PO Box 2709
Tulsa OK 74101
10110 East 41st Street
Tulsa OK 74146
Summer is in full force, and I do hope your AC is working properly! It seems that we are having another summer of relentless opportunities to react and respond to extreme temperature stimulations! I quote that great theologian of another day, Mark Twain, who said, "Everybody seems to talk about the weather but nobody seems to be doing anything about it!" It is rumored that he also said, "The coldest winter that I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco!" Need I remind you--It's hot! But, our God is still doing some neat things in and through our churches across our network this summer!
Director of Missions
First, camps are alive and well at Tulakogee and Falls Creek!
Last week, five TMBN churches were involved in a number of mission opportunities in Colorado--specifically in the Denver area. God did some great things through the teams from these churches in our network!
Last weekend, I had the privilege to be in Evergreen Church, and I assure you that God is working through that great congregation! I appreciate so much Pastor Michael Gabbert and the leadership team of Evergreen! Scott Meeks did an outstanding job of leading worship there, and we had the privilege of seeing Pastor Mike Holt baptize a young man named Ben into the Family of God! This church is touching lives--beginning here in Tulsa and extending to the ends of the earth!
I also had the honor and opportunity to share in a deacon ordination service at Tulsa Hills Church a few weeks ago! God is at work through Pastor Verne McCabe and the good people of Tulsa Hills! This church was at a critical crossroads a few years ago, but God is alive and well at Tulsa Hills!
One of our new churches, Community Baptist in Coweta, which is sponsored by FBC, BA, had their first VBS in a number of years at their location with over 100 children attending! With the sponsoring church having over a 1,000 in VBS, both churches had well over 1,100 children involved in VBS with a number children coming to Christ in both schools! Isn't God good?!?
Also, a few weeks ago Lakeview Southern Church in Skiatook voted unanimously to have a transitional pastor as they prepare to call a new pastor in the near future. This church has a core group of people who want God to do something in and through them as they look forward to the coming days! It was exciting to hear that the church plant that they sponsored, Riveted Church, led so capably by Pastor Jim Stratton, recently bought a new facility and paid it off in a just few weeks through generous giving from His people!
Pastors, remember the invitation of Pastor Ted Kersh to a Pastors' Breakfast on Monday, July 16, at 8am at South Tulsa Baptist Church! Pastor Bill Elliff of Summit Church in Little Rock, will be the special guest. Bill will sharing with us about a ministry called OneCry. Already, there are hundreds of people involved in OneCry. Pastor Ted wants to invite you to this breakfast as his special guest. We will have breakfast at 8am; after breakfast, Bill will share with us. Please call Pastor Ted's ministry assistant, Melanie, at 918-299-0904 and make your reservation for this special time of fellowship and inspiration.
God is up to something! Let's not miss what He wants to do! I love you with the love of the Lord!
P.S. As field supervisor, it was my privilege and honor to serve on the Oral Defense Committee for Pastor Phil Sallee as he defended his dissertation at Southwestern Seminary a few weeks ago. Dr. Sallee passed with flying colors! His work focused on the use of technology in the discipleship process with his congregation! His conclusions were fascinating and enlightening! You might want to get a copy of this work when he completes the final edition! God is using Dr. Phil Sallee and the great congregation of New Beginnings Church in Bixby to make a difference in Tulsa Metro and beyond!
|Prayer Groups for Pastors and Ministers|
Ministers' Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
Meets every Wednesday morning (exception: first Wednesday each month)
Southwood Church Conference Center
10110 E 41st ST, Tulsa, OK (map)
Afterglow follows (location: TBA)
Pastors and Prayer
Pastors of all denominations are invited to join Ted Kersh and other pastors to pray for revival. The pastors meet at noon on the first Tuesday of each month at South Tulsa Baptist Church at 10310 S Sheridan RD, Tulsa, OK (map).
This is a prayer meeting only. Lunch is not served. The pastors do not discuss their ministries. They come together to pray for revival.
Pastors who are interested in joining this prayer group may call Pastor Ted Kersh at 918-299-0904 for information or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastors' Prayer Breakfast
Monday, July 16, 2012
10310 S Sheridan RD (map)
Special Guest: Bill Elliff, Senior Pastor at Summit Church in Little Rock, AR, and leader of OneCry. OneCry, an effort sponsored by Life Action Ministries, is a nationwide ministry of prayer for spiritual awakening all over America. Bill Elliff will share how you can get involved.
RSVP by calling 918-299-0904.
