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God’s Winning Word is a weekly devotional written by Bill Wilson.

Thriving as a Leader Part 2 Mon, 31 Aug 2017 1313:Aug:th +0800

In last month’s eNews, I wrote, “I don’t think any great leader hopes to just survive in ministry, to just make it by. Great Christian leaders desire to thrive in ministry and in Life.” In order to thrive as a leader, you must develop and master certain good habits. In my previous article, I mentioned five leadership habits to form in order to thrive as a Christian leader and then revealed the first two: Control your Time and Have a Winning Attitude.

Here are the three remaining habits to form in order to thrive as a Christian leader:

Habit #3 - Always Keep Growing.

Jude 20, “But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit.”

Thriving leaders are teachable leaders. It takes effort for healthy growth to happen, it’s not natural. So as leaders, we must make a plan to grow and be willing to change. This is where a trusted mentor or Life Coach can really help.

If a leader is unwilling to grow, he will be unable to thrive as a leader.

Habit #4 - Live an Above-Reproach Lifestyle.

1 Timothy 3:1-2, “Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach...”

If you’re going to thrive as a leader, you must live above reproach. You must live an honorable and exemplifying life, one that doesn’t disqualify you as a leader. The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 9:27, puts it this way, “I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I havepreached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Thriving leaders live above reproach in their minds, ministry, marriage, money and motives.

Habit #5 - Love People.

Matthew 22:39, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”

As Christian leaders, our ministry is people, NOT programs, planning, preparation or even preaching. As a leader, I’ve personally been known to struggle with this habit. If not careful, I can walk right by a needy person in order to get my preparation done. Thriving leaders learn to put people first.

Now you have all five habits to thrive as a Christian leader.

Which of the five habits do you need to focus on most?

What action steps will you take to form this habit in your life?

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God’s Winning Word is a weekly devotional written by Bill Wilson.

The Smile Challenge Wed, 31 Aug 2017 1616:Aug:nd +0800

A happy heart makes the face cheerful… Proverbs 15:13

Someone once suggested that it takes 57 muscles to frown and only 13 to smile. Based on that, I have observed that a lot of people I meet are working much harder than they need to. Your face was designed to smile, and according to the scriptures, what is happening in your heart will be seen on your face.

As a leader and pastor I have learned the power of a smile. A smile brings comfort to those in distress. A smile will disarm those who are combative or critical. A smile will bring calmness to those who are fearful. A smile will open doors and help put people at ease. A smile is inviting and inclusive.

This was modeled for me early on in our ministry as an associate pastor. I was extremely serious and it reflected on my face. I’m sure some of this came from my inexperience and insecurity as a leader. I studied my lead pastor and watched how he could encourage, correct and lead people with a winning smile. Although he wasn’t the greatest preacher and he couldn’t sing to save his soul, his smile was a gift to everyone he met. That smile helped him make friends and lead people to Christ, and a church to impact a city. The power of a smile.

I have been in many Sunday services where I noted that those leading the service never smiled. I don’t want to seem over critical about this, but I observed very talented and skilled folks trying to lead with little inspiration or appeal. They could have had a greater impact if only they would have done one thing, SMILE. I’ve wanted to shout out, “Smile and give your face a rest.” I am convinced people in our churches and in our communities need Christ followers who SMILE!

Author Brendan Baker suggests these benefits of a smile:

  • Will Enhance Your Leadership
  • Will Make You More Attractive
  • Will Lift the Broken Heart of Others
  • Will Leave Positive Marks of Happiness on Your Face
  • Will Make You Feel Better
  • Will Help Build Better and Faster Relationships

If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond;  if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. Romans 12:6-8 (THE MESSAGE)

If there were one leadership tool I would recommend we all work on this summer, it would be the SMILE. So here is the deal, I challenge you to a 30-day smile challenge. It isn’t that hard. Give it a try for 30 straight days. Retrain your face. Relax and smile more. Let your face reflect the love and joy of the Lord!

Smiling is infectious; you can catch it like the flu. Someone smiled at me today, and I started smiling too. Author Unknown

Student Focus Wed, 31 Aug 2017 1515:Aug:nd +0800

How would you describe the sense of community at the Salem campus?

(Casey Olson) I would describe the sense of community at the Salem campus as wonderfully diverse. From the classroom, to chapel, and everywhere in-between, you can expect excellent relationships with people from different demographics who genuinely care about getting to do life with you.

(Trenton Reich) The small community atmosphere that is created by classmates of various ages and professors from all walks of life makes us a diverse family. A family all with the same goal, seeing others come to Christ. Due to the limited number of people, you would think that there wouldn’t be such a noticeable difference between the individuals but with my experience there you really can’t put any single one of us in a box. We all have such a unique background and call, but we all want to impact the world whatever it costs.


What do you see are the (non-academic) benefits of being a student at the Salem campus?

(Trenton Reich) I think the largest benefit (non-academically) of being a student at the Salem Campus is the relationships we can build with those serving in local churches all around the area. When you go to larger schools you have people from all over the country or world attending a campus for the experience or the education, but we are all local church goers looking to further our ability of leading local communities in Oregon. Each week we get to step outside our large difficult world and come together to learn, grow, and encourage one another.


How is what you are learning in the classroom helping you in your current ministry role(s)?

(Casey Olson) Classroom curriculum and encouragement from professors has been extremely helpful in my ministry role. There have been countless weeks that I have been able to apply a class' teaching directly to a situation I have to work through in my ministry role.


New Instructors

We are pleased to be adding several new instructors to our already exceptional faculty.

Robert A. Frank: Professor Frank has an extensive teaching background, serving the following institutions: Corban University, Northwest Christian University, Atlanta Christian College, Crichton College, Great Commandment College, and ITT-Tech. His educational background includes a MA in Specialized Ministry from Western Seminary and an Instructional Systems Technology (IST) certificate from Indiana University. Professor Frank will be teaching information systems management this fall and project management in the spring.

Rev. Sean Odell: Professor Odell is the Lead Pastor of Alsea Christian Fellowship with campuses in Alsea and Waldport, Oregon. In additional to his pastoral role, Rev. Odell taught at Evangel Heights Christian Academy. Professor Odell’s educational background includes a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Liberty University and is currently working towards a Master of Theology (Th.M.). Pastor Odell is credentialed with the Oregon Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God and will be teaching ministry administration this fall.

Please go to our website for a full directory of the Salem campus faculty.

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God’s Winning Word is a weekly devotional written by Bill Wilson.

An Update from Laurel Ellis Tue, 31 Jul 2017 1111:Jul:th +0800

In a recent update Laurel shares:

These past two months have been a whirlwind of ministry opportunities in Chile and Ecuador as well as packing up 20 years of life in the rental home Rick and I had in Concepción, Chile.

Iron on Iron Mon, 31 Jul 2017 0909:Jul:th +0800

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17

When I was 17 years old, my Youth Pastor, Jon Davis, would preach on having good Biblical relationships with the opposite sex. I heard those messages over and over, and they helped form a Biblical view of how I should live out my life. However, when I turned 18, I started dating. I'd never had a girlfriend before, so this "relationship" was stretching me, and I felt like I had no one I could talk to.

One day, Jon Davis, Jeff Winters and I were chatting, when Jeff asked, "Pastor Jon, what do you think of Carla? Do you think she might be the one for me?"

Pastor Jon said something like, "NO, NO, NO, RUN! She is NOT THE ONE!"

I was struck by the directness of his answer. Before even thinking, I jumped right into the question, "Pastor Jon, what do you think about Dalleen? Do you think she could be the one?"

He answered, "If it were me, I would marry that girl."

Thirty-five years have gone by, and I'm still married to Dalleen.

“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us."
1 Thessalonians 2:8

I say all that to ask, "Whom are you mentoring and who is mentoring you? Who is in your life that you are giving advice to because they know you will be honest with them? Not just preaching a message of how a Christian should live, but having moments like Christ had with Peter when He asked him one-on-one, "Peter, do you love me?"

Whom are you mentoring and who is mentoring you?

Not only are you to have those mentoring times, but are you raising up others to do the same? I ask myself those questions a lot now, knowing that my future days of ministry are less than my former. Who can I raise up to do what I'm doing?

