‘Reconciled’ theme of State Evangelism Conference
Pastors, evangelism strategists, ethnic leaders, an author and a former Miss America will take the platform at the State Evangelism Conference, Jan. 26-27 at Moore, First, 301 N.E. 27th.
With the theme “Reconciled,” participants will be challenged to be a part of God’s reconciliation of lost men and women to Him.
“In 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, the Bible says God gave us the ministry of reconciliation and committed to us the message of reconciliation,” said Alan Quigley, evangelism specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. “He is reconciling lost men to Him, and we want to be a part of that.”
Quigley said the conference will explore what it means to have a ministry of reconciliation and how the message of reconciliation is to be shared with a lost and hurting world.
“It is clear that the ministry and message of reconciliation must go hand in hand,” Quigley said. “I have seen great ministries that failed to share the message, and I have seen some share the message without ministering with compassion, but I have never seen them remain vital with those approaches.”
Quigley added that we must make sure our church ministries are effectively reconciling the lost to God.
“This can only be done from a heart of compassion that keeps focused on the purpose for which we minister,” he pointed out. “We must also be certain that we are not simply sharing the message and sending them out with empty words like ‘be warmed and filled.’
“During this conference, men who have proven to be effective with both the ministry and message of reconciliation, will speak. We will hear men who have national ministries and men who have become well known throughout our state for their local ministries. All of them will encourage and inspire us.”
The conference will begin at 9:30 Monday morning with a vocational evangelists session, (See schedule at end of story) and conclude at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, with sessions at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Tuesday morning will feature men’s breakout sessions from 9-10:15 and 10:30-11:45, with ethnic breakout sessions from 9-11:45.
Also on Tuesday, there will be a women’s meeting with a general session from 9-11:45 a.m. and breakout sessions from 1:30-2:45 and 3-4:15 p.m. (See story on page 1).
Speakers for the conference will include David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala.; Ken Weathersby, senior strategist for the North American Mission Board’s evangelism group; Ken Ellis, group/interfaith team leader for NAMB, and Bill Fay, vocational evangelist and author of Share Jesus Without Fear, who has a new version of the evangelistic witnessing tool.
Also on the program will be Afshin Ziafat, vocational evangelist; Herman C. Rios, evangelism specialist for the Florida Convention; Keith Wiginton, retired pastor from Altus, First, and Sam Dyer, pastor of Heavener, First.
Testimonies will be given by Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007, and Kelly King, women’s missions and ministries specialist for the BGCO.
Leading evangelism breakout sessions will be Fay, who will share his revised Share Jesus Without Fear materials; Wiginton, who will discuss “Sharing Jesus with a Pastor’s Heart;” Randall Adams, team leader for the BGCO Church Outreach Team, who will talk about “Evangelistic Preaching;” Cris Lowery, BGCO emerging generations evangelism specialist, who will discuss “Emerging Generations,” and Jimmy Kinnard, NAMB evangelism specialist, who will unveil “RELAY Relationship Evangelism.”
The ethnic evangelism breakouts will include Jason Kim, “Taking the Message of Reconciliation to Asians; Rios, “Taking the Message of Reconciliation to Hispanics;” Ken Ellis, “Taking the Message of Reconciliation to African-Americans,” and Emerson Falls, “Taking the Message of Reconciliation to Native Americans.”
Quigley said he is excited about the ethnic breakout track, which will be added this year.
“We will have sessions for Asians, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans,” he noted. “These sessions will be led by nationally recognized leaders in their people group. Each session will have an evangelism specialist and a church planting specialist doing the instructing. We have a deep conviction on the Church Outreach Team that if we are going to be effective at reaching ethnic groups with the Gospel, we must have evangelism and church planting working simultaneously.”
Quigley said he believes “we will encounter God over the two days of the ‘Reconciled’ State Evangelism Conference in a way that will help all of us become better stewards of the ministry and message of reconciliation which has been given to us by the Father.”
Vocational evangelists to open SEC
Oklahoma’s vocational evangelists will open the 2009 State Evangelism Conference with a session beginning at 9:30 am. Jan. 26 at Moore, First.
Interspersed among four messages will be special music and congregational singing led by the state’s music evangelists.
Preaching will be Charlie Keim, Tahlequah, and a member of Stilwell, Victory; Craig Hobbs, Haskell, First; Sam Cathey; Oklahoma City, and George Marty Brock, Cushing, Oak Grove.
Special music will be provided by YoYo Collins, Salina, a member of Pryor, First; Craig and Susan Stuke, Chickasha, and members of New Salem Church in Comanche-Cotton Association; Bobby and Jeannette Smith, Muskogee, Eastern Heights, and Marge Candler, Cushing.
Officers for the Oklahoma Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists are Brock, president; Bill Cox, Oklahoma City, vice president; Karen Rotert, Wagoner, secretary-treasurer; Marsha Ray, Del City, music director; Sandy Stacy, Oklahoma City, assistant music director; Lynn McCarn, Clayton, hospitality, and John Morton, pastor of Oklahoma City, Springdale, pastor/advisor.