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Pastor says Beta Collective elevates Sunday School groups
Jan21

Pastor says Beta Collective elevates Sunday School groups

SKIATOOK—Heath Tucker, pastor of Skiatook, First, participated in the inaugural year of the Beta Collective, a program from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) ReConnect Sunday School initiative. What he discovered is an empowering development of his church’s Sunday School small groups program. “Going into 2017, we were sensing God leading us to spend some time to putting an emphasis on our small groups,” Tucker said...

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Oklahoma Baptist leader praises proposed pro-life law
Jan18

Oklahoma Baptist leader praises proposed pro-life law

OKLAHOMA CITY – Dr. Anthony L. Jordan, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) praised Senate Bill 1267, a bill filed at the legislature which would prevent Oklahoma taxpayer dollars from funding organizations that sell or traffic body parts and tissue of aborted babies. “Oklahoma Baptists have consistently supported policies that protect the unborn and that recognize the sanctity of all...

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Q&A Focus: Newton to speak at State Evangelism Conference (Jan. 29)
Jan18

Q&A Focus: Newton to speak at State Evangelism Conference (Jan. 29)

The Baptist Messenger recently sat down with Ed Newton, senior pastor at San Antonio, Texas, Community Bible, to talk about evangelism and the church. Newton, who is a well-known evangelist and perennial-favorite speaker during Falls Creek’s summer weeks, is scheduled to preach on Monday evening, Jan. 29, at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills (To view the SEC schedule, visit www.bgco.org/sec)....

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Tulsa, theChurch.at Downtown booms with growth
Jan17

Tulsa, theChurch.at Downtown booms with growth

TULSA—Tulsa, theChurch.at Downtown began as a church plant in 2014 with just 250 members from other theChurch.at campuses. Those 250 people agreed to start something new in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the state of Oklahoma, which is quickly becoming a beacon of hope in what most would consider an otherwise hopeless part of Tulsa. TheChurch.at Downtown, in the heart of Tulsa, in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood calls a church...

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Faithful ‘Pray for Caleb’: Freeman family inspired by prayers for son’s recovery after car wreck
Jan16

Faithful ‘Pray for Caleb’: Freeman family inspired by prayers for son’s recovery after car wreck

NEWCASTLE—On Dec. 19, 2017, Caleb Freeman and his younger brother Clayton were driving to a basketball game, when they were involved in a serious automobile wreck. Caleb, 16, who suffered major brain trauma, is the son of Newcastle, First pastor Jeremy Freeman and his wife Emily. Clayton was released from the hospital shortly after the accident. However, Caleb has been treated at the University of Oklahoma Hospital for brain injuries,...

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BGCO, CrossTimbers adds Gatton to staff
Jan15

BGCO, CrossTimbers adds Gatton to staff

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), which owns and operates CrossTimbers Children’s Mission Adventure Camp near Davis, recently announced Charlie Gatton has been hired as CrossTimbers program director and BGCO children’s ministry specialist. Gatton, who has been serving as Children’s Minister at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills, since 2013, will begin work at the BGCO on Jan. 25. “We are thrilled to welcome someone of...

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