Youth Trip to Wet n’ Wild!

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On Wednesday, June 21, we will be taking middle school and high school students to Wet ’N Wild Waterpark in Palm Springs. We will be leaving the hotel at 9:30 am and will return to the hotel at 4:30 pm. The cost is $35 per person and includes admission to the waterpark and transportation. Each

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Breakout: Building a Church Communications Team

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Building a communications team can seem daunting, even scary!  Where do you start? Where do you get advice?  What should you communicate?  What guidelines do you present to your team? Any church, regardless of size, can have a communications team.  Although the team sizes will vary, you must start somewhere.  We’ll talk about where to

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Childcare Theme: Deep Sea Discovery!

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Childcare at convention is much more than dropping your kids off at a boring babysitter while you enjoy the convention – NO! We want to invest into your kids while we invest in you! At Deep Sea Discovery VBS, kids dive into God’s presence by delving deep into His Word to see how He has

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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In the spirit of doing new things at convention, we’ve opened a new feature that allows people to be part of convention on a different level.  Sponsorship opportunities are available to anyone who would like to invest in our National Convention, and as a result, our ministers and church delegates. There are four main levels

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Gener(us) Dinners

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  A fun feature of Gener(us) 2017, our Open Bible national convention in Palm Springs, California, will be Gener(us) Dinners. A number of convention registrants will be gifted a free dinner for the last evening of the convention. The gift dinners at attractive restaurants in the Palm Springs area will allow the recipient to invite

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Breakout: Opportunities in the Chaplaincy

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Maybe you’ve considered being a chaplain in the military, Veterans Administration, or your local police or fire department but have questions like: How do I find the money for schooling? How does the process work? How is a chaplain’s calling different from that of a local pastor? Maybe you currently volunteer as a chaplain but

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Pre-Convention Breakout: A 21st Century Antioch Church

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Even though the disciples were called Christians first at the Antioch church, the Antioch church is significant as a contemporary model. Antioch was on the leading edge of Christianity in a spiritually dark world. Yet the church innovatively penetrated a hostile culture, which included sending Paul and Barnabas as missionaries. What does an “Antioch” church

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Breakout: Women and Transitions in Life

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Transitions in life are inevitable, whether in relationships, job, location, calling, children, or any change of direction. Join us as we hear how other women have worked through transitions in their lives. We can learn from and support one another. Hosted by Barbara Bach. Wednesday, June 21 – 12:45 p.m. – Desert Vista DE

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Breakout: Firearms in the Church

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In the ’80s background checks for children’s workers became a primary church security topic. In the ’90s internal control measures for finances became a focus, followed by medical response teams. A security issue today is whether people should be carrying firearms in the church. What requirements should be considered? Qualifications? What about state laws? What

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Breakout: Schools of Ministry Consultation

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This will be a sharing session between leaders of Open Bible’s growing number of schools of ministry. If you are interested in learning more about schools of ministry, come meet and listen to leaders as they share and discuss their schools’ developmental journeys. Christi Hendrickson, who leads Creekside School of Ministry in Rapid City, South

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Breakout: Hispanic Ministries Conexión

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Interested in helping plant a Hispanic church or in coming alongside a Hispanic church to help it with a place to meet and grow? If you are Hispanic or Anglo with a heart to minister to the nation’s burgeoning Hispanic population, don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Raul Escalante and Frank Contreras, East and

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Breakout: Ministers and Retirement: Really?

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“I will never be able to afford to retire.” More than one minister has sighed while making that statement. Is there a realistic way to prepare for retirement if you are a minister? What options do you have? Teri Beyer and a representative of Principal Financial, administrator of Open Bible Churches’ Ministerial Retirement Plan, will

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