Those attending the 2011 State Evangelism Conference at Moore, First Jan. 24-25, will have the opportunity to hear eight motivational speakers and to attend two of 13 breakout sessions.
The Oklahoma Conference of Southern Baptists Evangelists will open the two-day meeting with a Monday morning session from 9:30-11:45, featuring evangelists Bobby Smith, Mike Russell and Kim Schmidt as well as several state music evangelists.
Speaking during the Monday afternoon session, from 1:30-4:30 will be Afshin Ziafat, pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas; Ken Ellis, team leader at the North American Mission Board, and Bob Waitman, pastor of Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Waurika.
The Monday evening session, from 6:25-9, features Ziafat and Kevin Hamm, pastor of First Church, Gardendale, Ala.
Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research in Nashville, Tenn., will speak twice during the Tuesday afternoon session, from 1:30-4:30. He will be joined on the program by Nelson Searcy, founding pastor of Journey Church in New York City.
The final session, on Tuesday evening from 6:25-8:30, will feature Lee Strobel, Christian apologist from Denver, Colo., and Robert Jeffress, pastor of Dallas, First.
A coffee chat with selected speakers will be conducted from 9-10 p.m. after the Monday night session.
Topics for the breakout sessions on Tuesday morning from 9-10:15 and 10:30-11:45, will be “Aftershock: Responding to the Cultural Shifts of Gen iY,” led by Tim Elmore; “Serving Community Through Missional Groups,” Bob Mayfield; “Cross Cultural Servant Evangelism,” Ted Lam; “The Pastor’s Role in Evangelistic VBS,” Andy Finch; “The Other Indian Falls Creek,” Bill Barnett; “Introduction to a Muslim Worldview,” Ziafat; “Community Engagement in the Transformational Church: How Churches are Showing and Sharing the Love of Christ in Their Community,” Stetzer; “Ministry That Changes Lives,” Ellis; “Open the Front Door . . . Close the Back Door,” Hamm; “Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church,” Searcy; “Cinco Esenciales Para Un Evangelismo Efectivo,” Richard Vera; “Practical Helps for Those Considering Entering Vocational Evangelism,” Ernie Perkins; “Reaching Young Adults through Small Groups, Worship Services and Ministry Projects,” panel discussion with Todd Davison, Danny Ringer, Mike Doudican, Rick Longcrier and Mark Gaines.
A special session for women will be conducted Tuesday with a general session from 9-11:30 a.m. featuring Carol Kent and Cheri Fuller; a luncheon with Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders; and afternoon sessions, beginning at 1:30, consisting of pray, share and serve sessions, as well as a special session for women speakers, “How to Communicate Evangelistically,” led by Kent.