Founders Journal · Summer 2000 · pp. 32-33


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The first Annual Heartland Regional Founders Conference: In early April men and women assembled in Ponca City, Oklahoma for this meeting. This initial gathering was well received and was the best attended inaugural regional conference to date. The Conference commenced with David Goff giving an exposition of Psalm 40. Tom Ascol, Don Whitney, and R. F. Gates spoke on biblical evangelism. A well-balanced presentation of the subject was given presenting both theological and deeply personal challenges to share the good news of the gospel. Ordering information for cassette tapes of the conference are available by contacting Steve Harden at (580) 762-2762 or at

Plans are being made for a second Heartland Regional Conference to be held on April 19-21, 2001. The theme of the conference will be “The Ministers Self-Watch” and will address pastoral issues facing leaders of the local church. For more information contact Providence Baptist Church at the above number or watch Founders Online for further news.

Heritage Baptist Church is hosting the John L. Dagg Sermon Series which began July 16, 2000 in Lee’s Summit, MO. Dagg (1794-1884) was a prominent Southern Baptist theologian of the nineteenth century who played an instrumental role in expositing Baptist doctrine. In the preface to his Manual of Theology, he wrote that his aim was “… to present the system of Christian doctrine with plainness and brevity; and to demonstrate, at every point, its truth, and its tendency to sanctify the heart.” This is the theme of this on-going sermon series. Don Whitney, professor of Spiritual Formation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City spoke on July 16, 2:00 PM. Jim Elliff, founder and president of Christian Communicators Worldwide, spoke on September 10. For more information, contact Heritage Baptist Church at (816) 920-3588 or visit our website at

Upcoming Conferences:

  • Southwest Regional Southern Baptist Founders Conference (Sept. 28-30, 2000)
    Heritage Baptist Church, Mansfield, TX
    Contact: Larry Vincent (817) 551-6337
    Theme: “Reforming the Local Church”
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Southern Baptist Founders Conference (Oct. 19-21, 2000)
    Old Forest Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA
    Contact: R. Wayne McCraw (804) 385-7413
    Theme: “The Sufficiency of Scripture”
  • Founders YOUTH Winter Ski Retreat-East (December 27-29, 2000)
    Winterplace, WV
    Contact: Todd Wilson (901) 758-1213
    Theme: “Redemption Planned, Purchased and Possessed”
  • Founders YOUTH Winter Ski Retreat-West (December 26-30, 2000)
    Monarch, CO
    Contact: Bill Ascol (318) 798-7088
    Theme: “The Sovereignty of God”