Mobilizing Churches to Take on Lostness in 2013

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.

UBA in action 2013

  • 11/19/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING: Sally Hinzie trained house church leaders in Chronological Bible Storying at the Carol Vance unit
  • 11/17/2013 CHURCH SUPPORT: Rickie Bradshaw and Josh Ellis attended the 25th anniversary celebration at First Philippine Baptist Church. 
  • 11/14/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Tom Billings and Josh Ellis joined Directors of Missions from Tarrant, Dallas, and Austin associations in Dallas at the BGCT to discuss training future associational leaders.  
  • 11/9/2013 LOVING HOUSTON CONTINUES: Over 400 volunteers participated in Loving Houston projects throughout the Sunnyside neighborhood.
  • 11/4-5/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Tom Billings led the 7 Habits seminar for the entire staff of one of Houston's megachurches. 
  • 10/30/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Tom Billings posted a blog about inspirational budget- making (read here)
  • 10/22/2013 REACHING THE UNREACHED: Josh Ellis led a seminar at UBA designed to help people understand and strategically connect with Buddhists.
  • 10/12/2013 REACHING THE UNREACHED: Sally Hinzie led a seminar at UBA designed to help people understand and strategically connect with Muslims. 
  • 10/11/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT: Campo Londoño led 98 people through the third module of OIKOS, training pastors to transition from celebration only to cell/celebration models.
  • 10/2-5/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Campo & Gloria Londoño led more than 130 pastors and their wives in various retreats associated with Lideres Transformadores.
  • 09/12/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT:  Guy Caskey taught 5 leaders inside the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters as the second cycle begins.
  • 09/11/2013 DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT / REACHING THE UNREACHED:  As the UBA Sacred Stories video library builds, watch 'Jesus Heals the Sick & Raises the Dead' told by Dian Kidd.
  • 08/26/2013 LOVING HOUSTON CONTINUES:  10 church and community leaders met with Mike Kraxberger, UBA Loving Houston Project Coordinator, to plan a Loving Houston Sunnyside service event for the fall.
  • 08/26/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT:  Parris Patrick discipled 12 in the trustee camp in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters.
  • 08/22/2013 DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT:  Dian Kidd met with the Renovaré Planning Team in preparation for Renovaré Houston 2014.
  • 08/19, 20/2013:  LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:  Josh Ellis is in Dallas  teaching about associations and the future.
  • 08/19/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT:  Sally Hinzie and team started second year of Wynne Unit School for Church Planters.  6 men signed up to lead group; 13 men were recruited to attend.
  • 08/19/2013  LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT / CHURCH RESOURCES:  Houston Demographics Blog by Josh Ellis keeps you abreast of important changes and trends in our greater-Houston area.
  • 08/15/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT / REACHING THE UNREACHED:  Josh Ellis posted a video on Understanding and Reaching Millenials.  (View video; View Q&A session)
  • 08/13/2013 EVANGELISM / HISPANIC INITIATIVES:  Campo & Gloria Londoño convened 11 leaders from 6 congregations to plan & promote an upcoming evangelism initiative.
  • 08/12/2013 EVANGELISM / HISPANIC INITIATIVES:  Campo & Gloria Londoño convened 25 leaders in preparation for an upcoming evangelism initiative.
  • 08/07/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOMENT:  Tom Billings publishing 'Giving Credit Where It's Really Due' (read blog)
  • 08/07/2013 HISPANIC INITIATIVES:  El consultante Campo Londoño ha publicado un nuevo blog - Comunicacion
  • 08/06/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION - REFUGEE MINISTRY:  Missionary to the City Margie Randall served 45 children with backpacks and school supplies.
  • 08/03/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING:  CELLS / HISPANIC LEADERSHIP: 29 pastor and leaders from 17 congregations were in attendance at the OIKOS Roundtable led by Roberto Bottrel with Campo & Gloria Londoño. 
  • 08/01/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / REFUGEE MINISTRY:  Sally Hinzie celebrates the initiation of refugee ministry work by three new congregations as a result of the recent Refugee Awareness seminar.
  • 07/29-30/2013 MISSIONS MOBILIZATION:  Campo & Gloria Londoño recruited 9 pastors to attend the SEND missions mobilization conference.
