NEO Team Update 1-25-21

NEO Team Update 1-25-21

Comparing Pastors

Thom S. Rainer

January 11, 2021

Comparisons of pastors have been around since we’ve had pastors. Paul wrote about it in 1 Corinthians 1:12: “Some of you are saying, ‘I am a follower of Paul.’ Others are saying, ‘I follow Apollos,’ or ‘I follow Peter,’ or ‘I follow only Christ.’”

In the first part of the twentieth century, local church pastors were compared to well-known radio pastors. In the latter part of the twentieth century, they were compared to television pastors. Beginning in the twenty-first century, the comparisons were to podcast pastors. Read more

Bristow’s New Pastor

Pastor Biddle reports, “At Fellowship COTN, I have taken the approach that no one has ever heard of this church. Believing that Kingdom building is all about relationship, we have approached where we are in a two-pronged approach; internally and externally. Internally, we have restarted an adult Sunday school class, Wednesday evening Prayer meeting, and a Sunday evening discipleship/Focus class on “Being Christian.” Externally, we have had an interview which was posted on the front page of the Bristow News, writing a weekly devotional in the newspaper titled “. . . from the Pastor’s Desk,” and going door-to-door on Main Street to make introductions. We are also in the process of creating community quilting bee groups, quilting classes, soap making classes, MOPS, and restarting a caravan program. To bring attention to the physical facility, we have installed new lights on the church’s sign and flag pole out front.”

Who says the Pandemic has to have the last word! Thanks for keeping your church on mission, Pastor Ron.


SNU Sunday on NEO – April 18





Although every plan we make these days is tentative, we are targeting Sunday, April 18 as Southern Nazarene University Sunday on the NEO District. We would ask every church to use one of the videos provided by SNU in your morning service and include the University, President Newman, administrators, faculty, staff and students in your prayer. It would be a good time to thank your church for their faithful giving to support the mission of SNU.

Sunday evening, we hope to have a District-wide service at Tulsa Central with University Singers, two groups from the Worship Arts’ class, and Rev. Dr. Lena Crouso speaking. Dr. Crouso serves as the Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, and she is also an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Crouso is the daughter of Asian-Indian immigrants and states that her journey from Hinduism to Christ along with her diverse life path has given her a heart and mind for the empowerment of all people through intercultural understanding and a desire to lead people in spiritual and emotional ways, empowering students to move towards social transformation and freedom.

Epps continue work as “Street Pastors”

Steve Epp turned in his annual report on ministry this week. Steve and Saundra continue to walk across America, carrying the cross and engaging people in conversation and prayer. Their seven-word sentences are used time and again – “Jesus loves you and so do I” and “ What can I pray with you about?” Let’s pray for God to continue to use this faithful couple to point people to Jesus.

Instead of an NEO Ladies Retreat this year, we invite all ladies on the district to attend THRiVE2021 — a FREE virtual OR in-person ladies retreat. THRiVE creates an atmosphere for ladies of all ages to gather for worship, fellowship, and renewal.

Why attend THRiVE?

  1. Because sometimes it’s hard to hear God’s voice above the noise of everyday life.
  2. Because meeting together spurs us on to “love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24.)
  3. Standing side by side with our sisters in Christ, worshipping, praying, and learning about our precious Savior makes us stronger.

When we attend THRiVE, we physically remove ourselves from many of life’s distractions in order to make space for God. Even Jesus recognized the value and need to getaway. And it’s just plain fun to have a girl’s weekend! More info