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The Ultimate Israel & Jordan Tour
May 20 – June 1, 2014
Join us May 20 - June 1, 2014 for a trip to Israel that will change your life.
Tour Hosts Dr. Jay and Teri Herndon
Throughout the last 20 years I have traveled to Israel numerous times. For the first time we are partnering to lead this tour for Assembly of God family and friends – and we want to share it with you in 2014!
We are especially pleased to offer this custom itinerary as it incorporates some of the most exciting Biblical sites along with my personal favorites! And, we’ve even selected our tour guide – he’s simply superb!
Holy Lands Sun Tours – an Isramworld company – is well known for top-quality, custom designed tours. Assuredly, you will experience all the Scriptural teaching , fun and care – along with deluxe hotels! I warmly invite you to join me on this remarkable tour …
Just think, next year in Jerusalem!
Jay and Teri Herndon
DAY 1 TUESDAY, MAY 20
EN ROUTE FROM LAX
DAY 2 WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
ARRIVE BEN GURION • DRIVE THROUGH JOPPA • O/N TEL-AVIV
DAY 3 THURSDAY, MAY 22
CAESAREA MARITIMA – THEATER – FORTRESS • MEGIDDO • NAZARETH – PRECIPICE – MARY’S WELL • O/N TIBERIAS
DAY 4 FRIDAY, MAY 23
BOAT RIDE – JESUS BOAT • HATZOR • DAN • CAESAREA PHILIPPI • MT. BENTAL • GOLAN HTS. • O/N TIBERIAS
DAY 5 SATURDAY, MAY 24
MT. OF THE BEATITUDES • CHURCH OF THE PRIMACY • CAPERNAUM • BETHSAIDA • GERGESA (KURSI) • BET SHE’AN • YARDENIT • O/N TIBERIAS
DAY 6 SUNDAY, MAY 25
EARLY AT SHEIKH HUSSEIN – NORTH CROSSING • MADEBA MAP • MOUNT NEBO • O/N PETRA
DAY 7 MONDAY, MAY 26
PETRA • O/N PETRA
DAY 8 TUESDAY, MAY 27
WADI MUSA • BETHANY-BEYOND THE JORDAN • DEAD SEA SWIM • O/N DEAD SEA IN JORDAN
DAY 9 WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
EARLY DEPARTURE FOR BORDER • CROSS AT ALLENBY • *NABLUS – JACOB’S WELL • *MOUNT GERAZIM • *SHILOH • *WADI QELT ROAD – SHADOW OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH • PANORAMIC VIEW OF JERUSALEM • O/N JERUSALEM
DAY 10 THURSDAY, MAY 29
YAD VASHEM • ISRAEL MUSEUM – SCALE MODEL – SHRINE OF THE BOOK • UPPER ROOM • CITY OF DAVID WITH OPTIONAL HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL • EVENING BEN YEHUDA ST SHOPPING • RABBINIC TUNNEL & DRIVE AROUND THE ILLUMINATED WALLS OF THE OLD CITY O/N JERUSALEM
DAY 11 FRIDAY, MAY 30
SOUTHERN EXCAVATIONS • QUMRAN • EIN GEDI OVERVIEW • MASADA • O/N JERUSALEM
DAY 12 SATURDAY, MAY 31
MOUNT OF OLIVES • DOMINUS FLEVIT • GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE • CHURCH OF PETER IN GALLICANTU • HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS • CHURCH OF ST. ANNE • POOL OF BETHESDA • LITHOSTROTOS • VIA DOLOROSA • GARDEN TOMB – CALVARY • FAREWELL DINNER • BEN GURION
DAY 13 SUNDAY, JUNE 1
TRANSFER TO THE BEN GURION INT’L AIRPORT • EN ROUTE TO LAX
Please note that this itinerary may change due to changes in flight schedules, daily circumstances, and group needs/wants.
Our Deluxe Hotels:
Tel-Aviv / Herods
Tiberias / Leonardo Plaza
Petra (Jordan) / Marriott
Dead Sea (Jordan) – Marriott
Jeruaslem – Leonardo Plaza
Price Includes:• Airfare from SFO via Continental Airlines
• Hotel accommodations (double occupancy).
• Two buffet meals daily (breakfast and dinner). An extra charge may be incurred for special order items.
• Fuel Surcharges
• Crossing Fees
• Bottled water, personal purchases
• Special order/personal services such as: laundry, food/drinks not on the menu (coffee is not served after dinner in some hotels), airport porters (Sky Caps), excess baggage, telephone calls, etc.
• Voluntary activities not on the schedule (movies, massages, taxis, etc.).
• Single room supplement ($1,250).
• Taxes and Tips
• Touring: Air-conditioned bus, entrance to all sites, English speaking guide
• Deposit: $250 (With registration)
• January 1, 2014: $2,000
• March 15, 2014: $1,749
Partial Payments: Partial payments are accepted at any time—participants may choose to pay at their own pace but total amount due must be paid in full by March 15, 2014.
Credit Card Payments: Credit card payments incur a 3% bank fee. Participants may choose to split payments (part by check, part by CC).
