NEO Team Update


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Oct 2017
NEO Team Update 10-16-17

Celebrate Clergy Appreciation Month Throughout the month of October, churches around the world will show their appreciation for clergy and pastoral staff members in a variety of ways. These men and women can be celebrated through personal notes or gifts, by groups like a Sunday school class, or in larger settings with the entire congregation. Here are some ideas: Share a video explaining what you appreciate about your pastor using #lovemynazpastor. Organize a prayer calendar so each pastor is prayed for every day of the month. Create a slideshow presentation of pastors in action during the past year. Set it to music and play it as a pre-service video. Give clergy families a night out to a local restaurant or gift certificate for an overnight get-away. Invite children to create artwork for the pastors. Choose a day and have people text pastors hourly with a heartfelt message explaining how the pastors have positively impacted members.......

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05
Oct 2017
NEO Team Update 10-5-17

Dear NEO Family, The two days we have been anticipating and praying for are now here! Join us this Sunday, 5–7pm and Monday, 9am–3pm. Rise up O Church of God! Organic Outreach for ORDINARY PEOPLE 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......

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28
Sep 2017
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......

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28
Aug 2017
NEO Team Update 8/28/17

Dear NEO family, It is hard to fathom the devastation that is taking place in South Texas. We all have family or friends in the area and we are praying and communicating with them as possible. My son, David, and his wife, Elaine, live three miles west of downtown Houston. David was out of town when the storm hit and has not been able to get back. Elaine and their dog, Lincoln, are safe, but like everyone in the area, are wondering what the next few days will hold. As you would expect, several Nazarene churches have storm or flooding damage and many of our brothers and sisters have flooded homes. NEO Nazarenes are asking ourselves what we can do now to help and wondering what will be needed a week, a month and even a year from now. I know God’s people will reach out and help in......

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17
Aug 2017
NEO Team Update 8/17/17

A Call for Help! How Will You Respond? You probably saw or read the story a couple of weeks ago. A disabled man was drowning in a retention pond in Florida. Five teenagers nearby heard his cry for help, but instead of coming to his aid, they mocked and laughed at the man, even recording it all on a video that was later posted online. Legal experts say the teens were not legally required to render aid. Yet all who hear of the event agree that the behavior of these teens is reprehensible and morally outrageous. A former federal prosecutor wrote, “It seems like common sense that those kids should have tried to help the guy instead of filming it.” How thankful we are that God did not ignore our helpless plight and cries for help! God demonstrated his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ......

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03
Aug 2017
NEO Team Update 8-3-17

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......

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Jul 2017
NEO Team Update 7-18-17

Summertime is Camp Time!        Thanks to our Camp Directors Dustin Wine and Linda Holland, speakers, musicians, along with the many leaders and counselors from NEO who helped our kids have a great time and connect with God! NYI Worship Night at Core Church July 12 was a special night of worship for NEO youth. As we sang the song, “Oceans”, I recalled my response to God’s call to trust him completely with my life as a 9th grader at camp. And I was reminded that that same faith and trust is called for as a fifty-eleven year old disciple of Jesus! Once again tears flowed down my cheeks as I joined 120+ youth in raising my hands in surrender and trust as we sang, “Your grace abounds in deepest waters, Your sovereign hand will be my guide. Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve......

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Jun 2017
NEO Team Update 6-15-17

Dear NEO Family, Do you ever wonder if church attendance matters? We can worship God anywhere, after all. Why don’t we just go to the park and listen to a podcast to be fed spiritually? I hope you will read the words of my friend, Pastor Shane Ash, below: “Church attendance matters.  And not for the growth of the organization itself, but more importantly, for the formation of the people. Why? Church is participation. It is our submission to the body of Christ. It is part of our salvation…transforming us from the idolatry of self into worshipers of God. Church is formation. It is an identity. It is practice. It is a dress rehearsal of how to be Christian. As we partake in sacrament, we are accepting the grace of God. As we sing praise, we are aligning our minds and bodies in worship. As we listen to the......

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01
Jun 2017
NEO Team Update 5-11-17

Dear NEO Family, When the Royals won the World Series 19 months ago, I did not have to go to a training event on how to share about their crushing victory over the New York Mets. You couldn’t shut me up. I had a story to tell. In his book, Gospel Fluency, Jeff Vanderstelt says it is natural to talk about what we love and what affects us. It comes from the overflow of the heart: “When you come to know and experience the love God has for us in Jesus; when you realize that God loved us so much that he was willing to suffer and die for our sins, even though we were his enemies; when you meet Jesus and experience him pouring out his Spirit into your heart, filling you with himself and his love, you can’t contain it. You have to talk about it.” (p.......

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04
May 2017
“Waves of Glory” at District Assembly?

“Waves of Glory” at District Assembly? Over a year ago, research I was doing led me to the Journal of the 1921 District Assembly of Eastern Oklahoma. One thing was clear as I read the account of the proceedings – as they met for the business of the church, the most important business was connecting with God! Several times the journal referred to “waves of glory” coming over the gathering. For example, the journal records, “As Brother Douglas led the song service, waves of glory came on the people, until old time Pentecostal shouts were heard… Brother Bud Robinson preached from Tim. 4: 1 and 2, a number of seekers came forward and most of them were either saved, reclaimed or sanctified.” Another day, “Dr. Goodwin gave such an inspiring address that all of the Assembly caught a vision of the great movement of our church as we have never......

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