Southern Missouri District
Honor the Past…
Lead into the Future
News & Noteworthy MINISTERIAL UPDATES New Pastors: Kansas City, Blue Ridge A/G. . . . . . Wayne Welch Grandview, A/G. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Peters Transfers In: Deonna M. Crabtree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ohio Jason D. Gibson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iowa Jerry W. Hildebrand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michigan Lloyd Lapore, III. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. Missouri Gary W. Larson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oklahoma Christi A. Lepant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oklahoma John P. Lepant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oklahoma O. Wallace Nelson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. Texas Jerry L. Peters, Jr.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kentucky Owen C. Pinckney. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michigan Gregory W. Randall. . . . . . . . . . . . N. New England Jeanne M. Randall . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. New England Jacob E. Rogers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Illinois
AVAILABLE FOR MINISTRY Carol Brown: Available for fill in ministry, revivals, women’s services and/or retreats....314-378-7438 [email protected]
Rev. Thomas Canter: fill-in ministry...... (314) 550-2222 Evangelist Terry Carter:................................417-773-4151 Kevin Boggs: fill-in ministry.........................(417) 380-1149 [email protected]
Randall Darden: weekends........................ 918-946-6550 [email protected]
Julie Perkin (Stout) Davenport is available for services, women’s ministry meetings, etc. Growing up in a pastor’s home, a pastor’s wife for many years, and now a licensed minister, Julie ministers to the broken and hurting. Contact information: Julie Davenport: 816-304-6244 or [email protected]
Rev. Dennis DeLine:..............................(816) 524-7543 Michael Dobony: fill-in ministry.................417-429-1841 safety & child protection training Ronald Duncan: fill-in ministry, revivals, interim....................................................636-586-8151 Jim Ellis: fill-in ministry..................................928-303-9553 [email protected]
Ted Furry: revitalization ministry..............417-227-2953 [email protected]
Sophia Garcia: Hispanic or English Ministry: Women, Marriage Enrichment.............................417-881-1919 Rick Ianniello: interim, fill-in min............816-322-6825 [email protected]
Delana Ingram: fill-in ministry.................. 856-577-1227 Rev. Mearl (Eddie) Kendall: ......................(916) 413-8309 [email protected]
Transfers Out: Johnny O. Barnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Potomac Corey M. Breaux. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Illinois Patrice Chinje . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Texas Terence D. Engler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas Robert E. Hudson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Illinois Benjamin D. Kemp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. Missouri Heather D. Kemp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N. Missouri Donald R. Lewis, II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arkansas Paul PoChing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Texas Alicia PoChing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Texas
DISTRICT LEADERSHIP Executive Presbyters Superintendent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Miller Assistant Superintendent . . . . Lowell Perkins Secretary-Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stan Welch S. E. Region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Chamness N. E. Region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Hembree S. W. Region. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Ankrom N. W. Region . . . . . . . . . . . George Westlake III District Ministries Business Administrator. . . . . . . . Rhonda Amer Church Plant & Revitalization. . . . Jerry Harris Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stan Welch Women’s Ministries. . . . . . . . . . . Sherry Welch Church Growth & Ed.. . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Calvin Youth/Men’s Ministries. . . . . . . . . . . Darin Poe Royal Rangers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Millhouser Girls Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . DeShae Thrasher
Joshua K. Scanlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisiana Chelsey L. Simonsen. . . . . . . . . . . . . North Dakota
In Memoriam Esther E. Langston (OR). . . . . 2/18/14
James H. Johns (OR) . . . . . . . 4/10/14
Calvin C. Owens (OR). . . . . . . 5/16/14
Kirk Metzger: fill-in ministry, weekly evenings, Sundays................................................... 417-207-1543 Bill McGarity: fill-in ministry........................583-392-1316 emphasis on miracles John W Medlin: Fill-in or Interim...........(417) 678-4509 Rev. Naomi Merritt is available for services, women’s ministry meetings, fill-in ministry, etc. Even though a retired ordained Assemblies of God minister, God has stirred her heart to continue her ministry. She can be reached at 314-6090179 or [email protected]
Vincent M. Newfield:......................................314-225-5887 www.preparethewaytoday.org Crystal Nickel: fill-in ministry...................469-237-6101 [email protected]
John Piraino, Jr.: fill-in ministry, weekly evenings, Sundays..................................................417-280-6352 Michael Rattenne: fill-in ministry...........913-764-6509 Duane Rice:....(636) 875-4639 / [email protected]
Jack Robinson: fill-in, interim....................417-885-0050 Gerald Stewart: fill-in ministry................417-593-6086 Chris Tankersley: fill-in ministry............... 417-576-2377 [email protected]
Matthew Thomas: fill-in ministry...............618-401-1014 H. Gene Thrasher: fill-in ministry, weekend revivals..................................573-265-1937 Rev. L. Dianne Weber: .................................508-818-0043 [email protected]
Ryan Winters: fill-in ministry...................... 417-485-3079 618-967-0055 / [email protected]
Matthew Woodroof: fill-in ministry......828-332-1008 [email protected]
Fifty Plus Ministries. . . . . . . . . . . . . John Heide Cross Pointe Camp . . . Curtis & Cindy Washam Sectional Presbyters Cape Girardeau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Roop Clinton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D. Eugene Ekstrand Joplin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken Robinson Kansas City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason St. John Kennett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Clark Park Hills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Ross Saint Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Zarro Sedalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hayes Springfield North. . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad McAtee Springfield South . . . . . . . . . . . Ted Cederblom Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danny Kemp Van Buren. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zachary Hindman West Plains. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Fortner
