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A gathering of Christian leaders was held Friday at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: September 29, 2012

Christian leaders from all walks of life gathered Friday to discuss combining their talents and resources to effect positive change in Oklahoma City.

The speakers' lineup at the Salt And Light Leaders Training, or SALLTed, Conference included some of the most influential people in the state, such as Gov. Mary Fallin, who said many in the crowd were “pillars of faith” in the community.

About 275 people gathered at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel to hear other speakers, including David Green, founder of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts retail chain; Sandra Park, deputy superintendent of the Oklahoma City Public School District; the Rev. Trevor Williams, campus pastor of Edmond; Tom Ward, chairman and chief executive officer of SandRidge Energy; and Kirk Humphreys, former Oklahoma City mayor.

Wes Lane, chairman of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services and the conference's host, said the idea behind the event was to get leaders together to discuss the issues of the day and ways they can solve them.

“What would this city look like if the Christian leaders came together, if we sat together in unity and love?” he said. “In theory, we're talking about a gathering of leaders whom God has put a passion in their hearts.”

Each speaker talked about his or her faith calling and how it connects to daily life, whether as governor, energy company CEO or church pastor.

Fallin urged participants to do the tasks the Lord has assigned to them or be prepared to see someone else do it instead.

“If God put you in a position to do something and you don't do it, shame on you,” Fallin said. “He'll find someone who will answer that call.”

Green discussed the ways his faith and business intersect, telling the audience that love for one's work and God's work, combined with a giving heart, are key attributes. He told the Christian leaders they should not consider their work secular even if their employer is secular.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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