  • 07/22/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP / HISPANIC INITIATIVES:  Campo & Gloria Londoño convened 23 pastors & leaders from 11 congregations in T4T discipleship multiplication training
  • 07/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING:  Sally Hinzie consulted with 5 leaders regarding church planting initiatives.
  • 07/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / AT RISK PEOPLES:  Sally Hinzie consulted with 5 leaders in the areas of reaching those on parole, those in poverty, and refugees.
  • 07/15/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT:  Sally Hinzie taught inside the walls at the Wynne Uni School for Church Planters.
  • 07/11/2013:  REACHING THE UNREACHED:  Sally Hinzie consulted with a leader exploring the possibilities of ministry to Pashtu speaking Pakistanis.
  • 07/08/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT:  Parris Patrick reports 15 participating in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters in the trustee camp while Guy Caskey reports 9 inside the walls.
  • 07/03/2013 HISPANIC INITIATIVES / LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:  Campo Londoño ha ponido un nuevo blog, "Cartas."  Lea el artículo.
  • 07/01/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT:  9 men in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters celebrated, fellowshiped, and learned as they retold the Bible stories that they've learned.  Sally Hinzie and Parris Patrick provided the encouragement.
  • 06/30/2013 EVANGELISM / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES:  View our growing file of Sacred Stories in our UBA online video library.
  •  06/27/2013 DEVELOPING DISCIPLES / SHARING GOOD NEWS - Dian Kidd posted the story of Jesus healing the Gadarene demoniac. 
  • 06/17/2013 DEVELOPING DISCIPLES / SOMA CHURCH PLANTING:  Sally Hinzie reports training 13 participants in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters inside the walls while Parris Patrick trained  12 in the trustee camp.
  • 06/01/2013 - 06/08/2013 LOVINGHOUSTON involved about 2,000 volunteers from more than 80 churches, organizations & ministries, working in six neighborhoods to re-roof houses, build handicap ramps, renovate a school, and more, completing good deeds in over 70 locations.  (Read Report)
  • 06/04/2013 SCENARIOS:  Josh Ellis presented a workshop at the SBC Annual Convention for Directors of Missions on the future of associations. (download paper, Repaving the Road or visit the blog)
  • 06/03/2013 DOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES:  Sally Hinzie reports 9 inmates developed Discovery Bible Study questions in the training session at the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters.
  • 05/20/2013 CHURCH PLANTING / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES:  UBA celebrated 23 graduates from the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters.  (Read about Derick's transforatio, here.)
  • 05/01/2013 PRAYER / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION:  View the Neighborhood Prayer Guide developed by Mary Ann Bridgwater for use during Loving Houston outreach.
  • 04/23/2013 DEVELOPING DISCIPLES / REACHING THE UNREACHED: 24 pastors and leaders participated in the Innovating Disciple Making seminar by Jerry Wiles, developing the skills of bible storying.
  • 04/20/2013 HISPANIC INITIATIVES / VBS / DISCIPLESHIP: Approximately 130 church leaders attended Escuela Biblical de Vacaciones Entrenamient hosted by Gloria Londoño.
  • 04/15/2013 POR AMOR A HOUSTON / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Campo and Gloria Londoño convened Hispanic pastors and leaders to raise awareness for Por Amor a Houston participation.
  • 04/13/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Rickie Bradshaw organized the Equipping Institutes with 28 in attendance.
  • 04/10/2013 HISPANIC FOCUS / MULTIPLYING DISCIPLES: Campo Londoño ha ponido un nuevo blogg: Robo de ovejas.
  • 04/08/2013 CHURCH PLANTING / MULTIPLYING DISCIPLES / DEVELOPING LEADERS: Bobby Herring and Duane Davis report 18 men in the trustee unite of the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters. Topic: Caring Leaders
  • 04/08/2013 CHURCH PLANTING / MULTIPLYING DISCIPLES / DEVELOPING LEADERS: Guy Caskey and Nasser report 11 men in attendance inside the walls in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters. Topic: Caring Leaders
  • 04/02/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / PRAYER / LOVING HOUSTON: Mary Ann Bridgwater, UBA Prayer Coordinator, participated in the Code Blue for Christ Prayer Walk on March 30 and is implementing strategies for involving UBA congregations in prayer for Loving Houston.

