The role of the District Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) is to promote the work of making disciples through Sunday School/Small Group growth on the district, as well as for program-oriented ministries of outreach, evangelism and Christian nurture for all age levels. I am excited to be working with a great group of godly men and women across our district to fulfill this role and our church’s mission “to make Christlike disciples” here in Northeast Oklahoma and across the nations. The SDMI ministry teams are working diligently to bring opportunities for us to gather, learn and be equipped for this calling.
Our Children’s Ministry Council, headed by Beckie Richburg, is getting ready for Kids Mission Day coming up on Saturday, October 13. They are also working with kids across the district and going deeper into God’s Word as they prepare for many upcoming Bible quizzes throughout the year.
The NEO District Women’s Ministry team is making preparations for “REFRESH – Weekend at the Well”, our District Ladies Retreat. SAVE THIS DATE: January 25-26. Watch the website for additional details coming soon. By popular demand, Donna Kyzer-Rice will be with us again this year as our special guest. Ladies, join us in praying for Donna and the retreat and prepare to attend with your ladies!
I am particularly excited about a new ministry opportunity to reach further into our communities that will have an awesome impact on families. NEO has just been awarded a grant from Resilient Kidz to start a new program in our area called Raising Highly Capable Kids, which is being headed up by our district’s very own Ellen Crager. Raising Highly Capable Kids is a 13-week parent program to help parents raise healthy, caring and responsible children, but also equips kids with the power to make healthy life choices. You will be hearing more about this and how you can get involved in the coming days…so stay tuned for this and other ministry/training opportunities coming soon.
While I greatly appreciate all the efforts of our NEO District Ministry Teams, I hope you know that this mission “to GO and make Christlike disciples” is not just one we carry as leaders, but we are each called to do. Disciple-making is about building relationships. Our relationship with Christ wasn’t a one-time experience or encounter. It is a continual growing, learning, conversing and spending time with the Master Teacher. So it is the same as we disciple others. It is organic, a sharing of interests and kindnesses, and a willingness to grow and learn from each other in mutually beneficial ways.
I want to encourage you to be a disciple maker. It’s not as complicated or intimidating as it may sound. All it requires is that you bring your most important asset – your own God given personality and gifts – and begin intentionally building relationships with your neighbors, co-workers, classmates, etc. Share meals with them, celebrate the wins and cry over losses with them; discuss hurts and pains; and walk through life side by side. Be yourself. Bring your experiences, backgrounds, heritages, as well as your weaknesses and faith. Don’t worry about your imperfect, in-process selves. We have the Spirit of Christ to come and be for us everything we are not. He will give us everything we need to “GO” and carry out His Great Commission. The process will look different for each of us because He created each and every one of us differently. But is our differences that will make all the difference when it comes to making disciples!
Let’s “GO” NEO!
-Michelle Proctor, SDMI District Chair
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NEO August Reports
I Want to Celebrate. . .
Mark Smith, Cushing. . . Starting our morning worship service with Pastor Mark at 9:00 each Sunday morning has worked out well for our church. Most of us are early risers and Pastor brings such good messages we are usually anxious to get started. We have seen God answer prayer in 3 different situations this month and are so grateful for His abiding love and care for us
Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . We want to thank God, in this month we had a time to grow with our leaders and encourage our team to impact our city for Jesus.
Yalmi & Norma Izaguirre, Tulsa Regency Iglesia. . . We had a time to pray on Saturdays and God blessed us abundantly.
David Stevens, Vinita. . . We have had new people attending recently. Also – our people have begun to be intentional about praying for unchurched and unsaved people. We are working to increase our “evangelistic temperature”. We represented the Church in the Rodeo Parade in order to increase our visibility. A member’s cancer appears to be responding to the treatment he is receiving at MD Anderson and we thank God for that.
Curtis Martin, Sapulpa. . . We have been blessed with the completion of the remodeling in our sanctuary.
Jim Thornton, Tulsa Hills. . . Our new ministry focusing on those in their 20’s is called “#adulting”. This group has quickly grown to around 25 people. Connor MacKenzie is offering excellent leadership to this new group. Also, our Newcomers Lunch welcomed 28 in attendance. Carly Karnes is doing such a great job as Connections Pastor. God continues to use THC as a welcoming place as we stay focused on being a Praying Church.
Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . We added 11 new partners at Audacity. We are excited for these families as they’ve taken the next step in finding and following Jesus in the local church. We had a successful event at the University of Tulsa Activities Fair. We connected with hundreds of students and are looking forward to serving the University in a greater capacity.
Steve Brown, Cleveland. . . We had a great service with our DS on August 12th. After the monthly fellowship lunch, the board, DS, and pastor met for the review of pastor/church relationship, and we are excited to continue our relationship with Rev. Steve Brown and his wife Kendra here in Cleveland.
Casey Hollingsworth, Miami New Life. . . Loved how we reached out to our school this month. We honored our teachers/educators by providing a welcome back breakfast as they began their school year. We also are partnering with each teacher in order that we might pray for them and help assist with any needs that may arise during the school year. We also spent an evening doing a prayer walk at the school. Used this time to surround the building/parking lot with prayer. We also prayed for students as they arrived for the first day of classes and handed out donuts. We want to be more of a presence in our schools/community!
Brian Loderhose, Owasso Silver Creek. . . We had an awesome Teen Revival in August and teens were at the altar getting some things right with the Lord. We also had a Building Upgrade pledge drive and far exceeded our goal. Looking forward to getting some much needed facility projects done around the church. Lastly, we welcomed 2 new babies to our congregation this month.