“Ministry on Baylor’s campus is growing. It’s growing through the BSM and through the unity of the local churches,” Will Bowden, director of Baylor University’s Baptist Student Ministry, said.
The BSM on Baylor University’s campus has seen tremendous growth in the past five years. In order to meet the growing ministry’s needs, a new BSM building is being built on Baylor’s campus. The BSM currently does not have its own facilities and is housed in the spiritual life building on campus, which is shared with other ministries and offices.
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Building a space for prayer, discipleship
The new building will be a 12,000-square-foot hub for students to attend discipleship training, worship nights and fellowship opportunities. It will have a designated space for prayer, large communal spaces, pickleball courts, a coffee shop and more. The exterior renderings show a red brick building that is bright and airy, matching the exterior of other campus buildings.
“We want it to be a place where students want to gather on a daily basis,” Mark Jones, director of the Texas Baptists Center for Collegiate Ministry, said. “As the ministry has grown, it no longer fits its current space. The ministry prioritizes prayer, discipleship and equipping students to engage the campus and the world with the gospel.”
Per an agreement approved by Baylor University Board of Regents and the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, Baylor will gift the BSM land on the corner of 4th Street and Daughtrey Avenue once an initial $3 million has been raised. The total capital investment will be approximately $7 million.
Texas Baptist Missions Foundation is taking the lead in fundraising for the new ministry facility. The Missions Foundation connects individuals and their resources with the work of BGCT to fulfill the Great Commission and obey the Great Commandment. Prior to the Baylor BSM, The Missions Foundation also oversaw fundraising for new BSM buildings at Texas Tech University and The University of North Texas.
“TBMF is the fundraising arm, and we’re in the process of talking with donors and friends of Texas Baptists who want to make this vision a reality,” Eric Wyatt, vice president of TBMF, said.
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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Bonnie Hirschfeld and originally published by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.