FEBRUARY 23-24, 2021 AT OCC.EDU/PT
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THEOLOGICAL NIGHTSHADE When my dad was an Iowa teenager, raising 120 sheep on 100 acres of pasture, he noticed one summer his sheep began dying. No evidence of predators. Just one or two, here and there, no obvious cause. It’s not uncommon for a sheep or two to die each summer. (House plants have higher IQs than sheep.) But these deaths continued until his flock had dwindled by almost a third. My dad finally called in a veterinarian to investigate, and an autopsy found the culprit: nightshade. These poisonous plants grew in the shade, under the trees where the sheep congregated in the summer heat, and they couldn’t resist the tasty weed. What did my dad do? Thirteen-year-old Gene Proctor walked all 100 acres in the sweltering sun, pulling every single nightshade plant he found, and his vigilant labor saved his sheep. At Ozark, we believe the Bible is still true. So we equip the next generation of kingdom leaders to defend biblical truth. Ozark students learn: a spiritual shepherd guards his flock’s doctrinal diet. That means studying the poisonous plants that might endanger them. Paul warned the Ephesian elders about false teaching: “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock.” (Acts 20:28) In classes like Apologetics, Philosophy, and Cults, students learn to spot non-Christian worldviews and popular false teachings—the common, tasty-but-toxic weeds in our cultural pasture. Ultimately, we want students familiar with the truth. U.S. Treasury agents don’t learn to detect counterfeit currency by studying fake bills. They study genuine money until they know the real thing so well bogus bills are instantly recognizable. Our students take over 50 hours of Bible classes. Why? So they will know God’s Word so well false teaching is quickly recognizable. Then they can pull whatever “theological nightshade” threatens. The Bible is powerful. At times we may need to defend it, but more often, we simply need to proclaim it— to give the flock the good green grass of God’s Word. So we teach students to speak the truth that God still reigns (Hebrews 11:6), humanity still sins (Romans 3:23), Jesus still saves (John 14:6), and the Church still prevails (Matthew 16:18). Thank you for joining us at Preaching-Teaching Online! We miss having you on campus this year, but we're grateful for the opportunity to open God's Word together as we celebrate together all that is STILL TRUE.
Matt Proctor President
LIVE SCHEDULE All times listed are in Central Standard Time.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Sessions Bob Russell: The Bible Still Speaks Dr. Jason Poznich: God Still Reigns Dr. Frank Smith: Jesus Still Saves Worship by OCC's Frontline 2:00 p.m. Workshops* 3:00 p.m. Workshops* *Workshops (presented as webinars) will stream at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Workshop webinars are included in a paid registration of $20/person.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Main Sessions Shane J. Wood: The Spirit Still Empowers Randy & Julie Gariss: The Church Still Prevails Aaron Brockett: Preaching Still Matters 2:00 p.m. President’s Address
DR. JASON POZNICH
DR. FRANK SMITH, JR.
At age 22, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. That congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the three worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches and conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers, and author Bible study videos for use in small groups. An accomplished author, Bob's newest book, After 50 Years of Ministry: 7 Things I Would Do the Same and 7 Things I Would Do Differently, was released in 2016. Jason serves as a professor of Biblical Communication and New Testament at Ozark Christian College. Prior to teaching at Ozark, Jason served for six years as the professor of Preaching and Bible at Central Christian College of the Bible. Jason has served churches in Missouri, southern Illinois, Las Vegas, and southeast Kansas. Jason is a graduate of Pittsburg State University (BBA and MBA), Ozark Christian College (BBM), Lincoln Christian University (MDiv), and Talbot School of Theology, Biola University (DMin). He has been married to his wife Kayla since 2006. Together, they have an eight-year-old daughter named Zoe and a two-year-old adopted son named Joshua. When Jason isn’t spending time with his family, students, or preaching, he enjoys reading, running, golfing, rooting for his teams (St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Michigan Wolverines), and playing silly board games. Dr. Frank M. Smith, Jr. is the founding senior pastor of Christ's Church for Our Community, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University (Theology and General Communications). He also holds a Master of Science degree in Management (Summa Cum Laude) from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Simmons College of Kentucky. Smith began preaching at 13, conducted radio ministry in Louisville for over 20 years, has pastored for over 22 years, and has preached in more than 25 states. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Dr. Smith gives administrative leadership as the executive vice president of Simmons College of Kentucky. He has been happily married to Theresia L. Smith since October 2002, and has one son, Jayson. 6
SHANE J. WOOD, Ph.D.
