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God has blessed us for 75 years. Where will we follow Him next?

One Church • One Mission

Loving all people to Christ.

One Church • One Mission

Loving all people to Christ.
CAST YOUR VOTE
January 16th - 23rd, qualified members of First Baptist Owasso are asked to vote:
As symbolized by theMission logo and  language, we will fulfill the ministry entrusted to us to be one church in multiple locations and languages.

* Paper ballots are available upon request.

CAST YOUR VOTE
January 16th - 23rd, qualified members of First Baptist Owasso are asked to vote:
As symbolized by theMission logo and  language, we will fulfill the ministry entrusted to us to be one church in multiple locations and languages.

* Paper ballots are available upon request.

One Voice

SCRIPTURE
Our church has a history of following Scripture. We move when God says move. In Scripture, when God creates a new covenant or a new context, when He calls people to Himself, He changes the way people tell their story. For example, Abram become Abraham. Jacob became Israel. Simon became Peter. Saul became Paul.

HISTORY
We have become a regional church with regional influence. For a generation, people have driven past other local congregations to come to this location (in Owasso) to worship, serve, and partner with one another in ministry together.

Five years ago God changed our context. He asked us to take responsibility for people in Tulsa by directly serving people out of another location in Tulsa. Today, our church meets weekly for worship from two locations and serves people daily from three locations. This change in context opened a door for our church to fulfill its ministry in a new way.

Five years ago God expanded our call. When Chris Wall became our Senior Pastor, he began casting a vision reach people who speak Spanish. Five years ago God opened a door in a Spanish speaking community where this vision would become a fully integrated part of our identity as a church. It wouldn’t happen through something distant. It became more than work on a remote mission field or by assisting a church start. It’s becoming a defining characteristic of our church. God expanded the call of our direct responsibility. Our ministry together is now multilingual.

God’s covenant with us has not changed but it’s time for us to make a new covenant with one another. We are - and will be - one church in multiple locations and languages. We go where God sends and do what God says. This statement isn’t simply about our work on distant mission fields. It’s about the work we do everyday in Owasso, in Tulsa, and throughout these local communities and languages God has entrusted to us.

Scripture shows us that when God changes a covenant, a context, or a call, He often changes the way we tell our story. Our current name is meaningful in Owasso but is confusing in Tulsa. Our name makes sense to insiders but does not communicate the scope of who we are. Our name confuses outsiders, the unchurched people we hope to reach with the gospel. Our work is diverse but not unified around a single, simple, recognizable name that clearly identifies who we are, everywhere we are, and the mission that drives us.

THE VOTE
We’ve never voted on a logo before. We’ve not voted on the names of ministries or even the name of our Tulsa Campus or theMission Center. We’ve never voted on these things because they are usually cosmetic and we don’t vote on cosmetic things (like the color of the carpet).

However, this missional direction is not cosmetic. It is a defining characteristic of who we are. Scripture reminds us that a good name is to be chosen rather than fine riches. Beginning tonight and ending next Sunday, we’re asking the church to vote on this missional direction as symbolized by theMission logo and language - not to approve the color, or the design, or the words we use - but to unify every member of our church around this covenant promise to one another:

We are one church in multiple locations and languages. With humility and with deep devotion to God and one another, we will fulfill the ministry entrusted to us. We will take direct responsibility for the spiritual well-being of the people of Tulsa, Owasso, and the surrounding local communities.

God has expanded our context. He has clarified our call. With theMission logo and language as our symbols we will unite around this covenant promise to one another - to love this community to Christ.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are we changing our name?
Our central campus (and legal) name is not changing. In Owasso, we are First Baptist Church Owasso. In Tulsa, we are theMission Church.  We help people from theMission Center.  We reach people online through theMission Global.

Why does the Tulsa Campus need a new name?
Our current language and logo are confusing to the community in Tulsa. This new look and language unites all of our campuses in a way that makes it easy to help people understand who we are, everywhere we are, and the mission that drives us.

Why change the logo?
We want to unite all of our campuses with one easy-to-identify look. We want people to know who we are, everywhere we are, and the mission that drives us.

Do we plan to release the Tulsa Campus?
No. We are called to be one church in multiple locations and languages.

Are we actively seeking another campus?
No.

What is our process for taking on another campus?
A process like this takes time, prayer, investigation, and a vote. The process works like this:
  1. Our church, through the Lead Staff, is invited to consider a partnership with another church.
  2. Our Lead Staff evaluates how we can help. (Coaching, Short-term Assistance, Merger)
  3. If a merger becomes a possibility, the Lead Staff will bring the idea to the Church Council.
  4. The Church Council will prayerfully consider the possibility.
  5. If the Church Council decides to move forward, they will lead their Core Ministry Teams to prayerfully consider the possibility.
  6. If the Core Ministry Teams decide to move forward, the church will be invited to prayerfully consider the possibility.
  7. To complete the merger, both churches will be invited to vote to approve.

What are we voting on?
As symbolized by theMission logo and language, we are voting on the missional direction of our church. We will fulfill the ministry entrusted to us to be one church in multiple locations and multiple languages.

