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Nazarene Laymen's Conference Report
New World Area Entered
Nazarene Mission Aviation - West Africa Praise Report
Out Of Africa
Leadership Transition at Christian Holiness Partnership
International Church of the Nazarene Web Links
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follow-up team in Argentina sees immediate results
Ten Nazarenes gathered in Argentina's Barrio Santa Maria on July
13 to follow up with children who attended a recent Vacation Bible School
(VBS). On the Sunday before the follow-up effort, five children from Barrio
Santa Maria had attended Sunday School at Alto Pilar Church of the Nazarene.
On the Sunday after the follow-up, 37 children from the barrio were in
follow-up team members were Liliana Benitez, a resident of Barrio Santa
Maria and a member of the Alto Pilar church, several students from the
Nazarene seminary in Pilar, and three missionaries. In two hours of follow-up,
the group met with more than a dozen families to share God's love
and extend invitations to the church.
follow-up team plans to continue visiting and encouraging residents to
attend church. Also on the drawing board are plans for another VBS and
a ministry and cell group geared toward women of the neighborhood.
--JoAnn Leslie, South America regional office
School curriculum director named
Larry R. Morris has been elected as Curriculum Director for Sunday School
Ministries, according to Jack Stone, General Secretary. David Graves,
Sunday School Ministries director, recommended Morris with the concurrence
of W. Talmadge Johnson, responsible general superintendent. Such a nomination
requires approval by a majority vote of the Sunday School Ministries &
NYI Committee of the General Board. Following their positive response,
election was considered and finalized by the Board of General Superintendents.
is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological
Seminary. He has served in various ministry roles in the Church of the
Nazarene since 1977 in Colorado, North Carolina, and most recently in
NYI at International Headquarters since 1993 and as an editor in Sunday
School Ministries since 1996. The new assignment was effective July 15,
--General Secretary's Office
communications coordinators meet
Nazarene Regional Communication Coordinators (RCCs) from around the world
gathered recently in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, to continue developing
ongoing strategies for the use of media in reaching the lost for Christ.
by World Mission Communications, the four-day meeting focused on building
relationships, evaluating the core objectives for the ministry, and managing
the increasingly complex global communications network.
E. Bustle, World Mission director, told the RCCs that "we are growing-up
in the six regions for the greatest harvest we have ever seen. Communication
centers in our regional offices will be the most important aspect in the
continues to be a main focus of the World Evangelism Broadcast efforts
along with emerging broadcast opportunities for Nazarene television programming
in many world areas. Lives are being transformed by the Gospel message
that is sent out over the airwaves. New believers are being discipled
through radio programs produced and broadcast through the efforts of the
Nazarene Regional Communication Centers.
personnel for the Nashville event included Scott Stearman of Scott Stearman
Productions; Gerald Smith of Premier Studios; David J. Felter, Communication
Services; Ray Hendrix, World Mission Literature; Rick Guilfoil, WM Communications;
and Russ Hansen of ReachOne Internet Services.
Anderson, World Mission Communications director and facilitator of the
event, noted: "Although everyone involved is a true media professional,
none of us are in the 'media' business. We are about one thing
- making disciples. Our call has not been to make pretty pictures
or award winning video productions, or to produce radio programs to increase
station ratings...our call is to 'go - and make disciples.'
So everything we do, every decision we make, every program we produce
is to be judged by our core objective - making disciples."
He continued: "The Church of the Nazarene has at its disposal, a
powerful communications network through these six regional communication
centers. Pray with us that they will continue to be used to radically
influence the world for Christ."
-- World Mission Communications
Over 1,500 Nazarenes gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, July 3-7 for
the 10th Nazarene Laymen's Conference. Held at the beautiful Gaylord
Opryland Resort & Convention Center, the conference continued its
tradition of offering attendees wonderful times of worship, fellowship,
were treated to a wide variety of speakers, including Tom Hermiz, Norman
Wilson, Lori Salierno, Rick Rigsby, LaDonna Gatlin, and General Superintendent
W. Talmadge Johnson. Don Reddick, chair of the Fine Arts Division at Olivet
Nazarene University, served as NLC music coordinator and facilitated a
powerful array of musicians who ministered to the attendees through their
talent and testimony; guest musicians included Wintley Phipps, Sue Dodge,
LaDonna Gatlin, Promise, Brian Arner, the Burchfields, Wanda Vick, MJK,
Allison Durham Speer, Dan Oxley, the Steve Adams Trio, the Bill Cobb Family,
Ann Downing, Marvin Jones, Mark Murphy, Ray Moore, Jim Hill, Martha Garvin.