RANDY & JULIE GARISS
Shane J. Wood completed his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and published his dissertation entitled, "The AlterImperial Paradigm: Empire Studies & the Book of Revelation." In 2019, Shane published his book Between Two Trees: Our Transformation from Death to Life. Shane was recognized by Theology Degrees Online as one of the “100 Remarkable Professors & Scholars Theology Students Should Know About,” and he was also a featured scholar in The Armageddon Code: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by Billy Hallowell. Shane’s other publications include Dragons, John, and Every Grain of Sand: Essays on the Book of Revelation. shanejwood.com
Randy and Julie Gariss are in their fifth year as co-directors of the Life and Ministry Preparation Center at Ozark Christian College, a role that allows them to share their experience of 40 years of ministry with students, preparing for a lifetime of serving Christ themselves. Prior to joining the OCC team, Randy was the preaching minister at College Heights Christian Church in Joplin for 33 years. Randy has also been a frequent speaker on college campuses and he continues to work with churches on leadership and ministry. Julie has been a popular speaker at women’s events all over the United States. Her love of the Word and her humor are her trademarks. The Garisses have been married 44 years.
Aaron Brockett is the lead pastor of Traders Point Christian Church in Indianapolis. Since Aaron joined the church in 2007, it has grown from 1,500 people in one location to more than 9,000 people in four locations, earning recognition as one of the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. from Outreach Magazine. Aaron is passionate about removing unnecessary barriers that keep people from Jesus. He has contributed to several books and articles and also serves as a board member of the Orchard Group, a worldwide church-planting organization. Aaron and his wife, Lindsay, have dedicated their lives to seeing people all over the world come to know, trust, and follow Jesus. They have four great kids and a silver lab named Winston.
TUESDAY WORKSHOPS All times listed are in Central Standard Time. All workshops are available through a paid registration of just $20/person. Register at occ.edu/pt.
2:00 PM Three Ways a Small Church Can Be an Effective Church Karl Vaters Small churches can be strong, healthy, and effective. In this session, Karl Vaters will look at the three key issues every small-church leader needs to embrace to help their small congregation thrive and make a difference. Building and Sustaining a Benevolence Ministry Maggie Schade The local church is no stranger to requests for financial assistance, but how do we respond to those with grace and wisdom? Join us for a conversation on how to creatively and effectively engage our communities through benevolence for the sake of the kingdom. Ten Rules for Pioneering the Future of Youth Ministry Lane Moss and Krystal Unrein Youth ministry is changing and the tactics that got us here won’t reach young people in the future. Lane and Krystal will host a conversation with youth ministry leaders and discuss the ten rules you’ll need to follow as you call young people to kingdom work over the next decade. Having the Conversation on Racial Justice in the Local Church Matthew McBirth, Brian Jennings, and Jaron Scott Discuss how pastors, laymen, and Christians in general can talk in their churches and communities about racism and justice. Hear practical ways the church can take up the work of fighting for racial justice and equity in the US. Some questions that will be discussed are: why should we be having this conversation again, how are these conversations already happening, and how can we continue to grow in our competence to have these conversations to support biblical justice?
3:00 PM Post-Pandemic Pastoring: What’s Working in Churches That Are Thriving Karl Vaters In this difficult season, some churches are struggling to stay alive while others are thriving and blessing their communities. After having conversations with hundreds of pastors of churches of all types and sizes, Karl Vaters has noticed a handful of common themes that make the difference. In this session, he will discuss what those differences are, how to use them to navigate through this crisis, and how to prepare with hopefulness for what’s coming next. The Kingdom in the Workplace Daman Schuber, Dan Mitchell, and Joe Harris Since its founding in 2011, Schuber Mitchell Homes has operated with the belief that a company can have a kingdom impact in its community. In this webinar, learn what it looks like to live out kingdom purpose in the workplace.
The Calm, Aware, and Present Leader: Becoming a CAPable Leader Steve Cuss CAPable tools to help you function as a Calm, Aware, Present person in the workplace and the home place. We must learn to navigate the space inside us, the space between others, and the space between us and God. For the last ten years, Steve Cuss has been developing and teaching tools to help leaders move to calm presence. The Art of Spiritual Mentoring: Why The Church Needs Intergenerational Discipleship Monica Butler We know we need intergenerational discipleship in our ministry, but why do we find it so difficult to foster and practice? How can we be intentional and creative in cultivating relationships that cross generational barriers and bring mutual benefit to the participants and glory to God? In this webinar, we’ll consider why intergenerational discipleship matters, and we'll be challenged to make it a priority in our ministries.
