. Pastor Care – Ministering to ministers through confidential counseling and pulpit supply. Family Support – Connecting people in need with resources and guidance. Ministry Consulting – Sharing expertise and resources with other like-minded ministries.

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Directly Served in Ministries Homes for Children

139

Children served in residential care, college, transitional, and after care Homes for Families

58

Mothers and children served in residential care Family Counseling

3,793

Counseling clients served and workshop participants International Ministry

8,926

Individuals served in churches, children’s homes, schools, and medical clinics Faith & Work

176

Participants in classes for job-training Faith & Finances

524

Participants in classes for biblical money management

SOUTH TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOME MINISTRIES

STCH MINISTRIES STATISTICAL INFORMATION

Family Support 43 Individuals who received assistance or referrals Pastor Care

129

Ministers served through counseling or other assistance TOTAL DIRECTLY SERVED IN MINISTRIES TOTAL PROFESSIONS OF FAITH Other Individuals Impacted (volunteers, referrals, etc.) Community Outreach (events, presentations, etc.)

13,788 39 920 13,075

Number of Employees Full-Time

99

Part-Time

13

Dominican Contract Individuals

8

FINANCIAL STATEMENT : July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 Texas Baptists Appropriations through the BGCT

$

Appropriations Supporting Corporations (South Texas Children’s Home and STCH Land Management)

8,039,018

Other Income

566,186

Total Income

$

Total expenses

9,069,602 9,044,628

Funds available for continuing ministry Total Net Assets

464,398

24,974 $

1,801,869

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The challenges posed by 2020 were felt globally, events of such magnitude that it still boggles the mind to think about them. Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) faced these challenges along with everyone, holding on to the hope and refuge offered by our Lord. We are grateful to God that we were able to proceed with our grantmaking—and even more grateful that through the process of our grantmaking, we were able share the love and hope of Christ. There were hard conversations with applicants about all kinds of loss— finances, staff, volunteers, clients, and sometimes even loved ones. BHFSA celebrated nonprofits that rose above many challenges to continue serving their communities, and encouraged those that struggled. We trusted in our Lord to shelter us through the storm and give us what we needed to serve His people, and He did. In 2020, BHFSA awarded $8,155,843 in grants, a 27% increase from 2019. These grants were given with prayerful consideration to nonprofit organizations in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson counties, to improve the health and lives of our neighbors. Disaster Relief Grants ($156,461) were given to organizations working to relieve pandemic-related suffering, such as food insecurity or overcrowding of children’s homes. Additionally, a grant was given to the San Antonio Area Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, to be dispersed among the struggling nonprofits in our area. Scholarship Grants ($1,592,025) were given to local higher education institutions (including the Baptist Health System’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program and Wayland Baptist University). These grants fund scholarships for students in health-related fields. In 2020, healthcare workers became global heroes, and we are honored to be part of educating the next generation. Responsive Grants ($4,108,000) were awarded to 48 area nonprofits. These are large organizations, many of which have been working in San Antonio or the surrounding areas for decades. As job insecurity and health concerns became rampant in 2020, people turned to these organizations for necessary support, and received it. BHFSA is honored to support such vital fixtures in our community. Community Impact Grants ($214,000) were given to organizations to support small, localized initiatives. Many of these organizations were severely impacted by COVID-19, and we were honored to help stabilize and even grow them during times of trouble. Strategic to Mission Grants ($2,083,000) were specifically targeted in 2020 to address children’s health in our eight-county area. Four organizations doing excellent work in this area were awarded grants to further their scientific approach to combating mental illness, diabetes, and food insecurity in children.

CODY S. KNOWLTON President

750 East Mulberry Avenue, Suite 325 San Antonio, Texas 782123107 bhfsa.org

INSTITUTIONS - MEDICAL CENTERS BAPTIST HEALTH FOUNDATION OF SAN ANTONIO

Psalm 9:9-10 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio celebrated all these grantees in December of 2020. Though our usual Awards Ceremony was not possible, we still hosted a virtual announcement of the grant recipients, and a socially-distanced, limited-attendance reception. Being able to see our partners in the community was uplifting and encouraging, and we’re honored to support them. 2020 was often hard and always unpredictable, but even in dark times, the light of our grantees, trustees, and staff shone brightly. We are thankful that BHFSA came through the challenges strong and ready to continue with God’s good work in our eight-county area.

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BAPTIST HEALTH SYSTEM

Baptist Health System (BHS) has been providing quality healthcare to the South Texas region since 1903. Over the past 118 years, BHS has grown from a small downtown hospital into six acute care hospitals across the San Antonio region with multiple imaging, rehab, and outpatient service centers, as well as a School of Health Professions and eight Baptist Emergency Hospitals.

MATT STONE President

215 E. Quincy, Suite 200 San Antonio, Texas 78215 baptisthealth system.com

As a part of Tenet Health, BHS is known for its quality and safety with repeated Leapfrog patient safety recognitions and consistently earning high marks for quality metrics. BHS is at the forefront of many highly-needed services such as cardiac, comprehensive stroke, orthopedic, neonatal and labor and delivery services. Our North Central and St Luke’s Baptist hospitals have recently earned Level IV status to provide the highest quality of services to our most vulnerable in our neonatal and women patients. Mission Trail Baptist Hospital has recently opened “The Nest” to provide additional Labor, Delivery, Postpartum and NICU services to South San Antonio. Three Baptist hospitals -- Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, North Central Baptist Hospital, as well as Resolute Health Hospital in New Braunfels -- join more than 260 health care institutions nationwide that have implemented “Own the Bone” education for osteoporotic patients and are Star Performers. Through the Own the Bone program and its national web-based quality improvement registry, all three hospitals are equipped with the tools to establish a fracture liaison service (FLS) and to document, track, and benchmark care of fragility fracture patients. To meet the special needs of adult heart failure patients and enhance their transition of care from discharge to home, Northeast Baptist Hospital has developed The Heart Failure Clinic, a part of The Baptist Heart and Lung Center. The main goal of the Clinic is to reduce the symptoms of heart failure with a focus on improving outcomes and the quality of life for patients. The Heart Failure Clinic assists in goals of care and advanced care planning, regardless of the stage of illness. The most visible way that the faith-based mission of BHS is fulfilled is through the pastoral care for patients, guests and staff. Meaningful spiritual care services exceeded 36,000 patient visits. Our 18 frontline staff chaplains and 11 CPE students administered these visits while offering 24/7 chaplain availability during the height of the pandemic. During this past year, many additional hours of staff support were offered to help debrief critical situations as well as to build resiliency among our staff. In recognition of superb ministry, Pastoral Care Directors Katie Ivey (Mission Trail Baptist Hospital) and Jeremy Roy (Resolute Health Hospital) were selected as Tenet Heroes for their exceptional ministry and staff support at their facilities through the peaks of the COVID-19 surges in South Texas. The BHS Mission and Ministry department has had recent personnel changes in 2020-21. Keith Bruce, our Vice President of Mission and Ministry retired in June 2021. Also, this past summer, José Cedillo was chosen as the new Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Director, to continue our CPE accredited center’s 60-year history of educating chaplains. Texas Baptists, thank you for your many years of support and commitment to the healing ministry of healthcare that has been prominent in the San Antonio region. We are indeed “a community built on care.”

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2020 - 2021 Licensed Beds 1

1,954

Patients Admitted

61,329

Outpatients Treated

275,914

Charity Patients Admitted

53

Charity Outpatients Treated

161

Estimated Value of Total Charity Care

8,312,976

Enrollment in Professional Educational Programs BHS School of Health Professions

925

Clinical Pastoral Education (Interns/ Residents)

11

Number of employees FTE

BAPTIST HEALTH SYSTEM

BAPTIST HEALTH SYSTEM & RESOLUTE HEALTH HOSPITAL STATISTICAL INFORMATION

6,500

Amount of Discounts Allowed: 2 Medicare

1,729,376,935

Other

7,139,270,196

Number of Chaplains: Full-Time

15

Part-Time

6

Volunteer

20

Volunteers

4

Total Number of chaplains and volunteers

41

Total # Deaths

1,307

Grief Ministry Visits

2,639

Pastoral Counseling Visits

2,792

Patient Visits by Chaplains

36,455

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Income from patients

$

BGCT appropriations

Other Income

29,677,322

Total income

$

Total expenses

1,275,218,611 953,356,413

Funds available for continuing ministry Total Net Assets4

1,245,541,289

321,862,198 $

1,904,121,057

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BAPTIST HOSPITALS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS

JUSTIN DOSS President/CEO

3080 College Street Beaumont, Texas 77701 bhset.net

Healthcare is an extraordinary world. Each day brings new life, new hope, and new breakthroughs. We witness the first breaths of our smallest patients, see remarkable triumphs over the ravages of illness and are there when a single step for a patient becomes a miracle. As Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas has made way through this difficult year of challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and two tropical storms, this amazing team of the Partners in Caring remain committed with an unwavering dedication to the mission and vision of performing Sacred Work. Through compassion and care, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas has created an unparalleled environment for healing by reaffirming our commitment to having a culture based on faith, sensing the needs of others and a strong philosophy of patient-centered care. As COVID-19 made a historical mark across our community, our amazing caregivers once again chose service over self, each placing themselves on the front line to do what they do best – Sacred Work. Providing care in an unchartered environment, initiating ever-changing protocols and implementing new treatments, every team member stood steadfast providing compassionate and high-quality care. During this past year, significant efforts have been initiated to increase national certifications, invest in the latest innovations and technology and continue to be a qualityfocused faith-based institution. To extend the healing ministry into the secondary market, an infusion clinic has been established in Jasper County. Providing IM and IV antibiotics, IV fluids, Chemo, Iron Infusions, IV/IM subcutaneous Injection Medications, Infusion Port and PICC Line Dressing changes and Biologic Injections for Autoimmune. Also, a new satellite outpatient center was created to provide, imaging, bone density, mammography and CT scan. Convenient parking and same day scheduling compliment the desire for outpatient services in Southeast Texas. The Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation has been successful in securing grant funding for cancer patient transportation and sensory equipment for children to experience therapeutic play without endangering themselves. To meet the mental health needs of children, the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation secured a twoyear grant for $1.9 million to provide mental healthcare for children six to twelve years of age. Continued efforts to provide high-quality care resulted in certification from TexasAIM Plus for unwavering commitment to providing safe maternal care. Emergency Services at Baptist Beaumont Hospital received certification as a Level 4 Trauma Center and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Maternal team was named as ACOG Texas Maternal Designation Heroes of 2021 for going over and above for improving the quality of care for women in Southeast Texas. Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas was successful in implementing an Internal Medicine Residency Program. With a Level IV trauma center, an accredited primary care centers for both stroke and chest pain, collaboration for air medical transportation, an accredited oncology program and a Comprehensive Breast Center, residents will be exposed to wellrounded healthcare opportunities. The healthcare team at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas continues to stand firm on our faith, our commitment to our mission and the willingness to accept the challenges this year has placed before us. We take great comfort in knowing that there is no place that we can go that we will not find Him waiting. Philippians 4:19

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2020-2021 Licensed Beds

483

Patients Admitted

13,512

Outpatients Treated

105,277

Charity Patients Admitted

2,024

Charity Outpatients Treated

13,488

Estimated Value of Total Charity Care (includes SP discounts)

226,298,589

Enrollment in Professional Educational Programs Number of Employees (FTE)

1,520

Amount of Discounts Allowed: Medicare

936,084,529

Other

894,618,541

Number of Chaplains: Full-Time

4

Part-Time

Volunteer

Total Number of chaplains

4

Professions of Faith

2

Rededications/Recommitments

6

Patient Visits by Chaplains

BAPTIST HOSPITALS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS

BAPTIST HOSPITALS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS STATISTICAL INFORMATION

4,621

Worship Services Conducted

51

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Income from patients

$

BGCT appropriation

306,763,036 149,785

Other income

20,104,164

Total income

$

327,016,985

Total expenses

$

307,102,003

Funds available for continuing ministry Total Net Assets

19,914,982 $ 267,152,268.00

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BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE HEALTH

JAMES H. HINTON

Chief Executive Officer 301 N. Washington Avenue Dallas, Texas 75246 baylorhealth. com