Items of Interest For Sale: Young Chang Grand Piano, Made House For Sale: At Assemblies of God in Korea Model G-185 Serial #G107417 6 Campground: 2 level, lakefront house with Ft 1 inch, Ebony High Gloss (Pictures availdock. Magnificent view. Two living areas, able) Black Piano cover. 417-592-2604 (leave 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, hardwood floors, 2 message if necessary) Rev. James Link pastor decks and screened in porch. Jerry or ShirVictory A/G Neosho, MO. 64850 ley Burnett 636-394-4560 For Sale: Hammond #2300 Organ and Leslie Needed: Hymnals “Melodies of Praise” or Speaker. Price negotiable. Calvary Assembly “Hymns of Glorious Praise” If you have any of God, Kansas City, MO. Contact Pastor to donate, contact Jim at the District Office. Denny Smith 816-686-6189 For Sale: Upright Piano, Carol Knollhoff, [email protected]
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SUPERINTENDENT Don Miller
Honoring the Past.. Leading into the Future [email protected]
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 3:13-14). During District Council 2014, we celebrated 100 years as a District Fellowship. To commemorate this historic event, the theme of the Council was, “Honoring the Past…Leading into the Future.” We took time to remember and reflect on our heritage and upon the wonderful legacy left by those who have gone before us. Yet, we also focused on the unfinished task of reaching Southern Missouri and the world with the gospel. At a monumental juncture, like our centennial, there are several dangers. One danger is that we will fail to celebrate the victories that have already been won. In the verse above, Paul is not directing believers to forget those who have gone before. The “forgetting’ that he mentions is not intended to be received as a mandate to fail to thank God for victories past. There are so many who have sacrificed so much to bring our fellowship to where it is. Many ministers and their partners have worked long hours often severely undercompensated for their labors. Often they have stood in the face of great opposition to maintain doctrinal purity and biblical standards. Some have already gone on to their eternal reward; others are still with us as they face their twilight years. May we never forget to give honor to those who have gone before us. May we never fail to thank God for allowing us to be part of a fellowship that has literally brought millions to Christ! We celebrate our first one hundred years! Another danger at a juncture like this is to focus so much on the victories of the past that we forget to focus on the task at hand. Paul says in essence, “To accomplish my life calling, I cannot continue looking back but I must stretch with all my might forward!” Our focus must be on the windshield, not the rearview mirror. We cannot settle where we are but must realize there are victories yet to be won.
God is calling men and women of faith to lead into the future. His will is for us to radically affect our generation (possibly the last generation before His return) with the good news of the Kingdom. With this in mind, how can we effectively lead into the future? 1. Personally, stay intimately connected with God so that we know His heart. Nothing can take the place of seeking His face and being empowered by His Spirit. 2. Continue to learn and to grow in order to be ready for the opportunities which will arise. If we wait for opportunity to appear before we prepare, we will miss the opportunity. We must position ourselves spiritually, physically, financially, and in leadership skills so that when God opens a door, we are ready to walk through it. 3. Allow God to speak His vision into our hearts. So many believers and so many churches are living far below the level of what God wants to do through them because they are thinking too small. May we let the Spirit birth Godsized vision in us. 4. Take others with us. An old adage states, “He who thinks he is leading and has no one following is only taking a walk.” A God-sized vision can never be accomplished alone. So share opportunity, share the work, and share the victory. 5. Keep our eyes on the prize. Continually remind ourselves and those we are leading of the prime objective. Regularly paint a picture with words what the vision will look like when it becomes reality. 6. Continue to walk not in our own strength but in the strength of the Lord. 7. Each time we reach a victory, celebrate together with those we are leading and give God the glory. As a District, we have been given amazing vision from God. Together we are pressing forward to see the God Given Great Goal (4G) accomplished. Remember that the 4G will only be accomplished as ministers lead local congregations successfully forward. So, let’s honor the past, but let us as well lead into the future with excellence.
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WOMEN IN MINISTRY Vicki Miller
Honor the Past, Lead into the Future As I reflect on the theme, Honor the Past, Lead into the Future, I Paul gives three directives in this verse: have some pretty amazing memories of being raised in a Pentecostal 1) Remember your leaders. This requires that I take time to think home and attending Assemblies of God churches. Memories of the about those who influenced my life. Sending a card, an e-mail, supernatural move of God flood my mind and for that I am truly a thank you in some way, lets them know that I appreciate grateful. Additionally, I remember the faces and names of those who them and value their leadership in my life. influenced my life through the teaching of The Word, and just as 2) Consider the outcome of their way of life. What examples importantly, the personal time they invested in my life. I am proud of have they given me to follow in their footsteps? the rich heritage I received! Hebrews 13:7 (ESV) states this: 3) Imitate their faith. Because I have seen the fruit of their faith, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word I can pattern after godly principles in their lives. of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate Reflection time is beneficial because it beckons me to consider the their faith.” kind of leader I am. I am challenged to lead into the future, are you?
Speaker – Jill St. John
Beautiful worship led by mother/ daughter team, Angie and Jordan
District Council Women’s Luncheon
Speaker, Rose Brothers Shirley Moore, former superintendent’s wife
Eunice Newby, former assistant superintendent’s wife
Dot McHaffie, former missions director’s wife
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Barbara Baker, former superintendent’s wife
Faith Perkin, former assistant superintendent’s wife
Enjoying time together
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT Lowell Perkins
Sowers and reapers ……….
