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Recibe y Comparte
Sep12

Recibe y Comparte

Consider the following information released from the 2010 U.S. Census, as reported by the Associated Press on Feb. 16: • There are more residents in Oklahoma who identify themselves as Hispanic than those who claim to be Native American. • The number of Hispanics nearly doubled from 179,304 in 2000 to 332,007 in 2010. • Hispanics account for nine percent of the state’s 3.75 million residents. • More than 17 percent of the 580,000...

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PERSPECTIVE: It takes work!

As a young pastor, I remember very well making a diligent search for a program or plan that would cause my church to grow. From my first country church in Missouri where I was the 19-year-old pastor to my last pastorate in the large city church, my heart longed to find the key to church growth. My desire was not just to see numbers increase for the sake of numbers, but because I knew every number had a name and a soul. Was there a...

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Guest Editorial: 10 keys to a healthy church staff

Church staffs are perhaps one of the most important factors to having a healthy church. If the pastor and worship pastor cannot get along; if the youth pastor and administrator cannot get along; why should there be any expectation for church members to get along? Below are “10 Keys to Having a Healthy Church Staff.” I pray God uses them in your church as He has in ours. I love my staff and thank God that we are more of a “family” than...

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Chaplaincy: ministry of presence
Sep06

Chaplaincy: ministry of presence

Paul Bettis doesn’t work at a gym, but he has trained more than 600 people during the past seven years. Not trained them in the “body-building” sense, but helped them to minister to others struggling with emotional and spiritual issues. Bettis, chaplaincy specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), has conducted training sessions that have led the BGCO to be among the leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention...

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Food packaged at YEC  headed to Botswana
Aug29

Food packaged at YEC headed to Botswana

On a ship headed to Botswana are enough meals to alleviate hunger for 125,000 people in the southern African country, where at least 32 percent (about 650,000) of the people live in poverty. Money for the food was raised during the eight weeks of youth camp this summer at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, through sales of $5 wrist bands. About one in six campers purchased the 9,500 wrist bands, each of which paid for 12 meals....

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‘See You at the Pole’ tradition continues
Aug29

‘See You at the Pole’ tradition continues

It was a simple plan that stemmed from a small group of teens who came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in Texas in 1990. Being burdened for their lost friends, their hearts were moved to prayer. “Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night. Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools and leaders,” says See You at the Pole’s official site. “Those...

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