NEO Team Update

NEO Team Update

Dear NEO Family,

 As we begin a new year after two of the most unusual, discouraging and confusing years I have experienced, I have been thinking about the great hymn, “How Firm a Foundation”. How thankful I am for the faithful God depicted in the words of this hymn:

· I have faced some challenging tasks in 2021 demanding wisdom and strength beyond what I have to offer. You have, too. I heard a speaker say last week that every pastor should get an honorary doctorate in crisis management! How helpful to hear God say, “Fear not; I am with thee. O be not dismayed, for I am thy God, I will still give thee aid. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.”

· According to the New York Times on the day I am writing, COVID has resulted in 2,494 deaths in the last 24 hours and over 820,000 since the start of the pandemic. How thankful I am that I can remind families, “When thro’ the deep waters I call thee to go, the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow; for I will be with thee thy trials to bless, and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”

· As we begin a new calendar year, pastors and churches are reflecting on the victories and the trials of the past twelve months. We can rejoice that even the trials are not wasted! “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply. The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design, thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.”

· And every one of us who has put our trust in Jesus can enthusiastically proclaim, “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose, I will not, I will not desert to his foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

Thanks be to God for a firm foundation as we begin 2022!

 Our Churches are Outstanding! We are better together!

Thank you to the following churches for showing love at Christmastime to a District Pastor not a part of their congregation: Bartlesville, Collinsville, Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Tulsa Hills. We really do need each other!

 God has blessed us with two new pastors who will be coming to NEO in 2022!

Pastor Dan and Nan McCandless have accepted the call of the Pawhuska Church to be the next pastor and spouse. Their first Sunday will be Feb. 6.

Pastor Daniel and Di Surratt have accepted the call of Tulsa Central to be the next lead pastor and spouse. The Surratt’s first Sunday will be April 3.

We continue to pray for God’s leadership for the church in Drumright. Pastor Henry and Bess Reed are providing wonderful interim pastoral support.


January 30, 2022 is designated “Seminary Sunday” across the church. Let’s pray for and give to the work of Nazarene Theological Seminary on that day in our worship service. For materials to use on that Sunday, click HERE.

Join us in a time of prayer for renewal in our ministry and our churches.

Let us pray for a resurgence in the Nazarene message of hope and holiness.

“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” 

– John Wesley

Click HERE for more information.

Owasso Silver Creek Church is looking for a Children’s Pastor-Director. If you know of a candidate that is interested in a paid staff position leading, growing, developing, and ministering to children, please email or call Pastor Brian at (918) 520-1361. A staff member should be called by God, exhibit gifts and graces for ministry, and have leadership qualities.

Southern Nazarene University Varsity Rugby is Here! 

SNU is excited to let you know about the newest Varsity Rugby Program in our region! We are very interested in sharing with you what SNU and our rugby program has to offer!

The rugby program is fully funded with full time coaches, trainers, and health and nutrition programming and scholarships! Academically, we are a top notch institution with a nice variety of Major Studies programs!

If you have an interest in playing college rugby, please send a quick email or text to Coach Aric Gilliland! Just include your name and a note that you’d like to find out more about the rugby program! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Jan 30            Seminary Sunday

Feb 3              SDMI Board

Feb 16            Credentialing Forms/Applications Due

Feb 24            DAB Meeting

Feb 27            Liberty Rising (Tulsa Hills) 6pm

Mar 1              Half-Million Prayer Mobilization – Local Church Pastors

Mar 1              Board of Ministry Interviews

Mar 24-26      NYI Extravaganza

Mar 26            NMI Council

Mar 31            Nominations Committee

April                Half-Million Prayer Mobilization, Local Church Boards

April 1-2         Pastors’ Videotaping Report for Assembly

April 21           SDMI Council

April 30           DAB Lunch/Mtg

May 1             Half-Million Prayer Mobilization, Local Congregations

May 12           Audit Committee

May 31           Youth Camp (thru June 4)

June 10-11     District NMI Convention/Assembly (Ordination on 11th)

Sep 30-Oct 2 Ministry Team Retreat (Branson)