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Six statements that can kill a church
Jan16

Six statements that can kill a church

Words can kill. Words can kill churches because they often have deadly actions behind them. As we begin this new year, please allow me to share six statements that I have heard from church members whose churches have died. Please hear that last statement again: These are statements from church members whose churches have already closed their doors. I am convinced these statements were major contributors to the churches’ demise. “We...

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A lasting legacy: Oklahoma Baptists share their testimonies through letters
Jan12

A lasting legacy: Oklahoma Baptists share their testimonies through letters

What is a Legacy Letter? It is a proclamation of the legacy the Lord has given to believers in Christ, written down on paper or online that makes it easier to verbalize their story in a concise manner. Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Evangelism Specialist Mike Napier, explained Legacy letters saying, “A Legacy Letter is you putting your life story on paper, what your life was like before you accepted Christ, how you had...

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Partnership missions:  Haskins School offers new classes Spring 2017
Jan11

Partnership missions: Haskins School offers new classes Spring 2017

The Robert Haskins School of Christian Ministry is offering a new schedule of contextualized ministry training classes for the spring 2017 semester, bringing the total classes offered through the school from 18 to 51 total semester hours of instruction. Enrollment in the Haskins School starts January 16th and is open to any Oklahoma Baptist with a calling to ministry. There is no application fee. Classes cost $125 per 14 week...

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Five things to expect at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference Jan. 30-31
Jan09

Five things to expect at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference Jan. 30-31

The Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference (SEC), Jan. 30-31, is always an exciting event for Oklahoma Baptists. This year’s SEC is designed to equip, encourage and inspire pastors and church members to share the Gospel with others. Along with this important designation, there are many reasons for Oklahoma Baptists to attend this year’s SEC, but here are five of the most significant factors to expect. 1. Breakout sessions. This year’s...

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Edmond pastor uses CrossFit to connect with community
Jan07

Edmond pastor uses CrossFit to connect with community

EDMOND—It’s the New Year. Many people make all kinds of resolutions, but most of these promises involve improving one’s health and fitness. Blake Gideon would be an example of not only health improvement but also applying this personal goal with ministry and outreach. The pastor of Edmond, First has been doing CrossFit training for a few years and has expanded his involvement in the competitive fitness sport as a way to connect with...

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2017 SEC: Prepare to Shout!
Jan05

2017 SEC: Prepare to Shout!

As the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference (SEC), Jan 30-31, Oklahoma Baptists are planning to gather at Del City, First Southern for a time of fellowship and growing together in Christ. “Shout” is this year’s theme with Rev. 12:10-12 as the scripture of reference, “The reason God led us to that is exactly what the scripture says, “The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God have now come. and we must live like that,”...

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