The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will host its State Evangelism Conference Monday and Tuesday at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City.
Theme for the event is “Serve like Jesus” and convention leaders said they expect more than 1,000 people from across the state to attend. The convention is Oklahoma's affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The evangelism conference is free and open to people of all faiths to come and participate in sessions designed for spiritual renewal.
Speakers include the Rev. Tony Evans, author, radio show host and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, who will speak at a session set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Other speakers and special guests are: the Rev. Kevin Clarkson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Moore; the Rev. Roger Spradlin, pastor of Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Calif.; Steve Stroope, lead pastor of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas; Lauren Chandler, singer/songwriter; Ed Newton, staff evangelist at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tenn.; Doug Miller, pastor of Southeast Baptist in Muskogee; Roc Collins, pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church in Kingsport, Tenn.; and Bob Bender, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Black Forest, Colo.
Training and breakout sessions will be offered on a variety of topics, including how to utilize social media, the best way to equip both men and women to disciple others, evangelism for children and the best ways to reach out to the American Indian and Asian communities.
“After attending the conference, attendees will be prepared to lead others to serve and share Jesus through both actions and words,” said Tim Gentry, the convention's evangelism director.
Serve Oklahoma, a major initiative to be launched at this year's conference, is designed to mobilize Oklahoma congregations to take Jesus outside the walls of the church building to “be the church” instead of just “doing church.”
“Serve Oklahoma involves organizing a day of service and a season of service through Sunday school or small groups within congregations,” said Brian Hobbs, the convention's communications director.
“It's designed to encourage churches and Oklahoma Baptists to transform their community for Christ.”
The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma is made up of more than 1,800 Southern Baptist churches throughout the state.