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Understanding and Reaching Millennials http://oregonag.org/69326 Mon, 31 Oct 2017 1212:Oct:th +0800 http://oregonag.org/69326

I’ve worked in next generation ministries my entire adult life. Today, I mainly work with millennial youth and kids leaders. Recently I’ve noticed some older adults seem to have a negative view of Millennials, an opinion I don’t subscribe to. Rather, I see Millennials as a generation full of passion, compassion and hunger to serve.

It’s our responsibility as the Church to reach the Millennial Generation. In order to do this, we must understand this generation. Dr. Leonard Sweet coined the phrase “EPIC Generation” when describing the Millennials. I would like to use his acronym to share four fundamental characteristics of millennials and four shifts the church should consider making to better reach them.

EXPERIENTIAL | PARTICIPATORY | INFORMATIONAL | COMMUNITY

Experiential: Millennials are more into the style of life than the stuff of life. According to a Harris Poll, 78% of millennials would rather pay for an experience than purchase material things. Millennials love to learn from experiences. They are not looking for an expert on the stage with a lecture. They’re looking for a guide on the side with an experience.

“They are not looking for an expert on the stage with a lecture. They’re looking for a guide on the side with an experience.”

Because Millennials are experiential in nature; the church needs to shift from just providing a traditional Sunday service structure, to creating a community outside the sanctuary. Millennials are looking for mentors who will guide and partner with them to help them experience ministry and spiritual maturity.

Participatory: Millennials have been conditioned to participate in the outcome of almost everything in their life. What they eat, where the family goes on vacation, or who stays on reality TV shows. Growing up as a Gen Xer, my parents never asked me what I wanted to eat or where to go on vacation. I was considered lucky to eat and enjoy their vacation. Millennials tend to support things they believe in. They will buy in on what they weigh in on.

Because Millennials are participatory; the church needs to shift from filling volunteer positions to offering purposeful ministry. Millennials want to be part of something big, something they feel is making a difference. When ministering to Millennials we must start with the question: Why? Give them the purpose and allow them to participate.

“...shift from filling volunteer positions to offering purposeful ministry.”

Informational: Millennials have grown up in a world filled with information. I grew up with 1 TV screen; Millennials have grown up with 3 or more screens. They’re the most formally educated generation in history, and with more information comes more questions.

Because Millennials are exposed to so much information; the church needs to shift from resisting technology to embracing technology. Millennials reject the attitude that says, “That’s the way it’s always been done.” They desire to be change-agents for the future, not caregivers of the past.

Community: Millennials love being connected; FOMO “Fear Of Missing Out” is very real to them. They highly value community, so relationships always trump programs. The more the church can provide opportunities for them to serve and lead in the context of community, the more effective we’ll be at reaching and leading the next generation.

Because Millennials highly value community; the church needs to shift from being a congregation to being a family. We must learn to live life with them both inside and outside the church walls.

Finally, we must never forget that every new generation is an unreached generation.

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Exciting News from Church Multiplication http://oregonag.org/69277 Mon, 31 Oct 2017 1212:Oct:nd +0800 http://oregonag.org/69277

5 new church plants:

Praise Community Church – Eugene

This Monmouth Praise PAC is a multigenerational church in South Eugene near the University of Oregon campus led by campus pastors Teavor and Sarah Means.  The church will foster a family atmosphere while being attractive to college students. Soft launch was 8/13 with 48 present and launch date is January 2018.

Urban Missions Initiative – Station Place Tower, Portland
Pastor Mark and Tracy Seger and Portland Christian Church have launched their second Community Dinner site in NW Portland in the Station Place Tower on July 24th with 45 people.  Station Place Tower is a 55+ community located in a “vertical neighborhood” (apartment building with 176 units). This unique PAC known as Urban Missions Initiative is committed to reaching the thousands who live in our inner cities. Building by building, small group by small group, they are planting churches in the urban neighborhoods of Portland.

Horizon Community Church – Progress Ridge Campus
Part of Horizon’s 2020 vision to have 7 campuses by 2020. This PAC will make the sixth campus and is slated to launch in spring of 2018 in the Progress Ridge area, just west of I-5 bordering the edges of Beaverton and Tigard.