WORKSHOP LEADERS Monica Butler is a wife, mother of three adult daughters, and recovering perfectionist. She resides in Olathe, Kansas where she and her family have benefited from intergenerational discipleship for the past 27 years. Monica is passionate about incorporating multi-generational opportunities in all of her ministry roles. She graduated from OCC and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Bible and Theology from Lincoln Christian University. MONICA BUTLER
Steve Cuss is author of Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs, a book that focuses on patterns inside us and between us that keep us stuck and stressed. Steve helps leaders go from spun up to calm, aware, and present. He cut his teeth on leadership anxiety while serving as a chaplain at a level one trauma hospital. He holds sixteen hundred hours of supervised ministry in Clinical Pastoral Education and a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary where he focused on Hebrew Scriptures and Family Systems. Steve has served as lead pastor of Discover Christian Church in Broomfield, Colorado. After graduating from Pittsburg State University, Joe returned to the Joplin area in 1999 to work at Leggett & Platt, Inc. for nearly 17 years. Joe and his wife, Danica, formed Harris Homes to provide quality, affordable single-family rental homes to Joplin area families. Joe joined Schuber Mitchell Homes in 2015 where he now serves as the Chief Executive Officer.
Brian lives in Tulsa with his wife, Beth, and their four children. Brian preaches at Highland Park Christian Church and serves on the boards of Blackbox International (help for trafficked boys) and Ozark Christian College. You can learn about his books, Lead Your Family and Dancing in No Man's Land: Moving With Peace And Truth In A Hostile World at brianjenningsblog.com. BRIAN JENNINGS
Matthew McBirth grew up in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Being from a biethnic home and multiethnic community, Matthew experienced the beauty of diversity as well as the struggles that can arise when people from different cultures clash. While a student at OCC, Matthew felt a growing passion for the ministry of racial reconciliation. Matthew now works for OCC as the Director of Multicultural Affairs. After receiving his Master of Arts in Christian Practice with an emphasis in reconciliation studies, Matthew also serves as a professor of Bible and Ministry. Since Schuber Mitchell Homes was founded in July 2011, Dan Mitchell has helped acquire land for future Schuber Mitchell Homes neighborhoods. Currently, he serves as the CEO of the L.E.A.D. (Land Entitlement, Acquisition, and Development) Team, as CEO of Land Development Group, and he leads and serves within the Ministry Department. From 1988-2013, Dan served in youth ministry through several different organizations, including Christ’s Church of Oronogo.
A graduate of Ozark Christian College, Lane served as the youth minister at Highland Park Christian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for five years before joining the CIY MOVE team in 2012 to serve on the creative programming team. Now as a program director on the MOVE team, Lane works to ensure the program and development come together to make MOVE the best and easiest event to which youth ministers can take their students. LANE MOSS
Maggie has served as Community Impact Minister at Christ's Church of Oronogo for the past ten years. She is passionate about seeing the local church engage the community in unique and creative ways for the sake of the kingdom. Although she lives in Missouri now, she will always be a proud Texan at heart. She loves tacos, traveling, and hanging out with her three favorite people: her husband Isaac and their two kids, Pax and Poppy. MAGGIE SCHADE
Daman Schuber currently serves as the chief marketing officer for Schuber Mitchell Homes. After attending the University of Kansas, he moved to Joplin in 1996 to finish his education at Ozark Christian College. Daman and his wife, Angie, have four kids. When reflecting on how a kingdom company impacts its community, Daman believes that “we can do more than just sell someone a home. We can live out our faith while interacting with our customers. This means we do business in a way that is uniquely different than anything they’ve ever seen.” Jaron helps lead Christ's Church of Joplin in Joplin, Missouri. Jaron's first passion is loving and living with his wife Chelsi. Jaron's second passion is to preach about Jesus and lead others in following Jesus so that his kingdom comes to his church and city.
Krystal Unrein is a native of Surprise, Arizona, and a graduate of Manhattan Christian College. She now lives in Joplin where she has been working with Christ in Youth to call students to kingdom work since 2014. Krystal has a great passion for discipling both children and students. She and her husband Brandon love to spend their free time traveling, drinking coffee, eating spicy food, and watching football. KRYSTAL UNREIN
Karl produces resources for Helping Small Churches Thrive and has created S.P.A.R.K. Online (Small-Church Pastors Adapt & Recover Kit) to help small churches deal with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and aftermath. Karl’s heart is to help pastors of small churches lead well and capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church. Karl has been in pastoral ministry for almost 40 years. He is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a healthy small church in Orange County, California, where he has ministered for over 27 years with his wife, Shelley. karlvaters.com
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A look at the speakers, sessions, and workshops at Ozark Christian College's 2021 Preaching-Teaching Online. occ.edu/pt
Published on Feb 23, 2021
A look at the speakers, sessions, and workshops at Ozark Christian College's 2021 Preaching-Teaching Online. occ.edu/pt