As the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Scott and White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. CEO Jim Hinton to retire at year’s end This June, members of the Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees approved CEO Jim Hinton’s plans to retire from the role and transition it to President Pete McCanna, effective Jan. 1, 2022. In July 2017, Hinton announced his recruitment of McCanna to serve in the newly formed Office of the President, creating his succession plan. The two have a long history of collaboration, first working together in New Mexico two decades ago. System announces academic affiliations with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M In November 2020, Baylor Scott & White announced a new affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine and an expanded affiliation with their long-time partner Texas A&M University. Both alliances are aimed at training future clinicians and developing programs that advance high-quality care and healthcare innovation. The Baylor College of Medicine affiliation enhances the organizations’ collective impact on the statewide effort to train more students to become physicians. The affiliation also will allow for opportunities for expanded research and program development, with the ultimate goal of improving health and healthcare for Texans. Office of Mission & Ministry The Office of Mission and Ministry (OMM) includes three divisions — pastoral care, pastoral education and Faith in Action Initiatives (FIAI) — to minister Christ’s healing love to people whose lives have been disrupted by illness, injury, death and to enhance the quality of health in communities through partnerships with local congregations. A summary of OMM’s work can be found at https://bswflipbooks.z20.web.core.windows.net/ Office_Mission_Ministry_Annual_Report_2020/index.html This year, Baylor Scott & White chaplains recorded a total of 186,794 pastoral encounters with 7,494 visits at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest Hospital and 35,311 visits at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Due to COVID-19, chaplains provided care to 5,447 patients virtually. Worship services were converted to virtual services, which increased attendance. Clergy, seminarians, and qualified laypersons earned 92 student units of clinical pastoral education which included virtual classroom experiences and tele-chaplaincy visits with patients and families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, FIAI Second Life Resources provided $19,190,543 worth of medical supplies and equipment for humanitarian aid and medical missions nationally and internationally. FIAI resourced local school districts and colleges with 25 semitrailer loads of masks, gloves, hand sanitizer to help students and teachers re-enter school safely. OMM continues to engage faith communities to improve access to care, enhance the health of congregations, and provide community members with support through the Faith Community Health (FCH) program. Since its foundation, FCH has collaborated with 150 faith communities, trained 700 volunteers, and served 400 patients. Additional information about FCH is at https://www.bswhealth.com/about/spiritual-care/Pages/ faith-community-health.aspx During the pandemic, faith community caregiver staff members maintained contact with patients and faith communities through telephone visits and collaborated with faith communities to register underserved populations to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. A series of brief videos that highlight OMM’s work can be found at https://www.bswhealth. com/about/spiritual-care/Pages/default.aspx#

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7/2020-3/2021 Licensed Beds

5,036

Patients Admitted

157,817

Outpatients Treated

10,002,867

Charity Patients Admitted

23,980

Charity Outpatients Treated

296,112

Estimated Value of Total Charity Care

761,393,790

Enrollment in Professional Educational Programs

776 Enrollees/ 969,046 Hours

Number of employees FTE

46,642

Amount of Discounts Allowed: Medicare

7,659,025,765

Other

8,249,108,403

Number of Chaplains: Full-Time

72

Part-Time

89

Volunteer

61

Total Number of chaplains and volunteers

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BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE HEALTH STATISTICAL INFORMATION

222

Professions of Faith

366

Rededications/Recommitments

444

Patient Visits by Chaplains

186,794

Worship Services Conducted

2,962

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Income from patients

$

BGCT appropriations

Other Income

6,856,000,000 229,044 1,932,770,956

Total income

$

8,789,000,000

Total expenses

$

7,662,000,000

Funds available for continuing ministry Total Net Assets

1,127,000,000 $

8,363,000,000

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HENDRICK HEALTH SYSTEM

Hendrick Health continues its tradition of delivering high quality healthcare to residents of Abilene and West Central Texas, with an emphasis on excellence and Christian compassion. This goal, expressed in our mission statement, has remained constant since our founding in 1924. While meeting the challenges of 21st century healthcare, we maintain a timeless commitment to high quality service within the framework of financial stability. Our Baptist identity is a vital aspect of our profile, and we value our relationship with Texas Baptists. BRAD HOLLAND

President/CEO 1900 Pine Street Abilene, Texas 79601 hendrickhealth. org

The year 2020-21 was a monumental year in our organization’s history. In October 2020, Hendrick successfully completed the purchase of two additional hospital campuses— the former Abilene Regional Medical Center and the former Brownwood Regional Medical Center—which enlarged the Hendrick mission while expanding access to quality healthcare to the region. Through this transformational transaction, we increased our capacity to 959 licensed beds; and all of this was done during the COVID-19 pandemic. To accentuate our new identity, our name was changed from Hendrick Health System to Hendrick Health; and we introduced a revised logo to reflect this change. Hendrick offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services, including women’s health, orthopedics, rehabilitation, oncology, neuroscience, cardiovascular, neonatal intensive care and children’s services. Additional highlights from the previous year include: opening of a new outpatient dialysis center; relocation of Hendrick Regional Blood Center; and opening of three new urgent care clinics—two in Abilene and one in Brownwood. Much energy and expense was focused on addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on, we began offering virtual COVID-19 triage for the public and a curbside COVID-19 testing facility away from all acute care areas. We also partnered with other organizations to educate the public about COVID-19 and the benefits of vaccination, and we served as one of the primary distributors of the vaccine, especially to high-risk population groups. Hendrick continues to partner with various educational institutions to train and prepare nurses and other professional healthcare workers: Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Public Health; Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, Angelo State University, Cisco College and Texas State Technical College. Hendrick garnered several prestigious honors that included earning the 2021 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award for the 15th consecutive year and being selected as one of the 2021 Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare. Hendrick was also awarded the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives Digital Health Most Wired, Level 8 acute recognition for innovative technology use in clinical programs. Our employees regularly volunteer their time, talents, and abilities to many civic and religious organizations. Qualified employees can also receive additional Paid Time Off to participate in approved mission projects. Expressions of our Christian mission include spiritual care services and a ministry education program offered through the three Abilene faith-based universities and Howard Payne University in Brownwood. Our chaplains conduct weekly chapel services and deliver daily inspirational messages through hospital media. A statue, located in the main entrance to our North campus, represents the matrix of ministry and medicine that describes our heritage. It depicts a mother holding her child who is being examined by a physician, while a minister with an open Bible compassionately observes. Hendrick strives to meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of our patients and improve the health of people in West Central Texas, with a sense of Christian compassion and care. To that end, we are always grateful for the gracious and prayerful support of Texas Baptists.

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HENDRICK HEALTH SYSTEM

HENDRICK HEALTH SYSTEM STATISTICAL INFORMATION 2020-2021 Licensed Beds

922

Patients Admitted

30,627

Outpatients Treated

413,154

Charity Patients Admitted

1,852

Charity Outpatients Treated

10,447

Estimated Value of Total Charity Care

$110,378,637.00

Enrollment in Professional Educational Programs Number of Employees (FTE)

3,881*

Amount of Discounts Allowed: Medicare

1,950,071,023

Other

1,726,230,571

Number of Chaplains: Full-Time

3

Part-Time

13

Volunteer

22

Total Number of chaplains and volunteers

38

Professions of Faith

3

Rededications/Recommitments

17

Patient Visits by Chaplains

4,428

Worship Services Conducted

179

SUMMARY FINANCIAL STATEMENT Income from patients

$

652,028,717

BGCT appropriations

149,074

Other Income

116,562,291

Total income

$

768,740,082

Total expenses

$

712,133,612

Funds available for continuing ministry

56,606,470

Total Net Assets

$

674,573,387

**Per Balance Sheet of May 31, 2021

*12-month average reflects pre-acquisition FTE’s from HMC-North only during the months of June 2020 to October 2020. **Statistics based on only HMC-North from June 2020 - October 2021. System-wide data reflected as of October 27, 2020

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MINISTRY PARTNERS

The Arena The most famous arena ever built in the Roman Empire was the Colosseum. After eight years of construction, the 50,000-seat arena was completed in 80 AD and opened with great fanfare. For approximately four centuries, the arena hosted gladiator combats and public entertainment events. It weathered storms and earthquakes, slowly deteriorating until it was eventually abandoned for use. GERALD R. JAMES, JR.

President/CEO baptist churchloan.org

Physical arenas for boxing matches, rodeos, and other public events are temporarily entertaining, but, like the Roman Colosseum, they are not eternal. Only God’s Kingdom is forever. God gives believers arenas in which we are called to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). The Baptist Church Loan Corporation (BCLC) strives to fight the good fight in its designated arena by equipping churches and, thereby, assisting Kingdom growth each and every day.

BAPTIST CHURCH LOAN CORPORATION

Domingo BCLC has been blessed through the years because God has placed partners in our God-given arenas to help us. One such partner was Domingo, a man living in the Texas Rio Grande Valley who provided assistance to us through his local Baptist association. Domingo provided us with knowledge of the churches and the needs in the Rio Grande Valley. He consistently introduced us to churches in need of financial assistance. Through our partnership with Domingo, BCLC was able to serve many churches in south Texas. Domingo was successful because he was willing to step into the arena daily in order to grow the local church and the Kingdom of God. BCLC believes that God will continue to provide partners like Domingo so that we can do our part to grow the Kingdom by providing financial assistance to churches in other arenas across the country. BCLC The most popular portion of one of Theodore Roosevelt’s most well-known speeches (“The Man in the Arena”) appears throughout our 2021 Annual Report. The speech focuses on those who battle daily, on those who are actually in the arena striving for a worthy cause. BCLC believes that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ gives all of us access to arenas in which we can have eternal impact. Some days we are successful with our efforts to fight the good fight of faith. Other days, our lack of faith discourages our efforts. The most important thing is that we remain strong, stay in the arena and continue the good fight of faith. Thank you to the many men and women who have volunteered the time and skills to serve on the BCLC Board of Directors. Blessings,

Gerald R. James, Jr. President / CEO

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If we are missing the mark in any of these areas, we want to hear from you. You can contact our executive director, Eric Black, at eric.black@baptiststandard.com. Our reach continues to grow, expanding past our 2019 record in 2020 and into 2021, with nearly 1.5 million pageviews on our website and an average of more than 75,000 users per month. We also made more than 2 million social media impressions in 2020, and launched an app and podcast, further broadening our reach. We need you We are funded through donations, advertising, CommonCall Magazine subscriptions, and endowment income. Therefore, for us to succeed in keeping Baptists connected, we depend on people like you—faithful readers and financial supporters. Faithful readers share and discuss our content with family, friends, fellow church members, co-workers, and others. To keep Baptists connected, you can support us by visiting baptiststandard.com/donate/ or by mailing us at P.O. Box 259019, Plano, Texas 75025-9019. How to stay connected The Baptist Standard is published five days a week at baptiststandard.com and is delivered by email each Thursday. You can sign up for the weekly edition at baptiststandard.com/email. Our app is available in the Apple and Android app stores and gives you direct access to all our content. You also can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Season 4 of our On the Way podcast released August 18, 2021. The podcast is available on our website, app, social media feeds, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.

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ERIC BLACK Executive Director/ Publisher

P.O. Box 259019 Plano, TX 75025-9019 (214) 630-4571 baptiststandard. com

BAPTIST STANDARD PUBLISHING COMPANY

About the Baptist Standard Our desire is to keep Baptists connected. To that end, we inform, inspire, and challenge people to live like Jesus based on our core commitments to historic Baptist principles, responsible journalism, and the redemptive and reconciling work of Jesus Christ.