Canvas Church - Waldport
Pastor Sean Odell and Alsea becomes our first Parent Church from a town with a population of less than 200 people proving that size is not the issue. This PAC is a replant in the church building formally known as Waldport AG.  Soft launch is slated for January and official launch will be Easter 2018. Canvas Church will be one church in two locations.

River of Life – Bingen WA
Bingen WA is located across the river from Hood River Oregon. This unique church plant is a replant in the former Bingen AG church building currently owned by the NWMN. Pastor Terry Abbott plans to launch a PAC in the spring of 2018 which will serve as the second campus of River of Life. Using the concept of an Agape Feast (community dinners), Terry plans to move away from a proclamation format to an incarnational encounter with Christians and Christ.

The OMN is committed to having a healthy AG church in every incorporated community in the state of Oregon and is looking for team members to help us accomplish this goal.

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Training http://oregonag.org/69268 Mon, 31 Oct 2017 0909:Oct:nd +0800 http://oregonag.org/69268

I read this quote a few months ago, "Teach what you want people to become, not what they are." Part of how to teach this is to model that behavior. Royal Rangers was founded in 1962 with that in mind. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (KJV) Another word for training is mentoring, which involves a conscious decision to act, and to be a positive role model for our boys.

The boys in our churches and communities watch and emulate us: how we walk, how we talk, our actions in Church, the things we like and dislike, and even our habits.

This past August, I had the privilege of spending the better part of a week with almost 300 men and boys at Camp Wildcat. Most of the men took time away from jobs and families to let boys be boys in the outdoors, to build friendships, and to worship God unashamedly – some for the first time ever. I cannot thank each one individually, but a hearty thanks to them all!

"...to let boys be boys in the outdoors, to build friendships, and to worship God unashamedly – some for the first time ever ..."

Within the Royal Ranger organization, we have many training opportunities available for both boys and leaders, some being:

  • Answers to general inquiries about Royal Rangers
  • Basic training for leaders in an outpost
  • Advanced training in classroom management
  • How to work with boys who have disabilities
  • How to plan an outpost activity

The advancement merits give leaders the opportunity to work side by side with boys and be able to model on a weekly basis. I am now watching a third generation of boys develop into men, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.

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Who Attends NU Salem? http://oregonag.org/69286 Sun, 31 Oct 2017 1212:Oct:st +0800 http://oregonag.org/69286

Most people view the average college student as someone between 18 to 22 years old. Increasingly, this view does not fit the reality at both public and private universities. The National Center for Education Studies reported that the number of students under 25 years old at private nonprofit universities to be 69%. This means that 31% are over 25. These percentages are similar to the demographics of the Salem Campus.

In a March 2014 report, Hanover Research presented the following findings: “In the United States, the number of adult learners returning to higher education, particularly for continuing education, has been rapidly increasing. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, ‘in recent years, the percentage increase in the number of students age 25 and over has been larger than the percentage increase in the number of younger students, and this pattern is expected to continue.’ By 2020, the percentage of enrollments for students 25 and older is projected to increase by 20 percent over 2010 levels.”

We share this information with you as a way of reminding you that the Salem campus exists to serve both TRADITIONAL (under 25 years old) and NONTRADITIONAL (over 25 years old) students. In fact, because of schedule and flexibility, Salem is ideally suited for adult learners and the person who desires to return to school to complete a degree OR who needs additional education to advance their career.

Student Focus | Khalil Burton

Recently Khalil had the following to say about his experience as a student at NU Salem:

  • “Our community is close and highly relational. There is a tremendous sense of trust, companionship, and camaraderie between all age groups on campus.”
  • “I truly and genuinely care about the other students on campus and am excited for their futures and the positive events that take place in their lives.”
  • “The things we learn in class challenge my preunderstandings and past beliefs in a positive way. God is no longer an intangible being that none of us can grasp or understand but a more relational and loving Person that I can get to know.” 

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Sending Conference | Session 1 http://oregonag.org/69231 Wed, 30 Sep 2017 1919:Sep:th +0800 http://oregonag.org/69231
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PK Escape http://oregonag.org/events/pk-escape Thu, 30 Sep 2017 1010:Sep:th +0800 http://oregonag.org/events/pk-escape

Weekend getaway for Pastor’s Kids and Missionary Kids!

