Mobilizing Churches to Take on Lostness

Learn more about the opportunities offered through UBA and the key actions of the UBA staff as they allocate resources of time, energy, finances, and personal development to join God where He is at work to equip and mobilize congregations to effectively share the gospel with their communities.

April 2017

Day With DadsDay with Dads provided some special time for inmates in the Wynne Unit in Huntsville to spend with their children. In April, 15 inmates, 15 parents/guardians, and 19 children were served by the UBA staff and volunteers making this possible.

March 2017

Disaster Recovery Ministry: In March, David Scott, Directory of Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery BOUNCE Student Ministry, reports that 264 BOUNCERS completed work on 12 different ministry sites in the Houston and Waller County area over Spring Break. UBA is thankful that this ministry could bring focus to the needs in the Houston area.

Líderes Transformadores: UBA leadership development for Hispanic pastors and congregations continues as 77 pastors and leaders met at Trinity PInes for LT, LTC, and LTM.

Escuela Biblica de Vacaciones: Training for Vacation Bible School teachers and leaders was a great success as 88 teachers and workers explored the Spanish-language materials in preparation for summer.

Leadership Café with Josh Ellis continued to explore various perspectives of leadership with a look at Relational Leadership in March. If you missed that, you can view the video here.

The Leadership Cohort, facilitated by Josh Ellis, continues to provide a learning and network experience monthly for pastors.


February 2017

Mentoring Church Planters: UBA Staff continues to enlist Church Planters in mentoring experiences. Two church planters and two congregational leaders attended training on using the thematic chains of the Thompson Study Bible. Another Church Planter attended the TUMI Training Program in Wichita.

Freedom Weekends continue to impact the prison community and families.

Leadership Café with Josh Ellis, PhD in Leadership Studies, continues with Session 2 - The Romance of Leadership. Session 3 on March 21.

Keelan Cook: UBA welcomes Urban Missiologist to the UBA staff with a focus on urban church planting and revitalization strategies.

Plades: About 30 Spanish-speaking pastors and leaders learned more about the Reformation. En 1517 Martin Lutero inició el movimiento de la reforma clavando las 95 tesis en la puerta de su iglesia en Wittenberg, Alemania. ¿Qué reforma queda pendiente?

If Only I'd Known: The Leadership Series by Phil Reynolds launched on Feb 14 with Session 1, Being An Authentic Leader. Learn more about upcoming sessions.

Missions Conclave provided a missions education experience for boys grades 1 - 12 with John Clayton, UBA Men's Ministry Coordinator.

Leading for a Lifetime: UBA Exec Tom Billings outlined reasons why pastors leave the ministry and provided helpful suggestions for managing stress and continuing in ministry for a lifetime. View video presentation.


Super Week of Caring Home Repairs drew 60 volunteers who completed 14 of 21 identified projects. Read Gerald Davis' report here.

African-American Pastors Fellowship under the leadership of President Walter August of Bethel's Family Baptist Church started the year with a pastors retreat, attended by Rickie Bradshaw.

Leadership Initiatives are starting strong with Leadership Café 2017 scheduled for four session with Josh Ellis: Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 21 & Arp 11.

Organic Church Planting & Discipleship Development continue with the School for Church Planters in the Wynne Unit in Huntsville. Sally Hinzie and Rickie Bradshaw travel monthly with other mentored volunteers to continue the ministry.

Freedom Weekend scheduled at Carol Vance Prison drew volunteers and inmates together.


Celebrate God at WorkClick here to read stories of how God is at work through UBA churches, leaders, and others in the Church throughout the city.

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The Real Work of the Association

Josh Ellis - Together we can do more.The association is a collaboration of churches who believe we can do more together than can be done apart.

That's all well and good on paper and in theory. But, what does it mean on a daily basis? What's the real work of the association?

Harris County grows by about 100,000 people every year. That means that about 2,000 new people need to hear about Jesus every week. On any given week, those 2,000 people can be immigrants, refugees, ex-offenders, business relocations, and babies in hospitals. On any given week, new people groups and languages may come to Houston for the first time or add to ethnic groups already here, complementing what is already the most diverse metro area in the country. Buckle up, because next week a different 2,000 people will be here, and every foreseeable week after.
The real work of the association is working together to make sure that no one gets missed. It takes everyone. No church can do it alone. So we add our strengths to the strengths of others, thereby relieving us of the impossible task and overwhelming burden of meeting every need all by ourselves.

We ask questions, discover learning, hone strategies, and equip each other for the task ahead. And we do it together, because it can't be done any other way. That's the real work of the association.

His Servant & Yours,
Josh Ellis, PhD
UBA Associate Director