Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Website Preview

Our website is not quite ready for prime time, but you can find links to pre-register, make hotel reservations and learn about the study course being offered to students.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Plans for the Meeting

The Midwest Regional Meeting of the New Baptist Covenant will be begin at noon on August 6th and conclude 9:30 PM on August 7th at the new Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Testimonies will be given by Wilford Brown, former National Coordinator for Intercultural Ministries for American Baptist Churches and now the Campus Minister at Bacone College in Muskogee, OK, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts, and Sarah Stewart, a recent graduate of Truett Seminary who is now a Minister in Residence at First Baptist in Oklahoma City.

Messages will be given by Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist in Enid, Oklahoma and past President of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Major Jemison, pastor of St. John’s Missionary Baptist in Oklahoma City and past President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and by Ellis Orozco, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of McAllen, Texas, who has served on served on the Administrative Committee and on the board of the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Other participants include Tim Eaton, President of Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College, Javier Elizondo, Executive Vice President and Provost of the Baptist University of the Americas, and Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas and past President of the Southern Baptists of Texas Pastor’s Conference.

Workshops and breakout sessions will focus on building bridges cross-culturally to minister to the families of the imprisoned and to the impoverished.

Hotel reservations can be made at the Embassy Suites Hotel for $99 (+ taxes) nightly by calling 1-405-364-8040. Reservations for $70 (+ taxes) nightly can be made at the Guest Inn by calling 1-405-360-1234. Reservations for as low as -- $44.99 (single) and $50.38 (double)-- (+ taxes) nightly can be made at Motel Six by calling 1-701-3300. Be sure to tell them that you are with the New Baptist Covenant Convention when you make your reservations.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Announcing the New Baptist Covenant Midwest Regional Meeting
At the Norman Convention Center on August 6-7, 2009

In January 2008 more than 15,000 Baptists from across the United States, Canada and Mexico met for the first ever meeting to celebrate a New Baptist Covenant. The covenant represented the commitment of more than 20 million Baptists in North America to fulfill our “obligations as Christians to promote peace with justice, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, to care for the sick and the marginalized, welcome the strangers among us, and promote religious liberty and respect for religious diversity.” The covenant also reaffirmed our “commitment to traditional Baptist values, including sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and its implications for public and private morality.”

The leaders of the New Baptist Covenant, representing more than 80 Baptist Conventions, fellowships and organizations in North America, agreed to meet collectively every three years to renew this commitment. Between these triennial meetings, the leaders of the New Baptist Covenant called for regional meetings that would gather to unite Baptists from our various Conventions, fellowships and organizations to celebrate, exhort, network and encourage one another in fulfilling the obligations of our new Baptist Covenant.

The Steering Committee for the New Baptist Covenant Midwest Region is pleased to announce that the New Convention Center in Norman, Oklahoma has been selected for the first ever meeting of the Midwest Region of the New Baptist Covenant. The meeting will be held on August 6-7, 2009. Former President Jimmy Carter has agreed to speak at our meeting. We will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Baptist denomination.

The Steering Committee will release further information as preparations for this historic meeting advance.

Dr. Bruce Prescott
Executive Director, Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists
Chair, Steering Committee for the New Baptist Covenant Regional Meeting

Contact Information: Office: United Ministry Center at 1017 Elm Ave. Norman, OK 73072
Phone: 405-329-2266 E-mail: bprescott (at) mainstreambaptists.org

Steering Committee for the New Baptist Covenant Midwest Regional Meeting

Jimmy Allen, Past President of the Southern Baptist Convention, Coordinator for the National New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Hal Bass, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Michael Bell, Pastor, Greater St. Stephen First Church in Fort Worth, TX
Will Brown, Campus Minister and Special Assistant to the President at Bacone College in Muskogee, OK
Ray Captville, General Bishop of the Western Division of United Free Will Baptists
David Currie, Executive Director, Texas Baptists Committed
Darryl DeBorde, Pastor, Braden Park Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK
Timothy Eaton, President, Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Norman, OK
Debbie Ferrier, Laywoman, Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, TX
Karen Grubb Gilbert, Missional Church Specialist, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Clyde Glazener, Pastor, Gambrell Street Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX
Major Jemison, Pastor, St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK
Todd Littleton, Pastor, Snow Hill Baptist Church in Tuttle, OK
Rene Maciel, President, Baptist University of the Americas In San Antonio, TX
George Mason, Pastor, Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, TX
Rick McClatchy, Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas
John Ogletree, Pastor, First Metropolitan Church in Houston, TX
Bruce Prescott, Executive Director, Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists
Mitch Randall, Pastor, NorthHaven Church in Norman, OK
John Reed, Pastor, Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, President of the Oklahoma National Baptist State Convention
Wade Smith, Pastor, First Baptist Church in Norman, OK
Alan Stanford, General Secretary, North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance
Bob Stephenson, Layman, NorthHaven Church in Norman, OK
William Tillman, Professor of Christian Ethics at Logsdon School of Theology in Abilene, TX
Charles Thomas, Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma
George Young, Pastor, Holy Temple Baptist Church in Oklahoma City (Progressive National Baptist Convention)
Thelma Chambers Young, Past Vice President of North American Baptist Women
Charles Wade, Retired Executive Director, Baptist General Convention of Texas
Chester A. West, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Oklahoma City (National Missionary Baptist Convention)
John Williams, Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches Central Region
Aidsand Wright-Riggins, Executive Director of National Ministries, ABCUSA

Thursday, June 5, 2008

NBC Midwest Regional Meeting Planned

A midwest regional meeting for the New Baptist Covenant to be held in Norman, Oklahoma is being planned for August 6-7, 2009.

Former President Jimmy Carter has agreed to participate.

We will post further developments about this event on this weblog as information becomes available.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Canadian Broadcasting on the New Baptist Covenant

Click here for a podcast of Dr. Bruce Prescott being interviewed by Rick MacInnes Rae of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for his 2-11-08 Dispatches radio program (5 MB MP3). Prescott talks with Rae about the significance of the 2008 Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Ruffin Longs for Home, Finds it at New Baptist Covenant

Mike Riffin, of the On the Jericho Road weblog, has posted an esaay about his experiences at the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant under the title "The Longing for Home." Here's a quote:

It's a huge task that we have taken upon ourselves. But I hope that, to use Jimmy Allen's words, it becomes a "movement" rather than a moment. I need a home that builds upon the positive aspects of Baptist history and moves beyond the negative aspects. I need a home that transcends petty differences and debates over theological minutiae. I need a home where Jesus is Lord, where freedom is cherished, where people are accepted, and where the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ is the paramount concern.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Analysis of the Celebration

A new website called "Religion Dispatches" came online yesterday. It will attempt to provide some critical analysis of religion, politics and the common good.

I posted my review and an analysis of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant on their "RDBlog" under the title "Painting Elephants." Here's a quote:

Baptists in America may never be the same. For one shining moment in Atlanta, at a three-day gathering termed a “celebration”, Baptists were called to repent of their long history of racism and sexism and affirm a New Baptist Covenant. Never before in the 400-year history of the Baptist denomination have black Baptists and white Baptists met with equal participation on the platform and equal numbers in the audience; never before in history have Baptists – black and white, male and female – met with more than token representation of prophetic women speaking from the pulpit; never before in history have moderate and progressive Baptists from North and South and Canada and Mexico met together to network and organize for Christian social action. If this moment becomes a movement, as its organizers hope and intend, then by re-orienting the Baptist denomination it may also help to change the political priorities of the nation.