Answering the Call
Answering the Call

An invitation to Christian ministry

A retreat hosted by Houston Baptist University to help you discern God’s calling on your life.


February 1-2, 2019

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Has God called you to serve Him through ministry or mission?

This two-day event is for high school students who sense God may be calling them to serve in Christian ministry and are interested in learning about ways to serve Christ in an increasingly complex world. Over several sessions you will hear from leaders and ministers who have answered God’s call, and you will be provided with opportunities to:

  • Build community with other students who are called to Christian ministry—you are not alone!
  • Talk with leaders who have walked the same paths, asked the same questions, and wrestled with the same calling.
  • Learn about the wide variety of ministries available in which to serve Christ.
  • Grow through challenging sessions that will encourage you as a follower of Christ.

General Session Speakers

Josh Ellis, Executive Director, Union Baptist Association
Josh Ellis
Executive Director, Union Baptist Association
Curt Taylor, Campus Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston
Curt Taylor
Campus Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston
Ben Flanagan, College Minister, Second Baptist Church Houston
Ben Flanagan
College Minister, Second Baptist Church Houston
Roger Patterson, Pastor, West University Baptist Church
Roger Patterson
Pastor, West University Baptist Church



$25 (cost covers lodging, meals, and materials)

*Youth ministers who would like to attend with their youth are welcome to do so at no cost. Please just email Celeste Risteski to let us know.

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Friday, Feb. 1:

5:00 – 6:00 pm – Check in – HBU’s Hodo Residence College Lobby
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:15 – 8:15 pm – General Session 1  – Josh Ellis
8:30 – 9:00 pm – Breakout Session 1 – [Group A w/ Colette Cross, Group B w/ Shannon Rutherford]
9:15 – 9:45 pm – Breakout Session 1 – [Group B w/ Colette Cross, Group A w/ Shannon Rutherford]
9:45 pm – Coffeehouse

Saturday, Feb. 2:

8:30 – 9:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 am – General Session 2/ Prayer and Pastoral Reflection on Ministry – Roger Patterson
10:40 – 11:10 am – Breakout Session 2 – [Group A w/ Brian Hébert, Group B w/ Leigh Kohler ]
11:20 – 11:50 am – Breakout Session 2 – [Group B w/ Brian Hébert, Group A w/ Leigh Kohler ]
12:00 – 12:30 pm – Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 pm – General Session 3 – Curt Taylor
1:40 – 2:10 pm – Breakout Session 3 – [Group A w/ Adam Harger, Group B w/ Brandon Baca]
2:20 – 2:50 pm – Breakout Session 3 – [Group B w/ Adam Harger, Group A w/ Brandon Baca]
3:00 – 3:30 pm- Hanging with Kiza
3:30 – 4:30 pm – Q/A panel
4:30 – 5:00 pm- General Session 4/ Send-off Session– Ben Flanagan
5:00 pm Close


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