Cancelation: In the event of participant cancelation, a refund of all payments (minus deposit) will be made up to sixty days prior to departure. Cancelations after this date will be refunded based on the refunds obtained by airlines and hotels, minus out-of-pocket expenses incurred. Any exception to this policy is subject to the decision of the tour operator.
Price Adjustments: The price is based on a minimum of 35 paying guests and on tariffs and rates in effect and is subject to change without notice if there is a revision in rates prior to the departure of the tour.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. HLST “Passenger Travel Protection Plan” is available at $210.00 per person. If you have pre-existing health conditions and desire this coverage, the premium must be payable & forwarded to Isramworld [parent company of HLST] with the deposit, as proof of this payment will be required if a pre-existing medical condition is involved in the claim. All other insurance payments must accompany final payment on or by March 15, 2014 and will not qualify for pre-existing medical coverage. For coverage details visit: http://www.tripmate.com and enter plan number 350. Kindly note: once paid – your insurance payment is non-transferable & non-refundable.
Before departure we will collect the following information:
• Roommate request
• Passport number
• Photocopy of your passport
• Medical information
• Emergency contact information
• Legal documents and disclaimers
What to expect:
A trip to Israel will change your life! To walk where Jesus walked, see and learn about the geography of the land of the Bible will make a profound difference in your understanding of scripture. You will learn more about scripture than you ever imagined possible. And you will experience times of worship and prayer, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Most participants go home saying, “It was the most powerful spiritual experience of my life!”
A typical day:
Each day we enjoy a wonderful breakfast buffet in the hotel and then board the bus at 8:00 AM for a pre-planned route visiting biblical sites. We typically visit 4-6 sites per day, spending an hour or so at each one. There is some walking involved. Some of the sites are “park-like,” some are wilderness sites, some sites have chapels, some are right in the middle of the city. Our guide is VERY well educated, and will teach us about the history and significance of the site. Dr. Jay will usually have something to share as well. At some sites, we will participate in an extended time of worship, prayer, and reflection. We will lunch at a local restaurant. We will be back at the hotel for a buffet dinner. Evenings are usually free—a good time to walk the neighborhood, relax in the lobby, or swim in the pool. Our bus is comfy and air-conditioned. Our hotels are wonderful, and the food is fantastic.
Israel Packing and Travel Hints:
Weather: Late May and early June in Israel will range from 75 to 95 degrees. Rain is unlikely.
Luggage Restrictions: We restrict each traveler to one suitcase (50 lbs) and one carry-on. (Yes, the airlines allow more, but our bus can’t hold that much! And there are several border-crossings that require us to handle our own bags. Lighter is better.) We encourage you to pack things that you can wear several times—hand-washing them in the hotel. We MAY have an opportunity to send some laundry out – but make no promises. We advise you to bring an empty duffel to pack your purchases for the return home. We’ll let you check two suitcases on the way back.
Bag: A secure shoulder bag, back pack, or large fanny pack is essential, for camera, wallet, water-bottle, bible, sunglasses, etc. Everything that you need for the day must go into this bag—you will not have access to your suitcase during the day.
• Casual: Casual pants and shirts are fine for all occasions. No need to pack dress-clothes.
• Active: We do lots of walking, and the weather could be hot or cool. And so pack clothing that is comfortable for active wear and will perform in various conditions. Cotton clothes are OK most days but don’t dry out well (sweat or hand-washed.) Hint: Sporting good stores specialize in golf and hiking clothes that are good-looking and functional in active outdoor conditions.
• Modest: Modest attire in the Middle East is essential. Many sites adhere to a “no knees and shoulders” rule. Some sites require men to wear hats and women to wear scarves. Travelers should carry these for such times.
• Inoffensive: Take care not to offend and provoke people with T-shirt messages. “First Church” would be OK. “You Need Jesus” would be considered offensive.
Clothing List: Moshe, our guide, will advise us each evening how to dress for the day.
• Men: Jeans, khakis, polo shirts, sport-shirts are fine. Men can wear shorts in many places, but not all. Some wear convertible pants with “zip-off-legs”—they may look funny but are versatile.
• Women: Jeans and Capri pants are OK. Shirts should fit comfortably loose. Spaghetti strap shirts are not acceptable. Tasteful tank tops, knee-length shorts or skirt may be worn in a few places (but carry a wrap skirt and scarf to cover up knees and shoulders if needed.)
Shoes—must be comfortable, sturdy, and with good gripping soles (for slippery stone walkways-this is very important.) Tennis shoes are OK. Walking shoes are better. Sandals are OK on occasion, but not for daily touring. Water-shoes are required to explore Hezekiah’s Aqueduct and are helpful at the baptism and the Dead Sea.
Outerwear: think “multiple layers.” You won’t need an insulated jacket—a sweater and wind-breaker/rain jacket is all that you will need.
Swimwear: bring it. You’ll need it under the baptismal robe if you are going to be baptized. Some hotels have swimming pools or spas that we can enjoy in the evening. And you’ll have opportunity to float in the Dead Sea. Exploring Hezekiah’s Aqueduct will require wet-wear shorts and shirts.
Hat: A good hat is essential—with a wide-brim to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
Sunglasses and Umbrella: Bring sunglasses and a collapsible umbrella. You probably won’t need the umbrella in June, but if it rains, I don’t want anyone saying, “Why didn’t you tell us?”
