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Oklahoma City pastor is grateful for clergy mentors

The new senior pastor of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in Oklahoma City is grateful for his clergy mentors and ready for the challenge of leading a church in the 21st century.
by Carla Hinton Published: October 27, 2012
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He said the church, affiliated with the National Baptist Convention USA, is doing an excellent job drawing people for such things as midweek services. He said Mount Olive has a popular Wednesday night Bible study that draws several hundred people each week.

Douglas said one of his goals is to find new ways to connect with the unchurched.

“If we have 1,000, we need to look at how do we get to 1,500. That is my passion — to grow,” he said.

He said he thinks it's OK to use technology to get church news to the congregation and the community. He said as long as the Gospel message stays the same, congregations should look at the ways they share it with others.

Douglas said he recently visited a metro-area church that he had heard a lot about from people who had never gone there. The remarks about the other ministry were somewhat unflattering because their style was nontraditional.

Douglas said he decided to see for himself.

“We can't despise what someone else is doing with their methods as long as their message is essential, and that message is there is one God, and He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us,” he said.

Douglas said Mount Olive's leaders, particularly Woodberry, were always forward thinking and looking for ways to aid the community. He said the church is considering developing property for a doctor's office complex because few doctors are on the city's northeast side.

He said his congregation is willing to make changes that result in progress.

“It's been a great church with great leadership, and I realize that it's not just a pastor, but it's the people. If I could, I would wear a button that says, ‘I heart Greater Mount Olive.' It's just that awesome.”

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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