NEO Team Update 6-25-20

NEO Team Update 6-25-20

Dear NEO Family,

Our District Advisory Council has called upon us to a year of focus on repentance, individually and corporately. One area which calls for our repentance is our failure to read, meditate on, and memorize God’s Word. We have settled for crumbs of God’s Word when a feast is available.

187 countries have designated 2020 as the Year of the Bible. If ever we need guidance from God’s Word, it is now. Anxiety, fear and division are widespread.  The call to be alert and sober minded is aided by feeding ourselves the Word of God, meditating on it, and memorizing it.  Psalm 1:2 says the person is blessed who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night. We must continue to promote and model this within NEO churches!   Read More

Making 2020 the Year of the Bible in NEO

As we repent for settling for crumbs, how will we make 2020 the Year of the Bible in NEO? Churches can continue using tools like “Community Bible Experience” to get people reading big sections of scripture; they can provide daily Bible readings that follow up the weekly worship experience; we can rally our kids and youth for involvement in Bible Quizzing; and we can teach our members how to read and study the Word of God. What will you do personally and participate in corporately?

I would like to add a personal challenge. When I was in college, I went to work as a summer intern at a church in Trenton, New Jersey. After arriving, I found out that a man had offered to give the church $100 for everyone that memorized, word for word, a group of about 55 passages. I decided that is something I would do in my 8 or so weeks while there. I did so, and experienced like Dawson Trotman, the truth of the Holy Spirit reminding me of these scriptures, which I had planted in my mind, at the appropriate time.

So I would like to pay it forward. I still have the list of scriptures I used back in 1976. Marla has typed them up on sheets (CLICK HERE) where they can be cut out and carried around to memorize them. For every person who memorizes these scriptures (you can pick a different translation if you prefer) this year, I will give $200 (inflation ?) to the local church’s children’s ministry, youth ministry or outreach ministry. The award will be given next Assembly. But the reward will last a lifetime as the Holy Spirit uses these scriptures, planted in our minds, to correct, encourage and train in righteousness.

Grace and peace,


District Calendar Updates

Due to COVID-19, we regret to inform you that NEO Youth Camp and NEO Kids Camp have been canceled for summer 2020. Both groups are tentatively planning Fall events.

Ministers and Mates Retreat is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 25–27 with a final decision planned by August 1.

General Assembly, originally scheduled for 2021 in Indianapolis, has been postponed until 2023. Read the statement from the General Superintendents:   English    Españ​ol