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Oklahoma Baptists hire Mark Dance for Church Relations Group role
Oct21

Oklahoma Baptists hire Mark Dance for Church Relations Group role

In October, leaders with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) announced the hiring of Mark Dance as director of pastor development/regional ministry partner for east-central Oklahoma. Dance most recently served at LifeWay Christian Resources as director of pastors and is a noted writer and conference speaker. He has pastored numerous churches in Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee, and he holds a Doctorate of Ministry from the...

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Pastors of larger churches more likely to regularly counsel and disciple members
Oct19

Pastors of larger churches more likely to regularly counsel and disciple members

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Meetings often fill the calendars of office workers, but pastors say their days are often full of meetings as well. A survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research asked 1,000 Protestant pastors if they regularly have any of six types of meetings. Virtually every pastor (99 percent) says they regularly have at least one of those work-related meetings. “Churches are people, and church ministry is people...

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Encourage: Support and challenge
Oct18

Encourage: Support and challenge

Oklahoma Baptists will gather at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, Nov. 11-12, for our Annual Meeting. This is an important year for our cooperative work. I invite you to come and participate, even if you do not normally do so. As we move toward our meeting, let’s continue to reflect on the reason why we work together. We encourage one another to advance the Gospel. In my previous article, we have already considered the vital significance...

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Adoh on the go: OU track athlete still serving God, has Olympic goals
Oct18

Adoh on the go: OU track athlete still serving God, has Olympic goals

NORMAN—Baptist Messenger readers were introduced to Andrew Doherty earlier this year. Known by his nickname “Adoh,” he first appeared in the Jan. 24 edition, which shared his life-changing experience of surrendering his life to Christ while a member of the track team at the University of Oklahoma (OU). The Boston native had no previous knowledge of what it meant to be a Christian, but Adoh’s exposure to Christianity grew extensively...

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Sword & trowel: ‘Sending’ a message
Oct17

Sword & trowel: ‘Sending’ a message

Someone once said, the best ability is availability. Next month, Oklahoma Baptists have an excellent opportunity to bless a group of missionaries through their availability, with their very presence. Connected to the Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Baptists on Nov. 11-12, the International Mission Board’s (IMB) Sending Celebration is set for Tuesday evening, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. Oklahoma was hand-picked by...

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A celebration of ‘goers and senders’: Oklahoma Baptists to host IMB Sending Celebration Nov. 12
Oct17

A celebration of ‘goers and senders’: Oklahoma Baptists to host IMB Sending Celebration Nov. 12

“As they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after they had fasted, prayed and laid hands on them, they sent them off” (Acts 13:2-3). Next month, Oklahoma Baptists will observe a similar event that happened with the church at Antioch, involving the sending of appointed international missionaries. In conjunction with the Annual...

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