NEO Team Update


01
Mar 2018
NEO Team Update 2-26-18

Dear NEO family,   What a joy it is to be a part of the team of Nazarenes in Northeast Oklahoma!! Our vision:   – Every person waking up each morning praying, “God, anyway you can use me today, I’m available!”   – Every family a beacon of God’s love.   – Every church a mission center.   Pastor’s Forum Monday, March 5th  —  at SNU-Tulsa (or Collinsville Church)  —  9am-Noon Bonus afternoon session on Church Security 1:30-4pm Register   Last Sunday, Gloria and I worshiped with Pastor Otoniel Dannemann and Fuente de Vida. This vibrant congregation has helped start many of our eight Hispanic congregations and yet they continue to fill their facility week after week. They have a passion for evangelism and baptized 53 people this last year! They also have a clear discipleship strategy which features use of The Masters’ Plan. Their worship is vibrant and......

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08
Feb 2018
NEO Team Update 2-8-18

This Update Includes  – SCATTER, Does something need to be changed? – IGNITE, Service for spiritual renewal Feb. 18 – EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 – SPARK, Equipping children’s worker – News from across the District – Marriage Detox, Feb. 23 and 24 – COMMUNITY BIBLE EXPERIENCE (CBE) Are you satisfied with the evangelistic passion and fruit in your church? If not, don’t you think something needs to be changed? Dick Vermeil became head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 1997 after a fifteen-year absence from all of coaching. He was infamous for 3- to 4-hour practices in full pads every day of the week. He worked his players so hard that before one game in 1998 against the Bears, the entire team had a meeting about whether they should even play! They had 9 wins in 2 years. So, he changed… He cut down practices to 1.5 hours no matter......

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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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18
Dec 2017
NEO Team Update 12-14-17

May your Christmas be blessed with peace, joy, hope and love! From your NEO District Office Staff, Dr. Dave and Gloria McKellips, Marla Shepherd and Sharon Gunter On the way home from church, a little girl asked her Mom, “Mommy, the pastor said that God is bigger than we are, is that true?” The mother affirmed that it was true. “He also said that God lives in us, is that true?,” asked the child. Her mom answered, “Yes, that’s right.” A bit puzzled, the little girl then asked, “Well, if God is bigger than us and lives in us, won’t He show-through?” That’s a question that only you and I can answer. Does He show-through in you? New Year’s Eve Party is at Tulsa Central RSVP by January 5th NEO November Statistics    ...

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04
Dec 2017
NEO Team Update 12-4-17

December, Organic Outreach and Your Church ​December is here, which means Christmas is directly ahead. What a great season to carry the momentum and enthusiasm forward from our Organic Outreach Rally! More people attend Church at Christmas and Easter than at any other time of the year. Whether you joined us for the Organic Outreach Rally in October or not, as Christians, we should be examining how we engage with those who otherwise never set foot in a church. Walt Bennett, Executive Director of Organic Outreach, suggests the following: – For those in this category who actually have a relationship with Jesus Christ, but are not seeing the purpose in coming together in Christian Community (and most likely not seeing their purpose in living out a Christian life through all the days in-between), prepare your congregation to welcome them warmly with grace and love and create an experience that leaves......

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06
Nov 2017
NEO Team Update 11-6-17

Spiritual Conversations   Last week I watched again Kevin Harney’s teaching on “Engaging in Spiritual Conversations.” Harney believes spiritual conversations don’t have to be forced and uncomfortable. God wants our faith to overflow into our daily interactions in organic, natural ways.   Tim Keller, pastor of an influential church in New York City, says, “We could do a far better job of patiently listening. And we should not talk until we can represent the skeptic’s viewpoint with empathy so that a skeptic friend says, ‘Yes, that is my hang up; I couldn’t have put it better myself.’ Only then should we try to recommend the Christian faith to them.”   Keller echoes the conventional evangelical wisdom: “You can’t argue someone into the kingdom.” Both common sense and research confirm this is true. But it doesn’t stop people from trying! From Facebook to family gatherings, our disagreements regularly erupt into......

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02
Nov 2017
NEO Team Update 11-2-17

This is the way we roll in Northeast Oklahoma… Every person waking up each morning praying, “God, if you can use me anyway today, I’m available!” God can use us wherever he has planted us, whether in an office in Muskogee, a school in Miami or a battlefield around the world. I read this week a story of an Iraqi Interpreter assigned to the Army’s 82nd Airborne division in 2007. There he met Sgt. Scott Young. Abbas Hameed writes, “ I realized there was something different about him. He had a book in his knee pocket all the time. Every time we had a break, I observed him reading, and I was intrigued. Scott told me it was the Bible, and I started to read it every day for myself. I kept going back to Scott to ask questions about what I was reading.” A few months later, Abbas......

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16
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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