The Texas Baptists Worldwide offering gives churches the opportunity to do missions and ministry from the heart of Texas to the ends of the earth. Through Worldwide, Texas Baptists can participate in global efforts unique to Texas Baptists. Worldwide gifts are above and beyond Cooperative Program giving, and allow churches the opportunity to work with a trusted partner to make a Kingdom impact across the world.
The Center for Missional Engagement (CME) is the missions arm of Texas Baptists. We partner with Texas Baptist churches, associations, and conventions/unions in Texas, the US and around the world to reach those who are not yet God’s people. The Lord sends the church to be His witness in the world and the CME collaborates with Texas Baptists in the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment through River Ministry/Mexico Missions, Church Starting, BOUNCE, Missionary Adoption Program (MAP), Texas Baptists Missionaries, Organic Church, Philippi Church, Community Missions, Pastor’s Common, Church Planting Centers, and more. The CME reported 10,872 professions of faith, 504 baptisms, 207,251 people served, and 143 new church starts from June 2022-May 2023.
Your gifts to Texas Baptists WorldWide helps missional mobilization efforts in the US and beyond, as well as River Ministry / Mexico Endeavors efforts on the border and in Mexico. These two missional efforts receive 54% of all gifts given to Texas Baptists WorldWide. We appreciate your support of missions through your prayers, offerings, and sending mission groups to reach our Judea, Samaria, and the rest of the world.
Texas Baptists is partnering with Baptists in other areas such as the Pacific Northwest and New York, and other nations including Canada, South Asia, Tanzania/Uganda, Mexico, Argentina, and other areas worldwide. Texas Baptists facilitate mission trips to and partnerships with these national and international conventions. Ten percent of your Texas Baptists WorldWide offering helps Texas Partnerships reach the lost and encourage missionaries and pastors in these areas.
Baptist World Alliance is a fellowship of 235 conventions and unions in 122 countries and territories comprising 45 million members in 177,000 churches. Its priorities are nurturing the passion for missions and evangelism; promoting worship, fellowship and unity; responding to people in need; defending human rights and justice; and advancing relevant theological reflection. Texas Baptists is involved as a member body and in the planning, mission, and ministry of BWA.
Baptists in Texas have a unique opportunity to advance the Kingdom of God by utilizing the cultural expertise of the intercultural churches who are a vibrant part of the Convention. Seed money is provided to these congregations to assist in projects around the world with great Kingdom impact at low cost. Current partnerships include Japan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Lebanon and Turkey.
Go Now Missions was started in 1949 and since that time over 9,000 students have gone all over the world. This last year, Go Now Missions sent out over 900 college students. These university students scatter across Texas, the nation, and the world to do missions. These are life-changing experiences for the students and for those whose lives they touch.
An important part of the future in Texas and Texas Baptists is to have a well-educated, well-trained population. Yet one of the factors facing Texas is the large number of Hispanic students who do not finish high school or go any further with their education. This offering provides scholarships and events to encourage and promote education among Hispanic churches and students.
Texas Baptists has now endorsed 900+ chaplains for ministry. Chaplains are endorsed for health care, military, correctional, corporate, pastor counseling, first responder, crisis response, and lifestyle. In addition to endorsing chaplains, the ministry provides pastoral care and support for chaplains and their families. This includes support for families and service personnel following military deployments, or for any chaplain in times of crisis.