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"Introducing a Vital Ministry"
I was glad that Lori DeVillez could join us in worship last Sunday to introduce us to her ministry, the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center. The timing was perfect, because the week before, Time magazine ran a cover story on Christian pregnancy resource centers. The article opened with this:
Albert Mohler focused attention on the cover story, commenting on it on his radio program and at his blog.
Lori DeVillez brings this national cover story "home" to those of us in Austin. She opened the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center two years ago. She is active at Great Hills Baptist Church and serves as a consultant for our national convention's North American Mission Board. The Board's Pregnancy Care Ministries will send her out to train a church in opening a new center or help train existing centers. Lori has helped establish "Texas Life Connections" in partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), and this is being used as the model across the U.S. She is also working with Dr. Richard Land at our convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee (ERLC) with their "Psalm 139 Project." Lori has helped them place new sonogram machines in pregnancy centers.
It's good to learn more about this work among Baptists at the local, state, and national level, and my thanks to Lori for her hard work! In addition to Lori and the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, we have two similar ministries supported by members of our church. I hope to have representatives of these ministries share their work with us in the future:
What does all this have to do with LeaderLines, which is designed to give information and inspiration to leaders? I believe that in the next two years you are going to see a major expansion in the number of "hands on" missions and ministries our church promotes. I'm seeing this conviction grow especially in our Missions Committee and our Second Half Ministries, as well as in conversations with our young adults. As leaders, you need to look for ways to influence our people to greater involvement in ministries and mission activities that make a practical difference in people's lives.
It's a good time to be a leader at Hillcrest!
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