Evangelist Chuck Milhuff emceed a Saturday night musical extravaganza
that featured the rich musical heritage of the Church of the Nazarene.
Special guests that evening included members of the original Speer family.
addition to the worship services and motivational speakers and musicians,
NLC participants also had the opportunity to interact with workshop presenters
who offered more than 70 sessions providing insights into creative ways
laypersons can serve Christ and their congregations. This year's
NLC featured an expanded exhibit area that featured many different organizations
that offer services, resources, or training opportunities to laypersons.
Many NLC attendees also took part in off-site excursions throughout the
Nashville area during the afternoon hours, as well as the evening gatherings
of "Alumni & Friends" sponsored by the Nazarene colleges
presence was with us in Nashville throughout every component of the NLC
event," said David W. Graves, Sunday School Ministries director.
"Whether it was through the anointed speakers and Spirit-filled
times of worship, the educational and training opportunities, or simply
the times of meeting new friends and renewing old acquaintances, we praise
God that so many were able to leave Nashville re-energized for mission
and ministry. We are grateful to the many, many individuals who prayed
for and contributed so much toward the success of the 2002 Nazarene Laymen's
Woodcook was the recipient of the 2002 Lunn Award, presented during the
July 6 morning service in recognition of outstanding service by a layperson
in the Church of the Nazarene. The Lunn Award was introduced in 1998 and
was named in honor of its first recipient, Vernon Lunn, who served as
chair of the NLC Steering Committee for many years.
2002 NLC experience has been captured on video, and these videos are available
by visiting the NLC website http://www.nazarene.org/ssm/nlc
and downloading the "NLC Video Highlights Order Form." A summary
"Highlights Video" of the event is available for $15, and
the complete Saturday evening "Nazarene Family Praise Gathering"
is only $25. A two-video combo costs only $35. All orders should be returned
to Sunday School Ministries and includes all shipping/handling.
Nazarene Laymen's Conference is administered by the Sunday School
Ministries Department (David W. Graves, director), in cooperation with
the NLC Steering Committee. Membership of the committee includes: Charles
A. Davis, Jr., Chair (Southeast USA); Ron Emmert (South Central USA);
Robert Collier (Canada); Debbie Weisen (Northwest USA); Jib Felter (North
Central USA); Bettie Woodcook (Eastern USA); C. Wayne Rice (East Central
USA); Barbara Hornbeck (Southwest USA); Gary Streit (Central USA).
--D'Wayne Leatherland, Sunday School Ministries
Spanish-speaking country entered
Louie E. Bustle, World Mission director, has received information from
Mario Martinez, the newly arrived missionary in Equatorial Guinea, that
the goals of evangelism are high and God is faithful. Martinez reports,
"We have started with evangelism. Four people attended our first
meeting and we are now working with children. We regret that the JESUS
Film equipment has not yet arrived, because we want to use it to start
preaching points among our neighbors. It is our goal to plant three churches
by the end of this year (in the first six months of work)."
Guinea is the last Spanish speaking country in the world for the Church
of the Nazarene to enter. Martinez was born in Paraguay and served as
the district superintendent in the Central District of Buenos Aires, Argentina
for the last several years.
stated, "We would appeal to the Nazarene family to keep the Martinez's
and the work of Equatorial Guinea in your prayers. We believe that God
is going to use this couple and the Church of the Nazarene to impact this
country for Christ."
--Louie E. Bustle
receives full exemption from Ghana
Good stewardship of the funds that faithful supporters have provided to
Nazarene Mission Aviation - West Africa dictates that every effort possible
is made to streamline and cut costs. Sometimes the amount of taxes and
fees can total as much as 40-50% of the cost of each flight. When it is
possible to reduce the taxes and fees levied against the flight operations
then literally every dollar saved is an extra dollar to go towards more
fuel. In January of 2002 Todd Aebischer wrote a proposal to the office
of the Direction of Civil Aviation for the Country of Ghana, explaining
the ministry of NMA and the benefits to their country. In the proposal,
Aebischer cited the many flights already made and the work of the Church
of the Nazarene throughout Africa. His prayer was that NMA could get one
exemption and then use this to lobby other Governments around West Africa
to join hands with us and help further the work. March 13th the letter
arrived - granting a full exemption against all taxes and fees levied
against Nazarene Mission Aviation. Praise God!!! Letter in hand, focus
is now being placed on obtaining similar support from neighboring countries.
