Sep 2023
NEO Team Update

The past two Sundays I have had the privilege of worshipping with Sapulpa First Church of the Nazarene and Bartlesville First Church of the Nazarene. Both churches are flourishing. Both have great lead pastors and pastoral staff. But the reason I believe they are flourishing is because the pastors are helping equip and send everyday ministers into the mission field. The Scriptures are clear when Peter writes, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). Each one is gifted to minister to others. Unfortunately, we often don’t function like “each one” is essential for the ministry. We function like only a select few are gifted for ministry and the rest are called to support the gifted few in their work. Engagement, not just attendance, of all is the key for us in the Cycle......

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