Good News from the Field, February 2017

CATHLAMET. Last year was an encouraging year of renewal at Cathlamet Christian Fellowship, now called The Bridge Church. The church was up against the wall and facing closure when Kenny Evans agreed to step in and to serve the Cathlamet community. Today the church is experiencing new growth, a broadening leadership base, new volunteers, and five recent baptisms. Yay God!

KETCHIKAN. Members of South Tongass Alliance Church are in the middle of a large building project that stalled due to finances.  Incredibly, a big crew of sheetrockers happened to be in town and ended up with unexpected space in their schedule. The crew jumped in and rocked the building! The church plans to finish the project with cash and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today, the church is writing their “God stories” and publishing the books to sell via Amazon – where 100% of proceeds are going toward the church’s building fund. While it may not bring in huge money, the church is being totally encouraged with everyone reflecting and writing about how God is breaking in and transforming lives. The first book has just been published; more information can be found here.

KOSOVO. Responding to a dream about Jesus, a Kosovar man recently sought out a national pastor to process his dream. Soon after, the man’s large family gave their lives to Jesus. The family is being joined by neighbors and friends and is now considered an emerging church. The church plant has been dreaming of building a place of worship. Miraculously, just a couple of months ago, the municipal government offered the group a free 99-year lease on the piece of land they desired.  What’s incredible about this is that no Kosovar city has ever given property to an evangelical church.  Note: A number of Alliance NW churches are deeply invested in Kosovo and have sent Global Staff, funds, support, and ongoing prayer.

US Alliance: February Focus on Church Planting

The Alliance has planted 20,000 churches that account for more than 6 million people who follow Jesus worldwide. This phenomenon can only happen if there is a Kingdom value at work. One sure way to spot this Kingdom value is to find a leader who is willing to partner with others, across tribal lines, to complete the mission Jesus entrusted to us. Knowing that this value drives much of the Alliance’s global strategy helps assure me the resources we invest are being used strategically.

You also see this Kingdom value at work in our own field. The following pastors are non-Alliance and leading their churches to support Alliance Northwest church-planters: CJ Coffee from The Well in Portland, Dean Curry from Life Center in Tacoma, Andy Mahoney from Grace Community Church in Oak Harbor, and Matt Hannan – who’s invested in my church planting dreams for over two decades – from New Heights in Vancouver. These Kingdom leaders have invested significantly in the efforts of our church-planting missionaries.

Across the US, the Alliance is focusing on Church Planting during February. Now is the perfect time for you to jump in and personally engage those entrusted to you in the “Judea & Samaria” portion of our Acts 1:8 mission. Would you focus on and bless a church planter near you (or known to you) this month through your congregation, youth group, or whatever ministry you oversee?

Below you’ll find simple and specific way’s to bless a church planting couple. You’ll also see a list Alliance Northwest church planting missionaries to get you started. From there, let me encourage you to include a non-Alliance church planter too.

All for Jesus!

Randy Shaw

Field Director, Alliance Northwest

Annual Reports Due Feb 22

2016 Local Alliance Church Annual Report

  1. Register or sign in to your MyCMA account. Be sure to use «pastor’s e-mail address» to access this account. You can download the Quick Start Guide for information about creating a MyCMA account.
  2. Click “Start” or “Continue Your Report” to access your 2016 Annual Reportinformation.
  3. If you wish to allow others to edit your report, click the “Add” button in “Your Annual Report Editors” box. This individual (for example, your church treasurer or ministry assistant) will receive an e-mail granting permission to access the Annual Report for your church. Please do not give your log-in information to others; instruct the editors to set up their own MyCMA accounts.
  4. You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your report is completed.
  5. The deadline for submitting your 2016 Annual Report is Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

If you have any questions, contact Julie at the Field Office.

Volunteer Disaster Relief Coordinator Position Open

Our churches are often deeply engaged with first response, coordination, and assistance to those impacted by natural disasters. With this in mind, we’re looking for someone who would be willing to volunteer as a Relief Coordinator for disasters that strike the Northwest.