King David was a man after God’s own heart. He loved God. He loved the presence of God. He loved the worship and music of God. He loved the Word and the precepts of God. And he loved the house of God. It was David who wrote in Psalm 69:9, “Zeal for your house consumes me.” David’s great vision in life was to build a house for God at Jerusalem, a great temple in which the glory of God would be manifested. It was to be an impressive and imposing structure that would make a statement to Israel and to the nations of the world: Our God is a great God! David sought direction from the prophet Nathan, and after some back-and-forth, Nathan gave David the verdict from the Lord. David would not built the temple at Jerusalem. His son Solomon, who would reign on the throne after him, would build it. Though David could have sulked in disappointment, he chose rather to rejoice in God’s goodness and cooperate with God’s plan. David began collecting massive quantities of construction materials for the building of the temple. If the assignment for building would fall to his son, David was going to set him up for success. Some time before his death, David called for Solomon and charged him to build the temple. Listen to David’s words as he passed the baton in 1 Chronicles 22:14: “I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them.” Solomon would not only honor the past; he would build upon the past as he led in the future. He would use all of his father’s supplies, and he would add to them. First Assembly in Jefferson City was chartered with the General Council of the Assemblies of God in 1933 after being birthed from a Pentecostal tent revival in 1924. The meeting that night was chaired by District Superintendent S. L. Johnson, and the congregation elected Rev. J. T. Smalling, a preacher from Arkansas, as our first Assemblies of God pastor. In its 81 year history, First Assembly has been led by sixteen pastors. A few years ago, I had the distinct privilege of becoming our longest-serving pastor.
I can tell you honestly and humbly that I’ve never considered this to be my church. It’s my church in the sense that I belong here, but it’s never been my church in the sense that I own it or control it or run it or have built it or am the best thing that ever happened to it. I know better than all of that. I have a keen sense of
One day, as Jesus promised, the sowers and the reapers will be glad together.
awareness that everything I enjoy here as pastor has come to be as a result of the grace of God and the investment of fifteen pastors and hundreds of faithful believers who have paved the way before me, often sowing in tears so that their successors might reap with joy. One day, as Jesus promised, the sowers and the reapers will be glad together. David served God’s purpose in his own generation and then fell asleep. Part of that purpose was to collect all of those building materials. But if the temple was going to be all that it should be, all that David had dreamed for it to be, it would take more stuff, and Solomon would need to add to what his father had prepared. The Apostle Paul described the principle like this in 1 Corinthians 3 (please enjoy my paraphrasing): (1) Some plant the seed and some water it; (2) God is the only one who can make things grow; (3) The planter and the waterer are God’s coworkers; and (4) It’s a gift of God’s grace just to be part of the process. So, thank God for preparations laid up by those who’ve gone before us. Thank God for the exciting future ahead of us as God leads us forward. And thank God for the privilege of being smack dab in the middle of God’s work today. When it’s all over, may we have added our part to the process with excellence and with joy. And may a great house have been built to God’s glory, with Jesus Christ himself as both cornerstone and capstone. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. Summer 2014 • Assembly Messenger
SECRETARY/MISSIONS Stan Welch
Honoring My Father Please indulge me as I address the theme for this issue of the Messenger “Honor the Past - Lead into the Future.” I want to honor my father Lloyd Welch, a great soldier of the Cross. His example is a great foundation that will help me to lead into the future. I want to thank Dad and Mom for the great example of loving God and faithfully loving each other. If you follow the example that Lloyd and Louise Welch left, it will lead you straight to Jesus. Several years ago the Lord placed into my heart the words of Jesus concerning Nathanael as a description of the Godly character of my dad. John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! At my father’s funeral I preached a message entitled “Dad and Nathanael.” I want to share some of this message to honor my father. I want to look into the description that Jesus gives of Nathanael and talk of some of the characteristics of Lloyd Welch.
loved his church, he genuinely loved his community and he genuinely loved the whole world.
I. Dad and Nathanael were men that would express their opinions. Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth. 46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
IV. Dad and Nathanael responded to Christ in total faith. John 1:48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.” 49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”
My Dad served 19 years as a Presbyter and Executive Presbyter here in Southern Missouri and was known as a man that would express his opinion on matters the District had to deal with. You never had to wonder how dad felt about something, he would lovingly tell you. II. Dad and Nathanael were searchers for the truth. “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. When given the invitation to “Come and see for yourself,” both Dad and Nathanael responded by going to Him. -Dad was one of the greatest soul winners I have ever known. Through personal relationships he led many, many people to Christ. He had met Christ personally and felt it was his privilege to invite others to meet Jesus personally. -Dad was open to change; his mind was never closed to new ideas. That’s what made Dad an effective minister of the Gospel, even in his 80’s. -Dad was a man who loved the Word of God. In his last days he consumed the Bible; he had read the New Testament through already this year and was to Isaiah 47 reading through the Bible. I want to be like Dad and Nathanael, a searcher for the truth. III. Dad and Nathanael had characteristics that i want in my life. John 1:47 Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel— a man of complete integrity.” Genuine: Dad was always the same. He genuinely loved Christ, he genuinely loved mom, he genuinely loved his family, he genuinely
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-Dad was not a conformist: he lived what he believed. Not to please men, but to please God. Complete: “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” Though Dad was never rich he had everything; for he found all that he would ever need in Christ. Col 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Dad didn’t spend his life looking for something to find fulfillment, for he was complete in Christ. Integrity: Integrity is what you are when no one’s looking. Integrity also means not to be devious, never using shrewdness to advance one’s self. Dad always put others above himself. His life was a life of complete integrity, he never used people to advance himself.
