NEO Team Update


06
Sep 2018
NEO Team Update 9-6-18

Hello NEO Churches! Now that summer is coming to an end, NYI can catch their breath for just a moment and get ready for fall and winter events. The fall is my favorite time of the year because it’s football season. I love going and spending time together at our high school football games hanging out with our church people, our teenagers, and our community. This is my passion – living outside the church and being with the community that needs us. Wouldn’t it be great if we, the church body, get out and support our football teams and get to know the people around us so we can have a better idea of how to minister in our city? What is neat about this is that this is something that the different generations can do together. When different generations get together outside the church and do things together,......

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30
Aug 2018
NEO Team Update 8-30-18

CHANGE This is the season that brings a lot of changes.  Children start a new grade, the weather is cooling down, trees are starting to change color, and the list could go on and on. I want to share about changes in NMI.  On the District NMI, one change is that President David Stevens asked me, Linda Holland, to serve as interim president. David is not leaving, but he needed a break, a sabbatical, to refresh himself.  If you need to contact me, send me an email. Another change in our District NMI is that Cynthia Hollingsworth is our new Work and Witness director.  If you have questions or want information, contact her through email. There are also changes from the General NMI Convention. We have a new logo, we changed the constitution a little, and we tried to make it easier for you in the local church to share......

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16
Aug 2018
NEO Team Update 8-16-18

Francis Chan: If Everyone Knew How to Read the Bible, It Would Change Church as We Know It Francis Chan shares about the best gift he’s been given. He received it when he was 15 when a pastor taught him “how to read the Bible for myself.” And now, Chan shares, he’s made major, life-altering decisions with just him and the book. Tim Mackie of The Bible Project says something similar about the best gift he’s received. A teacher taught him to see how “every book of the Bible fits together as a unified story that leads to and points to Jesus.” This teacher also taught him to read the Bible for himself and learn from it. Chan says he’s frustrated about all the talk surrounding different speakers and the words they’ve spoken and the lack of talk surrounding what someone has learned for him or herself from the......

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06
Aug 2018
NEO Team Update 8-6-18

Build on Your Strengths   We’re often told in business that we should work on our weaknesses instead of our strengths, but let me tell you about Jim Kaat, who pitched many years for the Minnesota Twins. Kaat went in to talk to his new pitching coach, Johnny Sain, during spring training before the 1966 season. Sain asked Kaat to name his top four pitches and what pitches he felt he should work on the most.   Kaat said his best pitch was his fastball, followed by his curve, slider and changeup. He thought if he improved on his slider and changeup, he would have a good season.   His coach disagreed. Sain told him: “I want you to take a different approach. Work on your fastball. I know it’s your favorite pitch so go out there in practice, warm-ups and during games and concentrate on your fastball. Throw your......

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19
Jul 2018
NEO Team Update 7-19-18

If I do as Jesus asked and pray for laborers for the harvest, do I understand that He was asking people for thousands of years to pray for me? Am I willing to be an answer to their prayers?   And he (Jesus) said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2 ESV)   The Value of Encouragement   When Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play major league baseball, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, he became a target for racial hate mail and even death threats. Before one game, Robinson received a threatening phone call that left him so shaken that he was unable to concentrate on the game.   Robinson struck out in one inning with bases loaded. In another inning, he committed a fielding......

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12
Jul 2018
NEO Team Update 7-12-18

The Heart of the Church ​ Every church needs to take an honest look at how they function and discover if there are patterns that are counterproductive to reaching out to those who are not yet part of the family.  Entire congregations can function in a way that says, “We are here for us.  Everyone else stay away.”  Or they can establish patterns that show warmth and an inviting spirit that says, “Everyone is welcome!” In an excerpt from his book, Seismic Shifts, Kevin Harney shares the importance of evaluating the heart of the church.  Read More Raising Highly Capable Kids – July 27 Search Institute has undertaken decades of research with more than 5 million children and found that there are 40 building blocks every child needs to grow and mature. And the more of these assets a child has in her life, the more likely she is to......