CommonCall Magazine, with mission and ministry features not available in the Baptist Standard, is available for $24.00 per year. Special pricing is available for churches. You can subscribe at www.baptiststandard.com/subscription/ or by calling 214-630-4571, ext. 1014. Content areas We publish news about individuals, churches, and institutions affiliated with the BGCT, as well as news related to religious liberty and other Baptist concerns around the world. Our opinion features Texas Baptists and other Christians speaking to matters of concern to Baptists and fellow Christians, as well as interviews of Baptist leaders from all aspects of life in Texas. We also provide a range of resources, including sermons, Bible studies, and book reviews, as well as articles specifically to enrich ministers and ministries in our Falling Seed column, named after John 12:14—“Unless a seed falls, it remains a single seed.” Our Team • Eric Black, executive director, publisher, editor: In addition to oversight of operations, Eric oversees development and our opinion side. He can be reached at eric.black@ baptiststandard.com. • Ken Camp, managing editor: Ken oversees our news side, Bible studies, CommonCall Magazine, and book reviews. He can be reached at kencamp@baptiststandard.com. • Kayla Peltoma, finance director: Kayla oversees our accounting, advertising, and financial reporting, as well as assisting with development. She can be reached at kayla.peltoma@baptiststandard.com. • Victoria McCrary, digital communications specialist: Victoria manages our content delivery, magazine layout, graphic design, and podcast editing. She can be reached at victoria.mccrary@baptiststandard.com. Advertising with the Baptist Standard For advertising in the Baptist Standard or CommonCall, including placing classifieds, contact Kayla Peltoma at kayla.peltoma@baptiststandard.com or 214-630-4571, ext. 1014.

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DENISON MINISTRIES

JIM DENSION Chief Vision Officer

17304 Preston Road Suite 1060 Dallas, TX 75252 denisonforum. org

Denison Ministries was founded in Dallas Texas in 2009 by Dr. Jim Denison and Jeff Byrd to encourage spiritual awakening while equipping believers to engage with the issues and news of the day from a biblical perspective, principally through their brand Denison Forum. Since 2009 Denison Ministries has added three other content offerings to its family of brands: First15, Christian Parenting and Foundations by Janet Denison. Through the connection between spiritually meaningful content and technological innovation, the ministry resources and equips Christians in devices they already use with encouragement they need in the moment. By June of 2021, the ministry was impacting an aggregate audience of 4.9 million believers each month. 2020-2021 Highlights: Denison Forum (DenisonForum.org) increased its monthly aggregate audience to 2.3 million people. The Daily Article email has over 359,000 subscribers. Denison Forum content was viewed 1.293 million times on YouTube and has over 440,000 social media followers. Dr. Denison released multiple books including, Biblical Insights to Tough Questions vols 6-8, Every Hour I Need Thee, Respectfully I Disagree, and Bright Hope for Tomorrow. First15 (First15.org) completed the release of its 12 volume First15 Devotional series in print. The aggregate monthly audience across all platforms reached 1.9 million people. First15 also launched First15 Worship, an initiative designed to help people connect with God through worship every day of the week. First15 collaborates with songwriters, artists, and producers to create songs that are specifically designed for a believer’s daily time in God’s presence (First15Worship.org). Christian Parenting (ChristianParenting.org) increased its monthly aggregate audience to 623,417 people. The CP podcast network curated the best parenting podcasts from across the country with over 195,000 downloads each month. CP also released three books: Marked by Prayer, A Parent’s Prayer Journal, A Parent’s Guide to a New Baby, and A Parent’s Guide to Sorrow and Suffering. Janet Denison (JanetDenison.org) produced an online Bible study series entitled A Foundation of Faith, that was created in a digital format for people to be able to consume during a pandemic. She also released her tenth advent devotional entitled Our Christmas Stories. The aggregate reach of Janet’s blogs, Bible studies, books, and articles reached over 69,000 people per month. Denison Ministries believes not just in the value of meaningful content, but its power to transform lives so God’s people can transform the world. To that end, every Daily Article, each book, every First15 devotional, all Christian Parenting podcasts, all of Janet’s Bible studies, and every media opportunity is a result of that focus. They believe we live in an unprecedented day with an unprecedented opportunity to share biblical truth with God’s people and our larger culture. Jesus is just as alive and active as when he first rose from the dead. As part the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27), Denison Ministries is joining him in advancing his kingdom in America and around the world.

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Dr. D. Hance Dilbeck Jr. was elected GuideStone® President-elect during a called meeting of the Trustee Board on May 20, 2021. Dilbeck, executive director-treasurer of Oklahoma Baptists, accepted the call and gave thanks for the opportunity to serve at GuideStone. Dilbeck is serving alongside current President O.S. Hawkins. Trustees anticipate a period of transition between Hawkins and Dilbeck, culminating in Hawkins becoming President Emeritus and Dilbeck becoming President and Chief Executive Officer early next year. Dilbeck has proven himself already as an integral part of our team. A fast learner and committed leader, he demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the pastors and church and ministry workers we serve. Despite a global pandemic, and the volatility in the stock market, Mission:Dignity® set records in fundraising while growing the number of recipients for the first time in two decades finishing the year with a record $10.4 million from 9,606 donors. The pandemic gave an opportunity for innovation as we moved Mission:Dignity Sunday to August 30, streamed a new Sunday video on Facebook Live and Instagram and mailed bulletin inserts to individual donors instead of just to churches. The final offering total was just over $1.1 million, eclipsing the previous record by more than $300,000. The annual Giving Tuesday event was also a record as just under $900,000 was given. The S&P 500® Index continued its winning streak in the second quarter to close the most recent three-month period up 8.55%. The Index delivered positive returns for five consecutive months and has not endured a 5% pullback in over eight months. The S&P 500® has hit over 30 all-time highs in 2021, equaling last year’s total for the entire year. This runup in equities has been fueled by a rapidly expanding economy, rising corporate earnings and robust consumer confidence, in addition to the continued accommodation of the Federal Reserve. After jumping nearly 90% in the first quarter, Treasury yields fell in each of the past three months to close the second quarter at 1.45%. Core CPI experienced its fastest yearover-year increase in nearly 40 years, and the PCE price index — the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge — posted its largest annual gain since 1992. Inflation expectations suggest that consumers believe the current spike in prices is only temporary — a sentiment echoed by the Fed — which may be contributing to the drop in Treasury yields and low equity market volatility. While consumers may believe current levels of inflation are temporary, they are beginning to balk at some of the higher prices, especially in big-ticket items — price growth in automobiles may be nearing a peak, new home starts have declined sharply and the price of lumber has fallen 45% over the past two months. The sustainability of inflationary pressures and the Fed’s response to them will be important to watch heading into the second half of the year. GuideStone enhanced its Inclusion & Diversity efforts and processes. In July 2020, we announced the appointment of Kasan Boyd to lead GuideStone’s efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce. We are taking a three-pronged approach toward our Inclusion & Diversity strategy, prioritizing: • Inclusive Environment — creates a sense of belonging that encourages employees to contribute to their fullest potential • Diverse Contribution — enhances innovation and productivity by embracing different thoughts, backgrounds and experiences • Strategic Partnership — deepens our connections with our participants and broadens the impact to communities Texas Statistics as of June 30, 2021: Active churches in the Church Retirement Plan:.................................................1,481 Persons receiving retirement benefits:...........................................................5,510

O. S. HAWKINS President

5005 LBJ Freeway, STE 220 Dallas, TX 75244 1-888-98-GUIDE (888-984-8433) GuideStone.org

GUIDESTONE FINANCIAL RESOURCES OF THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION

“The Year of Execution” was our theme during 2020 as we challenged our team to look for opportunities, to keep focused and faithful for the benefit of all GuideStone’s participants.

Number helped by Mission:Dignity:............................292 If you want more information about the products and services of GuideStone Financial Resources, call us toll-free at 1-888-98-GUIDE, or visit our website.

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HIGHGROUND ADVISORS

Since 1930, HighGround Advisors has provided nonprofit investment management and charitable giving services. Our subsidiary, HighGround Trust Company, was established in 1996 and is charted by the Texas Department of Banking. Together, we have extensive financial knowledge in the nonprofit sector, with over $2.3 billion in assets under management and serving over 470 nonprofits and beneficiaries.

JEFF W. SMITH

President/CEO 1717 Main Street, Suite 1400 Dallas, Texas 75201 highground advisors .org

Each year, HighGround develops a strategic theme to help guide us as we work. As 2020, with all its challenges, came to a close and we considered a new theme for a new year, we acknowledged there was no magic in simply turning the pages of our calendars. We did not suddenly have all the answers or immediately return to pre-pandemic “normal” just by moving from December to January. No, the uncertainty remained. It can be difficult to journey through the unknown and adapt to an evolving situation. But it can also be an opportunity to push past the constraints of the expected to reimagine how we accomplish our missions. We stepped into 2021 not knowing what to expect but aiming to trust our God who knows all, to consider the possibilities, and to dream big. Our theme: Beyond the Expected. As we support you and your goals this year, we are keeping this theme in mind. Your mission is important; our mission is to serve yours. And we hope immeasurably more than we can imagine for both. FAST FACTS: • $859.8 million distributed to institutions over the last decade • $99.8 million distributed to institutions, donors & income beneficiaries in 2020 • $15.8 million in scholarships awarded by our institutions to 6,425 students from The Burg Scholarship Fund since 2000 FLEXIBLE INVESTMENT PLATFORM Your mission is unique. That’s why HighGround customizes our investment solutions to fit each client’s goals, needs and resources. We offer a flexible investment platform that includes HighGround Pre-Designed Endowment Solutions, HighGround Proprietary Asset Class Funds and Third-Party Mutual Funds/ETFs. We learn what is critical to your success because our mission is to faithfully steward the assets that strengthen your work. 2020 INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS: • HighGround’s Capstone Endowment Fund’s performance ranked in the top quartiles of our peer group. • The S&P 500 was off 19.6% at the close of the first quarter in 2020, its worst quarter since 2008. In contrast, HighGround’s Capstone Endowment Fund was down only 10.5%, demonstrating the advantages of strong diversification during short-term market disruptions. • Despite the pandemic-driven market volatility in 2020, we were pleased to increase distributions for the seventh consecutive year. • The Enhanced Cash Fund provided a favorable yield in comparison to what was available in the marketplace, as short-term interest rates were almost zero for much of the year. ECONOMIC OUTLOOK (as of May 31, 2021): • The U.S. is forecast to have its strongest growth in four decades after suffering its worst economic collapse since World War II. • Growth forecasts continue to be revised upward during the first quarter. • U.S. consumer confidence was at its highest level since the pandemic began. • The Fed signaled it expects short-term interest rates to remain unchanged through 2023. PROTECT. STRENGTHEN. GROW. In 2020, HighGround Advisors assisted donors in contributing $23 million in new gifts and additions to existing gifts for charitable purposes benefitting our Baptist constituencies. HighGround also distributed nearly $100 million to institutions, donors and income beneficiaries. We are proud to champion the important work of our Baptist institutions and are humbled to be their trusted partner. Working beyond the expected and with innovation and vigilance, we wish to steward well the funds and assets entrusted to us by the nonprofits and generous individuals we serve.

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In the midst of all that, Christ’s love and His command to share that love remained constant. Christ’s love transforms each of us and compels His followers to transform the world. TBM seeks to do just that as TBM volunteers follow God’s call to deliver help, hope and healing to a hurting world and teach emerging generations to do likewise. From Disaster Relief to Water Ministry to Royal Ambassadors, these ministries are designed to point people to Christ through our work of loving people in times of need and in times of growth. TBM Disaster Relief met significant physical, emotional and spiritual needs after tornadoes, hurricanes and the winter storms. TBM volunteers served in more than 30 locations in the first quarter of 2021 alone. TBM disaster relief volunteers who are part of churches like yours:

MICKEY B. LENAMON Executive Director

5351 Catron Dallas, Texas 75227 texas baptistmen.org

TEXAS BAPTIST MEN, INC.

In the past year, many people around us have suffered. Whether they were impacted by one of the record number of hurricanes that hit our shores, the winter storms that plunged the state into freezing temperatures or the COVID-19 pandemic, heartache was all around us.

• Served 74 straight days last fall after hurricanes rocked the Gulf Coast • Distributed more than 40,000 meals to nurses, doctors and volunteers administering COVID-19 vaccines at the mass vaccination site in Dallas • Performed more than 900 chainsaw jobs after tornadoes and hurricanes • Served more than 63,000 hours after disasters of all kinds TBM Water partners with churches in poverty-stricken areas to help them bring clean water, good hygiene practices, and a means of self-reliance to communities. Despite COVID-related travel restrictions, TBM Water provided clean drinking water in six countries this year, providing access to clean drinking water for more than 7,000 people worldwide. TBM Discipleship efforts help your churches reach people for Christ and develop future leaders. More than 200 students participated in six Royal Ambassador summer camps. Another 800 students engaged in Christ’s mission around the world through a duffle bag missions lab at their churches. TBM Builders men and women completed 22 projects, including 10 for camps and five for churches. In addition, builders constructed cabinets for churches and camps. In all, more than 300 people came to Christ through TBM ministries last year. Thank you for your prayerful support of TBM ministries. Together, we advance the kingdom of God.