Dad was found by Jesus and he responded to Christ, as Nathanael did, in total faith. - I’ve heard Dad tell that after accepting Christ as his Lord and Savior, the sun shone brighter and the birds sang like never before. Dad was totally committed to Jesus Christ. He lived his life and led his family in that total commitment. V. Dad and Nathanael have received the full revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth. Dad had received a revelation of Jesus Christ as savior, baptizer in the Holy Spirit, healer, and friend. I have had that revelation of Jesus myself and so have many others, but Dad and Nathanael have experienced what you and I have not experienced yet. They have walked on that stairway between heaven and earth. Early Wednesday morning January 22nd 2014 Dad saw what I’ve not seen; he saw heaven open and the angels coming down that stairway. One of those angels took Dad by the hand and ushered him into the very presence of Jesus Christ. One of the best ways I can, “Honor the Past – Lead into the Future,” would be that I would follow the path that Lloyd Welch set before me; if I will follow this path it will lead me straight into the arms of Jesus. Thank you for taking a few moments and reading some of my thoughts concerning my Dad, Rev. Lloyd Welch.
The Value of Missions Honor the past-lead into the future What a powerful theme. Let us consider these words from a missions perspective. Let us consider how we can honor missionaries who have passed, and also how we can from their example lead into the future. When we study mission, going back as far as the apostles, we see a commitment to winning the lost. The apostles loved bringing souls to know Jesus. They loved souls more than life itself. Think of it, of the twelve apostles, only one, John, died a natural death, and he suffered greatly. These men were consumed with a passion for souls. They were willing to go anywhere, minister to anyone, endure great hardship, pay whatever the cost, just to bring men, women, boys and girls to know Christ. In the 1800’s many missionaries gave their lives reaching Africa. West Africa was known as the white mans grave. There was so much sickness due to tropical diseases, malaria and cholera etc., that many missionaries died before they were able to win one single convert. Yet, knowing all of that, missionaries boarded ships and made their way to Africa. Some went so far as to take their coffins with them, they used them to store goods on
the trip, and then they had them in preparation for their burial. Did these people have a death wish? Not at all, they simply prepared themselves for a mission that was bigger than themselves. In the 1900’s The Assemblies of God had one of their own to give his life for the gospel. Rev. J. W. Tucker. Before returning to The Congo, many of his friends and colleagues tried to talk him out of going back, realizing the dangers he faced. Brother Tucker responded to them saying, “The Lord has called me to go, He didn’t say that I have to come back. Wow, what a commitment to the mission! We in the 2000’s are witnessing a new phenomenon in missions. Primarily young missionaries are embracing a powerful missions theme, in fact it is actually becoming a movement. It is called Live Dead. Young people are endeavouring to be dead to themselves that they may better fulfil the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. They purposefully chose to go to the hard places. Brethren let us honor the past and lead into the future by being consumed with a passion to win the lost. Carrol Deal
2014 Missions Banquet
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CHURCH PLANT & REVITALIZATION Jerry Harris
Multi-Site Church Planting There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply my people and make of them a great and honored nation. (Jeremiah 30:19) NLT We all know that the words of Jeremiah came true a few hundred years later. Why, because God said it would! It has always been God’s plan for His people to multiply and reproduce. For the last several years I have been directly and indirectly involved in Church Planting. I have been exposed to a variety of concepts and ideas; some have proven successful, some have not. After much prayer, God through His Word, gave me the concept of “multi-site church planting” long before it became a buzz phrase. I also read where God had used other churches with similar approaches of multiplication and reproduction to build His Kingdom. It has always been God’s plan for us to reproduce ourselves, and certainly it is His plan for His church to reproduce itself. God gives us the successful model of reproduction in Genesis 1:11 when He says, “The seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” Notice the words “from which they came.” All plants and trees reproduce successfully because God has created within them the kind of DNA to insure proper growth and reproduction of their particular kind of fruit. This DNA also insures successful reproduction of that same plant or tree. It is obvious from nature His plan works. This plan for plants and trees is the same plan He has for His church. Jesus said in John 15:16, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last…” Again and again Jesus talks about producing fruit that will last, and He even goes to the extreme and says if we are producing bad fruit, we must cut it off and burn it. (John 15:2) That’s how serious God is about reproducing a lasting product! The question must be asked, “What are we producing and reproducing?” In the context of the local church, the Bible is clear that we are to produce committed men and women who serve God. Their lives are to show (bear fruit) that they belong to God and are a product of His grace. What about the “church at large?” If we as individuals are to produce lasting fruit, then shouldn’t the church reproduce lasting fruit? Of course! The church should reproduce itself to insure proper growth and production of more Christians, which in turn will produce more churches. In our attempt to do this, it is my opinion that we have left out one valuable principle: “seeds…from which they came.” This speaks of healthy DNA that will insure health and growth. The problem in our church reproduction schemes is that we begin with a seed, and then let the seed develop on its own. Unfortunately, too many statistics tell us that this results in more failures than successes. The seed doesn’t last! Seeds of people and money may be sown, but some of the most important parts of the DNA are lost, such as core values, the dynamics of worship, the ongoing teaching and reaching activities, the close fellowship and accountability checks and balances that must accompany any successful endeavor, the ongoing