For more information on this exciting ministry, go to http://www.nma-awf.org.
--NMA - West Africa
Joanie Doerr, NCN - Africa, supplies all information for this summary.
Nazarenes suffering in Ethiopia
There was a new round of strife recently in the western area of Ethiopia,
known as the Gambela region. Although the situation is still unstable,
it was estimated that there are as many as 10,000 additional displaced
people. This includes six Nazarene congregations. Exact reports are impossible
at this time, but it was confirmed that six of our church leaders have
lost family members and that many other Nazarenes have been killed in
the fighting. A Nazarene church leader stated: "We ask that you pray
for the stability of the entire Gambela region...Pray that the church
will be able to rally to be a force for healing and reconciliation in
these deeply troubled times."
first critical need of the displaced people was for food. Nazarene Compassionate
Ministries stepped into the crisis with funding for food assistance. Church
leaders then developed an assessment team and secured a grain storage
warehouse to use for food distribution. One of the Nazarene churches in
the area responded to the need for shelter by hosting 500 refugees on
their property. Because the church building cannot accommodate such a
number, many of the refugees sleep under the open sky. On nights when
it rains, everyone crowds into the church and into the homes of nearby
scenario is added to the crisis of a few weeks ago when entire communities
were shattered, due to the rebel fighting groups. At that time, over 20,000
people were displaced. Among the 20,000 were 5,000 Nazarenes, representing
70 Nazarene congregations. Thus, there are presently at least 30,000 people
in the Gambela region who have been left not only displaced, but destitute
kids in Madagascar
The Catholic Relief Service reported that over 40,000 children in Madagascar
will die as a direct result of the food shortages caused by the political
situation. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International supplied funds
to feed 500 street children, in addition to the 250 street children who
are fed daily at the "street kids center." The children at the
center are also being given a multi-vitamin and are receiving medical
attention. Best of all, the children are hearing the stories of Jesus,
as they partake of a lovingly provided meal.
500 additional children range in age from 2-5 years old. At least half
of them are siblings to the regular children involved in the program at
the center. Many of the parents of the street kids are assisting the staff
with the increased workload.
Friends in Madagascar reported to Rev. David Johnson that military forces
went to their home on Nosy Be with the intention of burning it down. This
occurred during the political upheaval in the country, and while the Johnsons
were on home assignment in the United States. According to Johnson, the
soldiers punctured all of the tires on their car, then decided to return
later and burn the house. The church family began to pray for God's protection
over the house, and the soldiers never returned. Johnson exclaimed: "We
praise God for protecting our house...Never underestimate the power of
information indicates that no one from the congregation was injured during
the fighting. Nosy Be is now controlled by the new government and the
island is returning to normal.
In 1996 the Christian Holiness Partnership secured the leadership of Marlin
R. Hotle as executive director. Following six years of highly creative
and visionary leadership, and while also serving as district superintendent
of Wesleyan Churches in Tennessee, Hotle has resigned his executive position
his leadership, Hotle provided guidance and oversight to numerous projects
advancing Wesleyan theology, the causes of holiness and their impact in
the evangelical community. Significant among them was the production of
the Reflecting God NIV study Bible and its accompanying materials. This
study Bible follows the NIV Study Bible format but contains Wesleyan-Arminian
footnotes, essays and commentary. Approximately 40 CHP affiliated scholars
and writers contributed to this project, which has received broad acceptance
in the Christian community.
strategic planning task force, established prior to the time of Hotle's
resignation, has been charged with the responsibility of crafting a new
operational structure for CHP with recommendations to be presented to
the CHP Board of Administration. The CHP executive committee will assist
CHP president Dan Tipton during the transition period to ensure both mission
and functions of the organization, emphasizing the importance of partnership
among member groups.