One thing I've learned in the last two years of traveling our state is that I know nothing about reaching a campus for Christ, but God does, and He shows us how to do it. When He does, and we are obedient, lives are changed. God’s grace is moving in communities across Oregon, and the stories must be told. A pastor should be able to tell another pastor about what God is doing in his town with a sense of encouragement instead of competition. The more I listen and allow others to mentor me, the more I grow, and the message of Christ becomes more vibrant in and through my life, and the more valuable I become to the Kingdom.

He shows us how to do it, and when we are obedient, lives are changed.

My son asked me a question a while back, "Dad, did you ever wonder why I threw the bat when I struck out playing baseball in my younger years?"

In that moment, floods of anger and frustration hit me as my mind raced back to a very aggravating time of my life. Of course I did, he was such a cry baby!

He went on to say, "The reason I'd get frustrated and cry or throw my bat or glove was because I felt like I failed my team."

I felt like I failed my team.

That statement was like iron to my head; I'm still processing it months later.

Is it possible that the key to ministry in our generation is to realize we know nothing and can learn from others every day? Can we look for opportunities to mentor, but also be mentored? Pastor Jon was an obvious mentor to me at 18 years old, but Jon Bachman was also a mentor to me when he was 26 and I was 53.

Whom are you mentoring, and who is mentoring you?

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God’s Winning Word is a weekly devotional written by Bill Wilson.

Kids Camps Thu, 31 Jul 2017 1717:Jul:th +0800

Oregon Kids Camps are open to students entering grades 2-6. They are an excellent opportunity for them to grow in their walk with God, to make new friends, and to have a TON of fun!

Here are the camps we have available for kids this summer:

Western Kids Camp August 14-18, 2017
Activities include: swimming, zip line, archery, crafts, crazy camp games, and more.

Kellogg Springs Camp
1111 Kellogg Camp Ln Oakland, OR 97462

$200 by July 27
$220 after July 27

Brad & Roberta Shimomura Presenters
After leading Children’s Ministries for several years, Brad and Roberta Shimomura and their three children are now world missionaries with the Assemblies of God, appointed to the nation of Japan. They have a desire to reach the children of Japan with God’s love and are so excited for the God-sized adventure that lay ahead of them.

Youth Camps Thu, 31 Jul 2017 1717:Jul:th +0800

Oregon Youth Camps are for open to students grades 6-12. They are an excellent opportunity for them to grow in their walk with God, to make new friends, and to have a TON of fun!

Here are camps available for youth this summer:

Discipleship Youth Camp August 2-5, 2017

Registration is now closed.

This nontraditional camp is built around small group settings that link students with leaders in a 1 to 6 mentor-coaching ratio environment, and designed to be lived out over the year. 

Faith Christian Center
1049 NE 11th St
Bend, OR 97701

$99 by July 13
$119 after July 13


Summer Youth Camp at the Beach July 31 - August 4, 2017
OMN Advertised Summer Camp, Hosted by Horizon Community Church, Tualatin

This is a Summer Camp for Middle and High School students.  Students will participate in activities including basketball, volleyball, octo-ball, ping-pong, billiards, disc “Frisbee” golf, miniature golf, swimming, canoeing, and blobbing, and have life-changing moments including services with Donnie Moore and high-energy worship music.  The entire camp is designed to build relationships and experience the presence of God.

Twin Rocks Camp in Rockaway Beach


Thriving as a Leader Part 1 Tue, 31 Jul 2017 1010:Jul:th +0800

I don’t think any great leader hopes to just survive in ministry, to just make it by. No, I believe all great Christian leaders have a strong desire to THRIVE in ministry and in life. They want their ministry be significant and successful. Great leaders continually recognize that significance and success are a result of good habits, and insignificance and unsuccessfulness is a result of bad habits. Thriving as a leader is not a one-time event, but an ongoing discipline. John Maxwell is known for saying, “We first form habits, and then habits form us.” In order to thrive as a leader, you must develop and master certain good leadership habits.

Here are Five Leadership Habits to form in order to THRIVE as a Christian leader.

Habit #1 - Control Your Time

Ephesians 5:16 says, “These are evil times, so make every minute count.”

How you use your time will determine if you thrive, survive or fail as a leader. Thriving leaders plan and prioritize their time. They know when to say “Yes” and when to say “No”.

Most importantly, they value their quiet time with God above all else.

Habit #2 - Have a Winning Attitude

Philippians 2:5-8, “Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross.”

To have a winning attitude is vital in leadership. Here are some attitude differences between losers and winners in leadership. Losers say: I can’t, I don’t, and I won’t. Whereas winners say: I can, I do, and I will. Which do you tend to say more often?

Your attitude will determine your altitude. Ministry will challenge your attitude. This is why thriving Christian leaders always determine to keep a humble, servant’s attitude like their Lord.

These are the first two habits in thriving as a leader. Which one do you need to work on most?

Watch for Part 2 next month...

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God’s Winning Word is a weekly devotional written by Bill Wilson.

Translation Initiative for the Horn of Africa Wed, 31 Jul 2017 0909:Jul:th +0800

“What are you doing today that will make a difference 100 years from now?"

It was Mark Batterson’s question that provided the perspective I needed and provoked the faith that was necessary to believe that God could use the Oregon Ministry Network to change the course of history across the Horn of Africa by providing discipleship and training materials in the three major heart languages of the people of Ethiopia: Amharic, Oromiffa, and Somali. 

God dropped into my heart the thought that the Horn of Africa Translation Initiative is an enduring and transformative strategy that really will make a difference 100 years from now! Providing the Living the Truth discipleship course of study and the diploma-level Discovery Series training curriculum will endure for generations to come with the power to transform those predominately Muslim nations that make up the horn: South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. 

At first, the thought of raising the $720,000 to fund this translation initiative seemed out of reach for the 188 churches that comprise the Oregon Ministry Network. However, during the Summit missions service, something happened in the hearts of those in attendance. Even before the offering was received and commitments were made I sensed that God was speaking to us through the ministry of John Easter. And before Summit adjourned on Wednesday, a total of $673,000 had been given in cash and commitments to be paid over the next 24 months! 

Our involvement in the initiative has taught me a valuable lesson. Often times we limit what God can and will do through us by being unwilling to take risks. Depending on your circumstances or the church you pastor, signing your name to a commitment of $1,000 or $50,000 can seem risky. I know that when we made the commitment to Africa’s Hope for $720,000, the thought of potential failure crossed my mind. And yet, I knew this was an opportunity for God to prove himself to our entire network family, which he has done.

In the first two months since Summit an additional $20,000 has been committed for the Initiative, which brings the total to nearly $700,000. And although we have 24 months to fulfill this commitment, we have already received $50,000 of the commitments made, which brings the total we have forwarded to Africa’s Hope to just over $200,000.

How many times have you heard the catchphrase, “We can do more together than we can do alone?” This Translation Initiative has demonstrated the value of working together. Through our combined efforts we are making an impact that will reverberate across the Horn of Africa and beyond for generations to come.

TOGETHER, we are Bending the Sending Edge of the OMN for the sake of the unreached and least reached!

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Northwest University will apply up to six credits per credential level attained for Assemblies of God (A/G) ministers. Therefore, if you are a Level 2 – Licensed Minister, you may be able to apply 12 credits to a degree offered at the Salem campus. An associate degree is 60 credits, therefore, a Licensed Minister would only need 48 more credits to graduate with an Associate in Ministry Leadership, Business Management, or Psychology degree. Note: A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is 120 credits.

As you are aware, a college education has become more important than ever in qualifying for a career, including ministry vocations. Additionally, many ministers serve in a context that requires them to be bi-vocational. A college degree could equip and enable a minister to a secure better paying job to supplement their ministry income and support their family.
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Contact Mark Robinson if you would like to know more about how to apply your A/G ministry credentials to a degree at Salem.

Fall 17 Application Deadline

NU at Salem is the most affordable Christian university in the Pacific Northwest. When affordability is combined with a convenient schedule and our exceptional faculty, the result is a SUPERIOR VALUE. The deadline for fall applications is July 30. Click here to apply

Northwest University at Salem offers MORE than you think:
MORE Convenience, MORE Flexibility, MORE Affordability, and MORE Options

Serving Opportunity | You can be a huge blessing this summer!