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WOMAN’S MISSIONARY UNION OF TEXAS

TAMIKO JONES

Executive DirectorTreasurer 10325 Brockwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75238

Because of you, WMU of Texas continues to walk alongside churches and individuals on their missions discipleship journey. We thank you for your continued partnership in missions through the last year as we reimagined ministry during a global health crisis. Like many state and international missions offerings, the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions experienced a decline in 2020, totaling $2,684,497 toward the goal of $3.6 million. Fortunately, we were able to support 73 ministry opportunities. Through the offering, you assisted churches like Iglesia Bautista La Nueva Jerusalem of Round Rock, in reaching their community through the English-Speaking Hispanic Initiative, Cowboy Churches through grants funding arena/outreach events reaching over 1,300 people with the presentation of the gospel, and Recharge in pivoting from a regional in - person event to an easily accessible online gathering for the entire state. The continued theme for the offering is I Am Texas Missions and we appreciate your partnership as we move toward the $3.5 million goal for 2021. Engage

wmutx.org

We served with many of you, engaging all age levels of your congregations and communities in missions discipleship. Your interest in WMU community groups continues and training is available on our website to support your startup efforts. Two of the four National WMU Acteens Panelists are from Texas. We celebrated the addition of a new state consultant for the 40 CWJC and CMJC sites across Texas and continue to promote the recently added virtual national training available for current and potential site leaders. Our multicultural congregations continue to be engaged with the state organization and the addition of new staff focused on Hispanic Ministries and Sisters Who Care who will assist congregations in exploring new ways to be on mission across the street and around the world. Establish WMU of TX celebrated the 10th anniversary of the South Texas Women’s Build in 2020. The WMU of TX teams were unable to physically participate due to the pandemic, but we were able to purchase the materials and support the necessary contractors through the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions. God allowed the Santiago family to build their own home. Through virtual prayer and periodic online updates, women across Texas and beyond participated in the effort. Through a partnership with the World Missions Center of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, WMU of Texas will sponsor the refurbishing of the old reference library on campus, as a new residence, called Mary’s House, for two stateside missionary families. TBM continues to be a valuable partner of WMU of Texas. During the February 2021 Texas ice storm, WMU of TX applied for and received a $10,000 HEART Fund grant from the WMU Foundation to supply food to volunteers and directly to families during and immediately after the ice storm. To match that effort, National WMU supplied a $10,000 Pure Water Pure Love grant to supply bottled water across the state. Empower WMU of Texas continues to serve as a connector of resources (housing, transportation, etc.) for stateside missionaries and their families. Through your support, we were able to financially assist ten students as they attended the IMB sponsored annual re-entry retreat. In addition to our support for IMB and NAMB, and in partnership with Texas Baptists, WMU of Texas is finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Baptist conventions of Tanzania and Uganda. As one part of this agreement, WMU of Texas will assist women leaders in East Africa in spiritual growth, discipleship, and exploring entrepreneurship. We fully expect that as we share with them, they will also share with us. Thank you for your continued support!

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Big Bend Baptist Association Edward Jennings PO Box 1488 Marfa, TX 79843-1488 432-729-4349 ambigbend@gmail.com

Collin Baptist Association Albert Draper, Interim 970 S Highway 5 Fairview, TX 75069-9461 972-529-5222 officers@cbachurchnetwork.org

Blanco Baptist Association Rafael Murillo 3901 Charco Rd Beeville, TX 78102-2111 361-358-9420 blancobaptist@sbcglobal.net

Colorado Baptist Association Barry Barnet 1515 Briar Ln Wharton, TX 77488-4309 903-227-9019 coloradobaptistassociation@gmail.com

Bluebonnet Baptist Association Robby Partain PO Box 312257 New Braunfels, TX 78130-3241 830-629-7674 linda@bluebonnetbaptist.org

Concho Valley Baptist Association Jeff Box 825 N Main St San Angelo, TX 76903-4056 325-653-4898 jeff@cvba.org

Bosque Baptist Association No Dom PO Box 391 Clifton, TX 76634-0391 254-675-8381 bba@fbcclifton.com

Cooke County Baptist Association Hollis Parsons PO Box 842 Gainesville, TX 76241-0842 940-665-4082 lori.geojcarroll@gmail.com

Bowie Baptist Association PO Box 7740 Texarkana, TX 75505-7740 903-831-0194 receptionist@bowiebaptist.org

Corpus Christi Baptist Association Anson Nash 3115 Ocean Dr Corp Christi, TX 78404-1614 361-853-2555 anash@ccbaptistassociation.org

marsha.langford.acba@suddenlinkmail.com

Amarillo Area Baptist Association Bryan Houser 2123 S Van Buren St Amarillo, TX 79109-2404 806-372-6566 aabacherrie@gmail.com Asociacion Bautista Hispana Norte Central De Texas Zenon Garcia PO Box 87 Denison, TX 75021-0087 (903) 815-6598 Asociacion Bautista Latino Americana Bulmaro Luna P.O. Box 111698 Houston, TX 77293 713-851-8550 Austin Baptist Association David Smith PO Box 4978 Austin, TX 78765-4978 512-454-2558 david@austinbaptist.org Basin Baptist Network PO Box 60180 Midland, TX 79711-0180 432-563-3700 coordinator@basinbaptist.org

Burnet Llano Baptist Association Dale Hill 325 Ancient Oaks Dr. Marble Falls, TX 78654 713-530-8877 edalehill@gmail.com

Bell Baptist Association Tom Henderson PO Box 1447 Belton, TX 76513-5447 254-939-0761 bba9129@sbcglobal.net

Caprock Baptist Association Lester Griffin 2301 Utica St Plainview, TX 79072-2063 806-296-2751 caprockdom@outlook.com

Bi Stone Baptist Association Lowell Warren 500 E Carthage St Mexia, TX 76667-2814 817-939-1142 Drlwarre72@gmail.com

Castle Gap Association Juan Avila PO Box 485 Rankin, TX 79778-0485 432-693-2385 Francisjuan6259@yahoo.com

BiFork Baptist Association David Warren PO Box 2125 Vernon, TX 76385-2125 940-257-7247 deidra@fbcseymour.com

Coastal Bend Baptist Association 712 W D Ave Kingsville, TX 78363-3632 coastalbendinfo@gmail.com

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Abilene Callahan Baptist Association Larry Tarver PO Box 5228 Abilene, TX 79608-5228 325-673-8349

Coryell Baptist Association Richard Ray PO Box 45 Gatesville, TX 76528-0045 254-865-1299 tririversdom@gmail.com Creath Brazos Baptist Association Stephen Doyle 410 Tarrow St Ste 101 College Sta, TX 77840-7892 979-846-1788 info@cbba.org Crossroads Baptist Association John McCullough 1311 Goliad St Big Spring, TX 79720-4639 432-263-1673 contact@xroadsba.org Dallas Baptist Association Bob Dean 8001 E R L Thornton Fwy Dallas, TX 75228-7001 214-324-2803 cindyburr@dba.net

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Del Rio Uvalde Baptist Association Tommy Larner 117 E Commerce St Uvalde, TX 78801-3713 830-278-5351 delriouvalde@sbcglobal.net

Erath Baptist Association Richard Ray 401 N Mcilhaney St Stephenville, TX 76401-5624 254-865-1299 tririversdom@gmail.com

Grayson Baptist Association Bobby Fletcher PO Box 1806 Sherman, TX 75091-1806 903-868-9361 thegbaoffice@gmail.com

Denton Baptist Association Morgan Malone 1406 N Corinth St Ste 408 Corinth, TX 76208-5449 940-498-5200 rochelle@dentonbaptist.org

Falls Baptist Association Patrick Knowlton PO Box 192 Cameron, TX 76520-0192 254-697-6505 firmarea@sbcglobal.net

Gregg Baptist Association Chris Robeson 121 Gilmer Rd Longview, TX 75604-4616 903-753-9900 greggba@gmail.com

Dogwood Trails Baptist Association Lee Welch PO Box 949 Jacksonville, TX 75766-0949 903-586-5156 Dom.dtba@gmail.com

Fannin Baptist Association Darrel Hatcock, Interim 1505 Silo Rd Bonham, TX 75418-2864 903-583-2210 dhathcock@gmail.com

Guadalupe Baptist Association Walter Jackson 2601 N Ben Jordan St Victoria, TX 77901-5611 361-575-5281 guadalupeassociation@gamil.com

Double Mountain Baptist Association Joe Walton PO Box 112 Stamford, TX 79553 325-773-2462 joewdmba@att.net

FIRM Baptist Area Patrick Knowlton PO Box 192 Cameron, TX 76520-0192 254-697-6505 firmarea@sbcglobal.net

Gulf Coast Baptist Association Chuck Beem 2700 E Highway 35 Angleton, TX 77515-2904 979-849-2477 mail@gulfcoastbaptist.org

East Texas Baptist Area Lewis Edwards PO Box 546 Mt Enterprise, TX 75681-0546 903-822-3474 etba@eastex.net

Frio River Baptist Association Loren Fast PO Box P Pearsall, TX 78061-1415 830-334-2061 frioriverbaptist@outlook.com

Hamilton Baptist Association Richard Ray PO Box 45 Gatesville, TX 76528-0045 254-865-1299 tririversdom@gmail.com

El Paso Baptist Association Larry Floyd 2012 Grant Ave El Paso, TX 79930-1017 915-544-8671 agonzales@elpasoba.org

Galveston Baptist Association Jim Grant 413 8th St Galveston, TX 77550-5205 409-938-8942 director@galvestonbaptist.org

Harmony Pittsburg Baptist Association Jeremy Randolph 403 Daingerfield St Pittsburg, TX 75686-1405 903-856-6696 jeremy@harmony.pittsburg.com

Ellis Baptist Association Richard Cody 3080 W Highway 287 Byp Waxahachie, TX 75167-5000 972-937-9320 richard@ellisbaptist.org

Gambrell Baptist Association Kevin Muilenburg PO Box 603 Gonzales, TX 78629-0603 830-672-3830 scba@southcentralarea.org

Harvest Baptist Association Gerry Lewis PO Box 1735 Decatur, TX 76234-6150 940-627-0723 hba@harvestba.com

Emmanuel Baptist Association Jimmie Neel PO Box 159 Kirbyville, TX 75956-0159 409-423-2224 info@snabarea.org

Golden Triangle Baptist Network Jim Turnbo 555 N 10th St Beaumont, TX 77702-1615 409-832-1110 office@gtbn.us

Heart of Texas Baptist Network Zachary Harrel PO Box 1646 Brownwood, TX 76804-1646 325-643-1348 hotbnm.texasmissions@gmail.com

Enon Baptist Association Timothy Ellis PO Box 928 Linden, TX 75563-0928 903-756-7331 enondom@valornet.com

Gonzales Baptist Association Kevin Muilenburg PO Box 603 Gonzales, TX 78629-0603 830-672-3830 scba@southcentralarea.org

Hill Baptist Association Kenneth Coleman PO Box 1606 Hillsboro, TX 76645-1606 817-648-6645 broken22@windstream.net

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Llanos Altos Baptist Association Lester Griffin 2301 Utica St Plainview, TX 79072-2063 806-296-2751 caprockplains@nts-online.com

Red River Valley Baptist Association Guille Seigler 2320 Clarksville St Paris, TX 75460-6260 903-785-2890 redrivervalleybaptist@gmail.com

Hunt Baptist Association Jim Gatliff 2900 Eastland St Greenville, TX 75402-8914 903-454-2690 khunt@argontech.net

Lubbock Area Baptist Association Jerry Joplin 4207 34th St Lubbock, TX 79410-2641 806-791-4442 angie@lubbockbaptist.com

Rehoboth Baptist Association Kent Pate 1139 Industrial Dr E Sulphur Springs, TX 75482-3326 903-885-2868 info@rehobothonline.org

Independence Baptist Association Patrick Knowlton PO Box 192 Cameron, TX 76520-0192 firmarea@sbcglobal.net 254-697-6505

Milam Baptist Association Patrick Knowlton PO Box 192 Cameron, TX 76520-0192 254-697-6505 firmarea@sbcglobal.net

Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association Eber Obarra 617 W Expressway 83 Weslaco, TX 78596-4326 956-968-3161 acct.rgvba@gmail.com

Kauf-Van Baptist Association Ernest McCoulskey PO Box 708 Terrell, TX 75160-0013 972-563-8023 adminassist@kaufvan.com

Neches River Baptist Association William Jones PO Box 995 Crockett, TX 75835-0995 936-544-3754 nrbaoffice11@gmail.com

Robertson Baptist Association Patrick Knowlton PO Box 192 Cameron, TX 76520-0192 254-697-6505 firmarea@sbcglobal.net

Lake Ivie Baptist Association Keith Simpson PO Box 639 Ballinger, TX 76821-0639 325-365-2585 lakeiviebaptist@yahoo.com

New Bethel Baptist Association Jimmie Neel PO Box 159 Kirbyville, TX 75956-0159 409-423-2224 info@snbarea.org

Rolling Plains Baptist Network Daniel Dotson P.O. Box 214 Snyder, TX 79550 325-573-1803 smsba@suddenlinkmail.com

Lamesa Baptist Association Dennis Adams PO Box 1373 Lamesa, TX 79331-1373 806-201-0595 dradams1164@gmail.com

Palo Pinto Baptist Association Ferel Gage PO Box C Mineral Wells, TX 76068-0079 940-452-1336 palopintobaptist@gmail.com

Rusk-Panola Baptist Association Lewis Edwards PO Box 546 Mt Enterprise, TX 75681-0546 903-822-3474 etba@eastex.net

Lampasas Baptist Association Richard Ray PO Box 45 Gatesville, TX 76528-0045 254-865-1299 tririversdom@gmail.com

Paluxy Baptist Association Glenn Ward 1844 Acton Hwy Granbury, TX 76049-5900 817-579-5111 gwarddom.pba@gmail.com

Sabine Neches Baptist Area Jimmie Neel PO Box 159 Kirbyville, TX 75956-0159 409-423-2224 info@snbarea.org

Laredo Baptist Association Hector Almanza PO Box 1634 Laredo, TX 78044-1634 956-523-0703 lbalaredo@gmail.com

Parker Baptist Association John Thielepape 118 E Park Ave Weatherford, TX 76086-5614 817-599-6586 john@parkerbaptist.org

Sabine Valley Baptist Association Jimmie Neel PO Box 159 Kirbyville, TX 75956-0159 409-423-2224 info@snbarea.org

Leon Baptist Association Tuffy Loftin 8153 FM 3178 Centerville, TX 75833-3116 979-412-1484 tuffyloftin@gmail.com

Pecos Valley Baptist Association Dudley Mullins PO Box 1105 Kermit, TX 79745-1105 432-586-6601 edmullins1952@att.net

San Antonio Baptist Association Darrell Horn 5807 W IH 10 San Antonio, TX 78201-2800 210-525-9954 darrellh@sanantoniobaptist.org

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Hill Country Baptist Association Robert Wheat PO Box 294718 Kerrville, TX 78029 214-683-4006 drrwheat@gmail.com

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San Felipe Baptist Association Sam Waltman 1105 San Jacinto St Rosenberg, TX 77471-3641 281-232-8556 info@sanfelipeba.org

Tarrant Baptist Association David Bowman 4520 James Ave Fort Worth, TX 76115-2117 817-927-1911 frontdesk@tarrantbaptist.org

San Jacinto Baptist Association Randell Gilchrist PO Box 1533 Baytown, TX 77522-1533 281-422-3604 sjba@sanjacintobaptist.com

Top O Texas Baptist Association James Greer PO Box 300 Pampa, TX 79066-0300 806-665-3152 topotx@yahoo.com

Shelby Doches Baptist Association Lewis Edwards PO Box 546 Mt Enterprise, TX 75681-0546 903-822-3474 etba@eastex.net

Tri County Baptist Association Barry Schahn PO Box 1151 Cisco, TX 76437-1151 254-442-4568 domtricounty@suddenlinkmail.com

Smith Baptist Association Danny Pickens 3226 Old Jacksonville Rd Tyler, TX 75701-7503 903-581-6139 danny@smithbaptist.org

Tri Rivers Baptist Area Richard Ray 502 E Main St Gatesville, TX 76528-1317 254-865-1299 tririversdom@gmail.com

Soda Lake Baptist Association PO Box 1088 Marshall, TX 75671-1088 903-938-0756 sodalake@sbcglobal.net

Trinity River Baptist Association David Williams PO Box 1269 Liberty, TX 77575-1269 936-336-9232 david@trbatexas.org

South Central Baptist Area Kevin Muilenburg PO Box 603 Gonzales, TX 78629-0603 830-672-3830 scba@southcentralarea.org South Plains Baptist Association PO Box 185 Smyer, TX 79367-0185 806-893-8578 spba.1@netzero.com Southwest Metroplex Baptist Assoc Scott Whitson 601 N Nolan River Rd Cleburne, TX 76033-7007 817-645-8222 dom@swmba.net Strategic Church Solutions Travis Bundrick 918 S Interstate 35 Georgetown, TX 78628-4127 512-930-0965 mandy@wbatexas.org

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Wichita Archer Clay Baptist Assoc Darrell Brown PO Box 4110 Wichita Falls, TX 76308-0110 940-691-0911 wacmissions@yahoo.com

Tryon Evergreen Baptist Association Roger Yancey PO Box 2408 Conroe, TX 77305-2408 936-856-2001 efrazier@teba.org Union Baptist Association Josh Ellis 2916 W T C Jester Blvd Ste 200 Houston, TX 77018-7051 713-957-2000 info@ubahouston.org Unity Baptist Association Stephen Brazzel PO Box 154510 Lufkin, TX 75904 936-634-3734 sbrazzel@unityba.org Waco Regional Baptist Association Timothy Randolph PO Box 1848 Waco, TX 76703-1848 254-753-2408 admin@wacobaptists.org

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Cone Oasis 23921 N. Parker La Feria, TX 78579 Ph: (956) 797-2050 Fax: (956) 797-5142 www.coneoasis.org

Aspendale Mountain Retreat Center 163 Pierce Canyon Rd Cloudcroft, NM 88317 Ph: (800) 959-2605 Fax: (575) 682-2608 www.aspendale.org

East Texas Baptist Camp 178 Private Rd. 7005 Newton, TX 75966 Ph: (409) 379-2737 Fax: (409) 379-2737 www.etbe.org

Big Country Camp 201 FM 142 Lueders, TX 79533 Ph: (325) 228-4542 Fax: (325) 228-4586 www.bigcountrycamp.com Camp Buckner Hill Country Retreat 3835 FM 2342 Burnet, TX 78611 Ph: (512) 756-7540 Fax: (512) 756-6121 www.campbuckner.org

Heart of Texas Baptist Camp & Conference Center 8025 North FM 2125 Brownwood, TX 76801 Ph: (325) 784-5821 Fax: (325) 784-6293 www.heartoftexascamp.com High Plains Retreat Center 18511 City Lake Rd Canyon, TX 79015 Ph: (806) 499-3429 Fax: (806) 499-3429 http://hpretreatcenter.org

Camp Chaparral 3784 Church Camp Rd. Iowa Park, TX 76367 Ph: (940) 855-4182 Fax: (940) 852-0602 www.campchaparral.org

Highland Lakes Camp & Conference Center 5902 Pace Bend Rd. N Spicewood, TX 78669 Ph: (888) 222-3482 Fax: (512) 264-2794 www.highlandlakescamp.org

Camp Copass 8200 E McKinney St. Denton, TX 76208 Ph: (940) 565-0050 Fax: (940) 382-9984 www.campcopass.com

Lake Lavon Baptist Camp 8050 County Road 735 Princeton, TX 75407 Ph: (972) 736-2273 Fax: (972) 736-6670 www.lakelavoncamp.com

Camp Menard PO Box 1385 Menard, TX 76859 Ph: (915) 396-2162 Fax: (915) 396-4427 www.zcat.com/tbm/listings/26

Lake Tomahawk Baptist Encampment 408 Lake Tomahawk Livingston, TX 77351 Ph: (936) 563-4644 Fax: (936) 563-4630 www.laketomahawk.org

Circle Six Ranch 2784 Hwy 137 Lenorah, TX 79749 Ph: (432) 458-3467 Fax: (432) 458-3320 www.circle6ranch.net

Lakeview Baptist Assembly & Conference Center PO Box 130 Lone Star, TX 75668 Ph: (903) 656-3871 Fax: (903) 656-2993 www.lba1948.com

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Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center 134 Private Rd 223 Aquilla, TX 76622 Ph: (254) 694-3689 Fax: (254) 694-4174 http://lathamsprings.com/

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Alto Frio Baptist Encampment 1385 FM 1120 Leakey, TX 78873 Ph: (830) 232-5271 Fax: (830) 232-5274 www.altofrio.com

Mt. Lebanon Retreat & Conference Center 1701 Texas Plume Rd. Cedar Hill, TX 75104 Ph: (972) 291-7156 Fax: (972) 291-4958 www.mtlebanoncamp.com Paisano Baptist Encampment 91872 W Hwy 90 Alpine, TX 79830 Ph: (432) 837-3074 Fax: (432) 837-3074 www.paisanoencampment.org Panfork Baptist Encampment 4530 County Rd 210 Wellington, TX 79095 Ph: (806) 447-2627 Fax: (806) 447-5558 www.panfork.org Pineywoods Baptist Camp 6272 East US 287 Woodlake, TX 75865 Ph: (936) 642-1723 Fax: (936) 642-2608 www.pineywoodscamp.com Plains Baptist Camp & Retreat Center 3001 Love Rd. Floydada, TX 79235 Ph: (800) 581-3954 Fax: (806) 983-2008 www.pbcamp.org Riverbend Retreat Center 1232 County Rd 411B Unit C Glen Rose, TX 76043 Ph: (254) 897-4011 Fax: (254) 897-3960 www.riverbendretreat.org

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Texas Baptist Encampment 100 1st St. Palacious, TX 77465 Ph: (361) 972-2717 Fax: (361) 972-2939 www.texasbaptistencampment.org Tejas Camp & Retreat Center 1038 P.R. 2191 Giddings, TX 78942 Ph: (979) 366-2422 Fax: (979) 366-9206 www.camptejas.org camptejas@camptejas.org Timberline Baptist Camp & Conference Center 15363 FM 849 Lindale, TX 75771 Ph: (903) 882-3183 Fax: (903) 882-3184 Trinity Pines Conference Center 4341 FM 356 Trinity, TX 75862 Ph: (936) 594-5011 Fax: (936) 594-5085 www.trinitypines.org Valley Baptist Missions and Education Center 3700 E Harrison Ave. Harlingen, TX 78550 Ph: (956) 423-0632 Fax: (956) 423-7913 www.vbmec.org Zephyr Baptist Encampment 151 FM 3162 Sandia, TX 78383 Ph: (361) 547-2448 Fax: (361) 547-6351 www.zbcamp.org

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Section 1. The name of this corporate body shall be The Baptist General Convention of Texas, hereafter Convention. Section 2. This Convention is and always shall remain, only and solely a medium through which Baptist churches may work harmoniously in cooperation with each other, promoting the work and objects set forth in this constitution. It has not, to any degree, and shall never have any ecclesiastical authority. It shall not have and shall never attempt to exercise a single attribute of power or authority over any church, or over the messengers of the churches in such wise as to limit the sovereignty of the churches, but shall recognize the sovereignty of the churches under the one Sovereign, Jesus Christ our Lord. Article II – Object The object of this Convention shall be to awaken and stimulate among the churches the greatest possible activity in evangelism, missions, Christian education and benevolent work and enterprises; to cultivate a closer cooperation among the churches and promote harmony of feeling and concert of action in advancing all the interests of the Redeemer’s Kingdom. Article III – Membership Section 1. This Convention in session in all its meetings shall be composed of messengers elected by Baptist churches that shall voluntarily cooperate with the Convention. All messengers must be members of the church by which they are elected. A messenger must be enrolled at the Convention in session to be qualified to vote. The messengers have no right to act except for annual or special meetings constituting the Convention in session for which they have been elected by their cooperating churches. Section 2. Each church cooperating with this Convention shall be entitled to: A Two messengers for the first one hundred (100) members or fractional part thereof. Two additional messengers for the first two hundred fifty dollars ($250) given during the previous fiscal year to the Texas budget as adopted by The Baptist General Convention of Texas in annual session, and

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B. One additional messenger for each additional hundred members and each additional one thousand dollars ($1,000) given during the previous fiscal year to the Texas budget as adopted by The Baptist General Convention of Texas in annual session, and C. If, as calculated under B above, a church’s giving surpasses its membership, then one additional messenger for each two thousand dollars ($2000) given during the previous fiscal year to the Texas budget as adopted by The Baptist General Convention of Texas in annual session, not to exceed six additional messengers, provided, however, that D. No church shall be entitled to more than twenty-five messengers. E. A mission church shall be considered a church under the Constitution solely for the limited purpose of electing messengers to the Annual Meeting if it is identified as a body of believers separate from its sponsoring church; it contributes to the BGCT in an identifiable way either directly or through the sponsoring church from its own resources; it exists to address some specific mission need, such as language, culture or location, it regularly practices baptism and the Lord’s Supper separate from its sponsoring church; and it identifies itself with, aligns itself with, and endorses, generally, the purposes and work of the Convention. The total number of messengers a mission may qualify for is four (4) as specified in Article III, Section 2.A.

