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Pastors do so much to pour into others that, sometimes, they forget to be poured into themselves. This Pastor Appreciation Month, support your pastors in "filling the tank" so that they don't find themselves leading on empty. See ideas and recommendations from Director of Texas Baptists Counseling Services Katie Swafford here: https://www.texasbaptists.org/article/filling-the-tank #GC2
Texas Baptists Counseling Services helps strengthen the relationships and ministries of pastors by providing counseling, retreats and other mental health resources. Read in our magazine about two pastors who have been positively impacted by this ministry: https://issuu.com/texasbaptists/docs/mag-2101-august-issue-v6-singles/27?fr=sMjA5OTQxNzg5NDc #GC2
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Texas Baptists Counseling Services provides a variety of resources for pastors, church staff and members of our affiliated churches. Learn more today at txb.org/counseling
This month we're focusing on our Center for Ministerial Health!
Executive Director David Hardage and Pastor Mike Miller of Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville discuss the importance of addressing mental health as a pastor and connecting people to mental health professionals through @Texas Baptists Counseling Services. For more information, visit txb.org/counseling.
Take a few minutes to read this new resource about the reality of child sexual abuse and our obligation to report it. In this article, you will find links to several resources to help your church prevent and address abuse, including:

▸ Free Sexual Abuse Awareness Training presented by MinistrySafe
▸ Sexual Abuse Response Webpage resources
▸ Reporting guides and hotlines

Texas Baptists Counseling Services #txbrespond
Part of a complete response to sexual abuse includes caring for survivors through counseling and other services. Find resources on our Sexual Abuse Response webpage like:

▸ Connection to local counseling services
▸ Stories from sexual abuse survivors
▸ Crisis hotlines

Access these and other resources at txb.org/sexual-abuse or contact Texas Baptists Counseling Services for more info. #txbrespond
Texas Baptists encourages churches to recognize and report sexual abuse in the church to the proper authorities. Find helpful resources on our Sexual Abuse Response webpage such as:

▸ How to report sexual abuse
▸ Information about Child Protective Services
▸ What the Bible says about reporting abuse

Access these and other resources at txb.org/sexual-abuse or contact Texas Baptists Counseling Services for more info. #txbrespond
Texas Baptists Counseling Services recommends the upcoming Sexual Integrity Leadership Summit coming to FBC San Antonio in late April. This should be a great conference with information for ministry leaders on leading the church to Gospel centered sexuality.
https://www.sexualintegrityleaders.com/
Texas Baptists Counseling Services seeks to help your church protect and care for sexual abuse survivors in your congregation. To get connected to a network of almost 250 licensed counselors and find one in your area, contact Director Katie Swafford today: txb.org/sexual-abuse. #txbrespond
Did you know Texas Baptists and MinistrySafe partner to help churches protect children, report sexual abuse and care for abuse survivors? We do this by providing free training and connecting churches to counselors in their area through Texas Baptists Counseling Services. Learn about these and many other resources at txb.org/sexual-abuse. #txbrespond
At Texas Baptists, we are fully committed to helping churches in their efforts to reduce the risk of sexual abuse within the church. Our Sexual Abuse Response webpage provides information to help your church combat sexual abuse by protecting children, reporting abuse and caring for survivors.

Contact Texas Baptists Counseling Services for more information and view our resources today at txb.org/sexual-abuse. #txbrespond

Texas Baptists Counseling Services exists to bring hope and encouragement to struggling Texas Baptists. Our desire is to connect Texas Baptist ministers to appropriate counseling resources and provide financial assistance as funds are available and certain criteria are met.

We maintain a network of licensed Christian counselors across the state of Texas. We also want to serve the larger population of Texas Baptists by providing referral information for counselors. We desire to address mental health issues proactively through educational presentations and retreats.

Preschool and Children’s Ministers’ Retreat 12/20/2021

Preschool and Children’s Ministers’ Retreat

Rethink, Refresh, & Rejuvenate at the 2022 Preschool & Children's Ministers' Retreat!
An opportunity for gathering with other ministers for the purpose of fellowship, networking, information and spiritual refreshment.
https://www.texasbaptists.org/events/preschool-and-childrens-ministers-retreat

Preschool and Children’s Ministers’ Retreat An opportunity for gathering with other ministers for the purpose of fellowship, networking, information and spiritual refreshment.

