September 2016 Harvest

Greetings in the Name of the Lord,

Part of our American heritage is that we celebrate the hero who stands his ground alone: the Lone Ranger, Superman etc.  I am a Louis L’Amour fan.  The hero always wins the day against the bad guys.  Usually he wins by himself against overwhelming odds.  It’s the American Dream.  Frank Sinatra characterizes America best when he sang the song, “I did it my way”.

But this “Raise ourselves up by our own bootstraps.” mentality is not a Christian value. While there are times we must be willing to sacrifice alone, the Bible calls us to work together as a team.  Jesus calls that team “the church”.  We are better together.  I was reading this morning in Luke 10 that Jesus sent 72 disciples out… two by two.  When they ministered, they didn’t do it alone.  They had someone to lean on.  When one was down, the other could pick him up.  Strengths and weaknesses are shared as they did ministry in Jesus’ name together.  They learned together, laughed together, cried together and shared everything in common. Paul was very upset when young John Mark abandoned him.  The early church advanced the kingdom together. In Acts we read about Paul and Timothy, Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Silas, etc.

Why do we try to tackle ministry alone?  We need each other. It is a great thing that we will be together again at Minister and Mates Retreat.  We look forward to worship and great preaching.  But it will also be great to be together sharing life.  I hope, if you are able to attend, that you will come with open heart and a willingness to make new friends.  I hope that it will be a time of renewing old friendships and a time of mutual encouragement.  If you are not able to attend, know that you will be missed.  We value your participation and look forward to the next time that we are able to gather together on our great district.  In the mean time, let’s be intentional about gathering informally and formally at zone meetings and district training events.  Let’s covenant to continue to be a district that does ministry in Christ’s name together. 

Welcome to the district.

I am pleased to announce that Nick and Kylie Jo Smith have accepted a unanimous call to pastor the Plainville Church of the Nazarene.  Nick and Kylie Jo come to us after serving at the Burden United Methodist Church. They are Wichita State graduates.  Nick is currently enrolled at Nazarene Theological Seminary.  They have a two-year-old named Isaiah and are expecting another child in early October.  Let’s welcome them to our district and be in prayer for a healthy baby and a safe delivery.  Be in prayer because you know expecting a little one, moving and transitioning to a new ministry assignment can be stressful.  Welcome Nick and Kylie Jo!

Jeff and Danielle Black have accepted the call to pastor our McPherson Church of the Nazarene.  Jeff and Danielle grew up in our Hoisington Church.  They graduated from MNU and most recently from NTS. The parsonage is in need of some attention.  If your church would like to help with a Saturday workday in September, please let us know.  Let’s welcome Jeff and Danielle to the district! 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jim


KANSAS DISTRICT

WORK & WITNESS TRIP

Honduras 

February 13-27, 2017

In 2012, Pastor Christian Juarez began a successful soccer ministry which pulled kids off the streets, out of gangs and gave them a new start, a new family and a new life. Soccer ministries are spreading across Honduras and the church is growing.

Join us as we travel to La Esperanza Puerto Cortes, Honduras, partnering with the local Nazarene church to build a soccer field and help reach the lost for Christ.

Signup deadline: extended to September 30

10 available places left

*Work & Witness Mission Trip Flyer attached

 

Deputation Tour

Todd & Connie Aebischer

· 9/20 - 7:00 PM  El Dorado

· 9/21 - 6:00 PM  Wichita Todas Las Naciones

· 9/22 - 6:00 PM Wellington

Children's Mission Retreat 

Grades 4th-6th

Online registration opens: September 20, 2016

*Children's Mission Retreat flyer attached

Check out our new website: 

//ksnazarene.org/nmi

 

Kelly Love

Kansas District NMI President

ksdistrictnmi@gmail.com

ksnazarene/nmi

620-727-0134

 

August 2016 Harvest

Greetings in the Name of the Lord,

I thank the Lord daily for our great Kansas team.  Thank you to all who attended our District Assembly and contributed in so many ways. We have such great admiration for all of our great leaders.  It was a great joy to celebrate all that God has done in and through us all this past year.  We love partnering with you in making disciples in the nations.   Donna and I would also like to thank you for your generous support of the vision and ministry of the Kansas District.  We were overwhelmed with your generous love offering. Thank you!!

