Monday, October 1: Ministry Equipping Day
9:00am - 3:15pm with an 11:45 AM Church Leaders Luncheon
A day focused on equipping for ministry in challenging times. Four mini-seminars of two hours each will be offered. Participants will choose
Senior Adults: Passing on Faith – Ron Bruner & Dudley Chancey
Senior adults have the blessing and responsibility of passing on faith to the next generation. It is a myth that the younger generation does not want the wisdom and shared life with senior adults. Research shows that young adults are open and seeking mentors of faith. This session will present recent research by Bruner and Chancey on senior adults being intentional in passing on faith and how it can happen.
Ron Bruner (DMin) has served as the executive director of Westview Boys’ Home in Hollis, Oklahoma, since 1999. An alumnus of Oklahoma Christian University, he studies the formation of faith in families, adolescent spiritual formation, the theology of children, and the care of youth experiencing at-risk circumstances. Bruner is co-editor of Along the Way: Conversations about Children and Faith with Dana Kennamer Pemberton, and Owning Faith: Rethinking the Role of Church and Family in the Faith Journey of Teenagers with Dudley Chancey. He and his wife, Ann, have three adult children and four grandchildren.
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Generation Z: Cultivating Contributors: Brandon Tatum
Who is Generation Z? Millennials are now graduating from college, and we must begin to recognize the newest generation taking their place in our churches. This session will create a framework for better understanding GenZ, discuss relevant spiritual formation tactics for GenZ, and empower leaders to engage this emerging generation like none other.
Brandon Tatum is president of Oklahoma Christian Academy, a Pre-K to
Ministry to the LGBTQ Community: Charles Rix
The LGBTQ acronym evokes a variety of responses. More than an acronym, however, people are created in God’s image. This session will consider how followers of Jesus Christ respond in light of the gospel and ministry of Jesus Christ. An interdisciplinary panel will be included.
Dr. Charles Rix is Dean of the College of Biblical Studies and the Associate Professor of Bible at Oklahoma Christian. He teaches Hebrew Bible / Old Testament and Ministry classes. He served as the preaching minister of the Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls, New Jersey for almost twenty years. Prior to ministry, Charles worked in various financial positions with ExxonMobil Corporation both domestically and overseas. He holds graduate degrees in business, theology, and philosophy and completed his
Leading Well for Thriving in the Future: Grady King & Jon Mullican
Being church and doing ministry in today’s chaotic, anxious, and
Grady King (DMin) has served as Director of Church Resources at Oklahoma Christian since 2016 and is co-leader of HOPE Network with Jon Mullican. He served in congregational ministry for 42 years in Texas and Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education at Oklahoma Christian University in 1977; M.S. in Biblical Studies (1989) and Doctor of Ministry (2005) at Abilene Christian University. Grady’s passion is healthy leaders, healthy churches.
Jon Mullican has served two congregations as Executive Minister, one in Tulsa and one in Dallas. He was raised in Bethany, Oklahoma. Jon currently serves as Minister of Church Development at Highland Oaks Church of Christ in Dallas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from United States Naval Academy in 1985 and a Masters of