Lone Star Scoop • September 2023

Mandrell encourages Equip crowd to be filled by ‘pouring into others’ 

HOUSTON Ben Mandrell, president and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources, challenged ministry leaders to remember the importance of caring about people during his keynote address at the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s Equip Conference held Saturday, Aug. 5, at Sagemont Church.

“Ministry is nothing short of showing people a visible picture of who God is,” Mandrell said. “If you are called to ministry, you’ve got to love shepherding. And to shepherd means you’ve got to smell like sheep, which means you’ve got to be close to them all the time, not locked away in some room developing homiletical schemes. You’ve got to love people.”

Equip drew more than 1,400 registrants this year. The conference, aimed at helping the local church develop and strengthen leaders, featured 70 speakers leading breakout sessions on more than 130 ministry topics.

—Texan staff

(From left) Pastor Javier Chavez, Peruvian Third Vice President Alejandro Muñante, and Cameron Bowman and Ronnie Mosley of Birchman Baptist Church are seen together after a meeting. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Missions team from Fort Worth
church meets with Peruvian officials

LIMA, Peru  A missions team from Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth accepted an invitation from the National Congress of Peru for a private audience with Third Vice President Alejandro Muñante and Congresswoman Milagros Aguayo, leader of the pro-life coalition, on July 21.

The meeting came as the Birchman missions team traveled throughout the city of Lima to host worship and evangelism concerts. The trip was part of Birchman’s longterm partnership with local pastors and churches in Peru. On this most recent trip, more than three dozen people came to faith in Christ and were baptized by local congregations.

During the meeting, a formal invitation was extended to Birchman’s pastor, Bob Pearle, to address the Peruvian Congress and have a private audience with President Dina Boluarte. Cameron Bowman, Birchman’s minister of young adults and outreach, accepted the invitation on the pastor’s behalf.

Discussion topics included religious liberty, protections for the unborn, and family values.

—Texan staff

Reach Texas Week of Prayer scheduled for Sept. 17-24 

GRAPEVINE The Reach Texas State Missions Offering Week of Prayer is scheduled for Sept. 17-24, serving as the kickoff for the annual emphasis that sees churches across the state partner to further the Great Commission.

All funds given through Reach Texas go directly toward ministry efforts aimed at delivering the gospel to the estimated 20 million people who are lost in Texas. Those efforts include missions and evangelism strategies such as disaster relief, church planting, and more. This year’s statewide challenge goal is $1.6 million.

For more information, including resources that can be used by churches to help promote the offering, visit sbtexas.com/reachtexas.

—Texan staff

Missions team from Fort Worth
church meets with Peruvian officials

LIMA, Peru  A missions team from Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth accepted an invitation from the National Congress of Peru for a private audience with Third Vice President Alejandro Muñante and Congresswoman Milagros Aguayo, leader of the pro-life coalition, on July 21.

The meeting came as the Birchman missions team traveled throughout the city of Lima to host worship and evangelism concerts. The trip was part of Birchman’s longterm partnership with local pastors and churches in Peru. On this most recent trip, more than three dozen people came to faith in Christ and were baptized by local congregations.

During the meeting, a formal invitation was extended to Birchman’s pastor, Bob Pearle, to address the Peruvian Congress and have a private audience with President Dina Boluarte. Cameron Bowman, Birchman’s minister of young adults and outreach, accepted the invitation on the pastor’s behalf.

Discussion topics included religious liberty, protections for the unborn, and family values.

—Texan staff

SBTC Resolutions and Exhibitor Qualifications

Resolutions give convention messengers an opportunity to express consensus on a current issue. While resolutions are non-binding on convention churches, they do add substance to current conversations in Baptist life and the culture at large. Any member of an SBTC church may submit a resolution to the resolutions committee for consideration. The committee considers these proposed resolutions when preparing resolutions to present to messengers at the Annual Meeting. 

 The 2023 resolutions committee will receive proposed resolutions from Wednesday, Sept. 20, to Wednesday, Oct. 18. 

 A proposed resolution must include your name, church membership, phone number, and email address. Please review the format of previous SBTC resolutions at sbtexas.com/resolutions. All proposed resolutions should be emailed to Jenna Griffis at jgriffis@sbtexas.com.

Only SBTC ministries and approved exhibitors may hand out material to the messenger body on the premises of the Annual Meeting.

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