Here is the 2015 Fall Global Staff Brochure. At present the National Office has only made two Global Staff available for Fall Tour in the Alliance Northwest, and one of their schedules is already nearly full. Be sure to check back here frequently; we will update the brochure if more staff are made available for the Fall Tour.
2015 Local Alliance Church Annual Report
Instructions for the 2015 Local Alliance Church Annual Report will be emailed to all churches on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Please submit your churches Annual Report by March 4, 2016.
Monty Wright has been a key part of the Alliance Northwest field staff, leading the Licensing, Consecration & Ordination team for nearly a decade. Monty and his team have nurtured many of our leaders to a place of greater character and competency for ministry. While Monty will continue to invest in the LC&O process as an expression of his calling to invest in young leaders, he has recently decided to step away from his leadership role with LC&O. Monty is shifting his energy toward completing a PHD program at Trinity, and the startup of BIOS, a church ministry degree program (offering both Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees) at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church.
On behalf of the Alliance Northwest family we want to express our sincere appreciation for the many years Monty has served in this role. He has served us admirably, for which we are deeply grateful! Thank you, Monty!
Please take a moment and join us in extending your personal expressions of gratitude to Monty. You can reach him here.
Dennis Pust, associate Field Director, is working with the LC&O Team to move them toward the next chapter. The next module is October 12- 14, 2015.
Next Gen is the student ministry arm of the Alliance Northwest. It’s our goal to support and catalyze leaders of student ministries in churches across the region through the two large events that we run each year. Tina Graves has stepped into Field leadership by accepting the the role of Reach (formerly DYC) Team Leader. She’s a Hood River native and serves as the Youth Pastor at Hood River Alliance Church. For Reach 2016, she’ll be serving alongside Hannah Green so she’s ready to lead the team as they plan and prepare for Reach 2017.
Reach (formerly DYC) is a 3-day retreat for High School students that is held annually over President’s Day weekend and has been meeting at the same large hotel in Portland, OR since 1998, with over 550 kids and leaders attending each year. We were informed earlier this year that after 2016, we’ll no longer be able to use this location on this weekend–so we’ll be needing a new location. Reach is the primary way that we come alongside our churches and youth pastors to support and catalyze their disciple-making and sending call to High Schoolers. Would you pray with us for a new location for this important event?
For more information on Next Gen, contact Hannah
We’re excited to let you know about some staffing changes here at the field office. Jon McNeill has joined the team as our Communications Director after running his own business as a professional storyteller for brands like Pinterest and Porsche. He and his wife, Sharon, live in North Portland with their son Odin.
Jon’s addition allows Kendra Shaw to focus on Discipleship and working with Tina Graves and Dave Oldenkamp on Next Gen; in addition, she’ll be overseeing Global Engagement for the Alliance Northwest.
But that’s not all: Kelly Jo Cox has stepped in as the assistant for the Field Director and Global Engagement, replacing Lindsay Augeri who recently moved to Arizona where her husband has begun a new youth pastor position.
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.
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.
Tim 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.
To download talks from Field Forum 2015 click here.
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.