The Fourth Annual Texas Baptists Golf Classic was as much a reunion as it was a sporting event.
“We have senior pastors and other church staff, camp and associational directors, institutional leaders, and so many others who participate,” said David Adams, Texas Baptists director of church administration and special projects. “The fellowship is really great to experience, and I have been amazed at how many players come every year from all over the state.”
The Golf Classic took place on April 24 at the Golf Club of Houston with 235 participants from across Texas. Teams were comprised of church ministers, associational leaders, institutional partners and other Texas Baptists affiliated ministries.
David Strawn, a retired minister of education who has played in all four Texas Baptist Golf Classics, said this was his favorite so far.
“The course was in great shape and our team from FBC, College Station, was on our game,” Strawn said. “We took 3rd place on the Member's Course. All-in-all it was an excellent experience. I am looking forward to 2018.
“One of the great experiences of the [event] is getting to interact with my church members away from the church building and pastoral responsibilities,” he added. “They come to know me as a real person not just someone they see once a week behind the pulpit.”
Katie Swafford, director of Texas Baptists counseling services, said that a lot of ministers struggle with feelings of isolation and an event like this helps them connect with others.
“That’s what this was designed for – to provide them the fellowship and social support that we all need,” she said.
This year’s Golf Classic raised awareness for Texas Baptist Counseling Services, which provides counseling services to ministers and their families and also serves as a resource that connects laypeople to Christian counselors and mental health resources.
A lot of times, people in need of counseling aren’t aware that they can go to the Texas Baptists for guidance, Swafford said.
“I still get calls from people who say, ‘I didn’t know this was available.’ When pastors don’t know that counseling services are available to them, they miss the opportunity to be ministered to or be comforted in their life struggles. They might also miss out on an opportunity to get help for someone in their congregation.
“Recently, I was contacted by a minister who wanted to help a suicidal teen in his youth group. I was able to provide him and the teen’s mom with resources, such as steps that need to be taken in a crisis situation and a couple of Christian references that they can utilize to help him. One of those counseling services even ended up being free.”
The 2018 Texas Baptists Golf Classic will be held at the Dallas Athletic Club on April 30. Visit texasbaptsits.org/golf for more information.
Congratulations to the 2017 Winners
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