Approximately 200 church student leaders met at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills for the 2015 Oklahoma Youth Ministry (OKYM) Forum Nov. 20-21. The Forum drew full-time, part-time/bi-vocational and volunteer leaders from across the state for the purpose of “community, conversation and collaboration.”

“This is a great opportunity for connection, resourcing and networking for leaders around our state,” said Todd Sanders, student education specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. “I am excited to see so many new faces and entire volunteer teams being engaged through OKYM Forum.”

Sanders said Forum’s theme was “Hope,” sharing that attendees “explored our hope in Christ, the hope we have in life because of Christ and the challenge to offer that Hope to others.”

Forum featured breakout sessions that were designed to offer “Hope” in each focal area and covered topics ranging from small groups, discipleship, and Sunday School to writing Bible study, communication and outreach. There also were specialized tracks for collaboration, Sunday School teachers and small group leaders and womens’ ministry.

Allen Jackson, professor of youth ministry at New Orleans Seminary, and Lance Lang of Hope Is Alive ministries led general sessions. Matt Roberson led the group in worship with special guest Cody Dunbar from Oklahoma City, Council Road as a surprise worship leader.

OKYM Forum 2016 is scheduled for Nov. 18-19 and will move to Falls Creek Conference Center in Davis.