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Article IV – Meetings Section 1. The Convention shall meet annually at such a time and place, based on Convention site guidelines, as determined by the messengers at least two years prior to the annual meeting. In case of emergency, the Executive Board is empowered to change the time and place of the meeting. The minutes of the annual meeting of The Baptist General Convention of Texas are to be approved by the Executive Board of the Convention at the first meeting of the Executive Board following the Convention. Section 2. No notice of annual or regular meetings of The Baptist General Convention of Texas shall be required. Notice of a special meeting shall be given at least 10 days prior to such meeting by publication in any newspaper of general circulation in the community in which the principal office is located. Section 3. The right to vote is limited to the duly elected and enrolled messengers who are actually present in the session at the time the vote is taken. There will be no proxy or absentee voting. Section 4. The quorum for conducting business during any session of the annual meeting of The Baptist General Convention of Texas shall be a minimum of 25% of the enrolled messengers. Section 5. Special meetings of the Convention may be called by the Executive Board by a two-thirds vote of the votes entitled to be cast by directors of the Board. The call for a special meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting and the date, time and place for the meeting. The special meeting shall be limited to the purpose stated. Article V – Officers Section 1. The officers of this Convention shall be a president, a first vice president, a second vice president, a secretary of the Corporation, a recording secretary and a registration secretary. With the exception of the recording secretary who serves by virtue of serving as Treasurer, these shall be elected annually by ballot not later than the second day of the annual meeting. By unanimous consent any officer of this Convention may be elected by acclamation. Officers shall hold their offices until the end of the last session of the Convention meeting at which their successors are elected. In case of the death, resignation, or disability of the president, or if the president is no longer a member of a cooperating church, the vice presidents shall automatically succeed to the office of president in the order of their election. Section 2. In any election for office, the nominee who receives the vote of a majority of the enrolled messengers present in the session shall be elected. If on the first ballot no nominee is elected, there shall be a run-off election between the two nominees who received the greatest number of votes on the first ballot. Section 3. No one shall be eligible for the office of president or eligible for the same vice president’s office for more than two successive years. Article VI – Committees Section 1. The committees of the Convention shall be: (1) Committee on the Annual Meeting, (2) Committee on Credentials, (3) Committee on Committees, (4) Committee on Resolutions, (5) Committee on Memorials, (6) Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors, (7) Committee on Nominations for Boards of Affiliated Ministries. The duties of the committees are included in the Convention Bylaws. Section 2. Special committees may be established by action of the Convention to serve for specified periods of time to perform specific duties that in the judgment of the Convention cannot be effectively performed by one of the regular committees of the Convention or by the Executive Board. The Convention shall specify the number of members to be appointed to each special committee and the method to be followed in selecting members. In the absence of other provisions, the president and the two vice presidents shall jointly appoint the members.

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Section 1. Functions The Executive Board speaks for the interest of the Convention and has authority and accountability over the work of the Convention in the interim between annual meetings, except for that which is reserved for the Convention in session as noted in the Articles of Incorporation, the Constitution and the Bylaws. A. The Executive Board shall have charge and control, except when otherwise directed by the Convention, of all of the work of the Convention, including missions, education, and beneficence, in the interim between its sessions. B. The Executive Board has authority to elect and employ, to evaluate performance and set compensation for the Executive Director who shall serve as chief executive officer of The Baptist General Convention of Texas and its Executive Board. C. The Executive Board also has authority to elect an Associate Executive Director and a Treasurer/ Chief Financial Officer, both of whom shall serve under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. The Executive Director is authorized to employ other staff as provided by the plan of work and the financial plan of the Convention. The Board shall approve a compensation plan for Convention employees. D. The Executive Board shall hold in trust and shall administer all the properties, annuities, trusts, and invested funds of this body except as otherwise provided for by the Convention, and the Board shall report annually to the Convention the state of all funds which the Board administers. E. The Executive Board provides the Convention annually with a report of its work and with a complete financial accounting of all funds received and disbursed, including properties, trusts, and invested funds which the Board administers. F. The Executive Board determines the organization, functions, responsibilities and working relationships of the Executive Board committees.

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G. The Executive Board maintains an official organization manual setting forth the plan and organization of the Convention and its programs. It shall also maintain a policy manual (including business, financial and personnel) for those policies adopted by the Convention in session and by the Executive Board. Section 2. Membership A. The authorized number of elected directors shall be 90 directors from 30 sectors in the Convention. The sectors are based on resident church membership in counties, and such sector criteria will be included in the Bylaws upon recommendation of the Executive Board. A minimum of three directors will be elected from each sector. The number of elected directors of the Executive Board will exceed ninety (90) until expiration of the terms of directors elected prior to the effective date of adoption of this amended Constitution. B. One-third of the number of directors is elected each year to serve a three-year term. Directors are eligible for election to a second three-year term but are not eligible to serve more than six consecutive years. C. Voting directors of the Executive Board shall be the elected directors, the convention president, and the two convention vice presidents, and the presidents of the Convention-recognized fellowships, provided that these presidents are members of churches supportive of the BGCT. Non-voting directors of the Executive Board shall be the executive director, recording secretary, and the presidents of Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas, Texas Baptist Men and Baptist Student Ministry.

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D. All Executive Board directors, including the ex officio directors, must be members of churches that are supportive of The Baptist General Convention of Texas. E. No one who is an employee of the Convention or member of the immediate family of an employee, except an ex officio director of the Board, shall be eligible for membership on the Executive Board. F. The membership of the Executive Board shall be generally representative of the Baptist membership in the Convention and shall include men and women, Anglo and non-Anglo persons, persons who are members of larger membership churches and smaller membership churches, and those who have abilities and experience needed by the Board. There shall be a minimum of forty percent (40%) of the persons elected each year who are church/denominational employees and a minimum of forty (40%) who are non-church/denominational employees. Section 3. Officers A. Officers shall be chairperson, vice chairperson, recording secretary and other such officers as the Executive Board may determine needed from time to time. B. Term of service for elected officers is one year. A person is limited to a maximum service of two consecutive years in the same office. The exception to these provisions is the recording secretary who serves by virtue of serving as Treasurer. C. Nominations for election of officers are from the floor. A person must be elected by majority vote. If on the first ballot no nominee is elected, there shall be a run-off election between the two nominees who received the greatest number of votes on the first ballot. Section 4. Committees The Executive Board has the authority to establish and dissolve committees as required to carry out their responsibilities. Duties of the committees will be included in the Executive Board Policy Manual. A. The Executive Committee plans, coordinates and monitors the general progress of the Executive Board, including the budget and financial affairs. The Executive Committee will be composed of the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Executive Board, the president and vice presidents of the Convention, and the chairperson of each Executive Board committee. The chairperson of the Executive Board will serve as chairperson of the Executive Committee. The executive director and the recording secretary will serve as ex officio members, without vote. B. The Audit Committee is to oversee the financial audit function. C. The Institutional Relations Committee is to give broad oversight of the institutions related to the Convention, recognizing that the institutions are managed by a separate board of trustees according to their articles of incorporation and bylaws. D. The Church Ministries Committee shall set the direction for the operation of core ministries of the Convention. E. The Administration Support Committee shall set direction and recommend general policies for the administrative functions of the Convention. The committee shall include a finance subcommittee for budget development and general financial oversight.

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Section 1. General Provisions A. Institutions or agencies which associate with this Convention in compliance with this Article are affiliated. Institutions or agencies which associate with this Convention pursuant to an adopted Special Agreement are related. B. A new agency or institution may be established or a change in relationship with an agency or institution may be approved by a majority vote of the votes entitled to be cast by the messengers when the vote is taken without regard to the total enrollment at any meeting of the Convention upon the recommendation of the Executive Board, and must be considered by the Executive Board not later than a September meeting of the Board preceding the annual meeting of the Convention. In the case of a new agency or institution, the recommendation must include a comprehensive plan of development, a set of proposed articles and bylaws, and a proposed annual budget. C. An affiliation or relationship with an agency or institution may be discontinued by the Convention upon recommendation by the Executive Board and by majority vote of the votes entitled to be cast by the messengers present when the vote is taken without regard to the total enrollment at any meeting of the Convention. Section 2. Affiliated Ministries A. Trustee Membership of Boards 1. Each institution affiliated with this Convention shall have a board consisting of thirteen (13) or more trustees of which at least a simple majority shall be elected by this Convention in its annual meetings. When the charter of such institution provides for a specific number of trustees, the number so provided for shall be elected. Those persons elected by the Convention to serve as members of these boards shall be active members of cooperating churches of The Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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Article VIII – Affiliated and Related Ministries

2. No person shall be eligible for concurrent membership on more than one affiliated board or board of related institutions or agencies. 3. Each institution affiliated with this Convention shall be eligible to elect those members of its trustee board not elected by the Convention in accordance with criteria adopted by its board. All trustees so elected shall be active members of a Baptist church and shall meet other criteria established by the Executive Board. 4. Trustees of affiliated institutions shall be elected in classes so that the terms of one class only shall expire with each Convention year. The term of office of each member of the boards of affiliated institutions shall be three years. A member who has served three full successive terms shall not be eligible for re-election until he or she shall have been out of office for one Convention year. 5. The board of trustees and the administrator of an institution may request that a trustee, whose continued service is considered imperative to meet an emergency or a special need, be elected for an additional year. Such an exception must be approved by the Committee on Nominations for Boards of Affiliated Ministries. No more than two exceptions may be made for any given term for any one institution. In the event of such an exception, the position filled by that trustee shall revert to its previous class at the completion of the extra year. 6. No Trustee shall be allowed to name his or her successor by resigning in favor of another person.

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7. No elected trustee of the board of an affiliated institution who resigns from that board before the expiration of his or her current term shall be eligible for nomination to another board of the Convention until one year after such resignation is filed. A trustee elected by the Convention who no longer meets the qualifications for service set forth by the Convention as determined by the Executive Board, shall cease to be a trustee and that place shall be deemed vacant, or the Executive Board upon a 75 percent vote of those present may recommend to the Convention the removal of a trustee.

A vote of 75 percent of the votes entitled to be cast by the messengers when the vote is taken without regard to the total enrollment at any annual meeting of the Convention is necessary for removal. The Articles of Incorporation and bylaws of affiliated institutions shall not contain provision inconsistent with this Section 2 (A)(7).