January 13-15, 2018

NEW LOCATION!
Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton
For grades 7-12

Registration

$25/student or
$50/family by Dec 1

Late registration: $30/$60 by Dec 10

 

Activities

bowling, gym night, PK Palooza 2.0, and other fun surprises in store!

Drop off / Pick up

Bus 1
-Parkway Christian Center, Grants Pass - 12pm / 5pm
-New Life Church, Springfield - 2pm / 2pm

Bus 2
-Praise Assembly, MAC - 3:30pm / 2:30pm
-Neighborhood Church, Tualatin - 4:30pm / 1:30pm


On-site
-Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton - 5pm / 11:30am

God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. 2 Timothy 1:7 (The Msg)

LIVE BOLD

Special Guests

Brian Eno is a Pastor/Director of NextGen Ministries at the Oregon Ministry Network. In this role he has the opportunity to serve children and youth pastors / workers in 187 churches and ministries in the state of Oregon.  Brian’s vision is to help develop people into mature life-long followers of Jesus Christ, and to encourage, equip and empower leaders and students to find their place in the Kingdom of God.

Bill Wilson has served since 2007 as Lead Pastor–Superintendent of the Oregon Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. The Oregon Ministry Network consists of 187 churches and nearly 600 credentialed ministers, and is focused on Developing Effective Leaders and Building Healthy Churches and Ministries.

Matt Novak is a lifelong Oregon PK and third generation Pastor. He has spent the past 10 years in Youth and Worship Ministry. He currently serves with His wife Carlee and their two children Max and Szofia as Youth Pastors in Silverton.

Tiffany Zistel grew up a pastor’s kid and fell in love with music at an early age. Growing up she was always involved in choirs and leading worship. After graduating high school she attended Masters Commission in Phoenix, Arizona and traveled the United States with their worship team, Frontline, for four years. She currently lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband Ryan. She is the worship leader at Church on the Hill and also works as a dental assistant. Tiffany is able to relate to all ages with her passion for music. Her desire is to see people’s hearts turned to God and their lives transformed.

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The Prayer Huddle http://oregonag.org/68984 Tue, 30 Sep 2017 1010:Sep:th +0800 http://oregonag.org/68984

They all joined together constantly in prayer… Acts 1:14

One of the most impacting practices in your ministry can be a “Prayer Huddle.” A “prayer huddle” is a brief pre-service prayer time for pastors, staff and volunteers. I highly recommend that it be apart of your service schedule.

In my first pastoral assignment, this was not the practice. This commonly resulted in miscommunication, disjointed services and a lack of cohesiveness and unity on the team. A few years later, I had the privilege to serve with a pastor who made it a habit to meet prior to every service to review the schedule and have us pray together as a team. Those few moments made a huge difference in ministry and moral.

The “prayer huddle” is not only a simple routine worth instituting, it is a practical and powerful practice that can produce positive and powerful results.

Here are 7 outcomes of the “Prayer Huddle”

1. It is an opportunity to quickly review the service schedule.

2. It is an opportunity to communicate any necessary adjustments.

3. It is an opportunity to answer questions the team may have about the service.

4. It is an opportunity to reaffirm the theme or focus of the day.

5. It is an opportunity to complement and affirm Team members.

6. It is an opportunity to share any special needs or concerns.

7. It is an opportunity to agree in prayer for God’s blessing and anointing.

Not long ago, I was invited to join a lead pastor as he met for his Sunday morning “prayer huddle” with his staff, and at least 3 dozen volunteers. We stood in the lobby in a circle as the pastor inspired us with the theme for the day and provided last minute directions for the service. Then we joined together in a brief time of prayer. As each person moved to their assigned place, the excitement and expectation of the team was very evident. This one regular habit has set this local church into a new season of growth and impact.

The Prayer Of A Lead Pastor For His Team

Father, thank you for the opportunities to minister today in your church. Thank you for the privilege of leading this team and the tasks before us. I pray that you will bring people from the north, south, east and west. I pray for your help as we serve. Help us to be energetic and engaging. Bless our efforts, we ask, in Jesus’ name, amen!