03/25/2013 CHURCH SERVICES / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES: 5 Drills were completed at the Associational Bible Drill faciliated by Lisa Keeling of Sugar Land Baptist Church.

03/21/2013 REACHING THE UNREACHED / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Sally Hinzie facilitated the Refugee Awareness Experience at UBA.

03/20/2013 CHURCH PLANTING / MULTIPLYING DISCIPLES: Guy Caskey reports 12 inside the walls at the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters.

03/19/2013 COMMUNICATIONS / LOVING HOUSTON: UBA Executive Director Tom Billings provided an update to the UBA ALC on Loving Houston, the networks that have been developed, and the strategies being implemented. Read Report.

03/18/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT / HISPANIC INITIATIVES: El consultante de los hispanos Campo Londoño ha publicado un nuevo blogg: ¿Excusa o desafio?

03/16/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Sally Hiznie and Rickie Bradshaw were among presentors for 7 seminars offered in the Loving Houston Equipping Institute.

03/12/2013 MOBILIZING CHURCHES / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Toured the Sunnyside neighborhood with Missions Staff from UBA congregation to discuss projects when the congregation will serve.

03/11/2013 REACHING THE UNREACHED / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Margie Randall celebrates the arrival of a new van and rejoices in how God is at work in the lives of the refugee families. (Read about Margie's Day)

03/10/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES / MOBILIZING CHURCHES: Sally Hinzie spoke in the morning worship service at Southside Christian Love.

03/8-9/2013 DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT / HISPANIC FOCUS: Campo Londoño and the Team Leaders facilitated Líderes Transformadores Congregacionales at a 2-day retreat with 66 in attendance.

03/8-9/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT / HISPANIC FOCUS / WOMEN'S INITIATIVES: Gloria Londoño and the Team Leaders facilitated a 2-day retreat for Líderes Transformadores Mujeres with 13 in attendance.

03/07/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES: Josh Ellis provided planning resources to a UBA congregation.

03/6-9/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOMENT / HISPANIC FOCUS: Campo Londoño and the Team Leaders facilitated a four-day experience for Líderes Transformadores with 10 in attendance.

03/01/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT / REACHING THE UNREACHED: Understanding Muslims by Bryant Lee ais posted on the UBA Media Rush site and also on UBAHouston YouTube site.

02/28/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / PRAYER / LOVING HOUSTON: Mike Kraxberger and Rickie Bradshaw attended the Code Blue Team Leaders Meeting hosted at UBA with 15 participants attending.

02/28/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / PRAYER: Rickie Bradshaw attended the Prayer Tower Training with 12 in attendance.

02/27/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / PRAYER: Rickie Bradshaw met with leaders of the KSBJ Prayer Stations.

02/27/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Michael Kraxberger met with 15 pastors in the Woodlands sharing about the opportunities to participate in the Loving Houston initiative.

02/25/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT: Sally Hinzie travelled to Huntsville to teach a session in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters.

 

02/25/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Tom Billings, Rickie Bradshaw and Mike Kraxberger facilitated a community leaders meeting in the Acres Homes neighborhood with 20 in attendance.

02/23/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION, REFUGEES / MOBILIZING CHURCHES: Sally Hinzie spoke on refugee ministry at a women's retreat (FBC, Bellville).

02/23/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / REACHING THE UNREACHED / HISPANIC FOCUS: Campo and Gloria Londoño hosted 85 participants at El Desafio de la supersticion para evangelizar al Hispano for the launch of Por Amor a Houston.