How is this mission any different from our mission in the past?
In many ways, it’s not. We’re five years into this multisite experience. Today, we have a better understanding of how we reach our community in Owasso, in Tulsa, and everywhere God entrusts to us.

How are we voting?
The vote begins January 16th and ends January 23rd. Qualified members can vote electronically. Paper ballots are available upon request.

One Voice

SCRIPTURE
Our church has a history of following Scripture. We move when God says move. In Scripture, when God creates a new covenant or a new context, when He calls people to Himself, He changes the way people tell their story. For example, Abram become Abraham. Jacob became Israel. Simon became Peter. Saul became Paul.

HISTORY
We have become a regional church with regional influence. For a generation, people have driven past other local congregations to come to this location (in Owasso) to worship, serve, and partner with one another in ministry together.

Five years ago God changed our context. He asked us to take responsibility for people in Tulsa by directly serving people out of another location in Tulsa. Today, our church meets weekly for worship from two locations and serves people daily from three locations. This change in context opened a door for our church to fulfill its ministry in a new way.

Five years ago God expanded our call. When Chris Wall became our Senior Pastor, he began casting a vision reach people who speak Spanish. Five years ago God opened a door in a Spanish speaking community where this vision would become a fully integrated part of our identity as a church. It wouldn’t happen through something distant. It became more than work on a remote mission field or by assisting a church start. It’s becoming a defining characteristic of our church. God expanded the call of our direct responsibility. Our ministry together is now multilingual.

God’s covenant with us has not changed but it’s time for us to make a new covenant with one another. We are - and will be - one church in multiple locations and languages. We go where God sends and do what God says. This statement isn’t simply about our work on distant mission fields. It’s about the work we do everyday in Owasso, in Tulsa, and throughout these local communities and languages God has entrusted to us.

Scripture shows us that when God changes a covenant, a context, or a call, He often changes the way we tell our story. Our current name is meaningful in Owasso but is confusing in Tulsa. Our name makes sense to insiders but does not communicate the scope of who we are. Our name confuses outsiders, the unchurched people we hope to reach with the gospel. Our work is diverse but not unified around a single, simple, recognizable name that clearly identifies who we are, everywhere we are, and the mission that drives us.

THE VOTE
We’ve never voted on a logo before. We’ve not voted on the names of ministries or even the name of our Tulsa Campus or theMission Center. We’ve never voted on these things because they are usually cosmetic and we don’t vote on cosmetic things (like the color of the carpet).

However, this missional direction is not cosmetic. It is a defining characteristic of who we are. Scripture reminds us that a good name is to be chosen rather than fine riches. Beginning tonight and ending next Sunday, we’re asking the church to vote on this missional direction as symbolized by theMission logo and language - not to approve the color, or the design, or the words we use - but to unify every member of our church around this covenant promise to one another:

We are one church in multiple locations and languages. With humility and with deep devotion to God and one another, we will fulfill the ministry entrusted to us. We will take direct responsibility for the spiritual well-being of the people of Tulsa, Owasso, and the surrounding local communities.

God has expanded our context. He has clarified our call. With theMission logo and language as our symbols we will unite around this covenant promise to one another - to love this community to Christ.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are we changing our name?
Our central campus (and legal) name is not changing. In Owasso, we are First Baptist Church Owasso. In Tulsa, we are theMission Church.  We help people from theMission Center.  We reach people online through theMission Global.

Why does the Tulsa Campus need a new name?
Our current language and logo are confusing to the community in Tulsa. This new look and language unites all of our campuses in a way that makes it easy to help people understand who we are, everywhere we are, and the mission that drives us.

Why change the logo?
We want to unite all of our campuses with one easy-to-identify look. We want people to know who we are, everywhere we are, and the mission that drives us.

Do we plan to release the Tulsa Campus?
No. We are called to be one church in multiple locations and languages.

Are we actively seeking another campus?
No.

What is our process for taking on another campus?
A process like this takes time, prayer, investigation, and a vote. The process works like this:
  1. Our church, through the Lead Staff, is invited to consider a partnership with another church.
  2. Our Lead Staff evaluates how we can help. (Coaching, Short-term Assistance, Merger)
  3. If a merger becomes a possibility, the Lead Staff will bring the idea to the Church Council.
  4. The Church Council will prayerfully consider the possibility.
  5. If the Church Council decides to move forward, they will lead their Core Ministry Teams to prayerfully consider the possibility.
  6. If the Core Ministry Teams decide to move forward, the church will be invited to prayerfully consider the possibility.
  7. To complete the merger, both churches will be invited to vote to approve.

What are we voting on?
As symbolized by theMission logo and language, we are voting on the missional direction of our church. We will fulfill the ministry entrusted to us to be one church in multiple locations and multiple languages.

How is this mission any different from our mission in the past?
In many ways, it’s not. We’re five years into this multisite experience. Today, we have a better understanding of how we reach our community in Owasso, in Tulsa, and everywhere God entrusts to us.

How are we voting?
The vote begins January 16th and ends January 23rd. Qualified members can vote electronically. Paper ballots are available upon request.

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