NorCal Move FAQ

NorCal Move FAQ

So you may have heard … we’re moving to Northern California.

     Some of you may have questions about this—whether you’re here in Indiana, there in NorCal, or just our friends and family all over the place. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions.

What will we be doing?
     I will be the Director of Missional Development for the Northern California District of the Church of the Nazarene. I will help train, resource, and empower churches on the Northern California District to enhance their missional impact through (1) cultivating missional discipleship, (2) planting churches and missional communities, (3) recruiting missionally innovative pastors, lay leaders, and interns, and (4) fostering innovation in strategy and methods. I’ll spend a lot of time investing in the leaders of NorCal and connecting them with the resources they need to thrive...

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How the Church Gets Born Again (NW Indiana NMI Report 2017)

How the Church Gets Born Again (NW Indiana NMI Report 2017)

  James Emery White rocked the Christian world in 2014 with The Rise of the Nones. No, it’s not a horror movie about some Catholic sisters who try to take over the world.  It’s a book about the increasing number of people who check “none” on the religious preference form in the US census.  When asked if they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or whatever, more and more American’s are simply saying: “None of the above.”

    No religious affiliation:
        1940 : 5%
        1990 : 8%
        2008 : 15%
        2012 : 19%
        2014 : 23%
    
    The curve is much steeper if we only measure adults under 30 (36%).  The curve is even steeper in Europe.  In the UK, for example, 66% of 18-24 year olds say they have no religion whatsoever.  
    This is not just because of immigration either.  20% of Americans now consider themselves “former Christians.”
    The Barna group decided to do a more thorough study, considering people’s actions and and beliefs. In 2013, they found that 37% of Americans were Post-Christian. Just two years later, in 2015, that number had jumped to 44%. Not only are we losing ground every year, but the pace of our decline is also increasing exponentially.  

    The Church of the Nazarene mirrors this trend. ...

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Lord Have Mercy on Us Your Church

Lord Have Mercy on Us Your Church

This is a prayer of confession based on Isaiah 61. The leader prayed the written words on behalf of the people and then invited the congregation's to a sung response with the chorus of "Lord Have Mercy." 

Oh, Sovereign Lord, we your Church confess our distance from the Spirit you have placed upon us.
We have strayed from the mission for which you've anointed us.
We have mostly been good news for the rich.
We have comforted the bloated.

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Think Big, Think Small: Partnerships as a Revolution in Global Missions

Think Big, Think Small: Partnerships as a Revolution in Global Missions

This article was published in Evangelical Missions Quarterly, summer 2015.

We Think Small about the Gospel.

    Over the past 50 years, Christians have usually defined the Gospel like this: “We sinned - Jesus died - Trust Jesus - Go to heaven, not hell - The end.”  
    This is a very small understanding of the Gospel.  It’s true, but it’s not the whole truth, like a few pieces out of a stained glass window.  
    That kind of Gospel doesn’t actually change our world.  That kind of Gospel is contained to a 6 inch box around our hearts.  That kind of Gospel is just a ticket to heaven instead of hell.  That kind of Gospel is too small - WAY too small.  
    But that’s the kind of Gospel we usually preach and teach.  We imagine and live a small Gospel. ...

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