DEL CITY—The annual State Evangelism Conference (SEC), presented by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), is set for Jan. 25-26, 2016, at Del City, First Southern. This year’s SEC features popular keynote speakers, including atheist-turned Christian and author Lee Strobel and apologetics expert Sean McDowell (son of Josh McDowell), as well as new features, including a special event for senior adults on Monday.

/// Sought-after speakers, musical groups headline SEC

Lee Strobel, a former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and author of more than 20 books, will speak on Monday evening. Strobel serves as professor at Houston Baptist University, is best known for his best-selling books, Case for Christ and the Case for a Creator.

Sean McDowell, assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, has spoken about the Christian faith and apologetics throughout the United States and abroad. McDowell is author, co-author, or editor of more than 15 books including Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, and Is God Just a Human Invention?

Other speakers at SEC include BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan; Miles McPherson, senior pastor of the San Diego, Calif., Rock Church; Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministries courses at Southeastern Seminary; Vern Charette, professor of preaching at Southwestern Seminary; and Johnny Hunt, pastor of Woodstock, Ga., First.

“Any one of these speakers could headline any event in Baptist life,” said Mike Napier, BGCO personal evangelism specialist. “We are very blessed to offer such a great line up of godly, gifted presenters who will help us to share the Gospel in powerful ways in Oklahoma.”

Napier said, “In addition to powerful speakers, we have sought-after musical groups, including Master’s Voice and the Annie Moses Band, which will have a huge impact at the event.”

/// Senior Adult Session Monday morning

Prior to the general sessions, a Monday morning Senior Adult Evangelism Session will take place, which is a new feature to the SEC. Led by Napier, the session is designed to equip senior adults to share their faith in Christ.

“We anticipate churches from across the state will take part in this special time of equipping,” said Napier. “We have a wealth of wisdom and these saints are a key part of us reaching the whole state for Christ.”

Speakers for the session include Jim Henry, pastor emeritus of Orlando, Fla., First, Jim Henry; Rob Zinn, pastor emeritus of Highland, Calif., Immanuel; and humorist and speaker Dennis Swanberg. There is no cost to attend the event,  and it is anticipated that many churches will take part. Following the session, a special luncheon will be hosted. The food will be prepared by BGCO Disaster Relief volunteers. There is no cost, but a suggested donation is $2.

/// Sunday evening prayer session

Prior to the SEC, a Sunday evening Solemn Assembly will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., Jan. 24, at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills. The event, which will be led by BGCO Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Specialist Gregory Frizzell, is open to all.

/// Special additional opportunities

The SEC Dinner for SAC and Bi-vocational pastors

Napier said, “As a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Oklahoma’s Smaller in Attendance Church (SAC) and bi-vocational pastors, we have planned a dinner for them and one guest. The dinner will be held 5 p.m., Monday.” The event occurs at Del City, First Southern.

“We want to say thank you to these pastors and recognize the effort, time, and long hours that it takes to be a SAC and bi-vocational pastor. We are praying that every SAC and bi-vocational pastor will attend this dinner. During this time, the pastors and their guest can network with other pastors from across the state and enjoy special music and words of encouragement from a couple of Oklahoma Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.”

A special meal for Ethnic Pastors in Oklahoma

The SEC also will include a luncheon for all ethnic pastors.

“Oklahoma is an ethnically diverse state, and is continually growing in its diversity,” said Napier. “God has a calling on the lives of ethnic pastors to reach a portion of our state for His Kingdom. The purpose of this luncheon is to offer encouragement to the pastor on their journey.”

The luncheon will take place at Noon on Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. At the event, Mark McClellan, BGCO ethnic evangelism specialist, Emerson Falls, BGCO Native American ministry specialist, and Napier will speak with pastors about how best to reach their community with the Gospel.

The deadline to register for these special opportunities is Jan. 13. To make a reservation, go to Guests must be registered separately online. For more information, contact Bettsy Yarbrough at, or 405/942-3000, ext. 4313.

/// Key Information & Registration

Because of generous gifts made through the Cooperative Program, there is no cost to attend the SEC. The BGCO Evangelism Office is asking everyone to register. Online registration is available at Registration will also be available on location at the SEC.

/// SEC Breakout sessions

A signature feature of the SEC is breakout sessions. Designed for a wide background of participants, the 2016 SEC will feature breakout sessions on the following topics:

• Children and Evangelism: Reaching Kids for Christ

• Sharing Jesus Without ‘Freaking Out’

• Deaf Reaching the Deaf with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

• ReConnect Sunday School, A Strategy for Personal Evangelism

• Prayer that Brings Spiritual Breakthrough—Transforming Churches, Loved Ones and Neighbors

• Why Should You Do Revivals and How to Do Them

• Atheist Encounter

• Using the Book of Mormon to Share the Gospel with a Mormon

• Preaching & Worship

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