leadership development that will guide the church to accomplish its mission. Financial resources are used up and wise leadership isn’t assisting in major decisions. What we have done is thrown some seeds on the ground, watered it with a few people and sometimes thousands of dollars, and walked away expecting it to grow and reproduce itself. It just doesn’t work! God’s plan is for the healthy churches to reproduce healthy churches. God has taught me there must be an ongoing relationship and connection with the healthy church. The Bible clearly teaches how the churches at Jerusalem and Antioch were in constant relationship. They were constantly connected with Peter and Paul as they struggled in church issues, praying with them for open doors, and assisting them spiritually and financially. The reason the early church was so successful, to the point that we today can enjoy the fruitfulness of its labors, is because it stayed connected to a healthy church. I am convinced the Biblical pattern for the local church that is healthy and producing fruit is to reproduce itself in multiple locations. The church world has been slow in catching on to God’s model for reproduction. The business world caught on to this way of reproducing successful businesses years ago; they call it “franchising.” Wal-Mart and Walgreen are examples of reproducing successful models of business. I call it “Multi-Site Campuses.” This Biblical concept means that we utilize our staff, our people, our resources, and our DNA to duplicate ourselves over and over again. That means looking beyond the moment and leading with tomorrow and the future in mind. There is no success without sacrifice. Any leader who wants to see the church succeed in its mission must be willing to pay the price to ensure lasting success. The larger the organization, the larger and deeper the team of leaders needs to be. My prayer is that we will look beyond today and see the possibilities for tomorrow, and develop potential leaders to place a campus in multiple locations. Why? So HIS seed will last!
The Rock Church launched in September of 2013. Pastor Leroy Weise baptized eighteen new believers in April! Summer 2014 • Assembly Messenger
2014 District Council Momentum Pre-Council Conference
Round table discussion – Brad Keller – MC, with guests Mike Clarensau, Cal LeMon, Herbert Cooper.
The Best is Yet to Come
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Superintendent Don Miller Challenges Us
Committed to Serve
Honor the Past…. Lead into the Future Monday Night Celebration Service
What a celebration we had as Brooke Urich kicked off the 100th District Council Celebration with “A Spoken Word Dramatization” about our Pentecostal history, but more importantly our Pentecostal future. Central Assembly of God worship team led us into an awesome time of worship. Fine Arts students ministered, and we honored outgoing Presbyters Alvin Blackard, Darrel Loughridge, and Joel Oliver before Rick DuBose, Superintendent of North Texas brought a powerful message.
Booths and more Booths
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2014 District Council Missions Banquet
Luncheons Prayer and Praise
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Honor the Past…. Lead into the Future Ordination
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WOMEN’S MINISTRIES Sherry Welch
The Future is Bright! John Maxwell says this about a great leader, “A leaders’ vision is one that is fulfilled by passion not position.” I truly believe this. I know ministry must have passion behind it to succeed! I am excited about the future of the Women’s Department! Southern Missouri District Women are, “Connected by Compassion.” We are compassionate about ministry to the women of our district and women around the world! Our statement of purpose is: ~ Reaching women through the transforming power and love of Jesus Christ. ~ Discipling women to follow Christ’s example and live overcoming lives. ~ Building wholeness and balance, both spiritually and mentally, through consistent prayer and study of God’s Word. ~ Providing an atmosphere for women to develop their gifts, abilities, and lasting relationships. ~Training women to find their places of ministry and effectively touch their world for Christ.
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Honoring the Past Our first leader was Lucy Mildred Lawson as the W.M.C. (Women’s Missionary Council) President. What a woman she must have been to have a vision for the women of this district, and the ministry they would have as the Women’s Missionary Council. I would like to honor the women who served so faithfully as the Women’s Department President/Director through the years!
1985-1986 1955-1956 Dixie Sachs Mrs. D.A. Hastie 1986-1987 1958-1980 Mrs. N Cleo Tapp Stella V. Satterfield 1988-1999 1981-1982 Linda Ankrom Marilyn Pulis 2000-Present 1983-1984 Sherry Welch Kay Putnam
GIRLS MINISTRIES Deshae Thrasher
The Past is Beautiful
but the Future is Brilliant
It is said diamonds are a girl’s best friend. A diamond ring in a box is beautiful but a diamond ring held up to the light is brilliant. When looking at the history of our fellowship it is beautiful to see how God has used so many willing vessels to pour his love, message of salvation and vision to reach souls into. It is a privilege to be a part of a fellowship, a district and a ministry to girls that has a past steeped in passion, determination, faith and missions. Since the beginning of ministry to girls in 1955 many things have changed like clothing, hair styles, ministry names and individuals involved, but one thing has remained the mission. The first Missionettes club was charted in 1956 with the desire of teaching, training, investing and preparing girls to live for Christ. Many women at the national, district and local church level sacrificially gave their time and resources to see this ministry birthed and developed regularly to meet the needs of girls. Missions is such an integral part of our fellowship’s existence that in 1993 the girls ministries arms of missions was launched, Coins for Kids. Coins for Kids puts the spotlight on a missionary and their work for one year and girls across the nation are asked to save coins that will be used to meet the need of the missionaries. In 2007, the ministry underwent a name change from Missionettes to National Girls Ministries which clarifies its desire to minister to girls. The past work in ministering to girls is like the beautiful diamond ring in the box. As we move on into the future we hold the past up to the light of truth, the soon return of Jesus, and realize that future needs to be even more brilliant than the past. The same value placed on girls, in the beginning needs to continue today adding new elements such as magazines, websites and special events as an opportunity for present and future girls to know and live for Jesus. As a district it is our desire to hold the past up into
the light of the future to see even more powerful moves of God among girls and young women, more women missionaries and more girls and young women making a difference in their community. We believe that girls can make the future of the Assemblies of God brilliant as they learn to follow and serve Jesus. Consider what you can do to make the future of your church and community brilliant by ministering to girls. Make plans to bring girls in your church to the upcoming Girls Ministries Live Event in Springfield , MO, October 10 & 11. Everyday southern Missouri girls are on a stage in their homes, schools, churches and jobs if we want our future to be brilliant we must invest in girls.