There are a few places in the Alliance where this position has recently been helpful and active in disaster response. A Coordinator in the South has been busy working with the National Office to assist Edgewater Alliance Church, who are involved in relief help for people in a nearby mobile home park damaged by Hurricane Matthew.  The second instance happened earlier this past spring when there was a flood in West Virginia and the Disaster Coordinator of the Central District was able to partner with local organizations for the relief effort. This resulted in, amongst other things, 12 C&MA churches (and one non-Alliance church) providing over 400 shoes for local schoolchildren affected by the flood. 

If someone in your community comes to mind as a good fit for this, please contact Gary Fairchild at CAMA for more information. The first Coordinator training was recently held in Alabama, with more to follow elsewhere. Below, a list of some roles and responsibilities of the Coordinator:

Candidates must:

  • Be an experienced Christ follower
  • Attend a C&MA Church
  • Preferably have some experience in Disaster Relief, Emergency Management, Police or Fire Department, EMA, FEMA etc.

Responsibilities could include:

  • Coordinate the Field’s Disaster Response(s)
  • Attend the CAMA Disaster Management Trainings
  • Participate in the National CAMA District Disaster Coordinators Group
  • Encourage local church leadership to appoint a Church Disaster Coordinator (CDC)
  • Train local Church Coordinators with materials from CAMA trainings
  • Guide local church towards partnership with local EMAs
  • Work with local churches to develop a Local Church Disaster Management Plan
  • Advise Church Disaster Coordinators in local disasters

Develop your church planting green thumb

Two important church planting events will be taking place back to back this August, and are guaranteed to give attendees the tools and support needed to take the next step in planting, wherever they may be in the process:

Bootcamps are designed to prepare those interested in church planting and also provides a great opportunity for planting teams to be exposed to strategic training. The next Church Planting Bootcamp will be August 24; click the link above for more information and registration.

Greenhouse Trainings are 24-hour interactive events designed to help a church of any size, budget, age, culture, or context design their own unique pathway for developing leaders for mission and church planting.  This event will look at the training pathway that all leaders must walk through and then help each church contextualize that pathway according to their own situation. Register at the link above.

News on National Office Health Plan

The National Office is now allowing all churches to participate in their health plan (it’s no longer dependent on the whole district’s participation). 2016 Plans have been finalized and are now available. View plans here. If you have any questions, contact Julie. An informational webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4 at 9:00 am. Register now.

February Focus: Church Planting

There is no more effective means under heaven to see new people come into and engage in the Kingdom of God than through church planting. History and statistics confirm what we see in the Bible as the way the movement of Jesus multiplies from place to place. Church Planting is the only vehicle that can help us rediscover what it means to be a movement again.

What is super clear for the Alliance is that unless we continue to plant viable churches in the US our efforts around the world will seriously decline as many of our existing churches are in the later stages of their life cycle.

Northwest Church Planting (NWCP) is the multiplication arm of the Alliance NW. NWCP provides the relationships and resources you and your Network need to be effective in engaging your church in church planting.  This month we’re joining arms with the larger US Alliance family to focus on church planting:

Here is list of 10 ways you can engage your church and encourage a church planting missionary. Below are the current Alliance NW churches being planted by region, along with links to contact them.

Two of our church planters, Bill Creutzberg and Matthew Erikson.



Journey Roseburg – Pastor Jeff and Sharon Paschall – Roseburg, OR

After a long season of building a core team, Journey Roseburg launched on 9/11/16. Already 140ish people are attending two services. The new work is attracting many who are curious to investigate faith in Christ for the first time. The Southern Oregon Network is planting Journey Roseburg.

The Living Room – Pastor Dan and Ashley Gregory – Central Point, OR

This plant is in the core team development stage and is growing as people are standing up to follow Jesus as missionaries in their local context. The Southern Oregon Network is planting The Living Room.

One Life – Pastor Paul and Kristina Boehlke – The Dalles, OR

One Life is in the core development stage and using a missional model to grow their core. The church just added a key partner in a worship leader and is looking forward to starting Sunday gatherings. The Portland Metro Network and Hood River Alliance are planting One Life.


Filipino American Worship Center – Pastor Romualdo and Mary Jane Sente – Arlington, WA

The plant held a “soft launch” last Easter and is being hosted by Smokey Point Community Church. The North Sound Network is planting this church.

