The Bible commands us to encourage one another, a task that consists of support and challenge. Our pastors need encouragement. Oklahoma Baptists will establish a Church Relations Group of ministry partners who will work with a field-based strategy. These ministry partners will encourage Gospel advance by providing contextualized support for our pastors and churches and challenging them toward the goal of church health and growth. These partners will seek to be directly connected to pastors, present and accessible.
Oklahoma Baptists need to embrace brokenness as an opportunity for Gospel Advance. Our Church Resources Group will endeavor to provide training and resources that will help pastors and churches advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ by stepping into the brokenness in their communities and our State. Together, we will meet needs and proclaim the Good News of Jesus as Savior.
Strong churches are made from strong disciples. Often times, our churches are weak because our people are weak. Churches who make disciples are churches who can participate in the advance of the Gospel in their communities and among the nations. We will help our churches become strong by making disciples.
Church-Centered Goals by 2025
20% Increase in Missions Sending
Our mission of Gospel Advance calls us to go to the nations. The missionary heart is an indicator of healthy disciples and healthy churches. We will pray for, call out and encourage Oklahoma Baptists to go as journeymen and career missionaries.
This focus on sending more journeymen and career missionaries through the International Mission Board (IMB) will ultimately spill over to increased sending through other pathways to missions.
20% Increase In Baptisms
This baptism goal pushes the priority of evangelism; it also feeds our focus on discipleship and church membership. Baptism is the visible sign of Gospel Advance, and it provides a key indicator of the effectiveness of all ministries within the church.
20% Increase in Worship Attendance
While Oklahoma’s population is increasing, Oklahoma Baptists’ weekly church attendance is in decline. Assembling together is a key indicator of healthy disciples.
20% Increase in Cooperative Program Giving
The Bible teaches us that cooperative missions giving is a key indicator of spiritual health and Christian fellowship. When the Apostle Paul expresses gratitude for the church at Philippi and their “participation in the Gospel,” he is speaking in part about their strong financial support. Our Oklahoma Baptist fellowship in the Gospel is expressed, in part, through our Cooperative Program giving. Increased giving corresponds to increased attendance, baptisms and sending.