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Messengers to the 105th annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will hear reports from its three partnerships, and the Mission Advance Team, as well as addresses from a prominent Florida pastor and the BGCO president and executive director during a three-session gathering at Moore, First Nov. 14-15.

The convention will end following a 4:10 p.m. address Tuesday by Stephen Rummage, pastor of Bell Shoals Church in Brandon, Fla. There will be no Tuesday evening session.

Monday evening’s opening session at 6:30 will feature the president’s address presented by Doug Melton, pastor of Oklahoma City, Southern Hills, the annual sermon, delivered by Michael Williamson, associate pastor of Lawton, Northside, and a performance by the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, directed by James Bradford, minister of music at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs.

Sam Porter, BGCO partnership and volunteer ministries specialist, will present his first of three reports on the convention’s mission partnerships, this one focusing on the new liaison with Colorado. Other partnership reports will include Mexico, at 10:25 am. Tuesday, and East Asia at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Anthony L. Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, will deliver the executive director’s address at 11:25 Tuesday morning, and David Whitlock, president of Oklahoma Baptist University, will present a report from Oklahoma Baptists’ only university at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Mission Advance Priority Committee reports will be presented at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday. They include Church Planting—Shane Hall, pastor of Lawton, First; Emerging Generations—Alton, Fannin, pastor of Ardmore, First; Partnership Missions—Doyle Pryor, pastor of Sapulpa, First, and Pastoral Leadership—Hance Dilbeck, pastor of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs.

The 23-member Mission Advance Team was formed by the BGCO Board of Directors in February 2010 to analyze the work of the convention and recommend strategic priorities that will guide the BGCO Board of Directors and staff as “we seek to take full advantage of the opportunities presented in our changing future.”

Business sessions will be conducted at 6:45 p.m. Monday and 9:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, with election of officers during the Tuesday sessions. Melton is expected to be nominated for a second term as president. Resolutions will be adopted during the 2:15 p.m. session, which will include a report of the Constitution & Bylaws committee presented by Tyson Wynn, chairman and a member of Welch Church in Craig-Mayes Association.

Messengers will also hear reports on Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children by President Tony Kennedy; Cooperative Program by Bob Shelton; Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma by President Robert Kellogg; Communication Team by D. Scott Phillips; Conference Centers and Camps by James Swain, Andy Harrison, Norman Flowers and Mark Jones; Church Outreach Team by Randall Adams; Baptist Village Communities by President Bill Pierce and Church and Family Equipping Team by Phillips.

Presiding over the sessions will be President Melton; Griff Henderson, pastor of Edmond, Waterloo Road, first vice president, and Jason Langley, pastor, Mannford, Lakeside, second vice president.
Sessions will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday and 9:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Dana Williamson

Author: Dana Williamson

Dana Williamson is a Special Correspondent for the Baptist Messenger

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