02/22/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / SOCIAL ACTION: Rickie Bradshaw is meeting with David Valentine and the Texas Baptist Men today to strategize about Restorative Justice concerns.

02/21/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES / EQUIPPING LEADERS: Josh Ellis, UBA Senior Church Consultant, presented his paper, Repaving the Road, in dialogue with Mississippi Baptist leaders.

02/16/2013 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Rickie Bradshaw taught Jesus on Leadership Workshop with 11 in attendance.

02/17/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES: Sally Hinzie provided training at a Sunday School Leadership Lunch at Uvalde Baptist Church.

02/16/2013 CHURCH SERVICES / HISPANIC FOCUS / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES: Sally Hinzie facilitated a City Tour for the congregation of Iglesia Bautista La Tierra Prometida.

02/15/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / ACRES HOMES: Mike Kraxberger, Loving Houston Project Coordinator, and Tom Billings met with neighborhood leaders in the Acres Homes area, completing a round of meetings with leaders of all six neighborhoods targeted for Loving Houston service projects.

02/15/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / INDEPENDENCE HEIGHTS: Mike Kraxberger and Tom Billings met with neighborhood leaders of Independence heights to dialogue about the Loving Houston initiative and potential service projects.

02/14/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / THIRD WARD: Mike Kraxberger and Tom Billings met with neighborhood leaders of the Third Ward to dialogue about the Loving Houston initiative and potential service projects.

02/14/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / SUNNYSIDE: Mike Kraxberger and Tom Billings met with neighborhood leaders of the Sunnyside area to dialogue about the Loving Houston initiative and potential service projects.

02/14/2013 POR AMOR A HOUSTON ; HISPANIC FOCUS: Campo Londoño met with UBA Hispanic pastors to dialogue about participation in the Loving Houston / Por Amor a Houston initiative.

02/13/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / 5TH WARD: Michael Kraxberger, Tom Billings, and Rickie Bradshaw met with neighborhood leaders of the 5th Ward to dialogue about the Loving Houston initiative and potential projects.

02/13/2013 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION / HUMAN TRAFFICING AWARENESS: The Baptist Standard has published an article on human trafficking awareness written by Kate Ambrose Pollard of the UBA Mission Centers of Houston: A Journey of Becoming Aware.

02/12/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / DENVER HARBOR: Michael Kraxberger, Loving Houston Project Coordinator, and Tom Billings, UBA Executive Director, met with neighborhood leaders of Denver Harbor to dialogue about the Loving Houston initiative and potential projects.

02/11/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / ARICAN-AMERICAN PASTORS FELLOWSHIP: Michael Kraxberger and Rickie Bradshaw presented the Loving Houston initiative to the African American Pastors Fellowship.

02/11/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT: Sally Hinzie travelled to Huntsville to teach a session in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters.

02/11/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES / HISPANIC FOCUS: Gloria & Campo Londoño hosted the Guidestone Information sessions attended by 11 particpants.

02/10/2013 REACHING THE UNREACHED / CHURCH PLANTING: Sally Hinzie hosted a meeting of about 30 leaders engaged in reaching at risk people groups.

02/07/2013 MOBILIZING CHURCHES / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Rickie Bradshaw attend the COMET (Community Action Group supporting local Alief schools) along with 2 other UBA congregations.

02/07/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / MOBILIZING CHURCHES: UBA Church Planting Consultants met with church planters and sponsors during the day for individualized prayer and consultation.

02/07/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES: Sally Hinzie provided training in the Life Transformation Group materials for a church planter and sponsor.

02/05/2013 REACHING THE UNREACHED / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Margie Randall, UBA Missionary to the City, has published a recent report about the fruits of the ministry with the Bhutanese refugees in Houston.

