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Oklahoma Baptist University will set up pastors' school

Oklahoma Baptist University's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry will host the 2013 OBU Pastors' School July 15-17 in Shawnee.
From Staff Reports Published: June 8, 2013
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— Continuing its tradition of reaching out to ministers in Oklahoma and beyond, Oklahoma Baptist University's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry will host the 2013 OBU Pastors' School July 15-17.

Sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. July 15 and end at noon July 17.

The theme for the 2013 school, designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors, is “Preach the Cross,” based on 1 Corinthians 1:18.

Sponsored by the OBU Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma and local churches in the state, the school will feature three Baptist scholars and pastors: the Rev. Nick Garland, pastor of First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow and president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma; the Rev. Tony Merida, Ph.D., author, pastor and professor; and Robert Smith Jr., Ph.D., longtime professor of preaching at Beeson Divinity School.

“Years ago, when I began as a bi-vocational minister, I sought out opportunities to strengthen my preaching and pastoral abilities by attending OBU's Ministry Training Institute,” OBU President David Whitlock said. “I also began attending a summer pastors' school in another state and was so appreciative that, upon arrival at OBU, I was anxious to have a similar program.”

He said the OBU Pastors' School is a revival of summer programs offered at OBU from the 1940s through the 1960s.

During this year's Pastors' School, Garland will lead the morning devotions. Merida and Smith will expound on the theme with practical teaching, encouragement and application for ministry of preaching at churches of any size.

About the leaders

Merida, a pastor, professor and father of five, has become a leading evangelical voice on the importance of Christ-centered exposition, global missions and orphan care. Merida is the lead pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. He also serves as associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., as well as dean of the chapel and assistant professor of preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a doctorate in preaching. His books include “Faithful Preaching” and “Proclaiming Jesus.”

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