If your church, or possibly a small group from your church, is looking for a serving project this summer, we have a prime opportunity at the Salem campus. We are in the process of replacing the carpet in the upper level of our building with carpet tiles. In one half-day or full-day, you could make a huge difference at the Salem campus. The carpet tiles and other installation supplies have already been acquired. If you have someone who is a flooring installer or possesses moderate DIY skills, we can show you how to install the tiles. The remaining areas are the staff workroom, four offices, and the conference room, or approximately 2,000 square feet. Please contact Mark Robinson for more information

re:SET Tue, 31 Jul 2017 0909:Jul:th +0800

Behold, I am doing a new thing… Isaiah 43:19

The Oregon Ministry Network is a movement that is developing effective leaders and building healthy churches and ministries, across the state. I can assure you that the leadership is working diligently with this in mind.

One of the significant strengths of our Network family is the openness and desire of our pastors to see new things accomplished in Jesus’ name. I applaud the many God ideas that are being introduced by those serving in rural, metropolitan and suburban Oregon churches. I believe the sincere heart of our pastors is to reach and disciple others. This is who we are as a Network.

This fall we are launching a new OMN initiative called re:SET. re:SET is designed to better equip our local pastors and churches in reevaluating and realigning their methods and ministries. It is to be more than just an exercise, but rather a deliberate effort to adjust and adapt in order to remain current and effective.

I, like you, are grateful for re:SET buttons. They allow me to regroup, recalibrate and restart with greater effectiveness and success. If we are honest, every established church needs to consider ways to re:SET their focus and functions every few years. Often programs or schedules that once were meaningful and impacting have lost their edge and efficiency. They no longer provide the outcome or impact originally intended. This calls for a re:SET.

The new re:SET Initiative is a part of our OMN Church Multiplication focus led by Executive Team Pastor Lee McCloud. I am pleased to announce that Pastor Kevin Reich, pastor of Relevant Life Church in Salem and a member of the Network Presbytery, has agreed to serve as Team Leader for the OMN re:SET. Kevin is working alongside Lee McCloud on this important endeavor.

Be watching for your opportunity to be apart of the new wave of development in the re:SET Initiative. As pastors, this is a perfect time to consider what your local church will need to look like in the next five years; what adjustments are going to be essential in order to stay healthy and growing.

I invite you to join me in our re:SET Initiative so we can impact our communities, our state and our world. Now, is our time to SHINE.

The light of the righteous shines brightly… Proverbs 13:9

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Kids Convention Thu, 30 Jun 2017 1515:Jun:th +0800

Kid's Convention is a two-day conference for students in grades 2-6. It's a great opportunity for them to be challenged in their faith through fun and meaningful rallies designed just for kids.

November 10-11, 2017
Peoples Church, Salem

$30 by Oct. 19
$40 after Oct. 19
*First two leaders attend free!

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.
John 1:5 NCV

Event Schedule

Friday, November 10
6:00pm Registration Opens
7:00pm General Session #1
8:45pm Late Night Party
10:00pm Huddle Time
10:30pm Good Night

Saturday, November 11
8:15am Church Opens
8:30am General Session #2
10:15am Special Guest: Jon Pritikin
11:15am General Session #3
12:30pm Goodbye

Special Guests

Keith Coast is back! We had so much fun with Keith at KC16, we decided to invite him back for KC17! "Nobody should have more fun than a Christian!" the philosophy of Keith Coast. Keith is one of the most popular family entertainers available today. A comedian at heart, he uses the art of illusions, balloons, escapes, fire-eating, juggling, and backyard science to amuse, amaze, and illustrate the message he delivers.

For over two decades, Jon Pritikin has traveled the world motivating and inspiring people of all ages by using feats of strength as a platform to share his “never give up” story. Outside of London, England on July 11, 2007, Jon broke and set two world records for rolling up frying pans with his bare hands earning a spot in the 2009 Guinness World Records' book. Having overcome a multitude of obstacles and disabilities, and proving wrong all those who spoke the words, “You can’t” to him, Jon has a gift for speaking to issues of self-worth and the value that God has given to each individual.

We get to enjoy worship with Glowing Spark Band again! These musicians bring an engaging worship experience for kids to encounter God. Glowing Spark comes from the idea that when we come to know and serve God, we should glow with the joy and love of the Lord as well as spark a desire and change in those around us. The spark begins with us as we learn to love and serve Jesus Christ and it should continue to glow throughout our lives. They believe that all kids can become a glowing spark for the Lord everywhere they go, no matter their age.

Join the force for BGMC!

Youth Convention Thu, 30 Jun 2017 1515:Jun:th +0800

October 12-14, 2017

Peoples Church, Salem

$55 by Sept 14
$65 after Sept 14
$55/Extra Leader
$30/Session at the door
*First two leaders attend free!

Group Rates
$45/25+ Students 
$35/50+ Students
25/75+ Students
$55/Extra Leader
$30/Session at the door

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God ... Everything was created through him and for him.
Colossians 1:15-16

Event Schedule

Thursday, October 12
6:00pm Registration Opens (Only leaders please)
7:00pm Doors Open
7:30pm Session 1=

Friday, October 13
9:30am Doors Open
10:00am Session 2
Youth Leaders Lounge
12:00pm Lunch Break
2:30pm Session 3
3:30pm Break-outs
5:00p Dinner Break
7:00pm Doors Open
7:30 Session #4

Saturday, October 14
9:30am Doors Open
10:00am Session 5 
12:00pm Goodbye!

Special Guests

Reggie Dabbs started out as the "problem" of an unwed teenager, then became a foster kid and later was adopted by the Dabbs. Now, Reggie is fast becoming one of the most in-demand speakers in the nation. He helps teens meet their problems head-on and overcome them.

David Hertweck has his MA in Transformational Leadership, has served in youth ministry for almost 20 years and is the author of two books. He’s passionate about helping local church youth workers create and sustain disciple-making environments marked by Gospel Fluency, Spirit Dependency and Biblical Community.

Phil Stacey is a Christian Recording Artist. You may have been introduced to him as a finalist on the 6th season of American Idol; or watched him perform on Ellen or the Tonight Show; seen him as a featured artist on tours with Michael W Smith or Natalie Grant; or even attended one of the thousand concerts he's headlined around the world in the last six years. His performances are marked by soulful and passionate performances combined with powerful testimonies that demonstrate the faithfulness of God.

Brian Eno is the 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 almost 200 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.

Joshua Jordan is an award winning Illusionist, comedian and international speaker. Joshua's style is unique because he combines comedy AND illusions. His show is improvised, witty and jaw dropping all at the same time. Because of this, he keeps his audience on their toes without a dull moment. Joshua has an A.D.D. personality which leads to many unscripted moments that keeps the audience rolling on the floor. He takes pride that his audience truly sees something unique every time, as it's been said, "No two shows are the same."

Turnaround Church Coaching Network Wed, 30 Jun 2017 0909:Jun:th +0800

Pastors often find themselves stuck and uncertain how to move forward. As a result they tend to isolate themselves from truth, and isolate themselves from those who could help them.

The Turnaround Church Coaching Network will help lead pastors inspire and advance their teams to get unstuck as they become energized, equipped, and catalyzed into ministry that produces missional results.

TCCN Cohorts are a two-year commitment that include 10 sessions (5 per year). The cohorts are focused on transformative learning which will help pastors and team members improve their leadership skill set and prepare their churches for healthy growth.

A Practical Discipleship Approach

Leading a healthy, growing church requires more than just academic education.


We target what is going on and what needs to happen in the heart of the leader so they can move forward in health and lead others into necessary change.


We provide the leader with what they need to know about each topic so they can make impactful decisions in their own leadership context.


We equip the leader with the competencies they need to develop and thrive in areas of essential leadership.

Registration Limited Space to 15 Pastors
$2400 + books* for 2 year program with 10 sessions including syllabus.Registration is for Lead Pastors and their spouse. Both are included on one ticket purchase.

2 Payment Options:
1) $2160 if prepaid by 9/27/17 (10% discount off $2400)
2) Check out the 1st Session for Free & if you decide to participate pay $2400 that day by either check, cash, or call credit card info in to Valerie Matthews to process day of session)
*There will also be books, other resources and assignments that will be a part of your participation.

Checking out Session 1 for free?
Please register now - select "Trial" option during registration process.

If you're planning to attend there is pre-work required for Session 1. Learn more here.

"The Turnaround Church Coaching Network was a timely and helpful experience. It helped me as a leader, and our church as a whole. I can't recommend TCCN highly enough."

