|Violence starts at home,
WMU leaders warned
c__By Ken Camp
___Texas Baptist Communications
___WACO--Violence in America literally begins at home, according to Diana Garland, director of the graduate social work program at Baylor University.
___Garland led a conference on "Project HELP: Violence," a national focus of Woman's Missionary Union, during Texas Leadership Conference in Waco July 22-24.
New church in Midland
may be largest-ever start
not caused by split
__By Mark Wingfield
___MIDLAND--In what may be the largest intentional church start in Texas Baptist history, nearly 300 members of First Baptist Church of Midland were sent out July 25 to launch Stone Gate Fellowship, a contemporary-worship congregation on the city's northwest side.
___When the new congregation holds its first public worship Aug. 15, it potentially will begin with the third-largest church in Midland Baptist Association in terms of attendance.
_____A few Texas Baptist churches might have started with a larger initial membership than Stone Gate, but only churches started out of a split, noted E.B. Brooks, director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Church Starting Center.
Baptist Calvinists draw record
crowd to Birmingham meeting
___BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) --Organizers of the 17th annual Southern Baptist Founders Conference said they were "shocked" by the record registration of nearly 600 people for their July 20-23 meetings at Samford University.
___The Founders Conference is a national meeting of Southern Baptists who embrace the doctrinal heritage historically known as "Calvinism" or "the doctrines of grace."
___Calvinist doctrine advocates the total depravity of humankind, unmerited grace of God, a limited atonement by Christ, an irresistible grace offered by God and the perseverance of all true saints.
___Speakers at this year's Founders Conference included representatives of the SBC's International Mission Board and North American Mission Board.