• Electricity: many hotels have US standard 110 outlets (sometimes right next to a 220 outlet—please pay attention!) But not all. Bring converters and adaptors.
• Blow-dryers: most hotels provide blow dryers, but some don’t. Many hotels use 110, but some use 220. Plan accordingly. Teri has a blow dryer that is 110/220 convertible. Or use a converter.
• Beds: Many mid-east hotels do not have King/Queen beds for couples: couples may find themselves in rooms with two queens. Oh, well. The rooms are always clean and have nice linens and towels.
• Internet: Some hotels have internet in the rooms. Most have wireless in the lobbies.
Include the prescription label with your medications (customs looks suspiciously at unmarked pills). Medication is a target for thieves, so be careful with them. Pack some general emergency items: Pepto-Bismol, Tylenol, etc.
Getting sick is a certain way to spoil the trip. Although Israel is very clean and the water is good, I urge caution anyway. Drink bottled water, bring Lysterene to sanitize your toothbrush, and Purell to sanitize your hands. Travel size TP – most sites have “fully equipped” restrooms but occasionally we may find one that isn’t.
You won’t need to carry lots of cash, the tour price includes all essentials except lunches, and they’ll take Visa everywhere, even in the cave in Petra! Call your CC to let them know the dates that you are traveling. Large purchases of over $100 should be done with credit card—which gives you a good exchange rate and avoids the need to carry cash. Some CC companies charge a “transaction fee” on smaller purchases.
Carry some $1 bills for misc. items. Many stores accept dollars, but the exchange rate will be high.
Some travelers may wish to exchange funds before departure. AAA offers decent exchange rates. The best rates are on the street in Israel—at ATM’s and Currency Exchanges, but they are not always immediately accessible. How much will you need? That all depends on your personal habits! A full restaurant lunch will cost $15 or more. I won’t guess what your other souvenir spending will be.
Yes! Bring extra memory cards and/or a cable to down load your photos.
The Cell Phone was invented in Israel, but you’ll have to check with your carrier to see if your phone will work in Israel and Jordan.
Jay Herndon (Assistant: Lorrie Baladad)
Office: 916.379.9600 ext.1115
Assemblies of God, Northern California and Nevada District
6051 So. Watt Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95829
CHANGES TO ITINERARY: The tour operator reserves the right to change the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances.
RESPONSIBILITY & LIABILITY: AGNCN and Sterling Travel acts only as agents for the various companies, owners or contractors providing the means of transportation, accommodation and other services. All exchange orders, coupons and tickets are offered if provided. The issuance and acceptance of such tickets shall be deemed to be the consent to the further conditions that AGNCN and Sterling Travel and its representative abroad shall not be in any way liable for injury, loss, damage, accident, delay, or irregularity in any vehicle, or through the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passengers or of any hotel proprietor, personnel or servant otherwise in connection therewith. The aforesaid AGNCN and Sterling Travel and/or their agents can accept no responsibility for losses or accidental expense due, as well, to delays or changes in schedules or departures, hotel overbooking or defaults, sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantines, riots or insurrections, political disorders of any type, criminal acts committed by third parties or other such similar causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, who is again advised of the availability of travel insurance. Each exchange coupon, order and ticket is to be regarded as one contracted on or in behalf of the particular company or person named in it. The passenger contract in use by the airline or steamship company concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract of air or steamship passage with the purchase of these tours and/or the passenger. The airline companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour announced in this program and to make such alterations to the itineraries as may be found desirable for the proper carrying out of the tours. In the event it becomes necessary or advisable in the Tour Operator’s discretion to alter arrangements or itineraries for the passenger’s comfort or welfare for any reason whatsoever, such alterations may be made without penalty to the Operator. Additional expenses, if any, shall be borne by the Passengers. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of any group at any time. This program is issued on the sole responsibility of the Tour Operator. It is not issued on behalf of and does not commit any airline whose services are used in the course of the tours. It is agreed by and between the Passenger and AGNCN and Sterling Travel that all disputes and matters whatever arising under, in connection with or incident to this agreement shall be litigated, if at all, in and before a court located in the City of Sacramento, CA U.S.A., to the exclusion of the courts of any other city, state or country.
“He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:2
Retreat Registration – ONLY $50! CLICK HERE to Register.
You’ll enjoy the serene surroundings at the Aston MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Vegas located in Henderson, NV. Enjoy deluxe accommodations and choose from spacious, beautifully appointed studio, one, two, or, three-bedroom condominium suites. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom. JBU committee members and our Hospitality Casita will be located in the Viera section of the resort. Great group rates, especially if you share! Shopping, dining, fun activities, friends, and fellowship await you. http://www.montelagovillage.com Use group code: 10A3V5.
About our Speaker
Joanna Weaver is JBU’s most notable speaker ever. She is known for her transparent and life-changing books, “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World,” “Having a Mary Spirit,” and “Lazarus Awakening”, which have sold over a million copies. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. She loves being a wife, pastors wife, and mom. Her friends describe her as entertaining, has a Polly Anna outlook, wonderful friend, funny, klutzy, winsome, the real deal, a real girl! See http://www.joannaweaverbooks.com/.
