Outreach Seminars Available at OBU

Noted missionary and discipleship leader Avery T. Willis will teach three weekend seminars through Oklahoma Baptist University’s Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach this fall. The outreach seminars will be offered Sept. 8-10 and 16-18 in OBU’s Montgomery Hall and Dec. 1-3 at the Baptist Building, 3800 N. May Ave., in Oklahoma City.

The seminars will run from 6:30-9 p.m., on the respective Thursday and Friday sessions, and 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on the Saturday sessions. The registration deadline, in order to receive OBU credit, is Sept. 1.

Dr. Willis will personally lead the following three unique seminars: Lead Like Jesus, Sept. 8-10; On Mission with God, Sept. 16-18; and Chronological Bible Storying, Dec. 1-3.

Willis retired from his post as senior vice president for overseas operation with Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board in 2004. He has continued to work in international mission efforts and is serving this fall as the Herschel H. Hobbs scholar in residence at OBU.

In this role, he also is working with the initial efforts of the Willis Center for Global Outreach. The center was created in spring 2005 to serve as the unifying center of OBU efforts to provide academic study and hands-on field experience related to missions.

Willis was co-author of Lead Like Jesus with Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges and Lee Ross in 2003. The book is published by Thomas Nelson/J. Countryman. He also co-wrote On Mission With God with Henry Blackaby, a Lifeway and Broadman & Holman publication, in 2001.

Willis also gained expertise in the area of Chronological Bible Storying from his work as executive director of the International Orality Network and his development of (Progressive Vision, 2003).

Participants can sign up for the classes, either as “for-credit” or “not-for-credit” by contacting Janet Burns at (405) 878-2229 or janet.burns@okbu.edu. The cost for each not-for-credit seminar is $25 or $60 for all three courses. The cost for OBU credit is $60 per credit hour. Each seminar offers one hour of college course credit.