 

As I reflect on a summer of ministry, I am grateful, also, for those who contribute and give of their time to make our camps a great success.  We spent significant time at all of our camps this year.  We are encouraged to see so many who care about the next generation and invest in the church of tomorrow.  We have the best team of children’s ministers, youth pastors and lay leaders!  I hope you begin now to plan to attend next year’s camps.  Every Senior Pastor ought to invest in at least one of our camps, as this is one of the best ways to invest in the church of tomorrow. 

I want to encourage you to bring your youth leaders to our Next Gen meeting, which is coming up quickly.  We will meet at Junction City Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The cost is $15 per person.  Register by emailing Jeremiah Wood at jeremiahwood@jcnaz.org or John Luce at jluce@sfnaz.com.  Please be in prayer as our youth leaders meet to be equipped to reach our next generation for Jesus.

While we are on the subject of reaching the next generation, I want to remind you to keep Nazarene Theological Seminary and Nazarene Bible College in your prayers.  Not only do we want to pray for these great schools, but we need to remember to support them with our giving.  I was encouraged at assembly when a generous Kansas Nazarene offered to match our giving to NTS and NBC up to $5,000!  Wouldn’t it be great if all of our churches participated in giving to NTS and NBC and we met this goal?  I encourage you to let your people know about these great schools and encourage them to support them through their giving.  Please take at least one offering this year.  I believe that if we all jump in and give we will exceed this goal.

Our Minister and Mates Retreat is fast approaching!  I am hearing that many are planning to attend.  Please make every effort to join us at Horn Creek Resort near Westcliffe, Colorado.  The attached brochure has all the information you need to sign up and attend this great weekend as we relax and recharge for the ministry God has called us to.  WE NEED YOU THERE, as we are better together.  If you need help finding pulpit supply so that you can be with us for retreat, please contact the district office.  MNU is prepared to help us with their music groups, student leaders and professors to fill this need as well.

I am also glad to report to you that Jeremy and Jenny Carr have accepted the call to be our new pastoral family in Smith Center, Kansas.  Many of you may remember Jeremy and Jenny as they served as youth pastors in Junction City.  They come to us after serving as Senior Pastor at Oak Cliff Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City.  Let’s welcome them back to our team.

Finally, I want to remind you to take heart today.  Be strong and courageous.  I ran across this quote I had jotted down from a Bible Study several years ago:

  "Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellow man, and unbelief of the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God." Don't be discouraged. Be encouraged.

 Jesus said "in this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." JN 16:33

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jim

 


The NMI website is now live

 You may access it through the Kansas District web site or link directly to it: ksnazarene.org/nmi

Work & Witness Trip to Hounduras

Looking for a way to travel and share Jesus at the same time? Kansas District NMI has just the trip for you! Join us as we travel to Honduras to build a soccer field and deliver JESUS Film Harvest Partners equipment. Don't hesitate - sign up deadline is August 31. Contact Eddie Fowler at efowler@elkhart.com

Deputation tour updates

AJ & Chelsea Fry

8/5    6:00 PM  Wichita Eastridge

8/7    9:00 AM  Wichita First

8/10  6:00 PMTodas Las Naciones

8/14  6:00 PM  Winfield

8/17  6:00 PM  Augusta

8/21  9:00 AM  Plainville

8/24  6:00 PM  Dodge City

8/25  6:00 PM  Liberal

8/26  6:00 PM  Salina Belmont

8/28  6:00 PM  Emporia

8/31  6:00 PM  Elkhart

9/3    6:00 PM  Pratt Abundant

9/4    9:00 AM  Hutchinson First

 

