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Many applauded The Applause of Heaven at Edmond, First
Feb24

Many applauded The Applause of Heaven at Edmond, First

EDMOND—A packed sanctuary resulted for the third and final presentation of “The Applause of Heaven” concert by the Singing Churchmen and Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma at Edmond, First on Feb. 12. The estimated attendance of 2,400 was reported, and Randy Lind, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) worship/music ministries specialist, was pleased with the crowd as well as the support from the staff and volunteers from Edmond,...

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Unity of Purpose
Feb17

Unity of Purpose

Pastors’ vision transforms into joint community church service BARTLESVILLE—Last October, Greater First Baptist Church (GFBC) affiliated with Washington-Osage Association during the Association’s annual meeting, which they hosted. That significant step paved the way for Pastor Victor Paul Sr. to meet with Bartlesville, Southern (BSBC) Pastor Paul Rummage to discuss the idea of a joint worship service. With the enthusiastic...

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Jim Henry breathes life into Downtown Baptist
Feb17

Jim Henry breathes life into Downtown Baptist

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) — Jim Henry, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Orlando and a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is again leading a church in Orlando. Downtown Baptist Church, which formed when First Baptist moved from downtown Orlando to John Young Parkway in 1985, has called Henry as pastor. Henry said the church is poised to become “a tremendous lighthouse for downtown Orlando.” Stan...

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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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