So after they had fasted and prayed,
they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:3

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Duplicate the Camp Altar http://oregonag.org/68995 Sat, 30 Sep 2017 1010:Sep:nd +0800 http://oregonag.org/68995

I spent much of my summer at Church Camps. I ate lots of delicious food, attended numerous chapel services, slept in comfy bunk beds, played messy games and hung out with kids all day long. Some may ask, why would you spend your summer this way? My answer lies within the core purposes of our summer camps. We facilitate summer camps to provide an opportunity for our kids and youth to experience a first-hand encounter with God and His church through recreation, personal interaction, worship, Bible teaching, and response to God. It’s this final one, “response to God” that keeps me returning year after year. My favorite part of camp is the encounters we experience with God at the altar.

There is something special about the altar. The altar calls us to draw closer to Jesus. The altar is a place free from interruptions, where we’re able to reflect wholeheartedly on what God desires to do in and through us. Throughout this response time, God has our full attention. Then we can hear clearly when He speaks, instructs, and convicts us of sin. At the altar, individuals receive salvation, make recommitments, find healing, get called into vocational ministry and receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. I was reminded of this during one of our camp altar times when a Cabin Leader handed me a small note on which she wrote these words, “After 3 ½ years, tonight God spoke to me about how it was not my fault that my husband took his own life. I AM FREE.” She found freedom and healing at the altar.

…she wrote these words, “After 3 ½ years, tonight God spoke to me about how it was not my fault that my husband took his own life. I AM FREE.” She found freedom and healing at the altar.

Recently I was reminiscing of how when I first became a follower of Jesus at age 17, the church I attended highly valued the Altar. Each service began and ended at the Altar. The altar was a sacred place and time designed to encounter God. At the altar, I learned to surrender my will to His will. The altar was the place God altered my life and began transforming me into His Son’s image.

The altar at camp is special because we make it special. The altar can be special at home, too, if we’ll intentionally duplicate the camp altar in our kids churches and youth services. The next generation still responds to altar calls. Young people need a place to encounter the living God. They need a place to experience His love, mercy and life-altering grace. We, as next generation leaders, must intentionally make room for the altar in our ministries, and purposefully create sacred places and times for them to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, for this is our true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

The altar at camp is special because we make it special. The altar can be special at home, too, if we’ll intentionally duplicate the camp altar in our kids churches and youth services.

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Ministers Training Needed http://oregonag.org/68999 Fri, 30 Sep 2017 1111:Sep:st +0800 http://oregonag.org/68999

During the Influence Conference (prior to General Council 17 Anaheim), Dr. Chris Railey, Director of the Church Multiplication Network, shared an compelling vision for church planting in the Assemblies of God. The General Presbytery has approved a 10-year, $90 million dollar plan to plant 10,000 A/G churches (or sites) in the United States. There are currently 13,023 churches. While this plan offers multiple challenges, an obvious need is for the training of new credentialed ministers. Northwest University is prepared to be a significant player in training ministers for the 10K goal. Extension campuses, such as Salem and Sacramento, as well as our growing number of Church Partnership Programs are uniquely positioned to offer an affordable and academically excellent university-level education to future church planters.

Now, possibly more than ever before, there is the need for pastors’ share their story of how they were called into vocational ministry and to boldly ask others to consider whether the Lord desires to use them in His mission.

 

NU Salem Facility

One of the major things that makes the Salem Campus a “superior value” is its exceptional faculty. Please go to our website to see an updated listing of our faculty, their educational background, and other professional information.

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We need your help! South Texas has been hit by one of the most devastating storms in US history this past week. Many of our Assemblies of God brothers and sisters in the region have experienced overwhelming loss. This includes damage and, in some cases, destruction of District Offices, local churches and ministers’ homes.

Many are asking what we can do here in the OMN to help. The OMN has set up a special Texas Disaster Relief Fund that will be used exclusively to help those in the storm damaged region.

We're asking all of our churches across the Oregon Ministry Network to receive a special Texas Disaster Relief offering this Sunday, September 3, 2017.

Texas Disaster Relief Video

Here is a video for use in your gatherings and on social media.