Todd & Connie Aebischer

9/19  6:00 PM  Available to schedule

9/20  7:00 PM  El Dorado

9/21  6:00 PM  Wichita Todas Las Naciones/Wichita Eastridge

9/22  6:00 PM  Wellington

 

May 2016 Harvest

Greetings in the Name of the Lord,

Praise God! Good things are happening across the Kansas District.  It was great to meet with so many of our district license candidates and the Board of Ministerial Credentials.  We had 75 leaders together in Wichita this past Saturday for our annual Ministry Assessment.  We had four productive workshops on preaching, developing a discipleship plan, balancing a budget and answering the call.   I heard many positives from the day.  I want to offer special thanks to those who led our training seminars: Kevin McDonald, Jon Fillipi,  Andy Heer and Dr. Randy Cloud.  We alsowant to say thank you to “the smoking pastor”, Brent Van Hook, and Shepherd’s Fold for providing our wonderful smoked barbecue lunch.  

As we draw near to assembly,  I am hearing reports of changed lives and new people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  We remember that Jesus said, “I have come to seek and save the lost.”  Luke 19:10.   While we look forwardto celebrating the numbers at District Assembly, every number represents a soul that is being discipled and growing in their faith.  We also need to be encouraged that Jesus is the one who adds to our numbers those who are being saved.  God asks us to be faithful to do what He has asked us to do.  He is the one who is drawing all men to Himself as we lift Him up.  He is the one who will add to our numbers daily those who are being saved. 

George Hunter III has said it this way:  “As a church we need to quit measuring our success in terms of conversions and start measuring our success in terms of

conversations.” If we will talk to people, get to know them and look for opportunities to share the love of Christ in word and deed, the conversions will happen.  So let’s be faithful to reach people the way Christ reached people.

As we are preparing for our District Assembly, we look forward to the annual pastors’ report.  We want to hear your story of faithfulness to the great commission.  We want to hear a story ofchanged lives.  Or perhaps you can share a ministry or a creative way you are reaching into the community beyond the walls of the church.  We look forward to celebrating many of our new works and church plants from across the district.

Also, as we prepare for District Assembly, please help us by being timely with filling out your annual reports.  I remind you that we have a new District Secretary this year in Jay Bessmer.  It will be helpful if you will get your reports in ASAP so that we will have time to put together the necessary information for budgeting and District Assembly reports. Please don’t wait until the lastminute.  

I am pleased to announce that Rev. Matt Lucas will be our new pastor at Woodland Lakes.  His first Sunday will be May 29.  Please keep the Lucas family and the Smith Center Church in your prayers as they transition from Smith Center to their new assignment in Wichita.

Finally, keep praying for the Lord of the Harvest to send the workers into the ripe harvest field. Luke 10:2

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jim


NMI Update

Kansas District NMI Convention

July 11, 2016 at

Wichita First Church of the Nazarene

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


The annual Kansas District Nazarene Missions International Convention unifies our churches.  We come together to be inspired and encouraged - so that each delegate can be a catalyst in their church family as they carry out the Great Commission in their local communities.


Exciting things are being planned for the 2016 Kansas District NMI Convention.  Scott Rainey is our special guest speaker.  He serves as missionary and field strategy coordinator for the Eurasia Region, in the C.I.S. (Commonwealth of Independent States).  He will bring good news of what God is doing in his "neck of the woods"!  Scott will speak during the morning session, during the luncheon and close our afternoon session.


HIGHLIGHTS:

· We will be collecting CRISIS CARE KITS, SCHOOL PAL PAKS, JESUS FILM EVANGEHATS and EVANGEBRACELETS. See link below for Care Kit forms.

· As an outreach to the Wichita community, we ask that each Convention attendee bring one can of non-perishable food (medium size - 14-16 oz) - canned vegetables or fruit.  What an opportunity to show Christ's love with our neighbors!

· Elections for Kansas delegates for the General Convention in 2017.

