The birth of the Baptist Partnerships Committee this past year was a creative response to our simple, longstanding vision: to be a church that multiplies for the sake of the Gospel.
The goal of the committee is to evaluate and strengthen existing partnerships within Baptist life—to join hands with those in our denomination to advance transformational work already taking place in our city, state, and beyond.
PCBC committee members collaborate with our strategic partners—Texas Baptists, (formerly the Baptist General Convention of Texas), Dallas Baptist University, Truett Seminary and more—to learn about different opportunities for Park Cities to prioritize and integrate into our financial giving. “I am really excited to come alongside other Baptist groups like the Dallas Baptist Association, and to see and be a part of what they are doing in our city,” said Matt Sibley, Committee Chair.
The 2019-20 budget proposal for Baptist Partnerships also reflects a commitment to increase financial support that provides training and educational opportunities for future Hispanic leaders and ministers.
Another exciting new funding venture with Texas Baptists, aptly named “The Opportunity Fund,” exists to expand support for initiatives around our state. PCBC is the first church to take part in this endeavor, and will be working with Texas Baptists over the course of the year to identify and select projects to pursue through the Opportunity Fund. They have generously pledged to match every dollar Park Cities gives towards the fund!
“I am really excited to come alongside other Baptist groups like the Dallas Baptist Association, and to see and be a part of what they are doing in our city,”
— Matt Sibley, Committee Chair
The importance of investing the next generation of spiritual leaders through Baptist Partnerships cannot be overstated. One of PCBC’s newest deacons, Juan Valdez, is a prime example of how this type of generosity directly shapes the lives of those who receive it.
Through PCBC’s support of the Baptist University of America, Juan received scholarship funds to complete his studies at Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor.
At the time, Juan had never been in contact with, or attended, PCBC. But God used the gifts of strangers to forge a connection that would eventually come full circle.
“Whenever there was a moment of doubt about seminary, I remember that God called me to be a minister and that He had put in the heart of someone (from PCBC) to support a seminary student,” remembers Juan. “I knew PCBC was not only investing in me but they were investing in the Kingdom of God.”
Juan and his wife moved to Dallas after seminary, and God led them to PCBC and Español worship. “The hope for the future of my ministry starts with simply being a part of this thriving congregation,” says Juan. “From there, I want to help develop and equip leaders at Park Cities to share the good news in our city.”
Who Do We Support Through Baptist Partnerships?
- Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas)
- Dallas Baptist Association
- Baptist Student Ministries at UT Pan Am and UT Southwestern
- Truett Seminary (Baylor University)
- Dallas Baptist University
- Logsdon School of Theology
- Baptist University of the Americas
- Hispanic Seminary-Dallas
- Other Baptist Causes