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Dr. Benny Tate Shares Inspiring Lessons in Leadership

The Pastors Conference of the 2018 Leadership Forum provided inspiring sessions that shared valuable lessons in pastoral leadership.

The Conference began with inspirational worship led by Ohio Christian University’s ABLAZE student music and vocal group singing spirit-filled songs and hymns of praise.  Their performance created a beautiful time for experiencing the Holy Spirit’s refreshing presence.

Keynote speaker Dr. Benny Tate, Senior Pastor of the Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia, presented encouraging instruction on how to “Build a Healthy Church in a Chaotic World.”

In his sessions, Tate addressed three important topics:

  • Lessons he learned from Billy Graham
  • What has helped his church to grow from 25 to 6,900
  • Need for mentors, friends, and young people in our lives

One of his most significant and memorable statements of leadership advice was:

Dr. Billy Graham taught us that we must simplify our message to reach people for Christ. We have to show unconditional love to those who have been broken . . . even in the church.

Dr. Tate’s message brought home to the attentive pastors and faculty that their good works in their churches, classrooms, and communities make them ‘heroes’ because they are serving at the front lines in maintaining and growing Christian faith in an uncertain and changing world.

Articles of Interest

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Published: October 16, 2019

Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.” Next, one must stop relying on their own actions
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of
Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide
Kids on Campus Returns to OCU image

Kids on Campus Returns to OCU

Kids on Campus Returns to OCU image

Published: June 7, 2019

Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technology skills — for the 13th consecutive. The program is a partnership with Pickaway WORKS and Ohio Christian University with generous support from others as well. Campus rarely lacks youthful exuberance, but having Kids on Campus brought a child-rich energy. It wasn’t just the adults who enjoyed having the kids around; the kids had fun too. Carley Derexson,
Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technology skills — for the 13th consecutive. The program is a partnership with Pickaway WORKS and Ohio Christian University with generous support from others as well.
Ohio Christian University welcomed Kids on Campus — a summer enrichment program for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academic life on a college campus, while improving

Archived Articles of Interest

OCU Professor Leads Student Research Teams in Ghana, West Africa image

OCU Professor Leads Student Research Teams in Ghana, West Africa

OCU Professor Leads Student Research Teams in Ghana, West Africa image

Published: June 26, 2014

Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a research trip to Ghana, West Africa. Their goal was to research rates of mental health symptoms among West Africans and to assess the level of Psychological Flexibility among Ghanaians. In May 2014, Decker and 12 OCU undergraduates returned to Ghana to continue the research and practice the skills they’ve learned in the classroom. Prof. Decker uses the research trips to teach students interview
Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a research trip to Ghana, West Africa. Their goal was to research rates of mental health symptoms among West Africans and to assess the level of Psychological Flexibility among Ghanaians. In May 2014,
Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a
Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

OCU held surprise commencement for hospitalized student

Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

Published: April 22, 2014

Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian University officials secretly planned a surprise mini-commencement at Grant Medical Center on Friday, April 22. A teary-eyed Amanda entered a packed-room full of her family, friends, and co-workers. She
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being
OCU Small Group Ministry Packs Shoeboxes for Children image

OCU Small Group Ministry Packs Shoeboxes for Children

OCU Small Group Ministry Packs Shoeboxes for Children image

Published: December 16, 2013

Let’s take a moment to leave our white Christmas behind and picture ourselves on the firm warm dirt of India. Just imagine the many eager hands reaching out, wide smiles, bright expectant eyes, and laughter filling the humid air. This is where Natasha Hudnell (pictured below), a Junior and Intercultural Ministries major at OCU, bore witness to a surprise delivery of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. She told of how one young teenage boy pored tears of joy with a tightly clasped first raised holding a small sucker. It was the first candy he had ever received.Many of us think “bigger
Let’s take a moment to leave our white Christmas behind and picture ourselves on the firm warm dirt of India. Just imagine the many eager hands reaching out, wide smiles, bright expectant eyes, and laughter filling the humid air. This is where Natasha Hudnell (pictured below), a Junior and Intercultural Ministries major at OCU, bore witness to a surprise delivery of Operation Christmas Child
Let’s take a moment to leave our white Christmas behind and picture ourselves on the firm warm dirt of India. Just imagine the many eager hands reaching out, wide smiles, bright expectant eyes, and
A Model of Faithful Giving image

A Model of Faithful Giving

A Model of Faithful Giving image

Published: October 2, 2013

Two days after Anna Brevard passed from this life, the last check she sent to support the ministry of OCU arrived in the mailroom. It wasn’t the amount of that check but rather the faithful years of Lewis and Anna Brevard’s giving that so clearly spoke of lives characterized by stewardship. That check was the last of many that had been faithfully given to support the ministries they had felt directed to support throughout their lives. Lewis and Anna Brevard were not only faithful in giving of their treasure, but also of their time and talent.A gifted guitarist and singer, Lewis always
Two days after Anna Brevard passed from this life, the last check she sent to support the ministry of OCU arrived in the mailroom. It wasn’t the amount of that check but rather the faithful years of Lewis and Anna Brevard’s giving that so clearly spoke of lives characterized by stewardship. That check was the last of many that had been faithfully given to support the ministries they had felt
Two days after Anna Brevard passed from this life, the last check she sent to support the ministry of OCU arrived in the mailroom. It wasn’t the amount of that check but rather the faithful years
Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad image

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad image

Published: June 7, 2013

Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good enough for me.” But Ted Murphy wanted more for himself and more for his children. Two weeks later he registered for classes at Ohio Christian University to begin working on a Bachelor of Arts in Business.It really should come as no surprise that Ted Murphy would go back to school to get his degree when you see how he honors God in his community, church and workplace. Serving as a North Lewisburg
Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good enough for me.” But Ted Murphy wanted more for himself and more for his children. Two weeks later he registered for classes at Ohio Christian University to begin working on a Bachelor of Arts in
Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good