NEO Team Update 6-4-20

NEO Team Update 6-4-20

Northeast Oklahoma Nazarene Family,

Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. (Ephesians 1:15-17 NLT)

Over the next few weeks, you will see a summary of the work of NEO churches and leaders from May, 2019 thru April, 2020. What a year it has been!! Thanks for your faithfulness and love put on display day by day. I thank God that He is giving you spiritual wisdom and insight to navigate these unusual and challenging days.

In this update, you will receive:

  1. Video greetings from our General Superintendent in jurisdiction, Dr. Fili Chambo
  2. A statistical summary
  3. A video report of Southern University President, Dr. Keith Newman
  4. Delegates elected to General Assembly and Conventions

Greetings from General Superintendent, Dr. Fili Chambo

Dr. Chambo is a gracious and wise leader and a powerful preacher of the Word of God. We look forward to the day when we can gather in person as a Northeast Oklahoma Nazarene family and hear the Holy Spirit speak through him. Please listen to this greeting from Dr. Chambo and receive the blessing he gives. Also take a moment to pray for him, his family, and all of our faithful general leaders.

GREETINGS from Dr. Chambo

2019-2020 Statistical Highlights

This link will take you to the 2019-20 Handbook for NEO, with reports from all churches and District leaders, as well as statistical reports. I encourage you to spend some time reading through the reports and rejoicing in God’s faithfulness to NEO Churches. Here are some statistical highlights:

46 Active NEO Congregations

38 Fully Organized

4 New Starts

4 Parent Affiliated Congregations (PAC’s)

1 Church closed in December – Tulsa Living Hope

315 Conversions

124 Baptisms

151 New Nazarenes

World Evangelism Fund (WEF)        97% [$326,698]

Pensions and Benefits Fund (P&B)  89% [$123,940]

Higher Educational Fund (SNU)       92% [$127,382]

District Fair Share                              86% [$257,402]

Report of Dr. Keith Newman, President, Southern Nazarene University

We invite you to click here to view Dr. Keith Newman’s report to the constituents of the South Central Region, Church of the Nazarene. Hear updates on how education is still taking place at SNU, about LiveLast alums who are impacting our world, and Dr. Newman shares a tribute to retiring VP for Church Relations, Dr. Terry Toler.

Delegates Elected for General Assembly and Conventions

In accordance with the recommended procedure by the Board of General Superintendents and the Church of the Nazarene Manual, the following were elected to represent NEO at the Global gatherings June, 2021 in Indianapolis:

General Assembly

Clergy – Dave McKellips (DS) and Jim Thornton

Lay – Sharon Gunter and Jerry Wilburg

Alternates, listed in order of votes received:

Clergy – Stephen Davis, Casey Hollingsworth, Scott Moore

Lay – Ellen Crager, Tim Ogden and Kent Claggett

Sunday School/Discipleship Convention

Clergy – Steve Brown and Bret Metcalfe

Alternate Anthony Beville

Lay – Janice Bell and Ellen Crager

Alternate Lauren Edwards

The ex officio delegates will be:

District Superintendent (currently Dave McKellips)

District Chairperson (currently Michelle Proctor)

District Children’s Ministry Director (currently Beckie Richburg)

District Adult Ministries Director (currently Dan Hazelton)

Nazarene Youth Convention

District President Ryan Amey

Clergy Representative Nick Williams

Alternates Wes Hostler and Darren Smith

Lay Representative Kristy Hostler

Alternates Janice Bell and Jeremy Poplin

Student Representative Tommy Lindsly

Alternates Morgin Paul and Taylor Herndon

Nazarene Missions Convention

District President Carol Stevens

Council members – Elva Hann, Cynthia Hollingsworth, Anna Ruiz, David Stevens, Lisa Troxell

Alternates – Linda Holland, Marquita Mosher and Carly Karnes

Non-council Members – Troy Vernier, Janet Kimball, David Mosher

Alternates – Morgan Marquis, Jerika Brown and Mary Thelander

Finally, I am so grateful for your faithfulness, your generosity, your prayers, your online worship and discipleship, the compassion you have demonstrated for the sick, the hungry, and the hurting, and for your hope in a future that is blessed by the presence and power of our Risen Lord!

Dave McKellips

District Superintendent

NEO Summer Camps Canceled

Due to COVID-19, we regret to inform you that NEO Youth Camp and NEO Kids Camp have been canceled for summer 2020. After much prayer, reading, and discussions over the past few months, your ministry leaders/councils made the difficult decisions that it would be best to cancel camps for this year. We are hopeful to have alternative events in the near future.