State-wide prayer effort draws hundreds

August 5th, 2014 By: Joni Hannigan

AUSTIN–Standing in a circle under an oak tree at the State Capitol in Austin, Aug. 2, about 30 p [...]

'Praying Across Texas' to spread from State Capitol Aug. 2

July 31st, 2014 By: Joni Hannigan

AUSTIN—Texans will pray with "one voice" and "one mind" Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. until noon [...]

Keith Collier elected editor of Southern Baptist TEXAN

July 29th, 2014 By: Texan Staff

GRAPEVINE--The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s Executive Board elected Keith Collier to [...]

Church revitalization growing focus of state conventions

July 25th, 2014 By: Karen Cole

Most Southern Baptists meet the denominational declines reported in the Annual Church Profile with a g [...]


First Baptist Rio Vista experiences growth through outreach

July 25th, 2014 / By: Jane Rodgers

RIO VISTA—First Baptist Church of Rio Vista has become what Pastor Neale Oliver calls a “Great Commission church,” but the church’s overnight transformation has actually taken four years.Rio Vista is a rural community of 1,000 in Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, with a Class 2A high school and many low-income families.Oliver came to Rio Vista in 2010 following the resig [...]

Once a fearful witness, now an overcomer

July 21st, 2014 / By: Joni Hannigan

Fear gripped Melissa Campbell’s heart as she stood at the door. Across the threshold stood a self-professed atheist who just the week before said there had to be a “catch” to the evangelistic team’s visit to her Austin home.  The fear had begun several hours before with unbidden thoughts: “No one’s receptive. They don’t want to hear. I am just going t [...]

SBTC DR helps in flooding along border

July 21st, 2014 / By: Jane Rodgers

EAGLE PASS—Disaster relief volunteers quickly mobilized after torrential rains along the Texas-Mexico border produced a meteorological encore to last year’s devastating floods.Rainfall of up to 16 inches on June 19-20 flooded homes and forced state and federal highways closed.DR volunteers from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention were concentrating on two of the areas hardest hit [...]

Pastors must pursue conflict resolution and peace-making

June 6th, 2014 / By: Dave Earley

LAS VEGAS—A few years ago, I surveyed a group of 25 successful, veteran pastors who were leading a variety of healthy churches. I asked a few simple questions. One of the questions was, “Please list the three things you did not learn in seminary, but wish you had.” I was surprised that there was one response given by all of them: Learning to resolve conflict effectively.Most past [...]