New look Texan aims to tell stories of God’s work, provide practical ministry helps

GRAPEVINE—A new era for the Southern Baptist Texan has begun.

Beginning with this month’s issue, the Texan will be published in a 32-page, full-color magazine format. While the magazine will continue to cover news that is relevant to Southern Baptists of Texas Convention churches, it will specifically focus on telling the stories of what God is doing in those churches. Additionally, more space will be given to articles that provide pastoral and ministry helps.

Texan Online will also post articles regularly throughout each week in addition to serving as the digital platform for magazine content.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring this new look to such a storied publication,” said Lance Crowell, SBTC Digital Ministries & Communications senior strategist. “Besides the great beauty of the piece, I believe readers are going to be thrilled with the Texas-centric content. We are focused on telling the story of what God is doing in Texas through his churches. In addition, I am extremely excited about our online content on our new digital platform, which is adding new stories on a daily basis.”

The magazine will include several new features for 2022. Among those are “Faces of the Faithful,” which will not only feature pastors and other faithful church servants, but inform readers how they can pray for those servants and their churches. Another regular feature called “What’s your story?” will tell the stories of how God is moving in the lives of individuals and churches.

Another monthly feature, “The 5,” offers practical tips and ministry helps written exclusively for the Texan by Chuck Lawless—dean of doctoral studies and vice president of spiritual formation and ministry centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. His regular blogs and social media posts have provided practical and personal ministry helps for thousands.

“At the end of the day, our hope is that everyone in the church—from pastors and leaders to men and women who have just made the decision to follow Jesus—will find value, encouragement, and inspiration in what they read in the pages of this magazine,” Texan editor Jayson Larson said.

SBTC churches and church members can receive a free copy of the Texan each month by filling out an online subscription form. Readers can also opt to receive the Texan Digest, a weekly e-mail that keeps them informed of the top stories published on Texan Online.

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