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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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13 things mission-minded people do differently
Jan16

13 things mission-minded people do differently

SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) — Who are mission-minded people? How do they see the world? While they could be found in your church, place of work or coaching Little League, what do mission-minded people do differently? International Mission Board missionaries from around the world helped compile a list of 13 things that make up a mission-minded person: 1. They want to meet someone who does not follow Jesus Christ. Mission-minded people...

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Partnership missions: State DR training Oct. 4 at OKC, Grace Place
Sep23

Partnership missions: State DR training Oct. 4 at OKC, Grace Place

Disaster Relief (DR) State Fall Training will be held Sat., Oct. 4 at Oklahoma City, Grace Place, 9300 South Anderson Rd. Something new for returning volunteers this year is the addition of a First Aid class, which will be in the morning from 9:15 until noon. An Asset Protection class also has been added. This is for DR trained individuals who are also CLEET certified and have been in law enforcement. This group will provide security...

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OBU women’s soccer does World Cup outreach
Jun24

OBU women’s soccer does World Cup outreach

NATAL, Brazil—Oklahoma Baptist University’s (OBU) women’s soccer team kicked off Baptist outreach efforts for the FIFA World Cup with a week-long mission project combining soccer and evangelism. When 10 Lady Bison players, their coaches and chaperones arrived in Ceará-Mirim, Brazil, in late May, they received a welcome worthy of a World Cup team. Members of the town’s First Baptist Church, wearing T-shirts promoting their outreach...

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‘Soldier Card’ ladies meet recipient
Jun17

‘Soldier Card’ ladies meet recipient

In January 2013, the Baptist Messenger featured a story on a ministry group called the Soldier Card Project from Midwest City, Meadowood. The team of ladies meet weekly, making cards to send to military personnel overseas. Now in its third year, the Soldier Card Project continues to send thousands of cards, thanking military personnel for their service. Last September, Jolane Gardner, the leader of the card ministry, received a thank...

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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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