News from the Field



New Lead Pastors:

In November, Hugh and Susan Griffith moved to Naknek, AK (at the upper end of the Aleutian chain) to pastor Naknek Community Church, a newly affiliated church with the Alliance Northwest. They’ve been living in Montana in retirement, but felt called to serve in Alaska and filled in earlier in 2015 at South Tongass Alliance in Ketchikan while Cade King was on sabbatical.

Following an assessment at Cathlamet Christian Fellowship a partnership has been established between them, East Hills Alliance and the Alliance Northwest for a fresh start there and Ken Evans has been appointed as their lead pastor. He and his family live in Hillsboro, OR and will be moving to Cathlamet, WA in the coming months.

Other:

Jon Mutchler, pastor of Ferndale Alliance Church in Ferndale, WA, was elected as Mayor of Ferndale in November and will begin serving his term in January 2016. He’ll continue as pastor of Ferndale Alliance, as the Mayor job is part-time. Here’s a link to the story in the Bellingham Herald about his election.

 

Meet the Newest Member of the Alliance Northwest Field Leadership Team



Tim Barton

Tim BartonTim Barton was selected by the Field Leadership Team to fulfill the remaining term left vacant by the resignation of Treasurer, Jeff Morgan. He’s been a member of the FLT (formerly DEXCOM) in years past and brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the role. Tim has been a part of the Alliance Northwest family for over 35 years; with the last 30 at Canby Alliance Church. He and his wife, Heather, have been married for 37 years and have two grown daughters.

Pure Desire Training Sessions in March



Here are some numbers for you to digest.
63%. That’s the percentage of pastors surveyed in the book Men’s Secret Wars who confirmed that they struggle with sexual addiction of some form.
54%. That’s the percentage of 1,351 pastors who reported viewing Internet pornography within the prior year, according to Pastors.com.
75%. That’s the amount of pastors who are not currently keeping themselves accountable to anyone for their Internet use.

Pure Desire Ministries exists to help leaders find freedom from pornography addiction. The Alliance Northwest began a partnership with Pure Desire over six years ago and it has had a positive impact on men and women across our field. And they have developed a compelling, 24-hour seminar to help train churches and leaders on how to bring Pure Desire groups to their church and community.

Currently, there will be two of these “universities” in our local area in March: March 4/5 in Gresham, OR, and March 18/19 in Everett, WA.

For detailed information on these events, and to register, visit Pure Desire here.

The cost is reasonable, the teaching accessible, and the take-aways are very practical. Prayerfully consider attending one of these, and see how God stirs you and your church to begin helping men with this very real issue.

Alliance Northwest Youth Bible Quizzing



The Alliance Northwest has a Bible quizzing program for youth in 6th – 12th grade. This program provides students a great opportunity to memorize scripture in a friendly competitive setting and make friends from other churches.  Each year a different book of the New Testament is studied; this year it’s the book of Acts.  The quiz year is progressive; starting off with the first few chapters and then adding a few more chapters each month.  Once a month during the school year, over 100 Bible quizzers meet at a host church for a fun weekend of quizzing.  If you have youth that really enjoy memorizing scripture or excelled in AWANA, this is a great transition to getting even deeper into God’s word. For more information, contact Scott Peterson or Tim Ashcraft, or check out their website here

 

Council 2015: A Summary of the President’s Vision for The Alliance



Here is an overview of the message John Stumbo, President of the Alliance U.S.A., had for us at Council this last May.

WE WILL LOVE
The essence of our calling is summed up in a single word: Love. In a world that has romanticized and sexualized love, the church has a beautiful opportunity to show the love of God Himself. Yet, each local church must ask, “Have we confused being ‘nice’ or ‘neighborly’ for being truly loving? Do the people of our community see us as a loving people? Are we dependent upon the Spirit to live His loving fruit through us?”

WE WILL PROCLAIM
We celebrate that our God is a speaking God who has revealed Himself to us. The bible is our inspired text which He will never contradict. We are commissioned to proclaim His message in word and deed. We will “not be ashamed of the gospel” but serve as “Christ’s ambassadors.” And so we ask ourselves, “Are we students of the Scripture? Do our sermons and life messages arise from the Word? Do we have a listening ear for His voice? Are our words and lives proclaiming His truth? Do we both ‘show’ and ‘tell’ the truth?”