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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Jim Calvin
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YOUTH Darin Poe
www.smymonline.org [email protected]
Honor the Past…Lead Into the Future!
I recently got to spend some time with my mentor and good friend, Bruce McCarty. Bruce was the DYD before me. He involved me, included me, taught me, trained me… I honor Bruce for taking the time and believing in me. By doing so, he led into the future of SMYM.! Along the same PATH as Bruce, I love spending time with this generation of Youth Leaders. They are smarter, more creative, better looking, and for the most part - younger than me! There is a bright future ahead for youth ministry in the Southern Missouri District as we work side by side - leading into the future…
Youth Convention November 21-22
with Johnnie Wilson @ James River West National!
Speed the Light! Day!
October 19! Please help meet our current missionary needs of $652,393 by receiving an offering that Sunday. !
!*If you would like to host a Speed the Light
emphasis service this Fall, please contact Ashley: [email protected]
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MEN’S MINISTRIES Darin Poe
“Husbands, Love Your Wives”
! Love is expressed in action. !
Consider how women have responded when asked to complete this sentence:
“I wish my husband would love me by…”
By listening to me. By taking my ‘petty problems’ seriously. By communicating more openly with me. By saying “thank you” for the things I do. By being interested in my life or at least acting like he’s interested. By showing affection when other people are around. By sharing his goals and values with me; talking his business over with me. By remembering me with little gifts or just planning an evening out. By including me in the things he does. By trying to understand me. By getting involved with things I enjoy doing. By being tender and using kind, gentle words. By helping in the discipline of the children. By saying little words of caring, compliments, and appreciation. By accepting me just as I am. - Adapted from the Fivestarman Newsletter on May 10, 2014
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Men’s Retreat 2014! September 26-27!
Cross Pointe Camp & Retreat Center!
Neil Kennedy! ! Registration is open on the Men’s Ministries ! Founder and President of Fivestarman! page at !
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PURSUE 2014 By Daniel Ross III
Daniel grew up in the SOMO District and is currently a staff pastor at New Hope Fellowship in Fenton, MO. He is a recent CBC graduate and is getting married in May 2014.
Men from three districts gathered at St. Charles First Assembly to experience the power and the presence of God in the ﬁrst ever Pursue Conference. Brenton Miles and his band opened the service Friday with incredible anthems of praise to God.
Songs like “God’s Not Dead” and “Here for You” have never sounded better than when sung by a choir of 250 men diligently seeking the heart of the Father. The time of corporate worship would have been worth all the planning, prayer, and passion poured into this event. However, this time was just the beginning.
Pastor Choco (Wilfredo DeJesus) stepped to the microphone and preached the word of God with great zeal and displayed his great passion for the lost. It is easy to see why he pastors one of the fastest growing churches in America and was one of Time Magazine’s most inﬂuential people in 2013.
People follow enthusiasm. Pastor Choco has enthusiasm, but he also has the character to match his charisma. On Friday night, he encouraged the men to follow the example of Jesus and “Flip Some Tables.”
“Men, you are the gate of authority to the home. The gate that you open is the one that is accessed.” Neil Kennedy Recounting the story of the righteous indignation of Jesus in the temple, Pastor Choco challenged the men to “Flip Some Tables” in their own lives, families, and communities. He called them to stand up to the corrupt culture and declare that they would not stand for these injustices or immorality anymore. Saturday morning, his message was just as challenging. Using the passage from Psalm 42 which talks about the deer panting for the water, Pastor Choco described the signs of dehydration in a deer. He then compared dehydration in a deer to a Christian’s distance from the presence of God.
Perhaps one of the most powerful moments of the weekend was when he called up men under 30 and had the more mature Christians pray for them. They prayed for vision and a passion for people.
After a delicious lunch from Chick-Fil-A, the men came back together for a ﬁnal session. Neil Kennedy, the founder of FIVESTARMAN, spoke about the quest for authentic manhood. He said, “If any of your words matter, than all of your words matter.” He then went on to be the perfect example of a purposeful and articulate speaker.