About Transportation to Las Vegas
Each party is responsible for their own transportation to Las Vegas. We will watch for good airfares and will notify you by email and/or Facebook. Transportation from the airport to the MonteLago, to be determined.
Thursday, February 6
3:00pm Registration and Resort Check-in
5pm - 6:30pm Stop by the Hospitality suite for a casual dinner
7:00pm Evening Service with Joanna Weaver
9:00pm Hangout in the Hospitality Suite
Friday, February 7
8am - 10am Breakfast in the Hospitality Suite
10:30am Morning Service
12:30pm FREE TIME- Lunch and Dinner on your own
7:30pm Evening Service with Joanna Weaver
9:00pm Hangout in the Hospitality Suite
Saturday, February 8
8am - 9:30am Breakfast in the Hospitality Suite
10am- 12pm Final Service and Farewell with Joanna Weaver
Come dream with us!
Teri Herndon, Judi Braddy, Linda Huddleston, and the JBU Committee
The guest speaker at this year’s ministers retreat was Pastor Wilfredo De Jesus, commonly referred to as Pastor Choco. Pastor Choco is the Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Ministries (NLC). His compassion for the lost is seen in multi-facet programs in the church such as: food and clothing outreach, transitional shelters, residential recovery and job training programs, human trafficking advocacy, world missions and humanitarian relief, prison outreach, immigration advocacy, and more. Pastor Choco is sought after as an inspirational communicator at various church and community events, conferences and school assemblies. He possesses a passion to reach the lost and is committed in providing necessary services to the community. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife Elizabeth and their three children, Alexandria, Yesenia and Wilfredo Jr.
We are pleased to be able to offer audio recordings of the four primary sessions from the retreat.
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- Care for the pastor and family marriage strengthening and counseling by competent
Care-Givers in our District
- Help with prodigal children
- Conflict resolution in marriage and family - dealing with dysfunctional dynamics.
What’s the elephant in your living room??
- Stress Management - Finding balance for family and ministry
- Life- hindering Issues, such as workaholism, financial mismanagement,
time management, power struggles, pornography-sexual dysfunction, past unresolved
issues, etc. Pastor Robert has been given confidential confessional privileges.
- Leadership evaluations and assessments for personal growth and spiritual fulfillment.
*For more information, call 916-379-9600 x 1127
It is our desire to serve our District with distinctly practical tools and resources for the purpose and goal of helping all of our pastors achieve the highest level of ‘health’ both personally and ministerially while serving in their unique setting. With these goals in mind and with direction from our Superintendent Jim Braddy we are excited to share a brief summary of what our department is able to offer our District ministers and their churches.
- Advancement strategies for your unique community and target group
- Steps to help in the transformation process for plateaued churches
- Bringing about church culture metamorphosis without killing anyone
- Connection with the digital natives in your church, in spite of being digital immigrant
- Releasing the traditional ‘millstones’ from around your leadership’s neck
- Staff transitions or change that’s made in heaven instead of feeling like they’re straight from hell
- Dealing with Church Conflict like Jesus would in the 21st century
*For more information, call 916-379-9600 x 1127
March 8, 2014
Cornerstone Community Church, Manteca
Fine Arts Rulebook
What is kids fine arts? Is it like youth fine arts?
Every year children gather to use their gifts. They make presentations in a variety of ways and are judged. Awards are given but the overall experience of preparing something to share the Gospel is valuable. Weaved among the children’s presentations are workshops to train for ministry.
We are now taking reservations for our 2014 “Days of Refreshing” Alaskan cruise. We will be leaving from Seattle on June 7th and returning on June 14th. We will be enjoying seven nights aboard the Norwegian Jewel. Rev. Charles and Ramona Crabtree, the former Asst. General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, will be sharing ministry with us on the cruise. Our own Superintendent, Jim and Judy Braddy, will be hosting the cruise.
This is a basic outline of the Cruise Information:
Sail Date: June 7, 2014
Return Date: June 14, 2014
Cost: Cruise only Inside cabin $1,550.00
Deposit $50.00 upon registration. The $250.00 deposit due date has changed to February 1, 2014. Copy of passports are also due on that date.
Flight Information and airport shuttle not included TBA
Reservations can now be made online at Cruise.
Come join us for an Inspiring week you won’t soon forget! Our guests include CeCe Winans, anointed speaker Suzanne Cox and Biggest Loser Season 11 contestant, Ken Andrews.
Date: February 28-March 1, 2014
Location: The House, 1601 Coffee Rd, Modesto, CA
Join us in our new focus for personal and ministry development called Coaching Connection!
Eight times a year you will connect with your fellow ministers and pastors, gain spiritual insight, engage in peer discussion regarding pastoral challenges and opportunities and receive personal care and encouragement in your life journey. All this for a fraction of the cost of a ‘Life Coach!’Only $25 per session. Coaching Connection is designed to help you grow in all areas of life and ministry!
Coaching Connection explained – What is it?
• Relationship building with us – our leadership team.
• Relationship building with each other – moving beyond superficiality.
• Helping each other on the journey “As iron sharpens iron, so one man/woman sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
• Our goal is to help each other ‘Finish well and Finish strong.’
