As Oklahoma Baptists seek to embrace brokenness with the Gospel, one of the key areas of need is in response to addiction. These funds will provide matching grants for churches across our state to place people from their church family in a Christ-centered in-patient treatment program at Arcadia Trails. They also help support the ongoing work of Hope is Alive and Ministries of Jesus.
In an effort to advance the Gospel, we host regional African American, Native American, and Hispanic Evangelism Conferences. We want to equip, encourage and inspire the work of evangelism in the hearts of our state’s affinity groups.
One of Oklahoma Baptists’ strategic patterns of work is to be Associational Partnered. There are 40 associations across the state of Oklahoma that connect churches together in fellowship and strengthen them for their mission. These funds provided through the State Missions Offering assist the associations across our state in encouraging the advance of the Gospel in their ministry areas.
Throughout Scripture, we hear God’s heart for the church to care for orphans. Psalm 68:6 says, “God provides homes for those who are deserted.” We have a calling to care for children in need of a loving, caring home. By supporting the State Missions Offering, Oklahoma Baptists are able to empower churches to serve those with the greatest physical needs while spreading the Gospel to our neighbors.
Disaster Relief and Chaplaincy is a ministry that allows Oklahoma Baptists to come together to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to those impacted by disasters here in Oklahoma, throughout the country and around the world. Through the State Missions Offering, Disaster Relief is able to partner with Baptist Collegiate Ministries to remove barriers for college students to serve with relief efforts across the country. Also through these funds, hungry people are feed. It is hard for us to believe there are hungry people in our metropolitan areas as well as our rural areas across Oklahoma. There are children who are hungry. Their parents are rationing food. Hunger Funds helps churches do more evangelistic outreach and make an impact on lives.
Ninety-eight percent of Deaf people do not know Jesus, making them one of the least-reached people groups in the world. This people group is relatively ignored by most of society. The church must begin by understanding Deaf culture to reach them for the gospel. Funding provides ASL training for church members to engage the Deaf community.
Throughout Scripture, we hear God’s heart for the church to care for orphans. Psalm 68:6 says, “God provides homes for those who are deserted.” We have a calling to care for children in need of a loving, caring home.
Indian Falls Creek is the largest Native Christian encampment in North America, hosting 25-40 tribes and over 250 churches. The Gospel is presented throughout the week to impact lostness in our state. Besides Indian Falls Creek there are additional Native American camps held each year in other locations such as Kiamichi Baptist Encampment and other associational campgrounds.
Ministerial Crisis Care
The health and strength of a church depend on the health and strength of a pastor. Shepherding the flock of God is challenging work. Every pastor needs relational and family support. The offering will provide resources to strengthen our pastors and his family, so he can shepherd the flock of God in a way that advances the Gospel.
Multi-Vocational Pastors (MVP)
MVP Churches (churches of 125 and fewer) are the backbone of the state convention. They comprise nearly 1,500 of our churches. Through the offering, the Church & Community Spiritual Awakening Project will be launched. This strategy will be designed specifically with smaller churches in mind and will equip churches with prayer guides, evangelism training and a discipleship plan.
Oklahoma Baptists have a great heritage of sending missionaries overseas with the International Mission Board. In an effort to reach the nations, every church has the opportunity to connect with missionaries overseas through the State Missions Offering. From any town in our state, we can touch the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through praying, giving, and going.
Prison and Jail Ministries
Oklahoma Baptists are impacting prisoners with the Gospel. Through a ministry initiative in partnership with OBU, long term inmates have the opportunity to earn a theological education. Your giving will provide ministry training for inmates as they serve the Lord by sharing the hope of Jesus with their fellow inmates in the prison system.
After years of war in Afghanistan, 1,800 evacuees came to Oklahoma. Many churches have stepped up to receive refugees as new neighbors. The State Missions Offering helps the local church provide housing, food, and basic needs. Oklahoma Baptists are helping those who have been displaced find a home and see the love of Christ.
Regional Church Relations
As Oklahoma Baptists seek to advance the Gospel across the state, there will be the opportunity for churches and associations to engage in projects and strategic plans to do so. These funds will be available through the Regional Ministry Partners of the Church Relations Group to partner with church and associations as they engage in advancing the Gospel in their communities and area.
State Missions Education and Promotion
The State Missions Offering was established to empower Oklahomans with missional efforts. The annual offering provides opportunities we would not have otherwise. By promoting the offering, churches are able to rally together in making disciples and train up generations of believers with a heart for the lost.
Student Outreach Events
The offering enhances churches and associational efforts to host evangelistic rallies, such as See You at the Pole and Falls Creek follow-up. At the See You at the Pole rallies there were several thousand in attendance and many students made professions of faith with many other decisions reported.