Annual Meeting Nov. 10-11 in Broken Arrow
For the first time since 2001, messengers elected by Southern Baptist churches in Oklahoma will gather in the Tulsa area Nov. 10-11 for the 102nd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) at The Church at Battle Creek in Broken Arrow.
The theme for the meeting is “Every Number Has A Story,” based on Acts 5:14: “. . .more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.” (NIV)
“In accordance with the theme, our goal is to make the reports come alive with personal stories of the work and ministry of Oklahoma Baptists,” said Anthony L. Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer. “There will be outstanding preaching and music that will inspire and encourage. After all the business, praying, singing and preaching is completed, we want Oklahoma Baptists to walk away knowing that they are making a difference now and for eternity through their cooperative ministries.”
The convention last gathered in the Tulsa area seven years ago at Broken Arrow, First.
“We usually hold the convention in Oklahoma City because of the central location, which reduces cost,” Jordan commented. “Over the years, we have tried to go to Tulsa every few years to give the people in this, our second largest metro area, and the whole of the Northeast the opportunity to attend.”
The annual meeting will feature three general sessions: 6:30 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m., Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and then conclude Tuesday evening with a special Service of Praise and Prayer led by Jordan, BGCO President Alton Fannin, pastor of Ardmore, First and BGCO Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Specialist Greg Frizzell, beginning at 6:30.
“Last year, we dedicated the last session to a prayer meeting, and it was a powerful time,” Jordan said. “Our messengers, as do all Oklahoma Baptists, understand our only hope is God Himself if spiritual awakening is to come. Since we are in Tulsa, we felt led to host another closing prayer meeting for messengers and the churches of the Northeastern part of the state.
“We will worship and pray. No preaching. It is clear God is allowing the nation to be shaken at its very roots. We must pray. The election is critical to our future. We must pray.”
Fannin will present his President’s Address at 7:20 p.m. Monday. Jordan will address the convention at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. This year’s Annual Sermon will be delivered by Ted Lam, former BGCO church planting specialist and pastor of Oklahoma City, Trinity Chinese, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Business sessions have been scheduled at 7:55 p.m., Monday, and 9:25 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. The Report of the Board of Directors will be presented Monday evening, as will the Budget and the Report of the Nominating Committee. The first round of election of officers occurs at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, along with the first Report from the Resolutions Committee, with the second round of election of officers and continuation of the report of the Resolutions Committee at 2:20 p.m.
Current BGCO officers include Fannin, Doug Passmore, pastor, Lawton, First, East, first vice president; Aaron Summers, pastor, Perry, First, second vice president; Pat Wagstaff, member, Maysville, First, recording secretary and Eli Sheldon, historical secretary.
“Alton Fannin has been an outstanding leader. He is a steady hand on the wheel,” Jordan said. “He has had the unusual experience of also leading the Board of Trustees at Oklahoma Baptist University while searching for a new president. He has been equal to the task. We will forever be thankful for his leadership.”
Other highlights of the Annual Meeting will include reports on the 50th Anniversary of Baptist Village Retirement Communities, the Guerrero, Mexico mission partnership, and the first report on the status of Oklahoma Baptist University by its new president, who is expected to be elected by the university’s board of trustees soon.
The church at Battle Creek is located at 3025 N. Aspen in Broken Arrow.