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OBU Pastors School
Date: July 16-18, 2012
Place: OBU Campus, 500 W University, Shawnee, OK (map
Cost: $99 (includes housing for two nights, two evening meals, two breakfasts, one lunch, morning Bible studies, plenary and breakout sessions)
Speakers: Dr. Hance Dilbeck, Dr. Calvin Miller, Dr. Johnny Bisagno, and more
Continuing its tradition of reaching out to ministers in Oklahoma and beyond, OBU's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry will host the 2012 OBU Pastor School. The School is designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors.
David W. Whitlock, OBU President, writes:
Years ago, as a new bivocational pastor, I realized I needed preparation for ministry. In addition to enrolling in courses through OBU, in the summer I attended pastors school for personal encouragement and development as a pastor. These times of study and growth were extremely helpful. Several years later, as a part of my researh on bivocational ministry, one of the primary concerns identified was the need for theological and ministry preparation. I was convinced that distinctively Christian universities were uniquely positioned to reach out to ministers--both full-time and bivocational.
I am very excited that OBU is re-establishing its long tradition of reaching out to ministers in our state and beyond through a summer pastors school. Developing strong relationships directly with local churches will prove to be mutually beneficial to the church and to OBU. This is another way we can fulfill our mission and core values.
For more information and to registe
r, visit OBU's Pastors School registration site
Christian Apologetics Conference
July 27-28, 2012
Friday: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
The Church at BattleCreek, Broken Arrow, OK (map)
The Reasonable Faith Tulsa Chapter is excited to host the 2012 On Guard Christian Apologetics Conference at the Church at BattleCreek in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
We have invited some of the finest Christian thinkers of our day to address these issues and more at our Summer Conference.GET EQUIPPED to engage the world in the serious spiritual task of explaining and defending the truths of the Bible and the Christianworldview.
Register at: http://onguardconference.org/registration (Early bird cost is $20 each through June 30---$30 after June 30).
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|Transitional Pastor Training |
Transitional Pastor Training will be held August 20-22 in Oklahoma City at the Baptist Building in OKC. The cost is $80 (which covers meals and materials).
The training begins at 5:30pm on Monday, August 20, with a dinner and then continues on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. In addition to dinner on Monday night, lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday is provided. Each participant is responsible for their own lodging.
While the training is intended for those who anticipate the possibility of leading a pastorless church through a time of transition, we encourage any pastor to go through the training. A recurring evaluation we have heard through the years at the end of the training is, "I wish I'd had this twenty years ago!"
If you have questions, please contact Brent Selby or his assistant, Kdie Nix. She can be reached at email@example.com or (405) 942-3000, x4401.
Click here to register.
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|Spread God's Love--Learn to Share the Gospel through Teaching International Adults to Speak English
English Language Learners (ESL)
Literacy Missions Workshop
Dates & Times:
- Thursday, August 23 from 6pm to 8:45pm
- Friday, August 24 from 6pm to 8:45pm
- Saturday, August 25 from 8:30am to 5pm
Place: First Baptist Church, Owasso
13307 E 96th ST N (East of HWY 169) (map)
Cost: $25 (includes ESL Manual)
Please bring your own lunch (snacks will be provided).
Last day for registration is Thursday, August 16. Workshop fee needs to be paid at time of registration.
Workshop is limited to sixteen participants. For more information or to register, call the church office at 918-516-6620.
Sponsored by First Baptist Church, Owasso
**Must attend all scheduled hours to be certified by the North American Mission Board**
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|Save the Date!|
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Church at BattleCreek (map)
Personal Appointments start at 8am
Seminars start at 8:45am
Lunch at Noon
The economic news these days is confusing--if not frightening! Have you ever wished you could get reliable information about your financial questions in light of the current economy? Here's some good news: GuideStone Financial Resources is sponsoring such an opportunity near you soon, called GuideStone Live. At this free event you'll find a microcosm of GuideStone's Dallas-based staff leading nine relevant seminars, availability for personal appointments, GuideStone's Wellness booth for a free health check-up, even food and giveaways.
At each location the come-and-go schedule begins with personal appointments at 8 am, seminars at 8:45am and end with a "Mission:Dignity" luncheon at noon featuring GuideStone's ministry to retired pastors and their widows.
In late July, GuideStone participants will be directed via several communications to an online registration site where they can preregister, choose seminars, make appointments and reserve a place for lunch. Watch this space for more information.
| TMBN Classifieds
Are you looking for volunteer or vocational ministry opportunities? Does your church need volunteers from out of town for a special project? Perhaps your church has something to give to a sister church. See TMBN's classifieds
If you would like a listing, contact Susan Davis at 918-743-4545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
First Wednesday Ministers' Fellowship
2012 Guests for June through September!
- August 1 - Terry Rush, Pastor at Memorial Church of Christ, Tulsa
- September 5 - Deron Spoo, Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church, Tulsa