Dave Benson
Family Life Church • Newberg, Oregon

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“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed… Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

~2 Corinthians 4:8-9,16-18

Olives in their natural state are hard and bitter. To become edible, they have to be heavily processed. This process can include washing, breaking, grinding, soaking, mixing and pressing. These steps take a lot of time and resources but result in a product that can be used and enjoyed for its intended purpose.

This reminds me of how our lives are as we grow in the Lord. In our natural human state, we can be hard and bitter. Then the Lord washes us of our sins, breaks our chains and soaks us in His Word. Just as with olives, this process is not easy and doesn’t happen overnight, but the outcome is so amazing. Even when we’re being broken and pressed from all sides and don’t know what will happen next, it’s all part of His process. No matter what stage of the refining process you are in, God can still use you and has an intended purpose for your life, and He’s with you through it all.

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Going From Hot to Boiling Wed, 30 Jun 2017 0505:Jun:st +0800

When I order a Latte at Starbucks, I always order it at 190 degrees. My latte very seldom is delivered to me at 190 degrees. Even though I persist, I realize there may be several reasons my latte never makes it to my desired temperature.

Perhaps the baristas are so programmed that when they hear “190 degrees” it translates as “extra hot”, and extra hot is relevant- it means different things to different people.

Or, perhaps the barista simply is not listening. I often find I have to repeat parts of my order.

Water is very hot at 211 degrees. But water boils at 212 degrees.

Or, maybe the baristas have been trained that 190 degrees is simply too hot for clumsy people like myself, and they do not want to get sued when I dump it in my lap (even though I was told that their training manual actually sets the limit of hotness right at 190 degrees) thus, they hesitate to do what the customer asks - Another example of perfect strangers knowing what is best for me!

Lastly, maybe the barista doesn’t realize what a difference one or two degrees actually makes.

For instance, water is very hot at 211 degrees. But water boils at 212 degrees. Do you realize the implications of this? Boiling water produces steam. And if there is enough steam, it can power a majestic 100-ton locomotive like we see in a western movie. Hot water won’t move that heavy machine one inch. But give it enough steam from boiling water, and it can move practically anything!

So what would happen if each of us turned up the heat just one degree, going from hot to boiling? What would happen if we turned up the heat in our relationship with the Lord? What would happen if we turned up the heat in relation to our family? What would happen if we turned up the heat in our ministry by one degree?

Earl Nightingale said, “if you will spend an extra hour each day of study in your chosen field, you will be a national expert in that field in five years or less.”

It reminds me of Galatians 6:9: “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” In my own words, let’s not just settle for “average” but let’s turn up the heat to boiling because we WILL reap a harvest…!

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Lead the Leading Change Thu, 30 Jun 2017 0505:Jun:th +0800

Much has changed for us in the past three years. But when I consider the “leading” change, that is, the most significant in my ministry, I’ve come to an unexpected conclusion.

I became the lead pastor of Abundant Life Assembly, in Enterprise, Oregon in 2014. As one of 11 churches for 2000 residents, I wondered why God had called me here?

Well, my family of 5 had increased the Sunday attendance by 33%, to 20. It was a good start. And over the next 3 years, we outgrew our building, tripled our space with the purchase of the historic church on Main St. How did this happen?

In the spring of 2015 I was on a prayer walk when the Lord prompted, “Ask Me for the Christian Church Building”. After debate, I conceded. “Lord, give me the Christian Church building.” I hadn’t prayed out of great faith, but simply obedience. A bit embarrassed, I kept it a secret even from my wife for three months; six months after that, I told the board. The very next month, the pastor of the Christian Church asked if we would be interested in buying their building. One year later, Pastor Boyd Powers was our guest as we dedicated our new facility to the Lord.

God moved. Skeptical hearts turned and a spirit of unity filled the congregation. We were blessed with “parting gifts” – technical equipment – from the Christian Church, and an additional 40% growth after changing locations.

But what is that “leading” change I spoke of? It’s not the building or the attendance, it is the change in me. By the end of year two, I had settled in and learned my community, built trust, and established healthy rhythms for myself, my family, and my ministry. Now I was venturing into uncharted waters, so I called upon our Network and began coaching with Pastor Bill. I had already recognized I needed to change: change my leadership style, build teams, give influence to others, and stop doing it all by myself. If we were going to disciple the people of our church, “WE” needed to do it. But I didn’t know how. I am so thankful to the Lord for the wisdom imparted to me throughout the past nine months of coaching. We weathered the purchase, the move, and the growth with relative ease. And I’m getting some ideas for the discipleship part as well.

Another lead change dealt with my perspective. The results are not up to me, as I may have thought; they’re up to God. I'm grateful I didn't tell you this story three weeks ago because two weeks ago our attendance was 35 again. I think we ought not to look only at the highs - the victories of ministry - nor at the lows; but remain focused on our primary calling, to be faithful and obedient to God. The results are not up to us, but up to Him.

I heard in a podcast this afternoon that “we are not called to build a church, but to build a People.” I believe it because when I look at the people I am serving, I see folks that have grown in the Lord. Lost ones saved and leaders who’ve stepped into roles that they never dreamed for themselves. My own heart is more settled and secure in who God has called me to be. Some encouraging words were spoken at Intermission. Scott Hagan said, "Leadership is not about what you accomplish, but about what you set in motion." My church has been in this community for 75 years. This “People,” has outlived many a pastor, and it will outlive me. But as God has given me favor, and influence, I am learning to give these things away. Church attendance can be like the stock market. One day it's up, the next it's down. In one year it crashes, and for a decade it recovers. So, if we're going to invest our lives, let's do it over the long haul. Let us set our hand to the plow and be willing to dig ditches for water and furrows for seed. And then let God bring the increase. Let us lead the leading change by leading ourselves to greater dependence on the Lord, and staying true to what God has called us to do and to be.

From Death to Life Wed, 30 Jun 2017 0606:Jun:th +0800

This morning a dear pastor friend of mine wrote on his Facebook page about celebrating a 46th anniversary. He said, “this anniversary is very important to me because without a miracle it will most likely be our last.” Later, he told me over the phone, “I never expected to be walking down this road.”

How can I really know what is going through my friend's mind today? How can I really know the measure of grief he is experiencing as he watches his wife of 46 years slip away because of a brain tumor? How can I comfort him when I have not experienced what he is experiencing?

Transitions- some are sudden curves that throw us out of balance. Some are very slow and subtle. Some transitions are very scary while other transitions are turned into a celebration. No matter what transition in life we face, I find that life is one big transition!

Life is one big transition!

While some transitions throw us off balance, there is one anchor that keeps us standing upright.
“I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38, 39)

When words I use to try to comfort my friend seem to fail me, I can pray Romans 8:38,39. I can pray that the powerful love of God will be his anchor to keep him walking his path with confidence and assurance that he does not walk that path alone. He has the God of the universe walking with him. What an amazing God we serve!

Romania Trip Mon, 30 Jun 2017 1010:Jun:th +0800

A great big "Thank you " to those who contributed to the Romania Missions trip.

The trip was life-changing in many ways. New friendships were formed, ministry gifts discovered (everyone can do puppet ministry) being fluid with everyday experiences. Every lady on the trip had a purpose and was used to touch the lives of women.

So let me share what a Tea looked like for the team members:

Up early in the morning to travel usually 2+hours to a village out of Bucharest. We were joined by Tamara's team (Tamara Henkes is our missionary to Romania) the incredible team she works with helped load vans, drive to locations, help with set up and interpret for us.

When we arrived in the village Tamara would find the location for the tea and how many were coming. (This is where the team learned to be fluid). Often the number would double by the end of the tea.

The kitchen crew made incredible croissant sandwiches, chips, and sweets. There were ladies who provided soda to drink . some decorated the tables, some served the ladies, then all participated in some way during the program which consisted of puppets, skits, worship, testimonies and the giving of gifts.

The pictures will show you the amount of space and primitive conditions the ladies worked in. These gals were amazing. Loved their "can do" attitudes. The team members were "all in". Everyone was willing to help with every aspect of the tea. Tamara and her team worked hand in hand with our team and it was an incredible experience.

Tamara shared in a recent email that she had already heard from some of the pastors in the areas how the women who had attended the teas were in church Sunday.