The Grove – Pastor Jon and Susan Donohue – Kelso, WA

As of July, The Grove is a campus of East Hills. They have purchased and are now in a permanent facility. The campus is seeing good growth!

Hope Church – Pastor Matthew and Stephanie Erikson – Oak Harbor, WA

Hope Church is developing from a “missional incarnational” model with two communities and an additional one in the wings. Matthew is bi-vocational. The Island Church and the North Puget Network are planting Hope Church.

House of the Living God – Pastor Yared and Netsanet Enderias – Seattle, WA

House of the Living God is a church plant reaching the Ethiopian population in Seattle, WA and the surrounding neighborhoods. The Seattle Network has come alongside this church in its planting stage.

New Ground – Pastor Bill and Christy Creutzberg – Clarkston, WA  

A new Network of churches in eastern Washington and Idaho are planting in Clarkston, WA. Bill is being sent out from CrossPoint in Lewiston, ID.

Sozo – Pastor Brett and Kerry Latin – Puyallup, WA

Sozo is also being established through a “missional incarnational” model. Brett, who’s bi-vocational, has established two missional communities that meet weekly and then gather together once a month to worship, learn, and celebrate. Sozo is with the developing South Sound Network.

Leadership Question #4: What can we do together that we can’t do alone?

This is the last of four core questions we’re asking to help frame how we develop and deploy leaders (first three here). This one helps us know what it means to be family, and how we work together in the family business. It assumes that there is work to do that we can’t do alone, and that it takes leaders collaborating together outside of their local church to maximize our resources.

It’s a question that’s finding new meaning in the growing number of Networks that are developing across our Field. A Network consists of the lead pastors from three or more of our churches. These churches (through their lead pastors) covenant together around three core purposes: 1) lead pastor care, 2) regional church planting, and 3) a shared Alliance global partnership. A Network typically meets 3-4 times annually, often in a 24-hour retreat format that involves recreation, soul care, and mission planning.

Alliance Northwest Networks are an Acts 1:8 “vehicle” that is getting traction.  The Southern Oregon Network is a great example.  After decades of not seeing a new church emerge in their region, they now have two. Additionally, they’ve just agreed to partner together with a team in North Africa! Check out the article below to hear about the church they’ve just launched under the leadership of Jeff Paschall, and another one in the ministry team development stage under Dan Gregory.

Additionally, Networks are part of the great heritage of pastors across our field partnering together to lead regional ministries like Reach and Quest, Licensing, Ordination & Consecration (LOC), and Alliance Women (to name a few). I’ve benefited for years from those of you who extend yourselves to the wider Alliance Northwest family.

We’re praying your Fall is getting off to a great start!

With affection,

Randy Shaw
Field Director, Alliance Northwest

Bookkeepers: Take note of this important change to labor laws

Last week the US Department of Labor significantly changed regulations making countless more employees eligible to receive time-and-a-half when they work more than 40 hours in a week. All employers, including churches, are affected by this change, which goes into effect on December 1. Except for licensed workers, all hourly employees and some salaried employees are covered by this update, which may pose significant changes to church budgets.  

Please take a few minutes to review this 10-minute video by Richard Hammar which further explains this major development. He fully reviews overtime regulations and why churches are affected by them as well as three ways churches can mitigate the adverse implications of the new threshold on their budgets.

If you are interested in receiving more communication like this, please email and let them know

Roseburg School Shooting

Roseburg Alliance Church has been very involved in caring for their community since the tragic shooting on the UCC campus last week. God has allowed their staff, through invitations from the community, to directly minister to both students at the college and the community as a whole. While no one from Roseburg Alliance Church was injured or killed, individuals from the congregation were both first responders and connected to people who were wounded or killed.

Here are a few ways you can pray for Roseburg:
1. Pray for the Roseburg Alliance family and the faith community as a whole as they love and care for those around them in the weeks and months ahead.
2. Pray for the wounded and their families and the families of the victims.
3. Pray for the first responders–that they would allow themselves to process this tragedy.
4. Pray for the family of the shooter.