Women

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry


Listen to the Hobby 9 tell us about what the Texas Field Ministers Program would mean to them. This is only the beginning of a work of our Lord unlike the world has recently seen.

Who Will Train the Women?

One of the common questions we receive is, “Who will actually teach the women in the training portion of the Texas Field Ministers Program?”

The Texas Field Ministers Program provided by The Heart of Texas Foundation is not a volunteer-driven program. The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry is a degree which requires all professors who teach in the school to be meet doctrinal and accreditation requirements. Accreditation requirements help elevate and protect the quality of education the women will acquire in the course of their studies. Women will teach women. This means that the women who teach as professors must have the academic credentials to teach in their given subject area. The Women’s Advisory Council, which served from January 2019-June 2020, represents the qualified women who will step into this most precious stewardship—the discipleship of the women who will serve as Texas Field Ministers.

  • Amy Whitfield and Beth Holmes visit with the Hobby 9. The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies includes Baptist History and Heritage and Introduction to Missions. Amy, as a unifier and one with a clear sense of the broader horizon of SBC life and her heart for gospel missions always, always elevates and brings clarity both to the immediate situation and the overall trajectory. The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies curriculum includes Academic Skills for College Students. Beth, as a trusted confidant and skillful writer who attends to every detail and person with Christian nurture and care, has given us all her indelible mark of thoroughness and a right prioritization and spirit.

Bible College Building at the Hobby Unit

The Heart of Texas Foundation looks forward to the day that when we drive up to the Hobby Unit and the women’s Bible College building for the Texas Field Ministers Program greets us warmly from the parking lot in the very front of the unit. We are working daily on the women’s program and the building.

What courses are in the curriculum?

The Heart of Texas Foundation is excited to provide the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry to women with extremely long prison sentences in Texas.

Many will argue that so many women who will have the opportunity to leave prison should be allowed to enter the Texas Field Ministers Program. Our calling is to women with extremely long prison sentences who may never have the opportunity to live anywhere but prison.

The Texas Field Ministers Program begins for a woman with an extremely long prison sentence who applies and is accepted to begin as a student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry through The Heart of Texas Foundation at the Hobby Prison Unit.

The Heart of Texas Foundation is aggressively pursuing accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

SACS is the same accrediting body that accredits the degrees from all of our state colleges in Texas such as Texas A&M University, Baylor University, the University of Texas and many more.

If you would like to see the courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry, they are included below:

Part one of becoming a Texas Field Minister is to apply for
the Texas Field Ministers Program, then be accepted to pursue the
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry.

The Donor Visits

“Seeing is believing.” There is no more powerful proof of that old expression than to go into a men’s maximum-security prison with us.  We often take new friends of our work into the prisons to visit our Field Ministers. We often take donors as well. And our visitors encounter experiences they never could have imagined. 

The Hobby Unit for Women

The Heart of Texas Foundation | College of Ministry begins at the Hobby Unit for Women in 2021!

We are now developing a Field Ministers Program for the women in Texas prisons.  The Hobby Unit for Women, in Marlin (30 minutes south of Waco) will be the location of The Heart of Texas Foundation | College of Ministry for women where the Class of 2025 will begin their studies pursuant to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry.  

We look forward to releasing updates as we go. Please pray for the women students and faculty as we move forward together to equip women to serve skillfully and with joy under the cross of Christ anywhere a woman lives in the prison.

Vision

How then will they call on him in whole they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
And how are they to preach unless they are sent?

Romans 10:14-15

Mission of The Heart of Texas Foundation:
We take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the darkest of places in our Texas prisons.

Vision of The Heart of Texas Foundation:
We provide the Texas Field Ministers Program as a service opportunity to long-term inmates in the Texas state prison system.

The Heart of Texas Foundation actively provides, as a no-cost service provider to TDCJ, the entire Texas Field Ministers Program and its ongoing development, integrity, and funding. 

The Texas Field Ministers Program includes two parts:
1.) training, 2.) service. 

1.) Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry. The Heart of Texas Foundation and The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recognize the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry for Men at the Darrington Prison Unit and the for Women at the Hobby Prison Unit as the only degree qualifying the completion of the first step in becoming a Texas Field Minister. 

2.) Service:
The Texas Field Minister job opportunity provides men and women who have extremely long prison sentences the opportunity to display a new way of life by faithfully handling responsibilities that flourishing people enjoy to the benefit of themselves and everyone around them, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

 a.) Qualification:  Maintain a G1, G2, or G3 custody level status while serving his or her peers through community, crisis, counseling, and faith-based ministries.

b.) Appointment: Remaining in good standing with the Field Ministers Advisory Council.

The Heart of Texas Foundation makes a lifelong commitment to men and women who enter the Texas Field Ministers Program and successfully keep their jobs as Field Ministers.