We all are thankful for the opportunity to represent the Oregon Ministry Network and we look forward to planning future trips.

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2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.

Reflection on past accomplishments or even past disappointments can provide some benefit to every pastor or leader. However, if a pastor or leader begins to live only in their past accomplishments they will miss opportunities and possibilities before them. In addition, the person who is only looking back will become ineffective and irrelevant to the current and future generation.

“Everyone enjoys being inspired. But here’s the truth when it comes to personal growth: Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” John Maxwell

In Genesis 12, God spoke to Abram about growing forward. He outlined a number of things Abram would need to release in order to for him to experience growing forward. This wasn’t an easy decision for Abram, especially at the age of 65, but it was necessary to fulfill God's purposes for his life. It meant leaving and letting go of his country, his community and even his tribe. Abram had to be willing to go to a new land and experience a new dimension of God’s presence, promise, and provision. Fast forward to Hebrews 11:8, which reads, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Growing forward!

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

There are a few ESSENTIALS that have helped me in my growing forward since I began my ministry at the age of 21.

  1. LISTENING: Some of my best growth has come by listening to the words and wisdom of more mature and experienced ministers. Rather than resist the help of others, I have learned the value of listening to ideas, suggestions and insights.
  2. LEARNING: Leaders are learners. This can be accomplished by personal devotions, reading great books, furthering education by attending conferences and connecting with those who are ahead of me in experience and accomplishment. I am determined to never feel I have arrived.
  3. LETTING GO: Releasing rather than rehearsing offenses, failures and missteps is vital in growing forward. If you’ve had a bad experience, grow through it rather than die in it.
  4. LOVING: Love is the greatest attribute of the Holy Spirit a person can display. As the primary expression of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life, love will always take you beyond your current situation. When you love God, love others and even love yourself, you are growing forward.
  5. LEADING: No doubt, being a pastor or leader gives you the greatest opportunity to experience growing forward. Making decisions and leading the way will always take you into new territory.

I am sure if space allowed I could add to the list. My challenge to all of us is to keep growing forward!

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. Benjamin Franklin

From Zero to Fifty, Just Like That! Tue, 30 Jun 2017 0606:Jun:th +0800

A great king once made a very profound statement: “Once I was young, and now I am old….” Psalm 27:35) Now that’s a transition that regardless of who we are or what status in life we live, we all relate to the king’s profoundness! And if one reads between the lines a bit, you might even hear the king add, “from young to old just like that!”

This year Delores and I are celebrating our fiftieth year of married life. And we went from zero to fifty, just like that! So, we decided we would celebrate this whole year just in case another “just like that!” happens.

The other part of the king's statement says, “…yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” (Psalm 27:35). That’s our story! From young to old, just like that, but I have never been abandoned or my seen my children begging for bread!

Some have asked us what has sustained us for fifty years when there seem to be so many reasons these days to not stay together.

For starters, when we were engaged and talked about “growing old together,” we decided to strike several words from our vocabulary. Words like “divorce” or “I hate you!” would not be part of our conversation regarding each other because we realized that contrary to popular belief, words do hurt, and they are very difficult to retrieve once they have been spoken. Honestly, there have been a time or two when one or both of us felt like divorce might be the easiest way, or we felt like uttering those hurtful words. But we both remembered our covenant with each other. We have never used those words to threaten each other.

We also decided that we would read the word together. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word is living. When there are so many things that would seek to destroy or “kill” our marriage, why wouldn’t we want to read that living word together from time to time? His Word speaks life into our relationship! His Word speaks healing when either one of us or both of us are broken!

Along with the Living Word as our guide, we also decided it would be good to pray together daily with each other and for each other. Hardly a day goes by without that prayer. Our prayer time is not lengthy, but when we invite the Holy Spirit to be involved in our daily lives, we each sense His presence guiding us through our day.

In spite of the elimination of certain words, there have been times when we have hurt each other. We decided from the beginning to not go to bed angry (Ephesians 4:26). We have had some pretty late night conversations, but they have always ended in asking each other’s forgiveness and once again declaring our love for each other.

Actually, I don’t think it is all that hard for couples to stay together when both are willing to work on their marriage with the help of the Holy Spirit!

Ask God to do Ten Things During Summer Camps Tue, 30 Jun 2017 0505:Jun:th +0800

This summer, we have six NextGen Summer Camps scheduled: two Kids Camps, two Youth Camps, a Royal Ranger Powwow and a Girls Camp. God has helped us put together some fantastic leadership teams for this year’s camping season, but we must heed the warning of Psalms 127:1, “unless the LORD builds the house, its builder's labor in vain.” We must ask God to build these camps; we need to pray for God’s favor over the campers and leaders.

This is why I'm asking all our pastors, leaders and parents to rally their churches and pray with me during the months of June, July, and August for these camps. To assist you in your prayers, here are ten things to ask God to do during our summer camps.

Ask God To...

  1. Save souls and transform lives. Pray for the lost, the backslidden and the hard-hearted.
  2. Show up supernaturally. Pray for Jesus encounters during the worship through songs, the Word and altar times. Pray campers and leaders experience the power of the Holy Spirit in a life-changing way.
  3. Touch each camper: relational, emotional, physical and spiritual. Pray for healings and miracles.
  4. Help our campers with unforgiveness. Pray they are able to let go and receive all God has for them.
  5. Remove all distractions that would hinder campers from receiving all God has for them. Pray that addictions and spiritual strongholds would be broken from their lives.
  6. Anoint our camp speakers and worship teams. Pray their messages will be exactly what the campers and leaders need to hear from the Lord.
  7. Protect all those at camp. Pray for the safety and health for every camper and leader.
  8. Encourage, equip and empower our churches' pastors and leaders during the week of camp. Pray this week of camp will help them in ministry when they return home.
  9. Meet all the needs of the camp leadership teams, camp staff, and church leaders. Pray for God to give them wisdom as they minister to campers at the altar and make critical decisions.
  10. Make this the best week of the year for each camper that attends. Pray for fun, joy, and adventure.

"Rally your churches and pray with me during the months of June, July, and August for these camps."

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Salem Commencement Ceremony Report

On Tuesday, May 9, over 200 people gathered to celebrate the largest graduating class in the history of the Salem campus. Eleven students received certificates or degrees: Two Certificates in Ministry Leadership (CML), four Associate in Ministry Leadership (AML) degrees, four Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership (BAML) degrees, and the first Salem Campus Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduate. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

MA in Ministry Leadership | Interested?

A major component of the Salem enrollment strategy is to begin offering more graduate degrees. Over the next five years we have a desire to add ministry-related master’s degrees, and possibly master’s in other disciplines, i.e. education, and business. We would like to gauge the interest in a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MACM), with a potential start date of January 2018. If you would like more information about this program, please email Mark Robinson

Fall 17 Application Deadline

NU at Salem is the most affordable Christian university in the Pacific Northwest. When affordability is combined with a convenient schedule and our exceptional faculty, the result is a SUPERIOR VALUE. The deadline for fall applications is July 30

Serving Opportunity | You can be a blessing this summer!

If your church, or possibly a small group from your church, is looking for a serving project this summer, we have a prime opportunity at the Salem campus. We are in the process of replacing the carpet in the upper level of our building with carpet tiles. In one half-day or full-day, you could make a huge difference at the Salem campus. The carpet tiles and other installation supplies have already been acquired. If you have someone who is a flooring installer or possesses moderate DIY skills, we can show you how to install the tiles. The remaining areas are the staff workroom, four offices, and the conference room, or approximately 2,000 square feet. Please contact Mark Robinson for more information

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Forgetting to Remember Wed, 31 May 2017 1212:May:st +0800

In the center of a far away village, I am told, stands a huge white monument placed on a concrete slab. It is very impressive. But if you walk around the base, you will find no inscription. If you ask any of the citizens, no one seems to know why the monument was erected. Old-timers can’t remember, and the young were never told.

Strange- a monument to nothing! A memorial that has no memory or meaning whatsoever! Life is short, and our memory is even shorter. We come into this world, and in a few short years we leave this world, and within two or three generations our name is no longer remembered.

Formerly known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day was first enacted to honor both Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War, a war that tragically divided this nation, and still does to this day in some circles. But today, so it seems, the true meaning of Memorial Day has become lost in a flurry of activities to best suit the pleasures of the masses. To a large segment of the population, the significance of Memorial Day is that it is the kickoff to summer vacation.

