SHAWNEE — For many people, “summer school” is a chore rather than a privilege.
But for more than 70 Oklahoma pastors and other ministers, the 2012 Oklahoma Baptist University Pastors School provided an opportunity for learning and retreat led by OBU alumni who also have pastoral experience.
OBU's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry hosted the pastors school July 16-18. The school is designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors.
Ministers such as John Cullison, bi-vocational pastor of First Baptist Church of Geronimo, found the event a “tremendous payload of information delivered by presenters with an uncommon passion for pastors.”
“Our times of worship led us into the presence of God,” Cullison said. “The pastors school at OBU was at once refreshing, inspiring, convicting and challenging.”
Sponsored by the OBU Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma and NavPress, the school featured three Baptist scholars and pastors: the Rev. Hance Dilbeck, pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and a 1987 OBU alumnus; the Rev. Calvin Miller, former pastor of Westside Church in Omaha, Neb., and a 1958 OBU alumnus; and the Rev. John Bisagno, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Houston, Texas, and a 1955 OBU alumnus.
“In this first OBU Pastors School in more than half a century, OBU and the Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry were able to serve, encourage and equip pastors from across the state of Oklahoma,” said Mark McClellan, dean of the Hobbs College and chair of the committee tasked with planning the school. “Exceptional speakers powerfully presented biblical truth, godly wisdom and life experiences to scores of pastors and staff. It was a truly marvelous time. This pastors school is one of the ways that OBU can fulfill its mission to serve and assist our churches in fulfilling their mission and the Great Commission.”
For more information about the OBU Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, go to www.okbu.edu/academics/theologymin.