The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) fostered connections between Southwestern Seminary students, the state convention and local churches during the Paul/Timothy Conference, Sept. 9.

The conference introduced students who are approaching the end of their degrees to the resources, ministries and staff members of the SBTC. It also featured guest speaker John Meador, pastor at First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas. Jim Richards, executive director of the SBTC, told students that the convention is biblically based; focused on the local church, missions and evangelism; and funded by local churches.

“We want to see all of our churches actively engaged in the Great Commission by being intentionally evangelistic, and if you don’t do it on purpose, it won’t get done,” Richards said. The SBTC helps churches fulfill Christ’s call to evangelize and make disciples.

“We count it a privilege to serve you,” Richards said. “We are servants to the churches, and it is my joy to be a part of this staff. So let us know how we can help you in your personal ministry, in your local church ministry, as we all do it to the glory of God.”

Pastor Nathan Lorick of First Baptist Church in Malakoff, Texas, testified to the value of partnering with the SBTC. The convention, he said, allows ministers to build relationships with people who encourage and advise them throughout their ministries.