12/16/2021

SonScape Retreats

SonScape Retreats is hosting a retreat in Texas again in 2022! If you are a ministry couple or ministry individual in need of some rest and spiritual renewal, check out this wonderful retreat opportunity.
https://sonscaperetreats.churchcenter.com/registrations/events

SonScape Retreats

12/15/2021

AACC 2022 National Conference | American Association of Christian Counselors

Ministry and lay leaders - if you are interested in a fantastic conference to learn more about how to care for those with mental health struggles, mark this on your calendars for next year.
AACC national conference in Dallas
https://nationalaacc.com/

AACC 2022 National Conference | American Association of Christian Counselors SAVE THE DATE AND LOCK IN YOUR RATE! REGISTER NOW! SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2022 ANATOLE HOTEL // DALLAS TEXAS COUNSELING // COACHING // RECOVERY // MARRIAGE AND FAMILY Diane Langberg, Ph.D. John Townsend, Ph.D Harold Koenig, M.D. Matthew StanFord, Ph.D Ted Cunningham, MACE Shelia Walsh Daniel Amen, M.D. Sia...

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 12/14/2021

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Looking to improve the safety of your child/student ministries? A great jumping off place would be attending our first MinistrySafe webinar of 2022 - the Sexual Abuse Awareness Training!
Encourage your church staff and volunteers to register for this very important training toward sexual abuse prevention!
January 25, 10 am
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tn7wC62xQoeEe__DbOxj2w

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Baptist General Convention of Texas and MinistrySafe are proud to work together to protect children and those who serve them! The Sexual Abuse Awareness Training identifies common misconceptions related to child sexual abuse and replaces these misconceptions with facts. When volunteers and staff mem...

Helping Couples Bundle - Drs. Les and Leslie 12/13/2021

Helping Couples Bundle - Drs. Les and Leslie

Lots of engagements this time of year!
If you are a minister and looking for a tool to assist you as you offer pre-marital or marriage counsel with couples, check out this resource from the founders of Prepare & Enrich along with Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts.
Helping Couples
https://store.lesandleslie.com/products/helping-couples-bundle

Helping Couples Bundle - Drs. Les and Leslie Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott and Dr. David Olson - renowned marriage experts and founders of the two largest marriage support organizations, SYMBIS and PREPARE/ENRICH - share what they have learned from decades of research involving more than five million couples. Packed with practical and proven met...

Photos from Texas Baptists Counseling Services's post 12/09/2021

Spent time today talking with Leadership TXB Cohort 6 about the Emotionally Healthy Leader! Great time with this group.
If you or someone you know might be interested to participate in the next cohort, check out the weblink to learn more about the program and application process.
https://www.texasbaptists.org/ministries/leadership-texas-baptists

Church Initiative 12/08/2021

Church Initiative

As you start to think about the ministries that your church can engage in for 2022, consider one of these - Divorce Care, DC4K, GriefShare, or Single & Parenting.
https://www.churchinitiative.org/

Church Initiative We help you mobilize teams of enthusiastic and dedicated lay leaders. So far, we’ve equipped more than 22,000 churches worldwide for biblical, Christ-centered support group ministry.

Gift Responsibly Campaign - National Council on Problem Gambling 12/07/2021

Gift Responsibly Campaign - National Council on Problem Gambling

Lottery tickets - I have heard of people giving lottery tickets as fun gifts for kids. But research shows the earlier a person’s participation or even exposure to gambling in childhood, the more likely they are to develop gambling problems later in life. The NCPG has a campaign to educate adults on the risks of giving lottery tickets at gifts to kids. Sharing in case this information is helpful to you and yours this season!
bit.ly/Gift-Responsibly

Gift Responsibly Campaign - National Council on Problem Gambling Gift responsibly campaign NEW NAME, NEW LOOK FOR 2021 Make a difference for your clients and customers – join your...>>

12/06/2021

Spoke with a pastor today that told me how beneficial connecting to counseling was for him.
He said - As a pastor, I'm used to having people share with me about their struggles and losses. But for me to have someone to share my struggles and losses with, that was so helpful and much needed. It helps me to be healthier as I interact with others.

TXB ministers - if you are struggling or hurting, please do not hesitate to contact us and connect with a counselor from our network!

5 Ways to Get Over Parental Overload | Amen Clinics 12/02/2021

5 Ways to Get Over Parental Overload | Amen Clinics

Parental overload - hmmm, yeah I might know a few people that could benefit from this helpful information. :)
5 Ways to Get Over Parental Overload

5 Ways to Get Over Parental Overload | Amen Clinics When the responsibilities of parenting, work, and life are too much, parents can fall into overload, or worse, burnout—a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion experienced by parents and caregivers.

MinistrySafe - In Plain Sight 12/01/2021

MinistrySafe - In Plain Sight

You may know Texas Baptists has a relationship with MinistrySafe. But if you've ever wondered - who is MinistrySafe? What do they do and why do they do it? - this video will help answer those questions. I highly encourage you to watch it.
https://youtu.be/Wad2ZI1qt5Q

MinistrySafe - In Plain Sight **CW: The following video contains sensitive content concerning child sexual abuse**1 in 5 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18. That stat is st...