24 member denominations, three interdenominational agencies, 48 colleges
and seminaries and hundreds of independent congregations, CHP represents
a composite of worldwide adherents exceeding five million.
of the Nazarene Ministry Links
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side of the page.
Floyd W. Hawkins
Floyd W. Hawkins, 97, ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene,
died July 17, 2002, at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.
was born November 20, 1904, in Pullman, Washington, and grew up in Walla
Walla, Washington. His early years included extensive training and experience
in music. For two years in Walla Walla he was Cadet Bandmaster in one
of the first R.O.T.C. units in the northwest. In Tacoma he studied vocal
music under Frederick Kleopper and in Seattle under John W. Bixel, founder
and Director of the Seattle Oratorio Society.
1933 he entered the Nazarene pastorate. Over the next 24 years, each of
his five pastorates included a strong music ministry.
serving 12 years at Stockton, California, First Church of the Nazarene,
in 1957 he accepted a call to Kansas City to become music editor for Lillenas
Publishing Company, music division of Nazarene Publishing House. He served
in that role until his retirement in 1976. During those years he edited
numerous publications, including the 1972 hymnal, Worship in Song.
was best known throughout the evangelical world as a composer and songwriter.
Of his 500+ published songs, perhaps most widely used has been I've
Discovered the Way of Gladness. It was featured in Billy Graham Crusades
and has been the theme song of the "Day of Discovery" program
televised in the United States. The current Nazarene hymnal, Sing to the
Lord, includes his songs The Crystal Fountain, Let Thy Mantle Fall on
Me, and Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace.
is survived by his wife, N. Ruth Hawkins, Gladstone, Missouri; three daughters,
Ruth Hufford, Cave Creek, Arizona, Caroline Campbell, Woodland Park, Colorado,
and Rodlyn Davis, Franklin, Tennessee; nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
hosts YES Conference
•The third YES (Youth Equipped to Serve) Conference for young people
who have a call to ministry was held June 24-28 on the campus of Trevecca
Nazarene University. Representing all parts of the United States, 75 high
school students came to the Nashville, Tennessee, campus to learn more
about ministry and Christian careers.
Underwood, one of the creators of YES and associate director of Trevecca's
office of enrollment management, described the conference as a way to
encourage and train teens early on who sense God's call to full-time
Christian work. According to Underwood, YES participants often go on to
extensive involvement in campus and leadership activities during their
YES Conference, held every other year, is the brainchild of the Southeast
Zone Nazarene Youth International (NYI) and is directed by Greg Kenerly,
president of the Southeast USA Region NYI.
--Jan Greathouse, Trevecca Nazarene University
Vernon Nazarene University News Items
• On August 1, 2002, as it enters its 35th year, Mount Vernon Nazarene
College (MVNC) will become Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The transition
to university status is based on action taken by the Board of Trustees
last March after a year of study by a Blue Ribbon Commission on University
Standing. The commission was led by Henry Smith, MVNC's vice president
for academic affairs.
mark the occasion, a new sign will be unveiled on July 31and new flags
raised, including an American flag dedicated to Mollie Hornberger McKenzie,
an MVNC graduate who was killed in the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.
Board of Trustees Chair James Couchenour and the mayor of Mount Vernon
will be on hand for the short ceremony on the lawn of the R. R. Hodges
Chapel/Auditorium. An all-campus picnic will follow. A second ceremony
planned for September 9 will include community and state leaders, faculty
and staff, students, alumni, and friends of the university.
opened its doors in 1968 to 180 students and embarked on what founding
president Stephen Nease called "a rare opportunity" to do
something great for God. Committed to a liberal arts education, the college
added programs and majors over the years to meet student needs. By 1991,
enrollment stood at 1,044, with 980 in traditional programs. Non-traditional
and graduate degrees in education and ministry were added soon afterward,
and enrollment climbed. The institution now offers 80 different majors
and tracks and expects to welcome more than 2,200 students this fall.
Douglas K. Matthews has been named vice president of the Enrollment Services
and Student Development Division of Mount Vernon Nazarene College (MVNC).