• Bear one another’s burdens as directed in Galatians 6:2
• Participate in interactive learning
• “Learn trust - Earn trust”
• Personal transformation – to become like Jesus (Transformed defined – 1. To change the character; 2. To change the inner nature; 3. To change for new use) Romans 12:2 – it is an ongoing process. Change is crucial to being healthy and vibrant in Christ.
• Matthew 9:16-17 - “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” What does this mean today? How do we apply it to our life and to the ministry we are called to? The Holy Spirit is ready to pour New Wine into us – what kind of wine skins am I?
In our Coaching Connections we desire to be the venue to help pastors and leaders recognize need and make necessary steps for Holy Spirit directed change in their lives and in ministry. Applying knowledge, encouraging one another and holding each other accountable as we pursue Christ’s way and will for our lives is our ultimate goal.
District Resource Center
9:00AM - 12:00PM $25 per session
Registration opens January 2014
For more information, call our office at 916-379-9600 x 1127.
To make your 2014 One Fund commitment click here,
Our District provides numerous ministry resources to our churches. Each church is asked to contribute one percent of their local tithes to this effort. (Hence the name, “District Ministries One Fund.” We used to call this fund, “Church Ministries Fund” but the name was changed when Bylaws were amended in May 2013.)
Without these funds our District could not provide the following ministries:
These district ministries are devoted to resourcing the local church. They frequently involve training, consulting, coaching, and encouraging local churches. They also provide regional and specialized events that local churches might not be able to provide for themselves.
Our district has adopted a “resource strategy” with our ministries. We do not want them simply to do “large events,” but we want them to be available to resource local churches, regardless of size or distance. This, however, requires that our Ministry Directors be on call and available. (A full time minister in San Jose would find it hard to be a resource to a church in Las Vegas.) In this sense, it’s kind of like the local Fire Department. A full-time Fire Department always gives better service than a volunteer Fire Department. But the added service comes with a cost.
Sometimes people ask, “Why doesn’t the district pay for these ministries out of the regular tithe, like a local church does?” The answer is that the district could, if it collected a full tithe from our members (like a local church does), but we don’t. Our District has put a ceiling on how much tithe it expects from each member. The highest amount is $225 per month. Although many earn more than $2,250 a month the district does not collect tithe on this. The reduced tithe requires reduced services, or raising funds from other sources. And since these ministries serve “the churches” more than “the ministers” it seems appropriate to ask the churches to pay for them.
Dr. Jay Herndon
NCN Assemblies of God
Traveling Training is a custom mobile program to assist in training and developing your team involved in Children’s Ministries. Because of the amount of helpers needed to support ministry to children, training is a necessary and continual part.
Traveling Training has been designed to bring quality training to the local church. Experienced Children’s Pastors travel to your facility with their wealth of gifts, talents and experience to train your team.
You select the time, place, people, and even the topics from a menu of possibilities. This is a custom top-notch day at a fraction of the cost of transporting your team to a conference.
Call the Children’s Ministries office to book your training!
Eddie De La Rosa
Student Ministries Director
Operations and Events Director
Youth Culture Specialist and Evangelist
Chris and Lori Soto
Pathway Apprenticeship Director
Have a senior in high school, or a high school graduate looking for adventure this summer? Have them check out the NCN Summer Internship!
NCN Summer Internship gives you the opportunity use your gifts and abilities while serving for six weeks at 4 camps, 1 missions trip, plus receiving leadership training from the top leaders in our district, all while making new friends and having the time of your life!
For more information, visit http://www.ncnsm.com, send an email to Scott at NCN Student Ministries (please include your address, phone number, church you attend, and your youth pastor’s name) or call us at 916.379.9600 and ask for Scott.
Scholarship applications are now available for high school seniors.
High school seniors planning to attend one of the 19 Assemblies of God endorsed colleges or universities, (to see list go to: http://www.colleges.ag.org) you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Riggs Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are made available by the Assemblies of God Trust through The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, be involved in an Assemblies of God church and plan to attend an endorsed AG university directly following high school. Scholarship winners will be chosen based on their qualifications in these areas: academics, extracurricular involvement, Christian service, Christian life, financial need, personal essay and references.
Two scholarships (The General Superintendent’s Scholarships) of up to $30,000 each will be awarded (over a 4-year period) to one male and one female high school senior. Eight one-time scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to high school seniors (and distributed over the student’s first two semesters).
The Riggs Scholarship Fund is one of three scholarship programs sponsored by the AG Trust in its efforts to train young leaders and empower future generations. The AG Trust is under the leadership of Chairman Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.
At this time 20 high school graduates (2009 and 2010 winners) have already received a total of $200,000 awarded by the Riggs Scholarship Fund. The 2011 scholarship winners will be named in April 2011.
To download the application form, go to http://www.agtrust.org. The application submission deadline is February 15, 2011.
This planning packet for churches who will be attending and participating in Light For The Lost Steak Outs includes a Participating Church Action List and a Ticket Information Sheet.
The packet (which requires Adobe Reader) will enable a participating church to effectively organize their Steak Out experience.
Click here to download or view the packet.
This planning packet for churches who will be hosting Light For The Lost Steak Outs includes a Host Church Action List, a District Light For The Lost Steak Out Team Action List, and a Ticket Information Sheet.
