National Office News Updates

Connect your kids with Alliance initiatives in 2018!

Many C&MA churches like to give the children in their congregations an opportunity to con- tribute to a relevant Alliance project during VBS or other children’s programs. Churches are encouraged to adopt one of the following projects to promote awareness of how the Alliance is at work in 2018.

Schooling for Children of Women Prisoners in the Philippines

An Alliance team in the Philippines has developed a ministry among female prisoners in Manila. Many of the women are mothers and wives who have made poor choices. Their children often end up living with relatives who cannot afford to send the kids to school. Help give these children the education they will need to succeed in life.

A Library for Students at Alliance Academy in Jordan

Alliance Academy (AAJ) is private Christian school on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. Muslim parents send their children to AAJ because it offers an excellent education in a loving, safe environment. But Alliance Academy does not yet have a library for its 270 students. Funds are needed to provide AAJ students with a well-equipped resource and study center.

Help for Orphaned Children in Vietnam

In several villages in Vietnam, many wives have lost their husbands because of disease or abandonment. Single mothers often have no other choice but to send their children away to find work or to attend an orphanage. Alliance workers have started several schools specifically to help orphaned children. Funds are needed to support these marginalized youngsters.

Resources Available

The following materials will be available online in mid-February for each project

  • Introductory PowerPoint
  • Informative brochure (81⁄2 x 11)
  •  Prayer postcard (4 x 6)
  • Project activity ideas
  • List of selected costs
  • Kids’ fun pages

These resources may be reviewed and downloaded in mid-February (until then, the 2017 resources will be available). Printed brochures and prayer postcards may be requested from the Alliance National Office while supplies last. (Send inquiries to wicksd@cmalliance.org.)

 

Free e-book resource from Envision on short-term missions

Envision is releasing their first e-book called Reimagining Short-Term Missions, exploring the role of short-term missions within the Alliance family and opportunities to do these better. Join the conversation about the changing landscape of missions and ways we can move forward together as The Alliance family. Sign up to receive this resource for free here.

 

New International Ministry Opportunities for 2019 Deployment

IM would like to announce that new postings of international ministry opportunities for 2019 deployment will be added to its website during January.  The top twenty opportunities will be viewable from January 1, with others being added during the course of the month. 

The full total of more than 60 new opportunities for service as Alliance international workers will be posted for viewing and application by January 31. 

 

Continue the Relief Effort in Puerto Rico

The devastation from Hurricane Irma is still very much being felt in Puerto Rico, and though San Juan is back on its feet, nearly half of the island is still without power.

If your church would like to partner with churches in Puerto Rico, or you're wondering how to help, visit laalianzapr.church and go to the tab Hurricane Recovery Efforts. There, you'll find relevant information that can help plan next steps. You can also contact distrito@laalianzapr.org for more information about supporting the continuing relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

A few options to consider would be:

  1. Pray for the needs of the corporate church or specific needs of a church in Puerto Rico
  2. Develop a relationship with the Pastor
  3. Send a special offering to cover some identified needs
  4. Send teams to help in the recovery phase

 

Watch the new 2017 Alliance Year-End Offering Video

 

 

Alliance Peacemaking Level 2 Conflict Coaching Training at Smokey Point, Feb 27-28

This is a two-day live training open to anyone who has taken the Level 1 Resolving Everyday Conflict training. Alliance Peacemaking strongly recommends it for anyone in a leadership position within the church.

Registration is $275 with $25 discount if registered before the end of the year.  To register, visit: https://cma.ungerboeck.com/prod/emc00/register.aspxOrgCode=10&EvtID=5967&AppCode=REG&CC=117110218000

 

2017 National Hispanic Education Summit and Nyack Scholars Symposium

WHAT: This event brings together university and faith leaders throughout the nation to present scholarly research and discussion to help successfully recruit, retain, and graduate Hispanic university and college students. The keynote speaker is Dr. Carlos Camp, president of Ashland University. All interested Alliance leaders are invited to participate.

