Ministry Update

DATE POSTED: 01/26/2021  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Vida Victoriosa, Tioga: Church members have completely redesigned the platform of the worship center to help it reflect their own personality. All the work from design to financing and finish was carried out by church members, with Germán Castillo leading the effort.             (Before Renovations)            | Read More

DATE POSTED: 11/30/2020  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Vida Victoriosa Tioga participated in the annual “Tioga City-Wide Garage Sale” a few weeks ago. They reached out to their sister church in Prosper that meets on the campus of Prosper’s First Baptist Church to ask for donations. Members of FBC Prosper were generous. As Hispanics from the sister church came by to pick up | Read More

DATE POSTED: 10/31/2020  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Two months ago I wrote about penguins exploring a photographer’s backpack and related this to my exploring and unpacking Biblical truth and divine wisdom in ways that will effectively expand God’s kingdom with those I serve. I would like to apply this specifically to making disciples. When I think about making disciples, I do it | Read More

DATE POSTED: 08/30/2020  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

This morning’s Bing daily wallpaper shows some curious penguins in Antarctica coming across the photographer’s equipment. While three of them stay in the background looking on, two others are inspecting the camera, and the one in the foreground is interested in unpacking the photographer’s pack. As a relative of mine would say, “There’s a devotional | Read More

DATE POSTED: 07/01/2020  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

As we process a specific phase of racial reconciliation brought on by recent events in our country, I would like to offer a personal perspective on cultural and ethnic elements that relate to my own associational ministry work with the Hispanic population in Denton County.  I offer this perspective in broad strokes with the hope | Read More

DATE POSTED: 05/20/2020  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

The owner of the Cirque Montecarlo, a bi-lingual Hispanic, recently received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. As a follower of Jesus Christ, he has been instrumental in 20 members of his crew coming to Christ and now he wishes to offer his circus as an evangelistic tool. Cirque Montecarlo was scheduled to open at | Read More

DATE POSTED: 03/27/2020  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder, Uncategorized

Each year author David Platt and sponsor a six-hour broadcast called Secret Church providing Biblical study on a specific theme. The idea behind Secret Church comes from time David Platt spent teaching and ministering among underground Asian house-churches. Due to hostility from the government, the surrounding community, and even from their own family, many | Read More

DATE POSTED: 02/25/2020  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

God is providing a ministry based in Frisco to aid our Hispanic church plant in Little Elm with resources to minister to its community.  Iglesia Remanso de Gracia (“Tranquil Waters of Grace”) meets next to the unincorporated community of Hill Town in Oak Point, which is heavily populated with Hispanics. Stonebriar Community Church has for | Read More

DATE POSTED: 01/23/2020  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder, Uncategorized

As the year 2020 steadily picks up steam with increasing activity throughout Denton Baptist Association, I amazed and humbled by what God is showing us in Hispanic work throughout many churches across the association. As soon as the year began, a church that had not given to the DBA before has committed to begin supporting | Read More

DATE POSTED: 12/02/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Before coming back to the USA on Thanksgiving Day four years ago and taking on the role of Hispanic Associate with Denton Baptist Association, Joye and I were privileged to serve God as cross-cultural missionaries in the country of Colombia, South America, for 31 years. Our financial support came through two sources: The Cooperative Program | Read More

DATE POSTED: 11/04/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

The week of October 14, I received the following report from church planters Over and Cristina Ochoa in Tioga.  I’ve changed the name of the man involved but have permission to share this praise.   Report from Over & Cristina Ochoa: “Yesterday, after the Night Out in Tioga, we witnessed the baptism of a second-generation | Read More

DATE POSTED: 09/30/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

As I personally reflect on some family history, I would like to share something that continues to bear fruit in Hispanic circles. In January of this year, I was approached by a Baptist pastor in Monterrey, Mexico, about an idea he had been developing with some of his colleagues. October 23 marks the 60th anniversary | Read More

DATE POSTED: 08/28/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

In an effort to provide basic theology and Bible training to local Hispanic believers, Denton Baptist Association is partnering with Dallas Baptist Association through its Hispanic Baptist Seminary, now called EQUIPdallas. We recently graduated our first class of year-one students and are now embarking on our second cycle of first-year studies. Because the material is | Read More

DATE POSTED: 08/01/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Vida Victoriosa Tioga Launches After being commissioned by Midway Church, Pilot Point, as their sponsor church on June 23, Vida Victoriosa Tioga launched its first service on Sunday, July 7 at the campus donated last year by First Baptist Church, Tioga to Denton Baptist Association. Pastor Over Ochoa, his wife Cristina and their team have | Read More

DATE POSTED: 04/29/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

The Hispanic Bible Institute ended its first cycle of studies on Thursday of Easter Week with a Seder service. The Denton Baptist Associational group, which has met at El Camino Bible Fellowship in Lewisville, joined three hundred other students from the five satellite campuses around the DFW metroplex for the celebration at First Baptist Church, | Read More