Counseling Services 11/30/2021

Counseling Services

#GivingTuesday2021 - Counseling Services would be most appreciative (as well as our ministry families) if you would consider giving toward counseling sessions for our Texas Baptists ministers/ministry families.
Any donation amount is helpful - $50 can cover one session for a minister and $500 can help to cover up to 10 sessions for a minister/ministry family.
THANK YOU!
https://texasbaptists.givingfuel.com/counseling-services

Counseling Services Donate online now to Counseling Services. Donations are fast, safe and secure.

Timeline Photos 11/29/2021

Timeline Photos

Online shopping for Cyber Monday deals? Give to River Ministry to help support those serving on the Texas/Mexico border!
- $2 gives a hygiene kit
- $20 gives a coat
- $100 gives discipleship materials
- $2000 gives a storage container
https://buff.ly/2XqRUs3
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#txbme #GC2

Timeline Photos 11/25/2021

Timeline Photos

Happy Thanksgiving, from our Texas Baptists family to yours!

Will the holidays always hurt this much? 11/23/2021

Will the holidays always hurt this much?

The holiday season can be difficult for those that have lost a loved one. GriefShare has resources to help you if you are grieving and/or your church walk alongside those that are grieving.

Will the holidays always hurt this much? This is "Will the holidays always hurt this much?" by Church Initiative on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

11/22/2021

Thanksgiving is upon us and a great time to practice gratitude.

Make a point to write down at least one thing you are grateful/thankful for every day this week.

Continue the habit to improve your mental health year round!

How Bright Light Therapy Improves Multiple Mental Health Issues | Amen Clinics 11/18/2021

How Bright Light Therapy Improves Multiple Mental Health Issues | Amen Clinics

Bright light therapy, also known as light exposure therapy, circadian light therapy, light therapy, and phototherapy, has been a first-line treatment for seasonal affective disorder for several decades. But it can also help with other issues such as BiPolar, Depression, ADHD, Insomnia, and Dementia.
https://www.amenclinics.com/blog/how-bright-light-therapy-improves-multiple-mental-health-issues/

How Bright Light Therapy Improves Multiple Mental Health Issues | Amen Clinics As we head deeper into the shorter days and longer nights of fall and winter, it’s the perfect time to focus on the studied benefits of bright light therapy (BLT).

Pastor Sabbatical Grant Program 11/17/2021

Pastor Sabbatical Grant Program

Pastor Sabbatical Grant Program Texas Baptists want to partner with churches to help provide rest and renewal for pastoral leaders. The Pastor Sabbatical Grant Program makes providing a sabbatical easy and impactful for both the church and the pastor.

Photos from Texas Baptists Counseling Services's post 11/15/2021

It's been a joy and pleasure talking to many of our Texas Baptists family at the Annual Meeting in Galveston! Still a little time left, so if you haven't stopped by the Center for Ministerial Health booth, come say hello! #GC2

Timeline Photos 11/11/2021

So thankful for all that have served. Also realize that many are impacted in ways that change them forever. If Counseling Services can be of any assistance in helping to connect you with resources, please let us know.🇺🇸

To all of our veterans out there — thank you for your service and sacrifice. We are praying a special prayer of blessing on you and your family today.

💬 Texas Baptists, leave a comment below letting our veterans know how much you appreciate them! #GC2

11/10/2021

Counseling Services is excited about our new addition! Rachel Carrell has joined our team and we are so thankful to have her!
WELCOME RACHEL!!!!!!

Counseling Services is excited about our new addition! Rachel Carrell has joined our team and we are so thankful to have her!
WELCOME RACHEL!!!!!!

Timeline Photos 11/09/2021

November is National Adoption Month! Check out these information meetings from Buckner International on foster care and adoption!

Interested in foster care or adoption? Join us for a virtual information meeting to learn about Buckner’s programs, requirements, and process. Visit https://hubs.la/H0YJKDq0 to register.

11/08/2021

Know this:
God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon.
Deut. 7:9

11/04/2021

So far this year....
91 ministers/families assisted with counseling
35 new counselors in the network
Over 1500 contacts for mental health resources

Thank you Texas Baptists for giving to the Cooperative Program so we can help ministers and their families that might be struggling.