8. The Recording Secretary of the Convention shall be notified immediately of vacancies that occur on an institutional board for any cause. Should a trustee position elected by the Convention become vacant for any cause, the Convention shall name a replacement trustee for that position through its adopted processes B. The board of each institution affiliated with this Convention shall submit any and all changes or amendments to the institution’s charter to the Executive Board for approval. Any changes that significantly alter the mission of the institution or the institution’s relationship to The Baptist General Convention of Texas shall be referred to the Convention for approval. Section 3. Related Ministries A. The institution’s Articles of Incorporation and Special Agreements with the Convention shall guide the election and terms of trustees. B. No person shall be eligible to concurrently serve on more than one related ministry board or affiliated ministry board. C. The board of an institution may request, with a 75 percent vote of its board, that the institution relate to the Convention through a contractual Special Agreement rather than as an affiliated institution. Such agreements must be approved by the Convention at its annual meeting and may be considered only after favorable action by the Executive Board. Special Agreements must be negotiated in accordance with policies established by the Executive Board. Section 4. Reports and Reviews to the Convention A. The board of each agency or institution affiliated with or related by Special Agreement to this Convention shall submit to the Convention at each annual meeting such written reports as will keep the Convention fully informed concerning the activities, plans, resources, financial condition, and legal status of the institution. B. The board of each agency or institution, except general acute care hospitals and health care systems, affiliated with this Convention shall submit for review and approval to this Convention, or to a committee designated by this Convention, each and every project or policy that involves a level of indebtedness of the institution beyond the policies of The Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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Section 1. The Cooperative Program shall be the chief means through which this Convention shall support its missionary endeavors. The mission causes shall be reviewed and the Cooperative Program Budget through which they are supported shall be adopted annually. Annual adoption of the budget shall be voted at the Annual Meeting held in the fall. The Executive Board will be responsible for budget adoption at its fall meeting in years when a summer Annual Meeting is held. Section 2. All funds of this Convention shall be raised by voluntary contributions provided this does not prevent acquiring funds, or property, by bequest or use of any income on property that may be bequeathed to or purchased by the institutions or agencies hereof. Section 3. All designated offerings or special gifts shall be strictly applied according to the expressed will and direction of the contributor. Article X – Offices The Convention shall maintain a principal office within the State of Texas and shall continuously maintain in the State of Texas a registered office which is identical with the principal office and a registered agent who is the recording secretary of the Convention as required by the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act. The Executive Board shall, from time to time, amend the Articles of Incorporation of the Convention as necessary to reflect the then current address of the registered office and the registered agent. Article XI – Amendments Any alterations may be made in these Articles by two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast by the messengers present when the vote is taken without regard to total enrollment at any annual meeting of the Convention, provided (1) no amendment may be considered after the second day of the Convention and (2) that an amendment shall be so approved by two successive Conventions.

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Article IX – Contributions and Funds

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Article I – General Provisions Section 1. For purposes of usage in the Constitution and these Bylaws, a church is deemed to be affiliated with the Convention if such church (1) identifies itself with, aligns itself with, and endorses, generally, the purposes and work of the Convention, and (2) is otherwise eligible to send messengers to the annual meeting of the Convention. For purposes of usage in the Constitution and the Bylaws, “supportive” and “cooperating” shall have the same meaning as “affiliated” has in these Bylaws. Section 2. All Convention officers, members of Convention committees, all Executive Board directors, and all non-director members of any special committee, subcommittee, group, team, council or other entity created under or permitted to be created under these Bylaws shall be members of affiliated churches. An exception will be made for members of groups, teams, councils or other entities who are Baptists and live outside the state of Texas. Section 3. If a person named in Section 2 is no longer a member of a church affiliated with the Convention, or otherwise vacates the position, the position will be deemed vacant and the vacancy will be filled according to the provisions of these Bylaws. Determination of vacancies and the date of such vacancy will be made by the Executive Board or a committee of the Board so authorized by the Executive Board. Article II – Messengers Section 1. Each messenger shall register with the Registration Secretary by presentation of proper credentials prior to being seated as a messenger to the Convention. Section 2. The credentials of a registered messenger may be reviewed by the Credentials Committee as deemed necessary. Section 3. Any challenges to the seating of the messengers of a church will be presented in writing to the Credentials Committee during the Annual Meeting. Section 4. Any challenges to the ability of a church to have the opportunity to send messengers to the Annual Meeting will be presented in writing to the Executive Board. Article III – Meetings Section 1. The annual meeting of the Convention shall be a gathering for the purpose of worship, fellowship, mobilizing, encouraging, informing and uniting Texas Baptists to accomplish the Great Commission, as well as to elect officers; receiving recommendations and reports of officers, committees and boards; and for any other business that may arise or be scheduled. Section 2. The Convention shall determine its order of business at the first session of the annual meeting. Section 3. Special meetings may be called according to the provisions of the Constitution. Section 4. In all questions covering the proceedings of the Convention in both annual and special meetings, Robert’s Rules of Order (latest revised edition) shall be the authority used by the presiding officers and by the Convention, unless the Constitution or the Bylaws have special rules of order that apply. Article IV – Duties of Convention Officers Section 1. It shall be the duty of the president to preside over the deliberations of the Convention and to discharge such other duties as are usually incumbent on the presiding officer of a deliberative body. If the president is no longer a member of a church cooperating with the Convention, a vice president shall succeed to the office according to provisions of the Constitution, and this fact shall be so recognized by a resolution of the Executive Board. Adopted by Baptist General Convention of Texas in session, November 14, 2016

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Section 3. It shall be the duty of the recording secretary to keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the Convention, and to file and keep all papers in order deemed important to be preserved. Section 4. The registration secretary shall be responsible for registration of all messengers of the Convention. The registration secretary shall report to the chairperson of the Committee on Credentials the number of messengers registered as of the hour the Convention convenes and periodically thereafter as prescribed by the chairperson of the Committee on Credentials. Following the Convention the registration secretary shall provide the recording secretary the number of messengers registered, arranged by associations. Section 5. The duties of the secretary of the Corporation shall be to attest legal papers of the Convention. Article V – Convention Committees Those committees that use sector criteria for membership shall use the same sectors as used for the Executive Board membership in the Bylaws, Article VI, Section 1, A. Section 1. The Committee on Annual Meeting shall be responsible for recommending the time and place of future annual meetings of the Convention, for selecting the worship leaders and for formulating the agenda for the annual meeting and submitting the agenda to the messengers for approval at the opening session.

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Section 2. The vice presidents shall discharge such duties as requested by the president. In the absence of the president from a Convention session, a vice president in the order in which he or she was elected shall preside.

The committee shall have eighteen members appointed for three year terms with six appointed each year by the president and the vice presidents acting jointly. The president and vice presidents may appoint replacements to fill vacancies. A. This committee shall provide periods of time during the early sessions of the Convention annual meeting for the introduction of all matters requiring a vote not scheduled on the agenda and when introduced shall fix times for consideration for the same, unless the Convention gives its unanimous consent for its immediate consideration. B. This committee shall be responsible for formulating and recommending the Standing Rules of the Convention to the Convention for adoption. The Standing Rules of the Convention may be amended without notice by majority vote.

It also shall be responsible for recommending the disposition of motions made during consideration of miscellaneous business but not finally disposed.

Section 2. The Committee on Credentials shall be responsible for verifying credentials of prospective messengers, enrolling messengers, for investigating any contention arising out of the enrollment of messengers, and for reporting its findings to the Convention. Any challenges to the seating of messengers of church that are based upon the assertion that a church is no longer in harmonious cooperation with Texas Baptists will be referred to the Executive Board and not reported on until the next Annual Meeting. At the time scheduled by the Committee on Annual Meeting, the chairperson of the Committee on Credentials shall report the number of messengers registered as of the opening of the annual meeting or special meeting and periodically thereafter. The committee when established shall have ten (10) members appointed for two years with five (5) appointed each year by the president and the vice presidents acting jointly. The president and vice presidents may appoint replacements to fill vacancies.

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Section 3. The Committee on Committees shall be responsible for nominating persons for election by the Convention to serve on the Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors and the Committee on Nominations for Boards of Affiliated Ministries, and for such special committees as the Convention shall designate. The committee shall have fifteen (15) members appointed for three-year terms with five (5) appointed each year by the president and the vice presidents acting jointly. The president and vice presidents may appoint replacements to fill vacancies. Section 4. The Committee on Resolutions shall be responsible for receiving all resolutions proposed by messengers and for reporting its findings to the Convention. The committee shall have ten (10) members appointed for two-year terms with five (5) appointed each year by the president and the vice presidents acting jointly. The president and vice presidents may appoint replacements to fill vacancies. All resolutions shall be automatically referred to the Committee on Resolutions without public reading or discussion. This committee is directed to report back to the Convention such resolutions as it deems proper, whether submitted to or prepared by the committee. Section 5. The Committee on Memorials shall be responsible for preparing and presenting to the Convention suitable memorial statements in remembrance of active Baptists whose death occurred during the year preceding the Convention session. The committee shall have five (5) members appointed for one-year terms by the president and the vice presidents acting jointly. The president and vice presidents may appoint replacements to fill vacancies. Section 6.The Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors shall be responsible for nominating persons for election by the Convention to serve on the Executive Board. A. The committee shall have fifteen (15) members, five (5) of whom shall be elected each year to serve for three-year terms. Members of this committee shall be elected by the Convention on the nomination of the Committee on Committees.

A member may serve one three-year term and is not eligible for re-election until one year has elapsed. No two members of this committee shall be from churches in the same sector.

The committee shall publish its list of nominees at least two full days prior to the day on which directors of the Executive Board are to be elected by the Convention

B. All members should be persons with experience in Convention affairs. In the election of the fifteen (15) members, a minimum of six (6) shall be church/denominational employees and a minimum of six (6) non-church/denominational employees. Spouses of church/denominational employees shall be considered in that category. Retired persons and their spouses who served as church/ denominational employees shall be considered in that category. C. If a member moves from a church in one sector to a church in another sector that is already represented on the committee, the member shall continue to serve until the succeeding Convention at which time the position will be deemed vacant and the Committee on Committees shall make a nomination to the Convention to fill the unexpired term.

If a member resigns or is no longer a member of a church affiliated with the Convention, the position will be deemed vacant and the Committee on Committees may nominate to the Executive Board at its next meeting a person who shall be elected on a temporary basis to serve until the succeeding Convention at which time the membership shall be terminated.

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Thereafter, the persons or committee charged with nominating the members of such committee shall make a nomination to the Convention to fill the unexpired term.

D. The committee shall conduct its work in accordance with a policy adopted by the Executive Board. The policy adopted shall provide for the committee to seek information and suggestions from persons in all sectors. Section 7. The Committee on Nominations for Boards of Affiliated Ministries shall be responsible for nominating persons for election by the Convention to serve on the boards of trustees and boards of directors of all Convention institutions, agencies, and affiliates. A. The committee shall have fifteen (15) members, five (5) of whom shall be elected each year to serve for three-year terms. Members shall be elected by the Convention on the nomination of the Committee on Committees. A member may serve one three-year term and is not eligible for re-election until one year has elapsed. No two members of this committee shall be from churches in the same sector. B. All members should be persons with experience in Convention affairs. In the election of the fifteen (15) members, a minimum of six (6) shall be church/denominational employees and a minimum of six (6) non-church/denominational employees. Spouses of church/denominational employees shall be considered in that category. Retired persons and their spouses who served as church/denominational employees shall be considered in that category. C. If a member moves from a church in one sector to a church in another sector that is already represented on the committee, the member shall continue to serve until the succeeding Convention at which time the position will be deemed vacant and the Committee on Committees shall make a nomination to the Convention to fill the unexpired term. If a member resigns or is no longer a member of a church affiliated with the Convention, the position will be deemed vacant and the Committee on Committees may nominate to the Executive Board at its next meeting a person who shall be elected on a temporary basis to serve until the succeeding Convention, at which time the membership shall be terminated.

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Thereafter, the persons or committee charged with nominating the members of such committee shall make a nomination to the Convention to fill the unexpired term.

D. The committee shall conduct its work in accordance with a policy adopted by the Executive Board. The policy adopted shall provide for the committee to seek information and suggestions from persons in all sectors. The policy adopted also shall provide for the committee to establish one nominating subcommittee for each institutional board, agency, and affiliate to assist the committee by suggesting names of persons who shall be considered for nomination for election to boards. The committee shall determine the composition of each subcommittee and select the members of each subcommittee. E. The subcommittee shall develop the lists of suggested nominees in accordance with criteria established by the Executive Board. The committee shall develop its list of nominees on the basis of the list of suggested nominees presented by the subcommittee, screening those lists to eliminate duplications and to assure compliance with established criteria.