DATE POSTED: 03/26/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

I recently attended the Spanish track of SBTC’s Empower Conference.  One of the conferences offered was led by our new Hispanic church planters in Tioga, Over and Cristina Ochoa. The title of this article was the title of their workshop. Over and Cristina espoused three elements critical to evangelism: the Holy Spirit, Prayer, and Obedience. | Read More

DATE POSTED: 02/28/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

As we look toward impacting the Hispanic community in Denton County, I found it interesting to go over data shared recently by Dr. Daniel Sanchez, Distinguished Professor of Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the SBTC Empowered Conference for Hispanics. Quoting largely from data provided by Pew Research Center, Dr. Sanchez noted a sharp | Read More

DATE POSTED: 01/29/2019  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder, Uncategorized

This was the title of an article appearing in the Denton Record Chronicle 10 years ago that marked the 50th Anniversary of Rev. José G. Mata’s call to the ministry.  Brother Mata (Joe) celebrates 60 years in ministry this month, and will be honored at a special service on February 24th to commemorate this significant | Read More

DATE POSTED: 12/19/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

I subscribe to a blog written by Bobby Herrington, Executive Director of, a well-respected national platform, conference and ministry that advocates a personal and relational style of discipleship.  Recently, he described five best practices he has seen disciple-making churches use.  He states: These churches make disciple-making their top priority They focus on everyday Christians | Read More

DATE POSTED: 09/19/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

– David Crane, Hispanic Associate New Partnership For the past three years, Prestonwood Hispanic, Lewisville had been meeting in space provided by Christian Community Action (CCA) in Lewisville. Last month, they began a new partnership with Northview Baptist Church, Lewisville, which will extend through December of 2019.  They will share Northview’s campus for meetings on | Read More

DATE POSTED: 08/21/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Every summer since 2006, Life Fellowship Church, Denton has traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to start new churches. They partner with Juvenal and María Gonzalez and their church La Iglesia de la Calle (The Church on the Street), in association with the San Diego Baptist Association. I believe you will be inspired by the following description | Read More

DATE POSTED: 07/18/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Starting Friday, August 3, the first of 6 classes on Conflict Resolution will take place at Companerismo Biblico El Camino, 425 W. Purnell St., Lewisville. This is the fifth subject of the Hispanic Bible Institute which Dallas Baptist Association shares with Denton Baptist Association. The classes meeting weekly on Fridays. Each session will begin at | Read More

DATE POSTED: 06/26/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Summer is here and I am thankful for several things: The pace of life changes. Things like family reunions and trips that get us out of our routine happen.  There is more daylight to get things “done,” and we can work on a sun tan if we wish.  It’s a time of transition for some, | Read More

DATE POSTED: 05/24/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Gospel Conversations in a Hispanic Setting Dr. Daniel Sanchez, Distinguished Professor of Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, shares in his book, Sharing The Good News With Roman Catholic Friends, a personal story of how he once won a Biblical argument but lost a relationship. This has happened to many of us, but I think | Read More

DATE POSTED: 04/17/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Dallas Theological Seminary will host a workshop on Strategic Planning for Hispanic pastors May 18-19.  Dr. Jorge Ponce, Director de Vision for Living in Guatemala and Adjunct Professor of SETECA (Central America Theological Seminary), will be the conference speaker.  He is recognized throughout the Latin American evangelical community for the wisdom he brings to the | Read More

DATE POSTED: 03/23/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Every believer needs to know how to use God’s Word. The Hispanic Bible Institute will introduce participants to rules for Bible interpretation, and then to 3 methods of Bible study: devotional, thematic and biographical. The class will begin on Friday, April 6 from 7:00-9:00 PM and meet for six weeks at the campus of Compañerismo | Read More

DATE POSTED: 03/23/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

New Church Home FE: Un Ministerio Bautista (FAITH: A Baptist Ministry) has moved to the Green Valley Community between Denton and Aubrey. On March 18th, Pastor Joe Mata and his congregation celebrated their first Sunday at the new campus located at 6596 FM 2153 with Bible Study, worship and a meal. Sixty people attended which | Read More

DATE POSTED: 02/21/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Two years after its initial start attempt, El Faro Biblical Baptist Church is officially off the ground and running.  New pastor Misael Rivera and his wife Adriana met with Morgan Malone, David Crane and sponsoring church pastor Roland Johnson of Primera Baptist Church, Keller on Saturday, February 3  to sign the New Church Start Covenant | Read More

DATE POSTED: 01/22/2018  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

“Hispanicity” I recently read an article which dealt with how Hispanics perceive themselves according to their generational background of life in the United States. The article is based on an interview with a Cuban-born Baptist pastor in Florida and the survey done by Pew Research Center. The pastor states that, “Latino churches are adapting to | Read More

DATE POSTED: 12/14/2017  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

The evening of January 5 marks the Twelfth Night of Christmas, known as well as Three King’s Day or Epiphany, and is when the figurines of the three wise men are added to the nativity scene. Traditionally in Mexico, as with other Latin American countries, Santa Claus doesn’t hold the cachet that he does in the United | Read More