WHEN & WHERE: Education Summit – November 8 at Nyack’s Manhattan (New York) campus
Scholars Symposium – November 9 at Nyack’s Rockland campus

COST: FREE if you register

Register and learn more. Address, map, and list of workshops are accessible at the registration link. For questions, contact Dr. Vilma Balmaceda, director for the Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement and political science professor at Nyack College, Seminary, and Graduate Schools, vilma.balmaceda@nyack.edu.

 

Older (but still relevant) stories from C&MA:

CAMA still needs our help with hurricane relief efforts

Between Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the earthquakes in Mexico, our brothers and sisters elsewhere in North America have had a difficult season, some losing their homes or even loved ones. CAMA Services, the relief wing of the Alliance, has boots on the ground in each of these locations and is administrating relief efforts.

We are already seeing positive signs in these locations, thanks to the generosity of churches within the Alliance NW as well as other districts:

  • In Houston, CAMA expects to see 150 homes restored by the local churches for those affected by Harvey
  • In Cuba, 140 families are receiving food and assistance because of our donations to the Irma relief efforts
  • In Puerto Rico, CAMA is working to quickly organize relief, depending on our donations and the 63 Alliance churches there
  • In Mexico, the Disaster Relief Fund has enabled CAMA to come alongside the Mexican church and provide hundreds of supplies and care packages

Will you continue to pray and support these efforts? Donations toward the CAMA Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to assist these efforts. To learn more and donate, click here.

If you had Global Staff come to your church, please fill out this survey

Below is the link for you to evaluate the Global Staff that shared at your church this year.  Please take a few minutes to fill it out; this helps improve systems and procedures for future tours. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RJQGKG

 

Church Electronic Transfer of Funds

From Ken Baldes, vice president for Operations/treasurer

I’m pleased to let you know that your churches can now electronically remit their Great Commission Fund, CAMA, and other Alliance ministries funds to the National Office. During August and September, 27 C&MA churches beta tested the system, successfully transferring a total of $135,000 to the National Office.

Here is a user guide for churches wishing to take advantage of this new capability that eliminates checks and postage costs.

For questions, contact Tom Gannaway in our Technology Group at (719) 265-2078 or gannawayt@cmalliance.org.

 

Wireless System Frequency Change

Changes are in place to the 600MHz frequency spectrum to remove 614-698MHz frequencies from use by wireless systems. As a result, churches must plan to replace their wireless systems in this range by the end of 2017. The attached document provides helpful information.

 

Save with Alliance Purchasing Program

The National Office has negotiated special group pricing with several companies that may benefit your church—including Dell, Microsoft, Staples, T-Mobile, Xerox, and Stewardship Payroll Service. Two new partnerships with Arria Live Media and Sennheiser Electronic GmBH & Co. (Sennheiser) provide churches with low-cost, high-quality products for their audio needs. Please see the attached file for more information.

For more information on these special rates, contact Kris Rickert.

Straight talk from Alliance Northwest pastor Dave Beddoe on addiction & redemption

Restore Church's Dave Beddoe (Poulsbo, Washington) recently told his story of addiction and redemption to Guideposts Magazine. Dave spent years battling opioid addiction and dealing with the personal and professional ramifications from it.

Dave, thanks for your honesty, your reliance on Christ's grace, and the way you are using your experiences to help others in similar situations.

Read the full article on Guideposts' website

Get a clear view of how you can contribute to the Kingdom at Envision Summit 2018

Envision Summit 2018 is a four-day leadership conference designed for the Alliance leader (between the ages of 25 and 35) who desires to contribute to the Kingdom of God in a variety of ways.

This year's Summit will focus on developing skills and shaping the soul of the young Alliance influencer. Hear from Dr. Rob Reimer (Nyack ATS) on "Soul Care", as well as Dr. Stanley John and Lisa Watson-Rodriguez on "Living Missionally" in a global and local context.

Envision Summit 2018 is May 7th-10th, hosted in Vancouver, BC at Tenth Church. The cost is $150 USD for registration. Apply at http://www.thesummitenv.com

The Alliance is giving away college scholarships!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ­– Introducing the Alliance Family New Undergraduate Student Scholarship. On behalf of U.S. Alliance Church Ministries, the Alliance Youth Office affirms its utmost confidence in our Alliance educational institutions and their ability to equip students for lives that honor Jesus Christ and fruitful careers that reflect His character. Therefore, it is our desire that Alliance students be given the opportunity to experience the affirmation and spiritual vitality of our Alliance college campuses. To help make this possible, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) is awarding 10 scholarships of $1,000 each to qualifying high school students (grades 10-12).
 
