NEO Team Update 6-7-21

NEO Team Update 6-7-21

I have received a few awards over the years, but it is hard to compare any with the joy of receiving the Ryan Amey face cutout at Youth Camp last week! It is something I will not easily forget (how could you forget a face like Ryan’s?!).

On a serious note, NEO Youth Camp 2021 was fantastic with around 220 campers! Special thanks to Nick Williams and all of the staff for their outstanding leadership. My favorite moments were watching sponsors hug, cry and pray with students; I also loved watching students worship with such enthusiasm and joy. Sponsors who take a week of vacation to invest in students are my heroes! I hope you honor them in your local church and hear the stories of how God worked in the lives of all campers!

July 23-26

It’s time to register for NEO Kids Camp 2021! Click HERE for details and registration.

Speaking of Kid’s camp, today I attended the funeral for Linda Holland. Linda was a counselor at camp for years before directing our Kid’s Camp from 2001 to 2018! She was passionate about her Lord, her church, and kids, and loved to help kids fall in love with her Savior. Between camp, teaching school, NMI kid’s day, and her local church (Tulsa Southwest), think of the thousands of kids Linda impacted for Christ. May we follow the example of this faithful servant of Christ.

Pastoral Transition

Our brother, Mark Smith, is retiring and stepping down from pastoral leadership at Drumright. Pastor Mark and Colleen have done outstanding work at Drumright. Pray for the Smiths and the church in this time of transition.

Pastor Billy and Johnna Harding have accepted a call to serve Meeker Country Faith Church. Their first Sunday will be June 20.

The Board of General Superintendents invite you to join them in the second denomination-wide online service, A Celebration of Grace. The 1-hour service will be broadcast for 24 hours on June 27th, the same weekend that our global family would have gathered for the 30th General Assembly, which has been postponed until June 2023. These global gatherings are an important part of our identity as a denomination, and we are thankful for technology that makes it possible for us to connect. The service can be accessed HERE.

The service will focus on our global discipleship initiative, Nazarene Discipleship: A Journey of Grace. It will include a Journey of Grace promotional video, brief messages from each general superintendent, and three multilingual worship songs with musicians from all six regions.

NEO Nazarene Missions Convention

July 30

9am – Worship, with Rev. Samantha Chambo speaking and Marci Marquis leading worship

10am – Reports/Election of Officers/Emphasis on Prayer/ Awards/ Flags of the Nations

11:15am – Closing session with Rev. Samantha and Dr. Fili Chambo sharing

Noon – Chick-fil-a Lunch

NEO District Assembly

July 30

2pm – Opening Business Session

6:30pm – Team Celebration and Worship

July 31

9am – Continuation of Business

2pm – Ordination Service

Southern Nazarene University – A Place of Academic Excellence

Did you know that the School of Education at SNU received the Frank Murray Leadership Award from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) SNU was one of only 13 institutions (out of 238) in the US and Puerto Rico to be recognized; the only Council of Christian Colleges and University (CCCU) school.

HERE is the official recognition letter for additional details.


Duke University—North Carolina

Emporia State University—Kansas

George Mason University—Virginia

James Madison University—Virginia

John Carroll University—Ohio

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Northeastern State University—Oklahoma

Nova Southeastern University—Florida

Boston College—Massachusetts

Northern Kentucky University—Kentucky

Southern Nazarene University—Oklahoma

Universidad De Puerto Rico—Rio Piedras Campus

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2021 NEO Events

Sapulpa 100th Anniversary – June 19-20

The Easters Concert (Claremore) – June 25, 7pm (doors open at 6pm)

A Celebration of Grace – June 27

Bartlesville First 100th Anniversary – July 4

NYI Convention – July 14

Kids Camp – July 23-26

District Assembly & NMI Convention – July 30-31 at Tulsa Central Church!

DCPI Churches Planting Churches – August 13-14

NewStart Sunday – August 22

Back-to-School Skating Party – August 25

Ministry Team Retreat – September 24-26

Stan Reeder, Regional Director for USA/Canada, and his wife, Janet, will be our guest speakers

Muskogee First 100th Anniversary – October 3

A Journey of Grace District-wide Emphasis – October/November

Please add these dates to your church and personal calendars.