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‘Shout’ the Good News:2017 State Evangelism Conference set for Jan. 30-31

2017-sec-transparent-shoutThe Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference (SEC) is just two months away, as preparations and organizers reach the final stages of planning. Del City, First Southern is hosting the event, Jan. 30-31.

“Shout” will be the SEC theme with Rev. 12:10 as the scripture of reference. “The reason God led us to that is exactly what the scripture says, ‘The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God have now come.’” explained Mike Napier, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) personal evangelism specialist.

Highly-esteemed evangelists and a choir of more than 200 participants singing the Lord’s praises are on the list of things to look forward at SEC.

Before the event officially begins, however, Night of Prayer will take place under the direction of Oklahoma native Mark Becton, Jan. 29 at Del City, First Southern.

Joining Becton to lead worship for Night of Prayer will be Grammy-nominated worship leader Charles Billingsley who serves at Lynchburg, Va., Thomas Road, overseeing the music ministry of the 24,000-member body of believers.

A time of worship will take place on Jan. 31, as the African American Fellowship of Okla. Choir join Billingsley in lifting their voices in praise to the Lord.

“The State Evangelism Conference is part of our evangelistic strategy as Oklahoma Baptists. Our desire is to equip, encourage and inspire the work of evangelism,” Napier said.

Those in attendance for the Senior Adult session are in for a treat at the Senior Adult Luncheon. The BGCO Disaster Relief Team is providing lunch for free, with suggested donations of $2 to cover costs, with additional offerings going toward a new Disaster Relief building.

“The senior generation has been equipped in evangelism more than any other age, but they feel they are on the sidelines,” said Napier, “During the Senior Adult session, they will be encouraged to get off the sidelines and go to the front line. Millennials want to hear their stories and senior adults need to realize they are a vital part of reaching this generation.”

Additionally, a women’s session with four powerful women of God will be held Tues. morning with an emphasis on international ministry.

Speakers from across the United States will be at SEC to share the Good News.

Speaking first at the Senior Adult Session is Junior Hill, a “bell ringer,” as Napier called him, and full-time evangelist who began his ministry at age 19 and has now conducted more than 1,700 revivals.

Joining Hill in the session and at the Senior Adult session is Charles Lowery, president of Lowery Institute for Excellence (LIFE). He started LIFE as a non-profit organization with the purpose to encourage, inspire and motivate men and women through teaching the essential principles of success in the workplace, in relationships and all areas of life. In addition, Lowery preaches weekly across the country.

For the Mon. afternoon sessions, James Walker, an interfaith apologist and president of Watchman Fellowship, will focus on understanding Islam.

Also speaking Mon. afternoon is John Meador, pastor of Euless, Texas, First, who developed an evangelistic tool called “Can we talk?” He will discuss how Oklahoma Baptists can use this convesation piece, as well as how God gave him the idea for “Can we talk?”

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources will speak in the Mon. evening session. Rainer has made evangelism a top priority in his life and ministry.

Humanitarian Kate McCord will lead the Women’s session Tues. morning. McCord worked in Afghanistan from 2004-13 delivering projects to benefit the people of Afghanistan. She will be joined by special guests Rockie Naser, Stacy Neuschaefer and Ruth (last name withheld for security.)

A.B. Vines, pastor of San Diego, Calif., New Seasons will speak in one of the Tues. afternoon sessions. When asked about Vines, Napier said simply, “He’s going to bring it.’” New Seasons has become one of the most unique congregations in the San Diego area, and it’s still growing under the direction of Vines’ evangelistic direction.

Rodney Keith has been working in the ministry as an evangelist for 25 years. Keith will speak during the Tues. afternoon session at 1:30 p.m.

Keith most recently took the pastorate position at Jacksonville, Fla., Gardenview, a rapidly-growing church whose membership under the leadership of Keith, has gone from 50 people to 500 people in just five years.

Also Tues. afternoon, Chuck Kelly, president of New Orleans Seminary, will take the stage. Napier said he is thrilled with the opportunity to have a Southern Baptist leader with such a passion to see souls saved and restore our nation to an evangelical state joining the powerful line-up of speakers.

Frank Turek, president of CrossExamined, is the SEC featured keynote speaker. He will focus on equipping and encouraging church leaders with a focus on apologetics, in an effort to help explain the Gospel in a way all can understand clearly.

“We ask that people pray for us to hear from God as we gather to meet with Him. Having a bunch of speakers come in doesn’t do anything unless we choose to listen, “ said Napier, “And our hope is that Okla. Baptists would walk away with a sense of boldness to share the Gospel.”

Pre-registration for the event is available online at www.sec.okbaptist.com/registration. Childcare will be provided at SEC for children through Pre-K.

If church finances prevent pastors from attending, the evangelism office has funding set aside for such cases. Contact the evangelism office at the BGCO for more information at 405/942-3800 Ext 4313.

Emily Howsden

Author: Emily Howsden

Emily Howsden is a staff writer for the Baptist Messenger.

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