Matthews has been an associate and full professor of religion on the MVNC
faculty since 1999, earning 10 awards for excellence in teaching. As vice
president of Campus Ministries he was assistant to the campus chaplain,
and he also served as chaplain of the college's adult education
program, Executive Center for Lifelong Learning (EXCELL).
coming to MVNC, Matthews was professor of philosophy and theology at Toccoa
Falls College in Georgia; director of residence life and housing and instructor
of student development at LeTourneau University in Texas; and an admissions
recruiter at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He has been a network
radio host and has served in various pastoral roles in Wesleyan and Bible
churches. He also has been involved with high school and intercollegiate
earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and religion from Spring
Arbor University in 1979, his master's degree in Christian theology
from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1981, and his doctorate in theological
studies from Baylor University in Texas in 1992. He has co-authored several
scholarly works and is a contributor to academic and popular periodicals.
his new role Matthews will be responsible for traditional undergraduate
admissions and student recruitment, student financial planning, records
and registration, retention, intercollegiate athletics, counseling, career
and health services, safety and security, residence life, campus community
life, judicial processes, and multicultural affairs. He will also serve
on the president's Administrative Cabinet and Budget Planning Committee.
believe Dr. Matthews possesses the passion, vitality and knowledge to
lead the division to the next level of growth and success. His energy
is infectious. His training in theology enables him to articulate theological
and philosophical understandings needed to lead the division as well as
to develop programs . . . His previous experience in enrollment and student
services provides background and perspective to his new assignment at
MVNC," said college president E. LeBron Fairbanks.
On August 1, 2002, the day Mount Vernon Nazarene College (MVNC) becomes
Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the institution also will welcome its
first provost. Henry Smith, since 1997 the college's vice president
for academic affairs and academic dean, has been appointed to the position
by E. LeBron Fairbanks, MVNC president, and endorsed by the Board of Trustees.
In his new role as provost Smith will continue as chief academic officer
but also will serve on the president's cabinet as a "first
among equals" with several key expanded responsibilities.
Fairbanks, "During the past year, while three separate task forces
have examined structure and decision-making as we transition to university
status, I have conducted my own investigation for improved processes and
leadership enhancement at the cabinet and senior administrative levels
. . . [The decision to] appoint a provost was my decision and did not
come to me as a recommendation from any group or task force appointed
this past year to study academic structure, staff decision-making, or
decision is an important first step in preparing MVNC for the next level
of effectiveness, said Fairbanks. "After 13 years as president of
Mount Vernon Nazarene College, it is my conclusion that I need a provost
who functions as a senior vice president in a new and expanded role to
assist me in the day-to-day overall operation of the university. I believe
the provost position uniquely serves the needs of our rapidly growing
institution, especially as we move to university status."
further explained that appointing a provost would alleviate his growing
concern about his expanding role in essential external relations, which
often take him away from the campus. "My recent appointment to the
board of the Council of Independent Colleges is but one example of my
increasing involvement in regional and national organizations that are
of significant value to MVNC. However, my absence has sometimes frustrated
the ability of the university to respond quickly on daily issues that
confront the institution," he said.
Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees supports the president's
decision and unanimously endorsed Smith's appointment. "Dr.
Smith has repeatedly shown he has the necessary gifts and maturity to
be an outstanding provost. He has shown his wise judgment on difficult
issues; he is collaborative in style [and] an effective communicator and
is respected by the various college constituencies," said Fairbanks.
"I am confident that Dr. Smith will provide just the right balance
in his relationship to the other cabinet members and the institution in
general. I am counting on him to allow me to rest in the knowledge that
while I am away from campus, the university will operate effectively."
to the job description created by Fairbanks, the provost will chair the
president's cabinet during the absence of the president, acting
with authority for action and decision-making within established parameters;
act as the senior officer representing the university during the absence
of or at the request of the president; and act as the senior officer in
the decision-making and implementation of the University Crisis Response
Plan in the absence of the president.
also noted that other administrative appointments and structural changes
will be announced in the coming days. MVNC is located in Mount Vernon,
Ohio, in the United States.
--Carrie A. Crouch, MVNC Office of Communications
hosts the Ben Speer Stamps-Baxter School of Music
On Sunday, July 21, 2002, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee,
USA, welcomed the Ben Speer Stamps-Baxter School of Music to the campus
for the second year. During the two-week event, participants will receive
intensive music training. Ben Speer, a Trevecca alumnus, and school leaders
anticipate approximately 250 students and 35 staff personnel to participate
in this year's school.
--Jan Greathouse, TNU
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