2021 Mission & Vision Guide

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a movement of god’s people to

The new mission, vision and structure of Texas Baptists


MESSAGE

from the

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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. Our latest mission, vision and staff structure, which you can read about in this brief guide, thoroughly 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 makes it possible for us to pursue this vision together each day. Whether you are new to convention life, or have been faithfully affiliated with the BGCT 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. 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!

D AV I D H A R D A G E E X EC U T I V E D I R EC T O R

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM DAVID HARDAGE

CRAIG CHRISTINA

WARD HAYES

RAY MALONE

BECKY BROWN

JOSHUA MINATREA

Executive Director

Human Resources Director

Associate Executive Director

Executive Assistant

CFO/ Treasurer

Communications Director


MISSION

Texas Baptists is a movement of God’s people to share Christ and show love by strengthening churches and ministers, engaging culture, and connecting the nations to Jesus.

CONTENTS 4 Center for Church Health

10 Center for Cultural Engagement

6 Center for Ministerial Health

12 Center for Missional Engagement

8 GC2 Movement

14 Center for Collegiate Ministry



CONTACT

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churchhealth@texasbaptists.org | txb.org/church

Texas Baptists exist 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.

PHIL MILLER director

MINISTRIES: Church Health

(214) 828-5213 phil.miller@txb.org

Evangelism Discipleship Music & Worship Church Architecture GC2 Press Women’s Ministry

“The Center for Church Health is where we focus on anything that can be helpful to the local church. Drawing from Acts 2:42-47, we will focus on equipping the local church to do what they are called to do through disciple-making, worship, evangelizing, studying God’s word and creating a space for others.” – Phil Miller

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NEWS FROM CHURCH HEALTH

Victor Rodriguez trains Hispanic churches across Texas to engage in evangelism within their communities.

Read online at txb.org/ch1



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ministerialhealth@texasbaptists.org | txb.org/minister

The Church will only be as healthy as her ministers. We invest in Texas Baptist ministers to encourage them towards excellence so they can be their best to serve the Lord and His people.

DOWELL LOFTIS director

MINISTRIES: Minister Connection

(214) 828-5275 dowell.loftis@txb.org

Area Representatives Counseling Services Financial Health Western Heritage Bi-Vocational Pastors Interim Church Services

“The Center for Ministerial Health exists to assist pastors in being as strong and healthy as possible. We take a holistic approach that includes Counseling, Financial Services, Area Representatives, and specialized ministry consultants for areas such as Bivocational Pastors and Western Heritage Ministry. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to ministry so we do all we can to support and care for each pastor in their unique ministry context.” – Dowell Loftis

Pastor Strong Initiative

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NEWS FROM MINISTERIAL HEALTH

The Ministers Financial Health Grant allowed Pastor Bert Sigala to devote more time to his church and less time to financial stress.

Read online at txb.org/mh1


VISION 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 “GCs,” or GC2. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded Christians across Texas and beyond through this exciting organic movement.

gc2movement.com | #gc2


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S TAT E M E N T O F FA I T H

THE GC2 MOVEMENT AFFIRMS • There is one God who is revealed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; • Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church; • The virgin birth of Christ, the eternal Son of God, who died for our sins, was resurrected the third day, ascended to heaven, and is coming back; • The Bible is God’s Word and truth without mixture of error;

• Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; • The priesthood of every believer and of all believers; • The urgent need to reach the lost with the Good News of Jesus; • The sanctity of human life from conception to natural death; • Gender is a gift from God who creates humankind male and female in the Divine image and likeness (Gen. 1:27);

• Biblical marriage as one man and one woman in a covenant relationship with the Lord and with one another; • The ordinances of the church are the Lord’s Supper and believer’s baptism; • The autonomy of the local church in governance and ordination.



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culturalengagement@texasbaptists.org | txb.org/culture

As ministers of reconciliation, we 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.

GUS REYES director

MINISTRIES: Christian Life Commission

(512) 473-2288 gus.reyes@txb.org

Texas Baptists en Español African American Ministries Intercultural Ministries Faith Fosters Texas Chaplaincy Relations

“ The story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37, is a great picture of the ministry for the new Center for Cultural Engagement. In this story, we see a servant leader going out of his way to care for someone in need. To carry out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment (GC2), we will serve as agents of transformation to replicate the servant leadership exemplified by Jesus and found in this story. Engaging the culture by meeting needs, showing Christ’s love, and sharing the Good News of Jesus becomes our primary focus.” – Gus Reyes

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NEWS FROM CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT

Through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, Restore Hope Ethiopia is able to drill wells and bring the Gospel to rural communities in Ethiopia.

Read online at txb.org/ce1



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missionalengagement@texasbaptists.org | txb.org/missions

Texas Baptists seek to engage our churches in corporate missions through strategic opportunities in Texas and around the world without duplicating the role of traditional mission-sending agencies.

JOSUÉ VALERIO director

MINISTRIES: Church Starting & Replanting

(214) 828-5212 josue.valerio@txb.org

River Ministry & Mexico Missions Bounce & Disaster Recovery Missionary Adoption Program Minister of Missions Texas Baptist Missionaries House Churches & Philippi Churches

“The Center for Missional Engagement connects churches with missional opportunities whether that is in their community, the city, the state, the US or internationally. From a practitioner perspective, this is not just praying, giving and going, but also the development of a different way of thinking— a missional lifestyle.” – Josué Valerio

Minister’s Development & Missional Networks Urban Partnerships

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National Conventions & Unions

Rio Grande Bible Church is one of the hundreds of Texas Baptists church plants reaching a changing Texas for Christ, even amidst a pandemic.

NEWS FROM MISSIONAL ENGAGEMENT Read online at txb.org/me1



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collegiateministry@texasbaptists.org | txb.org/college

The Lord has brought the nations to Texas through our college campuses. Texas Baptist Student Ministry reaches college students for Christ, strengthens Christian college students through discipleship and apologetics, and prepares future leaders for the church.

MARK JONES director

MINISTRIES: Baptist Student Ministry

(214) 828-5255 mark.jones@txb.org

Go Now Missions

“The Center for Collegiate Ministry engages 1.6 million Texas college students with the Gospel to follow Christ and transform the world. This is a model focused on engagement, discipleship and mobilization through partnership with local churches to develop future leaders.” – Mark Jones

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NEWS FROM COLLEGIATE MINISTRY

The Longhorn BSM created a space for students at The University of Texas at Austin to pray and reach out to God in the middle of the semester.

Read online at txb.org/cm1


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