I have visited many memorials. In a town where we pastored in southern Oregon, there is the old pioneer cemetery that reached back into the wild west days. We visited the World War II memorial in Manila that told the story of a terrible war that took place all over the globe. We have stood before several “walls” with thousands of names engraved- men and women who sacrificed their lives for freedom in Vietnam, Korea, and other places.

But I find the most unusual memorial of all in scripture. It is a memorial that has endured time like no other memorial. More people have visited and continue to visit this memorial than any other in history. It is not made of marble. Nor is it made by human hands. But it is so real and so meaningful and brings so much joy that often times it is not even looked upon as a memorial, but a feast- a celebration of life!

Jesus admonishes us to not forget to remember. He says, “Each time you drink this cup, remember Me. What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt” (I Corinthians 11:23-24).

I eagerly look forward to the next time I observe this celebration of life with fellow believers. I will intentionally remember all my Lord has done for me. That will be the real Memorial Day!

Spoke’n Hostel Tue, 31 May 2017 0909:May:th +0800

Spoke'n Hostel is an oasis of hospitality and radical generosity springing out of Christ's love for the stranger, traveler, and community.

In 2015 we had a chance to visit Mitchell, Oregon and we're quickly struck by the struggles and possibilities this remote Eastern Oregon community faced. Work is very hard to find, isolation mentality had eroded relationships and the town's heart was faint from the ravages of the recession.

In stark contrast, a vibrant community of tourists and bicycle travelers were passing through Mitchell in masse on their way to the Painted Hills and cycling the 4500 mile Trans America Trail.

A vision was released in our hearts to open a hostel inside the Assembly of God to share a Christ-centered hospitality to travelers in hopes of growing the local economy. This growth would help local businesses and provide a base salary for a pastor to focus energy on mending relationships with local community members and teach about God's unconditional love.

One year has passed since opening Spoke'n and there is no doubt that God's vision for this radical use of His resources was spot on!

In the past year the church, closed and left empty like many of the buildings in this dying town, opened its doors anew with a fresh and different vision - provide healing and hope for the local community, promote economic growth, and provide unprecedented hospitality to travelers on a donation basis.

Since June of 2016, Spoke'n has been host to nearly 400 (predominantly bicycle) travelers, 3 retreats, and countless meetings. Businesses in the town report a 30% growth in their revenue because more travelers are staying overnight, and the town is regaining its spirit. Comments from travelers frequently refer to Spoke'n as an unexpected oasis and have responded by scores of 5-star reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and Trip Advisor. To cap it all off, the Oregon Governor's office of tourism selected Spoke'n as their 2016 recipient of the Tourism Development Award, high praise from one of the most renown tourism boards in the country.

As honored as we are for this prestigious award and the accolades of guests, the best and most humbling praise we've received is that of our Mitchell community. The church has grown from zero to 15 regular attendees and roughly 40 or 50 who consider us "their church" in a town of 125. The trust we've gained over the past 18 months is so humbling. Truly a miracle of God's faithfulness as we diligently pursue his vision.

The details

Spoke'n Hostel has 12 beds (6 bunks) in the bunk room (formerly the sanctuary) and 3 more beds in two semi-private rooms. Each of the sturdy, hand-made bunk beds includes linens, pillow, handmade quilts, reading lights, charging stations and privacy curtains. Mattresses are high-quality foam with a soft and firm side and are an extra large twin size, suited to the tallest traveler.

A full kitchen is available for travelers to prepare their own meals. We intentionally do not feed travelers and respectfully ask them to consider dining at local restaurants.

Spoke'n is a radical idea from the distant past, with a new face. Monasteries of old would provide hospitality to travelers on their journies and pilgrimages. In honor of this tradition, and with hopes of reviving other small towns, we hope to use Spoke'n in Mitchell as a training ground for other hospitality minded pastors in small towns who are looking for new ways to engage with community and travelers alike.

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Girls Camp Wed, 31 May 2017 1717:May:th +0800

Kellogg Springs
1111 Kellogg Camp Ln
Oakland, OR 97462

$120 by August 3
$140 Late Registration
$50 Deposit

Roberta Shimomura Presenter
Roberta has a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries from Bethany University and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. For 10 years she and her husband Brad served as children’s pastors at churches in Washington and Oregon. It was her privilege to love and mentor children and youth to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ. Roberta has 3 children who are the joys of her life. Her family is on a God-sized adventure as new missionaries to Japan.

Royal Ranger Pow Wow Wed, 31 May 2017 1717:May:th +0800

The Royal Ranger Pow Wow is Oregon’s premiere Royal Ranger event for boys! Don’t miss this incredibly fun and life changing event. 

August 10-13, 2017
Entering grades 3 and above. Younger students may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Activities include: shooting ranges, repelling wall, zip line, craft projects, woodshop and more. Some activities have additional cost to participate that is not included in the Powwow registration.

Camp Wildcat
2549 Mary’s Peak Road
Blodgett, OR 97326

Online registration is not available for Royal Rangers Powwow. Submission instructions and pricing are available in the registration packets.


Coming from Corvallis:

-Drive West on Hwy 20

-Turn onto Burnt Woods Harlan Rd and follow all the way to Mary’s Peak Rd

-Turn LEFT onto Mary’s Peak Rd and follow it down until you see the Royal Ranger Sign on your right

-Turn off into the path and you’ve made it!

Coming from Newport:

-Drive East on Hwy 20

-Turn onto Burnt Woods Harlan Rd and follow all the way to Mary’s Peak Rd

-Turn LEFT onto Mary’s Peak Rd and follow it down until you see the Royal Ranger Sign on your right

-Turn off into the path and you’ve made it!

Dr. Dick Gruber Royal Ranger Chaplain
Dr. Dick Gruber is a husband, father and a grandfather. Gruber loves his family. Since 1980, Dr. Gruber has had over 180 children and family ministry articles, five books and chapters in half a dozen more books published. He has authored and illustrated more than four-dozen cartoon booklets and comic strip sheets helping children grow in their faith.
Gruber earned a Bachelor of Science from North Central University, Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from the University of Valley Forge and a Doctor of Ministry from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

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From the General Superintendent George O. Wood with Wes Bartel

I had never heard of Groesbeck, Texas, until I went there earlier this year. There’s an Assemblies of God church there, though. Before I tell you about my visit, let me share with you some amazing facts.

Did you know there are 18,969 communities or towns in America with populations of fewer than 5,000 and that there are Assemblies of God churches in 4,100 of them? Those numbers tell us two things: (1) 4,100 of our 13,000 churches are in small communities, and (2) there is a great harvest of church planting waiting to take place in 14,869 more communities!

Take towns the next size up — 5,000 to 9,999 people. There are 1,644 Assemblies of God churches in those towns, but 828 more church planting opportunities.

If our goal is a healthy Spirit-filled church in every community, then we must not overlook the small towns and rural places in America!

The church in Groesbeck nearly died. It was down to just nine people. The building was ramshackle. No one had thoroughly cleaned it in years. Junk was piled up in rooms. And, in one place in the sanctuary, the wall had separated from the roof line; you could see the sky when you stood in the pulpit and looked through the gaping opening.

But, the building is not that way today. It’s beautiful! And, there are now about 150 people instead of nine. What made the difference?

Of course, a pastor with a call and a plan. John Carabin and his wife, Marissa, came three-and-a-half years ago to Groesbeck. What brought them there? The call of the Lord and a passion to see their town of about 4,500 reached for Jesus.

John felt a calling not just to the church, but also to the community. He felt that, historically, the two centers of the town were the courthouse and the church. He wanted to restore the church as that second center. So, he followed his call not to be pastor of just his church, but also pastor of the community. As a way into the community, he joined the local volunteer fire department. That not only opened doors of access into the community, but it also opened hearts of covolunteers to the gospel. People started getting saved and becoming part of the church.

If our goal is a healthy Spirit-filled church in every community, then we must not overlook the small towns and rural places in America!

What a privilege it was for my wife and me to be there on a Sunday recently and experience the vitality of that church and the Carabins’ passion for their community and the surrounding area.

Pastor John did not do this alone. A larger church stepped in and helped with pastoral compensation until the church could begin to get its feet on the ground. John also accessed training that was available to him (more about that in a moment).

