One of the reasons that the SBTC exists is to mobilize all of our churches to reach the lost. We encourage churches to fulfill the great commission through strategic mission trips. In an effort to encourage and assist pastors of all ethnicities in direct missions involvement, there are now limited funds for one-time grants for pastors in SBTC affiliated churches for the purpose of funding mission trip expenses!
mission trip grants
cross cultural engagement
- Grants will be targeted for, but not limited to, pastors whose church budgets do not provide mission trip funding.
- Grant awards are typically limited to one per church with priority given to senior pastors.
- Participants will receive up to $1,500 to cover up to one-half of their trip costs.
So to leverage your contacts, your church can plan the mission trip yourselves and it is not necessary for the SBTC to plan it. If you would like to connect with a mission trip that is already submitted for the grant, please let us know in the form below.
To encourage participation of all ethnicities, teams are encouraged to include members of a variety of ethnicities. A select number of participants with substantial missions experience may qualify for additional financial assistance as team leaders if they participate in planning and execution of the mission trip. Since the grants are made possible through Cooperative Program giving, they are typically available only to churches currently giving through the Cooperative Program.
To that end, we ask that you fill out the form below to apply for the grant and begin communication regarding how the SBTC can come along side you in these evangelistic and discipleship efforts.
Tony Mathews has been in ministry for thirty-eight years. Thirty-five of those years have been spent providing pastoral and ministerial care not only to African Americans but also to other races and people from other cultures. He recently celebrated thirty years as Senior Pastor of North Garland Baptist Fellowship in Garland, Texas. He transitioned from that position to the SBTC to serve as the Senior Strategist for Missional Ministries. He has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from The Criswell College, Dallas, Texas, and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Tony is the author of There’s More Than One Color in the Pew: A Handbook for Multicultural, Multiracial Churches, and he is a contributing author for both the North American Mission Board’s Journal of African American Southern Baptist History, and for the Next Steps Resources published by the International Mission Board. He also served two terms as a trustee at Southwestern Seminary and is a former president for the African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Tony has traveled on mission trips to South Africa, India, Ecuador, and Montreal. His trip of a lifetime was to the Holy Land in Israel. He loves people and has a heart for pastors. He also has a passion for inspiring pastors to be mobilizers for missions in the local church. He is married to Angela Mathews, and they have three adult children and one granddaughter.
Colin Rayburn is the Missions Mobilization Associate for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He partners with churches by equipping them to assess, develop, and implement effective missional strategies within Texas, the U.S. and the unreached people groups around the world. He also develops and partners with compassion ministries in order to mobilize the church to meet the felt needs around Texas.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Texas in Philosophy and a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Great Commissions Studies. Colin is a former pastor and missionary, having served in Western Europe for five years. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife Cindy and two children: Theo & Kaiyah.