The packet (which requires Adobe Reader) will enable a host church to effectively organize their Steak Out experience.
Click here to download or view the packet.
There are many good resources available to men today. The following are just a few excellent resources for men to use individually or in a group setting.
Wild at Heart - Discovering The Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge. “In Wild at Heart, John Eldredge invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man’s soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer.”
The Way of the Wild Heart - A Map for the Masculine Journey by John Eldredge. “In The Way of the Wild Heart, Eldredge reveals how God comes to a man and takes him on the masculine journey, how nearly all the events of a man’s life can come together to provide the initiation he never received. And how parents can offer that initiation to their sons. Whatever your age may be, your Father is ready to take up your journey.”
Every Man’s Battle - Every Man’s Guide to Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey. “Every Man’s Battle shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual purity - perfect for men who have fallen in the past, those who want to remain strong today, and all who want to overcome temptation in the future.”
The Five Love Languages - How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Dr. Gary Chapman. “In the international best seller, Dr. Gary Chapman reveals how different people express love in different ways.”
You can see and order these and other great resources at Gospel Publishing http://gospelpublishing.com/store/index.cfm.
The following article is written by Patrick M. Morley and is available in its entirety on The Man in the Mirror Ministries website under Articles for Leaders - A Look in the Mirror archives.
A few years ago I started a list of “the most important things to know” about men’s discipleship ministry. I realized the task was way bigger than I first thought, but here’s how far I got with my list. Though it’s far from comprehensive, I do think it reflects many of the felt and real needs of men today. And at the end there are a few ideas to help men do something about it.
How Men Are Doing and Why
1. Most men have it in their hearts to do the right thing. That part of a Christian man that would love, trust, obey, and worship a holy God is far bigger than the flesh in him that would do wrong.
2. No man fails on purpose. No man wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Well, I guess I’ll see what I can do today to irritate my wife, neglect my kids, and work too much.” But they do.
3. Despite this, most men are living by their own ideas. Their lives are not turning out like they planned.
4. Many men are getting exactly what they want, only to find out it doesn’t make them happy.
5. A lot of men are in what we might call a “structural hurry.” They have structured hurry into their routines. The price of this pace is peace.
6. Men are tired. We have created a culture which requires more energy than men have to give.
7. A lot of men are worried, confused, disillusioned, disoriented, and sad.
8. Many men are burdened down by debts. It never occurred to them that it takes more energy to service a debt and earn a living than just to earn a living.
9. Many men are angry because they didn’t get what they wanted and wonder, “Now what?” Or, they did get what they wanted but now can’t remember why they thought it was so important.
10. Most men play a role during the first part of their adult lives—a role that they believe will make other people happy and get them where they want to go. At a midpoint they come to a place when they realize they haven’t lived with authenticity, and that is the thing they now want to get back to.
11. The problem is not that men are failing to achieve their goals. They are. The problem is: they’re the wrong goals.
12. Failure means to succeed in a way that doesn’t really matter.
13. No amount of success at work can adequately compensate for failure at home.
14. Some men have been inoculated against Jesus. An inoculation is a small dose of the real thing. They’ve heard just enough about Christ to think they’ve heard enough, found it irrelevant, and rejected it. In actuality, they’ve haven’t “heard” it at all. Sadly, they have rejected the wrong thing.
15. Some who do know Christ have become polluted by the world—they are cultural Christians. Their children are spiritual orphans and their wives are practical widows (James 1:27).
16. Most men only know enough about God to be disappointed with Him. Why?
17. Because it takes a long time to make a disciple. Why?
18. Because most of the really big ideas about Christianity take 10 to 20 years to sink it. Why?
19. Because a man has to replace a system he has built over 10, 20, 30 years or more. He doesn’t become a follower of Christ one day and abandon those deeply held beliefs the next.
20. Your belief system has been perfectly designed to produce the result you are getting.
21. The wisdom of the years is confusing. Kierkegaard said, “The wisdom of the years is confusing. Only the wisdom of eternity is edifying.”
What Men Need To Know About God
22. The solution will be to help men seek the God who is. There is a God we want, and there is a God who is. They are not the same God. The turning point of our lives is when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is.
23. We must call men to look heavenward. Karl Barth said, “You cannot call God by shouting man in a loud voice.” And we are drawn to that upon which we are focused.
24. God loves you with an everlasting love.
25. Apart from God life has no meaning.
26. If you get exactly what you want you will still not be happy without God.
27. God will not force you to revere Him, but he will make it impossible for you to be happy unless you do.
28. The great question of the faith-life is, “Do I really believe that God will always take care of me?” Does He know? Does He care? Can He do anything about it?
29. He knows you—when you sit and lie, every word before spoken, He knit you together in your mother’s womb, every hair is numbered, all your days have been ordained before one of them came to pass.
30. He cares about you. You are a much loved son. Chosen. Adopted. An heir.
31. He can do something about your concerns. He will do something about it. You don’t have to work 80 hours a week to make it. He wants you to rest. God will provide.