What once was a nearly dead church came back to life. So, although they’ve fixed up the church facilities, now they really can’t use them anymore for worship services. Why? They’ve outgrown them! Guess what happened? Two trustees of another church in town that had closed sensed the Lord leading them to contact Pastor John and hand over the deed to that church property — valued at close to $1 million. Since March, that has been the church’s new home. And, it’s in Pastor John’s heart to plant three new churches in the next several years in three nearby small towns. Even churches in small towns can become multiplying churches!

Oh yes, I forgot to mention the name of the church. It’s Living Proof Church — so named because the members of that church are living proof that Jesus is still changing lives — even in small towns and rural America.

I want to give a shout-out to all the pastors who are serving in small towns and rural communities.

I want to give a shoutout of thanks also to larger churches, like the one that helped Pastor John, who seek intentionally to be on the watch for others they can help. I also want to share with you a new initiative of the national office to strengthen our rural churches. It’s called the Rural America Ministries Network, and Wes Bartel is the director. In the following paragraphs, I’ll let Wes describe this important new initiative.

Rural America Ministries Network

Wes Bartel

Without doubt, the ministry of the church unfolds in many varied contexts. Christ himself mandated this variety of ministry expressions in His Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

The Assemblies of God has become one of the most effective church entities worldwide in the fulfillment of that important command. Church history will affirm that we have been generous and strategic in our approach.

However, I fear we have unintentionally neglected a culture and people who historically have been a foundation and catalyst of our Movement. I am referring to America’s rural churches. Nearly 45 percent of our churches are in rural communities, and they find themselves reaching out to this unique culture, often without essential training, resources or encouragement to assist them.

To address this important need, the Executive Leadership Team has approved the formation of the Rural America Ministries Network. The Network was created through consultation with ministry leaders who share the same passion and concern for the rural church. Cooperative input and participation from numerous sources within our great Movement will ensure the effectiveness of this resource to churches in rural America.

Here is how Rural America Ministries will work.

  1. Structure: The Network will be the agency within the National Leadership and Resources Center specifically tasked to address the needs of the rural churches within our Movement. Its director will report to the general superintendent or another leader designated by the general superintendent. The director will serve as a primary consultant to the NLRC on matters concerning rural ministry. The director will also manage and promote the various programs and relationships of the Network, as well as serving as the point of contact between rural churches and leadership and the NLRC. Finally, the director will establish a comprehensive database for use by the NLRC from contacts with rural churches and leadership.

    The Network will create a District Advisory Board to give district councils both input and buy-in and to address specific district issues and concerns relative to rural ministry.

  2. Purpose: True to its name, the Network will provide rural ministers with networking opportunities, as well as training venues and other services pertinent to rural ministry within the Assemblies of God.
  3. Relationships: The Network will cooperate with and actively promote other AG ministries that impact the rural church. Let me identify four such ministries that already exist: (1) The Acts 2 Journey, established to strengthen existing churches (; (2) Rural Compassion, which helps rural churches meet the material needs of the poor within their communities (; (3) Church Multiplication Network, which exists to equip, fund and strategically network church plants (; and (4) Lonesome Dove Ranch, which provides training and restoration to rural church pastors ( As the Network grows, the list of ministry relationships it maintains will grow too.
  4. Programs: The Network will establish and host regional conferences or retreats for rural pastors and congregational leadership in cooperation with regional district leadership. The primary purpose of these conferences will be networking and fellowship, training, inspiration and family ministry. The network will solicit necessary funding for the conferences and provide funding assistance to needy rural pastors who desire to attend.
  5. Ministerial training: The Network will seek to establish an effective outreach within our AG colleges and universities for positively affecting and assisting in the development of quality ministerial training in rural ministry within our Movement. It will also seek to solicit contributions toward scholarships that can positively affect training in effective rural ministry.
  6. Funding: Network funding will come from individual and church contributions, foundation grants and General Council disbursements. A U.S. Missions account established for Rural America Ministries Network can receive contributions now (Account #385299-3). I am encouraged as I think about the amazing possibilities that await us as we move forward with this important initiative. I truly believe that God has many wonderful and positive things to accomplish within the rural churches and communities of America. I commend our general superintendent and the Executive Leadership Team for their vision and commitment to this need, and I covet the prayers of God’s people as we move forward in faith.

Celebrating the Lystras

George O. Wood

I want to thank Wes Bartel for providing vision and leadership for the Rural America Ministries Network. It is an important new initiative that needs your prayers, financial support and personal involvement.

Let me conclude by circling back to a biblical example. Remember the apostle Paul’s first missionary journey? One of the towns in which he established a church was Lystra. I’ve been to the remains of that town. It is small. Seeing it, you might think of Lystra as the critics of Jesus thought of smalltown Nazareth: Can anything good come from there?

Well, Paul found Timothy there. That was very good! And since that time, no one can count the number of gospel workers who have come out of churches in small towns. Those places have been fertile fields in producing a harvest of pastors, ministers and missionaries.

So, I celebrate all the “Lystras” in our Movement today — and the lives of children and youth that are being discipled and shaped by loving pastors and church leaders. These young people will powerfully impel forward the Kingdom of God in the generation to come, should Jesus delay His coming!

A Mentoring Ministry for Future Men Tue, 31 May 2017 0606:May:rd +0800

A dear friend of mine once told me to wear my office well. He went on to explain that folks expect things from you that may not be “in your job description.”

Here are two important responsibilities in every Christian’s “job description.”

  1. The Fruit of the Spirit
    Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirt is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
    Practicing the fruits of the spirit shows Christ in us to the world.

    This fruit of the spirit allows us to work toward fulfilling Matthew 28, which brings us to the second responsibility.

  2. Go Make Disciples
    Matthew 28:19-20 says “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

    Making disciples involves more than explaining what one is; it means being one yourself, and modeling what a disciple of Christ is.

That is what Royal Rangers is – a mentoring ministry for future men – to influence more boys and young men for Christ than ever before.

Royal Rangers offers many training opportunities to help churches get Rangers (re)started, and to help established outposts improve – how to be better mentors.

Every year in August, we hold our Summer Powwow. This year it’s August 10-13 in beautiful downtown Harlan, Oregon. It is 4 days of fun and often challenging activities, ending each night with a chapel service. We are excited to have Dr. Dick Gruber as our speaker. He was the speaker at Fusion this year, NextGen Ministries’ Youth/Kids Leader Conference.

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Emotional IQ Part 2 Thu, 31 May 2017 1010:May:th +0800

We all have feelings. In fact, for a lifetime we have had people telling us how we should feel or not feel. It started when I was little: “Larry, you can stop crying now- big boys don’t cry.” Or, if I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar, I could count on hearing, “Larry, you should be ashamed of yourself!” And, later on, if I allowed my feelings to get hurt by someone, invariably I would hear, “Don’t feel bad Larry, I was just kidding.”

Feelings are neither right or wrong

In fifty years of ministry, I have observed many marriages where one partner will be upset or even angry because the other partner feels a certain way, not counting the fact that feelings are neither right or wrong. There is no morality to feelings. Obviously, how we react to our own feelings or another person’s feelings might be right or wrong, but feelings are just feelings, and they may abruptly change within a very short amount of time!

Feelings are so much a part of us, that our feelings are at the heart of good communication. Couples who never talk about each other’s feelings on important issues are headed for trouble. Likewise, couples who do not empathize with each other’s feelings, even though they may not agree with the other’s feelings, are headed for hurt and disappointment in their relationship.

Good communication in our marriage is being able to ask ourselves, “Can I be mature enough and responsible for allowing my spouse to express their feelings simply because that’s the way they feel?” In other words, I must choose to let my spouse express their feelings honestly without a “put-down,” or criticism, or telling them, “you shouldn’t feel that way.” This, of course, requires creating a place of safety. If I am standing by with a bulldozer ready to tell her why she shouldn’t feel the way she does, then the conversation is over! Feelings are neither right or wrong, so even though my wife may feel different than I do, by allowing her to express her feeling without road blocks will not only enhance our relationship but will bring a love bond between us that is absolutely amazing.

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Anaheim Outreach 2017 Wed, 31 May 2017 0909:May:th +0800

REACH Anaheim 

Equip your students with hands-on training and an experience that will lead them to reach THEIR community for Christ. Every student, parent, and leader on the trip will be engaged in an interactive experience the will inspire them to reach beyond themselves!