WE WILL REACH
While He who is “not willing that any should perish” calls us to take his loving message to everyone, the Alliance family is being called in particular to prayerfully seek to reach:

  • People on the Move: The world’s population is shifting and nations are coming to our neighborhoods. Is our church fully participating in this unprecedented opportunity to share the gospel?
  • People of All Ages: Has our church been guilty of seeing children, the disabled, the senior adult, or anyone as less important than everyone else?
  • People Lacking Access: As 4,075 peoples are still to be reached, have we joined the Alliance family in taking seriously our assignment to participate in bringing the gospel to them?

WE WILL LAUNCH
To accomplish the call God has given us, we must see the entire body of Christ mobilized for Kingdom service. May God allow us to launch new waves of godly people as full participants in Christ’s service: evangelizing, church planting, generously giving, boldly praying, joyfully creating… So, as a church, we would do well to ask ourselves, “Does our congregation know their spiritual gifting? Have we found meaningful ways to serve Christ through our gifts? What hindrances do people encounter when wanting to be more engaged in Kingdom service? What can our church do to open the door to service more widely?”

WHO WE ARE
I’ve become convinced that:

  • The Alliance is one of God’s end-times families that He has raised up to complete the Great Commission.
  • The Alliance is a provider of humanity’s single most needed resource: the love of Jesus.
  • The Alliance will fulfill our God-appointed role more powerfully and effectively if we work together rather than independently.

 

Please Note: Alliance Council 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Discipleship: A Story from DYC



Last month, 17-year-old Kaylee decided to attend DYC, in part to escape Moses Lake and the lure of her past addictions. She was an addict for years and has been fighting to stay clean since she gave her life to Jesus a couple of months prior at youth group. She’d also been fighting feelings of worthlessness: feeling unworthy of Jesus; unworthy of getting and staying clean; and unworthy of having people walk with her in her journey.

Kaylee’s life transformed at DYC. She came home having encountered God by the Spirit and now has a passion to grow and to stay clean. She came home feeling completely worthy because she’d experienced and embraced the reality that her Father had paid so dearly to adopt her into His family. Out of this sense of freedom, gratitude and responsibility she now can’t keep herself from telling others about what she’s found in Jesus.

Moses Lake Alliance Church took 47 kids to DYC this year: eight non-believers and several nominal believers or students actively hiding from God. And on the return trip? Eight new believers and no one running from God! David Thomas, the youth pastor, marveled that he came home with 47 “Agents of Redemption for Moses Lake.”

The immediate impact from this one group of students from Moses Lake Alliance Church–grasping their identity and joyfully embracing their call as missionaries–has been far-reaching:

The high school is realizing that something has changed. Teachers, police officers, and other students are talking and asking David questions: “What’s happened to your kids? What’s going on here?” Jesus is being lifted up as the answer, and new students are dropping in to youth gatherings to see for themselves why their friends’ lives are changing.

Parents are taking notice. One girl who gave her life to Jesus at DYC–and is now the only believer in her family—had her parents join her in church for the first time this last Sunday. Another student was pretty sure his mom would wonder why he had chosen to follow Jesus. Instead she wanted to go to church with him and discover for herself what had happened to her son.

The church’s college ministry is also experiencing ripple effects from these young people taking their relationship with Jesus seriously. A young man who identifies himself as Wiccan was visiting the Tuesday night college group and listening to David speak about the Apostle Peter’s confession of Jesus. Upon hearing others talk about what was happening in the lives of their younger brothers and sisters, he responded, “I’ll be back. This isn’t the religion I thought it was.”

Kaylee is just one example of how we are continually celebrating what God is doing in the lives of students in the Pacific Northwest. Through the camp ministry of DYC (to be known as REACH after this year), we are thrilled to be able to come alongside our churches and youth pastors to support and catalyze their disciple-making and sending call.