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‘Serve Like Jesus’ to be theme of SEC

With the theme “Serve Like Jesus,” the State Evangelism Conference will kick off a statewide, year-long emphasis on serving Oklahoma geared to taking Jesus outside the walls of the church.

The meeting will be held Jan. 28-29, 2013 at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills.

The fourth year that MY316 has been the emphasis of SEC, the designated Scripture, Mark 10:45, highlights that there is not a choice between evangelism and service, but a combination of the two to spread the Gospel.

Among the eight speakers will be three prominent Southern Baptist pastors, Tony Evans, Steve Stroope and Roc Collins.

Evans, who has been pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas for 35 years, is also president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in America through the church.

While his church has grown from 10 people in 1976 to more than 9,000, his daily radio broadcast, “The Alternative,” is heard on more than 500 stations throughout the United States and in more than 40 other countries. He is the author of more than 40 books, including Oneness Embraced, The Kingdom Agenda, Marriage Matters and The Battle is the Lord’s.

Evans served as chaplain for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and continues to serve as chaplain for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.

Stroope is pastor of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, which has grown to a congregation of more than 11,000. He provides coaching to partnership churches and pioneer missionaries in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Cuba, Russia, Mexico, France, South Africa and North America. He has coauthored two books, Money Matters in the Church and It Starts at Home. His newest book, Tribal Church, was released in early 2012.

Collins has been pastor of Indian Springs Church in Kingsport, Tenn. since 2005. In addition to more than 20 years of pastoral experience, in 2000, Collins earned a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Seminary. He is a sought-after revival and conference speaker because of his heart for the local church and his passion to make disciples of all nations.

Other speakers include Ed Newton, staff evangelist at Faith Church in Bartlett, Tenn.; Doug Miller, pastor of Muskogee, Southeast; Kevin Clarkson, pastor of Moore, First; Roger Spradlin, pastor of First Church, Bakersfield, Calif., and Bob Bender, pastor of First Church, Black Forest, Colo.

The featured musician will be Lauren Chandler, singer/songwriter from Dallas.

New this year will be a registration process. All conference participants will be required to register, either online or by mail. If registering by mail, send name, church name, address, phone and email for each attendee to Erin Clark at 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City 73112, no later than Wed., Jan. 16, 2013. Register online at

Other events surrounding the Evangelism Conference will be a pre-conference “Call to Prayer, Return to Me,” led by Greg Frizzell, BGCO prayer and spiritual awakening specialist, Sun., Jan. 27, from 5:30-7 p.m., and the Oklahoma Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists on Mon., Jan. 28, from 9-11:45 a.m.

Senior adult breakout sessions will be from 1-3 p.m. Monday, with regular breakout sessions on Tuesday, from 9-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Tuesday’s sessions include a women’s luncheon with Chandler, and a young adults’ luncheon with Newton. Reservations are required for both.

The conference begins with the evangelists’ session Monday morning, and concludes Tuesday night.

Dana Williamson

Author: Dana Williamson

Dana Williamson is a Special Correspondent for the Baptist Messenger

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  • Larry

    “Serve Like Jesus,” the State Evangelism Conference.
    “New this year will be a registration process.” This may be the most ridiculous move yet, or maybe not.

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