Monthly Archives: January 2018


29
Jan 2018
NEO Team Update 1-29-18

This Update Includes – SCATTER, our mission – fio imago dei, NYI Winter Retreat – IGNITE, service for spiritual renewal Feb. 18 – SPARK, equipping children’s workers – Marriage Detox, Feb. 23 and 24 – EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 – COMMUNITY BIBLE EXPERIENCE (CBE) A pastor was determined to get his congregation more outward-focused and to encourage them to share their stories outside the walls of the church. He designed a simple process that encouraged his folks to share their faith stories with others.   First, he taped a piece of butcher paper on one of the walls of the sanctuary (pretty fancy, right?). Second, he made felt pens available to use by the butcher paper. Third, he told his congregation that every time they performed an act of kindness in Jesus’s name or prayed for someone’s need (this prayer was not one of silence but done with the permission of......

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18
Jan 2018
NEO Team Update 1-18-18

This Update Includes -Service planned to seek racial healing and reconciliation -A pastor and spouse celebrating 50 years of marriage! -Winter retreat for youth -Ignite Service for spiritual renewal -Affordable training for those who work with children A year and a half ago, Unite My City hosted a breakfast for pastors which was designed to start the conversation regarding racial reconciliation.  Tulsa Hills Pastor, Jim Thornton, met another Pastor there by the name of Marcus Howard.  During that breakfast, their hearts just connected and they began meeting together. Since then, they have shared a combined service last June and have continued to foster this relationship.  Last October, Pastor Jim sensed God’s leading to have a combined service with about 4 other churches.  The purpose – seeking God’s healing for our churches and community. NEO District Event February 18 A survey of over 800 Nazarene clergy entitled, “A Study of......

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04
Jan 2018
NEO Team Update 1-4-18

A Challenge for the New Year I just finished reading Tod Bolsinger’s excellent book, Canoeing the Mountains, Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory (thanks for the great birthday gift, Marla). I expect I will be sharing several insights from this book for several months. Let me share today two paragraphs from the last chapter that seem so appropriate for NEO church leaders (the primary readers of this newsletter) as we begin 2018: Leadership into uncharted territory requires and results in transformation of the whole organization, starting with the leaders.  If we want the organization and communities we serve to thrive, focus on what God needs to do in you, change in you, makeover in you so he can use you in his mission. Focus on how you need to grow in technical competence, relational congruence and adaptive capacity, and especially focus on what you need to leave behind, let go......

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