He spoke about authority and its place in our lives and challenged all of the men to ﬁnd ways to reach out to other men. Providing both statistical and anecdotal evidence, Kennedy reiterated the importance and the obligation of reaching men for Christ. At the end of a great weekend each church prayed on their own. Men went home challenged, encouraged, and empowered to pursue God more than ever. Summer 2014 • Assembly Messenger
ROYAL RANGERS Jerry Millhouser [email protected]
Spring Outing and Frontier Adventure Every other year the Daniel Boone Chapter of Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship (FCF), a ministry within SoMo District Royal Rangers, has simultaneously hosted our Spring Outing and Frontier Adventure together-- and this was one of those years! We had a record number of Candidates, with 42 in attendance including 3 boys from the Quapaw Chapter in Arkansas. The Greenhorns joined 72 FCF members on Friday night around a perfect council fire in a time of worship and a devotion shared by our President “WW.” On Saturday, after their Bible reading, we gathered again for the morning assembly and devotion shared by our Assistant Scout “Lucky”. Through the day, they worked together as Brigades within the Daniel Boone Chapter and attended six6 classes to learn the skills needed to prepare them for the “Trail Walk” - the testing to become a Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship Member. Every FCFer encouraged them to work together as a team and to never leave a member of their Brigade behind; I’m honored to verify, as Scribe of the great chapter of Daniel Boone, that each and every one of them successfully completed their goal of earning the right to sit with the members that night at the closing ceremony. And since this was also the Spring Outing, many of the members were in heated competitions all the while the Greenhorns were in training. Competing in such goings-on as Hawk and Knife throwing, Flint & Steel fire building,
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Horn Blowing, and a new event, Hoop & Glider (some of you old timers might remember this game from yesteryear). The winners of the competitions are: Hawk- : YB Trace Sederwall, OT Justin Ready:, Knife- : YB Manuel Elivo, OT Bob Sederwall:, Flint & Steel- : YB Tytus Brashears;, Horn Blowing- : YB Lucky:, Hoop & Glider- : YB Manuel Elivo, OT Jacob Lockhart. Those of us who stayed overnight attended Sunday service with worship and devotion by “Simon Tanner”. And, I believe, the best part of Morning service was when three young men rededicated their lives to Jesus! Now if you ask me, that’s what Rangers is really all about - reaching more young men for Christ than ever before. Sometimes it just takes men to take time out of our schedules and to go “camping” in buckskins, hiking, playing Frisbee golf, building a woodcraft project, or whatever activity you and your boys love to do. Just do it-- , side by side. Take a chance; get out of your comfort zone and make a difference in a young man’s life! I can wrap this up by saying this weekend is a confirmation that Royal Rangers is alive and well in Southern Missouri District! Yr mo hmbl & obt svt Rick “Simon Tanner” Dostal Daniel Boone Chapter Scribe
CROSS POINTE CAMP
Curtis & Cindy Washam, Directors [email protected]
Advancing the Kingdom It is at this time, the 100 year anniversary of our fellowship, that we reflect on how the Pentecostal movement began and the heritage that we have in the Assemblies of God. It is wonderful to see what God has done through this fellowship, in the last 100 years. “The day of Pentecost” in Acts 2 is the true Pentecostal example that we have to follow. However, during the Azusa Street revival the people of that time recovered a Biblical truth and experience, that had been lost. What they found during that special time is a standard for us to measure our Pentecostal experience today. We must believe that it is always God’s plan for his church to bring a gospel that is accompanied by Holy Spirit power. People who testify about the Azusa street revival describe two conditions that fueled their prayer for this revival. The first was a lack in their present experience when compared to Biblical accounts. This is the testimony of Charles Parham and the students in his school at Topeka, Kansas. In the book, The Sparkling Fountain, it states that after studying Pentecostal accounts in the Word, they searched throughout the country and were unable to find any Christians that had the true Pentecostal experience. Their response to this, was to lay aside all other pursuits, and pray, and study the Word, until they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Others, at this same time, in Los Angeles, had been praying, “For more power with God for the salvation of lost and suffering humanity.” They were praying because people were not getting saved and healed as they desired to see. They had heard the testimony of the group in Topeka and as they sought God, they began to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The result was power accompanying the simple declaring of the Word. They testified, “ there is such power in the preaching of the Word, in the Spirit, that people are shaken. Coming to the altar, many fall prostrate under the power of God, and often come out speaking in tongues.” The results of this Pentecost were people saved, healed, empowered, and sent out declaring the gospel in power. This began a missionary movement that circled the globe. William Seymour, leader, at the revival in Azusa, wrote words that Charles Finney, a leader in the second awakening, also declared. When a church or mission finds that the power of God begins to leave, they should come as a whole and confess, and let all get down before God and repent and pray to God until the old-time fire and power and love come back again….He expects to find the church, when He comes back to earth again, with fire, and power, and signs following it, as it was when He organized it on the day of Pentecost (from the Sparkling Fountain, page 43). The implications for us today, is that if we have this vision for advancing the Kingdom in Southern Missouri, we must move in the power of the Spirit. We must cover what we do in prayer and not be satisfied until we have the powerful demonstration of the Spirit to bring results; salvations, healings, and deliverance. The work of the enemy is being brought against the work of God. Our land has been overrun by the power of Satan, with false religions and even occultic worship, openly displayed and taught to younger generations through all forms of media. Immorality and perversion are the norm and defended in our nation, while Judeo-Christian morality is ridiculed and mocked.