In partnership with the SoCal Network and Global Passion, we are working with the local churches in Anaheim to create a cross-cultural ministry experience for you and your students. We are striving to see two outcomes by the end of the week. First, that students are equipped in a practical way that can be replicated in their own communities. Second, that the people of Anaheim will connect to local Assemblies of God churches in the area. Our hope is that in the following weeks, both the churches in Anaheim and those who send students will see new faces walk into the doors of their church.

During the week, every student, parent, and leader on the trip will be engaged in an interactive experience that will inspire them to reach beyond themselves, break through their comfort zones, and do more than they thought possible. In addition, each person will receive training that will stretch their thinking to realize the potential of putting their time, talent, and energy into the Lord’s hands.

When registering for Anaheim17, there will be an option to add the AIM Outreach. Students, parents, and leaders can register at

Emotional IQ Part 1 Wed, 31 May 2017 0606:May:th +0800

She had been an effective leader in our church for many years. But as she came into my office that day, I could tell she was deeply troubled as she announced that she and her husband were leaving the church. After what seemed hours of probing, she finally revealed her reasons for leaving. The previous Sunday my wife happened to pass her in a very crowded foyer and didn't stop to greet her. As tears were running down her face there in my office, she added, "and she didn't even smile, and that really hurt my feelings!"

Why did this lady's feelings really get hurt?

  1. She allowed a negative thought to trigger a negative feeling. She thought that the pastor’s wife was "aloof" that day because she had walked by without giving this lady attention. This lady assumed my wife was thinking she was somehow better than others. However, if this woman had "taken her thought captive"; according to 2 Corinthians 10:5, she would have realized that she had actually been hugged by the pastor's wife on numerous occasions. It is often negative thoughts that spark negative feelings.
  2. The truth is the pastor's wife could in no way hurt this lady's feelings. That’s why we call them “my feelings.” I am in charge of my own feelings. It's my choice as to what hurts them. You don't control me. I can choose to have my feelings hurt by something you do, but you cannot hurt my feelings.
  3. Perhaps this woman was seeking extra love and attention that day, and when she didn’t receive it, she found my wife to be at fault, and the lady became "the victim." According to psychologists, sometimes a person desires the feeling of being a martyr for his or her own sake, out suffering or persecution because it either feeds a need or a desire to avoid responsibility.

You hurt my feelings” is a phrase we should reconsider using because it simply is not true. Rather it is a confession of our own mistake of allowing someone else to control us.

Healthy leaders will not only be in control of their own feelings and know how to process negative thoughts that spark negative feelings, but they will also keep from blaming others for hurting their feelings.

Here's a question: Do I let my feelings dictate my actions, or do I process my thoughts and feelings in a responsible way?

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Passing the Baton Wed, 31 May 2017 1111:May:rd +0800

Today we stand on the edge of another generation who must have the opportunity to set their hope anew on God. In Psalm 78, King David gives the church a mandate to reach the next generation, because every new generation is an unreached generation. If we fail to meet this obligation, then we’re doomed to repeat the fate of Judges 2:10, where following Joshua’s generation, there arose another generation who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.

Every new generation is an unreached generation.

As Assemblies of God Leaders, we must strive daily to fulfill this responsibility. This mandate should compel us to pass our movement’s heart for missions onto the next generation. Last year was an extraordinary year for NextGen Missions. One of our OMN churches, Yoncalla Assembly of God, ranked #2 in the nation (Division A) for their BGMC giving of $12,979! Overall, our kids gave $130,241 to BGMC, with 52% of our OMN churches participating. Additionally, our youth saw tremendous growth in their STL giving, seeing a 42% increase over the previous year. They gave $93,338 to STL, with 34% of our OMN churches participating.

We have set some big NextGen Missions Goals for 2017:

  • STL Goal is $125,000 with 40% of our Churches Participating.
  • BGMC Goal is $150,000 with 60% of our Churches Participating.
  • Ultimate Goal is 100% church participation.

To help us attain these goals, we have two new Summer Missions Projects.

Summer STL Project - John and Carolyn Stewart, missionaries to South Africa. They have been serving in missions for more than 20 years. They are presently serving in South Africa, focusing on leadership development and Church Planting. A STL vehicle is vital for them to be effective in ministry. This vehicle will enable them to do more in the area of equipping pastors and church planting. You can download their Project Bio on our STL web page and view their Project Video on our YouTube Channel. #STLtheStewarts

Summer BGMC Project - Brad and Roberta Shimomura, newly appointed missionaries to Japan. They have been serving in kids ministry in Oregon and Washington for more than10 years. Their primary focus in Japan will be kids and family ministry. This summer, our kids will be helping to buy Bibles for Japan through BGMC. These will include Bibles for parents as well as Japanese comic book style Bibles to give to kids. $15 purchases one Bible. Let’s aim for 200 Japanese Bibles - $3,000! The easiest way for your kids to participate is to send in your summer BGMC offerings to the national office, using their Special Target Form. You can download this form on our BGMC webpage. #BGMCjapan

Be sure to check out our Resource Page for more tools to help you successfully pass the baton on to the next generation.

Finally, if you would like to schedule me to come and do a STL or BGMC service for your kids, youth or church, contact me directly in order to save a date on the calendar.

Update your Faith Promises Online Tue, 31 May 2017 1111:May:nd +0800


Our missionaries depend on Faith Promises in order to be released to go to the mission field. The Assemblies of God has a great tool for setting up recurring giving transactions through the website. Unfortunately, the only part of the system that was connected with Faith Promises was to establish a new commitment. There was no way to manage all Faith Promises from a single location, until now!


A little over a year ago I contacted the national office regarding this issue with some suggestions of how it could work.They responded immediately and a team was formed to tackle the task of combining two systems. Anyone who's worked on the back end of systems knows that a great deal of work goes into designing them to be easy for the user. After a year, the system went live the first week of April 2017.


To view, modify, or create new Faith Promises, all you have to do is go to and login to AG Giving by clicking their "Donate" button. On your account home screen, there is a new section titled "Faith Promises." This section shows all of your Faith Promises at one glance. You can add, modify, or remove commitments from here.

Perhaps the greatest feature is on the Recurring Transactions page. Here you can see what you are giving monthly automatically. Each transaction now shows a Faith Promise column.  It's possible you've been giving monthly to a missionary and thought you had a Faith Promise set up, even though it's not. Now you can verify that at a glance.


Using this new tool allows you to avoid having outstanding Faith Promises you knew nothing about, set up a Faith Promise for a missionary you've been supporting who was missing that piece, and modify your monthly support amounts for both your Recurring Giving and your Faith Promises all in one place.  No need to call in changes or send in those forms anymore.

Do you have an idea to make something better? Pass it on. You never know where it will lead.

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You may remember the Sunday School song we sang as kids…

"This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."
I believe this is the directive for the OMN today. It is our time to Arise and SHINE.

In the powerful Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares, You are the light of the world. He follows that pronouncement with this commanding instruction, …let your light shine before others. What perfect words for us in our dark and dim world. Our world could use some light!

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining, they just shine. Dwight L. Moody

During our recent 2017 Network Summit, I encouraged 4 ways as ministers we can keep our lives shining brightly.

    2 Corinthians 3:18 (TLB) …we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.” We shine as bright as our relationship with the ultimate light of the world, Jesus. Building time into our lives to keep the connection healthy and vibrant must be a priority.
    Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous shines brightly…
    Committing to godly values and virtues will keep your light bright in an otherwise dim, drab and dark world. It is His righteousness, not my self-righteousness that keeps the light bright in my attitudes and actions.
    Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John…that these men had been with Jesus. We get our SHINE ON…when we take bold and big steps of faith: speaking up, standing out, staying the course, starting something new or sharing your talent or treasure. People will “see your good works and glorify your heavenly Father.” It takes faith and confidence to do this daily.
    Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another…
    Acts of compassion draw people, not creeds. It is acts of kindness, it is acts of help that make us shine bright. It can be heard in our tone of voice and seen in our willingness to listen and lend a hand. Compassion not condemnation will make your light shine brightly.

Renown British Journalist, Malcolm Muggerridge, was asked once in a television interview, “What do you want most out of life?” His response was simple but profound, “I should like my life to shine…”


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Summit 2017 | Stan Steward Wed, 30 Apr 2017 0808:Apr:th +0800