02/04/2013 LOS ASUNTOS NUESTROS: El Consultante Campo Londoño ha publicado un nuevo blogg: De la Miseria al Discipulado

02/04/2013 OIKOS CHURCH PLANTING / MULTIPLYING DISCIPLES / DEVELOPING LEADERS: T4T Trainers Guy Caskey and Bobby Herring taught in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters. 20 inmates were in attendance in the Trustee Camp; 9 were in attendance inside the wall. (To rejoice over the fruit of this ministry read Transformation Inside the Walls.)

02/1-2/2013 MOBILIZINGCHURCHES / TRANSFORMATION / HISPANIC FOCUS: Campo & Gloria Londoño hosted Levantando una Generación que Transforme el Mundo with 125 attending.

01/31/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING: Sally Hinzie and Josh Ellis represented UBA at the Houston Church Planter's Network

01/30/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES: Josh Ellis is engaged in ongoing consultation with two UBA congregations regarding Change Management and Strategic Planning.

01/28/2013: SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES / LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Guy Caskey and Bobby Herring taught in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters. 14 men were inside the walls. 18 inmates attended in the Trustee Camp.

01/27-30/2013 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Sally Hinzie attendedthe MARED meeting in Atlanta and participated in the learning experiences.

01/23/2013 MOBILIZING CHURCHES / TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES: 30 church and community leaders from 14 congregations met with Rickie Bradshaw, Tom Billings, and Mike Kraxberger for continued strategic planning and input for Loving Houston community projects.

01/24/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES / COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION: Sally Hinzie hosted a round table discussion with Donna Martin on the topic of Nursing Home Ministry. 01/22/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES / MOBILIZING CHURCHES: Josh Ellis presented at the Tallowood missions education meeting.

01/17-18/2013 REACHING THE UNREACHED / MOBILIZING CHURCHES / HISPANIC FOCUS: Campo and Gloria Londoño are participating in the Evangelism Conference in San Antonio, exploring strategies for sharing the good news, and sharing the Loving Houston iniative.

01/17/2013 MOBILIZING CHURCHES / SOMA CHURCH PLANTING: Sally Hinzie convend the T4T round table discussion and network for sharing ideas and developing plans with participating T4T leaders.

01/16/2013 MOBILIZING CHURCHES / TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES: 28 church and community leaders from 18 congregations met with Rickie Bradshaw, Tom Billings, and Mike Kraxberger for strategic planning and input for Loving Houston community projects.

01/15/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES: Sally Hinzie met with the SS leadership team from Uvalde to plan a training session.

01/14/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / DEVELOPING DISCIPLES: Rickie Bradshaw and Parris Patrick taught participants in the Wynne Unit School for Church Planters how to lead Discovery Bible Studies and models the Lord's Supper for them.

01/13/2013 SOMA CHURCH PLANTING / MOBILIZING CHURCHES: UBA Church Planting Consultants met with church planters and their sponsors for individualized prayer and consultation.

01/11-12/2013 MOBILIZING CHURCHES / HISPANIC FOCUS: 139 individuals representing 31 congregations participated in the first module of developing cell churches, Modelo Celular Modulo 1, convened by Campo and Gloria Londoño.

01/10/2013 MOBILIZING CHURCHES / TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES / REACHING THE UNREACHED: Executive Director, Dr. Tom Billings, challenged the churches to cooperate in Loving Houston, doing good deeds and sharing the good news. 57 attending from 33 congregations

01/07/2012 LOS ASUNTOS NUESTROS: El Consultante Campo Londoño ha publicado un nuevo blogg, El fruto está in la raíz.

01/03/2013 LOVING HOUSTON / MOBILIZING CHURCHES: Dr. Tom Billings and Volunteer Loving Houston Project Coordinator, Mike Kraxberger, are putting the final touches on the Loving Houston Launch scheduled for February 24 & 25, which is designed to prepare churches to follow the example of Jesus in doing good deeds and sharing the good news.

01/03/2013 CHURCH RESOURCES / DISCIPLESHIP DEVELOPMENT: Sally Hinzie developed a Bible Study/Craft curriculum for women to be used in an unreached people group.