Any student planning to attend an Alliance undergraduate institution of his or her choice is eligible to be nominated to receive a scholarship, which would be applied to the fall semester of his or her freshman year. In order to qualify, the student must be a U.S. citizen and an active attender of a C&MA church at the time they receive and activate the awarded scholarship.

If a student you know is planning to attend an Alliance institution, visit AllianceYouth.com to complete and submit an online student nomination form. Only one submission per student will be accepted. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. We will then draw 10 winning recipients and notify them March 1-7. Please make sure nomination forms are completed thoroughly and accurately, as information on the form will be crucial in contacting scholarship recipients.
 
Please take advantage of this opportunity to bless Alliance students by helping them get into an excellent Alliance college that will equip them vocationally, connect them with like-minded students, and help keep their faith on solid ground. We look forward to seeing them on one of our campuses soon.

Please note: By submitting student information for the scholarship drawing, you grant permission to provide disclosed student information to Nyack College, Crown College, Toccoa Falls College, and Simpson University admissions offices.

CONTACT:
Katlyn Giberson
Alliance Youth Office
Phone: (719) 265-2043
Email: allianceyouth@cmalliance.org

U.S. Department of State encouraged and impressed by Salem For Refugees

We have followed Doug & Anya Holcomb's journey as a field for the past few years, as they have transitioned from serving with CAMA in Kosovo to Salem, Oregon. As their story unfolds, it continues to give a clear sense of how God is working to call people to Him in surprising and miraculous ways. In December, the Holcombs shared another piece of news that added to this impression.

Barbara Day, Chief of Domestic Resettlement and Refugee Admissions from the U.S. Department of State, visited a monthly meeting of Salem For Refugees, as well as accompanied the Holcombs to various meetings and refugee home visits. Her goal in coming was to learn more about Salem For Refugees' model of support for Salem's new refugee neighbors. 

At the end of the day, she shared with Doug & Anya that she had not seen anything like what they are doing, anywhere in the country, and wanted to know more about how the programs could be replicated. Very encouraging!

 

 

Churches: Please complete your Annual Report by February 21

On January 10, a letter from Terry Smith, vice president for Church Ministries, along with instructions for preparing the 2017 Local Alliance Church Annual Report, was e-mailed to each lead pastor. The deadline for churches to complete the Annual Report is February 21.

 

Helpful Hints

  1. The hard-copy English and Spanish “Instructions” and “Worksheets” may be found in the upper right-hand corner of the program under “How-To-Docs” (near the “Sign Out” area).
  2. Developing churches do not have membership; they will have only adherents, which is entered on line 4. Accredited churches have members and adherents.

Thanks for your help!

Field Forum 2018 is coming!

Field Forum 2018 is coming! This year, the table will be set to include those leaders in your ministry who you’ve spotted as long-term influencers in your church. The call we have to "Courageously follow Jesus in the world as family" invites us to bring others along who will lead us in the future.

 

Alliance Northwest wants to invest in your leaders.  To that end, for Field Forum 2018, the Field Office will cover registration for an unlicensed leader, when registered with a licensed leader.  Registration is $211 + Hotel is $134/night for single/double occupancy.

 

Featured breakouts will include targeted sessions for youth leaders (Children's ministry and Student), those who are wondering if they’re called to ministry, how to build a leadership development pipeline in your ministry, advice to men on how to move women forward in ministry, and more.

 

General session speakers will include Jo Saxton, 3DM director, author, and podcast host; and Randy Shaw, Alliance Northwest Field Director; with others TBA.

Won't you join us, and explore our call together? Registration opens January 29.

 

 

Is this the year to consider online giving?

The last few years have brought an increased financial pressure on many churches in our Field. Economic trends, cultural and generational attitudes around charity, and a growing comfort—even preference—for online commerce are changing the way people give. This can lead churches to ask: “Is now the time to implement online giving?” This is not only a popular question, but a good question to be asking. There are a lot of options to choose from, and it can seem overwhelming. Each church has a little bit different situation, so there isn’t one solution for everyone. Since there is no perfect option for everyone, below are a list of things to consider as you process this for your church.

