NEO Team Update 9-28-17
Dear NEO Family,
I have been reading an outstanding book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, by Robert Schnase. The five practices he highlights are: Radical hospitality; Passionate worship; Intentional faith development; Risk-taking mission and service; and Extravagant generosity.
Regarding the fourth quality – Risk-taking mission and service – Schnase writes: “Service, offering oneself in the deliberate effort to improve the conditions of others, is rooted in more than three thousand years of faith tradition. Nothing is more central to faith identity and to the church’s mission than transforming the lives and conditions of people by offering oneself in God’s name. Nearly every page of Scripture show people serving God by serving others.”
It has been heart-warming to see that service and generosity on display following the hurricanes that have rocked our country the past six weeks. As soon as a storm passes, Nazarenes and other tribes have been on the seen distributing aid and cleaning up debris. Now teams are helping in the rebuilding effort. Teams and aid will be needed for months to come. You can send donations to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and know that your gift will go directly to those in need. We are better together!
We want to share our faith, but we don’t want it to feel awkward, uncomfortable, or unnatural…. for them or us! Organic Outreach for Ordinary People will help you shape a personal approach to passing on the good news of Jesus in natural ways. This is not a system or a program. Discover ordinary ways to communicate God’s love and the message of salvation – naturally.
Sunday, October, 8, 5–7 pm, with Pastor Kevin Harney live at Tulsa Central. The event is free but we will take an offering to help with expenses.
All pastors, staff, and board members are asked to join us for this event to equip and inspire us in this priority area of mission.
A declared dedication to evangelism is almost universal among churches. But so few are actually bearing fruit. In fact, most churches have hit a growth plateau or are declining. Organic Outreach for Churches provides direction for congregations to weave gospel-focused passion and practice into the very DNA of church life.
Monday, October 9, 9am–3pm – SNU Pastors’ Forum with Pastor Kevin and Sherry Harney live in Bethany, OK; via Live Streaming at SNU Tulsa; or live streaming in your church or home. Cost is $39.
Pastors and lay leaders, make this a priority; take off work; come learn how to make evangelistic vision and action the domain of every ministry in a church. Online registration is now open!
Transitions in NEO
Levi and Becca Jones will have their last Sunday at Wagoner on October 8. Levi has accepted a position as Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Becca hopes to find a pastoral role in the KC area. Mike Staton, who is moving to Muskogee from Buena Vista, Colorado, will serve as interim pastor at Wagoner Cornerstone Community.
Curtis and Lesta Martin’s last day leading the Mannford Church is Sunday, October 1. Curtis and Lesta are returning to their active retired life after 5 years of “interim” service. Claude Guy will serve as interim pastor.
Mark and Colleen Smith have accepted the invitation to pastor the Drumright Church, beginning October 29. The Smiths have been serving on the Pittsburg District. Gordon Hada has served as interim pastor.