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East Texas planter discovers compelling – and surprising – need in hometown

GLADEWATER, Texas (BP) – When God called Teddy Sorrells to plant a church in 2020, he expected to be sent to San Francisco or Denver, one of the popular church planting cities. Instead, a quick demographics study led him to plant in the small East Texas town he’d been trying all his life to leave.

Texas church plant turning everyday places into sacred spaces

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (BP) – Hundreds of people have been reached in New Braunfels as Epic Life, a church plant, fulfills its vision of “transforming everyday places into sacred spaces” where people can connect to Christ.

En McAllen, un pastor ve la imagen de Dios en cada persona

MCALLEN, Texas (BP) — First Baptist Church en McAllen tiene un asiento de primera fila en la crisis fronteriza, y Steven Gaither, el pastor de la iglesia, dijo que, a pesar de los desafíos, “seguimos estando llamados a ver la imagen de Dios en cada persona.

Border-town pastor sees image of God in every person

MCALLEN, Texas (BP) – First Baptist Church in McAllen has a closeup look at the border crisis, and Steven Gaither, the church’s pastor, said despite the challenges, “we are still called to see the image of God in every person.”

Prayer movement boosts Northeast Houston Baptist Church

HUMBLE, Texas (BP) – A prayer movement undergirding Northeast Houston Baptist Church for nearly all of the past year has led to record-setting growth and signs of health, pastor Nathan Lino said. 

‘Product of CP’ leads Texas church to health

MABANK, Texas (BP) – When Southern Baptists tithe, the emphasis usually is on what they can give to support ministries throughout the world, but sometimes it’s worth considering what churches receive from the Cooperative Program. 

Despite church saturation, Gospel witness needed in Dallas suburb

DESOTO, Texas (BP) – As in much of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, churches are easy to find in DeSoto. What is harder to find, though, is a consistent Gospel witness leading to changed lives. With that need in mind, Ed Johnson III led a group to plant Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church. 

Reaching the next generations requires love, pastor says

MALAKOFF, Texas (BP) – First Baptist Church in Malakoff is navigating a challenge common to many Southern Baptist congregations today – maintaining the strength of a faithful congregation despite the inevitable deaths of its oldest members. 

Chocolate factory now making medical face shields

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas (BP) -- A chocolate factory owned by a couple of Southern Baptists is among the factories that have converted to make medical face shields to supply hospitals with personal protective equipment needed in the COVID-19 fight. Michael and Angie Moss own Sweet Shop USA, the largest handmade chocolate manufacturer in the country, in Mount Pleasant, Texas. The company was founded in Fort Worth nearly 50 years ago before relocating to northeast Texas, and they supply thousands of retailers nationwide, including Nordstrom.

Child’s suffering adds power to planter’s ministry

HOUSTON (BP) -- A church planter in Houston has seen God implement what he calls a "ministry of suffering" in his local church after his 4-year-old son was born with a heart defect that has required three open heart surgeries. Cameron Whitley and his wife Hannah had two sons and were expecting a third when they learned from a routine sonogram that the baby was missing a right ventricle, or essentially had half a heart.