 · MISSIONS LUNCHEON will begin promptly after our morning session.  Lunch will be a delicious Spanish meal complete with fajitas, sides and dessert. Cost is $8/plate, after June 27 cost is $10/plate.  To pre-register your church members, please email or U.S. postal mail the total number attending by June 27 to Susan Kurtz, carray@stardrain.com.  Send check to Kansas District NMI, 210 First St., Newton, KS 67114.  Memo the check: Missions Luncheon

· During the luncheon, we will watch an entertaining "Global Gameshow", featuring local NMI Presidents from across the District!

· A number of afternoon workshops have been designed to educate, train,  inspire and motivate each attendee how the Church of the Nazarene is sharing the Gospel in our communities and around the world. Workshop sessions will include training for NMI Presidents, up-to-date information on Work & Witness, World Evangelism Fund and more.

 

There's exciting news to share, inspiring speakers to hear and encouraging activities in which to take part!  Spread the word:  NMI Convention is for everyone ~ not just delegates and NMI Presidents!  Put it on your calendar. Bring a group from your church. Celebrate what God is doing in our local communities, as well as around the world through Nazarene Missions International.

 


SDMI Update

Matthew 13:34New Living Translation (NLT)

34 “Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables.”

 

How about that! Jesus never spoke to the crowds without telling them stories.  With that in mind, we made an effort to advance the concept of telling Bible stories to our pastors, teachers and small group leaders during this past church year.   It’s my greatest hope that a large number of our people will feel confident in telling Bible stories as effortlessly as they can recite children's stories they heard and repeated long before they learned to read. 

 

In ministries to come in this new year ahead of us we are in the process of putting together ideas for three separate ministry efforts.  One will be a ministry that will strengthen marriages and families, and by doing that we hope to build stronger churches.  

 

Another idea we discussed is targeted toward helping pastors work from their strengths by using Strength Finder.  The biggest challenge in this idea is financing it within our budget.

 

 Finally, perhaps my personal favorite idea is a ministry that will help our local churches develop GREAT Children’s Ministries, including highly motivated workers.  This is an ongoing process, but I am hopeful we can make this a reality in many more of our churches.

 

I highly value your prayers in these three endeavors.  Each of them will build a stronger local church andcommunities will benefit from these three endeavors.  

God bless you well,

 Pastor Tom L. Boese


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2016 Harvest

Greetings in the name of the Lord,

God wants to continue to do some great things in our lives, and in His church.  I was reminded recently by a comment from John Piper how this happens.  He writes, “One of the signs that God is going to do a great work is that he begins to stir up his people to pray for it. He lays a burden on a person here and a person there. He brings it back to their mind again and again. It stalks them. It drives them to their knees. Or it catches them on their knees.

When God aims to do a great work, the first thing he harnesses is the power of prayer. He starts by planting the spark of desire in a few hearts. Then through prayer he fans it into a flame. Then the flame of desire and faith spreads to others. Soon large numbers are on their knees imploring the great work. Then God acts. Then he pours down his blessing.”

 

 

 

Paul reminds us as well in Philippians 4:6-7“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Are we praying?

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jim


NMI Update

Deputation Tour with  Daniel & Julie Herrera

Daniel serves as a contracted specialized assignment missionary for the Church of the Nazarene at JESUS Film Harvest Partners. He helps to facilitate the work of over 440 teams of nationals working around the world to share God’s love with the lost.

 

 

 

Deputation schedule:

Winfield 3.13.2016 @ 10:30am

Eastridge 3.13.2016 @ 6:00pm

Anthony 3.15.2016 @ 7:00pm

Elkhart 3.16.2016 @ 6:30pm

Liberal 3.17.2016 @ 7:00pm

Clearwater 3.20.2016 @ 10:45am

 

Children's Mission Retreat

Departing from Garden City, Kansas, forty-one children flew to Africa, Papua New Guinea and Mexico on 'AirNaz Airlines' on February 12. 

