Conference Aims to Leave Pastors’ ‘Equipped’
“Equipped” is the theme for the 2008 Pastors’ Conference, Nov. 10 at The Church at Battle Creek in Broken Arrow. The theme is based on 2 Timothy 3:10-17.
The conference, which begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m., precedes the opening session of the Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Six speakers will share the platform, including Frank Cox, pastor of Lawrenceville, Ga., North Metro First; Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson associate professor of religion at Oklahoma Baptist University; Robert Smith Jr., associate professor of divinity at the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.; Deron Spoo, pastor of Tulsa, First; Mike Tignor, pastor of Midwest City, First and David Uth, pastor of Orlando, Fla., First.
Cox has served as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention and first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a much sought out speaker who has preached at the SBC Pastors’ Conference. He also is the author of Trusting God’s Heart, the story of sickness and death of his first wife, Debbie, and what God taught him through grief, and how God restored his joy.
Kelly has published several articles in OBU’s Ministry Training Institute’s Study Guides and the Biblical Illustrator and has presented papers at the regional Society of Biblical Literature in Dallas. He is teaching courses in Greek, New Testament History and Literature and The Life of Christ this Fall at OBU.
Smith published a study of Christian ministry in the African American church in Preparing for Christian Ministry, is co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey, a collection of sermons on racial reconciliation, and is the author of Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life.
Uth is pastor of a church that has a membership of 14,000, a weekly average Sunday School attendance of 3,800 and an annual budget of more than $17 million. He served as co-pastor with Jim Henry from May 2005 until April 1, 2006, when he became senior pastor.
Worship leader will be James Bradford, minister of music at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs.