State Briefs: NRHBC sets goal of 2,000 gospel conversations in 5 months

Calling Who’s Your One “one more tool” in your personal evangelism toolbox, North Richland Hills Baptist Church pastor Scott Maze is challenging his church to have 2,000 gospel conversations between August and December 2021.

As of Oct. 10, members have recorded 446 conversations. They have used “3 Circles,” Evangelism Explosion, the “ABC” (Admit-Believe-Confess) method, and other tools to teach their people to talk to their neighbors about Christ.

“This witnessing effort is basically asking our church to make the effort and have a gospel conversation with those in our lives or someone God brings in our life. God can take it from there. When we’re willing to be obedient and step out in faith, it’s amazing what “happens,” said NRHBC missions pastor Danny Stafford.

The church uses a large structure in the lobby to encourage church members to name the persons they are praying for, with the intent of having a gospel conversation with them in the coming days. The emphasis includes training during Bible fellowship group times.


Texas Baptist Home opens West Texas office

The Texas Baptist Home for Children opened a new office in Odessa in July 2021. The office is located inside Mission Dorado Baptist Church.

Dana Holt, a long-time Texas Baptist Home employee, will direct the Permian Basin branch of the foster care and child placement agency. Holt has been adoption director for the past seven years. According to Holt, the goal is to recruit foster families from the pews of churches in West Texas. She has been contacting churches in the Permian Basin to establish relationships and to bring awareness of the need of foster and adoptive homes in West Texas.

Only 14 percent of West Texas children removed from their biological families by the Texas Department of Family Protective Services stay in their own communities with a foster family. Most children are sent to Dallas or Houston for placement. In 2020, 514 children were removed in West Texas from their families but only 70 were able to stay in their community.

If you have a connection that would help build relationships and help TBHC bring and keep kids home, please contact Dana at


FBC Bracketville

FBC Brackettville turns 100

First Baptist Church Brackettville celebrates 100 years of ministry Nov. 13-14, 2021. The church, originally the military chapel on Fort Clark, was moved into Brackettville in 1947. The church is requesting that former members and members call 830.563.2245 and leave a name and address.


Ed Fenton FBC Malakoff

Fenton called to pastor First Malakoff

Ed Fenton, formerly worship pastor at Rock Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, began his service as the pastor of First Baptist Malakoff on Oct. 3. This is Fenton’s first senior pastorate. He formerly served as worship pastor for First Baptist Malakoff between 2011 and 2013. He is pictured above with his wife, Sara, and their daughters.


Little Cypress Baptist Church to host crisis preparation event

Located on the storm-prone Gulf Coast, Little Cypress Baptist Church is hosting a crisis preparation event for the community, Feb. 11-12, 2022. The training event will begin Friday morning and will conclude Saturday afternoon. Vendor space is available at no charge but registration by vendors is required. Food is also available for purchase. Contact Pastor David Turner at 409.330.3623 to register for a vendor booth.


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Bradford appointed dean of Texas Baptist College

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