 

 

 

The flight crew, tour guides and sponsors helped children travel safely with passports, tickets and luggage to all countries where they learned how Jesus Christ is being shared through the Church of the Nazarene.  The overnight adventure was successful as no passengers were lost and fun was had by all. Thank you to all who attended and helped share with our District children how Missions is building relationships and sharing the Good News of Jesus.



February 2016 Harvest

Greetings in the name of the Lord,

We had a wonderful time in Salina recently as fifty plus people, most of them from Salina 1st, gathered for DCPI training in New Church Dynamics.  Pastor Jon Filipi has been boldly casting vision with his people.  They are excited!  They are dreaming God’s dream.  They are praying for God’s power and stepping boldly into a new future of building God’s kingdom. It was a joy to connect with these wonderful Nazarene leaders and to teach again from New Church Dynamics.  I was reminded again, as I taught some of the biblical            principles, that Jesus is Boss of the church.  He is the one who calls the shots. He said,  “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”  Wow! It’s       comforting to know that we don’t have to manufacture the church. God will build it.  But that means we need to hit our knees and pray.  We pray and we listen for God’s leading and    direction.  I believe He will help us to dream some dreams to reach people for Christ and to see lives            transformed.  Not only will God   provide the vision, He will empower us to accomplish it!!  Then we get to say, “Yeah God!”

One of our great pastors (and we have many on our district), Darrel Riffle, told me that he is praying for 100 souls to find Christ and be baptized by the end of the summer.  He and Cheri are actively praying, planning and stepping out in faith.  He is inviting us to pray with them.  They are             relaunching the restart of LarNaz on the first weekend of March.  Let’s all be praying for God to grant them favor and power to accomplish the vision.  On February 20, they will be walking the streets of Larned, praying and    inviting many to join them in church   during the Easter season.

Also, I am delighted to tell you that Caleb and Julia Miles will be joining the team in Goodland, Kansas.  Caleb will begin pastoring the Goodland Church beginning February 21.  We will be working with them to restart the church in Goodland.  The members of Goodland have been so patient and praying for a godly leader.  We believe good days are ahead as we work      together to building the kingdom there. 

Keep praying the 10:02 prayer!  Luke 10:2 tells us, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  We need to be praying for vision and power just as the boss of the church asked us to.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jim


NMI UPDATES

 

NMI has created a new website, ksdistrictnmi.wordpress.com, regarding Missions on the KansasDistrict to better inform our Kansas congregations of current information and opportunities. Here are some highlights:

  • Children's Mission Retreat February 12-13, 2016                                                                           Created for 4th-6th graders, this    exciting overnight adventure will help children see what Jesus is doing around the world through the Church of the Nazarene in three different countries. Each child will receive a personalized passport and tickets to travel on Air Naz to Africa, Papua New Guinea and Mexico!  Sponsored by your Kansas District NMI Council. For information and registration, click on the Children's Mission Retreat tab on the web site. Registration deadline is February 10.                                     
  • 100th Anniversary NMI Project                                                                                                       Thank you to all who have participated in taking an offering for the 100th Anniversary Project for   African Water Wells.  If you have not taken an offering yet, there are English and Spanish posters and videos available for you as a resource for promoting the building of thewater wells.      
  • Missionary Speakers                                                                                                                           Daniel & Julie Herrera, missionaries with JESUS Film Harvest Partners, will be on deputation tour March 12-20, 2016.  Check the website for church locations, date and service times next month. Under the tab Speakers are a list of possible presenters for Faith Promise, missionaries and leadership training.
  • Mission Trip Opportunities                                                                                                                  There are several trip opportunities listed for your church to get in touch with and start planning an incredible trip!  Some sign-up deadlines are due soon, don't miss out!                           
  • Facebook                                                                                                                                                 Check out our Facebook page (Kansas District Nazarene Missions International) with current, relevant posts that encourage the heart and share Nazarene news from around the world.


Thank you for serving Christ where you are and wherever He is leading you.


Serving Him,

Kelly Love

Kansas District NMI President


 Click here for a pdf version of the Harvest

Click here for a pdf version of the Harvest