If your church is considering online giving, here are a few questions to ask to determine if the benefit (both money out the door and time spent) outweighs the cost:

 

Will online giving increase your church's giving?

If online giving is an option, will your contributors give more money (perhaps more frequently) as a result of the ease of use?

 

What percentage of your congregation would not contribute without online giving?

If you do not have online giving as an option, will contributor’s not give at all?

 

If your congregation wants an online option for giving – would they consider paying through their bank account instead of credit card?

Online banking (i.e. paying through their own bank account) doesn’t cost the church and can usually be set-up for one-time or recurring payments.

 

How much bookkeeping support do you have? 

Tracking giving through online platforms can take more time to manage depending on the platforms, the accounting set-up at the church, and the bookkeeper’s skill level.

 

As you consider different online giving platforms, here are some questions to ask:

 

How much does it cost?  

What is the per transaction fee? Does the cost change depending on what form of payment a contributor pays with (i.e. credit card, debit card, ACH)? The lower end is around 2.5% per transaction and it can continue upward.

 

Is there a minimum monthly fee? 

Several of the online giving websites have a minimum monthly fee (like $10 - $20) or they have a flat rate plus a percentage.  If the congregation doesn’t end up utilizing online giving, therefore not increasing giving, churches can end up just paying more in fees.

 

What does it look on the back-end for bookkeepers?  

Some of the sites are very hard for the bookkeeper to implement into their system and reconcile the deposits into the bank. This then results in more expense for the church (if the bookkeeper is paid hourly).  When considering a platform, ask to see the back-end of the platform your bookkeeper would be utilizing.

 

How easy is it for contributors to designate where they are contributing money to?

If your church allows for contributors to designate what their contribution goes toward (i.e. benevolence, missions, staff support), be sure to review how easy it is for them to designate their contribution if they pay online.

 

Does the platform you are looking at only receive payments? 

Some sites just receive the payment, but still require a merchant account to transfer funds. As you review different platforms, be sure to check if both receiving and transferring are available.

 

Here are a few options you may consider (not all platforms have been utilized by the Field Office):

BluePay

BluePay is a larger company set-up for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  This larger platform offers numerous features & integrations.

Clover Give

Clover Give is a simpler platform designed for ministry and integrates with QuickBooks and various church management systems.

Online Banking

This usually can be done for one-time payments or recurring payments, so people can do it once and be done. Online banking is generally free for both the contributor and the church.

Paypal

Paypal is a familiar option that has a non-profit discount.  Their format (or back-end) is clear and easy for the bookkeeper.  However, designating contributions is not as clear as other platforms (although not impossible).

Pushpay

Pushpay has a mobile giving option that encourages quick giving onsite and has features designed for churches.

SimpleGive

SimpleGive is set-up for ministry.  It does have the drop-down boxes for people to designate the funds, has a nice format on the back-end for bookkeeping, and can sync with QuickBooks.

Tithe.ly

This is an online giving solution that partners with the C&MA National Office.  This platform allows for several other mobile features beyond online giving (i.e. like listening to podcasts). If your congregation would utilize these features, this can be a good option.  However, if you are just utilizing online giving, it may be costlier than another alternative.

 

These are just a few of the platforms available for online giving and each have positive and negative aspects depending on your church’s situation. As you consider all the options, determine what is most important for your church and then compare against the platforms. If you would like to talk through different aspects of online giving, feel free to contact Julie in our office.

Batting 1.000: 15/15 Alliance Northwest Church Leaders pass their LOC interviews

December has been a busy month, as many church leaders work to finish up the LOC process before the end of the year.

More than just a box to check, the road to Ordination/Consecration is paved with years of preparation and study, with its travelers ultimately becoming fully equipped as leaders and disciple makers. Each of these men and women have really accomplished something!