Behind the advancement of evil in our land is demonic strongholds and oppression that has risen due to the sin that dominates our land. We must be aware that the strong opposition to the advancement of the gospel must be fought in the Spirit realm. No human innovation will prevail against the power of the enemy. The Church must rise in the power of the Spirit and operate in the gifts of the Spirit, and the authority given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ. We must look around and be honest about the state of the battle. Whatever level of prayer we have been operating at must be increased until we see the power of God operating in effective force to throw back these advancements of the enemy. We must pray for another awakening in our land. Without one, we may find that our freedom to proclaim the gospel is taken from us and the stronghold of freedom that we have had in America is taken down. A theme at District Council this year seemed to be a renewed zeal to seek God, and depend on His power in the Spirit. As prayer coordinators, we are working to raise up a prayer force in Southern Missouri that is unified and strong. The prayer network is people committed to pray until we see the power and advancement of the gospel. There are two ways to join. You can send your email to somoprayerne[email protected]
, or joining the Somo Prayer Network on facebook.
The Snack Bar at Cross Pointe Camp has a new look and this was possible due to memorials given in honor of Rev. Lloyd Welch. Bro. Lloyd Welch pastored for 50 years, 40 of those years were in the Southern Missouri District. In addition to pastoring, Bro. Welch served as an Executive Presbyter and Presbyter in this district. Bro. Welch and his wife, Louise, loved camp and working at camp. He loved running the snack bar after services. We are thankful for leaders in our district who understand the importance of camp on impacting future generations for Christ. Summer 2014 • Assembly Messenger
SENIOR ADULT MINISTRIES John Heide
Honor the Past: Lead into the Future
Acts 2:17-...and your old will dream dreams... The promise of Pentecost includes all races, gender, economic status, and all ages. The Holy Spirit outpouring is promised to every believer and is available for as long as we live. Since the Devil never gives up on anyone we need the Spirit’s help until we get to heaven. One of the ways we know we are still pursuing God is that He will give us insight into the future. That’s what our scripture means. As the “young see visions” of the future it might be good to honor and ask the old where the church is going; they might just have had a God given dream that could help the church reach their God given goal in the future! Blessings John
This year’s 50 Plus Camp Meeting celebrated the theme: Pentecost-100 Years and still real Camp speakers Martha Tennison and Charles Crank preached on the power of the Holy Spirit working in every believer’s life. Every night the altars were filled with Second Halfers seeking more of God! Great food, 50 Plus Olympics, wonderful fellowship as well as a missions emphasis challenged all in attendance.
The 50 Plus department has made a $10,000 pledge to help remodel the Men’s bathroom in the Tabernacle. You can help us anytime during the next year!
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“Plus ONE” by U.S. Missionary Jim Hall
A pebble in the ground remains the same size. A seed shows it has life when it enlarges itself into a shoot that becomes a plant - increasing its size and shape. If life continues, the plant produces fruit for eating and more seed for planting – increasing the number of plants and their fruit. When numbers are included in the Acts record of successful evangelism, the figures refer to a count of new believers who recently came to faith and were also immediately “added” to the local church body. There is no count reported of mere “decisions” made in response to a call for repentance. Acts 2:41 (NASB) reads: “Those who had received Peter’s word were baptized; and there were added to the church that day about 3,000 souls.” Then Acts 2:47 (NASB) says: “And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 4:4 (NASB) reports: “Many of those who had heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to be about 5,000.” So we see a pattern – those who made “decisions” to believe were only counted if they became “additions” to the body of believers. Compare modern outreach reports that usually give numbers of decisions but make no mention of additions. These visible additions to the early church body resulted from Spirit empowered witness to Christ by both church leaders and by church members. Jesus’ promise in Acts 1:8 was for every believer to receive ability to “be My witnesses” to the lost in their world and wherever they might go. The fulfillment of this promise is recorded in Acts 4:31 (NASB): “The place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Their holy habit was continued when persecution disbursed them from Jerusalem: “The believers who were scattered went about preaching the Word”. (Acts 8:4 NASB) Whether gathered or scattered, the rank and file believers could join Peter in saying, “We cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20 NASB) The modern challenge is to get believers to start speaking what they have witnessed. Reviewing these familiar Scriptures reveals an alarming contrast with our Assemblies of God church members
observed across our nation in 24 years of travel – including our own Southern Missouri district. Certainly with notable exceptions, the vast majority of AG church regulars seem to fit the national surveys of evangelical believers that report extremely little recognizable witness in lifestyle and conversation between their sporadic Sunday sojourns. What is very clear is the small number of new believers added to our churches through church members’ witness. There also seems to be a massive lack of effort by pastors to motivate and train their regular attenders for personal witness. So it is no surprise that most numerical increases in attendance in local churches are transfer growth - believers won over from other churches or believers who had no current church home. Growth by conversion seems to play a small or missing role in the slight numerical increases reported each year by a minority of our churches. Assemblies of God church regulars seem to fit the national surveys that report that only 1% of evangelical Christians lead someone to Christ in their lifetime. And when a church does a planned outreach and there are decisions recorded, there are usually no resulting additions to the church body. My question to pastors and other church leaders is this: Are we praying with faith that Pentecostal witnessing power will flow through those in the pew on Sundays to make them salt and light between Sundays in their personal harvest fields? Are we making intentional effort to motivate and train them to witness to people in their world through the week? Do we feature testimonies in our services of personal witness? Compare the lengths we go to encourage and train members to give in the offerings we receive. Are we as leaders setting an example of personal witness in our own neighborhood and as we move about the community – and referring to those activities in our sermons? A final word tp Pastors: Consider extending to your regulars a “Plus ONE” challenge that goes something like this: “I am asking God to help me ADD ONE new believer to the church in the coming year through my personal witness.” Then do your best to help them accomplish that goal. The benefits will be eternal for each one won!
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