NEO Team Update 7-12-18

NEO Team Update 7-12-18

The Heart of the Church

Every church needs to take an honest look at how they function and discover if there are patterns that are counterproductive to reaching out to those who are not yet part of the family.  Entire congregations can function in a way that says, “We are here for us.  Everyone else stay away.”  Or they can establish patterns that show warmth and an inviting spirit that says, “Everyone is welcome!” In an excerpt from his book, Seismic Shifts, Kevin Harney shares the importance of evaluating the heart of the church.  Read More

Raising Highly Capable Kids – July 27

Search Institute has undertaken decades of research with more than 5 million children and found that there are 40 building blocks every child needs to grow and mature. And the more of these assets a child has in her life, the more likely she is to engage in healthy behaviors while veering away from those that are unhealthy. Raising Highly Capable Kids is a 13-week curriculum that is based on the Search Institute’s research.

As Christians concerned with serving our community, we also see this curriculum as a great way to serve parents and schools. We welcome principals, teachers, pastors, business people and anyone interested to come find out more about how we can bring this training to Oklahoma. We will meet at SNU Tulsa, near 105th and Memorial, on July 27th, 2:00–3:30pm.

2018 District Advance Election Results

We congratulate the following on NEO elections:

District Advisory Board

Paula Brown (layperson, two-year term)

Steven Lester (ordained minister, two-year term)

David Metzger (layperson, two-year term)

Monty Nichols (ordained minister, two-year term)

Southern Nazarene University Trustee

Casey Hollingsworth (clergy, term to expire 2021)

SDMI Chair

Michelle Proctor (two-year term)

SDMI Board

Bret Metcalfe (clergy, term to expire 2021)

Shannon Crutcher (layperson, term to expire 2021)

Oklahoma Nazarene Leaders Meeting – August 11

District Advisory Board Members and Auxiliary Leaders from the three Oklahoma Districts will be meeting on Saturday, August 11. We will be brainstorming regarding areas of potential collaboration and sharing best practices. If you have suggestions for the group to consider, please contact our DS or a member of the NEO leadership team.

Pastor Mark Smith Pastoring Cushing Church

After consulting the leadership of the Cushing and Drumright Churches, I have appointed Pastor Mark Smith to pastor the Cushing Church. Pastor Mark and Colleen have been doing an outstanding job serving the Drumright Church since last October and will now serve both churches.

To track giving, pastors, church treasurers, district officers, and other record keepers can log into the Reporting Calculator, enter a few line items, match up previous contributions, check progress toward Ten Percent recognition, and safely and securely transfer funds for World Evangelism. For more information click HERE