ORDAINED:
Jeff Brown (Salem Alliance)
Sean O’Connor (Salem Alliance)
Brandon Miller (Salem Alliance)
Steve Croyle (Mountain View Community Church)
Dave Beddoe (Restore Church)
Ben Coffin (Union Hill)
Dominic Kan (Missio)
Jon Donohue (The Grove Alliance Church)
Pete Tegeler
Bryan Halferty (Anchor Church)

CONSECRATED:
Jessica Mitchell (Salem Alliance)
Annie Banceu (Compass)

ACCREDITED:
Josh Stager (Canby Alliance)
Matt Broweleit (North Seattle Church)
Christine Keith (Mosaic Church)

14 more interviews are scheduled to take place before the end of February.

4 Alliance Northwest churches awarded Dream Incentive Grants in 2017

Congratulations to Veneta Alliance Church (Veneta, Oregon), Wolf Creek Alliance Community Church (Wolf Creek, Oregon), South Umpqua Community Church (Days Creek, Oregon), and Northside Community Church (Bellingham, Washington) for being awarded grants via the Alliance Dream Initiative program! 

The Dream Initiative Grant program exists to build the local church through helping small- to mid-sized churches fund ministry goals that would otherwise be unattainable. Nationally, a total of $249,340 was awarded to Alliance churches. 

Applications for next year's grant process will begin in early 2018.

Good News from the Field: December '17 Edition

Salem For Refugees catches the attention of US State Dept.

Exciting news from Salem! On December 4, the Chief of Domestic Resettlement and Refugee Admissions from the U.S. Department of State, Barbara Day, is coming to town to learn about Salem For Refugees (the organization Doug & Anya Holcomb started last year through Salem Alliance Church) and the organization's model of supporting our refugee neighbors. Ms. Day will attend the monthly Welcoming Our New Neighbors Meeting where she will speak about national refugee resettlement, and will participate in a panel discussion along with the Oregon State Refugee Coordinator and Resettlement Agency leaders. Ms. Day has been an advocate for refugees in the U.S. and around the world for over a decade.

This is another praiseworthy chapter in what God is doing in and through Doug & Anya, Salem Alliance Church, and our Field.

 

Tim Osborn (Mosaic Portland) passes Ordination interview

Congratulations Tim!

We will have more Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration news to share in January, as a dozen more interviews are scheduled before the end of the year.

Good News from the Field: November '17 Edition

Mountain View Alliance Church raises $30k for neighboring non-Alliance church plant

When word came to Mountain View Alliance Church (Snohomish, Washington) that a church plant in the city was embarking on a costly but needed roofing project, Mountain View acted generously. The church raised $30,000 for the new plant, fully half of the money needed for the roof! A beautiful example of embracing and supporting our brothers and sisters doing Kingdom work.

North Sound Network making waves

The North Sound Network is already showing some of the benefits that arise when area churches join forces and work together.

The churches have created a pulpit exchange that allows for greater awareness and integration between their churches. They are also taking their first trip to visit their shared global partner in Ukraine. And during their recent network retreat, the pastors developed plans for a leadership pipeline to raise up new leaders and church planters.

The North Sound Network is comprised of six Alliance Northwest churches: Smokey Point Community Church (Jim Johnson), Northside Community Church (Ted Swinburne), Madison Community Church (Peter Vincent), Mountain View Community Church (Tim Young), Brookview Community Church (Jason Huguenin), and International Bible Christian Fellowship (Romualdo Sente Jr.).

Three pastors pass Ordination interviews

In late October, Joel To (Associate Pastor at Missio Community in Portland, Oregon), Josh Droke (Associate Pastor at East Hills Alliance Church in Kelso, Washington), and Steve Davis (Pastor at Glenfair Church in Gresham, Oregon) completed the final step in becoming ordained within the Alliance. Congratulations to you three!

Good News from the Field: October '17 Edition

Successful starts for two Alliance NW church plants beginning weekly gatherings

New Ground Alliance Church in Clarkston, Washington (lead planter Bill Creutzberg), held their first weekly gathering in late September and one hundred people attended. The church is particularly excited that there were thirty kids in their youth ministry. New Ground Alliance Church is a church planting project from the East Side Network (Paul Smith, Crosspoint Alliance Church; Rod Cosgrove, Garland Avenue Alliance Church; Terry Gugger, Orofino Community Church).