The committee shall publish its list of nominees at least two full days prior to the day on which members of institution boards, agencies, and affiliates are to be elected by the Convention.

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Article VI – Executive Board Section 1. Membership A. The elected membership of the Executive Board shall be ninety (90) directors from thirty (30) sectors in the Convention. At least three directors will be elected from each sector. The composition of the Executive Board shall be that as defined in the Constitution. Additionally, at least thirty percent (30%) of the membership shall be non-Anglo persons. The sectors are based on resident church membership in counties with additional consideration given to the number of churches and Cooperative Program giving for Texas causes. The drawing of sector boundaries is based on the following weighted criteria by county: resident church membership, fifty percent (50%); number of churches, twenty-five percent (25%); and Cooperative Program giving for Texas causes, twenty-five percent (25%).

Large population counties may contain multiple sectors, and smaller population adjacent counties may be grouped into one sector. Counties containing more than one sector will not be subdivided. Sector boundaries will be evaluated every five years by the Executive Committee of the Board and any changes recommended to the Board for approval.

B. The Executive Board shall have ex-officio directors in addition to the ninety (90) elected directors. The ex-officio directors shall be divided into these two classes.

Class 1. The president and vice presidents of the Convention and presidents of the recognized fellowships, provided that these presidents are members of churches supportive of the Convention. These persons shall by virtue of office serve with all rights, privileges, and duties of, and shall in all matters be treated as elected directors.

Class 2. The non-voting directors named in the Constitution, Article VII, Section 2, C. These persons shall by virtue of office serve with all rights, privileges, and duties of, and shall in all matters be treated as elected directors, except these persons shall not have the right to vote in regard to actions of the Executive Board or in regard to actions of any committee of the Executive Board, and shall not be counted for purposes of ascertaining a quorum of the Executive Board or of any of its committees nor in the number needed for adoption of certain actions.

C. If a director of the Executive Board moves from a church in one sector to a church in another sector, the director shall continue to serve until the succeeding Convention at which time the membership shall be terminated and the Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors shall make a nomination to fill the unexpired term.

In order to achieve the purposes and structure dictated by the Constitution, as each incumbent director completes the term to which he or she was elected prior to the adoption of these Bylaws, or in the event any director, prior to the expiration of his or her term, dies, resigns, is no longer a member of a church affiliated with the Convention, is removed by the Convention, or otherwise vacates the office of director, such director’s position on the Executive Board determined by the previous provisions shall be deemed eliminated and no vacancy shall be deemed to exist, except as follows: if a sector has less than three directors on the Executive Board or after the time the number of directors positions has been reduced to ninety (90) elected directors, then when a vacancy occurs for any reason outlined in the foregoing sentence, the Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors shall nominate to the Executive Board at its next meeting a person who shall be elected on a temporary basis to serve until the succeeding Convention at which time the membership shall be terminated and the Committee to Nominate Executive Board Directors shall make a nomination to fill the unexpired term.

Should an ex-officio director resign, be unable to continue to serve, or no longer be a member of a church affiliated with the Convention, the position will be deemed vacant.

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The Executive Board shall give the entity responsible for the election of such person written notice that such person’s position as a director has been deemed vacant and that such director position shall remain vacant until it is filled by such entity’s presentation to the Executive Board of another person qualified to serve as such entity’s ex-officio director under the Constitution and these Bylaws.

D. The Constitution and Bylaw provisions in regard to the composition of the Executive Board directors pertain to directors elected under these Bylaws and not to previously elected directors continuing during the transition period. Section 2. Elected Officers The Board shall elect a chairperson and a vice chairperson annually. The treasurer/chief financial officer of the Convention shall serve as recording secretary. The officers shall have the following duties: A. Chairperson 1. Presides at all meetings of the Board. 2. Chairs the Executive Committee. 3. Assists the executive director as the director provides leadership in the planning and implementation of Convention operations and ministries. 4. Consults with the executive director and secretary prior to each meeting to set the agenda. 5. Appoints special committees as authorized by the Board.

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6. Represents the Board in meetings of Convention agencies as invited to do so. 7. Serves the Board by carrying out responsibilities assigned to the chair. B. Vice Chairperson 1. Assists the chairperson throughout the term as may be requested. 2. Presides at meetings of the Board and Executive Committee in the absence of the chairperson or at the request of the chairperson C. Recording Secretary

The recording secretary is to keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the Executive Board and to file and keep in order all papers deemed important to be preserved.

Section 3. Election of Officers A. Nominations

Nominations shall be made from the floor at the last regular meeting of the year. Nominations shall be made in this order: chairperson and vice chairperson.

B. Voting

The election of officers shall be the first order of business on the agenda at the last regular meeting of the year.

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Election shall be by show of hands unless the chairperson with the appointed parliamentarian shall agree that the vote be by ballot. A majority of votes cast shall determine the person chosen. C. Terms

Officers of the Board shall serve one-year terms and be eligible for one additional term. Terms begin immediately following the close of the last session of the annual meeting of the Convention. Should for any reason the office of chairperson be vacated prior to completion of the term, the vice chairperson shall become chairperson for the remainder of the term. In such case, the vacancy of the vice chairperson would be filled at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.

Section 4. Meetings A. Authority

The Board shall meet at times and on a schedule that it adopts. The meeting date of the Convention should be a strongly influencing factor in the determination of when the Board meets.

The meetings should be calendared so as to supplement and facilitate the total work of the Convention in support of all Convention-adopted programs.

The meeting schedule of the Board shall be recommended to the Board by the Executive Director.

B. Meeting Times

The Board shall determine three-to-five years in advance the three times during each calendar year it meets.

C. Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Board shall be the one conducted prior to but not necessarily in conjunction with the annual Convention meeting. At this meeting, the Board will elect officers, may appoint committees, and consider other business as may come before the meeting.

D. Place of Meeting

The Board may designate any place within the State of Texas as the place of meeting.

E. Notice of Meetings

Written notice stating the place, day, and hour of any meeting of directors shall be delivered either personally, by mail, or by electronic means to each director, not less than 10 days or more than 60 days before the date of such meeting by or at the direction of the chairperson.

F. Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the executive director and/or the chairperson with the consent of two of the following: the vice chairperson of the Board and the president and vice presidents of the Convention; or may be called by not less than twenty percent (20%) of the directors.

The call for a special meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting, and the time, date, and place for the meeting. The special meeting shall be limited to the purpose stated.

G. There will be no proxy voting.

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Descriptions of the committees and duties of the Executive Board Committees will be described in the policy of the Executive Board as adopted by the Executive Board. Section 6. Voting by Mail or Electronic Means Any action required by law to be taken at a meeting of directors or any action which may be taken at a meeting of directors may be taken without a meeting if consented to and signed by a requisite number of directors of the Executive Board who are entitled to vote, either in writing, by mail ballot, by electronic means, or by some combination of both, with respect to the subject matter thereof. The requisite number is the number that would be necessary to take that action at a meeting at which the directors were present and voted. Where a specific business item may need action prior to a regular meeting, the chairperson, or the vice chairperson in his absence, may conduct the voting by mail or by electronic means, or by some combination of both. No vote shall be taken by electronic means or by telephone unless notice of such proposed vote to be taken has been communicated by electronic means, in person, by mail, by telephone, or by any of these means, to all members of the Executive Board or to the committee or subcommittee proposing to take a vote at least three (3) business days prior to the first day on which votes will be accepted. Notice by mail shall be deemed properly given if deposited in the U.S. Mail at least five (5) business days prior to such first day. Voting by fax, email, dedicated website, any similar technology, or any combination of such means shall constitute “electronic means” for purposes of this and the following section. “Signing” of a ballot or other confirmation of a vote by way of electronic means shall be broadly construed to permit effective utilization of such means.

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Section 5. Committees

In addition, committees and subcommittees of the Executive Board, together with any group authorized under Section F. of this article, but not the Executive Board as a whole, may take votes telephonically as a part of a committee or subcommittee meeting via conference telephone call or any other electronic conferencing media (and without necessity of a signed ballot). Written memoranda or minutes shall be made of all meetings and votes undertaken by electronic means or telephonically or by mail, and shall be entered into the records of the Executive Board or the appropriate committee or subcommittee as of the next meeting in which the members assemble in person. There will be no proxy voting and therefore voting by mail or by electronic means shall not be considered to be voting by proxy. Section 7. Quorum The directors holding one-half (50%) of the total votes which may be cast at any meeting shall constitute a quorum. Section 8. Compensation Directors shall not receive any salaries for their services but may receive reimbursement for appropriate travel expenses. Article VII – Convention Employees Section 1. Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Recruitment

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The Executive Board is to establish a search committee composed of seven (7) members of the Executive Board appointed by the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Executive Board and eight (8) members of the Convention-at-large appointed by the president and vice presidents of the Convention. The chairperson and vice chairperson of the Executive Board and president and vice presidents of the Convention will nominate a chairperson of the Search Committee from among the fifteen (15) members. The Executive Board is to approve the Search Committee and the chairperson. Section 2. Associate Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer Recruitment The executive director with the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Executive Board and the president of the Convention shall compose the search committee for the associate executive director/chief operating officer and the treasurer /chief financial officer as needed. Section 3. Other Employees of the Convention The executive director is authorized to employ other staff as needed in the plan of work and as provided by the financial plan of the Convention. Article VIII – Amendments These Bylaws may be changed or amended at any regular session of the Convention’s annual meeting, except the last session of the meeting, provided said change or amendment is offered at the first session of the annual meeting, and carries over to some subsequent session during the same meeting, and then receives a two-third’s majority of messengers present and voting in the session.

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Constitution, 107

Stark College & Seminary, 72

Area Representatives, 21

Cooperative Program Ministry, 6

Associate Executive Director, 12

Counseling Services, 23

Statement of Financial Position, 47

Associations, 101

Dallas Baptist University, 56

Statement of Activities, 48

Associational Relations, 6

Denison Ministries, 96

Texas Baptist En Español, 42

Baptist Chaplaincy Relations, 44

Discipleship, 15

Texas Baptist Heritage Center, 9

Baptist Church Loan Corporation, 94

East Texas Baptist University, 58

Texas Baptist Historical Collection, 10

Baptist Community Services, 76

Evangelism, 16

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, 85

Executive Director, 3

Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, 11

Executive Board Report, 4

The Pastor Strong Initiative, 26

Finance and Accounting, 50

Treasurer/CFO, 46

Financial Health, 24

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 66

Ethics & Justice, 38

Baptist Health System, 86 Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, 88

Texas Baptist Men, 99

Baptist Standard, 95

GC2 Press, 17

Baptist University of the Americas, 52

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, 97

Valley Baptist Missions Ed Center, 74

Hardin-Simmons University, 60

Western Heritage Ministry, 27

Hendrick Health System, 92

Woman’s Missionary Union of TX, 100

Baylor Scott & White Health, 90 Baylor University, 54 Bivocational Pastors Ministry, 22

HighGround Advisors, 98

Bounce Student Disaster Recovery, 29

Wayland Baptist University, 68

House/Phillipi Church, 32

Buckner International, 78

Houston Baptist University, 62

Bylaws, 114

Howard Payne University, 64

Camps, 105

Human Resources, 8

Center for Church Health, 13

Hunger & Care Ministries, 40

Center for Collegiate Ministry, 45

Information Technology and Support Services, 51

Center for Cultural Engagement, 36

Institutions, 52

Center for Ministerial Health, 20

Intercultural Ministries, 43

Center for Missional Engagement, 28

Interim Church Services, 25

Children at Heart Ministries, 80

Ministers Development and Mission Networks, 34

Christian Life Commission, 37

Missionary Adoption Program, 33

Church Architecture, 19

Music & Worship, 18

Church Health Strategy, 14

Public Policy, 39

Church Starting, 30

River Ministry/Mexico Missions, 35

Communications, 7

San Marcos Baptist Academy, 70

Community Ministries, 31

South Texas Children’s Home Ministries, 82

Conferences & Event Planning Team, 49

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African American Ministries, 41

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