32. God is sovereignly orchestrating all of the seemingly random circumstances of our lives.
33. At our moments of desperation, God will intervene to keep us from moving in the wrong direction.
34. Because God is good your life will not turn out like you planned.
How Men Should Integrate Faith Into Their Daily Lives
35. Once you are married, make your mate your top priority after God, but before all others.
36. Once you have children, spend time with your kids; tell them you love them and that you’re proud of them.
37. God calls us to build the kingdom and tend the culture. There is no biblical separation between sacred and secular. Every moral vocation is holy to the Lord. To wait tables, fix computers, or practice dentistry is no less spiritual than being a teacher at a Christian school.
38. The neediest men in our churches are often the least visible ones.
39. Suppose you know a man will leave your church five years from now. What things are so important for that man’s “system” that you will feel like you’ve failed if he doesn’t get them by the time he leaves? This, then, is your discipleship curriculum.
40. Looking back ten years, we’ve all said, “I wish I knew then what I know now.” What are those things so we can build them into our disciples? Examples:
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A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines
The following article is an exert from A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines by Patrick Morley. The complete article can be found by going to The Man in the Mirror Ministries website under Articles for Leaders - A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines.
Spiritual disciplines (or habits) are the means by which we regularly deepen our relationship with Christ. One of the easiest mistakes with the spiritual disciplines is to confuse the means and the ends. The disciplines are the “means,” our relationship with Jesus is the “end.”
It’s important to remind ourselves that disciplines don’t earn us any kind of merit whatsoever. The disciplines are not behaviors we perform to make God happy or avoid his wrath. Instead, disciplines are the regular practices of men gripped by deep and humble gratitude for the remarkable privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord, Savior, Counselor, and Friend.
Almost any Christian virtue or duty can be turned into a discipline. For my new book, A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines (2007, Chicago: Moody Publishers) I selected 12 disciplines that seemed right for our moment in time: creation, the Bible, prayer, worship, the Sabbath, fellowship, counsel, fasting, spiritual warfare, stewardship, service, and evangelism. Here is a brief overview of each one.
A Man and Creation
Nothing fills me with contemplation of God more than a blazing sunrise, a mama duck followed by eight little ducklings paddling with all their might to keep up, or a rugged mountain that soars into the sky. How about you? We have been given the visible creation to reveal the deity of the invisible God. Theologians call creation God’s general revelation. Nature “reveals” a “general” knowledge about God.
A Man and the Bible
I know of no man whose life has been significantly changed apart from the regular study of God’s Word. Like training for a golf swing, if you want to “play well” at Christianity, you have to go into training. The Bible is the starting point for all spiritual disciplines, for all glorifying of God, for all communion with Christ, and for all growth and sanctification.
A Man and Prayer
Prayer is the conversation that turns our salvation into a personal communion with God. There are three characteristics of men who pray a lot. First, men who pray a lot tend to understand the need for sitting with Jesus in the “school of prayer” – studying passages on prayer and meditating on what they mean. Second, they believe that prayer is the most powerful use of their time – more powerful than labor. Finally, the man who prays a lot has made prayer the first disposition of his heart.
A Man and Worship
The deepest thirst of a man’s soul is to worship His Creator. Worship is being so caught up in God that it’s like going 180 mph down a straightaway and you’re oblivious to everything around you. When you worship, you become keenly aware of your “creatureliness” as you come into the presence of the one true Holy Father and, overcome, commune with, exalt and praise.
A Man and the Sabbath
God has made it “legal” for us to take a day of rest. Exodus 23:12 says, “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household . . . may be refreshed.” It’s a commandment, but also a right and a privilege we have as Christians. The Sabbath is a beautiful gift from God to His children. But a lot of us suffer from what we might call rest-interval dysfunction – working long hours, maybe too many days in a row, and we start to get a little grumpy and short with our wives and kids.
A Man and Fellowship
At Man in the Mirror, we have learned that the most meaningful change takes place in the context of a small group relationship. 1 Corinthians 12:12 states, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.” Why do we need other people? Because I don’t have everything I need. I can’t be a whole person without you. In His wisdom, God has not given any of us everything we need; instead, He chose to give us each other. I have gaps, you have gaps – we fill each other’s gaps. I know Jesus loves me because you love me. We are indispensable parts of each other. Together, we make up the whole.
A Man and Counsel
The goal of seeking counsel is to make good decisions. Decisions come in two flavors: moral decisions and priority decisions. Proverbs 15: 22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors, they succeed.” The goal of seeking counsel is to seek God’s will about a decision, not permission to do what we’ve already made up our minds to do. There’s a direct correlation between the wisdom of our decisions and the degree to which we have sought the advice other people.
A Man and Fasting
Fasting is a regular practice throughout the Bible. Jesus began His ministry with a 40-day fast. In my own life, I have been blessed and seen others healed after I fasted for a period of time. Fasting is an excellent way to express sorrow to God, to be penitent to the Lord. When you have a difficult decision to make, fasting can help give your clarity of mind. If you are struggling with pride or anger, fasting is a tangible expression of humility before God. If we never do anything as a sacrifice to Jesus, can we be sure we really love Him? Fasting is one thing we can do to express the depth of our love and gratitude.