DATE POSTED: 11/16/2017  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Elves Shelves A heart-felt Thank You to every person who gave their time and effort to share Christ’s love with the 520 families who signed up at this year’s Elves Shelves outreach at First Baptist Denton. It was wonderful to see children, teenagers, and adults of all ages work as a spiritual family in helping | Read More

DATE POSTED: 10/20/2017  |     |   Category: Friend to Friend

As First Baptist Church, Denton prepares for its 2017 Elves Shelves ministry, Hispanic disciples are needed to help translate, pray with and connect the Gospel to Spanish-speaking families who sign up to participate. We need bi-lingual disciples who are willing to go through an orientation and then participate in up to three sign-up days: Thursday, | Read More

DATE POSTED: 09/26/2017  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Roxana has always wanted to learn more about God’s Word and how to apply it to her life.  She often heard of workshops and training being offered in Spanish around the Metroplex, but not close enough to attend. One month ago, Denton Baptist Association began a partnership with the Hispanic Baptist Seminary of Dallas Baptist | Read More

DATE POSTED: 08/29/2017  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

El Camino Baptist Church will host a Hispanic Leader Conference for DBA Hispanic Bible study leaders on September 29 and 30th. The event will take place on their campus in Lewisville at 425 W. Purnell Street. Friday evening, Sept. 29, will be a time of fellowship from 7:00 until 9:00. Saturday’s schedule will go from | Read More

DATE POSTED: 07/24/2017  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Formal Bible training for 1st and 2nd generation Hispanics presents a challenge for many in our Association, as most Bible training tracks require post High School education. Dallas Baptist Association is providing one tool for Hispanics to progress in their Bible training through its Basic Course in Christian Ministries. Starting the 2nd week of August, | Read More

DATE POSTED: 06/15/2017  |     |   Category: Outreach, Shoulder to Shoulder

Many Hispanics in our DBA congregations have relatives living outside the USA, and summer provides the opportunity for many of them to visit these relatives in various countries.  Even though they stay in touch throughout the year through social media and phone calls, they take this travel opportunity to continue to share the Gospel with | Read More

DATE POSTED: 05/25/2017  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Growing ministries happen in a variety of ways, and churches find themselves at different points in the process of developing people to lead them. One thing seems certain: most of the time there are not enough ministry team members to call on for the task. Our Hispanic work is no exception. In order to move | Read More

DATE POSTED: 04/19/2017  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Fifteen participants from (6) DBA churches and another 15 from other area faith-based organizations came together for 8.5 hours of concentrated introduction to teaching English as a second language. The beginning level workshop, Teaching English with Excellence, sponsored by DBA, was hosted by FBC, Denton April 7-8 in their new facilities. Karen Peiser, teacher/trainer with | Read More

DATE POSTED: 02/23/2017  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

February saw the beginning of two new ministries among our Hispanic churches. Life Fellowship, Denton, launched 5 new home groups. Members from the church attended the DBA Leadership Training in August 2016 which provided information for starting off-campus groups. Three of the classes meet in English and the other two are in Spanish. These groups | Read More

DATE POSTED: 11/16/2016  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

by: David Crane Recently two of DBA’s Hispanic churches had the opportunity to partner with First Baptist Church, Denton in its annual Elves Shelves program this Christmas season. Life Fellowship Baptist Church, led by pastor Rafael Natividad and FE: A Baptist Ministry, led by José Mata helped with registrations. Elves Shelves, which started in 2005 | Read More

DATE POSTED: 10/19/2016  |     |   Category: Missions, Pastors, Shoulder to Shoulder

I had the opportunity a few days ago to spend time with a family that is a product of Southern Baptist international missions. As we approach the Week of Prayer for International Missions, I would like to share their story. Colombian pastor Leonel Pulgarín gave his life to Jesus when he was 23 years old | Read More

DATE POSTED: 09/29/2016  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Living in association is a wonderful thing and was recently demonstrated between First Baptist Church, Sanger and Iglesia Bautista El Reino de Dios. On Saturday, September 17, FBC, Sanger partnered with their Hispanic mission to help prepare the way for this Hispanic ministry to grow in the future. Property and a building had recently been | Read More

DATE POSTED: 07/18/2016  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

Empezamos hoy un espacio de interacción entre nuestras congregaciones hispanas.  Al hacer “cliq” en el encabezado “Hispano” en la entrada a la página web de nuestra Denton Baptist Association:, podemos ahora escoger del menú las siguientes opciones: calendario, blog, y anuncios. Calendario: El calendario será utilizado para indicar la fecha, la hora, y el | Read More

DATE POSTED: 06/20/2016  |     |   Category: Shoulder to Shoulder

The statistical data for Denton County shows a 2016 projection of 160,000 Hispanic/Latino residents, or 19.1% of the total population. As I participate with each of our Hispanic congregations, I have loosely counted some 600 participants in our eight congregations. Needless to say, we have our work cut out for us. There is, however, an | Read More