The Center for Family and Community Ministries is kicking off a new statewide hunger alleviation project, the Texas Hunger Initiative, with the help of a new staff member, Jeremy Everett. Everett will join Baylor later this month to serve as director of the program. Everett, a Truett Seminary graduate, has been drawn to dealing with inner city issues since his days at Baylor when he worked with Mission Waco.
The Liberty church has called the Rev. Jason G. Edwards as the new senior pastor. Edwards has a master of divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and is pursuing a doctorate in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
Baylor University's Student Activities Intersections progam will host noted Yale University professor and author Miroslav Volf who will present "Do Muslims and Christians Believe in the Same God?" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in the Paul Powell Chapel at George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor campus.
he "next big idea" actually is 2,000 years old, but it has "moved and morphed" into something quite different than what Americans and Europeans have known. "The church is the next big idea--much bigger than we imagine," said Michael Stroope, associate professor of missions at Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary. "But it's not where it used to be, and it's not where it once was." Stroope addressed The Next Big Idea conference, an event sponsored by Baylor's School of Social Work, Truett Theological Seminary and the Leadership Network.
When Lynne Hybels and her husband, Bill, started a church in suburban Chicago 33 years ago, they had two dreams. As a young pastor, he wanted to plant the kind of church where people who were far away from God could be reconciled to him. As a social worker, she wanted to develop a community of faith who wouldn't be afraid to confront "the messiness of life."
McCarter, founder of Community Renewal International, presented his systematic approach to neighborhood renewal at The Next Big Idea Conference, an event at Baylor University sponsored by Baylor's School of Social Work, George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the Leadership Network.
Glen Brechner, pastor of leadership at Chase Oaks, and Rick Rusaw, senior minister at LifeBridge, acknowledged the pain of that answer. But they told participants at the Next Big Idea Conference at Baylor University their response also revolutionized their churches.
Churches can strengthen the ministries they provide to their communities by taking five key steps, ministry specialist Amy Sherman told participants at the Next Big Idea conference at Baylor University.
Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ means being willing to say "yes" unconditionally to God, knowing he likely will lead his followers into uncomfortable places, Kay Warren told a group at Baylor University. For Warren, it meant becoming a global advocate for people with HIV/AIDS, for orphans and for other marginalized and vulnerable groups. Her husband, Rick, is pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of The Purpose Driven Life. Kay Warren described her transformation from a "suburban mom" and pastor's wife to global activist for orphans and advocate for people with HIV/AIDS. Warren talked with participants at The Next Big Idea conference at Baylor University. Accepting Christ's invitation to deny self, take up a cross and follow him means being "dangerously surrendered, seriously disturbed and gloriously ruined," she told The Next Big Idea conference, an event sponsored by Baylor's School of Social Work, Truett Theological Seminary and the Leadership Network.
Baylor University will be playing host to some of the nation's top church leaders in a conference addressing God's transforming love in our community next week. The "Next Big Idea Conference" will take place at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Bill Daniel Student Center Feb. 9 to 11.