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Voices — Featuring Josh Hannah

A Gathering for Pastors

April 4-5, 2014
Friday: 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - Noon


Josh is the senior pastor of Friendship World Outreach, a multi-site IPHC church in Tennessee with five campuses. Since becoming Senior Pastor in April of 2001, weekend attendance has grown from 60 to over 1,600. Pastor Josh is an internationally known speaker and church growth consultant. Josh is a gifted communicator and speaks at leadership conferences and works with pastors across the globe. He has a passion to see new churches planted and to help existing ones with reviatlization.

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Church Planting Essentials

Church Planting EssentialsA DCPI Seminar

February 19-21, 2014

Many pastors and churches would like to plant a church but feel unprepared for the task. The three objectives of this seminar can change that:

  • Help you get a clear vision of what God wants you to accomplish.
  • Help prepare a plan to fulfill the vision.
  • Help you produce action steps on a timeline to accomplish the plan.

"I wish I'd had this training 20 years ago!"

Echoed by many seminar attendees

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Ministering to Children with Special Needs Seminar

Child with special needsWhen: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 - 9 am - 3 PM

Where: Heartland Retreat Center

Why: "We feel compelled to open a window and offer new hope!" Special needs children are some of the Heartland's most forgotten people. Their families' needs are also routinely overlooked. We must change that in the Heartland!

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New Book — Jesus, the “One and Only” — by Bishop Tunstall

Jesus-One-and-Only-adBishop Tunstall has just released Volume 1 of a new series of books studying the gospel of John in depth. Volume 2 is scheduled to come out in early 2014. Bishop Jimmy Whitfield, of the North Carolina Conference, says this book "should be required reading for every minister." Bishop Chris Thompson, of Evangelism USA, recommends pastors freely distribute it in their congregations. We think you'll agree that Pastor Frank has produced another masterpiece!

Free gift!

A free copy of this book will be given to each Heartland minister who attends the Fall Summit (camp meeting) with Mark Rutland, October 23-27, 2013. Other excerpts will follow in the weeks ahead.

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Caroline Callahan Canteen Dedicated

thumb CarolineCallahanCanteenDedicationThe camping season this year began with the dedication of a newly constructed canteen, in memory of Caroline Callahan, who went to be with the Lord six years ago. She was a Godly mother who loved young people. Her husband, Wayne, son, David, and grandson, Channing (three generations) were present for the occasion. Dan Manning, a multi-gifted Heartland pastor, did the construction. 

he Heartland now has a nice canteen to complement the goal to reach children's hearts for God. "Thank you, Wayne, and your family for helping make this new facility possible."

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Jesus, the “One and Only” Excerpt


The gospel message that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is now navigating a season of ever increasing pressure. This reality calls for a fresh look at the Gospel of John, the New Testament book that establishes Jesus as God's Son.

One of these points of tension comes from the arena of pluralism. Political pluralism certainly opens many doors to mutual understanding in the sphere of politics and government. It is indeed wisdom to respect the rights and views of all citizens, and let a ballot box and not a gun settle differences.

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May 20, 2013 Tornado in Moore, OK

thumb 130520232945-ap-22-oklahoma-city-tornado-0520-story-top 1Teachers take children to safety after a tornado destroyed Briarwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City on Monday.I'm writing to bring you up to speed on our Heartland response to the tornadoes here in Oklahoma City and the devastation left behind.

  1. One family in our conference has lost a nine-year-old son. We have one child in our conference family that remains unaccounted for. Please continue to pray for these families.
  2. We have families in our churches whose homes are a total loss and some that are partial loss.
  3. None of our Heartland churches are damaged.

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Frontline Ministries Launches New Beginning

Frontline Ministries New BeginningPastor Debbie Burpo led her congregation Sunday morning in their first service in the lovely facilities of what had been Lighthouse Praise and Worship Center in Kingfisher, OK. The Lighthouse closed as a church about three weeks ago.

The anointing of the Holy Spirit on the service Sunday morning was powerful and the enthusiasm of the people was electric. The attendance climbed to 227, making it a full house.

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