GIVING LINK

Here is a direct link that can be shared on social media or in your services.

http://oregonag.org/texas

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From Fear to Faith http://oregonag.org/68796 Wed, 31 Aug 2017 0606:Aug:th +0800 http://oregonag.org/68796

The news and commentary was blaring in my face like an angry lion ready to pounce on it’s prey - and none of it was “good” news! ….Racial riots in North Carolina… Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on mission near South Korea, Japan… State Department cautions tourists about violence in Cancun, Cozumel and more… and if that isn’t enough, there are the hate mongers that believe freedom of speech means they can say anything they want, to whomever they want, whenever they want. I have lived through 12 presidents of the United States and have never heard such hatred toward a president as this president faces on a daily basis.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

I was beginning to spiral downward in fear and despair wondering just how much more our nation can take, until the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit reminded me of what the Creator of the Universe says: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isa. 41:10)

Fear is a terrible thing to live with. Living in fear brings more fear. It compounds daily. Fear brings anger and anger brings despair, causing one to act and think irrationally. Despair quickly erodes hope, then the cycle starts all over again. And, if fear is not dealt with, it will eventually kill and destroy.

That is why the God of the Universe commands us to not fear. And I can choose to not live in fear because God promises to “be with me.” Someone once said, “Pastor, you know I am just not very strong.” I said, “why not? you have the God of the Universe living in you!”

We are also commanded, “don’t be discouraged.” I find that when I begin to be discouraged, it is often because I am listening to more news than I am to God’s word. When I begin to be fearful, it is often because I am more aware of the presence of my enemy than I am aware of the presence of God.

I can choose to not be discouraged because the God of the Universe says He will “strengthen me and help me.” Why would I want to live one day without the strength and help that comes directly from the hand of God?! And He declares that His hand is victorious!

Be encouraged today, my friend! God is greater!

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Dominican Republic http://oregonag.org/events/aim Tue, 31 Aug 2017 1616:Aug:nd +0800 http://oregonag.org/events/aim

Bless the local village churches and Missionaries as you minister alongside them through evangelism and community service projects.

Experience this life-changing adventure with us!

August 1-8, 2018

Dominican Republic

Space is limited. Let us know soon if you’d like your group to join the team or have questions.

Registration
$875 + airfare
$150 Deposit 
*Deposit & Application due Dec 1, 2017

Payment Deadlines
Dec 1 - $150 per-person deposit & application
Jan 15 - $350
Mar 15 - $350
May 15 - $350
Jun 15 - Balance Due

Other Details

Team Members will be asked to bring ministry supplies for outreach (crafts, skit props, candy, etc.)

Maximum Team Size - 35 people

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Our Schools Matter http://oregonag.org/68749 Mon, 31 Aug 2017 0909:Aug:st +0800 http://oregonag.org/68749

One of the youth pastors in our state sat in the parking lot of every school in his community a couple of years ago asking God to lead him to the right school. He thought for sure God would lead him to a certain school in which he knew students there from his church. However, God had other plans.

God led him to reach out to Briggs Middle School. He still questioned God but decided to be obedient anyway. He started to reach out and help find solutions to the issues on the school campus.

Donny Waite, the Youth and Kids Pastor at New Life church in Springfield, has been faithful in meeting the needs of this school. Just last year, the school contacted Donny about a student who was sleeping on the floor and in need of a bed. In no time, Donny was standing in the school office asking the Principal where to drop off the new bed and mattress. It’s little acts like this that make a HUGE impact in students’ lives. All this because Donny captured the heart of Youth Alive and the resources that are provided. One of these incredible resources is Our Schools Matter.

Our Schools Matter is a FREE resource provided by Youth Alive. It helps walk the church into the most strategic mission field in your community – the schools. Can you imagine being the main resource to your local campus?! Schools are the largest gathering of unsaved people in your community. Imagine if we could unite the school with the church, which is the largest gathering of volunteers in the community! God wants to do something amazing this school year, and it starts with Youth Alive and downloading your free OUR SCHOOLS MATTER resource.

Schools are the largest gathering of unsaved people in your community. The church is the largest gathering of volunteers in the community. Imagine if we could unite the school with the church