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30
May 2018
NEO Team Update - DISTRICT ADVANCE June 2-4

Dear NEO Family,   We are only a few days away from our 2018 Advance. You may want to know more about a few of the speakers from off the District.   Drs. Chuck and Carla Sunberg   Carla Sunberg was elected 43rd general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene at the 29th General Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana in June, 2017. At the time of her election, Carla was president of Nazarene Theological Seminary. Previously, Chuck and Carla  served as pioneer missionaries to the former Soviet Union, co-pastors of Grace Point Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana and co-district superintendents of the East Ohio District. Carla was born in Germany, daughter of missionaries, ordained on the Russian North District, and educated in the USA (MNU) and England (Masters and PhD from Nazarene Theological College and the University of Manchester). Her heartfelt passion is a life of holiness and service for......

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17
May 2018
NEO Team Update 5-14-18

Congratulations to Graduates from our Clergy Families   Maiya Baker, Homeschool High School   Jerika Brown, Cleveland High School   Braden Heid, Kansas State University   Chandler Heid, Caney Valley High School   Cameron Madaffari, Skiatook High School   Morgan Marquis, Union High School   Owen Mueller, Homeschool High School and ICTC   Shelby Nichols, SNU   Kyler Ross, SNU   Peyton Ross, Broken Arrow High School Schedule Saturday, June 2 8:00–9:00 am               Registration for Delegates / Café open for Coffee & Snacks 9:00 am–5:00pm         Summer Daze for kids  Birth thru Age 12 9:00–10:30 am             IGNITE Service w/ Roger Hahn 10:45–11:45 am            IGNITING a passion for Christ’s Mission w/ Chuck & Carla Sunberg 11:45am–12:45pm    Lunch – Chick-fil-a Box Meal (catered) Meal Worksheet-Delegates & Guests Includes breakout sessions for SDMI, Children’s Workers, NYI Workers 1:00–2:00 pm          ......

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07
May 2018
NEO Team Update 5-7-18

Is Advance a good investment of your time? Here are just a few of the positive comments shared after the 2017 NEO Advance: I thought this “Advance” event was the best thing I’ve experienced while serving on our District. Everyone in our sphere of relationships repeatedly expressed how much they appreciated the spiritual renewal, workshops and District Assembly. … What a beautiful blending of inspirational worship, sharing, teaching and business. Thank you for offering childcare. It makes attending the services possible for my wife and the weekend is far greater when we can go together. Loved, loved, loved the format and content of our district advance!!!!! District Assembly was a huge breathe of fresh air, and my crew and I came away very encouraged. What a tremendous weekend it was! As it was my first assembly on the NEO District, I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but......

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30
Apr 2018
NEO Team Update 4-30-18

Schedule Saturday, June 2 8:00–9:00 am            Registration for Delegates / Café open for Coffee & Snacks 9:00 am–5:00pm      Summer Daze for kids  Birth thru Age 12 9:00–10:30 am           IGNITE Service w/ Roger Hahn 10:45–11:45 am          IGNITING a passion for Christ’s Mission w/ Chuck & Carla Sunberg 11:45am–12:45pm     Lunch – Chick-fil-a Box Meal (catered)  Meal Worksheet-Delegates & Guests Includes breakout sessions for SDMI, Children’s Workers, NYI Workers 1:00–2:00 pm           Workshop Session #1  Workshop Descriptions NMI – Presidents – What Do We Do Next — David Stevens & Council NYI – This is How We Do It — Various Youth Pastors NYI – Students: Sharing your Faith with Others — Eric Hawkinson SDMI/NYI – How to Understand the Bible — Roger Hahn SDMI – Introduction to Love and Logic — Matt Angell SDMI/NYI – NazSafe — Kathy Cott HISP – Estrategias de Crecimiento de la Iglesia — Dannemann/Correa GEN – Best Practices......

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