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Tulsa Pastor Completes Course of Study

On Aug. 4, Bill Welch of Tulsa concluded a special journey in ministry that began in Spring 2007. Saint Paul School of Theology congratulates him for graduating from that United Methodist seminary’s Course of Study (COS) program for Local Pastors. He’s been pursuing that education almost as long as he’s been pastoring. In mid-life, he began serving West Tulsa UMC part-time, a bivocational appointment. The year was 2006. Full-time pastoral ministry and full-time COS coursework began for him two years ago, serving both West Tulsa and Tulsa-Grace, small-membership churches. The first class convinced him this educational path was right for him. Due to its subject, “I was blessed to understand small-church culture,” Rev. Welch said. “COS classes are very applicable to mid-life, non-seminary-trained people pastoring small churches.”
Welch continues to lead West Tulsa UMC, which last year welcomed 10 people
by Profession of Faith and averaged 118 in worship; and Tulsa-Grace, reporting a
new member by Profession of Faith and averaging 40 in worship last year.
The Local Pastor previously worked 30 years as a commercial photographer
and five as a development director. While a bivocational pastor, he also worked for a nonprofit camp. The Tulsan chose to attend Saint Paul because that school offered the nearest COS program, he said. Travel to the seminary’s campus in Kansas City brought chances to visit a daughter and her family in Lawrence,
Kan., too. Saint Paul School now offers COS in various formats, including classes in Oklahoma City. The August graduation ceremony was held in Wesley Chapel at UM Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kan. Find information about Course of Study at http://www.okumc.org/localpastors.
— Holly McCray

Latest Sermon

“New Places” from the sermon series “Mission Ready”

“Dear Theophilus, in the first volume of this book I wrote on everything that Jesus began to do and teach until the day he said good-bye to the apostles, the ones he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. After his death, he presented himself alive to them in many different settings over a period of forty days. In face-to-face meetings, he talked to them about things concerning the kingdom of God. As they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me. John baptized in water; you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And soon.”

When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?” He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”

These were his last words. As they watched, he was taken up and disappeared in a cloud. They stood there, staring into the empty sky. Suddenly two men appeared—in white robes! They said, “You Galileans!—why do you just stand here looking up at an empty sky? This very Jesus who was taken up from among you to heaven will come as certainly—and mysteriously—as he left.””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:1-11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

“Our New Life in Christ”

“Our New Life in Christ” is based on Romans 14:1-12

“What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.

So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says, “every knee will bow before me; Every tongue will tell the honest truth that I and only I am God.” So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.”

Romans 14:6-12 MSG

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