A Man and Spiritual Warfare
Galatians 5:16 says: “Live your lives according to the Holy Spirit, then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Holy Spirit desires.” You can tell which is winning by the fruit your life bears. Share your struggles with other men in a supportive community. Let them pray with you.
A Man and Stewardship
What does it mean to be a faithful steward? If you think it’s just tithing 10 percent of your income, you’re wrong. A faithful steward devotes 100 percent of his time, talent and treasure to the glory of God. Everything you’ve been given – including that weekend convertible stashed in the garage – is a trust with which you must prove faithful.
A Man and Service
In John 13, Jesus said, “Now that I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you.” God has penetrated your universe. He has changed you, healed you, and He has put the hot coal on the tip of your tongue. You’ve heard Him say, “Who will go? Whom shall I send?” Give it away or, because He is kind, He will take it away.
A Man and Evangelism
The apostle Paul believed that the greatest privilege is to be chosen by God for salvation, and the second greatest privilege is to help someone else experience the same salvation. Paul believed that all men need a savior and that there is no way to heaven except through Jesus Christ. If you want to have an effective discipline of evangelism, believe what Paul believes. Evangelism is taking someone as far as they want to go toward Jesus.
Practice these spiritual disciplines (and any others to which you are attracted) if you want a deeper, richer experience with Christ. As we have already said, they don’t improve our standing with Christ, but they do usher us into His presence.
The following list of ideas was taken from the The National HonorBound website.
Ideas | Men’s Groups
The following ideas can be used for creating an environment for men to grow together in life’s adventures. It’s about building a community with guys, affirming their masculinity, building bridges with the non-church going man, and to discuss, encourage and disciple one another in spiritual growth.
*With any activity, small group or event, have a clear purpose. Men are drawn to clarity and conciseness. If they are going to give up their weekend, weeknight or free time, they want to know why. Be sure to state purpose and goals – what’s in it for him.
Set aside regular events for guys to hit the links – one Saturday a month, a weekday morning or maybe a quick nine-holes after Sunday morning service. Construct a tournament, rotate the type of play (scramble, best ball, match play, etc.) or play just for fun.
Get together for refreshments and conversation after the round. Discussions don’t have to be organized or planned to a ‘T’, but utilize the opportunity for discipleship and spiritual encouragement. Much like life, you have to play golf one fairway at a time. Triple bogey on the previous hole, look ahead and birdie the next.
Race Car Fans
Because a season will cover roughly nine months out of the calendar year, it will be a challenge to plan and incorporate regular events over a long period of time. So plan around races or events, highlighting certain races throughout the year, using a variety of activities:
Lunch at a sports-themed restaurant equipped with TV’s/Projection screens
Create Go-Kart or Mini-Grand Prix races/tournaments
Form an organized or informal (or partner with) a church basketball league. This could be developed for your congregations ‘family and friends’ or developed as a city-wide event.
3-on-3 pick-up games
3-on-3 organized teams/schedule
5-on-5 organized teams/schedule
Full-season / Tournament
Hold a post-game “news conference with a 5-minute devotional – share a ‘thought-of-the-day’, scripture, “USA Today” version reflection, and a prayer. *Remember, you just finished a full out war on the court – no long-winded sermons at this time please.
Whether guys have ‘game’ or not, most love to watch football. Check out HonorBound Red Zone strategy for the football fanatic.
Thanks to shows like “Wanna Go Fishing,” “Offshore Adventures,” “Madfin Shark Tournament,” and all the others that can be found on your local sports network, fishing events have become huge across the country. From the number of fish caught to the combined total pounds to the size of the fish, there are plenty of games and tournaments to get ‘hooked’ on.
Developing a few of these tournaments for the outdoor guys may be the hook, line and sinker you need in integrating these guys into the church community.
Video Game Tournaments
Over the years, video games have become an integral part of our culture.
From the 1952 creation of Noughts and Crosses to todays XBOX 360, PS3 and Wii, video games have been a source of entertainment for many young fans (and even some of the ‘older’ fans as well!). Maybe you will remember classics such as Odyssey, Atari, Nintendo and Sega Dreamcast.
Popularity of the gaming industry has grown to a huge market. So how can we use this as a tool to building camaraderie and community with the guys?
Just like any of the outdoor sporting events, creating a league or special ‘tournament’ events may be the plug-in to a variety of discussions dealing with life issues and how we can overcome these obstacles to win at life.
Ideally, utilize a location (individuals home per say) that has adequate space (and maybe even a rather large TV!) and let the games begin!
Host a breakfast before the start of the workday. Saturday mornings may be the only day guys get to sleep in – thus deciding to snooze on the biscuit and gravy. So pick a weekday that works for the group.
This could be done in one convenient location or divided in ‘regions’ (pending the size of city and location of work places). Nothing formal or fully planned discussions needed. Conversation will develop on its own.
Be sure to meet with a consistent day, time and place. Most businessmen have a full calendar and appreciate a routine schedule.
Most guys like to fix things. See a need and fix it. Developing a crew of guys that provide mechanic work for single mothers, ladies or widows, home improvement for the elderly or grooming/renovating church facilities not only gives a blessing to the recipient, but draws men together for a common cause.
Take a group of guys on a mission trip – construction, outreach, etc. Show them first hand the mission field the church invests in through missionary and mission project support.