by Aaron Todd
Oklahoma City – The Church is alive and the mission is possible. This was the truth that was resounded many times over by over 400 Disciples who came from across the state of Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 6 to participate in the 25th Annual Leadership Training School.
“The region of Oklahoma is alive and doing amazing work,” proclaimed Rev. Pamela Holt, the regional minister of the Oklahoma region.
On the campus of First Christian Church-Oklahoma City the participants of Leadership Training School took a message of life and mission to heart as they shared together in worship, community building, and education.
On a picture perfect Oklahoma day, Disciples gathered from all four corners of Oklahoma to share in this day’s festivities. From north and south, east and west, and everywhere in between, Oklahoma Disciples came to worship, learn, and to be renewed.
Inspired by the words of the 25th chapter of Matthew’s gospel, keynote speaker, Rev. Vy Nguyen, executive director of Week of Compassion, brought a message of hope, and encouragement to the church in Oklahoma.
Throughout his sermon, Rev. Nguyen called upon those assembled in the beautiful and partially remodeled sanctuary of FCC-OKC to make two commitments: to first recognize that ministry is already being done, and then continue to find new ways to serve the “least of these” both at home and throughout the world. “Doing this mission is crucial to our salvation and to the salvation of the world, “ Rev. Nguyen professed to the church.
Following worship, participants shared in a wide variety of educational workshops led by clergy and laity from across Oklahoma as they sought to learn new ways to put their faith into action. By having the option of choosing from three distinctive educational tracks, participants had the opportunity to hear a wide swath of perspectives and share in conversations that are often not readily available within the context of local congregations.
When asked to summarize the event, Rev. Holt replied, “I consider a successful event to be one where people do not want to leave. It was 12:45 and people had not eaten lunch and still they stayed to talk and to connect with each other.”
For more information regarding this event or other events being planned by the Oklahoma region, please visit the newly redesigned regional webpage: http://www.okdisciples.org