The Living Room in Central Point, Oregon (lead planter Dan Gregory), held their first weekly gathering on October 1, after core team meetings and neighborhood BBQ events. They welcomed 79 people through its doors (64 adults and 15 littles). The Living Room is a church planting project from the Southern Oregon Network (Brian Crawford, Alliance Community Church; Lee Gregory, The Medford Neighborhood Church; Nathan Goble, Roseburg Alliance Church; Jeff Paschall, Journey Roseburg; Tim Skelly, Green Community Church; Glen Zimmerman, Eugene C&MA Church; Pieter Theron, South Umpqua Community Church; Joe Skladany, Veneta Alliance Church).

Four Alliance NW church leaders pass their ordination/consecration interviews

Yared Endrias, lead pastor and planter at House of the Living God in Seattle, Washington, recently passed his ordination interview and has been ordained. He becomes the first Ethiopian ordained within the Alliance NW. Additionally, Michelle Unwin, Jennifer Roth, and Ashley Dalen passed their consecration interviews and will be consecrated. Congratulations Yared, Michelle, Jennifer, and Ashley!

Hood River Alliance Church raises $3,000 from "Missions Golf"

A group of golfers led by Dan Armstrong, an elder at Hood River Alliance Church, began Alliance Missions Golf last year as a way to have fun, share the Gospel, and raise money for the Global Commission Fund. This season, they gave $3,000 as a group to the GCF. Nice work, guys!

Cle Elum Alliance Church provides support for neighbors affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire

Cle Elum Alliance Church (Ron Jackson, Lead Pastor) recently found itself in the midst of the tragic forest fires that made their way across the NW this summer. Responding to the needs around them, the church helped evacuees in moving their belongings and transporting RVs and extra vehicles; provided housing in the form of RV hook ups, rooms, and small apartments; provided space for animal boarding including horse stables and pastures; and helped store evacuees' boxes and vehicles. Thanks for being the church to your community, Cle Elum!

"Every Challenge Has an Opportunity in it": Field Notes with Dominic Kan from Missio

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The following is the first in a series of conversations with Alliance NW Lead Pastors, taking a closer look at the lived experiences of pastors across the Northwest and celebrating what's been happening in and through their churches. We're calling them Field Notes. Dominic Kan has been the Lead Pastor of Missio, a church that began as a Portland Metro Network plant, for the past three and a half years. This span in the life of Missio has been marked by change in many different forms, all of which he points to as opportunities to encourage, disciple, and commission the church.

For example, Missio rents an elementary school auditorium to meet in, and has done so since it began weekly gatherings back in 2012. "We never settled into a mindset of 'We made it,'" says Kan, "because we never settled into a particular space." This has meant more opportunities for people to take ownership and serve, as the church needs to be unpacked and packed each week. It has also meant the ability to develop relationships with the school and its Principal, serving and ministering to them as a constant presence at the school over the years.

The transient nature of being a "church in a box" also mirrors the lived reality of many of the people whom Missio reaches, in a part of town that includes Lewis & Clark College, OHSU Teaching Hospital, and a local community college campus. Being a church in an area where people come and go every two to four years as they complete schooling has been a "very refining, but very encouraging" experience, says Kan.

Recognizing that this rhythm of moving would be a theme for Missio's community – as well as a way that God would be working through those who leave – the church started a "sending service" for those graduating or taking jobs in new cities. This year, there were six couples that Missio got to pray over, thank for their service, and "commission" to be missionaries in their new locations. What could have gone unmentioned instead became a way to continue the discipleship of those who were leaving, as well encourage the rest of the Missio community who got to witness it.

One person from Missio who has left Portland to serve elsewhere is KaoXu Chang, sent by the church to work with Envision in Bangkok, Thailand, where she has been involved in planting a church for Thai national students and ex-pats. (One thing Bangkok has in common with Portland is its transient population.) In late August, Missio sent a team to Bangkok to provide planting support by hosting a retreat for the Envision team there. "We wanted to be a church plant that plants churches;" Kan said. "This partnership with Bangkok is part of that for us as we participate in the work of making disciples over there."

As a multi-ethnic church now involved in helping plant churches cross-culturally, Missio stands as an example of the way that God is engaged in using each church's unique circumstances – its location, population, and giftings – to facilitate His kingdom work in surprising ways.