Equipped for Ministries

Oklahoma City Meetings a Blessing

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Oklahoma City, Okla. » On August 25-26, the Southwestern Union presented its Equipped for Ministries conference at the Edmond Seventh-day Adventist Church with approximately 200 participants and leaders from the Oklahoma Conference, Southwest Region Conferences, and the Southwestern Union. The mission of the Southwestern Union is to equip and inspire our Conferences and their churches. Working together as a Union and Conferences, we answer to the direct call of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:11-12 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

The conference began with a stirring message from James Shires, Oklahoma Conference President. Shires opened the event with a call for all members and church leaders to turn to God and request the aid of the Holy Spirit. Shires affirmed, “Empowered by the Holy Spirit we will see great efficiency and wonderful results in service to others and soul winning.” 

On Sabbath morning, guest speakers joined 10 different area churches for morning worship services and sermons. Members were stirred with an invitation to serve in their communities and reach others for Christ. 

The Equipped for Ministries training seminars began Sabbath afternoon on the campus of the host church, the Edmond Seventh-day Adventist Church. Fifteen leaders presented different seminars with ways to be effective in their local churches, with the latest resources and information on effective ministry methods. The seminars, presented in both Spanish and English, not only shared information, but allowed for an interactive dialogue between participants and ministry leaders. 

One member from the Edmond church commented, “I’m so grateful to have a union and conferences that bring us together for fellowship and this excellent training.” Another member commented, “I now know how to better run my department at my church. Thank you for this coming and helping us.”

The event concluded on Saturday night with a message from Stephen Brooks, Executive Secretary of the Southwest Region Conference. He thoroughly blessed the participants and brought them together as brothers and sisters of the Southwestern Union Territory.

An Equipped for Ministries training event is planned for the Texarkana area in March of 2018, and Midland, Texas in August of 2018. Visit for the latest information and dates.

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