2017 Ministry Theme: Together we can do more (grow together)
* Learn together (Know more about God and your church)
* Help each other (love one another) * Serve together
On the 21st of September in 2008, a group of 39 brothers and sisters in Christ gathered at a Sugar Land residence to share about a dream of forming a worship place based in Sugar Land area and expanding God's ministry to outreach the Chinese-speaking people in the New Territory, Telfair and Greatwood sub-divisions and possibly deep into the cities of Richmond and Rosenberg. The group decided to start with prayer gatherings on December 1st to seek the Lord's will and guidance. After a month of prayers, the first Sunday worship service was held at the same residence on January 4th, 2009 with a congregation of about 40 people. Financially all the gatherings were supported through the Kalos Ministries, which later became a ministry of this congregation. Rev. Peter Leong was invited to be the consultant of the congregation.
By the grace of God, with the help of Rev. Leong and the Union Baptist Association of Houston, Williams Trace Baptist Church (WTBC) which later changed its name to Sugar Land Baptist Church (SLBC), has become the mother church of this congregation which is now called Grace Chinese Baptist Church (GCBC). On January 18th, 2009, the congregation of GCBC was first introduced to the congregation of the mother church during the joint Sunday worship. Officially GCBC started its first Sunday worship on her own inside WTBC/SLBC on February 1st, 2009.
After patiently waiting six months for the graduation of Minister Nora Kwok from the George W. Truett Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity, GCBC added a full-time minister to its ministerial staff on June 1st, 2009. On August 30th the church held a thanksgiving worship service to officially call her to be the Pastor of GCBC. Over 140 guests and its congregation of about 60 people attended the Installation Service.
On November 21st, 2009, during the church's first leaders' retreat, resolutions were proposed to the congregation that the church would structure as a 'standard' Baptist church, which was to form the Board of Trustees and the Church Council, and to constitute as an independent church and be affiliated with the Union Baptist Association of Houston (UBA) and the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). As a result, the Church Council was officially formed to lead all the ministry teams including Worship, Fellowship, Caring and Visitation, General Business and Hospitality, Outreach/Mission, Finance and Personnel, and Historical, and, the church's constitution and bylaws were first drafted in early 2010.
With the help of UBA and BGCT, the constitution and bylaws were completed in November and approved by the congregation during a congregational meeting on November 14th. On the 23rd of December in 2010, Grace Chinese Baptist Church (Sugar Land) was incorporated in the State of Texas as a non-profit religious organization under IRC Section 501(c)(3). Glory to our Heavenly Father, may GCBC be an obedient vessel used by Christ to reach out to all people under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
NASB - Hebrews 10:24
let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.
和合本 - 希伯來書 10:24
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