Parenting retreat/conference April 5-6

VAN BUREN – A parenting retreat and conference will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at the Oaks Manor Conference Center near Van Buren. The theme of the weekend is The Warrior is a Child.

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Williams Baptist to host “5 to 1” conference for youth leaders March 8-9

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College will host a “5 to 1” student ministry conference Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, in the Maddox Center on campus. 

BlackThroughout the weekend, speakers will address various topics centered on “helping faith stick with youth and young adults,” according to organizers.


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OBU to host 2013 Miss Ouachita Baptist University Pageant March 2

The 2013 Miss Ouachita Baptist University Pageant will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center on Ouachita’s campus. The 17 women competing for the crown will participate in categories including: talent, evening gown, onstage question, private interview and fitness.

The pageant is a collaborative effort of pageant directors and Ouachita alumni Justin Harper and Kirt Thomas, as well as Ouachita’s Student Senate and Office of Campus Activities.

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OBU to host Arkansas Political Science Association annual meeting March 1-2

Ouachita Baptist University will host the 2013 Arkansas Political Science Association annual meeting Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. Conference participants will attend sessions in Walker Conference Center and McClellan Hall with speakers from across the state exploring issues related to the current world of political science.

Kevin Brennan, professor of political science at Ouachita, is serving as program chair for the conference. He is responsible for arranging speakers and coordinating the two-day event.

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School of Ministry announced by Cross Church; prepares for fall 2013 launch

The Cross Church School of Ministry, a one-year residential ministry experience that prepares leaders for life, ministry and gospel advancement globally, is scheduled for launch this fall.

The creation of the new school was announced in 2012 by Cross Church Senior Pastor Ronnie Floyd. Jeff Crawford, former pastor of Grand Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Smith, began serving as president of the school Feb. 1.

“After hosting a successful ministry internship program since 1987, the School of Ministry will provide a more in-depth, ministry-career driven curriculum and leadership experiences for God-called men and women,” said Crawford. “Cross Church School of Ministry students will be in an Oxford-style learning environment one day each week, spending the remainder of the week in mentorship, hands-on ministry and leadership building activities.”

Crawford said the School of Ministry offers students pre-college, during college, post-college, pre-seminary mid or post–seminary studies. The one-year, residential program includes classroom expenses, housing, and travel expenses for two North American mission trips and one international mission trip.

“The purpose of the Cross Church School of Ministry is not to replace what universities and seminaries do by way of theological education but to complement them,” said Crawford.

He said research and personal experience convinced Floyd, the Cross Church ministry team and himself there is a major gap in ministry preparation – what is referred to as “the experience gap.”

“The Cross Church School of Ministry will provide a practical ministry experience across the four Northwest Arkansas campuses of Cross Church and with the dozens of church plants they support globally,” said Crawford.

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