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Multiply: A tear from a glass eye
Jan28

Multiply: A tear from a glass eye

“He looked sad enough to bring a tear to a glass eye.” I heard this saying growing up, but now I was seeing it for myself. His name was Steve. I was a new church planter, and he was my first visit on the first week; a Baptist planting a church in a 97-percent Roman Catholic community, just 12 miles from the New Orleans International Airport. Our new community had the distinction of being named the Andouille (pronounced “On-du-ee”)...

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Fearless faith: Oklahoma youth challenged at YEC 2018 to share their faith
Jan25

Fearless faith: Oklahoma youth challenged at YEC 2018 to share their faith

DAVIS—Students were challenged at the 2018 Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC), Jan. 14-15 at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center to share their faith in a “Fearless” way as they go about their lives as Christ followers. Students were met with several “Fearless” elements while at YEC, including the Real Encounter Stunt Team, a ministry outreach made up of professional athletes and ministers in the area of Moto Stunting, Street Bike...

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Strengthen: Factors for church faithfulness
Jan22

Strengthen: Factors for church faithfulness

The Beta Collective recently launched for 2018, and we had the privilege of having Steve Parr with the Georgia Baptist Convention share with the group the importance of the small group strategy we often call Sunday School.  An added benefit of the day was some information that Parr shared with the group regarding a research project that he led with his colleague Tom Crites that they reported in their book, “Why They Stay.” This book...

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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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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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