Start Your Journey Here — Foreknown Ministries 11/02/2021

Start Your Journey Here — Foreknown Ministries

Miscarriage and infant loss - great pain in each of these difficult experiences. Recently I was introduced to this resource and want to share it with you, particularly if this has been your experience, but also for those walking alongside hurting families.
Foreknown Ministries
https://www.foreknownministries.org/start-here

Start Your Journey Here — Foreknown Ministries You just found out that you lost your child, now what? There are so many questions that we bet you have. From an early loss (less than 20 weeks) to a full-term child, we've walked with hundreds of women to find hope and healing in Jesus Christ. Start your journey here.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Church Safety Workshop with MinistrySafe. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 11/01/2021

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Church Safety Workshop with MinistrySafe. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

If you have never participated in one of our MinistrySafe webinars, this is a great jumping in place! Our webinar tomorrow will cover all the basics of the 5 Part Safety-System as well as what the grooming process is and how it informs all parts of the system.
Join us tomorrow by registering today!
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O1kBP_g4Sj6-Sfew4OlfAQ

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Church Safety Workshop with MinistrySafe. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. The Church Safety Workshop provides a comprehensive training that describes an effective Safety System that protects children from sexual abuse in church and ministry environments. The MinistrySafe 5-Part Safety System includes Sexual Abuse Awareness Training, Skillful Screening Processes, Appropria...

Filling the tank 10/29/2021

Filling the tank

Filling the tank You know that feeling when you’re exhausted?

10/28/2021

Sleep is a big factor in positive mental health. One factor we rarely think about impacting our sleep is our devices.

SLEEP TIP
I encourage you to change your phone or computer display settings to "night shift" or dark mode so your device will emit less blue light, particularly in the late afternoon - evening hours .
I have my devices set to "night shift" starting at 4 pm so that my devices will not inhibit my body's natural melatonin production which helps my body naturally prepare for sleep.

Pastor Appreciation Month ideas from the Center for Ministerial Health 10/26/2021

Pastor Appreciation Month ideas from the Center for Ministerial Health

It's still Pastor Appreciation month! And of course you can look for ways to express thanks all year long!

Pastor Appreciation Month ideas from the Center for Ministerial Health Some thoughts from two ministry leaders, who are dedicated to serving ministers and pastors, on how you can empower your pastor to be his best this month and every month.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Church Safety Workshop with MinistrySafe. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 10/25/2021

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Church Safety Workshop with MinistrySafe. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

1 week out from the MinistrySafe Church Safety Workshop which covers the 5 Parts of a Safety System!
November 2, 9 am
Register today!
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O1kBP_g4Sj6-Sfew4OlfAQ

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BGCT | Church Safety Workshop with MinistrySafe. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. The Church Safety Workshop provides a comprehensive training that describes an effective Safety System that protects children from sexual abuse in church and ministry environments. The MinistrySafe 5-Part Safety System includes Sexual Abuse Awareness Training, Skillful Screening Processes, Appropria...

10/21/2021

Spent a portion of my day with the Leadership Texas Baptists group, Cohort 6 at DBU. Appreciate Dr. Adam Wright, Dr. Tempress Asagba, and Ryan Hefton for sharing with the group. Excited with and for these young leaders in Texas Baptists life - God is up to something good ;)

Spent a portion of my day with the Leadership Texas Baptists group, Cohort 6 at DBU. Appreciate Dr. Adam Wright, Dr. Tempress Asagba, and Ryan Hefton for sharing with the group. Excited with and for these young leaders in Texas Baptists life - God is up to something good ;)

Pastor appreciation on a budget 10/20/2021

Pastor appreciation on a budget

Pastor appreciation on a budget “Every night I go to bed with 800 people on my mind.”

10/19/2021

We started a relationship with MinistrySafe over 5 years ago. Since that time we've hosted 30 trainings to help equip our churches and ministry leaders with information on sexual abuse prevention in the church.
Join us for #31!

We started a relationship with MinistrySafe over 5 years ago. Since that time we've hosted 30 trainings to help equip our churches and ministry leaders with information on sexual abuse prevention in the church.
Join us for #31!

Photos from Texas Baptists Counseling Services's post 10/13/2021

Goodbyes are hard!
My assistant for 6+ years, Clara Morales, will be leaving Texas Baptists at the end of this week to pursue a new opportunity. We will greatly miss her, but wish her all the best in hew new endeavors!
Thank you for serving Texas Baptists and our ministry leaders/families well, Clara!

Timeline Photos 10/12/2021

Timeline Photos

Join the conversation about these topics and others at the Texas Baptists Annual Meeting this Nov. 14-16 in Galveston! Workshops are available to everyone registered as either a church messenger or a guest. Register today if you haven't already: https://www.texasbaptists.org/events/annual-meeting #GC2

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7557 Rambler Rd, Ste 1200
Dallas, TX
75231
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