Leadership Texas Baptists engages, equips, and informs emerging leaders from churches across the state. Pastors, staff, and lay leaders commit to a nine-month cohort experience to hear from and dialogue with Texas leaders.

David Adams
Director, Discipleship

(214) 828-5253


Cohort 9 applications will be open on this page August 15–October 15, 2024. The cohort will begin in January 2025 and end in November, with no meetings in June or July.


Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Emerging leaders ages 20s – 30s preferable
  • Active member of a BGCT affiliated church
  • January seminar day required; Commit to attending 7 of the 8 remaining seminars

Cohort 5

Curriculum Topics

  • Leadership development
  • Critical issues for Texas Baptists in the 21st century
  • Developing purpose and mission
  • Baptist collaboration
  • Ministry in a multi-cultural context
  • Effective networking
  • The changing face of Texas
  • Values & vision for the Texas Baptists family

Cohort 4

Alumni Cohort Testimonials

"In a world that says young people are stepping away from the church, Leadership Texas Baptists is here to say that our young leaders are a countercurrent. Our young leaders are turning that trend around."

-Fernando Rojas, Cohort 4 Member

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Cohort 3

“The Cohort recharged me in ministry, helped me grow in my leadership, and gave me lifelong friends.”

-Lezah Maitland, Cohort 4 Member

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Cohort 2

“This program opened my eyes to so many other Baptists who are serving within their own contexts – female leaders, African American leaders, pastors, children’s ministers, those who are just starting their college journey and those working on a doctorate.”

-Fernando Rojas, Cohort 4 Member

Cohort 1

“[the program] broadened my view of the work we do at Texas Baptists....the more leaders I was introduced to, the more I was able to see the bigger picture and how that played a part in my church.”

-Lynn Harper, Cohort 1 Member