SHAWNEE—Many high school students met at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) on Sat., Aug. 29 to attend The Call Conference. So many came, 525 to be exact, that the conference had to change venues.

Students who answered God’s call to serve in ministry came to OBU this day to gain understanding from experienced ministry leaders who provided direction for what they are called to do. The general sessions featured Richard Ross, youth ministry professor from Southwestern Seminary, and Ed Newton, well-known Bible communicator and staff evangelist at Central Fla., First.

Breakouts covered different ministry contexts, including pastoral, youth ministry, women in ministry, ‘entrepreneurial’ ministry, missions and worship ministry. OBU Professor Scott Pace led a breakout titled “Confirming and Clarifying Your Call,” and Ross led a breakout on the importance of “Personal Purity.”

“The Call Conference is an important event that links students who feel a call to vocational ministry to practical, immediate follow-up, helping them follow through on what, for some, can be difficult to conceptualize and even more difficult to grasp practically,” said Todd Sanders, student education specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.