Five states join efforts for children
February 21, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY – Missouri is joining with four of its neighboring states in an effort to bring more than 100 conferences with about 50 conference leaders March 31 and April 1 for the 2006 Preschool and Children’s Leadership Convention in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Nebraska , Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas are also sending leaders to participate in the “Heart of the Child” event, which is open to the public. Registration is required. Conferences in Sunday School, Discipleship, Children’s Worship, Music, Missions, Church Weekday and Special Needs are scheduled. Lay leaders, staff, parents and church members are encouraged to go.
“We have an opportunity to prepare ourselves at one of the best Preschool and Children’s Leadership Conventions in our Southern Baptist Convention,” says Sondi Scroggins, Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) preschool and children’s specialist. “This convention, which will be held at First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, is designed to meet the needs of every ministry program in the local church.”
Conference leaders include: Charles Lowery, banquet speaker and president and CEO of Lowery Institute for Excellence, Inc.; Cos Davis, counselor and childhood specialist, family counselor and leader from First Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn.; Anthony L. Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and speaker in the Southern Baptist Convention; Tommy Sanders, childhood minister at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and a writer of articles and curriculum; Donna Peavey, childhood ministry professor at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Jerry Vogel, director of Childhood Ministry Publishing for LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn. and former preschool and children’s minister, author and speaker; Robbie Castleman, assistant professor of Biblical Studies at John Brown University; and Jason Catron, worship leader and recording artist.
“Thom Rainer, LifeWay’s new president and former Dean of the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, says that 78 million children will be born between 1998 and 2013,” Scroggins said. “The message is still the same. God has called us to take His message to His children.”
Cost for the two-day event is $69 per person for groups of up to five. That includes meetings, a conference notebook, two lunches and a banquet. For 6-10 people, the cost is $65 apiece. For 11-15 people, the price falls to $60 each, and for groups of 16 or more the cost is only $55 apiece.
To register online or obtain more information on the conference, visit w ww.bgco.org/preschoolchildren’s convention.