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Partnership missions: Porter to speak at tornado summit
Jan29

Partnership missions: Porter to speak at tornado summit

Sam Porter, disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), is on an impressive list of national experts who will speak at the Fourth Annual National Tornado Summit, Feb. 23-25 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The National Tornado Summit improves disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery to save lives and property in the United States. In addition, the summit serves as a...

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A ‘New Paradigm’ for church planting
Jan27

A ‘New Paradigm’ for church planting

According to a 2010 report, an average of 60.1 percent of the population in Oklahoma is considered lost. In 1960, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) claimed one church for every 1,760 people.  By 2011, the ratio had fallen to one church for every 2,085 people in Oklahoma. “To keep up with population gains and dying churches, we have to plant 60 churches a year to maintain that average,” said Jim Brunk, BGCO interim...

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Chickasha, Michigan Ave. reaches children; then parents through wedding ministry
Jan13

Chickasha, Michigan Ave. reaches children; then parents through wedding ministry

CHICKASHA—Jeffrey Willoughby and his wife, Amy, drove by “them” one Sunday morning, and God revealed an open door of ministry they would soon walk through. “Them” were many neighborhood children who had no church home; weren’t attending Sunday School; weren’t learning about Jesus; and weren’t having the opportunity to change their lives for eternity. Willoughby, lay/bi-vocational music minister at Chickasha, Michigan Ave., recently...

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The Gospel, Sexuality & The Church
Jan07

The Gospel, Sexuality & The Church

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler, Jr. and Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell D. Moore will headline a new event on sexuality and the church. The event, which will take place March 9-10 at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, is designed to equip pastors and churches to deal with the most pressing sexual issues facing the church, including homosexuality. “Few moral issues have brought greater challenge to the...

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BGCO Disaster Relief still making impact as tornadoes’ anniversary nears
Apr25

BGCO Disaster Relief still making impact as tornadoes’ anniversary nears

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) Disaster Relief operation, which has trained more than 5,500 volunteers who have served in the wake of nearly every major disaster in its 40-year history, is still serving Oklahomans as the one-year anniversary of the May 2013 tornadoes nears. The ministry, which relies on charitable donations to serve victims of disasters and does relief work of a wide variety—including clearing...

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Oklahoma Baptists give $500k to Moore Public Schools for 1,600-person storm shelter at Central Elementary/Junior High
Apr23

Oklahoma Baptists give $500k to Moore Public Schools for 1,600-person storm shelter at Central Elementary/Junior High

MOORE, Okla.–The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) Disaster Relief organization presented a $500,000 donation on Wednesday to the Moore Public Schools to build a 1,600-person storm shelter at a school in Moore. The BGCO, which has an ongoing involvement in the response and rebuilding after the May 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes, is designating the gift for Central Elementary School and Central Junior High School in Moore, both...

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